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Stories for the Week of March 13, 2020

City of Sausalito Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19

City Hall
The City of Sausalito is working closely with Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) and the California Department of Public Health to identify and implement ways to protect the health of residents and visitors, particularly our most vulnerable populations.

As of Friday, March 13, the City has taken the following precautionary measures to reduce the severity of a coronavirus outbreak in Sausalito:
  • All non-essential meetings of boards and commissions have been suspended for the month of March. The March 18 meeting of the Planning Commission is still expected to take place, but will offer alternatives for virtual participation.
  • Steps will be taken to increase social distancing at any in-person meetings that remain on the calendar.
  • All Sausalito Library programs for adults and children have been canceled through March 31, 2020. Many of the chairs inside the library have been removed to increase social distancing. The library will also be extending due dates and waiving any overdue fines on its materials. 
  • The Friends of the Library Bookstore has temporarily suspended operations.
  • The Ice House Visitor Center and Historic Museum in downtown Sausalito is closed until further notice.
  • After-school programs from Parks and Recreation have been canceled through March 29 to align with guidance from the Marin County Office of Education and Marin HHS.
  • Playland at the MLK Gym is also closed through March 29.
  • Bocce League matches have been canceled through Friday, March 20.
  • Activities of the Edgewater Seniors for March 2020 have been canceled.
  • All other non-essential City meetings, programs, and events through the month of March are currently being evaluated.
  • Where possible, the cleaning frequency is being increased for public facilities, including City Hall, the Sausalito Library, and public bathrooms.
  • City employees are being encouraged to follow Marin HHS guidelines for reducing the transmission of germs.
  • The City is supporting local merchants in their efforts to take all necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the City of Sausalito will be providing regular updates on the City website. Any urgent updates will be distributed in special editions of Sausalito Currents. The coronavirus page of the Marin County Health and Human Services Department remains the primary source of information about COVID-19 as it affects all residents of the county.
 
VISIT THE CITY OF SAUSALITO CORONAVIRUS PAGE

Marin Public Schools to Close for at Least Two Weeks

Willow Creek
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services has created coronavirus.marinhhs.org to provide the latest guidance on COVID-19 response. The department is also posting daily status updates. The latest update appears below.
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020

Classes Suspended To Mitigate Spread of COVID-19
Campuses close to students; Schools continue to offer meals, resources

San Rafael, CA – To further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Marin County, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) announced that all public school campuses will suspend classroom instruction to students for at least two weeks beginning March 16. The decision is based on the recommendation of Marin County Public Health and is fully supported by the Marin County Superintendent of Schools.

"The landscape related to the COVID-19 virus is rapidly changing, especially in the Bay Area," said Dr. Willis. "This is one part of a series of steps we're taking to support social distancing, to better protect the community at large."

This step is following a series of policies for social distancing in response to COVID-19, including limiting large gatherings and tightening visitation protocols at nursing homes.

"Marin has a large population of seniors—this is one important reason we need to be proactive. These are key steps we can take to weather this together." said Dr Willis.

MCOE is working with local districts, schools and community organizations to meet the needs of students who rely on schools for subsidized meals, special care and other resources. Families will receive information from respective schools related to these needs and opportunities for students to continue learning from home.

"Recognizing the challenges that a school closure poses for many families in our community, we are making this decision with a heavy heart but for the greater good," said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools. "Our priority is always the safety and well-being of our students. For the past month, our schools have received constant guidance from Public Health officials and remained aligned with their professional opinions. Given this unprecedented situation around the globe, we are acting in step with Marin Public Health and out of concern for all members of our community."

The best way for the public to further stop the spread of germs in our community is to practice the following steps:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands afterward;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are feeling sick;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • Keep your distance from others and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid crowded places and limit activities in public;
  • Consider "touch-free" greeting alternatives to handshakes and hugs
  • Avoid unnecessary travel;
  • Get your flu shot to protect against flu.
Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage (coronavirus.marinhhs.org) to review answers to frequently asked questions or subscribe to receive email updates. In addition, individuals can contact Marin HHS with non-medical COVID-19 questions by calling a dedicated information call center at (415) 473-7191 or emailing covid-19@marincounty.org.
DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE MARCH 13 PRESS RELEASE
GET COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM MARIN COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Local Merchants Join Forces for a Safer Sausalito

Downtown
In light of recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus, local merchants have joined together with the support of the City of Sausalito to develop common practices and strategies to help keep residents, visitors, and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19.

This effort includes a set of county health department recommended practices, common-sense habits, and collective actions to ensure that local businesses are taking all necessary precautions while remaining open for business for residents and visitors to our Safer Sausalito.

The initiatives agreed to by the participating businesses in Sausalito are designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Each initiative falls into one of two categories:
  • Safety and Prevention
  • Employee Health Policies and Procedures
"The partners of Safer Sausalito believe that by being proactive, transparent and collaborative, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to serve our residents and welcome visitors safely to Sausalito," said Tom Gangitano, owner of Gene Hiller Stylists. "The health and wellbeing of our residents, visitors, and employees is paramount, and we all have agreed to abide by any updated procedures or precautions recommended by our local health authorities. We welcome all businesses, residents, and city officials to help us in this collaboration to create a Safer Sausalito."

Any questions about Safer Sausalito may be directed to Michael Mindel at mike@restaunomics.com or (415) 910-0220.
 
VIEW THE PRESS RELEASE AND LIST OF PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS

Recap of the City Council Meeting on March 10

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Below, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting. For additional items and late mail, please view the agenda and read the associated attachments.

Mayor's Announcements: Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting

Special Presentations:  Consent Calendar: Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Conducted a second public reading of Ordinance 1276 and approved it without changes. Conducted a second public reading of Ordinance 1277 and approved it without changes
  • 5C. Approve Third Amendment to Professional/Consulting Services Agreement with West Coast Code Consultants for Permit Technician Services and Amend FY 2019/20 Budget to Appropriate $12,000 for Community Development Department Professional Services. (Staff Report, Attachment 1- Draft Resolution)
Adopted Resolution 5904. Approved the request.

Business Items: Received the quarterly reports. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting Received the update. Watch the recording of this portion of the meeting

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.

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on March 24, 2020, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND VIDEO ARCHIVES
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE MARCH 10 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Updates from Boards and Commissions

The City of Sausalito has canceled all non-essential meetings of boards and commissions for the week of March 16. The March 18 meeting of the Planning Commission remains on the calendar at this time and will offer alternatives for virtual participation.

The following meetings scheduled for the week of March 16 have been canceled:
  • General Plan Working Group, March 17
  • Parks and Recreation Commission, March 18
  • Business Advisory Committee, March 19
  • Hospitality Business Development Committee, March 19
Planning Commission. The role of the Planning Commission is to review applications for design review and land use entitlements, as set forth in planning and zoning laws of the City and the state, and perform other such duties as specified in the Sausalito Municipal Code.

Previous meeting. The following actions were taken by the Planning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday, March 4:
  • Conducted a study session on Zoning Ordinance Amendments in order to bring the City code into compliance with recent state law regarding Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units
Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming meeting. A regular meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-25-20, members of the Planning Commission or staff may participate in this meeting via a teleconference. In the interest of maintaining appropriate social distancing, members of the public may participate in the meeting electronically or in person at the Council Chambers. To participate electronically, the City of Sausalito will be accepting public comment via email for this meeting. Email will be accepted during public comment and prior to the end of deliberation for each agenda item, posted to the City website, and placed in the City's permanent records. Email messages should be sent to lwhalen@sausalito.gov.

The following items are on the agenda:
  • 519 Bonita Street: A design review permit and encroachment agreement are requested for renovations to an existing two-car garage and concrete stairway that encroach approximately 3 feet into the Bonita Street right-of-way
  • 900 Bridgeway: An amendment to an existing conditional use permit to allow the reconfiguration of parking located on public and private properties, and a variance to allow the required length of parking spaces to be reduced by 7 and 1/8 inches
  • City-Wide: Zoning ordinance amendment to Sausalito Municipal Code Table 10.22-1, Table 10.24-1, Section 10.44.080, Section 10.44.085, Section 10.88.040 and Section 10.40.040.C, Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations and Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations in order to bring City's Code into compliance with recent state law and for a limited number of clarifications
  • 666 Bridgeway: A conditional use permit to establish a formula retail bike rental operation (Unlimited Biking) in the Central Commercial District at 666 Bridgeway. Note that the applicant has requested that this application be withdrawn, and therefore no action is required of the Planning Commission.
All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are also live streamed and video recorded. If you have any questions about the Planning Commission or an item under consideration, please contact the Community Development Department at (415) 289-4128.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMISSION

News from City Departments

Library. If 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.

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
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
Police. Beginning on Monday, March 16, Tracy Way in downtown Sausalito will close to vehicle traffic and remain closed through October 2020. During this time, Tracy Way will be used as a paid bicycle parking area. The parking area helps keep bicycles off of Sausalito's crowded sidewalks. It also makes it simpler for tourists to patronize Sausalito's downtown merchants while they wait for the ferry. Bicycle parking in the Tracy Way lot is free to Sausalito and Marin County residents.

The bicycle parking area on Tracy Way will be managed by Sausalito Bike Return, the City's contractor for ambassador, bicycle parking, and bicycle return services. Any questions or comments about bicycle management in Sausalito may be directed to Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at (415) 289-4170 or sgregory@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BICYCLE MANAGEMENT IN SAUSALITO
Community Development. The community meetings on Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) planned for March 2020 have been replaced with a webinar as a precaution to ensure the health and safety of residents.
  • The live online community webinar will share information about the project objectives, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. The video will be posted to the project website after the webinar.
  • Date: March 19, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • To join the webinar, follow the steps below:
  • For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit bit.ly/Marin-ODDS
Any questions about Objective Design and Development Standards may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4133 or lwhalen@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OBJECTIVE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
Police. The Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee is putting out the call to ham radio operators in Sausalito. If you are a licensed and experienced operator who is interested in participating with volunteer disaster response groups during local emergencies, please contact the Marin County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services at (415) 473-6584.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SAFETY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

Things Happening in Our Community

Due to uncertainty about precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Sausalito has suspended its listings of community events. For the status of a particular event, please consult with the event organizer.
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