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Sausalito Currents - October 11, 2013
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Posted Date: 10/11/2013 2:15 PM

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Pavement Crack Sealing will be done on selected streets during the week of October 14
The work is expected to require a small moving construction zone that will impact vehicular travel on the street. The work is expected to impact travel on the affected street for not more than 20 minutes after placement.

Graham Construction will be performing the on the following Streets and on the days noted.

Oct 14    Olima Street, Caledonia Street, Cloudview Road
Oct 15    Currey Avenue , Spencer Avenue, El Portal, Bridgeway (near Princess), Atwood Avenue, West Street, Fourth Street, Second Street

For more specifics on the locations, please visit our website



Fall 2013 Sausalito People Program Schedule
After hours inside the Sausalito Public Library

Friday, October 11th @ 7:30pm
Joe Tate: Adventures with the Redlegs
Joe Tate is the former leader of the Redlegs, a pirate rock n’ roll band that formed in the houseboat colony of Sausalito during the late sixties. Joe's talk will focus on his adventures and tribulations in the sixties and seventies with the Redlegs.

Friday, October 18th @ 7:30pm
Marianne Dolan: Houseboat Wars
Local filmmaker and Galilee Harbor resident Marianne Dolan will present stories of Sausalito’s citizen activists that she discovered while doing research for her documentary film, Houseboat Wars.

Sausalito Library Speaker Series
The Wildlife of Sausalito
Monday, October 21 - 7:00pm in the Council Chambers

Jennifer Robin Berry is a biologist and beekeeper living in Sausalito on windy Rodeo Hill. While most biologists would tell you they love adventures in vast wilderness, her passion lies in exploring nature in an urban environment. Jennifer’s work repairs watersheds, reconnects animal passageways, and restores function to healthy ecosystems. Many Sausalito residents know of its rich human history, but its natural history continues to evolve even as it becomes more urban, and Jennifer seeks to answer the question of what life is like for the wild animals of Sausalito. Join Jennifer for tales of Sausalito’s natural history, told with wildlife videos and images, artifacts and maps. She will also be presenting samples of her seasonal honey harvests for an exploration of the flavors of our city’s landscape.

New Program: Game Night at the Library
Classic Board Games for Adults
Every Wednesday night except holidays  -  6:00-8:45pm in the Library Reading Room

Bring a friend or two and check out one of our classic board games to play inside the library. We have several to choose from: Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Doink It Darts, Jenga, Backgammon, Scrabble and more!



Retirement Luncheon for Captain Bob DeLong – Wednesday, October 23
After 28 years of hard work, Captain DeLong is “out of service”. Please join us as we honor and celebrate this very special event on Wednesday, October 23 at 12 noon in Fire Station #1, Sausalito. For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Susan Kim at 415-388-8182.



And the winners were . . . . .
2013 Chili Cook-off Winners:

Ambiance Award:
1st – Bean End
2nd – Novato Fire
3rd – Sausalito Optometry
4th – Sock “Em” Silly Chili

Judges Choice:
1st – Brown’s Soul Stew
2nd – Big Dog Chili
3rd – Novato Fire Chili Co.
4th (tie) – Willow Creek Academy
4th (tie) – Driver’s Market
6th – Bean End

People’s Choice:
1st – Willow Creek
2nd – Novato Fire Chili Co.
3rd – Browns Soul Stew
4th – Bayside / MLK ECO Top Shef
5th – Bean End
6th – Fire in the Soul 



Public Hearing on the Rehabilitation of the Sausalito Public Fishing Pier
The City is engaged in a process to rehabilitate a damaged public pier near the Trident Restaurant to restore public access and fishing opportunities. The pier has been a part of the City as early as 1936 and has been historically used as a fishing pier. The exact date of when the pier was installed is not known, although historical photographs show the pier in existence as early as 1936. The pier was closed to public access in 2001 due to damage caused by the storm of January 11, 2001. Currently, the only remnants of the pier which remain are twenty-one pilings and the pier framing. On Nov. 7, 2007, the 901-foot Cosco Busan, headed from the Port of Oakland to South Korea, sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge in dense morning fog. The collision ripped a 211-foot-long gash in the side of the ship and punctured several of its fuel tanks, dumping 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the bay. As a part of a 2011 settlement with the owner and operating companies of the Cosco Busan cargo ship, grant monies were made available for certain projects and the City received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to repair the public pier. On June 4, 2013 the City Council accepted the Cosco-Busan settlement grant funding for and initiating project design for the rehabilitation of the pier. A condition of the grant is that the construction be completed by the end of January 2014.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm at City Hall on a request by the City for approval of a Design Review Permit and Non-Conformity Permit to rehabilitate a fishing pier for use as a public access point and for shore-based recreational fishing for both ambulatory and mobility-impaired persons at a City-owned parcel to the immediate south of the Trident restaurant along Bridgeway south of downtown. The project consists of replacing decking and railing and the extension of pilings in the same location as the existing pier, and the installation of a code-compliant ramp and staircase. The existing height of the decking will be raised by 3-1/2 feet to accommodate an anticipated increase in base flood elevation. The existing pathway which leads from the existing wooden deck to the shoreline walkway paralleling Bridgeway will be replaced with a ramp that is compliant with the California Building Code for accessibility.

Story poles were installed on October 2, 2013 which depict the width, length and height of the new pier. Note that the story poles show the tops of the new railings. A rendering of the pier will also be posted at the project site to help visual the project.

How to get involved, ask questions or view the plans: You can e-mail Lilly Schinsing, Administrative Analyst. or call her at: (415) 289-4134, . You can also hand deliver a letter to the Administration Department, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94965, prior to the public hearing.

This subcommittee will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room, City Hall, 420 Litho Street, on Monday, October 28, 2013 on continued discussions of the Updated Standards for Two and Multi-Family Zoning District. Anyone is welcome to attend.

(subject to cancellation)

 Oct 11  7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program - Joe Tate  Sausalito Library (see above)
 Oct 12   12 noon  Zydeco by the Bay Festival  Dunphy Park (see below)
 Oct 13  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Oct 14  6:30 pm  Marinship Specific Plan Steering Committee Mtg  Council Chambers
 Oct 16  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time Council Chambers
 Oct 16  6:00 pm  Classic Board Games for Adults  Library Reading Room (see above)
 Oct 16  6:30 pm  Planning Commission Meeting  Council Chambers
 Oct 17  8:30 am  Business Advisory Board Meeting  Conference Room
 Oct 17  3:45 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Oct 18  7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program - Marianne Dolan   Sausalito Library (see above)



Zydeco By The Bay Festival, Dunphy Park-Sausalito, California, October 12, 2013
The Zydeco By The Bay Festival, October 12, 2013, 12pm-6pm, will provide guests of all ages an unforgettable day. This one day, free community event brings captivating entertainment by the best Creole Zydeco sounds featuring live musical performances by GRAMMY Nominated Andre Thierry and Louisiana artists, Sean Ardoin and Koray Broussard. There will be activities for all ages, arts and crafts for kids, a wood dance floor, a perfect blend of Louisiana and California cuisine, tasty libations set in a comfortable lawn and reserved seating area.

Sausalito Village First Annual Art Show – Oct 21-Nov 18
In the Sausalito City Council Chambers

Please join us at the Opening Gala Reception on Monday, October 21, from 3:30-5:30 pm in the City Council Chambers. Join us for food, art, and music by the Nob Hill String Ensemble.

Participating artists include: Gerry Beers, Margot Biestman, Perry Biestman, Mary Lou Dauray, Sonja Frommerova, C.B. Follett, Anselm Galley, Teddie Hathaway, Bill Kirsch,
John Kouns, Rayner Needleman, Marge Benjamin Warren, Jennie Wasser, Carolyn Zaroff

Sausalito Village is mostly a volunteer organization dedicated to helping Sausalito seniors live independently at home. For further information: or 331-1464.



Sustainability Commission

Free Waste Tire Recycling – October 21 through November 1

This free recycling program will take place at the following locations:

Marin Resource Recovery Center, 565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael – Monday through Saturday from 8:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Redwood Landfill, 8950 Redwood Highway, Novato – Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please note: No more than nine tires per trip; passenger and pickup truck tires only; no foam filled tires; no tires from commercial or non-profit businesses; open to Marin County residents only; and tires may contain rims.

For more information, visit, or call 415-473-6647


Tree Committee:

Tree & Shrub Pruning Tips

  • For most deciduous trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster.
  • If you want to prune in fall, wait until trees drop their leaves and are dormant—usually October or November. After leaf drop, you can see the tree’s structure and identify disease and insect problems more easily.
  • Dormancy (especially late winter to early spring) is also a good time to prune evergreens because vigorous spring growth will hide pruning wounds.
  • One exception to the no- early fall-pruning advice is that you should remove dead, diseased, and damaged wood as soon as possible -- for tree health and your safety.
For most deciduous trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster.


Disaster Preparedness Committee:

 Plan for Pet Disaster Needs

  • Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  •  Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets -- well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers -- they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
  • Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they're not available later. While the sun is still shining, consider packing a "pet survival" kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
  • Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
  • Animals in Emergencies for Owners: This video, developed by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) /FEMA, is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies. To view this video go to:
Prepare to Shelter Your Pet
  • Call the Marin County Office of Emergency Services, local animal shelters, or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.
  • NOTE: Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster, but this should be considered only as a last resort.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside -- NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water.  Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.

During a Disaster

  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.

After a Disaster

  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DISASTER STRIKES TO DO YOUR RESEARCH.

  • The best option is to get a friend or relative outside the evacuation area to take your pets, and preferably you, too. If that's not possible, try locating a pet friendly motel or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.
  • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
  • You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location.



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