MVConnect from the City of Mill Valley
October 22, 2020
Fire Season Continues - Please Be Fire Safe!

Red Flag Warning Extended - The fire danger warning has been extended through 8:00 AM Friday 10/23. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking. Learn more.

Things you can do today to prepare: Review your local Evacuation map and information and

FIRESafe MARIN Webinar - How Wildfires Burn in the WUI - Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM. Learn how to prepare and protect yourself. Join on Facebook live stream or via Zoom here.
COVID-19/MarinRecovers Update

Alternatives for Safe & Fun Halloween and Dia de los Muertos - The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services has recently released safe celebration guidelines, urging residents to seek at-home and virtual festivities and is strongly discouraging customary activities like door-to-door trick-or-treating or large multi-household parties, which can be high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Learn more.

Weekly Blueprint Update: Marin Inches Closer to Tier 3 Reopening Status. With its improving COVID-19 figures, Marin County is in a position to further reopen local business industries no sooner than Tuesday, October 27, if local COVID-19 incidence remains steady or continues to decrease. Learn more.

Resources for Schools Reopening - The County of Marin worked closely with Marin County Office of Education and private schools to create a new online handbook and school status dashboard to help guide students and families through the return-to-classroom process from a public health standpoint.

Tonight - Community Conversation - COVID-19: A Safer Return to School - Marin Public Health and Marin Office of Education will host an online town hall on Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 pm to review protocols and best practices for returning to in-classroom learning, new resources available to parents and students, and the role of everyone in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 both in and out of the classroom. Learn more.

Testing Info

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Updates

DEI Task Force
  • Task Force members have had orientation sessions and held their first Working Session. At these meetings, DEI Task Force members have conducted introductions, reviewed the DEI Task Force Mission, Goals, Expected Outcomes, and divided into Work Groups to further study and develop recommendations on specific issues.
  • The tentative schedule for the first public engagement meeting will be November 5. We will update the community when the schedule is set and how to participate. Learn more.

DEI City-Wide Initiatives
  • The community art project "Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future" is still on the Downtown Plaza and will remain through October, weather permitting.  
  • The Parks and Recreation Commission recently discussed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Update. Watch the video. View the Slides 
  • There will soon be a new wrap installed on the utility box on the corner of Camino Alto and East Blithedale. Learn more.

Public Works News

Safe Routes to School - International Walk & Roll Month - International Walk and Roll to School Anywhere – celebrated in Mill Valley. Walk, Bike, or Scoot to ANYWHERE this October for a chance to win a Scooter and other prizes. Learn more.

Should it go Down the Disposal? Pouring cooking fats, oil, or grease down the drain can clog your plumbing, create blockages in our sewers, and enter our waterways. Several everyday ingredients can also create blockages. Be kitchen sink smart and prevent plumbing and sewer disasters! Learn more.

Don't Leave Your Leaves! With Fall and Winter fast approaching we can expect to see the familiar layer of leaves on the ground – it’s time to break out the rakes and bins! While cleaning up leaves keeps our living spaces clean and tidy, it is also a big part of our winter preparations. Learn more.
City Launches Recruitment of Chief of Police and Seeks Community Input

City Manager Alan Piombo announced today the launch of the recruitment process for the new Chief of Police for the City of Mill Valley. Read the press release to learn more.

Take our survey! We would like to invite Mill Valley community members to participate in a survey to provide feedback on what qualities you think the next Chief of Police should possess. The survey opens today and will close on October 29, 2020. Take the survey.
Planning & Building News

Historic Resource Inventory - The City of Mill Valley will be hosting a virtual Community Meeting to discuss the Draft Historic Resources Inventory (HRI) Survey Report, on Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Learn more. 

Accessory Dwelling Units - Thinking about an Accessory Dwelling Unit? Check out ADUMarin.org for online tools or register for an upcoming webinar. Learn more.

Solar Energy - Are you looking for ways to keep the lights on during a power outage? Attend a free webinar regarding solar battery storage systems. Learn more.
Library News

Virtual After Hours: The Confirmation Battle and the Future of the Supreme Court
Friday, 10/23 7:00pm
Joel Richard Paul, a professor of constitutional law and a popular American historian, will discuss the past, present, and future for the Court and the Constitution and the impact on our democracy. Learn more and register.

National Friends of the Libraries Week
Our amazing Friends organization helps keep the Library open on weekends, funds new resources, and makes programs like our adult book clubs and writing workshops possible. Support the Friends by becoming a member or shopping their online bookstore!
Arts & Recreation News

Registration Open for all FALL 2020 Programs - Register today for November & December sessions of Youth & Adult In-Person & Virtual Programs as well as In-Person & Virtual Group Fitness Programs! Learn more

New Gym Use Times, Fitness Classes & More! - We are now offering NEW afternoon and evening times to use the Mill Valley Community Center Gym! Also, check out our In-Person & Virtual Group Fitness Classes and Personal Training. Learn more

New Art Box Installation Coming Soon at Camino Alto & East Blithedale - There will soon be a new wrap installed on the utility box on the corner of Camino Alto and East Blithedale due to the extensive damage the current wrap has sustained since its initial installation. Learn more
Civic Engagement

Elections and Voter Information - Election Day is fast approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we are voting in the November election. Learn more. Drop Box Locations | List of Polling Places | Candidate Forums and Pros & Cons Presentations

Temporary Yard Signs - If you are curious about the rules related to temporary signs during election season, check out the City of Mill Valley Muni Code here.

Upcoming Meetings:
Planning Commission - October 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM 
City Council - November 2, 2020 - 6:30 PM 
Parks and Recreation Commission - November 4, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Tentative DEI Task Force Community Engagement Meeting - November 5, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Draft Historic Resources Inventory Survey Report - November 9, 2020 - 6:00 PM - Agenda
Arts Commission - November 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees - November 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Emergency Preparedness - November 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

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