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Sausalito Currents - June 14, 2013
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Posted Date: 6/14/2013 4:00 PM

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Open City Hall
Have you participated in our new online, open dialogue forum?  Open City Hall is designed to let people discuss issues, answer questions, or offer opinions and suggestions on chosen topics.

This new program was developed by Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement. Mayor Weiner noted that this will “offer transparency like we’ve never had before.

Please join in on the community discusssions found on Open City Hall.  Go to  the City of Sausalito’s website ( and clicking on the Open City Hall News Link.

Future postings are currently in the planning stages.



Take Back Your Food Scraps on June 15
The Sausalito Sustainability Commission invites you to get your food scraps back on Saturday, June 15th at MLK, in the parking lot by the soccer field (off Coloma St). Sausalito residents may pick up compost processed from Sausalito’s food scraps/green waste between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm - while supplies last. (BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS). Staff from Bay Cities Refuse will be there to help with the shoveling and loading!



Monday, June 17 - 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers
A Speaker Series Presentation Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Docent Lectrue with Rita Dunlay:  Impressionists on the Water
California Palace of the Legion of Honor exhibit: June 1, 2013 - October 13, 2013

Coinciding with San Francisco's hosting of the America's Cup races this summer, another side of nautical life is revealed by more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro and Post-Impressionists such as Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—artists whose breathtaking artistry reflects their own deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition.



Updates from your Public Works Department 
CASS MARINA SITE -  Cass Gidley's contractor will be replacing rotted pilings at the former Cass' Marina site beginning next week. This maintenance work was approved by the City Council and all of the regulatory agency permits are in place.

CALEDONIA STREET LIGHT CIRCUIT REWIRING - This project is in further design refinement and the City has contracted with a subsurface exploration contractor to vacuum excavate small "potholes" at approximately ten (10) locations along the planned route of new conduit installation where other underground utilities are expected to cross to provide more accurate information to prospective bidders and reduce the risk of claims or change orders on the construction project. In addition, the City has delivered one of the historic light fixtures to a firm in Michigan that specializes in retrofitting LED light sources into existing light fixtures. Once a retrofit is available, the City intends to install a retrofitted fixture to confirm that the light color temperature and intensity and pattern of illumination are satisfactory before determining whether to replace the historic fixtures or retrofit and re-install them. The City's objective remains to complete the entire project prior to autumn, 2013.



Mary Ann Sears Park Grand Opening Celebration!
Join us on Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 am to celebrate the Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Sausalito’s newest park – Mary Ann Sears Park (formerly known as Harrison Park). Bring the kids and let them play on the new play equipment! The park is located on Harrison Avenue across from Star of the Sea Church. Refreshments will be served.


In October 1963 John Davis and Barbara Davis donated the property now know as Harrison Park to the City of Sausalito to be used as a park. In the 1970’s the playground was equipped with swing sets, spring type “horses”, a sand box, and a merry-go-round. Throughout time the playground equipment became deteriorated and City budget limitations resulted in the lack of funding for the upkeep and maintenance of the playground. The original playground equipment was removed and the maintenance services for the playground were limited to litter and graffiti removal, weed abatement for fire prevention purposes, and fence maintenance. The area was then used to let dogs run loose and was unsuitable as a site for infants, toddlers and small children.

In 2002 the City and the Sausalito Lions Club joined forces to develop a project to renovate the Harrison Park playground. Since that time the Lions Club has been working with neighbors and City staff and has offered to help in fundraising efforts, partial financing, and construction of the renovations.

In October 2007, a community workshop was initiated with the purpose of soliciting community input regarding the project renovation efforts. As a result of the community workshop, the project plans were modified to preserve the existing trees which resulted in altering the location of ramps and playground equipment, removal of a picnic table, installation of a new bench, and use and/or replacement of existing fences.

During the spring of 2009 Parks and Recreation staff conducted a series of surveys with children at schools, preschools, and at the Robin Sweeny Park playground. The results of the survey indicate that the children would prefer a taller play structure with multiple features including a slide. In addition, swings and a teeter-totter ranked high. Staff then worked with local architect Don Olsen (who donated his services) to design the Park.

On June 16, 2010, the Parks and Recreation Department and Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a publically-noticed meeting to discuss the proposed playground renovations. The Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously supported the project as proposed

On December 15, 2010, staff brought a revised version of the plan to the Planning Commission which was unanimously approved.

With the plan was approved, staff and volunteer architect Don Olsen went to work on the engineering plans for the Park, retaining walls, and fences. An invitation to bid on the construction went out on August 17, 2012 and was awarded to Naturescapes on October 9, 2012.

At that same meeting funding for the Park was approved as follows:
• $71,930 General Fund Contribution
• $96,783 State Per Capita Grants
• $10,000 Civic Donations

On January 26, 2013 a ground breaking ceremony was held with construction starting the following week.

On May 21, 2013, the City Council voted unanimously to rename Harrison Park Mary Ann Sears Park after long time resident and community volunteer Mary Ann Sears (see attached for more information).

Construction is now complete and we are ready to open the Park!

MARY ANN SEARS (1925-2010): 

Mary Ann, who lived across the street from Harrison Park, was known for her many
volunteer efforts throughout the City, including the upkeep of Harrison Park. Mary Ann
spent many hours at the Park weeding, cleaning up debris, and watering the plants.
She was even know for going out and purchasing annual flowers herself and tending
them to full bloom. Mary Ann continued her efforts until she was no longer physically
able to do so.

In addition to her work at the Park, Mrs. Sears was one of the founders of the Sausalito
Historical Society and was also known as the “tree lady” for her work on the Trees and
Views Committee which she was on for years. At times, she was the only person on the
committee. She rewrote the Trees and Views Ordinance herself, after researching
nearby city’s ordinances.



Marinship Steering Committee

The City of Sausalito is accepting applications to serve on the Marinship Steering Committee. Recently formed by the City Council, the Marinship Steering Committee will be tasked to work with Staff and a Consultant to achieve the following:

  • Evaluate the Marinship Specific Plan using studies already completed on behalf of the City and any new studies as recommended by the Marinship Steering Committee to determine to what degree that the Marinship Specific Plan is adding to the health of the City and to the degree that is necessary to avoid the negative consequences of doing nothing.
  • Identify areas of the Marinship where improvements can be made to the Marinship Specific Plan to add to the health of the City and to avoid the negative consequences of doing nothing.
  • Develop a community engagement plan and a property owner outreach program.
  • Recommend changes to the Marinship Specific Plan as required.

Work on the Marinship Steering Committee will include the following additional objectives:

  • Participate in a physical site survey of the Marinship area.
  • Analyze findings regarding the current state of the Marinship Specific Plan.
  • Participate in joint meetings with the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Gather community input at public meetings and Community Forums.

There are four Council-appointed positions to be filled for the Marinship Steering Committee. The Committee will hold its first meeting in September. If you have an interest in serving on the Marinship Steering Committee, please complete the application form and return it to the City Clerk as soon as possible. Council interviews for membership on the Committee will begin in late June. The application can be obtain by clicking here. If you still have questions, please contact City Clerk Debbie Pagliaro at 415-289-4165, or drop by the Administration Office to obtain an application and ask your questions.


(subject to cancellation)


 June 14, 6:30 pm    Jazz & Blues - Stephanie Keys
 Sponsored by: Sausalito Chamber of Commerce
 Gabrielson Park
 June 15  9:00 am  Compost Pick Up  (see above)
 June 15  10:30 am  Family Story Time  Council Chambers
 June 16  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 June 17  7:00 pm  Library Speaker Series  (see above)  
 June 18  7:00 pm  City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
 June 19  9:00 am  Finance Committee Meeting  Conference Room  
 June 19  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 June 19  10:30 am  OMIT Committee Meeting  Conference Room
 June 20  3:30 pm  Story Time with Phil  Council Chambers



Boatrides and Barbecue – Thursday, June 27 4:30-6:30 pm
Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center is celebrating further milestones accomplished! Join us for some music, boatrides and barbecue in Dunphy Park onThursday, June 27, from 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Bring the kids, bring something to share if you like. We'll have life jackets, hot dogs, veggie burgers and lemonade.

Music by the Waterfront Pickers

This is a free event, we do, however accept donations. Meet the group and say hello to summer.



(Watch for these monthly tips coming from our Boards and Commissions)

From the Disaster Preparedness Committee:

Coping with Disaster
The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business, or personal property.

Understand Disaster Events
• Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way.
• It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends.
• Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event.
• Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover.
• Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal.
• Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
• Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping.
• It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain.

Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster “second hand” through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Recognize Signs of Disaster Related Stress
When adults have the following signs, they might need crisis counseling or stress management assistance:
• Difficulty communicating thoughts.
• Difficulty sleeping.
• Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
• Low threshold of frustration.
• Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
• Limited attention span.
• Poor work performance.
• Headaches/stomach problems.
• Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
• Colds or flu-like symptoms.
• Disorientation or confusion.
• Difficulty concentrating.
• Reluctance to leave home.
• Depression, sadness.
• Feelings of hopelessness.
• Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
• Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
• Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.

Easing Disaster-Related Stress
The following are ways to ease disaster-related stress:
• Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
• Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
• Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
• Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
• Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
• Spend time with family and friends.
• Participate in memorials.
• Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
• Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plan. Doing these positive actions can be comforting.