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News from the City of Sausalito
Sausalito Currents

Stories for the Week of March 20, 2020

A Message from Sausalito Mayor Susan Cleveland-Knowles

City Hall
Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear Sausalito,

I know it's been a stressful week with information developing rapidly on the COVID-19 pandemic. So much has happened in seven days. I am grateful that our Bay Area counties, including Marin, and our governor have taken swift action to slow the spread of the virus. While this creates a great hardship for many of us — including our local workers and businesses — and is an inconvenience for all of us, it is so important that we follow county and state health officer orders. It is wonderful to see Sausalito complying thoroughly and positively in these uncertain times.

Please know that your City leadership — myself, as your mayor, and my fellow City Council members Ray Withy, Joan Cox, Joe Burns, and Tom Reilly, together with City Manager Adam Politzer and his staff — is staying in constant touch with our health officials at the county and state levels to be sure our decisions are fully informed by the best available information. Addressing the pandemic and its impacts to our community, especially those most impacted, is our top priority.

Please read the information in today's Currents and make sure to get your information from responsible sources, including those listed on our City website. Please stay healthy by continuing to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and following all of the recommendations of our health officers.

Your local, county, state, and federal governments are working full time — not only to slow the spread of the disease, but also to provide economic and other assistance to those impacted by this crisis. The State of California has created a page with information and resources for workers and employers. The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a county-wide eviction moratorium on Tuesday, March 24.

Please remember that there are so many ways that we can continue to create community and demonstrate our humanity while we stay safe. Neighbors are reaching out with friendly waves, check-in e-mails and phone calls, and posts on social media. I have been moved and gratified by the outpouring from our local residents of offers of support for our vulnerable residents, the hard work of our local support organizations, the continued perseverance of our health care workers and teachers, and the commitment of our local business to do their best for their customers and employees in this trying time.

Let's continue to work together to keep our community healthy, safe, and strong.
Susan Cleveland-Knowles

- Mayor Susan Cleveland-Knowles

COVID-19 Update from the County of Marin for March 20

The March 20 video from Dr. Lisa Santora, Marin Deputy Public Health Officer
The Marin County Health and Human Services Department reports that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marin climbed to 38 on Friday, March 20. The department's status update for March 20 includes a new dashboard showing persons tested, confirmed cases, and hospitalizations, among other data. To date, there have been four hospitalizations and zero deaths in the county.

The accompanying video from Dr. Lisa Santora, Marin Deputy Public Health Officer, emphasizes the importance of the bold steps that have been taken to limit the spread of the disease. As Dr. Santora says, "It's crucial that everyone join us in this effort. Shelter at home, minimize movement except for the most essential needs. Join together with us to protect the health and well-being of our community."
DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE MARCH 20 PRESS RELEASE
GET COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM MARIN COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Police, Fire, and Paramedic Services Continue Uninterrupted

Public Safety Buildings
The Sausalito Police Department and Southern Marin Fire continue to safeguard Sausalito residents and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak. All police, fire, and paramedic services continue uninterrupted during the public health order to shelter at home until April 7.

To protect the health of public safety personnel and the community at large, both agencies are taking steps during the COVID-19 outbreak to limit unessential contact between individuals. The fire station at 333 Johnson Street is closed to the public, as is the lobby of the police station at 29 Caledonia Street. A dedicated phone outside the police station is available for reporting either a 9-1-1 emergency or a non-emergency situation.

As always, call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency requiring a response from police, fire, or emergency medical services. Non-emergency calls to the police department should be directed to (415) 289-4170.

Please do not call 9-1-1 for patients who have fevers or minor symptoms. The most appropriate response to such symptoms is to reach out to your medical provider. This will allow the emergency response system to stay fully available for medical emergencies.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

City Services During the Public Health Order

City Services
Sausalito City Hall on Friday, March 20
Although City Hall is closed to the public, City staff is working hard to maintain essential services and provide minimum basic operations during the public health order to shelter at home. Below is an overview of continuing City services by department, with the exception of police and fire, which are covered in the article above. For the most up-to-date list of City services, please consult the COVID-19 page on our website.
  • Administration. City Administration continues to operate at full capacity, with most public interaction conducted by telephone or email. Administration is coordinating daily with county and state officials in an effort to help assist the City and our community maintain compliance with county and state orders. Essential meetings for City business, like those of the City Council and Planning Commission, will be moved to an online platform that supports public comment. Social distancing measures are in place for all City staff.
     
  • Community Development. Building and planning permits currently in the pipeline at the Community Development Department will continue to be processed. The processing of new building and planning permit applications and the issuance of building and planning permits will be on a priority basis. All submittals will be conducted either via email or through eTRAKiT

    Building inspections will continue, as staffing allows. Inspections will be virtual if possible. Inspections that require an in-person inspection will be performed with new health and safety protocols in place.

    For more details, please consult COVID-19 Prioritization and Protocols for the Community Development Department.
     
  • Public Works. The Public Works Department will continue to provide maintenance of City roads, sewers, and other City facilities. The department will also be assisting with the cleaning of public facilities. Construction projects related to roads, parks, and utilities will continue.

    The Engineering Division is providing all regular services, with the exception that land development and encroachment permit services will be managed electronically. Patrons can submit digital versions of permit applications and plans to the City for review. Any questions can be directed to (415) 289-4106 during business hours.
     
  • Parks and Recreation. All outdoor recreation facilities maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department remain open, including parks, playgrounds, and ball courts. Signage is being placed at ball courts and playgrounds advising users to practice social distancing. Custodial staff will be cleaning public restrooms at parks and other locations multiple times per day. Trash will continue to be collected at City parks.
     
  • Library. The Sausalito Library is encouraging library patrons to take advantage of its digital collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming video during the closure. Patrons should hold onto any library books or other materials currently in their possession. All due dates on library materials have been extended, and overdue fines are being waived. Questions may be directed to library staff Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (415) 289-4121.
VISIT THE CITY OF SAUSALITO WEBSITE

Essential Businesses and Take-Out and Delivery Restaurants

Waterstreet Hardware
Waterstreet Hardware on Caledonia Street
Businesses providing essential services like groceries, pharmacies, banks, and hardware stores remain open during the public health order to shelter at home. Restaurants are also considered essential businesses, but are restricted to offering take-out or delivery service. Many businesses in Sausalito are likely to struggle during a prolonged shutdown.

The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is maintaining two lists of local business that will be updated regularly.
  • The first is a list of Essential Businesses covering Sausalito and Marin City. On the list, you'll find the addresses and hours of operation for local institutions like Mollie Stone's Market, Driver's Market, Golden Gate Market, and Waterstreet Hardware.
  • The second list covers Take Out & Delivery Restaurants. As of March 20, the list included 17 local restaurants with a wide range of food offerings. Most restaurants are operating with limited hours. The hungry pets at your home can also benefit from delivery and curbside pickup from Best Friends Pet Supplies.
VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE SAUSALITO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Pick-Up and Delivery of Food and Medicine for Sausalito Seniors

During the public health order to shelter at home, Sausalito seniors can get their groceries, take-out food, and medications picked up and delivered to them by vetted local volunteers. The program is offered by Sausalito Village and Call A Ride for Sausalito Seniors (CARSS).

The service is available to all residents of Sausalito and the floating homes community who are 60+ years old. Younger adults with a disability are also eligible. A simple application must be completed to initiate the service. Volunteer drivers will have them available so you can sign up immediately.

To learn more, please call (415) 332-3325. Sausalito Village is a non-profit organization working to enhance lives as we age. CARSS is a City of Sausalito age-friendly volunteer transportation program managed by Sausalito Village. Information for prospective CARSS volunteers may be found on their website.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO VILLAGE
LEARN MORE ABOUT CALL A RIDE FOR SAUSALITO SENIORS

Recap of the Special City Council Meeting on March 17

A special meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to declare a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Below, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting. 

Business Items: Approved Resolution 5905 Declaring a Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19.

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 or AT&T Channel 99. If you miss the live broadcast, check the rebroadcast schedule.
 
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE MARCH 17 SPECIAL MEETING
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

City Council Meeting on March 24 Canceled

The regular meeting of the City Council on March 24, 2020, has been canceled while the City implements new technologies for virtual meetings that allow for public participation. A special meeting may be held on March 31 or April 7. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2020.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES

News from City Departments

Administration. Sausalito Marin City Sanitary District services are running normally during the public health order to shelter in place. The district office will be closed to the public as required by health authorities. Non-essential inspections, site visits, etc. are cancelled. However, the district is staffed and available 24/7 to provide emergency service and respond to questions. The contact information is (415) 332-0244 or info@smcsd.net.

Please remember to flush only toilet paper. Do not flush paper towels, disinfecting wipes, or anything else down the toilet. Don't risk a costly, messy and dangerous sewer spill in your home or the sewer system. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SANITARY DISTRICT
Public Works. Trash pickup service from Bay Cities Refuse will continue on its regular Sausalito schedule during the public health order to shelter at home.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BAY CITIES REFUSE
Public Works. PG&E contract crews will be performing final pavement restoration for the emergency underground electric line work which occurred on Lincoln Drive, Butte Street, and Buchanan Drive this past January. Pavement restoration is planned to start the week of March 23 and be completed in approximately two weeks. The schedule is subject to change in the event of poor weather. Please drive carefully in and around all construction zones. Any questions about the project may be directed to PG&E Senior Electric Outreach Specialist Arif Khalik, Jr. at arif.khalik@pge.com or (628) 234-5824.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Public Works. The traffic signal at Bridgeway and Harbor Drive will be on a flash setting until a new controller can be installed. As background, Sausalito has nine active traffic lights. All are located along Bridgeway and were installed more than 20 years ago. The electronic systems that run these signals are outdated and in need of replacement. Over the weekend of March 7, the controller that manages the signal at Bridgeway and Harbor Drive failed. The City's signal contractor examined the controller cabinet and found that the equipment within the cabinet is no longer made. The City is now ordering a new controller, which may take a few weeks to receive and install.
VIEW A MAP SHOWING THE INTERSECTION OF BRIDGEWAY AND HARBOR DRIVE
Library. Since you're spending more time at home than usual, this is a good opportunity to explore the Sausalito Library's digital collections of popular e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming video. All are available to Sausalito residents on mobile devices via app or computer via a web browser.

The library's biggest collection of e-books and e-audiobooks is available from the MARINet OverDrive service. E-books and e-audiobooks are also available through Hoopla. Although the Hoopla collection is smaller than OverDrive, there are no waiting lists for popular titles. Kanopy offers on-demand streaming of independent, international, classic, and documentary films. Checkout limits have been increased on both Hoopla and Kanopy.

If you don't yet have a library card, you can register online for a card and start taking advantage of our digital services immediately. Any questions about the Library's digital collections may be directed to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at (415) 289-4123 or achambers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIGITAL COLLECTIONS FROM THE SAUSALITO LIBRARY
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