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News from the City of Sausalito
Sausalito Currents

Stories for the Week of February 15, 2019

Mudslide at Sausalito Boulevard

Mudslide
A view of the mudslide area at Sausalito Boulevard on February 14
Cleanup efforts have begun at the site of the mudslide that struck Sausalito's Hurricane Gulch neighborhood in the early morning of Thursday, February 14. The slide originated upslope of Sausalito Boulevard on land belonging to the National Park Service. The fast-moving earth swept downhill, crossing Sausalito Boulevard and carrying with it the duplex at 406/408. The house at 57 Crescent Avenue was destroyed at the bottom of the slope.

A woman was in her home at 408 Sausalito Boulevard at the time of the slide and was trapped in the rubble. Fire personnel were able to extricate the woman, who was later released from Marin General with only minor injuries. There were no other injuries or fatalities.

The house at 63 Crescent Avenue and duplexes at 402/404, 412/414, and 428/430 Sausalito Boulevard also sustained varying levels of damage from the mudslide and have been "red-tagged" as unsafe by Southern Marin Fire. The City is currently working with residents to establish that their homes were built with piers or foundations that could withstand the strain they took from Thursday's mudslide.

Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. of San Rafael has cleared Sausalito Boulevard of debris from the mudslide. Over the weekend, City staff and soil engineers from Miller Pacific Engineering Group will evaluate the safety of the roadway and the slide area above Sausalito Boulevard. The roadway will remain closed between 396 and 434 Sausalito Boulevard until conditions are determined to be safe. 

The section of Crescent Avenue affected by the mudslide will be more challenging to clear because of the possibility of hazardous materials in the debris field. A timetable has yet to be determined for cleanup work. Please avoid the area due to the potentially hazardous conditions. Crescent Avenue remains closed between 47 Crescent Avenue and Main Street. Officers from the Sausalito Police Department will be conducting extra patrols in the area during the closure period.

The latest updates on the mudslide site, along with more details about the slide and links to stories from local media, may be found on the Mudslide at Sausalito Boulevard page on the City of Sausalito website. 
 
GET THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE MUDSLIDE AT SAUSALITO BOULEVARD

Remembering Don Olsen

Don Olsen
Don Olsen in 2017
Architect and longtime Sausalito resident Don Olsen passed away on January 25, 2019. A self-described "modernist in the Bay Tradition," Don had an illustrious 45-year career working on commercial and residential projects in Sausalito and throughout Marin County.

A 1971 profile of Don in the Marin Scope began, "His creations are to be found everywhere in our village: the remodeling of the police and fire stations, the new Caledonia dentistry building, the premises of the Corner Drugstore and the Creative Arts store, and the new Mobil Car Wash at the north end of town."

Don was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in architecture. He first saw Sausalito as an enlisted Army engineer awaiting orders to ship to Korea. He married his wife Sandra after his military service, and they moved to Sausalito.

Sausalito's natural beauty was always on Don's mind when he undertook an architectural project in town. In the Marin Scope article, Don is quoted as saying, "In doing work in Sausalito, a design should always be understated. We live in a lush, green, organic environment: the buildings should therefore be quiet and soft."

Don is survived by his daughters Megan Olsen, Monika Kaplan, and Sara Olsen. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Sausalito Yacht Club on Friday, February 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
 
READ THE OBITUARY FROM THE MARIN INDEPENDENT-JOURNAL

License Plate Cameras Lead to Arrest

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The area where the crash and subsequent arrest took place
At approximately 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, the Sausalito Police Department received an alert from its license plate recognition cameras of a stolen vehicle entering Sausalito from Alexander Avenue. The vehicle, a 1996 Honda, had been stolen in Santa Clara on February 9, 2019.

Shortly after the alert, a parking enforcement officer saw the Honda driving through the City's municipal parking lots. Police officers were dispatched to the area and located the Honda in the vicinity of Johnson Street and Bridgeway. When officers attempted to stop the Honda, a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted approximately 3 minutes and reached speeds of up to 45 mph. During the pursuit, the Honda struck a pole on private property and kept going. The pursuit ended when the Honda crashed into a retaining wall in the 2300 block of Marinship Way. The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, abandoned the Honda and fled the scene of the accident on foot.

Officers of the Sausalito Police Department, in conjunction with the Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Mill Valley Police Department, conducted a comprehensive search of the area around the crash. After approximately one hour of searching, Sausalito Police Corporal Francisco Padilla located the driver hiding in dense foliage near the intersection of Bridgeway at Nevada Street. The driver was identified as Christopher Burke, a 43-year-old resident of San Jose. Burke was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, evading law enforcement, and hit and run. He was later booked into the Marin County Jail.

Since the City of Sausalito's License Plate Recognition Camera Program became operational in May 2017, 19 stolen vehicles have been recovered and 25 individuals have been arrested for various crimes. The goals of the program are to increase public safety, support post-crime investigations, and deter crime. Any questions about the license plate recognition cameras may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
 
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Sign up for Parks and Recreation Spring Programs

Sausalito Magazine
The cover from the spring issue of Sausalito and Its Community
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
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROGRAMS AND CLASSES FROM PARKS AND RECREATION

Season Tables for Jazz and Blues by the Bay on Sale February 19

Jazz and Blues by the Bay
Tables at Jazz and Blues by the Bay
Jazz and Blues by the Bay season tables for residents go on sale beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19. 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.

There are plenty of tables still available, so please consult the map of available tables to make a selection. Tables are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those who make in-person requests. Non-residents may reserve a season table starting on February 25. The cost per table is $550 for Sausalito residents, $650 for non-residents. Each table seats six people.

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 in early March.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
VIEW THE MAP OF AVAILABLE TABLES

Upcoming City Council Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Sausalito City Council will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The agenda will be published in next week's Sausalito Currents.
 
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Updates from Boards and Commissions

Business Advisory Committee. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) is a standing subcommittee of the Sausalito City Council. Its nine members are tasked with evaluating the economy of the City of Sausalito, identifying actions to promote the economic health of the business community, and performing other duties as requested by the City Council.

Previous meeting. The Business Advisory Committee held a regular meeting on Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 a.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. At the meeting, the committee continued a discussion of the work of subcommittees on downtown retail and the Marinship. The committee also tasked a new subcommittee to prepare a report addressing Caledonia Street. All three reports will be presented to the full committee at the next meeting. This work will result in committee recommendations to be forwarded to the General Plan Advisory Committee and the City Council.

Upcoming meeting. The next meeting of the Business Advisory Committee will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. The agenda includes a discussion of the format and scope of the economic development program and the review of subcommittee reports on downtown retail, the Marinship, and Caledonia Street.

Any questions about the Business Advisory Committee may be directed to Yulia Carter, Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director, at ycarter@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4105. All meetings of the Business Advisory Committee are open to the public, with time available during the meeting for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

News from City Departments

Administration. Sausalito City Hall and the Sausalito Library will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the Presidents' Day holiday. Presidents' Day is one of ten annual holidays for City of Sausalito staff, when all City offices are closed except for the Sausalito Police Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District Station 1.
VIEW THE CITY OF SAUSALITO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Administration. The Marin Municipal Water District reports that the recent storms have been good news for our water supply. As of February 7, the district's seven reservoirs reached 100% of capacity, and they have remained full since then. District reservoirs are typically only about 86% full at this time of year.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
Administration. The City of Sausalito is currently recruiting for three full-time positions on the 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
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
Community Development. Due to an unexpected vacancy, the City of Sausalito has an open seat for a Sausalito resident on the General Plan Advisory Committee. If you are interested in helping to craft the document that sets the long-range vision for Sausalito, this is a great time to get involved.

The General Plan Advisory Committee is a 13-member advisory body serving the community throughout the City's General Plan Update process. The committee provides feedback and direction to the project consultant, City staff, the City Council, and City boards and commissions, with the goal of developing General Plan policies and objectives that are responsive to the community.

To apply to become a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee, please fill out the application form on the General Plan Update website. Applicants should be available to meet on a monthly basis and sometimes with more frequency, according to the project schedule. Meetings typically take place on weekday evenings. Any 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.
APPLY TO SERVE ON THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Community Development. Do you have professional experience in – or a personal passion for – architecture, landscape architecture, or community and economic development? If so, please consider applying for the open seat on the Planning Commission of the City of Sausalito. This five-member commission is responsible for reviewing applications for design review and land use entitlements, as set forth in planning and zoning laws of the City of Sausalito and the state of California. Commissioners must be Sausalito residents. Any questions about serving on the Planning Commission may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4133 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov.
APPLY TO SERVE ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION

Things Happening in Our Community

Women at the Helm. Join us inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15 for a screening of Women at the Helm (2018, 47 minutes) a new documentary about five salty senior women in the Bay Area and Washington state who were pioneering mariners. The women profiled include a cargo ship captain, a tall ship captain, a commercial fisher, a sail maker, and one intrepid adventurer who skippered her own boat to places around the world, sometimes single-handedly. Filmmaker and Sausalito resident Helen Vandeman, herself a three-time live-aboard owner of classic boats, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening. 
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Attic Sale. The St. Mary Star of the Sea Attic Sale for 2019 will be held on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 at 180 Harrison Avenue in Sausalito. The sale will include clothing, jewelry, furniture, housewares, electronics, framed art, craft supplies, toys and dolls, and pet gear. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Hours are Saturday, February 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP OF 180 HARRISON AVENUE
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, February 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, February 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.
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Monet: The Later Years. Join us in the City Hall Council Chambers at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 for a program on the later works of Claude Monet. The presenter is Alfred Escoffier, a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The corresponding exhibition at the de Young Museum (February 16 to May 27) features fifty paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his long career, including twenty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. Boldly balancing representation and abstraction, Monet's radical late works redefined the master of Impressionism as a forebear of modernism. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library.
SEE A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
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
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 in the month of October 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! 
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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.
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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).
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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
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.
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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
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