MVConnect from the City of Mill Valley
October 6, 2022
Mill Valley City Council and Southern Marin Fire District Board Unanimously Approve Consolidation
At their October 3, 2022 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council and Southern Marin Fire District Board unanimously approved the submission of an application to the Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) for consolidation/annexation of the Mill Valley Fire Department into the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

The two Fire Service agencies have actively engaged in two formal shared services agreements since 2014, with the goal of determining the value, opportunities, and obstacles for a future consolidated effort between both agencies. Read the entire article here.
Survey Deadline Extended to Monday 10/10 - Please share your thoughts!

Downtown Project Design Creates Expanded Plaza Space - City Seeks Community Input
One of the possible new design features of the Downtown area is an expanded Plaza, created by the redesign of the right turn lane from Sunnyside Avenue onto Miller Avenue. We invite you to share ideas for the future use of the space by learning more and taking the survey here.
1 Hamilton In-Person Open House
Please join us on October 13, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Mill Valley Community Center for an Open House. Staff will report back on refinements to building concepts presented at the May 3 Open House. Other topics will include additional community input to discuss building concepts including massing and design features and other site planning work such as residential parking. Please RSVP here for the event here.  
Fire News
Fire Prevention Week 2022 - Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape! - The Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association —to celebrate the 100th anniversary of "Fire Prevention Week," October 9-15, 2022. This year’s campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Fire-Smart Landscaping – October 2022 Tip of the Month - Wondering what to plant, and how to plant, to create a fire-smart landscape around your property? Check out this month's tips.
Marin's Evacuation Plan - Wildfire Watch Special: "Marin's Evacuation Plan" - Check out the latest Wildfire Watch featuring Mill Valley Chief of Police Rick Navarro. What will happen if Marin County needs to evacuate? This half-hour show walks you through Marin's plan from alerts through evacuation. Find out what you need to do to be ready.
Public Works News
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! Please don't rake your leaves into the street! Also - please remember that gas powered leaf blowers are not permitted in Mill Valley. Learn best practices for leaf disposal here.
Traffic Reduction Tips and Resources - Did you know that in 2001, Mill Valley's Transportation Committee found that while Mill Valley's streets were originally designed to accommodate the equivalent of 6 daily trips per household, Mill Valley households generated an average of 11 vehicular trips per day? Fast forward to 2022 and we have seen an uptick in home service/delivery vehicles, and workforce commuters who serve Mill Valley but live outside of town.
How can you help reduce traffic?
  • Consolidate running errands into fewer trips
  • Rideshare and carpool
  • Walk, bike or take the bus
  • Avoid peak travel times

Check out the Marin Commutes Rewards Program! The Marin Commutes Rewards program allows anyone who lives or works in Marin County to earn up to $500 per year for logging eligible green trips. Wherever you’re going, you’ll be able to earn rewards for walking, biking, taking transit, carpooling and vanpooling—even working from home! Go to Marin Commutes to learn more!
East Blithedale Project Update - East Blithedale Avenue is now open to through traffic between Camino Alto and Downtown Mill Valley. Motorists may experience localized closures or flagged one-way traffic control until May 2023.

Project updates are available to community members every other week. Sign up today!
Eyes Up, Marin - Let’s Make our Streets Safer for Everyone!
From mid-October through the end of November, you’ll see bright and colorful banners and lawn signs popping up all over Marin asking people to keep their “Eyes Up” and be alert. These signs will be asking drivers to slow down, watch when turning and look for pedestrians in the crosswalk; bicyclists to yield to pedestrians and to follow the rules of the road; and those walking to pay attention when crossing the street. Learn more about Street Smarts Marin and how you can help make our streets safer.
Review of the Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) 
Join the Zoom webinar on October 19, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to learn about the Draft CAP developed by the city-appointed Task Force, including proposed policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and emission reduction targets proposed for 2030. Register in advance for this webinar here.
Library News
The Marin Poetry Center Presents: An Evening of Translation
Thursday, October 20th | 7:00pm at the Mill Valley Public Library
Join us as we celebrate the work of poetry translation by hearing from some exciting Bay Area translators. The evening will feature Olivia Sears and Terry Ehret & Nancy J. Morales, with special guests Francesca Bell, Susan Cohen, and Meryl Natchez. Registration required. Click here to learn more about "An Evening of Translation"

StoryWalk at Tennessee Valley Kickoff Event
Saturday, October 15th | 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Tennessee Valley trailhead
The Hike by Alison Farrell is now a StoryWalk at the Tennessee Valley trailhead, where families can see the pages of the book as they stroll along the trail, available through May 2023. Come to the Kickoff Event for activities, snacks, and a ranger-led nature walk, then pick up a giveaway pack while supplies last. Click here for more StoryWalk information.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion News
The City of Mill Valley commits to act and encourage community action towards eliminating racial disparities, both inside government and in the community. The City Council has identified Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives as their top priority, and staff provides updates to the City Council and community on activities in Mill Valley and around Marin County on a regular basis. Visit our DEI homepage | Sign up to receive our Monthly DEI eNewsletter
Arts & Recreation News
Now Hiring | Recreation Supervisor - Facilities - Mill Valley Recreation is actively recruiting for a Recreation Supervisor to lead their Facilities team. Amazing benefits and competitive pay await the right candidate. Learn More and Apply Today!

Mill Valley Recreation is also hiring a variety of other positions including Teen Zone Staff, Preschool Aides, Part-Time Office Aides, Facility Attendants and more.

NEW Call For Artwork - The Mill Valley Arts Commission is seeking artwork for Rotating Art in the Depot Plaza Exhibitions in 2023. Application Deadline: January 9th at 5pm. 

Come to the Teen Zone Halloween Party! - It's time for Teen Zone's spookiest party of the year at the Community Center. A ghoulishly good time featuring pumpkin carving, a costume contest and more awaits! Friday, October 21st - Ages 10-14. Register Today!
October 20 - November 3

Register by October 17th!
October 14
Old Mill Park - Aladdin

FREE Movie Begins at Sunset
October 28 | 4-6pm
MV Community Center

FREE Trunk or Treat Event
Election Update
Register to Vote or Check Your Registration Status for November 8 - The last day to register to vote in Sausalito's November 8 general municipal election is Monday, October 24. If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, you can check your voter status with the California Secretary of State.

General Election Ballot Pros & Cons
On Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm the Marin and Sonoma League of Women Voters will present a non-partisan and unbiased look at the Pros & Cons of the seven state ballot propositions. Bring your questions and join this educational and informative event. Virtual event on Zoom. Zoom link will be sent upon registration. Click here to register.
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