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News from the City of Sausalito
Sausalito Currents

Stories for the Week of April 26, 2019

Summer Parking Rates Begin on May 1

Parked Cars
Cars at parking meters in downtown Sausalito
In July 2018, the City Council adopted a resolution establishing seasonal rates for the City's parking meters and municipal parking lots. The new pricing model increases the hourly parking rate during the warmer months when parking is in highest demand.

In 2019, the higher rates will go into effect on May 1 and continue until September 30. The rates are as follows:
  • $3 per hour for metered parking along Bridgeway and adjacent streets
  • Between $2 and $4 per hour at the downtown municipal lots, with the cost depending on the location of the lot ($25 to $40 daily maximum)
  • $10 per stay for tour coaches and vans that use the downtown passenger pick-up and drop-off location behind the Bank of America building
Daily parking rates will remain unchanged during the high-demand season for all commuters and downtown workers enrolled in a parking program through the City of Sausalito.

Resident Parking Passcards will likewise be unaffected by the seasonal rate change. Sausalito residents using their parking passcards will continue to be eligible for three hours of free parking in public lots before 6:00 p.m. and an unlimited amount of free parking in public lots after 6:00 p.m.

Any questions about parking in Sausalito may be directed to the Sausalito Parking Authority at (415) 289-4170 or parking@sausalito.gov.
 
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Construction at MLK Tennis Courts Extended for Regrading

MLK Tennis Courts
The tennis courts at MLK Park before construction
Renovations to the five tennis courts at MLK Park will take longer than expected after City contractor Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. discovered that the entire subgrade beneath the courts will require regrading and compacting. In the original plans, only the portion of the courts damaged by tree roots was to have been regraded. 

The current estimate is that the courts will be ready to reopen in June 2019. Construction will now require the removal of the entire existing court surface before the site can be resurfaced. In addition to the new court surface, the completed project will include new posts and nets, a new van-accessible parking stall on Coloma Street, and a new accessible pathway to the courts.

Until the MLK courts are ready, local tennis players are encouraged to use the three lighted courts at Marinship Park. The Parks and Recreation Department has worked with its instructors to reduce their court time so that there will be more availability for the public. All three courts are currently open from sunrise to 10:00 p.m., with the exception of the following lesson times:
  • Monday to Friday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Youth lessons on two of the courts; students may be using a third court but will move if members of the public would like to play
  • Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.: Adult lessons on one court
  • Thursday and Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Youth lessons on one court
  • Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.: Adult doubles on all courts
Any questions about the renovations to the MLK tennis courts or the court schedule at Marinship Park may be directed to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford at mlangford@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4126.
 
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VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE MLK TENNIS COURTS
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE MARINSHIP PARK TENNIS COURTS

Living with Fire Seminar on April 30

Living with Fire Seminar
Southern Marin Fire and FIRESafe Marin will host a wildfire preparedness seminar at the Bay Model Visitor Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. The event is specifically geared toward residents of Sausalito and Southern Marin.

Topics covered will include Sausalito's risk of wildfire, assessing the vulnerability of your home, creating defensible space, safe evacuation strategies, and local ordinances related to wildfire. The two-hour seminar will begin with a 60-minute presentation on wildfire preparedness, followed by an update on next steps for wildfire planning in Marin and 30 minutes of questions and answers.

The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito. Parking is available onsite, but carpooling is encouraged. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Any questions about the Living with Fire seminar on April 30 may be directed to Fire Marshal Fred Hilliard at (415) 615-5535 or fhilliard@smfd.org.
 
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VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE BAY MODEL

City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 27

City Wide Yard Sale
A scene from the City Wide Yard Sale
The weather should be beautiful on Saturday, April 27 for the return of the semiannual City Wide Yard Sale. The spring sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the MLK parking lot and basketball courts at 610 Coloma Street. Admission is free.

This year's sale will have 87 seller booths. Two-thirds of the booths will feature treasures from the attics and garages of Sausalito residents. According to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers, this is twice the usual number because Sausalito residents were given priority this year when reserving booths.

Please note that there will be no parking on the MLK Athletic Field due to the improvements that are currently underway.
 
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VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE MLK PARKING LOT

Annual Dog Festival Coming to Gabrielson Park on May 11

Sausalito WAG Dog Festival
A scene from the WAG Dog Festival in 2018
On Saturday, May 11, the City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department will host the 3rd annual WAG Dog Festival. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito. This is the festival's first year in Gabrielson Park after two years at Marinship Park.

Attendance is free for both two-legged and four-legged attendees. The festival will include a dog show, a police dog demonstration, booths for dog-related vendors and nonprofits, and a raffle with $1 tickets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Here's the schedule for May 11:

10:00 a.m. - Event Begins
10:30 a.m. - Best Costume
11:00 a.m. - Best Wag
11:30 a.m. - Best Trick
12:00 p.m. - Police Dog Demonstration
  1:00 p.m. - Best Owner/Dog Lookalike
  1:30 p.m. - Best Bark
  2:00 p.m. - Best Body Part
  3:00 p.m. - Event Ends

The 2019 Sausalito WAG Dog Festival is sponsored by Best Friends Pet Supplies, Canine Cove, and Dogtrekker.com. Any questions about the event may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4198.
 
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SEE A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF GABRIELSON PARK

Upcoming City Council Meeting on April 30

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, with the open session beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street. The following agenda snapshot provides highlights only. For more information and additional agenda items, please view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

Special Presentations:
  • 1A. Marin Municipal Water District New Rate and Fee Proposal (Presentation)
  • 1B. Introduction of Louis Raffa, Sewer Maintenance Worker I
  • 1C. Introduction of Guillermo Mejia, Maintenance Worker II
  • 1D. Introduction of Amena Baporia, Senior Accountant
  • 1E. Swearing in of Briana Dolcini, Parking Enforcement Officer
Consent Calendar: Public Hearing Items: Business Items: Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past Council meetings on the City website.

Council meetings are also broadcast live on television via Comcast Cable Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99. If you miss the live broadcast, check the rebroadcast schedule.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on May 14, 2019, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
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Updates from Boards and Commissions

No meetings of City of Sausalito boards and commissions are scheduled between Monday, April 29 and Friday, May 3.
 
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News from City Departments

Public Works. The removal of mudslide debris from the North Street Steps connecting North Street and Bridgeway was completed on Wednesday, April 24. However, the steps will remain closed until the City is able to confirm the stability of the remaining slope and the safety of the steps that were under the debris pile. New handrails will also need to be installed to replace the handrails damaged by the slide. 

The Department of Public Works estimates that it could be 4-6 weeks before the North Street Steps can reopen, though it may be possible to install a temporary railing and open them sooner. Any questions about the status of the steps may be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Andrew Davidson at (415) 289-4180 or adavidson@sausalito.gov.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE NORTH STREET STEPS
Administration. The City of Sausalito has begun recruiting to fill the three full-time positions listed below. The application deadline for all three positions is May 24, 2019. A fourth position is expected to open during the week of April 29. For more information about job openings at the City of Sausalito, please visit the Job Openings page on the City website. Any questions about employment opportunities with the City of Sausalito may be directed to Human Resources Manager Susan Paterson at spaterson@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4130.
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Administration. Are you interested in promoting the preservation of historic sites, landmarks, documents, paintings, and objects associated with the history of Sausalito? The five members of the Historic Preservation Commission recommend to the Planning Commission that certain historic sites, landmarks, and districts be designated and/or acquired by the City. Commission members also advise the City Council on the acceptance of donations and/or acquisitions of items with historic value to the City and make recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to the historic and cultural preservation of the City. A vacancy on the commission will be available soon. If interested, please submit an application by May 15, 2019, or contact City Clerk Serge Avila at savila@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4134.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Library. Did you know that you can get a library card without visiting the Sausalito Library? Online registration for a full-access library card is available for Sausalito residents aged 16 years or older. When you apply online, you'll get immediate access to our popular digital services like movies from Kanopy, and e-books from OverDrive, and online tutorials from Lynda.com. A valid credit card with a Marin County billing address is required for address verification purposes only. Your credit card will not be charged. 
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Things Happening in Our Community

City Wide Yard Sale. Sausalito's City Wide Yard Sale is a great event for bargain hunters and window shoppers, featuring more than 80 seller booths at the MLK parking lot and basketball courts. The spring yard sale will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Residents of Sausalito and surrounding towns use this semiannual event as an opportunity to clear out their garages and offer up treasures at bargain-basement prices.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPRING CITY WIDE YARD SALE
Sausalito Writers' Circle. Looking for a supportive group to share your writing with? Ready to tackle that story, novel, or poem? Interested in providing feedback to others? Whether you're an aspiring writer, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, come join us on Sunday, April 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Your host at this Sausalito Library program is Sausalito resident, published author, and experienced workshop facilitator Cindy Knoebel. If interested in attending, please join our Meetup group and RSVP. The Writers' Circle typically meets twice per month.
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Wildfire Preparedness Seminar. Southern Marin Fire and FIRESafe Marin will host a wildfire preparedness seminar at the Bay Model Visitor Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. The event is specifically geared toward residents of Sausalito and Southern Marin. Topics covered will include Sausalito's risk of wildfire, assessing the vulnerability of your home, creating defensible space, safe evacuation strategies, and local ordinances related to wildfire. The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito. Parking is available onsite, but carpooling is encouraged. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Any questions may be directed to Fire Marshal Fred Hilliard at (415) 615-5535 or fhilliard@smfd.org.
REGISTER FOR THE LIVING WITH FIRE SEMINAR IN SAUSALITO
Help Weed Tiffany Park. The weeds are everywhere, and Tiffany Park needs some love! Sausalito Beautiful's Green Thumbs volunteers will be at Tiffany Park on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. All are welcome to join us. The goal will be to clean up the weeds, especially around the planting done last year at the south end of the park. If you plan to participate, please send an email to greenthumbs@sausalitobeautiful.org. We will provide gardening equipment, gloves, knee pads, and water.
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Marin Wildfire Forum. Wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness are countywide priorities. Sausalito residents are invited to a special Marin Wildfire Forum on Saturday, May 4 to learn what they can do to protect their homes and what we can do together to make Marin as wildfire-safe and emergency-ready as possible. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway in San Rafael.
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Marin Open Studios. Marin Open Studios is a self-guided tour of artists' studios that takes place every year during the first two weekends in May. The 2019 tour gets underway from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and continues on May 5, May 11, and May 12. This year's tour includes more than fifty artists at the ICB Building, 480 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. Any questions about Marin Open Studios may be directed to info@marinopenstudios.org.
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Cinco de Mayo Brunch. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church invites the public to a Cinco de Mayo Brunch featuring an authentic Mexican menu on Sunday, May 5 beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for adults are $15, children under 12 are free. Mimosas will be available for $5. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church is located at 112 Bulkley Avenue. Please RSVP to mex.brunch@gmail.com or (415) 332-3790, extension 0.
SEE A MAP SHOWING 112 BULKLEY AVENUE IN SAUSALITO
Met Opera Preview. The Sausalito Public Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 comes to an end on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Dialogues des Carmélites by Francis Poulenc. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the opera and composer, followed by a plot synopsis that includes a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met. All are welcome.
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WAG Dog Festival. On Saturday, May 11, the City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department will host the 3rd annual WAG Dog Festival. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito. Attendance is free for both two-legged and four-legged attendees. The festival will include a dog show, booths for dog-related vendors and nonprofits, and a raffle with $1 tickets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Any questions about the event may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4198.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WAG DOG FESTIVAL
Caregiver Support Group. Are you or someone you know caring for a loved one who is suffering from cognitive impairment? Consider joining the Sausalito-based Caregiver Support Group, led by facilitators affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California. The next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Rotary Village Community Room at 701 Coloma Street in Sausalito. The group offers caregivers the ability to exchange information, talk through challenges and ways of coping, and share feelings and frustrations. Participants and their situations are assured complete confidentiality. For additional information, please send email to caregivermarin@gmail.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Art Making Through the Ecstatic Experience. Local artist Bret Arenson has explored the use of the ecstatic experience as a creative impetus in both visual arts and in performance. After discovering an automatic response within him on a fateful night fifteen years ago, he has applied this ecstatic response to a wide variety of creative projects, including ongoing street performances and large scale ambient works. At this program inside the Sausalito Library at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, Bret will talk about his experiences in the unfolding of his ecstatic discoveries and his application of ecstatic automatism to the art-making process. Bret Arenson's exhibit "Forest Fog (Afterglow In The Elements)" is on display inside the Sausalito Library through May 11.
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Global Warming: How to Look at the Data and What to Do About It. Join physicist Eric Arens in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 for an overview of where we stand with climate change. Subjects covered will include an explanation of greenhouse and ozone-trapping gases, the way to look at the data to see the present and future effects of these gases, and the actions that are being taken and could be taken to stop the deterioration of the environment. Before his retirement, Eric worked at NASA and the University of California at Berkeley. This program is sponsored by the Sausalito Library.
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Fado at The Pines V. You are cordially invited to an evening of petiscos, wines, and Portuguese fado music. The national song of Portugal, fado is intimately intertwined with Portuguese food, wine, and culture. This year's event will mark the first appearance of Fado de Coimbra fadistas in Northern California. Fado at The Pines V will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Pines mansion at 33 Miller Avenue in Sausalito. The event is a benefit to support the Youth Sailing Exchange between Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito. A limited number of tickets remain at prices ranging from $100 to $125.
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Celebration of Life: Steefenie Wicks. A celebration of the remarkable life of Steefenie Wicks will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sausalito Woman's Club. Steefenie was a writer, photographer, houseboat dweller, and longtime volunteer with the Sausalito Historical Society. She was fun and feisty, and told great stories about the old days. The Sausalito Woman's Club is located at 120 Central Avenue. Please note: Sunday, May 19 is the correct date for the memorial. An incorrect date was published in last week's Currents.
READ A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ARTICLE ABOUT STEEFENIE WICKS
Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, May 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall. We provide a stress-free atmosphere, soothing music, and delicious refreshments so you can unleash your imagination. The Sausalito Library provides all coloring supplies, and we can help you make bookmarks and buttons from your artwork. Seating is limited for this free program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rebecca Burgan at rburgan@sausalito.gov.
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Behind the Label: An Insider View of the Wine Industry. As you sip a glass of California wine, you may suspect that the wine in the bottle has a story behind the beautifully embossed label. Not the story on the winery's website, the one that gloats about the legendary history of the winemaker's family and the idyllic confluence of environmental factors that conspired to produce the perfect grapes. In this Sausalito Library program in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, winemaker Addison Rex will take us behind the scenes and into the wine cave to discuss the realities of the wine industry. Born and raised in Sausalito, Addison's professional journey has taken him from cellar rat to founding a wine negociant business and beyond.
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Nominations for the 4th Annual Beautification Awards. Which businesses or property owners have created fabulous public green spaces around town? Let Sausalito Beautiful know by Friday, May 31 so that these people can be considered for a Beautification Award. Email your nominations to awards@sausalitobeautiful.org. Sausalito Beautiful is a volunteer organization that mobilizes the community to ensure that our public green spaces are healthy, sustainable, and resilient.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS
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