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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of October 5, 2018

City Council to Consider Short-Term Rentals at October 9 Meeting

Sausalito
The Sausalito City Council will revisit the issue of short-term rentals at its meeting on Tuesday, October 9. The issue was last considered on February 28, 2017, when the Council voted 3-2 to maintain the City's current prohibition on short-term rentals and address the issue as part of the General Plan Update process. A short-term rental is defined as the rental of a home, dwelling unit, or room or rooms in a dwelling unit for a period of less than thirty days.

Prior to the City Council decision in February 2017, four of the five members of a Short Term Rental Task Force appointed by the Council had recommended establishing a one or two-year pilot program to allow short-term rentals, subject to a list of regulations and restrictions. 

At its meeting on October 9, the City Council will discuss whether to continue the current prohibition on short-term rentals in Sausalito – with or without enhanced code enforcement services – or consider a modified version of the pilot program proposed in 2017. 

The staff report on short-term rentals for the October 9 meeting includes an overview of the Short Term Rental Task Force's recommendations, an update on code enforcement in Sausalito, a discussion of the revenue implications of permitting short-term rentals, an update on recent legislation enacted by Marin County regarding short-term rentals, and considerations provided by the Legislative Committee, a subcommittee of the City Council consisting of Mayor Joan Cox and Councilmember Jill Hoffman. 

Any questions or comments about short-term rentals in Sausalito may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4133 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov. The short-term rentals item at the October 9 meeting of the City Council is expected to begin at approximately 9:00 p.m.
 
VIEW THE AGENDA OF THE OCTOBER 9 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
READ THE STAFF REPORT ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO

Progress Report on the Sausalito General Plan Update

General Plan Update
The homepage of the General Plan Update website
At its meeting on October 9, the City Council will review a progress report on the Sausalito General Plan Update from City staff and M-Group, the City's project consultant. The Council will also be asked for guidance and direction on whether the Marinship district should be covered by a stand-alone specific plan or by the General Plan, with policies implemented in the City's Zoning Ordinance.

The progress report to the City Council covers the completion of the existing conditions reports, which form the background for the General Plan. It also includes draft community goals that have been referred by the General Plan Advisory Committee for the City Council's consideration.

A general plan is a city's blueprint for the future. It establishes the framework of objectives and policies that guide decisions on future growth and development. The Sausalito General Plan Update project began in March 2017 and is expected to continue through 2019. More information is available on the General Plan Update website.

Any questions about the General Plan Update may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at lwhalen@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4133. The General Plan Update item for the City Council meeting on October 9 is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 p.m.
 
READ THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE PROJECT
READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES OF THE EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORTS
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE

Update on the Marin Theater Project

Marin Theater Project
A drawing from the project plans for the Marin Theater at 101 Caledonia Street
In January 2016, the Marin Theater at 101 Caledonia Street closed after operator Cinemark USA decided not to renew its lease. In December 2017, the City approved a mixed-use development for the property at the northwest corner of the intersection of Caledonia and Pine streets. The development includes a theater and restaurant on the first level, an office space on the second level, and comprehensive interior and exterior improvements.

Construction was originally slated to begin in the spring of 2018, but has been delayed because of ongoing difficulties in finding qualified tenants.

On October 3, 2018, the Planning Commission approved an application for modification of the project so that construction can begin this year. The modified plans approved by the Planning Commission allow project implementation to take place in two phases:
  • Phase one: Improvements to the building exterior and interior second-level office space, leaving the first-level interior as a "cold shell"
  • Phase two: Improvements to the interior theater and restaurant space on the first level
The tentative start date for phase one of the construction is mid-November 2018. The start date depends on the issuance of permits by the City and the schedule of the general contractor for the project, Swinerton Builders. Phase one of the project is estimated to be completed between December 2019 and February 2020.

Phase two of the project, consisting of improvements to the restaurant and theater space, has an estimated construction time of six to eight months and is expected to commence once a theater/restaurant tenant has been found.

During construction, the contractor will be required to comply with City of Sausalito restrictions on construction hours, noise levels, and duration of construction. Construction management and traffic control plans must be reviewed and approved by the City Engineer and mailed to property owners within 300 feet of the site.
 
Any questions about the Marin Theater project may be directed to Senior Planner Calvin Chan at cchan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4129.
 

Learn About the Mobile Shower Service Proposed for Sausalito

Mobile Shower Trailer
A mobile shower trailer from Marin Mobile Care
In November, the Sausalito City Council will consider a six-month pilot program to offer mobile shower service in Sausalito on two days a week for approximately three hours each day. The shower service would be provided by Marin Mobile Care, an operation run by the Downtown Streets Team, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end homelessness through the dignity of work. There is currently only one public shower in Marin County, and it is located in San Rafael.

To familiarize local residents with the mobile shower service, Marin Mobile Care will have a mobile shower trailer on display on the afternoon of Thursday, October 11 at the four sites being considered for the service:
  • Marinship Park: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • 300 Locust Parking Lot: 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
  • 300 Turney Boat Ramp: 2:50 to 3:25 p.m.
  • Municipal Parking Lot 4: 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Marin Mobile Care's shower program has two primary goals. The first is to offer a basic need, a shower, which lends itself to people rediscovering dignity and washing away stigma. A shower alleviates some of the day-to-day stresses of being in "survival mode" and often allows people to focus on their next step. 

The second goal of the shower program is to connect individuals to the resources they need, such as a bed for the night, medical care, mental health counseling, food resources, and employment and housing opportunities. Staff are on site at the mobile showers to help guests connect with these resources, look up bus routes, or research solutions to meet specific needs.

In addition to providing the opportunity to view the mobile showers trailer on October 11, the City of Sausalito will host a public workshop on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The workshop will be facilitated by staff from the Downtown Streets Team and the Sausalito Police Department. The workshop will provide an overview of the Marin Mobile Care shower program and give the public an opportunity to ask questions. A mobile shower trailer will be on display in the City Hall parking lot before and after the workshop.

Any questions or comments about mobile showers may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT MARIN MOBILE CARE
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM
READ AN ARTICLE FROM THE MARIN IJ ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM
WATCH THE MOBILE SHOWERS ITEM FROM THE SEPTEMBER 25 COUNCIL MEETING

Waterfront Community Meeting Scheduled for October 18

Richardson Bay
Richardson Bay
On Thursday, October 18, the Sausalito Police Department will hold a waterfront community meeting from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of Fire Station 1 at 333 Johnson Street. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the following topics:
  • The Richardson Bay trash collection event scheduled for Friday, November 16. The purpose of the event is to work with members of the anchor-out community to remove debris from vessels before the winter storm season.
  • The Sausalito Police Department's plan to mark and impound unoccupied vessels moored or anchored in Sausalito waters in excess of 72 hours (Sausalito Municipal Code 16.04.100B).
Removing unoccupied vessels from Sausalito waters is one of four priorities in the Sausalito Police Department's Waterfront Management Plan. The four priorities are:
  • Remove marine debris vessels from Sausalito waters
  • Remove unoccupied vessels from Sausalito waters
  • Issue citations to unregistered vessels and remove vessels from Sausalito waters when registration is expired by more than one year
  • Address the issue of individuals living on vessels who are a danger to themselves or others and work with other agencies to assist in getting these individuals and their vessels off the water
Any questions about the waterfront community meeting or the Waterfront Management Plan may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RICHARDSON BAY ANCHORAGE
WATCH AN UPDATE TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE WATERFRONT MANAGEMENT PLAN

Register to Vote in the November 6 General Municipal Election

Election Day
Sausalito City Hall on Election Day in 2017
Are you registered to vote on November 6?

Voter Information Guides were mailed by the Marin County Elections Department last week. On October 8, vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed and early voting begins at the elections department, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a vote-by-mail ballot or for more information on early voting or voting by mail, visit the Marin County Elections Department web page.

If you are not registered to vote, you can register at registertovote.ca.gov. October 22 is the last day to register online or by mail. If you miss the registration deadline, you may register and vote at the Marin County Elections Department.

In addition to statewide and county elections, Sausalito will be holding a general municipal election on November 6. Registered voters will vote on Sausalito Measures L and M.

Measure L – the City of Sausalito Hotel Tax/Tourism Mitigation Measure – would, if enacted, increase the City's hotel room tax rate from 12% to 14%. The new rate would bring Sausalito in line with other nearby communities and provide a reliable source of locally controlled funds to reinvest in our community.

Measure M – the City of Sausalito Business Tax Equity Measure – would, if enacted, simplify the existing business tax ordinance by reducing the number of categories from twenty-two to four. The rate most retail and restaurant businesses pay would be reduced by about 13%. The new categories are as follows:
  • Category 1 (general retail, wholesale, restaurants, hotels, tour operators, and manufacturing): $1 per thousand of gross receipts, $125 annual minimum
  • Category 2 (rental units - commercial and residential): $2 per thousand of gross receipts, $125 annual minimum 
  • Category 3 (service and professionals): $3 per thousand of gross receipts, $125 annual minimum
  • Category 4 (contractors): $2 per thousand of gross receipts, $125 annual minimum
If approved by voters, Measure M would make the City's outdated ordinance more transparent, easy to understand, and fair for businesses of all sizes.

Measures L and M will not increase taxes for Sausalito residents who are not business proprietors or hotel guests. Only those conducting business in our community or staying in hotel rooms in Sausalito will pay for Measures L and M. Sausalito homeowners and residents will not be taxed.

Questions about Measures L and M may be directed to City of Sausalito Administration at jmontemayor@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4144.
 
REGISTER TO VOTE
LEARN MORE ABOUT MEASURES L AND M

Upcoming City Council Meeting on October 9

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 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. For more information and additional items, please view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

Special Presentations:
  • 1A. Marin Municipal Water District Update on Legislation and Projects in and around Sausalito
  • 1B. Aging Presentations: 1) Buck Institute for Research on Aging: mission, goals, developments and strategy for the future; 2) Update from Age Friendly Sausalito on status of grants
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: 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 October 30, 2018, 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

Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee is a standing subcommittee of the City Council that is tasked with reviewing possible amendments to the Sausalito Municipal Code. The committee meets on an as-needed basis.

Upcoming meeting. The Legislative Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers to consider a sidewalk vending ordinance. On September 17, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 946 into law. According to the new law, if a locality wants to regulate sidewalk vending it has to adopt an ordinance that complies with the new statutes.

All meetings of the Legislative Committee are open to the public. If you have any questions about the committee or an item under consideration, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (415) 289-4134 or savila@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
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, issues, or concerns regarding public safety in Sausalito, including crime prevention, community outreach, and disaster preparedness education and training.

Upcoming Meeting. The next meeting of the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the meeting room of Fire Station 1 at 333 Johnson Street. Topics on the agenda include the City of Sausalito's Emergency Response Plan, the committee website, wildfire prevention/vegetation management, and community outreach efforts. All meetings of the committee are open to the public, and community attendance and participation are encouraged.

Any questions about the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee may be directed to Sausalito Police Lieutenant Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4170 or bfraass@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SAFETY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE
Historic Preservation Commission. The role of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify, preserve, and protect the historical assets of the City of Sausalito and to educate and engage the public on the importance of preservation.

Previous Meeting. The Historic Preservation Commission held a meeting on September 27. The commissioners discussed the commission's goals and vision moving forward, reviewed new guidelines and forms developed for historic preservation efforts in Sausalito, and reviewed a draft historic context statement. 

Upcoming Meeting. The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. At the meeting, the commissioners will continue reviewing new guidelines and forms developed for historic preservation efforts in Sausalito. They will also watch a training webinar from the California Preservation Foundation.

The staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission is Senior Planner Calvin Chan. Any questions about the commission may be directed to cchan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4129. All meetings are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
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 meeting. At its meeting on September 13, the members of the Sustainability Commission discussed outreach opportunities, the General Plan Update, the annual grant from Zero Waste Marin, and whether to recommend a ban on single-use plastics for commercial purposes. The commission also reviewed the work done by Bay Cities Refuse Service at the Sausalito Art Festival. A total of 19,700 lbs. of material was collected, of which 2,060 lbs. was compostable and 14,700 lbs. was recyclable.

Upcoming meeting. The next meeting of the Sustainability Commission will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Topics on the agenda include outreach opportunities and the annual grant from Zero Waste Marin. A guest speaker will discuss single-use plastics. The meeting will be the first for Greg Thompson, who was appointed as an alternate commissioner by the City Council.

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

News from City Departments

Police. The City of Sausalito's Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee will host the 8th Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day for the public on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event is being held in conjunction with the City Wide Yard Sale at the MLK parking lot and basketball courts at 610 Coloma Street.

The goal of Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day is to educate Sausalito residents on the importance of preparing themselves, their families, and their communities to best handle the disasters and emergencies that they may encounter. The public will also have the opportunity to learn what steps the City of Sausalito is taking in the area of disaster preparedness and emergency management. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN SAUSALITO
Public Works. On Monday, October 8, PG&E will begin a gas pipeline replacement project on Filbert Avenue between Easterby Street and Napa Street and on Easterby Street between Pearl Street and Bridgeway. PG&E will be upgrading gas services to residents and businesses. The project is expected to last until late January 2019. Weather and other factors affecting safe working conditions may change the work schedule. 
 
PG&E will assess and replace a portion of the natural gas distribution lines which are located under the street or on private property. This work may also involve upgrading gas meters. Prior to the start of work, and to ensure PG&E has adequate space to safely install their gas lines away from other underground utilities, a qualified contractor will determine the sewer service location and use a video camera to inspect it. During construction, you may see PG&E and contractor trucks and other equipment. All personnel are required to carry valid photo identification and are happy to provide identification upon request. 
 
Construction requires traffic control, parking restrictions, and detours. PG&E crews will be closing the portions of Filbert and Easterby in their work zones. Filbert and Easterby will be closed to through traffic but available to local traffic with some delay. Please anticipate a delay if crews are working outside your home or business. Please watch for construction area signs and use caution while driving, walking, or bicycling in the vicinity of construction work.
 
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Michele Williams of PG&E at (415) 238-5349 or gasprojectinfo@pge.com. You may also contact Senior Engineer Andrew Davidson at (415) 289-4180 or adavidson@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Southern Marin Fire. The Southern Marin Fire District has developed a smartphone app that is now available for download. In Apple's App Store, the application is listed as "SMFD." In the Android and Windows app stores, it is listed as "Southern Marin Fire District."

The new app provides users with fire station locations, fire prevention information, meeting schedules, and postings from the fire district's social media platforms. Southern Marin Fire anticipates adding more features in the future, such as the ability to pay for plan reviews and fire permits directly from your smartphone. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Parks and Recreation. Sausalito Parks and Recreation is now offering a group exercise class for older adults from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Cardio and strength is a low-impact, highly-effective 50-minute workout focused on improving the functional fitness of older adults. The class is offered through the SilverSneakers program from Tivity Health. Each class combines dance-based movement sequences (for toning large muscle groups and stimulating brain function) with drills for core stability and balance. For a list of health plans offering SilverSneakers go to silversneakers.com. The program is free for most people. A nominal drop-in fee is payable for those on other health care plans. For more information about the classes offered through the SilverSneakers program, contact Recreation Supervisor Linda Finch at (415) 289-4152 or lfinch@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO PARKS AND RECREATION

Things Happening in Our Community

California's Coast: Living on the Changing Edge. Join marine wildlife photographer and environmental writer Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring photographic journey into the California coast's past, present, and probable future with environmental, historical, and colorful personal anecdotes from a lifetime growing up on the California coast, including in Marin County. At this special program inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, Kim will also discuss the issues in his new book, The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast, co-authored with coastal science expert Gary Griggs.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
City Wide Yard Sale. With more than ninety different seller's booths, the City of Sausalito's semiannual City Wide Yard Sale is a great place to find treasures at affordable prices. The fall yard sale returns to the MLK parking lot and basketball courts on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. The MLK parking lot and basketball courts are located at 610 Coloma Street. Any questions about the City Wide Yard Sale may be directed to Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers at (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITY WIDE YARD SALE
Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day. The City of Sausalito's Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee will host the 8th Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day for the public on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event is being held in conjunction with the City Wide Yard Sale at the MLK Campus at 610 Coloma Street. The goal of Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day is to educate Sausalito residents on the importance of preparing themselves, their families, and their communities to best handle the disasters and emergencies that they may encounter. The public will also have the opportunity to learn what steps the City of Sausalito is taking in the area of disaster preparedness and emergency management. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN SAUSALITO
Understanding the Transgender Journey. Come to Campbell Hall on Wednesday, October 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for an evening of conversation and personal stories that will help you understand what it means to be transgender. The panel will include Janna Barkin (author of He's Always Been My Son), Jordan Decker (transman and accidental activist), Suzanne Ford (activist), Nina Friedman (LGBTQ+ youth project coordinator at Spahr Center), Kaiya and Mark (parents of two transgender kids), and Pastor Megan Rohrer (Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church). Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Christ Episcopal Church's Campbell Hall is located at 70 Santa Rosa Avenue. 
SEE A GOOGLE MAP SHOWING 70 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
View a Mobile Shower Trailer. In November, the Sausalito City Council will consider a six-month pilot program to offer mobile shower service in Sausalito on two days a week for approximately three hours each day. The shower service would be provided by Marin Mobile Care with the goal of providing a basic need for the homeless while connecting them with resources like counseling, medical care, and housing opportunities. To familiarize local residents with the mobile shower service, Marin Mobile Care will have a mobile shower trailer on display on the afternoon of Thursday, October 11 at the four sites being considered for the service:
  • Marinship Park: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • 300 Locust Parking Lot: 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
  • 300 Turney Boat Ramp: 2:50 to 3:25 p.m.
  • Municipal Parking Lot 4: 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Any questions or comments about mobile showers may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
READ THE ARTICLE IN THIS EDITION OF CURRENTS ABOUT MOBILE SHOWERS
Family Movie Night. The Sausalito Woman's Club is hosting a family movie night screening of Night at the Museum (2006, 108 minutes) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12. All are welcome. Bring snacks and the beverage of your choice. The Sausalito Woman's Club will provide popcorn and the movie. If planning to attend, please RSVP to (415) 332-2700. The Sausalito Woman's Club is located at 120 Central Avenue.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO WOMAN'S CLUB
Celebration & War: The Sausalito Houseboat Community in the 1970s. The Sausalito houseboat community has undergone many changes since its inception in the wake of World War II and the closing of the Marinship shipyards. During the 1970s, the houseboat community at the north end of Sausalito was a place of creativity and high energy with theater, art, boat building, and music. In this special presentation inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, Bruce Forrester will show photographs from his new book, Celebration & War, The Sausalito Houseboat Community in the 1970s. Bruce has lived in Sausalito and Southern Marin since 1974 and has spent his career as a professional Bay Area photographer. 
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
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, October 13 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
Concert for Kids and Tot Art in the Park. Presented by Sausalito Parks and Recreation and sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club, these monthly children's entertainment events are held on the second Saturday of the month from July through October. The next concert will be held on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Robin Sweeny Park. The music performer is Kenny Blacklock. Kenny provides an opportunity for children, as well as parents, to participate in a positive group experience with singing and movement. His warmth, good humor, and spontaneity make his shows engaging and accessible to all. 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.
SEE MORE EVENTS FROM SAUSALITO PARKS AND RECREATION
Sausalito Writers' Circle. Looking for a supportive group to share your writing with? Ready to tackle that story, novel, or poem? Interested in providing feedback to others? Whether you're an aspiring writer, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between, come join us on Sunday, October 14 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Your host at this Sausalito Library program is Sausalito resident, published author, and experienced workshop facilitator Cindy Knoebel. If interested in attending, please join our Meetup group and RSVP. The Writers' Circle typically meets twice per month.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Samson et Dalila. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns. 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
Waterfront Community Meeting. The Sausalito Police Department will host a waterfront community meeting on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of Fire Station 1 at 333 Johnson Street. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the Richardson Bay trash collection event scheduled for November 16 and the police department's plan to mark and impound unoccupied vessels moored or anchored in Sausalito waters in excess of 72 hours (Sausalito Municipal Code 16.04.100B). Any questions about the waterfront community meeting may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RICHARDSON BAY ANCHORAGE
Gender Stories. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 in the City Hall Council Chambers for "Gender Stories," a community conversation led by Janna Barkin and Nina Friedman. This event will deepen your understanding of gender identity and diversity through storytelling and discussion. Janna is a Sausalito resident and the author of He's Always Been My Son, Janna's inspiring story of raising a transgender son. Nina is the program coordinator for LGBTQ+ youth programs at Spahr Center, the LGBTQ+ center in Marin. Janna and Nina will share stories, information, and also moderate a diverse panel of youth and adults who are transgender/nonbinary/gender expansive. There will be time for questions and discussion.
SEE A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SAUSALITO LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Meet the School Board Candidates. The Sausalito Woman's Club will present a Meet the Candidates for Sausalito Marin City School District Board event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 at Bayside/MLK School, 200 Phillips Street in Marin City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be conducted by the League of Women Voters. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Outdoor Movie Night. Sausalito's third Outdoor Movie Night will feature a free showing of The Blues Brothers (1980, 133 minutes) on Friday, October 19. The show will start at sundown (i.e. sometime between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.) at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito. Bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on. Popcorn will be available for purchase. Any questions about Outdoor Movie Night may be directed to the City of Sausalito Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Fall Harvest Wine Tasting and Auction. Come taste and explore wines from boutique wineries from around the world at the Fall Harvest Wine Tasting and Auction on Sunday, October 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall, 70 Santa Rosa Avenue. Featured wineries include Kistler Vineyards, Hope & Grace, Grieve Family Winery, Stag's Leap, Etude, and Teac Mor. There will be live music and an auction with the opportunity to bid on trips to Hawaii and Mexico. Tickets are $40 and space is limited. To purchase tickets, please email Megan at meganmboynton@mac.com. All proceeds benefit community programs through Christ Episcopal Church.
SEE A GOOGLE MAP SHOWING 70 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
Julia Morgan Tour. The clubhouse of the Sausalito Woman's Club, the crowning jewel of architect Julia Morgan's work in Marin, sits atop a steep lot overlooking the San Francisco Bay at 120 Central Avenue. This historical landmark is now open to the public for tours by appointment on the third Sunday and fourth Wednesday of the month. Tours are available in the month of October on Sunday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 24. To arrange a tour, please send email to swcps94965@gmail.com.
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Public Workshop on Mobile Showers. In November, the Sausalito City Council will consider a six-month pilot program to offer mobile shower service in Sausalito on two days a week for approximately three hours each day. The shower service would be provided by Marin Mobile Care with the goal of providing a basic need for the homeless while connecting them with resources like counseling, medical care, and employment and housing opportunities. To educate the public on the proposed service, the City of Sausalito will host a public workshop on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. A mobile shower trailer will be on display in the City Hall parking lot before and after the workshop. Any questions about the workshop may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
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La Fanciulla del West. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini. 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.
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Mini-Succulent Gardens. Succulents are attractive easy-care, low-water plants that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. At this program in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, you'll learn how to incorporate these versatile plants into mini-gardens using common household objects like teacups and cookie tins as containers. Presenter Diane Lynch has been a Master Gardener in Marin since 1999. This program is part of a series of talks by Master Gardeners presented by Sausalito Beautiful and the Sausalito Library, in conjunction with the UC Cooperative Extension Marin Master Gardeners.
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Sterling Hayden. Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) was a Hollywood actor, author, and sailor. Sausalito became Sterling's part-time home beginning in the early 1960s. In his later years, Sterling was a common sight in downtown Sausalito and along the waterfront with his long beard and walking stick. Sterling’s film credits include Doctor StrangeloveThe KillingThe Asphalt Jungle, and The Godfather. His memoir Wanderer is still in print, fifty-five years after it was first published. Please join the Sausalito Library and the Sausalito Historical Society on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate a unique Sausalito character with film clips, readings, and reminiscences from some of the local people who knew him. This program will be held inside the Sausalito Library.
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Coloring and Doodling Party for Adults. Come relax and join the coloring party on Tuesday, October 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall. We provide a stress-free atmosphere, soothing music, and delicious refreshments so you can unleash your imagination. The Sausalito Library provides all coloring supplies, and we can help you make bookmarks and buttons from your artwork. Seating is limited for this free program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rebecca Burgan at rburgan@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100 x502. 
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Halloween Sausalito. Once again, ghouls, goblins, and gremlins of all ages will take over Caledonia Street, Robin Sweeny Park, and the City Hall Game Room for Halloween on Wednesday, October 31. Sausalito's Parks and Recreation Department is proud to sponsor Halloween Sausalito for another year. With the Firefighters BBQ, Spooky Parade, Trick or Treat Lane, Dog Costume Contest, and Haunted House, there is something for everyone. Here's a quick look at the schedule:
  • Child-friendly Haunted House: 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in City Hall
  • Firefighters BBQ: 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Street Fire Station
  • Line up for the Spooky Parade: 5:45 p.m. at the corner of Johnson Street and Caledonia Street
  • Spooky Parade on Caledonia Street: 6:00 p.m.
  • Dog Costume Contest: 6:30 p.m. in Robin Sweeny Park
  • Haunted House: 6:15 until 8:00 p.m. in City Hall (suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family)
  • Trick or Treating on Trick or Treat Lane: begins after the parade and continues until 8:00 p.m. at the Robin Sweeny Park Basketball Court
Any questions about Halloween Sausalito may be directed to the City of Sausalito Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152 or jmyers@sausalito.gov.
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Introduction to iPad. This Sausalito Public Library class in the Edgewater Room at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1 will introduce you to the magic of iPad, from creating documents and tracking your expenses, to surfing the web and watching movies. Can an iPad replace a computer? Let's find out. Instructor Jon Hartman is a computer consultant specializing in Apple devices who also teaches classes at the libraries in Mill Valley and Tiburon.
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Street Trees for Your Neighborhood. Do you want trees in the sidewalk in front of your house? Are you willing to water the trees and make sure they survive while they get established in their new home? In this Sausalito Library program at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, Sausalito resident and UC Master Gardener Fay Mark will talk about how to identify the type of tree appropriate for your urban setting, the process for partnering with local government, and the conditions necessary to ensure the long-term survival of the new trees. Fay helped organize a project on Johnson Street, where neighbors partnered with the City of Sausalito to plant eighteen trees.
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Life Is a Cabaret… So What Could Go Wrong??? Join the fun at the Sausalito Woman's Club for an entertaining and original take on a cabaret show to see for yourself… What Could Possibly Go Wrong? This evening of song, dance, and magic features Noah Griffin of the Cole Porter Society and a cast of local performers. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Advance registration required. Admission is $45 per person, with all proceeds to the Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Fund. The Sausalito Woman's Club is located at 120 Central Avenue. Email swcsrfInfo@gmail.com for more information.
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Marnie. The Sausalito Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2018-19 continues on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Marnie by Nico Muhly. 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.
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Ghosts of the Golden Gate. The Southern Marin section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is rich in cultural and natural history. The 'Ghosts of the Golden Gate' project tells the park's story by matching beautiful and fascinating archival photographs with photos from today. Join Ted Barone on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library as he reveals the hidden history of familiar locations. Ted is a volunteer photographer with the National Park Service and the curator/photographer for the 'Ghosts' project. He recently retired after thirty years in public education. A naturalist, photographer, hiker, and mountain biker, Ted knows the parklands like the back of his hand.
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