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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of March 11, 2022

City Launches Public Surveys on Housing in Sausalito

Sausalito Houses
The City of Sausalito is under a State of California mandate to develop policies and identify sites that could generate 724 new, privately developed housing units at various levels of affordability by 2031.

Our community's strategy for achieving 724 new units will be one component of the City's 2023-2031 Housing Element, which must be adopted by the City Council and submitted to the state by January 31, 2023.

You can help the City's Housing Element Advisory Committee in its efforts to develop a Draft Housing Element before July 2022 by taking one or both of two new community surveys. Survey responses are limited to one per household. All survey results will be anonymous.
  • Housing Needs and Priorities Survey. This survey is for people who live and/or work in Sausalito. The information gathered will help the advisory committee and City staff draft goals and policies for the Housing Element that reflect the priorities, concerns, and needs of the community. The survey consists of 31 questions and should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Take the survey.
     
  • Property Owner Survey on Residential or Mixed-Use Development Interest. This survey is for homeowners and other property owners in Sausalito who may be interested in adding new housing units to their property, including new accessory dwelling units. The survey consists of 12 questions and should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey.
To learn more about the Housing Element and the update process, please visit the City's Housing Element Update 2023-2031 website or watch the video recording of a town hall forum held on February 10.

The community will have many other opportunities to participate in the update process, including three more town hall forums, plus regular and special meetings of the Housing Element Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council.

Any questions about the community surveys or the 2023-2031 Housing Element may be directed to the Community Development Department at cdd@sausalito.gov. The last day to take the surveys will be April 8, 2022.
 
TAKE THE HOUSING NEEDS AND PRIORITIES SURVEY
TAKE THE PROPERTY OWNER SURVEY ON DEVELOPMENT INTEREST
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE FOR 2023-2031

Your Community Needs You: Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

Sustainability Commission
A screenshot from a Zoom meeting of the Sustainability Commission
Sausalito is facing a shortage of citizen volunteers to serve on boards, commissions, and committees that provide critical advice to the City Council and City staff.

Openings are currently available or will soon be available for Sausalito residents on the following boards and commissions: Members of boards and commissions are appointed by the City Council after an interview process to assess the qualifications of applicants.

Meetings are typically held once per month. If you think you might be interested in applying for one or more of the City boards and commissions listed above, please fill out an application form.

Any questions about serving on a City board or commission may be directed to Acting City Clerk Serge Avila at savila@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4165.
 
APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF A CITY BOARD OR COMMISSION
LEARN MORE ABOUT CITY OF SAUSALITO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

City Council Allocates Additional $1.2 Million for Roadway Improvements

Edwards Avenue
Edwards Avenue
At its meeting on Tuesday, March 8, the City Council approved the allocation of $1.2 million in reserve funds for roadway improvements in Sausalito. The amount allocated supplements an equivalent amount that accrues annually via Measure O, a 1/2-cent sales tax which will expire in 2024 unless renewed.

Based on the Council's direction, street repairs on Girard Avenue and Edwards Avenue will receive the highest priority. Depending on the bids the City receives for those projects, repairs to Platt Avenue may also be possible.

At the March 8 meeting, the Council also recommended that approximately $200,000 of the $1.2 million be set aside as matching funds for grant projects. As a target project, the Department of Public Works expects that grant funds will be available for the installation of bicycle lanes on Bridgeway between Princess and Richardson streets.

Any questions about roadway and infrastructure improvements in Sausalito may be directed to Public Works Director Kevin McGowan at kmcgowan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4176.
 
WATCH THE CITY COUNCIL ITEM ON FUNDING FOR ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS
READ THE STAFF REPORT FOR THIS ITEM

Help Keep Pedestrians Safe in Sausalito

Crosswalk on Bridgeway
A marked crosswalk at the Litho Street intersection with Bridgeway
With its beautiful waterfront and more than 30 stairs and paths wending their way up its steep hillsides, Sausalito is a paradise for walkers. But our community is not without its dangers to pedestrians. In some neighborhoods, narrow streets without sidewalks bring pedestrians and vehicles into close proximity. On Caledonia Street and along the Bridgeway corridor, many of the marked crosswalks are not supported by a stop sign or traffic signal.

For the safely of our community, the Sausalito Police Department would like to remind pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers to be aware of their surroundings, use caution at all times, and follow the rules of the road.

When you are driving or cycling:
  • Reduce your speed when you are in an area where pedestrians are likely to be. The faster you're going, the longer it takes to react and brake.
  • If you approach a crosswalk, you are required to exercise caution and reduce your speed or stop, if necessary, to safeguard the safety of pedestrians.
  • If a pedestrian waiting at a crosswalk makes eye contact with you, they are ready to cross the street. Yield to the pedestrian.
  • Remember that not all crosswalks are marked. An unmarked crosswalk is the unmarked extension of a sidewalk or any other pedestrian pathway that approaches an intersection.
  • Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A pedestrian you cannot see may be crossing the street. Stop and proceed when all pedestrians have crossed the street.
  • Do not stop in a crosswalk. You may place pedestrians in danger.
When you are walking:
  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk on the road, walk facing traffic. Always walk as far from traffic as possible.
  • Cross at crosswalks or intersections wherever possible. This is where drivers expect to see pedestrians. Always look both ways before crossing.
  • Never assume drivers see you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you and make sure you are seen.
  • Keep your eyes up and ears open. Don't talk on your phone, send text messages, or listen to music when crossing the street.
  • Be safe. Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day. At night, wear reflective material or carry a light.
Any questions about pedestrian safety in Sausalito may be directed to Lt. Stacie Gregory of the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170 or sgregory@sausalito.gov.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RULES OF THE ROAD FROM THE CALIFORNIA DMV
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT

Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn Your Clocks

Smoke Alarm
California goes on daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. To mark the occasion, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District recommends that you remember to "turn and test," i.e., test your smoke alarms at the same time that you turn your clocks.

Almost all smoke alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Most alarms also have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power.

Battery life should also be taken into account. Today's smoke alarms are not all designed the same, making battery management more nuanced.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable, 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery immediately.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions when replacing a battery. A smoke alarm may not work properly if an incompatible battery is used.
Please note that all smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. If you purchased your smoke alarms on or before March 2012, it is a good idea to replace them now.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING SMOKE ALARMS

News from the City, County, and State

Gas-Powered Landscape Equipment. At its meeting on Tuesday, March 8, the Sausalito City Council directed City staff to draft an ordinance establishing an immediate ban on gas leaf blowers and an "aggressive" phase-out schedule for all other gas-powered landscape equipment. When ready, the draft ordinance will go before the Council for a first reading, to be followed by a second reading and formal adoption at a subsequent meeting.
WATCH THE CITY COUNCIL ITEM ON GAS-POWERED LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT
Temporary Closure on Caledonia Street. During the week of March 14, construction at 519 Caledonia Street will require the closure of the southbound lane of the street between Napa and Bee streets. Lane shifts and pedestrian detours will be in place for approximately one week.

While work is underway, the Bridgeway off-ramp onto Caledonia Street will also be closed. As always, please take special care in and around construction zones, whether you are driving, walking, or cycling.
VIEW A MAP OF THE CLOSURE AREA ON CALEDONIA STREET
Order More Free COVID Tests. Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to receive two sets of four free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from the federal government. If you already ordered your first set, you can order a second set today. Orders may be placed via COVIDtests.gov, and tests will arrive in the mail. There is a limit of two orders per household, equating to eight total at-home tests. If you need help placing an order, please call 1-800-232-0233.
ORDER FREE COVID-19 TEST KITS FROM COVIDTESTS.GOV
Walking Action Plan. Age Friendly Sausalito was one of six age-friendly programs in the United States that participated in an 18-week Walking College Fellowship sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The Walking Action Plan developed by Juanita Edwards, Vicki Nichols, and Sybil Boutilier focuses on creating safe and appealing walk and bike spaces across Sausalito and Marin City in order to promote healthy living for people of all ages.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WALKING ACTION PLAN FOR SAUSALITO AND MARIN CITY
Job Opening with Southern Marin Fire. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is hiring for a Neighborhood Response Group Coordinator. The Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) program is a grassroots, volunteer-driven initiative designed to assist the residents of Southern Marin to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Neighborhoods are divided into manageable divisions, with teams of block captains taking responsibility for nearby households.

The person hired for this position will be coordinating the NRG program for Mill Valley, Sausalito, and Marin City, including unincorporated areas. This is a 30 hour/week, 2-year term opportunity. It pays $45/hour, including Social Security benefits. The application deadline is March 31.
VIEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FROM SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE
Youth Substance Abuse in Marin County. According to the data, teens in Marin County have easy access and the opportunity to use drugs and alcohol. With resources from the Let's Talk program, parents can learn how to help their preteens and teens navigate the difficult decisions they will face related to drugs and alcohol.

Let's Talk is a collaboration between the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, the Marin County Office of Education, RxSafe Marin, Marin Prevention Network, and Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships.

Let's Talk booklets and community discussions address the risks, hyperlocal conditions, and protective factors of underage substance use, tailored toward parents of incoming sixth graders and ninth graders. Let's Talk is a toolkit for parents centered around the idea that with solid science and heart, we can support our children as they navigate the tough stuff. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT LET'S TALK
Invasive Plants. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District and UC Marin Master Gardeners encourage Marin residents to remove and replace invasive plants on their property. Invasives such as ivy, broom, and pampas grass spread quickly, add considerable fuel for fire, and use precious water.

If possible, invasives should be replaced with California natives, pollinators, and/or low water-use plants, keeping drought tolerance and biodiversity in mind.

Examples of invasive plants in Marin:
LEARN MORE ABOUT FIRE-SMART LANDSCAPING
Utility Scams. During 2021, PG&E received over 11,000 reports from customers who were targeted by scammers impersonating the company, and customers lost nearly $600,000 in fraudulent payments.

Scammers are opportunistic and look for times when customers may be distracted or stressed, as has been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, scammers have increased calls, texts, emails, and in-person tactics and are constantly contacting utility customers asking for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection.

PG&E will never send a notification to a customer within one hour of a service interruption and will never ask customers to make payments with a pre-paid debit card, gift card, any form of cryptocurrency, or third-party digital payment mobile applications.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GUARDING AGAINST UTILITY SCAMS
Use BioBags for Your Food Scraps. Did you know that you can line the compost pail in your kitchen with BioBag compostable bags to simplify transport and cleaning? The green bins from the communities of Sausalito and Marin City are collected by Bay Cities Refuse, which delivers green waste to the compost facility in West Contra Costa County. Unlike the compost facilities used by most of Marin County, this facility accepts BioBags.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GREEN WASTE FROM ZERO WASTE MARIN

Recap of the City Council Meeting on March 8

The Sausalito City Council held a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Pursuant to executive orders issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, the meeting was conducted remotely via Zoom. A complete video recording of the meeting is available on the City website.

Below, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting. For more information and supporting documents, including public comment via email, please see the meeting agenda.

Consent Calendar: Adopted resolution number 6133.
  • 3B. Adopt a Resolution to Continue Conducting City Council Meetings and All Other City Board, Commission, and Committee Meetings Remotely Due to Health and Safety Concerns for the Public (Staff Report, Attachment 1- Draft Resolution)
Adopted resolution number 6134. Received and filed. Adopted ordinance number 1286. Adopted resolution number 6135.

Public Hearing Item: Introduced, waived first reading, and read by title only an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Sausalito amending chapter 12.24 of the Sausalito Municipal Code.

Business Items: Directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance to ban gas-powered leaf blowers and phase out all other gas-powered landscape equipment. Adopted resolution number 6136.

Additional Items: The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 22, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE MEETING ON MARCH 8
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Parks and Recreation Commission. The Parks and Recreation Commission advises the City Council on the activities of the Parks and Recreation Department, on planning and policy matters related to parks and recreation areas, and on the management of public art in Sausalito.

Upcoming meeting. The regular meeting that was slated for March 7 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. Agenda items include an update on the Sausalito Cultural Center at the Bank of America Building, the hiring of a Recreation Coordinator II, Jazz and Blues by the Bay, the 2022 calendar of special events, tree planting at MLK Park, the Flynn Creek Circus, and Dunphy Park phase 2. Please consult the meeting agenda for details regarding how to virtually participate in the Zoom meeting.

The staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission is Recreation Supervisor Bryan Vitale. The City Council liaison is Ian Sobieski. Any questions about the Parks and Recreation Commission may be directed to bvitale@sausalito.gov. All meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Planning Commission. The role of the Planning Commission is to review applications for design review and land use entitlements, as set forth in planning and zoning laws of the City and the state, and perform other such duties as specified in the Sausalito Municipal Code.

Upcoming meeting. There will be a regular meeting of the Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. When available, the meeting agenda will include details on accessing the meeting via Zoom and providing public comment. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the City website.

If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration, please contact the Community Development Department at (415) 289-4128 or cdd@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMISSION

Programs and Events for Our Community

Outdoor Storytime for Babies and Toddlers. The Sausalito Library's new weekly outdoor storytime for babies and toddlers will get underway at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and feature stories and songs from Mx Librarian Mishi, Sausalito's Children's and Young Adult Librarian. Carpet squares will be available — or bring your own blanket. Any questions about storytimes may be directed to Mishi Ramos at mramos@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100 x504. Storytimes are weather permitting and will be canceled if it is raining.
VIEW A CALENDAR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FROM THE LIBRARY
A Gathering for Peace. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church will host a gathering for peace from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. With words, music, silence, reflection, and the lighting of candles, we will join our hearts in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and all those suffering from war. All peace-loving people, religious and secular, friend and stranger, are encouraged to attend. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church is located at 112 Bulkley Avenue. Masks are encouraged but not required.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF 112 BULKLEY AVENUE
Advanced iPhone. Take your iPhone to the next level at this Sausalito Library virtual workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Instructor Jon Hartman will cover maps, mail, notifications, home screen organization, control center, and a variety of useful tips to make iPhone fun and productive. Jon is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon. Please register online for details on accessing the class via Zoom.
RSVP FOR ADVANCED IPHONE ON MARCH 24
Wednesday Night Live. Wednesday Night Live will return to Caledonia Street on Wednesday, April 6, with live music from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the corner of Pine and Caledonia streets. The April performers will be Sausalito residents Joe DeBellis and Pat Ronzone, whose upbeat and comedic songs will have you tapping your toes and singing along. Wednesday Night Live is produced by the City's Economic Development Advisory Committee, in partnership with the City of Sausalito and local restaurants and merchants.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE CORNER OF CALEDONIA AND PINE STREETS
Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Sausalito on Saturday, April 16. This year's parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Johnson and Caledonia streets. We will then march to Dunphy Park for children's Easter egg hunts by age group, followed by live music from Tim Cain. At 11:00 a.m., there will be an Easter bonnet contest judged by members of the Sausalito Woman's Club. The 40th Annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt is presented by the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2022 EASTER PARADE AND EGG HUNT
Read to a Dog. The Sausalito Library and Marin Humane invite parents of children in grades Kindergarten and above to sign up to participate in a new Read to a Dog program. Reading to dogs is a fun way for children to practice and improve upon their literacy skills. The program will be held every third Wednesday of the month, beginning Wednesday, April 20. Please email reference@sausalito.gov or call (415) 289-4121 to sign up for a 15-minute slot between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
VIEW A CALENDAR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FROM THE LIBRARY
An Evening of Poetry. The Sausalito Woman's Club and the Sausalito Library invite you to a special virtual gathering from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 to celebrate some of the best poetry of our time. Hear readings from entrepreneurs, teachers, clergy, parents, students, and award winning poets, as they share words that sear, that soothe, that jostle our minds and mark our hearts. Please RSVP to reserve your spot at this Zoom event.
RSVP FOR AN EVENING OF POETRY ON APRIL 21
Opening Day on the Bay. Boat enthusiasts will celebrate the official beginning to the San Francisco Bay sailing season on Sunday, April 24. From the blessing of the fleet to the parade of decorated boats, Opening Day on the Bay is one of the premier sailing events of the year. Dating back to 1917 and organized by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, the parade sails from the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge to just past Pier 39. Boats of all sizes are invited to participate. You do not need to be a member of a yacht club or pay a fee to be in the parade.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OPENING DAY ON THE BAY
Ice House Museum Fundraiser. The Sausalito Historical Society will hold a celebration and fundraiser for the Ice House Museum from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The event at The Pines will feature music, hors d'oeuvres, wines, and live and silent auctions. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite Sausalito historical character or in cocktail attire. Tickets are $100 per person. Attendees will be required to bring I.D. and proof of vaccination.
PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE ICE HOUSE MUSEUM FUNDRAISER
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