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The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for October 19, 2018

Planning Commission Public Meeting Regarding a Cannabis Ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 7:00PM 
WHERE: Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, California

The Planning Commission is holding a public meeting to discuss the development of a cannabis ordinance for the Town of Corte Madera.  Staff will present background information regarding California cannabis regulations, the status of Corte Madera’s moratorium on cannabis related businesses and existing and developing cannabis ordinances within Marin County.  Staff will also provide a summary of the two public workshops that were held in September and responses to the Town’s public opinion survey.
Staff is seeking direction from the Planning Commission regarding topics to be addressed in the ordinance.  The intent of the ordinance is to establish the Town’s policies for cannabis related activities, including but not limited to policies related to cannabis businesses, which are currently prohibited, indoor and outdoor cultivation, medicinal and non-medicinal deliveries.
If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department at 415-927-5067 or email Senior Planner Phil Boyle at To download a copy of this notice, please click here
Additional information regarding the development of the Town’s cannabis ordinance and the Public Survey can be found at the cannabis ordinance page on the Town’s website and at the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department, located at 300 Tamalpais Drive, lower level, during public hours: 8:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.
Planning Commission meetings are also streamed live and may be viewed at:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Planning Division at 415-927-5064. Notification two business days (the Friday before the meeting) prior to the meeting will enable the Town to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.

What's Happening in Town

Preventing and Combating Cyberbullying

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a workshop to discuss cyber bullying. The presentation will be conducted by Alyssa Surges, Community Development Specialist at Microsoft. 

In this participatory workshop, parents, caregivers, educators, and students in middle school or older, will learn about the types of cyberbullying as well as the academic and social impacts of this behavior. Participants will learn strategies to address and prevent cyberbullying.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. For more information, please contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844. 

Shipping in San Francisco Bay

Shipping in the San Francisco Bay

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a presentation by Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine. 

If you are curious to learn how products arrive in San Francisco, this is the event for you. Captain Thomas will present an overview of shipping operations in the Bay. Learn about: the types of ships visible from shore, their construction and layout, manning requirements, shipping regulations and more. 

This free event is generously sponsored by the Corte Madera Library and Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Department. It will be held on Monday, October 22nd, from 10:30AM to 12PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

Registration is not required but seating is limited. For more information, please contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844

Spooky Spaghetti BINGO

Spooky Spaghetti BINGO

Join us on Friday, October 26th for a night of food and fun!
Enjoy a buffet-style spaghetti dinner from 6PM to 7PM and then BINGO for prizes until 9PM.

This is fun the whole family can enjoy! The cost will be $20 per person. This includes 3 BINGO cards.

The event will be held at the Community Center on 498 Tamalpais Drive.
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 415-927-5072. To view the event and share the event flyer, please click here

Evacuation Warning Drill flyer

Notice for CHRISTMAS TREE HILL residents

ATTENTION Christmas Tree Hill residents:

On Sunday, November 4th at 10AM, the Christmas Tree Hill Neighborhood Response Group (CTHNRG) will be conducting an evacuation warning drill. 

CTHNRG asks that you please participate by using your closest evacuation route to walk or drive to Menke Park. (Please note that uphill traffic delays may occur)

Upon arrival, check in at the white gazebo where you will receive important disaster preparedness evacuation information. After that, you can stay for refreshments or head home. For any questions on this evacuation plan, please send an email to: or visit

For plans, checklists and instructions, please visit

Please view and share the flyer for the evacuation warning drill which can be found by clicking here.

Don't be a Dealer

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has organized the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please visit the nearest collection site to turn in your unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.        

Collection will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 10am to 2pm at both of the Central Marin Police Authority Stations.

1.  Larkspur Station: 250 Doherty Drive
2. San Anselmo Station: 525 San Anselmo Avenue             

For more information, please call CMPA at 415-927-5150   

trick or treat Town Center

CMPA Pink Patch

October Means Pink Patches for Breast Cancer Awareness

A message from Central Marin Police Authority

CMPA is proud to once again be part of the Pink Patch Project and join with our public safety partner agencies in the fight against breast cancer. Numerous police and fire departments across the country are participating in this annual fundraising effort to fight cancer and support breast cancer research to combat this devastating disease. For the month of October they’ll be wearing their special pink patches on their uniforms in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Their signature patch is available for purchase by the public and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Marin General Breast Health Center. Patches are $10 each and are available at both their stations or by mail order:

CMPA Larkspur, 250 Doherty Drive
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

CMPA San Anselmo, 525 San Anselmo Avenue
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Mail Order – send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $10 to :
CMPA Pink Patch Project
250 Doherty Drive
Larkspur, CA 94939
Cash or checks are accepted. Make check payable to Central Marin Police Officers’ Association.

You can learn more about the Pink Patch Project at

Thank you for joining the fight against Breast Cancer.


Mill Valley Refuse Service's Dual-Stream Recycling Pilot Program

You are probably already aware about MVRS's pilot program currently underway with the goal of determining whether they are able to collect cleaner recycling streams while reducing processing costs for their customers. if you aren't, we thought it would be a good idea to share information about it. 

Select customers of MVRS are participating in their Dual-Stream Recycling Program which began September 3, 2018 and ends on December 29, 2018. The participating households should have received an announcement from MVRS informing them of their participation. Here is a map that MVRS has shared showing the residential areas that are participating.

Are you curious to learn how the Dual-Stream Pilot Program Works? Here is how MVRS explains it: "We are used to a single-stream method of collection for recycling in which all recyclables are mixed in one cart for collection on the same day. Dual-stream recycling is the method in which mixed paper is put into one can, and all other mixed recyclables are put into another can. The dual-stream collection method works well for other haulers and is one way we can lessen contamination levels in our recycling stream."

For your information, we are including a link to the MVRS website, which explains in detail, the Dual-Stream Recycling Pilot Program. You can also read information about this program from their Dual-Stream Recycling Pilot Flyer. If you have questions or feedback about the Dual-Stream Pilot Program, please contact their customer service department. Office hours are from Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 415-457-9760

What's Happening in Marin

4 Tips on How to Have a Ghoulishly Safe Halloween

A message from the Marin County Fire Department

1. Wear the right size costume (avoid tripping and blocking your vision)
2. Stay visible to cars and other trick-or-treaters - use flashlights, reflector tape or glow sticks. 
3. Use the Buddy System and never go out alone. 
4. Carefully check candy and discard any open or unwrapped candy


(click on the Halloween photos below to watch a video explaining these four tips)
Halloween Costumes
Marin County Fire
Halloween Costumes

American Indian Afternoon at Angel Island State Park

American Indian Afternoon at Angel Island State Park

Angel Island Conservancy (AIC) invites you to join them and enjoy an afternoon in Ayala Cove on Angel Island State Park to learn about the history of the Coast Miwok people on Angel Island, make crafts and play games.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 1PM to 3PM  in front of the Visitor's Center in Ayala Cove at Angel Island, Tiburon. Alicia Retes will tell Inspiring Native Stories from 1:30 - 2:15pm. 

This event is free. For more information, click here

Marin County Parks

Canine Appreciation Day

Please join Marin County Parks for a pooch party! Bring your dogs (and humans too) for a free BBQ and raffle prizes. It will be an evening of fun and education with rangers and the Marin Humane Society. You’ll discuss Marin County Park rules and regulations as well as sensitive wildlife issues that all pet owners should know.

This event is ideal for all ages. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed. The event will be held on Thursday, October 25th from 4pm to 6pm at McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.
Rain will cancel the event.  

For questions, please contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi.

Park entrance is free. For more information, please click here


International Observe the Moon Night

The Space Station Museum invites you to join them for International Observe the Moon Night. They will have a telescope viewing, activities and moon pies. 

You will also have the opportunity meet and talk with the NASA Solar System Ambassador, David Frey and you will also be able to Skype with their Lunar Expert, Planetary Geologist Dr. Georgiana Kramer. 

The event will be held on Saturday, October 20th, from 6PM to 9PM at the Space Station Museum and Pacheco Plaza at 464 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. For more information, please click here

Marin Arts Culture Action

Marin Arts Culture Action! Community Service

A Message from Marin Cultural Association

The Countywide Art and Culture Master Planning process has begun, and you’re invited to make your voice heard for a brighter future for the arts in Marin County! Please join the Marin Cultural Association to meet with your peers and weigh in on this crucial process.

- Did you know that Marin has the highest number of artists per capita in California?
- Did you know there are numerous public artworks on view throughout Marin, but no comprehensive inventory or record of them?
- Did you know that there is no art council for Marin County?
- What does this all mean?

In order to maximize the creative potential of Marin and secure its cultural richness for future generations, the Department of Cultural Services—in partnership with the Marin Cultural Association, the Marin Coalition for the Arts, and arts leaders from all over the county—is developing the first ever arts and culture master plan for Marin. This important new initiative, dubbed Arts, Culture, Action!, will document, capitalize, support, and enhance the county’s cultural resources to better serve all members of the community.

Their goal in creating this plan is to better understand and listen to our community, support our artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses; develop an arts education plan, and ultimately develop a long-term strategy to strengthen our cultural resources for all who live and work in Marin County.
They’ve got work to do, and want you to be a part of it.
If you are unable to join them for the multiple Community Arts Planning Forums, please help them by participating in the community survey:

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
IGC October 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 October program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call 415-991-4040

Please note that Dr. Jody Timms will NOT be available on Tuesday, October 9th at the Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center. She WILL be returning on Tuesday, October 23rd. Please call 415-991-4040 to sign up or with any questions.

Poker and Makerspace


Every Tuesday, 2:30-4:30         

Enjoy an afternoon of cards and camaraderie. The Intergenerational Center will provide the poker chips, cards and snacks. Free for ALL activities at the Intergenerational Center for the rest of 2018 with membership: a $15 donation to Age-Friendly Solutions from Corte Madera residents; $25 for those residing outside Corte Madera.

Every Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30

4th graders to those 90 or better are welcome to come and create, learn, develop ideas or select the project of the day to make. Charles Sowers, designer and builder of displays at the Exploratorium, will teach how to use a 3D printer, Carvey and laser cutter/engraver, in addition to other tools. Everyone’s a Maker!

To view the description flyer, please click here. Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to sign up.

Art for Kids

ART FOR KIDS with Debra Maddox

Classes are scheduled every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM        
Now kids will have a fun activity to look forward to on those minimum days!

Students (school aged) will have a super time exploring the principles of drawing, watercolors, collages and crafts. They will come away with a new appreciation of art and newly acquired skills and artistic enrichment. Debra will provide projects for every grade level.

To learn about Debra and get all of the details on Art fir Kids, please click here
Please call the Intergenerational Center at (415)991-4040 to sign up.

Town Manager and Council Reports

Town Manager Todd Cusimano: He mentioned the participation of two councilmembers who attended a fire department specialized training in the County. He added that Central Marin Fire held a very successful Open House and the Beautification Committee had another well-attended Oktoberfest celebration. He reported that the Town is continuing to share Red Flag Warnings from the fire department and wildfire safety and power shut-off information from PG&E. Cusimano mentioned that an RFP for the Climate Adaptation Plan is currently underway. He also mentioned that from the sales tax fire prevention revenues, the Public Works Department will be taking the wood chipper to the Meadow Crest neighborhood for brush clearing. If this effort is successful, the Town will publicize it and take the wood chipper to other neighborhoods. Cusimano ended his report with a mention that the Town has been working with the Orths on organizing a First Aid Training for staff and two others for the NRG’s and CERT members in Town.
Councilmember Kunhardt: He mentioned that the Christmas Tree Hill NRG will be conducting an Evacuation Drill on November 4th at 10am. Kunhardt followed by mentioning the Fire Ops training he participated in with Councilmember Beckman. He felt it was a very memorable event.
Councilmember Beckman: He echoed Councilmember Kunhardt’s comments on the Fire Ops event in Novato and added that he is very thankful for all of the work that our firefighters do. Beckman reported going on a tour of the Central Marin Sanitation Agency plant on Anderson Drive in San Rafael. The Director gave him a presentation and walked him through the operations of that plant. Beckman also attended a planning meeting for the Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center where there was discussion on future private public partnerships.
Councilmember Bailey: He gave compliments and gratitude to the Lions Club and the Community Foundation for their work on the Oktoberfest celebration. He also thanked Councilmember Kunhardt for covering a Marin Clean Energy meeting he was unable to attend.
Mayor Ravasio: He reported attending the MCCMC Homelessness Committee meeting and briefly mentioned the status of the mobile shower program in Marin.

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, October 22nd to Friday, October 26th

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