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Sausalito Currents - November 14, 2013
Posted Date: 11/14/2013 5:00 PM

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Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Monday, November 18 @ 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers
A Novel Approach to Revenge by Sausalito's "Dr. Scapegoat"
Psychiatrist and author Dr. Arthur Colman will discuss his forty years in Sausalito as a writer, therapist and expert on scapegoating and the motivations behind revenge. Author of Up from Scapegoating: Awakening Consciousness in Groups, Dr. Colman has also written several fiction titles set in Sausalito. You can read more about his work on, a blog dedicated to explaining and exploring the role that scapegoating plays in a long list of social evils, from the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing to mass murders, sexism, racism, bullying and hazing.

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! 



Sausalito Marin City Sanitary District is completing the second part of a multi-year study to review how it allocates charges among its customers. This second phase is just kicking off, and we are seeking input from customers because a change in the rate structure would lead to some customers having lower charges and others higher charges.

Please Attend a Meeting Where You Can Learn More, Ask Questions and Provide Input
Consider attending one of two identical meetings about the rate structure study. The meetings will begin with a presentation on the study goals and objectives. There will be ample time for questions, discussion, and input from attendees. The meetings will be held on November 21, 2013 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the City Hall. There will be signs posted for the meeting location.

More About the First Phase of the Study
Prior to the study, all residential customers—single family homes, multi-unit residences and floating homes—paid the same fixed charge for sewer service. In response to requests from customers, the District embarked on a study to consider a change in the way these different classes of customers are charged. Following the study and a public participation process carried out in 2012 and early 2013, the District recognized differences in wastewater flow between these three residential customer classes. As a result, the District decreased its annual charges for multi-unit residential customers by 3% per year and for floating homes by 6% per year. These reductions will eventually require increases to charges for other customers. Additional work is getting underway to complete the study in the coming year.

We urge you to consider attending a meeting about this important community issue. If you have questions or to confirm your attendance, please call Rebecca Vaughn, District Secretary, at (415) 332-5815 or email her at: . Your questions, comments and ideas are important to us and we hope to have the opportunity to hear them.


(subject to cancellation)

 Nov 16  10:00 am  Workshop on Dunphy Park   Bay Model
 Nov 17   10:00 am   Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Nov 18  6:00 pm  Legislative Committee Meeting  333 Johnson St
 Nov 18  7:00 pm   Library Speaker Series  (see above)
 Nov 19  7:00 pm  City Council Meeting  Council Chambers
 Nov 20  9:40 pm  Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
 Nov 20  6:00 pm  Classic Board Games for Adults  Library Reading Room
 Nov 20  7:00 pm  So Marin Fire Protection District Brd Mtg  308 Reed Blvd, MV
 Nov 21  3:45 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers



 Friends of Dunphy Park Invites Input on Dunphy Park Plan
The Sausalito community is invited to provide ideas and priorities for an upgrade to the City’s Dunphy Park on Bridgeway. The Friends of Dunphy Park, a volunteer group, will host a Public Forum on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held at the Bay Model Auditorium, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.

The park currently provides limited seating, a lawn area, a gazebo, a sand volleyball court, two bocce ball courts and a small beach area. With input from the public on what functions and features the park should provide, the Friends will develop an initial guideline for future development of the park. This Schematic Master Plan will be reviewed by City committees in public meetings and will be considered by the City Council in 2014.

Topics for discussion at the Public Forum include such features as entryways and general pedestrian circulation, bicycle paths, restrooms, landscaping, parking, as well as active and passive use areas such as a bocce ball court and seating. The plan will also consider the design and use of the beach area along with shoreline and marine habitat restoration and maintenance. It will also consider what types of events should be accommodated in the park and with what frequency.

The Friends of Dunphy Park is collaborating with the City, Galilee Marina, Cass Marina, adjacent property owners and the public to develop the Schematic Master Plan to reflect the preferences of the local community. The park must also comply with land use and shoreline development laws and purchase agreements.

For more information, visit . The City has also set up an Open City Hall forum with more information and survey questions-- visit:

We’d appreciate your participation--either in person at the Forum, online or both!
Public comment will be taken at the Public Forum and in writing until November 30, 2013 via the website or to .

Live Well. Age Well. - Age-Friendly Sausalito Questionnaire  released
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

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:


Tree Committee:

Considerations for Tree and Shrub Plantings
Tree and shrub selection can be critical to the beauty and value of your property.

Thus, care in choosing with knowledge of a plant's characteristics, growth patterns, and siting will ensure years of beauty and enjoyment. Some general parameters may aid this process:

  • Is your tree or shrub evergreen or deciduous; or, even an "undesirable" species as defined by Sausalito ordinance?
  • Is the plant slow or fast growing (more than 3 feet of growth in one year)?
  • Are you planting in a public right of way or utility easement?
  • How will the planting affect your own or your neighbors' light and views in one, five or twenty years?
  • What will be the annual costs of pruning and maintenance?
  • Is the plant appropriate for Sausalito's coastal zone? What are its water and light needs?

The advice of a good plant specialist, nursery or arborist may prove invaluable. A perusal of Sausalito's Tree and View Ordinance may be highly instructive and informative. For more information, visit the web site at contact Administrative Analyst Lilly Schinsing at or (415) 289-4134.



Have you been following the open discussion forums? Open topics of discussion on Open City Hall 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.