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October 10, 2019
Public Safety Power Shutoff Update
PG&E has given the "all clear" for restoration to begin for those experiencing a power shutoff. Updates available here.

The City has developed a Draft Plan and Playbook, with details on how the City plans to continue providing essential City services. Learn more. 
Fern Canyon Road Fire Update
On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at approximately 7:45 PM, Mill Valley Police Department was notified of possible fireworks activity on Fern Canyon Road in Mill Valley. The Mill Valley Fire Department began a quick initial attack on the fire, which was burning from the edge of Fern Canyon Road downhill into heavy brush. The northwest winds were enough to develop fire whirls. If you have any relevant information or security camera footage - please contact us. Contact info and press release is here:  Learn more.
Are you a Marin Homeowner? 
Join the Free Home Hardening Workshop on November 19 by FIRESafe Marin 

FIRESafe Marin has prepared a seminar for Marin homeowners to teach the most important home-hardening techniques to improve home survival during wildfires. Speakers include experts in the field, including our own Fire Chief, Tom Welch. Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Learn more and register online.

FIRESafe Marin is also offering a free home hardening workshop for Building Industry Professionals earlier in the day from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Learn more and register online.
Miller Avenue Parking Restricted During Red Flag Days
On Red Flag Days, City staff will post notices to indicate that curbside parking in both directions will be restricted on Miller Avenue from Millwood to Willow Street.

In August 2019, the City Council unanimously accepted the recommendation of Public Safety Officials to implement the restrictions on parking on days of extreme fire hazard, also known as Red Flag days.  Learn more.
How Do I Sign Up For Public Safety Alerts?
Public Safety Alerts are like Swiss Cheese - None of them are without holes. But if you opt in or are aware of multiple methods to receive alerts and find news, then the holes get smaller and you have a greater chance of being informed in an emergency.
Here is what we recommend...  Learn more.

Council Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from recent City Council meetings:
Mountain Lion Sighting Reported
We have recently received a report of a mountain lion in the area of Warner Canyon. The Mill Valley Police Department has notified Marin Humane and the neighborhood, and the Police will monitor the area. We are asking anyone who sees a mountain lion in their neighborhood to please call our 24 hour non-emergency line at 415-389-4100 or Marin Humane at 415-883-4621. Learn more.
Marin County Approves Use of E-Bikes on Mill Valley/Sausalito Multi-use Path at Same Speeds as Regular Bikes: Up to 10 MPH

Marin County supervisors have approved a new regulation that allows riders to use electric-assisted bicycles on the county's multi-use paths, including the popular Mill Valley/Sausalito path, the Corte Madera Creek path and the Pacheco path. It also allows e-bikes on paved roads and parking lots in county parks. The use of e-bikes is still banned on Marin County Open Space District land and on unpaved trails in county parks. Learn more.
Mill Valley Pavement Maintenance Program Update - Awards, Reports and Your Input Wanted!
Learn about our recent award from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the latest update on the City's Pavement Management Plan, and an invitation to you to join us for a:

Pavement Maintenance Plan Community Meeting 
October 15, 2019 | 4-6 pm

We look forward to meeting with community members to discuss the best way to keep our streets in good condition and to maximize the cost effectiveness of the City's pavement maintenance and rehabilitation program.  Learn more.
Update on Bridge Repairs 
We have two updates on bridge repairs along the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-Use Path:

Pedestrian Bridge Connecting Bayfront and Hauke Parks
Upon learning about the bridge piling failure, our Public Works staff immediately prioritized the project and brought in structural engineers to inspect the bridge and provide repair strategies. Within days of the closure, Public Works staff received repair strategies, design guidance and contractor proposals to conduct the repairs. Learn more.

Marin County Parks Repairs
Marin County Parks will replace decaying deck boards on two bridges on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Path beginning Monday, October 7, 2019 on weekdays only. Work is expected to last for approximately one week. The path will remain open during the repairs, but work crews will place traffic control measures which may result in short delays for pedestrians and bicyclists attempting to cross these bridges. Learn more.

PG&E to Conduct Fire Safety Vegetation Management at Alto Station 9/30-Mid November
PG&E will conduct vegetation management work at PG&E's Alto Substation in Mill Valley from September 30th through mid-November from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Alto Substation is located at the intersection of Roque Morales Drive and Longfellow Drive, adjacent to Hauke Park. Learn more.
Thank You Starbucks for Hosting Coffee with a Cop!
The Mill Valley Police Department got to know members of the community on the morning of October 2, 2019 over coffee and conversation. Starbucks graciously hosted this year's National Coffee with a Cop Day at their store. Learn more.
Check out Big Wave Bench in Old Mill Park
Representatives from the City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Recreation, Mill Valley Chamber, Outdoor Art Club and Mill Valley Arts Commission gathered in Old Mill Park last month to celebrate and dedicate Big Wave Bench, the creation of longtime Bolinas artist and arborist-turned sculptor Chuck Oakander, who has a passion for making functional, fun benches and sculptures from tree trunks. Learn 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.
It's Rewarding to Commute Green!
From October 7th - November 17th, 2019 you can win prizes when you log your green commute trips on My Marin Commutes. Easily log trips, including bus and train rides, biking, walking, carpooling, and riding the ferry, and you'll be automatically entered to win weekly prizes. Top performers compete for $250 gift cards. Start winning now! Learn more.
Extra Stop Sign Pilot at Miller and Throckmorton Avenues
The sign was installed the first week of October to address concerns raised regarding the intersection's unique layout - only 3 of the 4 intersection legs require a motorist to stop before crossing the intersection. What do you think? Learn more.
Mayor Jim Wickham and Mill Valley Police Officer Zachary Zell attend the October 2, 2019 International Walk and Roll Day at Park School
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

Next Movie: Coraline
Friday, October 11, 2019 at dusk
Old Mill Park
Throckmorton Avenue & Old Mill Street

In 2019, we are excited to host movies at both  Mill Valley Community Center and Old Mill Park!  Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset and movie length  varies depending on length of each movie selection.  Movie goers are welcome to arrive up to an  hour early with blankets, chairs, and your own tasty  treats in order to reserve your spot. Enjoy!  More Info
Police Department Open House
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
MVPD, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley 
Have you ever wondered what the inside of your Police Department looks like? The Mill Valley Police Department invites you to our first Open House! You will have the chance to tour the station, take a photo in the holding cells, see patrol vehicles and firetrucks, plus watch special police demonstrations.  Learn More
Click Off Photography Competition

Click Off Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

The Mill Valley Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 21st 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.  More Info
Halloween at the Mill Valley Community Center
Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 25, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mill Valley Community Center Parking Lot
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Join us for a fun, free event for the community where families  come to the community center parking lot  and "trick-or-treat" from decorated car trunks.  Free music, activities, face-painting for kids and more!  More Info
Planning Commission Meeting - September 24, 2019

The Commission considered:
  • 13 Escalon Drive - Design Review & Accessory Dwelling Unit. Request to demolish an existing two-story, 3,711 sq. ft. residence and build a new 4,839 sq. ft., three-story home with a new attached 698 sq. ft. Accessory Dwelling Unit, decks, pool, and spa. An existing detached 484 sq. ft. garage will remain. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
  • 7 Via Van Dyke - Design Review and Tree Removal Permit for a new 3,494 sq. ft. two-story residence, a 491 sq. ft. attached garage, and various site improvements on a vacant, wooded 19,722 sq. ft. lot. 16 trees are proposed to be removed including 1 Heritage redwood tree. This item was denied by the Planning Commission.
Special City Council Meeting - October 2, 2019 

The City Council:

  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Establishing the fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 appropriations limit.
    • Establishing the fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 municipal service tax appropriations limit.
    • Finding the Bayfront-Hauke Park bicycle and pedestrian bridge repairs to be categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and declaring the situation an emergency; authorizing a General Fund budget adjustment of $195,000; and authorizing the City Manager to execute construction contracts with Underwater Resources Inc., the lowest responsive/responsible bidder for the pier repairs and a separate contract with the lowest responsive/responsible bidder for repairing railings as needed.
  • Discussed Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC) pension report.
  • Received presentation of the City's long-range financial plan.
  • Discussed staffing levels for the Mill Valley Fire Department.
City Council Meeting - October 7, 2019
The City Council:
  • Adopted resolutions:
    • Directing the appointed League of California Cities Councilmember delegate to represent the City at the annual League of California Cities Conference by voting on the League's proposed resolutions.
    • Approving the City's application for per capita grant funds.
    • Adopting the 2018 Marin County Multi-Jurisdiction Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and authorizing the County Emergency Services Manager to implement required changes to the Plan as necessary
  • Accepted the California Fire Foundation Grant and authorized an increase in the Fire Department Fiscal Year 2019/2020 budget.
  • Introduced an Ordinance clarifying Chapter 6.04 (Section 6.04.160 and Section 6.04.175) of the Mill Valley Municipal Code to regulate the control of dogs in public places.
  • Authorized the continued funding of the Yellow School Bus Program serving the Mill Valley School District.
  • Presented a Proclamation declaring October 17, 2019 the "Great California Shakeout" in the City of Mill Valley.
  • Gave commendation and thanks to Councilmember Jessica Jackson for her service to the City of Mill Valley during her tenure as Mayor and Councilmember.
  • Introduced the City's new employees: Public Works Project Manager, Faryal Saiidinia, and Communications Assistant, Victoria Lim.
Upcoming City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation Agendas may be found here.
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Mill Valley, CA 94941
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