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Stories for the Week of September 8, 2017

Council to Consider Revised Ferry Landing Plans on September 12

Ferry Landing Photo Rendering
A Bridge District photo rendering of the revised plans
The Sausalito City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 12, to consider the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's revised plans to remove the existing Sausalito ferry landing and build a new ferry landing. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the IDESST Hall, 511 Caledonia Street. At the meeting, the City Council will receive a presentation of the revised ferry landing project plans, accept public comment, and provide direction. A staff report for the September 12 meeting is available on the City website.

On Tuesday, September 26, the project will return to the Council for a determination on whether or not to consent to the project in accordance with the Bridge District's lease agreement with the City. The meeting on September 26 will also be held at 7:00 p.m. at the IDESST Hall.

The Bridge District's revised plans include reductions in both the length and the width of the ferry terminal from the plans which were submitted in March 2016. The width of the proposed float will be reduced by 4 feet, from 53 feet (March 2016) to 49 feet (revised proposal), with a corresponding reduction in the width of the gangway from 16 feet (March 2016) to 12 feet (revised proposal). The length of the proposed float will be reduced by 1.5 feet, from 145.5 feet (March 2016) to 144 feet (revised proposal).

The revised plans also incorporate input received during the Planning Commission and Historic Landmark Board meetings in March 2016 on the following elements: the lighting on the float; the color used for the gates, railings, and gangway; and the spot lighting along the access pier and gangway.

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding of July 28, 2017, the District and the City are consulting with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) in an effort to persuade BCDC to consent to remove the belvederes from the proposed project. Where applicable in the plans, the District has provided two alternatives for the belvederes on the access pier; one version shows the belvederes on the access pier and the other version shows the access pier without the belvederes.

The District submitted photo renderings in August that compare the existing ferry landing with the proposed ferry landing from various vantage points. These renderings are currently on display in the Litho Street lobby of City Hall, and will be on display at the meetings on September 12 and 26.

Questions about the ferry landing project may be directed to Lilly Whalen, Assistant City Manager and Sausalito City Clerk, at lwhalen@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4134.
 
READ THE STAFF REPORT ON THE REVISED FERRY LANDING PROJECT PLANS
VIEW THE BRIDGE DISTRICT'S REVISED PLANS
VIEW THE BRIDGE DISTRICT'S REVISED PHOTO RENDERINGS

Help Restock Bags at the City's Dog Waste Stations

Dog Waste Station
A station with bags for dog waste at Langendorf Playground
Dogs are a big part of Sausalito. With walks downtown, in our parks, in the hills, and on the beach, dogs have a good life here. It has even been suggested that there are more dogs than children in Sausalito!

With dogs comes dog waste. Did you know that the City of Sausalito spends over $5,000 each year on dog-waste bags? It also takes City staff approximately eight hours a week to check and refill bags at the twenty-three dog waste stations around town. That's a lot of money and time.

Although the bags go in the trash and not the compost, they are made of a special material designed to break down over time, so we want to encourage everyone to use them. 

The City could use your help with restocking bags at dog waste stations. If you live near a station and would like to help out (no dog necessary), we can set you up with a case of bags. All we ask is that you check the station a few times a week and keep it well stocked. If you go out of town, ask a friend to help out — or let us know and City staff will take care of the station.

If you are interested in helping out, please fill out a volunteer form. Any questions may be directed to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Langford at mlangford@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4126.
 
FILL OUT A FORM TO VOLUNTEER TO RESTOCK BAGS AT DOG WASTE STATIONS

Library Now Offers Kanopy Collection of Streaming Movies

Kanopy
Kanopy features thousands of classic, indie, world, and documentary films 
With the launch of a new Library website in August, the Sausalito Library also launched Kanopy, a streaming movie service that is now free for Sausalito residents. Kanopy features the Criterion Collection of classic U.S. and foreign films, including titles like 8 ½, The Last Metro, and Rashomon. You'll also find thousands of other recent independent and documentary films, such as East Side Sushi, 2 Days in Paris, and I am Not Your Negro.

Movies from Kanopy can be viewed on computers, mobile devices (via the Kanopy app for iOS and Android), and on televisions via Roku. To use Kanopy, you will need to create an account with an email address, then authenticate with your library card number and PIN.

To get started, look for the Kanopy button in the Digital Collections area of the Library homepage, or download the Kanopy app or channel to your device, or follow the link below. Sausalito residents may borrow up to eight movies per month. Any questions about Kanopy may be directed to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at achambers@sausalito.gov.
 
CONNECT TO KANOPY STREAMING MOVIES THROUGH THE SAUSALITO LIBRARY

Floating Homes Tour Returns September 30

Floating Homes Tour
Rosie the Riveter among Sausalito's floating homes
Marin County's floating homes have captured the imagination of locals and tourists for decades. This year's Floating Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The fifteen unique floating homes chosen for the tour exemplify the 2017 theme of "Homefront on the Waterfront" and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Marinship, the World War II shipyard which helped to foster today's waterfront community. Other attractions will include 40's cars, music, and swing dancers. Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to come in 40's dress.

The tour is sponsored by the Floating Homes Association (FHA), a non-profit volunteer organization, with proceeds benefiting Sausalito Village and the Friends of the Marin City Library. $50 advance reservations are recommended. Admission at the gate on the day of the tour will be $55. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the tour and are invited to the volunteer after-party. 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 32ND ANNUAL FLOATING HOMES TOUR

Muir Woods to Require Parking and Shuttle Reservations in 2018

Muir Woods Reservations
A graphic introducing the new reservation system at Muir Woods
The National Park Service has announced that it will be launching a parking and shuttle reservation system at Muir Woods National Monument. Reservations will be required for all vehicles and shuttle riders beginning sometime in early 2018. Once the system is in place, reservations will be required seven days a week, year-round. In 2016, more than 1.1 million people visited Muir Woods.

According to the Park Service, limited parking at Muir Woods and the large number of visitors have led to unsafe illegal parking and foot traffic along narrow roads. The new parking and shuttle reservation system will better manage visitation levels and reduce overcrowding. The Park Service expects that the system will improve the overall visitor experience while also enhancing the protection and preservation of the surrounding natural resources.

The parking reservation fee will be $8 per vehicle in the first year and will increase $0.50 every two years. A shuttle reservation fee of $3 per person, age 16 or older, will be charged in the first year and increase $0.25 every two years. A free reservation must still be made to secure a shuttle seat for visitors under 16 years of age. Visitors age 16 or older will be required to pay a $10 park admission entrance fee in addition to any parking or shuttle reservation fees.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT MUIR WOODS PARKING AND SHUTTLE RESERVATIONS
VIEW THE SCHEDULE OF THE MUIR WOODS SHUTTLE

Upcoming City Council Meetings on September 11 and 12

There will be a special City Council meeting on Monday, September 11, as well as a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 12.

On Monday, September 11, the open session of the special City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street.

On Tuesday, September 12, the open session of the regular City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the IDESST Hall, 511 Caledonia Street. The only public hearing item that evening will consider the revised plans for the ferry landing project.

The agenda snapshots appearing below provide highlights only. For more information, view Monday's agenda and read the associated staff reports, or view Tuesday's agenda and read the associated staff reports.
 
City Council Special Meeting
Monday, September 11
Open Session begins at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers
 

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:
City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 12
Open Session begins at 7:00 p.m. at IDESST Hall, 511 Caledonia Street
 
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. 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 on September 26, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at IDESST Hall (511 Caledonia Street).
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

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, commissions, and special committees representing the City of Sausalito. More information about City of Sausalito boards and commissions and City Council special committees may be found on the City of Sausalito website.
Parks and Recreation Commission. On Wednesday, August 16, the entire newly seated Parks and Recreation Commission met for the first time. After hearing a presentation on the Brown Act, the commissioners selected Susan Harriman as Chair and Jamie Bruning-Miles as Vice Chair. During the meeting, the Commission received renovation updates on Southview Park and Dunphy Park, as well as information on upcoming events produced by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Future agenda items include a meeting to gather input for the General Plan and an update on all projects funded through the Certificates of Participation.
 
The Commission will not meet on Wednesday, September 20, as Parks and Recreation staff will be at the Planning Commission meeting on Southview Park. Instead, the Commission will meet on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Room at City Hall. In October, the Commission will resume meeting at its regular date and time, the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Library Board of Trustees. The next monthly meeting of the Sausalito Library Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, September 14, in the Friends of the Library bookstore on the upper level of City Hall. Topics on the agenda include the Library Q4 report to City Council, the new Library website, and the Library behavior policy. All meetings of the Library Board of Trustees are open to the public.  

The role of the Library Board is to review the administration of Library operations, make recommendations, and establish policies. The Board serves as liaison between the Library and the community, and between the Library and the City Council. Questions about the Library Board of Trustees may be directed to achambers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

News from City Departments

Zoning Administrator. On September 7, the Zoning Administrator conducted a public hearing to consider a request for a minor use permit to serve beer and wine (no hard alcohol) at the California Caviar Company tasting room located at 1403 Bridgeway. The hearing was well attended by interested parties in opposition and in favor of the permit. The majority of public testimony related to concerns about the potential impacts of the service of beer and wine in proximity to the Sparrow Creek Montessori School located at 304 Caledonia Street, directly abutting the rear of the subject property to the west.

The Zoning Administrator received and evaluated public comments and approved the minor use permit with strict conditions, including: limiting the hours of operation (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), defining the scope of the permit authorizing the service of beer and wine to within the interior of the tasting room located on the ground floor which faces Bridgeway, and identifying compliance with all Alcoholic Beverage Control licensing requirements. The Zoning Administrator's decision is final unless appealed to the Planning Commission within ten days of the decision date. Please contact Senior Planner Calvin Chan at (415) 289-4129 or cchan@sausalito.gov if you have any questions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
Community Development. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving forward with efforts to protect, rehabilitate, and reuse the Machine Shop Building located at 25 Liberty Ship Way. The VA has awarded a contract to preserve and protect the Machine Shop by replacing the siding and roof, and is currently working with the contractor to ensure that work is conducted safely and in a manner that addresses all environmental concerns. The VA has also initiated a Historic Reuse Project in an effort to develop a long-term reuse of the Machine Shop. A notification has been released to solicit input from interested private developers, and an "Industry Day" is being held for developers on September 13, 2017. Any questions about the Machine Shop may be directed to Senior Planner Calvin Chan at cchan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4129.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Fire Department. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the Mill Valley Fire Department invite you to a free two-hour class for Marin residents on fire hazard in Marin and what you can do about it. The class will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 at 201 Seminary Drive in the Strawberry district of Mill Valley. In the class, you will learn how to create and implement attractive landscaping that provides defensible space in the event of a wildfire. The class also covers how to make your home more fire resistant and what you need to know to be ready to evacuate in a fire emergency. To register, please email fireinmarin@comcast.net or call (415) 269-6836 and leave your name, number, and email address. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Parks and Recreation. The City of Sausalito's semiannual City Wide Yard Sale is a great way to turn your clutter into extra cash. The fall yard sale will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the MLK parking lot and basketball courts at 610 Coloma Street. You can reserve one of the ninety-five seller's spaces by visiting the Parks and Recreation office in City Hall or by calling (415) 289-4152.

Spaces are priced between $18 and $31 and are sold on a first come, first served basis. People who reserve in person will receive priority over those reserving by telephone. Consult the booth map to see specific locations and prices. Only garage and rummage sale items are permitted to be sold (i.e. no craft or food vendors). Admission to the sale is free on October 7. 

Any questions about the City Wide Yard Sale may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at jmyers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4152. The offices of the Parks & Recreation Department are located on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall at 420 Litho Street.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FALL CITY WIDE YARD SALE

Things Happening in Our Community

Caregiver Support Group. Are you or someone you know caring for a loved one who is suffering from some form of cognitive impairment? Consider joining the new Sausalito-based Caregiver Support Group. Anyone caring for a loved one with a dementia-related illness – whether Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or another cognitive impairment – is invited to attend. The next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Edgewater Room on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall at 420 Litho Street. The group offers caregivers the ability to exchange information, learn about solutions to problems, talk through challenges and ways of coping, share feelings and frustrations, and learn about available resources. Participants and their situations are assured complete confidentiality. For additional information, please send email to caregivermarin@gmail.com.
VIEW A GOOGLE MAP SHOWING 420 LITHO STREET
Concert for Kids & Tot Art in the Park. Presented by Sausalito Parks and Recreation and sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club, the next monthly "Concert for Kids & Tot Art in the Park" event will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Robin Sweeny Park. The musical performer is James K. From the wildly catchy "A Giggle Can Wiggle Its Way Through a Wall," to songs like "Daddy Nap," "I Love You," and "Blue Planet Green," James K plays to both children and parents alike. Bring a blanket to sit on the lawn. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. We will provide tables, chairs, and art supplies for the children's art project starting at 11:15 a.m.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PARKS AND RECREATION EVENTS
Fire in Marin. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the Mill Valley Fire Department invite you to a free two-hour class for Marin residents on fire hazard in Marin and what you can do about it. The class will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 at 201 Seminary Drive in the Strawberry district of Mill Valley. In the class, you will learn how to create and implement attractive landscaping that provides defensible space in the event of a wildfire. The class also covers how to make your home more fire resistant and what you need to know to be ready to evacuate in a fire emergency. To register, please call (415) 269-6836 or email fireinmarin@comcast.net and leave your name, number, and email address. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
A Clear Mind: Taking the Bite out of Cognitive Decline. We all want to keep our minds in top shape as our bodies go through the natural aging process. Join Clinical Nutritionist and Natural Therapies Practitioner Leni Felton at the Sausalito Woman's Club at noon on Wednesday, September 13, to learn how foods and nutrients are powerful tools to strengthen the body and clarify the mind. The event is free of charge. Please bring your own lunch. There is limited street parking at the Sausalito Woman's Club, which is located at 120 Central Avenue. Please RSVP to dfordscriba@gmail.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Collecting Evolution. Professor Matthew James will discuss his new book Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin at the Spaulding Marine Center on Wednesday, September 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Professor James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. His book chronicles the 1905-1906 expedition from San Francisco to the Galapagos, one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on the Beagle. To reserve a spot, please call (415) 332-3179 or email info@spauldingcenter.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPAULDING MARINE CENTER
Sanitary District Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District (SMCSD) invites you to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the District's major upgrade project, located just south of the City of Sausalito in Fort Baker. The project will improve capacity and reliability of the wastewater treatment plant to ensure that the District can continue to protect public health, the environment, and the Bay. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22 at 1 East Road in Fort Baker. Parking is not allowed at the plant. Please park your vehicle at Fort Baker in the public waterfront lots located near the Bay Area Discovery Museum. A shuttle will be available to drive you to and from the plant. Wear comfortable flat shoes or work boots; guests will be walking down a steep driveway. If you require assistance, please email cathy@smcsd.net. RSVPs are required by September 15. To RSVP, please follow the link below or email Cathy at cathy@smcsd.net.
RSVP TO THE SMCSD GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Why Am I So Tired? Reclaiming Energy, Vitality & Wellness. Join us for a free educational discussion with local physician Dr. Andrea Young to learn how to reclaim your wellness this fall. This program sponsored by the Sausalito Library will take place in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 21. The discussion will focus on the importance of optimized nutrition, thyroid health, and adrenal function. Dr. Young will address the various causes of fatigue and offer tips for reversal through lifestyle modification, supplements, and holistic wellness interventions. Dr. Andrea Young is an Integrative Family Medicine physician and founder of Artís Health & Wellness. Dr. Young lives in Hurricane Gulch and specializes in personalized, preventative medicine with a holistic focus.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Marinship Workers in Conversation. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Sausalito's Marinship shipyard during World War II, the Sausalito Historical Society and the Sausalito Library will present a special "in conversation" program at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, with former Marinship workers C.D. Madsen, Ed Madsen, and William Thurman. The program will take place inside the Sausalito Library. C.D. Madsen was a resident of Pine Hill when it was appropriated and dynamited to create landfill for the shipyard. He worked on one of the large cranes at Marinship and later enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific operating a landing craft. C.D.'s cousin Ed, in addition to being a one-time Marinship employee, was a Sausalito postman for many years. William Thurman worked as a welder for Marinship.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Street Trees for Sausalito. What makes a good street tree? Join UC Marin Master Gardener Marie Narlock on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. as she presents trees that flourish in Sausalito. Participants in this program sponsored by Sausalito Beautiful and the Sausalito Library will learn which trees enhance Sausalito's public spaces and complement its natural beauty — and which could be problematic. Participants will also gain helpful knowledge and skill in identifying common trees. Marie has been a UC Marin Master Gardener for thirteen years. She studied landscape design through the UC Berkeley Extension and Merritt College, and completed sustainable landscape classes at Sonoma State. She writes articles for the Marin IJ and co-edited and launched the Leaflet, the UC Marin Master Gardener newsletter.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
32nd Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour. Marin County's floating homes have captured the imagination of locals and tourists for decades. The 2017 Floating Homes Tour takes place on Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fifteen unique floating homes chosen for the tour exemplify this year's theme, "Homefront on the Waterfront" and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Marinship, the World War II shipyard which helped to foster today's waterfront community. Other attractions will include 40's cars, music, and swing dancers. Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to come in 40's dress. The tour is sponsored by the Floating Homes Association (FHA), a non-profit volunteer organization, with proceeds benefiting Sausalito Village and Friends of the Marin City Library. $50 advance reservations are recommended. Admission at the gate the day of the tour will be $55. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the tour and are invited to the volunteer after-party. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FLOATING HOMES TOUR
Marinship 75 Dinner Dance. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the launching of the William A. Richardson, the first ship to leave Sausalito's Marinship shipyards during World War II, with a special dinner dance on Saturday, September 30. The event will be held at the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center (IDESST) at 511 Caledonia Street in Sausalito. The evening will feature live music from the eight-piece Swing Fever Band and a 1940's Dance Contest. If you come dressed in the style of the 40's, you will be entered in the WWII-era costume contest. General admission tickets are $25. A pasta dinner with salad will be served WWII canteen style in the dining room starting at 6:00 p.m. Reserved tables ($560) in the dance hall will be served family style. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be a no-host bar. Additional information is available at the Sausalito Historical Society website.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE MARINSHIP 75 DINNER DANCE
Met Opera Preview. Join Tom Wilhite on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Norma by Vincenzo BelliniTom will present background information about the composer and the 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. This is the fifth year of Metropolitan Opera previews sponsored by the Sausalito Library.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
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