Friday, November 22, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Holiday Lighting

Holiday Lighting Event

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the San Anselmo Recreation Department, is bringing to you the 2019 Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

The event will be held in Imagination Park (535 San Anselmo Avenue) on Saturday, December 7th, at 5 pm. Santa will arrive in style by 5:15 pm on a fire truck and then after there will be selfies with Santa, treats for the kids, complimentary refreshments, and holiday craft projects.

This is event is graciously sponsored by United Markets, Equator Coffee, Coldwell Bankers, and Creekside Pizza.


Upcoming Council Meeting Items

  • Approve a ten-year contract extension with Marin Sanitary Service as recommended by the Refuse and Recycling Subcommittee. 
  • Approve funding for emergency battery back-up power for traffic signals.
  • Consider recommendation of Open Space Committee and adopt Council policy and guidelines for benches, picnic tables, and other improvements in Public Open Space.
  • Authorize Town Manager to Execute Charitable Gift Agreement for Donation of Imagination Park to the Town of San Anselmo and to Execute a Certificate of Acceptance for the Property.
  • Hold a public hearing and introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 3 (Zoning), Article 5 (Parking and Loading Regulations), Section 10-3.504(b)(3) and Chapter 6 (Accessory Dwelling Units), Articles 1-3 to Bring the Town Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations into Conformance With 2019 State Housing Bills” by title only and waive further reading.
The full agenda and staff reports will be posted by the end of the day at: 
Age Friendly San Anselmo logo

Age-Friendly Survey - 

Share Your Ideas and Comments

Over 300 survey responses have been collected!! Don’t miss your opportunity. Use the link below to make your voice heard.

To take the short survey please visit:

Age Friendly San Anselmo is collecting survey responses from residents of San Anselmo over the age of 55. Survey responses will help illuminate the needs of the community and guide next steps for the Age Friendly Task Force.

Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Isabel Cook Community Center, library, and town hall. We kindly ask all responses be submitted before Thanksgiving Day, 11/28/2019.

If you would like to request a hard copy survey or have any questions, please e-mail Kevin MacLeod at


Thanksgiving Office Hours

Offices at Town Hall, Recreation and the Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. The Library will be open on Saturday, November 30.
While Town Hall offices are closed, the Police and Fire are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise. 

Holiday Parking

 The Town of San Anselmo is providing FREE four-hour parking to holiday shoppers. The free four-hour holiday shopping period begins on Friday, November 29, and will continue through January 1. During this period, the parking meters will not be operating. There will be enforcement for parking over the four hour limit.  And, as always, the disabled, red zone and other safety related parking violations will be enforced.

Work During the Holiday Season

No work will be allowed in the public right of way during Thanksgiving weekend from November 28th--December 1, and from December 24th--January 1st, unless there is an emergency.

Friends of the Library painting

Help Shape the Future - Play Mayor of Bayville to Inform Plan Bay Area 2050

Do you have what it takes to lead a growing city into the future? Play now to find out — Bayville needs you.
MTC and ABAG announced the launch of the Mayor of Bayville, their very first online game. In the fictional Bay Area city of Bayville, you are the Mayor and you make the rules. Start with a budget. Invest in what you believe in. Improve the city. Look to the future. Are you up to the challenge?
The game is designed to involve residents in Plan Bay Area 2050, a planning process identifying strategies to make the Bay Area more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant for all. The Mayor of Bayville allows players to chart the course for their city by creating plans for transportation, housing, the environment and the economy. Ready to be mayor? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Playing the game takes about five minutes.
  2. Participation is anonymous.
  3. The game will be available until mid-December 2019.

Your choices as Mayor will have real-world impact, as the decisions you make in the game will help determine which strategies should be recommended as part of Plan Bay Area 2050. The game is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Help shape the Bay Area’s future — play Mayor of Bayville. Go to to get started!

Town Books

Town Books News

Following the frenzy of Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. To celebrate, Town Books is having a store-wide half-price sale on Saturday, November 30, 10 am-4 pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on your winter reading or find great gifts for everyone on your list. For your added holiday shopping convenience, Town Books will be open 10 am-4 pm on the four Sundays before Christmas: December 1, 8, 15, and 22.

You’ll find the usual assortment of quality used books plus holiday selections and beautiful gift books. If you’re uncertain about the perfect book for the people on your list, a gift certificate to Town Books is the answer! Just ask a volunteer at the front desk for gift certificates and your holiday shopping is done.

Town Books and the Friends of the Library can always use more volunteers – both in the store or with our Amazon sales (scanning, shipping, and listing). Stop by the store and fill out a volunteer form. If you can’t do that right now, put it down on your 2020 calendar – a new resolution to help Town Books. 

Fire Truck

Winter is Coming

The Town has a flood horn located on the Town Hall tower. The horn is audible from areas that are subject to flooding, as well as many areas that are not. The horn is sounded when flooding is imminent. Town staff will sound the horn with 5 blasts, a pause, 5 blasts, a pause and 5 blasts. If you hear the flood horn, do not go to flood-prone areas.  We understand that it is tempting to come view the creek when the water is high but it’s VERY dangerous. It also takes Public Safety personnel extra time to respond to people entering flood areas instead of attending to other important duties during the emergency.

In conjunction with the flood horn, the Town places signs near flood-prone areas when flooding is a possibility.  The signs say “Turn Around – Don’t Drown!”  and are a reminder that flood waters are swift moving and pose a danger to everyone. ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ is a project of the National Weather Service (NWS). NWS says that more deaths occur from drowning than any other thunderstorm related hazard.  Stay safe by avoiding flood-prone areas during storm events!

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

With fall here, the Public Works Department would like to remind all residents to keep curb areas free of leaves and other debris.  It’s easy to get rid of once it’s picked up – our garbage company provides pickup of yard waste in cans or boxes for all customers.
Please don’t just rake leaves into your curb area, hoping that the street sweeper will come by and pick them up.  The sweeper can’t cover the entire town, and leaves left in curb areas will clog drains quickly when winter rains arrive.
A link to the current street sweeping schedule is located here:
And, as a reminder, the Town has an ordinance that limits the use of motorized leaf blowers to Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Residents, who pick up their leaves, keep an eye on neighborhood drains and clear clogs during storms will help to keep winter storm water flowing where it’s supposed to be.

San Anselmo

Winter Preparedness

Winter is just around the corner and now is a good time to get prepared for winter storms. The Town website has a lot of good information about winter preparedness. Please visit the following link for this information:
Here are some tips for getting your home ready for winter weather:
Check Your Furnace
If your home has a forced air heating system, have it inspected by a licensed heating contractor or by PG&E, which offers free furnace inspections and pilot relights to its customers. A thorough inspection will include checking for potentially hazardous conditions that can occur as heating equipment ages, as well as ensuring that the unit and ductwork are operating as efficiently as possible. The furnace filter should also be replaced at this time.
Dryer Ducts
This is also a good time to inspect and clean the clothes dryer duct of lint and other debris, which should be done at least once a year. A clean dryer duct will significantly reduce the risk of fire while decreasing the energy and time needed to dry your clothes.
Weather stripping
Inspecting and repairing the weather stripping on your doors and windows will ensure that the warm air inside stays inside as long as possible. Sealing cracks and crevices around the exterior walls and ceilings with caulk and/or spray foam sealant will also reduce heating bills by preventing heat loss to the exterior. For more information on ways to improve your homes energy efficiency contact a certified energy consultant or the San Anselmo Building Division.
Rain, Drains, and Gutters
Along with winter comes the rain, which means it's time to clean the roof gutters and ensure that they drain into an approved storm drainage system. We receive numerous calls from Town residents each year shortly after the first significant rains of the season concerning water runoff in places it shouldn't be. Besides the mess, sediment laden runoff water can cause damage to adjacent properties and to the environment. So please have your storm drains inspected by a landscape or plumbing contractor to ensure proper functioning.
If you currently have a renovation project underway that has affected the grade around your home, please call the Building Division (415-258-4616) as soon as possible and we will gladly assist you in complying with the Town's jobsite winterization requirements.

Historic Stroll

Boards and Commission Seats 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.

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 are 2 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.  

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, 11/25 - Sustainability Commission - 7:00 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, 11/26 - Town Council - 7:00 pm, Council Chambers

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