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Sausalito Currents - February 21, 2014
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Posted Date: 2/21/2014 2:00 PM

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Check out what's happening at the February 25th City Council Meeting

  • Our new Assistant Civil Engineer will be introduced to the Council
  • Our Sister Cities Organizations will be making their "annual" presentation to Council
  • The Sustainability Commission will be presenting an update to the Council
  • Hear the monthly update on the Analysis and Evaluation of the Marinship Specific Plan
  • Hear an update on the implementation of the 2007-2014 Housing Element and on the 2015-2022 Update
  • Hear the review on the Mid-Year Budget

To find out more about any of the items being presented to the City Council, click here to review the agenda and associated staff reports.  Remember, you can also post an opinion on a specific agenda item by clicking on this link and scrolling down to that agenda item.  Then simply click on the "comment" and type away in the text box and hit "submit".  This enables the Council to see your comments prior to the Council meeting.



Sausalito LibrarySpeaker Series
It's Simply Serendipity: Four Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 7:00 pm in the Edgewater Room

Cali Gilbert – Transformational Author, Award-Winning Photographer and Social Entrepreneur – will discuss her fifth book, It’s Simply Serendipity: Four Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss. Through the pages of this book, Cali shares her journey of transformation from homelessness to celebrated artist and creator of the It’s Simply Series of books. She also shares her four-step formula to manifestation. Cali has lived in Sausalito for many years and serves her community by supporting organizations geared towards women in transition and underprivileged youth in the areas of sport, music and the arts. A former athlete and magazine publisher, Cali’s mission is to support others in living a life of purpose and reaching their full potential. Learn more about Cali –

New Book Discussion Group for Adults at Sausalito Library
2nd Tuesdays starting March 11th - 7:00pm in the Friends Bookstore

The Sausalito Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new book discussion group for adults, "Contemporary Classics." Facilitated by local author Peg Alford Pursell, the group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Friends Bookstore (2nd floor of Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street), 7-8:00pm. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, March 11th and the book is "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Please contact the library at 415-289-4121 to register. Participation is free.

Free E-books from the Library
The Sausalito Public Library features two free collections of electronic books, featuring thousands of quality titles -- including recent bestsellers -- from major publishing houses like Random House and HarperCollins.  Both e-books and e-audiobooks are available, and can be used on tablet, laptop and desktop computers, Kindles, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Nooks, and other mobile gadgets.  Visit our website at for more information and step-by-step instructions.  You will need a library card and PIN to access the collection.  Checkouts and holds are free.  Call us at 289-4121 if you need any help.



The Caledonia Street Festival - SAVE THE DATE: MAY 25, 2014
Remember, this is an event to celebrate the character, history and importance of Caledonia Street as well as our wonderful Sausalito community. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, live music entertainment and street performers. But right now, we're calling out to interested artists and sponsors. If you want to participate, read on:

Caledonia Street Festival Call to Artists!
If you want to enjoy the Caledonia Street Festival from the inside, apply to be a fine art or craft vendor! Artist Applications for the 2014 Caledonia Street Festival are now being accepted. Download online at

Caledonia Street Festival Call to Sponsors!
If you want to support the Caledonia Street Festival from the inside, apply to be a sponsor of this fantastic community event. Applications for the 2014 Caledonia Street Festival are now being accepted. Download online at



72-hour Parking Regulation
The Sausalito Police Department wishes to remind residents and visitors alike that they cannot park their vehicle(s) in one spot, without moving, for longer than 72 hours. City regulations requiring vehicles to be moved, (SMC 15.08.050) was first enacted in 1959.

Parking Services has received an increase in the number of requests to enforce this regulation in the Resident ‘B’ parking zone (Bulkley Avenue and its surrounding streets). The complaints center on the fact that some residents in this area may be storing their vehicles on city streets for an extended periods of time and, thus, preventing others from parking.

Parking Services asks motorist to move their vehicles at least one full car length every 72 hours to meet the requirements of this section. Those who drive their vehicles over one-tenth of a mile within the 72 hour period, may return back to the same location. Those motorists failing to move their vehicles within 72 hours are subject to a citation ($283 fine) and/or having their vehicles impounded and towed.

Please note that our Parking Services cannot give residents special considerations related to 72-hour enforcement. As such, our parking staff cannot call or contact residents to let them now their vehicle(s) are in violation before a citation is written. It is ultimately the vehicle’s owner to move their vehicle(s) every 72 hours.

Also note that our Parking staff does not patrol every city street for 72-hour violations. However, we do respond to those complaints that we receive, and we respond to many reports of abandoned vehicles on a weekly basis. If you believe that a vehicle has been abandoned in your neighborhood, please call the Police Department at 289-4170 right away.


(subject to cancellation)

Feb 24  6:30 pm Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee Meeting  Council Chambers
Feb 24  7:00 pm  Library Speaker Series - Cali Gilbert  (see above)
Feb 25  7:00 pm City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
Feb 26 9:40 & 10:40 StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
Feb 26 6:00 pm Game Night at the Library  Library
Feb 26 6:00 pm Historic Landmarks Board Meeting  Conference Room
Feb 26 6:30 pm Planning Commission/Historic Landmarks Board Joint Mtg  Council Chambers
Feb 26 7:00 pm   Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board Meeting  308 Reed Blvd, MV
Feb 27 3:30 pm StoryTime with Phil Council Chambers



Age-Friendly Sausalito Corner: This Week’s Topic - Subsidized Housing Option

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin WAITLIST IS OPEN!!!!
Subsidized Housing (30% of your income)
Application Deadline is February 28, 2014

It has been a very long time since the Housing Authority of the County of Marin has accepted applications for the waitlist for Senior/Disabled Public Housing complexes which are located in Novato, Mill Valley and San Rafael. Maximum income for eligibility is $62,200 for one person and $71,050 for two people. The maximum residents pay for their rent is 30% of their income. It could take months to years to move up the list, but if you are NOT on the list, you won’t have a chance at all!

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION click here OR PHONE Marin Housing at (415) 491-2525

MORE INFORMATION including a list of Senior/Disabled complexes, can be found at Marin Housing’s web site:

ALREADY ON THE LIST FOR MARIN HOUSING? Wonder what is going on? Has your personal situation changed? Update or check your status by phoning (415) 491-2525 or cicking here.

OTHER BELOW MARKET HOUSING OPTIONS that currently have open wait lists are Rotary Housing in Sausalito managed by Paradise Properties (phone 332-7900) and Farley House in Belvedere managed by Ecumenical Association Housing (phone 383-1321).

Have an aging-related informational topic you would like to share or see listed? Write


Sausalito Village Monthly Meeting - March 12, 12 noon in the Edgewater Room
Sausalito Village will feature a presentation by kimono expert Marge Benjamin at Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, March 12 at noon. Ms. Benjamin will lead an interactive session, explaining the aesthetics, history, sociology and manufacture of traditional Japanese textiles. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Marge Benjamin Warren is a textile artist who has studied and lectured extensively on the kimono. She has an MA in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, studied textiles and costume restoration at the FIT and shibori and indigo dyeing at the Parsons School of Design, and was trained in kimono construction by a licensed kimono sensei. In Japan, she has worked with the All–Japan Association for the Preservation of Kimono. She has provided docent training and given lectures at numerous museums and cultural organizations. Her work has been sold at selected boutiques, craft venues and museum gift shops.


Sausalito Woman’s Club 2014 Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Sausalito Woman’s Club Scholarship Recognition Fund (SWCSRF) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Completed applications are due by March 14, 2014.

To qualify, applicants must be permanent residents of Sausalito or Marin City (94965 zipcode) and planning to initiate or continue their education in the summer or fall semester, 2014 at an accredited college, graduate school, vocational or art school.

To request an application, you may email, mail SWCSRF/Application Committee, P.O. Box 3045, Sausalito, CA 94966 or visit


Willow Creek Academy Benefit - In Partnership with the Sausalito Historical Society Schools Program
It's four parties in one day - the Saus Eat-Oh-Soiree - March 15 at the IDESST Hall (511 Caledonia Street).

And the four parties are:
1) Children's Ice Cream Social from 1-3 pm (hosted by the Sausalito Historical Society Schools Program and Lappert's Ice Cream - FREE!

2) Cocktails with Gary Danko from 5-6:30 pm (Chef Gary Danko treats us to champagne and nibbles - $250/person)

3) Let's Party! from 6:30-8 (live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and a no-host bar - $25/person)

4) DJ Dancing & Dessert from 8-10 pm (DJ Sunny Dawn, rotating dessert tables and a no-host bar - $10/person)

For more information, go to Tickets: or at the Willow Creek Academy Office.


(from your Boards/Commissions/Staff)


California has more kinds of native conifers (cone-bearing trees) than any other state!

The pine family is represented in California by pines, firs, spruces, hemlocks, and Douglas firs.

Natives in the cypress family include cypresses, junipers, incense cedars, coast redwoods,
Western red cedars, giant sequoias, and false cypresses.

The Sausalito Municipal Code lists three conifers (Monterey pine, Monterey cypress, and coast redwood) as “undesirable trees.” This means that they can be removed from private property, with the owner’s permission, without a permit.



Electrical blackouts do not just shut down your lights and television. They are serious technological emergencies that disrupt communications, transportation, medical services, food storage, and more. A large disaster can shut down power for long periods of time. If you want the ability to comfortably ride out blackouts, you will need safe, reliable, and relatively inexpensive emergency lighting and power generation equipment. . . . . .

Click here to download their article and learn more about:

  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Diesel and Gas Generators for Emergency Home Power
  • Emergency Cooking for the Home
  • Emergency Heat
  • Worst Case Situation Heating
  • Worst Case Situation Emergency Apartment Heating