· Monthly meetings--guest speakers and topics of interest, steering committee business, public welcome on the third Wednesday of each month.
· NewsPointer—“Neighborhood Speak” monthly column written by FSRN Chair, Steve Patterson, that reflects city or neighborhood issues that many neighborhoods/citizens are interested in. Creates added exposure for the Federation and those key issues.
· Historic Preservation--always an interest of members from the older neighborhoods or those that have interest in downtown. SR has a number of architectural significant structures that are desperately in need of cataloging and systematic inventorying. Most importantly, restoration and preservation of key buildings needs monitoring.
· SMART transportation alternatives for the future--when SMART gets closer to a formal ballot measure later this year, or as alternatives surface, we will be disseminating more information.
· Trees—preservation of the canopy--A huge community asset that deserves close maintenance, for the cooling affects and the amenity factor it creates for neighborhoods. The management of the Canopy needs a more formal effort.
· Traffic / Traffic Calming--#1 issue in SR/and maybe Marin. We’d like to see more traffic calming tools used. Currently, speed bumps are about it in SR.
· Events--The Federation organizes large public events during the year as needed on any important or controversial topics. Prior events have been on SMART and candidates-night. May 13th—Candidates night for Adams / Mazzoni—District #1 Supervisor.
· CCA, Marin Community Choice Aggregation—Sustainable/Renewable Power sources--Potential formation of a JPA that would provide sustainable—wind/solar power non-carbon power sources. Towns/Cities/County will vote on whether to move forward.
· The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) and Vegetation Management Plans--SR has passed an ordinance that mandates certain types of property owner vegetation within certain proximities to Open Space.
· Downtown Development--numerous upcoming projects/design issues, always a challenge to maximize strong design outcomes for new development projects that come up in the Downtown core.
· Fiscal accountability--working when possible to provide ideas for new models of fiscal responsibility for the City of SR.
· Marin Square Redevelopment--The next Marin General?
· Target--getting the best institutional design and siting for this big box retailer facility near Home Depot.
· Process within SR—look for ways to create positive change--working with the City Manager, Community development to assure a continuing neighborhood focus.
· Assist other Neighborhoods in evaluating their planning development, and navigating the City of SR bureaucracy--a challenging process for neighborhoods to understand the complex process and language.
· Retaining and increasing Public access to public property--Often not maintained, or sometimes blocked with little signage for the residents indicating the existence of these public properties.
· Office of Emergency Services--neighborhood connectivity—pathways / open space issues.
· Paper / Plastic Ban--providing input at appropriate time for consideration when the topic of single-use bags gets discussed and considered by the city council.
· Critical Facilities—financing option, long term solutions--Library, Police and Fire Facilities are functionally obsolete. How can new facilities or updating be “financed”. Library Measure “C” to restore library services—strong support.
· Bicycles path designations—safe routes--still a challenge for children to bike to schools with routes not always fully thought out or marked.
· Disaster Preparation—organizing neighborhoods--earthquake, fire, flooding and other types of disasters will require organized preparation. The city attempting to organized key people in neighborhoods who can then organize—block by block.
· Advocating City Services for Neighborhoods--always at risk and City budgets come under more pressure with cuts often mandated.
· Continued development of the Federation website--launched and off the ground. More details to follow
· Membership drive—tying in presence on our website--membership soon to be launched that will enable member neighborhoods to have presence on our site--www.fsrn.info