Our Mission: To work with Redwood Valley residents and other stakeholders to enhance, maintain, and protect the rural character 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").

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 Sept. 11, 2019

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Redwood Valley Grange, 8650 East Rd., Redwood Valley

PLEASE NOTE: THE RV MAC will be dark in July and August for summer break. See you all again in September!!! Remember: be firesafe. Prune foliage away from your house, limb up trees to 15 feet, have GO BAGS ready with your essential items. WATCH FOR RED FLAG WARNINGS AND SIGN ON TO THE SHERIFF’S EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM! Have a safe summer!!!

Mendocino Climate Action Advisory Council—Supervisor Carre Brown has appointed 2 of the 3 members from our district to be represented on the CAAC. One is Mac Lojowsky, who has been participating in the RV Plan update process and other MAC members. Congratulations to Mac. You may know that Mac and his family lost their home in the 2017 fire, and is well along the way of constructing a new, fire resistive residence! It looks like Redwood Valley will have more of a voice in the critical climate matters being addressed in Mendocino County.

And about those storage units—Yes, many of us were surprised and not altogether happy about the huge development of storage units at the corner of School and State. The MAC, as we made clear at meetings during the period of construction, was particularly displeased that the first we heard about the project was AFTER the permit was approved by the County Planning and Building Dept. Why didn’t the MAC get prior notice that these plans were in process? The simple answer: because the County General Plan (approved in 2009) had ZONED that space for commercial development. Review the County website to see what Commercial entail: it includes storage units and MANY other uses that do NOT conform with how many of us see our little community. The General Plan’s wording was to “encourage” a mixed use development of some sort on that particular site, but “encourage” has no authority. If we in Redwood Valley want to LIMIT certain types of occupancies in our own community, we have a lot of homework to do. First and foremost: FINISH OUR UPDATE of the 2004 RV Community Plan. The next (fourth and probably last) public meeting will be held this fall, sponsored by the MAC. The next steps: Finalize the Plan; get it ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors; get it into an amended General Plan and Zoning Ordinance (many tasks to these steps); then MONITOR implementation. In summary: we will get the community we want if and when we demand it. So participate in the MAC and the Plan process; speak to the Board of Supervisors meetings in the Public Comment periods, and speak about particular planning issues; and keep watching what happens in our community. We CAN get there, but we must be vigilant.

Big News on Pedestrian Safety in RV

Remember when we were asked about 6 months ago to provide input on road and pedestrian improvements that would be desirable for Redwood Valley? Several dozen of us submitted comments and “pins on a map” indicating parts of RV that are particularly hazardous for walkers, bikers, and riders. And guess what? The State has allocated funds to implement some of those project proposals to improve roadway safety! Take a look at the proposals at this website: https://mendopedestrian.org/ and see what is planned. Look under the Unincorporated part of the report and scroll down to the Calpella and Redwood Valley components.

On pp. 220-225 of the Unincorporated section of the document, improvements are identified for: 1) East Rd. and School Way pedestrians; 2) The Rail Trail; 3) East Road between H and G; 4) West Rd. near Eagle Peak School; and 5) Sidewalks on areas of Bel Arbes and West Rd. In our initial comments, we had identified other parts of the RV roads that could be improved for pedestrians, bikes, etc., but these are 5 of the most critical. We may get some needed sidewalks, railings, and other safety measures sorely needed in the roadway segments identified in the report.


was held on

Tuesday May 14th

5:30 @ the RV Grange

A light supper was provided, courtesy of a grant from PG&E, prepared by MendoChef@gmail.com

Over 80 Redwood Valley residents attended and participated in a lively discussion about the current DRAFT Community Plan (download below) and new Draft Design Guidelines (ditto). The latter document, based on similar, successful design standards from Placer and Lake Counties, is brand new to Redwood Valley and caused some confusion and controversy, as people grappled with 20 pages of guidelines that may affect how Commercial- and Industrial-zoned parcels may be developed in the future.

The May 14 meeting was the third of three meetings so far that have been sponsored by the RV MAC to update our Community Plan; other meetings were held in 2017 and 2018. Look to this website and future MAC meetings for much more information about the Plan, Guidelines, and YOUR comments about them!

Why a new Plan, and why add Design Guidelines? Let’s use a real world example of a recent development in Redwood Valley. You’ve probably seen the new storage facility complex at the corner of School Way and East Rd. Because that parcel is zoned for Industrial or Commercial use, and the buildings are in that category, the County was obligated to issue an administrative permit for the facilities, which required NO public input. Therefore, no one in Redwood Valley had the opportunity to influence the size, set-back distance from the roads, style of buildings, color, landscaping, etc. Ideally, some of us might have preferred a smaller footprint; wider road access; sidewalks; different facades and rooflines; requirements for solar energy; native landscaping materials; even a Mixed Use (as “suggested” for this parcel in the County General Plan)—perhaps the addition of a coffee house, bike lanes, fire department parking, or other amenities desirable for the community, could have been required. All this being said, the parcel owner is perfectly within his rights to have developed the property in the way it has been built, and many local residents may find the storage facility useful—especially as they rebuild lost housing. But what the Plan and Design Guidelines would ideally create is a situation where all the community STAKEHOLDERS—other businesses, Fire Department, local residents, bikers, equestrians, etc., would have been involved in a more collaborative effort to create occupancies that address different stakeholders’ needs, not just those of a parcel owner. That’s what we’re trying to create: a development plan for the community that embraces Redwood Valley’s history, community character, and our vision for a safe and sustainable future. We’d rather see something resembling a village center, rather than a prime lot solely dedicated to storage of “stuff.” It’s a lost opportunity. We hope that, in cooperation with the County, better planning will lead to a more beautiful, livable community.

Remember: these documents are DRAFTS, and it is YOUR input that will amend and improve them! In consultation with Cliff Paulin, the professional whom the MAC has hired to facilitate the writing of the documents, we will revise the current drafts in preparation for another meeting in the Autumn. Meanwhile, please read these documents, and make comments to the MAC. You can send comments via the CONTACTS page on this website; by writing to the MAC at P.O. Box 243, RV 95470; attending a MAC meeting in person; or sending an email to wickboyd@comcast.net. We expect to issue updated drafts over the summer. Thanks to one and all who attended the May 14 meeting—it was good meeting more neighbors and hashing out your ideas!

HEY REDWOOD VALLEY RESIDENTS! While we have all 7 regular and 2 alternate positions filled at this time, the Redwood Valley MAC is looking for VOLUNTEERS to serve with MAC members! We could really use the assistance of someone with web expertise for ongoing update to this Squarespace website. Another ongoing need is someone who can do publicity, coordinating with local media sources (print, radio, blogs, etc.). Interested? Pleased drop in at one of our regular SECOND-WEDNESDAY-OF-THE-MONTH evening (5 pm) meetings, or call Chris at 707-485-8699.

For future openings in membership on the MAC, you can also download an application form at the County of Mendocino website: from Home Page, go to Board of Supervisors; Boards and Commissions—about midway down the page is a brownish button for an application form. Return form to the Clerk of the Board at the County headquarters in Ukiah. We are all volunteers, so the more people volunteer, the more we can get done!


*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* August 20, 2019 Mendocino County
Deadline to Apply for Mendocino-ROC Fire Recovery Grants Announced
Mendocino-ROC, the long-term fire recovery team for Mendocino County has been dedicated to helping survivors get back home since the fires struck in October of 2017. As we approach the two-year anniversary of the fires, we are putting out a call to fire survivors to submit applications for remaining available funds. Grants and resources are still available to homeowners and renters for rebuilding and long-term recovery needs.
Since our recovery efforts began immediately following the October 2017 Redwood Complex Fire, Mendocino-ROC has distributed over $3,535,791 to Mendocino County residents. These funds have been distributed in tiered levels of support. Immediate relief was offered right after the fires including gas, food and lodging to evacuees and those that lost their home. Recovery support was then offered to remove roadblocks and restore a sense of normalcy. This was achieved through a portfolio of grants including rental assistance, critical needs, utility repair, senior respite, animal habitats and kids’ activities. These efforts were complimented with community recovery grants. The bulk of funding we have distributed has been in the form of Housing Assistance Grants, large grants to help fire survivors rebuild or purchase a home. To date over $1.7M has been awarded in large housing grants to survivors of the 2017 Redwood Complex and 2018 Mendocino Complex fires.
As we approach year three we must allocate the majority of remaining funds. Many fire survivors are in touch with our case managers at the Redwood Resource Room on a regular basis. However, some have not checked-in for many months. We want to encourage any fire survivor who still requires support, particularly through a Housing Assistance Grant to rebuild or purchase a home, to contact a case manager at the Redwood Resource Room.
The deadline to apply for Mendocino-ROC fire recovery funds is October 31, 2019. To find out what grants you may be eligible for, please call or text 621-8817 to make an appointment or visit the Redwood Resource Room at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center during drop-in hours Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm. You can also email mendorecovery@gmail.com
PG&E has just announced the new Wildfire Assistance Fund, which provides up to $5,000 for Basic Unmet Needs to survivors of the Redwood Complex fire. These funds are not being administered by Mendocino-ROC, however if you need assistance in applying you may call a case manager at the Redwood Resource Room (621-8817). To apply for the PG&E Wildfire Assistance Fund, you can visit https://www.norcalwildfireassistanceprogram.com
The Redwood Resource Room will also end drop-in hours on October 31, 2019. Beginning November 1, 2019 the Redwood Resource Room will only be available by appointment.
Mendocino-ROC is dedicated to helping fire survivors return home. If you still need assistance, please contact us today.

****Button below links to the maps showing the areas of Redwood Valley which will be getting the 6 inch water mains installed. These maps were shown at the October 11, 2018 Redwood Valley Water Meeting at Eagle Peak Middle School. Only lots where homes were affected by the fire will have their water mains updated. This is due to very high costs and immediate needs.****

REVITALIZING LOCAL FORESTS: Announcing the formation of F.R.O.G.— Discussed at Feb. 12 MAC meeting!

The Forest Reciprocity Outreach Group, is a growing group of citizens in the Mendocino county region working to support the health and utilization of overstocked fire-hazard lands. Widespread agreement on management practices has coalesced in the wake of even-aged (“clear cut”) harvest and loss of ancient traditional low intensity fire management. Fuel loads have been steadily increasing for the last few decades as carpet regeneration has largely gone unchecked. Over competition for light, water, and nutrients has led to weakened forests, loss of diversity, and abundant dead wood. This has allowed wildfires to ascend into devastating crown fires that have decimated ecosystems and human settlements alike. We believe this burden can be our solution! As we improve natures health we will be reciprocated with abundance.

The suppressed growth of ailing Douglas Fir trees creates extremely strong, “tight ring”, small diameter poles that can be used as beautiful, sturdy, architectural elements. These poles exceed the tensile strength of sawn lumber with uncut continuous fibers running their entire length. Encased in natural fire-resistant clay-based wall mediums, these structures have proven to be exceptionally impervious to wildfires. This is a marked advance from expensive, often toxic, flammable dwellings. F.R.O.G.'s objectives are to reciprocate with nature and unburden forest lands of overcapacity, while creating beautiful, healthy, safe dwellings. And, to use poles for other useful structures and meaningful purposes. It is time for conscientious civilization to rise from the ashes!

The Forest Reciprocity Outreach Group has been initiated through a collaboration of members of Cloud Forest Institute (www.cloudforest.org), Polecraft Solutions (polecraftsolutions.com) and local citizens. Financial support has been granted through the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and the Just and Resilient Future Fund. With the formation of our advocacy co-op, we will schedule a series of presentations and events promoting practices of forest reciprocity, including demonstrations on assembling a round pole structure in both Laytonville and Ukiah.

For more information contact: Jen Burnstad, jen@cloudforest.org, 707-380-5059

$124 Million Available To (Some) Fire Damaged Areas

By Sarah Reith 

Nov 30 -- $124 million is available to communities in some of California’s disaster-impacted areas. In Mendocino County, the eiligible zip code is Redwood Valley. At a meeting last week, two representatives of the state’s housing and community development department (HCD) presented a draft plan that is open for public comment until December 12. HCD plans to submit the draft to HUD by February 1st, so that money will become available by summer. Most of the money is intended for those in low-to-moderate income households, but some can be used for housing developments in other parts of the county, as well.

We’ve linked to that plan here, in English and Spanish.

You can also listen to our newscast about the meeting, as well as a recording of the full presentation.


From the RVMAC Chair, Chris Boyd:

Hi everyone. Here are a couple of pictures of the memorial rock at Lion’s Park. If you haven’t visited, be sure to swing by. The ceremony on October 7th, 2018 was attended by many people, including families and friends of some of the victims, with thoughtful words provided by Andy Mattern, Bob Rogers, and Mindi Ramos (aunt to the Shepherd children); her poem was beautiful and she was very strong to be able to read it. Everyone had electric candles (thanks to Marybeth).  The lone egg carton visible in the daytime photo was left by Jessie, Cassie’s sister, to commemorate her encounter with “Charlie,” a friend who lost her life that night. Jessie had given Charlie a box of egg crates that week so that she could distribute some of her eggs.

Bob’s efforts with the Rotary Club were a big source of the energy behind this, with donations also from Valley Paving, the plaque creator (I’m sorry I don’t know the name of that business), and with a metal bench soon to be installed by the folks at Flow Kana. The ceremony was an apt focal point for this traumatic year. As I took the photo this morning, another car drove up and a single person got out to stand by the rock. That shows what this will mean to the community: a place to remember, to meditate, and to think of how we can make a safer community. Best to all, Chris/Wick


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  • West Company, now named the West Business Development Center, operating over the last 27 years in Mendocino County, works to help small businesses be successful. Federally funded by Small Business Administration (SBA), West Business Development Center (West BDC) offers business advice and counseling at no cost. If your business suffered a loss in the recent fire, contact the West BDC 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 Business Development Center: contact Mary Anne Petrillo: maryanne@westcompany.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!


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.

    • MAC 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