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December 8, 2017
Families and children of all ages enjoyed the Fun Slide at this year's Enjoy Mill Valley Winterfest. Click here to read more about the event. Photo by Gary Ferber Photography
Message from the City Manager

All of us at the City of Mill Valley wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. This will be the last edition of MVConnect in 2017 but it will return next year after our first full meeting with the City Council, which will be on Thursday, January 4th. In the meantime, City staff will continue working through the rest of this year to deliver the highest quality of service to Mill Valley.

Be sure to take advantage of the wonderful programs and events at our Library, Community Center and many local venues during the holidays.  And don't forget to check out the Shop MV Holiday Discount Program offered via the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and local merchants. Mention "Shop MV" at these stores and save through the end of the year!
Annual Mayoral Transition

At their meeting on Monday night, the City Council thanked Councilmember Jessica Sloan for her year of service as Mayor and elected Councilmembers Stephanie Moulton-Peters as Mayor and Jim Wickham as Vice Mayor for 2018.

Councilmember Sloan stated that she was proud of a number of accomplishments achieved during 2017 which included the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, the Tolerance and Respect Initiative, work on improving Steps, Lanes, and Paths, beginning the Flood Control Masterplan, focusing on the reduction of traffic congestion, and taking steps towards tackling the challenge of affordable housing in Mill Valley. 

Newly elected Mayor Moulton-Peters shared that she was very  honored and excited to be Mayor again and stressed that during her upcoming term she wants to focus on fire preparedness, traffic congestion, affordable housing, Steps, Lanes, and Paths, a long-term financial plan for Mill Valley, substance abuse in Mill Valley, programs for the young and the old in Mill Valley, and making progress on the Flood Control Masterplan. 

A Holiday Message from Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters

This holiday I hope you all get a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones and keep in mind how blessed we all are to live in such a safe and beautiful community. If you are looking for gifts remember that local businesses are a part of what makes Mill Valley great, so enjoy free parking downtown and visit the many wonderful shops, stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues on Miller Avenue and downtown. Also take the time to read the tips below about taking precautions to make you home fire safe during the holidays. Happy holidays and have a Happy New Year.
City Hosts Affordable Housing Summit, Laying Groundwork for a Vital Community Conversation

Should your favorite grocery clerks at Mill Valley Market be able to live in our community if they want to? How about our firefighters, teachers and police officers? And if the answer's yes, how do we go about making that happen? 


Having a conversation about affordable housing strategies was the driving goal behind the City of Mill Valley's Affordable Housing Summit on November 30.  The meeting's panel focused much of its attention on the following three topics:
  • Protect and enhance the City's existing affordable units.
  • Acquire and convert units to create affordable units.
  • Create and build new affordable units.
City Council Honors Mill Valley Market for Donating Nearly $1,000,000 to Local Organizations

In 1987 Mill Valley Market co-owner Bob Canepa began a fund-raising effort to support our local schools. He went door-to-door to local business owners to raise money for local schools in a program he called "Dollars for Scholars."  That program has transformed into Mill Valley Market's "Shop and Give Program" which now contributes to 115 non-profit organizations in town. "Shop and Give" program is expected to reach the $1,000,000 mark in mid-December. City Council recognized Mill Valley Market with a proclamation honoring their generous sustained support of the Mill Valley community.
Help Us Improve Councilmember on the Plaza

Since 2010, members of the Mill Valley City Council have participated in the Councilmember on the Plaza program to offer residents the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with the City Council on two Saturdays a month. The City Council is asking for your help to improve this program. Have you participated? How can we make it better? 

Send your thoughts via email to cityclerk@cityofmillvalley.org or drop a note off at City Hall.

Join us for our next Table on the Plaza date: 
Saturday, December 16th, 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Downtown Depot Plaza
Click here to watch a video about fire safety during the holidays.
Be Fire Safe This Holiday Season

For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Be mindful of potential dangers in your household during the holiday season and take precautions to prevent fires.

Watch Mill Valley Fire Department Engine 7 leaving the station for Ventura County. Wildfires in Southern California are a reminder that despite colder weather, the threat of wildfires is still present with windy and dry conditions.
Take Precautions and Prepare Your Home for Winter Storms

High Tides predicted for the month of December may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas. The City of Mill Valley strongly encourages residents in low-lying areas to prepare for upcoming high tide events.

City of Mill Valley Says Goodbye to Retiring Employees and Welcomes New Faces in 2017

Congratulations to Senior Building Inspector Dan Martin who will be retiring this month after 15 years with the City of Mill Valley. This year the City of Mill Valley said goodbye to a number of employees who retired after many years of service including Police Chief Angel Bernal (30 years), Engineering Technician Julie McClure (21 years), Maintenance Works Don Peter (32 years). 

Mill Valley Celebrates the 2018 Click Off Winners

On December 5th Mill Valley Recreation held an a wards ceremony and art show reception at the Mill Valley Community Center honoring this year's Click Off winners which included 13-year old Maddie O'Keefe who won Best in Show this year.

The Mill Valley Recreation
Winter Activity Guide is here!
 
Our Winter 2017/2018 Activity Guide is available  online at www.millvalleyrecreation.org 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.

Winter 2017/2018 Registration opens 
Online at 7:00am - Monday, December 11th. 
Faxed in, mailed in and dropped off registrations will be processed by staff beginning at 9:00am - Monday, December 11th.  Walk-in registration begins Tuesday, December 12.

Make It, Take It, Wrap It 

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center

Local artisans will instruct easy crafts for youth and adult to make and take home. The event features crafts to make and purchase, live music, photos with Santa, holiday dress-up with local theatre company, cookie decorating and more! Entry to the event is free to all, Craft prices vary, including free to $15 activities.

For more information contact:
Kathryn Yost, Arts Program Coordinator
kyost@cityofmillvalley.org
415-383-1370

 
Click here to read more
GardenSmart Class: Restoring Native Flora
 
Saturday, December 9th, 11:00am
Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room
FREE!
 
California contains a unique and precious diversity of native flora and habitats. Diana Benner, vegetation ecologist and co-owner of The Watershed Nursery, will discuss the rewards and challenges of participating in environmental restoration projects and how home gardeners can help.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.
Cards & Crafts for Adults
 
Monday, December 18th - 1:00 - 3:00pm
Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room
FREE!
 
Join us for a wintry "crafternoon." Anything can be bought off the shelf, but family and friends will truly appreciate the time and care you put into your crafty creations. Guest instructor Tracy Smith will be on hand as well, to demonstrate how to fold intricate and beautiful Moravian stars. We'll offer snacks, music, and art supplies so you can create some festive holiday cards, thank-you notes, or homemade gifts.

For adults and high school students only. Registration is required. Click here to register.
New Years Eve at the Center

Sunday, December 31st, 8:00pm - 1:00am
Mill Valley Community Center
Presented by Mill Valley Recreation and Piazza D'Angelo

Ring in 2018 with live music from opening act The Sonic Steps and our headlining act NOTORIOUS.
Enjoy complimentary champagne upon entry plus delicious appetizers throughout the night, no-host full bar, and festive party favors to heighten the mood during an exhilarating countdown to the New Year!

Doors open at 8 p.m and party goes until 1 a.m.

Tickets are available online
$60 Early Bird prior to 11/11/17
$70 Ticket Sales 11/12/17-12/30/17
$80 At Door Ticket Sales

REVIEWS

City Council Meeting -  December 4, 2017

The following actions were taken at the December 4, 2017 Regular City Council meeting. 
  1. Received an update on the summary of the November 30, 2017 Affordable Housing Summit.
  2. Presented a Proclamation thanking and congratulating Mill Valley Market for over 25 years of Mill Valley focused Philanthropic efforts.
  3. Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Senior Building Inspector, Daniel Martin, on the occasion of his retirement.
  4. Introduced new staff members Becky Murray, Administrative Aide, and Colin Chambers, Firefighter.
  5. Adopted the 2018 Regular City Council meeting schedule.
  6. Accepted a report and update on the General Fund as of September 30, 2017.
  7. Accepted a $19,050 donation from the Mill Valley Friends of Parks and Recreation to support the Recreation Department's Scholarship Fund .
  8. Approved a proposed agreement and partnership between the Recreation Department, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the California Film Institute for a 'Movies in the Park' Program.
  9. Adopted Resolution No. 17-75 approving a Budget Adjustment of $66,900 and Authorizing the City Manager to execute the construction contract for the Mill Valley City Hall Access Ramp Project.
  10. Congratulated Mayor Sloan on the completion of her year as Mayor.
  11. Elected Stephanie Moulton-Peters as Mayor and Jim Wickham as Vice Mayor for 2018.
  12. Administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected Mayor and Vice Mayor. 
Click here to watch the meeting 



PREVIEWS

Planning Commission - December 12, 2017, 7:00pm

The Planning Commission will hear a presentation and discussion regarding accessory dwelling units in Mill Valley. The Commission will also hold public hearings on:

  • 87 Throckmorton Avenue - Amendment to a Conditional Use Permit - Amendment to a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an existing restaurant, Outdoor Dining Permit, and Design Review application for exterior changes to the Depot building, a designated historic resource.
  • 2 Upper Alcatraz Place - Design Review and Accessory Dwelling Unit - Design Review and Accessory Dwelling Unit application for a project proposes to remove the existing home and construct a new 3,254 square foot single-family dwelling with an attached 498 square foot Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and 496 square foot garage. 
  • 201 Marion Avenue - Design Review - PL16-4532 (Svanstrom)  Design Review for a new two-story  2,586 square foot house with an attached 534 square foot garage on a vacant 10,438 square foot site. 



City Council Meeting - December 18, 2017 

This meeting has been cancelled. The next City Council Meeting will be Thursday, January 4, 2018.
We welcome comments & suggestions:
Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
cityofmillvalley.org
City Hall Phone: (415)388-4033
City Hall Fax: (415)381-1736



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