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May 18, 2023

Community Chats Kick Off This Month

Vice Mayor Urban Carmel and City Manager Todd Cusimano held the first in a series of “Community Chats” on May 11, 2023, with over 30 participants joining either in-person or remotely. The meeting gave community members the opportunity to discuss current issues, ask questions, and make suggestions in an informal setting.

Discussion topics included open government and transparency, East Blithedale Avenue construction and bike lanes, affordable and workforce housing, deferred infrastructure maintenance, traffic, 500 Miller Ave, Planning and Building processes and fees, Alto Tunnel and sustainability. There were even some invitations to potlucks and neighborhood meetings. Watch the May 11 Community Chat here and stay tuned for the next Community Chat date and time - to be announced soon!

Mill Valley Memorial Day

From Southern Marin Fire Department:

You're Invited To Attend The Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

(Insider tip - arrive early!)

From our friends at Enjoy Mill Valley:

Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters’ Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Returns on May 29, 7-11am

Here Are Details of All of the Blockbuster Weekend Fun!

East Blithedale Avenue Project Update

The latest news is here: May 16 and May 11, 2023

Work on the roadway continues, with the construction of concrete bus pads, crosswalk striping, PG&E natural gas relocation, and more. If possible, we urge motorists to avoid East Blithedale Avenue - use Camino Alto and Miller Avenue to avoid the construction area. Thank you for your continued patience!

MVPD: E-Bike Education Continues - Citations To Follow

After weeks of education, officers will begin issuing citations for E-Bike riders that violate the City's new E-Bike Ordinance. Adopted unanimously in April, the ordinance, one of the few passed in the State of California, is an attempt to control and promote the safe use of the increasing number of E-Bikes in the community. Learn more here.

Planning & Building News

1 Hamilton News - Study Session Scheduled for May 23, 2023 (6:30pm)

The Planning Commission will review the preliminary design review plans (available on the project website) at a Study Session scheduled for May 23, 2023 at 6:30pm in City Hall (26 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA). The purpose of the Study Session hearing is to provide feedback on the preliminary design prepared by the EAH project team based on feedback received to date.  Learn more.

City of Mill Valley to Consider Mandatory Retrofit Program

At their June 5, 2023 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council will consider a new, mandatory “Soft Story” Retrofit Program with an objective of protecting existing housing stock in the community.

The program is important both for public safety and for preserving the diversity of housing options in Mill Valley, including workforce and affordable housing.

We invite you to learn more - Please visit 

Diversity Equity and Inclusion News

Pride Month & Pride Flags - At their meeting on Monday, May 15, the City Council adopted a Resolution declaring June, 2023 as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in the City of Mill Valley and authorized the display of the Pride Flag on City property.

From the Resolution: “The City of Mill Valley has a diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and more (LGBTQIA+) community, whom we honor and celebrate in the month of June, 2023 for Pride Month… The Pride Flag represents a commitment to honoring the identities, experiences, and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community and its continuing struggle for social, political and economic equality. The prominent display of the Pride Flag demonstrates that the City of Mill Valley stands firmly for equality and inclusion.”

Join us in celebrating Pride Month with events in Mill Valley and around Marin.

DEI Initiatives Update - May 2023 - The latest update on City-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Check it out. Sign up to receive our monthly DEI update.

May Is Wildfire Preparedness Month

Marin County is entering the most dangerous part of the fire season. Are you, your family and your home prepared? Here are some steps you can take right now to help protect your family and home from wildfire.

Sustainability News

Free Electric-Waste Collection - Free E-Waste Collection Event at the Mill Valley Community Center - Mill Valley Recreation, in partnership with the Conservation Corps of the North Bay, are hosting a FREE E-Waste (electric waste) Collection event on Friday, May 19th, 2023 from 9am-2pm. Get more information about what you can and cannot bring to recycle.

Reset your spring cleaning routine Earth-Friendly and Cost savings ideas. You can energize your spring cleaning plans by embracing some earth-friendly and cost saving ideas that brighten your home and mood. Freshen up your place, declutter responsibly, and simplify your life while being easy on the environment. And then let the sunshine in! 

Arts & Recreation News

Keep Your Kids Active This Summer With Mill Valley Recreation Summer Camps - We have a variety of camps, for kids preschool age through teens, that are active and engaged this summer. See available camps & get your kids registered today!

Movies in the Park June 2nd! - Our first Movie in the Park of the season is "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on Friday, June 2nd at Old Mill Park. Movies begin at dusk. Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and some snacks for some FREE & fun-filled movie magic under the stars. Get more info and find out the full lineup of this year's movies.

Lifeguard Certification Courses at Mill Valley Recreation - Earn your shallow water lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross blended learning course. Our lifeguard certification courses are designed to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared in the event of a water emergency. Next course offered June 23-June 25. Register today!

FREE Comedy in the Plaza - June 15th! - Comedy in the Plaza is back for 2023 on Thursday, June 15th at 6pm. Enjoy the comedy stylings of Dennis Gaxiola, Phil Johnson, Al Ducharme, Kellen Erskine and our MC for the evening Bernadette Pauley. Brought to you by the Mill Valley Arts Commission. Get more info about this hilarious FREE event!

Library News

After Hours: Queer Chorus of San Francisco

Friday, June 2nd, 7pm at the Mill Valley Public Library - Main Reading Room

Join us for a performance guaranteed to entertain, educate and inspire with the Queer Chorus of San Francisco. Revisit the past and look toward the future through songs and stories covering the chorus' 40+ year history. Registration highly recommended. Adults and high school students only. Learn more.


  • After Hours: Poets for Science | Friday, May 19th, 7pm at the Mill Valley Public Library - Main Reading Room. Learn more. 
  • Poetry and Science in the Outdoors | Saturday, May 20th, 10am at the Mill Valley Public Library - SmartGarden. Learn more. 
  • Pop-Up Poetry in Downtown Mill Valley | Sunday, May 21st, 2-4:30pm. Learn more about when and where poets will be reading poems.

Burnt: A Memoir of Fighting Fire with Clare Frank

Thursday, May 25th, 7pm at the Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room and Online

Join us for a conversation with Clare Frank, former California Chief of Fire Protection, and Elaine Wilkinson, Marin County's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, about Frank's new book, firefighting and everything in between. Registration required. Learn more. 

Community News

Litter Patrol - The Tam Valley Improvement Club is having its monthly cleanup at the Manzanita Park and Ride this Sunday, May 21st, at 1:00 p.m. Jill Young will be there on behalf of Clean Mill Valley. Anyone is most welcome to join.

Free Public Transit for Kids and Teens in Summer 2023 - SMART, Marin Transit, Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Petaluma Transit are offering free rides for K-12 youth throughout the summer (June-August) with the Summer Youth Ride Free Program.

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