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Stories for the Week of July 9, 2021

Upcoming Community Forum on Improvements at Ferry Landing

Ferry Landing
The Sausalito Ferry Landing and surrounding area
A total of $2.5 million is available for landside improvements at the Sausalito Ferry Landing, with all but $100,000 coming from the Federal Transit Administration and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. What improvements should be prioritized for the area that includes the ferry landing plaza, Parking Lot 1, Tracy Way, and El Portal? That question is the subject of a community forum via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.

A group of local design professionals, working as volunteers, has created a recommended design for the improvements based on available funds. The project includes a new and expanded plaza, improved walkways, and the closure of Tracy Way to enhance vehicle and pedestrian circulation.

The design group created two other options for improvements at the site. Option 2 includes a pedestrian walkway across the parking lot at an additional cost of approximately $200,000. Option 3 is a long-term vision of the site that proposes transforming Parking Lot 1 into a park space with lawns, trees, and walkways.

The City Council has allocated $25,000 for further study of Option 3. If the Council chooses to continue pursuing the park option, the initial improvement project could take advantage of grant funds while they are still available to focus on elements that are consistent with the long-term vision, such as improvements to the plaza area.

Construction of landside improvements will take place after the bridge district completes long-planned upgrades to the gangway and floating dock. Work on these "waterside" improvements is expected to begin in 2022.

Anyone with an interest in the future of the ferry landing and the downtown area is encouraged to participate in the community forum via Zoom from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15. To join by telephone, call (669) 900-6833 and enter 81318985798#. The event will be hosted by Public Works Director Kevin McGowan. Included will be an introductory presentation, an overview of the long-term vision for the site developed by the design group, and ample time for questions and community feedback.

Community input will also be welcomed at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 13. For item 5A, the Council will consider placing a measure on the ballot as soon as November 2021 asking Sausalito voters to amend Ordinance 1128 to allow for park uses in parking lots 1, 2, 3, and 4. More information about Ordinance 1128 can be found in the staff report for the item, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:20 p.m.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AT THE FERRY LANDING
CONNECT TO THE COMMUNITY FORUM VIA ZOOM AT 6:00 PM ON JULY 15
VIEW THE AGENDA AND ACCESS INFO FOR THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 13

Expanded Open Hours at the Sausalito Library

Sausalito Library
The Sausalito Library on Thursday, July 8
The Sausalito Library is taking another step in its return to full services. Open hours are now 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. The library's curbside pickup service from the City Hall parking lot will continue on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through the month of July.

Although masks are still required inside the library, there are no longer any social distancing requirements, and all of the tables and chairs are back in place. Everyone is welcome to sit and read at an easy chair or work at a table using the library's high-speed internet. All of the public computers are also back online.

The City Council prioritized bringing the library back to full service levels as part of the City's fiscal year 2021-22 budget, which began on July 1. The plan is to add hours and services as open positions are filled over the coming months, with a return to a seven-day schedule in early 2022. A new children's librarian should come on board sometime in the fall of 2021.

More information about the library and its services, including information about the library's digital collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming movies, may be found on the library website at sausalitolibrary.org. If you don't yet have a library card, you can sign up via the online registration form for MARINet libraries.

The Sausalito Library is located at 420 Litho Street on the main floor of Sausalito City Hall. All exterior doors to the building are unlocked during library open hours. The Friends of the Library Bookstore is expected to reopen and resume taking book donations later in July.

Any questions about the Sausalito Library and its services may be directed to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at achambers@sausalito.gov.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Are You Prepared for a Wildfire Evacuation?

Wildfire Evacuation
Are you prepared to evacuate if Sausalito is threatened by wildfire? Here are three things that you can do now to get ready for wildfire season:
  • Sign up for emergency alerts.
    • AlertMarin will tell you when you need to take action in an emergency. In addition to your home address, sign up to receive alerts for addresses that are important to you, including those for your work, child's school, or close family members.
    • Nixle provides informational alerts based on ZIP codes, such as for a road closure or police activity in your area.
  • Pack a go bag so all the necessities are on hand when it's time to leave in a hurry. Include items such as N95 masks to aid breathing during times of heavy wildfire smoke.
  • Print out an evacuation checklist and evacuation map to help members of your household know what to do and where to go in the event of a wildfire.
For a comprehensive look at preparing for a wildfire evacuation in Southern Marin, watch the new 11-minute video created by Southern Marin Fire and Mill Valley Fire.

Marin County also has a new public emergency portal where urgent information will be updated when a disaster unfolds. The site includes a public information map that displays major incidents such as wildfires, flooding, evacuation areas, road closures, and other information useful during an emergency.
 
WATCH THE VIDEO ON EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS FROM SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE
LEARN MORE ABOUT PREPARING FOR A WILDFIRE

Golden Gate Ferry Resumes Weekend Service to Sausalito

Golden Gate Ferry
A Golden Gate Ferry at the floating dock in Sausalito
Beginning Saturday, July 10, Golden Gate Ferry will resume weekend service between Sausalito and the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Six round trips are on the schedule for Saturdays and Sundays, with the earliest departure from San Francisco at 10:40 a.m. and the latest departure from Sausalito at 6:45 p.m.

The weekday commute schedule on Golden Gate Ferry remains unchanged, with one morning trip to San Francisco and two return trips to Sausalito. There is also a 5:00 p.m. ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco via Tiburon.

Blue and Gold Fleet is currently operating on a seven-day schedule between Sausalito and Pier 41 in San Francisco. There are four daily round trips, with the earliest departure from San Francisco at 10:15 a.m. and the latest departure from Sausalito at 7:00 p.m.

As a safety precaution, face coverings are required on all ferry trips between Sausalito and San Francisco.
 
VIEW THE SAUSALITO SCHEDULE FOR GOLDEN GATE FERRY
VIEW THE SAUSALITO SCHEDULE FOR BLUE AND GOLD FLEET

News from the City, County, and State

Hot Weather. Although high temperatures this weekend in Sausalito are forecast to be in the 70s, most of the Bay Area will be under a Heat Advisory or an Excessive Heat Warning through Sunday, July 11. Please take precautions if you plan to spend time outdoors away from the coast.
VIEW THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST FOR SAUSALITO
Nightly Tables at Jazz and Blues. Season tables for the Friday evening Jazz and Blues by the Bay concert series are sold out, but lots of nightly tables are available for individual shows through August 27.

Each table seats up to six people and provides a comfortable place to eat and drink with friends while enjoying live music in Gabrielson Park.

Nightly tables are priced at $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Tables may be purchased online from the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department at sausalito.gov/register. Instructions on using the reservation system are available on the Jazz and Blues by the Bay website.

The free shows start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. At most shows, food and beverages will be available for purchase from local nonprofits. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and drink.

Here's the band schedule for 2021:
  • July 9: West Coast Cool
  • July 16: Andre Thierry
  • July 23: JeConte and the Salty Dogs
  • July 30: Dirty Cello
  • August 6: Big Harp George
  • August 13: Daniel Castro
  • August 20: Pamela Rose
  • August 27: Eugene Huggins
Any questions about Jazz and Blues by the Bay may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at (415) 289-4198.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
New One-Day Limit on Sprinkler Use. With reservoir levels at historic lows and drought conditions worsening, the board of directors of the Marin Municipal Water District has adopted stricter irrigation restrictions to preserve our water supply. Under the new ordinance, spray irrigation is limited to one day a week, and each community will have a designated watering day. Designated watering days are as follows:
  • Monday: Ross, Tiburon, Belvedere, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas
  • Tuesday: San Rafael, Unincorporated Marin County
  • Wednesday: Sausalito, San Quentin, Corte Madera, San Anselmo
  • Thursday: Mill Valley
  • Friday: Woodacre, Larkspur, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield
  • Saturday and Sunday: No spray irrigation

Drip irrigation is limited to any two days a week, with customers allowed to choose their watering days.

Please refer to the district's Water Rules page for more information and a complete list of water-use restrictions.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WATER CONSERVATION
Flex Alerts. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) called another Flex Alert on Friday, July 9 due to extreme temperatures across much of the state. Additional alerts are possible over the weekend. CAISO manages the flow of electricity along the high-voltage electric grid for 80 percent of California.

When a Flex Alert is called, consumers are strongly encouraged to avoid using major appliances and air conditioners, turn off unnecessary lights, and postpone the charging of electric vehicles. You can find more tips about how to conserve electricity and sign up for Flex Alerts at www.FlexAlert.org.
SIGN UP TO RECEIVE FLEX ALERTS FOR CALIFORNIA
Soil Stockpile. Work to remove the soil stockpile from City land adjacent to Dunphy Park began on Thursday, July 1. Per the City's contract with Eleven Engineering, Inc. of Petaluma, the removal will be completed within 75 days, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Due to its high lead content, a majority of the approximately 3,300 cubic yards of soil will be hauled to a landfill site near Bakersfield that is certified for toxic materials. So that trucks have time to reach the facility before its closing time on weekdays, loading in Sausalito will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until approximately 10:00 a.m. The early start time was approved by the City Council on June 22.

In the afternoons, the contractor will transition to a shoreline area of Dunphy Park that requires the removal of existing soil to a depth of approximately two feet. The soil will be replaced with imported clean material.

The City will be monitoring the soil removal project through daily observations by staff and consultants. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Public Works Director Kevin McGowan at kmcgowan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4176.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DUNPHY PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Gate 6 Intersection. The expected completion date of a construction project to improve safety for cyclists, cars, and pedestrians at the intersection of Gate 6 Road and Bridgeway has been postponed to mid-August due to ongoing manufacturing delays.

On July 29 and 30, the contractor will grind and pave the intersection, followed by the installation of crosswalks, lane lines, and other pavement markings. This work will occur at night.

The City will activate the new bike crossing and video detection systems in coordination with Caltrans to complete the project by August 13. Any questions may be directed to Public Works Grant Administrator Jill Barnes at jbarnes@sausalito.gov.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE INTERSECTION OF BRIDGEWAY AND GATE 6 ROAD
Gun Safety Kits. California is one of several states that requires every gun owner to safely store their firearms, and the owner is criminally liable if they store a loaded gun where a child is likely to gain access to it. To help ensure the safety of your family, the Sausalito Police Department offers free gun safety kits through a partnership with Project ChildSafe.

The police department also maintains a firearms safety webpage. Along with the Project ChildSafe information, the page provides information and resources on gun-violence restraining orders, surrendering firearms, and firearms laws.

Please contact Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at sgregory@sausalito.gov for your free gun lock or more information about gun-safety programs.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FIREARMS SAFETY
Circus Coming to Town. A big red-and-white tent belonging to Flynn Creek Circus will be going up in MLK Park on Monday, July 12 for shows that will take place from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18. The shows are not affiliated with the City of Sausalito; this is the fourth year that Flynn Creek Circus is renting park space from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Flynn Creek Circus is people-only, so there won't be any animal noises emanating from the park. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mike Langford at mlangford@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4126.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FLYNN CREEK CIRCUS
Utilities Shutdown Moratorium. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has suspended disconnections of residential and small business customers through Sept. 30, 2021.
 
The extension provides time for energy utilities to notify customers of a new CPUC solution to resolving COVID-19 era utility bill debt, which provides residential customers two years over which to pay off deferred energy bills. Similar relief was ordered for small businesses.

Under the decision, customers of the large investor-owned utilities with arrearages over 60 days will automatically be enrolled in 24-month payment plans, with an opt-out for customers who do not want to be enrolled. Nothing prevents customers enrolled in payment plans from applying funding from relief programs.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UTILITIES SHUTDOWN MORATORIUM
Unemployment Benefits. Starting July 11, Californians receiving unemployment benefits should begin looking for work to maintain their eligibility, according to the California Employment Development Department (EDD). During the pandemic, the federal government temporarily allowed states to waive the requirement to search for work. Since March 2020, the work-search requirement has been suspended in California.

EDD offers many services to assist people looking for safe and suitable work and get training. That includes the CalJOBS online labor exchange system, as well as job search assistance, résumé and interview preparation, and access to job training available through America's Job Center of California locations throughout the state. Marin's CalWORKS Employment Services can also help with a job search.
READ A NEWS RELEASE ABOUT THE WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENT

City Council Meetings on July 13

The Sausalito City Council will hold two meetings on Tuesday, July 13: a 3:00 p.m. special meeting and a 7:00 p.m. regular meeting.

Pursuant to executive orders issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, the meetings will be conducted remotely via Zoom. They will also be broadcast live on the City website. For additional items and documents, including public comment via email, please view the meeting agendas.

If you would like to speak on an agenda item at either meeting, you can access the meeting remotely via computer, mobile device, or telephone:
  • Computers and mobile devices. The link for the meeting is zoom.us/j/5421451805. Although your image will not be shown on the video conference, you will be able to listen to and view the meeting on Zoom. Use the "raise hand" function to comment during public comment portions of the agenda.
  • Telephone. The telephone number to access the meeting is *67 1-669-900-6833. The meeting ID is 5421451805#. Your phone number will appear on the screen unless you first dial *67 before dialing the numbers shown above. Press *9 to comment during the public comment portion of the agenda.
If you do not wish to speak during public comment, you may submit email correspondence to cityclerk@sausalito.gov. If you choose to submit an email message, please note in the subject line the agenda item to which your email pertains.

SPECIAL MEETING AT 3:00 P.M. ON JULY 13

Public Hearing Item:
  • 1A. Appeal of a Planning Commission Decision Approving Design Review 2018-00276 to Construct a New Single-Family Residence at 99 Wolfback Ridge Road (When available, the staff report and documents will be posted with the meeting agenda on the City Council meetings and agendas page)

REGULAR MEETING AT 7:00 P.M. ON JULY 13

Consent Calendar: Business Items: Other Council Business:
Did you know you can watch City Council meetings live via webcast? You can also watch video recordings of past meetings on the City website.

Council meetings are also broadcast live on television via Comcast Cable Channel 27. If you miss the live broadcast, check the rebroadcast schedule.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on July 27, 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

Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee. The role of the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee is to provide a forum for the community to share comments and concerns regarding public safety in Sausalito, including crime prevention, community outreach, and disaster preparedness education and training.

Previous Meeting. The Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee met on June 9. Topics on the agenda included neighborhood resource groups, CERT training, outreach, and the June 12 evacuation drill in Hurricane Gulch. Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming Meeting. The next meeting of the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee will be held via Zoom at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14. Agenda items include a recap of the June 12 evacuation drill, the new Bay Area tsunami map, and public safety power shutoffs. The committee will also nominate and elect new officers. The meeting agenda contains details regarding how to virtually participate in the Zoom meeting and provide public comment.

Any questions about the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee may be directed to Sausalito Police Captain Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4170 or bfraass@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SAFETY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

Programs and Events for Our Community

Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2021 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by West Coast Cool. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Stretch and Strengthen with Rayner. Make it part of your Monday morning routine to stretch and strengthen with Rayner Needleman. The next class will take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 12. Rayner is a certified Yoga teacher and therapist, and her classes are fun and a good all-around workout. Each week she focuses on a different aspect of wellness, always incorporating yoga-based stretches, breathing, and guided relaxation. More information can be found on the RSVP page.
VIEW A CALENDAR OF EVENTS FROM SAUSALITO VILLAGE
Ferry Landing Improvements. A total of $2.5 million is available for landside improvements at the Sausalito Ferry Landing. What improvements should be prioritized for the area that includes the ferry landing plaza, Parking Lot 1, Tracy Way, and El Portal? That question is the subject of a community forum via Zoom from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15. Anyone with an interest in the future of the downtown area is encouraged to participate. To join by telephone, call (669) 900-6833 and enter 81318985798#. The event will be hosted by Public Works Director Kevin McGowan. Included will be an introductory presentation, an overview of the long-term vision for the site developed by the design group, and ample time for questions and community feedback.
CONNECT TO THE COMMUNITY FORUM VIA ZOOM AT 6:00 PM ON JULY 15
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2021 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Andre Thierry. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Visitor Center Grand Opening. The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of its new office and visitor center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20. All are welcome to attend this free event. The visitor center is located in downtown Sausalito at 22 El Portal.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2021 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by JeConte and the Salty Dawgs. Food and beverages will be on sale. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
Introduction to GarageBand. Are you ready to rock? Apple's GarageBand is one of the easiest applications to record and create your own music and podcasts. You are the star! This Sausalito Library virtual class from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 will get you started and help you learn how to share your musical prowess and podcast dreams. Instructor Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon. Please RSVP for details on accessing the program via Zoom.
RSVP FOR INTRODUCTION TO GARAGEBAND ON JULY 29
Jazz and Blues by the Bay. The 2021 season of Jazz and Blues by the Bay concerts continues in Gabrielson Park on Friday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Dirty Cello. The grass seating area fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot!
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY
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