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Dan Schwarz, City Manager                                                                    February 10, 2017

City Manager Update

Storm Update and Local Flooding

Public Works crews worked around the clock this last week as storms brought almost eight inches of rain to Larkspur over the three day span from Monday afternoon through Thursday, including close to five inches alone on Monday night and Tuesday morning.  As with the January storm, this event coincided with unusually high tides, resulting in street flooding in low-lying areas of the city. Due to storm surges, the high tides peaked close to one and a half feet above predicted levels, which combined with ground saturation and rain resulted in additional street flooding. 
 
During the storm, the continual rain on already saturated soils led to trees falling and hillside slides, with up to a dozen trees falling and several slides occurring throughout the week. Staff will be monitoring vulnerable areas and working with a geotechnical consultant regarding a long term solution. In the interim, any additional movement in vulnerable areas may require the remobilization of construction crews.
 
As with the January storm, the high tide and rain combined to elevate the level of Corte Madera Creek resulting in water flowing between several homes from the creek to the street. Staff mobilized two large pumps to lower the lagoon level during the event as the above-predicted rains and tides overwhelmed the capacity of the lagoon to self-drain, as it normally would.
 
The forecast shows mostly dry weather through next Thursday. This should allow the crews time to clean up and prepare for the next round of rain. Staff appreciates the understanding and cooperation of the community throughout this last week as we worked through the storm.

Prop 64 and Greenhouse Gas Emission Discussions at Next Council Meeting

At the regular meeting on February 15th, the City Council will hear two items of interest to the community. First, Council will hear an update on the City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. In conjunction with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), staff has prepared an update to the City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Inventory.  These inventories report the status in meeting climate action goals created in the City’s 2010 Climate Action Plan.  Staff will inform the community of the progress made towards the 2020 goals for GHG reduction, and provide information on the recent activities and initiatives undertaken by MCEP. 
 
Second, Council will hear a staff presentation on Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act). Council will discuss and provide direction to staff regarding implementation of the provisions of Prop 64, including considerations to local zoning and business regulations under the new law. Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend and offer comment. Agenda materials are available at cityoflarkspur.org.

“Moving Marin Forward” Transportation Workshop

On February 24th, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is hosting a one day workshop “Moving Marin Forward: Innovations for Tomorrow's Transportation.” Speakers include Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty and Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randy Iwasaki, as well as a technology showcase featuring innovators and emerging technologies. The workshop will take place from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Embassy Suites San Rafael. More information available here.

Coffee With a Cop

Thursday, February 16th, the Central Marin Police Authority will be holding "Coffee with a Cop" from 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm at Rustic Bakery at Marin Country Mart. CMPA staff will be available to answer questions, offer tips, and share information in an informal setting. Please join CMPA and get to know the officers serving your community.

Michael Norton Sworn In as New CMPA Police Chief

This Monday, February 6th, Michael Norton was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the Central Marin Police Authority. Chief Norton was raised in San Anselmo and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School. He received a BA in Political Science from the UC San Diego and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999. He began his law enforcement career when he joined the Twin Cities Police Authority in 2001. The Chief rose through the ranks and served in a variety of assignments, including Field Training Officer, Crisis Negotiations Team Leader, Detective, and later as the Investigations Unit Sergeant. 

Also promoted were Corporals Jason Hight and Aaron Damm, Sergeants Robert French and Alberto Duenas, Lieutenant Michael Legan, and Captain Hamid Khalili. Congratulations to everyone!

Reduce Packaged Goods Waste

Help keep unnecessary packaging materials out of the landfill! By making simple choices when you shop, you can reduce the amount of plastic wrap, cardboard and other man-made packaging that comes with your purchase. Lean more at zerowastemarin.org

Contact Information
Community Outreach.....................................................................................................496– 2401
City Council...................................................................................................................927– 5002
City Manager.................................................................................................................927– 5110
City Clerk.......................................................................................................................927– 5002
Fire.................................................................................................................................927– 5007
Library.............................................................................................................................927– 5005
Building/Planning.............................................................................................................927–5038
Police (CMPA).................................................................................................................927– 5150
Public Works...................................................................................................................927– 5017
Twin Cities Children's Center.........................................................................................927– 5786
City Meetings
City Council- 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 pm
Planning Commission- 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Parks & Rec Commission- 3rd Thursday at 7:30 pm
Heritage Preservation Board- 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm
Marin County Commission on Aging- 2nd Thursday at 9:30 am
 
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