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Stories for the Week of February 3, 2017

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A Visit with Don Olsen

Don Olsen
There was a time in Sausalito when, if you wanted to get your building permit or plans approved, Don Olsen was the architect to call.

A self-described "modernist in the Bay Tradition," Don had an illustrious forty-five-year career working on commercial and residential projects in Marin County.

Don first saw Sausalito as an enlisted Army engineer, overnighting in Sausalito while awaiting his orders to ship to Korea. During his short visit, he and his buddies found time to "play around" at the Sausalito Yacht Club.

Don was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in architecture.

After serving in the military, he married Sandra, and they moved to Sausalito, where they raised three daughters.

One of Don's fondest memories is meeting Joe and Clarence Kane, founders of S.F. Sourdough Bakeries. The Kane brothers wished to build two adjacent houses on Harrison Street, and Don became intimately involved in the planning and development of the properties. Don says, "They had plenty of money and I would draw and redraw plans. The Kanes would yea or nay the plans and it took some time to get things done."

Don and Sandra met Sally Stanford through the Kane brothers, and Sally and Sandra became friends. Sally had an almond ranch in Sonoma and they would hang out together up there. 

Don's wife Sandra died in 2012. She was an active member of the Sausalito Woman's Club. Don served on the Rotary Club and has been a longtime member of the Yacht Club.

Don says that he got along well with City of Sausalito politicians over the span of his career and enjoyed the process of moving architectural plans through City channels.

Today, Don enjoys living on his ark along the waterfront, spending time with his family, and heading over to the Yacht Club or Angelino's to meet friends for drinks or a bite to eat.


This is the third installment of a series of articles about long-time Sausalito residents who have made an impact on our City. The articles are written by John Oppenheimer in collaboration with Age Friendly Sausalito, a task force of the Sausalito City Council. Age Friendly Sausalito is dedicated to advancing Sausalito as an age-friendly city so that its residents can actively age in place.
 
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Sushi Ran Wins Souper Bowl

Souper Bowl
More than 160 ticket holders feasted on clam chowder, minestrone, and French onion soup, among other concoctions, at Sausalito's second annual Souper Bowl on Saturday, January 28.

When the votes were tallied, the winner of this year's Lom-Bowl-Di Trophy was Sushi Ran. Coming in a close second was Barrel House Tavern. Third place was a tie between F3 and the newly opened Joinery. Fifth place went to Seafood Peddler. Planning is already underway for the 2018 Souper Bowl.
 
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A New Admin Aide for the Public Works Department

Anna Rzendzian is the newest addition to the staff of the City of Sausalito. She joins the City as the Administrative Aide for the Public Works Department in City Hall. Her first day on the job was Tuesday, January 17.
Anna Rzendzian
Anna holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Texas A&M University. She worked previously for Emerus Holdings, LLC, as an Engagement Programs Manager. In that position, she managed company meetings, seminars and events. She also worked for USO Houston as a Programs Manager, implementing and managing services and programming for members of the military and their families.
Anna recently moved to Sausalito from The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband Michael Rzendzian. She enjoys jogging and going to the movies in her spare time.
 
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Burglary Protection Tips

It is estimated that a home is burglarized every fifteen seconds in the United States. A burglary is defined as the illegal entry of a building with the intent to commit a crime.

For most people, home is the place where they feel the most secure. Being the victim of a home burglary can lead to feeling vulnerable and violated.
Burglars are opportunists, and they are looking for easy targets. If the risk of being caught in the act is too high, most thieves will not attempt entry.

Making your home look occupied and making it difficult to break into are the key elements to improving the security of your residence. Below are some simple steps you can take toward protecting your home.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if you are only going out for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for an extended period, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to collect it regularly for you.
  • If you have a lawn, arrange for it to be mowed if you are going to be away for an extended amount of time.
  • Upgrade the locks on your windows.
  • Purchase secure locks for your sliding-glass doors. Sliding doors are a common point of vulnerability.
  • Install deadbolt locks on any other outside doors. Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open.
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Upcoming City Council Meeting

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street. The agenda will be posted in next week's edition of Currents.
 
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Updates from Boards and Commissions

Each week, on a rotating schedule, this section will provide highlights of the recent activities of two of the Boards and Commissions representing the City of Sausalito. Follow this link for more information on all of our Boards and Commissions.
Sustainability Commission. The Sustainability Commission's first meeting of 2017 was held on January 12. The Commission began the year with a new priority focus on understanding the implications and impacts of future sea level rise on our community. Chris Choo, Senior Watershed Planner for the County of Marin, spoke to the Commission about a new vulnerability assessment of the bayside Marin shoreline's susceptibility to sea level rise. The Marin Bay Waterfront Adaptation Vulnerability Evaluation (BayWAVE) is evaluating the extent of impacted assets (infrastructure, residential, and business) and will offer sea level rise scenario guidance to ensure that adaptation efforts are approached consistently across the County. The next meeting of the Sustainability Commission will be held on Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.
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Planning Commission. The Planning Commission took the following actions at its January 18 meeting:
  • Continued a project for a façade remodel and new signage for a new visitor-serving store called "Only in Sausalito" at 676-686 Bridgeway. The project is continued to the February 22 meeting. 
  • Continued a project to incorporate interpretive elements to the plaza enhancement project surrounding the Ice House building located at the corner of Bridgeway and Bay Street at 780 Bridgeway. The project is continued to the February 22 meeting.
  • Approved a project to construct an abutment and gangway connecting Cass Gidley Marina docks at the foot of Napa Street, including construction of a concrete landing and two ADA-compliant accessible parking spaces.
The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The following items are on the agenda: 
  1. An amendment to the General Plan Land Use designation and zoning district designation for the Lincoln/Butte Street property, to change the medium-density residential land use and R-2-5 (two-family residential) zoning to Open Space.
  2. A remodel project and building addition to an existing residence at 209 West Street.
  3. A study-session discussion of the impacts of banks and financial service uses in the CR (Mixed Commercial and Residential) zoning district that includes Caledonia Street and the surrounding area. 
All Planning Commission meetings are live streamed and video recorded. If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration by the Commission, please contact the Community Development Department (CDD) at (415) 289-4128. The CDD public counter in City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
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News from City Departments

Police. On the morning of Tuesday, January 24, the Sausalito Police Department held a Coffee with a Cop event at Sausalito Bakery & Cafe, 571 Bridgeway. The goal of Coffee with a Cop is to break down barriers between police officers and citizens by creating an environment where open communication is encouraged. During the event, Sausalito Police Officers spoke to citizens of all ages on topics such as the law enforcement profession, crime, traffic, world news, family, sports, and entertainment. The Sausalito Police Department will be holding additional Coffee with a Cop events in future months.
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Library. Did you know that the Sausalito Public Library has a large collection of Alan Watts lectures on CD available for check out? The CDs are located in the Audiobook section of the Library. Alan Watts tailored his lectures to his audience. Large collegiate audiences amused Alan Watts, and, in that context, he described himself as a "philosophical entertainer." In contrast, the Alan Watts seminars were weekend events that took place at someone's home or studio, usually with twenty or thirty students in attendance. In the spirit of these seminars, the Library is now hosting a monthly Alan Watts Discussion Circle. Join group facilitator Kamran Thunder for the next session on Sunday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m. inside the Library.
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Things Happening in our Community

Traditional Portuguese Crab Dinner. All are invited to the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center for the annual Traditional Portuguese Cold Crab Dinner Fundraiser & Dessert Auction on Saturday, February 4 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. IDESST does it "the old-fashioned way," including cooking fresh crab at the Center on the morning of the event. Tickets are already sold out in the ballroom, so buy your tickets for the dining room now! Proceeds from the Crab dinner and Dessert Auction underwrite the expense of the Holy Ghost Festa. The IDESST Hall is located at 511 Caledonia Street in Sausalito.
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The Soul of Sausalito (2017, 55 minutes). The Sausalito Public Library's third annual Sausalito Documentary Film Series gets underway inside the Library on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. with the screening of a new documentary that celebrates the uniqueness of Sausalito. The Soul of Sausalito begins with the Miwok Indians and takes us through a series of invasions – the Spanish, the Portuguese, the Hippies and, finally, the Tourists. Director/Producer Bruce Paquette will be on hand, along with film editors David Drewry and Saul Rouda.
VIEW THE SCHEDULE OF THE 2017 SAUSALITO DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
Daddy Daughter Dance. The Daddy Daughter Dance for dads and their daughters, ages 3-14, is a time for dads to celebrate Valentine's Day with the little girl(s) in their life. The event takes place on Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. in the Game Room on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall. A DJ will run participants through some basic dance moves before turning on the music and beginning a magical evening. Each daughter receives punch and cookie refreshments, a photograph keepsake, and a corsage. The event is sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club. The cost is $45 per couple for Sausalito residents and $50 for non-resident couples. Pre-registration is required: call (415) 289-4152 or register online.
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15th Anniversary of the Village Movement. The members of Sausalito Village invite you to join them in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Village Movement on Monday, February 13 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Thousands of Village members throughout the country will participate in this live webinar broadcast from Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, home of the original Village that started the movement we know today. The program includes Atul Gawande, MD, author of Being Mortal, speaking about the value of community as we grow older. The webinar is sponsored by Beacon Hill Village and the Village to Village Network.
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Rebels with a Cause (2013, 74 minutes). The Sausalito Public Library's third annual Sausalito Documentary Film Series continues on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. with the screening of Rebels with a Cause. The film is about the activists who struggled for more than twenty years to preserve the open spaces that became the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Among the lands preserved was a vast tract of the Marin Headlands just west of Sausalito, once slated to become a community of 30,000 people known as "Marincello." Filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will answer questions after the film.
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Alan Watts Discussion Circle. Everyone is welcome to attend the gathering of the Alan Watts Discussion Circle at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19 inside the Sausalito Library. Alan Watts was a philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern Philosophy for Western audiences. The Alan Watts Discussion Circle was created to study and discuss the ideas of Watts and the philosophers and Far East perceptions that influenced him. The group meets monthly at the Sausalito Library and is facilitated by Kamran Thunder. All are welcome. See also the website for the Alan Watts Discussion Circle.
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Met Opera Preview: Rusalka. The Sausalito Public Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2016-17 continues on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the composer and opera and 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.
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Songs That Tell a Story. Come to the City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. for a fun musical soirée where we explore songs that tell a story, featuring lively cuts from musicals, movies and recordings. Presented by KALW film critic Peter Robinson, this program will cover everything from Bye Bye Miss American Pie to Cole Porter's I Get a Kick out of You. We'll also see and hear performances by Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Emmy Rossum. Peter Robinson is editor of San Francisco Books & Travel and president of the San Francisco Literary Society. Songs That Tell a Story was originally scheduled for January 10, but postponed because of stormy weather.
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We Built a Ship (2017, 90 minutes). The Sausalito Public Library's third annual Sausalito Documentary Film Series continues on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. with the screening of We Built a Ship. The film is Stefan Sargent's new documentary about the Matthew Turner, an 1891 replica wooden brigantine that is being built by 150 volunteers and a small full-time crew near the Bay Model in Sausalito. Stefan has filmed every step in the construction of the tall ship, which is scheduled to be launched on April 1, 2017. Stefan Sargent and members of the crew will be on hand for the film.
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Sausalito Lions Club Annual Crabfeed Fundraiser. You'll be crabby if you miss the Sausalito Lions Club Annual Crabfeed Fundraiser on Saturday, February 25 at IDESST Hall, 511 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and features all the crab and fixings you can eat. A vegetarian option will also be available. A silent auction and a live auction will accompany the dinner. Funds raised by the event will support Sausalito Lions Club community programs. Tickets may be purchased for $60 at the Sausalito UPS Store or by calling (415) 332-3333.
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Attic Sale. The St. Mary Star of the Sea 9th Annual Attic Sale will be held on February 25 and 26 at 180 Harrison Avenue in Sausalito. The sale will include distinctive and designer clothing; vintage, ethnic & costume jewelry; furniture and housewares; handmade pottery; framed art; craft supplies; toys & dolls; pet gear; and outdoor wear. Hours are Saturday, February 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
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Monet: The Early Years. Join FAMSF docent Maureen O'Brien on Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers for a lively discussion of the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet's career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist's development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period, the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces. This Sausalito Public Library docent lecture coincides with the Legion of Honor exhibit that runs February 25 to May 29.
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Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, February 28 from 4:00 p.m. 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 bookmarks and buttons made from your artwork. Seating is limited for this free program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rebecca at rburgan@ci.sausalito.ca.us or (415) 289-4100 x502.
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Marinship - World's Most Amazing Shipyard (2017, 90 minutes). The Sausalito Public Library's third annual Sausalito Documentary Film Series continues on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. with the screening of Marinship - World's Most Amazing Shipyard. The film is a new documentary created by local filmmaker Eric Torney to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of Sausalito's Marinship shipyard. Built at the onset of WWII, Marinship launched ninety-three Liberty ships and tankers before the end of the war. The Sausalito Historical Society will host a reception after the screening.
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