Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter

February 7, 2020

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited in the Town of Corte Madera

The Town of Corte Madera would like to remind residents and contractors that effective March 1, 2020, the use of any gasoline-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited at any  time within the Town (Corte Madera Municipal Code 9.36.040 adopted November 19, 2019). We ask that persons currently operating gasoline-powered leaf blowers discontinue their use. 

We want you to know that leaf blowers can still be used as long as they are not gasoline-powered and as long as they are used during the times allowed by the Corte Madera Municipal Code. The Corte Madera Municipal Code states that it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any leaf blower during the following times: 

  1. Residential Properties other than Multi-Unit Residences: No leaf blower may be operated at any residential property that is not a multi-unit residence except between the hours of nine a.m. and five p.m. on weekdays and between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m. on Saturdays. 
  2. Other Properties and Use by Town: No leaf blower may be operated at any multi-unit residence or nonresidential property, and no leaf blower may be operated by on-duty staff or contractors of the town, except between the hours of seven a.m. and five p.m. on weekdays, and between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m. on Saturdays. 
  3. Sundays and Holidays: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a leaf blower in any area of the town on Sundays or federal holidays. 

Additionally, it is important to note that the Corte Madera Municipal Code also states that it shall be unlawful for any person who operates a leaf blower within the town to allow any leaves, dirt or any other debris blown to enter the storm drain system. All leaves, dirt, or any other debris blown on to public property or in the public right-of-way must be cleaned up and removed. 

A violation of any provisions of Chapter 9.36 of the Municipal Code shall constitute an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation of the same ordinance within one year, and $500 for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one year (Gov. Code, § 36900).

We ask that you share this information with your friends, neighbors, personal contractors and anyone who you believe will be affected. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Corte Madera at (415)927-5050.

If you would like to read the text from the Corte Madera Municipal Code, please use the following link:

To view and share the information flyer regarding this subject matter, please use the following link:

To read the staff report from the October 15, 2019 Town Council Meeting when the Noise Ordinance was discussed, please click on the following link: 

What's Happening in Town
ADU Ordinance Public Hearing

Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance: Planning Commission Public Hearing 2/11/20 Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance:
Planning Commission Public Hearing 2/11/20

Based on direction provided by the Town Council on January 21, 2020, the Planning Commission will consider further amendments to the Town’s adopted Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7pm at Corte Madera Town Hall, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for the consideration of proposed zoning ordinance amendments to Chapters 18.18 (Special Purpose Overlay District) and 18.31 (Accessory Dwelling Units) of the Corte Madera Municipal Code to limit Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units within existing structures within the portions of the Christmas Tree Hill Overlay District that are subject to ADU capacity limitations. In addition, staff will ask the Planning Commission to consider additional non-substantive clean-up changes and clarifications to Chapter 18.31.  The Planning Commission will consider draft zoning ordinance amendments and may provide a recommendation to the Town Council.

The public hearing notice and additional information regarding prior meetings, prior staff reports and presentations can be found on the Town’s Active Projects webpage for the project: If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 415-927-5064.

Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser

Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser

Family fun awaits at the 23rd annual Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday, February 8th!
There will be carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, food and drinks (cupcakes!), a live DJ, dancing, and a silent auction benefiting benefiting Kids on the Hill Preschool in Corte Madera!
When: Saturday, February 8th from 3:30-6:30 pm
Where: Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive
Admission is $5 and children 2 and under are free!

To view the event flyer, please click here. For more information, call 415-924-3033. 

Attention Residents and Businesses of
Tamal Vista Boulevard and Council Crest Drive.

We encourage you to attend our Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6pm (at Town Hall, 300 Tamalapis Drive) to discuss our upcoming project.

The Town of Corte Madera will be commencing a “complete streets” construction project on Tamal Vista Blvd from Fifer Avenue to Madera Blvd and on Council Crest Dr. The project involves improving sidewalks, installing ADA accessible facilities, creating new bike lanes, and resurfacing the road. The Town will also be installing a new roundabout at the intersection of Tamal Vista Blvd and Madera Blvd. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, June 2020, and take approximately 6 months to complete.

If you are interested in learning more about the project please attend our BPAC meeting or feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 415-927-5057.

Big Band Valentine's Dance

Big Band Valentine Dance 

Bring your sweetheart, family and friends to this special Valentine's Day dance sponsored by the Corte Madera Lions Club!

The dance will be held on Wednesday, February 12th from 8pm to 10pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

This is a FREE event! For more information go to or call 415-927-5072 option 1

All Things Apple Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Apple Users

All Things Apple Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Apple Users

The Corte Madera Library invites you to participate in All Things Apple, a series of free, drop-in classes for both beginner and intermediate Apple users. The topic for this class will be on Notes. 

1:00 - 3:00PM: Since this handy app is so rich with functions, we’ll spend the full two hours reviewing what it’s capable of doing. The Notes app will keep you well organized with information that you want at your fingertips. Learn how to scan documents with it, take and/or import photos and mark them up, and add PDF files and web links. Learn how to organize all your Notes with folders, prioritize them with pins, and share them with other people. Learn how to sync your Notes to all your devices so a change you make to a Note on one device is automatically updated on all your devices.

This event will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 1-3pm. For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844. 

Valentine's Day Spaghetti BINGO

Valentine's Day Spaghetti BINGO

Join our Parks and Recreation Department for our annual Valentine's Day Spaghetti Bingo! This is a fun night for friends, family and your special valentine, so get your tickets now!

This event will be held on Friday, February 14th from 6pm to 9pm in the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. The cost for this event is $20 per person. To register or for more information go to or call 415-927-5072 option 1


Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training (CCFA)

The Town of Corte Madera is once again sponsoring training classes for community members as part of our continuing efforts to build community awareness, preparation and resilience.

What Makes This Class so Beneficial

  • It is certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • You will receive a 2-year certification
  • The course material covers child & adult CPR
  • You will learn the appropriate use of Automated External Defribillators (AEDs)
  • You will be taught how to manage blood borne pathogens and skilled first-aid training
  • The course will give special attention to our local vulnerabilities of fire and earthquake response

Things You Should Know About the Class

  • The class is 5 hours
  • Participants completing the course will receive a FREE home first-aid kit ($35 value per kit)
  • This is a hands-on course so wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Beverages and snacks will be provided
  • There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee for Corte Madera residents and $60 for non-residents (this type of class normally costs $125 to register not including certification)
  • This is an adult-only course (18 years or older only)
  • This class is taught in English only. (To keep the course within the 5 hour timeframe and due to a lack of space and availability, we are unable to provide translators for this class)

How to Sign Up for the Class

  • Email Lorena Barrera at or call 415-927-5086. Be prepared to provide your home address and contact information. (NOTE: an ID with your home address will be required when you check in for the class) Early enrollment is encouraged (Registration will close 72 hours prior to the scheduled class date)
  • Questions regarding the course curriculum may be directed to the Town’s Resilience Coordinator (
Class date currently available:
  •  Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM (late arrivals will not be accepted, no exceptions) at the Corte Madera Community Center (498 Tamalpais Drive)
Corte Madera Women's Club Annual Giant Indoor Yard Sale

Corte Madera Women's Improvement Club Annual Giant Indoor Yard Sale 

The Corte Madera Womens’s Improvement Club will hold its annual Giant Indoor Yard Sale (GIYS) on Saturday, March 7th from 9am - 3pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 
This event is organized and staffed entirely by CMWIC members, who help collect, advertise, set up, sell, or clean up. The proceeds fund the scholarships the club awards each year, including those for college-bound, female, high school students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service. 
The GIYS is their most direct link to our community, with hundreds of people coming to shop the sale. It is also their opportunity to come together to make it happen, to work alongside each other, and have fun, too.  There is room for every talent and there are tasks for each of them.  It's a lot of fun and treats are served, too.
Donations can be dropped off at the Community Center the day before the sale: Friday, March 6th, starting at 11am.

Take advantage of those long, rainy days to reorganize cupboards, closets, and cabinets and set aside some gems for the sale. Check your donation of gently used and sellable items against the list of items they cannot accept on their website. For more information, please send an email to:

Laurel Drive, Deer Run, Meadow Valley, Stetson Avenue, Alta Way, and Alta Terrace 

The Town of Corte Madera has embarked on another phase of its comprehensive vegetation management program to further increase defensible space, improve ingress & egress for first responders, improve primary and secondary evacuation routes, improve vehicular sightlines, and enhance pedestrian and biker safety. This is a town-wide initiative. 

Landscape on Private vs. Public Property
Any tree or vegetation planted on private property is the property owner’s responsibility, including if it is encroaching into the public right-of-way. The California Fire Code (Section 4907.2) and ordinances adopted by the Town requires that vegetation be cleared 15’ overhead to allow for safe and unimpeded passage by emergency vehicles. The code also requires 10’ clearance from the sides of roads and driveways. This is achieved by cutting all dead grasses to a minimum of 4 inches, removing all tree limbs that are within 10 feet of the ground, providing horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees, and cutting and removing all fire prone plants.

One-time Town Abatement Offer
The Town recognizes that street and public right-of-way abatement can be daunting and expensive for a homeowner. Using Measure F funds, the Town is offering a one-time abatement at no cost to the homeowner to bring our streets into compliance. Participation is voluntary. A homeowner can choose to opt out by contacting the Town Resilience Coordinator at (415) 924-6362 and requesting an opt out form. If the homeowner chooses NOT to participate, the homeowner is still responsible for meeting the compliance requirements detailed above. Failure to comply with abatement requirements will result in a Wildfire Hazard Warning Notice requiring the hazard be abated within 15 days. Residents who fail to comply will be noticed. The Town will hire subcontractors to abate the property to conform with the code. The bill for these services will be sent to the homeowner for payment. Failure to pay may result in a special assessment or lien against the property.

Prioritization of Streets
In collaboration with Central Marin Fire Department, the Town has prioritized streets to be abated starting November 2019. These streets have been identified as having excessive roadway encroachments creating fire and safety hazards that place residents and first responders at considerable risk in the event of an emergency. Mitigation of these encroachments will also enhance vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist passage.

Please note that your streets have been scheduled for abatement to begin as noted below and as time and weather permits.

  • Weeks of February 10-13 and February 18-20
    • Lower Laurel Drive, Deer Run and Meadow Valley
  • Weeks of February 24-27 and March 2-5 
    • Alta Way and Alta Terrace
  • March 16-19, 23-26, March 30- April 2
    • Stetson Avenue

If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact our Resilience Coordinator, Marla Orth at (415) 924-6362.  

What's Happening in Marin
AARP Free Income Tax Assistance

AARP Free Income Tax Assistance 

Free, one-on-one, confidential income tax counseling & tax return preparation service by volunteers for low and middle income taxpayers who file basic income tax forms.

What to bring: A copy of your 2018 Tax Return; Picture ID, plus social security cards or ITIN's for self, spouse, and dependents; Any and all W-2 Forms; All forms 1099 Social Security, pension, interest, dividends, stock/bond sales, & IRA distributions; unemployment, etc; All forms 1095 & 1098; Checkbook or bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit; Tax-exempt interest or dividend statements; Cost basis of stock, bond, and other investments that you sold during the year; To itemize, bring your list of paid property taxes, medical bills, charitable contributions and mortgage interest.

The event will be held on Monday, February 10th and Wednesday, February 12th from 10am - 2pm at the Fairfax Library Community Room, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 

Marin Election Notices

Marin Election Information

Voter information guides for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election have been mailed to registered voters in Marin County. Here are key things to remember:

  • Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Voters may register and vote provisionally at their polling place
  • The Marin County Elections Department is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for registering and voting provisionally
  • Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be signed and postmarked on or before March 3rd
  • Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot (in its signed envelope) at the Elections Department or any polling place by 8 p.m.

To learn about the "New Voter Registration Rules" please click here. If you wish to be an Election Observer, you can get information by clicking here. Check the Voter Information Portal online for information about your registration status or vote-by-mail ballot, or call 415-473-6456. Follow the Elections Department on Facebook.

Elections Need You on March 3rd

The Marin County Elections Department is looking for civic minded people to serve as Election Day poll workers in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
Join in community spirit to serve for this one-day commitment and receive payment for your civic efforts.
You must be a registered voter or a lawful permanent resident. Poll location opportunities are available across Marin County. Hours are from 6:30 AM to 9 PM. 
Chief Inspector      $175, plus $20 for training
Deputy Inspector   $150, plus $20 for training
Clerk                     .$125, plus $15 for training
Apply in person:  Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, STE 121, San Rafael.
Apply by phone:  415-473-6438 or 415-473-6439
Apply online:
To view and share a flyer with this information, please click here

2020 Census Jobs

2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Help your community while getting paid. Jobs for the 2020 Census include both field and office positions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A single application allows you to be considered for several positions, including census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff.They offer extra income, flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training. 

For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020

For the Federal Relay Service, call 1-800-877--8339 TTY/ASCII,

You can also visit the U.S. Census Bureau's website by clicking here

Marin County Parks Event

Learn to Saltwater Fish

Spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will cancel the event. No need to RSVP, just show up. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Kevin O'Donoghue. Park entrance is waived for participants.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 8th from 10am - 12pm at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon (3450 Paradise Drive). For more details including driving directions, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
February Schedule

Intergenerational Center

The Intergenerational Center is a gathering place for seniors, children and young adults, featuring programs in art, games, yoga, literature, technology and more. AFIC offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool to 100+.

For information or to view the February program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call 415-991- 4040.

Intergenerational Center programs are FREE for members. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $25 and for non-residents it is $40 for all of 2019. The cost is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please contact The Center at 415-991-4040 for more information.

The Intergenerational Center is located by the "pencil bench" at 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series:
The Best Home for Me / Preparing to Transition

Age-Friendly Corte Madera, Twin Cities Village, Corte Madera Parks and Recreation and Age-Friendly Solutions, Sponsors of The Third Wednesday Speakers Series present... 
The Best Home for Me / Preparing to Transition

Are you considering a move into assisted living? Understand terminology, requirements, what's new in the industry and how to organize, transition and downsize! This is an enlightening, valuable and useful presentation on moving from home into a care setting best suited for you. Learn how to better afford a community, what to take and contacts to help prepare for your move. 

Presenter: Margie Cuitti
                  Senior Living Services  

This event will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 11am to 12:30pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

Upcoming Town Council, Board, Commission and Committee Meetings

Upcoming Town Council, Board, Commission and Committee Meetings

Monday, February 10, 2020: Flood Control Board Meeting - Begins at 6:30pm in the Corte Madera Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020: Planning Commission Meeting - B
egins at 7:00pm in the Corte Madera Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive.  

Thursday, February 13, 2020: Central Marin Fire Council Meeting - Begins at 6:30pm, or upon conclusion of the CMPA Police Council meeting, whichever is later, in the Community Room at Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur 94939

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