Notices, News, & Info
City of San Rafael Meetings on Costco Proposal
The city has two upcoming hearings to discuss the proposed Costco project at Northgate Mall:
Planning Commission meeting (October 15, 7 PM)
The Planning Commission has jurisdiction over land-use, including traffic, noise, hours of operation, parking, and overall size and height.
If you have comments on the project that relate to land-use, you can send them to Raffi Boloyan <> by October 7th, and it will be included in the packets that are sent to each planning commission member.
This meeting will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment should you wish to attend.
The staff report can be viewed here.
Design Review Board meeting (October 22nd, 7 PM)
The Design Review Board only has jurisdiction over the look of the proposed project, such as architecture, design, and color.
If you have comments on the look of the project, you can also send them to Raffi Boloyan a week prior to the meeting.
Monthly Neighborhoods Meeting with City of San Rafael
Every month the City of San Rafael meets with representatives from each neighborhood to discuss issues of importance. These meetings are open to the public and are held the last Wednesday of each month at 4 PM. More information can be found here.
Terra Linda HOA Committees
If you would like to be more involved in the Terra Linda HOA, there are two committees that you can join: 1) Community Development Committee and 2) Parking Committee. If you are interested in joining, please contact the following HOA members:
Mary Anne Hoover, Community Development Committee <>
Mark Gainer, Parking Committee <>
Special HOA Meeting on the Future of Northgate Mall
Date: Monday, October 14th, 2019
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: Mark Day School, 39 Trellis Drive
Agenda: Presentation from Stephen Logan (Merlone Geiger) on plans for Northgate Mall and our community survey results.
Room: Head to the front of the new Mark Day School building, through the breezeway, and to the right. The room will be straight ahead (last door on the left).
Parking: You can park anywhere in the Mark Day lot as you enter of Trellis. The school has asked that we please do not park on Trellis. If more parking is needed you can park on Arias or Monticello.
Homeowners – Need Help Fixing A Leaky Toilet?
Did you know that around 35% of homes in Marin have an undetected leak? Many of these are silent but simple to fix, like toilet leaks, which can waste up to 200 gallons a day! Help the City of San Rafael by taking this very short 2 question survey, then they’ll help you by providing a kit developed to make it easier to find and fix toilet leaks in your home. Hurry! This is a pilot program being conducted by the City of San Rafael and they have limited supplies. Only homeowners with San Rafael addresses are eligible.
Northgate Walk Development Process
On September 9, 2015 the City of San Rafael Design Review Board spent over two hours completing a conceptual review of a 217-unit residential development proposed for the Four-Points Sheraton Hotel site and the adjacent Gateway Gas Station site (1005 and 1010 Northgate Drive). The Conceptual Design Review process is intended to allow the City and the public to review a less fully developed concept, so the community can provide comments on the project in its earliest stage. Should the applicant pursue a formal application for this project, more detailed plans, information and technical studies will be required, as well as many more public comment opportunities and meetings. For more information or to provide your comments, contact Steve Stafford at email@example.com or (415) 458-5048.
A video of the meeting is at http://cityofsanrafael.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=755 and traffic impacts are yet to be determined.
The proposed project was also presented to the TLHOA on September 15, 2015 where the applicant listened and answered questions from the audience.
On October 23, 2018, the Planning Commission provided initial review and feedback on the project. After two meetings with the Design Review Board, the project was approved after some design revisions were made. On July 23, 2019, the Planning Commission reviewed and approved the project. For more information, please visit this website.
If there are infrastructure problems such as wait times at intersections, brightness of street lights, poor road condition - please log onto the public works website to inform the city at https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/contact-public-works/
Residents in Marin are encouraged to sign-up for TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification)...
Self-Registration. If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 years of age or older, you will be able receive emergency notifications on your cell phone by text, email, voice, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). To receive notifications using the Telephone Emergency Notification System, please register at
Residential Parking Permit Policy
The city has issued a policy addressing residential parking permits; click here for the staff report and policy. Council has agreed that residential area permit programs are permitted; this policy establishes the requirements and benchmarks necessary to have an acceptable program. Basically, the program must be self sustaining and not receive any City subsidy. In addition, the proposed policy establishes the process by which a neighborhood would initiate a program.
Community Emergency Response Team information is at http://readymarin.org/cert/
In response to a child enticement case, the police department has sent out information as to what to can be done to prevent harm:
A. Call 911 immediately and report the following;
Location of incident. Direction the suspect was last seen.
Description of suspect. Attempt to remember as much information as possible. Begin from the top down- Hair, facial hair, shirt, pants, race, height, weight and age. Any unusual jewelry, tattoos, marks or scars.
Description of suspect vehicle. Very important to attempt to obtain the license plate number. Look for anything on the vehicle that stands out like bumper stickers, damage to vehicle, damaged or tinted windows.
If you have a cell phone and if it's safe to do so, take a photograph of the suspect and/or suspect vehicle. You could also video record via cell phone. Please remember to do this ONLY if it is safe to do so.
B. Parents should talk to their children regarding this topic.
Do not talk to strangers.
Do not stop walking if a person is following you. If you feel you are being followed, find the first adult, house, or business you see and let them know you are being followed.
Do not ever stop and talk to person that is inside a vehicle.
Do not ever enter a car or approach a car if a person asks you to get in.
Make as much noise as possible if someone attempts to grab you and place you in a vehicle. Scream as loud as you can and fight as hard as you can.
Report suspicious people or vehicles to an adult immediately. Follow all the steps as above.
As always, please do not hesitate to call 911. Also please do not assume that someone else has called the police. Often times, we hear about crimes that happened days earlier from the neighborhoods but find out that the police were never notified the day of the crime. Time is our enemy in theses cases. The sooner we know about the information, the more likely it is we are able to solve the crime. If anyone has any other questions, please call Sergeant Jim Correa at 415-485-3195 or Lieutenant Dan Fink at 415-485-3148.
Anyone with information about a crime in San Rafael is asked to call San Rafael Police at 415.485.3000 or Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS (8477). This phone number will accommodate all languages. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn a possible reward. Tips can also be made online at
The San Rafael Police Department has joined a number of law enforcement agencies nationwide by utilizing the popular video sharing website YouTube to share neighborhood crime information with community members.
The San Rafael Police Department has already been using a social networking site called Twitter, which allows important information to be released to subscribers quickly and efficiently. Our partnership with YouTube will extend that level of communication and allow for the release of videos. Videos may simply be informative to the public; or allow for the quick release of surveillance video of a crime which may lead to the identification of suspects in a crime case. Historically, the public has been vital in providing tips, which lead to the apprehension of suspects. Tips can always be made through the Bay Area Crime Stoppers website http://bayareacrimestoppers.org) or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. All calls are confidential and tipsters may be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000.
As part of our community oriented policing philosophy, we believe this program will assist us in continuing our goal of having a high level of communication and assist us in participation with our community members. To participate, go to: http://www.YouTube.com/mysrpd. For further information contact Lt. Dan Fink at 415.485.3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
San Rafael Police Department www.srpd.org - has a link to a beta site for crime reports: http://www.srpd.org/onlineservices/crimereports.shtml including sex offenders who are registered.
San Rafael Police Department tips to keep in mind when a solicitor knocks on your door:
Always keep your door locked, and ask who it is or look through a peek hole. If you are not comfortable, do not open the door.
Ask to see a photo ID and a permit. If they work for a legitimate company, they will have both.
Do not give any information that you would not normally provide to a stranger (credit card numbers, ID info).
If you feel the subject is suspicious, call the police immediately at 485-3000 and give a description of the subject and any vehicle description and direction of travel.
Motorcycle traffic officers are now assigned a beat to handle any incoming traffic complaints. All Motorcycle officers work days. In addition a Traffic Officer roams in a car throughout the city. If you have a traffic complaint, you can e-mail COPS@srpd.org.
The latest addition of the City of San Rafael e-newsletter is available:
Terra Linda Component of City of San Rafael General Plan
Please CLICK HERE for information about how to recycle old household batteries, used fluorescent and CFL bulbs, and old mercury thermometers with Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (and exchange your old mercury thermometer for a new digital one, free).
Have you been looking for ways to make your home more comfortable and have better air quality, all while saving money on monthly utility bills? Now it’s easier than ever to take advantage of incentives from Energy Upgrade California and Marin County for completing a project that meets your home comfort and energy efficiency goals. Free assistance is available by calling a Home Upgrade Advisor, simply call 1(866) 878-6008 and a specially trained Home Upgrade Advisor will guide you through every step of the process.
Upgrade your home’s comfort while saving energy and taking advantage of great rebates and financing options. More information can be found at www.marincounty.org/EnergyUpgrade.
Rising Sun Energy offers free residential energy and water assessments. There are a limited number of slots available. Call 510-665-1501 extension 5 or visit http://risingsunenergy.org/content/greencall.html.
The YWCA San Rafael offers an Employment Support Program for Women 50+ who need to get back in the workplace. Our free workshops and ongoing support can help you develop new skills, build your confidence and help you find your next job. To sign up or learn more please contact: Gretchen 415-479-9922 or Gretchen@ywcasf-marin.org.
4380 Redwood Hwy, Suite A-1, San Rafael, CA 94903
Marin Villages' mission is simple - to help seniors remain in their homes and communities as they age independently, with dignity and grace. As part of the nationwide Village Movement, Marin Villages recognizes the need to offer older adults an alternative when deciding how and where they would like to age and provide opportunities for them to remain socially engaged.
Drivers needed! CarePool is a Volunteer Driver Program in Marin County and part of the Whistlestop programming. The focus of the program is to ensure access to healthcare, nutritious food shopping and socialization for older adults and people with disabilities across Marin. CarePool matches screened and trained volunteer drivers with ride requests from eligible riders. Services are provided in drivers’ personal vehicles. This is a flexible opportunity that allows volunteers to review and select trip requests that fit their schedule. The time commitment for volunteer drivers is based on the number of trips selected. Click HERE for informational flyer. Also be aware that CarePool may fill a need if there is someone you know who has trouble getting around.