Corte Madera Chronicles: The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter
The Town of Corte Madera's Newsletter for June 21, 2019

The Corte Madera Town Council Has a New Mayor and Vice-Mayor

Did you know that we have a new Mayor and Vice-Mayor on the Council? At its June 18, 2019 regular meeting, the Corte Madera Town Council appointed a new Mayor and Vice Mayor and reorganized as follows:                       

   Mayor                    James Andrews

                        Vice Mayor            Eli Beckman
                        Councilmember     Sloan Bailey
                        Councilmember     David Kunhardt
                        Councilmember     Bob Ravasio

In case you did not know, the Town Council acts as the governing body of the Town, with all the regulatory and corporate powers of a municipal corporation provided under California state law. In general, it directs the operation of the town government by establishing Town policies and programs. To learn more about the Town Council, please click here. To learn more about each Councilmember, click on their names above. 

What's Happening in Town
Public Parking Workshop

Public Parking Workshop

The Town of Corte Madera and the City of Larkspur have been receiving comments and concerns from many residents regarding parking accessibility in their neighborhood and parking issues at the Redwood High School campus. 

The school year has ended but addressing the matter is still very important. 
We want you to know we are working on a solution to the parking issues in your neighborhood. We have scheduled a public workshop to: 
  •  explain the issues
  •  provide you with updates
  •  discuss recommendations for a residential parking permit program as we head into the coming school year
We hope you can join us for the upcoming workshop. 

TUESDAY, June 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive.

Make sure to tell your neighbors and spread the word by sharing the event flyer. 

If you have any questions, please call us at: 
  •  415-927-5050 (Corte Madera) 
  •  415-927-5110 (Larkspur)
To view and share this flyer with your neighbors, please click here
Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Dear Valued Customer,
Providing excellent customer service is a top priority for the Town of Corte Madera. We value your input and would like to invite you to tell us how we are doing by taking a short Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your feedback will help us to evaluate our current performance and identify areas for future improvement.
Access the survey now through June 30 on our homepage, or at  
The survey will take 2 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain confidential. If you have any questions, please contact us at 415-927-5064.

Discover America's National Trails

Discover America's National Trails with Bill Buck

Author of the just published National Trails Guide Bill Buck is a writer and photographer who has visited all 50 states documenting the country’s National Trails.
His work has been published by The Guardian, the New York Times Special Feature Syndicate and newspapers throughout the West. The newly published National Trails Guide profiles all 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails.

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 7-8pm at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. For more information, please call 415-924-4844. 

Speed Enforcement Operation Next Week

Speed Enforcement Operation Next Week

Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) officers will be out in our communities next week conducting a special traffic enforcement operation. 

On Thursday, June 27, 2019 our Traffic team will focus on speed enforcement at various locations in Corte Madera, Larkspur, and San Anselmo. The locations are selected by a review of collision and citation data, as well as in response to citizen complaints. 

CMPA’s goal is to make our streets safe for everyone and to remind motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists to be alert, aware, and follow the rules of the road while driving, walking, or cycling. We are all responsible for traffic safety in our communities.

To view and share the Nixle announcement, please click here

Marin County Parks

Tween/Teen Workshop: Compass Navigation

The Corte Madera Library invites you to learn to use a compass. Ranger Mike Warner of Marin County Parks will provide a brief 1-hour introduction about how a compass works and a field exercise using "The Wagon Wheel". He will also provide compasses and handouts. You might be outside so bring a hat, just in case. 

Space is limited. Call 415-924-3515 or stop by the library to register. This event for for grades 4-12.

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 3-4:30pm at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

Teen Cooking

Teen Cooking: Make Your Own Vegetarian Sushi

The Corte Madera Library invites you to learn to make fresh vegetarian sushi with chef Suzanne Griffin from Cooking by the Bay. 
Suzanne will teach the steps to making this delicious and healthy snack and the sauces that accompany it. 

Attendance is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 415-924-3515 or stop by the library to register.

This event will be held on Thursday, June 27th from 2-3pm at the Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive. 

4th of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade and Festival 2019

Are you ready for the Corte Madera-Larkspur 4th of July Parade and Festival? This is one of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin. The parade boasts the incredible floats,  and the Corte Madera Town Band. There will be arts and crafts , food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. 

The parade starts at 10:30 am. It leaves Redwood High School at 10:30 am and winds through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Street until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. 

If you are interested in participating as a vendor or in a float, please contact the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce at 415-924-0441.
To view their parade announcement, click here

All Things Apple

All Things Apple Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Apple Users

The Corte Madera Library invites you to participate in All Things Apple, a series of free, drop-in classes for both beginner and intermediate Apple users. Discover how to get the most out of your Apple computer, iPad or iPhone in these interactive classes. You will also learn how to protect yourself from online hackers and create safer passwords. 

Join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need and eventually take you beyond the basics.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, beginning May 7th through August 27th, 2019.
No classes will be held on June 25th or July 2nd.

For a complete list of classes visit
For more information, contact the Corte Madera Library at 415-924-4844.
Summer Concert/Music Series in Town
Summer Concert Series

Corte Madera Community Foundation's Summer Concert Series

The Foundation’s free Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square began on June 9, 2019, and will continue on Sundays through August 25, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Here’s the current lineup of fine bands that are scheduled to perform during the 2019 season:
To visit the Corte Madera Community Foundation's website, please click here
Summer Music Series

Town Center's Summer Music Series

Looking for something to do on Sundays? Town Center has entertainment for the entire family. Visit Town Center every Sunday from 12pm to 2pm for live music and family fun. Below is the current line up for the entire summer. 

  • June 23rd: Kyle Craft
  • June 30th: Joel Rydman
  • July 7th: Shana Dinha
  • July 14th: The Autonomous Region
  • July 21st: Brica Uz
  • July 28th: Xochitl
  • August 4th: Andy Lentz
  • August 11th: The Nomad Band
  • August 18th: Ken Husbands
  • August 26th: Jessica Schaeffer
What's Happening in Marin
PG&E Power Outages

PG&E Power Outages

Wildfire season is here and Marin County residents need to be prepared for prolonged power outages related to PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risks.  

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?
Most Marin County residents live in elevated (Tier 2) or extreme (Tier 3) fire threat areas. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is expanding its Community Wildfire Safety Program. This includes turning off electric power for safety (Public Safety Power Shutoff) when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted.  Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs at  

When will PG&E activate the PSPS? For how long?

PG&E may activate a Public Safety Power Shutoff if extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition. These include, but are not limited to:
  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally below 20 percent 
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph
Marin County residents need to prepare for at least 5 days without electricity.

Power Lines

Removing Vegetation from PG&E Service Drops to Homes and Businesses

A message from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

PG&E has been actively removing vegetation from electric lines for safety. It is the responsibility of property owners to safely clear vegetation from service drops. Following are weblinks and phone numbers to communicate and coordinate safe vegetation removal from service drops.

Stay Clear of Power Lines
Whether you are pruning trees or cleaning gutters, it’s vital to stay away from all power lines, including the service wire from the pole to your home. 

Performing any work near power lines can be dangerous. Qualified contractors have special training and use insulated tools to avoid harm when pruning. Without the proper training and tools, a person can be injured or even killed. 

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requires training and qualification of persons working within specific distances of overhead power lines. For details, see Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Articles 37 and 38, Electrical Safety Orders. Only PG&E’s line clearance qualified contractors can work near power lines. Hiring an unqualified tree contractor can also put you at legal risk.

PG&E can help you prune your trees near power lines safely. We can create a safe distance between your trees and power lines. You can then hire a contractor for any additional work. You can call 1-800-743-5000 to request this ‘make safe’ service or a temporary service shutoff so you can prune near your service drop safely.

PG&E does not prune trees along service drops. These wires are low voltage and insulated. They connect from the pole to your home. They do not have the same distance rules as high voltage power lines.

For more power line safety information, please visit

If you plan to dig, please call 811 at least two business days ahead of planned digging. This free service marks where underground utility lines are on your property. 

Marin County Parks Event

Nature for Kids: Nocturnal Creatures

Join Marin County Parks for a quiet walk as the light fades and the day cools. You'll explore a redwood forest and the large, open meadow at its edges. This is a perfect spot to listen and look for owls and bats. You’ll look for owl pellets and discuss what makes nocturnal animals so unique. They request no pets (except service animals) attend.

High fire danger cancels: Call (415) 893-9527 after 12pm on the day of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

No registration is required. For questions, contact Shannon Burke at 
(415) 893-9520 or

The event will be held on Sunday, June 30th from 6pm to 7:30pm at Roy's Redwoods Preserve. For directions, and more, please click here

Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center
AFIC June 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 June 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 provided detail on how the Town is involved with the school crossing guards and mentioned the partnerships involved with the school district, the County and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). He stated that he will be working with all of the parties involved on problem-solving the matter because he believes everyone should be part of the process.
Councilmember Kunhardt: He reported that Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is still going over their budget approval and TAM will be conducting interviews for the Executive Director position.
Councilmember Beckman: He reported attending the ABAG General Assembly meeting in Oakland where the budget was adopted. At the Central Marin Sanitation Agency (CMSA) meeting, a decision on the type of co-generation engine that would be purchased was finally decided. Additionally, CMSA found a solution to fixing the cogeneration engine that he previously mentioned was having some mechanical issues. Lastly, he reported that he checked in with a Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Trustee and he learned a lot about how schools receive funding and the cost differences for students and those needing special education.
Vice-Mayor Andrews: He reported attending the Chipper Weekend at the Cove School and was impressed with the large amount of debris removed from around Town.  
- To watch the portion of the Town Council meeting where the Town Manager report was provided, please click here
- To watch the portion of the Town Council meeting where the Council reports were provided, please click here.  

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

Work Week of Monday, June 24th to Friday, June 28th

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