Have you ever heard of diversity? Do you understand that California prides itself on the acceptance of differences of all the people that live here? Yes, we would welcome you too, but typically we expect that you leave your feelings of exclusivity and self-righteousness back home. You need to take on our feelings of inclusivity and self-righteousness.
If you move to Sausalito you will be harassed more visitors from areas further away than from Marin City. In fact you will probably find that if you let your disdain show on your face as you have in your question either everybody will harass you for the fun of it or everyone will ignore you because they will think you are just another tourist.
The direction of the local "flavour"? Too many wealthy people thinking they have found a little of the Cote d'Azur in America and not enough of the old Italian fishermen. The place has become a little Disneyland village where everyone can pretend they have artistic cred. The real artists that live there are inspired by the inclusive diversity of all the people that live there now and who had historical significance.
Overall, Sausalito is no problem regarding such people. Between the better off citizenry, the dedication on the part of the public sector leadership as it were that well understands the importance of tourism, your concerns while more than just and dignified should precipitate little concern.
Generically speaking, pretty much anywhere these days in once great America, when witness to certain people, keep your guard up, as well distance. As you are acquainted with the greater New York metropolitan area, you know exactly what that means. The word "diversity" is a pathetic euphemism whose lie - and it is just that - more than sadly shows itself for what it is with each and every new day.
Ave atque vale...........................
That having been said, I do have some concerns with the level of crime and lack of education that is sadly contained in the Marin City confines. I have lived above Marin City, in the Sausalito headlands for over a decade. Sadly, during this time, I have personally witnessed, read in the papers, etc an increase in crime. Many kids travel in groups and include others who come from Oakland and Richmond. Some groups are actively carrying arms and assaulting others. They recently assaulted a dry cleaner just to get his iphone. He was badly hurt in this assault infront of his store, in broad daylight at the Marin CIty Mall. My biggest concern is the lack of role modeling shown by the community that statistically has little education in addition to other disadvantages. . Family units are broken and drugs are available. Kids cab be rough and language is not schooled. As a causasian , I feel safe so far, but I know of many stories where families suffer abuse and parents are livingunder house arrest. We should all get together and help desing more progaming to suppor thi s part of our community. That having been said, I must say that tha emodeling my child sees at school is often unacceptable At bestk his class mates have not had the good foturne to know musuems, camps or even sailing on the bay. It is hard to watch the pain and limtations. It is inexcuseable that we have not done more for our neighbors.
As for the Middle Easterners in Sausalito, well, MIddle Easterners have historically been shop-keepers (as have many other people), and some of them have set up businesses in Sausalito, but like I mentioned above, these people probably want to be here for a peaceful and better life.
We all mix pretty well around here. On Labor day of each year Sausalito has a huge Art Festival that attracts thousands of people from all over that come to enjoy our beautiful weather and the fun art festival. Even with all the extra people pouring into the city for this three day festival, there is never any problem. If you would like any more information, please let me know, I moved here for the safety factor, so I so understand your question. You can reach me at my email of email@example.com. Jo
Marin City effectively has two communities; the flatland neighborhood where many low income folk live and the hillside condos which are much more middle class though NOT bourgeoisie. Some feel that proximity to the poor means more crime so avoid all of Marin City.
If you've the resources you'll find, Belvedere, Tiburon and Ross much quieter and "secure". Your taste(s) may run toward the communities in the south of the Ross Valley? If proximity to "the city" is unimportant you may find the flavor you seek in West Marin.
Marin County has a myriad of communities each with its unique ambiance and character, a hat for every head. If I can be of assistance...