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Sausalito Currents - August 9, 2013
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Posted Date: 8/9/2013 3:45 PM

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Everyone always looks forward to a new website - unfortunately though, that means that during the week of August 11, our website will be under construction. The new site will be launched sometime during the following week. Follow us on our Facebook page – City of Sausalito – to keep up on any special events or activities that need to be announced.


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

1. “Have your Say” (In this forum we are inviting you to offer suggestions on how to use this new public discussion tool.)

2. “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.)

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



Project Updates:
Maggiora & Ghilotti Inc. is beginning work on the City’s 2013 Streets Project at two locations – Coloma at the entry to MLK Park where the entry will be widened and pavement patched along the Coloma frontage of the Park, and Richardson Street between West and Second. M&G will be making small, investigative excavations (“potholing”) on the Richardson portion of their work to identify potential underground utility conflicts in order that PG&E work can be coordinated to minimize the time that traffic will be disrupted when Richardson is reconstructed – that work will likely begin after Labor Day – early September, 2013.

Caledonia Streetlights project – this week the City expects to receive and install for evaluation the demonstrator fixture retrofitted from the originals with LED emitters. The discovery that the pavement section on Caledonia is five inches of asphalt over five inches of Portland cement concrete in most of the area of the rewiring project has resulted in design changes and an increase in estimated project costs. It is anticipated that advertisement for formal bids will take place in the next few weeks with award of a contract coming to Council in early September in order to meet the deadline of replacement lighting by early October.


35th Annual Chili Cook-Off – September 28 from 11am - 4pm – Dunphy Park

WANTED: Chili Chefs
Come share your favorite chili recipe. You must make at least 10 gallons of chili, and though all cooking must be done on site on the day of the Chili Cook-Off but you can do prep work at home the night before! This is a fun event and free to enter!

Prize Categories:

MOST CREATIVE    Presentation is everything! Dress up your booth and your helpers
JUDGES’ CHOICE   A panel of judges will help to determine best chili.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE  Your beans count! Cast your special voting beans for your favorites and cheer them on to victory!
CHAMBER’S CHOICE  Booths that are active members of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce will be competing for their own additional prize!





To participate in the fun, applications are available at Prizes donated by our fantastic sponsor, Heath Ceramics and the food is sponsored by Volunteers In Public Safety (VIPS).


2013 Sausalito People Program
The Library's spring 2013 Sausalito People program series is now being broadcast on Marin TV's Education Channel, Comcast cable channel 30, courtesy of the Community Media Center of Marin. The six speaker series started July 5 and will run every Friday at 6pm through August 9. The series will then start repeating immediately on August 16 and run through September 20.

7/5, 8/16: Megan Papay (shoe designer)
7/12, 8/23: David Wronski (ultramarathoner)
7/19, 8/30: Paolo Salvagione (artist and engineer)
7/26, 9/6: Gordie Nash (sailor)
8/2, 9/13: Maria Finn (author)
8/9, 9/20: Amy Novesky and Bethanie Murguia (children's book authors)

Marin TV Education Channel schedule:



Boards, Commissions and Committee Openings

The City of Sausalito is always looking for people who would like to volunteer for one of our Boards or Committees. We are currently accepting applications to serve on the:

Marinship Steering Committee
Library Board of Trustees
Parks and Recreation Commission
Historic Landmarks Board

Please contact the Admin office to obtain an application, or click here to read about each of our boards and then complete the application on our website.


(subject to cancellation) 


 Aug 9  6:30 pm  Jazz & Blues: Tom Rigney  Gabrielson Park
     Sponsored by: Saylor's Restaurant/Bar  supporting  Parks & Recreation  
Aug 10 10:30 am   Family Story Time  Council Chambers
Aug 11 10:00 am   Farmers Market  Dunphy Park
Aug 14  9:40 am   Toddler Story Time  Council Chambers
Aug 15  3:30 pm   Storytime with Phil  Council Chambers


Volunteers needed to help senior residents
Sausalito Village is looking for volunteers to provide services for Sausalito's senior residents . Typical services include providing transportation to medical appointments and helping with computers and other electronic devices. For information on how to volunteer send an e mail to or call 497 0194. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. For more information about Sausalito Village check our website at

The Sausalito Art Festival is now taking volunteer sign-ups online at The options and opportunities are endless! Greet and meet at the front gate, pour champagne, margaritas or micro-brews, interact with the artists by helping them load-in and load-out, work in the merchandise shop, or try to nab a spot on the coveted Garbage Crew. The festival is also looking for social media sleuths this year – volunteers to capture festival vignettes on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The “Get Involved” volunteer website page lists the many posts available.

In addition to a fun time, volunteers receive free admission to the Festival (the same day they work), a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to attend the annual volunteer appreciation party. The price less part? Getting exclusive, behind-the-scene insights into the making of an art festival and being a part of the team that produces one of the most prestigious art shows in the country.

Most shifts are three-hours long, leaving the balance of the day to play, meet up with friends, savor the art and waterfront venue, catch the headline musicians on stage and check out the special exhibits. Whether volunteering with friends, or meeting new friends, a good time is guaranteed for all.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and over 21 years of age to participate in alcoholic beverage sales. All volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation.

It takes a village to run the Sausalito Art Festival, and every year more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers fuel the three-day festival making it truly a community event. Over 30,000 visitors and art aficionados from around the world attend the festival over the holiday weekend, so every volunteer is an ambassador of sorts ensuring that guests experience Sausalito’s signature style of hospitality.

The non-profit Sausalito Art Festival Foundation produces the annual event with proceeds supporting the local arts community in the form of student scholarships, grants to other non-pro?t arts organizations and community service programs such as the recently launched “Artists Teaching Art” in local schools. Through this support, the Festival has made a signi?cant investment in the future of its community, totaling over $500,000 in the past decade.

To volunteer or for more information:

Floating Homes Tour Needs Volunteers
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, hundreds of people will descend upon the houseboat community for the annual Floating Homes Tour. Proceeds from the event will be used to run the Floating Homes Association for the coming year and for contributions to local nonprofits.

It takes more than 200 volunteers to set up and run this event. Each volunteer will receive a special pass to visit any and all homes on the Tour and also to attend the “after” party to celebrate their service and the success of the day.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact FHA Volunteer Coordinator Jane Clinton at or 415-302-3301. Please specify whether you would prefer to work for the morning shift (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) or the afternoon shift (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Summer Camp for kids 5-8 yrs old – August 12-16 - 1:00PM - 4:00PM daily
(sponsored by the Sausalito Presbyterian Church)

Water Water Everywhere!
A fun and lively summer camp will offer young people an understanding of water's importance, how to preserve and improve the environment and how water ties into stories like Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the Whale. This camp experience is designed to explore water - learning about conservation of water and water resources, caring for our environment, and having fun with water! The week-long camp will include arts and crafts, games, songs, snacks, and time spent exploring local waters. Telephone 415-332-3790 or email for questions or reservations. $50 per child • $40 per additional sibling.



Tree Committee:

Be aware there are preferable alternatives to “topping” when you need to reduce the height of a tree. When you shear off the top of a tree, it not only looks unnatural but also causes faster growth on top. Many new shoots will form, and they tend to grow straight up, making frequent shearing a necessity. Topping may affect the overall health and longevity of the tree. Consult an arborist for ways to reduce the tree’s height without shearing it like a hedge.