Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for August 9, 2019

ADU Ordinance Public Meeting Happening this Tuesday

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7pm at Corte Madera Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive, , the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to review and discuss Corte Madera’s existing regulations related to second units and consider potential amendments to Chapter 18.31 (Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs) of the zoning ordinance. The public meeting notice is attached for your review. 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

What's Happening in Town
Parks and Recreation Logo

Parks and Recreation Closures Coming Soon

We would like to inform you that the Corte Madera Community Center will be closed to the public the week of Monday, August 26th to Friday, August 30th. 

The Community Center will be undergoing its annual maintenance work so all activities for that week have been cancelled.

Additionally, the basketball courts are going to be repaved. Therefore, they will be closed starting on Thursday, August 22nd and will be usable starting Monday, August 26th. Please note that because we have to allow the pavement to have several weeks of cure time before the new surfacing is done, we will need to once again, close the basketball courts some time after September 13th (we will announce the official date once it is confirmed). After we announce the official date, the courts will be closed for two weeks while the work is being done. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding these closures, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 415-927-5072.

SAVE THE DATE: PG&E Presentation on Medical Baseline and Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications

SAVE THE DATE: PG&E Presentation on Medical Baseline Program & Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications

 The following information is from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Please SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming presentation PG&E will be providing at the Tuesday, August 20th Town Council meeting. Please use the following link to view their presentation: 
Don't forget to read all of the information below. 


The Medical Baseline Program, also known as Medical Baseline Allowance, is an assistance program for residential customers who have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. The program is not based on income and includes two different kinds of help:

  • A lower rate on your monthly energy bill.
  • Extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, PG&E turns off electricity to customers and communities as a last resort for safety due to forecasted extreme fire danger conditions.
Extreme weather threats can change quickly. Our goal is to send impacted customers notice between one hour and 48 hours in advance of turning off power when and where possible and if conditions allow. Notifications are sent by phone, text and email.
Medical Baseline customers may receive extra notifications as part of this outreach which may include additional phone calls or a door knock to ensure they're aware and can make preparations to stay safe.

These short videos helps explain the Medical Baseline program:

The program is not based on income and you can download the application form using these links ENGLISH  /   SPANISH  /  CHINESE

Please be prepared to have your PG&E account number.  If you are not the direct customer on the PG&E account, to submit a medical baseline application, you will need to connect with the owner/customer of record to identify the account number. 

Some examples of qualifying medical conditions include:

  • Paraplegic, hemiplegic or quadriplegic condition
  • Multiple sclerosis with special heating and/or cooling needs
  • Scleroderma with special heating needs
  • Life-threatening illness or compromised immune system, and special heating and/or cooling are needed to sustain life or prevent medical deterioration
  • Asthma and/or sleep apnea
Some examples of qualifying medical devices include:
  • Motorized wheelchair/scooter
  • IPPB or CPAP machines
  • Respirator (all types)
  • Hemodialysis machine
  • Iron lung

Stranger Things Summer Camp

FREE Summer Camp 

Microsoft is offering FREE summer camps. These are Stranger Things-inspired STEM camps. Campers must be 13 and up and they will be able to take coding and mvie making workshops, enter to win an Xbox One X and play Stranger Things 3: The Game

Camp will be held every Saturday at 10am now through September 28th at the Level 1 Microsoft Store at the Village, 1618 Redwood Highway. Click here to register and attend

Chili Cooks Needed!

Chili Cooks Needed for the Upcoming Chili Cook-Off

We are hoping you can help us spread the word on the upcoming chili cook-off. The cook-off will be held on Saturday, September 7th on the Day of Fun presented by the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, Town of Corte Madera and City of Larkspur. 

The cook off will be from 12pm to 1:30pm at the Corte Madera Town Park. There are some things you need to make a note of prior to registering. Those are:  

  • You have to make your chili at your home or restaurant and transport it to the Corte Madera Community Center
  • You must arrive by 11:30am because the tasting begins at 12pm.
  • You must bring at least 1 gallon of chili
  • There is no cost to register but all registrations are due by September 1st. 

To download the registration please click here. To register through our online portal, please click here


FREE Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training

ARE YOU SIGNED UP for the upcoming, Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training (CCFA)??? The training is FREE, yes, FREE to Corte Madera residents.


In our continuing commitment to emergency preparedness, the Town of Corte Madera is sponsoring training classes for community members. This is one of the many ongoing efforts Town-wide to build community awareness, preparation and resilience.

  • This 5-hour class will certify you for a period of 2 years
  • It is certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
  • The course material covers child & adult CPR, appropriate use of Automated External Defribillators (AEDs), how to manage blood borne pathogens, appropriate skilled first-aid training, and coordination and interaction with badged first-responders
  • The course is hands-on, interactive and focused
  • The course will give special attention to our local vulnerabilities of fire and earthquake response
  • Beverages and snacks will be provided
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and be prepared to be engaged
  • Participants completing the course will receive a home first-aid kit
  • Individuals age 18 or older ONLY (we will not be able to accept anyone under the age of 18.), may sign-up by sending your full name and home address via email to Lorena Barrera at or by calling 415-927-5086. Early enrollment is highly encouraged. You will not be able to participate if you are not enrolled.
  • Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Questions regarding the course curriculum may be directed to Marla Orth (
  • Questions regarding enrollment may be directed to Lorena Barrera at 
  • All classes will be held at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, and begin promptly at the specified time.
  • The upcoming class date for the Corte Madera community is: Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Your skilled efforts can potentially save a life or prevent a disability. Giving you the skill sets will remove the fear and hesitation to act quickly and appropriately.

Thank you for your commitment to our Town’s safety. Click here to view the flyer on this class. Make sure to share the flyer with everyone you know. 

All Things Apple

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. Discover how to get the most out of your Apple computer, iPad or iPhone in these interactive classes. You will also learn how to protect yourself from online hackers and create safer passwords. 

Join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need and eventually take you beyond the basics.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, beginning May 7th through August 27th, 2019.
No classes will be held on June 25th or July 2nd.

For a complete list of classes visit
For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844.
Summer Concert/Music Series in Town
Summer Concert Series

Corte Madera Community Foundation's Summer Concert Series

The Foundation’s free Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square began on June 9, 2019, and will continue on Sundays through August 25, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Here’s the current lineup of fine bands that are scheduled to perform during the 2019 season:
To visit the Corte Madera Community Foundation's website, please click here
Summer Music Series

Town Center's Summer Music Series

Looking for something to do on Sundays? Town Center has entertainment for the entire family. Visit Town Center every Sunday from 12pm to 2pm for live music and family fun. Below is the current line up for the entire summer. 

  • August 11th: The Nomad Band
  • August 18th: Ken Husbands
  • August 26th: Jessica Schaeffer
What's Happening in Marin
Playing it Safe With Dogs

Outdoor Antique Market - A French Style Street Market

A French Style Street Market…Listen to live French music, grab a tasty crêpe, greet your favorite exhibitor with Bonjour, and come home with a treasure or two.

Mark your calendars for a leisurely stroll through Marin’s Outdoor Antique Market inspired by the flea markets of Paris, and now in its eighth season, this popular antique market brings together shoppers, treasure hunters, collectors, decorators, and dozens of quality vendors with booths filled to the brim with great bargains and unique collectibles. Whether you are a passionate antique enthusiast, a collector of vintage oddities, or redecorating,  the market will not let you down – with its unique mix of repurposed vintage furnishings, up-cycled architectural salvage, exquisite estate and vintage jewelry, retro décor, cottage chic, textured linens, historical maps, rugs, lighting, tempting art and much more!

The market will be held Sunday, August 11th from 9am to 3pm at the 
Marin Center Parking Lot off Civic Center Dr. (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael)
Free Admission and Parking. Visit  or call 415-383-2252 for more information. 

Bike to the Ballpark

Bike to the Ballpark

The City of San Rafael, Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), and Pacifics Baseball invite you to Bike to the Ballpark on Sunday, August 11th at 1pm.

The first 100 to bike to the ballpark get $5 Biker Bucks to use at Concessions. Free bike valet parking by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. You also have the chance to win a $100 Re-Cyclery gift certificate. Discount tickets for bikers are available at (Use coupon code BIKESR). There will be fun activities for all ages. 

Deer Island Stroll

Deer Island Stroll

Join Ranger Lisa Wilson for a fun mid-morning hike at Deer Island to discover the local wildlife and unique views of this wonderful preserve.

This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend.

High fire danger cancels: Call (415) 473-7191 to get an update on fire danger status and land closures. If a "Red Flag" warning is in effect, all walks and events on Open Space District preserves are cancelled.
RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: Contact Ranger Lisa Wilson at

This event will be held on Wednesday, August 14th from 9am to 11am at the Deer Island Preserve. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato. For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC July 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 August 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 Pam at The Center at 415-991-4040 or via email at for more information.

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

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Cusimano: Regarding the 5G Small Cell Wireless Technology issues, Cusimano reminded the Council that the Town is part of the litigation that was filed against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and he mentioned that Marin county recently passed an ordinance addressing this topic and the Town has evaluated the ordinance and the Town will be addressing the matter in a similar way. Cusimano also mentioned that PG&E has been invited to give a presentation at the next council meeting to talk about what they are working on regarding power shut offs. Lastly, he mentioned staff is looking into Sausalito's model of their sustainability model to see how one might be established in Town. 

Mayor Andrews: He mentioned that on June 27th he signed a letter addressed to Senator Feinstein supporting her bill to repeal the ruling by the FCC regarding 5G Cell Wireless Technology. 

Councilmember Kunhardt: He mentioned that this Sunday, August 11th, there is a Bike to the Ball Park effort encouraged by the San Rafael Pacifics. He mentioned that the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is almost done conducting interviews for their Executive Director. 

Councilmember Beckman:  He reported attending a Central Marin Sanitation Agency (CMSA) meeting where he learned about their asset management system. He also mentioned that CMSA is leasing space at their corp yard to Marin Airporter. 

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings

Work Week of Monday, August 12th to Friday, August 16th

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