The San Anselmo Inn is open!—Come and stay in our great town in the heart of Marin

 

We are excited to finally accept guests, both new and those who have become our friends and family over the years.

We have renovated many rooms, our lobby to allow contactless check-ins, and we will continue to remain focused on providing the best service while keeping our employees and our guests safe and  healthy.

Our own Valenti & Co and all other San Anselmo restaurants offer outdoor dining, including the week-end “dine on the ave”
pedestrians only on San Anselmo Avenue.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

(415) 455 5366
www.sananselmoinn.com

From the Panhandle to Ocean Beach on car-free roads

Golden Gate Park closed more of its roads to cars on Friday, creating an East-West pathway running all the way from the Panhandle to Ocean Beach.

Portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Transverse Drive and Middle Drive will be closed to motorists to open up more space for people looking to get outside, recreate or travel by micromobility. It will also create safer pathways for people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs.

“Golden Gate Park is a park, and we want people to think of it that way, not as a freeway,” Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg said at the opening of the newly car-free roadway Friday.

Executed in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, the closures meet the broader network of Slow Streets that ultimately aim to connect Ocean Beach to the Ferry Building.

“During COVID, it is more important than ever that families have safe places to be able to exercise outdoors, where they don’t have to be afraid of cars and where they have plenty of room in order to remain socially distant […],” SFMTA Executive Director Jeffrey Tumlin said.

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The Press Democrat Subscribe Regulators raise water quality fine to $6.4 million for Montage Healdsburg resort

Tourism businesses ignore their environmental responsibilities at their own risk.  This is a bottom line issue.   In a backhanded way, this fine is a benefit to the ecotourism industry.  Curbing siltation of the Russian River to protect the salmonids is crucial to the fishing industry.  Fishing and a clean river draws tourists……… RCoates

Author MARY CALLAHAN, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The developer of the luxury Montage Healdsburg hotel is facing one of the largest environmental penalties of its kind in state history for dozens of alleged water quality violations during construction over the soggy winter of 2018-19.

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is seeking to fine Sonoma Luxury Resort, a subsidiary for Encinitas developer Robert S. Green, more than $6.4 million for allowing what board prosecutors say was an estimated 9.4 million gallons of mud and sediment-filled stormwater to leave the site during work of the ultra-high-end hotel in north Healdsburg.

Poor erosion control on the 258-acre site unleashed soils into streams of the Russian River watershed and put fish and other other aquatic wildlife at risk, regulators found, counteracting millions of dollars spent to improve habitat and restore imperiled, protected runs of salmon and steelhead trout, according to Jeremiah Puget, a water pollution control staffer with the regional water quality board.

Claudia Villacorta, the water board’s assistant executive officer, said in January that regulators found “the conduct was, frankly, grossly negligent.”

“They repeatedly failed to take action, implement effective practices, and I think that’s the reason why the penalty ― the proposed fine ― was significant,” she said Tuesday.

In an emailed statement, Green said his firm, the Robert Green Co., is a champion of the environment and intends to try to settle the matter with the regional board, though the two sides have failed so far to reach an agreement.

“Anyone familiar with our project and our stewardship of this land knows the extreme measures we have always taken to preserve and protect the natural environment,” Green said in the statement.

The 130-room hotel, in the works for more than 15 years and formerly named Saggio Hills, is set to open by December with rooms and suites that run from $695 to $1,695 a night. Future plans call for 70 villa-style homes on the wooded property.

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More ‘slow streets’ added to city

Petaluma is poised to add several new slow streets, bringing to 5 miles the total of pedestrian and bike-friendly streets in the city’s program.

The city implemented a slow streets program in April amid the coronavirus pandemic. The program allows city officials to close certain streets to through traffic, opening up the roadways to cyclists, walkers and joggers seeking a socially distant place to get some exercise.

Ken Eichstaedt, the city’s senior civil engineer, proposed adding Rio Vista Way and Vallejo Street in the Payran neighborhood, Sonoma Avenue and North Fair Street as well as Post Street on the west side, and east side streets Bond Avenue and Zinfandel Drive.

Several streets that were added in the first two phases of the program are proposed to be removed, Eichstaedt told the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee last week.

“I feel like we are getting to an effective program that balances the capacity and the cost for implementation,” he said, adding that some residents, like those on Zinfandel Drive, sent in a petition for inclusion in the program. “You can’t easily ignore those things.”

The third phase of the program is expected to be discussed by the city council on Sept. 21 with a goal of making permanent some of the slow streets.

Climate Friday Town Hall

Friday, September 25, 11 AM – 12 PM

Clean, accessible transportation– we all depend on it!

Join Terea Macomber, Electric Vehicle Director, Grid Alternatives, and Woody Hastings, Energy Program Manager, The Climate Center for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities in securing equitable, clean transportation policies and infrastructure, with moderator, CEO Ellie Cohen.

Terea and Woody will share their expertise about the fundamental need for reliable transportation- from public transport to personal vehicles and bikes—to ensure a functional society, how transportation policies have often been used to marginalize lower-income communities and communities of color, and how, working together, we can secure accessible, clean transportation for everyone. With transportation the single largest measured source of greenhouse gases in California, a rapid transition to greenhouse gas-free, equitable mobility is a key goal of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign. We hope you will join us!

Register here.

 

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