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Downtown Parking and Wayfinding Study Staff Report

On Tuesday evening, the City Council will hear a summary of recommendations related to parking and wayfinding (signage) in Downtown. The objectives of this study were to analyze the City’s current public parking; explore anticipated future parking needs including transit ridership; examine and upgrade the current wayfinding program for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians; and to propose … Continued

Temporary Appointment and Call for Applications for Interim City Clerk

After 18 years of service, San Rafael’s City Clerk, Esther Beirne is retiring. At their Tuesday meeting, the City Council will consider appointing an Interim City Clerk to serve on a temporary basis, as well as releasing a call for applications to appoint a permanent City Clerk to serve until the next election in 2020. … Continued

Preparing for Bond Issuance

The City’s financing team is preparing to move forward with the marketing and sale of the bonds for the new Public Safety Center, Fire Station 52, and Fire Station 57 and on Tuesday, the City Council will consider an ordinance to pave the way. The approval of the proposed ordinance does not authorize the issuance … Continued

Call for Applications for Various Boards and Commissions

There are upcoming vacancies on the following boards and commissions:  Library Board of Trustees; the Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority (Zero Waste Marin) Local Task Force; and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Affordable Housing. Starting Wednesday, the City Council will be accepting applications. MORE INFO ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS STAFF REPORT —  LIBRARY BOARD … 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 www.cityofsanrafael.org/businesslicenses.  For questions about business licenses, please call … Continued

Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections

On Monday, December 18, 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 … Continued

Animal Care Facility on Lindaro Street

Also at their meeting on Monday, the City Council will consider an appeal opposing an animal care facility at 629 Lindaro Street. The proposed facility would be used for overnight kenneling and include an indoor play and activity area. The proposal was approved by the Zoning Administrator and Planning Commission, however a neighboring resident has … Continued

BID Annual Assessment

On Monday evening, the City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the annual assessment of the Downtown Business Improvement District(BID). The BID works with merchants to promote Downtown as well as advocacy around issues such as parking, safety, and cleanliness. Assessments range from $25 to $425 per year depending on the type of business and … Continued

Social Host Ordinance

The City Council will also hold a public hearing to consider amending the City’s “Social Host” ordinance to include rental halls or rented vehicles. The amendments also clarify that the law can apply to unruly gatherings where juveniles possess or are consuming either alcohol or controlled substances or marijuana. READ STAFF REPORT

Traffic Safety Rules for the Use of Medians

On Monday evening the City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss prohibiting pedestrians from loitering or lingering on small medians (less than four feet in width) or blocking traffic signs or signals so that the risk of traffic collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians will be minimized. READ STAFF REPORT

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