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Sausalito Currents - August 31, 2012
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Posted Date: 8/31/2012 1:30 PM

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Remember, this is the weekend of the Art Festival . . . . be patient if you experience traffic and parking congestion – and anything else that comes along with such in incredibly successful special event!




Basic Microsoft Word I
Wednesday, September 5th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sausalito City Hall-Edgewater Room, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito

Our trainer Patty Hoyt will cover the basics of Microsoft Word. This includes explanation of the Menu items at the top of the screen that contains the command functions of Word: Use of Standard and Formatting Toolbars, Typing and Deleting, Highlighting and Copy & Pasting.

Please stop by or call the Sausalito Library to reserve a seat: 415-289-4121.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

Augie Webb
Sausalito Library



Building Division Rolls Out New Concurrent Plan Check Process
The Building Division has initiated a new Concurrent Plan Check Process for the review and approval of construction plans for building permits. The new process will allow building, planning, engineering, sewer, and fire staff to review construction plans concurrently. Previously, construction plans were frequently reviewed by one staff member at a time. The Concurrent Plan Check Process is designed to provide a quicker turnaround and shorter time for permit issuance while still ensuring full compliance with City building, zoning, and public works requirements.

A flow chart is provided to assist in explaining the new process. For additional information on the new Concurrent Plan Check Process or the building permit submittal requirements and procedures go to: or contact Permit Technician Nichole Houstone at 289-4137 or



34th Annual Chili Cook-Off
We’re coming up on the annual Chili Cook-Off, scheduled for Sunday, September 30 in Dunphy Park. But first, we need to recruit all you Chili Chefs. Come share your favorite chili recipe. Be ready, you must make at least 10 gallons of chili – but new this year, you will be able to do your PREP work at home. Applications are available at   It’s a great event, come and participate! 



Financial Credit Rating
Standard & Poor’s is the Credit Rating Agency that issues credit ratings for the debt of public and private corporations. Periodically, Standard & Poor’s reviews its credit ratings on the City’s 2006 General Obligation Bonds. On August 6, 2012, Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed its ‘AA- rating, with a stable outlook’, on Sausalito, Calif.'s general
obligation (GO) bonds. An excerpt from the report follows: “In our opinion, Sausalito has carefully managed its finances recently; it has built up reserves while funding capital expenditures.”

The complete report is available for viewing on the City’s web site, or on the Sausalito Dollars and Cents – the mobile app that can be downloaded for your Android smart phone or tablet. For more information contact Charlie Francis, Director of Administrative Services @, or at 415-289-4105.


Sustainability Commission announces that the new totable carts for your garbage have arrived!!!
Sausalito now joins the rest of Marin County in having a food scrap recycling program included in your collection. This means green waste/compostables will be a weekly service, same as your regular garbage and recycling service.

Your new green cart is to be used for your household to place “green waste” and compostable (food scraps) in. We encourage you to utilize the cart weekly.

Your blue cart will be used for your “commingled” recycling. All glass, aluminum, tin, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, etc. is to be placed in this cart and placed at the curb every week. No need to separate, place it all in the cart.

Any old recycling or green waste containers you would like to get rid of will be picked up by Bay Cities and recycled. If you wish to recycle your old containers please contact us at 332-3646 to schedule the pick up on your normal collection day. If you failed to order your size-appropriate cart prior to delivery, please bear with Bay Cities as they deal with all the late calls to change them out.

If you have ANY questions about this new program, please call Bay Cities direct – they are glad to assist in working out any kinks.



Accessory Dwelling Units
The Sausalito Planning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 and Wednesday September 19, 2012 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito on the Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance.

Details: The Planning Commission will consider an ordinance amending Title 10 of the Sausalito Municipal Code to permit new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) which meet specific criteria in the R-1, R-2 and R-3 Zoning Districts and legalize existing unpermitted ADUs which meet specific criteria in the R-1, R-2 and R-3 Zoning Districts. ADUs are also known as second units, granny units or in-law units. By way of background, the City adopted regulations in 1984 prohibiting the development of ADUs or second/granny units in all residential zoning districts. As part of the Housing Element Update, the City conducted a survey of residential property owners which indicated 15% of the 700+ survey respondents had an ADU on their property, and another 19% of respondents would be inclined to build an ADU if permitted by the City’s regulations.

The community has come to recognize ADUs as a low impact approach to addressing a portion of the community’s very low and low income housing needs, and the Housing Element Update thus establishes programs to both allow new ADUs and legalize existing ADUs built without permits. The ADU ordinance would implement the program identified in the draft Housing Element.

The draft ordinance may be reviewed at the Community Development Department, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, between 7:30 A.M. and 5 P.M., Monday through Thursday and between 7:30 A.M. and noon on Friday or at Staff reports will be available at the City’s website ( on the Fridays preceding the Planning Commission meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Lilly Schinsing at 415-289-4134 or email Interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and/or present written testimony at or before the hearings.



PG&E Planned Service Interruption
On Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 8:00 am to 3: pm, PG&E will interrupt their services to repair necessary equipment. This will affect areas in the vicinity of Bay Street, Bridgeway, and Spinnaker Drive. Please contact PG&E if you have any questions.


(subject to cancellation)


 Sept 2  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Sept 4  6:30 pm  Sausalito Marin City Sanitary Dist Mtg  Council Chambers
 Sept 5  6:30 pm  Planning Commission Meeting  Council Chambers
 Sept 5  7:00 pm  Library event - Basic Microsoft Word I  see above
 Sept 6  3:30 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Sept 6  6:30 pm  Trees and Views Committee Mtg  Conference Room



“The Other” Sausalito Artists on Display All Labor Day Weekend
For the second year in a row, Sausalito artists will put their work on display all through the Labor Day Weekend in and around the Seahorse Music and Supper Club. There is no admission charge for the show.

As many as 50 artists who work in paint, ceramics, stone, photography, glass, mixed media and jewelry will have their work on display and available for purchase between 11 AM and 6 PM each day.

To make the time all the more fun and special, local musicians will be playing for those who want to dance and those who just want to listen, while the Seahorse will offer food and drinks for sale as well.

The Seahorse Music and Supper Club is at 305 Harbor Drive just off Bridgeway in Sausalito. Phone 415 331 2899.


Cass Marina Site Clean-up, Saturday, September 8, 9:00am – 12noon
Meet us at Cass Marina and help us weed, get rid of invasive plants, clean out the rat’s nests and other unwanted stuff from the old maintenance shed and clean-up the property.

Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center is teaming up with the City of Sausalito’s Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments, as well as the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency and Bay Cities Refuse in order to make this happen.

Bring work gloves and a travel mug, we'll provide the coffee.

You’ll find us tucked in the corner behind Dunphy Park at Bridgeway and Napa. For more information about the Cass Gidley Marina Sausalito Community Boating Center project or to donate go to


The Bay Area Discovery Museum is proud to announce its first annual Grandparents Day. On Sunday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to ¬ 5 p.m., families will enjoy a day of fun with special programming in honor of National Grandparents Day. With special thanks to ScholarShare, one grandparent and one child will enjoy free admission.

Children’s book author Jackie Board will be reading her books, “Grandma Wants to Eat My Baby Sister”, and “Eat Your Breakfast or Else!” for a special story time at TBD.

The Radio Disney AM 1310 Road Crew will be on-site at TBD with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. For more information about Radio Disney, log onto .

The Museum’s current Grandparent Circle members and those who join prior to or on Grandparents Day will receive a special gift.

This event is brought to you by ScholarShare College Saving Plan.

Sunday, September 9, 2012
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Story Time: 11:30 a.m.
Radio Disney: 11:30 a.m. ¬ 1 p.m.

Also, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Bay Area Discovery Museum will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the Bay Area Discovery Museum will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, Bay Area Discovery Museum will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be available to download beginning in August at <>. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


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