Friday, May 10, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

What will be considered at the next Council meeting?

  • Minutes of April 23, 2019 Town Council meeting
  • Warrant numbers 88431 to 88595 issued during the month of April 2019, in the amount of $1,075,656.01 and a wire transfer in the amount of $1,093,302 for the quarterly payment for Central Marin Police Authority services
  • Resolutions setting 2019-2020 Tax Rates for Municipal Services Tax, Pension Override Tax, Measure G Debt Service Tax, Special Library Tax and the Paramedic Tax
  • Special Event Application in Creek Park for the Movies in the Park event series, hosted by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
  • Special Event application for the 2019 Picnics on the Plaza event series
  • Special Event Application for Country Fair Day and parade event
  • Notice of Completion for the Luna Lane Retaining Wall project
  • Appointment of applicants to the Library Advisory Board, Historical Commission and Sustainability Commission
  • Options for filling vacant Council seat that will be created by resignation of Councilmember Coleman and direct staff regarding the preferred option
  • Request by Drake High School Student Zoe Vavrek to pass and Sustainability Commission recommendation to pass A Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Calling For The Federal Government to Pass a Green New Deal 
  • A public hearing and introduction of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 6 (Business, Professions, and Trades) to Add Chapter 7 (Tobacco Retailer License) Regulating Tobacco Product Sales and Requiring the Licensure of Tobacco Retailers
  • A public hearing and introduction of “An Ordinance of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 5 ‘Sanitation and Health’ Chapter 10 Regulating Single-use Food Service Ware” by title only and waive further reading 
  • Receive a report on options for the 2019/20 Work Plan for the Town’s allotment of Measure A funds and provide direction to staff
  • An agreement with the County of Marin to administer and construct safety improvements at signalized intersections in San Anselmo as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program Cycle 9 Grant Project
  • Consider approving the lowest responsible and responsive bid for the Bolinas Avenue Storm Drain Project per the cost share agreement with the Town of Ross
  • Receive report on the Boards and Commissions program and provide feedback on interview process and ethics training requirement
  • Receive presentation on the Department of Public Works Emergency Vehicle Access Red Curb program and provide direction to staff
The agenda and staff reports for this meeting will be available by the end of the day on the website at:
Town Hall
Reimagine Creekside Commons Logo

Reimagine Creek Park Design contest update:

On March 25, 2019, the Town selected seven landscape design firms out of fifteen amazing teams that responded to the Request for Qualification as part of the Reimagine Creek Park design competition.

Unlike traditional design competitions, which often require detailed and extensive design and technical solutions, the focus of the Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition has been to generate conceptual solutions that are most attuned and responsive to the needs and goals of the community. Submittal requirements are simpler, focusing on larger concept ideas that create a project vision for reimagining Creek Park in a clear, understandable way.

The following design teams submitted their conceptual designs on May 8:

April Philips Design Works – San Rafael
April Philips Design Works is an award-winning landscape architecture firm that designs and crafts gracious outdoor living spaces that connect people with nature. Design Matters. Nature Matters. Humanity Matters.
Dilworth Elliot Studio – San Francisco
Dilworth Eliot Studio (DBA DE+) provides architecture and design for the built environment. We believe that enhancing our individual clients’ aspirations is primary, and therefore our  value in creating appropriate solutions will take many forms. The most successful design solutions are created through diverse and productive partnerships, which render our clients and colleagues genuine collaborators.

For the Reimagine Creek Park competition, we are partnered with landscape architects Reed Gilliland, civil engineers Sherwood Design Engineers, and San Anselmo-base artist Bill Albright, all of who are critical collaborators who share our values and design sensibilities.
Fletcher Studios – San Francisco
Fletcher Studio is an innovative Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Environmental Planning collaborative. We believe people deserve to find value, meaning, and possibility in the places they encounter and occupy.
Hood Design Studio – Oakland
Hood Design Studio, Inc. (HDS), founded in 1992 in Oakland, CA, is a social art and design practice. The studio’s practice is tripartite: art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. This breadth allows us to understand each place in its scale and context, and to respond, not with a standard design, but with an approach adaptive to the particulars and specifics of a space. We strengthen endemic patterns and practices both ecological and cultural, contemporary and historic, particularly those that remain unseen or unrecognized. Urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new apertures through which to see the emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies.
RHAA – Mill Valley
RHAA is a landscape architecture and design practice grounded in the spirit of place, ecological systems, cultural patterns, artistic expression and community desires.   Our projects are found worldwide, but our headquarters and practice are deeply rooted in Marin.
SWA Group – San Francisco
SWA is a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, with studios worldwide. We partner with clients to create vibrant places that are ecologically resilient, aesthetically compelling, and socially beneficial.
Terrain Studio – Oakland
Terrain Studio is an award winning Bay Area-based landscape architecture firm that strives to create places that inspire people while regenerating the natural environment, and promoting social and economic vibrancy.
What’s Next:

The Reimagine Creek Park Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is now working to select at least three of the concept designs to move on in the competition, these will be voted on at the next CAC meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Town Council Chambers.  All seven of the concept boards will be on display at that meeting. Those finalists will present their concepts at a Town Council meeting on May 28, 2019.

The selection of the winning design firm & concept will be made by the Town Council based on the CAC evaluations and the finalists’ presentations. The winner will be announced on June 25, 2019, at the Town Council meeting.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings – all are open to the public.
For more information, please visit the project website:

Contest Entrants

Ross Valley Sanitary District Sewer Rate Discounts Available

The Ross Valley Sanitary District offers a 25% discount on sewer rates with the Sewer Service Charge Assistance Program. If your income is below the Department of Housing and Urban Planning low-income limits you may qualify for this discount. For example, if your 2018 household gross annual income is less than $82,200 for one person or $93,950 for two persons, you may qualify for this discount. When approved, your discount will appear on your County property tax forms. Click here for an upcoming 2019/20 budget year application: Completed applications need to be submitted for filing on or before June 30, 2019. At this time, all recipients must file a new application each year to remain eligible for the program.

Sorich Ranch Park


During the San Francisco Blvd. paving rehabilitation project, there will be times when the main entrance and parking lot to Sorich Ranch Park is unavailable to the public. During these times, the public may access the park using the Memorial Ridge Trail. The marked trail head is located in Memorial Park, near the batting cage on the east side of the park. There will be signage at the entrance to Sorich Ranch Park entrance on the days when the main park access is unavailable.

Open Space

San Anselmo Beautification Committee

Continuing to beautify San Anselmo! Thank you to everyone who joined the Beautification Committee last Sunday as they cleaned around the Pine St. parking lot.

San Anselmo Beautification Committee
Adopt a Spot

The San Anselmo Beautification Committee hopes to partner with the group with the shared goal of keeping our town clean and free of litter. They also hope to introduce a program called “Adopt-a-Spot" to encourage individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations to help maintain the beauty and cleanliness of San Anselmo. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in volunteering please
contact Nancy Altman - email: or call (415) 806-0359 


Bay Area Bike Challenge May 1st to 31st 

Riding is awesome! Join Bay Area Bike Challenge 2019 and let’s get more people enjoying the freedom of two wheels. More info here:

Safety Services
Central Marin Police Department

Bicycle Registration Program from the Central Marin Police Authority 

Every year, hundreds of bicycles are stolen throughout the County of Marin. 

Often, it is impossible to identify stolen bicycles due to a lack of record keeping. Accordingly, the Central Marin Police Authority has instituted a Bicycle Registry Program. This free and voluntary law enforcement, community driven service is aimed at creating a local database so that in the event of loss or theft, the likelihood of recovery is increased. This is accomplished through accurate record keeping and theft awareness measures. 

Registration services are currently available during regular business hours at both Central Marin Police facilities: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM--4:30 PM.  Police facilities are located at 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur and 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo.

For more information, go to
Library Books

Sketchbook Drawing: Perspective Outdoors

Saturday, May 18, 11am, Council Chambers
Atmospheric perspective is what we call the way objects look as they progress back into space. When drawing the landscape, something farther away is typically lighter, smaller, and higher in the drawing. In this hour-long workshop with professional artist and teacher Janet Jacobs, we'll learn how to place objects on the page to depict deep space -- space that is far away from us. Then we will go outside to draw using our new drawing techniques.
Registration is required -- sign up at the library, call 415-258-4656, or email to reserve your spot. Space is limited and all materials will be provided.


Art Talk Tuesday

When Art Went Pop: How Andy Warhol and Friends Changed Art Forever
Tuesday, May 14
12pm, Council Chambers

The cultural world exploded in many ways in the early 1960s, with visual arts in the vanguard. Learn how art moved from the serious, emotional, and virtuoso style of the Abstract Expressionists to the flash, dash, and irreverence of Andy Warhol's soup cans and
movie stars, Roy Lichtenstein’s comics, and Claus Oldenburg's soft hamburgers. It's a change that has endured, affecting what we see in art museums and galleries today. Avril Angevine will share how the Pop explosion made art fun again in this Art Talk Tuesday.

Dog Jam

Red Hill Dog Park 10th Anniversary Celebration: DOG JAM at the LOG CABIN - May 11, 2019

Music Event – Join us for an evening of music, food and fun at the American Legion Log Cabin (20 Veterans Place/adjacent to Memorial Park in San Anselmo) on Saturday, May 11, 2019 to benefit our 100% volunteer-maintained and donation-supported community dog park.
Food (sausage/hot dog bar) & drinks (beer, wine, soda, water)
will be available from 5 PM, with music from 6 to 10 PM by three
great local bands: & Friends Band (Jerry Draper, Martin O’Neill)
The Mutterers (Frank Bohan, Jimmy Hobson, Andius Jent) and
Lender (Jono Clay, Max Gustafson, Greg Moye, Mike Pannone).
All are welcome and encouraged to attend but please leave
your dogs home for this event. Tickets are available for a $20 tax
deductible donation, both at the door and in advance at

Historic Stroll

Take a Stroll Though San Anselmo's History

Travel back in time with the Historical Commission on docent-led strolls through two areas of San Anselmo.

Tour 1: Downtown San Anselmo. The tour will highlight San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue. Meet at Creek Park and stroll along San Anselmo Avenue. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for light refreshments. 
Dates are June 22, August 24, October 26.  Meet at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m.

Tour 2: The Seminary Area. Visit one of San Anselmo's oldest neighborhoods. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and architecture. Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue. This tour does involve stairs and uphill walking and is not suitable for strollers or very young children. Refreshments will be served along the way. 

Dates are June 1, July 27, September 28.  Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road and Bolinas Avenue at 9:00 a.m.

RSVP at or email 
Both tours are free.

Historic SA Pic

Boards and Commission Seats Available

Arts Commission – The Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including one youth member, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are three seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

Board of Review - The Board of Review is responsible to hear and decide appeals from employee disciplinary actions, hear and decide employee’s grievances, and hear and advise on citizen complaints against employees. Members must be residents of the Town and have a reputation for impartiality. The Board consists of five members and meets only as needed. There is one seat available.

Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of the committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There are three seats available.

Dog Park Steering Committee - The Committee provides input to the town regarding ongoing operation of the Red Hill Dog Park and to serve in an advisory capacity to the town regarding dog use issues at other town parks. The committee consists of seven community representatives, that serve a minimum of a two-year term. Members must have an interest in and commitment to the importance and value of Red Hill Dog Park and other authorized dog play areas in the Town of San Anselmo. There are two seats available.

Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 5 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are three seats available.

Historical Commission – The Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including one youth member and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are two seats available.

Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - The purpose of the oversight committee is to ensure transparency and accountability to the voters by reviewing the collection and expenditure of Library tax revenues.  The group meets twice a year to review the library budget. There is one seat available.  

Sustainability Commission – The Sustainability Commission was established to promote sustainability by enhancing opportunities for sustainable practices in San Anselmo, to secure a high quality of life for San Anselmo residents and simultaneously meeting environmental, economic and community needs.  The Commission consists of five members, plus two youth members and meets regularly on the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  There are two seats available.

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, May 13 - Arts Commission, 7 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, May 14 - Economic Development Committee, 8:45 am, Council Chambers

Tuesday, May 14 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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