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Stories for the Week of January 13, 2017

Winter Storm Hits Sausalito 

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The electrical arc from a downed power line on Cloud View Road
The Sausalito Police Department, Department of Public Works and Southern Marin Fire had a busy week responding to the rain and high winds that passed through the area. Sausalito was hit with downed trees, power outages, mudslides and flooding. Throughout the storm, the three departments were in constant radio communication so they could act quickly and in concert to deal with dangerous conditions as they arose.

The City of Sausalito's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operated during each day of the storm in order to monitor the weather conditions and track the weather-related events that were occurring within the City and County. EOC Coordinator Mike McKinley, along with Fire, Police, and Public Works, participated in multiple operational area and NOAA weather conference calls to organize and prepare the emergency response. 

Sausalito Police officers assisted in the evacuation of houses damaged by fallen trees, closed roads due to flooding or downed power lines, and helped remove debris from the roadway. When not directly dealing with an incident caused by the weather, officers proactively patrolled all areas of the City looking for unreported storm damage or dangerous conditions. 

During the height of the storm, from January 9 through January 11, Southern Marin Fire responded to 104 calls for service within the City of Sausalito. Calls included a downed and arcing power line on Cloud View Road, a tree that struck a house and power lines on Glen Drive, a tree that knocked out power in a large area surrounding Ebbtide Avenue, and several water rescues on Richardson Bay.

Department of Public Works crews were kept busy mitigating areas of potential flooding and keeping the roads clear of debris and downed trees and branches. They were first on the scene to a small mudslide on Marin Avenue. Off-duty Public Works employees who responded to the call to work during the storm included Steve Hansen, John Busch, Jason Finch, Trevor Seidler, Eric Graham, Daniel Larsen, Kent Basso and Pat Guasco. The work of the department was supported by the responsiveness and attention to safety of PG&E personnel.

Annual Electronic Waste Collection Event Returns January 21

The Sausalito Sustainability Commission and Bay Cities Refuse Service will offer their annual e-waste collection event on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Sausalito City Hall parking lot off of Bee Street. Residents and businesses are encouraged to drop off their broken and obsolete electronics.
The following types of e-waste will be collected, free of charge: computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, networking equipment, printed circuit boards, telephones and cellular phones, stereos, televisions, flat screens, DVD players, and other consumer electronics. Please note that lamps and batteries will not be accepted.
E-waste collected will be shredded and mechanically separated into the primary commodities of steel, aluminum, copper and plastic for use in the manufacture of new products. No e-waste will be landfilled or exported.
This is the seventh annual Sausalito electronic waste collection event. Last year, almost 4,000 pounds of e-waste was recycled.

City Manager Presents Extreme Act of Kindness Award for 2016

At the City of Sausalito employee holiday party on December 7, City Manager Adam Politzer announced the winners of two new annual awards for Sausalito City employees, the Exceptional Customer Service Award and the Extreme Act of Kindness Award. In last week's Currents, we featured the Exceptional Customer Service Award nominees and winner. This week, we’ll take a look at the Extreme Act of Kindness Award.
The City Manager created the Extreme Act of Kindness Award to recognize a City employee for going far beyond his or her day-to-day responsibilities to help a Sausalito resident, fellow employee, or visitor to Sausalito. Nominations were made by City employees, who were invited to submit the names and accomplishments of deserving coworkers.
The nominees for the 2016 Extreme Act of Kindness Award were:
  • Public Works Director/City Engineer Jonathon Goldman
  • Sewer Coordinator Pat Guasco
  • Senior Accounting Technician Cindy Kato
  • MLK Business Manager Joshua Montemayor
  • Police Sergeant Steve Veveiros
The winner of the 2016 Extreme Act of Kindness Award was Sergeant Steve Veveiros of the Sausalito Police Department. Sergeant Veveiros received the award for his extraordinary efforts to help a mobility-challenged Sausalito resident who does not have family in the area. Sergeant Veveiros spent time with the woman on Thanksgiving so that she would not be alone on the holiday. He assisted her with arrangements for some much-needed home maintenance.
Sergeant Veveiros is also looking at various funding opportunities to provide the woman with a mobility device that would allow her to get outside more easily and be able to walk her dog. Sergeant Veveiros' kindness towards this long-time Sausalito resident is an example for all City employees to follow.

A Visit with the Wohlschlaegers

Gloria and Norm Wohlschlaeger at home in Sausalito
When Norm Wohlschlaeger saw a classified ad for an engineering job in Sausalito, the timing couldn't have been better. He and his wife Gloria had just gotten married and he wanted to change jobs. And living by the water seemed like a dream.
It was 1960. Norm had completed his degree in engineering at San Jose State University in 1957 and, for the last few years, had worked as a civil engineer in Milpitas.
The Sausalito City Manager told Norm and his wife Gloria that the only condition to Norm getting the job was that they must live within Sausalito city limits. There were only two houses for sale they could afford, and they bought one of them. They have now been living in that house on Spring Street for fifty-five years.
Gloria says she would often bring her two children to Viña del Mar Park to play at the fountain. Shortly after moving to Sausalito, Francis Chin introduced her to the Welcome Wagon, which hosted coffee for new moms in town. The moms got together and established a babysitting co-op. Gloria even remembers their very first babysitter, Olive Politzer, the mother of Adam Politzer, Sausalito's current City Manager. 
As for Norm, he remembers redesigning Bridgeway and the surrounding sewers as some of the best times of his career.
"There was not one traffic light when I got to Sausalito," Norm reflected. "When the first one was installed at the intersection of Bridgeway and Harbor Drive, where Mollie Stone's is, they named that light Norm's Light".
Gloria got involved with the Star of the Sea Church and the Sausalito Woman's Club. Norm joined the Lions Club. Gloria became secretary to the church and Norm began cooking for the Lions at the Sausalito Art Festival.
Norm remembers tangling with some councilmembers in his early years as Public Works Director. He served in that position from 1963 until 1989, when he retired.
"We love Sausalito, its smallness, and like the idea that you can get anywhere in town in just a few minutes."
Nowadays, they love to park downtown in Lot 1 and walk to the Sausalito Bakery on Bridgeway for coffee and a pastry. If you're down that way, you just might see them walking along the waterfront together, taking in the view.
This is the second installment of a series of articles about long-time Sausalito residents who have made an impact on our City. This week's article was 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.

Sausalito's Souper Bowl Pits Downtown Against New Town

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The big game is coming to Sausalito on Saturday, January 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And we are not talking about football. Sausalito's second annual Souper Bowl will pit Downtown and New Town (a.k.a. Caledonia Street) 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 $10. Each ticket enables the ticket holder to visit all the restaurants, taste soup and vote for a winner. Tickets may be purchased in advance online. Same-day tickets will be available at the Ferry Landing from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Restaurants scheduled to participate as of January 9 include:
  • The Barrel House Tavern
  • Caffe Tutti
  • Driver's Market
  • F3
  • Napa Valley Burger Company
  • Osteria Divino
  • Salito's
  • The Seafood Peddler
  • The Spinnaker
  • Sushi Ran
  • The Trident

Work on Gas Mains Will Temporarily Relocate to Third Street

road work
Since early September 2016, PG&E has been replacing gas mains in the Caledonia Street neighborhood. Work has been underway along Caledonia Street between Locust and Johnson streets, on Locust between Caledonia and Bridgeway, on Pine between Caledonia and Bridgeway, on Bridgeway between Locust and Pine, and on Turney between Bonita and Bridgeway. The project was scheduled to be completed in late January 2017. 
Unforeseen site conditions and inclement weather have resulted in a request from PG&E to relocate its forces from Caledonia to a planned gas main and service replacement project in Old Town. The City of Sausalito has given permission for the relocation. The work on the gas mains in Old Town will take place on Third Street between Valley and Main, and on Main between Third and Fourth. 
PG&E will maintain its temporary facilities in the Caledonia area while the work is underway. PG&E crews will return to finish the Caledonia project once the work in Old Town is complete. PG&E estimates the work will take two months. Upon returning to Caledonia, PG&E anticipates it will require another four-to-six weeks to complete the remainder of work there.

GGNRA Dog Rules Placed on Hold

New rules governing dogs at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area have been placed on hold by the National Park Service. Prior to the delay, the new rules were expected to receive formal approval in early winter 2017, followed by the announcement of an implementation date.
The decision comes in response to requests from members of Congress to extend the waiting period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement. This pause will also allow the National Park Service to conduct a review of records being released in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the park's dog management plan.

Recap of January 10 City Council Meeting

There was a regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 10. The following, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting (for a full report, watch the video from the meeting):

Consent Calendar:  Public Hearing: (there were no Public Hearings)

Business Items:
  • 6A. GGNRA Update on Ft. Baker and Introduction of Acting Superintendent Craig Kenkel (Craig Kenkel, Acting Superintendent, Stephen Kasierski, Fort Baker Real Estate Project Manager, and Brian Aviles, Chief of Planning & Compliance) – Acting Superintendent Craig Kenkel gave a GGNRA update. Watch this portion of the meeting here.
  • 6B. Update on Homelessness in Marin (Andrew Hening, City of San Rafael Director of Homeless Planning and Ashley Hart McIntyre, County of Marin Homelessness Policy Analyst) (See the PowerPoint Presentation) – City of San Rafael Director of Homeless Planning Andrew Hening and Homelessness Policy Analyst Ashley Hart McIntyre provided the presentation on homelessness in Marin. Watch this portion of the meeting here.
  • 6C. Update on Vegetation Management (SMFD Battalion Chief Scott Barnes) (Read the Staff Report) – This item was postponed to a date
    undetermined without a staff report or any Council discussion.
  • 6D. Approval of the 2017 City Council Meeting Schedule (cont'd from 12-13-16) (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1) The 2017 Meeting Calendar was approved unanimously. Watch this portion of the meeting here.
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. View the minimum streaming requirements here.

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 out the rebroadcast schedule here.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held January 24, 2017, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Each week, on a rotating schedule, this section will provide highlights of the recent activities of one or more of the Boards and Commissions representing the City of Sausalito. Follow this link for more information on all of our Boards and Commissions.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) last met on November 21. The December meeting was cancelled. The November meeting (watch the archived video here) included an update on the City's Gate 6 Intersection Improvements Project, bicycle counts and related information from the Ambassador program and seasonal tourist bicycle congestion management program, further comments on the Draft Updated Sausalito Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and a status update on the South Gateway Project. The PBAC will not meet on Monday, January 16, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The next PBAC meeting will be held in February, on a date to be determined. The meeting will take place in the Sausalito City Council Chambers. The expected agenda will include updates on the Ambassador program, the City's Dunphy Park Renovation Project, Caltrans' proposed stop signs on Alexander Avenue near US 101, bicycle safety, and crosswalk safety lighting. 

News from City Departments

Police. Tax season is here again, which means one more opportunity for the bad guys to try to scam you out of your money. Scammers claiming to work for the IRS will call you and attempt to get you to send them money. Below are some helpful tips from the IRS on how to identify a bogus call.
The IRS will never:
  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about a tax debt without prior written notification
  • Demand that you pay taxes without providing information on an appeals process and payment plan, etc.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  • Threaten to enlist local police or other law-enforcement agencies and have you arrested for not paying
Remember, if it sounds like a scam, it probably is. If you feel like you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170.
Public Works. The Department of Public Works and the Sausalito Police Department wish to remind residents about the rules regarding the parking of trailers in our town. The City does not directly regulate the parking of trailers on private property. Parking of trailers on City streets and municipal parking lots is regulated. A trailer is an unpowered vehicle designed to be towed by a motor vehicle.
With the exception of boat trailers in portions of the New Town area (a.k.a. Caledonia Street and Turney Valley), a trailer may be parked on a City street or municipal parking lot for one hour between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. any day, and may not be parked between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. any day. Boat trailers may not be parked at any time on most of the streets in New Town, specifically: Bridgeway between Ensign/San Carlos and Napa, Caledonia between Bridgeway and Napa, Turney between the Boat Ramp and Bonita, and Johnson, Pine, Locust, Litho and Bee between Bridgeway and Bonita. The City is in the process of installing new signage to make these regulations clear to trailer users. 
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Public Works Director/City Engineer Jonathon Goldman at or Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at

Things Happening in our Community

Half-Price Book Sale. The Friends of the Sausalito Library Bookstore will be holding an after-Christmas half-price sale on Saturday, January 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You will find many gift books, art books and cookbooks, in addition to fiction, mysteries, non-fiction and children's books. Everything in the store is half off the already very low prices! The Friends of the Sausalito Library Bookstore is located on the top floor of Sausalito City Hall.
Alan Watts Discussion Circle. Everyone is welcome to attend the gathering of the Alan Watts Discussion Circle at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 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. This is a new group that will meet monthly at the Sausalito Library. See also the Meetup page for the Alan Watts Discussion Circle (sign up is optional for circle attendees). The group is facilitated by Kamran Thunder.
Met Opera Preview: Romeo et Juliette by Gounod. The Sausalito Public Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2016-17 continues on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. 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.
The Trump Effect: The Federal Reserve, Jobs and Interest Rates. Sausalito resident Joe Caldwell, publisher of The Fed Journal, returns to the Library on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. to give an update on the Federal Reserve, jobs, interest rates and the U.S. economy. Joe's presentations have become an annual event at the Library, as we look to him to bring us up to speed on what to expect for the new year. How will President Trump affect the Federal Reserve? Will inflation become a problem? Will interest rates rise? Will jobs be created? Will the U.S. economy expand? Mr. Caldwell holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has more than two decades of experience in investment consulting.
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 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged 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. The e-waste collection event is organized by the Sausalito Sustainability Commission and Bay Cities Refuse.
John Reber, the Man with Grand Ideas. Back in the 1940s, John Reber would look out over the San Francisco Bay and visualize a massive civil works project of dams and locks to harvest fresh drinking water. His intention was to improve the quality of life for Bay Area businesses and residential communities. The Bay Model was constructed by the USACE to test the Reber Plan. What were the results? Find out more by joining Ranger Linda at the Bay Model Visitor Center on Saturday, January 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Bay Model is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.
Workshop on Retirement Living Options. John Wilford will present a free Workshop on Retirement Living Options on Monday, January 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. The event is hosted by Sausalito Village and co-sponsored by Age Friendly Sausalito as part of the Age Friendly Sausalito Community Action Plan. John will discuss different types of living situations, including equity (ownership), entry fee (non-ownership), Villages and NORCS (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities), affinity based housing, and rental communities (independent, assisted living and continuing care communities). He will concentrate on the geographic areas of Marin, North Bay and San Francisco.
Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, January 24 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 or (415) 289-4100 x502.
Body Language 101 with Sally Bonkrude. The ability to read body language and know what your body language is saying is key in networking, connecting, interacting and finding success in business and life. Learn how at Body Language 101, a free library program presented by Sally Bonkrude on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. A new resident of Sausalito, Sally has been a professional speaker for many years, including presenting workshops, seminars and webinars. Besides Sally's love for public speaking, she has been in private practice as a Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor for over fourteen years, helping clients with performance anxiety, depression and major trauma.
The Bird Photographs of Richard Pavek. Using the big screen in the Sausalito Library, Sausalito resident Richard Pavek will present a selection of his beautiful photographs of birds from around the world on Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. Richard will also share photos of some of the more striking landscapes that he encountered on his bird journeys. All are welcome.
Sausalito's Souper Bowl. The big game is coming to Sausalito on Saturday, January 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And we are not talking about football. Sausalito's second annual Souper Bowl will pit Downtown and New Town (a.k.a. Caledonia Street) 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 $10. Each ticket enables the ticket holder to visit all the restaurants, taste soup and vote for a winner. Tickets may be purchased in advance online. Same-day tickets will be available at the Ferry Landing from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Restaurants scheduled to participate as of January 9 include the Barrel House Tavern, Caffe Tutti, Driver's Market, F3, Napa Valley Burger Company, Osteria Divino, Salito's, the Seafood Peddler, the Spinnaker, Sushi Ran, and the Trident.
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 event will take place on Sunday, January 29, at the Bay Model at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito. The 2017 event will feature screenings of Of The Sea, a local, award-winning film about fishermen, seafood and ocean sustainability. Tickets are $40 for the film and a herring plate lunch. Beverages are $5. Participating restaurants include Fish, Osteria Divino, Chef DR Davey Jones, and Angelino. 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.)
Disaster Preparedness Workshop. A disaster prep workshop focusing on creating or purchasing a "grab and go" backpack will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. The program is hosted by Sausalito Village and co-sponsored by Age Friendly Sausalito as part of the Age Friendly Sausalito Community Action Plan. Two members of the Sausalito Village "Be Prepared" committee, Annie Dorsey and Flo Hoylman, will have sample backpacks on hand. Additional advice for sheltering in place during a disaster will be provided. 
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. 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.
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