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News from the City of Sausalito
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Stories for the Week of November 15, 2019

City Council Recommends General Plan Vision for Marinship

Marinship
A satellite photo showing the boundaries of the Marinship district
At its meeting on Tuesday, November 12, the City Council recommended a Marinship vision to guide Marinship-related policies for the City's General Plan Update. The vision was developed in conjunction with the General Plan Advisory Committee following the Marinship Community Workshop on September 7 and previous Council input in October.

The vision recommended by the City Council is as follows:
The Marinship is a working waterfront maritime and industrial neighborhood that is planned and developed with innovative solutions to sea level rise combined with regional and global sea level rise reduction and management programs.

The Marinship welcomes residents of houseboats and liveaboards while providing safe and convenient public access to transit, the shore, and to parks with a low-impact and functional vehicular and pedestrian circulation network. The neighborhood is supported by updated infrastructure, has unique local neighborhood-serving services and amenities, and is home to a thriving community of artists and innovators.

The Marinship neighborhood respects and protects water-dependent uses as well as the neighborhood's historical maritime and industrial nature and character.
As they discussed the vision on November 12, the councilmembers reinforced their support for the Marinship's working waterfront and artist community. The Council also supported:
  • Economic sustainability — defined as "a dynamic process in which communities anticipate and accommodate the needs of current and future generations in ways that reproduce and balance local social, economic, and ecological systems, and link local actions to global concerns — as a concept to consider throughout Sausalito, including, but not limited to, the Marinship
  • Subareas as a tool to consider using for the General Plan Update, but not specifically part of the Marinship vision
  • Opportunities for more senior and live/work housing in Sausalito, but not specifically in the Marinship and not to the detriment of the viability of industrial operations in the Marinship
  • A waterfront path for Sausalito residents and workers in the Marinship that promotes accessibility and prioritizes the working waterfront, and a Bridgeway-adjacent path that safely separates bicyclists and vehicles
  • Environmental remediation and infrastructure improvements as strong factors in the General Plan Update, but not specifically as part of the Marinship vision
The next steps in the General Plan Update process are General Plan Advisory Committee meetings focusing on policy frameworks. In these meetings, the committee will discuss the policy make-up of General Plan elements (chapters). The first of these meetings took place on November 13, and the next two will be on December 3 and December 17. Draft element frameworks are available online.

In addition, public comment is open for the scoping period of the environmental review process. The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is available online, and comments on the scope and content of the environmental impact report may be submitted to the City until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9.

The current schedule for the General Plan Update process calls for the preparation of a draft General Plan Update in spring 2020, followed by a community workshop and further refinements. Consideration of a final General Plan Update by the City Council is anticipated for September 2020.
 
WATCH THE MARINSHIP VISION ITEM FROM THE NOVEMBER 12 COUNCIL MEETING
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Steep Decline in Short-Term Rentals

Old Town Sausalito
The number of advertised short-term rental properties in Sausalito declined from 52 at the end of June 2019 to 14 at the end of September 2019, according to figures in a staff report that was received by the City Council on November 12. A short-term rental is defined as the rental of a dwelling unit, accessory unit, or room or rooms of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 days. At the direction of the Council, City staff began prioritizing enforcement of the City's ban on short-term rentals in January 2019.

The City's Community Development Department is working with a company called Host Compliance in the enforcement effort. Since January, 67 letters have been sent to rental properties that were identified as non-compliant, of which 57 were determined to be compliant by the end of September.

Going forward, City staff and Host Compliance will continue to issue courtesy notices for new listings, compliance orders for properties that re-list, and citations for properties that do not comply with compliance orders. Violations are fined at $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for the second offense, and $5,000 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are cumulative and citations may be issued each day the violation exists.

The Community Development Department expects the number of short-term rental listings in Sausalito to continue to decrease as more properties are identified and noticed, and as more owners of existing and prospective short-term rental properties become aware of the City's enforcement efforts.

Host Compliance provides a mechanism for people to report suspected illegal short-term rental activity. Reports can be made by calling the Host Compliance hotline at (415) 942-8181 or by filling out an online form. Reports may also be made directly to the City of Sausalito by printing, signing, and submitting a Code Complaint Form.

At the City Council meeting on November 12, Mayor Joe Burns stated that the Council expects to review an annual report on short-term rental enforcement as a business item during one of its regular meetings in January 2020.

Any questions about short-term rentals in Sausalito may be directed to Acting Community Development Director Steve Flint at (415) 289-4133 or sflint@sausalito.gov.
 
READ THE QUARTERLY REPORT ON SHORT-TERM RENTAL ENFORCEMENT
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO

Police Make Arrest for Smash-and-Grab Auto Burglary

Davin Rose
Detective Davin Rose
At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, Police Detective Davin Rose was conducting surveillance in Municipal Parking Lot 1 due to recent automobile burglaries. Detective Rose observed a silver Nissan sedan occupied by three adults enter the parking lot and pull into a parking space. All three adults then exited the Nissan and appeared to be casing cars.

While watching the suspects, Detective Rose witnessed them commit a window-smash burglary of a locked and unoccupied parked vehicle. A backpack was stolen from the vehicle. When Detective Rose pulled his unmarked police vehicle up to the suspects and attempted to make contact with them, the suspects jumped back into the Nissan and fled.

With the assistance of the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the Mill Valley Police Department, and the Tiburon Police Department, Sausalito police officers searched for the Nissan and located it unoccupied in the area of Glen Drive at Glen Court. Officers contacted several neighbors and learned that the occupants of the Nissan ran from the vehicle in different directions. The stolen backpack was located next to the Nissan.

Officers conducted a comprehensive search of the area for the suspects. Jinjoe Kellom, a 21 year-old resident of Vallejo who matched the description of the individual who broke the window of the victim vehicle, was contacted in the area of Caledonia Street at Litho Street at approximately 5:31 p.m. Kellom was identified as one of the participants in the crime and was arrested for burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, failure to obey a peace officer, and possession of burglary tools. He was subsequently booked into the Marin County Jail.
 
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Trash Collection on Richardson's Bay Scheduled for November 22

Trash
Some of the refuse collected during the 2018 trash collection event
On Friday, November 22, the Sausalito Police Department and the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) will conduct the annual trash collection event for vessels on Richardson's Bay. The service is provided free of cost.

During the event, residents of the anchorage can bring trash to a collection vessel that will be circulating in the area. For those who are unable to deliver trash to the collection vessel, an RBRA boat will be available to pick up trash and deliver it to the collection vessel. To arrange a trash pickup, please call the RBRA at (415) 971-3919 on November 21 or 22.

The Sausalito Police Department will be providing free trash bags to assist mariners in the cleanup effort. To obtain trash bags, please contact Captain Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4171 or bfraass@sausalito.gov. Captain Fraass is also available to answer questions about the City of Sausalito's Waterfront Management Plan.
 
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Local Firefighters Battle October Wildfires

Firefighters
Firefighters from Southern Marin Fire at the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County
Thirteen firefighters and three fire engines from the Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to Sonoma and Ventura counties during the wildfires that broke out in late October 2019.

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County was the most significant event, burning 77,758 acres and destroying more than 100 homes before it was fully contained on November 6. During the fire, personnel from Southern Marin Fire were assigned tasks that included protecting structures during extreme fire conditions, controlling the perimeter at the head of the fire, and supporting burn operations. At one point, firefighters did not come off the fire line for over 48 hours.

The California Assistance Agreement and the California Master Mutual Aid System provide the framework for local, regional, state, and federal emergency service providers to immediately offer assistance to communities that are impacted by disasters like the Kincade Fire. One of the many benefits of Southern Marin Fire's participation in both of these systems is that if a major event occurs in our area, thousands of resources will immediately respond to our call for help. 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KINCADE FIRE
VIEW A MAP OF THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Graduates of the 2019 Southern Marin Management Academy

Human Resources Manager Susan Paterson (at left) with Tula Biederman, Dawn Barbour, and Amy Turner. Not pictured: Honour Knudsen and Katie Faulkner.
City of Sausalito graduates of the 2019 Southern Marin Management Academy were recognized in a special presentation at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 12.

The management academy is a collaborative management training program. Participating agencies include the cities and towns of Sausalito, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Tiburon, and San Anselmo, along with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. The primary purpose of the academy is to develop employees who have the talent to rise in public sector management, either within their own agency or in another public agency.

The City of Sausalito's 2019 academy graduates were Administrative Aide Dawn Barbour, Library Assistant II Tula Biederman, Police Officer Honour Knudsen, Management Analyst Amy Turner, and Associate Planner Katie Faulkner.

Forty-one City of Sausalito employees have graduated from the program since its inception in 2013. Academy participants must have a recommendation from a supervisor and at least one year of employment experience with the City. Participants meet one day per month for eight months and receive training in areas such as leadership and vision, strategic planning, finance management, communications, risk management, public engagement, and conflict resolution.

Questions about the Southern Marin Management Academy may be directed to Susan Paterson, Coordinator for the Southern Marin Management Academy and Sausalito Human Resources Manager, at spaterson@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4130.
 
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Sign up for Winter Classes with Sausalito Parks and Recreation

Sausalito Magazine
The cover of the winter 2020 edition of the Sausalito and Its Community magazine
The winter issue of the Sausalito and Its Community magazine features a complete listing of Parks and Recreation programs, classes, and special events through March 2020. It also includes updates from many community organizations. The magazine is available online from the City of Sausalito website and will soon be mailed to all Sausalito residences. Copies will be available in paper form at City Hall beginning the week of November 18.

Registration for winter programs is available via the City's online registration system. To get started, visit the login page and create an account. A temporary password will be emailed to you, at which point you can log in and set a new password. Registration options may be found in the "Start Here" section.

New this year, Parks and Recreation is managing enrollment for the after-school enrichment programs at Willow Creek Academy. Classes include Chess Wizards, Lego Robotics, and Theater.

Any questions about programs and classes from Parks and Recreation may be directed to (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
 
DOWNLOAD THE WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF THE SAUSALITO MAGAZINE [8 MB]

Recap of the City Council Meeting on November 12

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The following, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting. For late mail, please view the meeting agenda.

Special Presentations: Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Consent Calendar: Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Adopted Resolution No. 5872.  Adopted Resolution No. 5873.  Adopted Resolution No. 5874.  Adopted Resolution No. 5875.  Received and Filed.  Adopted Resolution No. 5876. 
  • 5G. Approval of Holiday Street Parking Meter Waiver (Read the Staff Report)
Approved the Holiday Street Parking Meter Waiver.  Adopted Resolution No. 5877. 

Business Items: Provided Recommendations and Direction for the Marinship Vision to Be Included in the General Plan Update. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Provided Comments on Topics to Be Discussed in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the General Plan Update. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Authorized the Agreement with Kosmont Companies. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Received the Update. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting

Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past 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.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Upcoming City Council Meeting on November 19

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 19, 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 items, please view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

Consent Calendar: Business Items: Public Hearing Items: Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past 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 December 10, 2019, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The role of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee is to provide the City Council with recommendations on bicycle and pedestrian circulation in the community.

Previous meeting. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee held a regular meeting on Monday, October 21. In addition to standing items, topics on the agenda included bicycle traffic counts, rules for parking in red zones, and the committee's project priorities. Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming meeting. The next meeting of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 18 in the City Hall Council Chambers. Topics on the agenda include Safe Routes to School, the General Plan Update, red zones in downtown Sausalito, and the Coloma Street crosswalk project.

All meetings of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee are open to the public and are also live streamed and video recorded. The staff liaisons are Chief of Police John Rohrbacher and Director of Public Works Kevin McGowan. The Council liaison is Joe Burns. Bjorn Griepenburg serves as the liaison of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Questions, comments, and project ideas may be directed to pbac@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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.

Previous meeting. A hearing of the Planning Commission was held on Wednesday, November 6. The following actions were taken at the hearing:
  • 30 Atwood Avenue: Continued the public hearing to the meeting of December 4, 2019
  • 38 and 40 Edwards Avenue: Approved the condominium conversion permit and a vesting tentative parcel map
  • Wolfback Estates Lot 5: Continued the public hearing to a date uncertain
Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming meeting. There will be a regular meeting of the Planning Commission in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. The following item is on the agenda:
  • Sausalito-Marin City Pump Station Improvements: The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District Coloma Pump Station improvements would demolish the existing Scotties Pump Station and Whiskey Springs Pump Station and replace both with a new Coloma Pump Station located in the City of Sausalito public right-of-way at the southwest corner of the intersection of Bridgeway and Coloma Street (adjacent to the Whiskey Springs condominiums). A design review permit, encroachment agreement, conditional use permit, and tree removal permit are requested.
All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are also live streamed and video recorded. If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration, please contact the Community Development Department at (415) 289-4128. The department's 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMISSION
Historic Preservation Commission. The role of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify, preserve, and protect the historical assets of the City of Sausalito and to educate and engage the public on the importance of preservation.

Previous Meeting. At its October 24 meeting, the commission conducted historic resource determinations for the properties listed below and determined they did not qualify as historical resources per local, state, and national criteria:
  • 160 Filbert Avenue
  • 1745, 1751, 1757 Bridgeway
Upcoming Meeting. The next meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission will be held on Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. At the meeting, the commission will be reviewing materials related to historic resource determination for the following property with a current development application:
  • 253 Glen Drive
The staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission is Planning Advisor Bill Meeker of the Community Development Department. Any questions about the Commission may be directed to bmeeker@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4137. All meetings are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

News from City Departments

Public Works. A section of Cloud View Road adjacent to the intersection with Prospect Avenue will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22. Sausalito Construction will be coordinating with PG&E to dig a trench across the road as part of utility service undergrounding in the area. During work hours, traffic will be detoured around Cloud View Road between Prospect Avenue and Booker Avenue.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE INTERSECTION OF CLOUD VIEW AND PROSPECT
Library. The Sausalito Library will be holding a Thanksgiving fine amnesty from November 17 to November 30, 2019. Bring in your library card or ID during open hours and library staff will waive late charges, new and old, on your overdue Sausalito items. Because the Sausalito Library is one of many independent libraries within the MARINet consortium and LINK+, staff will be unable to waive overdue charges from other libraries. Charges for replacement items cannot be waived, but if you locate an item you have been charged for, bring it to the library for removal from your record. Any questions about the fine amnesty may be directed to (415) 289-4121 or rburgan@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO LIBRARY
Administration. The Enforcement Committee of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) will receive an update on the management of vessels in Richardson's Bay at its meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. The meeting will take place in the Redwood Room on the fifth floor of Bay Area Metro Center at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco. The description of the agenda item reads, "The Committee will receive a briefing and discuss the continuing efforts by the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency and the City of Sausalito to manage vessels in Richardson’s Bay, particularly the progress made by each entity since September 12, 2019, and the staff recommended actions to ensure continued progress."
VIEW THE AGENDA OF THE NOVEMBER 20 BCDC ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Administration. The City of Sausalito is currently recruiting for two full-time positions on City staff. Job titles and application deadlines are as follows: For more information about job openings at the City of Sausalito, please visit the Job Openings page on the City website. Any questions may be directed to Human Resources Manager Susan Paterson at spaterson@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4130.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JOB OPENINGS WITH THE CITY OF SAUSALITO
Administration. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has announced that the new Richmond-San Rafael Bicycle and Pedestrian Path will open on Saturday, November 16. This six-mile Bay Trail segment will allow bicyclists and pedestrians to travel for the first time between the counties of Contra Costa and Marin. The new bicycle and pedestrian path is separated from auto traffic by a moveable barrier on the bridge's upper deck.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW BIKE/PED PATH ON THE RICHMOND BRIDGE
Parks and Recreation. Santa's coming! He's making a special trip to the Sausalito Yacht Club on Saturday, December 7 to eat breakfast with you and your family. It will be a magical morning where kids make holiday crafts and visit with Santa while elves prepare a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage.

There are two seatings to choose from: the 8:30 a.m. seating sees Santa arrive, the 10:00 a.m. seating gets to see him return to the North Pole. The cost is $15 for Sausalito residents and $18 for non-residents (free for children 2 and under). To register, please visit the Breakfast with Santa web page. Any questions about Breakfast with Santa may be directed to Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Public Works. A maintenance dredging project for the Sausalito Yacht Harbor began on Friday, November 8 and will continue through the month of November. The work has received the necessary permits from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the City of Sausalito and is taking place entirely in the water. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Things Happening in Our Community

Sealabrate Sausalito. The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Marine Mammal Center, invites you to an evening of fun, food, and dancing at the Spinnaker Restaurant from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on November 16. Proceeds support the programs of both organizations. The ticket price of $125 includes food, dancing, and entertainment. Mayor Joe Burns will be the MC for the evening, and there will be silent and live auctions. All are welcome to attend. Any questions may be directed to chamber@sausalito.org or (415) 331-7262.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SEALABRATE SAUSALITO
Princess Street Party. The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce and Princess Street merchants will host a Princess Street Party from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. The event will feature live music, live art making, and refreshments. All are welcome. Princess Street is located in the heart of downtown Sausalito. 
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP OF PRINCESS STREET
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, November 17 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
Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, November 19 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.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Community Forum on Child Care and Early Education. The Marin County Child Care Commission and its community partners will be hosting a Community Forum on Child Care and Early Education at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19. This will be a dynamic and interactive event where participants will have the opportunity to discuss countywide goals, objectives, strategies, and indicators to improve child care and early education in Marin. Please register if you plan to attend. Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is located at 200 Phillips Drive in Marin City.
VIEW THE INVITATION TO THE FORUM ON CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION
Met Opera Preview: Akhnaten. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2019-20 continues at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19 with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Akhnaten by Philip Glass. 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.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Mac Tips & Tricks. This class in the Edgewater room at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 21 delves into shortcuts and workflows to make using your Mac even easier. Mac expert Jon Hartman will focus on key commands and shortcuts to increase efficiency and make your computer even more productive than you thought possible. Jon is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Tránsito Synagogue: A Monument to Peace and Interfaith Collaboration in 14th Century Spain. Adorned with both Hebrew and Arabic Scripture, Samuel Halevi's synagogue of El Tránsito in Toledo, Spain, is a Jewish monument to peace and interfaith collaboration from the 14th century. Robert Darr's illustrated talk at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 will explore the history leading up to a golden age of collaboration between Spanish Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the 13th and 14th centuries. Robert is a translator of classical Persian and Arabic. He has for two decades studied the calligraphy and ornamentation of the Alhambra Palaces in Granada, Spain, and the related calligraphy ornamenting Tránsito Synagogue in Toledo.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
School Unification Town Hall Meetings. Join the Willow Creek Academy and Sausalito Marin City School District Unification Task Force for public meetings on Monday, December 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Willow Creek Academy multi-purpose room and Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the the Bayside MLK multi-purpose room. Students, parents, and members of the community are all welcome. For more information, please call (415) 332-3190 or email unification@smcsd.org. Dinner and childcare will be provided for attendees.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Law vs. Reality at Waldo Point – A History. For more than a century, law and reality didn't correspond at Waldo Point: what the law said should be there wasn't in fact what was there. The past fifty years witnessed a seesawing and at times even violent struggle to bring law and reality into harmony. In this special program on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Charles Bush, former attorney for the Gates Cooperative and author of the novel Houseboat Wars, will trace this unusual history. 
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ICB Winter Open Studios. This year's annual open studios at the ICB building will be held on December 6, 7, and 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The historic ICB is home to over 140 artists creating fine art in various mediums – including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and weaving. This year, more than 90 artists will participate, and we invite you into our studios to learn more about our art and our process. The ICB has free parking and disabled access on the Bay side. The building is located at 480 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WINTER OPEN STUDIOS AT THE ICB
Breakfast with Santa. Santa's coming! He's making a special trip to the Sausalito Yacht Club on Saturday, December 7 to eat breakfast with you and your family. It will be a magical morning where kids make holiday crafts and visit with Santa while elves prepare a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage. There are two seatings to choose from: the 8:30 a.m. seating sees Santa arrive, the 10:00 a.m. seating gets to see him return to the North Pole. The cost is $15 for Sausalito residents and $18 for non-residents (free for children 2 and under). To register, please visit the Breakfast with Santa web page. Any questions about Breakfast with Santa may be directed to Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Sausalito Woman's Club Holiday Open House. The Sausalito Woman's Club invites you to the annual Holiday Open House from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. Enjoy food, libations, caroling, and a visit from Santa! Young, young-at-heart, families, friends, neighbors, residents – everyone is encouraged to join in the festivities. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to support SWC's Annual Toys for Tots and Teens Christmas toy drive. The Sausalito Woman's Club is located at 120 Central Avenue.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Holiday Book Sale. Join the Friends of the Sausalito Library for a special sale featuring books suitable for gifts on Sunday, December 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Friend Bookstore on the upper level of City Hall, 420 Litho Street. The Friends have been saving gift-worthy books all year for this special holiday sale! If you can't make it to the special sale, the regular hours at the Friends Bookstore are Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE
Annual Christmas Choral Concert. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church's choral ensemble will present its 13th annual Christmas Vespers concert at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. The performance will include traditional and new carols, chants, and choruses by Lauridsen, Rutter, Chilcott, and others. Music director Ralph Hooper will be accompanied by trumpeter Mark Nemoyten and poetry reader Julie Carlson. There is no charge to attend, and a champagne reception will follow the event. The Sausalito Presbyterian Church is located at 112 Bulkley Avenue.
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP OF 112 BULKLEY AVENUE
Procraftinators: Crafting for Adults. The Procraftinators crafting meet-up for adults is the perfect place to bring whatever unfinished object, craft project, or hobby you are working on. The Sausalito Library invites you to the Edgewater Room from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 to complete that knitting, embroidery, or jewelry project while socializing with others for encouragement and inspiration. Bring your own supplies, trade with others, or come to learn a new craft. This event is free of charge and open to all experience levels. Drop in any time between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
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, December 14 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
Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks. The 32nd Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade gets underway at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, when dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats will parade along Sausalito's scenic shoreline. The boat parade begins at the Bay Model near the north end of Sausalito, continues along the shoreline to Old Town, and loops back to the waters off Gabrielson Park. The annual fireworks will begin soon after the conclusion of the parade.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS
Jingle Bell 5K and Children's Fun Run. The 6th Annual Jingle Bell 5K and Children's Fun Run will take place in downtown Sausalito on Sunday, December 15. The 5K race gets underway at 8:30 a.m., followed at approximately 9:15 a.m. by the Children's Fun Run and a pancake brunch in the Spinnaker Restaurant hosted by the Sausalito Lions Club. The cost to enter is $40 for adults and $25 for kids 15 and under. The entry deadline is December 1. Proceeds benefit the Dipsea Race Foundation's Dipsea Kidz program and Sausalito on the Waterfront's Child Education and Activity Fund.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JINGLE BELLS 5K AND CHILDREN'S FUN RUN
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