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San Rafael Snapshot - April 17, 2014

New recycling containers in Downtown!
New recycling containers in Downtown!
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Countywide Public Safety Communications

On Monday evening at 7 p.m., the City Council will consider a resolution to endorse a countywide levy of a parcel tax to finance a new Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) public safety communications system. Frequencies utilized by our current radio system are being legislated out of existence by the Federal Government and will be gone within this decade. Agencies across the U.S. that use radio systems like ours have no control over this and must migrate to new radio systems. In addition, a new radio system with much higher capacity levels is needed. Click here for more information.

Climate Change Action Plan Quarterly Update Meeting

Our next Climate Change Action Plan update meeting is Thursday April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Community Development Conference Room at San Rafael City Hall. The main topic of discussion is a zero waste and rate structure analysis, as well as implementation updates regarding the Resilient Neighborhood program, solar on public facilities, a water conservation strategy, and progress relating to city operations. Click here to learn about San Rafael’s green initiatives and check us out on Facebook.

Recycling in Downtown

Did you know we have a 75% diversion rate in San Rafael? Let’s get to 100%! This week we installed several recycling receptacles in strategic places in the Downtown area thanks to a grant from CalRecycle. Please use these receptacles to discard plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper materials. For more information about recycling, composting, and reducing waste in Marin visit http://zerowastemarin.org/.

Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Requirements

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. Employers must register by September 30 to comply. Click here for more information and to register your company. For local information about how to start an employee commute program here in Marin, visit www.gotimemarin.com.

MMWD to replace Forbes Hill Reservoir cover

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) plans to replace the existing Forbes Hill Reservoir cover with a new, dome-shaped aluminum cover. The Forbes Hill Reservoir is an MMWD water reservoir that is located on the ridge between Santa Margarita Drive in the West End neighborhood and Fifth Avenue in the Sun Valley neighborhood. For questions about the project, please call MMWD at 945-1455. Click here to watch video of a presentation about the project.

EVENTS

San Rafael Earth Day

On Saturday, April 26 join over a billion volunteers worldwide to help steward the earth on this annual day of service. Help make our community cleaner and greener by participating in trash cleanup and weeding activities listed here. You can also win a prize by helping to “Bag the Plastic” on Earth Day! Tally your plastic bag “bounty” on a card, and turn it in to the site leader at the end of the cleanup to win prizes. Double your clean fun by posting to our “Digital Landfill.” If you have a smartphone, upload photos of plastic bags to Litterati. Simply photograph the plastic bag trash with Instagram, a free app, and add hashtags #keepsrclean and #litterati.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Come join Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse, and Mad Hatter at the Falkirk Cultural Center for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. There will be two seatings each day at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. This event sells out quickly, so please make your reservations early! Click here for more information and to make reservations.

La Placita

La Placita is an open community market in the Canal neighborhood every other Sunday from May to October on Belvedere and Alto Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. La Placita features live entertainment, local produce stands and food vendors, the talents of community artists and craft makers, kid’s zone and the presentation of new Canal community entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.

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