MVConnect from the City of Mill Valley
January 15, 2021
COVID-19 Update
Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed the Bay Area stay-home order will remain in place for now, until available ICU bed capacity was greater than or equal to 15%. The announcement did not give any indication of a possible end date. However, CDPH’s news release did indicate that officials plan to “assess the region's ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.”

Visit CDPH’s Regional Stay Home Order webpage to track the region’s available ICU capacity, learn more about the order, or see what’s permitted under the order.

COVID-19 Safety for Your Family - We all share concern for the safety of our community. But some folks are not clear on the current regulations. Please review these key messages and let's all do our part to keep each other safe!

Vaccine Information - Please visit the County of Marin COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for the latest information on vaccine distribution, FAQs, vaccine facts vs. myths, and more. This County page is updated regularly, so please check it often for new information.

Free COVID-19 Testing - Should I be tested for COVID-19? Where can I get tested? When will I receive my test results? Where to seek travel-related testing? Find the answers to these questions and more related to COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Scams Are Out There: Protect Yourself from Fraud - Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, door-to-door visits and many other tactics to commit COVID-19-related scams. Tips on how to protect yourself.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Update
We regularly update the City Council and the community about City DEI initiatives. Check out the latest update.

MLK Day 2021 - 30 Days of Service & Volunteer Opportunities - Join the Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership (CVNL) and AmeriCorps/VISTAs in celebrating MLK Day in 2021 as 30 Days of Service from January 18 to February 18, 2021.

"While many see Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day off, we see it as a 'day on.' It's an opportunity to start your year in the spirit of volunteerism and service, continuing the legacy of Dr. King, who spent his life working to better the lives of others." Learn more & participate.

Supporting our Business Community

Donate to the Mill Valley Thrive Fund - The COVID-19 crisis has had profoundly distressing impacts on so many layers of the Mill Valley community. Please consider supporting Mill Valley businesses with a tax-deductible donation. Any size donation is welcome. Learn more.

City Council Authorizes Letters to Allow the Safe and Science-Based Allowance for Outdoor Dining - At their meeting on January 7, 2021, the City Council authorized two letters to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis to advocate for the safe and science-based allowance for outdoor dining. Read the letters.

Please Shop and Order Takeout Locally! Let's embrace what makes our community unique - the local shops, restaurants and businesses that contribute to our town’s rich character and tight-knit community.
Public Safety News

Messages from MVPD:
  • Online Rental Scams - The Mill Valley Police Department has recently investigated several cases involving rental scams. In this scam, the “landlord” will list a home or apartment at an unbelievably great price on websites such as Craigslist. Learn more.
  • Catalytic Converter Thefts - The City of Mill Valley and County of Marin have seen an increase in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts. Since October 1, 2020, there has been over 200 catalytic converter thefts reported in the county. Mill Valley has reported 19 of these thefts. Learn more.

Messages from MVFD/SMFD:
  • Fire Safe Resolutions - The New Year is upon us, which means time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Why not make improved fire safety one of your resolutions? After all, this is the sort of resolution that will benefit you and your family. Click here to check out a few Fire Safety Resolutions you can make with your friends and family this year.
  • Make your home visible for our Emergency Responders - Seconds can make the difference in a life or death situation. The last thing you need are emergency responders struggling to find you. Get your sign now to keep that from happening. Learn more.
Draft Historic Resource Inventory Survey Report
The Mill Valley Planning Commission will hold a virtual Public Hearing at 7:00 PM on January 26, 2021 to discuss and consider the Draft Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) Survey Report prepared by Page & Turnbull’s architectural historians. Planning staff and consultants will present the Draft HRI Survey Report that modifies the City’s informal list of “Potentially Historic Structures,” originally developed by the Mill Valley Historical Society. Learn more.
Public Works News
East Blithedale Rehabilitation Project Update - On January 7, 2021, Public Works staff and the City's consultant presented to the City Council an overview of the East Blithedale project with a focus on the first phase of the project between Camino Alto and the U.S. 101 Freeway. Learn more.

New Public Restrooms - We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest public restrooms located at the Depot on Tuesday, January 19th. Learn more.
Arts & Recreation News

Registration Now OPEN for Winter 2021 Classes & Programs - You can now register for in-person youth programs, after school enrichment & virtual classes and more!  Register Today

Mill Valley Recreation IS HIRING! - We are looking for Certified Swim Instructors, Lifeguards, Learning Pod Program Staff and more! Apply Today

Get Fit in the New Year - In-Person & Virtual Fitness Classes, as well as Personal Training can help you Get Fit and Stay Healthy this year. Join us at Mill Valley Recreation and start
your 2021 fitness journey.  Register Today

Click Off Photography Competition - Winners Row! - The 2020 Click Off Photography Competition was a great success with more participants than ever before! Winning images were printed on lamp post banners and are now being displayed along Miller Avenue.
Library News

Mill Valley Reads
In our first ever city-wide read, we invite you to join us as we grapple with the complicated issues of race in America through two books: Eddie S. Glaude Jr's Begin Again and James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

Sign up for free copies, dig deeper with supplemental content, and join book discussion groups at millvalleylibrary.org/mvreads.

Everything Apple Classes
Learn the ins and outs of your Apple products in these Zoom classes taught by independent Apple consultant Jon Hartman. Find a class schedule and sign up here.
Sustainability News
"Flushable Wipes" Are Not Flushable! We all share the desire to be safe , clean, and to treat our environment with care. Many people are not aware that some items that claim to be "Flushable" are actually NOT flushable at all! "Flushable wipes" can't break down, they can badly clog your household pipes, and eventually end up in the bay. Please flush only toilet paper in the toilet. Learn more.

Zero Waste Tips. You sort and recycle, compost your food scraps and avoid plastic bags. That’s great! Moving to zero waste also means making sure that the stuff you no longer want gets used by someone else. Learn more.

You Can Still Recycle Your Christmas Tree! Zero Waste Marin has arranged for curbside pick up on certain days as well as drop off points throughout Marin County. Learn more.
Civic Engagement

Congratulations Former-Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters!
Stephanie Moulton-Peters, a three-term member of the Mill Valley City Council, officially joined the Marin County Board of Supervisors this week as the representative for residents of District 3 in Southern Marin. Moulton-Peters was administered the oath of office on Dec. 30 by Congressman Jared Huffman. Read more.

Stay in touch with Supervisor Moulton-Peters - Sign up for the District 3 eNewsletter here!
"Who Are Those Masked Men & Women?"
As you drive, bike, or walk around town, you may notice groups of two or three people in bright vests, pick-up sticks in-hand, and bags of trash. These are the fabulous volunteers of Clean Mill Valley - and you are invited to join them! Check out their website for opportunities to pitch in and make Mill Valley an even more beautiful place to live!
We Are Hiring!
Check out the opportunities to
join our team! Learn more

City of Mill Valley
26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
www.cityofmillvalley.org
Phone: (415) 388-4033

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