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Belvedere California Notifications
Belvedere E-Newsletter
April 1, 2015
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Water Conservation Effort
Water conservation is a topic that has been on many people’s minds as we near the end of another rainy season with less than average rainfall. As a critical resource in our economy, environment and day-to-day lifestyle, the lack of rain and snow mean that California’s water supply will be challenged to meet all of the state’s needs. Prolonged drought conditions over the past two years have led Governor Edmund G. Brown to issue today an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across the state.

In Belvedere, we feel the effects of the drought as well. Last year, the Marin Municipal Water District requested a voluntary 25% water use reduction by all water users. The City has reduced irrigation on the Beach Road medians, along the San Rafael Avenue Seawall, in the landscaped areas at City Hall and at Land Company Park. Community Park and Tom Price Park are served by well water which can also be affected by a long term drought.

Conserving water is beneficial to everyone, and it is important for all to be mindful of opportunities to reduce our water usage. provides California residents with many suggestions on how to conserve water and decrease waste of this precious resource.

Blackie’s Garden Update
Blackie’s garden is a colorful public garden located near the parking lot of Blackie’s Pasture and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Harvey Rogers. Harvey reports that several work sessions totaling over 40 hours were held throughout March where volunteers pruned, planted, measured for new plants, and added drip irrigation. Soon a new shed will be anchored near the garden to house gardening tools on site. If you are interested in learning more about Blackie’s Garden, Harvey will be giving a tour on Sunday, May 3rd, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Updates at Community Park Playground
Community Park Playground was closed for two days in March in order to receive some much needed repairs. The playground is one of the most popular parks in Marin and provides Belvedere’s children with a safe place to play. On March 16 and 17, the rubber matting was repaired where needed and extended to meet the edge of the concrete path that winds through the play space. Additional playground fiber was also added to the areas around and under the swings and play structures. At their February meeting, the Parks and Open Space Committee held their Spring Walking Tour at the playground and observed all of the equipment at the park in an effort to prepare for any repair and replacement necessities in the future. The playground is a great asset of the Belvedere Community.

New Faces at
City Hall

Volunteer Opportunities


The Ranch's
Bunny Hop and
Egg Scram

Tiburon International Film Festival

Walk Your History 2015

April is National Safe Digging Month

Tiburon Wine Festival

Upcoming Meetings

City Council
April 13, 6:30 PM

Planning Commission
April 21, 6:30 PM

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

Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

County of Marin, 3rd District

Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society

Belvedere Community Foundation

Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle

Belvedere Welcomes Newest Member of City Staff

The City of Belvedere is delighted to introduce our new Associate Planner, Rebecca Markwick, to the community. Rebecca comes to the Belvedere with a wealth of experience, having worked for the City of Novato as a planner for six years. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University.

Rebecca started work January 5 and is finding the Belvedere community a unique and satisfying place to work. She looks forward to helping Belvedere residents, architects and contractors smoothly navigate the planning process.

Rebecca lives in San Rafael with her husband and two daughters, 4 and 6 years old. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Committee Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Planning Commission
    (three seats)
  • Historic Preservation Committee
    (three seats)
  • Parks and Open Space Committee
    (two seats)
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Joint Recreation Committee (Board of The Ranch)
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Library Agency Board of Trustees

If you are interested in serving, please submit a letter of interest and a brief statement of qualifications by May 4 to the Mayor at City of Belvedere, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, CA 94920-2336, or c/o For more information, please call (415) 435-3838.

MERA Announces Senior Homeowner Exemption and Citizens Oversight Committee Applications
Qualified low-income seniors in Marin County are eligible to file for a tax exemption from a parcel tax, approved in November 2014, which supports the County’s next-generation public safety emergency radio system. To qualify for the exemption for a single-family residence, you must (1) be 65 years of age or older by December 31, 2015, (2) own and occupy your residence, and (3) not have earned a total annual household income of more than $62,050 in 2014. The deadline to file an exemption for the 2015-2016 tax year is June 1, 2015. More information and a link to the application is available on the MERA page of the City’s website.

MERA is also accepting applications for the Citizens Oversight Committee through April 3, 2015. More information is available at

The Ranch Presents: Bunny Hop and Easter Egg Scramble
Saturday, April 4, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center Park

Easter Egg Hunt - $5/child
4 hunts during the event grouped by age:
10:30 AM - 2 and Under w/ parent (on the grass)
10:30 AM - 4 and 5 (on the playground)
11:15 AM - 2 and 3 (on the grass)
11:15 AM - 6 and up (on the playground)

Carnival - $1/ticket
Attractions include life sized Candyland, Easter Bunny, Magician, Carnival Games, Jump House & Face Painter.

Prize Booth
Eggs are filled with small toys and candy. Each empty egg can be turned in for a prize ticket to be used at the prize booth. Win prize tickets at the carnival games to be used at the prize table.

Pre-Sale Packages
Buy your event package before the event and pick up your package at Dairy Knoll or at will call!
* Bunny Hop Package: $10/child. Includes wristband for age appropriate egg hunt and 10 carnival tickets.
* Eggstravaganza Package: $15/child. Includes wristband for age appropriate hunt and 20 carnival tickets.

Extra tickets will be available to purchase at the event. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, please contact The Ranch.

Tiburon International Film Festival
April 10 – 17, 2015
Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street

film fest
Tickets are on sale now for the Tiburon International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films from around the world. Over 60 films from 31 countries will be represented in the 14th annual event with topics from drama, fiction, politics, music, animation, children, student, and current events.

The festival’s popular program, Marin Filmmakers, once again will shine upon the local filmmakers and talents, as well as a new program for the filmmakers who live and work in the San Francisco area called Bay Area Showcase.

Tickets are on sale now online and will be available at the Playhouse Theater box office, located at 40 Main Street in Tiburon, when the festival starts. For more information, please visit

Walk Your History 2015
Into the Open Space of Tiburon & Belvedere

Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM
Boardwalk Shopping Center
Walk Your History 2015 - Into the Open Space is a FREE event to educate the community about the fascinating history of Belvedere and Tiburon while hiking into the Old St. Hilary’s Open Space. This year’s event will feature over 50 Living History docents that will bring history to life on a 2-mile walking loop.  Walkers will enter historic homes and gardens and enjoy astounding views of the Bay. Live music, Plein-Aire artists, and naturalists will dot the path in the hills of the Old St. Hilary’s Open Space.

The self-guided walking loop will begin and end at Boardwalk Shopping Center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd.  Optional shuttles to and from the Boardwalk to the Open Space trail heads will run during the event. Local community groups will offer drinks and snacks along the route.

Polish your walking shoes and save the date!  Bring the kids! Bring the dog!  

Walk Your History Sponsors include the City of Belvedere, Town of Tiburon, Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, Belvedere Community Foundation, Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, and The Ranch. For more information, please visit

April is National Safe Digging Month
April 2015 is National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners alike call 811 and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages. Excavators, homeowners, and contractors can save time and money while making California’s communities a safer place to live and work by dialing 811 in advance of all digging projects. There are five steps to safe excavation: survey and mark, call before you dig, wait the required time, respect the marks, and dig with care. Gas, electric, water, sewer, and storm drain utility lines are often buried only a few inches underground, making them easy to strike and cause unintentional damage. There are more than 170,000 underground utility lines struck yearly in the United States causing undesired consequences such as service interruptions, outages, damage to infrastructure and property, personal injury, and death. Residents, professional contractors and excavators are encouraged to call the 811 Underground Services Alert number at no cost to the caller before digging, to respect the color-coded lines that demarcate the underground utilities, and to dig with care around the marked lines.

Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Point Tiburon Plaza, Downtown Tiburon
One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival pairs 60 of the finest wineries with 20 of the area’s most popular local restaurants to create a unique wine tasting experience that sells out every year. Located in downtown Tiburon, the festival boasts beautiful views of San Francisco and the Bay, live music and a spectacular silent auction with one of a kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries. The silent auction will offer an array of trips, art, and unique experiences.

Tickets are $75 for unlimited wine & food tasting. Must be 21. Advance tickets only! All ticket sales are final. To purchase tickets, please visit:

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