Over 100 firefighters have been deployed from Marin County to help fight the massive wildfires attacking much of the state. In addition to 47 county firefighters, another 56 have been deployed from localized crews including members of the Corte Madera, Kentfield, Larkspur, Marinwood, Mill Valley, Ross Valley and San Rafael fire departments. Many of these firefighters are battling blazes in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta and Trinity counties, bringing the total of firefighters to almost 10,000. The largest fire currently is the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, which has destroyed over two dozen homes and is threatening thousands more. So far, more than 12,000 Californians have been evacuated.
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Americans spend billions of dollars every year on travel expenses, the majority of which is commonly spent on lodging. Whether it be a 5-star hotel, timeshares or rented condominiums, where we stay is often the most expensive part of a trip. It is precisely because of that fact that one Mill Valley couple has turned to home swapping as a way to cut down on the cost of their vacations, joining a growing number of Americans in the practice. Joe Friedman and Leslie de Leeuw have employed the technique more than 55 times over the last twelve years or so, trading homes with residents of cities as close as Santa Barbara and as far away as New Zealand.
Friedman and de Leeuw began home swapping in 2004, when they traded homes with some friends in Santa Barbara for a week. The idea got the couple thinking, and they decided they could likely swap homes for all their vacations. They had recently taken a trip to France, spending thousands of dollars on lodging, and figured that house swapping would be a great way to reduce vacation expenses. Their first home swap occurred via Craigslist, where a Boulder, Colorado couple were offering a home swap to Marin County residents, but they have since swapped homes for vacations across Europe, Mexico, Canada, and other parts of the United States.
Organizers of the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival held a press conference Tuesday to reveal some of the A-List celebrities that will take part in this year’s event. Among the more notable names scheduled to appear are Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Andy Garcia and Jared Leto. Among the festivities planned, meanwhile, are 68 film presentations, including 40 that will be shown for the first time in the US, North America or worldwide. Stiller will be making his first appearance at the MVFF, making appearances at several screenings before being presented with an award and then introducing the closing night film, one he directs and stars in called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The 36th Mill Valley Film Festival will be held at numerous venues between October 3rd and October 13th. For tickets or more information, Click Here.
With Election Day fast approaching, four Mill Valley residents are gearing up for a heated race to be chosen by voters to fill two open seats on the Mill Valley City Council. The two seats were vacated after Mayor Andy Berman and Vice Mayor Shawn Marshall followed city tradition by declining to seek reelection to the council after serving two terms. The four candidates vying for the position, Jessica Jackson, John McCauley, Dan Kelly and George Gordon, have all filed papers to launch their candidacy.
Some more details were revealed Tuesday for the upcoming 57th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, scheduled for September 21st and 22nd at Old Mill Park. The festival is operated as a non-profit by organizers, and staffed largely by volunteers from the Marin County area, with proceeds allocated to fund renovation and repair projects for Old Mill Park. The Mill Valley Arts Festival is a favorite event among longtime Marin County and even San Francisco natives, with a wide array of family-friendly activities centered around local arts and crafts.
Staged among the majestic redwoods at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, this year’s edition of the MV Arts Festival will feature the work of dozens of area artists who work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, and other forms of artistic expression. There will also be an array of local music performances, with five bands each day delivering music in several genres such as jazz, blues, bluegrass and Americana. The two-day art bonanza doesn’t leave the kids out, either, as many art festivals often do, with offerings for children to include magic shows, arts and crafts workshops, storytelling events and puppet shows. There will also be a special performance staged by the Performing Arts Academy of Marin starring the school’s students.
The Mill Valley Arts Festival will take place September 21st and 22nd at the Old Mill Park grounds. Admission will cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 12 and up, while younger kids get in for free. Organizers have also set up a shuttle service for the event, which will bring San Franciscans to the festival via U.S. Highway 101. Click Here for more info.
Mill Valley residents were treated to their own version of Yellowstone’s “Old Faithful” geyser for a short time this week after a woman driving a gold and silver SUV slammed into a fire hydrant Wednesday afternoon in the 500 block of Miller Avenue, sending a blast of water into the air. Witnesses say the accidental fountain spewed water at least 50 feet into the air for about 11 minutes before fire department personnel managed to get the water shut off. Police are still trying to locate the suspect, who sped off northward toward downtown Mill Valley after striking the hydrant. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
Mill Valley‘s Redwood Trust Inc. announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has authorized a third quarter shareholder dividend in the amount of 28 cents per share. The dividend will be distributed, the company noted, on September 30th to all stockholders of record on September 13th. Redwood Trust CEO Marty Hughes noted in an interview that the third-quarter dividend will mark the 57th consecutive payout to shareholders and underscores the firm’s priority in returning value to its loyal shareholders.
Mill Valley officials announced Tuesday that the removal of dead and dying trees will prompt the closures of several busy streets in the city over the next few weeks. Among the streets to be affected by the closures are Camino Alto and Miller Avenue as well as Marion Avenue and Cascade Drive. Officials expect tree removal to take just one day, though new trees are being planted in some spots which will require additional days for the work to be done. The work is part of plan approved by voters in 2006, and is being paid for by municipal services tax funds. Additional information, including the exact dates for specific closures, can be obtained from Parks Supervisor Brandon Stewart at 388-4242 ot by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Marin firefighters responded over the weekend to a late-night fire at the Strawberry Village shopping center in Mill Valley. 911 personnel began receiving calls about the fire at 3:31 AM in the wee hours of Monday morning, and a crew responded less than 10 minutes later. Most of the damage from the fire was sustained in the laundry room inside the EVO Spa, though a neighboring sushi restaurant shared in the combined estimate of $50,000 in damages. There were no injuries reported as the result of the fire, and no other stores were affected. Fire officials are still investigating a cause of Monday morning’s fire. Strawberry Village shopping center is located at 800 Redwood Highway in Mill Valley, right off exit 101 for Tiburon Blvd. The businesses impacted by the fire were the EVO Spa in Suite 216 and Sushi Gourmet, Suite 215.
Mill Valley’s own John McCauley, a five-year member of the city’s Planning Commission, revealed plans on Monday to seek election to one of two seats opening up on the Mill Valley City Council. The two seats are being vacated by outgoing Mill Valley Mayor Andy Berman and Vice-Mayor Shawn Marshall, who have each announced plans to step down. McCauley said he will run on a platform of financial management, improving roads, fire and public safety, strong sustainability policies, and support for the arts. The success of McCauley’s run won’t be known until after the November 5th election.