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News from the City of Sausalito

Stories for the Week of February 4, 2022

Virtual Town Hall on New Housing in Sausalito

Neighborhood
More than 120 people have already registered for a virtual town hall forum on updating the City's Housing Element. The forum will take place via Zoom from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Sausalito's state-mandated task of identifying sites and policies that can produce 724 new housing units by 2031.

Agenda for the virtual town hall forum:
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Housing Element 101
    • Housing Element contents
    • Affirmatively furthering fair housing
    • The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
  • Sausalito housing profile
  • How will Sausalito meet its housing needs?
  • Activities
  • Next steps
Presenters include Beth Thompson, Matt Marvin, and Jenna Tourje of the City's consulting team for the project. Question and answer periods will be interspersed with the presentations. During the Activities section, workshop participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on opportunities, challenges, and priorities for housing.

A second town hall meeting is tentatively planned for March and will focus on potential housing sites and overall housing objectives and policies. Monthly meetings of the City's Housing Element Advisory Committee are also open to the public.

A completed Housing Element update is due to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by January 31, 2023. According to the project schedule, a draft Housing Element will be delivered to HCD for preliminary review in September 2022. Final adoption by the City Council is slated for December 2022.
 
REGISTER FOR THE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON FEBRUARY 10
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

Policy Statement on the Marinship Park Tent Encampment

Encampment Tents
Tent platforms at Marinship Park on January 27
On Friday, February 4, the Sausalito City Council released the following policy statement on the tent encampment at Marinship Park. The statement is also included in an updated Tent Encampment FAQ on the City website.
The City of Sausalito is committed to treating all individuals experiencing homelessness with compassion and dignity. As such, Sausalito is dedicated to acting expeditiously and cooperatively to eliminate the need for the Marinship Park tent encampment by continuing, and expanding, partnerships and collaborations focused on identifying and/or creating a range of housing opportunities for persons who have no alternative for sleeping indoors.

Sausalito is in partnership, or is actively seeking alliances, with other governmental agencies, nonprofits, grantmaking organizations and private funding sources. Our partnerships include, but are not limited to, Marin County, the Marin Housing Authority, the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the State of California.

Sausalito is cognizant of the impacts an encampment has on the general public, including the public's use of Marinship Park, as well as the impacts on surrounding businesses, property owners, neighbors, and municipal services. Sausalito is committed to mitigating such impacts and to ensuring that the encampment is a safe environment for the campers and the general public.
READ THE CITY'S FAQ ON THE TENT ENCAMPMENT AT MARINSHIP PARK
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TENT ENCAMPMENT

RSVP for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. - National Archives
The Marin City Community Services District will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, February 26. A parade will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed at noon by a program featuring entertainment, community awards, youth spoken word performances, and a keynote speaker.

The location of the event is to be determined. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by February 10 to Florence Williams at (415) 332-1441 or fwilliams@marincitycsd.com.
 
VIEW THE FLYER FOR THE ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION

Few Tickets Remain for Souper Bowl on February 5

Souper Bowl
A limited number of tickets remain for Sausalito's Souper Bowl on Saturday, February 5. There will be no same-day tickets for the event if advance ticket sales via the Sausalito Parks and Recreation registration portal reach the maximum of 350.

Tasting will get underway at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. If same-day tickets are available, they will be sold from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ferry landing.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO'S SOUPER BOWL AND PURCHASE TICKETS

Take a Survey on Library Programs for Kids, Teens, and Families

Library Program
A "drive-in movie" library program in July 2017
What types of programs for kids, teens, and families would you like to see from the Sausalito Library? With Omicron on the decline and a new children's and young adult librarian on board, the library is making plans for its indoor, outdoor, and virtual programming during the coming months.

The brief survey is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and educators and should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Any questions about library services for kids, teens, and families may be directed to Children's and Young Adult Librarian Mishi Ramos at mramos@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4100 x504.
 
TAKE THE SURVEY ON LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES, KIDS, AND TEENS
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO PUBLIC LIBRARY

News from the City, County, and State

Job Openings with the City. The City of Sausalito has openings for two full-time positions, Recreation Coordinator II and Senior Library Assistant.

The Recreation Coordinator II assists in planning and coordinating recreation programs and activities at City facilities, including after school programs, classes, sports leagues, facility rentals, and youth, adult, and senior services and activities. The ideal candidate will possess one or more years of specialized knowledge in planning and coordinating recreation programs and activities for children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. The application deadline is February 21.

The Senior Library Assistant supervises the work of circulation staff and volunteers at the Sausalito Library, assists library patrons of all ages, leads projects related to library services and infrastructure, and performs related work as needed. Applicants are expected to have significant work experience in a library setting. The application deadline is February 11.
VIEW CURRENT JOB OPENINGS WITH THE CITY OF SAUSALITO
Join a Neighborhood Response Group. Neighborhood Response Groups (NRGs) are grassroots-led neighborhoods that prepare as a community for large-scale emergencies, such as earthquakes and wildfires. Each group of 15-20 homes has a team of block captains to look after the residents on their block.

In the event of an emergency, NRG members can help with such tasks as:
  • Administering basic first aid if someone is injured.
  • Turning off utilities if there is a gas leak.
  • Assisting neighbors with special needs.
  • Checking on children waiting at home for parents to return from work.
  • Checking to make sure no neighbor is overlooked.
If you would like more information about joining a Neighborhood Response Group in your community, please email the Southern Marin Fire Protection District at nrg@smfd.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD RESPONSE GROUPS
Free Rides for Seniors. On February 7, Call a Ride for Sausalito Seniors (CARSS) will resume service for residents of Sausalito and the floating homes community ages 60 and older. Drivers will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

CARSS is a free transportation program that was founded in 2015 by the City's Age Friendly Task Force. The program is managed by Sausalito Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors age in place. Rides are provided by vetted volunteers who drive their own cars. All riders and drivers must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the car.

New riders can enroll for free rides by filling out an application form on the CARSS website at CARSS4you.org or by calling (415) 944-5474.

If you are already registered, you can request a ride by calling (415) 944-5474 on the day before or the same day you need a ride. Volunteers can also run errands during service hours.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CALL A RIDE FOR SAUSALITO SENIORS
Serve on a City Board or Commission. As an appointed member of a City board or commission, you can help ensure that Sausalito is a safe, sustainable, equitable, and forward-thinking community.

The following boards and commissions currently have openings for Sausalito residents: If you think you might be interested in serving on a City board or commission, please fill out an application form. Any questions may be directed to Serge Avila at savila@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4165.
APPLY TO SERVE ON A CITY OF SAUSALITO BOARD OR COMMISSION
Ventilation and COVID. Marin Public Health advises that while gathering indoors, a sure way to protect yourself and those around you is to properly ventilate the space where everyone is congregating. Along with getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and testing, proper ventilation is an important tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some tips to improve the air quality of an indoor space:
  • Open the doors and windows
  • Use portable fans
  • Run heating and air
  • Improve your air filters
  • Use portable air cleaners
More information can be found on a tip sheet from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
READ CDPH GUIDANCE FOR VENTILATION AND AIR QUALITY
Booster Shots. While more than 91% of Marin County's entire population is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, Marin Public Health reports that only 68% of eligible residents have received a booster shot. Bolstering the community's immunity against COVID-19 via booster shots is critical, especially with the continued presence of the Omicron variant.

Walk-ups are available at most vaccine providers across the county. Visit the Vaccine Finder webpage to view available clinics. Vaccine recipients between the ages of 5 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccine.
VISIT THE VACCINE FINDER WEBPAGE FROM MARIN PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID Testing in Sausalito. Free COVID-19 PCR tests are available by appointment Friday to Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Sausalito City Hall. The service is provided by Covid Clinic, a 501c3 nonprofit based in Southern California.

COVID-19 PCR tests are also available every Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Parking Lot 2 adjacent to the Bank of America Building. Curative, the provider of the tests, recommends making an appointment in advance; people with appointments will take precedence over walk-ins.

A list of additional testing options in Marin is available on the Marin Public Health website.
SCHEDULE A COVID TEST AT THE CITY HALL PARKING LOT

Upcoming City Council Meeting on February 8

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council will be held on Tuesday, February 8, with the open session scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Pursuant to section 54953(e) of the California Government Code, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom and broadcast live on the City website. For additional items and documents, please view the meeting agenda.

Information on attending the meeting via Zoom and providing public comment may be found on the City Council meetings and agendas page. Public comment may also be submitted via email to cityclerk@sausalito.gov; please refer to the title of the agenda item in the subject line of your message.

Consent Calendar: Business Items: Additional Items: The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 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

Economic Development Advisory Committee. The Economic Development Advisory Committee provides advice to the City Council on economic development, including identifying actions to promote the economic health of the business community while preserving Sausalito's unique characteristics as a welcoming waterfront community.

Previous meeting. The Economic Development Advisory Committee held a regular meeting via Zoom on January 10. Items on the agenda included a review of 2021 Sausalito Holiday by the Bay programs and events, results from digital marketing, discussion and direction for marketing efforts in support of Sausalito's maritime industry, the status of the inventory of the Marinship, and the list of priority projects to submit to the City Council. Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming Meeting. The Economic Development Advisory Committee will hold its next regular meeting via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7. The following business items are on the agenda:
  • Marketing update
  • CDA performance and metrics update
  • Sea Level Rise Task Force update
  • Marinship inventory update
  • Retail vacancy update
Please consult the meeting agenda for additional agenda items and details regarding how to participate in the Zoom meeting, which will also be broadcast live on the City website.

Any questions about the Economic Development Advisory Committee may be directed to the Office of the City Clerk at cityclerk@sausalito.gov.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Parks and Recreation Commission. The Parks and Recreation Commission advises the City Council on the activities of the Parks and Recreation Department, on planning and policy matters related to City of Sausalito parks and recreation areas, and on the management of public art.

Previous meeting. The Parks and Recreation Commission held a regular meeting via Zoom on January 3. Topics on the agenda included updates on Southview Park, Dunphy Park, the City departmental reorganization, and the special events calendar for 2022. Watch the video recording of the meeting

Upcoming meeting. The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7. Agenda items include bocce court lights, the Bank of America Building, Southview Park, and an update from City Manager Chris Zapata. The commissioners will also hear parting words from Recreation Supervisor Julie Myers, who has accepted a position with the Greater Vallejo Recreation District. Please consult the meeting agenda for details regarding how to virtually participate in the Zoom meeting.

Any questions about the Parks and Recreation Commission may be directed to recreation@sausalito.gov. All meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission are open to the public, with time available for public comment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. There will be a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9. That meeting will be followed by a special meeting of the Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held via Zoom.

At the 6:30 p.m. joint meeting, the commissions will consider a certificate of appropriateness and changes to an approved project at 12 El Portal.

At the 7:30 p.m. special meeting of the Planning Commission, the commissioners will consider a resolution of denial for a tree removal permit at 202 Valley Street.

When available, the meeting agendas will include links to supporting documents, plus information on how to access the meetings via Zoom and provide public comment. The meetings will also be broadcast live on the City website.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CITY OF SAUSALITO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Programs and Events for Our Community

Sausalito's Souper Bowl. After a one-year hiatus, Sausalito's Souper Bowl will return on Saturday, February 5 and take ticket holders on a tour of 15 downtown and Caledonia Street restaurants to find out who has the best soup. Tasting will get underway at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance via the Sausalito Parks and Recreation registration portal. As of Friday, February 4, this event is close to being sold out, but same-day tickets may be available from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ferry landing. Each ticket enables the ticket holder to visit all participating restaurants, taste soup, and vote for a winner. Non-soup participants will also be offering discounts, specials, and/or freebies.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO'S SOUPER BOWL AND PURCHASE TICKETS
Pickleball for Seniors. Want to learn how to play pickleball or find new pickleball partners? John Barbera of Sausalito Village will help organize games and teach newcomers at MLK Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9 and on the remaining Wednesdays in February. Two courts will be reserved. All levels are welcome. Participants should bring a paddle if they have one. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the pickleball email list, please send a message to John at jbcommunication@gmail.com. Haven't heard of pickleball? Get the scoop with this brief YouTube video. MLK Park is located at 610 Coloma Street.
VIEW A CALENDAR OF EVENTS FROM SAUSALITO VILLAGE
Housing Element Town Hall. To introduce the community to the process of updating the City's Housing Element, the Housing Element Advisory Committee will host a town hall meeting via Zoom from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10. Topics covered will include Housing Element 101, Sausalito's current housing inventory, and strategies for meeting housing needs. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link for the town hall. Opportunities for community participation will include question and answer periods and virtual polling. Any questions may be directed to Principal Planner Rozalynne Thompson at rthompson@sausalito.gov.
REGISTER FOR THE HOUSING ELEMENT TOWN HALL ON FEBRUARY 10
Louis Armstrong House Museum Virtual Experience. Explore the lives of Louis and Lucille Armstrong through a virtual tour of their home in Queens, New York, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. In this special program sponsored by the Marin County Free Library, you will also delve into the Louis Armstrong archives and hear stories of Louis's travels abroad and the influence his music and career had on the world. The Louis Armstrong House Museum Virtual Experience is part of a series of Food for the Soul online programs in honor of Black History Month.
REGISTER FOR THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
Ice Cream Fun Run. Tam High senior Yasha Zink will host her second Ice Cream Fun Run in support of the humanitarian efforts of Save the Children at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 13. Runners will follow a 1.2-mile course at MLK Park, with Lappert's ice cream for everyone at the finish. Entry tickets are $20. One hundred percent of race proceeds will go to help children around the world receive medical care, food, books, and supplies. Over 100 runners participated in the previous fun run in 2018. More information can be found at runningtotherescue.org. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the run.
REGISTER FOR THE ICE CREAM FUN RUN ON FEBRUARY 13
Blacks in the Military: A Personal Perspective. This online program sponsored by the Marin County Free Library at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16 will feature Glenn Ross, a Gulf War veteran and the president of Marin County United Veterans. Glen will discuss his service in the military and the many years he's dedicated to serving and promoting the needs of veterans in Petaluma and Marin. Glen comes from a family of veterans and is an advocate for the rights of Black servicemen and servicewomen. This program is part of a series of Food for the Soul online programs in honor of Black History Month.
REGISTER FOR BLACKS IN THE MILITARY: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
SCBC Herring Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Herring Festival fundraiser for the Sausalito Community Boating Center on Thursday, February 24. This year's ninth annual event will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the banquet room of the Spinnaker Restaurant. The number of tickets will be limited to ensure social distancing, but folks far and wide will be able to join the celebration online. Brad Barton will be sharing his magic and mentalism while hosting an evening focused on sustainable fish delights from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and project updates.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SAUSALITO COMMUNITY BOATING CENTER
Community Planting. Sausalito Beautiful invites you to join your friends and neighbors in planting more than 30 trees and 50 shrubs at MLK Park beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday February 26. No experience is necessary. You will be mixing compost with native soil, sliding trees into pre-dug holes, and spreading mulch as part of a small team. In the fall of 2019, 80 people of all ages planted a similar number of trees and shrubs in less than three hours.
SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE IN TREE AND SHRUB PLANTING AT MLK PARK
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The Marin City Community Services District will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, February 26. A parade will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed at noon by a program featuring entertainment, community awards, youth spoken word performances, and a keynote speaker. The location of the event is to be determined. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by February 10 to Florence Williams at (415) 332-1441 or fwilliams@marincitycsd.com.
VIEW THE FLYER FOR THE ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Scholarship Opportunity. The Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Recognition Fund is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year. Completed applications are due by March 11. To qualify, applicants must be permanent residents living within the Sausalito Marin City School District who are planning to initiate or continue their education at an accredited college, graduate school, vocational school, or art school. Applications are available through the SWC Scholarship Recognition website. For additional information, please contact the scholarship coordinator at swcsrfApplications@gmail.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION FUND
Ice House Museum Fundraiser. The Sausalito Historical Society will hold a celebration and fundraiser for the Ice House Museum from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The event at The Pines will include music, hors d'oeuvres, wines, and live and silent auction items. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite Sausalito historical character or in cocktail attire. Tickets are $100 per person. Attendees will be required to bring I.D. and proof of vaccination.
PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE ICE HOUSE MUSEUM FUNDRAISER
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