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Stories for the Week of June 24, 2016

Robin Sweeny Park Grand Re-Opening

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! 

If you stop by for a preview before July 2, you'll see the final touches being added to the project. Artificial turf and colored rubberized surfacing will be added in the play area over the next week, and grass sod and final plantings will be installed in the lawn area.

Make Your Voice Heard on Short Term Rentals

Are you interested in the future of short term rentals in Sausalito? The City of Sausalito invites members of the community to participate in a community forum on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway. You may also make your voice heard by taking an online survey on this issue. 
The forum on June 29 is the second of two forums hosted by a Short Term Rental Working Group comprised of a diverse membership of the community. The first of the forums was held on Saturday, June 18. 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. 

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. 

If you would like to learn more about short term rentals or have opinions on the matter, please attend the community forum or take the online survey. You may also give your input directly to Community Development Director Danny Castro at (415) 289-4133 or dcastro@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE
VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION FROM THE JUNE 18 COMMUNITY FORUM
TAKE AN ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT SHORT TERM RENTALS

Bicycle Parking Regulations Now in Effect

The Bike Parking and Congestion Management Plan is in full swing and ready to tackle the busy summer months that are right around the corner. The next step is to start enforcing the newly amended Municipal Code Section 15.13, which regulates bicycle parking throughout the downtown corridor. The new enforcement plan will take effect on Friday, June 24. 

A bicycle is in violation of the bicycle parking ordinance if, during the peak times between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., it is parked outside of a designated bicycle parking zone or bicycle parking fixture in the downtown area.

Any bicycle that is found parked illegally will be impounded in place with a cable lock. A notice with detailed information regarding the release process will be attached to the cable. Once the bicycle has been locked by City staff, the operator of the bicycle will be required to pay a $25 administrative fee for the bicycle to be released. If the bicycle is subsequently impounded by the City, there will be a $100 release fee on top of a $25 per day storage fee. Bicycles that are not claimed will ultimately be sold at auction.

Please contact Lieutenant Stacie Gregory for further information at (415) 289-4188 or sgregory@ci.sausalito.ca.us
VIEW SAUSALITO MUNICIPAL CODE 15.13

Sausalito's July Fourth Celebration

All are welcome to participate in Sausalito's traditional Fourth of July festivities, which begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The event will start with the annual parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials and organizations that begins at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Second and Main Street. The parade ends at Dunphy Park and the judging tent will be in front of Robin Sweeny Park. The deadline for parade entries is Monday, June 29 at noon.
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 the famous tug-o-war and the traditional City Wide 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. Reserve a six-seat table: $120 for Sausalito residents, $130 non-residents. See the table map here. For advance table reservations, call (415) 289-4152. Reservations close on Thursday July 2 at 2:00 p.m.

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. 
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JULY 4 FESTIVITIES

New Digital Archive of Sausalito Marin Scope Available at the 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.
The $5,500 project was funded with grants of $5,000 from the Sausalito Library Foundation and $500 from Marinscope Community Newspapers. The mission of the Sausalito Library Foundation is to provide long-term support for the Sausalito Public Library. Donations and bequests from the community are used to fund strategic projects and capital improvements.
 
This is the second major digitization project funded by the Sausalito Library Foundation. Online access to the Sausalito News is currently available from 1885 to 1957, with 1958 to 1966 coming online soon. The Sausalito Historical Society also contributed significant funds to the Sausalito News digitization project. The Sausalito News went out of business in 1966.  
 
With the completed digitization of the Sausalito Marin Scope and the Sausalito News, the Sausalito Library will realize the dream of former Sausalito City Librarian Mary Richardson of a complete digital archive of Sausalito's major newspapers. Richardson initiated the first digitization project in 2008, covering the Sausalito News from 1885 to 1922.
 
The digital archive of Sausalito Marin Scope currently covers the years 1971 to 2014, with digitized issues from 2015 to be added soon. Every year, the previous year's newspapers will be added to the archive to keep it up to date.
 
To access the Sausalito Marin Scope digital archive, visit the Sausalito Library anytime during open hours. All of the public internet stations feature a desktop link to the archive. In addition to supporting keyword search, researchers can browse the collection year by year, month by month and week by week. Individual articles or entire pages from the newspaper can be saved to a flash drive, sent as email, or printed.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY'S DIGITAL NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES

Recap of Special June 21 City Council Meeting

There was a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21. 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: Ferry Landing Update and Next Steps (Danny Castro, Community Development Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1, Attachment 2, Attachment 3)  Accepted report Watch the video from this portion of the meeting
  • 6B: Caledonia Street Zoning Regulations and Allowed Uses (Danny Castro, Community Development Director) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment 1, Attachment 2, Attachment 3)  The Council agreed by consensus on the following:1) Direct staff to conduct a comprehensive inventory of the existing businesses in the CR zone (which would include side streets - Johnson, Pine, Turney, Locust, Litho, Bee, and Napa – and the portion of Bridgeway located in the CR zone) and return to the Council for further review and discussion. 2) Direct staff to work with the Planning Commission to study the CR zone and to consider zoning ordinance amendments to modify the allowable land uses. Watch the video from this portion of the meeting
  • 6C: RBRA Update - State of Richardson's Bay (Police Chief John Rohrbacher and Lieutenant Bill Fraass) (Read the Staff Report, Attachment 1, Attachment 2Accepted report Watch the video from this portion of the meeting
  • 6D: Award Contract for Streets Resurfacing Project (Public Works Director Jonathon Goldman and Senior Civil Engineer Andy Davidson) (Read the Staff ReportAttachment Adopted Resolution No. 5589 of the City Council of the City of Sausalito: 1) Finding the Project exempt from the application of CEQA; 2) Finding the Project exempt from the Sausalito Zoning Ordinance Design Review procedure; 3) Authorizing the City Manager to Issue a Notice of Award and Execute a Contract with Ghilotti Bros., Inc. for Construction of the City of Sausalito 2016 Street Resurfacing Project; 4) Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Standard Form Professional Services Agreement with BKF Engineers for Construction Management and Inspection Services for Said Project; and 5) Authorizing the City Manager to approve change orders that may arise up to a total of $15,000 as allowed by Resolution 4979 of October 21, 2008. Watch the video from this portion of the meeting
Did you know you can watch the Council meeting live via webcast? You can also watch the Council meetings after they occur on the City's website. View 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.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held June 28, 2016 with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.
 
VIEW THE JUNE 21 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA HERE

Upcoming June 28 City Council Meeting

There will be a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 28 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, view the agenda and read the associated staff reports.

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 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.
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.
Business Advisory Committee. On June 16, the Business Advisory Board (BAC) met to elect new officers and discuss recommendations to fill vacancies. The Committee also discussed the City Council's adoption of the FY2016-17 Budget, including the General Plan Update and the BAC's involvement in the Economic and Circulation Elements of the plan. Future discussion items include the Formula Retail Ordinance and possible improvements to make it more effective. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 a.m. There are currently two vacancies on the BAC and anyone interested in the direction of business and economic development in the City of Sausalito is encouraged to apply. 
APPLY TO BE ON THE BAC OR LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BAC
Library Board of Trustees: The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Library Trustees is Tuesday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. The role of the five-person Library Board is to review the administration of Library operations, make recommendations and establish policies. The Board serves as liaison between the Library and the community and between the Library and the City Council. There will be three openings on the Library Board of Trustees as of July 2016. The City Council is curently conducting interviews to fill the openings. Please direct any questions about serving on the Library Board of Trustees to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at achambers@ci.sausalito.ca.us.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

News from City Departments

Sausalito Public Library. If you live in Sausalito and have a credit card, you can now get a library card without visiting the Library. Via the same instant-response technology employed by websites like Nextdoor, the Sausalito Public Library's new online library card registration system uses your credit card information to verify your local address. Once verified, you'll receive a card number and PIN that will give you immediate access to the Sausalito Library's online collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, digital magazines and streaming movies, and training videos. Your credit card will not be charged as part of the free verification process.
REGISTER FOR A LIBRARY CARD ONLINE USING A CREDIT CARD
ONLINE LIBRARY CARD REGISTRATION FAQ
Community Development Department. Are you interested in the future of short term rentals in Sausalito? The City of Sausalito invites members of the community to participate in the second in a series of community forums on short term rentals. The second forum will be held June 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO
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 June 24 and 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. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY

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, June 24, with a performance by the jazz vocal trio Duchess. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Southern Marin Fire Fighters Association, who will be serving Marinated Tri-Tip Sandwich with Station-made Coleslaw .
VIEW THE 2016 SCHEDULE OF JAZZ & BLUES BY THE BAY PERFORMANCES
Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project. The National Park Service will hold a public meeting on the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project (formerly Muir Woods Site Improvements) on Monday, June 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tamalpais High School Student Center, 700 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. The goal of the project is to preserve resources by improving parking, transit and pedestrian access at Muir Woods. Key elements include the redesign and reorganization of parking, improvements to pedestrian trails and walkways, and the completion of plaza improvements begun in 2010.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MUIR WOODS SUSTAINABLE ACCESS PROJECT
Teacher Barb and Friends. The Sausalito Library's summer reading program for children continues with toe-tapping, finger-snapping, happy-making music from Teacher Barb! Show starts at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, in the Edgewater Room of Sausalito City Hall. All ages are welcome.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY'S SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR KIDS
Short Term Rental Community Forum. Are you interested in the future of short term rentals in Sausalito? The City of Sausalito invites members of the community to participate in the second in a series of community forums on short term rentals. The second forum will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO
Coloring & Doodling Party for Adults. Come tranquilize your mind at a special Sausalito Library program on Thursday, June 30 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 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 Streets 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
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. 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
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAUSALITO VILLAGE
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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