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Sausalito Currents - October 4, 2013
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Posted Date: 10/4/2013 3:00 PM

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Fall 2013 Sausalito People Program Schedule
After hours inside the Sausalito Public Library

Friday, October 4th @ 7:30pm
Stephen Olsson: Global Spirit
Stephen is the president of Cultural & Educational Media, a non-profit producing films and television series designed to create understanding among different peoples, cultures, and faiths. In his talk, Stephen will present segments from his current work, including Global Spirit (now airing on Link TV and PBS) and Bridge to Iran.

Friday, October 11th @ 7:30pm
Joe Tate: Adventures with the Redlegs
Joe Tate is the former leader of the Redlegs, a pirate rock n’ roll band that formed in the houseboat colony of Sausalito during the late sixties. Joe's talk will focus on his adventures and tribulations in the sixties and seventies with the Redlegs.


Southern Marin Fire Protectin District Open House is set for Sunday, October 6 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Come and meet the Southern Marin Fire Department, get a station tour and view the equipment. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and show you around. Educational and informational materials will be available at all stations.

For the adventurous types, pick up a fire house passport, visit all three fire stations, check out our web page and you could enter to win a movie night at the fire hour for 10 kids with popcorn.

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to meeting you.

Stations to visit:    Fire Station #1 – 333 Johnson Street, Sausalito 
                                Fire Station #4 – 309 Poplar Avenue, Mill Valley 
                                Fire Station #9 – 308 Reed Blvd., Mill Valley

For more information, go to


Arias in the Afternoon – October 5, 2013 – 12 noon – Gabrielson Park
Arias in the Afternoon, with the San Francisco Opera Singers, returns! This 2-hour free program is sponsored by the Arques Charitable Education Trust and produced by the Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department. Come enjoy the San Francisco Opera in the beautiful and picturesque setting of Gabrielson Park.

Reserved V.I.P. tables go on sale on September 3rd; these pre-set tables will include a chilled bottle of champagne and fresh strawberries. Residents - $75; Non Residents - $85. 


Parking Lot #1 Booth Temporarily Out of Service
While construction continues in the downtown area, Commuter Parking SmartCard and Resident Parking SmartCard transactions will be handled at the Sausalito Police Department. The Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project necessitates the removal of the parking booth to allow for the renovation of the adjacent sewer pump station.

All Resident and Commuter card services are available Monday through Friday according to the following schedule. This schedule is subject to change, additional hours may be added if required:

Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 1:30 AM
Friday 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM

For more information please contact Elliott Holt at (415) 289-4116 or  


Public Hearing on the Rehabilitation of the Sausalito Public Fishing Pier 
The City is engaged in a process to rehabilitate a damaged public pier near the Trident Restaurant to restore public access and fishing opportunities. The pier has been a part of the City as early as 1936 and has been historically used as a fishing pier. The exact date of when the pier was installed is not known, although historical photographs show the pier in existence as early as 1936. The pier was closed to public access in 2001 due to damage caused by the storm of January 11, 2001. Currently, the only remnants of the pier which remain are twenty-one pilings and the pier framing. On Nov. 7, 2007, the 901-foot Cosco Busan, headed from the Port of Oakland to South Korea, sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge in dense morning fog. The collision ripped a 211-foot-long gash in the side of the ship and punctured several of its fuel tanks, dumping 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the bay. As a part of a 2011 settlement with the owner and operating companies of the Cosco Busan cargo ship, grant monies were made available for certain projects and the City received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to repair the public pier. On June 4, 2013 the City Council accepted the Cosco-Busan settlement grant funding for and initiating project design for the rehabilitation of the pier. A condition of the grant is that the construction be completed by the end of January 2014.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm at City Hall on a request by the City for approval of a Design Review Permit and Non-Conformity Permit to rehabilitate a fishing pier for use as a public access point and for shore-based recreational fishing for both ambulatory and mobility-impaired persons at a City-owned parcel to the immediate south of the Trident restaurant along Bridgeway south of downtown. The project consists of replacing decking and railing and the extension of pilings in the same location as the existing pier, and the installation of a code-compliant ramp and staircase. The existing height of the decking will be raised by 3-1/2 feet to accommodate an anticipated increase in base flood elevation. The existing pathway which leads from the existing wooden deck to the shoreline walkway paralleling Bridgeway will be replaced with a ramp that is compliant with the California Building Code for accessibility.
Story poles were installed on October 2, 2013 which depict the width, length and height of the new pier. Note that the story poles show the tops of the new railings. A rendering of the pier will also be posted at the project site to help visual the project.

How to get involved, ask questions or view the plans: You can give Lilly Schinsing, Administrative Analyst in the Administration Department, a call or a letter: (415) 289-4134, or 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. You can also hand deliver a letter to the Administration Department prior to the public hearing. 


Boards and Commission Vacancies
The City of Sausalito continues to seek applicants interested in serving on a variety of Boards and Commissions. Over the next few months, Council may consider the following:

Business Advisory Committee
Historic Landmarks Board
Parks and Recreation Commission
Arts Commission

To find out more about these positions, visit our website . Then, when you’ve made your decision on where you might best serve your community, click on the “I Want To. . . .Apply For”  button and fill out the Boards and Commission Form (where the application form is actually found at the bottom of the listed items in the left hand column). Please return these to


Housing Element Update and Study of the Marinship
The City of Sausalito will be initiating work on the updating the Housing Element and a study of the Marinship area. If you are interested in getting on the email notification lists for either of these topics please send Lilly Schinsing ( an email specifying which notifications you’d like to receive. Email notifications will provide information on upcoming public meetings, community workshops, and other opportunities for participation and input.

Historic Preservation Regulations Update
The City of Sausalito will be initiating work on the updating the Historic Preservation Regulations. Please send Heidi Scoble ( an email if you are interested in getting on the email notification list . Email notifications will provide information on upcoming public meetings, community workshops, and other opportunities for participation and input.

(subject to cancellation)

 Oct 4  7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program - Stephen Olsson  Sausalito Library (see above)
 Oct 5  12 noon  Arias in the Afternoon  Gabrielson Park (see above)
 Oct 6  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Oct 6  12 noon  Southern Marin Fire Open House  Fire Station 1 - 333 Johnson St
 Oct 7  6:30 pm  Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Mtg  Conference Room
 Oct 8  7:00 pm  City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
 Oct 9  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 Oct 9  12 noon  Sausalito Village Monthly Meeting  Edgewater Room (see below)
 Oct 10  3:45 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Oct 10  7:00 pm  Sustainability Commission Meeting  Conference Room
 Oct 11  7:30 pm   Sausalito People Program - Joe Tate   Sausalito Library (see above)



Sausalito Village – Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, October 9 at 12 noon
Sausalito Village will feature a talk by Mary Kae Krause at its monthly meeting at the Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, October 9 at noon. Ms. Krause will review the A, B, C’s and D’s of Medicare; which each one covers, how to obtain these benefits, and what costs are involved. She will also review Medicare changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Mary Kae, Sausalito Village member, is a retired RN with over fifteen years experience working with a managed healthcare insurance company. Most recently, she has been involved in doing telephonic case management with members enrolled in that insurance policy care.

Volunteers Needed to Help with the Age-Friendly Sausalito Questionnaire
We are looking for volunteers who can give 2 or more hours during October, November or December.

Between 2000 and 2010, the population in Sausalito over the age of 55 DOUBLED! The City’s Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force has been created to address this issue by developing a strategic plan for making Sausalito an Age-Friendly City. The Task Force is following the World Health Organization[WHO]’s Guide to becoming an Age-Friendly City - one that is accessible and inclusive of ALL of its residents.

Our first step will be to assess Sausalito’s current level of age-friendliness. We will do this by asking residents over the age of 55 to complete a short written questionnaire. With the help of volunteers, we want to reach as many residents over the age of 55 as possible between the months of October and December and encourage them to complete the questionnaire. We need YOUR HELP to do it.

As a volunteer, you will help spread the word to neighbors and friends about the importance of completing the questionnaire, assist in distribution of questionnaires and collection of the completed questionnaires, post fliers, address envelopes, assist at events, and more. Email Tricia at to sign up.

Sausalito Village First Annual Art Show – Oct 21-Nov 18
In the Sausalito City Council Chambers

Please join us at the Opening Gala Reception on Monday, October 21, from 3:30-5:30 pm in the City Council Chambers. Join us for food, art, and music by the Nob Hill String Ensemble.

Participating artists include: Gerry Beers, Margot Biestman, Perry Biestman, Mary Lou Dauray, Sonja Frommerova, C.B. Follett, Anselm Galley, Teddie Hathaway, Bill Kirsch,
John Kouns, Rayner Needleman, Marge Benjamin Warren, Jennie Wasser, Carolyn Zaroff

Sausalito Village is mostly a volunteer organization dedicated to helping Sausalito seniors live independently at home. For further information: or 331-1464.

Save the Date – October 26, 2013
The Sausalito Woman's Club is joining forces with the SMFD and Marin Emergency Medical Services to sponsor a City-wide "Hands-Free CPR" demonstration and opportunity to learn the method. It's from 11 AM-1 PM on Saturday, Oct. 26. It will be held at the Sausalito Fire Dept and is free of charge.

We'd appreciate your putting it on the City calendar so we can attract as many people as possible to take advantage of this chance to learn this important procedure.


Tree Committee:

Tree & Shrub Pruning Tips

- For most deciduous trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because
   wounds close faster.

- If you want to prune in fall, wait until trees drop their leaves and are dormant—usually October or
   November. After leaf drop, you can see the tree’s structure and identify disease and insect problems
   more easily.

- Dormancy (especially late winter to early spring) is also a good time to prune evergreens because
   vigorous spring growth will hide pruning wounds.

- One exception to the no- early fall-pruning advice is that you should remove dead, diseased, and
   damaged wood as soon as possible -- for tree health and your safety.

Disaster Preparedness Committee:

Plan for Pet Disaster Needs 

  •  Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  •  Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets -- well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers -- they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
  • Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they're not available later. While the sun is still shining, consider packing a "pet survival" kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
  • Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
  • Animals in Emergencies for Owners: This video, developed by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) /FEMA, is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. To view this video go to:

Prepare to Shelter Your Pet

  • Call the Marin County Office of Emergency Services, local animal shelters, or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.
  • NOTE: Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster, but this should be considered only as a last resort.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside -- NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.

During a Disaster

  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.

After a Disaster

  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DISASTER STRIKES TO DO YOUR RESEARCH.

  • The best option is to get a friend or relative outside the evacuation area to take your pets, and preferably you, too. If that's not possible, try locating a pet friendly motel or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.
  • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
  • You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location. 


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Recycling and Composting” (Did you know that we must meet certain State mandated recycling goals? This forum offers you the opportunity to make suggestions on how we can meet, or better, our current recycling program.)

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Click here to participate in one, or all, open discussions. We value, and look forward to, your input.