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January 9, 2020
City Council Announces Police Chief Alan Piombo to Serve in City's Lead Role Through Recruitment of New City Manager
In the wake of City Manager Jim McCann's announcement of his retirement earlier this year, the Mill Valley City Council has announced that Mill Valley Police Chief Alan Piombo will serve in the City's lead role on an interim basis, and guide the City through its transition between permanent City Managers.  Learn more. 
Highlights and Updates on Development Projects Around Town
The City of Mill Valley Planning and Building Department has prepared an update for the community on several higher profile development projects around town.  Learn more. 
PG&E Tree Work and Debris Removal
In recent months, members of the Mill Valley community have noted that PG&E has left behind debris piles from their work pruning and removing trees that are too close to their transmission and distribution lines. Learn more about PG&E's tree work and debris removal policies, how City staff have followed up with PG&E to address the issue, and what community members can do to report incidents.
Wildfire in Australia Reminds Community to Prepare for Fire Season in Advance
The time is now to take action to prepare and protect your family. Fire season is just around the corner. Learn more.
Mill Valley Garners $450,000 Grant to Fund Safe Routes to School  
The  Transportation Authority of Marin approved a total of $450,000 in grants for the City of Mill Valley to fund two development projects that will improve bicycle safety in Mill Valley, as part of the Countywide Safe Pathways to School Program.  Learn more.
RSVP Parking Permits are Half Price!
The City of Mill Valley's Resident Shopper Vehicle Permit (RSVP) program allows residents of Mill Valley and nearby towns to park for free at a metered space as a way to promote downtown businesses. The reduced cost of the RSVP permits is $25.00 per vehicle for Mill Valley residents, and $35 for residents with zip codes of 94920, 94925, and 94965. Learn more.
MV Together - Community service, with an accent on "Community"
Community service in Mill Valley takes many forms, historically it takes the form of an individual or group working on one particular project to benefit a specific need within the community. Last month, one of our nonprofits, Friends of Steps, Lanes and Paths (SLPs), took a different approach.  Learn more .  
Mill Valley Arts Commission announces Call for Musical Artists
The Mill Valley Arts Commission will host outdoor concerts on the Downtown Plaza in summer 2020.
All interested musical artists are encouraged to apply.  To be considered, first complete the  online Musical Artist Submission form  by Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 5pm.  Learn more .
Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Apply by January 22 
Interested in getting involved in local government? Join your neighbors and friends on a City Board or Commission! There  are several vacancies currently available. Applying is quick and easy.  Learn more.
Update on City Advisory Committees
We rely on the participation of our community members in conducting research and making recommendations to Council on a number of important topics. Here is an update on the latest from our short-term Advisory Committees: 

Downtown Project Advisory Committee - Save the date for a Community Workshop on January 28, 2020. More info to come soon! Learn more.

Flood Management and Drainage Master Plan Task Force -  They held their Kick Off Meeting in November 2019, and the next task force meeting is planned for February 2020 prior to a community meeting. Learn more.

Fire Hazard Reduction Advisory Committee - The  next upcoming meeting is on January 22, from 1-3 at the Mill Valley Community Center. Learn more.
Mill Valley Recreation is HIRING
The City of Mill Valley's Recreation Department is now accepting applications for several part time positions: Kidzwatch Staff, Facility Attendants, Field Monitors, Fitness Staff, Lifeguards and Swim instructors.  Job descriptions and applications for all these positions can be obtained by clicking here.
Mill Valley Recreation
Winter 2020 Registration OPEN!
Winter 2020 Registration is now open and includes Enrichment, Youth & Adult Classes, Swim Lessons and More!  CLICK HERE to view our NEW Winter 2020 Activity Guide and our online registration website!

SAVE THE DATE: Spring/Summer 2020 Registration opens February 25th!  
Spring/Summer programs will be available to view online starting February 3rd.
Cocoa with a Cop at Mill Valley Middle School
The Mill Valley Police Department would like to thank Mill Valley Middle School for allowing us to host Cocoa with a Cop on campus late last month. We enjoyed interacting with students and faculty who arrived early to participate in the event!
City Council Hosts Special Meeting Focused on Seniors in Community
On December 19, 2019, the City Council hosted a special meeting at The Redwoods focused on "Serving the Senior Community." The special meeting was a timely one that generated strong interest, with over 50 members of the community in attendance and lively discussion.   Learn more.
You can find City Events on our Event Calendar on the City Website. The following lists featured events, but there is so much more! Check it out.
Borrowed Time
Ongoing through 2020

Borrowed Time is the Library's new initiative to combat climate change through a series of events, activities and actions throughout 2020. What can you do? Join our effort! Visit for an overview of Mill Valley's programming and for the blog, podcast, and wider initiative.
Come Join Friends of SLPs for the Next Volunteer Work Day! 
Saturday, January 11th at 9am at SLP 214

Join fellow community members for a fun day of volunteering to improve our SLPs! Meet at the bottom of SLP214 on W. Blithedale. SLP214 is located adjacent to 222 W. Blithedale. 
Learn more.
Writing about Music: Class at the Library
Saturdays, January 18th & January 25th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to express in words how music moves you from renowned Bay Area arts critic and documentary filmmaker Kevin Smokler. Over two sessions, listen to great music, talk about great music, and then write personal essays and criticism about why great music changes us. Learn more and register here.
Confused About What Goes Where in Your Four Bins? 
Outdoor Art Club
Thursday, January 30th at 1pm.  

Outdoor Art Club and Clean Mill Valley invite all community members to a talk and Q&A session by Jim Iavarone ( Mill Valley Refuse) and Jennifer Selvig ( Marin Sanitary Service).  Learn more.
Join for a Fabulous Evening in Support of Mill Valley Parks and Recreation!
Mill Valley Community Center
Thursday, February 6th, 5:30pm - 10:00 pm

Delicious dinner featuring some of the best of local food, wine and beer by area restaurants, breweries and wineries. Live music featuring special guests. Silent and live auctions. $100 per person.  

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.
Join us for Upcoming Recreation Events!
  • Mill Valley LiVE - January 26 - 10-11am - The Bubble Lady Returns! 
    Performance: $8 general admission, 3 years and under free. Learn more
  • Marin Wedding Fair - This spectacular event is Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at 1:00pm. ATTENTION VENDORS: The deadline for Vendor Applications has been EXTENDED! Learn more.
City Council Meeting - December 16, 2019
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Approving the August 5, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes.
    • Accepting the the Hauke-Bayfront Bridge Repairs as Complete. 
  • Received Proposed Resolution to Approve the Labor Agreement Memorandum of Understanding with the Fire Chief Officers Association Representing the City's Fire Battalion Chiefs and Continued to the January 6, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Received Presentation of an Overview of the City's Parking Enforcement Program and Recommendations for Improvement. 
  • Thanked Director Jenny Rogers for her Seven Years of Service to the City of Mill Valley as Arts and Recreation Director. 
  • Introduced and Congratulated Sean McGrew on his Appointment to Interim Arts and Recreation Director.
City Council Meeting - December 18, 2019

The City Council:
  • Received Presentations by Executive Search Firms Peckham & McKenney, Inc. and Ralph Andersen & Associates.  
  • Considered Awarding a Professional Services Agreement to an Executive Search Firm.
  • Authorized the City Manager to Execute the Contract with Ralph Andersen & Associates and a Corresponding Budget Adjustment. 
Note: This meeting was not recorded. 
City Council Meeting - December 19, 2019

The City Council:
  • Received an Update from Ms. Girija Brilliant, Mill Valley's Representative on the Marin County Commission on Aging. 
  • Received a Presentation on Marin County's Senior Services and Age-Friendly Plans from Mr. Lee Pullen, Director of Marin County Aging and Adult Services. 
  • Received a Presentation from Mr. Brian Van Weele, Chief Philanthropic Officer of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. 
  • Received an Overview of Services and Programs Offered by Mill Valley Villages from Ms. Trish Hibben of Mill Valley Villages. 
  • Received an Update on Recent Housing Legislation from Senior Planner Staude of the Mill Valley Planning and Building Department.  
Note: This meeting was not recorded.  
City Council Meeting - January 6, 2020

The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Approving the December 16, 2019 Regular City Council Meetings Minutes and the December 18, 2019 and December 19, 2019 Special City Council Meetings Minutes.
    • Appointing Lizelle Green to the Arts Commission to Fill an Unanticipated Vacancy.
    • Approving the Labor Agreement Memorandum of Understanding with the Fire Chief Officers Association Representing the City's Fire Battalion Chiefs. 
  • Received Update Regarding the Formation of the Golf Course Path Design Advisory Committee and the Strategy to Move the Concept Plan to Construction Documents.
  • Appointed Police Chief Alan Piombo to Serve as Acting City Manager during the Recruitment of a New City Manager.
  • Approved a  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Southern Marin Fire District for Shared Fire Department Management Services and Authorized the City Manager to Execute a 2-Year Pilot Agreement. 
  • Accepted the Long-Range Financial Plan and Related Strategies for Implementation; Approved Increased Staffing in the Fire Department.
  • Adopted an Extension of Interim Ordinance No. 1314U  Modifying Mill Valley Municipal Code Chapter 20, "Zoning" to Clarify and Revise Regulations Related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs). 

Upcoming City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation Agendas may be found here.
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