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News from the City of Sausalito
Sausalito Currents

Stories for the Week of June 3, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, June 7

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The City of Sausalito would like to remind Sausalito residents that the Presidential Primary Election is this Tuesday, June 7. In addition to state and national primary elections, the ballot for Sausalito voters includes the election of a County Supervisor for District 3 and measures and propositions at the district, school and state levels.
Voting Information Voting at the Polls
  • Polls are open Tuesday, June 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sausalito Polling Places include:
    • Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street
    • Sausalito Woman's Club, 120 Central Avenue
    • Star of the Sea Church, 180 Harrison Avenue
Your polling place will appear on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet you received in the mail. You may also look up your polling place by using the Marin County Voter Dashboard.  

Voting by Mail
  • Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, June 7, and received by the Elections Department by June 10.
  • Mail ballots can also be returned at any polling place in Sausalito or Marin County on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additionally, a red, white and blue secure ballot box is stationed at the main entrance to the Marin County Civic Center until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. The main entrance is on Peter Behr Drive under the Civic Center's south archway.
  • You can verify receipt of your mail ballot by using the Marin County Voter Dashboard.
Election Observer Information
Observers may observe all aspects of operations at the polls, including polling place set-up before the polls open, all activities while the polls are open, and polling place closing procedures, as long as they do not interfere. See the list of guidelines for observers prepared by the Marin County Elections Department.
 
For additional voting information, contact the Marin County Registrar of Voters at: (415) 473-6456 or visit the Elections/Registrar of Voters website.
 
GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE MARIN COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

Community Forum on Short Term Rentals

Are you interested in the future of short-term rentals in Sausalito? The City of Sausalito invites members of the community to participate in upcoming community forums on short-term rentals.
Two community forums will be held, the first on June 18 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., the second on June 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The June 18 meeting will be held at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway. The June 29 meeting will be held at a location to be determined.

The forums are being hosted by a Short-Term Rental Working Group comprised of a diverse membership of the community. The Council directed the working group to conduct these forums as a way to jump start a community dialogue about short-term rental uses and, if short-term rentals are to be allowed, what restrictions and policies should be in place to regulate them. 

Short-term rentals are sharing economy businesses such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. Through these online companies, people rent out their homes, apartments or rooms in exchange for a nightly rate, and the companies take a cut of the price for their role in the transaction. Sausalito's current zoning regulations do not allow rental of residential properties for less than thirty days. Despite the zoning regulations prohibiting short-term rentals, it has been found that many Sausalito property owners are hosting their properties as vacation or home-sharing rentals. 

If you would like to learn more about short-term rentals or have opinions on the matter, please attend a community forum and share your thoughts with the working group. You may also contact Community Development Director Danny Castro at (415) 289-4133 or email dcastro@ci.sausalito.ca.us.

"Operation Clean Sweep" a Success

On Tuesday, May 24, United States Coast Guard Sector San Francisco led a multi-agency law enforcement operation on Richardson Bay. The goal of the operation, known as "Operation Clean Sweep," was to promote safe boating practices, ensure vessel environmental compliance and strengthen law enforcement's partnerships with the marinas and harbors within Richardson Bay and San Francisco Bay.

Joining United States Coast Guard Sector San Francisco in Operation Clean Sweep were the Sausalito Police Department's Marine Patrol Unit, the Marine Patrol Unit of the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the Coordination of Probation Enforcement Unit of the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the United States Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Service and United States Customs and Border Protection.

During the four-hour long operation, officers made numerous law enforcement contacts. Two individuals were arrested and cited for possession of methamphetamine and citations for various boating and safety violations were issued, including the illegal dumping of debris into the bay.

Operation Clean Sweep was made possible by the strong working relationships between the many law enforcement agencies responsible for regulating Richardson Bay. These relationships allow law enforcement to address citizen complaints and crime and quality of life issues on Richardson Bay in a comprehensive manner. 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S MARINE PATROL UNIT

Jazz & Blues by the Bay Concerts Begin Tonight, June 3

The ever-popular Jazz & Blues by the Bay concert series is back and starting off the season with a bang. The season opener on Friday, June 3, is the blues rockin' Second Street Band. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.
Sweatshirts and t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event. These snazzy items are always a big hit and sell out every year. Sweatshirts are $25 ($27 for 2XL) and T-shirts are $15 ($17 for 2XL).

Next week's concert on Friday, June 10, will feature jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin. For more information or to purchase a nightly table, please call (415) 289-4152.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SEASON'S JAZZ AND BLUES

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

You have the vision. You know what you want. But getting that sparkling new kitchen or spacious master bathroom will require a permit. Skip a permit in hopes of a smoother project and you could end up facing some unfortunate consequences. Here are a few general tips on building permit requirements:
Why get a building permit? By securing permits from the City of Sausalito, you help ensure that structures are built and remodeled safely. The greatest risk of not getting a building permit is that of bodily harm to the occupants and those around the building. Additionally, if work is done without a required permit, you might be required to obtain a permit for work retroactively, which can be a costly endeavor involving demolition and repeating work steps. Fines and other legal penalties are all possible outcomes of completing work without the required permit.
 
The purpose of building codes. The most critical objective of the building code is the safety and welfare of you and your family. This objective extends to protect public health, safety and general welfare. The latitude in this mission has evolved to include a breadth of regulations imposed for the public good. Energy-efficiency and green building guidelines have broadened the extent of regulations while ensuring our homes and neighboring structures are built in an environmentally sensitive manner.
  • The first rule. It seems obvious, but if you are unsure if you need a permit, always check with the Planning and Building Divisions of the Community Development Department (CDD) at City Hall. When in doubt, always ask (see contact information and hours below).
  • The second rule. Construction rules change. Building permit requirements can change over time, usually becoming more stringent and comprehensive every year. Planning conditions, energy-efficiency requirements and local interpretations of building code guidelines are not always static. By checking with the Planning and Building Division in CDD, you will have acted in the most responsible manner possible.
When is a permit required?
  • A permit is always required for any demolition, alteration, addition or structural modification to your existing living space. A permit is required for electrical modifications, plumbing work (even replacing that rusty old water heater), window modifications and for mechanical system installations.
  • You will always need a permit if you are modifying the roof line of your home. Sewer modifications and adding a fireplace are other examples of work that typically requires a permit.
  • Exterior work such as adding a deck, cutting down trees and building new fences or retaining walls are all elements that may or may not require a permit depending on design, location and the extent of the work.
  • Exterior work on your home, like repairing siding, requires a permit.
  • Replacing light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and appliances are all examples of work that historically did not required a permit but now technically requires one in most cases.
For any questions, or to make an appointment, please contact the Sausalito CDD office at (415) 289-4128, or visit the CDD office at 420 Litho Street, Sausalito City Hall. Counter hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tuesdays by appointment only, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternate Fridays by appointment only, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITY OF SAUSALITO BUILDING DIVISION
BUILDING DIVISION HANDOUTS AND GUIDELINES

Go Bananas! at the Library's Summer Reading Program for Kids

School is almost out, which means it's time to Go Bananas! at the Sausalito Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Beginning Saturday, June 10, the Library will go wild with activities for children, including performances, crafts, story times, movies and a prize-filled reading challenge for kids under twelve.

This year's performers include Magician Dan Chan, who performs with his eight-year-old son James on June 15, Circus of Smiles on August 3, and a month-long Storytelling Festival on Thursdays in July.
On Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. there will be activities for kids between the ages of 9 and 12, including making candy sushi on June 14 and experimenting with book dominoes on August 2. Weekly story times continue: Toddler Story Time on Wednesday mornings at 9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. and Preschool Story Time on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

The Reading Challenge rewards kids for reading with fun prizes for every three hours they read up to twelve hours. The grand prize is a free book and a gift certificate for a free ice cream cone at Lappert's in downtown Sausalito. The Library's website has a complete list of programs and details about the Summer Reading Challenge.

The summer reading program is about more than fun. Researchers have found that kids lose reading skills during the summer months when they are out of school. The challenges, prizes, parties, craft programs and shows create a dynamic relationship between the Library and the children of Sausalito. A magic show may help to bring kids into the Library, but the real goal is to send them home with an armload of books and a warm feeling about the Library and lifelong learning.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Upcoming City Council Meeting

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m. The agenda snapshot for the June 14 meeting will be published in the June 10 edition of the Currents.

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.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS HERE

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Each week, on a rotating schedule, this section will provide highlights of the recent activities of two of the eight active Boards and Commissions in Sausalito. Follow this link for more information on all of our Boards and Commissions.
Trees and Views Committee. The Trees and Views Committee (TVC) is seeking applicants to fill upcoming vacancies on the committee. As a committee member appointed by the City Council, you will help serve the Sausalito community along with four other TVC members. Meetings are held monthly and the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The TVC is responsible for reviewing Tree Removal and Alteration Permit applications regarding protected trees on privately-owned developed property. In addition, the Committee is responsible for conducting arbitration of view claims and for conducting fact-finding meetings and rendering advisory decisions of view claims in situations involving trees on privately-owned property which may be obstructing the view from or sunlight reaching other property.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TREES AND VIEWS COMMITTEE
APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE TVC
Business Advisory Committee. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) is seeking applicants to fill two vacant City Council-appointed positions (Sausalito residency required). The BAC is a nine-member body charged with periodically evaluating the economy of the City and identifying actions to promote the economic health of the business community. The BAC also performs other duties as requested by the City Council or as considered advisable by the BAC and approved by the City Council. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a BAC member, please contact Lilly Whalen at lwhalen@ci.sausalito.ca.us. You may also use the form below to submit an application.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BAC

News from City Departments

Public Works Department. The City of Sausalito's Rodeo Avenue Reconstruction Project is about to start and will require the closure of Rodeo Avenue between its intersections with Nevada Avenue and Highway 101. This portion of Rodeo Avenue will be closed commencing at 7:00 a.m. on Monday June 6, and will reopen by 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 10. During the closure, no traffic will be allowed onto this portion of Rodeo Avenue and there will be no access to and from Highway 101. Drivers will need to find an alternate route. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City of Sausalito Senior Engineer Andrew Davidson at adavidson@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
VISIT THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
Fire Department. The Southern Marin Firefighters Association will return to Jazz & Blues by the Bay this summer to serve their famous firehouse marinated grilled tri-tip sandwiches, and coleslaw. In addition, they'll be serving Lagunitas beer and quality wine. Come by their booth and bring an appetite for good food, spirits and music! This year the firefighters will have a booth at three of the Jazz by the Bay events at Gabrielson Park: June 3, June 24 and July 8. Proceeds raised by the Southern Marin Firefighters Association are used to help support charities like the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Come down and meet your local firefighters, have a great meal, enjoy some sweet sounds and help raise money for good causes. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY
Sausalito Public Library. Are you a Sausalito resident with an area of expertise that would interest others? Have you taken a trip that your neighbors would enjoy hearing about? Written a book? Consider giving a program at the Sausalito Library. We love to bring people together to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Send your program ideas to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at achambers@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE SAUSALITO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Things Happening in Our Community

Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park kicks off on Friday, June 3 with a blues performance by the Second Street Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Southern Marin Firefighters Association, who will be serving up a marinated tri-tip sandwich with station-made coleslaw at the food tent.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Neighborhood Preparedness Meeting. The City of Sausalito's Disaster Preparedness Committee will be hosting a Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness meeting on Saturday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fire Station 1 (333 Johnson Street). This gathering is being hosted in conjunction with the Sausalito Police Department, Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the Southern Marin Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided.
GET MORE INFORMATION ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Awards. The Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Recognition Fund invites the community on Sunday, June 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the annual Scholarship Award Program & Reception honoring 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients. The special event, featuring guest presenters and a vocal performance, celebrates the Scholarship Fund's 60th anniversary year. This year, thirty-seven students — all from Sausalito and Marin City — will receive a total of $65,000 in scholarships. Event held at the Sausalito Woman's Club, 120 Central Avenue, Sausalito. Limited parking: shuttle available starting at 2:00 p.m. from Spencer Firehouse lot and Christ Episcopal Church. No charge. RSVP to sdaniloff@earthlink.net or (415) 289-0656.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Sausalito Village Monthly Meeting. Jamison Watts, Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), will talk about MALT and its current activities at the monthly meeting of Sausalito Village on Wednesday, June 8 at noon in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. MALT was formed in 1980 by a coalition of environmentalists and ranchers to ensure that when farming families face losing their land to threats of development or onerous taxes, they have somewhere to turn for help. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Water and cookies will be provided.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO VILLAGE
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, June 10, with a performance by jazz singer Tiffany Austin. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Sausalito Sister Cities, who will be dishing out a Portuguese hot dog (Linguiça sausage on roll with Piri Piri caramelized onion relish) served with a scoop of Potato Salad
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Third Annual Meal Packing Event. Please join the Rotary Club of Sausalito and the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center for a fun morning of packing meals on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 511 Caledonia Street (I.D.E.S.S.T. Hall). This year's meals will be sent to local food banks to help needy families here in the Bay Area. Your tax‐deductible donation covers a portion of the cost of the ingredients, storage and delivery of the meals. This is a wonderful hands‐on event for adults and children. After the packing, a delicious lunch will be provided by the LaSalette, Tasca Tasca and Shiso restaurants based in Sonoma, along with Café Lucia from Healdsburg. Cost: $50 for adults, $30 for children 16 & under. Registration and payment may be made online. Alternatively, you can mail your name, contact information and check (payable to "Rotary/Food KAH") to the attention of Ron Albert at 66 George Lane, Sausalito, CA 94965. Any questions about the event may be directed to Ron at rpalaw@sbcglobal.net.
REGISTER FOR THE MEAL PACKING EVENT
Muir Woods Parking and Transportation Update. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard) before the Marin County Board of Supervisors to present an update on County of Marin and National Parks Service (NPS) efforts to address parking and traffic congestion around Muir Woods National Monument. The meeting will be held at the Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 329, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.
VISIT THE MUIR WOODS WEBSITE OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Young Adult Author Simmone Howell: The Sausalito Library, in partnership with the Varda Artists Residency Program, is pleased to present a reading by YA author Simone Howell of Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Simmone is the author of Notes from the Teenage Underground, Everything Beautiful, and Girl Defective. Simmone's YA fiction fuses popular culture and teenage rites. Of her work, Simmone remarks, "I write for the teenager I was: strange, lonely, obsessive, dreamy." Kirkus Reviews says of the protagonist of Girl Defective: "Funny, observant, a relentless critic of the world's (and her own) flaws, Sky is original, thoroughly authentic and great company." Simmone is also a journalist whose subjects range from ghost-signs, to how to map a city by its movies, to the staying power of Pretty in Pink. Simmone is in San Francisco researching the post-war artistic community for a future work. Her visit is made possible thanks to the Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund.
VIEW A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Community Forums on Short Term Rentals. Two community forums will be held, the first on June 18 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., the second on June 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The June 18 meeting will be held at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway. The June 29 meeting will be held at a location to be determined. If you would like to learn more about short-term rentals or have opinions on the matter, please attend a community forum and share your thoughts with the working group. You may also contact Community Development Director Danny Castro at (415) 289-4133 or email dcastro@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
Wild West: Plains to the Pacific. Part I of the Sausalito Public Library's American West Museum Docent Series will be presented on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. inside the Council Chambers of Sausalito City Hall. Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Victoria Kirby as she introduces a new Legion of Honor exhibition (June 18 to September 11) that features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera that celebrate the abundance and diversity of the West. Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library.
VIEW A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
31st Sausalito Floating Homes Tour. The 31st annual Floating Homes Tour will be held Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be ten floating homes open to visitors, an art show, music and food. Tickets: $50 advance, $60 at the door. Limit 500 advance tickets.
PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE 2016 SAUSALITO FLOATING HOMES TOUR
VOLUNTEER AT THE FLOATING HOMES TOUR
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