MVConnect from the City of Mill Valley
June 12, 2020
Community Discussion Regarding Black Lives Matter and Development of a City Action Plan to Address Racial Injustice and Inequities in Mill Valley

Special City Council Meeting - Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm* (Note Time Change)
On Monday of this week, the Mill Valley City Council sent out a statement regarding recent events, asking for community input, and sharing the plan for the upcoming City Council meeting:

"At the next City Council meeting we will begin the effort to create a concrete plan to address racism and injustice in Mill Valley. We will take the time necessary to get things right. Everything is on the table."

We invite you to join us online for the next upcoming City Council meeting on June 15 at 5:30 pm for a discussion regarding Black Lives Matter and development of a City action plan to address racial injustice and inequities in Mill Valley. The intent of this agenda item, to which this public meeting is entirely dedicated, is for the City Council to listen to thoughts, input and ideas from the community and then develop both immediate and longer-term action plans to achieve this more inclusive vision. 


COVID-19/MarinRecovers News

New Guidelines Allow Indoor Retail and Home Cleaning - Marin Public Health officials have amended the shelter-in-place order to allow indoor retail sales, including at auto dealerships, and personal cleaning services. The new guidelines are effective today, June 12, as long as certain restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Learn more.

CDC Posts Tips for Minimizing Everyday Coronavirus Risk - As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Learn more.

More resources on the Marin Recovers/COVID-19 response:

Let's Support MV Businesses! We encourage you to support your 94941 restaurants, retailers, nonprofits and business and consumer services in a variety of safe, effective ways. And don't forget to tip!

As more of Mill Valley comes back online, check out these resources:

City of Mill Valley Athletic Fields Update
Here is the latest -
  • Monday, June 15, 2020 kicks off the first day of summer and sport camps on City of Mill Valley athletic fields!
  • Effective Monday, June 15, 2020 City Staff will strictly enforce the policy of needing a permit from Mill Valley Recreation to hold any organized group and/or commercial activities on athletic fields.
  • Due to Marin County Health Orders and new guidelines found on marinrecovers.com, only permit holders, campers and camp staff are allowed on the fields while a camp or youth activity is in progress.
  • For questions regarding new guidelines or to request a permit for field use, please contact Facilities Supervisor, Annie Bricca at abricca@cityofmillvalley.org or (415) 383-1370.
Mill Valley Golf Course, Boyle Park Tennis Courts and the Mill Valley Skate Park

Here is the latest -
  • The Mill Valley Skate Park is open there is currently a $4 fee to reserve a 50-minute skate park session. Learn More
  • The City of Mill Valley Golf Course now allows foursomes to play the course. Golf carts are also allowed with limits on usage. Learn More
  • The Boyle Park Tennis Courts are open with new hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm. Learn More

All facilities have limitations and guidelines for modified usage:  Ple ase check them out here before heading to the facilities!
Recent Quail Fire Burns Over 1800 Acres in Northern California
As forecast, this year's wildfire season is proving more dangerous than years past. The recent vegetation fire in nearby Solano County started on June 6 and mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents nearby, with over 100 structures threatened. The Quail Fire took 3 days to contain with the help of 600 personnel on scene, 30 engine companies, as well as hand crews, bulldozers, and air tankers from across the state. Marin County also contributed strike teams. Learn more from CalFire.


AND: Now is the Time to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season . Vegetation management work, like clearing brush and trimming up trees around your home, is considered essential work and is allowed under the Public Health Order. Learn how to prepare your home and be ready for defensible space inspections.
Fireworks are Illegal
Celebrations such as graduations and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday often lead to reports of fireworks usage. Fireworks are illegal in Marin County and can cause dangerous wildfires. Talk with your children about the risks and help our community stay safe. Learn more.
Teen Summer Reading Program: Wild About Books! 
When you step into the pages of a book, you can travel anywhere!
 
Take Our Library-At-Home Challenge
Pick up a copy of the challenge at the  Library's curbside pickup service  or  print it out at home . When you sign up, you'll be entered into the chance to win gift cards to local businesses, Audible, and Alibris ebooks. Share your experiences on Instagram with #mvlibrarysummer for the chance to win more prizes.  Click here to register .

Personalized Reading Lists for Teens 
Tell us about what you like to read and what you don't, and our Librarians will create a custom list of recommended books, just for you! We will email you a list of five books, within 7-10 days. All books will be available through the Library's free downloadable ebook systems or can be placed on hold for curbside pickup.  Click this link to fill out our online questionnaire.
Library Curbside Service Open
While our building still remains closed to the public, the Library is now open for returns and curbside pickup.
How Curbside Pickup Works:
  1. Place items on hold by using the catalog, calling 415-389-4292, or by emailing reference@cityofmillvalley.org.
  2. Once you’ve been notified that your items are available for pickup, come to the Library. We have spots reserved out front for vehicles if you arrive by car. Once at the Library, call our curbside line at 415-384-4731 or use our intercom to let Library staff know you’re out front. 
  3. Library staff will verify your information over the phone, check out your materials, and bring them outside to a designated pickup area. 

Remember to wear your mask when picking up your books! Learn more.
Mill Valley Continues to Support Art During COVID-19
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival honored four young local artists with awards from the Emerging Artists Scholarship Fund. Two seniors (Grace Cameron and Lauren Pyfer) and two juniors (Daniel Helmer and Carmen Shavers) received cash awards to be used for tuition, art supplies, and to encourage them along the path to becoming artists. Read the full story from the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Curb Ramp Work Downtown
June 15-26: Expect Dust, Noise and Sidewalk Closures
Many of the curb ramps in the Downtown area are not ADA compliant, which makes it difficult for people that use wheelchairs or experience disabilities to move about the Downtown area. An important part of the Downtown Project is the reconstruction of 15 curb ramps to provide accessibility for all users. 

The curb ramp project will begin on June 15 with demolition, and then take about two weeks to complete. The work will take place on West Blithedale and Corte Madera Aves. The contractor has created a phased construction schedule, so that at least two curb ramps are available at each intersection at a time to allow pedestrian access, while the other ramp is under construction. 

Residents and businesses should expect impacts such as construction equipment, noise, dust, and sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours while the work is in progress.  Learn more.
Phone Number:  (415) 384-9650 NEW Email:   communityconnect415@gmail.com

The City of Mill Valley is proud to announce the transition of the Community Connection Line (formerly Community Support Line) to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Southern Marin! CERTS are a network of trained, community volunteers ready to support in emergencies. Both the City of Mill Valley and the CERTS are excited about the long term impact and use of the Community Connection Line for assisting with providing information and support to our community in emergency situations present and future.

The Community Connection Line now serves the greater Mill Valley area and provides information, connection, and support to residents during COVID-19. The line will be answered by a trained volunteer and member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Line hours are Monday through Friday from 10am - 2pm. All messages left outside of this time will be returned by the following business day. Stay safe and be well!
Congratulations Class of 2020!
All of us at the City of Mill Valley would like to congratulate the 2020 graduates, near and far! We are so very proud of you! We wish you the best of luck and the brightest of futures!
City of Mill Valley
26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
www.cityofmillvalley.org
Phone: (415) 388-4033

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