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Posted on May 3, 2024

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San Rafael City News

The City Council will meet on Monday, May 6, 2024.

Regular City Council Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Mental Health Awareness Month

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Kara Connors from Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will give a brief presentation in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. Awareness and understanding of mental health and wellness not only reduces stigma but also promotes inclusivity and empathy.  The Mayor and City Council will declare May 2024 as Mental Health Awareness Month, calling for community commitment to improving mental health awareness, services, compassion, and support.

Read the proclamation here.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City Council will hear a report on the proposed allocation of Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) funds. The CDBG program is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) funds for local community-based projects, including affordable housing, community infrastructure or capital projects, and public support services. Under a cooperative agreement with the County of Marin, the City Council provides funding recommendations for the San Rafael Planning Area to the County of Marin Board of Supervisors (“BOS”). In May 2024, the BOS plans to hold a public hearing on the CDBG funding recommendations.

Read the Staff report here.

New Camping Ordinance – Second Reading

The second reading of San Rafael’s new camping regulations on public property is on the consent calendar this coming Monday night. The proposed new ordinance, Ordinance No. 2035, would prohibit camping within 250 feet of schools. It would also permit campsites of up to 200 sq. ft. for one person and 400 sq. ft. for up to 4 persons camping together. It would eliminate the original 200 ft. spacing requirement and instead would require only a 10-foot safety buffer zone around each campsite for ingress/egress and to mitigate fire danger. In addition, the amended ordinance includes specific time, place, and manner restrictions, including a requirement to have a 10 ft. setback from other campsites, public utility infrastructure, and private real property. These revisions aim to effectively regulate and enforce camping laws for the health and safety of all of the public, including residents who are experiencing homelessness. If adopted, the ordinance would be effective 30 days following adoption.

For more information and to stay updated on our homelessness initiatives, please visit our Homelessness website and sign up for updates.



Other News

Marin County and City of San Rafael Awarded Nearly $6 Million to Address Mahon Creek Path Encampment

The County of Marin and the City of San Rafael have been awarded nearly $6 million by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) through the Encampment Resolution Fund Round 3 (ERF-3) grant program to address homelessness along and near the Mahon Creek Path. Cal ICH announced this award in a release of $192 million across 17 communities in California to assist around 3,600 individuals.

The grant of $5,999,241 over three years will be used to resolve Marin’s largest urban encampment, the Mahon Creek Area, providing interim housing and social services.  The Mahon encampment currently includes 65 individuals experiencing homelessness across three corridors: the Mahon Creek Path, Andersen Drive, and Francisco Blvd W. Read the full press release here.

SMART Sets New Record For Ridership

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) reached a new record in April 2024, boasting over 80,000 passengers, the highest monthly ridership in its history. This surge is attributed to SMART’s initiatives aimed at enhancing accessibility and affordability, including a 40% fare reduction, free fares for youth and seniors, and the introduction of the on-demand SMART Connect shuttle to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS). Additionally, SMART provides free day-use and paid overnight parking at its stations. A significant 36% increase in off-peak ridership indicates that SMART is accommodating both daily commutes and leisure travels. SMART’s commitment to sustainable transportation helped eliminate 17.6 million car-driven miles over the past year, substantially lowering the region’s carbon footprint. In addition to this milestone, SMART is expanding its network with two new stations opening soon in north Petaluma and the Town of Windsor, along with over 9 miles of new SMART Pathway segments under construction, further increasing accessibility for travelers across the North Bay.

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update & Public Comment Period

The County of Marin has posted the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) fiscal year 2024-25 Annual Update & Public Comment Period for a 30-day public comment period from April 12 – May 14, 2024. You can read the FY24/25 Annual Update at and add any comments at

The Behavioral Health Board will host a public hearing at the end of the comment period at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 20 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, in the Point Reyes Conference Room. Individuals may also attend virtually via zoom.

Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) Wildfire Evacuation Videos

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) has released a new video titled “Wildfire Evacuation – Make it Downhill Alive” as part of a three-part series on wildfire behavior and evacuation strategies. This latest installment addresses how to safely evacuate if you can’t get out before the fire arrives in your neighborhood. You can find the videos on Marin Wildfire’s News Page here.


Maintenance Crew

This month, our Street Maintenance Division staff significantly improved Silveira Parkway. The team cleared accumulated soil from behind the debris wall to prevent overflow onto the sidewalk and street. They also installed a new drainage system along the sidewalk to address stormwater runoff issues, enhancing pedestrian safety and convenience. This work is crucial for maintaining the sidewalk and parking areas during winter and preventing vegetation encroachment.


At the Special City Council meeting, the City Council:

  • Held interviews for the Marin Commission on Aging and the Americans with Disabilities Act Access Advisory Committee.

At the Closed City Council meeting, the City Council:

  • Conferenced with legal counsel on labor negotiations.

At the Regular City Council meeting, the City Council:

  • Heard City Manager and Councilmember reports.
  • Approved the Consent Calendar.
  • Heard a Special Presentation from the Transportation Authority of Marin Regarding the 101/580 Multi-Modal and Local Access Improvement Project
  • Approved an urgency ordinance on Anti-Displacement and Temporary Relocation Assistance for the Canal Opportunity Zone
  • Approved an ordinance Regulating Camping on Public Property.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Award to Include Renovation of Units in an Additional Building at Marin Villa Estates
  • Held open time for public expression.

City Council meetings are held every first and third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings that fall on a holiday are rescheduled for the following Tuesday.


DocLands Film Festival

May 2-5, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street

Presented by the California Film Institute, DocLands is a documentary film festival held annually in San Rafael built upon the exchange of ideas and inspiration through captivating screenings, networking, and engaging conversations, DocLands strives to foster dialogue, inspire connections, and build an inclusive community around the art of documentary filmmaking. Check out a list of films and show times here.

*Tickets available at the Rafael box office 60 min before first show until 15 min after start of last show of the day.

San Rafael – San Anselmo Fuel Reduction Zone Project Field Trip

Monday, May 6, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Tam Cemetery on Fifth Avenue entrance.

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), San Rafael Fire Department, and the ESP Partnership have planned a field trip to show work completed within the San Rafael—San Anselmo Fuel Reduction Zone (SRSAFRZ) pilot project area, discuss the next phases of work, and answer questions. “Walking” shoes are recommended. If you prefer a ride to the top of the hill, please contact MWPA to arrange transportation. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook. To RSVP, please email Anne Crealock at

Senator McGuire Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention

Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m., virtual event

Join Senator Mike McGuire and CalFire Chief Joe Tyler for a critical Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention. California has dramatically increased its efforts to make our state more fire safe, hiring thousands of new CalFire personnel and advancing record funding for vegetation management, tree removal, and the creation of fire breaks around communities. Yet, there’s still much work to be done and discussed. RSVP to confirm your attendance and submit questions here. Tune in on May 8th by using this link (Closed captioning will be available).

Drew Robinson- A Survivor’s Story of Mental Health, Hope, and Recovery

Thursday May 9, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., College of Marin Diamond Physical Education Center, 700 College Avenue Kentfield, CA 94904

 You’re invited to a moderated discussion with former professional baseball player and Mental Health Advocate for the San Francisco Giants, Drew Robinson. This free community event is planned as start to May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Drew will share his experience as a talented athlete growing up who lived out his dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player. As someone who seemed to “have it all,” Drew struggled with his self worth and whether he deserved his success. This discussion will highlight the realities of mental health struggles, the power of hope, and the belief that recovery is always possible! For more information click here.

2nd Friday Art Walk San Rafael

Friday, May 10, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 1325–1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown San Rafael is a monthly event that is free to the public and welcomes everyone to enjoy a night of art exploration. Scheduled for the second Friday of each month, the Art Walk features galleries, open studios, art exhibits, and more throughout downtown. The event is anchored by the Art Works Downtown galleries and studio tour, connecting various art venues in San Rafael.

Friday Night, May 10th – May Madness Friday Evening Car Cruise

6:00 p.m., Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael

At this classic car cruise, you’ll find an incredible array of classic cars, hot rods, and custom vehicles on display. From vintage muscle cars to sleek sports cars, there is something for every car enthusiast to admire. The cruise will start at Terra Linda High School, head down Lincoln Ave, and turn down Fourth Street. For more information about the May Madness Car Show, visit the website here. To join the cruise, email

Saturday, May 11th – May Madness Car Show

12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., Fourth St. between Lincoln and D Streets

The May Madness Car Show is a beloved community tradition, and this year promises to be a great event. Come downtown to enjoy the show and grab a bite to eat! The event runs from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The parade is at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the May Madness Car Show, visit the website here.

2024 Taste of San Rafael – State of the City, Business of the Year Awards

Wednesday, May 15, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

At this year’s State of the City dinner, guests can enjoy offerings from several of San Rafael’s finest restaurants, wineries, and breweries while mingling with local business owners and community leaders. We will also announce the 2024 Business of the Year honorees, including the Small, Large, Downtown, and Green Business categories, and the City of San Rafael’s Employee and Team of the Year. Don’t miss out on this incredible event! Join us for a night of gourmet food, community spirit, and recognition of San Rafael’s outstanding businesses and public servants! Tickets can be purchased here.

Dare to Dream- Ritter Center’s Fundraiser to End Homelessness

Thursday May 16th, 5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m., Maple Lawn, Elks Lodge, San Rafael, CA

Support the Ritter Center event by attending their annual fundraiser. Enjoy a seated dinner catered by the award-winning Big Jim’s BBQ, live music by the S&S Jazz Band, lawn games, and a live auction. This year’s theme, “Dare to Dream,” connects the challenges of homelessness with the impact on life aspirations. All funds raised will support Ritter Center’s comprehensive programs aimed at preventing and resolving homelessness. You can purchase tickets here.

San Rafael Summer Farmers Market

Thursdays May 16 – August 24, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Downtown San Rafael, Fourth Street Between A and Lootens Street

San Rafael’s summer farmers’ market is making its return in 2024, showcasing a vibrant blend of both new and familiar farmers and vendors. Attendees can look forward to a wide range of farm-fresh produce, honey, wine, baked goods, flowers, cured meats, jams, and pastas. Additionally, the market offers handmade crafts rom Bay Area crafters, artists, and various street-style foods that feature global flavors including Yucatan, Salvadorian, Spanish, Southern, and Mexican cuisines. The market accepts CalFresh/EBT payments and provides up to $10 in Market Match to purchase free fruits and vegetables.

Youth in Arts – C Street Celebration

 Monday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., C Street (Between Third and Fourth Streets)

Join the Youth in Arts “C Street Celebration” on May 20th  in Downtown San Rafael. This free festival features student performances, art workshops, chalk painting, local food and drink, an a cappella concert, and more! Click here to learn more.

San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Home Opener

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., Albert Park, 100 Albert Park Ln. San Rafael

Baseball season is back in San Rafael. Join the San Rafael Pacifics as they take on the Marysville Drakes in their season home opener! Gather your friends, wear your Pacifics gear, and get ready to cheer on your team. Don’t miss the ceremonial first pitch thrown by our very own Mayor Kate. To view the full schedule for the year, click here.


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