Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for October 26, 2018

Measure N Information for all Residents

Several firefighters have received questions about Measure N and its efforts. In order to provide detail for all of our readers, we thought we'd share a little bit of information regarding the measure and have the information available for your use. Below is the Town Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure N, a link to the County of Marin Elections Department website where you can view any argument filed relating to the measure and the full text for this measure. We have also included a link to the informational flyer on Measure N and the elections page on our website. 

Town Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure N
If adopted by the voters, Measure N would extend Corte Madera’s parcel tax from its current June 30, 2019 expiration date until June 30, 2023. The revenue from this special tax – estimated at $500,000 annually – would continue to be placed in a special fund and used only to fund paramedic and emergency medical services. No other uses of this revenue would be legally permitted.

This is not the first time this parcel tax has been submitted to and approved by the Town’s voters. A special parcel tax to fund paramedic and emergency medical services was first approved by the Town’s voters on June 7, 1983, and was last approved by the Town’s voters in November 2014.

Measure N would not change the tax rate for the parcel tax. For residences, the annual tax would continue to be $75 per residential unit. For nonresidential uses, the annual tax would continue to be $75 per 1,000 square feet of floor area.

Measure N would also increase the Town’s appropriation limit by the amount of tax revenue received which, under the state Constitution, would allow the Town to spend this revenue for paramedic and emergency medical services.

The Measure was placed on the ballot by the Town Council. Two-thirds of all the voters who vote on the measure must vote in favor of the measure for it be approved. The parcel tax rate cannot be increased, or the duration of the tax extended, unless approved by a two-thirds vote of the voters.

A “yes” vote on Measure N is a vote to extend for four years Corte Madera’s existing parcel tax at its current rate, with the revenue from the tax to be used only to fund paramedic and emergency medical services.

A “no” vote on Measure N is a vote not to continue the parcel tax past June 30, 2019.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure N. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Town Clerk’s office at (415) 927-5085 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.


To visit the County of Marin Elections Department website, please click on the following link: 

To view the informational flyer on Measure N, please click here. To visit the elections page on our website, please click here

What's Happening in Town
Pauline Angleman

Pauline Angleman's 110th Birthday Celebration!!!

At the October 16, 2018 Town Council meeting, the Corte Madera Town Council recognized Pauline Angleman in honor of her 110th birthday.  Mayor Ravasio commented that Ms. Angleman has been featured in the Marin Independent Journal a couple of times, and she grew up in Oklahoma where her father was a homesteader. Oklahoma had only become a state the year before her birth. She moved to Marin in 1958 and has been an active and involved member of the community. She retired as President of the Ladies Auxiliary for Twin Cities Post 313 of the American Legion at the age of 104.  Her advice to people is to take care of themselves to the best of their ability, watch what you eat and above all be nice to people.
Mayor Ravasio presented letters and accolades from Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Jared Huffman and Assemblymember Marc Levine.  Supervisor Dennis Rodoni was present and shared happy birthday wishes and congratulated her on her 110th birthday on behalf of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Mayor Ravasio also presented Ms. Angleman with a certificate from the Town Council, as well as flowers and a birthday cake. A video of the celebration is available by clicking here

Important Notice

Notice of Town Hall Closure

We would like to inform you that the Administration and Finance Departments at Town Hall will be closed for a mandatory employee first-aid training on Friday, November 2nd. 

These are the only two departments open on Fridays and they will be closed the entire day. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Administration Department at (415)927-5050. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PGE Announcement

PG&E Power Outage, Customer Contact Update and Emergency Preparedness Weblinks

A Message from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

As we head into the rainy season, PG&E wants to call your attention to several links because they believe that a key step for power outage updates and other information is to ensure updated customer contact information. 

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   

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.

Halloween at the Village

Halloween at the Village

The Village at Corte Madera is calling all princesses, pirates, ghosts and goblins. Visit the Village for their annual Halloween event and receive treats from their stores and restaurants. 

Serge the Pirate will be visiting and surprising costumes guests. 

Make sure to get your share of treats and surprises on Saturday, October 27th from 12PM to 3PM at the Village, 1618 Redwood Highway. 

trick or treat Town Center

Senior Hikes in Marin

Senior Friendly Hikes in Marin

The Corte Madera Library invites you to a presentation by Shannon Burke, Marin County Parks Interpretive Naturalist. 

This talk will highlight a few of the best trails for a relaxing stroll with no steep hills to climb, boulders to hop, or creeks to cross. Learn about the flora and fauna at each location as well as the best season to visit these spots.

This program is free and offered by the Corte Madera Library and the Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Department. It will be held on Monday, November 5th from 10:30AM to 11:30AM 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


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 Chief's Association

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 Chiefs
Halloween Costumes

Marin LAFCo

Applications Now Being Accepted for LAFCo Public Seat Member

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission is accepting applications for service as the Public Member through Friday, January 4, 2019. Interviews of the applicants will be conducted at the Regular Commission meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019. If the Commission decides to appoint for the short-term seat at this meeting, then the person selected will be sworn in and able to serve at the next meeting of the Commission, scheduled for April 11, 2019. For the regular, four-year term seat, should the Commission make a selection, the member selected would be seated for the full four-year term beginning June 1, 2019 through May 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for the appointment of the Public Member to the Commission. Any person wishing to apply for the position may get an application by going to, calling 415.448.5877, or sending an email to

To view the qualifications, application and other LAFCo information, please click here. To download the press release with complete details, please click here

Dr. Christine Carter

Dr. Christine Carter - “Skills Teens Need For Happiness, Productivity, And Elite-Performance"

Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have shown about success and fulfillment—and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world experiences as the mother of four teens to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action—Christine Carter, PhD, gives parents practical tips for nurturing both achievement and happiness in teenagers today. She’ll discuss how and why smartphones and social media are undermining our kids’ success and happiness, and she’ll give us simple, science-based strategies for helping kids fulfill their potential in an age of distraction.

Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (Ballantine Books, 2015) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 30th from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Cascade Room, Mill Valley. 

This event is free. For more information, click here

Marin County Parks

Graveyard Stroll

Join rangers for a fun and spooky evening. You will take a stroll thru the graveyard. Choose a scary or less scary route.

This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a flashlight and treat bag. No pets (except service animals). Rain will cancel the event.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 7PM to 8:30PM at Parks Lucas Valley Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael.

For questions, please contact Mike Warner or Gabe Ngarangad with questions. 

For more information, please click here

Parents Place

Online Workshop - Mothers and Daughters: Keeping the Closeness

Parents Place invites you to learn why the treasured relationship of mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. Explore how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices. With Cynthia Klein, BA.

Registration closes an hour before the beginning of the workshop. The link for this workshop will be emailed at that time. ** For best experience, please ensure you are on a device with video capabilities. If you are using a smartphone or tablet, please download the Zoom app for this workshop.**

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, from 1PM to 2PM. To register for the online workshop ($25 fee), please click here.

Parents Place is the Bay Area's leading family resource center. From everyday issues to challenges requiring specialized assessment, they help parents, caregivers and educators support children at all ages. Their experts offer parenting workshops, parent coaching & consultation, child behavior & school support, clinical & special needs services, parent/child activity groups, and child & family therapy. They are located in San Francisco, San Rafael, Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Santa Rosa. Join their community:

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

Intergenerational Center Members are FREE. Membership cost for Corte Madera residents is $15; for those outside of Corte Madera, $25. 
This is a tax-deductible donation to Age-Friendly Solutions, a 501(c))(3) tax-deductible organization. Membership entitles you to ALL Intergenerational Center activities at NO CHARGE for the rest of 2018. 
Please contact Pam at The Center at 415.991.4040 to reserve space for your child or email

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

Poker and Makerspace

Every Tuesday, 2:30-4:30PM  


Enjoy an afternoon of cards and camaraderie. The Intergenerational Center will provide the poker chips, cards and snacks. We invite YOU!

To view the description flyer, please click here.
Please call Pam (415-991-4040) at the Intergenerational Center or email to save yourself a place at the table. We want to make sure there are enough sign-ups for a good game.


MakerSpace - Everyone's a Maker!

Every Thursday, 3:30-5:30PM  

Students from 4th grade to 12th grade and adults up to 110 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 you how to use a 3D printer, Carvey, X-Carve, AxiDraw and laser cutter/engraver, in addition to other tools. 

To view the description flyer, please click herePlease call Pam (415-991-4040) at the Intergenerational Center or email  with any questions or get more details about MakerSpace. 

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, 2nd to 12th grades, 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 age-appropriate projects for every grade level.

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

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, October 29th to Friday, November 2nd

  • No Town meetings are scheduled for this work week. However, please note the Administration and Finance Departments will be closed all day, Friday, November 2nd for staff trainings. For any questions or concerns, please call 415-927-5050. 
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