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Snack and Learn: How to Make a Great Flyer

Posted on February 14, 2020

At this Snack and Learn, the Digital team talks about how to make your flyer look awesome. This video covers: Intro to design principles, how to think like a designer Intro to Canva - Free online flyer design tool Tip on making a great design
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Digital Update: New Wayfinding Map, Climate Action Website, Public Notice Boards, & more!

Posted on February 11, 2020

Digital Helps Library Design New Wayfinding Map Over the past few months, Sean Mooney has worked with Miriam Wallen in Library and Recreation to develop a wayfinding sign for the downtown San Rafael Library. The new map allows for Library staff to make changes when materials move locations in the Library and integrates with the Library’s...

February Health Topic: Heart Health

Posted on February 1, 2020

Welcome to our health topic for February — heart health. This month, we focus on simple things you can do to protect your hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease.  You can find more resources at our Choose Better site The February challenge is “Hold On”.  The Hold On challenges invites you to wait 5...

T-Mobile Offers & Discounts for City of San Rafael Employees

Posted on January 30, 2020

All employees are eligible, whether existing T-Mobile customers or looking to switch from a different carrier. These exclusive offers for public sector employees are not available in retail stores and only through our T-Mobile Wireless Perks phone number at 1-888-256-5541 with the City of San Rafael promo code 27749TMOFAV. Click the link below to view...
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Digital Update: afternoon snacks, 2020, all-hands recap

Posted on January 24, 2020

Did we say, “Lunch & Learns”?? We meant “Afternoon Snack & Learns”! 😉 Based on some feedback, we have changed the Lunch & Learns to AFTERNOON SNACK & Learns. Just show up, plan on learning something new, and enjoy an afternoon snack! Next month’s Afternoon Snack & Learn will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from...
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Lunch and Learn – How to Write a Great News Post

Posted on January 22, 2020

Did you miss our Lunch and Learn on "How to Write a Great News Post?" You can watch and hear a recording of our presentation below. or view it online in Microsoft Stream.
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January 2020 All Hands Recap

Posted on January 15, 2020

On January 14, the Department of Digital Service and Open Government held their monthly all-hands meeting. Highlights Christine talked about a new project we are working with to develop a dashboard that aggregates anonymized public comments and sentiments about issues in facing the community. We will be working with a company called ZenCity and are going to get starting...
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Digital Update: Happy Bday to Us, Lunch & Learns, plus Public Safety Art Projects

Posted on January 15, 2020

Digital Turns One! We had an awesome time celebrating our one-year anniversary with all those that could join us on Wednesday at Digital’s first Open House! We were so excited to share some of the projects we’ve accomplished, exciting ventures in the works, plus some fun and engaging demos! Staff members who were not able...

January Health Topic- Fitness

Posted on January 1, 2020

Happy new year, and welcome to the first monthly health topic for 2020 — fitness. The January challenge is “Great Start”.  The Great Start challenges invites you to begin your day with success – making your bed – 15 out of the next 31 days.  There’s no need to go crazy…just fluff your pillows, pull up...
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Digital Update: Open House, O365, and 2019 <3

Posted on December 20, 2019

Digital Open House on January 8 Drop by room 207 in City Hall (aka the Enterprise) anytime on Wednesday, January 8 from 11 am to 1 pm for an open house. We are excited to share interactive demos and displays of what we’ve been working on for the past year and THERE WILL BE SNACKS....
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December 2019 All Hands Recap

Posted on December 12, 2019

On December 12, the Department of Digital Service and Open Government held their monthly all-hands meeting. Highlights How do we communicate as a team? During our last All Hands meetings we talked about our various types of communication platforms (i.e. email, Teams, Trello), whether or not we were using them appropriately, or even at all,...
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Digital Update: visualizing the process

Posted on December 6, 2019

Visualize the Process At this week’s Learning Lab, our facilitator Judi Brown took teams through the process of journey mapping. Journey mapping starts by compiling a series of actions into a timeline. This involves taking a task, such as applying for a permit, and plotting the user experience. By creating this map we’re combining two...

December Health Topic- Mind/Body Wellness

Posted on December 1, 2019

Welcome to our health topic for December — mind-body wellness. This month is all about reminding you to take time for self-care, with simple ideas to help you lift your mood, beat stress, and enjoy life more. The December challenge is “UnBirthday”.  The UnBirthday challenges invites you to give a gift to five different people during...
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Digital Update: work space, Station 57, and more

Posted on November 22, 2019

Digital Digs Over the last several months we’ve been making improvements to our workspaces. In room 207, aka the Enterprise, we’ve taken down the cubicles, added a fresh coat of paint, created a big whiteboard wall, and installed a large monitor for video calls. Sean made some rad posters and installed art to brighten up...

Nationwide 2020 Contribution Limits

Posted on November 12, 2019

ICMA 2020 Contribution Limits

Posted on November 12, 2019

2020 Contribution Limits Announced The IRS has announced retirement plan contribution limits for 2020. We highlight what will change in 2020: • 457(b), 401(k) and 403(b) Plans — The annual elective deferral limit for these plans will increase to $19,500 in 2020, up from $19,000 in 2019. • 401(a) Plans — The annual additions limit...
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Digital Update: Xantrion Rx, PSPS Debrief, and more!

Posted on November 8, 2019

Did You Remember to Take Your Xantrion Today? Change can be scary, but with a little Xantrion, anything is possible! As of Friday, November 1 Xantrion is San Rafael’s tech support and they have hit the ground running. In a short period of time their tech support style is raising eyebrows and turning heads.  “First...
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Tech Support changes starting Friday, November 1

Posted on November 1, 2019

We are pleased to introduce Xantrion, the City’s new technology support provider. They specialize in tech support, network administration, and cyber-security. Over the last few weeks we’ve welcomed Xantrion team members Elaine, Jerry, Clark, Mike, Marlon, and others into our organization to get them up to speed on how things run (and sometimes don’t run)...

November Health Topic: Diabetes Prevention

Posted on November 1, 2019

Welcome to our health topic for November — diabetes prevention. This month is all about balanced living and healthy lifestyle changes you can make to avoid, control, or even reverse type 2 diabetes. The November challenge is “100 Thanks”.  The 100 Thanks challenges invites you to say Thank you 100 times during the month!  It is...

Employee Discount @ Columbia Employee Store

Posted on October 31, 2019

As the colours start to change, the days get shorter, and the weather gets colder, you need warmer clothing for your outdoor adventures! Whatever those may be, the Columbia Employee Store is stocked with the latest season’s arrivals from our family of brands, ready to prepare you for all of your autumn activities. City of...
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