Marin Sanitary Service
L U N C H E O N   I N V I T A T I O N
February 16, 2017
12 - 2 p.m.

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Ross Valley Sanitary District
Large Diameter Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation Project II-2

The Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) provides wastewater utility service to businesses and residents in Central Marin County, including the Town of San Anselmo.   Much of the District's aging infrastructure is between 50 and 75 years old and in need of rehabilitation.  In order to improve the safety and reliability of the system and to reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows that could pollute local waterways, the RVSD is implementing an aggressive Capital Improvement Program.  An important component is the rehabilitation of approximately 3,033 Linear Feet of sanitary sewer pipe in Downtown San Anselmo using Cured-In-Place-Pipe lining rehabilitation methods.  The RVSD is working closely with Town Officials to mitigate impacts to the business community as much as possible.  This includes pre-approved traffic control measures, scheduling work so that most businesses will not be affected during normal hours of operation, less intrusive rehabilitation methods and the use of less odiferous pipe lining materials.  Construction is scheduled to be completed in segments over about a three-month period in the Spring of 2017.

Jim Smith, Ross Valley Sanitary DistrictAndy Deal, Covello Group
Colin Dudley, Brown and CaldwellAndrew Clough, AB Clough Consulting

Luncheon Generously Hosted by Marin Sanitary Service
535 Jacoby Street, San Rafael| UPSTAIRS
Sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce


The Marin Independent Journal recognized

Bradley Real Estate as a MOVER & SHAKER in Marin for receiving the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.  

Mayor Kay Coleman, Honoree Melissa Bradley, Chamber Chair Benedetto Cico, 
Council member John Wright, Honoree Robert Bradley (photo taken at the State of the Town Dinner)

The Marin Independent Journal recognized San Anselmo Chamber member

U.S. Immigration Agency Publishes New Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  published a revised version of Form I-9Employment Eligibility Verification (rev. 11/14/2016 N).
By  January 22, 2017, employers must use only this new version. Until then, they can continue to use either the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new version.
According to the USCIS, there are several changes in the new version to help reduce technical errors, including:
  • Section 1 asks for "other last names used" rather than "other names used," and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.
  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.
In addition,  the instructions for completing the Form I-9 are now separate from the form and include specific instructions for completing each field.
According to the USCIS, the revised  Form I-9 is easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions and an option to clear the form and start over. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.

New Workers' Comp Law Changes Definitions of Excluded Employees; May Affect Existing Policies

Beginning  January 1, 2017, all business workers' compensation insurance policies, including in-force policies, will be required to cover, among others, certain officers and directors of private corporations and working members of partnerships and limited liability companies that may be excluded from coverage under current law.
Under the law as it exists today, officers, directors and working partners generally  are not required to be covered under a company's workers' compensation policy, unless they elected to be covered.
Under AB 2883, the presumption is changed:
  • Officers, directors, and partners generally are required to be covered under the employer's workers' compensation policy.
  • There is a narrower definition of excluded officers, directors and partners who can still opt out.
  • For those who still meet the narrow exclusion, a waiver of rights must be signed under penalty of perjury stating that the person is a qualifying officer or director. The waiver must be filed with the employer's insurer.
"We have issued a notice today to workers' compensation insurers so that they know what the new law requires of them and we directed insurers to provide notice to employers so they are made aware of the new law,"  said Commissioner Dave Jones.
Insurance companies must identify and provide notice to each employer that may have employees who were previously excluded from coverage and are affected by the new law. Insurers also are required to determine and report the premium and loss experience associated with those who have not chosen to opt into the coverage.
It is important to note that the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has indicated that this change in law applies to in-force policies as of January 1, 2017. Per the notice from the Insurance Commissioner:
Unless a duly executed waiver is received and accepted by the insurance carrier on or before January 1, 2017, any individual that had been exempted from coverage under the workers' compensation policy, including but not limited to, an officer or member of the board of directors of a corporation, or an individual who is a general partner of a partnership or a managing member of a limited liability company, will need to be added to the coverage provided by the insurer until such time as a duly executed waiver is received and accepted by the insurer.
Employers who believe they may be affected by this change in law are encouraged to contact their workers' compensation insurer or their workers' compensation agent or broker.

EDD Updates
E-file and E-pay Mandate (AB 1245) will soon affect all California Employers!
Partner today with the Employment Development Department's (EDD) outreach campaign to promote awareness of the upcoming e-file and e-pay mandate. Employers will soon be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the EDD.
  • Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically file and pay.
  • Beginning January 1, 2018, all remaining employers will be required.
Employers can use  e-Services for Business  to comply with the e-file and e-pay mandate. e-Services for Business is a fast, easy, and secure way for employers to manage their payroll tax accounts online. Additional online resources are available, such as tutorials  and  FAQs . Help your members enroll today!
The EDD can provide the following ready-to-use marketing materials and resources to your members at no-cost:
  • Printed marketing materials (tip card, info sheet, brochure).
  • Digital marketing materials (suggested verbiage to use in emails, social media postings, and newsletter articles).
  • Online resources (webpage links, tutorials, FAQs).
  • PowerPoint presentations (in-person presenters, webinars via Adobe Connect).
If you are interested in any of the above ready-to-use marketing materials and resources, please contact us at (916) 255-1948 or
For your convenience, please see the following attachments to share with your members: Information Sheet: E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers (DE 231EM) and association article. We look forward to hearing from you.
E-file and E-pay Mandate Team
Employment Development Department
(916) 255-1948

Sales and Use Tax Rate Decreases 0.25 Percent
Effective January 1, 2017

The statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease one quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent on  January 1, 2017. The decrease in the statewide rate is effective for all cities and counties in California; however, the actual sales and use tax rate may still be higher than the statewide rate in many jurisdictions in California due to the addition of district taxes.
Why is the sales and use tax rate decreasing?
Proposition 30,  The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, was approved by California voters in November 2012 to temporarily increase the sales and use tax by 0.25 percent. The sales and use tax imposed by Proposition 30 expires  December 31, 2016.
Where can I find more information? 
Guidance on how the tax rate decrease affects partial exemptions, fixed-price contracts, returned merchandise, fuel rates, and return filing can be found on the Board of Equalization (BOE) webpage   Sales and Use Tax Rate Decreases January 1, 2017. You may also call the BOE's Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY:711) where customer service representatives are available to assist you weekdays 
from  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time), except holidays.

*A range of business loans profiles for consumers to compare
*Which features matter most in a loan
*Which companies actually meet entrepreneurs needs

News from our Members
Maker Camp Registration is OPEN!

Register before March 1st and receive a $40 Early Bird discount! There are also multiple week discounts and sibling discounts.

Each day children experience Engineering, Art Exploration, Tech Lab and Recreation, and a trip to the park for lunch and games.  We are also offering Summer Brush-Ups and After Care. Click below to learn more and register!

More Events, New Dishes, Live Music!
Live Music Nights
Our music nights continue every Thursday and we have posted our lineup through the end of March. Here's a look at February:

February 16th: Todos Santos is the acoustic trio of Wendy Fitz, Gary Bauman, and Jack Pribble. The band's sound has been described as "Cantina Americana," a harmony driven mixture of soaring vocals, fiery guitars, and accordion.
February 23rd: Dan Maguire, with his acoustic guitar always creates a great jazzy ambience.

Check out our full menus here and book a reservation here.

We are excited to announce that we now offer our clients Forever BARE™ . A fast, comfortable, and safe hair removal treatment option.  Forever BARE™ has an integrated chiller that helps to increase treatment speed and cooling which allows us to treat large areas in half the time and more importantly make it more comfortable for you or your loved ones.  
Call us today to learn about our Special Package Promotion!
Did you know that many men are embarrassed about their back hair and find neck hair to be a nuisance? Many men shave, use depilatory creams, and wax to tackle their unwanted hair. Waxing in particular is painful, costly, and temporary and none of these methods offer a long-term hair removal solution such as high speed laser hair removal. Isn't it time you encouraged your friends and family members to consider laser hair removal?
Let's do the math...
The US National Average for a Laser Hair Removal treatment is $329.00* and the number of required treatments is approximately 6 which comes to a total cost of $1975.00 for permanent reduction. Some patients may need a couple of additional treatments depending upon the amount of hair that needs to be treated.
Compare this to the average price for 1 waxing treatment which is approximately $100.00 per treatment plus tip. In order to remain hair free, you will need to wax every 6 weeks for a total of 8 appointments per year at a cost of more than $800.00 plus tips.
If you would like to spend less time at the salon and put more money in your pocket after year two you should consider laser hair removal.  Call us today!


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Here's to a happy and healthy 2017.

Ryan / Utility Goods
One month into 2017 and what do we know? 
A quick recap of last year tells us that locally we had -
  • Low inventory of homes for sale
  • Higher prices (median sale price up 8% to $1,195,000)
  • Pent-up buyer demand, but those buyers are making smarter choices and are more cautious.
  • Election confusion
  • Economic ups and downs
  • Interest rates began to rise (currently holding steady at 4.25%)
And now we have -
  • Low inventory (currently at 1.24 month's supply of inventory, a balanced market has 5-7 months worth)
  • Lower Median sales price (down 5% to $982,500)
  • Pent-up buyer demand, but those buyers are making smarter choices
  • Post-Election confusion
  • Economic ups and downs
  • Interest rates will probably rise (currently holding steady at 4.25%)
  • Inflation expected
MARCH 2-APRIL 24, 2017
Explore peacemaking and violence, particularly between communities of color and police, in an innovative format that brings knowledge and experience together in new ways to find new solutions to a pervasive social challenge. In this collaborative seminar, community leaders and members of law enforcement will learn from each other and a group of guiding content consultants, made up of a global leader in conflict negotiation, a historian of conflict, a retired police captain and a community leader and activist. This seminar is meant to foster real dialogue that brings about real change in cities across the country.
  • Rev. Byron Bland, Associate Director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center at Stanford University
  • Reggie Lyles, Retired Police Captain for Novato, California
  • Dr. Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)
  • Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry

Any pastor, police officer or community leader who is active in building bridges between the police and communities of color.
  • To establish a cohort of leaders who are interested in furthering peace and justice between communities and the police
  • To deepen the questions that shape the dialogue between leaders and the police, hopefully uncovering root causes of tension
  • To expose the participants to the pioneers of some of the more successful approaches to community change
  • To have the members of the cohort support, challenge and clarify each other's efforts toward peace and justice in their context

Can an ancient text help us find a way forward in challenging times?
At a time where the Bible is being used to justify atrocious acts of hatred, our panel of Biblical scholars will help us discover how Christian scriptures are meant to question the status quo and lead us toward peace and justice. Join us on February 27 at 7pm PST, either in person at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church or online at
Register NOW for New Workshops and Events!
We understand that running a business is challenging and you can't possibly know everything. This is why we have partnered with College of Marin to provide you new training opportunities in addition to the no cost business advising. Learn how to start an online store, explore the best funding options for your business, determine how to pitch your business to investors, understand the nuts and bolts of starting a food business, and more.  Due to the generosity of College of Marin, these workshops are only $25 each! 
Click below for more information. 

Don't forget to check out our three free networking opportunities with Novato City and Novato Chamber!  
E-Commerce: Create An Online Store   March 7
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Business Funding Options for You
March 15
6:00pm - 8:00pm Register
Craft a Winning Pitch
April 18
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Business Basics: Planning
April 6
10:00am - 1:00pm
Business Basics: Legal and Finance
April 13
10:00am - 1:00pm
Business Basics: Marketing
April 20
10:00am - 1:00pm
From Kitchen to Market May 11
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Social Media Marketing  May 17
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Upcoming Networking Events

New Connections, New Resources
March 22
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Maximize Online Reviews For Business Success (with Yelp)
April 12
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Unlock Your Talents & Build Better Business Relationships
May 3

8:00am - 10:00am


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March 25th, 2017

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