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November 19, 2019
Public Safety Power Shutoff Announced for Wednesday, 11/20 - CANCELED (For Now)
PG&E has informed us that Marin County will NOT be affected by the power outage. Learn more.

October 26 Power Outage Recap and Next Steps
On the heels of a smaller PG&E power outage on October 9 that impacted about 800 residents, Mill Valley experienced a widespread PG&E power outage beginning the evening of Saturday, October 26 and extended to the afternoon/early evening of Tuesday, October 29. Learn more.

Help us learn and improve from the October outage, and share your preparedness tips! Take our quick survey.
City Manager Jim McCann Announces Retirement
After a 35-year career in local government, Mill Valley City Manager Jim McCann has announced his retirement effective February, 2020.  McCann joined the City of Mill Valley in 2010 after serving as the City Manager of Calistoga for 11 years.  Read more.

City Council Vacancy Update
At their October 21, 2019 meeting, Council discussed the interim vacancy on the Council created by Jessica Jackson's October 8, 2019 resignation.  
The Council deliberated on the matter and voted 3-1 not to fill the interim vacancy and proceed with calling a special election to place the 2-year vacant seat on the March 3, 2020 ballot. Learn more
Depot Bookstore and Cafe Update

City Manager Jim McCann reported at the November 18, 2019 Council meeting that the Depot renovation project will move forward. Construction activities will commence in coming weeks. Learn more.
Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits the East Bay - Prepare Now and Stay Safe!
On Monday October 14, 2019 at 10:30pm, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake originating in the East Bay hit Mill Valley and Southern Marin. No major injuries were reported. But seismologists warn us not to become complacent - more earthquakes are likely and the time to prepare is now. Do you know what to do, how to prepare and stay safe?  Learn more
City Council Supports Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative
At their October 21, 2019 meeting, Mill Valley City Council members adopted a Resolution authorizing the City of Mill Valley's participation in the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA) to participate in and form the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. 
Mill Valley Police Department News

2018-2019 Annual Report - The Annual Report was generated from crime data collected by the Mill Valley Police Department throughout the year.  Learn more.

Mill Valley Police Department Swearing-In Ceremony and Awards - MVPD team members receive promotions, Life Saving Citations, and successfully complete field training. Learn more.

Pedestrian Bridge Update
We recently announced the closure of the pedestrian bridge connecting Bayfront and Hauke Park due to one of its twelve support piers being compromised. Regulatory approvals to commence repair work have been obtained, and repairs began on November 11, 2019 with a target of re-opening the bridge by Thanksgiving. Learn more. 
Marin County Developing Model Ordinance on Single Use Plastics
What would you think if the County of Marin considered a ban on single-use plastic food service products at retail businesses? You can voice your opinion in an  online survey  offered by the  Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA). Learn more.
Leaves Belong in Green Bins (Not Streets) and Gas Leaf Blowers Prohibited in MV 
We would like to remind community members to clean up leaves on your property by putting them in your green bin. Please do not sweep leaves into the street - once the rains begin, these leaves will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.  Gasoline-powered leaf blowers are prohibited in Mill Valley. 
Volunteers from Outdoor Art Club and Clean Mill Valley Beautify Boyle Park for the Community
Boyle Park was made litter-free, thanks to the efforts of civic-minded members of the Outdoor Art Club and Clean Mill Valley who joined forces on October 12, 2019 to remove litter from one of Mill Valley's oldest and most beloved parks. Learn more.
Agility Features Return to the Dog Park
Great news, thanks to young community volunteer, William Gilmore, dog agility play has returned to the Mill Valley Dog Park!  Sometimes, it really does take a village.  Learn more.
Volunteer Project Updates 
Saturday November 9th Mill Valley Friends of Steps, Lanes & Paths got to work on removing overgrown brush and debris from SLP 264, the highly used path that runs between Alvarado and Elm Avenues, close to Park Elementary School.  Learn more.
Pet Waste - Scoop It, Bag It, and Place It In Your Own Trash Can!
Our community loves dogs, but please be respectful of others and refrain from throwing away your dog's waste in other people's trash bins!  Pet waste should be properly bagged and disposed of in a public trash receptacle along your walk or taken back to your home and placed in your own "garbage" bins.  Read more.
Mill Valley Recreation is HIRING
The City of Mill Valley's Recreation Department is now accepting applications for several part time positions: Kidzwatch Staff, 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 Recreation offers Complimentary Lifeguard Certification Course!
This is a blended learning course where participants complete course work online prior to attending the in person practical sessions.  Learn more and register
Take the Library Survey!

Whether or not you use the Library, we'd love your opinions to help plan its future. Take the survey at millvalleylibrary.org/survey and make your voice heard.
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.
Glow Ball Golf Tournament at the Mill Valley Golf Course
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9 hole Golf Tournament. Call the Golf Course Pro Shop to sign-up 415-388-9982.  Learn more
Record Listening Night: 1977 at the Library
Friday, November 22nd, 7:00pm

Star Wars has arrived and Elvis has left the building. Bring your favorite LPs from 1977, or choose from our collection. Step up to the mic (optional) and share your memories of 1977 and what the music means to you. Learn more and register here.

Mark Your Calendar for December Recreation Events!
  • Click Off Photography Competition Awards Ceremony and Exhibit - Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. Learn more
  • Mill Valley Recreation's 15th Annual Holiday Craft FairSaturday, December 7, 
    10 am - 4 pm. 
    Learn more
  • Winter Programming Registration will open on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 am. The Winter Activity Guide will be viewable at millvalleyrecreation.org and mvprgoplay.org on Monday, November 18th.
  • Mill Valley LiVE - December 15 - 10-11am - Megan Schoenbohm - Musical Performance $8 general admission, 3 years and under free. Learn more
  • Make It, Take It, Wrap It! December 15 - 11 - 1 pm - FREE - Join us for craft and gift making
  • Marin Wedding Fair - Now Accepting Vendor Applications. The deadline to apply to become a vendor for this spectacular event is Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 5:00pm. Learn more
REVIEWS

CITY COUNCIL

City Council Meeting - October 21, 2019
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions and ordinances:
    • Ordinance clarifying Chapter 6.04 (Section 6.04.160 and Section 6.04.175) of the Mill Valley Municipal Code regulating the control of dogs in public places.
    • Resolution accepting as complete work under a contract to Maggiora & Ghilotti for the Camino Alto Pavement Rehabilitation Project.
    • Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a consultant services agreement with Nute Engineering for the design of the Shelter Bay and Frontage Road Pump Stations Upgrade Project.
    • Resolution authorizing the application for and receipt of SB 2 Planning Grants Program Funds.
    • Resolution authorizing the City of Mill Valley's participation in the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA) to participate in and form the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, authorized the City of Mill Valley to execute the JPA, and requested that the County of Marin place a Parcel Tax Measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot for a term of 10 years.
       
  • Presented Certificates of Recognition to the Mill Valley Little League 11's All Stars Team for its advancement to the Northern California State Tournament in 2019 and the titles of District 3 and Section 1 Champions.
  • Received the City's Annual Traffic Report.
  • Directed staff to come back at the November 4, 2019 Regular City Council meeting with a Resolution calling the March 3, 2020 Special Election to elect a Councilmember to fill the 2-year vacancy created by Jessica Jackson's October 8, 2019 resignation from the Mill Valley City Council. The 2-year race will coincide with the City's regularly scheduled General Municipal Election which will also be held on March 3, 2020. The General Municipal Election will have three four-year terms on the ballot.
City Council Meeting - November 4, 2019
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions and ordinances:
    • Resolution calling a General Municipal Election on March 3, 2020 for three, four-year terms and a Special Election for one two-year term, requesting the County of Marin Board of Supervisors consolidate with any other elections conducted on said date, and requesting election services by the County Election Official.
    • Resolution approving free holiday parking at meter zones.
       
  • Introduced, congratulated, and performed a badge pinning for David Kollerer on the occasion of his Promotion to Sergeant. Introduced and performed a swearing in ceremony for Officer Bryant Dougherty and Officer Richard Serrano.
  • Received presentation of the Mill Valley Police Department's 'Life Saving Award' to Officer John Lovos and Detective Nick Neisius.
  • Approved the June 17, 2019 Regular City Council meeting minutes. 
  • Approved the City Council meeting schedule for 2020.
  • Received a presentation from Police Chief Piombo on the Department's programs, initiatives and statistics, and the Department's 2018 - 2019 Annual Report. 
  • Discussed and reviewed recommendations on regulations controlling the sale of flavored tobacco products in the City of Mill Valley and directed staff to pursue Option No. 4 in the Staff Report, bring the item back for further consideration at a future Council meeting. 
  • Introduced and waived first reading of an ordinance to amend Titles 14 and 15 of the City of Mill Valley Municipal Code and Adopting the 2019 California Building Codes and the 2019 California Fire Code. 

City Council Meeting - November 18, 2019
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions and ordinances:
    • Resolution authorizing the adoption of posted speed limits.  
    • Resolution executing a Consultant Services Agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates for the Design of the Camino Alto and Sycamore Avenue Traffic Signal Upgrade Project.
       
  • Received an update from City Manager McCann on the following:
    • March 3, 2020 Municipal Election Update
    • Public Safety Power Shutoff Grant Application (through Cal OES)
    • Upcoming Board and Commission Openings
    • Special City Council Meeting Focused on Seniors
    • Update Regarding the Depot Bookstore and CafĂ©' Renovation Project 
  • Received an update from Ray Withy, Mill Valley's Marin Clean Energy representative.
  • Accepted a $28,700 donation from the Enjoy Mill Valley Fund.
  • Introduced on first reading and set a public hearing date for an ordinance deleting Chapter 14.44 and amending Chapter 14.48 to adopt by reference the 2019 edition of the California Green Building Standards Code, with amendments to reflect local conditions 
  • Received an overview of recent State legislation passed into law and other housing and land use initiatives taking place within the region and locally within Mill Valley.
  • Discussed the recruitment process for the position of City Manager and directed staff to assist the Mayor and Vice Mayor in narrowing down recruitment firms and then bringing back the options for final Council approval at the December 2, 2020 City Council meeting. 
PLANNING COMMISSION

Planning Commission Meeting - October 22, 2019
The Commission considered:
  • 254 W Blithedale Avenue - Variance - PL19-4820 (Smith).  A variance for a 96 square foot addition to an existing single-family residence to encroach into the rear and interior setbacks. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.  
Planning Commission Meeting - November 12, 2019
The Commission considered:
    • 18 Lower Drive - Variance - PL19-4852 (Ross). Variance application for a slope stabilization and landslide repair project to construct a new retaining wall in the rear yard of a single-family home above Sutton Manor Creek. The proposed retaining wall requires a variance from the City's creek setback due to its location near the top of the creek bank. In addition, the retaining wall requires variances from the side yard setbacks. This item was approved by the Planning Commission. 
    • 387-397 Miller Avenue - Design Review - PL18-4717 (Ross). Design Review application to remodel the interior and exterior of an existing 2-story, approximately 16,000 square foot commercial building, with associated site improvements. Remodeling will include accessibility improvements and reconfiguration of interior tenant spaces. Site improvements will include reconfiguration of the parking on the north side of the building. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.  
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting - November 7, 2019
The Parks & Recreation Commission:
  • Approved a use request for the Downtown Plaza by the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church for a one-day "Holiday Peace Pop-Up" on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
  • Received a report on Recent Park Improvements
  • Recommended to City Council for Approval the Golf Course Pathway Project as a separate project from the Golf Course Master Plan
  • Recommended to City Council for Approval the Golf Course Master Plan with support for full implementation
  • Discussed City Parks Use Fees, provided staff with direction to provide more details and continued the discussion to a future Parks & Recreation Commission meeting for consideration for approval.
PREVIEWS

Upcoming City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation Agendas may be found here.
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