Saturday, December 2, 2023 David P. Donery, Town Manager
Special Town Council Meeting Wednesday, December 6 - 6:30pm
The Town Council will be discussing the following items at their Special Council meeting on December 6, 2023 at 6:30 pm:
Receive an Informational Report on the Potential Impact of the Withdrawal of San Anselmo from the Flood District Initiative and Consider Calling a Regular or Special Election to Place the Initiative on the Ballot.
Each year, the Town of San Anselmo offers free holiday parking beginning Thanksgiving Day and running through New Year's Day. This year you can enjoy free parking, as you shop and dine locally from November 23, 2023 - January 1, 2024!
Please note: Time limits for all metered and non-metered parking spots will continue to be enforced.
Hilldale Pocket Park Community Meeting TODAY - Saturday, December 2, 2023
Today, Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10:00 am, the Town is hosting a community meeting to solicit input on options for the installation of a play feature at the new Hilldale Pocket Park.
Phase One of the Town's newest park’s construction has been completed. Now the Town would like the community’s opinions on what type of play element would work best at that location. The Town is working with the team from Scientific Art Studio (https://scientificartstudio.com/) to help define and develop a plan for a fun element in this new community asset.
Hilldale Pocket Park – Community Meeting - Please join us! Topic: Play Element Conceptual Designs When: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:00AM - Rain or Shine! Location: Hilldale Pocket Park (Hilldale Drive at Jordan Ave - behind United Market)
The public is encouraged to come and meet the design team, review some preliminary conceptual ideas for the park, and provide input to the team. Town staff will also be onsite for the meeting to answer questions.
Holiday Tree Lighting & Trackless Train - Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 5:00pm in Imagination Park - TONIGHT!!
Trackless train starts at 4:00pm and the official event kicks off at 5:00pm!
The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and the Town of San Anselmo are thrilled to be bringing back a night of magic and whimsy on the Avenue. Besides the lighting itself, there are free refreshments - free cocoa courtesy of the Marin Coffee Roasters and cookies by United Markets, opening ceremony by the Pack 50 Cub Scouts, seasonal music with the Archie Williams Jazz Band, free train rides, and selfies with the man himself from the North Pole. Please don't be late as Santa arrives promptly at the beginning of the event! This is a magical and old-fashioned event for ALL AGES that you do not want to miss! For the second year in a row an electric trackless train adorned with festive lights will be taking people on free rides up and down the Avenue from 4:00-7:30pm.
In conjunction with the Tree Lighting, San Anselmo Avenue will be closed (from Tunstead to Tamalpais) to traffic from 3:00-8:00pm on December 2nd. Before or after stopping by to see Santa, we encourage you to do some local holiday shopping and then stop off at one of our delectable downtown eateries. Let’s shop local and be merry together!
Sand and Sand Bags - Now Available for San Anselmo Residents & Businesses
Sand and Sand bags are now available on Sunny Hills Drive, in the parking lot adjacent to the Memorial Park tennis courts. This location is directly across from Swirl, the yogurt shop in the Red Hill Shopping Center.
Please bring your own shovel
This is much easier as a two-person job
Please do not block traffic on Sunny Hills Drive
Bags and sand will be available through the winter storm season
Note: In the spring, when the threat of flooding has subsided, you may dispose of your sand bags in the specified dumpster at the same location on Sunny Hills Drive.
For more information, visit the Sand Bag page on the Town website.
Street Sweeping Fall Schedule and Fall Leaves Disposal
During the Fall months, each residential street is swept twice per month. (on the first and third full week) Commercial streets are swept weekly.
Please do your part:
Fallen leaves belong in your green waste/composting bins NOT in the street.
Leaves and debris swept into streets can clog the drainage system and cause flooding; these materials also pollute streams and oceans, and threaten sea life.
Sweeping leaves and debris into the streets makes it impractical for street cleaning machines to operate efficiently. For these reasons, the practice of sweeping leaves and debris into the streets is forbidden by the Town of San Anselmo’s Municipal Code.
Please help the sweeper by keeping your street free of parked cars on your assigned sweeping day and please ensure that the branches of your street trees have at least 15' of clearance at the edge of the road.
Holiday Schedule Information: Permits Counter, Building Inspections & Work in the Public Right-of-Way
Permits Counter Holiday Hours & Information: The San Anselmo public counter will be closed from December 20, 2023 through January 1, 2024. Up until then, the public counter will be open as usual: Mondays - Thursdays, 8:30am - 11:45am. Please visit the Permit Center webpage for updated information.
Building Inspections Holiday Schedule: No inspections will be scheduled between December 25-29, 2023 and on January 1, 2024.
Work in the Public Right-of-Way: No work in the Public Right of Way (ROW) is allowed from December 23, 2023 through January 1, 2024. No work within the ROW of the business districts (Downtown San Anselmo, Greenfield Ave, and Downtown Sir Francis Drake Blvd) is allowed from November 23, 2023 through January 1, 2024. If there is an emergency, please call 911. Have a happy and safe holiday season!
Red Hill Dog Park News
There is a respiratory disease that is going around the country affecting dogs. It is contagious and can be serious. Many veterinarians are suggesting that people avoid or limit your dog's exposure to settings with unknown dogs, such as off-leash dog parks.
Memorial Park - Parking Lot Rehabilitation Project
Work is nearly complete rehabilitating the Memorial Park Parking Lot on Veteran’s Place (near the Log Cabin and Millennium Playground).
Funding for this project includes Measure D, Measure J, and General Fund dollars
These improvements will serve our active community in providing safe and organized access for parking, drop-offs, and pedestrian and bicycle activity at Memorial Park with improved drainage and bio-retention.
San Anselmo’s Arts Commission Recognizes: Perry Paradiso Sunday, December 3 2:00-4:00pm
The public is invited to a tribute party for Perry Paradiso on December 3rd, 2:00-4:00 pm, at Perry’s Art Supplies and Framing located at 128 Greenfield Ave. There will be light refreshments and at 2:30 pm and a short program of appreciations from Town Officials and the Arts Commission.
Sadly, the business will be closing at year's end. Perry has been dedicated to provide all the supplies needed to artists of Marin County for more than six decades, earning him generations of loyal customers who will deeply miss him.
Among his many contributions to the larger local community, Perry has served as president of the Marin Society of Artists, been a member of the Marin Conservation League and Martin Agricultural Land Trust, played a significant role in protecting the 22-acre Hawthorne Canyon for open space, and has consistently contributed to and supported local schools and arts non-profits.
San Anselmo Arts Commission 2023 YOUTH ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS
The San Anselmo Arts Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 2023 Youth Arts Scholarships for Ross Valley high school seniors!
Visual Arts: Allison Bredow, photography, Archie Williams (@allisonbredowphotography)
Honorable Mention to Kayla Saxon, painting, Marin Academy
Two Archie Williams students tied for Performing Arts: Jackson McFerron, music; and Jazz Kolton Brunner, dance, (@jazz_brunner)
Exceptional work by all - Congratulations! Photograph by Allison Bredow
Join us for a virtual author talk with the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen and Realm Breaker series, Victoria Aveyard, as she chats about YA fantasy fiction, world-building, and her incredible body of work. In the bestselling series Realm Breaker, a strange darkness grows in Allward, even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it in her small town at the edge of the sea. The long-lost heir to an ancient lineage, it’s not until Corayne meets a rag-tag group of companions that she learns how to wield the magic slumbering in her blood—and how together they might stop what’s coming. As the realm descends into chaos, the choices are clear: Save the world…or end it. Together, they stand against a vicious opponent, determined to burn all kingdoms to ash and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.
You’re invited to a virtual author talk with New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Land as she talks to us about her new memoir, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education. In Class, Land takes us with her as she finishes college and pursues her writing career. Facing barriers at every turn, including a byzantine loan system, not having enough money for food, and navigating the judgments of professors and fellow students who didn’t understand the demands of attending college while under the poverty line—Land finds a way to survive once again, finally graduating in her mid-thirties. Class paints an intimate and heartbreaking portrait of motherhood as it converges and often conflicts with personal desire and professional ambition. In clear, candid, and moving prose, Class offers a searing indictment of America’s educational system and an inspiring testimony of a mother’s triumph against all odds.
Winter Reading Challenge Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 30
The San Anselmo Public Library challenges readers of all ages to read 600 minutes in December! Grab a reading log at the Reference Desk starting Friday, December 1, and mark a hot cocoa mug for every 20 minutes you read. Get your minutes in by attending our Weekly Read-Ins at the Library on Tuesdays at 5:00pm in December, and pick up a prize for reading! Please visit the Library's Reading Programs page for more information.
Fairfax & San Anselmo Home Electrification Event Thursday, December 14 4:00-7:00pm
Whether you are new to the concept of home electrification or are aware of the many benefits of all-electric appliances and transitioning away from gas, this event will have something for you.
Join the team from ReadySetReplace and Carbon Free Homes (which the Town has partnered with on a new home electrification pilot program) on Thursday, December 14 to learn about rebates and incentives that dramatically reduce the cost of replacing your gas appliances with electric ones like a heat pump space heater. During the event, experts will be able to answer questions and educate homeowners about the appliances, benefits, rebates, and process of working with contractors.
You can RSVP at the link below and if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Jack Policar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marin County's Reusable Foodware Ordinance, which San Anselmo adopted on April 11, 2023, applies to food vendors operating in the Town. The Ordinance went into effect on November 10, 2023. This ordinance will not only help our community to reduce waste, but also will help reduce carbon emissions and toxic chemicals from plastic pollution. One of the best things the community can do is "bring your own" reusable containers for take-out food and drinks, or while shopping for produce at the grocery or farmer's market.
Current Vacancies - Boards, Committees, Commissions: Arts Commission - 2 voting seats Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - 1 voting seat Board of Review - 2 voting seats Climate Action Committee - 1 voting seat 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 - 2 voting seats Parks and Recreation Commission - 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.