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March 9, 2023

Winter Storm Update

Forecasters predict a strong winter storm impacting Marin beginning tonight into Friday with showers lingering into Saturday. Rainfall totals will range from 1.5 to 4 inches with prolonged moderate to heavy precipitation. Moderate to heavy rain will lead to rapid rises of area rivers, streams, and creeks. Localized ponding of water in low-lying or poorly drained areas as well as localized flooding is possible due to blocked culverts, drainages, and storm drains. Prepare today and check here for resources (sandbags, traffic, power outages, and more).

Learn how to prepare for and stay safe during flooding events by watching this short video from Mill Valley Police and Southern Marin Fire. Stay informed with alerts, prepare an emergency supply kit, and avoid driving through or walking in floodwaters.

Other Emergency Preparedness News

Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn Your Clocks Forward - Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12th. Many people will use this opportunity to change their home’s smoke alarm batteries as well. Learn more about smoke alarms.

Join The Semi-Annual NRG Time Change Drill - On Sunday, March 12th at 10am, Neighborhood Response Groups across Marin County will take part in the semi-annual OK/HELP drill. This exercise helps practice how your neighborhood would react after a disaster that doesn't require evacuation. Learn more abut the drill.

Attend SMFD's Hands-Only CPR Event For FREE - Join Southern Marin Fire District and the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club on Thursday, April 6th at 1:00PM for a FREE CPR instruction. This will be a great opportunity to learn how and when to call 911, how to use an AED, and how to do hands-only CPR. PLUS, a great reminder on how to prepare for wildfire season. Learn more about this event.

Council & Commission News

Council Election Update - Thank you to everyone that voted in the March 7 Mill Valley City Council election! Election results can be found here. The County of Marin estimates the certification will be complete towards the end of March. The new Councilmember will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on April 3, 2023.

Do You Love Art? Are you looking for an opportunity to get more engaged in your community? Apply to be on the City of Mill Valley's Arts Commission today! The application deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Application info is here.

Public Works News

East Blithedale Avenue Construction Update - Argonaut Constructors plan to begin their paving work on Sycamore Avenue and East Blithedale Avenue within the next several weeks. Paving projects require five days of dry weather prior to paving, so the specific dates for this project are weather dependent and still to be determined. Check out the latest news on East Blithedale here.

Downtown Project Update - Phase 3 of the Downtown Project involves removing and replacing concrete sidewalks, installing ADA curb ramps, widening the median island at Lytton Square to improve the health of the existing redwood trees, widening the sidewalk on Miller Avenue, and paving Throckmorton from Corte Madera Avenue to Old Mill School and Miller from Sunnyside Avenue to Throckmorton Avenue. The latest Downtown Project Update is here.

Planning & Building News

575 E. Blithedale - "Richardson Terrace" Appeal Denied - At their March 6, 2023 meeting, the City Council voted 3-1 to deny the appeal of the Planning Commission action to approve the mixed-use project referred to as “Richardson Terrace.” View the Agenda and Staff Report | Watch the meeting video

Planning Commission Adopts Resolution on Housing Element

At their February 28, 2023 meeting, the Planning Commission passed a Resolution recommending that the City Council adopt the Housing Element. The Housing Element contains comprehensive and practical housing policies and programs that address General Plan goals. Learn more about the Housing Element.

1 Hamilton News - The City has partnered with EAH Housing to develop approximately 40-50 low-income rental apartments at the northern portion of 1 Hamilton. City planners and the EAH Housing Team are in the process of assembling information based on City Council and Planning Commission direction. The City will provide an announcement to the community once application materials are submitted, and will be made available to the community upon completion. Read the latest news here.

Sustainability News

Be Part of the Climate Solution! - Resilient Neighborhoods brings people together and empowers them to do something about climate change by creating low-impact households, adopting sustainable lifestyle practices, strengthening communities and preparing for emergencies. Follow the link to sign up for the Resilient Neighborhoods workshops.

Volunteer to Pick Up Litter - Join the volunteers of Clean Mill Valley and the Tamalpais Valley Improvement Club on Sunday, March 25th at local Park and Ride locations. Meet at the West Seminary Park and Ride lot at 10:00 am. After cleaning at Seminary, the group will then move to the Manzanita Park and Ride afterwards. Learn more at Clean Mill Valley's Website.

E-bike incentive for Richmond-San Rafael Bridge commuters - Do you take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to get to work or school? You could receive up to $1,000 off a new electric bike! The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge E-Bike Commute Program provides eligible commuters a voucher to save 80% or up to $1,000, whichever is less, on a new e-bike from participating bike shops. Plus, participants can earn additional rewards for riding their e-bike across the bridge! Learn more about the E-Bike Incentive

Bias By Proxy Education Campaign in the News

We are pleased to share that the word is getting out about our efforts to educate community members about the "3 Considerations" (in the image) and create dialogue about Bias By Proxy. Recent news coverage has included articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce's Enjoy Mill Valley Blog. We hope community members will continue to share the "3 Considerations" with their friends and neighbors as we work to build a welcoming, inclusive community.

Arts & Recreation News

City Manager Announces Appointment of Arts & Recreation Director - Mill Valley City Manager Todd Cusimano announced the appointment of Ashley Howe to the position of Director of Arts and Recreation. She most recently served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Corte Madera. Read more.

Spring/Summer Registration Now Open - You can now register for Summer Camps, After School Enrichment, Youth & Adult classes and more! Classes begin the week of April 17th. 

Get registered today!

Spring Eggstravaganza: Save the Date! - Mill Valley Recreation's Annual Spring Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, March 25th from 9am-1pm. Join us for a day of fun for the whole family!

Get more info on our website.

Active Adults 50+ Art Show - We are now accepting applications for our annual Active Adults 50+ Art Show which will be held during the month of May, 2023. Application deadline is Friday, April 7th at 5pm. Get more info and apply today!

New Art Bench Installed at Boyle Park - The City of Mill Valley, working with Bill Higgins and the artist Chuck Oakander, added the third Big Wave bench down the first base line of Boyle Minor Field in Boyle Park. Learn more on our website!

Call For Musical Artists - The Mill Valley Arts Commission is currently calling local musicians to apply to be a part of the 2023 Concerts in the Plaza Series held on September 9th & 10th in the Depot Plaza. Deadline to Apply: March 15th. Learn more and apply today!

Library News

Friends of the Library In-Person Book Sale

Saturday, March 11th, 11am-4:30pm | Mill Valley Public Library - SmartGarden

Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Library's in-person book sale. With thousands of books to choose from, this is the place to find pretty fabulous deals on high quality best sellers, with an excellent inventory of fiction and non-fiction items including children's books. You can also shop our online book sale 24/7 and pick up prepaid purchases at the Library.

Mycological Society of Marin Presents: Black Gold - A Discussion and Taste of the World's Most Prized Mushroom

Wednesday, March 15th, 6-8pm | Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room

In this presentation, Chef Todd Spanier, King of Mushrooms, will discuss the world history of truffle cultivation starting in France in the 1800’s to present-day truffle farming successes in North America. Following the presentation, Todd will close with a Q&A and truffle tasting. Registration recommended. Click here to register and to learn more about Chef Todd Spanier.

Film Screening: A Journey Through Angel Island with Felicia Lowe

Thursday, March 23rd, 6-7:30pm | Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room

Join director Felicia Lowe as she takes us on a visual journey through Angel Island's history. Lowe's documentaries, A Journey Through Angel Island and Carved in Silence, tell the story of her family and many others like it as they came to America seeking something better. Q&A with Felicia to follow. Registration required. Click here to register and to learn more about Felicia Lowe.

Community News

Youth Job Fair - Need money? Discover paid jobs and internships for young adults and teens. What are you doing to make money? Learn new skills? Prepare for life? If you are thinking about college (or not!), living on your own, and building your resume so you can get great jobs and make money, join us. The Youth Job Fair is just right for 14 - 24 year olds in Southern Marin. It’s happening at the Mill Valley Community Center on Wednesday, March 29th from 3:30 - 7:00p. Meet local employers and grab free dinner! Register to attend at

Take the MTC Survey - Marin Theatre Company wants to learn what you value most about live theatre experiences and how MTC can serve Marin County residents more broadly and fully. Please take this anonymous survey.  At the end of your completed survey, you will get a code to receive a 15% discount on any ticket purchase to one show from now until the end of our 2023-24 season. Limit 4 tickets.

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