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Digital Offsite Recap: putting people first & getting things done

Posted on August 16, 2019

On Thursday, August 15, San Rafael’s first Digital Team gathered to spend the day together talking teams, people, getting things done, and data. Did I mention this is San Rafael’s first Digital Team? Together, we are shaping this new department and charting a new course for the City of San Rafael in terms of how...
Learning Lab Snip

Digital Update: Learning Lab, improvements to wireless network, and more!

Posted on August 14, 2019

Learning Lab 3.0 Learning Lab 3.0 kicks off in September! This year, teams will be taking on existing projects and issues and the structure is changing a bit. Rather than follow a defined curriculum, instead we are creating more protected space and time for the teams to focus on implementation and execution of their ideas. From September to May,...

Happy International Left-Handers Day!

Posted on August 13, 2019

Sincerely, A Right Hander 😛
2019 EE Wellness Fair COSR

2019 Employee Wellness Fair

Posted on August 9, 2019


July 2019 All Hands Recap

Posted on July 29, 2019

On July 29, the Department of Digital Service and Open Government held their monthly all-hands meeting. Highlights Two months ago our department Strategic Framework was released and promoted for feedback. After receiving feedback from staff, residents, and community members, we refined our Strategic Plan to present to City Council on August 5, 2019. Thank you...
Twist Project Launch

Contract Management Project Launch

Posted on July 26, 2019

After several weeks of planning TWIST met with the City Attorney's office to discuss the proposed project timeline, strategy, and scope. Lisa Goldfien provided feedback on our recommended deliverables, roles and responsibilities were defined, and the project has officially begun! To track the details within the project we've created a Contract Management trello board. Here...
PG&E Wildfire Safety Open House

PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program Open House

Posted on July 11, 2019

PG&E is hosting a series of regional open houses throughout our service area for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Community Wildfire Safety Program. The open house is on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 6 PM - 8 PM at the Embassy Suites San Rafael, Mill Valley and Sausalito Ballrooms, 101 McInnis...
Alert Marin 7.3.19


Posted on July 3, 2019

About Alert Marin If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 and over, you may now register your cell phone or VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone to receive emergency alerts sent by call, text, email, or smartphone application from the County of Marin. Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County...

July Health Topic- Sun Safety

Posted on July 3, 2019

Welcome to our health topic for July  - Sun Safety. The July challenge is “Go Local”.  The Go Local challenges encourages you to visit a local farmers market this month!  If you are not aware of a local venue a quick internet search will help.  Make you trip to the farmers market a special outing by...
Code for America group photo

Digital update: Code for America, Agile Gov’t Leaders, GIS, and more!

Posted on June 11, 2019

Code for America Last week, San Rafael employees descended upon the Code for America Summit in force. We heard inspiring stories of how to shape government in the digital age. George Gascon’s chief of staff Cristine Soto DeBerry shared how her office was able to automatically clear old marijuana convictions, giving thousands of people a...
Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

Posted on June 11, 2019

In 2017, a "Guiding Principles" Working Group formed out of Together San Rafael.  After multiple rounds of feedback from employees throughout the organization, consensus emerged around six Guiding Principles. Those Guiding Principles are: Together in Service Start with Community Needs Find Something to Say Yes To Reimagine the Status Quo Practice Openness Be Mindful VERSION...

June Health Topic- Men’s Health

Posted on June 1, 2019

Welcome to our health topic for June  – Men's Health. Superheroes might seem indestructible, but even Captain America needs to exercise, Thor needs to watch what he eats, and Iron Man definitely needs to de-stress. Check out our tips for helping all the regular guys (and superheroes) in your life stay healthy. The June challenge...
service offerings

Digital update: draft strategy, O365 assessment, cybersecurity training and more

Posted on May 24, 2019

Our Draft Strategic Framework is Ready for Your Input For the past several months our Department has been working on strategic planning and crafting a vision for the future of the Department of Digital Service and Open Government. We are excited to announce that our draft is now available for review and we specifically want...

Municipal Clerks Week: Final Thoughts

Posted on May 10, 2019

We’re done with trivia, but as we close out this special week, I thought I’d share some tidbits I’ve come across while researching in our Harry Potter-like minute books from the vault… For instance, back in the day, the Board of Trustees for the Town of San Rafael needed to a place to hold their meetings...
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Digital update: consolidation of support services, new analyst, and so much more

Posted on May 10, 2019

Consolidation of Technology Support Services I'm excited to announce a new effort to improve and streamline technology support services for the City. In the next few weeks, we will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a single Managed Service Provider (MSP) to provide our day-to-day technology support functions. We currently contract with five...
EV Charging Station

New EV Chargers at City Hall the week of May 13

Posted on May 9, 2019

Employees can charge for half of the regular price! Costs: $1 per hour for public; $.50 per hour for employees The 2-hour limit in the City Hall parking lot applies to EV charger parking spaces just like the other spaces in this lot - but that’s enough for 40-50 miles! And you can feel good...
Trivia - Day 3

Municipal Clerks Week: The Legislative Historian

Posted on May 8, 2019

One of the City Clerk’s many roles is to keep a record of the legislative history of the City, and my goodness has that process changed over the years. From beautifully handwritten minutes, to verbatim minutes typed on a typewriter (if you don’t know what this is, swing by the City Clerk’s office for the...
MCW: Trivia 2

Municipal Clerks Week: Your Elections Official

Posted on May 7, 2019

Nowadays, we contract with the County of Marin Elections Office to provide election services such as coordinating precincts, printing and counting ballots, etc., but long ago, and in many cities today, that was the responsibility of the City Clerk’s Office. With over 31,000 registered voters, you can imagine what it would be like for our...
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