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February 7, 2019
City Manager Announces Appointment of Police Chief
City Manager Jim McCann has named Alan E. Piombo Jr. Police Chief, effective February 4, 2019, to fill the vacancy created by Chief Angel Bernal's retirement in 2017. Alan Piombo was selected after an exhaustive search and competitive process.  Learn more.

Mill Valley City Council Releases Funds from 2016 Bequest to the Mill Valley Library Foundation
Transfer of a portion of the Zimmer bequest enables Foundation endowment to begin annual payout of grants to the Library in July 2019. The Mill Valley City Council and the Mill Valley Library Foundation Board are pleased to announce the transfer of $350,000 to the Foundation to accelerate achievement of its goal to activate an endowment that will support the Library's free, award-winning programming in perpetuity. Learn more.
Fire Prevention & Preparedness News

Update on Fire Preparedness and Prevention Initiatives:  On January 24, 2019, the City Council approved a budget adjustment and authorized the City Manager to purchase and install a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) system in Mill Valley. This will be the first land-based LRAD system in Marin County. Learn more.

Firewise Workshop Offered for Neighborhood Leaders Interested in Organizing a Firewise Community:  Please join us on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 9am-11am, at Marin Valley Community Center in Novato to learn about the benefits of Firewise recognition for your neighborhood, while preparing a plan to help your community survive a wildfire. Learn more.
If you can't attend the workshop but are still interested, please click here for information.

In your neighborhood (pictured above): The Alto Sutton neighborhood is getting prepared! They are working on becoming Firewise certified, which means they are clearing defensible space and organizing their neighborhood in the event of a disaster. 
Friends of Steps, Lanes, and Paths (SLPs) Start 2019 Off Strong
Check out the Friends' latest project: the renovation of SLP 53, a set of steps located in Blithedale Canyon that connects Magee Lane with Corte Madera Ave. Thank you to the volunteers that made this project possible! 
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Call for Musicians
We are thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for our annual Concerts in the Plaza, hosted by the Mill Valley Arts Commission. These  free outdoor concerts on the Downtown Plaza take place each Sunday in August from 2 pm-5:30 pm. All interested musical artists are encouraged to apply!   Learn more
New "Marin Commutes" Website Highlights Growing Commute Options
With growing transportation options available throughout Marin County, Marin Commutes is a new website to keep you informed about local programs and offers to ease your commute. Includes information on programs such as the  Marin Emergency Ride Home Program, the  Vanpool Incentive Program, the  Get SMART Lyft Pilot Program, and more! Learn more.

Highlights from Recent City Council Meetings
At their regular meeting on Thursday, January 24, the City Council:
  • Received a presentation on the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin Waste Water Treatment Plant Capital Improvement Program Update. Read the news item.
  • Adopted a Resolution Approving a Budget Adjustment and Authorization to Purchase and Install the Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) System in Mill Valley. Read the Staff Report.
  • Watch the meeting video.

At their regular meeting on Monday, February 4, the City Council:
  • Introduced and conducted a swearing in of Alan Piombo, Chief of Police (pictured above).
  • Adopted a Resolution confirming the Council's appointments to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Paul Moe, incumbent and Kara Johnson. 
  • Received an update on the City's Short-Term Rental Housing Policies. Read the Staff Report.
  • Watch the meeting video.
Mill Valley Recreation is HIRING

The City of Mill Valley's Recreation Department is now accepting applications for several part time positions: Preschool Aide, Kidzwatch Staff, Office Aides, Teen Program Aides, 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 Receives "A" from 
American Lung Association
The City of Mill Valley received an "A" grade for the fourth year in a row for its tobacco control policies from the American Lung Association in the recently released "State of Tobacco Control 2019: California Local Grades."  Learn more.
Rebate Program Launched to Replace Gas Appliances with High-efficiency Electric Appliances in Residential Buildings

The County of Marin, in collaboration with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), has launched a countywide appliance retrofit pilot program, and is providing financial rebates to residents interested in replacing fossil fuel appliances (such as natural gas and propane stoves, water heaters, and furnaces) with high-efficiency electric appliances. Learn more.
Phone Book Opt Out
Mill Valley residents have recently contacted City Hall for information on how to opt out of receiving home delivery of one or more phone directories. Opting out is easy and fast and can be done via the internet or over the phone. Learn more.

Application Deadline Extended for the Emergency Preparedness Commission and Library Board of Trustees

The extended deadline is Monday, February 11, 2019, at 5:00 pm. The Mill Valley City Council is seeking applicants to serve, contribute and to utilize the top talent that exists among the residents of the community for the City's various Boards, Commissions and Committees. 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.
Free Accessory Dwelling Unit and Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit Expo 
Feb 7th, 2019
9 am - 11 am 
930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael

Learn about Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) conversions from architects, builders, planners, mortgage lenders and rental specialists, and get help on how to screen renters and how to write a rental contract. Learn more.
Marin Wedding Fair
Sunday, February 17, 2019
12:00pm-5:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto Mill Valley, CA 94941

Free Admission! "One Stop Shop" - tie up loose ends before you tie the knot! Stop by and meet a variety of talented photographers, caterers, bridal fashion designers, and event planners who can fill your needs and help make your wedding special. Learn more and view a list of participating vendors
Mid-Winter Break Camps
Tuesday-Friday 2/19-2/22

Mill Valley Recreation is offering camps for ages 3-14 years during the mid-winter school break 2/19-2/22. Come join in the fun in arts, chess, tennis, theater and MORE!


Save the Date: 
Skate Park Ribbon Cutting
February 25, 2019
4:30 pm
Mill Valley Middle School Parking Lot
425 Sycamore Ave 

Join us as we celebrate the opening of the new Skate Park! More information about this exciting event is forthcoming - Stay tuned! Be sure to  bring your bike, and the MVPD will register it!
Mill Valley LiVE
February 24, 2019 11am -12pm
Mill Valley Community Center 

National Touring Star Bob Kahn - Juggler, Magician and World-Famous Tongue Twister. There is one performer who can make you laugh doing all sorts of silly things - juggling (dropping all the balls), magic tricks that don't work, and testing your skills at tongue twisting! Bob is in the Bay Area and don't miss his once-a-year visit to California!
iPhone Videography
Wednesdays February 27th - April 3rd, 10:30am
Mill Valley Public Library

Attention future producers and directors: in our five-class iPhone video series, learn to shoot video, edit it into a cohesive movie with free iMovie software, and share it with friends, family, and the world. Learn more and register at www.millvalleylibrary.org/photography 
Save the Date: 
MV Chamber, City of MV  Team Up on Job Fair 
April 23, 2019
3:30 - 6:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto

The City of Mill Valley and the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Mill Valley Job Fair, the first MV-centric job fair in recent memory, at the Mill Valley Community Center.  We'll be working with an array of local agencies to reach out to a wide range of prospective employees.  Interested in having your business at our job fair? Email us here
REVIEWS
Parks and Recreation Meeting - January 10, 2019
The Commission heard presentations on:
  • Path Feasibility Study as part of the Scott Highlands Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement Project
  • Mill Valley Golf Course Master Plan Scope of Work 
Items approved by the Commission:
  • Use Request of Downtown Plaza by Mill Valley Middle School for "Chalk Art on the Plaza" on Friday, April 26, 2019 11:00 am-2:30 pm
  • 2019 Field Allocations
  • Youth Sports Groups 2019 Field Use Stipulations
The Commission received department reports on the following: 
  • DPW Projects: Skate Park, Ernest Block Park & Plaza Restrooms
  • City Tree Maintenance Program
Watch the Meeting
Planning Commission Meeting - January 22, 2019
The Planning Commission considered d raft amendments to the Single Family Design Review Guidelines, Design Review Application and Title 20 "Zoning" of the Mill Valley Municipal Code. 
Commissioners recommended that the City Council approve the item. 

Watch the Meeting

City Council Meeting - January 24, 2019

The City Council:
  • Received the annual Emergency Preparedness Commission Report.
  • Introduced and swore in the Police Officers Mitchell Kofford, John Lovos, Zachary Zell, Elmer Arce and noted the promotion of Officers Kyle Maxwell and Joshua Longoria to Corporal.
  • Received a presentation of the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin Waste Water Treatment Plant Capital Improvement Program Update.
  • Adopted an Ordinance updating Chapter 2.08 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code to reflect requested membership changes to the City's Arts Commission and Emergency Preparedness Commission.
  • Adopted a Resolution accepting as complete the 230 Rose Avenue Roadway Stabilization Project.
  • Adopted a Resolution approving the CalPERS 180-Day Wait Period Exception to authorize the hiring of retired Battalion Chief Michael St. John for part-time program management.
  • Approved a Budget Adjustment and authorization to purchase and install the Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) System in Mill Valley.
  • Continued consideration of an Ordinance modifying Title 20 ("Zoning") of the Mill Valley Municipal Code amending regulations associated with "Accessory Dwelling Units" to a date uncertain.
Watch the Meeting
City Council Meeting - February 4, 2019
The City Council:
  • Received a presentation announcing the City's transfer of funds to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and took a commemorative photo.
  • Introduced and swore in new employee, Alan Piombo, Chief of Police.
  • Introduced new employee Steven Ross, Senior Planner in the Planning Division of the Building and Planning Department.
  • Received the Library Board of Trustee annual report.
  • Received the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee annual report.
  • Adopted a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a General Services Agreement with Gardeners Guild for Landscape Maintenance Services.
  • Adopted a Resolution confirming the Council's appointments to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Paul Moe, incumbent and Kara Johnson.
  • Adopted a Resolution establishing a "one way street" on Presidio Avenue between the median opening just west of Grove Street and Millwood Street.
  • Received a presentation on the City's short-term rental regulation process and directed staff to continue the Short-term Rental monitoring program under the terms of the annual Host Compliance contract and report back to Council bi-annually.
Watch the Meeting
Parks and Recreation Meeting - February 6, 2019
The Commission heard presentations on:  
  • Managing Encroachments in the Public Right-of-Way
  • Vegetation Management Program
Items under consideration for approval by the Commission:
  • Use Request of Downtown Plaza by Patrons of the Arts at Tam High (PATH ) for Tam High's Senior Art Show in the Plaza on Friday, May 31, 2019 3:00 pm -7:30 pm.
  • Use Request of Downtown Plaza by Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 38th Annual Mill Valley Market Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting on Sunday, June 2, 2019 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Use Request by The Dipsea Race Committee for 109th Annual Dipsea Race for the Downtown Plaza - starting line 6:00 am - 10:00 am and Old Mill Park - race route 8:00 am - 10:00 am on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
  • Use Request of Downtown Plaza by Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce for Winterfest on Sunday December 8, 2019 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Commission received department reports on the following: 
  • Parks Division Projects Update
  • Holiday Craft Vendor Application Process
  • Public Art Update
Watch the meeting
PREVIEWS
Planning Commission Meeting - February 12, 2019
 
The Planning Commission will consider:
  • 765 E Blithedale Avenue - A Conditional Use Permit request to allow for a dine-in cafe in the commercial building at 761-775 E. Blithedale Avenue located within the Alto Center. The proposed hours of operations are 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.
  • 13 Escalon Drive - A Study Session for Design Review & Accessory Dwelling Unit. Request to demolish an existing two-story, 3,711 sq. ft. residence and build a new 4,853 sq. ft., three-story home with a new attached 777 sq. ft. Accessory Dwelling Unit, decks, pool, and spa. An existing detached 484 sq. ft. garage will remain. The Planning Commission will not make decisions at this Study Session regarding the approval of this project. 
City Council Meeting - February 21, 2019

The City Council will:
 
Receive presentations on:
  • Annual Parks and Recreation Commission Report 
  • Financial Audit
  • Update to the City's Pavement Management Program
Consider:
  • A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement to restore a reclaimed water tank.
  • An Ordinance to modify the City Manager's purchasing authority.
  • A Resolution to allow the City Manager to award a construction contract for Jan/Feb 2017 Storm Repairs at four locations.
We welcome comments & suggestions:
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