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Sausalito Currents - August 24, 2012
Posted Date: 8/24/2012 4:45 PM

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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


Locust Street Parking Lot (Lot #5)
Changes are happening at the Locust Street Municipal Parking Lot.  The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with Parking Services, is currently posting new signage in the lot.  New parking regulations expand the hours when visitors can park for free. You can now receive 3 free hours of parking after 6 a.m. and visit your favorite restaurant, coffee house or Caledonia Street business. 

Residents, employees and merchants wishing to park longer than 3 hours, or who want overnight parking privileges, are still required to purchase an “L” permit. 

Contact Jean Schurtz at for additional information on "L"permits. 


On Saturday August 18, Bay Cities Refuse Inc began distributing toters for recycling and green waste /food scrape composting. It will take several days for all the toters to be delivered.

The toters are being distributed as part of the City’s new Food Scrap Composing Program. The following link will take you to a page on the City’s website that describes the new program which will commence the week of August 27:


Downtown Restroom Project and Parking Lot #2
Downtown Public Restroom Construction Project will soon be underway. As a result, Lot 2 will be closed for vehicular parking for the duration of the project.

The Sausalito Police department is also distributing an informational flier notifying local businesses in the vicinity.

The anticipated duration of the closure will be from August 15th, 2012 until January 2013.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Public Works Division Manager Loren Umbertis via email at or by phone at (415) 289-4113.


Mobile App for your Android phone and tablet is now available in Google Play store!

The City’s new Finance app “Sausalito Dollars & Cents” is now available for all Android devices. You can find and download it via your Android phone or tablet in Google Play store; or by visiting this website

Continuing with the theme, “Sooner or Later It Always Comes Down to Money!” the app is designed to communicate historic and current financial information by making it available to our citizens in this new smart-phone and tablet economy. iPhone and iPad users will be able to access the app in iTunes in the near future. Meanwhile, the app can be previewed on the web at; or by scanning the QR Code below. Feedback is appreciated by emailing Charlie at, or use the links in the mobile app to send him an email.




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.

Building Inspector and Friday Services
Effective August 24, 2012 and until further notice, the Building Inspector will NOT be available on Fridays.


PG&E  Planned Service Interruption
On Tuesday August 28, 2012 from 9:00AM to 9:30AM & 1:30PM to 2:00 PM, PG&E will interrupt their services to repair a transformer.  This affects Bridgeway, Second Street, Josephine Street, North Street, Richardson Street & Main Street.  Please contact PG&E if you have any questions.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® IS COMING... AND YOU ’LL HAVE A FRONT-ROW SEAT! Show your support for our walker heroes by displaying a sign or decorations (Think Pink). Thousands of women and men come together, each raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Then they take their commitment to end breast cancer one step further and walk 60 miles over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 28 years has been impacted by a Komen for the Cure grant. Walkers will be coming through Sausalito on Friday, September 7th 2012 from 8:00am - 1:30pm. For up-to-the-minute information about public cheering stations along the route and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, go to and visit the Spectator Info page

Important Information from the National Park Service re: Fire Danger
“ Know Before You Go”
Below are some tips for visitors planning to go to Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate NRA during fire season between June and November, with peak months in September and October when the largest number of hot, dry, windy days usually occur.

Each day during fire season, fire danger is assessed for Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate NRA and is given one of five possible ratings: Low, Moderate, High, Very High or Extreme. This rating is based on both weather and vegetation. When fire danger is elevated, some park activities are restricted to prevent accidental wildfires. To find out the fire danger level and whether any restrictions are in effect, visitors can call a recorded line for each park:

* Point Reyes Fire, Weather, and Tides Information Line - 415-464-5100 x2, x1
* Golden Gate Fire Danger Hotline - 415-561-7400

The information on these phone lines applies only to national park sites, not to state parks, or other public lands and open space. The Golden Gate Fire Danger Hotline provides information for sites north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, as well as sites in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Portable gas stoves are low risk and are allowed under all conditionsat both Point Reyes and Golden Gate. All other kinds of fires may be restricted and are only allowed in a few places even when fire danger is low. A summary of fire danger restrictions that may affect park visitors are as follows:

No beach fires or campfires

No beach fires or campfires
No charcoal barbeques
Mount Vision Road closed to vehicle traffic (Point Reyes NS)

No beach fires or campfires
No charcoal barbeques
Mount Vision Road closed to vehicle traffic (Point Reyes NS)
No smoking on trails or in back country areas
No smoking anywhere in Muir Woods National Monument

Visitors are reminded that permits are always required to make a beach fire at Point Reyes National Seashore. Golden Gate NRA provides fire rings at Muir Beach and Ocean Beach which are available on a first come, first served basis, but a permit is required for groups of 25 or more. The only national park campground in the San Francisco Bay Area where campfires are allowed is at Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands where permits are also required and designated fire rings are provided.

When the fire danger increases, there are many precautions that can be taken outside of parks as well. Lawn mowers and other power tools could be dangerous since mechanized equipment has also started many wildfires. Remove dead, dry and overgrown vegetation to create defensible space around your home, and be careful not to pull off the road into tall grass which could be ignited by a hot automobile.

In addition to checking the fire danger rating and possible restrictions for Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, another trip planning resource is the National Weather Service website, which provides detailed fire weather forecasts for different zones within the San Francisco Bay Area.

(subject to cancellation)


 Aug 26  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Aug 30  3:30 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers



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.

Children¹s 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 Museum¹s 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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