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Sausalito Currents - November 1, 2013
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Posted Date: 11/1/2013 3:00 PM

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Time to Change the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors
Last week, we sent this reminder out so that you would remember that along with the time change, you need to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. . . .and following that, the Sausalito Rotary Club stepped forward with the following announcement:

“The Rotary Club of Sausalito will provide free inspections of smoke alarms, and replacements of batteries and/or smoke alarm units for all residents of Sausalito over the age of 65 as needed on Saturday, November 9, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Any seniors that are interested in this free service can either send an email to or leave a phone message at 415.549.6780. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and street address. You must be available on Saturday, November 9, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to take advantage of this complimentary service from your local Rotary club.”



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

Friday, November 1st @ 7:30pm
Barry Brukoff: Photographing Ruins
Professional photographer and Sausalito resident Barry Brukoff grew up in Chicago and studied at the Chicago Art Institute. Barry’s visit to the temples of Cambodia prior to the Pol Pot War instilled a lifelong fascination with archaeological ruins. His most recent books are Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya (2012) and Temples of Cambodia (2011). In his multimedia talk, Barry will discuss the creation of these two works and the process of putting them together for publication.

Friday, November 8th @ 7:30pm
David Wronski: Tor des Geants
Ultrarunner David Wronski returns to Sausalito People with a report on his experiences at this year’s Tor des Geants, a 200-mile, non-stop footrace through the Alps in Italy, France, and Switzerland. David finished in just under six days. All told, the course required 80,000 feet of climbing.

A Sausalito Village, Age Friendly Sausalito Task Force and Sausalito Library Presentation

Thursday, November 7th @ 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers
Francine Toder, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Writer & Consultant - The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, and Visual Artist) After Sixty
Did you know that every day for the next 18 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach 65?
Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm that the brain even beyond age sixty, if it’s fed a diet of complexity, newness and problem solving can continuously develop throughout life. Dr. Toder’s newest book delves into the latest brain science findings in everyday terms while also opening a window into the lives of more than twenty late-blooming artists who first took up the violin, memoir writing, or other artistic pursuits after they turned sixty. Please join us for a lively and inspirational exploration of this timely topic.

New Program: Game Night at the Library

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

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!

Dates: November 7, 14 and 21 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come Write In: November is National Novel Writing Month

At 12:01 am November 1, people worldwide will begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Last year’s NaNoWriMo had 341,375 participants across the world! To register for NaNoWriMo, sign up for a free account at

Are you ready to join NaNoWriMo and write your novel? The Sausalito Library is here to help! Come Write In at the Library on Thursday nights in November from 7-9pm for coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free
Location: Sausalito Public Library – 420 Litho Street, Sausalito



Caledonia Streetlights Project 
At its October 22nd meeting the City Council awarded a contract to W. Bradley Electric, Inc. for replacement of the existing series street light circuit with new conduit and conductors to be placed by trenching in the pavement along Caledonia and into Bridgeway. The work includes coordination with PG&E, and furnishing and installation of a new Type III-AF service enclosure with Type V photoelectric control. These activities will take place as soon as possible for pedestrian and motorist safety reasons, and will result in temporary inconvenience to residents, businesses and visitors while construction is underway. The contractor is required to comply with the City's construction noise ordinance. A third light tower unit has been installed to provide temporary lighting near the intersection of Bridgeway and San Carlos for improved pedestrian safety until the work can be completed. The revised schedule for completion, including installation of restored historic fixtures with LED emitters, ends mid-December 2013. The retrofit kits developed for this project will allow the City to similarly restore and retrofit the other Marbelite fixtures to reduce their energy consumption and extend their useful lives. For questions, please contact Director of Public Works and City Engineer Jonathon Goldman


Sanitary District - Main Street Sewer Pump Station Construction Update   (although this is not a project of the City of Sausalito, we offer this information here as a part of our partnership with the Sanitary District)

The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District is nearing completion of the Main Street Pump Station Rehabilitation Project. This project was necessary to rehabilitate the pump station which was originally constructed in 1952. The last major construction at this station was in 1999. This station serves to convey 95% of the District's waste water from the City and other areas to the treatment plant.

The District appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as we work toward project completion. It has been a difficult project to construct and has taken longer than originally expected. The good news is that completion of this project will allow for reliable and uninterrupted operation of the pump station, or need to compete upgrades, for more than a decade to follow.

The station is currently being bypassed using a temporary pumping station to support the construction upgrades. This station bypass has allowed for the installation of new pumps, upgraded electric service, and repair and coating of underground structures to significantly extend their service life. As of Wednesday November 6, the pump station will be put back on-line for operation and there will be no more overnight bypassing. There will be a portable generator running overnight on Wednesday, November 13, to complete required electrical upgrades, since normal power will need to be shut off completely to the station. The use of this portable generator was originally planned for two weeks, however, with careful planning and coordination with PG&E we were able to reduce this to a single night. There will be some additional follow up work during normal construction hours to close out the project. Project completion is planned by the week of November 18 and the site will be reopened to the public. After completion, the District is planning to implement aesthetic improvements including slurry sealing of the road, landscaping both sides of the station area, and potentially adding a commemorative bench for viewing the bay. 



New forum for posting your opinion/comments on agenda items
Have you ever thought about commenting on an agenda item, but didn't have the time to write a letter and deliver it, or you didn't have time to attend the meeting. . . . . check out our new e-Comments.  Just go to one of the posted agendas (webcast page) and click on the e-Comments link to post your comment.  These comments are instantly availble to council and will gecome a part of the permanent record.


Friends of Dunphy Park and the City of Sausalito to host a Community Forum on the Future of Dunphy Park - Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bay Model Auditorium, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.
The City of Sausalito is collaborating with the Friends of Dunphy Park, Galilee Harbor, Cass’ Marina and other adjacent property owners to develop a Schematic Master Plan for the existing Dunphy Park and also the area between Bridgeway and the park. The plan will be based on input from The purpose of the Forum will be to provide ideas and priorities for an upgrade to the City’s Dunphy Park on Bridgeway. The City has also set up an Open City Hall forum with more information and survey questions-- visit it here

We’d appreciate your participation--either in person at the Forum, online or both!


Age-Friendly Sausalito Questionnaire to be released November 6
Are you age 55 or older? Do you reside in Sausalito or on a boat or floating home near Sausalito?

The Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force has spent the last several months creating a set of questions that will help assess the City’s current ‘age-friendliness’ - how accessible and inclusive is Sausalito for its older residents? Your input is crucial in providing information and insight that will help to shape a strategic plan for Sausalito’s aging community. Please take 10 minutes and complete the questionnaire when you receive it. Copies of the questionnaire will also be available at the Sausalito Library, Police Station and Bridgeway Gym (along with a drop off box) starting November 6th. You can also complete the questionnaire online through the website: If you have any questions, please contact Tricia at


Free Fire Inspection of Smoke Alarms for Sausalito Senior Citizens on November 9 
The Rotary Club of Sausalito will provide free inspections of smoke alarms, and replacements of batteries and/or smoke alarm units for all residents of Sausalito over the age of 65 as needed on Saturday, November 9, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Any seniors that are interested in this free service can either send an email to or leave a phone message at 415.549.6780. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and street address. You must be available on Saturday, November 9, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to take advantage of this complimentary service from your local Rotary club. 


(subject to cancellation)

 Nov 1   7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program  Sausalito Library (see above)
 Nov 3  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Nov 4  6:30 pm  Marinship Steering Committee Mtg  Council Chambers
 Nov 5  7:00 pm  City Council Meeting  FIRE STATION TRNG ROOM, 333 JOHNSON ST
 Nov 6  9:40 am  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 Nov 6  6:00 pm  Classic Board Games for Adults  Library Reading Room
 Nov 6  6:30 pm  Planning Commission Meeting  Council Chambers
 Nov 7  3:45 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers 
 Nov 7  7:00 pm  Library/Sausalito Village Special Program  Council Chambers (see above)
 Nov 7  7:00 pm  Come Write In:  (Library Special Event)  Sausalito Public Library
 Nov 8  7:30 pm  Sausalito People Program  Sausalito Library (see above)



Sausalito Village Monthly Meeting – November 13
Sausalito Village will feature a talk by member Margot Biestman at its monthly meeting at the Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, on Wednesday, November 13 at noon. Ms. Biestman will discuss and demonstrate the process of creating art, inviting members of the audience to participate in dialogue with questions and answers. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch. This program is open to the community and free of charge.

Margot Biestman is a multi-faceted artist. She creates collages, drawings, watercolors, and is primarily interested in creating the art of living as a human being—connecting with herself and others who are interested in living creatively in whatever they choose. Margot teaches breathexperience, breath-art, and breath-writing. She has a B.A. from Stanford, M.A. from Sonoma State University, and a life-time teaching credential. An active woman at 82, Margot says that breathexperience, art, and writing are her passions.

Portugal – a Culinary Journey
The Sausalito Portuguese Hall is proud to announce the first of a series of events featuring the cuisine of Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world. These events are designed as an introduction to that underappreciated cuisine and, in addition to providing an excellent culinary experience, will place the evening’s dishes in both a historic and regional context.

Our first journey will be led by Chef Manuel Azevedo, owner and chef of both Sonoma’s top-rated LaSalette Restaurant (2013 Bib Gourmand recipient) and the newly opened Café Lucia in Healdsburg, and author of the “LaSalette Cookbook – New Portuguese Cuisine.” During the course of the evening, Chef Azevedo will present twelve dishes - all of which may be found in the LaSalette Cookbook - and lead a discussion of their significance. Winemaker Robert Morey will complement the dining experience with information about the Portuguese wines which will be included with the meal. Seating will be limited to 72 guests.

The details of the evening are as follows:

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:00PM/ Presentation begins at 7:00PM
Venue: Sausalito Portuguese Hall, 511 Caledonia Street
Cost: $50/person for members of the Sausalito Portuguese Hall
$75/person for all others

Further information about the event, including a complete list of the dishes to be served, can be found at Tickets may also be purchased on that site. Information about membership in the Sausalito Portuguese Hall, which is open to all, may be found on the membership page of Hall’s website:



Have you been following the open discussion forums? More and more of you have joined in to offer input. The open topics of discussion on Open City Hall continue to include:

Dunphy Park - Participate online by answering the five questions about this site and possible upgrades to the park. In addition, information is provided on the Public Forum being hosted by The Friends of Dunphy Park, a volunteer group, on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held at the Bay Model Auditorium, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.

“Recycling and Composting”
(Did you know that we must meet certain State mandated recycling goals? This forum offers you the opportunity to make suggestions on how we can meet, or better, our current recycling program.)

“Have your Say” (In this forum we are inviting you to offer suggestions on how to use this new public discussion tool.) This discussion will be closing soon. Make sure you have been heard!

Click here to participate in one, or all, open discussions.   We value, and look forward to, your input.