Learn  about facility hours and city services during COVID-19

Author: lidia.que@cityofsanrafael.org

City Administrative Offices Holiday Closure 12/24 – 1/2/22

City administrative offices and facilities will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Offices will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022. Public Safety and Emergency Services Police, fire and paramedic services will be fully staffed with 9-1-1 emergency service continuing to dispatch calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a … Continued

33rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

  San Rafael’s 33rd annual Día de los Muertos celebration was held at the Albert J. Boro Community Center on Saturday, November 6. The free community celebration included viewing of 20 altars; art workshops; musical performances by Pan Rafael, ELM, Cascada de Flores and dancing with La Misa Negra; cultural performances by Danza Azteca Mixcoatl … Continued

A Virtual Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Need more activities during your shelter-in-place life? Do you want to reduce your impact on the planet? Take part in the virtual Sustainability Scavenger Hunt organized with some of our community partners to learn strategies for living more sustainably while connecting with local climate action organizations.  This online contest starts June 15th and ends July … Continued

Sales Tax Survey Results

One of the action items identified in the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan is to “explore and gauge community interest in other revenue generating possibilities.” The City recently worked with a third-party to conduct a survey of local voters to determine community sentiment for a potential ballot measure to increase the local sales tax rate. On Monday evening, the … Continued

Priority Development Areas

At their May 18 meeting, the City Council provided direction to staff to get community feedback and initiate a letter of interest for two “priority development areas” (PDA) in San Rafael. Since then, City staff created a webpage with an online engagement platform to collect comments and held seven virtual community meetings. The meetings provided an opportunity for participants to get a better understanding of PDAs, the current thinking and recommendations, ask … Continued

COVID-19 Economy Recovery Plan

At the last City Council meeting, staff presented a report on preliminary financial impacts that projects revenue losses of almost $12M through July 2021. The City Council also took several actions to curb expenses including voluntary retirement and work hour reduction programs as well as mandatory furloughs. On Monday night’s meeting, the City Council will review a … Continued

Annual Progress Report on Housing

Also on Monday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to review an annual housing report required by the State. The report must include data on housing development applications submitted, approved units, building permits issues, built units, etc. Since January 2020, the City Council has approved four development projects that total 150 units, and … Continued

Infrastructure Improvement Planning

On Monday evening, City Council will receive a two-part report from City staff: the preliminary Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the Measure A – Open Space Work Plan. The CIP is a planning document that summarizes the City’s planned capital and infrastructure improvement projects. Measure A, a tax passed in 2013, is used to preserve … Continued

Progress Pursues with the Public Safety Center

It’s hard not to notice the amazing progress of the construction at the Public Safety Center (PSC). In the next few weeks, we plan to finish the site walls, brick stairs, and landscaping around the building. Interior finishes, such as: carpet, wall panels, whiteboards, and countertops are currently being installed; additionally, audiovisual, fire alerting, surveillance and other integral systems are being finalized.  Solar … Continued

Direct Connect Pilot

The San Rafael Fire Department is constantly innovating to find better ways to deliver important services that our community relies on. Our Fire Department recently began a 90-day pilot program aimed to better serve frequent 9-1-1 callers, helping to connect people to needed services. This program targets callers who request emergency services more than four … Continued

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