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Posted on Nov 16, 2014 in Homeless, Meetings | 0 comments

Important City Council Meeting Monday

Important City Council Meeting Monday

On Monday Nov 17 the City Council will hear several important reports on homeless issues in San Rafael. This is an important meeting for you to attend. The Council will only vote on whether to accept the reports and staff recommendations.

Ritter Street Progress Report

This is a required six-month report on activities and compliance with their City Use Permit. This covers such conditions as client limits (65 per day/averaged over the operational work week), security, medical care, litter control etc. There is also a new executive director at Ritter, Cia Byrnes. The leases for the four Ritter buildings expire between Dec 2015 and May 2016. As a result of increased security contract, the SRPD service calls to Ritter Center decreased 22% between May and September 2014, to 119 calls. There is a lot of information and background in the staff report. Download Staff Report >

Progress Report and Recommendations on City Homeless Plan

The Plan consists of numerous actions taken that include the mental health professional working with SRPD, no tolerance policy on camping, and support of Downtown Streets Team. Contained in this staff report is a thorough review of what the City has done and the next steps recommended. The topics cover alcohol access, mental health programs, affordable housing, fair distribution of the costs throughout the County, rest rooms in the downtown area, and a discussion of the REST shelter. We encourage you to read this staff report and attend the meeting. Download Report >

Can’t Attend? You can still send a comment!

If you can’t attend the meeting, please read through the staff reports and email a comment to the City Council. Go to and in the top right column, click on “Use email contact form”. Your voice matters and they do want to hear from you.

Upcoming Meetings

SMART Quiet Zone
Monday December 1 at 7 p.m.

The City Council will consider the establishment of a Quiet Zone for SMART operations. A written report will be available for public review prior to the meeting at

Downtown Area Studies
Monday December 1 at 7 p.m.

The Council will consider acceptance of grant funding for a Downtown Parking and Wayfinding Study and a Transit Center Relocation Study for the SMART Station area Downtown.

Civic Center Update
Monday December 15 at 7 p.m.

The Council will hear an update on Civic Center Station area infrastructure improvements such as bicycle and pedestrian paths, bus parking, SMART parking, etc.

Downtown Update
Monday January 20 at 7 p.m. 

The Council will hear an update on the SMART Downtown Station area infrastructure improvements such as sidewalk widening, ADA improvements, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, etc.

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