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Friday, August 23, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Eyes Up Ross Valley

Parents, Schools, Organizations, and Local Government Join Together for 
EYES UP Ross Valley Safe Driving Campaign


With back to school season upon us, local groups are taking action to increase the safety of streets in the neighborhoods of Fairfax and San Anselmo.

Inspired by the recent tragic accident on Butterfield Road because of an intoxicated driver, and by the distracted driving behavior seen every day throughout Marin, a group of community leaders has come together to launch a grassroots safe driving campaign: Eyes Up Ross Valley! The purpose of the Eyes Up campaign is to raise awareness and encourage community members to:

  • Keep their eyes up and pay attention while driving, biking, or walking on roads
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, including marijuana
  • Drive within the legal speed limit on neighborhood streets; slower near schools and crosswalks
  • Never text or use the internet while driving or crossing the road
  • Be patient with, and considerate of, fellow drivers, bikers, and pedestrians.

Participating groups–including Safe Routes to School, Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax, Supervisor Katie Rice’s office at County of Marin, San Domenico School, Sleepy Hollow Homes Association, Marin County Bicycle Coalition,  Central Marin Police Department as well as numerous non-profit organizations, small businesses, and community volunteers within the Ross Valley–are working together to raise awareness and increase the safety of local streets. The campaign will utilize a myriad of channels including social media, NextDoor, word of mouth, dedicated email messaging, and community signage. 

Marin is ranked 11th worst among 58 California counties in collisions where speeding is a factor and has the second highest collision rate involving bicycles of any other County in California (CA Office of Traffic Safety, 2015).
With this grassroots outreach, it is hoped Ross Valley streets will be safer for all. For more information, or to volunteer or participate in the Eyes Up Ross Valley campaign, please contact one of the groups listed below. Remember to share the road, safely - and with your eyes up.

Sir Francis Drake

Major Road Projects Happening in Marin


Major roads projects in Marin County target the most heavily traveled roads in Marin County for repairs, as well as safety and usability improvements for motorists, pedestrians, transit and cyclists.

On July 8th, 2019 the TAM Board allocated additional funding as part of the Measure A Expenditure Plan. In total, $13.9M is available in total for the following three projects:

Major roads projects that have been completed include:

Each municipality that received funding for their projects gave a presentation to the Board of Commissions on the current state of each project. You can find helpful and informative presentations here: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project, Novato Boulevard/South Novato Boulevard Project, and 3rd Street San Rafael Project.

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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 

Age Friendly San Anselmo
Open Space
Electrify Marin

Electrify Marin 

Countywide Rebate Program
Electrify Marin is a countywide program to reduce natural gas use in homes. This program is funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and provides incentives to homeowners to replace existing natural gas water heaters, furnaces, and stoves with high-efficiency electric alternatives. The County of Marin is offering rebates to single family property owners for the replacement of natural gas appliances with efficient all-electric units, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges and cooktops. Replacing natural gas appliances with electric models will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality, and make your home a safer environment. Rebates range from $250 to $1,000 dollars per replaced gas appliance (or $250 to $4,500 for income-qualified households). In cases where installing a new electric appliance would require an upgrade to the existing electric service panel, further rebates are available to offset the cost of the additional capacity. Visit www.marincounty.org/electrify to learn more.

Golden Gate Transit Now Provides Real-Time Bus Arrival Info


Taking transit just got much more convenient! Golden Gate Transit has partnered with Transit app to provide real-time bus arrival times to riders. Transit riders can now track their bus in real-time on their mobile device, removing the wonder and worry of "Where's my Bus?" 

Golden Gate Transit App
Town Safety
trafficconcern@centralmarinpolice.org
Library Books
Infamy book cover

Showing up for Racial Justice Book Discussion

Saturday, August 24 2:30 pm, Council Chambers

Discuss Infamy by Richard Reeves with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). SURJ Marin is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. SURJ envisions a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity, and a sustainable world. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

No Storytime in August

There will be NO storytime programs in August. This break from storytime gives your children’s librarian a chance to brainstorm, create new programs, re-organize our collections, and plan for the rest of the year’s storytime fun. In the meantime, practice your storytime rhymes at home, visit the library, and check out lots of books!

Summer Dates to Calendar

Picnics on the Plaza

Picnics on the Plaza – Fridays, August 2 through September 6, 5 – 8 p.m., Town Hall Plaza

Back for its seventh year, the POP events feature music and family fun.  Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event.  For more information, visit the Town’s website at www.townofsananselmo.org and click on the Town Calendar link.

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park  - Saturdays in June through October 2019, 6-10 p.m., Creek Park

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 27th for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  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 2018 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 
https://www.moviesincreekpark.com
Historic Stroll

Take a Stroll Though 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. 
Dates are August 24 and 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 strollsananselmo.eventbrite.com or email stroll@sananselmohistory.org 
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 is one seat available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

Board of Review - The Board of Review is responsible to hear and decide appeals from employee disciplinary actions, hear and decide employee’s grievances, and hear and advise on citizen complaints against employees. Members must be residents of the Town and have a reputation for impartiality. The Board consists of five members and meets only as needed. There is one seat 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.


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 is one seat 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.  


Planning Commission – The Commission hears and determines applications for individual zoning changes, planned use developments, design reviews and such. In addition, it evaluates the General Plan and advises the Council, recommending implementing ordinances and broad changes in zoning.  The Commission consists of seven members with a range in skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Construction
  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Public relations
  • Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo community

The Commission meets on the first and third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Chambers. There is one seat 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. 

Sustainability Commission – The Sustainability Commission was established to promote sustainability by enhancing opportunities for sustainable practices in San Anselmo, to secure a high quality of life for San Anselmo residents and simultaneously meeting environmental, economic and community needs.  The Commission consists of five members, plus two youth members and meets regularly on the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  There is one 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: http://www.townofsananselmo.org/175/Boards-Commissions

Flower Baskets
Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, August 26 - Sustainability Commission, 7 pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 27  - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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