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Belvedere E-Newsletter
August 28, 2014
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

How are we doing?

report cardThese days it is commonplace for retailers, service providers or anyone with a website to solicit feedback about their product or service. “Could you take a minute to respond?” often appears in the middle of a transaction, or is sent to your email address after the transaction is complete. As annoying as some of those requests may be, to the person doing the asking the response can be invaluable.

That is particularly true at the City. Unlike a company that competes for your business, we are the only game in town when it comes to municipal services. We can’t evaluate our own performance by market share or sales volume, because if you need a building permit and you live in Belvedere, you have to come to us! And of course it is your tax dollars along with certain fees and charges that pay for the service we provide. All of which makes it vitally important that we provide the best service possible to all of our customers, all of the time.

To that end, we have prepared a brief survey instrument for use by residents and others that have been involved in the City’s Design Review process and/or have applied for a Building Permit in the last year. We’d like to hear from you and welcome your comments about the service you received from City staff, as well as any other comments you have about the application and approval process itself. The data will be collected electronically so results can be easily tabulated and used by us to make improvements where needed. If you wish to speak to me directly about your experience, the survey gives you that option as well.

You can access the survey through the link below and we thank you in advance for taking the time to respond!

Click here to take the survey.

Get Ready Belvedere!

Food Safety during an Emergency

Friday Nights on Main 2014

Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade


19th Annual Golf Tournament

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival

Community Foundation Photo Contest

Quick Links

City's Website

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Upcoming Meetings
  City Council
Sept 8, 6:30 PM

Parks & Open Space Committee
Sept 11, 4:00 PM

Planning Commission
Sept 16, 6:30 PM

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

Get Ready Belvedere!

Get Ready
The earthquake in Napa last weekend was a wake-up call to us here on the Peninsula. We need to be ready at any time for any kind of disaster. The City of Belvedere has done a lot to prepare for a scenario such as this, but you need to do your part to protect yourself, your family and your home. The City of Belvedere is here to help you Get Ready!

One of the best things you can do to prepare yourself is to take a free Get Ready class which provides more valuable information than could ever be written in a brief newsletter article. Topics range from earthquake proofing your home to tips such as keeping a pair of shoes and a flashlight under your bed so you can safely maneuver yourself out of a debris filled home in the middle of the night. A Get Ready class will also assist you in creating a plan for communicating and reuniting with loved ones should you be separated during an emergency event.  For example, if local phone service isn’t working or is busy, an out of area contact at least 200 miles away can relay important information amongst your family members. Texting may also be more effective than a phone call.

The Get Ready presentation will also discuss important resources already in place on the Peninsula. Some may be surprised to learn of our local radio station, SNAP radio 840 am, that broadcasts essential information on local emergency situations such as road closures, traffic conditions, power outages, and first aid station and/or shelter activation information. The main first aid station is located at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, and Belvedere has a medical supply trailer stocked with first aid supplies as well. Local shelters will be designated and opened as needed.

Receiving pertinent information and emergency warnings as quickly as possible is imperative, so the City of Belvedere has established multiple methods to reach residents.  Four sirens located around the peninsula alert residents of an emergency and remind people to tune into SNAP 840 am for additional information.  While the sirens are effective in getting attention outdoors, the Alert Marin telephone notification system helps reach residents indoors and out by sending a local emergency message from Emergency Services to your home and cell phones via voice, text, or email. To register for emergency notifications, please go to The City will also use electronic email bulletins to get important information to you. To sign up for these community alerts, please visit the Notify Me page on the City’s website.

Another crucial aspect of getting ready includes having the right emergency supplies set aside in your home, car and workplace. Information on supplies you should have in a kit can be found in the Get Ready manual on pages 7 and 8. During Get Ready classes, attendees review critical supplies and discuss where to purchase them and where to store them.

For more information on disaster preparedness or to sign up for an upcoming Get Ready class, please go to or call Laurie Nilsen, Emergency Services Coordinator, at (415) 435-7386.  Upcoming classes include a special class for seniors, Get Ready over dinner, and a special Get Ready event at the Fire Station.

Food Safety during an Emergency

Food Safety
Emergencies can happen. When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper food and water safety precautions to take if disaster occurs. Maintaining a safe food and water supply during and after a natural disaster is critical. provides a compilation of helpful resources on how to prepare your food and water supply for an emergency, including the following tips:

  • Make sure you have appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed during a power outage and use the thermometer to ensure food is kept at a safe temperature.
  • Freeze containers of water ahead of time for ice to keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator or cooler in the event of a power outage. The melting ice may also supply drinking water if your water supply becomes contaminated.
  • Make sure to have a supply of bottled water stored where it will be as safe as possible from flooding.
  • Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula.
  • Discard perishable foods in your refrigerator when the power has been off for 4 hours or more, food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, food that has come in contact with storm water, and canned foods that are bulging, open or damaged. When in doubt, throw it out!

Friday Nights on Main
Friday, August 29, 2014
6 to 9 PM, Main Street, Tiburon

Friday Nights on Main

On August 29, Friday Nights on Main salutes Disney, with some of your favorite characters in attendance + the music of the Kyle Martin Band performing contemporary and classic rock favorites.
As a special treat, Once Upon a Song, a group of Disney princesses (who also attend Marin high schools), will enthrall and delight the kids.  Wine & dine al fresco with music and dancing. Fun for the whole family!

Ferry service is available to and from the Ferry Building and Pier 41 in San Francisco on the Blue & Gold Fleet.

Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade
Sunday, August 31, 2014
1 PM - Lineup and 2 PM - Parade

Labor Day Parade

The sixth annual, old-fashioned, home-town parade starts near the Belvedere-Tiburon Library at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Mar West Street and ends at Belvedere Park for the final Concert-in-the-Park Event. This parade boasts 5 live bands with a fantastic and fun variety of music, antique cars, and creative floats and entries from your favorite organizations. Bring the family and enjoy the fun!

For more information, please visit The Ranch website.

Final Concerts-in-the-Park of Summer 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
4:00 PM at Belvedere Community Park

Concerts in the Park

Concerts-in-the-Park has been entertaining the community for over 16 years, attracting crowds of 400 to as many as 800 people. The last Concert of the season will follow the Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade on August 31, 2014 and feature David Martin's House Party's interactive rock n roll band and lots of dancing. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time! Concerts are FREE to the public.

For more information, visit

Belvedere-Tiburon Annual Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
San Geronimo Golf Club

Join us for the 19th Annual Bel-Tib Golf Tournament. The player fee is $140 each or $480 for a foursome. This includes green fees, lunch before the shotgun start, appetizers & drinks post play, raffle, contests, and lots of prizes! Proceeds benefit The Ranch and Landmarks Society.

To register, go to and click GOLF NOW! or call Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks at (415) 435-1853.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 to 11 AM, San Rafael Ave.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Please join us on Saturday, September 20th, from 9 - 11 am as we clean up the San Rafael Seawall along Richardson Bay as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day. Community service credits will be given to all students. Please bring a hat, work gloves, and wear rubber soled shoes for traction. For more information, please contact Barbara at (415) 435-0441.

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Point Tiburon Plaza, Downtown Tiburon

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival
Southern Marin's bay side beer fest featuring 50 craft brews of Northern California and local food offerings. Enjoy bottomless souvenir cups and vote for your favorite beer in the first official Tiburon Taps Beer Festival People's Choice Award. Wind down the day with the sweet musical sounds of crowd favorite band Mustache Harbor. Tickets are $50 General Admission and $20 for a Designated Driver ticket. All proceeds benefit The Ranch scholarship fund for children and seniors. For more information, please visit

Belvedere Community Foundation
13th Annual Photography Contest

Submissions due by October 31, 2014

Photo Contest
The Belvedere Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Online Photography Contest celebrating the beauty and spirit of the Belvedere and Tiburon Peninsula. The Photo Contest starts on June 20, 2014, and last submissions will be accepted October 31st. All Photos must reflect life on the Tiburon Peninsula. Enter now and register for the contest, submit photos, view the gallery and vote for your favorites all online at

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