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Sausalito Firm Secures $50 Million Investment, Looks to Hire About 100

The Marin County job market got a boost Monday when Glassdoor revealed it has secured $50 million in financing from investors.  The cash infusion will allow the company to expand its reach to more global markets, but will also lead to new hires as the firm brings on staff to handle an expanded workload.  Based in Sausalito, Glassdoor operates a website that gives workers a forum to evaluate employers.  The new round of capital lends credence to the company’s business model, considering the company had only raised a total of $42 million in investments since opening up shop in 2008.

Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman noted in a press conference that the website is working very well in the US, so the focus for new capital will be to expand Glassdoor’s presence in Asia and Europe.  But while the company may be shifting focus to overseas markets, there are currently no plans to open offices outside of Sausalito, and the company is looking to add about 100 new positions to its existing workforce of 200.  Among the positions the company will need to fill in the coming months are software engineer, sales and marketing positions.


12 2013

Sausalito Marin City School District Selects New Superintendent

The Sausalito Marin City School District announced on Friday it has elected 50 year-old Steve Van Zant to serve as its new superintendent, replacing outgoing superintendent Valerie Pitts, who was asked to step down because she was also holding the same job with the Larkspur-Corte Madera district.  Van Zant has been the superintendent for the Mountain Empire Unified School District for the last five years, and will start the new post on Friday, with Pitts sticking around for about a month to get him up to speed.

The Sausalito Marin City school board only interviewed three candidates for the superintendent opening, selecting them from a pool of 19 applicants for the position.  Van Zant will work three days a week in his new post and be paid an annual salary of $165k.  Van Zant is assuming the helm of the SMCSD during a time of drastic change for the district, as officials prepare to move Bayside Elementary from Sausalito to Marin City where it will be merged with Martin Luther King Jr Academy in the fall.

Steve Van Zant earned a master’s degree in educational administration from San Diego’s National University after procuring a bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State.  The Mountain Empire Unified district encompasses 660 square miles over seven communities.  The district enrolled about 1,700 students in public schools and another 1,500 in seven charter schools.


08 2013

82-Foot Yacht Stolen for Joyride from Sausalito Harbor

An 82-foot yacht was stolen early Monday morning from the Sausalito Yacht Harbor. But the suspected thieves ran the vessel aground in a sand bar after a few hours of joy-riding and were taken into custody by Pacifica police close to Linda Mar Beach. 63 year-old Leslie Gardner, 56 year-old Lisa Modwell and 54 year-old Dario Mira were arrested when authorities found them on the stolen yacht along with empty beer bottles, pizza boxes and other trash. Of course, the three did not give up immediately when confronted by police, stalling for several hours before giving up by simply using cellphones and smoking cigarettes. The owner of the multi-million dollar yacht, which typically rents it out for a fee of $5,000 per day, told police he did not know the trio found on the boat. Authorities said that salvage plans are still being worked out, but that neither of the yacht’s 850-gallon fuel tanks appeared to have been damaged when the ship ran aground.


07 2013

Housing Market Statistics for Sausalito

Housing Market Statistics for Sausalito
April 14 – June 14

  •     Avg Price per sq. foot:  $624 (up 38% y-o-y)
  •     Homes Sold: 57 (up 33% y-o-y)
  •     Median Sales Price:  $901,000 (up 32% y-o-y)
  •     Active Listings: 48
  •     Avg. Listing Price:  $2.5 million






07 2013

Fallen Tree Blocks Highway 101 in Sausalito

A pair of Marin County drivers narrowly escaped serious injury Thursday morning when a large eucalyptus tree alongside Highway 101 in Sausalito toppled, damaging the drivers’ cars and blocking the roadway.  The tree reportedly fell from a steep hill beside the highway around 7:20 AM, destroying an electronic messaging sign before nearly crushing the two cars passing by.  The two motorists reported no injuries, but their Honda Fit and Toyota Camry sustained significant damage.  The tree blocked three of the four lanes of traffic on Highway 101 and was too heavy to pull off the roadway.  Fire personnel responding to the scene had chainsaws, however, so the tree was cleared and traffic back to normal within an hour of the tree falling.


07 2013

Clipper Harbor to Begin Requiring Registration for Boat Launches

Sausalito officials announced this weekend that they are working on a way to regulate the public’s use of one of the mopst popular boat launches in Marin at Clipper Yacht Harbor.  Currently, boaters need only to show up, park, pay a $20 fee and they can launch their craft.  But sometime in the next week, officials will launch a new system requiring boaters to sign up as tenants and show proof of insurance.  There will still be a fee due on launch, but users will have to be registered and carry insurance on their boats before using the harbor.

Clipper Yacht Harbor officials explained that the primary reason for the change is a liability issue if somebody launches a boat without insurance and an accident occurs.  The move is also a response to boaters who rent space at the docks to park their boats, who have expressed concerns about parking at the facility as well as congestion at the boat launch.  While the exact specifics of how the new registration system will work, officials have indicated that there may be a card key system used for registered boaters.

Originally opened in 1947, Clipper Yacht Harbor consists of more than 800 boat slips and dry storage spaces.  City officials recently drew up cost estimates for upgrading the popular facility, but no plans to go ahead with any work have been made because the city does not have the money.  Officials hoped that hosting an America’s Cup event would draw investment for a possible rehab project, but that has not happened.  The city does want to keep public access open at the Clipper, and has worked with the facility to finalize a registration system.


07 2013

Officials Approve $20 Million Renovation for M.V. San Francisco

Marin ferry officials this week approved a $20 million renovation of the aging M.V. San Francisco that will be paid for entirely with federal funding.  According to a spokesman for Golden Gate Ferry, the entire interior of the boat will be stripped and redone, as will most of the ship’s internal machinery, leaving the hull as the only remaining original feature.  Marin Group Boat Works has been selected to conduct the revamp, which is expected to take about a year.

Originally commissioned into service in the early 70s, the MV San Francisco is a Spaulding class vessel with capacity for more than 700 passengers.  The ship is used to ferry passengers from Sausalito to San Francisco and back during the week, while on weekends it is used out of Larkspur in addition to serving as a ferry for baseball fans to AT&T Park.  While the renovations are under way, a pair of smaller Spaulding class ships will take its place.

The primary reason for the overhaul, rather than having a brand new boat constructed, is that the existing hull is stronger than those being produced today.  With the price tag for a new vessel estimated at around $27 million, the decision to remodel the San Francisco was an easy one, according to sources familiar with the plan.


06 2013

Dr. Jane Goodall to Receive 2013 WildCare Environmental Award

WildCare, a San Rafael environmental group, announced on Friday it will present its 2013 Environmental Award to Dr. Jane Goodall at a ceremony on October 15th in Sausalito.  Formerly known as the Terwilliger Environmental Award, the honor recognizes activists for their work in animal welfare, conservation of environmental fields.  Born in 1934, Goodall is considered the world’s foremost authority on primate behavior, and is best known for her groundbreaking 45-year study of social and family behaviors of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania.  Through her Jane Goodall Institute, which she founded in 1977, Goodall has worked tirelessly over the years on various animal welfare and conservation issues.


06 2013

City Officials Ask Residents Not to Flush Drugs or Needles

Sausalito city officials this week reached out to residents to ask them not to dispose of unused prescription or nonprescription drugs or used needles in toilets or trash.  The drugs, according to a statement, cannot be removed from water completely by sewage treatment processes, and end up contaminating drinking water or seeping into the bay.  Drugs thrown in the trash, meanwhile, end up leeching into the soil in landfills, contaminating nearby soil.  As an alternative, officials are asking residents to dispose of these materials at the police station, 29 Caledonia St.


06 2013

Lodge at Tiburon Completes Renovation in Time for America’s Cup

The Lodge at Tiburon this week completed a nine-month renovation project just in time for the upcoming 2013 America’s Cup.  The multimillion-dollar project included complete remodels of the hotel’s 103 guest rooms, improvements to the pool, lobby and hallways, and a new restaurant called the Tiburon Tavern.  Tucked neatly on the tip of the Tiburon Peninsula, the hotel offers guests an ideal view of the Golden Gate bridge and most of the America’s Cup events.  The Lodge at Tiburon is located at 1651 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, CA 94920.  Call 1-800-762-7770, or Click Here for more info or for reservations.


06 2013