Community Discussions: San Anselmo Residential Rental Policies
The San Anselmo Town Council wants to hear from its residents regarding opinions related to providing rent stabilization and eviction protections in San Anselmo. Two upcoming public forums will provide a venue to learn about existing state laws governing rent and evictions and what other local communities are doing to enhance the state rules.
Postcards All San Anselmo residents and landlords should have received a postcard in the mail this week - there are extra copies at Town Hall.
Community Forums: The goal of these forums is to hear opinions from all San Anselmo residents about what should or should not be considered in San Anselmo:
Thursday, September 14 - 6:00pm - Community Discussion #1: Tenant Concerns and Questions Thursday, October 5 - 6:00pm - Community Discussion #2: Landlord Concerns and Questions Tuesday, October 24 - 7:00pm - San Anselmo Town Council Meeting
All discussions and meetings will be held in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers, located at 525 San Anselmo Avenue, and are open to the public. Participation will be available both in-person and on the ZOOM platform. We hope that you’ll consider attending a meeting and providing input. All input will be provided to Town Council as part of the staff report for the October 24 Town Council meeting.
The Town Council discussed the following items at their Council meeting on August 22, at 7:00 pm.
Interviews for Open Space, Climate Action and Racial Equity Committees.
Special Mayor's Proclamation recognizing the community service of Rohana McLaughlin.
Consent Items included:
Draft Minutes Approved - July 25 meeting
Adoption of the ODDS Ordinance
Check report July 2023
Resolution Establishing the 2023-2024 Appropriation Limit
Adoption of the Housing Element re: General Plan & Zoning Code Amendments
Investment Policy Revision
Goblins Boo-tacular- Event Application
Theatre in the park - Event Application
Proclamation - George Lucas
Business Items included:
Received an update on the Memorial Park Athletic Field Grass and Accepted the Memorial Park Field Renovation Project and authorized staff to file a Notice of Completion.
Authorized the Town Manager to award the construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder for the Memorial Park Parking Lot Project.
Approved an ordinance of the Town repealing and replacing San Anselmo municipal code title 9 (building regulations) chapter 19 (green building requirements) to adopt amendments to the California Green Building Standards Code to reflect local conditions.
The full agenda and further information can be found on the Town website: HERE
Please add your email to receive notifications and agendas for the Town Council meetings or any other Town public meetings: HERE
After a 7-day public comment period, the Planning Department will send the revised Draft to the HCD for review. Over the next 60 days, the HCD staff will review the Draft Housing Element for compliance with state law.
Public comment continues to be vital to the process. Please direct any comments or questions to: Heidi Scoble, Planning Director firstname.lastname@example.org
August is: Back-to-School Safety Month Slow Down and Look for Children in School Zones
As students head back to the classroom, the Central Marin Police Authority reminds parents and residents to slow down, follow the speed limit and be extra careful driving through school zones.
“Please drive like it is your child, grandchild, niece or nephew walking or riding their bike to school,” Traffic Officer Anthony Halligan said. “Pick-up and drop-off times can be hectic, but it’s important to be patient and stay safe as children are getting to and from school. It is better to be slow than sorry.”
If you are behind a school bus with a stop sign and flashing red lights, drivers need to stop so students can safely get on and off the bus. Drivers must remain stopped while the red lights are on. Drivers in both directions must stop on any two-lane road without a median or a center turn lane.
The Central Marin Police Authority offers the following tips to stay safe around schools: • Slow down and follow the speed limit. • Adhere to school policies and procedures for dropping off and picking up students. • Stop for school buses. Watch for children rushing to catch the bus or exiting. • Whenever possible, avoid blocking the crosswalk while waiting to make a right-hand turn. • For parents with children walking or biking to school, teach them safe walking and riding behaviors, such as looking both ways before crossing the street, using sidewalks when available, and crossing at marked crosswalks with stop signs or signals.
Share your thoughts about school zones by participating in the Go Safely Movement, a call-to-action traffic safety survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Take the survey at gosafelyca.org.
Registration for our highly anticipated Fall Recreation Guide is now OPEN!
Embrace the crisp autumn air and explore an incredible array of fun-filled activities for all ages and interests. Featuring our After-School Enrichment Programs, Youth Basketball League, and our Goblin’s BOOtacular, make sure you get your copy and save the dates. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity! Secure your spot today and make unforgettable memories this fall season.
As the new school year gets underway, we want to remind you about the fantastic opportunity for your child to participate in our After-School Enrichment Program. The program promises to be an engaging and enriching experience that will complement your child's learning journey and provide them with a platform to explore new interests. With classes such as: Awesome Archery (NERF), After School Hoops, Flash, Zap, Boom, and Bubble, and Chess Wizards, make sure that your child is not left out! Registration is still open, and we encourage you to secure your child's spot by completing the registration process as soon as possible. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity! Secure your spot today and make unforgettable memories this fall season.
Deadline for registration for After School Enrichment programs is Thursday September 7th!
Jeff Selingo, author of Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions Wednesday, August 30 at 11:00 am
Register for this virtual author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sananselmolibrary/30002 Spend an hour online with bestselling author Jeff Selingo, who immersed himself in the world of admissions for a year to answer the question on the minds of teenagers and their parents: how do colleges select their freshman class? The result is his most recent book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2020 by the New York Times. For the book, Jeff was embedded in three admissions offices — the University of Washington, Emory University, and Davidson College — and follows a group of high-school seniors through the process and players behind the scenes, including the marketers, the financial-aid consultants, and the rankers. In this conversation, Jeff will dispel the entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, reveal why families have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good” college, and explain how the pandemic impacts admissions.
LIBRARY CHILDREN PROGRAMS
TOWN BOOKS is proud to host a variety of paintings, mobiles, jewelry and more that will be on display in September and October. These creative contributions are from our own store volunteers, customers, and library employees. Come in - see what we do in our spare time!
Our new store hours now include Tuesdays, 10-4. So you have another day to shop.
ARTIST RECEPTION: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8th
5:00pm to 7:00pm. Light food and drink served.
TOWN BOOKS: 411 San Anselmo Avenue Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Info: 415.526.3791 or townbooks.org
Town Books is run by the Friends of the San Anselmo Library - all profits are donated to the San Anselmo Library.
Arts Commission - 1 voting seat Board of Review - 1 voting seat Climate Action Commission - 2 voting seats Economic Development Committee - 1 voting seat and 1 alternate Flood Committee - 2 voting seats Infrastructure and Fiscal Monitoring Committee - 1 voting seat Marin Sonoma Mosquito & Vector District - 1 voting seat Open Space Committee - 4 voting seats Parks and Recreation Commission - 2 voting seats Racial Equity - 2 voting seats Tax Equity Board - 1 voting seat
San Anselmo's Boards,Committees and Commissions provide a vital link between Town government and the community for gathering public input, reviewing projects and making recommendations on key issues. If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a completed application and you will be scheduled for an interview with Town Council. Positions will remain open until filled by Town Council.
For more information, please visit the Town of San Anselmo: Boards & Commission webpage: HERE
Cedars of Marin is sponsoring a farm-stand in San Anselmo at Imagination Park every Wednesday morning (through September 13). They will be selling fresh produce, flower bouquets and vegetable starts from their garden, as well as arts & crafts from their artist studios.
Creative, Productive, Joyous & Healthy Lives Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Since 1919 www.cedarslife.org
FIRE SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS
Follow Up Defensible Space Evaluations Begin as early as 8/30/23 in Bald Hill and Seminary neighborhoods of San Anselmo
Uniformed Fire Inspectors will conduct Follow upWildfire Defensible Space and Home Hardening Evaluations on residential properties in the Bald Hill and Seminary neighborhoods of San Anselmo starting as early as 8/30/23 (see attached map). These properties received defensible space inspections earlier this year.
Inspectors will confirm that you have completed vegetation maintenance required by law. They will also provide recommendations for steps that may provide additional protection from wildfires. Property owners are required to maintain their properties' vegetation at all times during fire-season, and should not wait for an inspection to begin work.
You can access prior defensible space reports by visiting http://dspace.marinwildfire.org and entering your address. If you do not have your property’s unique code, follow the prompts to request one.
Online reports are only available to property owners, renters, and authorized representatives.
Evaluations are funded through Marin Tax Measure C (2020), Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, and the Ross Valley Fire Department.
Marin Wildlife Prevention Authority (MWPA) Chipper Days have returned for 2023. For the 2023 season, crews will be in one of the five MWPA zones each week and will rotate around the county week by week. Note: reservations are required and text alerts will be sent out at the beginning of each even week to remind homeowners who have a reservation.
There are three dates remaining for the San Anselmo/Central Marin zone: The week of: Aug. 28, Oct. 2, and Nov. 6.
Make a reservation for a San Anselmo/Central Marin pickup - which must be done no later than the Friday before the scheduled week!
Continuously clear dead leaves, branches, and debris from around your home, especially from your roof and gutters.
Maintain a clearance of 10 feet between tree limbs and your chimney, and 5 feet from the rest of the home.
Regularly prune trees and shrubs to remove dead branches and increase space in tree canopies to reduce flammable fuel.
Remove low-hanging branches from trees to create space between lower vegetation to reduce the risk of fire ladders.
Keep vegetation from overhanging or touching power lines.
Remove any dead vegetation and dry grasses from the landscape to reduce potential fuel.
Regularly inspect plants for drought stress and water appropriately to keep plants healthy. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT UC MARIN MASTER GARDENER WEBSITE:https://ucanr.edu/ucmarinmgfiresmart
Creek Park News:
For more additional information regarding the closed Creek Park plaza, go to the Building Bridge #2/Creek Park Update page on the Town website, or click HERE
For information about the Reimagine Creek Park project - please click: HERE
Please note that Creek Park is still open: This includes the Redwood grove picnic tables. You can access Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge from San Anselmo Avenue or from Center Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Additionally, the Town has created a larger parklet with picnic tables, umbrellas & lights in front of the closed plaza, along San Anselmo Avenue.
Please Support the Hanging Flower Baskets in Downtown San Anselmo
Mail a check payable to: "SA Friends of the Flower Baskets" P.O. Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979 or
Donate via Venmo charities: @SAFlowerBaskets
For more information about this project contact: Nancy Altman at email@example.com
"Stroll Through San Anselmo’s History" Walking Tours
The Historical Commission is excited to again sponsor its popular free walking tour through downtown. Travel back in time with Dick Miner and other members of the commission to learn about San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role the railroad played in the development of the Town, and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue.
Upcoming tour dates for 2023: September 9 & October 14
Meet Dick at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m. The tour ends at the Historical Museum for refreshments. No reservations are required.