San Anselmo Merchant Survey

Online-Survey-Icon-or-logo-800pxHad a great meeting today with Debbie, Dave and Elise.  We finalized a draft of the San Anselmo Merchant Survey.  We’ll present the draft survey for final approval at the next San Anselmo Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting on Tuesday March 8th.

We plan to use Survey Monkey to collect responses.  The EDC members will hand deliver a postcard with a QR code and the Town will simultaneously mail the postcards.

The four of us are extremely excited to present the survey to the rest of the EDC and finalize our plans for distribution.

Delivering the Promise of Precision Medicine


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the “Delivering the Promise of Precision Medicine” conference sponsored by the Bay Area Council in conjunction with Genentech and Oracle.  The conference was great!! I have much deeper understanding of precision medicine from a variety of perspectives. I also came away with a much better understanding of the relationship between population health and precision medicine.

I left the conference with some strong takeaways:


  • How precision medicine might ultimately provide the supporting framework for successful population health program.  
  • The possibilities and potential roadblocks for precision medicine in changing the drug industry and ultimately affecting people’s health status.
  • How payers such as Blue Shield of California view precision medicine.
  • There seemed to be an overwhelming sense that the development of precision medicine could ultimately lower costs in the U.S. Healthcare system.  Dr. Michael Seiden provocatively suggested that precision medicine may be more like airbags than stagecoaches.  His point was that cars replaced stagecoaches, airbags simply increased the coast (and safety) of cars.  He also pointed out that none of the market participants in the healthcare space ever suggest that the companies and by extension, size and revenue are going to shrink.  So where are the cost savings going to come from?


The highlight of the conference may have been the admission by conference organizer and President of the Bay Area Council, Micah Weinberg that he is a fan of the The Smiths.


San Anselmo neighbors object to plan to house homeless overnight at St. Anselm’s School

A plan for a two-month summer pilot program at St. Anselm School in San Anselmo to house the homeless overnight has run into opposition from some neighbors of the school.

“I think it is going to be an attractive nuisance. I don’t want it across the street from me,” said Marsha Hallett, who lives adjacent to St. Anselm School.

Hallett has submitted a letter to San Anselmo Town Attorney Rob Epstein asserting that the planned use of the school violates a town law governing emergency shelters, and about 40 San Anselmo residents have added their signatures to the letter. Hallett also objects to the fact that men sheltered at the school will be allowed to smoke while supervised outside the school from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Read more here

San Anselmo weathers major storm

Debbie Stutsman, Town manager updates us on the state of San Anselmo


The major storm that is passing through the Bay Area had a significant impact on San Anselmo, including localized flooding and downed trees. Fortunately, the creek level peaked at 10 feet and then quickly began to recede. We typically experience flooding at 13 feet. …. more here