Alameda Floating Homes Get Rent Control

Residents of the Barnhill Marina floating homes community reached out to the city of Alameda earlier this month after being told their rent could be hiked at least 30% by the harbor’s new owner. The marina had long been owned by the Barnhill family. Its patriarch, Audley Vernon “Barney” Barnhill,...

Opening Day on the Bay Apr 24

Boating enthusiasts will celebrate the official beginning of the San Francisco Bay sailing season on Sunday, April 24. This annual celebration is like New Year’s Eve for the yachting set. There’s a decorated boat parade, the blessing of the fleet and epic parties at yacht clubs all around the Bay....

 Sausalito’s Own: VanBo

“The history of Sausalito is full of very interesting characters who have left their marks on the city. None, however, fit that description better than local street artist VanBo, who leaves his mark just about every place he goes.” That’s how the Sausalito Historical Society’s Steefenie Wicks began her profile...

Dino Valenti, Waterfront Influencer

Singer-songwriter Dino Valenti, though little known today, was an early mover and shaker in Sausalito’s houseboat community. Born on the East Coast in 1937, Valenti (real name: Chester William Powers, Jr.) began performing in Greenwich Village and North Beach coffeehouses, occasionally with Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Lou Gossett, Josh White,...

Chowchilla Memories

Gate 6 ½ resident Claudia Cowan is a senior correspondent for Fox News, and recently produced a podcast recognizing the 45th anniversary of a shocking kidnapping in Chowchilla, CA, in 1976. On July 15, 1976, a school bus carrying 26 schoolchildren ages 5 to 14 and their driver vanished without...

MLK Celebration Feb 26

The Marin City Community Services District will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, February 26. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, Dr. King received the Nobel Prize for Civil Rights and Social Justice. On Saturday, a commemorative parade will be held from 10:00 a.m. to...

Strumming Along on Gate 6 1/2

Filmmaker Helen Vandeman of Gate 6 ½ has posted a 32–minute video of her neighbor, legendary banjo virtuoso Carl Lunsford, reminiscing about this musical career and his move to the floating homes community in 1974. Self–taught as a boy, Carl became a mainstay of many great traditional jazz bands, including...

Historic Waterfront Photos at Bay Model

The Bay Model will exhibit photos from Catherine Lyons-Labate’s book SAUSALITO once upon a waterfront from February 15—March 26. These photos tell a story of people from all walks of life who came together on the waters of Sausalito and created a community like no other. Catherine hitchhiked to the...

The Fabulous Houseboats of Dal Lake

The more we learn about other floating home communities around the world, the more we realize what similar challenges we all face. The BBC has posted a short documentary on Dal Lake in the Kashmir region of northern India, where thousands of residents live on 910 houseboats. One Indian official...

The Shaman of Rainbow Bay

Recently we mentioned a plan, put forth by Michael Haas, to turn the drydocks in Richardson’s Bay into a “Lunar Village,” a completely self–sufficient biosphere. The plan never materialized, but that didn’t stop Haas, AKA “the Shaman of Rainbow Bay,” from creating another fantasy for an old dredging barge moored...