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February 5, 2020
City Manager Jim McCann Receives Warm Sendoff from City Council, Colleagues, Friends and Family
Friends, family and colleagues of City Manager Jim McCann gathered to send him off on his new adventures on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  Learn more
Battalion Chief Michael St. John Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Search and Rescue
On Thursday, January 9, 2020, 600 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members gathered at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall for the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Awards Ceremony. Mill Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief St. John was one of the award recipients. Learn more.   
City of Mill Valley Approves the Addition of 3 New Firefighters
On January 6 th , 2020, the City of Mill Valley was able to advance our goal of enhancing our high-level services to the community by approving an additional three firefighters to the existing force of 25 members.
Learn more.
Recent Lockdown at Tam High School Resolved
The suspect involved in the lockdown at Tam High School on Monday, January 27 has been arrested. We would like to thank the community for coming together and working with local law enforcement to help us identity the person responsible. We are greatly appreciative of community members speaking up.  Learn more.

Register Your Security Cameras to Help Reduce Crime 
By registering with the Mill Valley Police Department, your home security camera can play an important role in assisting police officers with investigations - possibly capturing an image pivotal in solving a case.  Learn more

RSVP Parking Permits 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.
City, Business Owners Take Deep Dive into Downtown Project Details, Timeline
City officials, Chamber representatives, and over 30 Downtown business owners and residents gathered on January 28 to discuss the upcoming, much-needed overhaul of Downtown Mill Valley sewers, curb ramps and streets.  Learn more.
Help Prevent Flooding Around Town with Proper Leaf Disposal
Now that rainy season is upon us, leaves swept into the street will block storm drains and lead to localized flooding. We encourage community members to continue to rake and dispose of leaves in your green bins.  Learn more.
Trade In Your Old Car and Get Up to $9,500 from BAAQMD
Are you interested in trading in your old car for a new electric vehicle? The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is inviting income qualified Bay Area residents to apply for the Clean Cars for All grant program, which provides incentives to retire older vehicles and replace them with a clean air vehicle or Clipper Card for public transit.   Learn more.
City Hall Implements High Tech Queuing System - Qless 
Community members visiting the Planning and Building Department at City Hall will no longer have to wait in long lines in the lobby. QLess will provide real time updates via mobile messages so visitors can better use their time. Learn more.  
Update on Fire Access Programs
The City of Mill Valley has many narrow streets and tight turns that have challenged fire equipment operators for many years. Multi-point turns and narrow sections of the roadways slow fire response to many locations in the City. Work has been completed at two key intersections, allowing for faster emergency response time, and improving public safety.  Learn more.
What Do You Think of the Historical Signage Project? 
In 2017, the Mill Valley Historical Society presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission the concept of historical interpretive signs in Mill Valley. Forward to 2019, Mill Valley Recreation, the Department of Public Works and the Mill Valley Historical Society have installed the first sign for public commentary. The first sign is located at Boyle Park. We encourage people to come by and take a look. 
Send us your input at
Planning Commission to Hold Study Session to Discuss New State Law on ADUs and JADUs
February 11, 2020 at 7pm

Community members are invited to participate in the study session to provide input  on additional refinements that may be required to the City's development standards (contained in Mill Valley Municipal Code Title 20 "Zoning") given the new state regulations.  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 .
California Park & Recreation Society Honors Two Mill Valley Volunteers
On Saturday, February 1, 2020 California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) had its 70th Annual Awards & Installation Banquet for District 1 in the Petaluma Community Center. This event
honors individuals and groups that are outstanding Community Volunteers in 2019 in their communities. This year, Mill Valley's Department of Recreation nominated two of our local heroes, Hugh Kuhn and Gail Consulter. 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 - The January 28 Community Meeting summary is available here.The next upcoming meeting will be scheduled for March 2020. 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. Learn more.

Fire Hazard Reduction Advisory Committee - They have held 2 meetings and the third is scheduled for March 4, 2020. Learn more.
Monthly Eco-Tips - Use Renewable Electricity
You can reduce your electric energy footprint to ZERO and support 100% green energy by signing up with either Marin Clean Energy (MCE) or with PG&E. The cost? Less than one cent more per kilowatt hour than fossil fuel energy. Call Marin Clean Energy at 888 632 3674 or visit MCE online And check out PG&E's program here.  
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
Spring/Summer 2020 Registration Opens February 25th!
Spring/Summer 2020 Registration opens on February 25th and includes Enrichment, Youth & Adult Classes, Swim Lessons, Summer Camps and More!  CLICK HERE to view our NEW Spring/Summer 2020 Activity Guide and our online registration website!

Spring/Summer programs are now available to view online now.
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.
Mill Valley Recreation: Camp Fair & Preschool Open House
Sunday, February 9th from 11am-1pm

Come on down to the Mill Valley Community Center this Sunday, February 9th, from 11am-1pm to learn about all things Preschool and Summer camp.  
Meet our Coordinators/Supervisors, get your questions answered, and even plan your summer with our many Summer Camps!  

From 10am - 11am, before the Camp Fair & Preschool Open House, come to an amazing show with Magician and Balloon Artist Perry Yan and Mill Valley Recreation's MVLiVE!
CLICK HERE for more details and ticket information!
City Manager Recruitment Community Meeting
6:00 pm on Monday, February 10, 2020
Mill Valley Community Center - Terrace Lounge
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

We would like to invite Mill Valley community members to a Community Meeting to provide feedback on what qualities they think the next City Manager should possess. Please join us! Learn more.
February Break at the Library
February 18-21, 2:30pm
Mill Valley Library Creekside Room

Free popcorn at movies! All ages. No registration required.
Tuesday: The Addams Family (2019)
Wednesday: Game Day
Thursday: Frozen II (2019)
Friday: LEGO Play Day
Teen Winter Reading Challenge
January 21st - March 1st
Mill Valley Public Library

Cozy up with the coolest winter companions - books - and earn a piece of candy and a raffle ticket for every challenge you complete. Check out our winter reading list! Final raffle prizes include gift cards to local businesses and a Kindle e-reader. Learn more and sign up here.
City Council Meeting - January 21, 2020
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Accepting a $450,000 Grant from Measure AA Safe Pathways to Schools Program through Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute the Funding Agreement. 
    • Accepting a $40,322 Grant from the California Department of Justice for Tobacco-Related Education and Enforcement Programs; and Approval of Related Expenditures. 
  • Received presentation on the Emergency Preparedness Commission's Annual Report. 
  • Awarded a 4.07% Performance Bonus to the City Manager Pursuant to the Terms of Employment Agreement Approved by City Council in 2010. 
  • Presented a Proclamation Congratulating City Manager McCann on His Retirement After 35 Years of Public Service and Nearly 10 Years with the City of Mill Valley .
  • Received an update from City Manager McCann on the following:
    • Update Regarding the City Manager Recruitment
    • Depot Renovation/Public Restroom Project Update
    • Update on Nelson Avenue Traffic Calming Request
    • Golf Course Path Update
    • City Entryway Art Piece Donation Proposal
City Council Meeting - February 3, 2020

The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Making appointments to the City's Emergency Preparedness Commission (Michelle Godard Terrell, Zachary Papale, and Brian Jolda) and the Parks and Recreation Commission (Stephen Burke). 
  • Presented a Proclamation congratulating the Tamalpais High School Athletics Department for a banner Fall Season in which the Varsity Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Water Polo, Boys Water Polo, and Football Teams all had extraordinary success.
  • Presentation of the Library Board of Trustees Annual Report. 
  • Approved the September 5, 2019 and the January 21, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes and September 5, 2019 Special City Council Meeting Minutes.
  • Received and accepted the East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation Feasibility and Scoping Study; adopted Resolution accepting Measure A Funds from the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and authorized expenditure; and adopted Resolution awarding a Professional Services Agreement to Mark Thomas for design services
Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting - January 9, 2020

The Parks and Recreation Commission:

  • Received an introduction to new Recreation and Public Works staff
  • Received presentations on:
    o Friends of Parks and Recreation
    o Sewer Agency of Southern Marin Treatment Plant renovation
    o Depot Café & Bookstore and Plaza Restroom Renovation Project
    o Raising the Bar Initiative 
  • Approved Youth Sports Groups 2020 Field Use Stipulations.
Planning Commission Meeting - January 28, 2020

The Planning Commission:  
  • 140 Edgewood Avenue - Design Review, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Tree & Fence Permit  
    Request to demolish four existing residential structures and three accessory structures, and construct a new 4,249 sq. ft., three-level home, an attached 494 sq. ft. Accessory Dwelling Unit, a 531 sq. ft. garage with decks, patios, and pool. Eight non-heritage trees are proposed to be removed and a 7-foot tall front yard fence is proposed. The 33,370 sq. ft. lot is zoned RS-20. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
  • 17 E Blithedale Avenue - Amendment of Conditional Use Permit
    Amendment to a master Conditional Use Permit to allow for a bakery to operate in a tenant space previously occupied by a food service use. The hours are proposed to be modified to accommodate employee preparation and retail hours. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.

Upcoming City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation Agendas may be found here.
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Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
City Hall Phone: (415)388-4033
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