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Sausalito Currents - October 25, 2013
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Posted Date: 10/25/2013 3:00 PM

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Street Maintenance: Seal Coat - Schedule during the week of 10/28/2013
Graham Contractors has been hired to apply a "Cape Seal" to various streets in Sausalito. This work extends the service life, improve the appearance and skid resistance of the pavement. We need and appreciate your cooperation while the contractor does this work. They will do their best to minimize the inconvenience to affected residents.

"Cape Seal" is a two-part process. The first part is the application of "Chip Seal", which is made of road oil and gravel. The "Chip Seal" portion of the work will be done Tuesday October 29, 2013. On the day the "Chip Seal" is performed, access to your driveways may be delayed for several minutes while the gravel is applied to the oil.

The second part of the "Cape Seal" process will occur (Please see reverse side for Micro-surface schedule). The second part is the application of a "Micro-surface Seal" over the top of the "Chip Seal". "Micro-surface" is made of "oil" and finely crushed rock. The "Micro-surface" process will require streets to be completely closed for up to several hours depending on the weather conditions. The "Cape Seal" portion of the work will require two days starting be done Wednesday October 30, 2013. See the schedule below for affected streets and dates.

On the days of both the Chip Seal and Micro-surface, CARS WILL BE TOWED TO CLEAR THE STREET! Also, please do not water lawns or bushes on the days that construction is scheduled, as this may cause an unsightly appearance on the street in front of your home! The oil used on the street will "track" stains onto driveways, sidewalks, etc. if driven through while wet, and IT WILL STAIN YOUR CARPETS if tracked into your home!


Phase 1 Chip Seal Schedule Tuesday October 29, 2013 (One Day)

Currey Ave - from Crescienta Dr. to Glen Dr.
Spencer Ave - from Sausalito Blvd. to San Carlos
West Street - from Valley Street to Concrete Bridge deck
Fourth Street - from Valley Street to Main Street
Second Street - from South Street to Richardson Street

Phase 2, Cape/Slurry Seal (Two Days)
Wednesday October 30, 2013

Second Street  (half width) -  from South Street to Richardson Street
Cloudview Road (Micro-Surface only no chipseal)  - from Prospect Ave. to West End
Atwood Ave -  from North Street to Harrison / Bulkley Ave.
Fourth Street - from Valley Street to Main Street

Thursday October 31, 2013

Currey Ave. - from Crescienta Dr. to Glen Dr.
Spencer Ave. - from Sausalito Blvd. to San Carlos
West Street - from Valley Street to Concrete Bridge deck
Second street (half width) - from South Street to Richardson Street
(Second Street will be Micro-surfaced; half width on Wednesday October 30, 2013 & half width on Thursday October 31, 2013)


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

Friday, October 25th @ 7:30pm
Marc & Doreen Gounard: Circumnavigators
In their talk, Galilee Harbor residents Marc and Doreen Gounard will share stories from the Gounard family’s four-and-a-half year, thirty-eight country, west-about circumnavigation in their 10.2-meter catamaran, Imani.

Friday, November 1st @ 7:30pm
Barry Brukoff: Photographing Ruins
Professional photographer and Sausalito resident Barry Brukoff grew up in Chicago and studied at the Chicago Art Institute. Barry’s visit to the temples of Cambodia prior to the Pol Pot War instilled a lifelong fascination with archaeological ruins. His most recent books are Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya (2012) and Temples of Cambodia (2011). In his multimedia talk, Barry will discuss the creation of these two works and the process of putting them together for publication.

Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Monday, October 28 - 7:00pm in the Council Chambers
Dance of Psyche: Rhythm of Consciousness
In observation of the tenth anniversary of the publication of her book, Dance of Psyche: Rhythm of Consciousness, author and psychologist Christina Campbell will reflect on the changes in public consciousness over the last decade. People today have become more aware of the destructive effects of greed and corporate culture. Communication has become a lost art. As therapy, Dr. Campbell utilizes dance as a symbol of the psyche to explore vulnerability and alienation. She also works with clients to create a personal ritual designed to heal and create connection with others. Her presentation will include dance demonstrations of this process. You can learn more at the author’s website:

New Program: Game Night at the Library
Classic Board Games for Adults
Every Wednesday night except holidays  -  6:00-8:45 pm in the Library Reading Room
Bring a friend or two and check out one of our classic board games to play inside the library. We have several to choose from: Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Doink It Darts, Jenga, Backgammon, Scrabble and more!

Come Write In: November is National Novel Writing Month
Dates: November 7, 14 and 21 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm    Cost: Free
Location: Sausalito Public Library – 420 Litho Street, Sausalito

At 12:01 am November 1, people worldwide will begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Last year’s NaNoWriMo had 341,375 participants across the world! To register for NaNoWriMo, sign up for a free account at

Are you ready to join NaNoWriMo and write your novel? The Sausalito Library is here to help! Come Write In at the Library on Thursday nights in November from 7-9pm for coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. No registration necessary.

Halloween Celebration: Randel McGee and Groark, Ventriloquist and Dragon
Date: October 29, 2013   Time: 3:45pm   Cost: Free
Location: Council Chambers, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street

Groark, the loveable, guitar-playing dragon and his trusty friend Randel McGee bring their great stories, songs, and comedy to the Sausalito Library to help us celebrate Halloween. Perfect for all ages, no registration required.



Time to Change the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors
It’s time to start preparing. . . .remember that with time change, you need to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. So this weekend, count how many batteries you will need and go out and buy them. Now, plan on November 3, to get up there and get them all changed!



Halloween in Sausalito!
Firefighter BBQ – 4:30pm
Start your Halloween night out enjoying delicious hotdogs with Southern Marin Fire. Their Halloween BBQ will begin at 4:30pm at the Johnson Street Firehouse.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Lane - 6:00pm
Ghouls, Goblins, Princesses, Superheroes, Cats, Ghosts, and Monsters of all sizes, shapes and ages UNITE together on Caledonia Street in between the Public Safety Buildings to haunt the street in search of free candy. We march at 6pm sharp so be ready to line up at 5:45pm. We will finish our Halloween Parade at Robin Sweeny Park, otherwise known as Trick or Treat Lane for more treats and Halloween fun. The Halloween Parade and activities in Robin Sweeny Park and the Recreation Center are sponsored by Sausalito Parks & Recreation, Caledonia Street Merchants and local community groups.

Howl’O’Ween Dog Costume Contest – 6:30pm
Ghoulish greyhounds, devilish dachshunds, poodle princesses and butterfly bulldogs. Dress up your pups and bring them with you on Halloween to compete in this free contest. Prizes will be awarded to the funniest, best couple (dog and owner) and most original canine costumes. Sponsored by Soulmates Animal Care

Haunted House – 6:15pm
Come see what spooky terrors lurk in this year’s inception of the annual Sausalito Haunted House. They’re dying . . . to meet you!

NEW THIS YEAR: Beat the Halloween evening rush! The Haunted House will be open during the weekend for sneak peeks to anyone curious and daring enough to venture in.     $1 per-person, $5 per-family Suggested Donation.

Haunted House Schedule
Sunday, October 27:      5:00pm–5:30pm (child-friendly)         6:00pm–7:00pm (full haunt)
Thursday, October 31:   6:15pm–8:00pm

Haunted House Call for Volunteers
The Haunted House is volunteer planned, designed, and operated. If you want to help with this year’s haunt, call Recreation Supervisor, Jeff Dybdal at 289-4140.



Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is the Credit Rating Agency that issues credit ratings for the debt of public and private corporations. Periodically, S&P reviews its credit ratings on the City’s 2006 General Obligation Bonds. Today they published their recent review of the City’s bond rating and raised its long-term rating and underlying rating on the City’s general obligation (GO) bonds to 'AA+' from 'AA-'.

The report highlighted the City’s strong economy, flexible budgetary policies, substantial reserves, and liquidity as significant factors in upgrading the City’s rating. The report also mentions that the annexation of fire services and the recent salary / benefit reforms (pension and OPEB) will improve structural performance and provide operating balance to city revenues and expenses. Although S&P discounts transfers from the City’s Parking Enterprise Fund as non-operating income (a technical accounting classification) this did not prevent them from issuing a “Stable” outlook for the City’s rating, reflecting their opinion that they do not expect to lower the ratings during the two-year outlook horizon; and might even further raise the ratings if the city succeeds in further improving financial performance.

The complete report is available for viewing on the City’s web site. For more information contact Charlie Francis, Director of Administrative Services @, or at 415-289-4105.



(subject to cancellation)

 Oct 25  7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program  Sausalito Library (see above)
 Oct 26  11:00 am  Hands Free CPR Training  Sausalito Fire Station - 333 Johnson St
 Oct 27  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Oct 28  6:00 pm  Legislative Committee Meeting  Conference Room
 Oct 30  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 Oct 30  6:00 pm  Classic Board Games for Adults  Library Reading Room (see above)
 Oct 30  6:30 pm  Special Planning Commission Meeting  Council Chambers
 Oct 31  3:45 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Oct 31  6:00 pm  Halloween Parade  Caledonia Street (see above)
 Nov 1   7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program  Sausalito Library (see above)


The Sausalito Woman's Club is joining forces with the SMFD and Marin Emergency Medical Services to sponsor a City-wide "Hands-Free CPR"
When: Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sausalito Fire Station. Come and join us for a demonstration and opportunity to learn this new method. It’s free of charge ---- be the first to jump in and learn all about this new procedure!



Sustainability Commission

Free Waste Tire Recycling – October 21 through November 1

This free recycling program will take place at the following locations:

Marin Resource Recovery Center, 565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael
– Monday through Saturday from 8:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Redwood Landfill, 8950 Redwood Highway, Novato
– Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please note: No more than nine tires per trip; passenger and pickup truck tires only; no foam filled tires; no tires from commercial or non-profit businesses; open to Marin County residents only; and tires may contain rims.

For more information, visit, or call 415-473-6647


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.

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


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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