Saturday, January 30, 2021
David P. Donery, Town Manager
COMMUNITY FORUM - Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Renaming
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6:00PM
The Town of San Anselmo is one of five jurisdictions participating in a discussion about the use of Sir Francis Drake’s (SFD) name on the boulevard that traverses east-west across the central part of Marin County. The other jurisdictions through which the road passes are the County of Marin, City of Larkspur, and the Towns of Fairfax and Ross.
Each of the jurisdictions appointed two elected officials to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (SFDB) Ad-Hoc Working Group. The Town’s Council representatives are Vice Mayor Fineman and Councilmember Burdo. Collectively, the ten elected officials have been participating in a series of public forums with high attendance (i.e., community listening and learning sessions) and three Working Group meetings.
At the Working Group's December 18th meeting, it was agreed that members should return to their respective jurisdictions to take up the issue of whether to move forward at the local level with the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Each jurisdiction committed to complete its own community process and make a final decision no later than March 31. Each jurisdiction’s members of the SFDB Ad-Hoc Working Group will report back at the Working Group’s early April meeting.
They also reiterated that the request is focused on the concept of changing the name and not selecting a name. The selection of a name would be a separate multi-jurisdictional process that would occur after decisions are made regarding the renaming of SFDB.
At their meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Town Council received an update from Vice Mayor Fineman and Councilmember Burdo regarding the multi-jurisdictional SFDB Ad-Hoc Working Group’s progress in relation to the potential renaming of SFDB. The Council directed staff to conduct a community forum to solicit input from San Anselmo residents regarding the issue. The date for the Community Forum is Wednesday, February 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A link to the ZOOM Webinar for this forum is posted below.
CLICK HERE for the staff report from the Council’s January 12, 2021 meeting which contains the information compiled by the Working Group. Following the Community Forum, the Town Council will discuss the next steps in this process at their March 9th Town Council meeting.
RESOURCE & LEARNING PAGE
Below is a link to the Marin County Free Library’s resource and learning page focused on Marin County and the Sir Francis Drake roadway. The page includes information and perspectives gathered from local, national, and international sources about the indigenous community of Marin, the Coastal Miwok, present when Sir Francis Drake landed in what is now Marin County; Sir Francis Drake the person; and, the early 20th Century unified naming of the 43-mile roadway that is now called Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
In addition, the Working Group conducted two public forums.
The first was a “community listening session” which was held on June 26, 2020 via the Zoom platform (LINK: https://wWw.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ0kIbEL2gY&feature=youtu.be). This was followed on August 18, 2020 by a “community learning session” (LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3EJASC5RGY&feature=youtu.be). Links to these meetings are also available on the Marin County Free Library's website:
*Note: The information on this page and the associated links are not comprehensive, though the Library does expect the resources accessible through this page to grow.
The Working Group has created a helpful FAQ list, which can be found HERE.
The Working Group did research the potential impacts to the jurisdictions. In summary, the impacts are relatively modest. The postal service reports that it will continue to deliver items for eighteen months, giving most businesses and residents ample opportunity to convert letterhead, business cards, and other identifying items. The County Assessor and Clerk report that they will not require filings to change the name on documents. The information does not evaluate the costs to businesses for changing signage on buildings, vehicles, and/or other items such as printed materials. There would be nominal costs to the Town for replacing street signs.
The Town will hold the Community Forum to take input from San Anselmo residents regarding the potential name change on Wednesday, February 17th starting at 6:00 PM. Below is the information on how to participate via the Zoom Webinar platform:
When: Feb 17, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: COMMUNITY FORUM - Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Renaming
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 822 5135 8684
Town Council Meeting Outcomes
At their meeting on January 26th, the Town Council took the following actions:
- Approved extension of temporary rent adjustment for tenants of Artist Studios at the Isabel Cook Community Center.
- Approved a donation of $2,500 to the San Anselmo Beautification Committee for use in the 2021 hanging flower basket program.
- Accepted the Annual Audited Basic Financial Statement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 prepared by Marcello & Company, Certified Public Accountants.
- Adopted a resolution endorsing Climate Safe California.
- Reviewed the concept for a Sidewalk Art public art project from the San Anselmo Arts Commission and approved the proposed locations.
- Approved the Memorial Park Playing Field Repairs Project and authorized staff to advertise for construction bids.
- Authorized the establishment of a Community Advisory Committee to assist in community engagement and fundraising for the repairs and potential improvement of Millennium Playground at Memorial Park.
- The Memorial Park Playing Field repair project is scheduled to commence in August of 2020. The work is scheduled to be completed in November and the playing fields are expected to reopen in March of 2022 once the root systems have properly established.
- Council Members Steve Burdo and Eileen Burke were appointed to the Millennium Playground Community Advisory Committee.
Stay-Home Order Lifted in Marin
The surge in COVID-19 across the Bay Area is showing signs of slowing, leading the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to lift the regional stay-home order for the Bay Area and statewide, effective immediately.
CDPH conducts forecasts to predict increased regional intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability across the state. New projections from the show the Bay Area’s ICU capacity above 15% four weeks from now, meeting the criteria to exit the regional stay-home order. All 11 counties in the Bay Area, including Marin, will move into the purple Tier 1 within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
On December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced tighter restrictions for regions where less than 15% of ICU beds were available. On December 16, the Bay Area region’s available ICU capacity slipped below the 15% threshold, triggering the state-mandated order for 11 Bay Area counties on December 17.
“Everyone has been making sacrifices to bring this surge under control, and it’s paying off,” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “As we move back into the purple tier, it’s critical to remember the virus is still very active in our community. We could easily backslide if we let our guard down.”
Willis said face covering, physical distancing, frequent testing, and avoiding indoor gatherings are the best ways to prevent another surge.
By switching to Tier 1, the following businesses and activities can proceed in Marin County:
Allowed to operate indoors:
Allowed to operate outdoors:
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal services (nail salons, estheticians, massage studios, tattoo parlors, piercing shops)
- Limited services (carwashes, dry cleaners, electricians, handypersons/general contractors, heating and air conditioning services, landscapers, laundromats, pet groomers, plumbing services, janitorial/cleaning services)
- Hotels, motels and short-term lodging
- Retail stores and malls, at 25% capacity
- Libraries, at 25% capacity
- Restaurants (outdoor dining)
- Places of worship
- Cultural ceremonies
- Gyms and fitness/dance/yoga studios
- Drive-in movie theaters
- Farmers markets
- Family entertainment centers
- Day camps
- Card rooms
- Campgrounds and playgrounds
- Youth and adult recreational athletics (outdoor physical conditioning and practice permitted with six feet of physical distancing from others. No scrimmages, games or tournaments)
- Small private gatherings
- Masks and physical distancing required
- No more than three separate households attend (including the host’s)
- Gatherings should be two hours or less
- Those with symptoms must not attend
- Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
- Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising strongly discouraged
A full list of changes to business sector guidelines will be updated to the Marin Recovers website soon. All open businesses must have completed a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan. Guidance for the plan also is found on the Marin Recovers website.
With 7% of Marin residents vaccinated and very limited weekly supplies, health officials note that the vaccine will play a limited role in preventing any surges soon.
“For the next two months, our everyday behaviors, more than the vaccine, will help flatten the curve,” said Benita McLarin, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “It’s exciting to know we’ll all be protected eventually, through vaccination, but we’re not there yet.”
The end of the stay-home order and Marin’s shift to Tier 1 status does not affect schools. Campuses that had reopened to site-based classroom learning prior to December 10 (when Marin County last shifted from Tier 2 to Tier 1 within the Blueprint framework) were allowed to continue operating in-person, though some choose to move back to a virtual format. Schools that have not yet returned to a site-based format during the 2020-21 school year will be eligible to reopen once Marin achieves and retains Tier 2 status for five days.
Although the regional-stay home order has lifted, the State of California’s travel advisory strongly discouraging non-essential travel, including to other states and countries. All persons arriving in or returning to their home county should self-quarantine for 10 days.
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a four-tier framework by which counties are measured for loosening and tightening restrictions on social activities and business operations. Sectors of business can progressively open more operations with moves up the list toward the final stage, Tier 4. A county must spend at least 21 days in any tier before advancing to a less restrictive one. As Marin experienced, counties have to tighten back up if conditions worsen. Follow Marin’s Blueprint-related data on Marin Public Health’s blueprint dashboard.
Follow the latest COVID-19 surveillance figures in Marin County on the Marin HHS website. Register online to receive a daily COVID-19 update from Marin HHS.
Public Health Launches Vaccination Dashboard
Interested in keeping tabs on the number of Marin County residents receiving COVID-19 vaccines from health care providers? It’s now online
, courtesy of Marin County Public Health.
The new dashboard is updated daily with cumulative statistics provided by the California Immunization Registry and the California Department of Public Health. The running total will reflect the number of people who live in Marin who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine from area hospitals and clinics as well as from Marin County Public Health points of dispensing. The dashboard keeps a running total of percentages of local residents who have received one or two doses.
People who work but do not live in Marin are not included in the data even if they received their dose in the county. It also does not include inmates at San Quentin State Prison or people receiving doses at local pharmacies. The data factors in a two-day lag time.
“We’re tracking this information to guide our strategies, and we feel it’s important to share with the public to monitor our progress,” said County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “It’s exciting to see how many people are being vaccinated every day, and we hope the dashboard can help eliminate some of the mystery of the vaccine distribution process.”
For months, Marin County Public Health has uploaded COVID-19 cases by geography, demographic trends, key indicators, hospitalizations, deaths, and other data to its surveillance webpage.
Its vaccine webpage includes more about dose distribution, scheduling appointments, facts and myths about COVID-19, and answers to frequently asked questions about the virus. In addition, Marin Public Health launched a vaccine interest form this week to allow all Marin residents to sign-up to be notified when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Help Keep the Flower Baskets In Downtown San Anselmo
Donations are being accepted to help
fund this annual community effort
The San Anselmo Beautification Committee has launched its 2021 fundraising campaign to raise funds for the annual hanging flower basket program in the downtown.
There are two ways you can contribute:
1. Donate by visiting the program's GO FUND ME PAGE
2. Mail a check to:
San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979
(please mark check for “baskets”)
For more information about the project,, contact Nancy Altman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art on the Avenue
The San Anselmo Arts Commission is excited to announce its February Art on the Avenue Artist, local artists, Shanna Bruschi. Shanna's abstract pieces of work will be on display at 538 San Anselmo Avenue throughout the month of February. For more information please visit our website at http://sananselmoarts.org/.
Age-Friendly San Anselmo wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Giftbag and Stocking deliveries to residents and the Trees of Hope, Wishes and Thanks in December. A wonderful group of volunteers delivered over 150 stockings and giftbags! We would like to share some of them with you as their messages are still inspiring and heartwarming! Something we all need at this time. Stayed tuned for an Age-Friendly and Cedars town activity welcoming your creative participation in March.
Basketball Skills Development & Sports Agility Classes
Mon/Weds from 3:30-5:00pm (Ages 6-9)
Tues/Thurs from 3:30-5:00pm (Ages 10-12)
Classes begin the week of 2/22
Experienced Coaches will run a four-week program concentrating on footwork, Ball Handling, Shooting, Passing, and Game Play.
Location: Memorial Park Basketball Court
Creative Sewing Class for K-5th
Tuesdays & Thursdays (2/23-3/11)
All sewing levels welcome! Sew your own unicorn or dinosaur hat, mittens, and matching scarf.
Farm Club and Rookie Baseball
This is an instructional and fun league, no scores, or standings!
Practices start 2/22, one weekday practice and one weekend practice.
Sports Agility Training
Mon/Weds from 3:30-5:00pm (Ages 6-9)
Tues/Thurs from 3:30-5:00pm (Ages 10-12)
Classes begin the week of 3/22
Experienced One on One Sports coaches will run a four-week program concentrating and improving conditioning, footwork, strength, and all aspects of preparing yourself for your sport of choice this spring.
Location: Memorial Park Field
Fashion Design Class for Tweens
Mondays & Wednesdays (2/22-3/10)
Join this Fashion Design class for a fun and unique creative experience.
ALL in person classes will require social distancing and 100% mask wearing during activities.
Join the Ross Valley Seniors on 2/4/21 for an exciting Zoom presentation with Brian Crawford on his book “Shipwrecks of Marin!”
The meeting begins with social time starting at 12:30pm and the presentation with Brian Crawford beginning at 1:00pm.
E-mail Kevin MacLeod at email@example.com for more information and the Zoom link to join.
San Anselmo Challenges Fairfax and Sausalito to a Competition to Increase Participation in MCE Deep Green
The San Anselmo Sustainability Commission, the Fairfax Climate Action Committee, and the City of Sausalito Sustainability Commission are throwing down the clean energy gauntlet. These three organizations have started a contest to see which cities in Marin can increase participation in the MCE Deep Green program to 20% – join the competition by visiting mceoptup.org and let’s all win!
MCE’s Deep Green energy service is from 100% renewable electricity. By opting up to Deep Green, customers benefit from low-cost and local California wind and solar energy. Deep Green customers pay only $0.01 per kilowatt-hour more compared to the cost of MCE’s Light Green service. That’s roughly $5 more per month for the average residential customer.
Electricity constitutes the second largest part of the green-house gas emissions in the county. MCE Deep Green is a convenient way to invest in a clean energy future and will help the towns make further progress towards their respective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. In addition, half of the Deep Green premium is invested in MCE’s Local Renewable Energy & Program Development Fund, which has helped to fund and install electric vehicle charging ports and build renewable projects.
The Town of San Anselmo is working with MCE to track and report progress toward the goal on the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission’s website: https://www.townofsananselmo.org/1441/Deep-Green-Competition.
Applicants Sought for Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee