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Sausalito Currents - June 20, 2014
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Posted Date: 6/20/2014 3:15 PM

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Check out what's happening at the June 24th City Council Meeting

  • this meeting is dedicated to discussions involving the Housing Element

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.



Community Survey shows Residents Highly Supportive of Overall Direction of City and Local Services
The results of a Community Survey were recently released at a City Council meeting.  Residents believe Sausalito is headed in the right direction and approve of the City’s management of the budget and local services, according to this recent community survey by the independent polling firm of FM3 Research. The survey was commissioned as part of the City’s budget process to assess community views on a variety of service needs and ensure services and service levels reflect citizens’ priorities.

The survey results indicate that the community is highly supportive of the overall direction of the City, has confidence in the City’s fiscal management, and approves of the job being done by the City in delivering essential services. The community identified a range of services as highly important, including the following priorities:
      • Repairing and maintaining 80-year-old storm drains to prevent pollutants, garbage, and sediment from
        entering the Bay
      • Maintaining the long-term financial viability of the City
      • Fixing potholes
      • Maintaining and repairing neighborhood streets
      • Fixing broken and potentially unsafe sidewalks

We thank all of the residents who participated in the community survey!  To view the survey results, click here  or  view the PowerPoint Presentation that was before the City Council on May 27, click here.  You can continue to find this information on the City's website at - look for it under Hot Topics.



New Bus Regulations
The Sausalito City Council recently approved changes to the City Municipal Code related to tour bus routes. Effective July 10, 2014, passenger buses may no longer travel southbound on Bridgeway past the intersection with Bay Street. Small buses with eight passenger capacity or less are exempt from the new law, as are all public transit buses. The City Council also passed a companion law that created a Quiet Zone that makes it unlawful for any passenger bus to operate any public address system, narration system, music, bells, horns, or whistles along the corridor that includes Alexander Avenue beginning at the south city limit and continuing on South Street, Second Street, Richardson Street, and Bridgeway to the north city limit.

The fines for violations of these new sections are $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $500 for the third offense when cited as infractions. Misdemeanor violations of these sections are punishable by a fine of $1000 or 6 months in county jail.



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, June 24, 3:30pm:
The Trombonist, Andy Strain
Stories and sounds from around the world . . . played on a trombone! A unique, super fun and family friendly performance. For All Ages, in the City Council Chambers.

Wednesday, June 25, 3:30pm:
Ugly Sculpture Contest
Everyone is good at making beautiful things, but what about something so ugly, so hideous, so shocking that is could win an ugly sculpture contest? It’s surprising how beautiful something ugly can be—come by and give it a try. We’ll have all the supplies you need. Recommended for kids 4-8, but all ages are welcome, in Edgewater Room.

Thursday, June 26: 4pm
Young Writer’s Workshop: Book Making Workshop with Peopleologie
Make a one-of-a-kind book to give as a gift or keep as your own personal journal. For kids ages 8-10, in the Friends Bookstore.



The Sausalito Recreation Department is busy planning for our spectacular 4th of July festivities and we, once again, need the help of local residents and businesses to raise the $25,000 for the cost of the fireworks!

You can mail or drop off a tax-deductible donation of any amount to: Parks and Recreation C/O Fireworks, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94965

Sponsor Levels:

                        Diamond Sponsor - $2000 and up
                        Platinum Sponsor - $1999 - $750
                       Gold Sponsor - $749 - $500
                       Silver Sponsor - $499 - $200
                       Bronze Sponsor - $199 - $50

New this year, all Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver level sponsors will be listed on the back of the 4th of July t-shirt the following year. Check out this year’s t-shirt which features our 2013 sponsors.



The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will soon begin installing a new water main along Gate 5 Rd, from northward of Varda Landing Road to Harbor Drive. The project is necessary to ensure the integrity of MMWD’s water distribution system and adequate flow for fire protection. During construction please be aware of heavy equipment and construction personnel, and follow the instructions of the contractor’s flagmen and signs. Also, please reduce your travel speed to maintain safe conditions within the construction zone.

The MMWD’s contractor, Michael Paul Company, Inc. will begin potholing existing underground utilities during the week of June 23. The project is scheduled to be completed in late August or early September assuming no unforeseen difficulties or inclement weather.

If you have any questions related to the project, the MMWD contact is Mr. Dick Paulson, Senior Construction Inspector, who may be reached at (415) 945-1569.


(subject to cancellation)


June 21
 6:00 pm
 Dinner and a Movie
 (see below)
June 24
 3:30 pm
 The Trombonist, Andy Strain  (see above)
June 24
 7:00 pm
 City Council Meeting
 Council Chambers
June 25
 9:40 & 10:40  StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
June 25
 3:30 pm
 Ugly Sculpture Contest  (see above)
June 26
 3:30 pm  StoryTime with Phil
 Council Chambers
June 26
 4:00 pm
 Young Writer’s Workshop: Book Making
Workshop with Peopleologie
 (see above)



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.


Sausalito Village Invites You to Join in on a Gentle Movement Class
Sausalito Village will feature a Gentle Movement class led by Jen Fuller, at the Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Thursday, July 3 at 10 A.M. Fuller is a certified exercise therapist with the Egoscue Method, a program for stopping pain that focuses on postural alignment. This class is open to the community and free of charge.

After running an Egoscue clinic in Marin County, Jen Fuller opened a private practice in Sausalito, where she treats individuals and runs fitness classes that stress the mechanics of posture.

Come with loose clothing and join in the fun.



from your Trees and Views Committee


Be water-wise to help your trees survive the drought.

     • Provide the right amount of water. Water young trees 2x per week & mature trees as needed.
     • Water early in the morning or after the sun has set as this replaces the water they’ve lost during the day.
     • Deep water is essential. Do not give small amounts of water as it encourages shallow roots that dry quickly.
     • Water directly with a hose, 5-gallon bucket or gator bag filled with recycled water rather than a sprinkler.
     • Consider recycled water or gray water from your home. Water collected in a bucket from the shower is an
     • Water in the “drip-zone” – those areas directly beneath the foliage and shaded by the tree.
     • Avoid directly irrigating the trunk of the tree as the increased moisture can favor root rot disease.

Source: California Urban Forests Council – Invest From the Ground Up

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.