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Stories for the Week of July 1, 2016

Robin Sweeny Park Re-Opens This Weekend

Be one of the first to play on the new playground by joining us on Saturday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m. for the Grand Re-Opening of Robin Sweeny Park! There will be lemonade, cookies and pizza for the kids, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and flag raising! Come and celebrate the City's first major park renovation in over twenty years.

Sausalito's July Fourth Celebration

All are welcome to join in Sausalito's traditional Fourth of July festivities on Monday, July 4. The day's events get underway at 10:00 a.m. with the annual parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials and organizations. The parade route begins at the intersection of Second and Main Street, continues along Bridgeway, and ends at Dunphy Park. The judging tent will be in front of Robin Sweeny Park. 
Fourth of July Schedule

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4th of July Parade 

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Picnic in Dunphy Park 
Live Music 
Tug-of-War and Egg Toss 
Food by Sausalito Rotary Club and Galilee Harbor 

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Live Music in Gabrielson Park and Fireworks Extravaganza
Starting at noon, join us in Dunphy Park for live music by Fred McCarty, food by the Sausalito Rotary Club and Galilee Harbor, dancing, and family games like tug-of-war and the traditional egg toss (with eggs donated by Mollie Stone's). 

The event concludes at Gabrielson Park. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. music by Top Shelf will fill the evening air in anticipation of the grand finale to a fun-filled day.

Gabrielson Park provides a front row seat to our very own fireworks display off Spinnaker Point, set to music. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m. You can listen to the musical accompaniment via Radio Sausalito at 1610 AM or Comcast Cable Channel 30. 
The City needs help to raise $30,000 for the cost of the fireworks. The fireworks show is entirely funded by donations from local residents and merchants. Anyone can make a donation online or mail/drop off your tax-deductible donation to: Parks and Recreation c/o Fireworks, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito CA 94965. 
 
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Happy Fiscal New Year for the City!

Happy Fiscal New Year! It's July 1, so the City of Sausalito is rolling over its finances into a new fiscal year. Each year, agencies working on a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year implement their newly adopted budget and begin to close the books on the old year.
The Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget adopted by the City Council on Tuesday, June 28 (watch the video from the meeting), includes new funding for an array of exciting initiatives for the City of Sausalito. These include:

Public Works:
  • An increase of over $166,000 in landscape maintenance contract funds for medians, the downtown area and parks
  • A dedicated capital program management team
  • $55,000 in design fees, followed by four years of construction dollars, for the City Hall Civic Center SWA Beatification Project
  • MLK certificates of participation (COP) improvements to replace roofing, update HVAC and electrical systems, and improve sports fields and tennis courts
Parks and Recreation:
  • Starting the design process for South View Park improvements
  • Moving forward with the construction development plans for Dunphy Park, with review by the Planning Commission slated for the fall
Community Development:
  • New permitting and tracking software to streamline the development application process and provide online access for participants seeking updates on their application status
  • A part-time contract Code Enforcement Officer
  • A part-time contract Assistant Building Inspector
  • Funds to upgrade the General Plan over the next three years 
  • A Senior Planner upgraded from an Assistant Planner to provide greater expertise and familiarity with complex development projects and General Plan update processes
Police:
  • An additional Parking Enforcement Officer position
  • An additional part-time Seasonal Police Officer
  • A part-time Emergency Services Planner
  • License plate readers for three locations to assist with vehicle law enforcement
The budget also includes:
  • An updated loan schedule between the General Fund and the Martin Luther King Complex (MLK) Fund for a payoff by June 30, 2030, including credit for the non-MLK portion of the 2016 Certificates of Participation
  • A detailed update to the Master Fee Schedule and a proposed funding and use policy for the pension and OPEB trusts to be brought to City Council within the first quarter of the fiscal year
More information about the City of Sausalito's two-year budget cycle, including background materials and departmental budget presentations can be found on the City's FY 2016-18 Budget website. Details about the City's finances can also be found at Sausalito's OpenGov site.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITY OF SAUSALITO BUDGET PROCESS
GET DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CITY'S FINANCES

What's Your Opinion on Short Term Rentals in Sausalito?

Are you interested in the future of short term rentals in Sausalito? Make your voice heard by taking a brief online survey. The deadline to respond is July 5, 2016.
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. 

The City's Short Term Rental Working Group, comprised of a diverse membership of the community, has hosted two forums, the first on June 18 and the second on June 29. The Council directed the working group to conduct the 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. Download the powerpoint or watch the video from the forum to get more information on this topic.

If you would like to learn more about short term rentals or have opinions on the matter, please take the online survey. You may also download a hard copy of the survey, fill it out and submit it directly to Community Development Director Danny Castro at (415) 289-4133 or dcastro@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
 
PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE SURVEY ON SHORT TERM RENTALS

Introducing Police Officer Fotherby

The Sausalito Police Department is excited to announce the hiring of a new police officer. Officer James Fotherby was born and raised in England before moving to California. He served as a reserve "Special Constable" with the Leicestershire Constabulary and hoped to pursue a full-time career in law enforcement before fate brought him to the United States in 2010. Upon gaining US citizenship, he successfully applied to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and served as a Deputy Sheriff before transferring to the Sausalito Police Department.
James holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Social Policy from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. James is a father of two and enjoys cycling, outdoor activities and spending time with his family. James looks forward to becoming a part of the community in Sausalito.  
VISIT THE WEBSITE OF THE SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT

First Annual Beautification Awards Honor Sausalito Businesses

This year, Sausalito Beautiful launched the first-ever Beautification Awards program in Sausalito. Three winners were chosen: Sushi Ran on Caledonia Street, Bubble Street Gallery in the downtown area, and 3030 Bridgeway. The awards honor Sausalito businesses and properties that have recently made substantial landscape improvements or have consistently maintained an aesthetically pleasing curbside appearance. This year's Beautification Awards were underwritten by Sausalito Optometry. 
Pictured from left to right: Yoshi Tome - Sushi Ran,  Laura Williams - 3030 Bridgeway,  Dennis Fisco - 3030 Bridgeway, Diane Alper - Little Willow Award, Daniel Merriam - Bubble Street Gallery
The other nominated businesses included First California Realty, Salito's, Bar Bocce, Cibo, Studio 333, Lili Salon, Sausalito Stationery, Lappert's Fish and Chips, Copita and Poggio.

The 2016 Awards Jury featured Mayor Jill Hoffman, Elizabeth O'Keefe, Bob Gould, Mary Austin, Elizabeth Miarecki, Ive Haugeland and Maureen McCoy.

In addition, a "Little Willow Award" was presented to Diane Alper, founder of Blooming Bridgeway, for her extraordinary commitment to beautification of Sausalito's landscapes.  
 
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Recap of June 28 City Council Meeting

There was a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 28. The following in red italics is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting (for a full report watch the video from the meeting):

Business Items 
  • 6A: Adopt the FY2016-17 Budget and Enacting Resolutions (Melanie Purcell, Administrative Services Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1, Attachment 2, Attachment 3, Attachment 4)  Adopted Resolution No. 5590, approving the Appropriation Limit for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Pursuant to Article XIII B of the California Constitution (Gann Limit); Adopted Resolution No. 5591, approving the Budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year; Adopted Resolution No. 5592, Establishing the Authorized Staffing Levels and Salary Ranges for All Permanent and Temporary Positions for Fiscal Year 2016-17; Adopted Resolution No. 5593, Adopting Terms of the Loan from the General Fund to the Martin Luther King Complex Fund; Requested staff and the Finance Committee return to the City Council within the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016-17 with a detailed Master Fee Schedule update and pension and OPEB Trust Funds Policy. Watch the video from the meeting.
  • 6B: Update and Status Report Concerning Proposed Conveyance of Butte Street Property for Conservation Purposes (Mary Wagner, City Attorney) (Read the Staff Report,  Attachment 1, Attachment 2, Attachment 3, Attachment 4, Attachment 5) The Council directed staff to continue to work with OSS and MOST to finalize the Conveyance Agreement and Conservation Easement and return to the Council at a future meeting Watch the video from the meeting.
  • 6C: Southern Marin Fire District Update and Strategic Planning Report (Chris Tubbs, Fire Chief) (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1) The Council accepted the report Watch the video from the meeting.
  • 6D: Rejecting the Bid for the Gate 5 Sewer Replacement Project and Providing a Status Update on the City’s Sewer Capital Program (Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director) (Read the Staff Report) Reject the Bid Received for the Gate 5 Sewer Replacement Project Watch the video from the meeting.
  • 6E: Adopting a Complete Streets Policy (Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director)  (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1, Attachment 2) Adopted Resolution No. 5594 Confirming Its Complete Streets Policy, which incorporates the Resolution presented as late mail, including language presented by Director Goldman in the PowerPoint, with the additional language the City Council directed to be included in the Resolution (“with funding granted by OBAG2”) and Attachment A to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s One Bay Area Grant Program (OBAG 2) Complete Streets Required Elements letter dated November 18, 2015. Watch the video from the meeting.
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 websiteView 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.

There will be a City Council meeting on July 19, 2016 (rescheduled from July 12) with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW THE JUNE 28 AGENDA AND STAFF REPORTS 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.
Parks and Recreation Commission. The next Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Room at City Hall. Planned agenda items include adopting the temporary tennis court rules that were originally posted in the winter, an update on the Certificates of Participation funding for park projects, and a special event review of the Waves to Wine ride through Sausalito.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Trees and Views Committee: The Trees and Views Committee (TVC) is seeking applicants to fill upcoming vacancies on the committee. As a committee member appointed by the City Council, you will help serve the Sausalito community along with four other TVC members. Meetings are held monthly and the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The TVC is responsible for reviewing Tree Removal and Alteration Permit applications regarding protected trees on privately-owned developed property. In addition, the Committee is responsible for conducting arbitration of view claims and for conducting fact-finding meetings and rendering advisory decisions of view claims in situations where trees on privately-owned property may be obstructing the view from or sunlight reaching other property.

At the June TVC meeting, the Committee approved two tree removal permits for the removal of coast live oak trees located on the properties of 19 Edwards Avenue and 50 Central Avenue in Sausalito. The trees were both diseased and a threat to life and property at these two Sausalito locations; removal was decided to be the best course of action. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TVC OR APPLY TO BE A MEMBER

News from City Departments

Sausalito Public Library. The Sausalito Public Library, the Sausalito Library Foundation and Marinscope Community Newspapers are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital archive of the Sausalito Marin Scope, Sausalito's weekly newspaper since 1971. The archive covers forty-four years and over 2,000 issues of the Sausalito Marin Scope and is now available free of charge on the public computers of the Sausalito Library. Replacing the Library's old microfilm collection, the digital archive unlocks Sausalito's past by allowing users to search the vast archives by keyword term. To access the Marin Scope digital archive, visit the Sausalito Library anytime during open hours
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY'S DIGITAL NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES
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 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. 
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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, July 1, with a performance by the sax-playing blues artist Bobbie "Spider" Webb. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Sausalito on the Waterfront.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Sausalito's Fourth of July Celebration. This three-part event held on July 4 begins with a parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials and organizations. The parade starts at Second and Main Street at 10:00 a.m. and ends at Dunphy Park. After the parade, the party starts at Dunphy Park with food and entertainment, a tug of war, an egg toss, live music and dancing. The finale at Gabrielson Park features more live music and entertainment, followed by Sausalito's legendary fireworks display. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, July 8, with a performance by the blues-playing Lara Price Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Southern Marin Fire Fighters Association who will be serving a marinated tri-tip sandwich with station-made coleslaw. 
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Varda on Film. Sausalito Village and the Sausalito Library present "Varda on Film" at the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall on Tuesday, July 12 at 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public. This summer matinee screens three shorts that feature artist Jean Varda. Uncle Yanco is Greek filmmaker Agnes Varda's 1967 film about the life and ideas of her distant relative Jean Varda, who lived on the houseboat Vallejo in Sausalito's "aquatic suburbia." Also shown will be Varda’s Wake by Saul Rouda and a clip from Phil Frank's Secret Sausalito series of shorts. Saul Rouda will be on hand to talk about about his film and Betsy Stroman, author of The Art and Life of Jean Varda, will answer questions about Varda's life and career. Sausalito Village is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a support system for Sausalito residents who wish to remain in their own homes as they grow older. For more information, please call Betsy Stroman at (415) 331-1464.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO LIBRARY'S SUMMER PROGRAMS
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Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, July 15, with a performance by the blues band The Aguilar Project. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Dog Park.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Part II of the Sausalito Public Library's American West Museum Docent Series will be presented on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. inside the Council Chambers of Sausalito City Hall. Join FAMSF docent Marsha Holm as she surveys the life and unique perspective of an American icon. In 1956, at the age of 18, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma and drove a 1950 Ford sedan to Los Angeles, where he had been accepted to Chouinard Art Institute. His trip roughly followed the fabled Route 66 through the Southwest, which featured many of the sights — auto repair shops, billboards, and long stretches of roadway punctuated by telephone poles — that would provide him with artistic subjects for decades to come. This program coincides with the exhibit of the same name at the de Young Museum from July 16 to October 9, 2016.
VIEW A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, July 22, with a performance by the jazz band Lost Dog Found. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Bay Cities Refuse.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults. Come tranquilize your mind at a special Sausalito Library program on Thursday, July 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room! Join us in a session of low-key, stress-free, artistic expression. Coloring, doodling and sketching in a relaxed environment can help improve focus and memory. This unguided class provides coloring pages, bookmarks, and an array of art supplies for coloring meditative patterns or drawing some of your own. We offer a soothing environment of music and snacks so you can relax and let your creativity flow. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP Rebecca at: rburgan@ci.sausalito.ca.us or 415-289-4100 x502.
VIEW A SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, July 29, with a performance by the jazz band Four and More. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, August 5, with a performance by the Junius Courtney Big Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Volunteers in Public Safety.
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Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, August 12, with a performance by the blues band Dave Matthews Blues Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sausalito Rotary.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park continues on Friday, August 19, with a performance by the blues band Little Jonny and the Giants with Aki Kumar on harmonica. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Jazz & Blues by the Bay. The 2016 schedule of Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts at Gabrielson Park wraps up on Friday, August 26, with a performance by the blues band Eugene Huggins & Friends. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Educational Tall Ship.
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
38th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The air at Dunphy Park will be thick with the aroma of tomatoes, beans, peppers and spices on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come join us and experience booth after booth of delicious park-made chili. Tasting will begin at high noon. Purchase a $10 unlimited chili tasting wrist band and visit each booth to try unique and original chili. Tasters will help decide the winners by casting their "bean vote." Voting beans will be given to the first 1,000 people who purchase a tasting wrist band, so don't bean late! 
GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILI COOK-OFF
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.
PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE 2016 SAUSALITO FLOATING HOMES TOUR
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Beautification Day. Be sure to save Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, for Beautification Day 2016. This annual event is co-sponsored by Sausalito Beautiful and the City of Sausalito. Pre-register by sending Sausalito Beautiful an email with your name and contact information to volunteer@sausalitobeautiful.org.
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