S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meetings

San Rafael hosts a monthly meeting with three umbrella groups; the Federation of San Raafael Neighborhoods, the Coalition of North San Rafael and the Pt. San Pedro Road Coalition. The purpose of these joint meetings is to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City's approach. These public meetings are generally held at 4:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month in the upstairs meeting room at City Hall. Items are placed on the agenda by the City and/or by the three umbrella groups.

This provides the Coalition with an opportunity to raise issues of particular interest to residents of our area. If you have any suggestions regarding potential topics for these meetings, we urge you to let us know by using the Coalition Board contact form.

Following are the Coalition's notes on the content of those meetings. These notes are in reverse-date order with the most recent meeting at the top.

Posted 6/24/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting for June 2017

The June meeting has been canceled due to the fact that the Mayor will be out of town. The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are ... [Read more...]

Posted 5/23/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting for May 2017

The May meeting has been canceled due to the fact that the Mayor will be out of town. The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are ... [Read more...]

Posted 5/2/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from April 26, 2017

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 4/5/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from March 29, 2017

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 3/26/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Announcement

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach.The ... [Read more...]

Posted 1/29/17: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from January 26, 2017

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 12/3/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from November 30, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 10/27/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from October 26, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 10/24/16: Pedestrian Crossing Safety On Agenda for Oct. 26

Wednesday, October 26th at 4:00 PM Community Development Conference Room 3rd Floor, City Hall The Point San Pedro Road Coalition has placed an item on the agenda for the October 26th monthly meeting of the City/City Council and neighborhood umbrella groups regarding improving pedestrian safety when crossing multilane roads. EVERYONE IS WELCOME ... [Read more...]

Posted 9/29/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from September 28, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 9/12/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from August 31, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. ... [Read more...]

Posted 7/28/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from July 27, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. Items are ... [Read more...]

Posted 7/2/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from June 29, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. Items are ... [Read more...]

Posted 5/26/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from May 25, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. Items are ... [Read more...]

Posted 4/28/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from April 27, 2016

The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups (Federation of Neighborhoods and Coalition of North San Rafael) to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly with the appropriate City agencies or where there is concern about the City’s approach. Items are ... [Read more...]

Posted 3/31/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from March 30, 2016

Joint Meeting: City of San Rafael - Federation of Neighborhoods - Coalition of North San Rafael - Pt. San Pedro Road Coalition The Coalition meets monthly with the City of San Rafael along with two other umbrella groups to discuss activities, concerns and/or issues that are not readily addressed directly ... [Read more...]

Posted 2/27/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from February 24, 2016

Joint Meeting: City of San Rafael - Federation of Neighborhoods - Coalition of North San Rafael - Pt. San Pedro Road Coalition Development Update: Four Points Sheraton Site The development has changed architects. Its representatives recently met with the North San Rafael Community to get input. The community expressed major ... [Read more...]

Posted 1/29/16: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from January 27, 2016

Joint Meeting: City of San Rafael — Federation of Neighborhoods — Coalition of North San Rafael — San Pedro Road Coalition Item 1: Essential Facilities Exterior Designs presented by Mary McGrath of Mary McGrath Architects The exterior designs for fire stations 52 and 57 were presented. There will be open houses to ... [Read more...]

Posted 12/11/15: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from December 9, 2015

Joint Meeting: City -- Federation of Neighborhoods -- Coalition of North San Rafael -- San Pedro Road Coalition (combined November/December Meeting) Item 1: Essential Facilities, presented by Mary McGrath of Mary McGrath Architects Plans were presented for the new Public Safety Center, a combined police and fire facility across from City Hall; ... [Read more...]

Posted 10/31/15: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from October 28, 2015

City/ Federation of Neighborhoods/Coalition of North San Rafael/San Pedro Road Coalition The meeting was run by Mayor Gary Phillips and attended by Councilmembers Kate Colin and John Gamblin and City Manager Jim Shutz. Client Response Management Software - proposed by the Coalition of North San Rafael Neighborhoods: Rebecca Woodbury, SR. Management ... [Read more...]

Posted 10/4/15: Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes from Sept. 30, 2015

City/ Federation of Neighborhoods/Coalition of North San Rafael/San Pedro Road Coalition Whistlestop Update -- Item proposed by Amy Likover on behalf of the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods.  Paul Jensen, Community Development Director, explained that formal applications are in but are incomplete.  A consultant has been hired for the EIR and will be part of ... [Read more...]

June 26, 2015: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

THIRD STREET ENVIRONMENTAL  CLEANUP PROJECT UPDATE PG&E employees Tricia Sullivan, Project Manager, Rick McCarthy, Engineer, and Tracy Craig, Community Relations, gave a presentation on the upcoming remediation on the 999 Third Street Remediation Project.  The location is the site of a former manufactured gas plant which was shut down around 1930 at a time ... [Read more...]

May 27, 2015: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

The report on the Downtown Streets Team Fundraiser was posted. Reuel Brady of the Coalition of North San Rafael presented information on the Terra Linda HOA Clean Air Program which has a program to help households install electric inserts to replace wood burning fireplaces at lower prices. There is also ... [Read more...]

March 25, 2015: S.R. & Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes

Assessment District Guidelines: After an introduction by City Manager Nancy Mackle, Rebecca Woodbury, Management Analyst for the City, presented a draft outline of guidelines for how to initiate an assessment district. She based this on the recent assessment district formed to redo the medians on Pt. San Pedro Road. The ... [Read more...]

January 28, 2015: S.R. & Umbrella Group Monthly Meeting Notes

Police Chief Diana Bishop discussed car burglaries and several other crime-related issues at this meeting.... Brigitte Moran, Executive Director, Agriculture Institute of Marin (AIM) made a presentation regarding the permanent Farmer’s Market Canopy and Market Hall proposed for the Civic Center which will utilize the overflow parking lot (also known ... [Read more...]

December 10, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Councilwoman Kate Colin stood in for Mayor Phillips who was unable to attend the meeting. An update on the City's Homelessness action plan , a topic proposed by Mayor Phillips, was presented by Stephanie Lovette the Economic Development Manager for the City. This plan which was presented on November 17th ... [Read more...]

October 29, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Mayor Gary Phillips ran the meeting and Councilwoman Kate Colin was in attendance. Sara Jensen and Kevin Hagerty of the San Pedro Road Coalition introduced a topic expressing concern about lack of consistency and clarity in signage and road markings related to bicycle lanes. Nader Mansourian, Director of the Public ... [Read more...]

September 24, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Cia Byrnes , Executive Director, for Ritter Center was introduced by City Manager Nancy Mackle .  Ms. Byrnes has been with Ritter for 6 or 8 years and was recently promoted to executive director. Cia Byrnes mentioned a number of items in her opening statement:
  1. She is concerned about the ...
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July 30, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Discussion Item 1 Resilient Neighborhoods:   Tamara Peters gave a presentation on this group which helps people organize groups who band together to help cut carbon admissions.  Tamara is willing to come to neighborhood group meetings and give presentations about the program. Discussion Item 2 Dementia Awareness:  Battalion Chief Jeff Buscher ... [Read more...]

May 28, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Topic 1: Craig Murray from the Coalition of North San Rafael Neighborhoods presented information on year round pool availability and suggested that San Rafael should look into having a community pool that is open year round. Debbie Younkin attended to present information about the use of the City's pool. Topic ... [Read more...]

April 30, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

PG&E Clean-up Plan: PG&E representatives reported on the Manufacturing Gas Plant Remediation Project located at 3rd and Lindaro. PG&E is in the process of permitting and contractor selection. The project is expected to begin later this year and last ten to twelve months. The intent of the project is to ... [Read more...]

March 26, 2014: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Street Sweeping Schedule: Nader Mansourian, Public Works Director, explained that two full-time street sweeping positions were eliminated in 2008 due to budget cuts.  As a result, only major streets are regularly swept.  Residents with special requests for residential streets with an immediate need should call the Public Works Dispatch line ... [Read more...]

October 30, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Emergency Services Update : Emergency Services is under the Fire Department. The Emergency Management Head has moved to Colorado, so the City is looking at the position for possible shared services.  Another CERT class is anticipated in April.  The Get Ready Program is being presented to all public school fifth ... [Read more...]

August 28, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Carol Thompson of the Business Improvement District presented the 2014 Goals for the self-funded assessment district.  They are focused on Safety, Streetscape, Transportation, Promotion and Events, Economic Development.  Their work is based on the Main Street Four-Point Approach:  Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring.  They want to bring residents of ... [Read more...]

May 29, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

1. DRAFT ZONING Paul Jensen, Community Development Director and Kraig Tamborini, Senior Planner presented a summary of Draft Zoning and Related Code Amendments that are to be presented to the Mayor and Council.  Included were Climate Change Action Plan (implementation measures); Hillside Overlay that allows backing out of steep driveways ... [Read more...]

April 24, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

1. Whistlestop Development Andrea Osgood, Sr. Project Manager, Eden Housing and Matt Guthrie, Forster & Guthrie Architectects, gave a presentation on the status of plans for the development of the current location of Whistlestop in conjunction with the development plans for SMART. The intent is to rebuild the facility to ... [Read more...]

March 27, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

1. City Ordinance for Hazardous Tree Removal (Coalition of North SR Item) Ray Lorber from the Coalition of North San Rafael presented a situation involving a hazardous tree on private property. Chief Bishop and the Mayor made it clear that this is a situation between private parties not something the ... [Read more...]

February 27, 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

SMART Update by Barbara Heller There will be improvements at all rail crossings in San Rafael. Most if not all SR crossings will be eligible for Quiet Zones (physical barriers coming down rather than train sounding whistle). SMART will work on planning in 2013 and 14. Once designs are complete, ... [Read more...]

January 30. 2013: S.R. & Umbrella Groups Monthly Meeting Notes

Chief Grey talked about Emergency Prep. The fire department is now in charge of it and they are interviewing for someone to head it up and hope to have the position filled in a month or month and a half. He talked about registering cell phones for the emergency call ... [Read more...]