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News from the City of Sausalito
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Stories for the Week of February 22, 2019

Update on the Mudslide at Sausalito Boulevard

Mudslide
Workers at the mudslide area along Sausalito Boulevard on February 16
Work continues at the site of the February 14 mudslide that began on the hillside above a duplex at 406/408 Sausalito Boulevard and flowed downhill to Crescent Avenue, destroying the duplex, a neighboring carport, and one other house. There were no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of the mudslide.  

Interim City Engineer and Public Works Director David Bracken estimates that the mudslide consisted of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 cubic yards of earth, the equivalent of 350 to 400 loads for a 10-wheel dump truck. The slide was likely fast-moving due to the semi-liquid consistency of the mud in the debris field and its "river like" flow pattern.

As of Friday, February 22, three duplexes and one home with two apartment units were still red-tagged as unsafe to reoccupy. According to the Sausalito Police Department, 15 people remain displaced from red-tagged and destroyed structures. The Community Development Department is working with property owners on items to be remediated before the red-tag status can be removed.

Initial stabilization of the slide area above Sausalito Boulevard is expected to begin soon after additional geotechnical evaluation and laser GIS surveying is done by the National Park Service on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25. The slope stabilization work will be performed by Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. based on plans from Miller Pacific Engineering. The work involves using plastic tarping to cover the upper part of the slide and deploying fiber rolls to divert water around the slide area.

The initial results from soil samples taken by an industrial hygienist on February 20 indicate that hazardous materials are present in the debris field below Sausalito Boulevard. More complete results are expected soon. Once the City has the results, a determination can be made per federal regulations as to who has the proper qualifications and certifications to remove the hazardous debris and where it can be sent as landfill. 

The debris field remains off limits until the hazardous material is removed. It is the City's intent as we remove the debris to separate private property from the debris as best as possible, then store it so that owners and renters of affected homes can attempt to recover their belongings. Staff is working to establish a process for people to identify and claim their property once we have the green light to remove debris.

City staff will present a report on the mudslide to the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 26. The staff report and supporting documents may be found in the meeting agenda on the City website. The City is also maintaining a dedicated webpage with the latest information about the mudslide area. The page is being updated daily.

As of 1:51 p.m. on Friday, February 22, the National Weather Service was predicting that Sausalito could get approximately 2 to 3 inches of rain between Sunday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 27. No watches, warnings, or advisories had been declared for Sausalito as of Friday afternoon. Visit the National Weather Service forecast page for Sausalito for the latest updates.

Questions from residents affected by the mudslide on February 14 may be directed to a dedicated phone line at the Sausalito Police Department: (415) 289-4151. Please leave a detailed message. The police department will put you in contact with the City staff member best able to answer your questions.
 
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Storm Recap from Last Week

Mudslide at 447 Sausalito Blvd.
Debris from the mudslide at 447 Sausalito Boulevard
Willow Creek
Fallen trees along Willow Creek on February 13
The mudslide at 330 Ebbtide Avenue
In addition to the mudslide that originated on the hillside above 406/408 Sausalito Boulevard, a number of other incidents related to the storm of February 13-14 were logged by public works and public safety personnel. Below is a summary of the incidents.
  • A mudslide took place at 447 Sausalito Boulevard in the same location as another slide a few weeks ago. The slide occurred on National Park Service land. A few small boulders entered the roadway and were pushed to the side and marked with cones. There was no property damage.
  • Several trees fell over on Willow Lane and landed on a townhouse. There were no injuries, and there was minimal property damage. The cause appears to be erosion of the bank of Willow Creek.
  • A mudslide occurred on private property downslope of Ebbtide Avenue at the far north end of Sausalito. Earth slid down the hillside and came to rest against a cottage at 330 Ebbtide/4185 Bridgeway. 
  • Barricades were placed at Gate 5 Road due to tidally-influenced flooding.
  • A small mudslide at Ebbtide and Bridgeway dumped approximately one cubic yard of material onto the sidewalk. 
  • The Richardson's Bay Regional Agency reports that 12 vessels either dragged anchor, took on water, or sunk from the storm. Six of these vessels were abated as marine debris. The largest boat that was abated was 50 feet long. None of the boats originated in Sausalito waters.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN SAUSALITO

Top Gun Comes to Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, March 8

Top Gun
For the spring Outdoor Movie Night, the Parks and Recreation Department will present Top Gun (1986, 100 minutes) at Gabrielson Park on Friday, March 8. The movie will begin when the sun goes down at approximately 6:30 p.m. The event is free, just come with a blanket or lawn chairs and find a spot on the grass. Popcorn will be sold, and you are welcome to bring a picnic basket.

Top Gun is an action drama about US Navy fighter pilots. The film is rated PG and stars Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Any questions about Outdoor Movie Night may be directed to the City of Sausalito Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
 
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Light Chore Day for Local Seniors Returns on March 9

Light Chore Day
Volunteers on Light Chore Day in 2017
Age Friendly Sausalito and the Rotary Club of Sausalito have partnered to assist older and/or disabled residents in town with a Light Chore Day on Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The scope of our in-home services includes installing your pre-purchased, 10-year-sealed-battery smoke/CO2 detectors; replacing hardwired and freestanding pre-2014 smoke detector batteries; flipping mattresses; moving heavy indoor objects; and tasks that require a ladder or footstool.

Please email cecibrowne.cb@gmail.com by Saturday, March 1 with your needs, along with your home address and the best contact phone number.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT AGE FRIENDLY SAUSALITO

Get Help with Your Taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Tax Form
Since 1968, IRS-certified volunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide have helped nearly fifty million low- to moderate-income taxpayers who file basic income tax forms. The service is free and confidential, with no age restriction and no membership requirement.

The nearest AARP Foundation Tax Aide location to Sausalito can be found at the Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. The office is located on the upper level of the main building. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April 11, 2019. No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring your tax documents with you. Any questions about the service may be directed to (415) 383-1370.
 
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Upcoming City Council Meeting on February 26

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 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 (special presentations, consent calendar, public hearings, and business items). For more information and additional items, please view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

Consent Calendar: Matters listed under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and non-controversial, require no discussion, are expected to have unanimous Council support, and may be enacted by the Council in one motion in the form listed below: Public Hearing Items:
Please note: Public hearing items will be heard following business items. Business Items:
Please note: Business items will be heard before public hearing items. 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 March 12, 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

Zoning Administrator. The City's Community Development Director acts as the Zoning Administrator and is assigned the authority and original jurisdiction for duties specified in the Sausalito Municipal Code.

Previous hearing. A hearing of the Zoning Administrator was held on January 3 in the City Hall Conference Room. The following action was taken at the hearing: 
  • Approved a request for a variance for construction of an addition located in the rear-yard setback area of the single-family residence at 411 Locust Street
Next hearing. The next scheduled hearing of the Zoning Administrator will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25 in the City Hall Conference Room. The following items are on the agenda:
  • A request for a minor use permit for two temporary storage buildings located in the existing secured, fenced yard at Heath Ceramics located at 400 Gate 5 Road
  • A request for a minor use permit to transfer Burlwood Gallery, a visitor-serving store in the Central Commercial Zoning District, from its 721 Bridgeway location to a new location at 749 Bridgeway
All Zoning Administrator hearings are open to the public. If you have any questions about the Zoning Administrator or an item under consideration, please contact the Community Development Department (CDD) at (415) 289-4128. The CDD public counter in City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
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. The following actions were taken at the meeting of the Planning Commission on January 30:
  • Approved the 2019 calendar for Planning Commission meeting dates
  • Without discussion, continued a request for a conditional use permit to allow the hosting of limited special events at Studio 333 — an art gallery located at 333 Caledonia Street — and a sign permit for business-identification signage
  • Conducted a fact-finding meeting and issued an advisory decision for restoration of views from 46 Santa Rosa Avenue
Watch the video recording of the January 30 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, February 27. The following items are on the agenda: 
  • Consider a retroactive design review permit for the expansion of a second floor deck at 27 Central Avenue
  • Select a chair and vice chair
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

News from City Departments

Parks and Recreation. The spring issue of the Sausalito and Its Community magazine features a complete listing of Parks and Recreation programs and classes. The magazine has been mailed to all Sausalito residences and is also available in paper form at City Hall and online from the City of Sausalito website. New adult programs for spring include pickleball at the MLK Gym and several new yoga classes. The new chair-yoga class is free for members of SilverSneakers.

Registration for spring programs is available by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152. Any questions about programs and classes from Parks and Recreation may be directed to Linda Finch at (415) 289-4140 or lfinch@sausalito.gov.
DOWNLOAD THE SPRING 2019 ISSUE OF THE SAUSALITO MAGAZINE
Parks and Recreation. Jazz and Blues by the Bay season tables for 2019 are now on sale. Each table seats six people, and the cost per table is $550 for Sausalito residents and $650 for non-residents. Stop by the Parks and Recreation window on the lower level of City Hall if you would like a table this year. Requests can also be made by calling (415) 289-4152.

2019 Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts begin on Friday, May 31 and continue every Friday until August 23. The free shows start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at all performances. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and drink. The schedule of bands will be released soon.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Parks and Recreation. The City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department currently offers more than a dozen special events every year, including one-time events like the Chili Cook-Off and multi-event series like our summertime Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts. How are we doing? How likely are you to attend a special event over the next year? You can help shape the future of special events in Sausalito by taking a brief survey.

Any questions about the survey or about special events produced by the Parks and Recreation Department may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4152.
TAKE THE SURVEY ON SPECIAL EVENTS FROM PARKS AND RECREATION

Things Happening in Our Community

Help Shape the Future of the Bay Model. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District is hosting two public meetings to gather input that will help shape the development of a Master Plan for the Bay Model Visitor Center located at 2100 Bridgeway. The public meetings will take place at the Bay Model on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Master Plans are developed with every Corps project, and they guide the use of resources for recreation and other purposes. The Bay Model Visitor Center is home to a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system and is a fully-accessible education center owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It provides a unique opportunity to view the complete bay-delta system at a glance.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BAY MODEL VISITOR CENTER
Half-Price Book Sale. The Friends of the Sausalito Library Bookstore in City Hall will be holding a half-price sale beginning on Saturday, February 23. 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: Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Monday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 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
Julia Morgan Tour. The clubhouse of the Sausalito Woman's Club, the crowning jewel of architect Julia Morgan's work in Marin, sits atop a steep lot overlooking the San Francisco Bay at 120 Central Avenue. This historical landmark is now open to the public for tours by appointment. Tours are available on Sunday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 27. To arrange a tour, please send email to swcps94965@gmail.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Met Opera Preview: La Fille du Régiment. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of La Fille du Régiment by Gaetano Donizetti. 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
Advanced iPhone. The Sausalito Library is now offering hands-on workshops to help local residents with their mobile devices. Advanced iPhone will be presented on Thursday, February 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. In this workshop, instructor Jon Hartman will help you take your knowledge and abilities on iPhone to the next level. Topics covered will include downloading apps from the App Store, email, phone calls, and web browsing. Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon. No RSVP necessary, but please bring your iPhone! 
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Growing Roses. Come and learn how to select, plant, and prune the roses in your garden! Presenter Rod Kerr is a UC Marin Master Gardener who has grown and tended roses for 35 years. This program in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 is co-sponsored by Sausalito Beautiful and the Sausalito Library.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Sausalito and Experimental Film. In this special program at the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, San Francisco-based filmmaker Dominic Angerame will use the experimental film Sausalito (1948) by Frank Stauffacher as a jumping off point for his own film explorations of urban landscapes. Stauffacher's Sausalito is a surreal 11-minute excursion through Sausalito as it appeared in the late 1940s. Angerame will discuss Stauffacher's influence on his own work and that of other experimental filmmakers, followed by a screening of his short films Premonition (1995) and Revelations (2018).
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Carnaval. Carnaval is coming to Sausalito as hosted by the Sausalito Lions Club for their annual fundraiser. The event at IDESST Hall on Saturday, March 2 will feature live music, Brazilian dancers, games, authentic Cajun cuisine, and fine wines, rums, and beers. There will also be three grand prize drawings with prizes valued in the thousands of dollars. IDESST Hall is located at 511 Caledonia Street in Sausalito. General admission tickets are $115 each. The event begins at 6:00 p.m.
BUY TICKETS TO CARNAVAL IN SAUSALITO
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, March 3 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
Legal Services for Older Adults and Rights of Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities. Join us from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7 in the Edgewater Room of City Hall for a panel discussion presented by the Marin County Commission on Aging. Two topics will be covered: legal services — including free services — for older adults, and the rights, issues and needs of residents of long-term care facilities. Attendees at this free presentation will learn about Legal Aid of Marin County's services for older adults of all income levels, hear about the Marin County Bar Association's services for adults of all ages, and learn how the Ombudsman advocates for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities and investigates complaints made by or on behalf of residents. No RSVP necessary.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARIN COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Outdoor Movie Night. The City of Sausalito is holding an Outdoor Movie Night at Gabrielson Park on Friday March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Come out and see Top Gun (1986, PG) under the stars! Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. City staff will be manning the popcorn machine, and it will sure to be a great night out! Any questions about Outdoor Movie Night may be directed to the City of Sausalito Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Help with Chores for Older Adults. Age Friendly Sausalito and the Rotary Club of Sausalito have partnered to assist older and/or disabled residents in town with a Light Chore Day on Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The scope of our in-home services includes installing your own pre-purchased 10-year-sealed-battery smoke/CO2 detectors, replacing hardwired and freestanding pre-2014 smoke detector batteries, flipping mattresses, moving heavy indoor objects, and tasks that require a ladder or footstool. Please email cecibrowne.cb@gmail.com by Saturday, March 1 with your needs, along with your home address and the best contact phone number.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AGE FRIENDLY SAUSALITO
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, March 9 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 Ships That Built the West. Join us at the Sausalito Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 for an entertaining slide presentation from Olaf Engvig based on his recent book, The Ships That Built the West. Olaf's book is about the ships and seamen from Scandinavia that helped build the West Coast during the years from 1880 to 1945. Featured are the stories of the steam schooner Wapama and the hybrid ship Værdalen. The Værdalen is now the sole survivor of the famed "Scandinavian Navy" of commercial vessels that plied the West Coast. Olaf Engvig is a maritime scholar, author, and captain of historic vessels.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Scholarship Opportunity. The Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Recognition Fund (SWCSRF) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year. Completed applications are due by March 15, 2019. To qualify, applicants must be permanent residents of Sausalito or Marin City (94965 ZIP code) and must be current or returning scholars planning on attending an accredited college, graduate school, vocational, technical, or art school. To request an application, please email swcsrfApplications@gmail.com; send postal mail to SWCSRF/Application Committee, P.O. Box 3045, Sausalito, CA 94966; or visit the link below.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SWC SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION FUND AND APPLY
St Patrick's Day Dinner. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church invites you to the St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday, March 16 at 6:00 pm at Parish Hall, 180 Harrison Avenue in Sausalito. The event will include a dinner with an option of corned beef and cabbage or baked salmon. There will also be Irish music including a bagpiper, plus a silent auction and raffle. A no-host bar will be available with beer, wine, and Irish coffee. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Reservations may be made by sending email to staroftheseamensclub@gmail.com. Tickets will be sold at the door (if still available).
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP OF 180 HARRISON AVENUE
Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, March 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 or (415) 289-4100 x502.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
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