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Posted on: October 19, 2021

City Council Receives Presentation on the Marin County Restrictive Covenants Program

An aerial view of many suburban houses, some colored green and some colored red

At their meeting on October 18, 2021, the City Council received a presentation on the County of Marin’s Restrictive Covenant Project from Liz Darby, Social Equity Programs and Policy Coordinator for the Marin County Community Development Agency.

The program aims to inform and educate Marin County residents of the history and significance of government policies and programs that were intentionally discriminatory and helped create segregated communities in Marin.

City Council and City Officials are in full support of the program and encourage Mill Valley homeowners to look into the program. Property owners can record a Restrictive Covenant Modification document with the Assessor-Recorder’s office as a way to protest the now illegal offensive language. The City also supports the program’s focus on sharing personal stories to create a narrative history of our County, and the creation of a mapping tool to visually represent Marin’s past practices of redlining. 

In Marin County, the County’s Assessor’s Office has identified more than 49,000 residences that were constructed before 1970 that may have race or ethnicity-restrictive covenants in property deeds. Civil rights, fair housing and employment legislation have since prohibited housing discrimination, but the covenants remain, even though they are now illegal and unenforceable, and the legacy of racial segregation in our communities is its lasting impact.

Watch the 7 minute video on the County of Marin Restrictive Covenant Program here.

City officials applaud the action by the County and encourage community members to learn more about the Project today

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