Fairfax Update
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November 15,2021
Housing Element Update
Saturday November 20th from 2-6pm: Fairfax Community Workshop

RSVP now on the Fairfax Speaks website and join your neighbors at our virtual Community Workshop for a discussion of Fairfax’s 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. 
Your participation and feedback at the workshop matters!
Fairfax is a Town that cares about our neighbors and the community. Your guidance in this Housing Element process can help create a more inclusive Fairfax with housing opportunities for all of our community members. 
The Housing Element is a document that will help shape the future of housing in Fairfax. Part of the Town’s General Plan, Fairfax is required to update the Housing Element every eight years. Fairfax is in the process of developing our 6th Cycle Update, which needs to plan for existing and projected future housing needs. In the eight year period from 2023-2031, the Town will need to plan for an additional 490 new housing units. Community feedback at this workshop will help inform where and how Fairfax will accommodate these 490 housing units for people of all income groups. 
Can’t attend the workshop? Have more questions? Invite your neighbors by sharing the Fairfax Speaks website and the Facebook Event [insert link] with them. Fairfax Speaks also has many ways for you to engage and participate throughout this year-long process.
Public Works Update

The Town has mobilized a contractor to make urgent repairs to the properties where the outfall from Tamalpais Creek (that flows under Town Hall) joins San Anselmo Creek. The contractor will stage materials on Bridge Court and expect to have work completed over a 3-day period later this month. 

For questions on this project, please contact Jonathon Goldman, PE Interim Public Works Director at jgoldman@townoffairfax.org.
Fire Safe Marin is excited to share the next episode of Wildfire Watch TV - Are Trees a Threat?

This episode takes a look at something we can’t live without, but need to learn how to manage properly: trees! Learn simple tips to assess the trees around your home, how to maintain trees safely and what trees pose the greatest fire risk.
Please share Wildfire Watch widely with all Marin residents. Wildfire may be paused for now but we can use winter time to prepare and harden our homes. 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to receive the latest content. 

Viewing options:
Thursday 11/11 at 6PM on Marin TV Comcast Channel 30 (ATT-U 99), NCTV Channel 26 
On demand at Fire Safe Marin website and Youtube Channel
Wonderfully Wild Marin: A Calendar and Online Fundraiser for Open Space

Want to help protect local open spaces during these trying times and  get some amazing artwork as part of the donation thank-you gifts?   Here’s how!

The Fairfax Open Space Committee along with The San Anselmo Open Space Committee have been collaborating together to create an informationally rich and stunningly beautiful Calendar for 2022 called Wonderfully Wild Marin. The calendar notes astrological events, holidays from diverse cultures and religions, seasonal, cultural, and historical information about our natural surroundings along with outstanding vistas by talented local photographers. 

photo credit: Alpine Lake by Donald Kinney
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Climate Action Committee Meeting
November 16 - 7pm

Planning Commission Meeting
November 18 - 7pm

Volunteer Board Meeting
November 22 - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
November 22 - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Please notewe are proceeding with all events as planned but they may
need to be cancelled due to County or State Health orders.
Virtual Community Workshop - Housing Element
November 20th
2pm - 6pm

Your participation and feedback at the workshop will help inform where and how Fairfax will accommodate existing and projected future housing needs for people of all income groups.

Register on the Fairfax Speaks website.
Artist in Residence Photography Show at the Library
November 1-30th
Reception: November 20th
Fairfax Library

During this past year, Stephanie Mohan, local photographer and Fairfax Artist in Residence, has been using this time to document the historic events of various protests and the movements for social and racial equity that have emerged. Her photographs are raw, real, and passionate, hitting at the core of human truths.

Sponsored by Fairfax Artists in Residence, Fairfax Park and Rec., and the Fairfax Library.
Fairfax Craft Faire and Wreath Making - Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday, December 11th from 11am – 5pm 
We are looking forward to RE-gathering again for this lovely Fairfax tradition.  We will be adding wreath making from 12-4pm with the Fairfax Volunteers to this fun filled day!

Please consider signing up to volunteer at this fun, community event! We need help starting at 10 am and going until 7 pm. Help is required with the arts & crafts section, food area, and clean up. Sign up here if you are able to help support this event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BA8A929A75-holiday

This is a fundraising event for Fairfax Recreation and all proceeds will go to help support our programming and scholarship fund. 

Fairfax Recreation
After School Skate Club - Starts This Week!
Fairfax Community Skate Park
Steven Teijeiro
Grades K-6
November 9 – January 20
3:30 – 5:30pm

We are excited to offer a new session of our afterschool Skate Club! Club members will be instructed in the basic fundamentals of skateboarding. The primary focus will be to get kids comfortable riding and performing flat ground maneuvers, and small skate park obstacles. Helmet and pads a requirement. We will follow the Covid protocols suggested during this time.

Dodgeball Night
Zach Laurie and Will Hubert
All Middle and High School Youth -- limit of 40 kids
Saturday, December 4 
6:30 – 9pm

Fairfax Recreation is excited to re-start its programming for middle and high school youth. We are kicking it off with a Dodgeball Night in December. Come join the fun with seasoned youth development facilitators, Zach Laurie and Will Hubert. Pizza and beverages will be served from 6:30-7pm and games starting up around 7pm. We will follow the Covid protocols suggested during this time—masks indoors.

Other Town and County News
Call for Applications!

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority is seeking representatives from West Marin, Central Marin, and civic organizations for a three-year term to the MWPA Citizens Oversight Committee (COC). Applications are due by Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Find out more and apply here.

The newly established Fairfax Community Emergency Preparedness Committee is being formed to support and help coordinate collaborative town-wide efforts to prepare residents to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Check out the Committee’s webpage for details. The Town is seeking members to represent various stakeholders, including the community at large, CERTs, Firewise communities, and NRGs. Fairfax residents are encouraged to apply.
Opportunity for Job Training in the Green Building Field

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) has a Community Power Coalition wherein they sponsor training for jobs for youth and others to gain expertise in green jobs.  Rising Sun is a partner in this program and will be bringing on 120 new recruits to provide job training and placement.

If you are looking to get a job in green construction but don't know where to start Rising Sun's is now taking applications! This three-month program will train you and help place you with a local employer. Apply here

If you are looking to hire a skilled and vetted workforce MCE can match you with a motivated entry-level candidate AND pay for their first 160 hours of on-the-job work. Sign up today!
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2021? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on several boards and commissions. Click here to see the current vacancies.
Even with the Recent Rainfall Drought Water Restrictions are Still in Effect for All of Marin County
It's great seeing water flowing into our reservoirs and conservation numbers up. Great work saving water, Marin. Let's keep pushing and make the best use of this precious resource.

Now is a great time to consider rain barrels to capture rainwater for later use. Learn more at Marinwater.org/rebates

As water continues to flow into the reservoirs, it's typical to see storage levels increase. Stay up to date by visiting: MarinWater.org/water-watch
Center for Domestic Peace’s Administration Building Re-Opens November 15
Center for Domestic Peace (C4DP) is safely opening our San Rafael office building during regular business hours, 9am – 5pm, beginning November 15.

C4DP never stopped helping individuals experiencing domestic violence throughout the pandemic. Our 24/7 English/Spanish hotline, emergency shelter and transitional house continued uninterrupted. Other C4DP services pivoted to remote access and will continue to do so, including legal advocacy, therapy and support groups, so one does not have to come into our office to receive assistance from an advocate. 

Services offered at 734 A Street, San Rafael, include:
  1. Safe access to hotline support
  2. Legal advocacy appointments and walk-ins
  3. Information and support materials

We offer phone, virtual and in-person appointments.
Hotline and Appointments (24-Hour English/Spanish): 415-924-6616
Office Address: 734 A Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Business Phone Line: 415-457-2464 
Other support offered Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm:
  • ManKind Program 415-457-6760
  • Text Line 415-526-2557
  • Therapy and Support Groups 415-526-2553
Contact: Marla Hedlund, Development and Community Relations Office, Center for Domestic Peace (415) 526-2543.
Countywide Fair Housing Initiatives and Restrictive Covenant Presentation

At the October 20th Town Council meeting the Council received a report from the County on restrictive covenants and their history in Marin County. To watch the presentation and to learn more about how you can check your deed and participate in the process of revisions click here.
COVID-19 Updates & Programs

For the latest updates on Covid-19 and the most recent heath orders visit the Marin Health and Human Services Website.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, please visit our Town of Fairfax Coronavirus Resource page for rental assistance, utility bill help and more.
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Town of Fairfax sitio web se puede traducir al español

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