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Sausalito Currents - July 25, 2014
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Posted Date: 7/25/2014 2:15 PM

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Parks and Recreation Kids Classes and Camps
To register phone 415.289.4152

Skyhawks Baseball
Introductory baseball skills class, designed to give children a positive first step into athletics. Participants learn balance, body movement, coordination and skill development through a series of Baseball sports-specific games tailored to their attention spans. Skyhawks trained coaching staff provide supportive and encouraging coaching to lead children through a progressive curriculum that allows children to develop at their own pace in a fun and safe environment.

Meets Tuesday/Thursday at MLK baseball diamond through August 7th
Age 3.5-5 4:30-5:15pm
Age 5-7 5:30-6:15pm

(currently in session, call 415.289.4152 to register)

Skateboard Academy
Offering classroom sessions and live practice to develop skateboarding skills and techniques safely. In the classroom students learn the history of skateboarding and will get a focused perspective on the variety of careers in the skateboard industry. On the skate-ramp, students learn how to ride safely and have fun developing their skills with 4141Corp professional coaching staff providing encouragement and pointers.

July 28-August 1: Meets Monday-Friday at MLK Parking Lot (temporary skate ramp structure) & Gymnasium 9am-Noon
Ages: 7-11 years

Under The Sea: A 3D Art Adventure
Embark upon an imaginary journey beneath the sea. As we travel deeper below the surface, what will happen to our light source? Will this have an effect on the diversity of sea life? Under the deep blue waters, are things really as they appear, or are there illusions surrounding us?

Join us as we have some fun creating our own unique under the sea art adventure diorama, and learn some mighty interesting facts along the way.

Bring $4 for the instructor as a separately collected Materials Fee to this class.

August 16: Meets 10:30-11:45am in the Game Room at City Hall
Ages 5-8 years



The Summer Reading Program has started and there's a ton going on in the children’s department.  READ on:

Up, Up and Away! Summer Reading at the Sausalito Public Library
Take flight this summer at the Sausalito Public Library as we celebrate reading and imagination.
Between Saturday, June 14, and Saturday, August 9, kids 12 and under are invited to join our flight crew for a summer of great performances and programs, and our annual Reading Challenge.

June 14 through August 9
All kids 12 and under are eligible for the Reading Challenge—whether they’re reading to themselves or listening to stories read aloud. Reading Challenge participants sign up at the Sausalito Library and then visit the Library after every three hours of reading until they have read for 12 hours. Children get a prize after each visit. Children who read for 12 hours between June 14 and August 9 complete the challenge, get a free book, and are entered into a lottery for gift certificates, special prizes and more.

Tuesday, July 29  -  3:30 pm
Circus of Smiles
Stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, and comedians: they’re professional goofballs and they’ll make you laugh. ALL AGES

Wednesday, July 30  -  9:40 & 10:40 am
Toddler Story Time
Join Molly for stories and songs! Perfect for children ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers.

Wednesday, July 30  -  3:30 pm
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
Kid-friendly films about the wonderful, mysterious, underwater world of the ocean. These independent films were chosen just for us by Diane Brockob. Bring a blanket to sit on, we’ll bring popcorn to share. Recommended for kids 4-8, but all ages are welcome.

Thursday, July 31  -  11:00 am
Littles with Molly
Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We'll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity. For children entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger

Thursday, July 31  -  4:00 pm
Self-Portraits with Amy Novesky
Award-winning author and Sausalito resident will present her book, Me, Frida, about the artist Frida Kahlo, and lead us through making self-portraits. Ages 8-10



Update on the Suspicious Death Investigation
As has been reported, on Sunday, 7-20-14, at approximately 2:38 AM, the Sausalito Police Department received a report of shots fired. Further investigation led the officers to a residence in the 100 block of San Carlos Avenue. Officers responded to the residence, made entry to check the welfare of people inside and ultimately found two deceased persons. The Sausalito Police Department is being assisted by the Central Marin Police Authority and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

The Marin County Sheriff-Coroner  has authorized the names of the deceased persons to be released. They have been identified as Robyn Chan, a 51 year old male out of Sausalito and Mara Truly, a 42 year old female out of Sacramento.

On Tuesday 7-22-14, the autopsies were performed and the pathologist determined that both subjects died from gunshot wounds. Five weapons were recovered from the scene, four of which were registered to Robyn Chan and one which was unregistered. One of the weapons was an AR 15, and two of the weapons had high capacity magazines.

The Sausalito Police Department continue to complete the remaining interviews and investigation related to this incident. It is important to understand there is no threat to the community. This case is an isolated incident and is not related to recent burglaries. The police department is very appreciative of the exceptional patience and understanding that the community has shown during this investigation. If anyone has any information regarding this incident please call the Sausalito Police Department at 415-289-4170.


Forgery Suspect Pleads Guilty
In August 2012, the nephew of an elderly Sausalito resident called the Sausalito Police Department to report that someone had stolen his aunt’s personal checks and was fraudulently using them. It was reported that eleven of the victim’s personal checks had been forged, totaling $6,480. The nephew told police he believed a man hired to move his aunt’s property was the suspect. Sausalito Police Officer Nick White positively identified Luis Alberto Trujillo, age 42, of San Rafael as the suspect. Officer White visited several Marin County banks to examine the forged checks and deposit slips in order to put this case together.

Even though the elderly victim died in 2013, Officer White, with the assistance of the nephew, continued investigating the case and advocating for charges to be filed against Trujillo. The Marin County District Attorney’s Office filed numerous counts of burglary and forgery against Trujillo. Trujillo appeared in court in July 2014 and plead guilty to one count of burglary. Trujillo was also ordered to pay restitution to the family of the victim.

The Sausalito Police Department takes crimes against our elderly population seriously and will take all measures in protecting that segment of our population. Please do not hesitate to call the police department if you feel an elderly member of the community is being taken advantage of due to their age.




 please take note of this important message from the Marin County Parks Department reporting on incidents near Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve

 Man Allegedly Misrepresenting Himself as Open Space Ranger

Visitors to the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve above Mill Valley and Corte Madera are cautioned to be watchful for a non-uniformed man misrepresenting himself as a Marin County Open Space District ranger.

Two incidents have been reported on or near Blithedale Summit Fire Road within the past month. The man is alleged to have provided incorrect information to visitors walking dogs regarding the Open Space District’s rules pertaining to dogs. In one incident, he is alleged to have kicked a dog and taken photographs of the visitors, both women, with his cell phone.
The man is described as white, in his 40s, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, with short salt-and-pepper hair, and very fit. He said his name was Dave Stevenson and that he worked for “the department.” At the time of the incidents, he was wearing black and silver bicycling clothing and possessed a black mountain bike.

The man is not employed by or associated with Marin County Parks or the Marin County Open Space District. While on duty in open space preserves, rangers are always in uniform.

Marin County Parks is investigating the incidents. Others who may have interacted with a man matching that description, or who may have witnessed similar interactions, are urged to contact Marin County Parks at 415-473-2816.  

(subject to cancellation)


July 29
 3:30 pm
 Children's Library Event - Circus of Smiles
 see above
July 30
9:40 & 10:40
 StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
July 30
3:30 pm
 Children's Library Event - SF Intern'l Ocean Film Fest
 (see above)
July 30
6:30 pm
Planning Commission Meeting
 Council Chambers
July 31
11:00 am
 Children's Library Event - Littles with Molly
 (see above)
July 31
4:00 pm  Self Portraits with Amy Novesky  (see above)




The Sausalito Portuguese Hall has created a new self-guided walking tour through Sausalito, Marin City and the Headlands featuring 33 locations that have a connection to Sausalito's long Portuguese-American history (did you know that the Hall is older than the city itself?). The Hall has also prepared a 92-page Guidebook which can be found on the "History" page on the Hall's website: It can be downloaded there for free. The Hall has also arranged with Joanne's Printing to provide high quality 2-sided spiral bound copies for those who would prefer them ($30 for a color copy and $14 for a black and white copy). The Hall expects to continue to expand and improve the Guidebook. Any questions or suggestions may be directed to the Hall's History Committee at


The 2014 Sausalito Art Festival American Icon Art Competition invites artists of every caliber throughout the world, to express their vision of America using their mobile device.

The competition requires you to photograph an image that represents your individual idea of what an American icon is. Is your vision a ’65 Mustang Convertible or the Golden Gate Bridge? Is it Steve Jobs or Mount Rushmore? Is it Beyonce, a buffalo on the range, or a NYC fireman? What is your American Icon?

The competition gives artists of all levels the unique platform to express their vision of America. It is up to the artist to choose an image(s) that in their minds is iconic of America based on their personal experiences, upbringing and beliefs. There’s only one caveat: your American Icon image must be captured on a mobile device.Which means almost everyone in the world, professional, amateur, student,or social networking mavens can participate. It’s that simple.

The mission of the Sausalito Art Festival’s American Icon Art Competition is to foster through art, the personal expression of iconic American imagery, from people of all artistic skill levels and backgrounds. It’s an opportunity for all artists, both professional and amateur to be part of the prestigious Sausalito Art Festival.

There are two ways to enter:
• If you think you have a creative winning image, you may enter the competition for $9.99 for the first image and $0.99each for up to 2 additional images and compete for cash awards and deserved recognition. Whether you are a professional or amateur, you will be part of the digital American Icon exhibit at the Sausalito Art Festival. Simply submit your image at

The images entered into the official competition will be judged by an esteemed panel of artists and other professionals for creative, thought provoking, contemporary and historical significance, as well as artistic and creative merit.

• Just want to share your iconic images and inspirations? Share them via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MyAmericanIcon and be part of the “People’s Pick” competition; get the most ”likes”and win a VIP festival experience. Or, we encourage you to visit to upload your images for the People’s Pick Contest.

Winning images will also earn a coveted place in the innovative American Icon multi-media, digital exhibition at the Sausalito Art Festival, Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 1. Winners will also be awarded a VIP Festival experience and swag bag. Winners will be announced in mid-August.

There are a few guidelines (major manipulation of images is not allowed) but for more information, competition guidelines and to submit images, go to

About the Exhibition and Competition
Inaugurated as part of the 60th anniversary of the Sausalito Art Festival in 2012, the competition was conceived as a way to welcome artists of all skill levels to exhibit at the festival, unrestricted by geography and focusing on a different theme every year that celebrates one of the world’s most recognized icons. Last year, that icon was the American Flag; in 2012 it was the Golden Gate Bridge.

Every work of art submitted to the American Icon Art Competition will be included in the presentation video at the SAF as well as on the American Icon website,, enabling those who cannot attend the Sausalito Art Festival and American Art Icon Exhibition to see all of the images.

The exhibition will be on display in a dedicated exhibit venue on the festival site at Marinship Park along the Sausalito waterfront, presented on a large-format screen as a high-definition video with a special dedicated sound score. The entire American Icon show – from digital submissions to digital exhibit, makes the competition very global and very green; there is no shipping, no travel, no fossil fuel expended.



From your Trees and Views Committee


Looking for a small to medium-size tree that doesn’t need much water? Among other choices, consider one of the unthirsty beauties listed below – but remember that all trees need regular irrigation the first year after planting in order to get their roots established.

AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE (Leptospermum laevigatum)
AUSTRALIAN WILLOW (Geijera parviflora)
BRISBANE BOX (Lophostemon confertus)
BRONZE LOQUAT (Eriobotrya deflexa)
DR. HURD MANZANITA (Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’)
FRUITLESS OLIVE (Olea europea, fruitless types)
PALMS (some)
PEPPERMINT TREE (Agonis flexuosa)
PERSIAN PARROTIA (Parrotia persica)
TEXAS OLIVE (Cordia boissieri)
TOYON (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
WESTERN REDBUD (Cercis occidentalis)


From your Age Friendly Task Force

This Month’s Tip -- Stimulating the Mind and Staying Fit

Scientists are in accord that regular and enjoyable efforts to stimulate your mind and stay fit are critical to maintaining brain health. As can be seen from this (incomplete) list, there is no shortage of opportunities to achieve this goal in Sausalito.

The Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs, ranging, by way of example, from painting and singing to tennis, tai chi, and yoga. All classes are listed in Sausalito and its Community, published quarterly by the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department and delivered to every household in Sausalito.You can also download the current issue of the magazine at or pick up a copy in City Hall, either outside of the library or downstairs in City Hall in the Parks and Recreation Department Office.

The Sausalito Library is far more than a place to check out a book. Card holders can check out movie cds and pre-loaded Kindles, settle into a comfortable chair and read a newspaper or magazine, try out new technology in the library’s electronic “petting zoo.” or look at the latest exhibit of work by Sausalito artists. The library also runs a popular speaker series and sponsors docent lectures about upcoming Bay Area museum exhibits. During August, they will be offering a Summer Movie Series. You can start learning a new language with Mango Languages, the library’s online language learning program. And ask about the popular online program, Discover and Go, which allows library cardholders to print out passes from home for several local museums. Just outside the library you will find shelves with flyers announcing a variety of other programs and classes in the community. If you are unable to get to the library, check out the library’s Homebound Delivery Program at or give a call to Augie at 415-289-4121, ext.501.

The Sausalito Historical Society collectionsare housedin the Phil Frank History and Research Room and the Exhibit Room on the third floor of City Hall, which are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-1 or by appointment: 415-289-4117. Docents are available to show you around and help you research any questions you may have about Sausalito history. The Historical Society also has a regular schedule of programs and events that are publicized in the Sausalito Currents and are usually also listed in the Sausalito Village Update (see below).

Sausalito Village ( offers a growing schedule of programs, classes and events. Many of these programs, including weekly bocce (during good weather), a weekly stroll along the waterfront, monthly sing-alongs, and monthly meetings featuring speakers on a variety of topics. are open, without charge, to the entire community. Sausalito Village programs are listed in the Sausalito Village Update, which comes out every other Thursday. To be put on the mailing list and receive regular copies of the Update, send an email to .


From your Disaster Preparedness Committee


Being able to communicate can make the difference in an emergency.  Here are some communication tips that can make a difference for you:

  •   Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers – police, fire, and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. – and program them into your in your cell phone for easy dialing.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Know how to use call forwarding at home. If you have to evacuate, forward home calls to your cell phone.
  • Keep a charged spare battery for your cell phone and other electronic devices.
  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.
  • Consider using text messages to communicate. Often text messages get through when wireless networks are overtaxed during a crisis
  • Keep a phone charger in your vehicle.
  • Understand your cell phone’s capabilities: email, weather updates, news reports and more can all make a difference.
  • Keep phones, laptops, PDAs, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. It is a good idea to keep them in a sealable, plastic bag.
  • Check weather and news reports available through many Internet-connected wireless phones, and through other wireless phone applications, when power is out.