Our Mission: To work with Redwood Valley residents and other stakeholders to enhance, maintain, and protect the rural nature of our community.

Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council (RVMAC), established in May, 2016 by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

 MAC members are volunteers and receive no salary or other compensation. Membership applications are available in a link on this website ("About RV MAC")..


June 20, 2018 Announcement by Mary Anne Petrillo of the West Company: Business owners in Mendocino County whose revenue has been impacted due to the wildfires are still eligible for a low interest loan  (4%) and 2.5 % for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. DEADLINE JULY 12. If you know someone to whom this might apply, contact the Small Business Administration offices or West Company at 707-964-7571. They can help you through the application process!

 

If you know someone, please share or post the attached press release. It has direct contact information to the SBA offices or West Company and the Mendocino SBDC is here to help individuals through the application process. Contact us at 707 964 7571

Please attend our monthly RVMAC meetings:

Generally, meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Redwood Valley Grange (with occasional months taken off). Please check here to see when the next meeting will be taking place. Thanks!

Next Regular Meeting: 

Wednesday, July 11th

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Redwood Valley Grange, 8650 East Rd., Redwood Valley.

AGENDA PUBLISHED ON "AGENDAS AND EVENTS" PAGE OF WEBSITE!


CURRENT EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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  • West Company, operating over the last 27 years in Mendocino County, works to help small businesses be successful. Federally funded by Small Business Administration (SBA), West Company offers business advice and counseling at no cost. If your business suffered a loss in the recent fire, contact the West Company to see if they can assist you in getting back on your feet. New location in Ukiah: East Church and Main in Ukiah. Workshops for businesses post-fire are being planned (see information to the right of this paragraph). Upcoming: Landlord workshops for people who want to rent a room or structure on their property and manage it as a business.

West Company: contact: maryanne@westcompany.org

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  • Concerned that too much soil was removed from your property?

    Cal OES has committed to work with the County to address over excavation issues that occurred as result of private property debris removal. If you would like your site assessed, please contact the County at: 707-234-6076, or teamrecovery@mendocinocounty.org

  • News about $5,000 Business Recovery and General GRANTS from the Rotary Clubs--see Fire Recovery page of this website, or go to larca5130.org (that's the Rotary website) for more information!!! {Posted 3/12/18)


Dollar General will not be built in Redwood Valley!

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GREAT NEWS!!! The Chehada Brothers, owners of the Redwood Valley Market, announced today (March 5, 2018) that they have just closed escrow on the purchase of the lot that had been designated for the Dollar General store--so there WILL NOT BE A DOLLAR GENERAL BUILT ON THAT SITE! Perhaps the loss of so many homes in the October fires, and the continued protest by dozens of RV residents against an alcohol permit for the DG, became a factor in DG thinking, uh, maybe they aren't welcome in Redwood Valley?! In any case, this is good news for so many of us who dreaded the big yellow sign in our little community. We can thank Alex and Anthony Chehada for pursuing legal remedies against DG, and for investing in the future of our community by buying the lot. Since Mendocino County now has a "Formula Business Ordinance" (enacted by the Board of Supervisors last year), which places additional public review and other "speed bumps" into approval of chain businesses in the rural areas of the County (including RV), we will have much more input into any future proposals for a formula store or restaurant in RV. Continue to support our local businesses like the Redwood Valley Market, local farmers, vineyards, etc. Let's keep Redwood Valley strong and independent!


Past Events:

  • BIG NEWS AUGUST 1, 2017--Today, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved the Formula Business Ordinance creating a Community Character Combining District for Redwood Valley and most of the rural areas of the County. The import is that any "formula" (chain store/restaurant) business must go through a minor use permit process, thus requiring a public hearing/comment process for any approval by Planning Commission or Board. Conceptually, any future such store (example: a Dollar General, for instance) would have to go through a public process and the approval bodies would be EMPOWERED to turn down the permit, based on a community's input and other factors listed in the ordinance (it's on the Board website--factors are pretty broad). That means that Mendo County communities now have a new tool to compel their representatives to deny a formula business. Recall that the RV Dollar General received a "permit by right" with no conditions or public review process. It's a great step forward! To keep the RV MAC strong and representative of YOUR VIEWS, attend the monthly RV MAC meetings, and follow this space!

  • Ukiah Unified School District Public Meetings about the old Redwood Valley School on School Way--A meeting took place May 17, 2017 to discuss disposition of 2 abandoned schools (RV and Hopland). For further info, see notes at right and go to UUSD website, "7-11 Committee". As of March, 2018, the County is considering turning the RV School into about two dozen small housing units, to assist with post-fire recovery. Watch this space for further information.
  • RVMAC received approval of Community Foundation Grant to update RV Community Plan. The Community Action Plan for RV, which can be viewed in our Resources section, was written in 2004. It's outdated--doesn't reflect the community's objections to formula stores, nor language for how we view the future of our community. We held an initial meeting in June, 2017, facilitated by consultant and local resident, Cliff Paulin. Over 80 of you participated in brainstorming a VISION of RV's future. The project has been on hold since the fire, but look for news about our next community meeting in late May, 2018. Watch for how YOU can participate in creating a new VISION and PLAN for Redwood Valley! 
  • Pending FIRE-related State legislation: Several bills sponsored by State Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood are before the California legislature to assist with fire victims and to promote better notification in the future. The RV MAC has sent LETTERS OF SUPPORT to the Senate and Assembly, and ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS OF REDWOOD VALLEY TO DO THE SAME! Included are a bill to require an insurance payout of 80% of building contents losses WITHOUT a comprehensive list of contents, as one insurance company is already doing (but most are not); SB 833, which is a bill requiring use of the AMBER ALERT system for emergency notification of imminent fire (and other emergency) risks; and several others. Contact your local legislative office at the Ukiah Conference Center to support these bills! UPDATE 4-20-18: This bill has passed its first committee and looks to be progressing through the legislative process. SB 897 (McGuire) proposes a less cumbersome standard for reporting fire losses to insurance companies before those companies must reimburse a significant portion of funds for insured losses; and adds plan language requirements for policy holders on what to expect for Additional Living Expenses. Even these fair, common sense requirements are receiving opposition from the insurance industry; the Senate Insurance Committee is scheduled to hear this bill Wednesday, April 25, at 1:30 pm. Call the committee to support this bill! Call today!

  • There was a California Senate Insurance Committee hearing Wednesday for SB 897, the bill to require the insurance companies to address a few concerns about fire victims’ ability to access funds from their policies, and to require plain language information about what is allowed under the daily living expenses after their house is lost. We sent a letter (copy attached) to the Committee supporting the bill; the insurance industry is obviously fighting back hard! We need to call our committee members (phone numbers below). Here's what to say: