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Sausalito Currents - July 27, 2012
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Posted Date: 7/27/2012 3:00 PM

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Remote Controlled Cars and High-Tech Hobbies
Come join us for a class like no other.  Choose from slot car tracks to several different remote controlled vehicles for indoor/outdoor use, scale racing track and mountainous obstacle courses.  We’ll have hi-speed racing sedans, stadium trucks and monster trucks for you to have fun with!

Together we’ll create challenging terrain for the powerful rock crawlers and then speed things up with a fast-paced customizable indoor racetrack complete with jumps.  We’ll also have remote controlled flight simulators teaching you how to successfully fly your remote controlled plane and helicopters.  This class will focus on having fun while learning how to operate, maintain and master your remote controlled hobbies.

Ages:  7-10
Date:  August 13-17 (Monday through Friday)
Time:  9:00 am to 12 noon
Place:  Game Room, 420 Litho Street
Instructor:  Play-Well Teknologies

Please make sure that you are registered in advance of the class.


Library Speaker Series
From Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar In Order
Cutting Edge Training for Bipolar and Depression
Tom Wootton

Date:   Monday, July 30, 2012     7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost:  Free
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 420 Litho Street

Tom Wootton returns for community talks around the Bay Area this July to share comprehensive trainings for therapists and their clients. He demonstrates methods and skills leading to an extraordinary life, with bipolar IN order. This talk is open to all in the mental health field, clients, families and therapists alike. Tom will share examples from the programs assessments and tools that can be of practical use for anyone.

Mr. Wootton is a nationally recognized and sought after speaker on positive approaches to mental health. He is passionate about bringing change to the way we view and treat mental conditions. He asks everyone in the mental health field to move past the "bigotry of low expectations" and demand better outcomes for those living with bipolar and depression. His first workshop was coined Bipolar IN Order in 2003 and since that time he has worked tirelessly with doctors, therapists, mental health organizations, and families to change the existing paradigms of the mental health field.

Mr. Wootton is from San Francisco. He is the author of three books: Bipolar In Order; Looking at Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion From the Other Side (2010), The Bipolar Advantage (2005), and The Depression Advantage (2007).

Bipolar Advantage is certified by the California Board of Behavioral Health (PCE#4050) to offer CEU Units for MFT and LCSW therapists.

Come One, Come All to The Amazing Library Circus!
Get ready to be astonished and enthralled by this year’s Summer Reading Program:
The Amazing Library Circus.

Between Tuesday June 26 and Friday August 3, the Big Top is coming to the Library with circus-themed performances, hands-on programs and a Reading Challenge. We’ll have a magician, a ventriloquist, jugglers, puppets, music and—of course—a clown.

All kids twelve and under are eligible for the Reading Challenge—whether you’re reading to yourself or being read to. Reading Challenge participants must visit the Sausalito Public Library at least five times, between 6/26 and 8/3 and read for a total of sixteen hours. Children get prizes after each library visit and children who complete the challenge get a free book and will be entered into The Amazing Library Circus lottery.

This Week’s Events:
Tuesday July 31, 3:30pm
Magician Timothy James

Astonishing sleight of hand combined with humor and charm, Timothy James is a master Magician. You’ll be amazed!   (Event held in the Council Chambers at City Hall)

Friday August 3, 3:30-4:30pm
The Amazing Library Circus Finale - It’s a Grand Party!

Rollicking music, free-flowing popcorn, circus games, face painting and delightfully drippy ice cream! Free, all ages, no registration required.  (Event held in the Game Room at City Hall)


The City of Sausalito invites the neighbors of the City’s MLK facility to a Community Meeting to discuss current and future activities.

The Chief of Police, Public Works Director, and Administrative Services Director will be present to help answer questions regarding the transition of the MLK properties from the Marin School to Lycee Francais.

Community Meetings are scheduled for:
Monday evening, July 30, 2012 @ 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM; and
Thursday evening, August 2 @ 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

The Community Meetings will be held in The Marin School auditorium located at 100 Ebbtide, Avenue #50, Sausalito.

The ADU Working Group will hold their final meeting to discuss the draft Accessory Dwelling Units on July 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm in the City Hall conference room.  With a Working Group recommendation, the draft regulations will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for consideration.  After the Planning Commission holds public hearings they will forward a recommendation to the City Council for consideration.  For more information please visit  For more information please contact Lilly Schinsing, Associate Planner at or 289-4134.

City Council Approves Vacation Rentals

On July 26, 2012, the City Council approved Ordinance 1206, which allows short-term vacation rentals in residential zoning districts subject to a Vacation Rental Permit and Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate from July 26, 2012 through October 15, 2012 and May 15, 2013 through October 15, 2013. 

What is a Vacation Rental Permit?
A Vacation Rental Permit allows the short-term rental of residential properties located in all Residential Zoning Districts for 30-days or less.

How much does a Vacation Rental Permit Cost?
The Vacation Rental Permit application fee is $284 and payable to the City of Sausalito at time of application submittal.

How do I apply for a Vacation Rental Permit?
Fill out the following Vacation Rental Permit application forms:

A. Vacation Rental Permit Application Form;
B. Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate application form;
C. Vacation Rental Performance Standards Agreement.

Forms can be picked up at the Community Development Department or on the City’s website.

Submit your application forms to the Community Development Department.

A Planner will review your application forms for completeness.  If your application forms are complete then you will receive a Vacation Rental Permit and Transient Occupancy Certificate.

What is a Vacation Rental Permit Performance Standards Agreement?
In order to receive a Vacation Rental Permit, a property owner must agree to follow the     following rules:

1. Only one residence may be rented per parcel.
2. The residence may only be rented once in any period of 7 consecutive days.
3. On-site parking spaces must be available for   parking.  Properties which do not have on-site parking must obtain temporary on-street parking permits in those areas where on-street permit parking is required.  Where parking permits are not required, vehicles are   required to be moved every 72 hours.
4. The property owner must designate a Local Contact Person to answer all inquiries (including complaints from neighbors) regarding the vacation rental. The Local Contact Person must respond to all calls within one-hour.
5. No signs are permitted to be posted on/off site indicating the presence of the vacation rental.
6. The residence must be serviced by the City’s refuse hauler (i.e., Bay Cities Refuse).
7. The property owner must display a notice on the interior of the main entry door which lists all applicable regulations.
8. The property owner must pay Transient Occupancy tax as required by Chapter 3.12 of the Municipal Code.
9. The property must not have any current code enforcement compliance orders or building permit correction notices related to health and safety issues.

Why do I need to pay a Transient Occupancy Tax?
The short-term rental of a residential property is subject to Chapter 3.12 of the Municipal Code.  The City’s regulations require issuance of a Transient Occupancy Certificate and monthly tax payments.  The Transient Occupancy Tax is 12%.

What if I rent my home or a room without a Vacation Rental Permit?
The short-term rental of a property without a Vacation Rental Permit is prohibited. If you rent your home without a Vacation Rental Permit you may be subject to an Administrative Citation and fine. Fines start with $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation, and $500 for each additional violation (per Municipal Code Chapter 1.10).  Each day the vacation rental is rented without a Vacation Rental Permit is considered a separate violation.

For more information on Vacation Rental Permits and Transient Occupancy Tax Certificates contact Heidi Burns, Associate Planner, at (415) 289-4135 or via email at 

(subject to cancellation)


 July 27  6:30 pm  Jazz & Blues by the Bay (Kickin' the Mule)  Gabrielson Park
 July 29  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 July 30  6:45 pm  ADU Working Group Meeting  Conference Room
 July 30  6:30 pm  Southern Marin Fire Protection Dist Brd Mtg  333 Johnson St
 July 31  3:30 pm  Magician Timothy James (Children’s event)  Council Chambers
 August 2  6:30 pm  Tree Committee Meeting  Council Chambers
 August 3  3:30 pm  The Amazing Circus Finale - Party  Game Room



Come and Celebrate Sausalito’s Three Sister Cities!
Join us for a festive evening in celebration of Sausalito’s THREE Sister City relationships with the cities of Sakaide, Japan; Viña del Mar, Chile and Cascais, Portugal! Enjoy tasty food and beverages from each of the countries while learning more about our "3 sisters".  Great raffle prizes, including a Gene Hiller gift certificate and books by Isabel Allende.

The celebration will take place August 11, 2012, from 5-7pm at Sausalito’s Portuguese Social Hall (IDESST), 511 Caledonia St. Tickets are $20/person (no charge for children under 10 accompanied by an adult). Purchase tickets online through the “Buy Tickets” link at . For more info, or to purchase tickets in person, please contact Susan Roe (, Mike Moyle ( or Vasco Morais ( All proceeds from this event to support Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc.

The Floating Homes Association
needs volunteers for its annual Open Homes Tour September 22.  It’s fun, it’s easy, and if you volunteer for half a day, you get to take the tour for free.  Sixteen amazing waterfront homes will be open, many for the first time.  There’s also an art show, live music and food and refreshments on Kappas Green… and a volunteer party following the event.

All sorts of volunteer positions need to be filled, and experience isn’t necessary.  To find out more, and to sign up, go to and click on “Tour.”  The sooner you sign up, the better your chance of getting the job and shift you want.  So go to and click on “Tour” today.


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