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Sausalito Currents - November 2, 2012
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Posted Date: 11/2/2012 4:30 PM

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November 6 is ELECTION DAY – remember to go out and VOTE
Polls open at 7:00 am.  If you have suddenly found that you will be out of town on Tuesday, the Marin Council Elections Office will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm where you can cast a ballot or drop your absentee ballot off.  The Elections Office is in Room 121 at the Marin County Civic Center.  Check out their website for all their important information.


The Downtown Public Restroom Construction Project is continuing.
Beginning the 7th of November the sidewalk on the easterly side of Bridgeway from Anchor Street northward to in front of the Project will be closed to pedestrian traffic. The closure will last approximately two weeks and will require a temporary relocation of the Golden Gate Transit bus stop in front of the Project northerly to just before the Bridgeway and Bay Street intersection. Pedestrian detours will be established directing people around the closed portion of the sidewalk.

The sidewalk needs to be replaced because it does not meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or California Title 24. The Monterey Pines that were in front of the Bank of America had uplift the sidewalk making it tilt towards Bridgeway with an excessive cross slope. When the sidewalk is reopened it will meet current code.

The City appreciates your patience while we make these necessary and positive improvements to the City of Sausalito’s pedestrian walkways.


The Sausalito Public Library will be closed on Monday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 13th to prepare for a remodel project that is expected to last until late January 2013.  The Library will resume regular operations on Wednesday, November 14th although some collections will have been relocated to make room for construction in the children’s and staff office areas.  A temporary sound wall will be installed to reduce construction noise.  More details on the project are available from the Library website.


Preventing Bicycle Theft
Nationally, 1.5 million bicycles are stolen each year and of those that are recovered, many will never be returned to their owners.  The Sausalito Police Department wants to remind residents as well as visitors about some basic crime prevention techniques to prevent bicycle theft and increase the odds of your bicycle being returned to you in the event it is stolen. 

Once you purchase your bicycle, immediately record its make, model and serial number.  Some people are under the belief that the bicycle shop will retain this information for you; most do not.  The Sausalito Police Department strongly urges you to register your bicycle’s information at the National Bike Registry (  A link is also available in the Crime Prevention tab of the police department’s website ( Since 1984, the National Bike Registry has been working with law enforcement to return stolen bikes to their rightful owners. A bike registered with NBR (the only true national database) can be identified by police and returned to you instead of being sold at an auction. 

The following tips will help reduce your risk of becoming a victim of bicycle theft:

• Purchase a case hardened “U” lock.  Cable locks, especially cheaper ones, are easily cut off. In many cases, thieves can cut off cable locks with small hand tools, often in front of witnesses.

• Make sure the lock goes through your bike’s frame and any wheels with quick-release mechanisms.   

• Secure your bike to a sturdy, fixed object.  If you are attaching your bike to a sign pole, make sure the pole is securely embedded in concrete.

• When parked in public, remove all accessories from your bike that can be quickly and easily stolen i.e., lighting devices and speedometers.

• Do not leave your bike unsecured in front of your house, carport or garage.

• Avoid leaving unsecured/unattended bikes on your vehicle’s rack when running quick errands or purchasing coffee. 

• Avoid leaving your bike locked to a rack overnight.

• Park your bike in a well-lit area where it can be seen by a passerby.

The Sausalito Police Department asks that you follow these simple steps to become an active participant in reducing the impact of bicycle theft in Sausalito.  We also ask that you take the time to review the information under the Crime Prevention tab of the department’s website for other useful tips and links.  

ARE YOU READY?   WE ARE . . . . .

City Staff Prepared for the Worst
Computer generated picture of a simulated mud slide across South Street

On Thursday afternoon, October 25th, the City of Sausalito held its annual emergency operations drill at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at SMFD Station 1.  This year’s drill addressed the concern of how the City would handle an emergency if senior staff could not immediately respond to the EOC.  Whenever there are major storms or other disasters, there is always the chance that City employees living outside Sausalito will be blocked or severely delayed in responding here.  To prepare employees for this possibility, the first four hours of the exercise involved patrol sergeants handling assignments generally under the control of a Patrol Captain or Chief of Police while the Public Works Director took over the role of the Director of Emergency Services, a role generally handled by the City Manager.

This year’s simulated disaster involved a mudslide that blocked South Street and damaged or destroyed several homes.  During the exercise, City staff coordinated both local and outside resources to conduct rescue operations, provide temporary housing, and transport the injured to various local hospitals.

This year’s EOC drill, coordinated by Emergency Services Manager Sergeant Bill Fraass, involved multiple organizations.  Two Marin County dispatchers gave personnel updates over the police and fire radios while other volunteers called in questions from the public and acted as outside local and Federal agencies and the media.  Members of the Twin Cities Police Authority, Town of Tiburon, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S Coast Guard acted as evaluators in order to provide feedback to the participants on their performance.      

The City of Sausalito and the Southern Marin Fire Department are committed to preparing for natural and manmade disasters in order to provide the best possible service to our community. 

Public Works Director Jonathon Goldman confers with Erin Stroud (Parks and Recreation) and Loren Umbertis (DPW). Librarian Abbot Chambers is on the telephone. 

Public Works Director Jonathon Goldman confers with Erin Stroud (Parks and Recreation), Loren Umbertis (DPW), Librarian Abbot Chambers and Finance Director Charlie Francis.


(subject to cancellation)

 Nov 4   2:00 am  move your clock back one hour  
 Nov 4  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Nov 4   3:00 pm  Sausalito Historical Society Fundraiser  see below
 Nov 5   7:30 pm  Sausalito Marin City Sanitary Dist Mtg  Council Chambers
 Nov 6  7:00 am  ELECTION DAY – VOTE  
 Nov 7  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time (kids 3 yrs & younger)  Council Chambers
 Nov 8  3:30 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Nov 8 5:30 pm    Richardson Bay Regional Agency Mtg  Council Chambers



Sausalito Historical Society hosts their fall fundraiser, Wine Tasting & House Tour at The Pines
The Pines: Wine Tasting & House Tour will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the fully restored 1888 Sausalito mansion, The Pines.   This is a rare opportunity to visit the private home as the property is seldom open to the public. Local wineries will be featured along with entertainment by Bay Area musician Marilyn Cooney. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Roxanne Sheridan and Gil Purcell are opening their home to friends and guests of the Sausalito Historical Society for a wine tasting and self-guided house tour. The 14,000 square-foot, 23-room Queen Anne Victorian home was originally built by Major Orson C. Miller.  Over the years the home underwent many alterations until the Sausalito couple bought the property and began their own meticulous restorations.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members; and can be purchased at the
organization’s History Room at City Hall on Litho Street or at The Ice House. Proceeds support the Society's programs and events. For additional information, please contact (415) 289-4117 or Only 200 tickets will be sold. There will be no parking at the venue; shuttle service will be provided.

Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Sausalito Village
Thursday, November 8,  4-6 pm  at The Bay Model 

Music, Drinks, Appetizers, Exhibit of Sausalito Village Artists and More

You are invited  to celebrate with us and to learn about this volunteer group of Sausalito
residents committed to helping all of our residents  live independently, safely and confidently  in their own Sausalito homes as they  grow older, and to lead active, socially connected and productive lives.

Membership is only $200 a year for a household of one or two members and new members are very welcome.

Please phone Betsy Stroman at 331-1464 if you have any questions or for further information. 

SAUSALICIOUS!  -  A community event celebrating local education, art, music and delicious Sausalito Restaurants
In celebration of Willow Creek Academy's 11th Anniversary, Willow Creek Foundation and the City of Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department present Sausalicious!.

Come and view over 20 local artists in their studios and enjoy some of Sausalito's best restaurants; Plate Shop, Osteria Divino, Sartaj India Cafe, Saylor’s Restaurant, Sushi Ran and many more offering some of their best dishes to celebrate this wonderful community event.  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.  

Where: 10 Liberty Ship Way, Artist Studio’s Bay 2, Sausalito
When: Saturday, November 10th
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Cost: $25 per person

Willow Creek Foundation and Sausalito Parks & Recreation will stage a Silent Auction to benefit children’s programs with many coveted auction items such as special getaway vacation packages, Jazz by the Bay tables & picnics, 49er 50yardline tickets, dinners and gift certificates to all your favorite places.  All proceeds benefit Willow Creek Academy and Robin Sweeny Park Playground.

Sausalito Village
At its monthly members’ meeting, Sausalito Village will feature a talk about Sausalito Paths and Walkways by Sausalito Village member, local author, and guide, Dorothy Gibson. The talk will take place at the Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, November 14, at noon. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Dorothy Gibson’s professional life as a social worker was balanced with round-the-world adventure travel. In 2001, she published Exploring Sausalito’s Paths and Walkways with Marin Scope Publishing Company. 

ICB Artists' Winter Open Studios - 44th annual
When: December 1 and 2, 11am to 6pm
Where: Industrial Center Building (ICB) 480 Gate 5 Rd. Sausalito, CA
Info: 415.331-2222 or

The ICB Artists Association is a large, vibrant and diverse community of talented artists in Sausalito, California. Located in a historic WWII-era industrial building (ICB), the lofts are home to artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, jewelry, printmaking, fiber arts and much more.

Winter open studios falls on the first weekend of December each year.  This year is the 44th Winter Open Studios and eighty plus artists are riffing on the musical theme of 4/4 time.  A group show in Gallery 111 "Rhythm and Hues" will highlight the influence of music on art and incorporate materials from the world of music.  Live acoustic youth musical groups will fill the halls with art for the ears.

Each month the ICBAA offers a variety of art events, from lectures by prominent artists, to film nights and informational workshops. The building is open to the public during business hours and artists are available by appointment.

Explore Sausalito’s Paths and Walkways
Dorothy Gibson will once again begin her famous walks throughout Sausalito’s Paths and Walkways.  Meet at the Historical Society’s Visitor Center (the Ice House at Bridgeway and Bay) at 10:00 am.  The walks are held every Saturday beginning November 3 and ending December 15.  It is the 10th year that she will be doing this – RAIN OR SHINE.  Allow three hours.  Call 415.332.1935 if you have any questions.