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Sausalito Currents - August 17, 2012
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Posted Date: 8/18/2012 5:30 PM

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Locust Street Parking Lot (Lot #5)
Changes are happening at the Locust Street Municipal Parking Lot.  The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with Parking Services, is currently posting new signage in the lot.  New parking regulations expand the hours when visitors can park for free.  You can now receive 3 free hours of parking after 6 a.m. and visit your favorite restaurant, coffee house or Caledonia Street business. 

Residents, employees and merchants wishing to park longer than 3 hours, or who want overnight parking privileges, are still required to purchase an “L” permit. 

Contact Jean Schurtz at  for additional information on our "L" permits. 


On Saturday August 18, Bay Cities Refuse Inc. began distributing toters for recycling and green waste /food scrap composting. It will take several days for all the toters to be delivered.

The toters are being distributed as part of the City’s new Food Scrap Composting Program. The following link will take you to a page on the City’s website that describes the new program which will commence the week of August 27:

If you have any questions after reading the article noted above, please feel free to contact us.


Downtown Restroom Project and Parking Lot #2
Downtown Public Restroom Construction Project will soon be underway.  As a result, Parking Lot 2 will be closed for vehicular parking for the duration of the project.

The Sausalito Police Department is also distributing an informational flier notifying local businesses in the vicinity about these changes.

It is anticipated that the parking lot will be from August 15th, 2012 through January, 2013.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Public Works Division Manager Loren Umbertis via email at or by phone at (415) 289-4113.


It's almost here - the "THANK YOU SAUSALITO" big event at Fire Station 1.

Everyone is cordially invited to a “Thank You Sausalito” and “Meet Southern Marin Fire" Event on Saturday, August 25th at Fire Station 1, 333 Johnson Street, from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Please be our guest and celebrate the joining of Sausalito Fire and Southern Marin Fire. Family, friends & supporters are invited to tour Fire Station 1, meet the firefighters, SMFD Board & staff and have a snack at the fire station.  RSVP by August 20th by calling 388-8182. Sponsored by the SMFD Public Outreach Committee.


Mobile App for your Android phone and tablet is now available in Google Play store!

The City’s new Finance app, “Sausalito Dollars & Cents”, is now available for all Android devices. You can find and download it via your Android phone or tablet in Google Play store; or by visiting this website

Continuing with the theme, “Sooner or Later It Always Comes Down to Money!” the app is designed to communicate historic and current financial information by making it available to our citizens in this new smart-phone and tablet economy. iPhone and iPad users will be able to access the app in iTunes in the near future. Meanwhile, the app can be previewed on the web at; or by scanning the QR Code below. Feedback is appreciated by emailing Charlie at, or use the links in the mobile app to send him an email.


Seven Candidates Vie for Three City Council Seats

Seven candidates successfully qualified for the three City Council seats.  This election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  Those successful candidates are (and in the order of their qualifying):

Ray Withy
Don Olsen
Linda Pfeifer
Vicki Nichols
Ann Matranga
Thomas Theodores
Michael Sobel

Our 2012 General Municipal Election web page is currently under construction. Please check back next week to see each of the candidates, their nomination papers, candidate statements and other forms that will be filed throughout the election period.


Public Meeting to Discuss New Plan Check Procedures

On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11am we will hold a meeting to discuss a new concurrent plan check procedure. This new procedure is designed to be more time-efficient for building permit applicants as all plans will be reviewed by the various City divisions concurrently, as opposed to the process in place today, which is linearly. The new procedure is anticipated to be rolled out in September, 2012.

The steps in concurrent process are as follows:

1- Each applicant should initially contact the Permit Technician to determine the number of required sets of drawings to submit. The number of sets will be based upon the scope of work; some projects will require plans for the outside plan checker (CSG), Planning, Engineering and Fire. Others will only require CSG and Engineering. As many as 8 sets of plans may be required if plans are required for Planning, Engineering, Fire, Sewer and Environmental Health.

2- Upon submittal of a building permit application and the required number of plans, the Permit Technician will route a set of plans to each division. Initially, each division will have 10 working days to review the plans and provide comments back to the Permit Technician.

3- The Permit Technician will send the comments to the applicant following the review period.

4- The applicant will provide a response to each comment and revised sets of plans totaling the original number of plans submitted.  The revised plans must notate the changes on the plans with bubbles.  Only the most-recent changes should be bubbled; bubbles must be removed from previous changes.  Appropriate use of bubbles will facilitate the staff’s subsequent review of the plans.

5- Each division will have 5 working days to review the plans and provide comment.

6- If staff has follow-up comments on the revised plans each division will provide their respective comment(s) and subsequent rounds of review will occur as described above in Step 3.

7- If there are no comments on the revised plans each division will have 5 working days to approve the plans.

8- The building permit will then be issued.

Notably, this new concurrent process is more efficient than the process currently in place. Today plans are being reviewed consecutively—they are routed to Planning, and following Planning review, they are sent to Engineering, and so forth. By using the new concurrent process each division has a set amount of time to review their individual set of plans and provide comment at the same time. This provides surety to the applicant as to when comments will be received.

Contact Lilly Schinsing at 415/289-4134 or  if you have any questions.

Building Inspector and Friday Services

Effective August 24, 2012 and until further notice, the Building Inspector will NOT be available on Fridays.


The Planning Commission will hold a meeting beginning at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 22.  Item 2 on their agenda will be the continued discussion of the Housing Element Update Initial Environmental Study/Negative Declaration.  The purpose of the meeting will be to continue to take public comment on the document. The public comment period will be continued until September 5, 2012 (the subsequent Planning Commission meeting).


PG&E  Planned Service Interruption

On Tuesday August 28, 2012 from 9:00AM to 9:30AM and 1:30PM to 2:00 PM, PG&E will interrupt services to repair a transformer.  This may affect areas along Bridgeway, Second Street, Josephine Street, North Street, Richardson Street & Main Street.  Please contact PG&E if you have any questions.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day IS COMING...AND YOU ’LL HAVE A FRONT-ROW SEAT!  WE’LL BE WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET ON September 7th 2012 from 8:00am – 1:30pm.  Come out and show your support for our walker heroes:

• Display a sign or decorations. Think pink!
• Come outside and cheer.
• Refresh our walkers with sprinklers or a squirt from a hose or spray bottle.
• Play some fun and upbeat music.
• Get creative! The walkers will surely love it.

Please note: The 3-Day® route and schedule are subject to change without notice.  For up-to-the-minute information about public cheering stations along the route and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, go to  

(subject to cancellation)


 Aug 19  10:00 am  Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
 Aug 21  11:00 am  Meeting to Discuss Plan Check Procedures  (see above)
 Aug 22  6:30 pm  Special Planning Commission Meeting  Council Chambers
 Aug 23  3:30 pm  Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers
 Aug 24  6:30 pm  Jazz and Blues FINALE  Gabrielson Park



Cass Gidley Marina -Sausalito Community Boating Center presents:
“Boatrides & Barbecue” every 4th Thursday of the month.  Our next big event is Thursday August 23rd.  Join us from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the beach in Dunphy Park.

Live music by the Waterfront Pickers.

Boat rides in locally handcrafted traditional wooden boats, food, beverages, music.  Good friends always welcome.  Remember, this is a fundraiser for the Cass Gidley Marina - Sausalito Community Boating Center Project, and even though this is a free event, donations of any amount are welcome!

The Floating Homes Association needs volunteers for its annual Open Homes Tour September 22.  It’s fun, it’s easy, and if you volunteer for half a day, you get to take the tour for free.  Sixteen amazing waterfront homes will be open, many for the first time.  There’s also an art show, live music and food and refreshments on Kappas Green… and a volunteer party following the event.

All sorts of volunteer positions need to be filled, and experience isn’t necessary.  To find out more, and to sign up, go to and click on “Tour.”  The sooner you sign up, the better your chance of getting the job and shift you want.  So go to and click on “Tour” today.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is proud to announce its first annual Grandparents Day.  On Sunday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., families will enjoy a day of fun with special programming in honor of National Grandparents Day. With special thanks to ScholarShare, one grandparent and one child will enjoy free admission.

Children's book author Jackie Board will be reading her books, “Grandma Wants to Eat My Baby Sister”, and “Eat Your Breakfast or Else!” for a special story time at TBD.

The Radio Disney AM 1310 Road Crew will be on-site at TBD with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. For more information about Radio Disney, log onto

The Museum's current Grandparent Circle members and those who join prior to or on Grandparents Day will receive a special gift.

This event is brought to you by ScholarShare College Saving Plan.

Sunday, September 9, 2012
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Story Time: 11:30 a.m.
Radio Disney: 11:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m.


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