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October 4, 2018
Update on 500 Miller Ave

The Planning Commission held a Study Session on September 25 to discuss the development of the property at 500 Miller Avenue. Many community members members spoke and shared a variety of perspectives. Some expressed support for  the  project and shared their interest in bringing increased housing to Mill Valley. Some expressed concern about the project design, including size, massing and scale of the building, potential traffic impacts, parking design and vehicular circulation. 

The Planning Commission provided feedback and direction to the developer on various design issues and will schedule another Study Session at a date later in the year. Learn more.
Rose & Hazel Ave Tree Removal Community Meeting Overview
On Sept 24 the Mill Valley Fire Department and Department of Public Works staff held an informational meeting with community members to discuss intersection improvements at Rose/Hazel Avenues. The intersection has been identified by the Fire Department as requiring improvements to accommodate both Fire Department equipment and equipment from nearby agencies that provide support during emergency events.  Learn more.
Shelter Management Training
In light of last year's devastating North Bay fires and in an effort to be better prepared in case of any emergency, Mill Valley Recreation in conjunction with the American Red Cross held a shelter management training for Recreation Staff at the Mill Valley Community Center. Learn more.
Members of Clean Mill Valley received a proclamation celebrating and recognizing the dedication of their members for creating public awareness about litter and their many hours of volunteer work to keep Mill Valley clean and litter-free

City Council Meeting Update
At their meeting on Monday night, the City Council received updates on the following:

Annual Crosswalk Program: The City has a program to receive and prioritize sidewalk improvement requests. Monday's update discussed upcoming sidewalk improvement projects identified as high priority, including East Blithedale Avenue and Downtown projects, as well as projects on Nelson Avenue, Thalia Street, and Dell Street. Read the Report.

Sustainability Efforts and Awards: The City received the "Beacon Award" from the Institute for Local Government for its achievements in community greenhouse gas reductions, agency greenhouse gas reductions, energy savings, and sustainability best practices. Mill Valley's greenhouse gas emissions dropped 22% between 2005 and 2015 due to decreases in electricity and natural gas use and emissions. Read the Report | Watch a Video Featuring Mill Valley and the Beacon Award

Public Art Program: The vision of the Public Art Program is to transform ordinary objects and our experience of our daily environment through the power of the arts. The program is intended to enhance the enjoyment of daily life, our natural environment and the arts. Read the Report

Trunk or Treat 
Call for Applications: Our annual event is a great opportunity to showcase your company or organization! If you would like to host a trunk, we are accepting applications Learn more

Owl Rescued at Alto Field
Carlos Arellano, a Groundsworker with Public Works, was conducting a park check at Alto Field early one August morning when he was startled by an animal sound coming from the center of the playfield. Upon closer inspection, Carlos saw a large owl caught in a portable soccer net.  Learn more.
20th Anniversary of the Click Off Photography Competition
The Mill Valley Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 20th annual Click Off photography competition. The subject categories are designed to highlight Marin County's unique characteristics and each photographer's perspective through the camera lens, cell phone photos encouraged. Learn more.
Measure AA Renewal
Our local transportation sales tax has become an essential way for Marin transportation programs and infrastructure projects, like our own Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, to be funded.  Marin voters will be asked to renew the sales tax in November to create a reliable funding stream of approximately $27 million each year to address local needs and priories identified by the community. Download the Info Sheet and Mill Valley Specific DataTAM Measure AA Website
Mill Valley Refuse Service Dual-Stream Recycling Pilot Program
Select customers of Mill Valley Refuse Service are participating in a Dual-Stream Recycling Program that started on September 3, 2018 and will end on December 29, 2018. Dual-stream recycling is the method in which mixed paper is put into one can, and all other mixed recyclables are put into another can.
Public Engagement: Volunteering
Based on your feedback from our recent survey, we are including a section in each newsletter with information and resources on public engagement - how you can learn more, stay involved, and participate in your local government.

Volunteering: We benefit enormously from the participation of our local volunteers. There are many ways to get involved:
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.
Movies in the Park 
October 5, 2018
Old Mill Park
Join us for the final movie of the season - Zootopia! Bring your blanket and enjoy a free movie!  Learn more
Resilient Neighborhoods
Be Part of the Climate Solution
Starting Thursday, October 4th
7:00 - 8:30pm
Mill Valley Public Library Creekside Room
  Hundreds of Marin residents who have already reduced their carbon footprint with Resilient Neighborhoods.  This five-meeting workshop covers specific actions that reduce your carbon impact and includes free resources to get you started right away. You will receive insider tricks to save you money by trimming energy and waste, conserving water, and making smarter transportation choices. You will also get the newest tools to prepare for emergencies and build community.  Registration required. Learn more and register.
City Councilmember on the Plaza
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Downtown Depot Plaza
A Mill Valley City Councilmember will be personally available for discussion, suggestions, comments, complaints and general community input on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). Learn more.
Join the Mill Valley Chamber for  the Tech-Centric Business Essentials Series
The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, partnering with the Marin Small Business Development Center, has launched a series of workshops focusing on maximizing your business online - with topics such as building an e-commerce store, getting recognized on Google and SEO strategies. All classes are held at the Mill Valley Community Center courtesy of the City of Mill Valley.   Next workshops:
  • Ecommerce Tips for Selling Online - 10/9 at 1-3 pm 
  • Create an Online Store Now with Shopify - 10/23 at 1-3 pm
  • SEO Strategies to Get Noticed Online - 11/6 at 1-2:30 pm

Learn more and sign up

Community Arts Planning Forum
October 9, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, Cascade Room 

The Department of Cultural Services, in partnership with the Marin Cultural Association, the Marin Coalition for the Arts, and arts leaders from all over the County, is developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan for Marin.  Learn more

You are invited to participate:
  • Join Supervisor Kate Sears at the Planning Forum in Mill Valley and share your ideas for arts and culture goals - and bring your friends and neighbors!
  • Take the survey and contribute to the Marin Arts & Culture Master Plan.
International Day of the Girl
October 11, 2018
5:30 pm -6:30 pm - Come meet local organizations
6:30 pm-8:30 pm - Movie Screening of Girl Rising ( please note, this movie is rated PG 13) 
Mill Valley Community Center
In 2011 the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is "to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential." It's a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.  Learn more.
After Hours
Naked Truth
Friday, October 12, 2018
7:00 - 9:00pm
Mill Valley Public Library Main Reading Room
Emcee David Nihill returns to host a fabulous night of true, live storytelling featuring an all-star cast of Moth GrandSLAM winners. Featuring the Lightning Round, in which audience members - maybe you! - have a chance to tell a one-minute story. Wine reception at 6:30 for pre-registered attendees. Learn more and register
Upcoming Midterm Elections:
The League of Women Voters Discusses California Ballot Initiatives
Tuesday, October 16, 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Outdoor Art Club -  1 West Blithedale Avenue
Members of The League of Women Voters will present the pros and cons of key state and local ballot measures appearing on the November ballot, followed by questions from the audience. 
Mill Valley Friends of Parks & Recreation 
Fall Fundraiser 
October 25, 2018
VIP Dinner - 5:00 pm
Main Event - 7:00 pm
Sweetwater Music Hall
Join us for a fun evening to support Mill Valley's fields, Recreation programs and facilities. Recent projects include supporting the Bayfront Field renovation, Golf Course improvements and the Mill Valley Recreation Department Scholarship Matching program. Moving forward, priorities include renovating the skate park and ensuring that our sports fields continue to receive the maintenance that they need. Learn more.
Parks and Recreation Meeting - September 13, 2018
The Commission heard updates and reports on:
  • The Skate Park Project
  • Recreation Department Summer Camp
  • Aquatics & Fitness and Community Center Annual Closure 
The Commission adopted the 2019 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting schedule and start time.  Watch the Meeting
Planning Commission - September 25, 2018
The Planning Commission considered the following:
  • 19 Corte Madera Avenue - Design Review and Amendment to Outdoor Dinning Permit - PL17-4583. A public hearing to consider the request for Design Review and amendment to the Outdoor Dining Permit to build a structural awning over the outdoor patio seating area at the Sweetwater Music Hall.
  • 500 Miller Avenue - Study Session for Design Review - PL18-4708. Design Review Study Session to reconsider the development of the 1.2 acre site located in the Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District. Learn more here.
City Council Meeting, October 1, 2018

The City Council:

  • Introduced and welcomed the City's new Planning and Building Director, Patrick Kelly. 
  • Presented Proclamations: 
    • Celebrating and recognizing the dedication of the members of Clean Mill Valley for creating public awareness about litter and their many hours of volunteer work to keep Mill Valley clean and litter-free. 
    • Declaring October 4 - 14, 2018, as Mill Valley Film Festival Days and congratulating the Mill Valley Film Festival on the occasion of its 41st anniversary.
  • Received Updates and Presentations on:
    • The City's Annual Crosswalk Program 
    • The City's Public Art Program
    • The 2018 Beacon Sustainability Award given by the Institute of Local Governments and an update on the City's environmental sustainability efforts. 
  • Adopted:
    • Resolution approving a Notice of Completion for the Bayfront Ballfield Renovation Project. 
    • Resolution opposing Proposition 6 on the November 6, 2018 State Ballot, which would eliminate funding for bridge, road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects in Mill Valley and throughout California. 
    • Resolution denying the appeal by Mr. Bruce Corcoran, of the Planning Commission decision of July 17, 2018 - regarding 201 Marion Avenue, and sustaining the Planning Commission's determination.
  • Continued to a Later Date:
    • Consideration of a Resolution approving an update to the Solid Waste Management Franchise Agreement between the City of Mill Valley and Mill Valley Refuse Service.

Watch the Meeting

Parks and Recreation Meeting - October 3, 2018
This meeting was canceled. The next meeting will be November 7, 2018
Planning Commission Meeting - October 9, 2018
The Planning Commission Meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be October 23, 2018.
City Council Meeting - October 15, 2018

The City Council will:
  • Introduce and conduct a swearing-in of new firefighters Colin Chambers, Dante Marchese and Kevin Freeman.
  • Present a Proclamation celebrating and recognizing Battalion Chief Michael St. John on the occasion of his retirement from the City of Mill Valley after 31 years of service.
  • Receive updates and presentations on:
    • Six-month update regarding utility street markings
  • Consider receiving a $15,000 donation from the mill valley Friends of Parks and Recreation for various Golf Course improvements.
  • Consider adopting:
    • Resolution approving the designation of U.S. Bicycle Route 95 through Mill Valley, connecting Corte Madera to Sausalito via Camino Alto and Miller Avenue.
    • Resolution approving the City's proposed plan for Steps, Lanes and Path design and construction program.
We welcome comments & suggestions:
Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
City Hall Phone: (415)388-4033
City Hall Fax: (415)381-1736

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