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Sausalito Currents - August 22, 2014
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Posted Date: 8/22/2014 3:30 PM

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Programs for Adults

Movie Night: Dr. Strangelove
Thursday, August 28 -- 9:30pm inside the Library
Summer movie night comes to an end with a tip of the hat to longtime Sausalito resident Sterling Hayden, who stars as the unhinged, communist-hating General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 black comedy, Dr. Strangelove. Peter Sellers (who plays three roles), George C. Scott, and Slim Pickens join Hayden in a memorable cast. Former No Name Bar owner Neil Davis will be on hand to share Sterling Hayden stories before the show.

Programs for Kids and Families

Toddler Story Time with Molly
Every Wednesday -- 9:40am and 10:40am in the Council Chambers
Join Molly for stories and songs! Perfect for children ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers.

Library Tip

Free Tickets to the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums

Thanks to generous grants from the Art Festival Foundation and the Friends of the Sausalito Library, adult Sausalito residents can get free general admission tickets to San Francisco's de Young Museum and Legion of Honor Museum! Tickets are valid at either museum. Library cardholders are eligible for two free tickets per year. Stop by the reference desk during open hours to pick up your tickets. We can also set you up with a new library card.



Fall Bocce League Expansion, Space Still Available

The popular Sausalito Bocce League has expanded to Thursday night play. Games are scheduled September 11-October 23 between 5-7pm, with a playoff/championship on Saturday October 25. Space is available for 2 more teams.

Team registration fee is $100 & individual player sign up is $10 Resident, $20 Non-Resident.

Team must have 4 members minimum and 8 maximum.


Register at the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call 289.4152.



The Sausalito Marin City Sanitary District’s (SMCSD) gravity sewer interceptor, between the Princess Street Lift Station and the Main Street Lift Station, is due for inspection and maintenance. The SMCSD’s Sewer System Management Plan requires gravity lines to be cleaned on three year intervals. To meet this guideline the SMCSD plans to perform closed circuit televising of the interceptor to assess its condition and to determine if additional maintenance is needed at this time.

Closed circuit televising of the interceptor needs to be performed when sewage flows are at their lowest, typically in the early morning hours. SMCSD is scheduled to perform this inspection along Bridgeway, between sanitary sewer manholes located near 558 Bridgeway and the intersection of Bridgeway and Richardson, on Thursday August 28th starting at approximately 2AM. The duration of the inspection is anticipated to be eight hours. The work will require nighttime traffic controls to allow CCTV equipment access into sanitary sewer manholes. SMCSD will make every effort to minimize noise and inconvenience. If you are driving in the area in the early morning hours, please take special care.
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Project Title:   The Valhalla Residential Condominiums
SCH Number
:  2014042009
:   Alex Kashef, DDS, MD
201 Bridgeway / 206 Second Street (APNs 065-242-17 and 065-242-06), Sausalito

Project Description & Background:
The project would redevelop the former Valhalla site and building at 201 Bridgeway by renovating and re-configuring the Valhalla structure to accommodate seven residential condominium units. The project would also maintain the existing single-family residence located at 206 Second Street. In total, the project would add approximately 600 square feet of new floor area to the existing 9,290 square feet of building space on the Valhalla property, for a total of approximately 10,000 square feet of floor area. Additionally, approximately 600 square feet of floor area would be removed from the existing 2,018 single-family residence at 206 Second Street. The subdivision map for the project would create a separate parcel for the single-family residence and air space condominium ownership areas for the seven residential units, exclusive common areas, and common areas. The project’s discretionary actions include approval of an Initial Environmental Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, General Plan map amendment, Zoning Map amendments, Tentative Subdivision Map, Planned Development Permit, Design Review Permit, Condominium Conversion Permit, Encroachment Agreement, and a recently-added Floodplain Variance, as well as approval by the Bay Conservation and Development, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The Public Review Draft of the Initial Environmental Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IES/MND) for the project was released for a public review period which began on April 1, 2014 and concluded on May 14, 2014. Responses to comments received during the public review period were prepared and incorporated into the Final Draft IES/MND dated June 18, 2014. Prior to adoption of the Final Draft IES/MND, the City determined that a Supplement to the Final IES/MND was required to address project revisions including reconstruction of the Main Street boardwalk at a lower elevation than required by the City’s floodplain regulations and retention of the Bridgeway boardwalk at a lower elevation than required by the City’s floodplain regulations. Other revisions include the addition of a public beach access ramp at the foot of Main Street, a bus pullout along the project site’s Second Street frontage, and a single-car garage. While the determinations in the Final Draft IES/MND (dated June 18, 2014) remain applicable with the project revisions, the Supplement to the Final IES/MND addresses potential environmental impacts related to the project revisions.

The Supplement to the Final IES/MND, along with the Final Draft IES/MND (dated June 18, 2014), will constitute the IES/MND in its entirety.

The project requires approval of the following discretionary actions by the City:

Environmental Review. The Valhalla Residential Condominiums Initial Environmental Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration, prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. This document analyzes the potential impacts caused by the project and identifies various measures to mitigate these impacts.

General Plan Map Amendment. To change the site’s land use designation from Neighborhood Commercial to High Density Residential.

Zoning Map Amendment. To change the site’s zoning designation from Neighborhood Commercial (CN-1) to Multi-Family (R-3) to allow residential Use on the ground floor. Amend the Zoning Map to add a Planned Development (PD) Overlay District.

Planned Development Permit. Allow for master planning of the site and flexibility in the application of the City’s development standards in some areas of the project.

Tentative Subdivision Map. To create seven residential condominiums, common areas, and a separate parcel for the existing single family residence at 206 Second Street.

Design Review Permit. For demolition, renovation, and restoration of the portions of the existing Valhalla building for residential units, and the construction of a new two-story condominium duplex.

Condominium Conversion Permit. For conversion of the existing Valhalla building into residential condominiums.

Encroachment Agreement. For private improvements within the public right-of-ways.

Floodplain Variance. For reconstruction of the Main Street boardwalk at a lower elevation than required by the City’s floodplain regulations and retention of the Bridgeway boardwalk at a lower elevation than required by the City’s floodplain regulations.

In addition, the project requires approval by the Bay Conservation and Development, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Review Period:   August 12, 2014 to September 10, 2014

Public Meetings:   The Planning Commission will take public comments on the Supplement to the Final Initial Environmental Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration at 6:30 p.m. on September 3, 2014. All meetings will be held in the City of Sausalito Council Chambers, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito.

Comments:    Any written comments on the document must be received prior to the conclusion of the review period noted above. Public testimony will be accepted at the public meeting noted above. You may forward your written comments on the project to Community Development Director Jeremy Graves, AICP by mail to the Community Development Department, fax to (415) 339-2256, or email to

For More Information:   The draft Supplement to the Final IES/MND and the Final Draft IES/MND (dated June 18, 2014) are available for viewing at the City of Sausalito Community Development Department (open from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday, 7:30 P.M to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday through Thursday, and 7:30 A.M to noon on Fridays) and the City of Sausalito Library (open every day) located in City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito and on the City’s website. The project plans are available for viewing at the Community Development Department. For questions regarding the project or to review a copy of the draft Supplement to the Final IES/MND or a copy of the Final Draft IES/MND (dated June 18, 2014) please contact Community Development Director Jeremy Graves, AICP at (415) 289-4133. Staff reports will be available on the City’s website on the Friday preceding the Planning Commission meetings. Any written comments on the project must be received by the Planning Commission prior to the close of the public review period noted above.

Signed    Jeremy Graves, AICP
                 Community Development Director


(subject to cancellation)


 City Council and Planning Commission are still on summer break

Aug 27
Toddler Story Time with Molly
Council Chambers
Aug 27
 6:00 pm
 Southern Marin Fire District Board Meeting
308 Reed Blvd, MV
Aug 28  9:30 pm  Movie Night in the Library - Dr. Strangelove
see above



The legendary Sausalito Art Festival celebrates its 62nd year this Labor Day Weekend (August 30-September 1) and you could be a part of it! Volunteer for a three hour shift and get a free day pass to the festival as well as a coveted festival t-shirt. It’s a festive, fun day and a great way to see the Festival.

There are dozens of volunteer opportunities including pouring champagne, beer or wine in one of the beverage booths, or as an Ambassador or Silent Auction host; you could also sign up to work in Artist Relations and interact one-on-one with the artists exhibiting. And of course, if you have any political ambitions, or simply want to bend Mayor Ray Withy’s ear, you may want to secure a slot on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Select Garbage Committee!!

Go to to sign up for a shift (or two…or three!) and come to a Volunteer Orientation, Wednesday, August 20, 6 PM or Saturday, August 23 at 10 AM – both are at the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito. It’s a terrific way to meet new people and get an “insider’s” back-stage view of the festival.


Don’t miss the Sausalito Art Festival on Labor Day Weekend, August 30 – September 1. It’s everyone’s favorite waterfront destination with 260 artists from around the world and continuous live music on two stages – including Tower of Power, TajMahal, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Jackie Greene and Big Voodoo Daddy. Sip and savor fine wine from over 30 California wineries, or meet friends at one of our waterfront cocktail lounges. There’s plenty of fabulous food, a children’s activity center and special exhibits. Art enthusiasts, collectors and curators alike rate this as one of the premier art festivals in the country. There are 70 new artists this year as well as perennial favorites who have been exhibiting for 40+ years. By land or by sea – there’s special ferry service from San Francisco direct to the festival dock and a free shuttle from downtown Sausalito. Again, it all happens August 30- September 1 at Marin Ship Park in Sausalito. Go to for more information on the artists, a full entertainment schedule and to save time by purchasing tickets in advance.



From your Disaster Preparedness Committee


If you have ever been stuck in rush-hour traffic you understand the need for alternative transportation during a disaster or an emergency. During working or commute hours, the traffic speed in a City such as San Francisco, or surrounding locations such as Marin County, can be anything from a slow crawl to a complete stop. This congestion is already a major problem, and a disaster will make this exponentially worse.

To read more on transportation alternatives recommended by the Disaster Preparedness, click here.


From your Age Friendly Task Force

This Month’s Tip - Home Sharing - Readily Available Affordable Senior Housing

The Age-Friendly Sausalito questionnaire revealed that over one third of residents 55 and older who responded to the survey, live alone. Most were homeowners. When you think about it, there are a lot of empty bedrooms in Sausalito - affordable housing readily available!

We recently posted an article on the Age-Friendly Sausalito Facebook about home sharing, specifically older women moving in together for companionship, security and financial freedom - a la Golden Girls.
Click here for the link:

Home Sharing is simply renting a room in your home or apartment in exchange for rent or service exchange. The benefits can be more than just financial, sharing can provide companionship, security and assistance.

In Marin County, Episcopal Senior Homes runs a free referral and support service specifically for seniors who are looking to home share. The service provides third party assistance in finding a house mate by:

1. Providing personal interviews and needs assessments
2. Facilitating potential matches
3. Providing criminal background checks
4. Creating a shared housing agreement
5. Conflict resolution when needed

To learn more about the program, phone Leslie Klor at 415-456-9062, ext. 132 or email The program Leslie runs was recently highlighted on Savvy Seniors Cable Television show:

Here is another recent news stories on home sharing that aired on CBS News:

Contact information for Age-Friendly Sausalito: or leave a message at 415-754-9944.