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Sausalito Currents - March 14, 2014
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Posted Date: 3/14/2014 3:00 PM

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Check out what's happening at the March 18th City Council Meeting

  • Adopting the Single Use Carryout Bag Regulations Ordinance (4B)
  • Adopting the ordinance for the new standards regulating Two and Multi-Family Zoning Districts - amendment to the Zoning Ordinance (4C)
  • Hear an update on the Dunphy Park Master Plan from the Friends of Dunphy Park (6A)
  • Hear an update on the Tour Bus Activities (6B)
  • Find out about plans for the Bicycle Parking Plan for this summer (6C)
  • Find out how the County Measure A Funds will be utilized for our parks in 2014 and 2015 (6D)

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.

Accepting Applications for Various Boards and Commissions
The Sausalito City Council continues to  accept applications from residents who are interested in volunteering their time to serve on some of our Boards and Commissions.  Over the next couple of months, Council will be accepting applications, interviewing and filling several positions on the various Boards and Commissions.  Below you will see a list of those Boards/Commissions currently being considered:

  • Arts Commission (establishing a new commission)
  • Business Advisory Commission (1 immediate vacancy)
  • Disaster Committee
  • Planning Commission
  • Sustainability Commission
  • Trees and Views Committee

To find out more about each of these boards and commissions, click here and scroll through the list.  The application can be found here.



City Hall Parking Lot Repaving Project
The City of Sausalito parking lot is scheduled to be repaved, including re-grading of the two accessible parking stalls (to bring them in to compliance with the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act), new pavement markings, new curb ramps and reconstruction of the Bee Street driveway. The anticipated start date is Monday March 24. The contractor, American Asphalt, is proposing to close the parking lot for seven days. City staff will work with the contractor to minimize the duration of the parking lot closure and apologize for the inconvenience.

While the upper lot is closed, the City will provide temporary substitute parking off Bee Street and adjacent to the Recreation Department entry for persons with impaired mobility whose vehicles display either valid license plates or a DMV-issued placard identifying a person with a disability.



Sausalito People Series
John Kehoe: A World of Chocolate
Friday, March 14th  -  7:00pm inside the Library

As the Vice President for Sourcing and Development for TCHO in San Francisco, John Kehoe works with cocoa farmers around the world to grow high quality cocoa beans and develop sustainable agricultural methods. In his talk, John will share stories from a career spent promoting sustainable, fair trade cacao production in the name of delicious chocolate. Chocolate samples included! John lives in the Caledonia Street neighborhood of Sausalito.

Friday, March 14th  -  7:00pm inside the Library As the Vice President for Sourcing and Development for TCHO in San Francisco, John Kehoe works with cocoa farmers around the world to grow high quality cocoa beans and develop sustainable agricultural methods. In his talk, John will share stories from a career spent promoting sustainable, fair trade cacao production in the name of delicious chocolate. Chocolate samples included! John lives in the Caledonia Street neighborhood of Sausalito.


Robert Haley: The Road to Zero Waste
Friday, March 21 - 7:00pm inside the Library

The City of San Francisco is a global leader in recycling and waste management, with a goal of ‘zero waste’ (i.e. no use of landfill) by 2020. Where San Francisco leads, Sausalito and Marin County are likely to follow. What milestones lie on the road to zero waste? Join Sausalito resident and San Francisco Zero Waste Manager Robert Haley for a fascinating look at the future of “garbage.”


Sausalito Library Speaker Series
All About the Marin Civil Grand Jury
Monday, March 17 - 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers

You’ve probably heard about Grand Jury reports in the news, but what the heck is a Grand Jury anyway? For this program, representatives from the Marin Civil Grand Jury will be on hand to explain the Grand Jury system and its benefits. Does the Grand Jury affect public policy? What kinds of issues are investigated? What are the responsibilities and benefits of serving on the Grand Jury?

Spring Bingo on Game Night
It’s time for SPRING-O!
Wednesday, March 19th  -  7pm in the Library

Who needs sunshine and daffodils when you can have some fun competition for silly prizes? Join us as we welcome the seasonal change with a few rounds of a classic family favorite (flower crowns optional). Light refreshments will be served.
See you there!



City Wide Yard Sale  -  MLK Parking Lot, 610 Coloma Street  -  April 5, 2014 from 9:00am – 2:00pm
The City of Sausalito’s bi-annual yard sale has over 90 sellers in one location. Check us out online at for information on how to rent a space.  Registration opens February 28th, 2014 at 9:00am.



Sausalito Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee Online Resident Survey

Have an opinion on how the City of Sausalito should manage the shifting--and growing--mix of bicycle, pedestrian, and auto traffic in town? Concerned about a specific safety issue pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians in your neighborhood? Want to share an idea on how to improve the overall Sausalito transit experience for residents and tourists alike?

If so, make sure to participate in the Sausalito Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee online resident survey. To receive the survey, simply send an email request to that says "Please send me the survey." Within 24 hours, you will receive an email response containing an online link to the PBAC survey tool that will allow you to share ideas and help the City prioritize projects related to bicycle and pedestrian safety.

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Your "LIVE WORK AND PLAY" Guide to Sausalito is in your mailbox
Lots of great new updates so check it out!

The new and updated Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Guide & Directory has been mailed to every household in Sausalito, courtesy of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. The Guide includes a comprehensive listing of businesses and services in Sausalito aswell as useful information on City and County services, recycling, ferry schedules, calendar of community events and things to do for you and/or your out of town guests.

Why leave town, drive that car and pay for gas when almost everything you need is here in town? So please use this guide to THINK LOCAL. BUY LOCAL. STAY LOCAL.

If for some reason, you do not receive your Guide in the mail, please call the Chamber at 415-331-7262 ext 10.

(subject to cancellation)


Mar 14  7:00 pm Sausalito Library People Series - John Kehoe  see above
Mar 15   10:00 am Housing Element Workshop  Bay Model Visitors Center
Mar 17   7:00 pm Sausalito Library Speaker Series  see above
Mar 18   7:00 pm Sausalito City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
Mar 19    9:00 am Finance Committee Meeting   Conference Room
Mar 19  9:40 & 10:40 StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
Mar 19   10:30 am OMIT Meeting   Conference Room
Mar 19  6:00 pm Spring Bingo/Game Night at the Library  Library
Mar 19   6:30 pm Housing Element Subcommittee Meeting  Conference Room
Mar 20   8:00 am Business Advisory Committee  Conference Room
Mar 20  3:30 pm StoryTime with Phil Council Chambers



Age-Friendly Sausalito Corner - This Edition’s Topic: Questionnaire Update

The results of the Age-Friendly Sausalito Questionnaire are in! As previously reported, the Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force received over 1,200 responses providing a wealth of data from the 23 primary questions, and over 3,500 additional comments and critiques. Task Force members and volunteers are currently slicing, dicing and categorizing all of the comments under each domain: (housing, transportation, social participation, civic participation/employment, outdoor spaces/buildings, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, and community/health services) ensuring that every piece of information is part of the analysis. Needless to say, it is taking some time!

Meanwhile, we would like to share a few demographic details with you. The greatest number of residents to respond to the questionnaire were between the ages of 65 and 69 (22.45%), the 70-74 age group was almost as large, and the over age 80 residents came in at 13.27 % . There were more female respondents (59.06%), than males (41%) and most folks said they lived with a partner or spouse (59.33%) compared with the 34% who said they lived alone. We look forward to reporting on the issues and suggestions at a later date.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this important City survey.   We will keep you posted on our continued progress. If you have any questions or comments, please email:  



from your Tree Committee:

Considering planting a tree but not sure which one to choose? Here are two good resources for Sausalito residents.

PG&E has produced a wonderful color-illustrated poster entitled “Guide to Small Trees Near Distribution Lines – SF Bay Area”. Choose one of these small trees to grow beneath power lines – and to be sure that your views (or your neighbor’s) won’t be obstructed when the tree matures. Visit and see “Right Tree Right Place”.
To order a copy, call 1-800-743-5000. Ask for it by email request at:  

The City of Sausalito Department of Public Works maintains a list of recommended trees for planting in the City’s rights of way. This list includes many species and varieties well suited to Sausalito’s coastal conditions (Sunset Zone 17).  Check out the City’s website at; under “Public Works,” look for “City of Sausalito Street Tree List.”