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August Health Topic: Weight Management

Posted on August 1, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for August- Weight Management. You can find more resources at our Choose Better site The August challenge is “Drop Pop”.  The Drop Pop challenges invites you to give up soda during the work week.  This includes all types of sodas; regular, diet and caffeine-free.  We know that although soda might taste great,...
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Digital Update: Canal WiFi, the Public Safety Center move, and more

Posted on July 24, 2020

Canal WiFi Network Installation is underway for the Canal WiFi network. The County was able to secure additional equipment through a grant as well as another substantial donation from a private donor. We are starting to move into phase 2 which will be working with property owners to install equipment within buildings which will extend...
Wear a Mask

Digital Update: Wear a Mask, Canal WiFi, Tech Support, & More

Posted on July 13, 2020

Wear a Mask As positive cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, we continue to promote critical information to the community about the importance of wearing masks, staying 6-feet away from others, and limiting interactions that carry a risk of exposure to COVID-19. We worked with Vice-Mayor Colin on a new “Wear a Mask” graphic and...

July Health Topic: Sun Safety

Posted on July 1, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for July — Sun Safety. You can find more resources at our Choose Better site. The July challenge is “Fruit Basket”.  The fruit basket challenges invites you to keep fruit available for the next 31 days.  Try placing it on the counter in your kitchen, dining table, or somewhere in your...
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Digital Update: WiFi and progress on the Public Safety Center

Posted on June 20, 2020

GovTech Magazine Highlights Canal WiFi Project GovTech Magazine featured an article this week covering the Canal WiFi network project. This project would not be possible without the cross-sector collaboration and funding from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation. It also highlights the impact of the amazing community volunteers who are helping make this...
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Digital Update: Find an Open Restaurant, WiFi update, COVID-19 Testing, and more

Posted on June 5, 2020

Find an Open Restaurant To support restaurants who want to use the public right-of-way, we worked with Economic Development, Public Works, Community Development, and the City Attorney’s office to create an automatic temporary encroachment permit. We asked businesses who got the permit about their experience and here’s what they had to say: The process was...

June Health Topic: Men’s Health

Posted on June 1, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for June — Men's Health. You can find more resources at our Choose Better site. The June challenge is “Tree Hugger”.  The Tree Hugger challenges invites you to enjoy nature 300 minutes over the next 30 days.  That’s only 10 minutes a day!  Choose something you enjoy doing; go outside, eat...
Stick with it, San Rafael!

Digital Update: WiFi, Remote Work Survey, and more

Posted on May 22, 2020

Canal WiFi Project Update We continue to make great progress on building a WiFi network in the Canal neighborhood. The latest project update is that we are fully funded thanks to a $125K contribution from the County and another $125K donation from the Marin Community Foundation. DC Electric also told us this week they will...

Snack and Learn: Using Trello to Get Things Done

Posted on May 20, 2020

At this Snack and Learn, the Digital team talks about how to use Trello to manage tasks and projects. This video covers: Kanban and Trello How to build a Trello board Using Trello for collaboration and teamwork
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Digital Update: Snack & Learn, Canal WiFi Network, & More

Posted on May 11, 2020

Snack & Learn: How to Get Stuff Done with Trello Do you manage projects in your head? STOP. Trello makes managing tasks and projects easy, and, it’s collaborative too, so you can keep your team in the loop (and delegate). Join us virtually on Tuesday, May 12 from 3-4 p.m. This training will be provided...
Municipal Clerks Week - Friday

Municipal Clerks Week – Day 5

Posted on May 8, 2020

Sadly this is the closing of everyone’s favorite week of the year. COVID-19 didn’t stop us from celebrating with all of you, it just looked a little different and we promise to bring extra snacks next year since we couldn’t feed you this time. Thank you for letting us take over your inboxes for a...
Your Municipal Clerk We love what we do. Whether we are serving as Elections Official, Filing Officer or custodian of record, we are constantly learning and adapting to the changing needs of our constituents and City team. Just 10 years ago we began live-streaming our City Council meetings to provide greater access to our community, five years ago we provided access to City records online, two years ago we created an electronic public records request form, and one year ago we implemented electronic Form 700 filings. Our goal has been to become a 21st century city clerk’s office, and while we aren’t there yet, thank goodness we’ve been working toward that goal because it has made our transition to virtual during COVID much easier. We can now meet with potential candidates for Office by video conference, we can accept claim forms electronically and even hold our City Council meetings virtually while accepting community input in real-time. We are proud public servants and we hope our passion for our work comes through in everything we do - including Municipal Clerks Week! Yesterday’s Question: Based on a 2011 study conducted by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, what percentage of City Clerks are elected versus appointed? Correct Answer: The study indicated that 10% of City Clerks in California were elected, and in order for an elected City Clerk to change to an appointive office it needs to be approved by the voters. In the last 60 years, the question of whether or not the City Clerk should be appointed in San Rafael has been posed to the voters on three different occasions, and each time was voted down. Congratulations Daniel Walzer! Do you know Daniel? Not only did he answer the trivia correctly, but he’s pretty cool, too. He is a Park Maintenance Worker in Public Works, and was a musician who owned his own recording studio! He’s done sound for Ray Manzarek (The Doors keyboardist) and Roy Rogers (the blues artist). Additionally, he is passionate about helping at-risk youth and shares his personal experience from his childhood in an effort to help kids who are in similar situations. What are colleagues saying about Daniel? Oh they think he is great! They say his skill set makes him a great fit as their dedicated irrigation technician. Congratulations Daniel! Make sure you all respond to the next trivia question to be eligible for a prize tomorrow! In the theme of the progress, here is your fourth and FINAL trivia question – and it is a double-double: Questions of the Day: Before writing came into use, the early keepers of the archives used what as the public record AND what is the best week of the year? All of those who submit an answer will have their names included in a drawing for a prize! Happy Municipal Clerks Week

Municipal Clerks Week – Day 4

Posted on May 7, 2020

Your Municipal Clerk We love what we do. Whether we are serving as Elections Official, Filing Officer or custodian of record, we are constantly learning and adapting to the changing needs of our constituents and City team. Just 10 years ago we began live-streaming our City Council meetings to provide greater access to our community,...
Municipal Clerks Week - Wednesday

Municipal Clerks Week: The Elections Official

Posted on May 6, 2020

Did you know the City Clerk is the Elections Official? What that means is we assist candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election. From election pre-planning to certification of the election results and filing final campaign disclosure statements, the City Clerk manages the process which forms the foundation of our...
Municipal Clerks Week - Tuesday

Municipal Clerks Week – Day 2

Posted on May 5, 2020

The City Clerk: Your Filing Officer Did you know that City Clerks are Political Reform Act filing officers? The Political Reform Act’s mission is to serve as the legal bedrock of governmental ethics in California and City Clerks play an important role in helping to ensure provisions of the Political Reform Act are effectively and efficiently...

May Health Topic: Mental Health

Posted on May 4, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for May — mental health and wellness. This month’s focus is on the importance of taking care of the mind as well as the body — with simple things you can do to stay mentally and emotionally strong. The May challenge is “Flower Power”.  The Flower Power challenge invites you to...
Municipal Clerks Week - Monday

Municipal Clerk Weeks 2020 – Day 1

Posted on May 4, 2020

Happy Monday everyone! Did you know that Ancient Greece had a city secretary who read official documents publicly? At the opening of a meeting, one of their duties was to read a curse upon anyone who should seek to deceive the people. Interestingly enough, City Clerks are reverting back to the times in Ancient Greece...
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Municipal Clerks Week 2020

Posted on May 1, 2020

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again. May 3-9, 2020 is Municipal Clerks Week and we are going to celebrate its 51st anniversary! A lot happened in 1969:  Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon Woodstock attracted more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans Sugar, Sugar by The Archies was...

May Health Topic: Mental Health

Posted on May 1, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for May — Mental Health. You can find more resources at our Choose Better site. The May challenge is “Flower Power”.  The Flower Power challenges invites you to beautify your surroundings by keeping fresh flowers at home of work.  You’ll need to replace them each week with new flowers so ideally...
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Digital Update: Digital forms, internet access, and more!

Posted on April 24, 2020

Digital Forms Over the past couple of weeks Digital worked with volunteers from the U.S. Digital Response to tackle the challenges that paper-based processes cause when the City’s workforce moved to work remotely in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the City’s internal departments including Human Resources and Finance operate with paper-based processes...
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Digital Update: remote work, public information, internet access, and more!

Posted on April 10, 2020

Remote Work Digital continues to support a largely remote workforce, while still providing critical onsite support for our safety personnel. We are now supporting a stable and secure remote desktop environment with multifactor authentication, that allows employees to access software and files on the City network. We’ve also seen an exponential increase in usage of...
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