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Sausalito Currents - June 6, 2014
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Posted Date: 6/6/2014 3:15 PM

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Discussion Forum on Marinship Waterfront Uses Ends Soon

The Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee held a discussion on May 19 regarding uses that may be should be encouraged/are appropriate on the waterfront in the Marinship area of Sausalito. The Steering Committee wants to know what you think about their draft list of uses, and what uses they may have missed, prior to their next meeting on Monday, June 16. Voice your opinion; go to our Open City Hall and complete the survey prior to the June 16 meeting.



Check out what's happening at the June 10th City Council Meeting

  • Meet out new Police Chaplain as he is introduced at the meeting
  • Hear about the Marinship Way Repaving Project proposed by the Army Corps of Engineeers
  • On the Consent Calendar you can find: 
    • the adoption of the ordinance regulating passenger buses(4a)
    • establishing a No Parking Tow-Away Zone fronting 33 Crescent Avenue (4b)
    • accept the Plaza Vina del Mar Accessibility  Project as complete (4c)
    • authorizing the continuation of a three-year Community Development Block Grant Cooperation Agreement with the County of Marin (4d)
    • affirming appointment of Sybil Boutilier to the Marin County Commission on Aging (4e)
    • approving a lease amendment with Lycee Francais La Perouse at the MLK Properties (4f)
  • Approval of the FY2014-15 Priority Calendar for the Council (6A) 
  • Introduction of the FY2014-16 City Budget (6B)
  • Hear an Update from the Marin Emergency Radio Authority (6C)
  • Reconsideration of Council action taken on May 27 on the appeal of a project at 206 Third Street (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.  Remember to "submit" to post your comment. This new feature allows the Council to see your comments at the any time prior to the meeting.



The City of Sausalito Launches Budget Transparenty Platform

Sausalito is setting a new standard for public reporting and transparency by enabling elected and appointed officials along with residents and the general public to interact and explore the budget in ways that were never before possible. At the May 27, 2014 City Council meeting, Administrative Services Director Charlie Francis premiered the deployment of a powerful, web-based platform that presents and visualizes the City’s revenues and expenses—from multi-year trends to object-level details. City Council, citizens and staff can use the site to enhance access, understanding, and analysis of the City of Sausalito’s annual budget. The City initiated the partnership with OpenGov to make the city’s finances easily accessible and understandable, and to build trust in the community.

OpenGov is a firm that offers web-based software for state and local government finances that provides instant access to the budget and visualizes current and historic revenue and expenses

All of our residents are invited to explore the tool on the City’s web site, or directly at Please direct questions to Charlie Francis, Administrative Services Director/Treasurer at (415) 289-4105 or by email.



The City of Sausalito has released the draft budget for FY2014-16.  To view a copy, click on the agenda link above - you will find the draft budget as "Attachment 1" to agenda item 6B.  You can also find a copy of the budget on our website by drilling down through Administration to the Finance/Budget pages.  If you have any questions regarding the budget, please contact Administrative Services Director Charlie Francis via e-mail, or at (415) 289-4105.



Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Overcoming Shyness - How to become comfortable around others almost anywhere!
Tuesday, June 10 -  7:00pm in the Edgewater Room

Presented by The Artist Hines
Are you shy around others, at parties? Do you fear public speaking? Are you frightened to approach that special someone? Come hear a fun and friendly presentation that will help you overcome your shyness. Overcoming Shyness is a sympathetic straight forward approach to teaching you how to become more comfortable in social settings, at work and with strangers. It will give you simple exercises you can practice anytime anywhere regardless of the situation. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

So come out and learn how to break out of your shell!

Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Citizen Jane : transformative citizenship in a globalized world
Thursday, June 12  -  7:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join us for a conversation with Jane Sloane, Vice President of Programs with Global Fund for Women and a Sausalito resident, as she talks about her recent book, Citizen Jane, a book that takes us on a journey to the heart of building movements for women's human rights.

In her book, Jane shares the advice that Nelson Mandela gave her when she spent a day with him, and the path that opened to her. She captures the rise of a global citizenship movement and writes about the people involved, the breakthrough ideas and the activists holding ground that have contributed to this momentum for social change. Jane includes stories of women’s human rights defenders and other individuals and organizations that have maintained the momentum for social change -- and the kinds of programs and successes that have been possible as a result. Just as important as her professional life is Jane’s spiritual journey and her connection to poetry, nature, literature and music, including her experience of living in Sausalito, as a community of artists and those attuned to the natural world.



Compost at MLK
It’s planting time and compost is available on a self-serve basis in the MLK parking lot, use the Coloma St. entrance. Please bring your own container and something to scoop the compost with. The compost comes from Sausalito’s own food scraps/green waste recycling program and will be available for the spring and summer at this location.



The Baker-Barry Tunnel and Bunker Road to McCullough Road will be closed to all vehicles and bicyclists starting on Monday June 2nd at 9:00 am. The tunnel is being closed for surveys and studies in support of the upcoming tunnel preservation project scheduled for construction in 2015. All motor vehicles and bicyclists must use Conzelman Road to enter and exit the Headlands during the closure. (See attached map for detour route)

The tunnel will be closed for the following times:
          • 9:00 am Monday, June 2nd through 3:30 pm Friday, June 6th
          • 9:00 am Monday, June 9th through 3:30 pm Friday, June 13th

The tunnel will remain open on the weekend from 3:30 pm Friday June 6th until 9:00 am Monday, June 9th.


You can visit the NPS website at for more information.



(subject to cancellation)


June 9
 6:30 pm
 Trees and Views Committee Mtg
 Council Chambers
June 10
 7:00 pm
 City Council Meeting
 Council Chambers
June 11
 9:40 & 10:40  StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
June 11   6:30 pm  Historic Landmarks Board Meeting  Conference Room
June 12
 3:30 pm  StoryTime with Phil
 Council Chambers




The Sausalito Portuguese Hall's Annual Holy Spirit Festival is this Sunday, June 8.

Here comes another wonderful community event.  The day begins at 10:00 a.m. where the parade forms on Caledonia Street (in front of the IDESST Hall) and then heads up to the Star of the Sea Catholic Church via Pine Street, Glen Drive and up to the church.  Mass is held, and then the parade re-forms (getting a little bit bigger than when it started) and now heads downtown via Bulkley, Princess and then on to Bridgeway and back to Caledonia Street.

Find your place along the parade route and enjoy this wonderful Sausalito tradition. To learn more about this grand tradition, go to the following website:  for more information.


Sausalito Yacht Club Hosts an Open House this Sunday, June 8 from 3:00-6:00pm

Have you ever wondered what goes on down in that little building by the ferry landing?  Now's your chance to find out more.  The Yacht Club is opening their doors to people who are interested in joining a like-minded social community that enjoys boating, sailing, and/or racing. The Open House is a great way to meet some of the membership and learn about the wide range of Yacht Club activities and events.


The Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Gidley Marina presents "Dinner and a Movie"
Sausalito Summer Sailstice  -  Saturday, June 21st in Dunphy Park and beginning at  6 pm.
The evening begins with free boat rides, live music by Fiver Brown (of Dredgetown) and friends, information booth, raffle prizes, and there will be food and beverages available for sale.

Then beginning at 8:30, the movie and popcorn comes out.    Join us and come on down to watch 'Maidentrip' 2013, a documentary about Dutch teen Laura Dekker's record breaking solo circumnavigation. 

Bring your own seating or blanket - it's all an informal picnic style event.

All proceeds go to Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) and will be used to renovate the site and make it ADA compliant, including a very very long wheelchair accessible ramp to the docks.  For more info: or "Cass Gidely Marina" on Facebook.



from Age-Friendly Sausalito

Topics for the Age-Friendly Tip of the Month are generated from the responses to the Age-Friendly Sausalito questionnaires that were received last Winter.  The Task Force is hard at work sorting and analyzing the incredible wealth of data created by the surveys,and through the process, are finding gaps in information about services.  Hopefully, this column will help as we continue to shape an age friendly plan of action.

This Month's Tip - Keeping Sausalito Seniors Safe and Secure at Home
Are you or one of your neighbors, family members or friends an older adult living alone or living with health challenges?  The recent U.S. census from 2010 counted more than 500 seniors living alone in Sausalito, both homeowners and renters. By now, four years later, that number has surely grown. Living alone can be risky for older persons who may be unwell, frail, living with disabilities or suffer a fall or other incident. Even older persons who spend a large part of the day alone at home may be feeling isolated or vulnerable.  There are two free programs that provide an extra measure of safety and reassurance.
The Telephone Reassurance Program
This personal reassurance Program is a free telephone check-in program serving seniors, adults with disabilities and housebound individuals in Marin County. The program offers an excellent service of free three- times-per- week morning phone calls to check on the participant’s safety and well-being and can also direct  the individual to senior resources they may need. The calls are made on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings each week. The calls are made by friendly, caring volunteers from the Episcopal Senior Community Services, located at Whistlestop.
If there is either no response to the call after three tries, or a problem is identified, an agreed upon emergency contact is called. If that person can’t be reached, Sausalito Police will be contacted to stop by the residence and make sure the person is OK.

Participants are teamed up with one of the trained volunteers and by talking to the same person each time the volunteers get to know them and are better able to listen for changes that could indicate a need for further assistance. If a participant is planning to be out for the morning or away from home, they can let the program administrator know. Signing up is easy. Just call Leslie Klor at Whistlestop (415) 456-9062 ext.# 132. She will be happy to discuss the program and send you a form to fill out. As soon as you are signed up the reassurance phone calls will begin.
R U OK Program
Sausalito’s Are You OK, is a program operated by our Police Department and is another valuable service for seniors and other residents who may be homebound, or otherwise vulnerable, and possibly need  extra assistance in an emergency. The program is designed to prioritize assistance to residents in times of a natural disaster, fire or other neighborhood or personal  emergency. The participants fill out a simple form about their special health needs and their emergency contacts, which is kept completely private and secure. The Sausalito Police are then able to immediately identify their addresses in the case of an individual health crisis, natural disaster,  community emergency or other urgent situation such as nearby criminal activity or other safety issue. The participant’s address is incorporated in Sausalito’s geomapping system, so it can be easily accessed directly from our community police vehicles for the quickest possible response when needed. To sign up for this critical support program, call Sausalito Police Station at (415) 289-4170 Sgt. Stacy Gregory or anyone there will be glad to help you.

from your Disaster Preparedness Committee

Extreme Heat
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the "urban heat island effect."

To read more about their topics on:

  • Extreme Heat:  Know the Terms
  • Before Extreme Heat
  • During a Heat Emergency
  • Additional Information
  • First Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses

click here and download the flyer to learn more.