Fairfax Newsletter | November 7, 2023

Town Council Meeting Recap

If you missed the November 1 Town Council meeting, catch up with our recap for direct links to staff reports and videos of the meeting! 

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Upcoming Meetings

Climate Action Committee 

Tuesday, November 7 | 7:00 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Commission 

Monday, November 13 | 7:00 p.m.

Community Emergency Preparedness Committee 

Tuesday, November 14 | 7:00 p.m.

Planning Commission

Thursday, November 16 | 7:00 p.m.

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Veterans Day

This week, Public Works crews are hanging banners along Broadway in recognition of Fairfax Veterans who have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces.

Read the Veterans Day Proclamation passed by the Town Council at their November 1 meeting.

Town Hall Offices closed for Veterans Day

The Town of Fairfax offices will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

24-hour operations will remain in effect for the Police and Fire Departments.

Veteran Spotlight

Shout out to Fairfax Veteran, Karen Arnold! Karen served in the Armed Forces from July 1979 - November 1991.

Thank you for your service, Karen!

Submit a photo to be featured

If you or a loved one served in the United States Armed Forces, submit your photo to us online!

Progress on Housing Element

Fairfax will complete its Housing Element for 2023-2031 later this year. Programs include making land available for new housing, clarifying housing permits, and safeguarding existing housing. Review the draft document on the Town's website now, with more updates coming later this month.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft EIR on November 16, 2023, and the Town Council will consider adoption on December 13, 2023. For more details and public comment information, visit the Town's website.

Time to Maintain Creeks and Drainage on Your Property

With the rains starting in Fairfax, it's a great time for property owners to ensure their creeks and drainage systems are in good shape. These waterways are crucial for storm drainage and flood control. Property owners should inspect and maintain their creek portions, including clearing debris, vegetation, or other blockages that could hinder water flow.

You can check your parcel maps for water flow information. Learn more about maintaining creeks and drainage systems on your property.

Sidewalk Improvements Continue, and Draw Attention from Residents

The Town contracted with Precision Concrete to perform shaving work in selected areas to remove vertical offsets and trip hazards as part of a one-time program to improve the safety of the Town’s sidewalks. Since we began this work, the Town has received a significant uptick in inquiries from property owners about the Town’s grant- matching sidewalk repair program.

Porteous Avenue and Scenic Road Repair projects are complete

Crews have completed the finishing touches of resetting manholes and applying street markings along Porteous and Scenic Roads.

The project is now officially wrapped up!

Town Submits Grant Application through TAM

The Town has submitted a grant application through the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) from Transportations Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) and Transportation Development Act (TDA). If awarded, the funds will go towards two projects: updating the Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan and making ADA improvements to curb ramps and sidewalks.

Great Turnout for Drug Take Back Day 

Last month, hundreds of locations throughout California accepted unused prescription drugs, including controlled substances from anyone looking to clean out their medicine cabinets.

In Fairfax, our Police Department collected 5 boxes totaling 32.85 pounds!

Unused or expired drugs can be turned in any time for appropriate disposal. Find a collection near you.

Fairfax Open Space Notecard Fundraiser 

Support a great cause with Fairfax Open Space Committee’s beautiful, wildlife-themed cards! Crafted by local artists, funds go towards preserving Open Space here in Marin. Choose from two sets of 10 cards, each with unique photos. Get yours for $20 per set, plus $5 for shipping. Save 10% on orders of 5 or more sets and 20% on orders of 10 or more.


Contact Susan Pascal-Beran or at (415) 456-5870 for details and PDF samples. While supplies last!

Volunteer at the Fairfax Food Pantry

The Fairfax Food Pantry, located at the Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (corner of Manor Drive), is an all-volunteer operation. The Food Pantry needs additional volunteers to help it continue to serve its clients effectively.


Volunteers are needed most Saturdays, any time from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Contact Jack Judkins by email at [email protected], if you can help.


We're Preparing for the Annual Fairfax Craft Faire—December 9

Fairfax Recreation is gearing up for another great year of local crafts in the Pavilion and wreathmaking. If you have questions about this event contact Anne Mannes.

Additional details can be found on the Craft Faire & Wreathmaking page online!

Age Friendly Fairfax

2023 Age Friendly Nonagenarian Celebration

We saw a fabulous turnout for this year’s Age Friendly Nonagenarian Celebration! Thank you to all our volunteers and the helping hands that made this amazing event happen. 

Age Friendly Newsletter

Read the Age Friendly November newsletter to learn about new and upcoming age-friendly classes and events.

If you're looking to get connected with or have questions about the Age Friendly community, contact our representative for the Commission on Aging, Kristin Amlie at [email protected].

Age Friendly discounts offered in Town

Several shops in Fairfax offer discounts to our Age Friendly community. View the list to see where you can shop and save!

Local events

Green Home Improvements Webinar Series

Are you planning a home efficiency/electrification project? Join the Marin County Sustainability Team’s webinar series in November for deep dives with industry experts on electric vehicles, heat pumps, planning electrification projects for your home, and solar + battery storage.


These webinars are provided at no cost. Residents can attend the whole series or just the individual sessions that are of most interest.

Lifesaving Skills Training is Coming to Ross Valley!

Saturday, December 2 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Fairfax Pavilion

What You'll Learn

  • Hands-Only CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Stop the Bleed
  • Narcan

Registration is required, and spots are limited, so register today! This event is hosted by Ross Valley Fire Department.

Fairfax Craft Faire

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fairfax Pavilion

The annual Fairfax Craft Faire and Wreathmaking event is held at the Pavilion in the heart of Fairfax on the 2nd Saturday of December each year.

A wonderful selection of crafts, music and bake sales will fill the Pavilion for this wonderful event. We have combined this event with Wreathmaking and Caroling.

Fa La La Fairfax Winter Market—Save the Date!

Friday, December 15 | 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Fairfax

The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce will host their first ever Fa La La Fairfax Winter Market event on Friday, December 15 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bolinas Road will be temporarily closed to through-traffic between Elsie and Broadway to allow for safe strolling.

Local shops will be open late for extra holiday shopping and festivities. More details coming soon!

Contact Minna Kim for more information.

From our partners

Pre-Apprenticeship Green Workforce Training

MCE is partnering with Marin County, Transportation Authority of Marin, MarinCAN and BayREN to sponsor a cohort of underserved youth to participate in the Next Gen Trades Academy. Next Gen Trades Academy, a pre-apprenticeship program of the LIME Foundation, trains underserved young adults in various construction trades, helping them earn industry safety certifications, and providing 18 months of mentorship and career counseling. The program is free to all participants.


The virtual cohort will introduce young adults ages 18-24 to clean energy trades including:

  • Solar
  • Heat pump water and space heating
  • EV infrastructure
  • Energy efficiency
  • Battery storage


LIME’s classes will take place from November 11, 2023 - December 9, 2023 with a break for holidays. The full schedule is described below.

  • November 11 - 19, 2023: Classes 1-4
  • November 20 -26 , 2023: BREAK for Holidays (Study OSHA Safety)
  • November 27 - December 9, 2023: Classes 5-10


Complete the application online. The deadline for applications is November 10th, 2023.

Electrify Marin Program Updates

Due to high demand for Electrify Marin incentives, rebate amounts for gas-to-electric appliance upgrades have changed effective November 1, 2023. This will allow for more Marin County homes to transition away from fossil fuels. The new rebate amounts are as follows:


For Applications Received on or after November 1:

Other incentives are available through BayREN, TECH Clean California, and the Inflation Reduction Act. For a full list of the incentives available for your project, visit the Switch is On’s rebate finder tool.

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