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Sausalito Currents - June 13, 2014
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Posted Date: 6/13/2014 3:30 PM

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Check out what's happening at the June 17th City Council Meeting

  • Here about the Chamber's recent Concierge Tour
  • On the Consent Calendar you can find out about: 
    • the adoption of the Invest Policy for FY2015 (4a)
  • Hear an update on the Dunphy Park Schematic Master Plan  (6A) 
  • Hear an update from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (6B)
  • Adoption of the FY2014-15 Budget (6C)

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.  Remember to "submit" to post your comment. This new feature allows the Council to see your comments at the any time prior to the meeting.




The City of Sausalito has released the draft budget for FY2014-16 at the June 10 City Council meeting.  Following discussion from Council and the public, a budget is now ready for adoption at the June 17 Adjourned Regular meeting.  To view a copy, click on the agenda link above - you will find the budget as an attachment to agenda item 6C.  You can also find a copy of the budget on our website by drilling down through Administration to the Finance/Budget pages.  If you have any questions regarding the budget, please contact Administrative Services Director Charlie Francis via e-mail, or at (415) 289-4105.



The Sausalito Recreation Department is busy planning for our spectacular 4th of July festivities and we, once again, need the help of local residents and businesses to raise the $25,000 for the cost of the fireworks!

You can mail or drop off a tax-deductible donation of any amount to: Parks and Recreation C/O Fireworks, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94965

Sponsor Levels:

                        Diamond Sponsor - $2000 and up
                        Platinum Sponsor - $1999 - $750
                       Gold Sponsor - $749 - $500
                       Silver Sponsor - $499 - $200
                       Bronze Sponsor - $199 - $50

New this year, all Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver level sponsors will be listed on the back of the 4th of July t-shirt the following year. Check out this year’s t-shirt which features our 2013 sponsors.



National Park Service to Hold a Public  Meeting on Proposed Reservation System for Parking and Shuttles to Manager Traffic Congestion and Visitation At Muir Woods

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley.  This meeting follows an initial public scoping meeting held on September 18, 2013 at the Tam Valley Elementary School.  Representtives from the County of Marin and California State Parks plan to attend and participate in the meeting.

The concept for a parking lot on Panoramic Highway at Homestead Hill has been ELIMINATED from further consideration.  More information is available on the project website at:


(subject to cancellation)


June 17
 4:00 pm
 Library Board of Trustees Meeting
 Friends Room
June 17
 7:00 pm
 Adjourned Regular City Council Meeting
 Council Chambers
June 18
 8:30 am
 Legislative Committee Meeting
 Edgewater Room
June 18
 9:40 & 10:40  StoryTime for Toddlers  Council Chambers
June 18
 10:30 am
 OMIT Committee Meeting
 Conference Room
June 18
 6:30 pm  Historic Landmarks Board Meeting (joint w/PC)  Council Chambers
June 18
 6:30 pm
 Planning Commission Meeting (joint w/HLB)
 Council Chambers
June 19
 8:00 am
 Business Advisory Committee Meeting
 Conference Room
June 19
 3:30 pm  StoryTime with Phil
 Council Chambers
June 19  6:00 pm
 Sustainability Committee Meeting
 Conference Room



The Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Gidley Marina presents "Dinner and a Movie"

Sausalito Summer Sailstice  -  Saturday, June 21st in Dunphy Park and beginning at  6 pm.
The evening begins with free boat rides, live music by Fiver Brown (of Dredgetown) and friends, information booth, raffle prizes, and there will be food and beverages available for sale.

Then beginning at 8:30, the movie and popcorn comes out.    Join us and come on down to watch 'Maidentrip' 2013, a documentary about Dutch teen Laura Dekker's record breaking solo circumnavigation. 

Bring your own seating or blanket - it's all an informal picnic style event.

All proceeds go to Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) and will be used to renovate the site and make it ADA compliant, including a very very long wheelchair accessible ramp to the docks.  For more info: or "Cass Gidely Marina" on Facebook.



from your Trees and Views Committee


Be water-wise to help your trees survive the drought.

     • Provide the right amount of water. Water young trees 2x per week & mature trees as needed.
     • Water early in the morning or after the sun has set as this replaces the water they’ve lost during the day.
     • Deep water is essential. Do not give small amounts of water as it encourages shallow roots that dry quickly.
     • Water directly with a hose, 5-gallon bucket or gator bag filled with recycled water rather than a sprinkler.
     • Consider recycled water or gray water from your home. Water collected in a bucket from the shower is an
     • Water in the “drip-zone” – those areas directly beneath the foliage and shaded by the tree.
     • Avoid directly irrigating the trunk of the tree as the increased moisture can favor root rot disease.

Source: California Urban Forests Council – Invest From the Ground Up

from Age-Friendly Sausalito

Topics for the Age-Friendly Tip of the Month are generated from the responses to the Age-Friendly Sausalito questionnaires that were received last Winter.  The Task Force is hard at work sorting and analyzing the incredible wealth of data created by the surveys,and through the process, are finding gaps in information about services.  Hopefully, this column will help as we continue to shape an age friendly plan of action.

This Month's Tip - Keeping Sausalito Seniors Safe and Secure at Home
Are you or one of your neighbors, family members or friends an older adult living alone or living with health challenges?  The recent U.S. census from 2010 counted more than 500 seniors living alone in Sausalito, both homeowners and renters. By now, four years later, that number has surely grown. Living alone can be risky for older persons who may be unwell, frail, living with disabilities or suffer a fall or other incident. Even older persons who spend a large part of the day alone at home may be feeling isolated or vulnerable.  There are two free programs that provide an extra measure of safety and reassurance.
The Telephone Reassurance Program
This personal reassurance Program is a free telephone check-in program serving seniors, adults with disabilities and housebound individuals in Marin County. The program offers an excellent service of free three- times-per- week morning phone calls to check on the participant’s safety and well-being and can also direct  the individual to senior resources they may need. The calls are made on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings each week. The calls are made by friendly, caring volunteers from the Episcopal Senior Community Services, located at Whistlestop.
If there is either no response to the call after three tries, or a problem is identified, an agreed upon emergency contact is called. If that person can’t be reached, Sausalito Police will be contacted to stop by the residence and make sure the person is OK.

Participants are teamed up with one of the trained volunteers and by talking to the same person each time the volunteers get to know them and are better able to listen for changes that could indicate a need for further assistance. If a participant is planning to be out for the morning or away from home, they can let the program administrator know. Signing up is easy. Just call Leslie Klor at Whistlestop (415) 456-9062 ext.# 132. She will be happy to discuss the program and send you a form to fill out. As soon as you are signed up the reassurance phone calls will begin.
R U OK Program
Sausalito’s Are You OK, is a program operated by our Police Department and is another valuable service for seniors and other residents who may be homebound, or otherwise vulnerable, and possibly need  extra assistance in an emergency. The program is designed to prioritize assistance to residents in times of a natural disaster, fire or other neighborhood or personal  emergency. The participants fill out a simple form about their special health needs and their emergency contacts, which is kept completely private and secure. The Sausalito Police are then able to immediately identify their addresses in the case of an individual health crisis, natural disaster,  community emergency or other urgent situation such as nearby criminal activity or other safety issue. The participant’s address is incorporated in Sausalito’s geomapping system, so it can be easily accessed directly from our community police vehicles for the quickest possible response when needed. To sign up for this critical support program, call Sausalito Police Station at (415) 289-4170 Sgt. Stacy Gregory or anyone there will be glad to help you.

from your Disaster Preparedness Committee

Extreme Heat
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the "urban heat island effect."

To read more about their topics on:

  • Extreme Heat:  Know the Terms
  • Before Extreme Heat
  • During a Heat Emergency
  • Additional Information
  • First Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses

click here and download the flyer to learn more.