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Stories for the Week of April 7, 2017

Missing Person in Sausalito

Ashley Wells
The Sausalito Police Department is currently attempting to locate Ashley Wells. She was last seen along the waterfront in Sausalito on Thursday, March 30, 2017. She is a white female who is 5'6" tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds, has blonde hair and hazel eyes, and is 26 years old. If you have any information regarding Ms. Wells' whereabouts, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170.

Spring City Wide Yard Sale Postponed to April 22

Yard Sale
Due to rain in the forecast this weekend, the Spring City Wide Yard Sale at the MLK parking lot has been postponed from Saturday, April 8 to Saturday, April 22. Yard sale hours on April 22 will be 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Questions about the event may be directed to Julie Myers, Recreation Supervisor for Special Events, at (415) 289-4198 or

A Visit with Jackie Kudler

Jackie Kudler
Jackie Kudler at her home in Sausalito
Jackie Kudler is sitting on the sofa in her living room on Prospect Avenue, her feet casually propped up on the coffee table. Behind her sits a magnificent view of San Francisco and the surrounding beauty that drew her and her late husband, Joel, to Sausalito over fifty years ago.

The year was 1962. Jackie and Joel were spending a few days in San Francisco and crossed the bridge to have lunch at the Alta Mira Hotel. Jackie said to Joel, "This is amazing!"

They returned to New York, loaded all of their belongings into their Austin Healy and headed out to California from the East Coast. "It was a gut move," says Jackie.

She and Joel had met at a summer camp in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and fell in love. Jackie graduated from Brooklyn College with a B. A. in English Literature, minor in Education, and then transferred to NYU, where she enrolled in the high school English teacher program and was awarded an M.A. in English Literature.

There was a welcome wagon waiting for them when they arrived in Sausalito. A newcomers' group met every other Wednesday for coffee to discuss current events and help those newly arrived. "Francis Shin welcomed me to town with open arms."

"Joel was just out of the Air Force, and at our first coffee, I wore high heels and Air Force wives' attire. I was so happy to see jeans and long hair. I knew I was in the right place. I met all of my closest friends there."

Jackie and Joel had two sons, and all their long-term friendships began at the Sausalito Nursery School. "The Cooperative Nursery School was like no other school. It was the sixties, after all — sex, drugs and rock and roll were the forces driving the times. It was a crazy, wonderful admixture of people," Jackie recalls.

She remembers the old movie theater on Caledonia Street. She and Joel would go to see sneak previews, where you could smoke cigarettes and watch movies. Joel was a dentist, with his office across the street from the theater. When movies were being screened, they would go into his office and turn on the lights so that moviegoers could see the sign on the door of his office.

"Joel loved to race boats and I loved to hike," says Jackie. For many years, she and her sister, Arlene Stark, wrote hiking columns for the Pacific Sun. A collection of their hikes, Walking from Inn to Inn, was published in 1986. Jackie also published two books of poetry: Sacred Precinct (2003) and Easing into Dark (2012). "My poetry is an integral part of my life."

Joel died suddenly of cancer ten years ago. "I always thought that I would never survive losing Joel, but realized right away that I had," Jackie reflects.

Jackie loves that the beauty of Sausalito draws amazing people. "I am so proud of this community," she says. "Diversity meets madness."

"I love that I was able to volunteer as a young mother many years ago, and today that same energy is directed toward helping fellow seniors through the activities of Sausalito Village."

In her early days teaching, Jackie was active in efforts to integrate schools. She campaigned hard for progressives to remain in office and create open schools for all.

Jackie is still an avid hiker. Her favorite hike starts on the Matt Davis Trail at the Pantoll Ranger Station, then loops through the varied terrains and microclimates of Mount Tamalpais. When you see her on the mountain, it's likely her hiking partners are "eating her dust" somewhere behind her on the trail.

This is another installment in a regular series of articles about long-time Sausalito residents who have made an impact on our City. The articles are written by John Oppenheimer, in collaboration with Age Friendly Sausalito, a task force of the Sausalito City Council. Age Friendly Sausalito is dedicated to advancing Sausalito as an age-friendly city so that its residents can actively age in place.

Tree Trimming on Sausalito Streets by PG&E Contractor

Tree trimming is underway in Sausalito to clear branches away from power lines and transformers. The work is being performed by Davey Tree, a contractor for PG&E. 

Tree work is planned for the following streets: Bridgeway, Buchanan Drive, Bulkley Avenue, Cazneau Avenue, Central Avenue, Crescent Avenue, Currey Avenue, Edwards Avenue, Excelsior Lane, Gate 5 Road, George Lane, Glen Drive, Harrison Avenue, Monte Mar Drive, Platt Avenue, Princess Street, Rodeo Avenue, San Carlos Avenue, Sausalito Boulevard, Toyon Lane, Valley Street, Vista Clara Road, and Woodward Avenue.

Trees and power lines can be a dangerous combination. Pruning reduces the possibility of a tree coming in contact with a high voltage power line, resulting in sparks and fires. Tree trimming also helps prevent the power outages that result from branches coming into contact with power lines.

If you have any questions or concerns about tree work in your area, please contact Davey Tree at (707) 551-1547. 

Planned Street Repairs for 2017 and 2018

Street improvement
A map of streets proposed for improvement in fiscal year 2017-18 (view larger image)
On March 28, the Sausalito City Council received a status report on 2017 street rehabilitation projects and a preliminary list of streets slated for improvement in fiscal year 2017-18, which begins on July 1, 2017.

As of late March, the City's remaining budget for street work in 2017 was in excess of $440,000. Plans, specifications, and estimates are being prepared for pavement replacement along segments of Third Street and Main Street, where utility work has been or will soon be completed. Pavement and base repair is anticipated on several streets, including South Street between Alexander Avenue and Second Street, and Bridgeway between Spring Street and Nevada Street. A segment of Santa Rosa Avenue with reported tripping hazards is currently being advertised for construction. Ultimately, the amount of construction will depend on available budget and the bids that are received.

Street improvement projects in fiscal year 2017-18, expected to begin in the spring of 2018, will be prioritized based on the City's 2014 pavement condition inspection, with input from the City Council and the community. The extent of the completed projects will also depend on the approved annual budget for street repair.

The City's consultant, BKF Engineers, will begin preparing plans for street repairs early in the fiscal year, which will consist of crack sealing, slurry sealing, microsurfacing, and pavement replacement. BKF has prepared a preliminary list and map of streets for treatment.

Street rehabilitation often requires additional work, which may increase project costs significantly. Important non-pavement work includes street lights, gutter and driveway adjustments, sidewalk repairs that are the responsibility of the City, correction for accessibility, City underground utilities (sanitary sewer main and storm drains), guardrails, and pavement marking.

Cracking is usually the first sign of pavement distress. Water leaks into untreated cracks through the surface layer to the sub-base, eroding pavement strength. The cracks lengthen and multiply to the point where the pavement no longer sustains the weight of traffic. The cracked pavement disintegrates, forming depressions more familiarly known as potholes. Pothole repairs improve pavement smoothness, which keeps streets safer for motorists and prevents the streets from getting significantly worse in the short term. Pothole repairs also reduce the likelihood of further water infiltration damage that occurs when a pothole is not filled. However, because the sub-base is damaged, a street with a repaired pothole continues to deteriorate until it fails.

Crack sealing involves placing elastomeric material directly into pavement cracks, which prevents water from entering the pavement base and extends pavement life.

A slurry seal involves the spraying of a mixture of slow-setting emulsified asphalt, well-graded fine aggregate, mineral filler, and water on the pavement surface. Slurry sealing is used to fill cracks and seal areas of old pavements, to restore a uniform surface texture, to seal the surface to prevent moisture and air intrusion into the pavement, to improve skid resistance, and provide a new wearing surface.

Microsurfacing is similar to slurry seal. The microsurfacing process involves spreading a mixture of asphalt, polymers, and other materials in an even layer across an existing road surface. It is a low-cost way to reinforce existing pavement and results in a smooth, blacktop surface.

Recap of the April 4 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Sausalito City Council was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The following, in red italics, is a brief summary of actions taken at the meeting (for a full report, watch the recording from the meeting):

Special Presentations:
Consent Calendar: Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting. Received and Filed Nevada and Lincoln Sewer Projects Update. Adopted Resolution No. 5641 Approving First Amendment to the Lease of Premises with Benicia C. Gantner (MLK Campus). Adopted Resolution No. 5642 Approving Third Amendment to the Amended and Restated Lease of Premises with Pippa Murray (MLK Campus). Adopted Resolution No. 5643 Approving First Amendment to the Lease of Premises with Gene Hiller Menswear (731 Bridgeway). Adopted Resolution No. 5644 Approving License Agreement with Sausalito Bike Return to Use Public Property for Bicycle Return Service.

Public Hearing Items: The Council Introduced and read by title only: " An Ordinance Of The City Council Of The City Of Sausalito Amending Title 16 - Boat And Harbor Regulations To Amend Chapter 16.04 and Consolidate the Provisions Regulating City Waters And To Delete Chapters 16.12, 16.16 and 16.20,” continued the second reading to April 18, 2017, and provided direction to staff to the City Council for Council consideration of a management plan. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting.

  Business Items: The Council accepted the report and provided comments. Watch the recording from this portion of the meeting. This item was moved to a date uncertain without a presentation. The Council accepted the report and provided comments. Watch the recording from 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 Council meetings on the City 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 April 18, 2017, with the open session due to commence at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Updates from Boards and Commissions

Each week, on a rotating schedule, this section will provide highlights of the recent activities one or more of the boards and commissions representing the City of Sausalito. Follow this link for more information on all of our boards and commissions.
Historic Landmarks Board. On March 7, the Historic Landmarks Board (HLB) conducted a public hearing to review the potential for historic significance of the three-unit residential structure and site located at 74/76/78 Central Avenue. The HLB found that the structure has historic significance due to its distinctive Tudor Revival architectural style and direct stylistic relationship to its four adjacent residences. This is the passage in the City's Historic Design Guidelines regarding Tudor Revival: "As with many styles, the Tudor Revival style does not adhere to the source of its inspiration — sixteenth-century English architecture — but instead, is a mixture of elements from an American image of medieval forms that resulted in something 'quaint.' The development of the Tudor Revival style was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, in which medieval architecture and crafts were valued as a rejection of the industrialized age." 

Are you interested in becoming involved with the Historic Landmarks Board? The HLB is seeking an additional member for the five-person board responsible for reviewing applications for exterior renovation of historic or noteworthy structures, historic sites, and landmarks located throughout Sausalito. Please contact Senior Planner Calvin Chan at for additional information.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The City of Sausalito's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) canceled its monthly meeting in March due to a lack of a quorum. The next meeting of the PBAC will take place on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Sausalito City Hall. At the meeting, the PBAC is expected to hear a presentation about a plan developed by Caltrans, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge District for the installation of traffic signals at the east-side intersection of Alexander Avenue and US 101. The PBAC will also hear an update on improvements to the shared-use paths between Vista Point and Alexander Avenue. In addition, PBAC will receive a report from a representative of Zagster regarding its Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) bike-share projects.

The City of Sausalito staff liaisons to the PBAC are John Rohrbacher, Chief of Police, and Jonathon Goldman, Director of Public Works, City Engineer and ADA Coordinator. Herb Weiner is the City Council Liaison.

News from City Departments

Administration. During the month of April, work will begin at the MLK Campus to re-roof several buildings. Construction crews will be active in and around the campus, and construction equipment will be staged on site. Some areas of the MLK Campus may be temporarily blocked off. The planned schedule appears in the chart below, though dates are subject to change due to weather or other operational factors. 
If you would like to learn more about the MLK Campus project, please contact MLK Business Manager Joshua Montemayor at (415) 289-4144 or
Public Works. PG&E crews continue to install the gas main and gas services on Caledonia between Turney Street and Pine Street and gas services on Caledonia between Pine Street and Johnson Street. PG&E work on these blocks will extend through the week of April 10. If there are no unanticipated delays, PG&E will begin installing the gas main on Pine between Caledonia and Bridgeway. This work will begin at the intersection of Caledonia and Pine and proceed eastward toward Bridgeway. The work on Pine should take approximately two weeks. 
Police. Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails, and update social media while driving — all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council and law enforcement agencies from across the nation observe April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. The Sausalito Police Department encourages you to put your safety and the safety of the general public first and put down your mobile devices when you are driving.

During the month of April, the Sausalito Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will be placing extra emphasis on the enforcement of distracted driving violations. Those that are found to be driving while distracted are subject to being cited and fined. 

Things Happening in Our Community

A Visit with Sportscaster Barry Tompkins. Barry Tompkins is one of the most celebrated play-by-play sports broadcasters in the United States. Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television at KPIX TV in 1968. Since then, he has worked for NBC, HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Showtime. His credits include the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, eight Olympic Games, the Tour de France, Wimbledon, horse racing's Triple Crown, World Cup Skiing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and over two hundred World Championship fights. In this special program on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library, Barry will take questions from the audience and share photos and stories from his 47-year career. Barry moved back to Sausalito a few years ago. His first apartment — as a nineteen-year-old — was on Sausalito Boulevard.
Rotary Gala Benefiting Marinship 75. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Sausalito's Marinship shipyards. The City of Sausalito has issued a proclamation honoring the anniversary, and the Sausalito Historical Society has asked various civic groups in town to participate in celebrating the event. The Rotary Club of Sausalito is dedicating its gala this year to the Marinship 75 celebration. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spinnaker Restaurant. For further information and tickets, please visit The Rotary Club of Sausalito Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation; a portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to the Sausalito Historical Society.
Elaine Petrocelli. On Tuesday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m., Elaine Petrocelli, founder of Book Passage, will present a lively talk about some of the most interesting books of the current season. This special event is sponsored by Sausalito Village and will take place at the new Sausalito Book Passage By-the-Bay bookstore at 100 Bay Street. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 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, call Sausalito Village at (415) 332-3325.
The Coyotes of Sausalito. Sausalito resident Jennifer Berry is a biologist who specializes in design for wildlife. Her focus has been on reconnecting migration routes, restoring streams, and preserving important wildlife habitats for redevelopment projects around the state. Jennifer has always held a passion for tracking urban carnivores, so it was a great surprise to discover upon moving to Nevada Valley that this neighborhood has its own resident family of coyotes. Even more amazing was that she'd one day be given the opportunity to work on a project to help them. In her presentation inside the Sausalito Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, Jennifer will share images, videos, and sound recordings to tell the story of the Sausalito coyotes and her role as their resident biologist, with a focus on how we can learn to live in peaceful coexistence with these beautiful animals.
37th Annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt. Once again, the Easter Bunny will be hopping into Sausalito on Saturday, April 15. This year's parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Johnson and Caledonia streets. We will then march to Dunphy Park for an Easter egg hunt, followed by live music from Tim Cain. At 11:00 a.m., there will be an Easter bonnet contest judged by members of the Sausalito Woman's Club. The 37th Annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt is presented by the Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department. Easter festivities will take place rain or shine.
Met Opera Preview: Eugene Onegin. The Sausalito Public Library's Met Opera Preview series for 2016-17 continues on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room of City Hall with a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Host Tom Wilhite will present background information about the composer and opera and 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.
An Evening of Poetry. The Sausalito Library and Sausalito Woman's Club invite you to an Evening of Poetry on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This special gathering will celebrate some of the outstanding poetry of today. Hear readings from entrepreneurs, teachers, clergy, community leaders, along with special guest appearances by award-winning SLAM poets from local high schools and — brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core. Free admission. No-host bar. Parking is available at Christ Church, or make a CARSS reservation for this event by 4/17: (415) 944-5474.
Exploring Maritime Traditions. James Bender and Inka Petersen will be at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center for a special program on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. James Bender is the founder of the Adriatic Maritime Institute. Inka Petersen is a former Spaulding youth boatbuilding coordinator and Sausalito-based boatbuilder who recently returned from an Adriatic Maritime Institute residency with its boatbuilding workshop near Split, Croatia. The Adriatic Maritime Institute teaches seamanship, communication, and cooperation while engaging in expeditions that combine elements of youth development with on-water training and boatbuilding in Bosnia and Croatia. Join us for a talk that will highlight these trips and the exciting things they have accomplished. The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center is located at 600 Gate 5 Road.
Cows in Sausalito? In the late 1800's, Marin was the Bay Area's major supplier of dairy products, and cows were a common sight on the streets of Sausalito and grazing on the surrounding hillsides. Join Sausalito resident Mike Moyle for an exploration of this history, with a particular focus on the many small dairies that dotted the countryside, most of them operated by Portuguese immigrants. As with his recent talks "Where's Waldo?" and "The History of Caledonia Street," Mike will accompany this program on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Sausalito Library with "then" and "now" photos to highlight the dramatic changes that have occurred in and around Sausalito. Mike's presentation will be in conjunction with the Open House the following day hosted by the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center.
City Wide Yard Sale. Sausalito's City Wide Yard Sale is a great event for bargain hunters and window shoppers, featuring more than 90 seller booths at the MLK parking lot and basketball courts. Due to rain, the spring 2017 City Wide Yard Sale, originally scheduled for April 8, has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 22. The Yard Sale will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Residents of Sausalito and surrounding towns use this biannual event as an opportunity to clear out their garages and offer up treasures at bargain-basement prices. 
Launch Party for New Children's Book. People of all ages are invited to Book Passage in Sausalito on Sunday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the launch of Anne Dana's new children's picture book, Monsieur Pierre, about an adventurous octopus. Anne Dana is a Sausalito-based children's book author and illustrator. This free event will feature live music by award-winning children's music recording artist Tim Cain. There will be storytelling, giveaways, and photos with Monsieur Pierre. Book Passage By-the-Bay is located at 100 Bay Street in Sausalito. 
Alan Watts Discussion Circle. Everyone is welcome to attend the gathering of the Alan Watts Discussion Circle at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 inside the Sausalito Library. Alan Watts was a philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern Philosophy for Western audiences. The Alan Watts Discussion Circle was created to study and discuss the ideas of Watts and the philosophers and Far East perceptions that influenced him. This is a new group that meets monthly at the Sausalito Library. All are welcome.
Age Well/Drive Smart. The California Highway Patrol will roll into Sausalito City Hall on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to noon to present Age "Well/Drive Smart: Keys to Driving Safer and Driving Longer." You may be a good driver now, but as you age, you will eventually begin to experience functional changes or medical conditions that affect your ability to drive safely. The good news is that by carefully monitoring any changes, such as your vision or reflexes, and by working with your doctor, you have the ability to adjust your driving habits or take other corrective steps that allow you to stay safe on the road. This two-hour class is designed to give you the tools to safely continue driving, as well as information on how to maintain your lifestyle, even if driving is no longer safe for you. No RSVP necessary.
Fado at The Pines III. You are cordially invited to an evening petiscos, wines, and Portuguese fado featuring fadistas Sandra Pinheiro Pacheco and David Silveira Garica. The national song of Portugal, fado is intimately intertwined with Portuguese food, wine, and culture. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the wine cellar of The Pines mansion at 33 Miller Avenue in Sausalito. Fado at The Pines III is a benefit to support the Youth Sailing Exchange between Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito. Tickets for Fado at The Pines III are limited to 124 reserved seats. Tickets are priced at $100, $85, and $75. 
Fun with Your iPhone and iPad. Sausalito Village and Age Friendly Sausalito are pleased to present "Fun with your iPhone and iPad" on Wednesday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Sausalito City Hall. Sharon Beck is passionate about teaching seniors the joy of using iPhones and iPads. A senior herself, Sharon will go over the basics for those new to mobile devices. If you are an experienced user, you will have fun learning the hidden secrets your devices offer; you will be amazed at the functions you never believed could be housed in these electronic wonders. Don't miss a fun, entertaining, and educational presentation! 
Finding PAX. The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center is pleased to welcome author Kaci Cronkhite at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Kaci is the author of Finding Pax: The Unexpected Story of a Little Wooden Boat. A circumnavigator and wooden boat festival director, Kaci knew better than to buy a wooden boat. However, smitten with the buxom curves of Pax, a 1936 Danish Spidsgatter, she did. What followed was a long haul-out that turned into a seven-year quest to recollect the boat's history in three countries. The journey turned into a story that brought together generations. Join us as she tells tales of Pax and its special connection to Sausalito. The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center is located at 600 Gate 5 Road.
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