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Sausalito Currents - March 7, 2014
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Posted Date: 3/7/2014 2:00 PM

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Accepting Applications for Various Boards and Commissions
The Sausalito City Council is now accepting applications from residents who are interested in volunteering their time to serve on some of our Boards and Commissions.  Over the next couple of months, Council will be accepting applications, interviewing and filling several positions on the various Boards and Commissions.  Below you will see a list of those Boards/Commissions currently being considered:

  • Arts Commission (establishing a new commission)
  • Business Advisory Commission (1 immediate vacancy)
  • Disaster Committee
  • Planning Commission
  • Sustainability Commission
  • Trees and Views Committee

To find out more about each of these boards and commissions, click here and scroll through the list.

Council may begin interviewing on March 18 for the Business Advisory Commission - so if your interest is here, please make sure you complete your application and return it to the City Clerk as soon as possible.  The application can be found here



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.

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.

Robert Haley: The Road to Zero Waste
Friday, March 21 - 7:00pm inside the Library

The City of San Francisco is a global leader in recycling and waste management, with a goal of ‘zero waste’ (i.e. no use of landfill) by 2020. Where San Francisco leads, Sausalito and Marin County are likely to follow. What milestones lie on the road to zero waste? Join Sausalito resident and San Francisco Zero Waste Manager Robert Haley for a fascinating look at the future of “garbage.”



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.



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.



Sausalito Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee Online Resident Survey

Have an opinion on how the City of Sausalito should manage the shifting--and growing--mix of bicycle, pedestrian, and auto traffic in town? Concerned about a specific safety issue pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians in your neighborhood? Want to share an idea on how to improve the overall Sausalito transit experience for residents and tourists alike?

If so, make sure to participate in the Sausalito Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee online resident survey. To receive the survey, simply send an email request to that says "Please send me the survey." Within 24 hours, you will receive an email response containing an online link to the PBAC survey tool that will allow you to share ideas and help the City prioritize projects related to bicycle and pedestrian safety.


Just a friendly reminder from your Fire Department, reminding you that you should be changing the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector every six months.  The easy way to remember to do this, is to change the batteries with every time change - and since this is a SPRING FORWARD weekend, it's time to check things out.  If you have any questions, please contact your local fire department.

(subject to cancellation)


Mar 10  6:30 pm Trees & Views Committee Meeting  Council Chambers
Mar 12  9:40 & 10:40 StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
Mar 12  6:00 pm Game Night at the Library  Library
Mar 13  3:30 pm StoryTime with Phil Council Chambers



Age-Friendly Sausalito Corner - This Edition’s Topic: Questionnaire Update

The results of the Age-Friendly Sausalito Questionnaire are in! As previously reported, the Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force received over 1,200 responses providing a wealth of data from the 23 primary questions, and over 3,500 additional comments and critiques. Task Force members and volunteers are currently slicing, dicing and categorizing all of the comments under each domain: (housing, transportation, social participation, civic participation/employment, outdoor spaces/buildings, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, and community/health services) ensuring that every piece of information is part of the analysis. Needless to say, it is taking some time!

Meanwhile, we would like to share a few demographic details with you. The greatest number of residents to respond to the questionnaire were between the ages of 65 and 69 (22.45%), the 70-74 age group was almost as large, and the over age 80 residents came in at 13.27 % . There were more female respondents (59.06%), than males (41%) and most folks said they lived with a partner or spouse (59.33%) compared with the 34% who said they lived alone. We look forward to reporting on the issues and suggestions at a later date.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this important City survey.
We will keep you posted on our continued progress. If you have any questions or comments, please email:  


AgeSausalito 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.