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Dan Schwarz, City Manager         September 16, 2022

City Manager Update

City of Larkspur Awarded $5.23 Million State Library Grant

The City of Larkspur has been awarded the Building Forward Library Infrastructure Program Grant in the amount of $5,232,582 to assist with the construction of a new 6,845 square foot library! The award amount was the maximum amount for which the City was eligible. The Building Forward Program requires the City to match the grant amount dollar for dollar, making the initial project budget $10.4 million. Most of these matching dollars will come from donations raised by the Commons Foundation, a citizen-led nonprofit organization designated by the City of Larkspur to raise private funds to build the new Library.  

The new library is the first phase of the Larkspur Commons project and will be located on The Commons lot, at the corner of Doherty Drive and Rose Lane. The Larkspur Library is currently located in Larkspur’s 109-yearold City Hall.   

The City expects construction work on the new library to begin in early 2024. 

Larkspur Parks & Recreation Commission Seeking New Member

The Larkspur City Council is currently accepting applications for a vacancy on the Larkspur Parks & Recreation Commission. The individual appointed will serve through June 30, 2024. ⁠

Applicants must be residents of the City of Larkspur or the portion of Greenbrae under the City of Larkspur’s jurisdiction. The Parks & Recreation Commission formulate plans for development of park and recreation areas, facilities, and activities. They also make recommendations to the City Council on activities within their jurisdiction and supervise and coordinate recreational activities. The Commission also processes requests for the removal of heritage trees. ⁠

For more information, contact City Clerk Alison Foulis at cityclerk@cityoflarkspur.org or call (415) 927-5002. ⁠

Recycled Water Filling Station for Marin County Residents

Marin Water’s popular Recycled Water Filling Station is now open two days per week. The station is located at Armory Drive in San Rafael, and allows Marin County residents to collect up to 300 gallons of recycled water to transport home to use for watering outdoor gardens and landscapes or for washing outdoor furniture or hard surfaces such as paths, walls, windows, driveways and sidewalks. The Recycled Water Filling Station is currently open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm.⁠

If you're planning to utilize the filling station for the first time, please print and complete the Filling Station application form and bring it with you on your first visit. You will then be issued an ID card to present at the filling station on subsequent visits. You may also obtain an application at the filling station.⁠

Recycled water is exempt from the district's current water use restrictions. ⁠Click here to learn more. 

Marin Green Home Tour

What are Marin County neighbors doing with their homes to combat climate change, improve air quality, generate clean energy, save water, and move towards a safer, healthier, greener, and more resilient future? Join this free, two-day virtual tour of 10 homes in Marin County on October 19th & 20th from 6pm to 8pm. 

The Marin Green Home Tour features new homes, remodels, retrofits, and low-cost, low-tech, DIY solutions for homeowners and renters. Each video tour is followed by a live Q&A with the homeowner. Extras include short, expert presentations on rebates, induction cooking, heat pumps, electric panels, and more. Register and learn more here

National Preparedness Month 

September is National Preparedness Month, so let’s Get Ready!⁠ ⁠There's a lot to think about when preparing for real-time emergencies.⁠ Getting prepared is within your reach! Sign up for alerts and make a plan to protect yourself and others.

AlertMarin sends critical information from local agencies during a disaster if you need to take action. Register up to five phones in your household. Sign up here

Nixle sends out general public safety information alerts via text based on your zip code about local issues. Sign up here.

Whether you live in a house or an apartment building, are a senior, have young children, or have access and functional needs, you benefit from preparing for a disaster. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. In a disaster, it’s often easier to call or text someone out of the area than to someone in your city. Identify a contact out of the area whom friends and family members can contact to pass on their safety information.⁠ Make your plan here

Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop

Create a healthy, low-impact, and resilient household this fall. In the online 5-session Climate Action Workshop presented by Resilient Neighborhoods, you will reduce your carbon footprint and get prepared for climate-linked emergencies like droughts and wildfires with your climate action team. Taking simple actions like trimming energy and waste, utilizing clean energy, conserving water, and making smarter transportation choices can save you money too. Help build a stronger and safer community. Free for Marin residents! The next workshop starts on Sept 20. To learn more and sign up, click here.  

Are You Ready to Vote?

You must be registered in order to vote in the November 8, 2022, General Election. All active registered voters will automatically be mailed a ballot with a postage-paid return envelope on October 10 (and arrive within a week). Check your registration status now at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. If necessary, register to update your address right away so your ballot is mailed as soon as possible. For questions or to get a paper registration form, call the Elections Department at (415) 473-6456, toll-free (833) 644-2061, or 711 (CA Relay Service).  

Draft Housing Element Site Inventory Available for Review

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, the Housing Steering Committee reviewed a draft inventory of sites available and suitable for housing development or redevelopment during the 2023-2031 Housing Element cycle. The list identifies sites available to meet the City’s share of the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). This inventory will be included in the draft Housing Element. The draft inventory and map are available for review at livinginlarkspur.com. Comments on the proposed sites are welcome!

Marin's Green Building and Electrification Draft Model Reach Code Survey

Marin's Proposed 2022 Green Building Code and Ordinance is now available. We invite the community to give feedback an comments via a short survey, available from now until September 25. Take the survey here

Electrify Your Ride

Did you know that you can cut your carbon footprint in half when you switch to driving electric? Sign up for a Ride and Drive Clean webinar Electrify Your Ride to learn EV basics like charging at home and on the road, incentives, and total cost of ownership. You’ll have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wondered about EVs.

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