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Stories for the Week of June 10, 2016

Robin Sweeny Park Improvements Taking Shape

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Bauman Construction has moved into high gear and it's going to be an exciting next couple of weeks for the Robin Sweeny Park Improvement Project. All of the new paths and walls are now in place in the playground area. If you view the site from the overlook at the Litho Street entrance to City Hall, you will get an idea what the final playground layout will look like.
During the week of June 13, the new play equipment will arrive and be installed. Once the equipment is set, surfacing material will be put in place. Later in the month, the irrigation system will be installed in the lawn area of the park, with sod scheduled to be placed just before the July 4 holiday. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the work underway in Robin Sweeny Park, please contact Department of Public Works Project Manager Loren Umbertis at or Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Langford at

Budget Discussion Will Continue at June 14 Council Meeting

On Tuesday, June 14, the Sausalito City Council will continue its review and discussion of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016-18 Resource Allocation Plan and Budget first presented at a May 24 special meeting of the Council (watch the video from the meeting). At the June 14 meeting, the Council will consider twenty-six discussion items and the FY2016-22 Capital Improvement Plan.
The discussion items include an additional parking enforcement officer, part-time law enforcement and emergency management positions, enhanced landscape maintenance, and a dedicated capital improvement program team for construction management. The proposed budget also includes the restructure of the loan between the Martin Luther King Complex (MLK) Fund and the General Fund. Additional code enforcement and building inspection services are recommended for a pilot program to be funded from reserves. Funding of external agencies and business activities are also included for discussion.

The proposed FY2016-22 Capital Improvement Plan continues the use of Measure O funds for street and storm drain projects. Here is a breakdown:
Measure O Projects FY2016-17 Funding FY2017-18 Funding
Concrete Streets  300,000 300,000
Street Repair Program  325,000 425,000
Roadway Base Repair/Patching  120,000 120,000
SD Master Plan  240,000     -  
Dunphy Park Storm Drain  55,000   -  
Striping Maintenance (Contract)  20,000  20,000
Storm Drain Replacement (in Right of Way)  5,000  50,000
Storm Drain CIP      -  
Traffic Signal Upgrades    19,380
ADA - Traffic and Transportation Projects    265,620
TOTAL $1,065,000 $1,200,000
Other proposed capital projects for FY2016-18 include the Dunphy and Southview Park Renovation Projects; the MLK Repair and Renovation Project; purchase and implementation of a permit tracking software system to streamline building, planning, and engineering reviews of private projects; and the purchase of automatic license plate readers to assist police. 

Details of the discussion items and the Capital Improvement Plan are available at the Sausalito Library and on the City website. After City Council discussion and review on June 14, City staff will prepare the final budget for adoption at the June 28 Council meeting. The next fiscal year begins on July 1. 

Community Forums on the Future of Short-Term Rentals

Are you interested in the future of short-term rentals in Sausalito? The City of Sausalito invites Sausalito residents to participate in upcoming community forums on the issue.
Two community forums will be held, the first on Saturday, June 18 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., the second on Wednesday, 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

Tam Valley Fire Contained by Four Local Fire Departments

On May 23, fire units from Southern Marin Fire District, Mill Valley Fire, Tiburon Fire and Marin County Fire responded to a reported structure fire in Tam Valley. Arriving units found the top floor of a single family residence engulfed in flames that were beginning to spread to other sections of the home.
Units from the Marin County Sheriff's Office were first on the scene and found that the home was unoccupied. Firefighters were able to contain the fire, preventing spread to adjacent properties and structures. The cause of the fire was determined to be a mechanical malfunction of the refrigerator ice maker. Estimated total damage to the structure and property is $600,000.

Spring Bocce League Champions

The Bay Area is no stranger to sports dynasties. The 49ers, Giants, Raiders, Warriors and A's have all won multiple championship titles. In our own backyard, the Sausalito Bocce League completed the spring season on May 21 with the Lazer Katz winning an impressive sixth championship title.
The Bocce League formed in early 2000 with eight teams playing blitz bocce on Friday nights in the spring and fall. Throughout the years, the league has grown. Today, literally hundreds of your neighbors and friends are participants in the Bocce League. Teams from the Chamber of Commerce, the Sausalito Cruising Club and a variety of Sausalito neighborhoods now participate, along with teams of friends, co-workers and complete strangers who have banded together to pursue bocce excellence.

The league now has a second court and today's games are played to twelve points in a forty minute time-frame. The league has expanded to twenty-six teams and games are played on Thursday and Friday nights in the spring and fall. In the summer, there is a mini-season with sixteen teams playing on Monday evenings. This year the summer season opened on June 6 and championship games are scheduled for July 16.
If you are interested in joining the Fall 2016 Sausalito Bocce League, you may register a team of 4 to 8 players on Tuesday, August 16 at the Sausalito Parks and Recreation front counter on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall.
For more information regarding the Bocce League or any programs offered by the Recreation Department, call (415) 289-4152 or visit the Parks and Recreation Department website via the link below.

First Responders Participate in Active Shooter Training

On May 24, Police, Fire, and EMS personnel from across Marin County participated in active shooter response training. The event scenarios simulated a school shooting at the College of Marin's Indian Valley campus in Novato. Over eighty personnel were involved in the day-long training, which consisted of four different scenarios and included actors playing the part of injured victims and bystanders.
The goal of the exercise was to conduct a fully integrated response to these types of significant and catastrophic events. The training, coordination, and partnership of first responders is critical. Public safety, medical personnel and hospital staff all benefit from the opportunity to work together and practice a countywide response. Studies have shown that this type of integration is vitally important in life-saving efforts. According to statistics from the FBI, between 2000 and 2013 there were 160 active shooter incidents in the United States.
The exercise cost approximately $45,000 and was funded through the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services and coordinated with the Marin County Fire Chiefs' Association and the Marin County Police Chiefs' Association.

Upcoming City Council Meeting

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 14 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Litho Street. The following agenda snapshot provides highlights only. For more information, view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

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: Business Items 
  • 6A: FY 2016-18 Budget Development Process Update (Melanie Purcell, Administrative Services  Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1, Attachment 2)  
  • 6B: Bicycle Parking and Congestion Management Update (John Rohrbacher, Chief of Police) (Read the Staff Report)
  • 6C: Crosswalk Warning Lights Pilot Project (Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director) (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1)
  • 6D: Authorize the City Manager to Initiate Contract Negotiations with Royston, Hanamoto, Alley and Abbey for Construction Document Development for Dunphy Park Renovation Project and with the SWA Group for Design Development for the Southview park Renovation Project (Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director and Melanie Purcell, Administrative Services Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1)
  • 6E: Authorize the City Manager to Negotiate and Execute Contract with ABM Building and Energy Solutions for Construction Document Development, Management and Construction for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Repair and Renovation Project, not to exceed $3 Million (Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director and Melanie Purcell, Administrative Services Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1Attachment 2Attachment 3)
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.

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.
Sustainability Commission. During the Sustainability Commission meeting on June 9, the Commission received a presentation from City of Sausalito Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers, followed by discussion about a BioBag handout at a future Jazz & Blues by the Bay concert. The Commission also discussed recycling, composting and waste generated at the downtown concerts and ways to reduce the amount of material that goes to the landfill. Commissioner Chris Allen gave a presentation on the Living Community Challenge, a leading-edge planning framework guiding communities around the world toward sustainability. Lastly, the Commission continued its review and discussion of implementation of the City of Sausalito Climate Action Plan (CAP), which was adopted by the City Council on June 16, 2015. 
Planning Commission. At its May 25 meeting, the Planning Commission continued review of the proposed construction of a residence at 2 Crecienta Drive to its July 6 meeting, in order to allow the applicant to make project design changes that reduce privacy impacts on a neighboring property and modify bulk and mass features of the project. The Planning Commission continued the review of proposed modifications to an existing Sprint wireless antenna facility at the old fire station at 300 Spencer Avenue to a date to be determined, at the request of the applicant. The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The items scheduled for review are the proposed construction of a new residence, remodel of an existing two-unit residence, removal of six protected trees, and a parcel map for the conversion of the three units into condominiums for the property at 446/448 Sausalito Boulevard; and Zoning Ordinance Amendments to modify the Emergency [Homeless] Shelter provisions in Sausalito Municipal Code Section 10.28.080 to increase the shelter capacity from a maximum of twenty beds to a maximum of twenty-three beds, and to decrease the maximum length of stay from ninety days in a 365-day period to thirty days in a 365-day period.

News from City Departments

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 Jazz & Blues by the Bay events at Gabrielson Park on 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. 
Community Development Department. 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. 
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

Things Happening in Our Community

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.
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
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.
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 Simmone 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's visit is made possible thanks to the Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund.
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, June 17, with a performance by the zydeco-playing Gator Nation Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Volunteers in Public Safety.
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
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.
Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project. The National Park Service will hold a public meeting on the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project (formerly Muir Woods Site Improvements) on Monday, June 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tamalpais High School Student Center, 700 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. The goal of the project is to preserve resources by improving parking, transit and pedestrian access at Muir Woods. Key elements include the redesign and reorganization of parking, improvements to pedestrian trails and walkways, and the completion of plaza improvements begun in 2010.
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.
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