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August 10, 2017
City Council Reintroduces Affordable Housing Ordinance

At Monday's meeting, City Council reviewed and made important modifications to the Affordable Housing Ordinance, resulting in a reintroduction of the ordinance at the August 7th meeting, with second reading and adoption scheduled for the September 5, 2017 City Council meeting. The new affordable housing ordinance replaces existing affordable housing regulations with new regulations for any residential development with a valuation greater than $100,000.

School is Back In Session - Bike, Walk and Ride!

The Mill Valley City Council has identified reducing traffic congestion as a priority and has taken measures to improve circulation in the community. These include supporting the Yellow School Bus Pilot Project, the work of the Traffic and Congestion Reduction Advisory Task Force, working with the Mill Valley School District to adjust bell times, and several other changes to reduce traffic congestion. School will be back in session soon so please be safe and watch out for students on bikes or walking to school. Together, everyone can to do their part to help reduce traffic in Mill Valley. 

City Council to Review Potential Improvements to Blithedale / 101 Interchange 

Regular City Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 5th - 6:30pm

Councilmembers Stephanie Moulton Peters and John McCauley have been working with City staff and counterparts from County of Marin, CalTrans, and our sister cities Tiburon and Belvedere to identify improvements that can be made to the Blithedale Ave/Tiburon Blvd/Highway 101 overpass corridor. Traffic flow complications caused by the number of intersections, inefficient signalization, and inadequate lane geometry of this interchange are the lynchpin to efficient flow on the overpass. These deficiencies have a direct effect on E. Blithedale traffic flow causing backups in Mill Valley. Staff will provide an update regarding efforts to improve the function of the interchange corridor and seek City Council input on cooperative agreement with neighboring agencies to explore conceptual design and review options for improvements.

Miller Avenue Streetscape Project Update

In this week's eNewsletter:
  • Project update: Work crews are finishing up the paving of Miller Avenue this week and striping operations will begin soon. 
  • New Traffic Pattern: A new median configuration is coming to the Evergreen/Miller (Whole Foods) intersection.
  • Speed Advisory: Mill Valley Police Officers will be monitoring traffic speeds and issuing citations to violators.
  • Parkway Lane Configuration Update: City Council to Implement One Year Pilot Project to Retain the Single Lane Configuration in the Parkway (Millwood to Willow)
Councilmember Sashi McEntee (center with white scarf) and her husband along with Chaucer Court residents celebrated National Night Out with a meet and greet with the Mill Valley Police Department evening shift.
Pink Patch Project

The Mill Valley Police Officers Association is pleased to announce our participation in the #PinkPatchProject, a public awareness campaign designed to support the fight against breast cancer.

Click here to learn more
Project Update: 500 Miller Avenue

This project has recently undergone a sale, and Mr. Von der Werth is no longer the owner. Staff has been working with the new owner to review the construction schedule and overall logistics planning. Staff's first priority was to work with the applicant to ensure that the utilities for this project were installed prior to the paving of Miller Avenue, which was a major concern for the City. The utility installations were successfully completed in late July prior to the start of paving work.The new owner has been working closely with the City, and has indicated that they have every intention of building the project, as approved, within the time frames specified in the agreement with the City. 

Aquatics and Fitness Center Will be Closed for Annual Summer Maintenance

August 12th - August 20th

The Aquatic & Fitness Center including all programming and classes will be CLOSED for our regular annual maintenance week from 8/12 - 8/20. The main community center will be open regular business hours during this time.

City Replaces Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hauke Park

The electric vehicle charging station at Hauke Park has been upgraded offering two standard Level 2 charging ports. A single vehicle can receive 30Amps at 7.2 kWh but when two vehicles are charging at the same time the station employs a power share option that will split the available energy.
Call for Artwork

The Mill Valley Arts Commission invites you to join us at one of our premier events, the First Tuesday Artwalk. Each artist or guest curators must be able to mount a show of at least 15 pieces of artwork.

Inside Mill Valley:
Meet Cate Mayfield 
History Room Librarian

If you're ever looking for photographs or maps of old Mill Valley, researching a local topic - the Dipsea Race, the Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway, and more - or looking for information about a resident or building past or present, the Mill Valley Public Library's History Room Librarian, Cate Mayfield, is here to help. Cate oversees the Lucretia Little History Room, a local history archives that collects, preserves, and showcases Mill Valley history.  This fall she is also launching an innovative program that will invite high school students to learn 3D modeling and game development to recreate a virtual reality model of Mill Valley as it was in the past.
Cate is a Maryland native who came to Mill Valley in 2008 and began volunteering at the Mill Valley Public Library soon after. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University, and a Master's of Library & Information Science from San Jose State University. Before joining the City of Mill Valley full time in 2016, Cate also worked as an archivist in the Life Sciences Data Archive at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Cate lives in Fairfax with her husband and two young children.
For more information about the History Room, email
The Fall 2017 Activity Guide is Now Online 

Fall 2017 Registration begins Monday, August 21, 2017. Register online starting at 7:00AM. Drop-off, mail-in, and faxed registrations will begin to be processed by staff randomly at 9:00AM. Walk-in registration begins Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Summer of Love:
Record Listening Night

Tuesday, August 15th
Creekside Room - 7:00pm

The library's Creekside Room has a problem: it's Squaresville, man!  Come help it let its hair down for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a 1967 LP listening party. Bring in your vinyl records, play us your favorite song, and tell us what it means to you. Gary Scheuenstuhl of Mill Valley Music will bring his formidable record collection. Refreshments and lava lamps will be provided. It'll be a groovy time - perhaps even out of sight. 

Registration recommended. Click here to register.
Concerts on the Plaza: Dave & Reed Fromer & Friends

Wednesday, August 16th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Depot Plaza

The Mill Valley Arts Commission hosts 4 FREE outdoor concerts on the Downtown Plaza each August. Bring your lawn chairs & your dancing shoes.

Click here to learn more
Children's End of Summer Party

Friday, August 18th
In the SmartGarden -  2:30pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Featuring Mike Ashe, Bubbleman, crafts, face painting, ice cream and more!

All ages. No registration required.
City Councilmember's Table on the Plaza

Saturday, August 19th
Downtown Depot Plaza -  10:00am - 12:00pm

A Mill Valley City Councilmember will be personally available for discussion, suggestions, comments, complaints and general community input on the first and third Saturday of each month (weather permitting).
Enrichment Expo & Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Tuesday, August 22nd
Mill Valley Community Center
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Learn about enrichment programs offered in Mill Valley including After School Enrichment Programs, Recreation Programs and Community Sports Organizations on site. Join us for music, fun crafts & activities and food trucks. Kids can explore their favorite trucks and heavy machinery. Free to the public and all ages are welcome. 

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting - August 2, 2017

The Parks & Recreation Commission received department reports on Parks Related Projects, including Step, Lanes & Paths work and the Mill Valley Recreation Fitness Floor Renovation. The Commission received and discussed information regarding City Council's input and directions to Staff regarding the Commission's proposed Bylaws and Parks & Recreation Priority Project List.The Commission approved proposed changes to the Field Use Fee Structure for Youth Sports Organizations. 

City Council Meeting -  August 7, 2017

At the August 7 meeting the City Council:
  1. Adopted Resolution No. 17-43 establishing the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Appropriations Limit.
  2. Accepted a donation of $15,000 to the Mill Valley Library to curate, process, and digitize a collection of historical photographs and archival material from the California Film Institute documenting the history of the Mill Valley Film Festival.
  3. Accepted a grant from the State Library for the Building History in 3D Project.
  4. Accepted a donation of $30,000 from the Mill Valley Friends of Parks and Recreation to the City of Mill Valley Recreation Department for the Aquatics and Fitness Building's Fitness Floor Renovation Project.
  5. Directed staff to further analyze and defer to another meeting date the consideration of the installation of a stop sign at East Blithedale and Meadow.
  6. Adopted Resolution No. 17-45 adopting Tax-Advantaged Bonds Post-Issuance Compliance Procedures and Taking Related Actions.
  7. Adopted Resolution No. 17-46 approving the lease-purchase financing of parking meter upgrades and taking related actions.
  8. Introduced and waived first reading of an Affordable Housing Ordinance amending the Mill Valley Municipal Code to establish Affordable Housing Impact Fees and Associated Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  9. Received public comment on and adopted Resolution No. 17-48 authorizing a Pilot Program to install and further evaluate striping the Miller Avenue "Parkway" (from Millwood to Willow) as a one-lane roadway with a buffered bike lane and curbside parking, as right-of-way conditions allow.
  10. Held the Public Hearing and adopted Resolution No. 17-49 authorizing the City to levy and collect the Sewer Service Fees on the Tax Roll for Fiscal Year 2017/18. 

Planning Commission - August 8, 2017, 7:00pm
At this week's meeting the Planning Commission:
  • Denied the Appeal, and Upheld the Zoning Administrator's Design Review Approval for a 564 square foot addition at 141 Shelley Drive;
  • Held a Study Session for Design Review of a remodel and 1,910 square foot expansion, and 500 square foot ADU and 500 square foot garage at 471 Throckmorton Avenue, including the removal of up to 50 trees; and
  • Held a Study Session for a new 4,364 square foot home with a 561 square foot garage on a vacant lot known as 2 Wainwright Avenue.


City Council Meeting - August 21, 2017, 6:30pm

The August 21 City Council meeting has been cancelled. 

Planning Commission - August 22, 2017, 7:00pm

The Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct design review of proposed projects at  315 Tamalpais Ave, 185 Summit Ave, and 312 Eldridge.

City Council Meeting - September 5, 2017, 6:30pm

The Council is scheduled to review the following items:
  • Grand Jury Response: Public Engagement in Marin
  • Steps, Lanes, and Paths Update 
  • Communications Survey Results and Update on Communication Strategic Plan
  • Funding Agreement with Marin County for Design Study - Blithedale/Tiburon Blvd./101
  • Mill Valley Film Festival Proclamation - 40th Anniversary
  • Intro of Non-Rep Reso for 2017/2018 - 2018/2020
  • OPEB Actuarial Report
  • 175 Bolsa ROW Agreement
  • Modify Bike Lane striping at Camino Alto 
  • 250 E. Blithedale (Suite D) Appeal
  • 2nd Reading and Introduction of the Affordable Housing Ordinance
  • BC Shared Services
  • Police Department Services and Activities

We welcome comments & suggestions:
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Mill Valley, CA 94941
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