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Stories for the Week of January 11, 2019

City Council Votes to Maintain Ban on Short-Term Rentals

Council Chambers
The Council Chambers during the short-term rentals item on January 8
At the meeting of the Sausalito City Council on Tuesday, January 8, the Council voted unanimously to maintain the current ban on short-term rentals of less than 30 days. A one-year pilot program allowing short-term rentals under limited conditions had been under consideration. The proposed pilot program generated a significant negative response in the community, including a petition opposing short-term rentals in Sausalito that was signed by 631 people.

The motion approved by the City Council on January 8 provided the following direction:
  • The City will continue its prohibition on short-term rentals of less than 30 days
  • City staff will prioritize code enforcement with respect to short-term rentals
  • The Council will delay for a year any consideration of a pilot program allowing short-term rentals under limited conditions
  • Mayor Joe Burns will appoint a stakeholder group that, among other responsibilities, will help the Council establish indicators to gauge the City's success in enforcing the current ban on short-term rentals
  • City staff will generate and present quarterly reports on the effectiveness of the ban on short-term rentals
  • City staff will conduct a new community survey on short-term rentals
Updates on short-term rentals in Sausalito, including reports on the effectiveness of code enforcement under the current ban, will be reported in future editions of Sausalito Currents. Any questions about short-term rentals may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4133 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov.

Please note that there were technical difficulties with the video feed of the January 8 meeting. The video recording available via the button below includes audio, but video is limited to presentation slides. An alternate video recording of the short-term rental item from the meeting should be available on the City Council Meetings and Agendas page on Monday, January 14.
 
WATCH THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS ITEM FROM THE JANUARY 8 COUNCIL MEETING
VIEW THE MEETING AGENDA, INCLUDING LATE MAIL FROM RESIDENTS
READ THE CURRENTS ARTICLE ON CODE ENFORCEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 30, 2018
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO

Public Works Director Jonathon Goldman Announces Retirement

Jonathon Goldman
Public Works Director and City Engineer Jonathon Goldman
Public Works Director and City Engineer Jonathon Goldman is retiring from the City of Sausalito. His last day with the City will be Friday, January 25. During his ten-year tenure, Jonathon has overseen a large number of significant projects and initiatives for Sausalito. Jonathon's achievements include:
  • Leading construction projects like the City's public safety buildings, the bulkhead at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor, and the public restrooms in downtown Sausalito
  • Managing park projects like the improvements to Robin Sweeny Park, Dunphy Park, and MLK Park
  • Overseeing projects to pave 60% of all Sausalito streets and replace our concrete streets
  • Leading Sausalito's effort to make our sidewalks, streets, and public facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Reviewing thousands of private development and encroachment permits in Sausalito
  • Developing strategies for bicycle congestion management in Sausalito with the Police Department and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Collaborating with Sausalito Beautiful to improve the Bridgeway medians, Tiffany Park, and Bolinar Plaza at Napa Street
  • Working with Sausalito Sister Cities to plan and build the new Praça de Cascais in downtown Sausalito
City Manager Adam Politzer says, "Jonathon was my third hire after I started as Sausalito City Manager in 2007. He has been a superb mentor to our public works staff, and it would be difficult for me to overstate the impact that Jonathon has had in making Sausalito a safer, more attractive, and more environmentally sound place to live and work. I've also always been impressed with Jonathon's appreciation of and connection with members of our community, especially those with an interest in our public infrastructure. Dorothy Gibson, Chuck Donald, Norm Wohlschlaeger, Alice Merrill, Ann Arnott, Shelby Van Meter, and Herb Weiner are just a few of the names that come to mind."

Jonathon believes that continuing to find creative and innovative ways to deliver a balance of maintenance and capital improvements to Sausalito's infrastructure is the biggest challenge that his successor will face. He says, "Sausalito is blessed with an amazing location, spectacular geography, and a network of infrastructure that evolved incrementally, punctuated with spurts of massive investment by the railroad in the late 1800s, the establishment of Fort Baker and Fort Barry in the early 1900s, the construction of our concrete streets and underground sewer system in the early 1910s and 20s, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and US 101 in the 1930s, the construction and then disposition of the Marinship properties in the 1940s, and the construction of the wastewater treatment plant at Fort Baker in the early 1950s. If we had the opportunity to plan and build each of those episodes today, our infrastructure would be very differently configured and likely safer, more environmentally sustainable, and more inexpensively maintained."

Soon after his retirement from the City of Sausalito, Jonathon will move to his father's old house in Tucson, Arizona. He plans to continue working and will seek a government or research position with the potential to make positive contributions to education, sustainability, and climate change adaptation.

Good wishes may be directed to jgoldman@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4176. 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Council Approves First Reading of Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Sausalito
By a 4-0 vote, with one member absent, the Sausalito City Council approved the first reading of a new inclusionary housing ordinance at its meeting on January 8. The ordinance would require new developments with four or more housing units to ensure that a percentage of those units qualify as affordable. If approved by the Council at a second reading on January 22, the ordinance will go into effect 30 days later.

An affordable unit is a dwelling unit within a residential development which is made available at an affordable rent or ownership cost to extremely low, very low, low, or moderate-income households. In Marin County, a two-person household is currently considered as being of moderate income if it has an annual income of $113,650.

The City of Sausalito does not currently have any inclusionary housing requirements. The proposed zoning ordinance amendment would add a new municipal code section 10.40.140 to establish regulations for inclusionary housing.

As written, the ordinance requires a percentage of at least 15% affordable units for new developments of four or more units. If 15% of the total proposed units equals a fractional number, any fraction of less than one-half is rounded down, and any fraction more than one-half is rounded up to the next whole number. For example, a four-unit building would be calculated as 4 * 15% = 0.6, which would be rounded up to one affordable unit.

In some instances, the requirement for an inclusionary unit can be satisfied with a unit which has fewer bedrooms than the market rate units. Some rental projects will also be able to satisfy the requirement with an income-restricted accessory dwelling unit which is accessory to one of the market-rate units. Otherwise, the inclusionary units must be the same average size as the non-inclusionary units.

Any questions about the zoning ordinance amendment for inclusionary housing may be directed to Associate Planner Katie Faulkner at (415) 289-4135 or kfaulkner@sausalito.gov.
 
READ THE STAFF REPORT ON THE INCLUSIONARY HOUSING ORDINANCE
READ THE DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
WATCH THE PRESENTATION FROM THE JANUARY 8 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Kent Basso Receives Exceptional Customer Service Award

At the City of Sausalito employee holiday party on Friday, December 14, City Manager Adam Politzer announced the winners of two annual awards for Sausalito City employees, the Debbie Pagliaro Exceptional Customer Service Award and the Extreme Act of Kindness Award. Last week's Currents featured the Extreme Act of Kindness Award. This week, we'll recap the Exceptional Customer Service Award nominees and winner.

The Debbie Pagliaro Exceptional Customer Service Award was created to recognize a City employee for his or her consistently excellent customer service or for a single outstanding instance of exceptional customer service. The award was inspired by and named in honor of former City Clerk Debbie Pagliaro. Nominations for the award were submitted by the heads of the City's various departments.

The following City employees were nominated for the 2018 award:
  • Senior Library Assistant Rebecca Burgan
  • Public Works Supervisor Kent Basso
  • Permit Technician McKenna Ramiro
  • Maintenance Worker III Steve Hansen
Kent Basso
The 2018 winner of the Extreme Act of Kindness Award, as selected by City Manager Adam Politzer and Community Development Director Lilly Whalen, was Public Works Supervisor Kent Basso. Kent received the award for his exceptional performance at the scene of a car accident on Bridgeway in September 2018.
 
VIEW THE CITY OF SAUSALITO STAFF DIRECTORY

Remembering Gene Hiller

Gene Hiller
Gene Hiller
Mayor Joe Burns began the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 8 with a special proclamation in honor of Gene Hiller, whose Gene Hiller Menswear has been a fixture in downtown Sausalito for almost 60 years. Gene passed away in December 2018 at the age of 90.

Gene Hiller Menswear was founded on Geary Street in San Francisco in 1953, then moved to Sausalito at 690 Bridgeway in 1960. In 1993, the business moved again, this time across the street to today's location at 729/731 Bridgeway, a building that served as Sausalito City Hall until the early 1970s. 

In his proclamation, Mayor Burns noted that in the 65 years since its founding, "Gene Hiller Menswear remained dedicated to their worldwide customers by offering a combination of tradition and innovation... and yet all the while, Gene never forgot our small town... staying involved in community activities and giving to much-needed charities."

Gene is survived by his wife Tove, his stepdaughter Terri, and his twin grandsons Angel and Alex.
 
READ THE PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF GENE HILLER
READ THE OBITUARY FROM THE MARIN INDEPENDENT-JOURNAL

Join the Family Valentine's Dance on February 10

Family Valentine's Dance
A scene from last year's Family Valentine's Dance
Celebrate Valentine's Day with the little sweethearts in your life! The Parks and Recreation Department's Family Valentine's Dance returns on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Exercise Room on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall. This event for mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters will feature a professional DJ who will introduce basic dance moves and play great music. Refreshments will be provided, and each family will receive a photograph keepsake. Dress is casual, but feel free to dress up in your fancy attire. The cost is $25 per family for Sausalito residents and $30 per family for non-residents. Please call (415) 289-4152 to register.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY VALENTINE'S DANCE

Recap of City Council Meeting on January 8

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The following, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting. For late mail, please view the meeting agenda.

Please note that there were technical difficulties with the video feed at the January 8 meeting. The links to video recordings below include complete audio, but video is limited to presentation slides. An alternate video recording of the short-term rental item from the meeting should be available on the City Council Meetings and Agendas page on Monday, January 14.

Special Presentations:
  • 1A. Award from the World Health Organization
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford presented Sybil Boutillier with an award and thanked her for her hard work. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting
  • 1B. Celebration of Life Declaration for Gene Hiller
Mayor Burns presented a proclamation in honor of Gene Hiller and his contributions to the community. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting

Consent Calendar: Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Council pulled this item for continuation on January 22, 2019. Adopted Resolution 5762 authorizing a contract with Jill Barnes Consulting for Project Management services for the Gate Six Intersection Improvement Project. Adopted Resolution 5763 approving an Encroachment Agreement for a trellis, gates, retaining walls, and landscaping in the public right-of-way fronting 121 San Carlos Avenue. Adopted Resolution 5764 Amending the Lease of Premises for MLK tenant Nicolay Kreidler.
  • 5E. Waive further reading, ready by title only and adopt Ordinance Nos. 1267 and 1268 amending Title 10 of the Sausalito Municipal Code, adding a new Section 10.44.085,
Newly Elected City Council Members were sworn in. Council waived further reading, read by Title only, and adopted Ordinance Nos. 1267 and 1268 Amending Title 10 of the Sausalito Municipal Code, adding a New Section 10.44.085, and Modifying Sections 10.44.080, 10.88.040, and Table 10.22-1 regarding Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units. Council affirmed City Council, City Manager, and City Attorney Operating Protocols. Established a policy regarding Letters of Support/Opposition for Local, Regional, State, or Federal Legislation. Council was presented with an update on the status of the Machine Shop.
  • 5I. Accept the Resignation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Member Alex Frankel and Acknowledge Moving Aaron Roller from Alternate to Full Member (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1- PBAC resignation)
Accepted resignation of Alex Frankel and agreed to move Aaron Roller to Full Member.

Public Hearing Items: (Public Hearing items will be heard following Business Items) Council approved the introduction of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment by a 4-0 vote, with Councilmember Hoffman absent for this portion of the meeting. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting

Business Items: (Business Items will be heard prior to Public Hearing Items)
  • 7A. Study Session on the Nuts and Bolts of Labor Negotiations
Charles Sakai and Sloan Sakai, Attorneys at Law, gave a presentation to the Council regarding the Labor Negotiation process. The City Manager clarified that the current labor contract ends on June 30, 2019. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Council directed staff to continue the current prohibition on Short-Term Rentals and to prioritize Code Enforcement utilizing Host Compliance. The pilot program will be revisited a year from now with current data from Code Enforcement. Quarterly update reports were requested. The amended motion was unanimously approved by a roll call vote of 5-0. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting
  • 7C. Southern Marin Fire District Lessons Learned Update Report (Read the Staff Report)
Item pulled from agenda and will be scheduled for a future meeting. Police Chief John Rohrbacher gave an update to the Council regarding Waterfront Management.

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 January 22, 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

General Plan Advisory Committee. The mission of the General Plan Advisory Committee is to facilitate the update of the 1995 Sausalito General Plan, in concert with City staff, consultants, and the public.
 
Previous meeting. On December 4, the members of the General Plan Advisory Committee met to review documents which were designed to identify policy-related issues that need further analysis before a preferred policy framework can be developed for the General Plan Update. Watch the video recording of the meeting.

Upcoming meeting. The General Plan Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. At the meeting, the committee will discuss historic preservation conditions, Caledonia (CR) and Neighborhood Commercial (CN) land use designations, and City-owned parcels. For the full agenda packet, visit the General Plan Advisory Committee meetings and agendas page.

Questions about the General Plan Advisory Committee or the General Plan Update may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4133 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Hospitality Business Development Committee. The role of the Hospitality Business Development Committee is to promote the hospitality and tourism industry in Sausalito and make recommendations to the City Council. Membership of the committee consists of two representatives from the hotel industry, two representatives from the restaurant industry, and two representatives from the Chamber of Commerce.

Previous meeting. The Hospitality Business Development Committee held a regular meeting on Thursday, November 15. Topics on the agenda included the Destination Sausalito website, a presentation by Sojern Marketing (a travel marketing company), and holiday co‐op advertising and events.

Upcoming meeting: The next meeting of the Hospitality Business Development Committee will be held on Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Agenda items include results from holiday advertising, the Destination Sausalito website, and marketing opportunities.

Any questions about the Hospitality Business Development Committee may be directed to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford at (415) 289-4126 or mlangford@sausalito.gov. All meetings of the Hospitality Business Development Committee are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

News from City Departments

Administration. You can help the County of Marin to better understand homelessness in Marin by serving as a volunteer for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count. Counts are performed every two years, and this year's count of Marin's homeless population will take place on Monday, January 28. On that day, volunteers from across the county will team up with expert guides to drive or walk assigned routes from 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. Starting locations include Marin City, San Rafael, and Novato.

To volunteer, please fill out this short survey. If you will be volunteering with other individuals you would like to be paired with, please only register once all team members have confirmed their participation and provided you with email addresses. Volunteers are also asked to attend a one-hour training session on Friday, January 18. Any questions may be directed to (669) 247-7085 or connie@appliedsurveyresearch.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2019 HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME COUNT
Administration. Due to the government shutdown, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will maintain a one-way loop traffic plan in the Marin Headlands through Monday, January 28. Under the plan, vehicle traffic through the Baker-Barry Tunnel is one-way in the westbound direction, and Conzelman Road is one-way in the eastbound direction between McCullough Road and Alexander Avenue. Bicycles are not be subject to these restrictions and may continue to operate in both directions. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARIN HEADLANDS
Parks and Recreation. Sausalito Parks and Recreation is offering a new restorative movement class on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Exercise Room in City Hall. The class will help reduce chronic pain and stiffness, relieve stress, and restore freedom of movement. The instructor is Somatic Bodywork Practitioner Patricia Howe, who will leading attendees in movements developed by Thomas Hanna. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Participants will leave class with a series of safe, gentle movements to practice at home. The drop-in fee is $10 for Sausalito residents and $12 for non-residents
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROGRAMS AND CLASSES FROM PARKS AND RECREATION
Parks and Recreation. The big game is coming to Sausalito from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. The fourth annual Souper Bowl will take ticket holders on a tour of downtown and Caledonia Street restaurants to find out who has the best soup in Sausalito. The winner will receive the coveted "Lom-Bowl-Di Trophy." The Sausalito Yacht Club is the defending champion.
 
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance online. Same-day tickets will be available from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ferry landing. Each ticket enables the ticket holder to visit all the restaurants, taste soup, and vote for a winner. Local businesses will also be offering discounts and freebies along the way, such as two-for-one glasses of wine at Madrigal Family Winery and Real Napa Wine Tasting. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO'S SOUPER BOWL AND PURCHASE TICKETS
Public Works. If you have been wondering what to do with your old Christmas tree now that the holiday season is over, Bay Cities Refuse Service advises that your tree may be placed at the curbside with your green bin on your regular garbage pickup day in Sausalito. Please remove tree stands and ornaments. Flocked trees are not recyclable. If you would like to dispose of your tree earlier, Bay Cities has a debris box at the MLK parking lot off of Coloma Street. Questions about tree recycling may be directed to Bay Cities Refuse at (415) 332-3646.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BAY CITIES REFUSE
Public Works. Please be advised that Stroub Construction has scheduled a road closure from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 for the operation of a crane at 200 Sausalito Boulevard. Detours will be in place. Questions about the closure may be directed to Stroub Construction at (415) 331-0621 or the City of Sausalito Public Works Department at (415) 289-4106.
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP SHOWING 200 SAUSALITO BOULEVARD
Public Works. Beginning on January 19, the combination of lunar phase and the solar perihelion will result in especially high tides, sometimes referred to as "king tides." King tides that exceed 6.5' can cause street flooding in Sausalito, most often on Gate 5 Road. High tides exceeding 6.5' are predicted on the following days:
  • Saturday, January 19 at 9:24 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 20 at 10:13 a.m.
  • Monday, January 21 at 11:03 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 22 at 11:54 a.m.
Rain, lowered barometric pressure as a result of winter storms, and wind (especially out of the south) can increase tide heights and inundation areas. Staff from Sausalito Public Works, the Sausalito Police Department, and Southern Marin Fire will monitor tides and flood zones especially carefully on each of these days and proactively place "flooded" signs in the areas that are usually affected by tides of these heights. 
GET TIDE PREDICTIONS FOR SAUSALITO

Things Happening in Our Community

Annual E-Waste Collection Event. The City of Sausalito's annual e-waste collection event returns to the City Hall parking lot on Saturday, January 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring old and worn out electronic equipment to the parking lot, which may be entered off of Bee Street. The e-waste collection event provides residents with an environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted electronic equipment. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
Half-Price Book Sale. The Friends of the Sausalito Library Bookstore in City Hall will be holding a half-price sale on Saturday, January 12. You will find a huge selection of fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, biographies, art books, and children's books, as well as DVDs, books on CD, and more. Everything in the store is half off the already very low prices! Hours for the sale are 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Friends of the Sausalito Library Bookstore is located on the top floor of City Hall at 420 Litho Street.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE
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, January 12 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
The Realities of Getting Published. Sausalito resident Adene Corns is a vice president at Simon & Schuster and the veteran of almost 40 years in the book publishing business. In this special presentation in the Edgewater Room of City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, Adene will talk about the realities of getting published today, including common pitfalls for new authors. If you are an aspiring or unpublished author, Adene's talk will be a fascinating opportunity to pull back the curtain on today's publishing business. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. This program is sponsored by the Sausalito Library.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ice House Plaza. The Sausalito Historical Society cordially invites you to a groundbreaking ceremony for Sausalito's new Ice House Plaza in downtown Sausalito. The groundbreaking event will be held at 780 Bridgeway (corner of Bridgeway and Bay Street) at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, January 18.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ICE HOUSE PLAZA PROJECT
Gatsby Revisited: Flappers and Philosophers. Join movie critic Peter Robinson inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 as he explores the stories behind The Great Gatsby. In this special program, we'll delve into the life and romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald with clips from three Gatsby movies, music from the Jazz Age, readings from Scott's letters to Zelda, and notes from critics and scholars. This is Peter's tenth program at the Sausalito Library. His previous programs include "We'll Always Have Paris" and "Memorable Tunes from the Movies."
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Sausalito Song Society First Annual Song Competition. The Sausalito Woman's Club will open the doors of its clubhouse on Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Sausalito Song Society First Annual Song Competition. The day will be filled with beautiful art songs and songs of the American musical theatre. The applicants range from age 16 to 80, and there are four categories of winners. Drop in anytime to watch the competition, or come for the excitement of the Winners Concert, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors for the Winner's Concert will open at 6:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the concert. The $20 donation payable at the door includes a wine reception for the winners. The Sausalito Woman's Club is located at 120 Central Avenue.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
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 Saturday, January 19 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 CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, January 22 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 or (415) 289-4100 x502.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Introduction to iPhone. The Sausalito Library is now offering hands-on workshops to help local residents with their mobile devices. Introduction to iPhone will be presented on Thursday, January 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. The class focuses on the basics of iPhone, from making calls and sending emails to understanding apps, the App Store, and Apple IDs. No RSVP necessary, but please bring your iPhone with you. Your instructor is Jon Hartman, a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
The Waldo Grade: Highway Through the Hills. The construction of the Golden Gate Bridge wouldn't have made any sense without an equally bold construction project in the hills above Sausalito. The creation of the 3.6-mile Waldo Grade required the excavation of millions of cubic yards of material and the boring of the first of today’s two tunnels. After the opening of the original undivided four-lane roadway in 1937, additional projects were undertaken to widen the highway. Along the way, serious proposals were made to build alternative roadways that would have required either new tunnels under Sausalito or a viaduct along the Sausalito shoreline. Join Sausalito resident Mike Moyle inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 to explore a fascinating aspect of our local history. This program is co-sponsored by the Sausalito Historical Society and will be followed by a reception in the Exhibit Room on the upper level of City Hall.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Sausalito's Souper Bowl. The big game is coming to Sausalito on Saturday, January 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. And we are not talking about football. The Souper Bowl pits Sausalito restaurants against each other to find out who has the best soup in Sausalito. The winner will receive the coveted "Lom-Bowl-Di Trophy." Tickets to the event are $15. Each ticket enables the ticket holder to visit all the restaurants, taste soup, and vote for a winner.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO'S SOUPER BOWL AND PURCHASE TICKETS
Herring Celebration and Fundraiser. This year's Sausalito Herring Celebration is a lunch and film-screening fundraiser for the Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Gidley Marina. The 2019 event will take place on Sunday, January 27 at the Bay Model at 2100 Bridgeway. The film this year is Blue Serengeti, a documentary that tracks the largest migration on earth under the waters of our coast. Tickets are $40 and include a delicious herring plate lunch presented by Sausalito restaurants. Beverages are $5. Should our silvery little friends not arrive at our local waters on time, the chefs will provide equally delectable bites. Two ticket options are available: an 11:00 a.m. screening and 1:00 p.m. herring lunch (doors open at 10:30 a.m.); and a 1:00 p.m. herring lunch and 2:30 p.m. film screening (doors open at 1:00 p.m.).
BUY TICKETS FOR THE 2019 SCBC HERRING CELEBRATION
Met Opera Preview: Carmen. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Carmen by Georges Bizet. 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 CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Water: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Water is one of the basic elements of life. We can track its history and we can see what is happening today, but can we predict tomorrow? We'll explore what we know about Marin's water yesterday, today and tomorrow in this program sponsored by Sausalito Beautiful and the Sausalito Library on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Presenter Peggy Mathers joined Marin Master Gardeners in 2009. The focus of her community volunteering is water conservation. As the long-standing project coordinator, she has worked together with the Marin Municipal Water District and Marin gardeners to create a perfect balance of water conservation and landscaping.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Scandals and Mysteries in Hollywood History. Sausalito's own Jan Wahl returns to the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 to share juicy stories about some of Hollywood's greatest stars, including Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Rock Hudson. Each story will be accompanied by a film clip of the star in one of his or her famous roles. Jan Wahl is San Francisco's favorite movie reviewer and film historian. You can find her on the radio at KCBS and All News 740-AM. Jan also teaches at Dominican University, makes regular speaking appearances, and emcees at local events.
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Understanding Your Medicare. Are you or a family member new to Medicare? Do you have questions about your specific rights and health care options? Please join us for this HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) seminar that offers free and unbiased information about people's Medicare benefits. On Thursday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, we will discuss Part A, Part B, Part D, Medicare Supplement Plans, and Medicare Part C, or Advantage Plans. HICAP is the only agency approved by the California Department of Aging to offer these vital programs. HICAP does not sell insurance. This program is co-sponsored by California Health Advocates and the Sausalito Library.
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Valentine: The Real Story. Winter will soon be winding down, and spring is in sight with its flowers and bird songs. Join Sausalito resident, teacher, and food professional Valeria Furino on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers for a guided tour through St. Valentine's legends, traditions, colors, aphrodisiacs, foods, and drinks. Valeria will present each attendee with a folder of recipes and a take-home gift, along with a list of recommended love and romance movies on Netflix. To help Valeria prepare her take-home gifts, please RSVP to Abbot at achambers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4123 if you plan to attend.
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Vanishing Coral. Coral reef populations worldwide are declining at a rapid pace. Though they make up less than 1 percent of the oceans, reefs are home to 25 percent of fish and other marine life. This special program inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8 will present the new documentary Vanishing Coral (2018, 27 minutes), followed by a live discussion via video conference with marine ecologist Dr. Phil Dustan, who is featured in the film. Vanishing Coral was directed and produced by Stephen Olsson of Sausalito-based CEM Productions. Stephen will also be on hand to answer questions after the screening. The film was edited by Patsy Northcutt, with executive producers Juan Devis and Kim Spencer for KCETLink.
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