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Belvedere E-Newsletter

November 22, 2017  |  Fall Edition

In this Issue
 
From the City Manager
Craig Middleton
Craig Middleton
On this Wednesday before Thanksgiving, it is fitting that we find opportunities to pause and consider all that there is to be thankful for. In the past few months, our region, and particularly the communities north of us, have endured great adversity. Through this, we have witnessed uplifting acts of humanity, and examples of generosity and strength of community, as people throughout the region have reached out to help.

I appreciate the fact that our community responded to these events by offering the assistance of our first responders; by packaging food and other essentials donated by people on our Peninsula to be provided to shelters in Marin and further north; and by renewing calls to ensure that we will be ready in Belvedere for the next emergency, should it occur.

In Belvedere, we are proud of our community spirit and civic engagement. In recent weeks, that spirit has driven a revitalization of our Block Captain program, where neighbors are organized to help one another through the initial stages of an emergency. Volunteer block captains, supported by our police department and emergency services coordinator, conducted a drill this month – essentially role-playing their response during an emergency. We hope to replicate this successful drill in other Belvedere neighborhoods during the coming months, with the ultimate goal of involving everyone in our community in the preparations for emergency response.

Also, the city’s Department of Public Works will soon be installing directional decals (blue arrows) on evacuation routes throughout the city. These decals will provide an easy guide for getting to safety in the event of an emergency – just follow the blue arrows. And by the end of the year, all city staff will have been trained in emergency operations and will be familiar with the roles that they would be expected to play during a disaster. Thanks to everyone in Belvedere who has participated in these efforts.

Wishing you the very best Thanksgiving, from all of us at City Hall.
 

Belvedere City Hall
City Hall Holiday Schedule

Please make note of City Hall’s upcoming holiday closures:

Thursday, November 23rd – Friday, November 24th
Construction not allowed; no building inspections will be scheduled

Monday, December 25th – Monday, January 1st
Construction allowed 12/26 – 12/29;
no building inspections will be scheduled


Please contact City Hall at 415-435-3838 with any questions.



City Hall Holiday Closures

Volunteer Opportunities!

Save the Date! Annual Town Meeting

Know Your Overhead Lines

Welcome to the Tiburon Peninsula Village

Tiburon Festival of Lights 2017

Landmarks Art & Craft Sale

The Ranch's Breakfast with Santa


Upcoming Events

Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Meetings

City Council
December 11
,
6:30 PM



Deer Fencing Task Force Committee
  December 13
,
3:00 PM



Planning Commission
December 19

6:30 PM


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Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website.


Quick Links

 

  City's Website


Website Calendar


Get Ready 94920


Bel-Tib Library


The Ranch (Recreation)


Reed Union
School Dist
rict



Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce


County of Marin, 3rd District


Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society


Belvedere Community Foundation


Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle


Volunteer Opportunities!

The Belvedere City Council will soon be considering appointments to the following committees:

  • Marin County Commission on Aging (1 seat/partial term)
  • Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District Board of Trustees (1 seat/full term)

If you are interested in serving, please submit a letter of interest and a brief statement of qualifications by December 6, 2017, to the Mayor at City of Belvedere, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, CA 94920-2336, or c/o clerk@cityofbelvedere.org. For more information, call 415-435-3838.



Save the Date! Annual Town Meeting
Belvedere Island
Mark your calendar for the City of Belvedere’s Annual Town Meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018
7:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center


Hear a report on City activities from the past year! There will also be a presentation honoring the 2017 Citizen of the Year, awarded to an outstanding Belvedere citizen for their service to the City.

Come with your neighbors; All are welcome to attend!



Know Your Overhead Lines
A message from PG&E
PGE Logo
As we enter the winter weather season, questions often arise regarding electric lines:
  • Where are they?
  • What’s the difference between transmission and distribution?
  • How do I know if the lines are communication or PG&E electric?
  • Is PG&E responsible for clearing vegetation around the service drop?
  • Why and when does PG&E clear vegetation from electric lines?
overhead utility lines illustration

Communication lines
Communication lines, such as telephone and cable TV, are the lowest lines on the pole. They are typically black and thicker than any other lines. In most areas, PG&E does not own or conduct maintenance on communication wires. Contact your phone service provider for concerns with communication lines.



Service drops
Service drops extend from the electric distribution transformer or secondary line to homes or businesses. California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Electric Service Rules require customers to maintain a clear route, free of hazards for the electric service wire from the pole to the service delivery point.

Secondary lines
Secondary lines are positioned above communication lines and below the highest voltage distribution lines. Typically these secondary lines carry 240 volts of electricity to homes and businesses. PG&E performs vegetation clearance on these lines when strain and abrasion are evident, per CPUC General Order 95 (CPUC) requirements.
overhead utility lines illustration 2
Distribution lines
Distribution lines deliver electricity to neighborhoods and are generally supported by wooden poles. The voltage of these lines generally ranges from four thousand volts to 21 thousand volts. Under CPUC GO 95, these lines require year-round clearance of a minimum of 18 inches, with lines in some rural areas requiring up to four feet of clearance. PG&E utilizes directional pruning techniques to maintain customer trees to these requirements. Removal can be a preferred option for tall or fast growing species.

Transmission lines
Transmission lines transport bulk electricity at high voltages ranging from 60 thousand volts to 500 thousand volts. These lines are generally supported on tall metal towers, but may also be located on wooden poles. Federal requirements require clearances around transmission lines to prevent outages caused by encroachment by trees and other vegetation. Our goal is to achieve a sustainable landscape that supports native plants and natural habitats. Trees near these lines are difficult to effectively manage by continued pruning, and often must be removed.

The following links provide additional information that may be helpful:


Welcome to the Tiburon Peninsula Villages
Serving seniors in Belvedere, Tiburon & Strawberry
Tiburon Peninsula Villages logo
Tiburon Peninsula Villages, as part of Marin Villages, is building a network of friendship and support among older residents on the Tiburon Peninsula, helping seniors to live independently and to remain active and integral in our community.

TPV has a growing team of volunteers who are available to help members with occasional transportation needs, provide assistance with daily activities, and run errands.

To request assistance from a TPV volunteer, please call (415) 457-4633. Your request will be matched with a volunteer in your neighborhood. We also welcome any suggestions you may have as to the types of services, programs, and other activities you would like to see provided by TPV. You may also email TPV member Cherie Sorokin at
info@marinvillages.org.

TPV Upcoming Event:
TPV also sponsors interesting and fun activities for our members, and we are always looking for suggestions for new programs. We would love to hear from you about your ideas for our Village. Please contact Allan, TPV’s program committee chair at (415) 435-3988.
  • December 12th - TPV DUELING DOMINOS

Important Phone Numbers:

 Marin Villages
415-457-4633
www.marinvillages.org
 TPV Rep Allan Bortel
415-457-3988
 Catch-A-Ride 415-456-0902
 Marin Access (Paratransit)
415-454-0902
 #219 Shuttle Bus
415-256-8832
 Travel Navigator
415-454-0902
 Marin County Senior Helpline
415-457-4636



Tiburon Festival of Lights Saturday December 2 Downtown Tiburon
2-6 PM   POP UP HOLIDAY MARKET  |  ARK ROW TENT
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays at our first ever holiday pop up market on Ark Row! Mulled wine & cider, wine & beer, foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holiday bright. You’ll find one of a kind gifts and discover all that Tiburon has to offer!

MUSIC IN THE ARK ROW TENT:
2:30 PM   Performing Arts of Marin
3:30 PM   Bel Aire School Choir
4:00 PM   Del Mar School Steel Pan Band
5:00 PM   Musica Marin

2-6 PM   CANDYLAND GAME & CANDY FANTASIA  |  ARK ROW TENT
Candyland comes to life in this real life version of everybody’s favorite board game. Kids will love making their way to the most amazing candy fantasia! Hot chocolate too!

2-6 PM   ARETE SINGERS QUARTET
This costumed quartet of professionals singers will stroll the streets singing carols from around the world.

2 PM     SANTA ARRIVES ON A FIRETRUCK  |  MAIN ST & TIBURON BLVD
Greet Old St. Nick as he arrives in town on a firetruck with Mickey Mouse and a few friends.

2-5:30 PM    SELFIES WITH SANTA  |  ARK ROW KIDS, 122 MAIN STREET
Capture the magic of the holidays with photos of your loved ones while they visit Santa in a winter wonderland. Please bring your own camera.
 
2-4 PM    SNOW PARTY!  |  BOARDWALK SHOPPING CENTER
Mickey and friends arrive to play in the snow. Enjoy cookies & hot chocolate while singing along with the Arete Singers Quartet.

2-5 PM   HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS | ANGEL ISLAND FERRY DOCK, 21 MAIN
Make a unique holiday gift at this holiday arts & crafts workshop.

2:30 PM   GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING  |  GUYAMAS, 5 MAIN STREET
4:00 PM   GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING  |  GUYAMAS, 5 MAIN STREET
2 sessions available. $35; reservations required. Please call 415-435-5633 or visit the eventbrite page.

3-5 PM    HOLIDAY DECORATIONS & ORNAMENT MAKING  |  ARK ROW
Create amazing & beautiful ornaments and decorations at this holiday ornament workshop.

3 PM and 4 PM   WINTER WONDERLAND SNOW GLOBE MAKING  | ENLIGHTEN OPTOMETRY, 46 MAIN STREET
Please register in advance by calling 415-488-5068.

6PM    TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY  |  FOUNTAIN PLAZA
The highlight of the Holiday Festival! Tiburon’s Mayor and Santa Claus make the holiday season official by lighting the Town’s Christmas tree. Come ready to be enthralled by the Redwood High School Choir & enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School.


The tree lighting ceremony will be cancelled in the event of rain, all other activities will take place rain or shine!

For more information, please visit the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.


Landmarks Annual Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, December 2, 10AM – 4PM
Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Boulevard

Landmarks arts and crafts fair
Join us in the cottage at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center for some free hot apple cider and festive shopping from the finest local artists. Twenty five percent of all sales benefit the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society.

This popular holiday fair with art and crafts from local artists includes jewelry, glass flame-work, sculptures, water color and drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, honey, baked goods and preserves, spices, knit animals and more.

This event will be held in the Cottage at the Art & Garden Center at 841 Tiburon Boulevard, between Gilmartin Drive and San Rafael Avenue in Tiburon. For more information, please visit landmarks-­society.org.

Landmarks arts and crafts fair goods

The Ranch Presents: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 9, 9-10:30 AM
Belvedere Community Center
Santa Claus
Join us for a pancake buffet, complete with all the fixings! Story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday caroling & ornament craft station activities will also be available. Santa will arrive around 9:30 AM and be available for family photos.

Call The Ranch offices at 415-435-4355 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $20 per person (Children under 2 are free).

Letter to Santa through the Ranch
Send your letter to Santa with the North Pole Express mailbox! The mailbox will be open from December 1st through December 15th and is located inside The Ranch offices at 600 Neds Way, Tiburon. Include a self addressed and stamped envelope so that Santa can write back!
Address letters to:
Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Arctic Circle



Upcoming Events

Landmarks Society’s Plein Air Painting
Thursday, December 27, 10AM – 2PM
Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd


Paint, visit, and just have a good time. Bring your art supplies, or any craft work, and your lunch with something to share. Create your art work inside the cottage or in the garden. We will have tables set up. All skill levels are welcome. View the event flyer.


2018 Waterbird Festival: Celebrating San Francisco Bay Wildlife
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon


Every year In early winter tens of thousands of herring are drawn to Richardson Bay to lay their eggs in the sheltering eelgrass nursery habitat. This attracts thousands of hungry migratory waterbirds, creating a spectacular feeding frenzy. The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary has a front row seat! To share this amazing sight, Audubon is holding its fifth annual Waterbird Festival on January 27, 2018. The entire community is welcome. In past years the event has drawn 400-500 people.

The Festival is a chance to learn what it means for a bird that has navigated the dangers of travelling from their breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada to find refuge here in the Bay area, to refuel, socialize and enjoy the protected waters in Richardson Bay.

This fun and interactive Festival helps visitors to learn about the estuary and the marine resources within the bay and along the coast and the importance of conserving them. The Festival helps bring awareness to the public for conservation actions such as reducing wildlife disturbance, participating in beach and shoreline cleanups, purchasing sustainably-fished products, incorporating habitat-enriching native plants into their home gardens, as well as saving energy to help reduce climate change impacts on sea levels.


The Ranch’s Father Daughter Dance
Friday, February 2, 7-8:30 PM
Belvedere Community Center


$50 Per Couple ($15 each additional daughter). Event includes: dessert buffet, cookie decorating, music & dancing. Semi-Formal attire is encouraged. Purchase your tickets online and find more information at theranchtoday.org.


Thanksgiving turkey
From,
The City of Belvedere


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