2017 Newsletter

About San Anselmo Open Space Committee

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Created in 1981, the SAOSC is a group of eleven volunteers and one student representative who are appointed by the San Anselmo Town Council to four-year terms. The Committee’s mandate is to fulfill the Open Space Element of the Town’s General Plan -- to save from development over 400 acres of greenbelts and scenic ridgelines that the Town has designated as desirable open space. If preserved from development, these lands would provide recreation, beauty, and convenient access to the natural world, and serve as wildlife corridors and natural buffers between our neighborhoods.

Primary among these lands is the sixty-acre summit of Bald Hill, the backdrop and symbol of our town. Though most residents are shocked to hear it, this majestic jewel of the Ross Valley remains privately owned and has been targeted for development before. The acquisition and permanent preservation of Bald Hill remains the primary goal of the Committee.

About San Anselmo Open Space Committee  The Committee monitors the targeted properties and, when an opportunity arises, we work to acquire them. We raise contributions through an annual newsletter, a Spring Benefit, and other activities. Using these funds as seed money, we seek matching grants from various governmental agencies, conservation groups, and charitable trusts. Starting with just a ¼-acre parcel, the Town purchased Kite Hill, which stands above Sleepy Hollow at the highest elevation in San Anselmo. Working closely with the Town Council, the Marin County Open Space District, and other environmental agencies and neighborhood groups, we purchased the Bald Hill Ridge Preserve (46 acres) and Hawthorne Canyon (22 acres). But there have been losses as well. Almost 30% of the designated lands have been lost since our inception. However, the most prominent and important parcels, such as Bald Hill and portions of the Memorial Ridge between Memorial Park and Sorich Park, are still in private hands and at risk of development. These areas remain a key part of the greenbelt plan and we work diligently to preserve them.

Open Space Master Plan for San Anselmo and Vicinity


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Jonathan Braun, co-chair
A lifelong resident of San Anselmo, in the 1970’s a horrendous development plan threatened the hilltop above our home. I was subsequently appointed by the Town Council to a committee charged with drafting an ordinance to govern hillside development. In 1981, I worked with a citizens group to advocate formation of an open space committee for San Anselmo. In that year the Council voted to create the Open Space Committee and I was appointed at that time. I have served on the committee for 36 years

Stanley Radtke, co-chair
I am honored to have served on the Open Space Committee since 2008. In serving our community in this capacity, I wholeheartedly believe that the beautiful and scenic open ridgelines and the vast open spaces that surround our local environment here in the Ross Valley are something worthwhile and deserving of preservation for future generations. I have lived in San Anselmo since 2007, with my wife Gala, and we have one daughter. By profession, I am an immigration and criminal defense attorney, with a legal practice in Oakland. I feel blessed to be able to live in San Anselmo, a place that treasures open spaces and strives to preserve the natural wonder of our shared environment

Kathleen Sanders, Treasurer
As an artist who revels in Marin’s landscapes, joining the SAOSC over 18 years ago seemed a perfect fit. I was acting Chair in 1996 when we helped to preserve Hawthorne Canyon near Sleepy Hollow. Now, as treasurer, I am happy to build up our “war chest” for the bigger battles, such as the preservation of the top of Bald Hill. With my husband Jeff’s permission, I occasionally borrow his 1962 Convertible VW Beetle, so that the Committee can promote our cause at local parades, turning my artistic training from UC Berkeley into practice.

Chris Brown
I am a lifelong resident of Marin, father of three, and an avid hiker/backpacker with a love of the outdoors and nature. I'm an amateur naturalist and a professional marine biologist working to prevent the introduction of non-native species to California's waters. I joined the SAOSC in 2016 as a way to give back to our wonderful community and help preserve and protect our natural resources for all to enjoy.

Peter Horn
I fell in love with Marin County when I came to the Bay Area in 1956 and had the good fortune to settle in San Anselmo in1974 to start our family. From the beginning I appreciated the natural beauty surrounding us and got involved to preserve and maintain Robson House.  I realized the need to conserve our open spaces as I saw rapid development of pristine properties which were forever to be lost and inaccessible . It was that  which made me join our Open Space Committee about 20 years ago.  We continue to appreciate our beautiful natural surroundings and the pride taken in our community. .

Danny Krebs
At a very early age, my family was involved in local, state and national political campaigns and a range of causes. My father was recently honored with the “John Krebs Wilderness Area” in the Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park due to his efforts to protect the beautiful Mineral King valley. I have always valued the preservation of these special places, and keep the family tradition as an attorney with a focus on business and real estate transactions. I have lived in San Anselmo since 1996 with my wife Susan, and have two sons, Clay and Peter, both of whom enjoy hiking and all of the great areas to explore in Marin.

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