Friday, June 28, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager


Thank you Kay Coleman!

Longtime resident and Town Council Member Kay Coleman had her last San Anselmo Town Council meeting on this past Tuesday. It was standing room only as everyone wished her farewell and expressed their appreciation for everything she has done over the years for the town. 

As a 47-year resident of San Anselmo, Kay has exemplified the meaning of being a Town leader. As a teacher at Drake High School, a member of the Town's Parks and Recreation Commission, as Community Resources Director for the Town and finally, for the past 10 years as a member of the Town Council, Kay has given her time, energy and skill towards efforts to bring the community together. Kay was the lead in the Downtown Beautification Project which brought improvements to the downtown commercial area. She cultivated many volunteer project through her work with the San Anselmo Volunteer Effort (S.A.V.E.). Some of Kay's most lasting work is through the many events and gatherings she put together that are still going strong and have become great traditions in town. These include the annual Beatles Tribute and the annual Picnics on the Plaza concert series. Kay has organized and helped run countless Country Fair Day events, and many Town picnics and other gatherings.

As Kay moves on to new chapters with her husband Carter, we all wish her the best!

The following is a link to a recent Marin IJ article about Kay:

Applicants for Appointment to Town Council

The following individuals have submitted applications for appointment to the Town Council following the vacancy created by Council member Coleman’s resignation.

Will Burke - Application
Frank Gomez - Application
Marie Henrio - Application
Steve Burdo - Application
Katie Rice Jones - Application
Alexis Fineman - Application
Nicolas Pommier - Application
Tom King - Application, Letter
Kim Pipkin - Application, Summary of Achievements

The Town is currently finalizing the dates that interviews will be conducted. As soon as dates have been secured an interviewees have been scheduled, an agenda will be forthcoming. 

Creekside Commons

Reimagine Creek Park Design Contest Update 

On June 25, 2019 the Reimagine Creek Park Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made their recommendation to the Town Council for the winning design. With a majority vote the Town Council chose RHAA as the winning concept/team for the Reimagine Creek Park Design Contest. Congratulations to the winning team!  

As background, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the four finalist landscape design firms (April Philips Design Works, Fletcher Studios, RHAA, SWA Group) presented their concepts at the San Anselmo Town Council meeting. These four firms delivered concepts were above and beyond expectations. They were all unique and winning concepts. The following is a link to the presentations:
More information about the Reimagine Creek Park project can be found on the website:

Town Hall

What happened at the Town Council meeting?

  • Approved minutes of June 11, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 2019.
  • Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 2019.
  • Adopted “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.
  • Authorized the Town Manager to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Marin Housing Authority for the administration of the Below Market Rate (BMR) Homeownership program
  • Adopted a Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Renewing and Continuing the Local Emergency Related to Storm Activity and Landslides Occurring in February 2019.
  • Declared the 2007 Ford and 1994 Bucket Truck as surplus to the needs of the Town, and authorize the Town Manager or his designee to dispose of the vehicles by any appropriate means.
  • Appointed applicants to the Capital Programs Monitoring Committee, Flood Committee, Library Advisory Board, and Arts Commission.
  • Approved a resolution calling a special election to be held on November 5, 2019, submitting to the voters an ordinance imposing a flat $98 per-unit special tax for restoration and maintenance of Memorial Park, over a period of 30 years
  • Approved the recommendation from the Reimagine Creek Park Community Advisory Committee in selecting the winner of the Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition. Authorize the Town Manager, pending successful private fundraising, to enter into a contract with the chosen firm for design services not to exceed $150,000.Direct the Town Manager to convene a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to help oversee the public process portion of the design development and conduct fundraising for the project. 
  • Adoption of the proposed 2019-2020 Budget and Work Plan and provide direction to staff. 
  • Approved resolution proposing an election be held in San Anselmo for two (2) Town Council, one (1) Town Clerk and one (1) Town Treasurer with 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 Registrar of Voters; and providing for candidate's statement of qualifications and filing fee.
  • Received report on Council vacancy process and provided direction to staff. 
The agenda,staff reports and video for this meeting are available on the website:
Connect San Anselmo

New Web Portal for Plugging into Town Hall

The Town has launched a new communication effort to encourage you to explore the many ways you can connect with the information and services that the Town offers. Whether you are a looking to open a business, find an after-school activity for your kids, or attend a Town event, this portal will show you all the best ways to “Connect San Anselmo”.

It's as simple as!

Open Space
Where does it go

Where Does It Go, Joe?

It can be difficult to know what material goes into what container, but it’s very important that we avoid contaminating our recycling or compostable streams.
When in doubt, use the Marin Sanitary Service’s handy “Where Does It Go, Joe?” online tool to find out what material goes where.


Sustainable Living and Climate Action Workshop 

Are you ready to explore the latest in climate action and local sustainability? Resilient Neighborhoods offers free workshop series to lower your carbon footprint and get prepared for emergencies. You will achieve measurable results over five meetings and meet great people who also care about a healthy planet.  Have fun calculating your personal carbon footprint, and taking effective, meaningful, and money-saving actions to reduce it. You’ll get prepared for emergencies and help build a stronger, safer, and healthier community. Over 1,200 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods.  All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more at

Town Safety


For Drivers

  • Approach. Slow down on approach to the roundabout and yield to pedestrians that may be present at or in the crosswalk.
  • Enter. At the entry line, yield to any vehicles already in the roundabout then enter when there is a suitable gap in traffic.
  • Proceed. Continue around the center island in a counterclockwise direction and do not stop in the roundabout.
  • Exit. Upon coming to correct exit, signal and proceed out of the roundabout. Yield to any pedestrians at or in the crosswalk.
For Bicyclists
  • Bicyclists may ride in the roadway through the roundabout, obeying the same rules of the road as motor vehicles, or proceed along a side path and cross at the marked pedestrian crosswalks.
For Pedestrians
  • Use the sidewalks or side paths provided around the perimeter of the roundabout. After deciding to cross, approach the marked crossing, make eye contact with the driver and wait for vehicles to yield.
Library Books
Corte Madera Parade

Annual Corte Madera – Larkspur Fourth of July Parade and Festival

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Corte Madera and Larkspur will once again be celebrating the Fourth of July with a parade and arts & crafts festival at Corte Madera Town Park. We hope the following information on the day’s festivities will aid our residents and those coming to join the celebration.

PARADE: The route will be the same as in previous years. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. from Redwood High School in Larkspur and proceed west on Doherty Drive. It turns south on Magnolia Avenue to Corte Madera Avenue, then east onto Redwood Avenue, then east again on Tamalpais Drive, continuing to Madera Boulevard. The parade will end at Tamalpais Drive and Madera Boulevard. Central Marin Police will close the streets starting at 10:00 a.m. for the parade. The streets will remain closed until the parade reaches its ending point at approximately 1:30 p.m.

ROAD CLOSURES: After 10:00 a.m. motorists will only be able to turn on Madera Boulevard from westbound Tamalpais Drive, or turn into the Corte Madera Town Center from the south side once the parade has started. If you wish to park in the shopping center, we recommended you take the Madera Boulevard exit from Highway 101 Southbound, or the Paradise Drive exit from 101 Northbound. Magnolia Avenue southbound traffic will be closed at Bon Air Road. Corte Madera Avenue traffic will be closed at the town limits for through traffic and at the intersection with Redwood Avenue for the parade. Traffic entering the area from Lucky Drive will have to turn onto Tamal Vista Boulevard as the road will be closed at Lucky Drive and Fifer Ave. Additionally, Pixley Avenue will be closed throughout the day. Access will be restricted to residents of Pixley and lower Redwood Avenues. It will also be used for parking for the arts and craft people in the tennis court parking area.

GLASS CONTAINERS & ALCOHOL: Glass containers are banned from Corte Madera Town Park. Alcohol being carried into the park is also limited by town ordinance. Alcohol violations associated with minors in possession, contributing, and drunkenness will be strictly enforced.

There will be a visible police presence to ensure a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration for all attendees.

Ed Hardy

Art Talk Tuesday

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin

Tuesday, July 9
12pm, Council Chambers
Dive deep into the life and work of renowned tattoo artist Ed Hardy with Kathryn Zupsic, a docent from the de Young Museum. Hardy's work has its inspiration in both traditional American tattooing of the first half of the twentieth century and Japan's ukiyo-e era culture. Track Hardy's goal of elevating the tattoo from its "outsider" status to a more important visual art form in paintings, drawings, and prints.

Summer Reading 

Teen summer Reading:

Sign up at the San Anselmo Library and pick up a Bingo card anytime between June 10 and August 1.

Get a certificate from Swirl for completing your first bingo line (across, up-and-down, or diagonal), plus a raffle ticket to enter the grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire HD, Makala Shark Soprano Ukulele, or Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera.

Keep going! Choose an outer space pin for your second bingo line, plus a raffle ticket. You’ll receive raffle tickets for completing your third and fourth bingos (the lines can overlap). Blackouts receive an additional chance to win!

Adult Summer Reading Flyer
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


"Harmony" Juried Exhibition 2019

A community art exhibition in collaboration with the San Anselmo Arts Commission and in celebration of Cedars Centennial: 100 years of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Call for artists in Ross Valley living in San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield and Fairfax.
Sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, and fiber art
Deadline for entry is  June 26, 2019
Exhibition dates are August 2, 2019 – September 13, 2019
Opening reception is August 2, 2019, 5-7 pm
For more information please visit:

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 be on Saturday from 9 AM to 10 AM on the Town Hall Lawn. 

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.  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 is one seat 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 is one seat 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 are two seats available.  

Parks & Recreation Commission – The Commission advises the Council and the Parks & Recreation staff on the planning of the recreation activities, the development of Town parks and management of public lands. The Commission consists of seven members, including one youth member and meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. There are seats 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.

Tax Equity Board – The Board is charged with hearing applications for tax rebate from San Anselmo property owners claiming inability to pay the Town’s Municipal Services Tax and Pension Override Tax.  The Board consists of three members and meets once a year in the spring.  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, July 1 - Planning Commission, 7 PM, Council Chambers

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