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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of June 17, 2022

Council Advances Draft Housing Element, Includes Large-Capacity Sites

City Council
The City Council in session in the early morning hours of June 15
The State of California Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) requires all California cities to increase housing at income levels ranging from very low to above moderate. Penalties and removal of local authority to plan, approve, and build housing are potential outcomes of not complying.

For its 2023-31 Housing Element Update, Sausalito has been tasked with identifying sites that could accommodate 724 new units. For the previous eight-year cycle, that number was 79. The City's appeal of its RHNA allocation for this cycle was denied.

At a meeting on Tuesday, June 14, the City Council affirmed the inclusion of large-capacity sites recommended by the Housing Element Advisory Committee in a Draft Housing Element that will be prepared by City staff and consultants.

Large-capacity sites that will be incorporated into the Draft Housing Element and subject to further analysis in an environmental review process include the City Hall block, the MLK Campus, and four parcels in the Marinship District.

The City Hall site and the Marinship District were the source of the most comment from the public and discussion amongst the councilmembers.

Regarding the City Hall site, the Council directed staff to include an alternative that limits the scope of analysis to the parking lot behind the City Hall building.

For the Marinship, the Council voted 3-2 to retain a site with a projected capacity of 106 units at 2320 Marinship Way, along with three other smaller sites with a total capacity of 87 units. A counter motion that would have removed 2320 Marinship from consideration was rejected by a vote of 3-2.

Further refinement of the comprehensive list of more than 80 "opportunity sites" throughout Sausalito will take place in the coming months based on an environmental impact review of each site. Modifications may also be necessary if the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) rejects some sites in its review of the Draft Housing Element.

Upcoming opportunities for public participation include a meeting of the Housing Element Advisory Committee on June 27 and a town hall meeting in August to discuss the Draft Housing Element.

To avoid penalties, Sausalito's 2023-31 Housing Element must be adopted by the Council and found by HCD to be in conformance with state law within 120 days of January 31, 2023. It will be at the Council's discretion to add or remove sites or adjust site capacity up until the formal adoption and submission of the Housing Element.
 
VIEW THE MEMO, TABLES, AND MAPS PREPARED FOR THE MEETING
VIEW THE AGENDA FROM THE JUNE 14 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE HOUSING ELEMENT ITEM ON JUNE 14
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2023-31 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

Festival for Juneteenth at Rocky Graham Park on Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth Festival
A performance at the amphitheater during the 2021 Juneteenth Festival
Everyone is invited to celebrate Juneteenth at the 6th Annual Juneteenth Festival in Marin City's Rocky Graham Park from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Admission is free, but donations to offset costs are welcome.

The live music, dance, and theater at the park amphitheater this year are being presented with the theme of "Looking Towards the Future." Performances will include gospel, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, a youth dance troupe, and an opening ceremony with African drummers.

Food offerings will include barbeque, tacos, the Caribbean Spices food truck, Clotile's fried fish and oysters, and Sweet Tey's pastries.

The theme of this year's marketplace is "Global Connections." Among the items on sale at vendor booths will be baskets, traditional clothing and fabrics, handmade contemporary fashions, books, shea butter, and locally sourced African coffee. There will also be service booths featuring community organizations.

For families, there will be free childcare with arts and crafts, a bounce tent, and a roving, life-size puppet. Horseback rides for kids will also be available again this year.

The Juneteenth Festival is presented by Marin City Arts and Culture and the Marin Community Foundation. Marin City Arts and Culture is a membership-based group of Black artists devoted to preserving African American cultural art forms.

Rocky Graham Park is located at 850 Drake Avenue in Marin City.
 
VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE MARIN CITY JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF ROCKY GRAHAM PARK

Juneteenth Declared a Public Holiday; Library and City Offices Will Be Closed

Words That Made the Difference
A scene from the play presented by the City of Sausalito on June 12 to commemorate Juneteenth
By proclamation of Mayor Janelle Kellman and the Sausalito City Council, Juneteenth Day has been recognized as a municipal holiday in 2022.

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to carry the announcement that all enslaved people were free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

The Sausalito Library will be closed in honor of Juneteenth on Sunday, June 19. The library and Sausalito City Hall will be closed on Monday, June 20 as the observed day for the holiday. City offices will return to regular operations on Tuesday, June 21.
 
READ THE PROCLAMATION OF JUNETEENTH DAY AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY
LEARN MORE ABOUT JUNETEENTH

Voluntary Evacuation Drill on June 25 for Spencer Avenue Area

Evacuation Drill
On Saturday, June 25, Southern Marin Fire will conduct a voluntary emergency evacuation drill in the Spencer Avenue/Cloud View Park neighborhood of Sausalito.

The evacuation drill will help first responders assess the issues that may arise if an evacuation becomes necessary due to a disaster such as a wildfire, earthquake, or tsunami.

The drill will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 25 with an activation of the Alert Marin system, an opt-in reverse 9-1-1 dialing system that can be used to alert residents in the event of an emergency. Calls will automatically go to landline telephones in the evacuation area. To sign up to receive alerts via smartphone, text message, or email, please visit the website of Alert Marin.

When residents receive the alert, they will be asked to fetch their grab and go bags and evacuate by foot or bicycle to a temporary refuge area at Cloud View Park. Fire district personnel will be on hand at the refuge area to answer questions and give advice on disaster preparedness.

Any questions about the voluntary evacuation drill may be directed to Southern Marin Fire at (415) 388-8182.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS IN SOUTHERN MARIN

Tables for 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Now on Sale

Fireworks
A scene from the fireworks display in 2018
The City of Sausalito's annual 4th of July fireworks off Spinnaker Point are a breathtaking spectacle, and a great way to see the fireworks is from a reserved table at Gabrielson Park.

Each table seats six guests. Tables are $120 for residents and $130 for non-residents. Live dance music performed by Neon Velvet will begin at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks start at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Please use the Recreation Department's online registration system to select and reserve a table. When booking, consider also making a contribution toward the cost of the fireworks, which are entirely funded by donations.

Any questions about Sausalito's 4th of July festivities may be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
RESERVE A TABLE FOR THE CONCERT AND FIREWORKS AT GABRIELSON PARK

Help Prevent Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic converter
A catalytic converter
Catalytic converters are a popular target of thieves because of the platinum, palladium, and rhodium they contain. It takes as little as a minute for a thief to strip a vehicle of its catalytic converter, leaving the owner with a crippled exhaust system and repair costs of up to $3,000.

A catalytic converter looks similar to a small muffler and can be found underneath your car, attached to the exhaust pipe. Thieves in the Bay Area have been primarily targeting the Toyota Prius. However, other types of vehicles can also be victimized. Thieves particularly like vehicles which sit higher off the ground, so they can easily get underneath them and do their work. 

A licensed auto shop can install a protective plate, shield, clamp, cage, strap, or other device to secure your catalytic converter. The device must be properly installed to avoid any damage to the catalytic converter and ensure all identifying information is visible. The device should not be welded or attached directly to the catalytic converter.

You can also help deter or prevent catalytic converter theft by parking in well-lit areas and reporting criminal and suspicious activity to the Sausalito Police Department. If you believe the theft of a catalytic converter or the burglary of a vehicle is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you observe suspicious activity, please call (415) 289-4170 as soon as possible.

The Sausalito Police Department is proactively patrolling the community to help deter crimes such as this from occurring. A strong partnership with our observant community is a key part of our crime prevention strategy. Please remember, "If you see something, say something."
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

News from the City, County, and State

Parklet Outreach Event. The City of Sausalito will host a virtual forum at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 to gather feedback on the City's proposed Parklet and Outdoor Dining Program.

All stakeholders are encouraged to attend, including business owners, those living in the vicinity of restaurants, and anyone with an interest in the future of outdoor dining in Sausalito.

To access the meeting, please click on the Zoom link before or after the forum begins on June 20. Telephone access will be available by calling (669) 900-6833 and entering meeting ID 818 3649 8325.
CONNECT TO THE PARKLET OUTREACH EVENT ON MONDAY, JUNE 20
Caltrans Highway 101 Survey. Caltrans is updating its US 101 North Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP) and is seeking input from the community via an online survey. A CMCP identifies challenges such as congestion and climate change, while evaluating equitable opportunities for bicycle, pedestrian, transit, freight, and rail improvements. More information may be found on the CMCP website.
TAKE THE SURVEY ON THE HIGHWAY 101 NORTH CORRIDOR
Marin County Fair. The Marin County Fair is back for 2022 with the first in-person event since summer 2019. This year's outdoor-only event has the theme "So Happy Together!" and will be held from June 30 through July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds.

The 2022 fair will focus on outdoor entertainment, performers roaming the grounds, and interactive art experiences for fans of all ages. Returning fair favorites will include traditional carnival rides, the Global Marketplace, food and drinks, and fireworks over the Civic Center's Lagoon Park. The competitive exhibits program will take place online.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2022 MARIN COUNTY FAIR
Measure B. Measure B, a $10 vehicle registration fee passed by Marin County voters in 2010, is in the process of a 10-year review. The measure contributes approximately $2.3 million annually toward a variety of transportation projects and programs in Marin County.

Revenues generated by Measure B are distributed to:
  • Maintain local streets and pathways.
  • Improve transit for seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Reduce congestion and pollution.
The review process was initiated at the May 16 meeting of the TAM Citizens' Oversight Committee. Future meetings are scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on June 20, July 18, and September 19.

The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and provide input to the process. Please sign up to receive meeting notifications or visit the Measure B web page for more information.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING ON JUNE 20
Chipper Days in Sausalito. Clearing excess brush from your property is never a bad idea, particularly during wildfire season. To make it easier for Sausalito residents to dispose of branches pruned from trees and shrubs, a chipper crew from Fire Safe Marin will be in Sausalito during the week of June 27.

Visits from the chipper are by reservation on a first come, first served basis. When capacity is reached, registrants will be placed on a wait list.

Once you have a reservation, piles of brush and branches should be ready at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27 to be picked up by Friday, July 1. For details on what can and cannot be put in the chipper and how to prepare your piles, please visit the Chipper Day website.
RESERVE A VISIT FROM THE CHIPPER DURING THE WEEK OF JUNE 27
Summer Reading at the Library. The Sausalito Library's Summer Reading Program is now underway through August 6. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and join us for Nature & Park Performances and STREAM Adventures.

Our regular toddler storytimes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings will continue throughout the summer. The library will also have monthly Music in the Park concerts, Read to a Dog sessions, and our always popular take-and-make craft kits for all ages. Please see the youth programs page for details on all programs.

Any questions about Summer Reading at the Sausalito Library may be directed to Children's and Young Adult Librarian Mishi Ramos at mramos@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100, x504.
VISIT THE SUMMER READING PAGE ON THE LIBRARY WEBSITE
Sausalito and Marin City in the News. Below is a sampling of news stories about Sausalito and Marin City that appeared in local, regional, and national media over the past week. Links to articles requiring a paid subscription have been omitted, but some sites may require users to disable their ad blockers and/or provide an email address.
SEARCH GOOGLE NEWS FOR RECENT STORIES ABOUT SAUSALITO AND MARIN CITY

Recap of the City Council Meeting on June 14

The Sausalito City Council held a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. 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 view the meeting agenda.

Special Presentations / Mayor's Announcements: Approved Juneteenth Day as a public holiday.

Consent Calendar:
  • 3A. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing an Agreement for Community Development Leadership and Housing Element Services with 4Leaf, Retroactively Effective to May 15, 2022, Not to Exceed $487,800 Through December 31, 2022, Using Six Months' Salary Savings from Unfilled Positions in the Community Development Department to Offset Costs (Staff Report, Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution, Attachment 2 - Agreement)
This item was removed from the consent calendar and heard as the first business item. Council did not approve the resolution and gave direction to staff to revise the agreement for consideration at the next regular meeting.
  • 3B. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Award the Construction Contract for the Base Bid Plus the Bid Alternative for the Safe Pathways to School, Nevada Street Traffic Calming Project to Always Paving, Inc. in the Amount of $244,017 and Authorize a Construction Contingency in the Amount of $23,983 for a Total Authorized Amount of $268,000 (Staff Report, Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution)
Adopted resolution 6162.
  • 3C. Accept the Staff Report and Adopt a Resolution Adopting a List of Projects for Fiscal Year 2022-23 Funded by Senate Bill 1: The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Staff Report, Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution)
Adopted resolution 6163. Adopted resolution 6164. Adopted resolution 6165. Adopted resolution 6166. Adopted resolution 6167. Adopted resolution 6168.

Public Hearing Items (Part 1): Introduced Ordinance 1288 and directed staff to schedule a second reading for the Council meeting on June 28, 2022.

Business Item: Provided direction on the inclusion of draft opportunity sites.

Public Hearing Items (Part 2): Adjourned to a regular meeting on Friday, June 17 (see below).
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Recap of the City Council Meeting on June 17

Due to the extended duration of an item on the City of Sausalito Draft Housing Element, the City Council meeting on June 14 was adjourned to a regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17.

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 agenda items and supporting documents, please view the notice of adjournment.

Public Hearing Items (Part 2): Directed staff to continue work on the draft budget; formal adoption of the budget will be an agenda item at the regular City Council meeting on June 28, 2022.

Additional Items: The next regular meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday, June 28, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO CITY COUNCIL

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Library Board of Trustees. The Sausalito Library Board of Trustees reviews the administration of library operations, establishes library policies, and makes recommendations to the City Librarian.

Previous meeting. The Library Board of Trustees met via Zoom on May 26. At the meeting, the trustees added a diversity statement to the library's materials selection policy and received updates on the appointment of new trustees and the City's FY 2022-23 budget.

Upcoming meeting. The Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Topics on the agenda include updates on library programs and services and the status of the library's FY 2022-23 budget. The meeting agenda includes links to meeting documents, along with information on how to access the meeting via Zoom and provide public comment.

The staff liaison is City Librarian Abbot Chambers. The City Council liaison is Ian Sobieski. Any questions about the Library Board of Trustees may be directed to achambers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Programs and Events for Our Community

Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2022 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 with a swing performance by the Alpha Rhythm Kings. Food and beverages will be on sale at every concert to raise funds for local organizations. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Marin City Juneteenth Festival. The 6th Annual Marin City Juneteenth Community Festival will be held on Sunday, June 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Rocky Graham Park. Admission is free. There will be two themes at the festival. The stage theme is "Looking Towards the Future." The market theme is "Global Connections." The festival will feature traditional African drumming and other musical performances, horse rides (free for children), free childcare with an art and play area, and an African marketplace. For more information, please contact Oshalla Diana Marcus at (844) 862-2787 or oshalla@mcartsandculture.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARIN CITY JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
Parklet Outreach Event. The City of Sausalito will host a virtual forum at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 to gather feedback on the City's proposed Parklet and Outdoor Dining Program. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend, including business owners, those living in the vicinity of restaurants, and anyone with an interest in the future of outdoor dining in Sausalito. To access the meeting, please click on the Zoom link before or after the forum begins on June 20. Telephone access will be available by calling (669) 900-6833 and entering meeting ID 818 3649 8325.
CONNECT TO THE PARKLET OUTREACH EVENT ON MONDAY, JUNE 20
Line Dancing Classes. Sausalito Village is now offering free line dancing classes. If you've ever wanted to learn the Hustle, Cupid Shuffle, or Jerusalema, now is your chance! Beginning level classes are Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. starting Tuesday, June 21. Intermediate level classes are Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. starting Thursday, June 23. Both classes are taught by Laurie Reemsnyder and held in the Exercise Room at City Hall. Space is limited, so please register in advance for the beginner or intermediate class.
VIEW A CALENDAR OF EVENTS FROM SAUSALITO VILLAGE
Safari, Reminders & Notes. Join Mac expert Jon Hartman from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 for a Zoom workshop that will help you learn how to surf the web like a pro. This class will delve into the functions and features of Apple's Internet browser, Safari. We'll learn about search, tabs, and bookmarks. We will also discuss Reminders and Notes, two great applications to keep your life in order. Instructor Jon Hartman 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.
VIEW THE SCHEDULE OF LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2022 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 with a jazz and swing performance by Lavay Smith. Food and beverages will be on sale at every concert to raise funds for local organizations. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Dungeons & Dragons for Teens and Tweens. Be part of an established Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign! Your party of adventurers is currently trekking through desolate wilderness at the behest of a certain nobleman who is paying you to rid the region of a lurking horror beneath the crumbling ruins of the sorcerer's tower. Hosted by Dungeon Master Jeffrey, this Sausalito Library program from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 is designed to be an introduction into the world of role-playing games. Snacks will be provided. No registration necessary. Any questions may be directed to Circulation Supervisor Jeffrey Jackson at jjackson@sausalito.gov.
VIEW THE SCHEDULE OF YOUTH PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FROM THE LIBRARY
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2022 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1 with a blues performance by Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. Food and beverages will be on sale at every concert to raise funds for local organizations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
4th of July in Sausalito. This three-part event on Monday, July 4 begins with a parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials, and local organizations. The parade starts at the intersection of Second Street and Main Street at 10:00 a.m. and ends at the corner of Caledonia and Litho streets. After the parade, the party gets going at Dunphy Park with live music and dancing. The finale at Gabrielson Park at 6:30 p.m. features more live music, followed by the annual fireworks over the water. Six-person tables at Gabrielson Park for the concert and fireworks are available by reservation at $120 for residents and $130 for non-residents. The fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
Wednesday Night Live. Wednesday Night Live returns to Caledonia Street on Wednesday, July 6 with live music from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Street intersection adjacent to the outdoor tables on restaurant row. For the July concert, Sausalito-based vintage jazz band Davey Jones and the Hot Clams will be playing and singing hits of the '20s through the '50s. 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
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2022 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8 with a rock and blues performance by David Gerald. Food and beverages will be on sale at every concert to raise funds for local organizations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
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