Friday, July 19, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Town Council is Interviewing Applicants for Appointment

On July 17, the Town Council interviewed the first four applicants to potentially fill the vacant seat created by Councilmember Coleman's resignation. If you would like to watch the interviews from that night, the video is available online here.

On July 23 at 6 PM, the Town Council will interview the remaining applicants that have responded affirmatively to being interviewed for the appointment.

The following individuals have submitted applications for appointment to the Town Council.

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 interview schedule for the July 23rd interviews will be available by the end of the day at

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What's Happening at the Next Council Meeting?

The next Town Council meeting is on July 23 starting at 6 pm. 

  • Interviews with Town Council appointment applicants.   
  • Approve minutes of June 25, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Acknowledge and file warrant numbers 88813 to 89027 issued during the month of June 2019, in the amount of $2,519,855.61
  • Approve Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending June 2019.
  • Adopt 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.
  • Approve Special Event Application on the Town Hall Lawn for the National Night Out event, sponsored by the Central Marin Police, to be held on August 6, 2019, 5-8 p.m. (NNO)
  • Approve Special Event Application for the San Anselmo Fitness Celebration event, coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Committee, to be held on August 2, 2019.
  • Introduce by title only and waive further reading of an “An Ordinance of the Town of San Anselmo Adding Chapter 9 To Title 8 Of The San Anselmo Municipal Code To Establish a Special Tax to Fund Restoration and Ongoing Maintenance Of Memorial Park Subject to the Approval of the Voters.” 
  • Receive update on Town Council vacancy appointment and provide direction to staff. Consider appointing a new member of the Town Council to fill current Council vacancy.
  • Presentation of a certificate welcoming San Anselmo into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. (Oral presentation) 
  • Receive report from Town staff regarding statement of mutual intentions and ex parte communications and adopt revised Planning Commission Guidelines for Service. 
  • Hold a public hearing, introduce by title only and waive further reading, an Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo amending Title 10 (Planning and Zoning) Chapter 1 (Planning Commission) to amend Section 10-1.06 to require parties to meet and confer prior to appeal. 
  • Hold a public hearing to discuss a draft of “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Town Regulations For Lot Line Adjustments and Deleting Title 10 (Planning and Zoning) Chapter 2 (Subdivisions) Article 7 (Parcel Maps) Section 10-2.710 (Relocation of Lot Lines) and Adding a New Article Under Chapter 2 for Lot Line Adjustments.” 
  • Consider authorizing expenditure of up to $1375 for San Anselmo representation at the League of California Cities Annual Conference.
  • Designate the Town’s Voting Delegate to the League of California Cities annual conference.
  •  Authorize the Town Manager to enter into the attached letter agreement for the donation of $1,500,000 for the sole purpose of funding the Red Hill Avenue median landscaping improvements.
The agenda and staff reports for the July 23rd Council meeting will be available by the end of the day at

Election News

An election will be held in San Anselmo for two Town Council terms, one Town Treasurer term, and one Town Clerk term, all for three years. The filing period for candidates began on July 15 and runs through August 9. The filing period deadline will be extended to August 14 if all incumbents don’t file for candidacy. The election is November 5, 2019. For further information, please contact Town Clerk Carla Kacmar at

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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”.

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Sustainability Commission News

It’s July! Join the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission in making it a Plastic Free July! Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.  San Anselmo is the first municipality in Marin County to have passed a single use plastic ordinance that took effect on June 1. With your help we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and a more beautiful community. Be a part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics. Learn more at: 

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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.

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.
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Preparing for Extended Power Outages

Marin Health and Human Services is working closely with Marin Fire, Marin Sheriff, local jurisdictions, and community partners to prepare our most vulnerable residents for prolonged power outages due to PG&E's Public Safety Power Shut-offs.  

Wildfire season is here and Marin County residents need to be prepared for prolonged power outages related to PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risks.  Having key items, such as a working flashlight and 3-day supply of water and food, is one important component of a preparedness plan and can make it easier to cope with power outages. But residents also need to prepare and plan to evacuate and to shelter-in-place. Visit for resources to prepare yourself, your family & friends, and your neighborhood for prolonged power outages. 

If you are Marin County resident with a disability or access and functional needs (AFN), review FEMA's Preparing Makes Sense For People With Disabilities, Others with Access and Functional Needs and the Whole Community. has also developed preparedness resources specific for individuals with access and functional needs.

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Huge Book Sale This Saturday

"BUCK A BOOK" Lawn Sale set for Saturday, July 20
San Anselmo Town Books will hold its third annual "Buck a Book" sale this Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables laden with books will be set up at the Town Hall lawn, 525 San Anselmo Avenue. We have amassed a huge collection in every genre; fiction, bios, history, cooking, humor, music (including scores and song books), coffee table, drama -- even gorgeous art books are only $1. This is an old-fashioned, down-home community event that is really a lot of fun. Proceeds benefit the San Anselmo Public Library.

Upcoming Library Activities 

Teen Game Day
Monday, July 22
4 pm, Historical Museum

The library will provide a selection of board games and participants may also bring their own games to play. Friendly competition is encouraged and players of all skill levels are invited to participate. Free pizza will be served.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, July 24
10:30 am, Council Chambers
Alzheimer’s and other dementia cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Learn about the ten common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others in this presentation with the Alzheimer's Association.

Armchair Travel to Costa Rica and Panama
Monday, July 29
6:30pm, Council Chambers
Lush landscapes, a myriad of plant and animal life, and a dizzying number of things to do, Costa Rica and Panama are well known for their Adventure Tourism and colorful wildlife. These two countries also have plenty of beaches for relaxation and are home to about 7% of the world's biodiversity. Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan Adventure Tours will share Costa Rica's latest eco-friendly places to visit, Panama's newly accessible rainforest, and more! Discover Panama and Costa Rica in this armchair travel presentation at your San Anselmo Public Library.

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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
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Beatles in the Park

Gates will open at 4 pm and it is strongly suggested that you buy tickets before the event. Tickets can be bought at The San Anselmo Arts Commission has partnered with The Hub to sell food at the event. 

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.

National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 6th.

National Night Out (NNO) is Tuesday, August 6th and we are looking forward to another evening of fun and conversation with members of our communities. Please join the Central Marin Police Department as they host two "block parties" or consider organizing an activity in your neighborhood.

Now in it's 36th year, NNO was created by the National Association of Town Watch to make an organized statement against crime and is always held on the first Tuesday in August. NNO events are held across the country and encourage residents to come out and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors, police officers, fire fighters, and other community organizations.

Once again, CMPA will host block parties at two locations: in Corte Madera at Menke Park, Redwood and Corte Madera Avenues; or at our San Anselmo station, 525 San Anselmo Avenue. The parties will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and provide an opportunity to meet and chat with not only CMPA officers, but also our public safety partners from CHP, and the Central Marin and Ross Valley Fire Departments. There will be games for kids, the opportunity to see police and fire vehicles up close, and free hot dogs for all.

If you are going to hold an event in your neighborhood, please complete the registration form, including a detailed description of your activities. The NNO event registration form is available on our website at If your event also includes a street closure, you must contact the Public Works Department for a permit.

Please send your completed registration form to Margo Rohrbacher, NNO coordinator, no later than Friday, July 26, 2019. For questions or more information, contact Margo 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 August 24 and 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.

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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.  

Planning Commission – The Commission hears and determines applications for individual zoning changes, planned use developments, design reviews and such. In addition, it evaluates the General Plan and advises the Council, recommending implementing ordinances and broad changes in zoning.  The Commission consists of seven members with a range in skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Construction
  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Public relations
  • Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo community

The Commission meets on the first and third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Chambers. There is one seat 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 two 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 is one 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:

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, July 23  - Town Council, 6 pm, Council Chambers

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