Friday, August 30, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Eyes Up Ross Valley

EYES UP Ross Valley Safe Driving Campaign Survey

Eyes Up is a grassroots campaign created by Butterfield Road residents with assistance from Supervisor Rice’s office at the County of Marin and Safe Routes to Schools.  It is designed to address traffic safety and is specifically directed at residents of San Anselmo and Fairfax including parents at schools on the Butterfield corridor.  Please take 2 minutes to complete this brief survey. Your participation will help with the planning of this important initiative.

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Town offering Harassment Training Workshop for Businesses on 9/26

2019 Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training 
Sept 26th 6:00 – 8:30 pm

The San Anselmo Economic Development Committee and Marin Small Business Development Center are offering a $10 workshop September 26 6-8:30 p.m. to take care of mandatory 2019 harassment training for supervisors and non-supervisors. Sign up here or email
If you are a business with 5 or more staff (includes part time and full time employees or independent contractors), then you are required by the State to have everyone on your team take a sexual harassment training. Supervisors must take a 2-hour training and non-supervisors must take a 1-hour training and this workshop will give you the needed certificate for either one. If you are a non-supervisor, you may leave after the first hour. This may not sound like a sexy topic, but it is mandatory to do by the end of this year (2019).  Take advantage of our special Small Business Week gift and check this off your list now for the cheapest price you will ever pay for it. This session will be interactive, educational and engaging.
Instructor Ginny Kuhel of KuhelBreez Human Resources Consultant, has over two decades of experience in human resources.  Ginny specializes in working with small business owners who have  1 - 50 employees, helping them maneuver through the California landmine of labor laws and regulations, staying compliant and avoiding costly labor lawsuits. She manages all Human Resource needs and concerns that most business owners do not have ample time in their busy days to handle. Teaching is one of her passions, providing executive and employees with informational and fun seminars.
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made  if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Miriam Karell at 415-524-3560 or at    

Sign up soon, space is limited!


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 on November 5, 2019. The candidates are as follows:

Kim Pipkin for Councilmember 

Tom King for Councilmember 

Ford Greene for Councilmember

Steve Burdo for Councilmember
Elizabeth Dahlgren for Town Treasurer 

Carla Kacmar for Town Clerk 

Open Space
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Trip for Kids - 30 Years Strong in Marin County!

Do you know about Trips for Kids? This incredible non-profit has been tirelessly teaching life skills and providing support for underprivileged youth as well as maintaining a parts and used bike resource for 30 years. Please take a few moments and head on over to their website and check out some of the programs that they run, including: Earn-A-Bike, Trail Rides, Mobile Bike Workshops, and the Re-Cyclery (a shop where you can donate your bike, or pick up quality used bikes and/or parts). The Re-Cyclery proceeds are used to help fund the kids programs.

Town Safety

Wildfire Preparedness Seminar

Join us for a FREE 2-hour seminar on wildfire preparedness for San
Anselmo and Ross Valley residents.

As Marin residents, we all share responsibility to be prepared for wildfires. Wildfires are a
natural part of our environment, and it’s imperative that we build our homes, maintain our
landscapes, and prepare our families for the next major fire.

Learn about Marin’s wildfire history and current hazard and risk, and what you can do about it, from the wildfire experts at Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments, and

• Are you and your family prepared to safely evacuate when a wildfire strikes?Learn about local evacuation routes and notification systems.
• Is your home vulnerable to igniting from wildfire embers?
• Learn how to make your home resistant to igniting during a wildfire.
• Does your home have adequate Defensible Space?
• Learn about fire-resistant plants and landscaping.
• Are you interested in working with neighbors and land managers to reduce fire risk
in your community?
• Learn about local fire codes, ordinances, and defensible space requirements.
• Learn about countywide and local initiatives to reduce risk and improve wildfire
safety for all Marin residents.

This workshop is intended primarily for residents, homeowners, and regular visitors to San
Anselmo and the Ross valley, CA. Registration online at is
encouraged, but not required.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, FIRESafe MARIN, Subud
Marin, and Firewise San Francisco Blvd will host this seminar, consisting of a 90-minute
presentation on wildfire preparedness, with an opportunity to meet your fire department and for 30 minutes of questions and answers.

Additional "Living WIth Fire" seminars will be held across Marin in 2019 (see for details). Each “Living With Fire” session will focus on
issues facing the community hosting the event.

This seminar will include information specific to residents of San Anselmo and the Ross

Living with Fire

511 Traveler Information Service Adds Emergency Text Alerts

Text 511Alert to 888777 for a Free Heads-up on Transportation Emergencies

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced the newest addition to its award-winning 511 SF Bay service with the launch of a text-based mass notification feature for travelers in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Known as 511 Emergency Alerts, this new service will inform users, who opt-in to receive alert messages, of transportation emergencies including freeway closures and severe transit disruptions.

“A high-magnitude earthquake, tsunami, terrorist attack or other catastrophe likely would have a significant impact on roadways and transit systems alike,” noted Janet Banner, MTC’s 511 Program Manager. “We’re using the latest technology to increase travelers’ awareness of how transportation is affected during large-scale emergencies. 511’s accurate and timely delivery of information during an emergency will help protect travelers’ safety, and help them understand their transportation options and to adjust travel plans accordingly if necessary.”

511 Emergency Alerts is powered by Nixle, a unit of Burlington, Mass.-based Everbridge, Inc., and a leader in mass notification systems, which allows 511 to provide alerts using a reliable and consistent service. Customers who opt-in will receive accurate and timely information gathered from various government sources and sent directly to their mobile devices, free of charge, via SMS text message. The emergency text alerts will complement the free traveler information 511 SF Bay already provides on, on the 511 phone service, via social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through open data feeds.

Users can sign up for 511 Emergency Alerts by simply using their mobile phone to text 511Alert (no space) to 888777. After subscribing, an automated text message response will confirm the registration. While the text messages are free, users are encouraged to contact their wireless service provider to determine whether they will incur charges for receiving text messages on their mobile device. More information about 511 Emergency Alerts is available on

Library Books
A fire story

Marin Comics Fest: A Fire Story with Brian Fies

Monday, September 9 6:30pm, Library Reading Room

Early in the morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California. Award-winning graphic novelist Brian Fies lost his home and most of his possessions. Brian has written and illustrated a first-hand account of this tragedy in his latest work, A Fire Story. Brian will talk about his work and share how comics can show tragedy and laughter. All ages are welcome to attend. 

Genghis Khan

Art Talk Tuesday

Genghis Khan: Hero or Tyrant
Tuesday, September 10
12pm, Council Chambers

Genghis Khan and his descendants dominated the largest land empire in history. His legacy continued to influence history for over eight hundred years. Discover the story of the Khans through art and objects from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s collection.

Adult Tennis

Register for FALL Adult Tennis!

at Cañon Swim & Tennis Club, Fairfax
Ages: 16 years and older
Instructor: Tennis in Marin

Students will be introduced to the basic skills of tennis, including forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Emphasis is on proper stroke technique and enjoyment.

Introduction to Tennis (Level 1)
September 9 - October 28 (8 classes)
6:00 - 7:30pm
$200 non res or $190 resident

September 12 - October 31 (8 classes)
10:30am - 12:00pm
$200 non res or $190 resident

Intermediate (Level 3/3.0)
September 11 - October 30 (8 classes)
6:00 - 7:30pm
$200 non res or $190 resident
September 12 - October 30 (8 classes)
9:00 - 10:30am
$200 non res or $190 resident

Register Here!

Summer Dates to Calendar

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.

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
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. 
The remaining date is 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. 

The remaining date is 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, September 10  - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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