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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of December 7, 2018

Remembering Robin Sweeny

Robin Sweeny
Robin Sweeny in September 2016
Former Sausalito mayor Robin Sweeny recently passed away at the age of 93. Robin's many years of civic engagement made a profound impact on our community. In 1996, in honor of her achievements, the park and playground in front of Sausalito City Hall was renamed Robin Sweeny Park.

Robin and her husband moved to Sausalito in 1954. Her involvement in City politics began in the 1960s, when she was a key player in blocking development projects along the waterfront. She was first elected to the City Council in 1968 and served for 28 years, the longest tenure in Sausalito history. Robin became Sausalito's first female mayor in 1972 and held the office again in 1985, 1988, and 1994. She worked professionally as a registered nurse during most of her years on the Council.

In 2000, Robin sold her house on San Carlos Avenue and moved to an ark at Waldo Point. Although retired from City politics, she remained active in local organizations like the Sausalito Historical Society, the Sausalito Rotary Club, and the Sausalito Woman's Club.

Robin is survived by her daughters Tara and Sarah. At the City Council meeting on November 27, 2018, Mayor Joan Cox issued a proclamation recognizing Robin's many years of service to our community and asking the residents of Sausalito to join in sending our thoughts and prayers to her family. Per Robin's wishes, no memorial service will be held.
 
READ THE PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF ROBIN SWEENY
READ THE OBITUARY FROM THE MARIN INDEPENDENT-JOURNAL

Dunphy Park Improvement Project Now Underway

Dunphy Park
Dunphy Park on Thursday, December 6
Sausalito's Dunphy Park was fenced off on Monday, December 3 for the first phase of an extensive improvement project designed by RHAA Landscape Architects of Mill Valley. Also known as the "base project," the first phase of improvements is being performed by Integra Construction Services and consists of the following general engineering components:
  • Demolition of existing park features
  • Grading of the site
  • Installation of site lighting and underground utilities
  • A new parking lot and new walkways
  • An improved shoreline access area
  • Foundations for the restroom and trash enclosure structures
  • Bike racks and removable bollards
  • Placement of planting soil
  • Installation of partial irrigation
  • Hydroseeding
Upon completion of the base project, new restrooms will be built and the site will be landscaped under separate contracts. Although a variety of factors are likely to affect the overall project schedule, the base scope of work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Galilee Harbor and the Sausalito Cruising Club will continue to be accessible during construction, but without onsite parking at the Dunphy lot. Sausalito residents accustomed to walking their dogs in Dunphy Park should consider the Remington Dog Park adjacent to MLK Park.

Funding for the base project at Dunphy Park comes from a variety of sources, including funds from the Certificates of Participation issued in 2016, the City's Tidelands Fund, Galilee Harbor, and federal and state grants. The total budget for the base project is approximately $2,650,000. 

Any questions about the Dunphy Park Improvement Project may be directed to Public Works Division Manager Loren Umbertis at lumbertis@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4113.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DUNPHY PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Final Results from the Municipal Election on November 6

City Hall
Sausalito City Hall on November 6, 2018
On Tuesday, November 6, Sausalito residents voted in a general municipal election that featured two ballot measures and two open seats on the Sausalito City Council. Listed below are the official final results as published by the Marin County Registrar of Voters on November 30, 2018.

Ballot Measures
Measure L and Measure M were the two local measures on the November 6 ballot. In order to pass, each measure was required to receive more than 50% of the votes cast.

Measure L
Yes: 3,417 (82.4%)
No: 729 (17.6%)

Measure M
Yes: 2,649 (65.4%)
No: 1,400 (34.6%)

City Council
Two qualified candidates appeared on the ballot to fill two open seats on the Sausalito City Council. Both candidates were incumbents. Councilmembers serve a four-year term.

Jill Hoffman: 2,586
Susan Cleveland-Knowles: 2,573
Write-in Votes: 94

The official election results will be certified at the regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, December 11. Measure L will go into effect on January 1, 2019, and increases the City's existing hotel room tax rate from 12% to 14%. Measure M will go into effect on July 1, 2019, and updates a business license measure that received its last update more than fifty years ago.
 
VIEW THE OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS FROM THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
LEARN MORE ABOUT MEASURES L AND M

Getting Ready for Winter Storm Season

Winter Storm
Stormy weather over Sausalito
Are you ready for the winter storm season? Here are some tips to help you prepare for this year's winter storms.

Before the Storm
  • Sign up to receive emergency notifications from Alert Marin and Nixle
  • Keep important documents like insurance policies in a safe deposit box
  • Consider flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area
  • If you live on a hillside, check if your insurance policy covers earth movement or mudslides
  • Know safe routes from your work to your home
  • Discuss emergency plans with your family
  • Prearrange a contact person or volunteer to assist you during emergencies
  • Post emergency numbers near the telephone
  • Store the following supplies at work, at home, and in your car:
    • First aid kit and essential medicines
    • Food (packaged, dried, canned, and for special diets)
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Cash (ATMs may not be working)
    • Portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries (stored in a watertight plastic bag)
    • Drinking water stored in closed, clean containers (allow one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
  • Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, and other emergency building materials handy for waterproofing (see below for information about sand and sandbags available from the City of Sausalito)
  • Keep your car fueled in the event that filling stations are inoperable
  • Help prevent storm drain blockages by keeping leaves and other debris out of streets, gutters, and catch basins
During the Storm
  • Tune to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions from local authorities
  • Share emergency information you receive with your neighbors
  • If flooding is likely and time permits, move valuable household possessions from the floor
  • If advised by local authorities to leave your home, move to a safe area before access is cut off
  • Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities
  • Do not try to drive across a flooded road; you could become stranded
  • Weather information can be obtained online from the National Weather Service
After the Storm
  • Stay tuned to designated radio or television stations for information and instructions from local authorities
  • Avoid disaster areas; your presence could hamper rescues and other emergency operations
  • Use flashlights rather than gas lanterns or candles to examine buildings; flammables may be present
  • Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines and report them immediately to 9-1-1
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas; if electrical equipment or appliances have been in contact with water, have them checked before use
  • Do not turn gas back on yourself; call PG&E and wait for a PG&E crew
  • Do not consume fresh or canned foods that have come in contact with floodwaters, as they may be contaminated
The City's Public Works Department has a supply of sand and sandbags available to help residents protect themselves from flooding. Sand is offered to both residents and merchants from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the City Corporation Yard at 530 Nevada Street. Sand and bags are also available at all hours across from the gym in the MLK parking lot. Access to the lot is from Coloma Street. If the Corporation Yard is closed and there is an emergency, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170 to gain access.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN SAUSALITO
SIGN UP TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS FROM ALERT MARIN
SIGN UP TO RECEIVE ALERTS AND ADVISORIES FROM NIXLE

Don't Let Porch Pirates Ruin Your Holidays

Package
A package at the front door of a house in Sausalito
This year's holiday shopping season is already well underway. Record-breaking online sales are expected, and that means more package deliveries and increased opportunities for package theft. Here are some ways to avoid becoming the victim of a "porch pirate":
  • If possible, have packages delivered to your workplace instead of your home.
  • Have your packages delivered to someone who can receive them in person, like a trusted neighbor or a relative.
  • Request that the shipper hold your packages at its delivery distribution center for pickup. Some companies offer local locker service for pickup and return.
  • If shopping with a large retailer, choose in-store pickup.
  • Track your package online and arrange a specific date and time for delivery when you will be home to receive it. Most of the large carriers offer this option.
If you believe you have been the victim of a porch pirate, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT

King Tides May Cause Flooding in December and January

King Tides
King tides predicted for December 2018
Over the next two months, the combination of lunar phase and the solar perihelion will result in especially high tides, sometimes referred to as "king tides." These conditions occur most often in winter. The closest point to the sun in the Earth's orbit is called the perihelion and takes place on approximately January 2 of each calendar year. Perihelion amplifies the magnitude of tidal ranges. When the moon is new or full, the effects of both the moon and the sun on tides are most pronounced. King tides that exceed 6.5' can cause street flooding in Sausalito, most often on Gate 5 Road.
 
In December 2018, high tides exceeding 6.5' are predicted on the following days:
  • Friday, December 21 at 9:47 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 23 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Monday, December 24 at 12:04 p.m.
In January 2018, high tides exceeding 6.5' are predicted on the following days:
  • Saturday, January 19 at 9:24 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 20 at 10:13 a.m.
  • Monday, January 21 at 11:03 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 22 at 11:54 a.m.
Rain, lowered barometric pressure as a result of winter storms, and wind (especially out of the south) can increase tide heights and inundation areas. Staff from Sausalito Public Works, the Sausalito Police Department, and Southern Marin Fire will monitor tides and flood zones especially carefully on each of these days and proactively place "flooded" signs in the areas that are usually affected by tides of these heights. 
 
GET TIDE PREDICTIONS FOR SAUSALITO
VIEW THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 7-DAY FORECAST FOR SAUSALITO

Upcoming City Council Meeting on December 11

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 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.

Special Presentations:
  • 1A. Swearing In of Newly Elected City Councilmembers: Jill James Hoffman and Susan Cleveland-Knowles
  • 1B. Award Grants from the Holiday Parking Donation Fund to Five Non-Profit Organizations that Provide Services to the Underserved in Marin County
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: Business Items:
  • 6A. Presentation to Outgoing Mayor
  • 6B. City Council Election of Mayor
  • 6C. City Council election of Vice mayor
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 January 8, 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

Sustainability Commission. The Sustainability Commission advises the City Council on waste management, recycling, and sea level rise. The commission also plans and conducts public education programs related to sustainability.

Previous meetings. The Sustainability Commission met for a regular meeting on November 8. At the meeting, the commissioners elected new officers and received a presentation on Marin County's Drawdown Project. The commission also met on November 28 for a special joint meeting with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The focus of the special meeting was the General Plan Update and landside and waterside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing.

Upcoming meeting. The next meeting of the Sustainability Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 in the City Hall Conference Room. At the meeting, the commission will continue its discussion of the General Plan Update and receive a presentation on Sausalito's 2016 greenhouse gas emissions inventory from Christine O'Rourke, Sustainability Coordinator for the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership.

The staff liaison to the Sustainability Commission is Senior Civil Engineer Andrew Davidson. The City Council liaison is Susan Cleveland-Knowles. Any questions about the Sustainability Commission may be directed to adavidson@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4180. All meetings of the Sustainability Commission are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION
Library Board of Trustees. The five-member Sausalito Library Board of Trustees reviews the administration of library operations, establishes library policies, and makes recommendations to the City Librarian.

Previous meeting. The Library Board of Trustees met on Thursday, November 8. Topics on the agenda included an update to the time-limit policy for public computer stations and a discussion of service animals in the library.

Upcoming meeting. The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Bookstore on the upper level of City Hall. The meeting will begin with a closed session to discuss the performance of the City Librarian. Topics on the open-session agenda, which begins at 6:30 p.m., include a change to the ID requirements for getting a library card and the selection of a chair and vice chair for 2019.

The staff liaison to the Library Board of Trustees is City Librarian Abbot Chambers. The City Council liaison is Joe Burns. Any questions about the Library Board of Trustees may be directed to achambers@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4123. All meetings of the Library Board of Trustees are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

News from City Departments

Public Works. Preliminary concepts for landside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing are currently being reviewed by the Sustainability Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the General Plan Advisory Committee. Those City bodies have been asked to prepare "white papers" identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities associated with the project and the concepts shared in an October presentation to the City Council by architect Robert Hayes of Robert Hayes + Associates.

The public workshop on landside ferry landing improvements that had been tentatively scheduled for January 19, 2019, has been postponed pending the completion of the review process by City commissions. When a public workshop is held, it will incorporate the ideas and comments generated during the "white paper" process. Keep an eye on future editions of Sausalito Currents for the date of the workshop and other opportunities for public comment.

Any questions or comments about ferry landing landside improvements may be directed to Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director and City Engineer, at (415) 289-4176 or jgoldman@sausalito.gov. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SAUSALITO FERRY LANDING
Police. During the entire month of December, residents and visitors can park for free for up to three hours at Sausalito's on-street parking meters. But please keep feeding the meters! The money that is collected during the month will be donated to non-profit organizations working to provide services to Marin County's neediest residents. In 2017, the holiday parking waiver generated $5,000 for local charities.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PARKING IN SAUSALITO
Southern Marin Fire. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is collecting new bicycles and helmets to be distributed to the communities that were devastated by the recent fires and to local people in need. Bicycles, helmets, and/or cash donations may be dropped off at Sausalito's Fire Station 1 at 333 Johnson Street until December 20, 2018. All cash contributions will be used to purchase new bicycles and safety gear. Checks may be made out to the Southern Marin Fire Foundation and mailed to Southern Marin Fire Foundation, Attention: Alyssya Schiffmann, 308 Reed Boulevard, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Pickups for large donations may be requested by emailing shoggan@smfd.org or calling (415) 388-8182 during business hours.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Library. The Sausalito Library's digital collections are a great way to take advantage of your community's shared resources during your winter travels. Popular e-books and e-audiobooks are available with your library card via the OverDrive service and its Libby app. E-books and e-audiobooks are also available for Sausalito residents through Hoopla, along with music, movies, and digital comic books. And Kanopy is a vast collection of independent, classic, and foreign cinema – think of it as a library version of Netflix.

If you don't yet have a library card, you can register online and start taking advantage of the Sausalito Library's digital collections immediately. If you encounter any trouble or have any questions, please contact City Librarian Abbot Chambers at (415) 289-4123 or achambers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIGITAL COLLECTIONS FROM THE SAUSALITO LIBRARY
Recreation Department. Sausalito Parks and Recreation is happy to welcome members of Yoga of Sausalito, which is closing on December 23. Beginning in January 2019, three new yoga classes will be offered in the Exercise Room at Sausalito City Hall:
  • Hatha Yoga Basics with Thom Switzer
    • Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Sundays from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Yin Yoga with Sarah Butler
    • Sundays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
The drop-in cost per class is $15 for Hatha Yoga Basics and $18 for Yin Yoga ($20 for non-residents). Please contact Recreation Supervisor Linda Finch at (415) 289-4152 or lfinch@sausalito.gov if you have any questions about the new yoga classes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO PARKS AND RECREATION
Recreation Department. Sausalito Parks and Recreation and Mt. Tam Adventures will be offering day camps for kids on January 2, 3, and 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily registration is $60 for residents and $65 for non-residents. After-care is also available. Registration is required. Visit sausalitocamps.com for more information or to register online.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMPS FROM SAUSALITO PARKS AND RECREATION

Things Happening in Our Community

Gingerbread House Tour. The annual Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour takes place during the entire month of December. More than twenty Sausalito merchants, businesses, and City departments are participating in the 12th annual tour, which is presented by the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. Most of the gingerbread houses can be viewed on foot in one afternoon. Printed maps of the tour are available at participating merchants. You can also find an online version of the map on the tour website.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE TOUR
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, December 8 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
Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks. The 31st Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks will get underway at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, when dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats will parade along Sausalito's scenic shoreline. The boat parade begins at the Bay Model near the north end of Sausalito, continues along the shoreline to Old Town, and loops back to the waters off Gabrielson Park. The annual fireworks will begin soon after the conclusion of the parade.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS
Jingle Bell 5K. The 2018 Jingle Bell 5K, Children's Fun Run, and Runners Brunch will take place in downtown Sausalito on Sunday, December 9. The Jingle Bell 5K is a unique race along our historic waterfront, with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay. The cost to enter is $40 for adults and $25 for kids. Proceeds benefit Dipsea Kidz. Packet pickup and same-day registration begin at 7:30 a.m. on December 9, and the race gets underway at 8:30 a.m. The Runners Brunch will be held after the race ($10 for adults and $5 for children).
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JINGLE BELL 5K AND CHILDREN'S FUN RUN
Age Well/Drive Smart. Age Well/Drive Smart is a 2-hour class presented by the California Highway Patrol and designed to give you the tools to safely continue driving. You'll also learn how to maintain your lifestyle even if driving is no longer safe for you. The class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 in the Edgewater Room on the lower level of City Hall. There is no fee, and no RSVP is necessary. The class is hosted by Sausalito Village and CARSS (Call A Ride for Sausalito Seniors).
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO VILLAGE
Met Opera Preview: La Traviata. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. 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 CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey. Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Maureen O'Brien in the City Hall Council Chambers at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 as she explores the first-ever San Francisco exhibit dedicated to the work of Paul Gauguin. This exceptional retrospective includes more than fifty Gauguin paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from the renowned collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Samples of Oceanic art and Gauguin's works on paper from the permanent collection will also be on display at the de Young Museum from November 17, 2018 to April 7, 2019. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Downtown Open House and Late Night Shopping. Sausalito's downtown merchants will be open late for holiday shopping on Thursday, December 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Any questions about the event may be directed to the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce at chamber@sausalito.org or (415) 331-7262.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Beatnik Word-Jazz Party. Dust off your beret and join the Sausalito Historical Society from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14 for an evening of jazz, wine, beer, bongos, coffee, and poetry. This special event at Firehouse Coffee & Tea celebrates the opening of a new Sausalito Historical Society exhibit at the Bay Model, The Sausalito Renaissance and the Birth of Mid-Century Modern in Sausalito: The Artists, Poets and Impresarios of the Late 1940s. Tickets are $40 and include one drink and all food. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. A "word jazz" poetry reading will begin at 6:45 p.m., and music will be scattered throughout the evening. Firehouse Coffee & Tea is located at 317 Johnson Street in Sausalito.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE BEATNIK WORD-JAZZ PARTY
Santa Christmas Brunch. St. Mary Star of the Sea will host its annual Santa Christmas Buffet on Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Duggan Hall at 180 Harrison Avenue. The brunch will include a variety of dishes, including French toast, quiche, sausage, ham, and fruit salad. A selection of beverages will also be available. After the brunch, Santa will be visiting Duggan Hall with presents for the kids and photos for mom and dad. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. This event is sponsored by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Men's Club. Please RSVP to stmarystaroftheseamensclub@gmail.com. 
SEE A MAP OF 180 HARRISON AVENUE IN SAUSALITO
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