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The City of San Rafael celebrates Pride Month


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Memorial Day Holiday Closure for Monday, May 28

The City’s administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. 24-hour operations will remain in effect for the Police and Fire Departments.

“Demo Day” at the Rafael Theater

On Tuesday, City staff hosted a “Demo Day” at the Rafael Theater where cross-departmental teams shared ideas they developed to solve various challenges. This was the culmination of a 3-month long program where City staff learned about human-centered design and how to apply it to their work as public servants. The teams worked on illegal dumping, new … Continued

Business License Renewal

Business license renewal notices have been distributed to all businesses with active licenses in San Rafael. Each license renewal is due by February 15 and the City accepts cash, checks, money orders, and most major credit cards. Licenses may be renewed online via credit card or eCheck at  For questions about business licenses, please call … Continued

Low Income Apartment Pilot Program

Marin Clean Energy’s newest pilot, the Low-Income Families and Tenants(LIFT) program, offers income-qualified owners and tenants of multi-family properties, such as apartment buildings, an opportunity to save money and electricity while improving quality of life for residents. $1,200 per unit is available to fund energy efficiency improvements and appliances for items such as pipe insulation, more … Continued

City Administrative Offices Closed January 15, 2018

The City’s administrative offices in City Hall, the San Rafael Public Library, and the City’s community centers will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of the holiday. 24-hour operations will remain in effect for the Police and Fire Departments.

Retirement of City Clerk Esther Beirne

Esther Beirne, City Clerk (left); Jeanne Leoncini, former City Clerk (center), Lindsay Lara, Deputy City Clerk (right) Congratulations to Esther Beirne for her retirement after 18 years in the San Rafael City Clerk’s Office. Esther joined the City Clerk’s Office as the Deputy City Clerk in 2001 and was first elected City Clerk in November … Continued

San Rafael Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections

On Tuesday evening, the City Council will make a decision on whether or not to transition to District-Based Elections. The main three options for the City Council to consider include immediately transitioning to district-based elections, transitioning for the 2022 general election after using the results from the 2020 census to draw districts, or to maintain … Continued

Cannabis Policy Update

In December, the City Council approved an urgency cannabis business ordinance that allows for a limited number of medical cannabis commercial operations including: cannabis testing labs, infused product manufacturing, and non-storefront medical cannabis delivery, as well as prohibiting cultivation and retail storefronts. This action established only a general regulatory framework, with the details of the licensing requirements and … Continued

Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) Rates

Also on Tuesday, the City Council will consider a rate adjustment proposal for 2018 for Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) to provide refuse, recycling, and composting for ratepayers in San Rafael. The proposed rate adjustment would increase rates by 5.57 percent. This increase includes adjustments based on an agreed-upon rate setting methodology that the City, along … Continued

Time-Limited Parking on City Streets

In November, the City Council considered an ordinance limiting parking time to reduce long term vehicle storage on certain public streets. These amendments will result in changes that allow for enforcement of parking limits by defining the hourly limit, the distance a vehicle must move, and for how long it must be moved, in order to not … Continued

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