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The City of San Rafael celebrates Pride Month


Economic Development is Moving!

In order to make way for the construction of our new Public Safety Center, the Economic Development Department is moving.  Starting Thursday, May 25th, the Department will move from its current home at 1313 Fifth Ave. to the Boyd Gate House, 1125 B Street. The Department will be officially open for business at the Boyd … Continued

National Police Week

You probably already know that our San Rafael police officers are awesome! At Monday’s City Council meeting, the City Council will recognize the great work and sacrifice of our police women and men and will present lifesaving, conduct, and meritorious awards, as well as letters of commendation. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as … Continued

Appeal Hearing on Lourdes Convent Housing

The Lourdes Convent, which is owned by the Dominican Sisters is a convent retirement center located at 77 Locust Avenue. A Use Permit Amendment was filed by the Dominican Sisters to convert a portion of the retirement center to a single, residential unit for “transitional housing” to be shared by two single women and their … Continued

Open Counter

City staff is proposing an innovative and customer-friendly way to interact with zoning and permitting information. At Monday’s meeting, the City Council will consider authorizing the City’s use of OpenCounter, an online platform that brings together the simplicity of form and function for zoning and permitting. The software assists those looking to undertake renovation, expansion … Continued

Public Safety Facility Contracts

In September 2015, the City Council approved agreements with Mary McGrath Architects and Kitchell CEM, for architectural and construction management services for Phase 1 projects of the Essential Facilities Strategic Plan. Phase 1 includes three projects: a new Public Safety Center across the street from City Hall, a new Fire Station 52 and Training Tower, … Continued

Building Permit Fees Update

At the May 15 City Council meeting, the City Council will consider an amendment to the Master Fee Schedule to increase select building permit fees. Subject to City Council approval, these increases would become effective on July 1, 2017 and would fund an additional code enforcement position, improving customer service to businesses, tradespersons and homeowners.

Reduce your Carbon Footprint!

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Join Resilient Neighborhoods to learn about climate change and take actions to reduce your carbon footprint. During this 5-session course you will calculate your carbon footprint and take steps to reduce it, like trimming energy and waste, conserving water and making smarter transportation choices. You will learn … Continued

Protect your pets!

On May 2, 2017 San Rafael Police personnel came upon a dog that was in distress in a parked vehicle on Fourth Street.  The temperature was 88 degrees and the temperature inside the all black vehicle was 156 degrees.  Dexter was rescued by Mental Health Outreach Provider Lynn Murphy with an assist from Officer Buffy … Continued

Construction of Fire Stations 52 & 57

A many decades-long dream could finally be reality. At their meeting on Monday, at 7 p.m., the City Council will consider awarding a contract to start construction of two new fire stations replacing Stations 52 and 57. The combined cost of the two stations, funded by Measure E, is expected to be about $19,100,000. These … Continued

Resident Satisfaction Survey Results

Prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, April 17, the City Council will hold a study session at 5:45 p.m. to hear the results of the 2017 City Satisfaction Survey. The City conducts this survey every two years in order to gauge trends in community opinions on a variety of topics including quality … Continued

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