Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for April 5, 2019
Board and Commission Recruitment

Interested in joining a Town Board or Commission? Want to be a part of a group of individuals who make recommendations to our Town Council? 
If so, take a look at the recruitment notice below, published by our 
Town Clerk, Rebecca Vaughn. 


The Corte Madera Town Council is requesting applications from Corte Madera citizens who may be interested in serving on the Town’s Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Flood Control Board, Sales Tax Citizens’ Oversight Committee and Representative to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Abatement District. With few exceptions, all Corte Madera residents who are registered voters of the Town are eligible to apply for appointment.
The Planning Commission is a vital component of our community.   It is a five member body to oversee the Town’s planning process. Currently the two-year terms of two (2) Commissioners will expire on June 30, 2019. Much of the Commission’s time is devoted to reviewing permit applications for home remodels and additions. The Commission works to balance the needs of individual families for more living space with the need to protect neighborhood character. The Planning Commission also works on longer range issues.  The Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with occasional study sessions scheduled as needed.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is an advisory board that recommends policy and procedures for parks and recreational facilities, recreation programs, park development and park maintenance.  The two-year terms of four (4) Commissioners are expiring on June 30, 2019. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
The Flood Control Board advises the Town Council on all matters affecting flooding in Corte Madera.  Examples of duties of the board are to review and report on the flooding impact of current and proposed flood control and storm drain projects, and to review and report on flood management plans in order to define what actions are necessary to reduce flood conditions in the Town.  The two-year terms of three (3) Board members are expiring on June 30, 2019. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the 2nd Monday of each even month at 6:30 p.m.
Town of Corte Madera Representative to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Abatement District (2-year term, currently vacant) The main purpose of the Board of Trustees of the MSMVCD is to organize and carry out an effective mosquito and vector control program and to develop a budget adequate to staff and support the program. This seat is currently vacant and preference for the appointment will be given to a person with strong interest in the prevention, elimination or control of mosquitoes and other arthropods known to be potential carriers of infectious diseases, or presenting a public nuisance. The Board of Trustees meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at District Headquarters, 595 Helman Lane, Cotati, CA.


If you are interested in serving on one or more commissions or boards, you may obtain an application from Town Offices at 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 between the hours of 8a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m., on the website at, by calling 415-927-5085 or via email at    
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS BY 4:00pm ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019. Completed applications may be sent via email to or mailed/delivered to Town Hall (300 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera, CA 94925).

Click here to view the official public notice

What's Happening in Town

Notice of Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Corte Madera Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing to review information, receive public comments, and consider a Zoning Ordinance Amendment by the Town of Corte Madera Planning and Building Department.
The proposed Ordinance would establish a framework for permitting a floor area bonus for hotel development on lots greater than one acre in size within the C-2, C-3, C-4, or MX-1 zoning districts provided that specific conditions and criteria related to site planning and design, environmental sustainability, community integration, and the public realm are met.  The bonus would permit up to a maximum of .70 FAR where the existing maximum is .34 FAR.    

Please click here for the complete public notice and to acquire more details on this public hearing. For questions about the project, contact Planning and Building Department Director Adam Wolff at 415-927-5064 or via email at

Rodoni Office Hours

Dennis Rodoni, Marin County Supervisor for District 4 Announces Corte Madera Office Hours

4th District Supervisor Dennis Rodoni invites you to attend his Community Office Hours on Friday, April 12th, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, located at 498 Tamalpais Drive.  

Mayor Bob Ravasio and Town Manager Todd Cusimano will be the Supervisor’s guests.

Please join Supervisor Rodoni for a causal one-on-one conversation about issues important to you. For more information, please contact Rhonda Kutter via email, or 415-473-3246.

To view the official flier, click here

Crime and Puzzlement

Crime and Puzzlement: Exploring the World of Mystery and Suspense Fiction

The Corte Madera Library invites you to meet your favorite, or new favorite writers. Don’t miss this engaging panel discussion featuring local mystery writers: CJ Verburg, author of the Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Series, Margaret Lucke, author of A Relative Stranger and House of Whispers, and Ana Manwaring, creator of the The Jade Anne Stone Mexico Adventures.

The panel will be moderated by Myra Jolivet, author of the Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis mysteries. There will be a book signing after the presentation.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. This event is co-sponsored by Corte Madera Library & Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Department.It will be held on Monday, April 8th from 10:30AM to 12PM at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

Call 415-924-6382 for more information. 

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.

The dance will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from 8PM to 10PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. Music begins at 8PM.

For more information, call 415-927-5072. Hope to see you all there!        

Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training (CCFA)

FREE Certified Comprehensive First Aid Training

ARE YOU SIGNED UP for one of the upcoming, Certified Comprehensive First Aid Trainings (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. If you are under age 18 and have already been registered by Lorena Barrera, please disregard this part of the message), 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 dates for the Corte Madera community are:
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    • 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 these classes. Make sure to share the flyer with everyone you know. 

Speaker Series

The Third Wednesday Speaker Series: Who Can Help Me With This?

Age-Friendly Corte Madera, Twin Cities Village, Corte Madera Parks and Recreation and Age-Friendly Solutions, Sponsors of The Third Wednesday Speakers Series present... Who Can Help Me With This

An informative panel of service providers offers answers to the big and little questions that challenge older Marin County residents. Join them to learn about some of the many organizations and services available to help you age well.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 17th from 11AM to 12:30PM at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 

The facilitator for the presentation will be Chloe Cook from the Marin County Aging and Adult Services. 

Click here to view the event flyer.

NRG News

NRG News

The March-April 2019 Neighborhood Response Group newsletter is now available on the website. 

To read and share the newsletter, please click on the following link:

What's Happening in Marin
YWCA's Fifty+ Employment Program for Women

YWCA's Fifty+ Employment Program for Women

The Novato Library invites you to join Bette Gundersheim, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator, to learn more about the YWCA's Fifty+ employment support program. The YWCA offers free training workshops, including nominal fee-based computer training, and one-on-one assistance exclusively to women over the age of 50. 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Novato Library. It will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, from 1PM to 2PM at the Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd. in Novato. For more information, please contact the Novato Library at 415-473-2050

Marin County Parks Event

Kids Paint & Grow Garden Box

Marin County Parks invites you to Kids Paint and Grow Garden Box activity day. As spring draws near, welcome the season with a colorful windowsill herb garden. Paint, draw, doodle and decorate! Kids will have fun decorating and personalizing their own garden box and will learn the skills to earn their own “green thumb”. Rangers will assist with planting and selecting the right seeds for your box.

This event is ideal for ages 5 and up though all skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Rangers will provide supplies and healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain does not cancel the event.

Questions or to RSVP: Contact Ranger Michael Campos at The event will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 12PM to 2PM at McNears Beach Park. For directions, park entrance information and more, please click here

Marin Wildfire Forum

Marin Wildfire Forum

Please join Marin County's municipalities and fire agencies on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10AM at Embassy Suites in San Rafael (101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903) for a FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient.  There will be tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and agency representatives of agencies and industries who play a role in Marin's wildfire readiness.

What: Opening with a special guest presentation from a Camp Fire evacuation survivor, the Marin Wildfire Forum will look at prevention and preparedness through a countywide lens. Representatives from local government, fire agencies, land managers, emergency services, law enforcement, community leaders and wildfire experts will update residents on progress to date, work to come, and future needs. Residents will learn what they can do to protect their homes and what we can do together to make Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

Why: Wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness are countywide priorities. Great work is being done in communities across Marin, but there is much more to do. Fire knows no boundaries. We must work together as one community to make all of Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

When: Saturday, May 4 from 10 AM to noon.

Where: Embassy Suites, San Rafael -101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

Contact: Jennifer Gauna, 415.473.6159 or
Registration: optional but encouraged.

Event sponsors: 
FIRESafe MARIN, County of Marin, Firewise USA, Marin County Fire Chiefs Association.

To register, click here

To view and share the event flyer, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC April 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 April program schedule, please visit the Intergenerational Center website: or call

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: He reported that the Chipper Program is officially in the works. He shared a paper copy of the frequently asked questions for the program and reported that a schedule has been set from now until June 30th. He thanked Marla Orth for her work on coordinating this program. He also mentioned that residents will be informed about an ordinance asking them to clear brush from their properties and he emphasized that there will be a focus on enforcing this ordinance.  Additionally, he addressed concerns about parking in the school district and stated that he has been monitoring this and has been coordinating with the appropriate parties involved on this matter.  
Councilmember Beckman: He reported attending the Chamber of Commerce meeting and participating in the working group meeting on the Town Hall Complex addition.
Mayor Ravasio: He participated in the Meals on Wheels program and spent time passing out food. He also reminded everyone that the State of the Town event was taking place on Wednesday.

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

Work Week of Monday, April 8th to Friday, April 12th

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