Welcome to Winter! The solstice! The dark and cold that makes it so nice to huddle inside with loved ones, good soup recipes, holiday baking and long novels from our wonderful libraries.
They tell me I am the new Mayor of San Anselmo; at least for 2013. I welcome your support, your questions, your comments, your help and your ideas about how we can do more for our town of San Anselmo. It takes all of us...all! So I hope that I can call on you to do a little bit more too.
Speaking of "a little bit more" we all have to keep the leaves out of the gutters and the storm drains. Granted we hire a street sweeper that goes by every so often, but the town is divided into 5 quadrants and they can't do it all at the same time. When we sweep, blow, rake the leaves of these beautiful trees, let's put it in the green can. Rain water has to be able to flow freely in the gutters, and it's a small thing that we can do.
By now, we are all familiar with the pattern of our winter storms. We narrowly escaped flooding a couple of weeks ago. Amazing how fast the creek rose even though we actually had ONLY two inches of rain! Having been intimately involved with the floods of '82 and '95 I can only advise watching the flood guage on the Ross Valley Fire web site, and watch the local weathercasts. They have been amazingly accurate. Don't come downtown to see the creek when the horn goes off, that water moves so quickly that it carries cars and debris boxes and other heavy things as if they were nothing. Creek viewing is not a spectator sport, believe me.
Lastly, I join all my fellow Councilmembers in wishing you the most joyous of seasons. Take time to listen carefully to the "little ones" and love them more tenderly. Do something nice and unexpected for a neighbor. Take some cookies to a retirement home. Smile more at people on the streets and shop San Anselmo!
I look forward to this year with "Great Expectations."
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