Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for September 7, 2018
Councilmember David Kunhardt

Message from Councilmember Kunhardt

Last week, I attended (at my own expense) the largest-ever training of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps held over three+ days in Los Angeles. There were over 2,200 trainees from across the U.S. and 40 other countries, and 120 mentors. 

My role in this training was as a mentor. Trained in 2017 by this project, I helped twenty trainees from Northern California learn the severity of the climate crisis around the world. I also shared with the trainees, good news about mitigation measures currently being taken. Lastly, I prepared the trainees to take leadership actions in their own communities.
I have given illustrated Climate Reality talks to high school, college, church and community groups and I am ready to provide an additional one here in Corte Madera to any interested discussion group.

If you would like to contact me regarding this training or if you have questions on other matters, please do not hesitate to email me at


David Kunhardt

What's Happening in Town
Grand Opening of the Corte Madera Town Park Plaza Trellis

Grand Opening of the Corte Madera Town Park Plaza Trellis

On Friday, August 31st, the Department of Public Works hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the Corte Madera Town Park Plaza Trellis. This beautiful addition to the Corte Madera Community was brought with special thanks to the fundraising of the Corte Madera Community Foundation who donated $32,000 to make the project possible. To view a short video of the ribbon-cutting, please click here

The contractor used for the project was Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc. The architect for the project was Polsky Perlstein Architects and the Public Works Project Manager was Jared Barrilleaux. 

Big Band Dance

Big Band Dance

Come join the Corte Madera Recreation Center for a fun night of music. The Ray Simpson Band plays the music of the 30's, 40's, and 50's-from swing to jazz. Admission is FREE and the music begins at 8pm.

The dance will be held on Wednesday, September 12th  at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Hope to see you all there! 

Cannabis Workshops

Public Workshops on a Proposed Cannabis Ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera

Have you marked your calendars with reminders to attend one of our upcoming Public Workshops to discuss a Proposed Cannabis Ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera? If not, please note the workshops will be held on:  

  • Wednesday, September 12th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Saturday, September 15th, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Please note that both workshops will take place at Corte Madera Town Hall located at 300 Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera.

These workshops will provide information for anyone interested in finding out more about regulations regarding medicinal and recreational cannabis.
We will also seek your input and comments regarding appropriate medicinal and recreational cannabis policy for Corte Madera. For example:
  • Should residents be allowed to grow cannabis plants outdoors?
  • Should we allow businesses that sell cannabis products to locate in Corte Madera?
  • Should we allow businesses that process or test cannabis products to locate in Corte Madera?
  • Should we allow businesses to deliver cannabis products in Corte Madera and/or locate in Corte Madera? 

We hope you can join us for one of these workshops. If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please call the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department at 415-927-5067 or email Senior Planner Phil Boyle at

To view the flyer, please click here


Are you ready to learn about our local Neighborhood Response Groups?

Did you know: “In major disasters, between 70% to 95% of victims are rescued by neighbors, not professional responders. Some of your neighbors will need assistance that can be easily provided by you and others that live in your community.” - Los Angeles Emergency Services 

???Are you ready for a wildfire or an earthquake? Is your community??? 

Central Marin Neighborhood Response Groups' goal is to help neighborhoods in Corte Madera, Larkspur and Greenbrae prepare to take care of their families and neighbors for a period of time after a major disaster and prepare to evacuate in the face of a wildfire without significant help from first responders and safety officials. 30 NRGs have been formed with 4500 residences covered. Many NRG volunteers are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and First Aid for Disaster Response (FADR) trained. Contact them today to learn more about how they can assist you and your community prepare: Visit or email Laurie Rice at You may also download their recruitment flyer by clicking here

“Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society -- service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen -- should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.” - California Office of Emergency Services

California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day

The Corte Madera Community Foundation (CMCF) and Practical Martial Arts of Corte Madera are again sponsoring this year's cleanup. This event is supported locally by Mill Valley Refuse as well as our Public Works Department. The CMCF and Practical Martial Arts of Corte Madera have been working together to clean up our wetlands and waterways for the past twelve years for this California event which is always held on the second Saturday of September.         
The cleanup day in Corte Madera will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9AM to 12PM. Anyone interested in participating should park in the Macy's Parking Lot near the light at San Clemente and join Bob Bundy and other volunteers at the intersection of San Clemente and Redwood.
Wear work clothes, boots and bring gloves and water. Small groups will be sent out to the wetlands and waterways in Corte Madera. All volunteers are invited to the Bay Model for a noon barbeque sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club and the Army Corp of Engineers. 

For questions or more information, please contact Bob Bundy via email at

Housing Options

Housing Options

Learn valuable information about affordable housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative or friend. 

Instructor Leslie Klor has over 20 years of experience working with senior resources and senior housing. 

This event is free and will take place on Friday, September 14th, from 11AM to 12:30PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more information, please call 415-927-5072 or visit the Corte Madera Parks and Recreation page on our website by clicking here

Third Wednesday Speaker Series Flyer

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series: WHY DOES EVERYONE MUMBLE???

Age-Friendly Corte Madera, Twin Cities Village, Corte Madera Parks and Recreation and Age-Friendly Solutions, Sponsors of The Third Wednesday Speakers Series present... 
Why Does Everyone Mumble???

Having trouble understanding your grandchildren? Do you have difficulty following conversations in restaurants? Join us to learn how your hearing changes as you age and about some simple strategies that can improve the quality of your life. In addition, you will learn how to seek hearing help from a skilled clinician who will listen to your needs and explain the complex trade-offs involved in selecting and fine-tuning the best hearing aids for you. 

The presenter is Lee Weissman, Doctor of Audiology in Novato. This presentation will be held on Wednesday, September 19th from 1PM to 2:30PM at the Central Marin Police Authority Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur.

What's Happening in Marin
Getting to Paris Flyer

GETTING TO PARIS Without Stopping in Washington

This is a Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event. Time to Lead of Action in association with DRAWDOWN MARIN. 

How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change

Speakers: Christiana Figueras (architect of the Paris Climate Agreement), Matt Rodriquez (CA EPA Secretary), Professor Daniel Kammen , Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders

Location: College of Marin Diamond Center Gymnasium: 700 College Ave, Kentfield

When: Saturday, September 15th beginning at 5:30PM for the Marin Climate Action Showcase” (sampling local drinks, tastes and activism) and 7:00PM for the speakers. 

$20 Advance purchase. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information,please click here. To purchase tickets, please click here

SAT Math Tips and Tricks

SAT Math Tips & Tricks 

The Civic Center Library will be hosting a free workshop on important math tips and tricks to keep in mind when taking the SAT exam. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover techniques to improve test performance and reduce stress! Maximize your math score by learning strategies to prioritize problems and quickly solve them. To find out about upcoming SAT test dates and how to register, please visit the CollegeBoard website.

This free workshop will be held on Saturday, September 8th from 3PM to 4PM at 3501 Civic Center Drive, #427 in San Rafael. Registration is not required. Call 415-473-6058, visit the Information Desk, or click here for more information. 

For more information about our instructor please click the following link:

Marin County Parks

Evolving Shorelines Historical Exhibit - Reception

Marin County Parks and One Tam present an exhibit exploring landscape changes overtime along the Richardson Bay shoreline near Bothin Marsh and Tam Valley. The exhibit features the archival maps and photographs curated from the research of Laurel Collins, a fluvial geomorphologist who is assisting the Marin County Parks with planning efforts at the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve. This exhibit is a part of a greater conversation on how to preserve and protect people, place, and the natural landscape as our shoreline community adapts to sea level rise and climate change.

Marin County Parks is partnering with One Tam to address the challenges this open space preserve is facing with climate change and sea level rise. Visit the Bothin Marsh Project for more information and opportunities to get involved in community conversations and activities.

This presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:30-7:30PM at the Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley. For more information about this event, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC September 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. IGC offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool to 100+. 

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

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, September 10th to Friday, September 14th

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