Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for February 1, 2019

Notice Regarding Enforcement
of Parked Cars Encroaching on Sidewalks

We have observed, in many neighborhoods, cars parked with wheels up on the curb and encroaching into sidewalks.  This creates a dangerous situation where pedestrians are forced off of the sidewalk and into the street. Parking a vehicle in a way that inhibits full use of the sidewalk isn’t just illegal – it causes sidewalks to be less safe and accessible, especially for those using wheelchairs and strollers and those who are visually impaired. 

A vehicle parked in violation of the Town’s municipal code can be cited and/or towed, even if the sidewalk is partially clear, or if a vehicle is parked in a driveway, extending out into the sidewalk. Furthermore, parking in way that causes blockage of the sidewalk violates the rights of those with disabilities to use the sidewalks free of hazards, as established in the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The Town has asked the Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) to enforce the municipal code sections that refer to parked cars impeding full use of the sidewalk, or otherwise blocking public rights of way in designated “no stopping” zones.

Corte Madera municipal code 10.40.020:  Stopping or standing in parkways.
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within any parkway.
(Ord. 461 § 10.1, 1966)
Corte Madera municipal code 10.40.030 - No stopping zones and no parking areas maintenance.
The traffic engineer is authorized to maintain, by appropriate signs or by paint upon the curb surface, all no stopping zones, no parking areas, and restricted parking areas, as defined and described in this title or any ordinance or resolution of the town.


When said curb markings or signs are in place no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park such vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb marking or sign in violation of any of the provisions of this title.

(Ord. 461 § 10.2, 1966)

Please remember that the purpose of these laws is to ensure the right of safe passage for you and your neighbors – please respect them.

Car Photo 1

As an example:

The car on the left may receive a warning or citation.

The car on the right may be cited or towed

Car Photo 2
What's Happening in Town
SAT & ACT Practice Test

SAT & ACT Practice Test

Getting ready for the SAT or ACT this spring? The Corte Madera Library invites you to take a practice test to get familiar with the test structure, timing and content. 

C2 Education will conduct a free full test, including the optional essay, for both ACT and SAT. You get to pick the test you want to take.

Sign ups are required. Space is limited.
The event will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 9:30AM to 2PM. Doors will open at 9:30AM. There will be no late admittance. 

For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-3515.

Crab Fest 2019

Crab Fest 2019

The Corte Madera Lions Club invites you to their Crab Fest 2019. 
This will be a traditional crab feed and they expect to have fresh crab for everyone again this year. 
This is one of their two major fundraisers. All net proceeds go to support local programs, which are mostly youth-oriented, or regional and national Lions-approved charities. 

The crab fest will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. The no-host bar begins at 6PM and dinner will begin at 7PM.

Tickets are $45. You can buy them at the Community Center front desk, email, call John Howard at 415-891-8406 or with PayPal

CCFA Classes

ARE YOU SIGNED UP for one of the upcoming Certified Comprehensive First Aid Trainings (CCFA)

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.

  • The 5-hour class is certified (2 years) 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 
  • Adults and teens (age 14 or older only) may sign-up by sending their 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.  
  • Class Dates for the Corte Madera community are:
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM 
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Your skilled efforts can potentially save a life or prevent a disability. Giving you the skill set will remove the fear and hesitation to act quickly and appropriately. 

Thank you for your commitment to our Town’s safety. T
o download and share the class flyer, please click here


Travelog: Women in Iran & Central Asia

Bring a brown bag lunch and take an armchair trip to Iran and Central Asia with Becky Reed. She will share observations from her 26 day trip through Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with a focus on women's roles. 

This event is sponsored by the Corte Madera Women's Club and will be held on Tuesday, February 5th from 12PM to 1PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. 

Origami Valentines with Tas Bringas

Origami Valentines with Tas Bringas

The Corte Madera Library invites you to attend a workshop where you will be able to make a special Origami Valentine for that special someone. This workshop is for individuals ages 8 & up.

The workshop will be conducted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11AM to 12PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844.

Giant Indoor Yard Sale

Corte Madera Women’s Improvement Club

The yard sale will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, from 9AM to 3PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.

Mark your calendar, and rummage through your cupboards, cabinets, and closets for items to donate. 

Deliver donations to the Community Center on Friday, March 1st, 11:30AM to 7PM.
Proceeds benefit scholarships for local high school girls active in community service.
For questions of more information email
To download and share the flyer, please click here

What's Happening in Marin
Marin County Parks

Learn to Ride

Marin County Parks invites you to learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger. This event is ideal for ages 5 and up though riders of all ages are welcome. All skill levels–no experience necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your bike, helmet, and pads.

No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park.

Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at

This event will take place on Sunday, February 3rd from 9AM to 11AM at Stafford Lake Bike Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. Park entrance is waived for participants. 
For more information on this event, please click here

Red Panda Acrobats

Red Panda Acrobats 

The Belvedere Tiburon Library invites you to a thrilling acrobat performance in celebration of Chinese New Year. The show will feature exceptional acrobatic skills, traditional Chinese music, and colorful costumes. 

This performance will be held on Thursday, February 7th from 4PM to 5PM at the Belvedere Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. 

For more information about this event, please click here



(JADU = “Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit”, pronounced “Jay-Doo”)

The State of California has recently streamlined requirements for conversion of a bedroom/bathroom to a legal rental, called a JADU (Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit).

  • No additional parking spaces required. No utility hookup fees.
  • Meet with architects, builders and planners on how you convert your bedroom to JADU.
  • Get help in screening renters and writing rental contract.
  • Get Extra Income each month because it is a legal unit.

To reserve your spot, go to: The expo will be held on Thursday, February 7th from 9AM to 11AM at the Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 

And mark your calendars for another JADU Expo on Saturday, March 30th, 9AM to 12PM at the Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. 

For more information, go to:
Click here to download and share the event flyer

Giants FanFest 2019

Giants FanFest 2019

Attention all Giants Fans. The 2019 Giants FanFest is here. 

There will be live KNBR broadcasts on the field, player Q&As, free player autographs, places to take photos. If the weather permits, you will be able to walk or play catch on the field. There will also be self-guided tours of the Giants Clubhouse, a kids zone and much more. 

The FanFest will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 10AM to 3PM at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco. To get the complete details, please click here. To download a printable map, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AGIC 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 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

Upcoming Town Council, Board and Commission Meetings
Upcoming Town Meetings

Work Week of Monday, February 4th to Friday, February 8th

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