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The  Fed Flyer
SEPTEMBER 2020

President’s Column

Hello Neighbors,

As I write, it is 104° F in San Rafael.  You and your families, pets and neighbors have withstood repeated disturbing circumstances these past months: school, work and business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying health and distancing issues, the hovering possibility of a power shutoff, wildfires from unusual lightning strikes, and now intense heat.  These are storms to be weathered with our neighbors - even if at a distance and with a mask! 

Please save the dates of the following important and enlightening events which will make a difference in our town.  

On an upbeat and happy note, I’d like to honor the California wild orchid.  Native orchids are a precious springtime treat, and like the calm after this summer intensity, orchids will return.  Consider the orchid as you peruse our second issue of the Fed Flyer.

All the best,
Amy Likover, Fed President
alikover@aol.com
415-450-1520

Upcoming Events
Your presence makes a difference

 
September 8, 7 PM - City Council Zoom Meeting, Click here for agenda
There are potential amendments to
four main areas of the San Rafael Municipal Code (SRMC): A. Inclusionary Housing Requirement B. Density Bonus C. Formalize Design Review Board Subcommittee D. SRMC Amendments to Encourage Development and Streamline Approvals

Sept 10th - Fed Zoom General Meeting - State of City Services - Proposed 101 N-580 Link Project - Federation Grant Program, Zoom link
These topics affect all of us.  What will each City department look like this fall? Will your neighborhood be affected - there is a proposed highway link-up between northbound 101 and the 580.  The Federation has a seat at the table with these two urgent issues. 

  • “State of San Rafael City Services” Assistant City Manager Cristine Alilovich and the Finance Director Nadine Hade

  • What’s Going on with the New 101N + 580 Connection Idea, moderator, Molly Graham from the TAM Stakeholder Working Group

September 15, 7 PM 2040: - Progress Report on San Rafael General Plan 2040/Downtown Precise Plan, Planning Commission, View agenda, link here -  check closer to date

The report will include a recap of work completed to date, outcome of the General Plan subcommittee work, organization of the new plans, major draft policy changes that will be included in draft plans and upcoming schedule/tasks anticipated for the upcoming release of the public review draft of the Plans and associated Environmental lmpact Report (ElR); Case Nos.GPAl6-001 & P16-013.

October 1st, 7 PM Zoom Candidates Forum for the November 3rd Elections -   Zoom link
Please save the date! We hope to have all candidates in attendance for: Mayor, City Council, SRCS Board Trustees and MMWD.  On this page is everything you need to know about ballots, voting, and candidates.   

Emergency Preparedness for Heat and Fire

  1. Cooling Centers in San Rafael 

  2. Sign up for alerts in case of an imminent power shutoff here 

  3. Air quality conditions: refresh this regularly for updates by entering our 94901 zip code. https://www.airnow.gov/?city=San%20Rafael&state=CA&country=USA

  4. Video of San Rafael Wildfire Forum

  5. I would urge everyone to pay close attention to Nixle and be ready if there is an evacuation order. [If you’re not signed up with Nixle for texts, please do: https://local.nixle.com/register/]. 

  6. Have your “go bags” and plans essentials for at least 48 hours:  Marin County Information

  7. Have a “shelter in place” kit in place 

Our firefighters, medical and emergency workers have been stretched thin, so we must be prepared on an individual and neighborhood level.  Please check with your neighbors to be sure they are also prepared. 

Fed Neighborhoods 2020

Bret Harte Community Association
Culloden-Quarry-Twin Oaks Homeowners Association
Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association
Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association
Glenwood Homeowners Association
Lincoln San Rafael Hill Neighborhood Association
Loch Lomond Homeowners Association
Mont Marin/San Rafael Park Neighborhood Association
Montecito Area Residents Association
Peacock Gap Homeowners Association
Spinnaker Point Homeowners Association
Terra Linda Neighborhood Association
Villa Real Property Owners Association

West End Neighborhood Association


The Fed Expands Its Borders  
The Federation is pleased to announce that our map has expanded to include our first two North San Rafael neighborhoods - Mont Marin/San Rafael Park, and The Terra Linda Homeowners Association.  A recent change in the Federation bylaws has made it possible for all San Rafael area neighborhoods to join, and we look forward to increased membership in the future. 

Neighborhood News - Send Us Yours!
federationofsanrafael@gmail.com

Membership Committee 
Join us as we look for new ways to connect with neighbors. Teri and Amy will oversee this initiative and we encourage you to be part of it!   

Meet Your Steering Committee Members

Amy Likover (Gerstle Park) 
Betsey Swenerton (Bret Harte)
Daniel Alm (West End)
Jim Draper (Bret Harte) 
Kevin Hagerty (Glenwood)
Mary Anne Hoover (Terra Linda)
Rachel Kertz (Mont Marin/San Rafael Park)
Richard Bernstein (California Park)
Ron Freshman (Bret Harte)
Teri Hughes (Spinnaker Point)

Big thanks for your volunteer work in support of
San Rafael neighborhoods!

See bio paragraphs here

Fed Member Subsidies Available

Have a neighborhood project and need $$$? If you are a Fed member/member organization and propose your project to the SC, it may get funded.  One privilege of Fed membership per our bylaws includes a subsidy for your good ideas. We have funded tree plantings in the past.  Think of what you could do!  Submit your project in writing to federationofsanrafael@gmail.com. The SC meets second Thursdays, so there’s still time in June for your submission.
 
Treasurer's Corner
2020 Paid Memberships:
14 Homeowners/Neighborhood Associations 
42 individuals
Current budget balance is $21,839.35.
San Rafael News You Can Use!

Neighbor to Neighbor

San Rafael has a program that encourages neighborhoods to organize around helping each other during the current pandemic and beyond.  Called Neighbor to Neighbor, it provides a simple structure, useful toolkit, and access to numerous helpful resources. 

www.cityofsanrafael.org/neighbor-to-neighbor-covid-19-toolkit/

MISSION ​
The purpose of the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods is to facilitate communication and interaction among the neighborhoods as represented by their associations, groups, and individuals, and to promote effective and regular communication with local government entities and agencies.

 
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