Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for May 3, 2019
Climate Adaptation

Climate Resilience Public Meetings for Shoreline and Hillside Neighborhoods

A message from Public Works Director Peter Brown 

Climate adaptation starts with you. The Town has embarked on an 18-month planning process to develop a Climate Adaptation Plan (CAP) focused on preparing for climate change and enhancing the resilience of the Town. The result of this process will be a dynamic plan that will influence and direct resources and improve the future of the Town for the next 5, 10, 20 years and beyond.

We are just getting started, but would greatly appreciate your input as part of this process.  There are two immediate opportunities for that participation. We are hosting two community conversations on climate change and resilience: one focused on shoreline neighborhoods and businesses (flooding and sea-level rise) and the other, co-hosted by the Corte Madera Lions, on hillside neighborhoods (drought, wildfire, resilience).  

Shoreline Resilience Workshop - What Flood Zone?

  • Wednesday, May 8th 
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm 
  • Location: The Cove School (330 Golden Hind Passage)

Hillside Resilience Workshop - Drought, Wildfire, the WUI

  • Thursday, May 9th 
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm 
  • Location: Corte Madera Community Center (498 Tamalpais Drive)

Please call the Public Works Department at (415)927-5057 with any questions and visit for more information about the Climate Adaptation Plan and upcoming workshops.

To view and share the flyer, please click here

What's Happening in Town
Cannabis Ordinance

Cannabis Ordinance: Town Council Public Hearing 5/7/19 (THIS TUESDAY!!!)

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:30pm, the Corte Madera Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider amending the Corte Madera Municipal Code regarding cannabis businesses and cultivation regulations. The meeting will take place at Town Hall Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera.

The public hearing notice is linked here for your review. 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

Town Hall Addition

Town Hall Addition Project Community Workshops

Please join Town staff for one of two workshops to help shape the new Corte Madera Town Hall Addition Project. Planning has started to determine staff programming needs and preferred site location. However, input is requested to decide what site planning and design priorities the community desires from a customer-experience perspective. Bring ideas and questions to Saturday or Monday’s event. 

Workshop dates:

  • Saturday, May 11th from 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Monday, May 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm

Both workshops will take place at the Corte Madera Community Center, located at 498 Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera.
Please call the Public Works Department at 415-927-5057 with any questions regarding these workshops.

Chipper Days Reminder

REMINDER for Upper Chapman Park Neighborhood Residents

This is a reminder that you should be preparing for the scheduled green waste Chipper Days happening in your neighborhood. There are two days scheduled for each neighborhood. 

  • Upper Chapman Park is scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd. 
  • Work will begin at 8AM each day until complete for that day. 

PLEASE REMEMBER this is a neighborhood effort and there is NO CURBSIDE pick-up at each property. Remember there are areas or partial streets that will be closed in order to stage materials that are to be chipped.

Also, we want you to know that we are working on scheduling a possible Chipper Saturday in a parking lot in Town. Once the details are confirmed, we will make a public announcement.

Please refer to the Town's website for more information about the scheduled green waste Chipper Days. Go to

Remember that defensible space IS THE LAW! Get more information on the Town website by clicking here

Parks and Recreation Announcement


We need your input!

The Corte Madera Parks and Recreation
Department is planning to renovate Skunk Hollow Mini-Park.  Please join Town of Corte Madera Staff and The Corte Madera Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss ideas for
Skunk Hollow.

We will have 2 community meeting to gather input and share some design ideas.  We encourage families, neighbors, and park supporters to attend.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided at the park meeting.

We are considering a project that will replace play equipment, provide safer and better park access and add a picnic and sitting area.

The meetings will be held on:

  • SATURDAY, MAY 18th, 9:30am - 11am at the Skunk Hollow  Mini-Park - At the end of El Camino
  • MONDAY MAY 20th, 6:30pm at the Town Council Chambers—300 Tamalpais Dr.

For Questions about the project please contact Mario Fiorentini at or 415-927-5072 or visit

Click here to view and share the flyer for this announcement

Golden Gate Transportation

Golden Gate Bridge Corte Madera 4-Acre Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Please note the information below is taken from the Golden Gate District website project page

Project Overview

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) is proposing to construct the Corte Madera 4-Acre Tidal Marsh Restoration Project (Project) within the District’s 72-acre property located in Corte Madera, CA.

The primary goal of the Project is to restore four (4) acres to tidal marsh habitat, thereby fulfilling the District’s obligations to establish two (2) acres of tidal marsh suitable for California Ridgway’s rail, in accordance with the 1988 Corps permit (#17486N), and two (2) acres of tidal marsh habitat associated with a 1996 modification to District ferry operations at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.

The proposed restoration efforts will restore tidal connectivity to the Project site and provide tidal marsh habitat in support of Federal-listed species such as the California Ridgway’s rail and salt marsh harvest mouse.

The District has prepared a Draft Initial Study and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) in conformance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations 15000 et. seq.), and the regulations and policies of the District to evaluate and address the potential environmental impacts, which might reasonably be anticipated to result from implementation of the Project.

The public is invited to review and comment on the Draft IS/MND and supporting documents listed below. On May 15, 2019, between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the District will host an open house meeting at the Town of Corte Madera Council Chambers, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925, to answer questions about the Project.

The Draft IS/MND is being circulated for a 30-day review period from April 26, 2019, to May 26, 2019. Comments should be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 26, 2019, in writing or via email as follows:

  • In writing: 
Amorette Ko, Secretary of the District

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

P.O. Box 9000, Presidio Station

San Francisco, CA 94129-0601

Project Documents (Click on the links below)
Previous Project Meetings
Stay Informed

ADU Ordinance Public Meeting

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7pm at Corte Madera Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive, the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to review and discuss Corte Madera’s existing regulations related to second units and consider potential amendments to Chapter 18.31 (Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs) of the zoning ordinance. To read the complete Planning Commission Notice, please click here

Additional information regarding prior meetings, prior staff reports and presentations can be found on the Town’s Active Projects webpage for the project:

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 10:00am
    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00am

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. 

Are You Recycling Right?

ARE YOU RECYCLING RIGHT? Free Seminar on Recycling and Home Composting

The Corte Madera Community Center, in partnership with Zero Waste Marin, is hosting a free advanced recycling and home composting workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.

Proper recycling and keeping organic materials onsite, as mulch and homemade compost, are some of the most important practices you can do for our environment. Wonder why some items are not wanted in the recycling bin? Confused about plastic recycling? Are you curious about worm composting? Come learn how proper recycling and composting are related. Come discover how this knowledge makes you an informed and empowered citizen in your community.

Good Reason to Attend
Preventing unnecessary waste is an important goal for all of us. Did you know that the number one single item in our garbage is food scraps? And a lot of the food is even edible when is it thrown away. Did you know that over 20% of what is in the average Marin County garbage can are recyclable bottles, cans, and paper? Combined yard trimmings, along with food scraps, and basic recyclable equal more than 79% of the total waste from Marin County homes. Knowing this means there is a great opportunity to divert this material away from landfills, into a recycling and composting programs, or back into our landscape as homemade compost. Learning how to compost and properly recycle, are some of the most important endeavors one can do for our environment. The instructor, Todd Sutton, aka The Waste Sleuth, is a waste prevention expert with more than 27 years in the environmental field. He has appeared on national television, including Discovery and the History channels, and has educated thousands on sustainable materials management, zero waste concepts, waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Be a Winner – Attend a Free Workshop
By attending this free workshop you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win a free composting bin with a retail value of more than $100. Everyone is a winner –by learning how to properly recycle at home and work, and by learning how to compost, we all win because we are part of the solution to help keep our environment healthy. Do Not Hesitate Register now to attend a free workshop and learn how to compost. The class is free and seats are limited. Registration is desired, but not necessary. Please RSVP via email or call or text 925-787-8913.

Register now. If you would like additional information on this topic please contact Casey Poldino, Zero Waste Specialist, Zero Waste Marin (415) 473-6170. To contact the workshop instructor – Todd Sutton, aka the Waste Sleuth, (925) 787-8913 or --

Click here to view and share the event flyer.

Insuring Against Natural Disasters

Do you have the date saved for... INSURING AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS

The Central Marin NRG Program presents, "Insuring Against Natural Disasters," A talk with Amy Bach of United Policyholders - Insurance Consumer Advocates (

Amy Bach will speak on asset resilience: insurance needs and disaster preparedness. For many residents, their home home is their largest financial asset - Join us to learn how to protect your real and personal property if a disaster occurs.

With recent wildfire seasons straining our utilities and insurance companies, asset resilience in the face of community-wide natural disaster has become a major issue. This will be a free community event.
It will be held on Thursday, May 16th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive. Please arrive early to get a seat for this event.

This event is sponsored by the Town of Corte Madera, Corte Madera Community Foundation, and Larkspur Community Foundation.

Check out the event flyer below by clicking here. Make sure to share it with your friends.  

Rotary Club

Rotary Club Marin Sunrise Community Classic Golf Tournament

Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise (Corte Madera) Golf Tournament needs 15 more golfers.
The tournament will be held on Monday, May 13th at 12 noon at the Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael. 

Support the Free Medical Clinic and have fun.
For more information click on the following link:

What's Happening in Marin
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 10am 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

29th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival in Marin

29th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival in Marin 

In celebration of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) hosts the 29th annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

This free event will be held from 10am to 2:00pm at the Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael.

For more information, click here

Mental Health Summit

Marin Community Mental Health Summit

The Marin County Youth Commission is currently partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the College of Marin, Johns Hopkins’ Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), the Marin County Board of Supervisors, and the Department of Health and Human Services to organize this Mental Health Summit to create synergy among the various leaders in the mental health field.

They hope to educate county and school board officials, parents, teachers, and other youth about what mental health means, what it looks like in youth lives, and how to support and advocate for these youth. This forum would also provide an opportunity for mental health service providers to have booths to share more information about wide range of services and resources that are available to Marin County residents.

The summit will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 2:30pm at the College of Marin, 835 College Avenue, Room AC255, Kentfield, CA. For more information, click here

Firestorm: Wildfire and Climate Change

Firestorm: Wildfires and Climate Change

This public forum will address the connection between climate change and the devastating wildfires we are experiencing. Presentations and discussion will present the facts about what is happening and what can be done to slow global warming and safeguard our homes and community.

Featured speakers are Christie Neill, VMP Battalion Chief, Main County Fire Department; Leroy Westerling,Professor of Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced; Lisa Santora, Deputy Director, Marin Health and Human Services; Joel Laucher, Senior Advisor, California Department of Insurance; Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor and Todd Lando, FIREsafe MARIN. Congressman Jared Huffman will lead off the evening with a welcome video. Peter Collins, veteran radio host, will moderate.

RSVP: This is a free public event and will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 7pm to 9pm at the San Rafael Community Center, 618B Street in San Rafael. Childcare and Spanish translation provided on prior request. Click here for more information.

Marin County Parks Event

Mother's Day Art in the Park

Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to Paradise Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors.

This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. They’ll provide supplies, smocks, healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will cancel.

Questions: Contact Ranger Sarah Burkhart at
No need to RSVP, just show up. Park entrance is waived for participants.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 12pm at Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive in Tiburon. For directions, park entrance information and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC May 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 May 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

Age-Friendly 1st Anniversary Celebration

The Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center will be celebrating its First Anniversary TODAY!!!, Friday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

You're invited!

There will be food, drinks and entertainment along with a silent auction benefiting the Intergenerational Center. 

Admission to this event is FREE. Bring the whole family!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Pam Waterstone by email at or via phone at 415-991-4040.

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

Work Week of Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 10th

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