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  February 2, 2012
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2012 City Stats.jpgMiss the Town Hall?
City Stats 2012

City Stats 2012 Publication Now Online

Download the 2012 City Stats Publication - City Stats provides a general description of each department and lays out key statistical indicators.

City Stats 2012

Summer Concerts 2012 Planning
Planning Underway For 2012 Concerts

Plans for the summer Concerts-in-the-Park 2012 are underway. The Committee will present concerts in June, July, August and Labor Day Sunday. The committee welcomes recommendations for bands to consider! If anyone has an interest in volunteering to help at a Concert, please contact us by emailing info@belvedereconcerts.org.  We look forward to hearing from you. Your committee is: Chris Decker, Cissy Kirrane, Maureen Johnson, Ginny and Jack Doyle,cNena Hart, Nancy Cappelloni, Anne Butler, Tina Dewey, Roger Felton, Petey and Jeffery Stein.


Did you see all the story poles on the Lagoon but miss the Special Meeting of the Planning Commission on the topic?
Check out the online audio of the meeting!

Audio of the Special Meeting of the Belvedere Planning Commission to discuss possible land use amendments for properties in the FEMA Flood Zone is available via the City's Podcast site...

Sincerely,

George Rodericks
City Manager


Table of Contents
PG&E - SmartMeter to Analog
Board and Committee Spots Available!
Tiburon Transit Needs Assessment
MarinMap Provides Online Resource
Updates to the Municipal Code Online
CMCM.tv Provides Local Programming
Quick Links to the Web
Weekly Building Permits
Weekly Roadway Encroachments
Road Closure Calendar
Event/Meetings Calendar
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Citizen Request Tracker
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PG&E.jpgPG&E Welcomes CPUC Decision on Analog Alternative to SmartMeter
Choice for Residential Customers

The following is a Press Release from PG&E on the new SmartMeter opt-out alternatives:

Residential electric and gas customers who have concerns about wireless technology can now choose either a new SmartMeter™ or a traditional analog meter, following the final decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) supports the CPUC’s decision and will respond quickly to customers who opt-out of the utility’s SmartMeter™ program.  “We know personal choice is important to our customers when it comes to the meters on their homes,” said Helen Burt, PG&E's Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. “This final decision in support of analog meters is a positive step forward for those who have concerns over wireless technology. We understand some customers have been waiting for this decision, and we are actively reaching out to those who have expressed their desire for a
SmartMeter™ alternative.”

PG&E is installing digital, wireless SmartMeters™ throughout its service area in Northern and Central California as part of a statewide effort to help customers save on their bills by offering them more control over their energy usage, improve reliability and customer service, and conserve natural resources to help the environment. As part of a global effort to modernize the energy grid and transform it into a digital network that will deliver more reliable power to homes and businesses, similar metering programs are now underway at utilities throughout the country and around the world. To date, PG&E has installed nearly nine million gas and electric SmartMeters™, on its way to about 10 million meters in 2012.

Independent studies repeatedly have affirmed the safety and accuracy of SmartMeters™. However, in response to comments from some customers, PG&E in March 2011 proposed offering them a choice to turn off the radios in their SmartMeters™, and then provided customers with the option to delay the installation of new SmartMeters™ pending the CPUC’s final decision. In December 2011, PG&E asked the CPUC to approve analog meters as another alternative to receiving a SmartMeter™, which was the central element of the CPUC’s
decision today.

Burt added, “The vast majority of our customers are already seeing the many benefits of SmartMeters™. By choosing to stay with our program, our customers will continue having control by seeing where they can save energy throughout the course of the day and making simple but effective changes around the home to save money.”

PG&E customers who want to opt-out of the SmartMeter™ program can submit their request online at www.pge.com/smartmeteroptout or http://www.pge.com/smartmeteroptout or by calling 1-866-743-0263. PG&E plans to remove the gas and electric SmartMeters™ from the homes of those opt-out customers who already have SmartMeters™; those customers who still have analog meters will be able
to keep them.

The CPUC’s final decision requires customers who opt-out of the program to pay a $75 initial setup charge and a $10 monthly charge. This will cover the costs of manual meter-reading and associated operational and billing issues. Income-qualified customers will pay a $10 initial setup charge and $5 a month.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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Interested in Serving on A Committee?
Send In Your Information Today

There are three openings up for appointment in Belvedere:

  • Emergency Preparedness Volunteer.  This volunteer role supports the efforts of the Disaster Advisory Council and the City's Emergency Management Coordinator, Laurie Gordon.  The work could involve anything from working with disaster service workers, setting up the Emergency Operations Center, revitalizing Neighborhood Watch, organizing training in Get Ready 94920! and more!  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!
  • Member, Traffic Safety Committee.  This appointment serves on the City's 8-member Traffic Safety Committee including the City Manager, Police Chief, Building Official, Public Works Manager, and four residents appointed by the City Council.  One non-voting representative from the City Council also serves on the Committee.  There are no set terms or term limits and the Committee meets on a non-regular basis whenever it has sufficient business to consider.  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!
  • Member, Marin-Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board Member.  This appointee serves as a member of the Marin-Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board representing the City of Belvedere.  The Board serves as the governing body of the special district which exists to prevent mosquito vector and pest populations from transmitting infectious diseases and to reduce their ability to cause annoyance and discomfort.  One Board member is appointed for Belvedere to serve a two-year term; there are no term limits.  The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the District Offices, 595 Helman Lane, Cotati.  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!

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marin-transit-logo.jpgTiburon Transit Begins Needs Assessment

Marin Transit has just kicked off the Tiburon Transit Needs Assessment that will look at existing transit conditions, identify travel patterns on the Peninsula, and develop and evaluate future mobility strategies to enhance the existing transit service within the communities of Tiburon, Belvedere, and Strawberry. A very important element of this study is the proactive engagement of local citizens as well as those who come to the Peninsula daily for work to understand current and future travel needs and challenges as they relate to mobility within the region.

The Marin Transit team will be reaching out to a diverse group of community members and visitors to conduct interviews, hold discussions, and conduct survey's to gather critical data that will aid in the development of feasible transit enhancements. A project webpage has been established on the Marin Transit website (and click the Tiburon Transit Assessment Survey link).

Following initial data gathering, a public meeting will be conducted in the spring to share some draft concepts for future transit that will be based on the information gathered and received through this survey and other discussions. Please watch for a meeting announcement and mark your calendars to share your thoughts on the draft concepts.

For project updates or to join the project mailing list, please visit the website or contact Marin Transit at 226-0855.

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MarinMap.jpgMarinMap Provides Local Online Resource
Visit MarinMap Online For Details!

For over ten years, all the cities of Marin and the County of Marin, along with several special districts, have made mapping and database public records available via a countywide geographic information system (GIS) through a Joint Exercise of Powers Authority known as Marinmap. There are over 80 datasets, including parcel lines and owner information, addresses, roads and road names, electoral and district boundaries, building footprints, streams, watersheds and flood zones, storm drain information, planning and zoning data, aerial photographs and terrain data. Data is kept current on a predetermined schedule. The public has access to all of Marinmap's growing dataset, both downloadable or viewable on Marinmap's website- www.marinmap.org. The agencies share data to work together on activities like coordinating road projects with traffic impacts, as well as map features that cross civic boundaries. New projects are being developed with regularity such as a community base map project that is a more accurate and more local version of Google Maps. For more information, go to the Marinmap website, or write to Wayne Bush, the Program director at wtbush01@gmail.com.

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MuniCode.jpgUpdates to the Municipal Code Available Online
Visit the Code Online For Details!

Did you know that the entire City Municipal Code is available on the City's Website?  As the City makes changes to the code recently adopted ordinances are added. 

Most recently, Codes affecting building, zoning, and design review have been incorporated in the City Code. View and download the most current copies of Titles 2, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of the Belvedere Municipal Code.

View the Code Online Here...

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CMCM.jpgCMCM.TV Provides Community Media Programming
Visit the Government Channel on Channel 27!

What is CMCM-Marin TV?

Marin TV provides southern Marin County with its own non-commercial community, educational and governmental cable channels. Available on Comcast 26, 27, 30, AT&T U-verse 99 and online on this site. The channels cablecast programming 24/7 to over 70,000 Marin households. We offer all residents of Marin low-cost training and the latest digital tools so they can create cable TV and online media. For schools, non-profits and government agencies, we provide special organizational services and fee-for-service production assistance. Marin is watching Marin TV – are you what’s on?

What's the Mission of CMCM?

The Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM) strives to educate and advance the way residents, schools and governments connect and strengthen our communities through media.  The Community Media Center of Marin empowers Marin residents, local schools and governments with the education and access to media production tools to communicate effectively with the Marin community through media.

Visit CMCM.tv for more info!

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Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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