Friday, June 7, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Public Notice of Council Vacancy

The San Anselmo Town Council is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Council resulting from the resignation of Council member Kay Coleman, who will step down at the end of June, 2019. The successful candidate will serve the residents of the Town of San Anselmo from the time of the appointment by Town Council until December 2020, completing Council member Coleman’s current term.
The person named to fill the vacant Council position would have to stand for election at the November 3, 2020 General Election if s/he wishes to continue serving on the Council beyond December 2020.
How to Apply:
Applications are available at the San Anselmo Town Clerk’s Office, 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, California, 94960.
To apply online, visit the following link:
For a fillable PDF file that can be printed, signed and either brought or mailed to the Clerk, please visit the following link:
The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2019. It is expected that Council will conduct applicant interviews on July 23, 2019 prior to the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting that evening.

Town Hall

What's on the agenda for the next Town Council meeting?

  • Approve minutes of May 28, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Acknowledge and file warrant numbers 88596 to 88812 issued during the month of May 2019, in the amount of $1,885,139.86.
  • Adopt Resolution Renewing the Declaration of Local Emergency.
  • Adoption of “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code section 2-1.03 (Council Vacancies).”
  • Approval of resolution setting the Statement of Investment Policy for fiscal year 2019-20.
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Marin County Sheriff’s Department Office of Emergency Services (OES) for Provision of Emergency Management Services.
  • Approve and authorize the Mayor to sign response to the 2018-2019 Marin County Civil Grand Jury Report ‘Wildfire Preparedness A New Approach Report’. 
  • Public hearing and review of the proposed 2019-2020 Budget and Work Plan and provide direction to staff. 
  • Receive presentation on new web portal and communication effort called Connect San Anselmo and consider approval of funding for public outreach. (ORAL PRESENTATION) 
  • Hold a public hearing and introduce “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. 
  • Approve a resolution adopting the San Anselmo Climate Action Plan 2030. 
  • Approve resolution proposing an election be held in San Anselmo for two (2) Town Council terms of three (3) years; requesting the Marin County Board of Supervisors to consolidate with any other election conducted on November 5, 2019; requesting election services by the County Clerk; and providing for candidate’s statement of qualifications and filing fee.
The agenda and staff reports for this meeting will be available by the end of the day on the website at:

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.

Open Space

Town Council to consider 2030 Climate Action Plan on June 11

The Town Council is scheduled to consider the 2030 Climate Action Plan on June 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. The 2030 Climate Action Plan may be viewed at the Town website:

We welcome your comments on the plan! Email comments to

Foodware at Yolo

Public Hearing for Single Use Foodware Ordinance on June 11

On June 11 the Town Council will consider amendments to the Town Single Use Foodware Ordinance. The Ordinance encourages use of reusable utensils, plates, and cups. Disposable food and beverage containers must be unlined fiber compostable food ware. Disposable utensils must be wood. Disposable plastics, including single-use bags, polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) containers, straws, stirrers, beverage plugs, and utensils are prohibited. Accessory items like straws, are “only on request” or as self-serve. At the next Town Council meeting the Town Council will consider:

  • Requiring businesses to use reusable food ware for dine-in service (for example, reusable plates instead of paper plates);
  • Allowing additional alternative items when compostable items are not available;
  • Requiring a 3-part waste bin for trash, compost and recycling (full-service restaurants would be exempt); and
  • A 25-cent charge for disposable cups to encourage reusables cups (business would retain the cup charge and can set any price for beverages).

San Anselmo has partnered with the national non-profit Clean Water Action’s ReThink Disposable program to offer outreach, education, and technical assistance to help businesses comply with the Ordinance and to identify cost-saving practices to reduce harmful food ware. They have already helped our new frozen yogurt shop Yolo at 245 San Anselmo Avenue, an early adopter of the Foodware Ordinance, prepare for all their new reusables.
Please contact with any questions or comments.

Town Safety
Library Books
Shipwrecks of Marin

Tunstead Live!

Shipwrecks of Marin
Friday, June 21
7:30pm, Council Chambers

Marin County’s steep shores,treacherous currents, and frequent fogs have been the doom of hundreds of ships for over four hundred years. Hear tales full of danger and heroism, of pathos and high adventure, when local historian Brian Crawford tells the stories of the most significant wrecks on our coasts and shares his new book, Shipwrecks of Marin.

Doors open at 7pm for a wine reception in the Historical Museum. Copies of Brian’s book, Shipwrecks of Marin, will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the San Anselmo Library, the Library Parcel Tax, and the San Anselmo Historical Society.

Art Talk Tuesday

Art Talk Tuesday

Timeless Traditions: Expressions of the Divine in Indian Art

Tuesday, June 11
12 pm, Council Chambers
Discover the vast array of Indian art through its major belief systems with Kalpana Desai, a docent from the Asian Art Museum of San
Francisco. Explore the artist styles of Indian art through the prism of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Tumbling with Juan

Don't forget that Juan's Gym will be open for jumping, tumbling, stretching, and hanging this summer! You can sign up for the whole session or just drop-in on any day. Classes run from the week of June 17th through the week of August 12th.

Toddler Tumbling Programs
Mondays-Saturdays ~ $17/class drop-in fee
8:30 am (1-2 yr olds)
9:30 am (1-2 yr olds)
10:30 am (2-3 yr olds)
Youth Tumbling & Gymnastics Programs
Mondays-Saturdays ~ $19/class drop-in fee
11:30 am (3-5 yr olds)
Fridays ~$19/class drop-in fee
1:30 pm (6-7 yr olds)
2:30 pm (8-9 yr olds)
3:30pm (7-8 yr olds)
4:30 pm (7+ yr olds)
Open Gym
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays ~ $10/class drop-in fee
5:30-7:30 pm (7+ yr olds)
Saturdays ~ $10/class drop-in fee
3:30-5:30 pm
Mini Gymnastics Camp
Mondays-Thursdays (7-12 yr olds)
1:30-4:30 pm
$190/$180 for the week or $50/daily drop-in

Don't forget that Date Night and Parties will still be available throughout the summer too!

Register here

Summer Dates to Calendar

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park  - Saturdays in June through October 2019, 6-10 p.m., Creek Park

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 27th for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  Movies begin when it becomes dark enough and will generally run two hours. The films are generally acceptable for all audiences, but parental guidance and child supervision is always recommended. To view the list of films, CLICK HERE.

Film genres will include Action, Animation, SciFi, Classics, Comedies and Feel-good Favorites. The 2018 season movies were selected from an exhaustive list of requests from members of the community, merchants and business owners, then cross-referenced and licensed by the Motion Picture Association for public viewing. Many "favorites" are not available due to licensing restrictions and "black-out" periods by motion picture studios.

For complete information, visit
San Anselmo Garden Exchange

San Anselmo Garden Exchange

Founded in 2009, the Marin Open Garden Project is an all-volunteer gardening community in Marin County which sponsors weekly garden exchanges. The idea is for neighbors to meet every Saturday to exchange excess produce from their gardens (or flowers or seedlings or eggs or honey…).
The next San Anselmo Garden Exchange will kick off on Saturday, June 8 from 9 AM to 10 AM on the Town Hall Lawn. 

Petting Zoo

Summer Reading
Kick-Off Event

Little Explorers Petting Zoo
Wednesday, June 19
2-4pm, Library Lawn

Pose with a pig. Dance with a duck! Grin with a goat. Admire the alpaca. Little Explorers returns with a barnyard of wonderful animals for you to pet and hold..

Cedars Stand

The Cedars Stand

The Cedars folks are running a stand on the Town Hall lawn on Wednesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting June 5.  Stop by to meet our neighbors and see the beautiful textile arts and incredible produce and flowers available for sale at the stand.

The Cedars of Marin runs programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ross, San Anselmo and San Rafael.  Within the Cedars Textile Art Center, a participant-run co-op manages a large garden producing flowers, fruit and vegetables, which are sold to the public.  The center is also home to weaving and craft programs producing hand-woven textiles and crafts.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park – Various Sundays in June and July, 4 – 6 p.m., Creek Park

The Music in the Park series began in 2000, and is hosted by the San Anselmo Arts Commission. These events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy contemporary and classic music at Creek Park for free. (No dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at

June 23            Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix tribute band 
June 30             Wilder - Bohemian folk rock 
July 14              Rowan Brothers - American country rock
July 21             Highway Poets - Soul infused rock 

17th Annual Beatles Tribute – Saturday, July 27, 6 – 10 p.m., Creek Park

Come Together as San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles. $20 Adults/$5 Kids 12 and under.  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Gates will open for everyone at 4 p.m. (no dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at

Last year's concert sold out so please buy your tickets early    

Picnics on the Plaza

Picnics on the Plaza – Fridays, August 2 through September 6, 5 – 8 p.m., Town Hall Plaza

Back for its seventh year, the POP events feature music and family fun.  Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event.  For more information, visit the Town’s website at and click on the Town Calendar link.

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 July 27 and 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 nine members and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Historical Museum.  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 is one seat 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 is one seat available.

To apply, please go here:

San Anselmo Arts Commission Summer 2019 Internship

San Anselmo Arts Commission is a non-profit that promotes art and culture in the Ross Valley.  They are looking for a summer intern June-August to help with public awareness, outreach, and communication.  This non-paying internship will require a minimum of 3 hours per week dedication for a high school or college student.   For more information please visit our website at

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, June 10 - Arts Commission, 7 PM, Historical Museum
Tuesday, June 11 - Economic Development Committee, 8:45 AM, Council Chambers
Tuesday, June 11 - Town Council, 7 PM, Council Chambers

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