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Sausalito Currents - early edition - July 3, 2013
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Posted Date: 7/3/2013 3:30 PM

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All City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4

OPEN CITY HALL – A Public Forum

Recycling and Composting
The latest posting on Open City Hall requests responses on how the City of Sausalito can assist you with our newly established recycling program with Bay Cities Refuse. Please go to Open City Hall to  provide us with feedback and voice your comments. 



4th of July Festivities
As is customary, we start off with the biggest and the all time greatest parade which begins at 10:00 am (sharp!) at the intersection of Second and Main Street. The parade then s-l-o-w-l-y winds its way through town (down Bridgeway to San Carlos and then on to Caledonia Street, ending at Dunphy Park for the next round of festivities. Starting at 12 noon there will be live music all day long in the park. There will also be food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and the famous traditional egg toss to help make this an exciting event for the whole family. Come and enjoy a good old-fashioned 4th of July celebration!

Here are some of the highlights that will take place at Dunphy Park:

11:30 am - Cole Tate Band
1:30 pm - Tug-Of-War
2:00 pm - Egg Toss Contest (anyone can participate!)
2:45 pm - Drudgetown (

Then it’s off to the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Gabrielson Park from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Live Music fills the evening air in anticipation of the grand finale to a fun filled day in Sausalito. Richardson's Bay provides a beautiful view and front row seating to our very own firework display off Spinnaker Point. The evening is hosted by the Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department.

From 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Livewire ( will perform. Then, at precisely 9:20 pm, the fireworks will begin. This year’s show is set to music! You can listen to Radio Sausalito at 1610AM or on your television on Comcast Cable Channel 30.

You can reserve your table for $100 for Sausalito Residents and $110 Non-residents, and which includes six seats for you and your guests to enjoy the entertainment all evening long. For table reservations, call the Parks and Recreation office 289-1452.


All kids 12 & under are eligible to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, whether they’re being read to or reading on their own! Participants must come to the library at least six times between 6/8 & 8/2, and read for a total of 20 hours. Kids get prizes after each library visit and kids who complete the Summer Reading Challenge get a free book & are entered into a lottery for even more awesome prizes!

Friday 7/5 A Terrarium; Your Own Whimsical World Come make a terrarium at this hands-on workshop. We’ll provide the plants and everything you need, but feel free to bring a container of your own.
3:30 pm, Edgewater Room
Creativity Club--for ages 9-12

*Sorry - No story time on Thursday, July 4th*


Monday, July 15 - 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers
Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Free event

Michael Konrad, Scientist and Author
Sausalito resident Michael Konrad retired from a career as a biochemist and molecular biologist to focus on the marine life along the Richardson Bay shore. His recently published book, “Life on the Dock”, describes the animals and plants that grow on the edges of the floating docks that make up our boat harbors. The inhabitants on and around the docks represent a huge diversity of size and life style and we can learn a great deal of biology from our neighbors on the dock. A modest microscope, a few books, and access to the Internet enable the beginning biologist to acquire a basic understanding of the science of biology.

The author will describe how simple it is to follow the embryonic development of animals on the dock, and why this is often the key to a deeper understanding. He will describe similarities between the dock animals and humans.



Notice is hereby given that the Sausalito City Council will hold a public hearing beginning at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito on the following project:

ZOQ 10-355 – An amendment of Title 10 (Zoning) of the Municipal Code regarding the standards and regulations for residences in the Two and Multi-Family (R-2-2.5 and R-3) Zoning Districts. The amendment would reduce the allowable floor area, building coverage and impervious surfaces of any unit on a parcel in the R-2-2.5 and R-3 Zoning Districts and a mandate that the remaining floor area, building coverage and impervious surfaces be held in reserve for an additional unit(s). The amendment would also add additional findings and submittal requirements for Design Review Permits and allow for an exception to parking requirements.



Construction Updates: Baker-Barry Tunnel Reopened AND 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Great News! The construction on Field Road and Alexander Avenue has been completed* and both the Baker-Barry Tunnel and Bunker Road to McCullough Road are now open to vehicles.
Work on Mitchell Road parking starts on Monday July 8th between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and is currently scheduled through Tuesday July 16th.

*Minor construction activities off the road are still in progress; however they will not result in delays or detours.

4th of July at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area expects heavy use of beaches, parking lots, trails, and historic sites this Fourth of July. For a safe and enjoyable holiday, please consider the following tips from the National Park Service.

  • Conzelman Road will be changed to one-way traffic exiting the Marin Headlands starting late in the afternoon to accommodate special event parking and maintain emergency access. The road will be closed when parking is full. Directly after the fireworks all roads will be redirected to only allow vehicles to exit the Headlands until the crowds subside. Watch for signs and rangers directing traffic. Expect heavy traffic and delays, and have patience.
  • The parking lot at Fort Baker is expected to fill early, and area roadways are anticipated to have heavy congestions and delays after the fireworks.
  • Fireworks are discharged from two locations near Fisherman’s Wharf. The Marin Headlands does not offer optimum viewing. It is illegal to possess or light fireworks anywhere in GGNRA, including the beaches and parking lots. Do not bring them. Dogs can get very nervous during fireworks displays with the noise, bright flashes and crowds. Every year more pets are lost during holidays that feature fireworks than any other single day event. Please consider leaving your dogs at home where they will be much more comfortable.
  • On July 4, MUNI 76 will operate throughout the Marin Headlands until approximately 6:00 PM. The Muir Woods Route 66 Shuttle is also available.
  • Leave No Trace! On busy days including holidays, the amount of garbage generated can exceed the park’s ability to collect it, even with full-time crews working extra hours. Please consider the amount of packaging and unneeded items you bring when visiting the parks, and only take in what you can carry back out with you.

Reminder: Muir Beach closes Monday, July 8 until the end of November for construction and restoration work.


(subject to cancellation)

 July 4  10:00 am  FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS BEGINS  (see above)
 July 5  6:30 pm  Jazz & Blues: Juke Joint  Gabrielson Park
              Sponsored by: Cavallo Point  
 July 6  10:30 am  Family Story Time  Council Chambers
 July 7  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 July 9  7:00 pm  City Council Meeting   (no agenda posted until Fri)  Council Chambers
 July 10  9:30 am  Toddler Story Time Council Chambers



It's a Special Invitation to a Sausalito Village Special Event
Sausalito Village invites its members and other interested seniors in the community to join them at a summer gathering in a grand Sausalito home on Thursday, July 18, from 5-7 PM. The evening will feature wine and light refreshments as well as a brief overview of the many programs and services membership offers.

Sausalito Village provides a support network for residents who wish to continue living in their own homes as they grow older. Their services provide everything from transportation to medical appointments, to referrals to home car service providers, to cultural excursions, social activities, and more. RSVP by July 14th to Sharon Seymour at 331-1362 or e-mail



From your Tree Committee:

Little-known fact: There is a fine of up to $1000 for altering, pruning, shaping, trimming, topping, or removing any protected, heritage, dedicated or city-owned tree without a Tree Removal / Alteration Permit.

  • Protected Trees include any Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) on developed private property measuring 4 inches or more in diameter at breast height (DBH) or any tree measuring 4 inches or more in DBH on undeveloped private property.
  • Heritage Trees include any tree measuring 10 inches or more in DBH on developed private property.
  • Dedicated trees are those with special significance as provided for by resolution of the City Council.
  • City-Owned Trees include any tree or shrub on city-owned property or public right-of-way.

When in doubt, call Lilly Schinsing at (415) 289-4134 or email her at with questions. For more information visit the Trees and Views Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 11.12).

From your Sustainability Commission:

Help Keep Household Medications Out of Our Watershed
Do you have expired or unwanted prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, supplements, and needles? Please do not flush these items down your toilet, into your sink, or put them in your trash. Most drugs cannot be removed by sewage treatment plants so they end up in our watershed, contaminating our drinking water and the Bay. Safely dispose of these at the Sausalito Police Department at 29 Caledonia Street. They will also provide you with a free Sharps container to safely dispose of unwanted needles. Thank you for protecting our water!