Mayor Wright reviews San Anselmo’s year

By Chris Rooney Marinscope contributor | 0 comments Mayor Wright reviews San Anselmo’s year San Anselmo Mayor John Wright agreed to field some questions from the Ross Valley reporter about the town’s current status and what will be appearing on the horizon. RVR: What’s the most important thing that’s happened in San Anselmo so far this year and what does it mean to residents? JW: So far in 2015, I think the most important event for San Anselmo residents is the qualification for the November ballot of the initiative that would prevent Memorial Park from ever being used for flood control. I think this initiative is wrong and is based on scare tactics and a completely false assumption that there is a fixed, unchangeable plan for a big detention basin that would wreck the park. That’s completely wrong and voters need to educate themselves about the facts. The Town Council has just approved for the same ballot another measure that will still allow a public vote on a Memorial Park plan, but it would be based on an actual plan with full public input and not the incorrect and misleading statements made by initiative proponents. RVR: What’s the next big thing on the horizon? JW: For the Town, this coming November election is the most important upcoming event due to the contested Town Council election and the two Memorial Park measures. RVR: Marin thrives on tourism; how has the summer been so far for local merchants? JW: San Anselmo isn’t a big tourist draw, although we have had many new visitors as a result of the opening of Imagination Park, the gift of George Lucas and the work of the San Anselmo Community Foundation. This summer we have had some merchant turnover with some stores and restaurants closing and some opening. The retail environment here remains challenged but we have some great ideas coming out of our Economic Development Committee. RVR: Most of the North Bay has bounced back from our recession; how’s San Anselmo’s finances? JW: The Town is in good shape financially thanks to the improved economy, and also because of the support of local voters of our sales tax measure in 2013. We hope to be able to do substantial street improvement over the next several years. We have also benefitted very significantly from the police consolidation with Corte Madera and Larkspur a few years ago. The Town is very well managed with an excellent town manager and finance director. RVR: The drought has been another issue; has it impacted local farmers, producers? Are residents effectively conserving? JW: We don’t have much agriculture in San Anselmo! We don’t get a lot of information about water use in the Town but as far as I know residents are doing their fair share to conserve. RVR: It’s almost back-to-school time; anything new this year for local students or educators? JW: We are blessed with excellent public schools in San Anselmo. The news here is that we have considerable growth in the student population — witness the new classrooms at Wade Thomas — and also the contested school board elections in the Ross Valley and Tam Union High School districts. There is also a charter school petition pending in the Ross Valley. We have great teachers in our schools but there is sometimes (like this year) disagreement at the policy level! RVR: They’re predicting an El Nino season, which means rain. Is the town prepared for heavy rainfall? JW: The Town does a lot to prepare for winter storms. We have a Town Flood Committee and a very proactive public works department. We encourage residents to check out the resources and information about flood preparedness on the Town’s website. Contact Chris Rooney at David N. Swaim Tam Realty Inc Owner DRE#1070789 415-710-5504 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 Serving all of Marin County

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