P.O. Box 150266 • San Rafael, CA  94915-0266

Nestled in two valleys north of the San Rafael Canal and east of downtown, the Montecito Area (Happy Valley) is one of San Rafael's oldest neighborhoods, offering a variety of housing, businesses, and community services.

     Our neighborhood features a beautiful natural setting, elegant historic homes, a location convenient to retail shops and service providers, and a diversity of activity and community.  Schools, jobs, and transit are all within walking distance.

     As a MARA member you can have a direct hand in many aspects of our neighborhood's present and future.  Be sure to sign up now if you haven't already.  It's only $10 a year per person ($5 for seniors) and a great way to meet your neighbors.


For an Interactive website see  

Face book page: Montecito Residents Association   

18th Annual Meeing: 15 May 2014.

Come join neighbors & Chief Bishop of the San Rafael Police Department to discuss homelessness in our neighborhood & any other questions you want to ask her.

When: Thurs., May 15th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Where: Aldersly, 326 Mission Ave. @ Mary St.

Other topics we will feature:

  •  CERT- “Community Emergency Response Team” neighborhood sign-up & information booth
  • Happy Valley historic walking tour next month!
  •  Slide show of our neighborhood while you relax after work with appetizers & drink iced tea
  • Get to know your neighbors. We have many new ones!


CERT Training


Did you know that you can become a member of the City of San Rafael's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and get training in such critical skills as light search-and-rescue, disaster preparation, and what to do in the first 72 hours after a disaster?

       For additional information, you can e-mail Angela Del Ponte, Office of Emergency Services, at, or call her at (415) 458-5002. 

     To encourage neighborhood participation, MARA helps subsidize CERT training of MARA members, and, upon proof of your residency within the neighborhood's boundaries (see map) and evidence of completion of your CERT course, the association will "refund" you 50% of your fee.  Just contact MARA at the above address to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Visit for more information and to download a registration form or call the San Rafael Office of Emergency Services at 458-5002 to sign-up. Spaces fill fast!
 Angela Del Ponte
Emergency Services Coordinator
City of San Rafael Office of Emergency Services
1039 C Street ? San Rafael ? CA ? 94901 
Office: 415-458-5002
Cell: 415-720-6196
Fax: 415-485-3177



Board Meetings First Thursday of every month
(except holidays, June and December)

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Boro Room or Boyd Room
San Rafael Corporate Center
(750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael)
  • 18TH Annual Mara Meeting


Archived Newsletters and Articles

The Mara News | Spring 2013 newsletter ..
The Mara News | Fall 2012 newsletter ...
The Mara News | Spring 2011 newsletter . . .
The Mara News | Winter 2009 newsletter . . .
    Note:  The "New and future retailers" ESRV item is retracted due to factual error.

The Mara News | Spring 2007 newsletter . . .
The Mara News | Winter 2005–Spring 2006 newsletter . . .
The Mara News | Winter 2004–Spring 2005 newsletter . . .
The Mara News | Winter 2003–Spring 2004 newsletter . . .

The Mara News | October-November 2002 newsletter . . .

Bulletin Board | Past news blurbs . . .

"Roberts Dairy . . . Where Salvation Army now stands" | Historical
"Blossoms for Irwin Street" | Article with photos . . .
"Check Out the Park/Jewell Triangle" | Beautiful new plaque . . .
"Irwin Triangle Cleanup" | See the transformation . . .
"Gardening with a Conscience" | From SR Volunteers Newsletter . . .

Have an idea for an article or topic of interest?  Let us know!


PresidentVickie Hatos
Vice PresidentSid Waxman
SecretaryJackie Schmidt
TreasurerConstanza Perry

Board Members

 Helenclare Cox
 Bryn Deamer
 Sherna Deamer
 Kay Corlett
 Scott Kaplan

Become a Member—It's Easy to Sign Up

It takes all kinds of things to keep our neighborhood a place we enjoy living—everything from beautification and cleanup to block parties and yard sales, from "watchdogging" City planning and building departments about new construction requests, to putting out a newsletter.  You can make a difference.
     To join, or to renew your annual MARA membership, send your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if you wish) along with a check for$10 per person ($5 for seniors) payable to "Montecito Area Residents' Association" c/o MARA, P.O. Box 150266, San Rafael, CA  94915-0266.  Members should either be residents of the Montecito area or retail, commercial, or other organizations located in the neighborhood.



The boundaries of the neighborhood are shown on this map . . .

For non - emergency
or noise issues,
call the SRPD at