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.

You Can Now Pedal Through California’s Scenic Redwood Forest on a Railbike

Author Emma Taggart

In an effort to give a new lease on life to some of America’s historic railway lines, Skunk Train is repurposing unused train tracks as adventurous tour routes. One of its most popular experiences is an excursion through the world-famous Redwood Route in northern California. But rather than ride the rails via train, you and a friend can pedal an electric-powered railbike meant for two.

The railbike guided tour takes around two hours and begins at Fort Brag, just off the coast. From there, you’ll meander along the scenic Pudding Creek, cross wooden trestle bridges, and take in the majestic beauty of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Upon reaching Glen Blair Junction, you’ll have a 50-minute break to enjoy a picnic or explore the woods on foot.

There’s no need to steer the railbikes. Without the need for driving, you and your partner can simply sit back and pedal at a leisurely pace while taking in the surrounding scenery. “You’re unbound, able to look around at the wonder of this untouched stretch of the natural world,” Skunk Train says, “spotting blue herons, osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, perhaps a playful river otter, a deer munching on the foliage, and during peak berry season maybe even a bear.”

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