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February 9, 2018
City Hall ADA Access Ramp to Begin Construction in February 

A new ADA access ramp will be installed at Mill Valley City Hall along with landscape improvements and seating near the entrance to the building. Construction is scheduled to begin February 12 and last through April, weather permitting. During construction access to City Hall will be limited to the rear entrance in the parking lot behind City Hall. The historic bell that currently sits near the entrance will be moved to the lawn area opposite the ramp.

Planning and Building Staff Discuss Potential Impacts of State Housing Legislation  

On September 15, 2017, the California Legislature sent 15 bills affecting local land use control of housing development for the Governor's signature. The bills include regulations related to "streamlining" the development review and approval processes; establishing "local accountability" through the Housing Element process; and creating new funding sources for the planned development and production of housing. At the February 5, 2018 City Council meeting, City  planning staff presented an overview of potential impacts from this legislation and discussed next steps to ensure that the City maintains its local control, where possible.  

Local Boy Scout Troop 1 recently completed CERT training making them an invaluable resource in our community in the case of a disaster. Click here to learn how you can become a CERT member.
Mill Valley Fire Department Discusses Mill Valley's Fire Preparedness Program  

At last Monday's City Council meeting, Fire Chief Tom Welch presented a report on Fire Preparedness and Prevention in the City of Mill Valley which outlines several of the risks associated within the community, specifically those in the wildland urban interface (WUI). The fire environment is changing as fire seasons are longer, more intense and more destructive.  The fire season in the fall of 2017 was devastating with the wine country fires in October on record as the deadliest in the state. The City of Mill Valley has a long history of integrating vegetation management into its Citywide policies, and these efforts will continue to be expanded. Prevention, preparedness and readiness remain top priorities along with community outreach and workshops to help educate residents and business owners.  

Upcoming City Council Elections

Nomination Period: February 12 - March 9, 2018
Municipal Elections: June 5, 2018

A General Municipal Election is slated to be held in the City of Mill Valley on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, for the purpose of electing two members to the City Council for full, four-year terms. The nomination period for these offices begins on February 12, 2018, and closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018. If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the City are not filed by March 9, 2018, the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, March 14, 2018, to nominate candidates (and file the required paperwork) other than the persons who are the incumbents. 

If you wish to further discuss the election process, or are interested in filing the required paperwork to become a Council Candidate, please contact the City Clerk at (415) 388-4033 or

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Our new boat dock had a visitor last week. Note: If you encounter seals on the boat dock please give them space and let wildlife stay wild.
Work on Bayfront Pier Park Pier Project Nears Completion

Soon the Mill Valley will have a recreational boat dock for the first time in over 13 years since the previous dock was destroyed by a storm. In two weeks the dock will open to members of the general public for use with non-motorized water craft. Be mindful when using the dock that tides effect access to and from the dock so check tides before embarking. Funding for the project was made possible in part by the Transportation Authority of Marin and the Cosco Busan Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Aggressive Driver Awareness

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates February as Aggressive Driving Awareness Month. If you encounter a dangerous driver in Mill Valley get the license plate on the car, the direction of travel of the aggressive driver, and call the police to report them when you are able to safely

Marin Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
College of Marin Fusselman Hall Room 120

835 College Ave., Kentfield 

Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch will join Assemblymember Marc Levine and FIRESafe Marin wlil present what state, county, and local governments are doing to prepare for wildfires and how we plan to improve fire safety in Marin. The event will take place at the College of Marin's Fusselman Hall on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Learn how to prepare your family, home, and property in case of disaster. A focus of the meeting is to inform residents of the work that has been done to plan for a fire disaster and to let them know how wildfire disasters will be handled in Marin.
Marin Wedding Fair
Saturday, February 10th, 2018 
11:00am - 4:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center 
Free admission & parking!

"One Stop Shop" - plan your special day. Stop by and meet a variety of talented photographers, caterers, bridal fashion designers, and event planners who can fill your needs and help make your wedding special.

Sunday Special:
Red Panda Acrobats

Mill Valley Library
Sunday, February 11th
Main Reading Room - 11:00am

Celebrate Lunar New Year with these amazing Chinese acrobats. You'll see stunning acrobatics, balancing, and contortion, led by Wayne Huey, who has delighted audiences all over the Bay Area. Made possible by generous support from the Mill Valley Library Foundation & The Friends.

All ages. No registration required.
Spring & Summer 2018 Activity Guide
The Mill Valley Recreation Spring & Summer 2018 Activity Guide is available to view online at, in  downloadable PDF or at our department website

Recycled paper hard copies will be mailed to all residents within the 94941 zip code and will be available at the Mill Valley Community Center, City Hall, Library and the Chamber of Commerce next week. 

Mill Valley Public Art Program Seeking Local Artists

The City of Mill Valley's Arts Commission is currently soliciting  local artists interested in participating in the City's new Public Art Program. If you are a professional artist, who specializes in the creation of public artwork, and would like to be considered for a future public art project, please consider submitting an Artist Statement of Qualifications

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Art Lecture: Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

Mill Valley Library
Monday, February 12th
Creekside Room - 7:00pm

A docent from the Legion of Honor museum will talk about this exhibition which explores 18th-century Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (Italian, 1725-1798). Renowned today as a seducer and adventurer, Casanova was known to his contemporaries as a charming and witty conversationalist, an expert on many topics, and an international man of letters. He was also a gambler, a spy, and one of history's greatest travelers.
Mid-Winter Break Camps with Mill Valley Recreation
Mill Valley Recreation is hosting camps for mid-winter recess including art camps, Road Warriors camp, and Tennis camp.

Call for Vendors:
We ♥ MOM Craft Market  
Deadline for filing is February 23, 2018.
Applications available here.  

Event is Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center

We are very happy to announce our second annual We ♥ Mom Spring Craft & Gift Market. This year we have expanded shopping hours from  9:00am  -  4:00pm  and increased our vendor opportunities to include upwards of 60 booths offering a myriad of handcrafted items including jewelry, glass, wood-working, paper goods, art and knitted treasures.  


Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, January 23, 2018 

The Planning Commission: approved a Conditional Use Permit for an office use at 250 E Blithedale, Suite B; approved a Design Review and Tree Removal application for 319 Lovell Avenue; held a Study Session for Design Review for a new home at 465 Molino Avenue; and, held a Study Session for Design Review for a new home at 216 Ethel Avenue.

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City Council Meeting - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Council meeting will include the following agenda items:
  1. The following actions were taken at the February 5, 2018 Regular City Council meeting. Staff, please review and initiate follow-up action as necessary.
  2. Received an update on the City Hall Access Improvement Project (slated to begin mid-February), Bayfront Boat Dock Project (near completion), and progress on revisions to the Personnel Rules.
  3. Introduced Kathy Toohey and announced her promotion to Building Official.
  4. Received the Planning Commission's Annual Report .
  5. Received the Arts Commission's Annual Report.
  6. Approved a Fire Department budget adjustment for staff overtime principally related to statewide fire response assistance .
  7. Adopted Resolution No. 18-09 approving a budget adjustment to transfer funds from accumulated technology fees to the Building Division's equipment account .
  8. Received a presentation and discussed recently enacted and pending State legislation affecting land use control and housing development matters.
  9. Received a presentation and discussed follow-up and action steps related to the recent Affordable Housing Summit.
  10. Received a presentation and discussed the City's fire emergency preparedness policies and practices, and considered recommendations for enhancement 
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Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The following actions were taken at the February 7, 2018 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting
  • Upheld the Mill Valley Tree Committee's Decision to Approve a Tree Removal Permit for 445 Molino Ave.
  • Received the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Community Needs Assessment Survey Results, presented by Michael Shellito, Shellito Training and Consulting.
  • Bid farewell and thanked Commissioner Kirk Knauer for his 6 years of Dedicated Service to the City of Mill Valley as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner.
  • Approved the Minutes of the January 11, 2018 Regular Commission Meeting

The Parks and Recreation Commission approved the following Use Requests

  • Downtown Plaza by Patrons of the Arts at Tam High (PATH ) for Tam High's Senior Art Show in the Plaza on Friday, June 1, 2018 3:00-7:30 pm.
  • Downtown Plaza by Love Lives in Marin and the Mill Valley Community Action Network for Love Includes Everyone: A Musical Rally on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • 2018 Annual Old Mill Park Use Special Event Requests
    • The Dipsea Race Committee for the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Dipsea Hike Start on Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00am-10:00am.
    • Brazen Racing/Dolphin South End Runners for the 49th Annual Double Dipsea Turn Around Point and Aid Station on Saturday June 16, 2018 8:00am-12:00pm.
    • Zero Breast Cancer for the Dipsea Hike/Run Start & Finish on Saturday September 22, 2018 7:00am - 3:00pm.
    • Dolphin Swimming & Boating Club for the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon Dipsea Race portion Start on Saturday, September 30, 2018 8:30am - 4:30pm.
    • Bay Area Ultra Runners for the Quad Dipsea Race Start & Finish line on Saturday  November 24, 2018 7:30am-4:30pm.
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City Council Meeting  - Monday, February 20, 2018

The City Council agenda will include the following topics:
  • 2018 Board, Commission and Committee Vacancy - Arts Commission Interviews
  • Finance Department Presentation of the General Fund Second Quarter Report
  • Boat Dock, Notice of Completion
  • Right of Way Encroachment Issues 
  • Temporary Sign Ordinance
  • Board and Commission Annual Reports - Library Board of Trustees
  • Parks and Recreation Facilities and Programs Evaluation and Recommendations

We welcome comments & suggestions:
Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
City Hall Phone: (415)388-4033
City Hall Fax: (415)381-1736

City Hall Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.; Closed Alternate Fridays