Friday, September 20, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Town Hall

A Few Upcoming Considerations on the Town Council Docket

An informational report on the Town’s cannabis regulations, discuss legalizing cannabis retail commercial uses, and provide direction to staff. 

A consideration of participating in the challenge to a wireless industry petition to the Federal Communications Commission that proposes to further erode local authority over modifications to existing wireless facilities, including rules that will undo concealment measures to existing facilities and make it more difficult and expensive to ensure future expansions occur in a controlled or thoughtful manner.

Adoption of “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Adding the Open Space (OS) Zoning District and Rezoning Certain Vacant Publicly-Owned Lands to Open Space (OS) and Making Conforming Amendments to the San Anselmo Municipal Code.” See Marin IJ article written about this here:

The next Town Council meeting is on September 24, 2019 at 7 PM in the Council Chambers at 525 San Anselmo Avenue. The full agenda and packet will be available by the end of the day today at:  
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The Ross Valley Sanitary District's (RVSD) sewer improvement project on Butterfield Road is nearing completion.  The contractor will remove and replace sections of curb, gutter and sidewalk on Butterfleid Drive between Meadowcroft Drive and Arroyo Avenue, which will require traffic control throughout the day. 

Incoming traffic will be allowed in (toward Sleepy Hollow) with minimal or no delay.  Outgoing traffic will be routed on the detour, which runs on Arroyo to The Alameda to Berkeley Ave. to Broadmoor Ave. to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.  

Pavement restoration along the project area will take place on the next two Saturdays (Sept 21 and 28) using similar traffic control.
RVSD has notified neighbors in the affected area, and San Domenico School in case they have sporting events planned.

Financial Advisory Committee

Town Seeking Applicants to Newly Formed Financial Advisory Committee

At the September 10th Town Council meeting, the Council voted to create a permanent standing Financial Advisory Committee.

The charge of the Financial Advisory Committee is to:

1. Review and become familiar with the Town’s finances, budget, resource allocations and expenditures, and to make recommendations to the Town Council regarding matters affecting the Town’s financial position. 

2. Identify the Town’s primary unmet needs, which may include infrastructure repair, community facilities, community programs and events, transportation and traffic issues, median upgrades or code enforcement, as identified in the Strategic Planning survey, as well as other needs. 

Make recommendations to the Town Council regarding how best to accomplish and fund the Town’s priority needs.

The Town is looking for five interested individuals representing a wide variety of the community, including families, professionals, seniors, etc.

The Committee would meet at least quarterly and it is intended that the Committee would have a couple of joint meetings yearly with the Capital Programs Monitoring Committee.

To apply, please go here:

Open Space

San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Candidate’s Debate

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate for the four candidates running for two seats on the San Anselmo Town Council. The debate will be held on Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Drake High School "Little Theatre".
The event will be moderated by Marin Independent Journal Columnist Dick Spotswood.

There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event is free and open to all. The debate will be posted to Youtube and also shown on Marin Community TV (schedules to be determined).


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 

Ride and Drive

EV Test Drive Event - FREE

Curious about driving an electric car or riding an e-bike? Want to save thousands on an new EV? Ride and drive ‘em at College of Marin on September 21st from 2 - 5:30 pm!

It’s a FREE community event where you can test drive. BONUS: attendees will get priority
access to EV discounts available through a group purchase.

Get your questions answered by EV owners and learn about environmental benefits, rebates
and incentives. Join the pack and drive electric today. RSVP today!


Sustainability Commission News

The Town of San Anselmo will soon be considering green building and energy efficiency standards for residential and non-residential building projects. The proposed standards include requirements 1.) new residential and nonresidential construction to meet CalGreen (the mandatory green building standards code) Tier 1; 2.) new structures that use natural gas to meet higher energy efficiency standards; 3.) new residential structures to be wired for future electric vehicle chargers; and 4.) new commercial structures to be wired for future electric vehicle chargers or provide a certain number of charging stations. The first presentation will be at the Planning Commission Meeting on 9/23/2019 at 7PM. 

Library Books
Music Notes

Violin and Cello Fall Concert

Friday, September 27 12pm, Library Reading Room

Enjoy live music in our Library Reading Room with violinist Charmian Stewart and cellist Amanda Craver. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

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Town Books News

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 26, 27, 28 from 10:00 to 4:00. TOWN BOOKS is located at 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. Choose from 4,000 books in a wide range of categories, CDs, DVDs, and Audiobooks. For more information, call 415-526-3791 or go to Proceeds benefit the San Anselmo Public Library. 

Come pick up a copy of the book club selection at the library reference desk!

Bookworms--Grades 3-5
Wednesday, September 25, 3pm
Council Chambers
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

Book Club
Country Fair Day

Country Fair Day

Written by the San Anselmo Historical Commission

San Anselmo’s Country Fair Day has been held almost continuously since 1970 and has always been an event put on by the community for the community. A large team of staff and volunteers work each year to make the event a success. It is a family event that has often featured a pancake breakfast, a walk/run race, music, and a truly down-home parade.
The first fair was held June 5-6, 1970, and was sponsored by the merchants of San Anselmo Avenue. Sales and discounts were offered and there was music and a kiddie parade. The avenue was closed to traffic from Tunstead to Tamalpais on Saturday, the 6th.
Under sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce, Country Fair Day became a more elaborate event through the 1970s. By 1975, 140 bands, floats and marching units from Marin and Northern California participated. Marji, the elephant from Marine World, marched in the parade, and the parade route extended from Bolinas Avenue to Bridge.

In 1978, Star Wars characters marched in the parade for the first time. Darth Vader was accompanied by Boba Fett who made his first public appearance well before The Empire Strikes Back was in the theaters. It was an extremely hot day, and the actor wearing Darth Vader’s black suit required medical attention. A 4.4 mile foot race through town attracted 500 participants.

Fair sponsorship was changed from the Chamber of Commerce to a town-wide planning committee in 1981. This was also the only year that the fair was held in the spring (May 16-17). It included the Pickle Family Circus at Memorial Park as well as the downtown parade, off-road bike race, town-wide sidewalk sale and an American Legion barbeque and dance with country music at the Log Cabin.
Festivities, a picnic and entertainment, were relocated to Bouick Field on San Francisco Theological Seminary grounds in 1983 due to a storm-damaged bridge in Creek Park. The parade theme was “Making Music.”
Starting in the late 1980s, the Downtown Business Association sponsored Country Fair Day. The fair by that time had settled into a pattern of a set theme, a pancake breakfast at the fire station, music in Creek Park, food and crafts booths, and a parade with 40-50 local groups participating. The Town celebrated America, the 50s, the Roaring Twenties, Mardi Gras, San Anselmo’s history in movie-making, its railroad history and its entry into the digital age.
In 2000, coordination of the Fair was assumed by Town staff, and its name was changed to Community Fair Day. The Town was forced to cancel the fair in 2006 due the New Year’s Eve 2005 flood and a severe financial crisis, but the Chamber of Commerce, merchants and volunteers stepped in and brought back Country Fair Day with a real country theme, “Down on the Farm.”
Country Fair Day was on hiatus in 2007 and 2008. The Town celebrated its centennial in 2007 with a number of events, including a town picnic at Memorial Park, but Country Fair Day and the parade were not held. It returned in 2009 and continues to showcase our Town with a parade, pancake breakfast at the fire station, children’s activities and street booths populated with community groups, artisans and shopkeepers.
Country Fair Day

Country Fair Day is set for Sunday, September 29th
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the 49th Annual Country Fair Day, a true community celebration in downtown San Anselmo. This popular community festival showcases our Town with a parade, children’s activities, community booths, live music, and delicious food.
Community Booths and Kids Entertainment ~ From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm the Avenue will be lined with community booths, as well as kids activities!
Parade down San Anselmo Avenue ~ 11:00 am
Food ~ all day
Music ~ There will be live music 
Cedarsville ~ An exciting new addition to Country Fair Day is “Cedarsville”, situated in Imagination Park and sponsored by Cedars as a kickoff to their 100th anniversary of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Cedarsville” will feature a free Ferris wheel, a free giant slide, and a mini-town with a variety of activities including collaborative art projects, a farm stand, and so much more.
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out! To submit a parade application, please contact the Recreation Department at (415) 258- 4640 or email

Movies in the Park

6:30 Seating, 7:15 Trivia & Raffle
7:30 Movies Start Time (September 2019) 

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights.  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 2019 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 Through 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 are two seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

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.

Economic Development Committee - 
The Committee’s charge is to work with local businesses and the community at large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  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 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 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 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:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, September 23 - Planning Commission, 7 pm, Council Chambers
Monday, September 23 - Sustainability Commission 7 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, September 24 - Town Council 7 pm, Council Chambers

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