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March 12, 2018
Save the Date: 
Mill Valley Community Meeting  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Mill Valley Community Center
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join the Mill Valley City Council for a Community Meeting to get an update on current City initiatives and events. Come meet with Councilmembers and staff from each department and share your questions and suggestions.

More details to come
Council to Consider Scope of Work to Review Miller Avenue "Parkway" Lane Configuration

Monday, March 19, 2018
City Hall Council Chambers - 6:30pm

The City Council will review the scope of services for the traffic study to evaluate the one-lane roadway configuration in the Miller Avenue "Parkway" Room (from Millwood Street to Willow Street) at the upcoming March 19th Meeting. At the meeting, Council will consider the proposal scope for the study and a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Parisi Associated to perform the work this spring, during the school year. Staff will report findings of the study to City Council in Fall 2018 along with next steps for making a final determination on the lane configuration.
 
The Staff Report for this presentation will be available when the Council packet is released later this week. You will be able to find the staff report to this presentation here after Wednesday, March 14.  
Ready Mill Valley Neighborhood Meetings

Learn How to Get Prepared

The Mill Valley Fire Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission will be hosting a series of neighborhood meetings to discuss Lessons Learned during the recent Sonoma and Napa County Fires. We are encouraging residents to attend the meetings to learn about evacuation tips, defensible space, and disaster preparedness, and the importance of neighbors knowing each other and how to help each other in the event of an emergency. Look for postcards promoting the meetings to arrive in the coming weeks.

There will be 5 meetings including the following neighborhoods:

Warner Canyon Neighborhoods
Tuesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Park School Auditorium - 360 E. Blithedale Ave

Cascade Canyon Neighborhoods
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Old Mill School Auditorium - 352 Throckmorton Ave

Scott Valley, Alto, Shelter Ridge Neighborhoods
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Edna Maguire School Multi-Purpose Room - 80 Lomita Dr.

Edgewood/Sycamore Neighborhoods
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center - 180 Camino Alto

Blithedale Canyon Neighborhoods
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Outdoor Art Club - 1 W Blithedale Ave

Watch a Video from Assemblymember Levine's Town Hall meeting on Fire Preparedness

Last month, Fire Chief Tom Welch joined Assemblymember Marc Levine and a panel of local emergency management officials to discuss emergency preparedness in Marin County.

Parks & Recreation Community Needs Assessment Survey Results

This past winter, the City of Mill Valley embarked on a comprehensive community needs assessment to solicit resident opinions on its parks and recreation system - facilities, programs, services and amenities. The survey process was highly successful with over 2500 households contacted and 521 completed surveys received.

Survey Highlights:
  • Eighty-eight percent (88%) of respondents indicated they are either "very satisfied" (47%) or "somewhat satisfied" (41%) with the City's recreation facilities and programs with only 2.9% of respondents indicating they are dissatisfied.
  • Eighty-eight percent (88%) of respondents also indicated they are either "very satisfied" (47%) or "somewhat satisfied" (41%) with the maintenance of City parks, trails, fields, and open spaces. 
  • There is a high level of use of parks above the national average at 93% higher than 81% nationally.
  • There is an excellent level of participation in City recreation programs at 48%. This is 14% above the national average for participation in agency programs.
Click here to read the full report
Spring & Summer Registration 
Now Open! 
 
Register now for e nrichment classes, c amps
swim lessons and more!  Our Spring & Summer 2018 Activity Guide is available to view online at  www.mvprGoPlay.org , in  downloadable PDF  or at our department website

After Hours: Teen Poetry Slam

Friday, March 16th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mill Valley Public Library
Main Reading Room

Jazz Hudson emcees as teens compete in an event that is part performance, part spoken word. Contestants often draw upon racial, economic, and gender injustices and current events for subject matter.

Adults and high school students only. Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Registration highly recommended.  Click here to register.
One Book One Marin: 
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild

Mill Valley Public Library
Monday, March 19th
Creekside Room - 7:00pm

One Book One Marin 2018 is in full swing! Come share your thoughts at one of our facilitated book discussions on the 2018 selection, Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild. In Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning of the American Right, UC Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild describes her five-year study interviewing Tea Party members in Louisiana about their lives, beliefs, and politics. The book examines the "empathy walls" that have developed between conservatives and liberals, and also casts a light on Louisiana's devastating environmental degradation. Above all, Hochschild's book addresses the importance of empathy and respect for ways of life which differ from our own.

Registration recommended. Click here to register. 

There will be a second facilitated book discussion on Tuesday, April 10th at 10:30am
Click here to register.

For more information, call the reference desk (415) 389-4292 x3
Eggstravaganza  
 
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Mill Valley Community Center

Bunny Breakfast 8:30am - 10:00am - Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don't forget your camera). The breakfast will include french toast, sausages, orange juice and coffee. An adult must accompany children. 

Tickets $6 - adults and $4 -children over 3 years - on sale now at the Mill Valley Community and Aquatics & Fitness Centers.

FREE Egg Hunt starting at 10:00am prompt -  Hop on out to Friends Field for Mill Valley Recreation's annual Egg Hunt Kids delight in searching for surprises left in the grass by that rascally rabbit and his friends. Mr. E. Bunny will start each hunt: 10am for ages 2 and under, and 10:15am for ages 3-4 and ages 5-8. Three separate hunts at two different times to help the morning flow smoothly. Thanks to the Mill Valley Seniors' Club generous sponsorship of this event, the Egg Hunt will be FREE!

Mill Valley Live:
Prop Comic and Juggler Fred Anderson


Sunday, March 25th, 2018 
11:00am-12:00pm
Mill Valley community Center
$8.00 (4 and older)
Free  (3 and under)

One of the fastest and funniest performers in the country, Fred has performed in Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles and around the country. His off-beat style and audience participation is a big hit with any ages! Fred has won numerous awards for his one man show, and performs yearly at The Fringe Festival in Scotland!

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

Click here to learn more
REVIEWS

Planning Commission Meeting - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 

The Planning Commission:
  1. Adopted a Resolution recommending City Council adopt changes to the City's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that relate to new rental housing developments;
  2. Approved a Design Review and Tree Removal application for 2 Upper Alcatraz;
  3. Approved the Design Review, Conditional Use Permit Amendment, and Outdoor Dining Permit for the interior and structure for the Depot building (87 Throckmorton Avenue), and requested the outdoor trellis return to the Commission for further review; 
  4. Held a Design Review and Tree Removal hearing for 152 W Blithedale and continued the application to a date uncertain.
Click here to watch the meeting



City Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 5, 2018

The Council meeting will include the following agenda items:
  • Received the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Annual Report
  • Presented a Proclamation declaring April, 2018, as "Fair Housing Month" in the City of Mill Valley.
  • Received a presentation on the Sales Tax Measure A renewal by Dianna Steinhauser, Executive Director of the Transportation Authority of Marin and Nancy Whelan, General Manager of the Marin Transit District.
  • Introduced an Ordinance, as amended, modifying Chapter 20.74 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code pertaining to Temporary Signs and waived first reading 
  • Received a presentation and held a discussion on the Traffic Signal Timing Project
  • Received a presentation and held a discussion of right-of-way encroachment issues
  • Adopted Resolution No. 18-12 approvmg the draft by-laws for the Housing Advisory Committee and appointed Councilmember McCauley and Councilmember Sloan as the City Council Committee representatives
  • Adopted Resolution No. 18-13 reappointing Naomi Jane Gray and Joan Komgut to the Library Board of Trustees and continued appointment to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to a future City Council meeting
Click here to watch the meeting
 


Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The following actions were taken at the March 7, 2018 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting:
  • Welcomed new Commissioner Jamie Firmage and announced the resignation of Commissioner Suzanne Thompson
  • Approved the Minutes of the February 7, 2018 Regular Commission Meeting
  • Approved the following Plaza Use Requests
    • Mill Valley Middle School Art Instructor Julie Leonard for "Chalk Art on the Plaza" Art Project on Friday, May 25, 2018 11:00 am-2:30 pm.
    • Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 37th Annual Mill Valley Market Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting on Sunday, June 3, 2018 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Plaza use 6 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Winterfest Sunday, December 2, 2018 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (event time); Plaza use (6 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Received reports and discussed the following items
    • Steps, Lanes & Paths Maintenance
    • Healthy Parks, Healthy People and Outdoor Recreation Program
    • Golf Course and Clubhouse Tour with Golf Course Architect Andy Staples of Community Links
    • City Budget Process and FY16/18 Public Works' Parks Division & Recreation Department



PREVIEWS

Planning Commission Meeting - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

Will hold a Hearing to review a Conditional Use Permit and Parking Variance application for a ballet studio at 448 Miller Avenue and hold a Study Session to discuss potential changes to the Multi-family Residential, Downtown Residential, and Mixed-Use Design Guidelines.




City Council Meeting  - Monday, March 19, 2018

The City Council agenda will include the following topics:
  • Approve a lease extension and construction reimbursement agreement with tenant for the Downtown Depot Plaza Cafe and Bookstore 
  • Appointments to Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Audit 2016-2017 Report
  • 1st reading: Revisions to the Affordable Housing Ordinance to Address AB1505 
  • 2nd reading: Temporary Sign Ordinance
  • 1st Reading: Fire/Building Code Updates 
  • Consideration of a Resolution Approving a Budget Adjustment of $64,284 for Summit Avenue Bridge Repair 
  • Acceptance of Multiple Donations from the Enjoy Mill Valley Fund, the Outdoor Art Club, and Michael Gill 
  • Tam Park Street Tree Assessment Report to Council
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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