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Stories for the Week of June 28, 2019

Get Ready for 4th of July in Sausalito

Fireworks
A scene from the fireworks display in 2018
The 4th of July is right around the corner. For Sausalito, that means lots of fun and a few road closures.

The events get underway at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 with the annual parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials, and local organizations. The parade route begins at the intersection of Second and Main streets, then goes from Second to Bridgeway and along Bridgeway to Caledonia Street. The judging tent will be at the corner of Caledonia and Litho streets.

To make way for the parade, the section of Bridgeway from Richardson Street to Napa Street will be closed to vehicles from 9:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 4. Caledonia Street will also be closed during this time between Bridgeway and Bee Street. Cyclists should be aware that all bicycles must be walked along the parade route while the parade is underway.
 
Beginning at noon, Robin Sweeny Park will be the place for live music performed by the Jimi James Band, food prepared by the Sausalito Rotary Club and the Sausalito Community Boating Center, and an egg toss with eggs donated by Mollie Stone's. This year we will not be holding a tug of war. Caledonia Street will remain closed between Bee and Litho streets for the duration of the afternoon picnic.

The party then moves to Gabrielson Park for the final act. At 6:30 p.m., we'll hear soul and funk music performed by the Capital City Band. The spectacular fireworks over Richardson Bay will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m.

It's not too late to enjoy the music and fireworks from a reserved table at Gabrielson Park. Each table seats six guests. Tables are $120 for residents and $130 for non-residents. Please use the Recreation Department's online registration system to reserve a table. Instructions on using the registration system can be found on the 4th of July Festivities webpage.

Any questions about Sausalito's 4th of July festivities may be directed to (415) 289-4152. City Hall restrooms will be available for use on July 4, but City offices and the Sausalito Library will be closed. 
 
4th of July in Sausalito

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4th of July Parade

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Picnic in Robin Sweeny Park
Live Music
Egg Toss

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Live Music in Gabrielson Park
Fireworks
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY IN SAUSALITO

MLK Athletic Field Improvements Nearing Completion

Outdoor Exercise Equipment
Outdoor exercise equipment at the MLK Athletic Field
An improvement project at the MLK Athletic Field that began in November 2018 is entering the final stretch. All earthwork is complete, including grading and the installation of new drainage and irrigation systems.

The spreading of topsoil and grass hydroseed will be completed before July 4. The field will then remain closed into fall 2019 to give the new grass time to establish itself. Fencing around the field will be arranged later this summer to allow access to the new outdoor exercise equipment and walking paths. When open, the field will be configured for a soccer pitch and a softball field.

The repaving and repainting of the adjacent basketball courts to create two new basketball courts and two new pickleball courts is expected to go to bid this summer, with construction in the fall of 2019.

Any questions about the athletic field or the pickleball courts at MLK Park may be directed to Senior Engineer Andrew Davidson at adavidson@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4180.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MLK ATHLETIC FIELD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE MLK ATHLETIC FIELD

New Business License Tax Rates Begin in July and January

Princess Street
For newly registered businesses in the City of Sausalito, the City's updated business license tax rates go into effect on July 1, 2019. For existing and currently registered businesses, the new rates go into effect on January 1, 2020.

The new rates were part of Measure M, which was approved by Sausalito voters in the November 2018 general municipal election. Measure M reduced the number of business categories from 22 to four and imposed an annual tax based on a percentage of gross receipts, with a minimum tax of $125 per business. The percentage of gross receipts is determined according to the business categories listed below.
  • General retail, wholesale, restaurants, hotels, tour operators, and manufacturing: $1 per $1,000 of gross receipts
  • Commercial and residential rental units: $2 per $1,000 of gross receipts
  • Service and professionals: $3 per $1,000 of gross receipts
  • General contractors and subcontractors: $2 per $1,000 of gross receipts
Any questions about business licenses or business license taxes in Sausalito may be directed to (415) 762-0576.
 
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Sausalito History Dioramas on Display in the Library

Diorama
A diorama dedicated to boatbuilder James "Herb" Madden, Sr.
Dioramas created by 3rd graders at Willow Creek Academy as part of the Sausalito Historical Society's schools program are now on display inside the Sausalito Library during open hours through Thursday, July 25.

This year, students worked in teams or individually to create a diorama depicting one of Sausalito's prominent people and their contribution to our community. The display of 13 dioramas is a sampling of the student projects and can be found in the magazine area of the library's "living room." Scenes presented include the Madden & Lewis Boatworks, a Miwok village, and Yee Tock Chee's grocery store on Bridgeway.

The mission of the Sausalito Historical Society's schools program is to teach students at Willow Creek Academy and Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy about the important people and places of Sausalito's history. Now in its tenth year, the program includes classroom presentations and field trips that bring our community's history to life for the students.
 
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Reserve a Table at Gabrielson Park for Arias in the Afternoon

Arias in the Afternoon
Tables at Arias in the Afternoon
Arias in the Afternoon is a high point of the summer in Sausalito, with two hours of performances in Gabrielson Park by singers from the San Francisco Opera. This year's event will take place on Sunday, August 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Lawn seating is free. For a special experience, consider a reserved table for you and your friends. Tables seat six people. The cost is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents and includes champagne and strawberries.

Reserved tables go on sale on Monday, July 1 and may be purchased using the Recreation Department's online reservation system. Instructions can be found on the Arias in the Afternoon webpage

If you have any questions about Arias in the Afternoon, please contact Sausalito Parks and Recreation at (415) 289-4152.
 
VIEW A MAP OF TABLES AT ARIAS IN THE AFTERNOON
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Save Water and Energy with a Free Green House Call

Green House Calls
This summer, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, in collaboration with the Marin Municipal Water District, is offering Green House Calls to residents of Sausalito and Marin County. Each visit includes the installation of water-efficient showerheads, faucet aerators, LED bulbs, and a smart power strip, all at no cost. You'll also receive personalized recommendations for water and energy savings.

To sign up for a Green House Call, please call (510) 665-1501 ext. 300 or sign up online. To date, over 40,000 homes in the Bay Area have benefited from a Green House Call, with 99.6% of participants rating the service as good or excellent.
 
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Upcoming City Council Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Sausalito City Council will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 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, July 1 and Friday, July 5.
 
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News from City Departments

Public Works. On Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3, and Monday, July 8, a contractor for the Marin Municipal Water District will install permanent asphalt paving to repair northbound Bridgeway just south of its intersection with Coloma Street. This is the location where a 12-inch water main broke and undermined pavement on Saturday, June 15. During the work, one of Bridgeway's northbound lanes will be closed. Please drive carefully and watch for merging traffic, including cyclists who will be required to share the road while some of the work is taking place.
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Public Works. Atwood Avenue will be closed just east of the driveway at 26 Atwood on Monday, July 1 for construction work related to underground utilities. The closure will detour traffic around Atwood between North Street and Bulkley Avenue. Please expect delays if you live on Atwood. After the utility work has been approved, pavement restoration work will require a second road closure in the same location.
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Administration. Please be advised that on Monday, July 1, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will be raising all toll rates for the Golden Gate Bridge. This includes the FasTrak rate (from $7.00 to $7.35), the pay-as-you-go rate (from $8.00 to $8.20), the toll invoice rate (from $8.00 to $8.35), the carpool rate (from $5.00 to $5.30), and multi-axle vehicle rates. To open a FasTrak account, visit bayareafastrak.org or call 1-877-BAY-TOLL (1-877-229-8655).
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLL INCREASE
Administration. PG&E is seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase customer rates by 6.4% for PG&E's typical residential electric and gas customer. To get feedback from PG&E customers on the proposed rate increase, the CPUC will hold a series of public forums across the state. The public forums closest to Marin County will be held in San Francisco on July 9 and Santa Rosa on July 31. Specific times and locations may be found in the media advisory released by the CPUC on May 28, 2019.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PUBLIC FORUMS ON THE PG&E RATE REQUEST
Library. You might notice a new plant in the library this summer – and it's extremely drought tolerant! The "Adult Summer Reading Tree" is front and center on the octagon book display in the new book area of the library. Interested readers can fill out one of the hanging leaves with their name and the author and title of one of their favorite books, then add a sentence or two on the back about why they love it. In exchange, participants earn raffle tickets that go towards a grand raffle at the end of the summer. Anyone 14 years and older is welcome to participate.
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Things Happening in Our Community

Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2019 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. with blues from Ron Thompson and His Resistors. The event is sponsored by Friends of Sausalito Dog Parks. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
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4th of July in Sausalito. This three-part event on Thursday, 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 Robin Sweeny Park with food and entertainment, an egg toss, and 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2019 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. with jazz and swing from The Hot Baked Goods. The event is sponsored by the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
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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, July 7 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.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Author Reading: Houseboat Wars. It's 1977, and battles rage on Richardson's Bay over attempts to evict hundreds of houseboat dwellers, most of them young and rebellious, in the new novel Houseboat Wars by Charles Bush. Kirkus Reviews writes, "In this thriller, a houseboat community's legal case against developers culminates in murder.... The attorney protagonist getting caught up in more melodrama than lawyering makes for an unusual but convincing tale." Charles Bush is a former attorney whose clients ranged from residents of Sausalito houseboats to inmates on San Quentin Prison's Death Row. This special Sausalito Library program will take place on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2019 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Blues Defenders. The event is sponsored by Sausalito-on-the-Waterfront Foundation. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
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, July 13 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
Concert for Kids and Tot Art in the Park. Presented by Sausalito Parks and Recreation and sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club, these monthly children's entertainment events will be held on the second Saturday of the month from July through October, beginning Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Robin Sweeny Park. The music performer for July is Kenny Blacklock. Bring a blanket to sit on the lawn. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. We will provide tables, chairs, and art supplies. The art project for children 5 and under starts at 11:15 a.m.
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Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin. The Sausalito Library invites you to a presentation on the first museum retrospective of renowned tattoo artist and California native Ed Hardy. This special program presented by museum docent Gretchen Turner will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Deeper than Skin tracks Hardy's goal of elevating the tattoo from its subculture status to an important visual art form. The exhibition surveys Hardy's life in art that has as its inspiration both traditional American tattooing and Japan's ukiyo-e era culture. The corresponding exhibit at the de Young runs from July 13 to October 6.
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Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2019 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. with jazz from Tin Cup Serenade. The event is sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Julia Morgan Tour. The clubhouse of the Sausalito Woman's Club, the crowning jewel of architect Julia Morgan's work in Marin, sits atop a steep lot overlooking the San Francisco Bay at 120 Central Avenue. This historical landmark is now open to the public for tours by appointment. Upcoming tours are available on Sunday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 24. To arrange a tour, please send email to swcps94965@gmail.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, July 23 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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Five Essential Skills for Mac. This Sausalito Library workshop at 10:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room on Thursday, July 25 will cover the most essentials skills you need to know for using your Mac computer. Topics covered include selecting multiple items, window management, rules of text, left click vs. right click, and copy and paste. Instructor Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon. 
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Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2019 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. with blues from The Dylan Black Project. The event is sponsored by Bay Cities Refuse. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Voluntary Emergency Evacuation Drill. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will conduct a voluntary emergency evacuation drill for Sausalito neighborhoods north of Marin Avenue and west of Bridgeway on Saturday, July 27. The houseboat communities to the north of Sausalito will also be included in the drill. The drill will begin at 10:00 a.m. with an activation of the Telephone Emergency Notification System. When residents receive the alert, they will be asked to evacuate to a command center located at the basketball courts at MLK Park. Participants in the drill are encouraged to evacuate by foot or bike. If you choose to evacuate by auto, there will be an area for temporary parking. Any questions about the voluntary evacuation drill may be directed to Battalion Chief Scott Barnes at (415) 389-4139 or sbarnes@smfd.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VOLUNTARY EVACUATION DRILL
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