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Sausalito Currents - January 31, 2014
Posted Date: 1/31/2014 2:30 PM

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Whoa - it's been a couple of weeks since you received your last City Hall update.
Hang in there while we get you caught up on all the local scoop!  This could be a long one . . . . . . .



Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues
Thursday, February 6 - 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers

“Easter Island is on almost everyone’s bucket list, why wait any longer to see it?” asks Susan Sternau, author and illustrator of the new book, Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues. The book features over 65 watercolor and ink paintings that bring to life a place that few people have the opportunity to visit. Discover the personalities hidden in the faces of the moai, the multi-ton stone statues that line the coast or rest half-buried in an inland quarry. View dramatic landscapes, volcanic craters, rocky shorelines, and sacred sites as Susan shares sketches from the book and photos from her trip to this fascinating South Pacific island. Susan's other books include Art Nouveau: Spirit of the Belle Epoque and Art Deco: Flights of Artistic Fancy. Her art is available locally at Studio 333. More on Susan Sternau at

New Book Discussion Group for Adults at Sausalito Library
2nd Tuesdays starting March 11th  - 7:00pm in the Friends Bookstore

The Sausalito Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new book discussion group for adults, "Contemporary Classics." Facilitated by local author Peg Alford Pursell, the group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Friends Bookstore (2nd floor of Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street), 7-8:00pm. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, March 11th and the book is "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Please contact the library at 415-289-4121 to register. Participation is free. 

Toddler Story Time
Just a reminder that we now have TWO Toddler Story Times on Wednesday mornings. Join Molly for stories, songs and play at 9:40 am or 10:40 am for children 3 and under and their caregivers.

Tween Advisory Council
The Library is recruiting 6th, 7th and 8th graders for a brand-new Tween Advisory Council. The Council will help decide which books, movies and music the Library should have and will plan programs and events. (We’ll also eat pizza and snacks at every meeting.) More information and the application is available at, or contact Erin Wilson, Children’s & YA Librarian, at 289-4121 or

Reading Buddies
This brand-new program pairs young readers (ages 6-10) with experienced readers (ages 14 and up) for one-on-one reading practice in a fun, low-stress environment. Want to find out more? Contact Erin Wilson, Children’s & YA Librarian, at 289-4121 or

Free E-books from the Library
The Sausalito Public Library features two free collections of electronic books, featuring thousands of quality titles -- including recent bestsellers -- from major publishing houses like Random House and HarperCollins. Both e-books and e-audiobooks are available, and can be used on tablet, laptop and desktop computers, Kindles, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Nooks, and other mobile gadgets. Visit our website at for more information and step-by-step instructions. You will need a library card and PIN to access the collection. Checkouts and holds are free. Call us at 289-4121 if you need any help.

1-on-1 Help with Library E-books
If you have an iPad, iPhone, Kindle, tablet, Android phone, laptop computer or other mobile device and would like help getting set up to read Library e-books or listen to Library e-audiobooks, just let us know! Call Abbot Chambers at 289-4123 or email to schedule a one-on-one training session. (Available to Sausalito residents only)



Jazz & Blues Sponsorships are a great opportunity to showcase your business and demonstrate support for the local community.  Now that our Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts have become a legendary local favorite, make sure that you plan ahead and have a chance to be a part of this great legand as a sponsor or with a reserved table.  In the next few months, these sponsorships and reservations will become available.  REMEMBER - All tables are on a first-come-first-served basis and beginning on their registration open date. No exceptions. Higher level sponsors have priority registration dates.

Open Season for Sponsorships is as follows (doors open at 9:00 am) :

$2000 Platinum Level – January 27
$1000 Gold Level – February 3
$650 Silver Level – February 10
$500 Resident Table – February 24
$600 Non-Resident Table – March 3

For additional information and details on what sponsorship levels entail, please call the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department at 415-289-4152 or go to our website at



Test and Evaluation Period for New Paystation Begins In February, 2014
In an effort to improve customer service and satisfaction with our Downtown Municipal Parking System, we have acquired a new style of parking pay station for testing purposes. The test unit will be installed in place of one of our current Multi-Space Meters located in Downtown Municipal Lot #1, adjacent to the Ferry Landing.

Your Sausalito Resident and Commuter Parking SmartCards will not work in the test machine! Please continue to use your SmartCards in the current parking pay stations to receive your parking privileges. While these new pay stations accept similar types of parking cards, these features will be unavailable during this initial test period.

As a Sausalito resident or a user of the Commuter Parking SmartCard program, we encourage you to drop by and observe the new paystation (even if you are not processing a payment) and give us feedback on the following:

- How do the keypad and buttons compare to the current machines?
- Is the screen easier or more difficult to see and to read?
- Are the instructions clear?

Using the above questions as a guideline, we welcome any and all feedback you have regarding how this pay station operates. Please do not limit yourself to these suggestions and feel free to submit any additional comments or concerns. We are committed to creating a more convenient and user-friendly parking payment system for all of our users!

Please address your feedback to Lieutenant Kurtis Skoog of the Sausalito Police Department by email at

More Information and a link to view the equipment, go to our homepage and view the article in the Headlines section.



NOTICE IS HEREBY AND VOLUNTARILY GIVEN BY THE MARIN LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION (LAFCO) that on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the City of San Rafael Council Chambers located at 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California the agency will consider the following action:

Scope of Analysis for Countywide Water Municipal Service Review

This action – if approved – is to provide formal direction to staff in preparing a comprehensive study assessing the availability, demand, and performance of public water service in Marin County relative to current and future community needs and as provided under Government Code Section 56430. Affected agencies anticipated for study include Bolinas Public Utility District, Inverness Public Utility District, Marin Municipal Water District, Muir Beach Community Services District, North Marin Water District, and Stinson Beach County Water District. An associated staff report will be available for download at approximately one week prior to the hearing date. You may also request a written copy of the associated staff report by contacting LAFCO at 415-446-4409.


(subject to cancellation)

 Feb 3  6:00 pm  Sausalito Marin City Sanitary District Meeting  Council Chambers
 Feb 3  6:30 pm  Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting  Conference Room
 Feb 5  9:40 & 10:40  StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
 Feb 6  3:30 pm  StoryTime with Phil  Council Chambers
Feb 6  7:00 pm  Sausalito Library Speaker Series (see above)  Council Chambers
 Feb 6  7:00 pm  Fort Baker Task Force Meeting  Conference Room
 Feb 9  11:00 am  2nd Annual Herring Festival (see below)  Gabrielson Park



Second Annual Sausalito Herring Festival
Sunday, February 9 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Gabrielson Park (Sponsored by Cass Gidley Marina)

The Sausalito Herring Festival will showcase food, beverages, information, and entertainment from the surrounding Richardson Bay. A food ticket will allow you to sample a variety of herring recipes prepared by some of The Bay Area's award-winning restaurants, while listening to local musicians including some special guests. A variety of beverages will be available. All food and beverage sales will go to benefit Cass Gidley Marina, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.

The Sausalito Herring Festival will include informational displays about herring, the fishery, sustainability, boating and the environment, with a focus on Richardson Bay. Celebrating the area's longstanding commitment to sustainable fishing and maritime culture, the festival will focus on the Pacific Herring, drawn straight from Richardson Bay. The Sausalito Herring Festival will have live chef demonstrations, food talks, sea stories, and more! The Festival takes place rain or shine.

Last year, the inaugural Sausalito Herring Festival was a surprising hit as more than 200 small plates of herring dishes from a variety of well-known Sausalito restaurants were served.

For more information, contact Heather Richard at or check out


Sausalito Village - Monthly Meeting - February 12 
Sausalito Village will feature a talk by Bruce Wrisley, author of The Seniors’ Housing Dilemma, Stay or Move at its monthly meeting at the Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, February 12 at noon. He will offer resources and guidelines to help seniors and their families make smart informed decisions about housing. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Bruce Wrisley is 85 and has two degrees in psychology: a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, and a Master of Arts from Stanford University. As a real estate broker in Marin County for 55 years (now retired), Wrisley has owned five companies, and is a past president of the Marin Association of Realtors. He has combined his education and experience to do “real estate counseling” with seniors for the last 25 years. 


The Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force is happy to report that nearly 1200 residents responded to the questionnaire that was released in November (and ended December 31, 2013).  In the age group that is 65 and older, the response rate was a very impressive 50%!  Special thanks to all of you who took the time to respond, especially those who provided insightful and interesting comments.

The next phases include assessing the findings, conducting focus groups and interviews to answer specific questions and finally developing a strategic plan for the City.  If you are interested in participating in a focus group over the next two months, please write us at: 


Sausalito Woman’s Club 2014 Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Sausalito Woman’s Club Scholarship Recognition Fund (SWCSRF) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Completed applications are due by March 14, 2014.

To qualify, applicants must be permanent residents of Sausalito or Marin City (94965 zipcode) and planning to initiate or continue their education in the summer or fall semester, 2014 at an accredited college, graduate school, vocational or art school.

To request an application, you may email, mail SWCSRF/Application Committee, P.O. Box 3045, Sausalito, CA 94966 or visit  




From Disaster Preparedness:

Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster
If you aren’t sure whether your property or business is at risk from disasters caused by natural hazards, check with your local building official, city engineer, or planning and zoning administrator. They can tell you whether you are in an area where floods, earthquakes, wildfires, high winds, or other disasters or emergencies are likely to occur.  Also, they usually can tell you how to protect yourself, your house, business and property from the different hazards.

Protect Your Business from All Natural Hazards 
    • Protect Business Records and Inventory 
    • Install a Generator for Emergency Power

Protect Your Property from an Earthquake 
    • Anchor Large Equipment Properly 
    • Anchor Tall Bookcases and File Cabinets 
    • Anchor and Brace Propane Tanks and Gas Cylinders 
    • Bolt Sill Plates to Foundation 
    • Brace Cripple Walls 
    • Install Latches on Drawers and Cabinet Doors 
    • Mount Framed Pictures and Mirrors Securely 
    • Restrain Desktop Computers and Appliances 
    • Use Flexible Connections on Gas and Water Lines

Protect Your Property from Fire 
    • Dealing with Vegetation and Combustible Materials 
    • Replace Roofing with Fire-Resistant Materials

Protect Your Property from Flooding 
    • Build With Flood Damage Resistant Materials 
    • Dry Flood proof Your Building 
    • Add Waterproof Veneer to Exterior Walls 
    • Raise Electrical System Components 
    • Anchor Fuel Tanks 
    • Raise or Flood proof HVAC Equipment 
    • Install Sewer Backflow Valves 
    • Protect Wells From Contamination by Flooding

Protect Your Property from High Winds 
    • Maintain EIFS Walls 
    • Protect Windows and Doors with Covers 
    • Reinforce Double Entry Doors 
    • Reinforce or Replace Garage Doors 
    • Remove Trees and Potential Windborne Missiles 
    • Secure Metal Siding and Metal Roofs 
    • Secure Built-Up and Single-Ply Roofs 
    • Secure Composition Shingle Roofs 
    • Brace Gable End Roof Framing