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Sausalito Currents - February 28, 2014
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Posted Date: 2/28/2014 3:30 PM

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Check out what's happening at the March 4th City Council Meeting

  • Accept the Concultant's Report on our Bridgeway Medians (4B)
  • Receive a status update on the Gate 6 Road Instersection Improvement Project (4C)
  • Adopt a resolution declaring the existence of a nuisance and constituting an immediate hazard and award a construction contrzct for the Urgent Woodward Avenue Slope Stabilization Project (4D)
  • Introduction of an ordinance regulating single use carryout bags (plastic bag ban)  (5A)
  • Introduction of an ordinance amending Title 10 of the Sausalito Municipal Code updating Standards for Two and Multi-Family Zoning Districts (5B)
  • Report to Council on the Recommended Sewer Rates (6A)

To find out more about any of the items being presented to the City Council, click here to review the agenda and associated staff reports.  Remember, you can also post an opinion on a specific agenda item by clicking on this link and scrolling down to that agenda item.  Then simply click on the "comment" and type away in the text box and hit "submit".  This enables the Council to see your comments prior to the Council meeting.



Spring 2014 Museum Docent Series
Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George
Tuesday, March 4 - 2:00pm in the Council Chambers

TBD Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent
To coincide with de Young Museum exhibit: Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George   -  exhibiting from February 15 - May 11, 2014
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

Sausalito People Series
John Kehoe: A World of Chocolate
Friday, March 14th  -  7:00pm inside the Library

As the Vice President for Sourcing and Development for TCHO in San Francisco, John Kehoe works with cocoa farmers around the world to grow high quality cocoa beans and develop sustainable agricultural methods. In his talk, John will share stories from a career spent promoting sustainable, fair trade cacao production in the name of delicious chocolate. Chocolate samples included! John lives in the Caledonia Street neighborhood of Sausalito.

Friday, March 14th  -  7:00pm inside the Library As the Vice President for Sourcing and Development for TCHO in San Francisco, John Kehoe works with cocoa farmers around the world to grow high quality cocoa beans and develop sustainable agricultural methods. In his talk, John will share stories from a career spent promoting sustainable, fair trade cacao production in the name of delicious chocolate. Chocolate samples included! John lives in the Caledonia Street neighborhood of Sausalito.


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.

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.



City Wide Yard Sale  -  MLK Parking Lot, 610 Coloma Street  -  April 5, 2014 from 9:00am – 2:00pm
The City of Sausalito’s bi-annual yard sale has over 90 sellers in one location. Check us out online at for information on how to rent a space.  Registration opens February 28th, 2014 at 9:00am.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Sausalito City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito on the following project:

ZOA 10-355 – An amendment of the Zoning Ordinance (Title 10 of the Municipal Code) regarding the standards and regulations for residences in the Multi-Family (R-2-2.5 and R-3) Zoning Districts. The proposed regulations would be applicable in the R-2-2.5 and R-3 Zoning Districts by decreasing the allowable floor area, building coverage and impervious surfaces of any single dwelling unit. The total maximum allowable amount of floor area, building coverage and impervious surface would not be reduced, but will be required to be distributed among multiple units on the parcel. The amendment also amends required findings and application submittal requirements for Design Review Permits and creates exceptions to parking requirements. The amendment is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in accordance with Section 15061.b.3 of the CEQA Guidelines.

The draft ordinance may be reviewed at the Administration Department, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M., Monday through Thursday. Staff reports will be available at the City’s website ( on the Friday preceding the City Council meeting. If you have any questions, please call 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 hearing.


Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 am
Bay Model
2100 Bridgeway


Attention Sausalto Property Owners, Residents and Business Owners
City of Sausalito Housing Element Work is Beginning

The City is working on implementing and updating the Housing Element. The work involves two tracks. The first track involves adopting a variety of Zoning Ordinance Amendments which were committed to in the existing Housing Element adopted in 2012. In order to be eligible for certification from the State for the upcoming 2015-2023 Housing Element cycle, the City must complete these Ordinance amendments. If these amendments are not implemented by the end of 2014, our eight year cycle reverts to a four year cycle and our next Housing Element will be due in 2018, instead of 2023. The second track is a minor update to the adopted Housing Element and gaining certification by the State by January 31, 2015. The second track is reliant on the zoning amendments being adopted. It is anticipated that the City will be making only minor updates to the Housing Element by using the goals and policies of the existing Housing Element in the upcoming update. The amendments required in the first track are summarized:

  • Vertical Mixed Use (VMU): Requires any upper level new construction in the City's commercial districts (CC, CN-I, CR) to be limited to residential use only, with a minimum of one affordable unit.
  • Horizontal Mixed Use (HMU): Allows the 1901 Bridgeway and 2015 Bridgeway properties to utilize the ground floor level of buildings for residential use in exchange for providing a percentage of affordable units.
  • Emergency Shelter: Pursuant ot SB2, identifies a zoning district where emergency (homeless) shelters will be permitted by right (subject to normal Design Review procedures) and establishes standards to regulate them.
  • Transitional/Supportive Housing: Adds transitional housing and supportive housing to the Zoning Ordinance's definition section and regulates as a residential use: adds single room occupancy (SRO) facilities within the Zoning Ordinance's defition section, and conditionally allows the use within the CC, CR and CN-I commercial zoning districts.
  • Density Bonus: The City must update the existing Density Bonus provision to comply with changes in the State Law. Under Government Code Section 65915-65918, cities must grant density bonuses ranging form 5% to 35% (depending on the affordabilitiy provided by the housing project) when requested by a project sponsor, and provide up to three incentives or concessions unless specific findings can be made.
  • Reasonable Accommodations Amendments: Provides accommodation for disabled persons seeking fair access to housing in the zoning regulations. For example: allow a ramp in a setback toallow access to an entry door for a wheelchair-bound resident.

SAVE THIS DATE and come to the meeting to hear more. You can also check out the Housing Update website for background information and meeting information. You can also contact Lilly Schinsing, Project Manager, at 415.289.4134.


(subject to cancellation)

Mar 4  2:00 pm  Library Docent Series (see above)  Council Chambers
Mar 4  7:00 pm City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
Mar 5 9:40 & 10:40 StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
Mar 5 6:00 pm Game Night at the Library  Library
Mar 6 3:30 pm StoryTime with Phil Council Chambers



Sausalito Village Monthly Meeting - March 12, 12 noon in the Edgewater Room
Sausalito Village will feature a presentation by kimono expert Marge Benjamin at Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, March 12 at noon. Ms. Benjamin will lead an interactive session, explaining the aesthetics, history, sociology and manufacture of traditional Japanese textiles. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Marge Benjamin Warren is a textile artist who has studied and lectured extensively on the kimono. She has an MA in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, studied textiles and costume restoration at the FIT and shibori and indigo dyeing at the Parsons School of Design, and was trained in kimono construction by a licensed kimono sensei. In Japan, she has worked with the All–Japan Association for the Preservation of Kimono. She has provided docent training and given lectures at numerous museums and cultural organizations. Her work has been sold at selected boutiques, craft venues and museum gift shops.


Willow Creek Academy Benefit - In Partnership with the Sausalito Historical Society Schools Program
It's four parties in one day - the Saus Eat-Oh-Soiree - March 15 at the IDESST Hall (511 Caledonia Street).

And the four parties are:
1) Children's Ice Cream Social from 1-3 pm (hosted by the Sausalito Historical Society Schools Program and Lappert's Ice Cream - FREE!

2) Cocktails with Gary Danko from 5-6:30 pm (Chef Gary Danko treats us to champagne and nibbles - $250/person)

3) Let's Party! from 6:30-8 (live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and a no-host bar - $25/person)

4) DJ Dancing & Dessert from 8-10 pm (DJ Sunny Dawn, rotating dessert tables and a no-host bar - $10/person)

For more information, go to Tickets: or at the Willow Creek Academy Office.


(from your Boards/Commissions/Staff)


California has more kinds of native conifers (cone-bearing trees) than any other state!

The pine family is represented in California by pines, firs, spruces, hemlocks, and Douglas firs.

Natives in the cypress family include cypresses, junipers, incense cedars, coast redwoods,
Western red cedars, giant sequoias, and false cypresses.

The Sausalito Municipal Code lists three conifers (Monterey pine, Monterey cypress, and coast redwood) as “undesirable trees.” This means that they can be removed from private property, with the owner’s permission, without a permit.



Electrical blackouts do not just shut down your lights and television. They are serious technological emergencies that disrupt communications, transportation, medical services, food storage, and more. A large disaster can shut down power for long periods of time. If you want the ability to comfortably ride out blackouts, you will need safe, reliable, and relatively inexpensive emergency lighting and power generation equipment. . . . . .

Click here to download their article and learn more about:

  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Diesel and Gas Generators for Emergency Home Power
  • Emergency Cooking for the Home
  • Emergency Heat
  • Worst Case Situation Heating
  • Worst Case Situation Emergency Apartment Heating