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Belvedere E-Newsletter
September 25, 2014
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

gavelAt the October 13 City Council meeting, two items will be discussed that will affect all Belvedere residents. The first is a public hearing on a proposal to adjust the Mill Valley Refuse Service (MVRS) rate schedule to eliminate the “hill” and “flat” differential that has existed for years. It may not be widely known that MVRS customers who live in the areas designated “hill” (in general, Corinthian and Belvedere Islands) have always paid a higher rate to have their trash collected than those that live in the areas designated “flat” (mostly the Lagoon). Although there may have been a legitimate reason way back when to charge different rates for different areas of the City, according to MVRS that reason no longer exits. The Council is interested in eliminating what may be characterized as a subsidy paid by “hill” area customers that benefits “flat” area customers. The adjusted rate schedule that the Council will consider in October will increase the trash collection charge for properties that have been paying “flat” rates and will decrease the monthly charge for those that pay “hill” rates.

The other significant issue to be considered at that meeting is the question of whether to install Automated License Plate Reader (ALRP) cameras at two entrances to Belvedere. The Council will discuss how the data captured on those cameras is used and will be able to compare the cost and features of two different systems currently in use in Marin County.

Background information on both these issues will be available on the City’s website the Thursday (October 9) before the meeting. The City Council welcomes your comments and participation, either in person or by email or phone.

  Housing Element Community Meeting

Three Feet for Safety Act

Tiburon Half Marathon & 5K

Friday Nights on Main

Drug Take-Back Event

Halloween Haunt

Community Foundation Photo Contest

North Bay Science Day

Tiburon Art Walk

Quick Links

City's Website

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Upcoming Meetings
  City Council
Oct. 13, 6:30 PM

Planning Commission
Oct. 21, 6:30 PM

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

Housing Element Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 PM, Belvedere City Hall
Housing Element Update
California law mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of its community by preparing a Housing Element. Belvedere's current Housing Element was adopted in 2010 and must be updated for the next planning period of 2015-2023.

The first community meeting on Belvedere's Housing Element Update has been scheduled for Tuesday September 30, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to provide residents and interested persons an opportunity to talk about needs and strategies for housing in Belvedere.

For more information, please visit Belvedere's Housing Element Update website.

Three Feet for Safety Act
On September 16, 2014, a new law went in to effect requiring drivers to give bicyclists 3 feet of room while passing, known as the "Three Feet for Safety Act."

On the narrow streets of Belvedere, this new law poses some enforcement challenges. Drivers should be aware that they are not authorized to cross a double yellow line to pass a bicyclist on the roadway. Bicyclists should ride as closely to the right side of the road as possible, and should stay in a single file line when riding in a group. Drivers should be patient and wait until there is a safe and legal area to pass. The goal is for motorists and bicyclists to share the road.

The California Bicycle Coalition offers a list of frequently asked questions about the new law here.

Tiburon Half Marathon & 5K
Sunday, October 5, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tiburon Half Marathon
The Ranch is once again sponsoring a half marathon and 5K race on Sunday, October 5. Both courses will begin on Juanita Lane (behind Shark's Deli) and loop through Main Street and downtown Tiburon before heading down the multi-use trail towards Blackie's pasture. Runners participating in the half marathon route will run out to Strawberry before returning back to Tiburon and finishing in the Boardwalk Shopping Center parking lot.

Delays are expected at Beach Road and Main Street from 6 to 7 AM. Corinthian Island residents should expect significant delays leaving their home by car from 7 AM when the half marathon starts until 8 AM when the 5K runners will be past Main Street.

Delays are also expected at San Rafael Ave. & Tiburon Blvd. and Cove Rd & Lagoon Rd. from 7 to 10 AM as runners cross the intersections. There will be police officers and volunteers controlling traffic during the crossing at San Rafael Ave. & Tiburon Blvd. They will do their best to accommodate drivers while keeping runners safe. Use Beach Rd. to exit Belvedere after 8 AM to avoid delays on San Rafael Ave.

For more information about the race, including course information and other details of the event, please click here.

Friday Nights on Main
Friday, September 26, 2014
6 to 9 PM, Main Street, Tiburon

Friday Nights on Main
It's Oktoberfest! Don your lederhosen & dirndls and head to Tiburon's Main Street. Enjoy live music from the popular Karl Lebherz Band, performing traditional German music and polkas, at the Bay Area's best outdoor street party! Ferry service to and from the Ferry Building and Pier 41 in San Francisco is available on the Blue & Gold Fleet.

For more information on the Friday Nights on Main, please click here.

Drug Take-Back Event
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10 AM to 2 PM

Drug Take-Back Day
On Saturday, September 27, a number of local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to any of the 9 drop-off locations, including:

  • Tiburon
    Tiburon Police Department
    1155 Tiburon Blvd.
  • Mill Valley
    Mill Valley Police Department
    180 Camino Alto

For more drop-off locations and further information, please click here.

Halloween Haunt
Saturday, October 25, 2014
4 - 8:30 PM, Belvedere Community Center

Halloween Haunt
Join us on October 25 from 4:00 to 8:30 PM at the Belvedere Community Center for the annual Halloween Haunt. This event offers fun for the whole family and includes: haunted house, music, food, jump house, face painting, magic show, scares, laughs, and MORE!! The Family Friendly Carnival will take place from 4-6 PM, followed by the Haunted House from 7-8:30 PM (recommended for ages 13 and up). Please note there will be no "trick-or-treat" or "non-scare" version of the house for younger children this year.

All event tickets will be sold at the event, no pre-sale tickets will be available. 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 on the Belvedere Community Foundation website here.

North Bay Science Discovery Day
Saturday, November 1, 2014
11 AM - 4 PM, Sonoma County Fairgrounds

North Bay Science Day
Imagine a day spent exploring an incredible array of fun, interactive exhibits with hands-on games and experiments. What if the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math were suddenly come to life in a new way that made you realize learning really can be a great experience? Just that kind of day is planned for children, families, and all those curious and adventurous folks out there. You'll leave feeling surprised, delighted, and excited by all you've seen and done. Free admission and parking! For more information, please click here.

Tiburon Art Walk
October 16 - November 16

Tiburon Art Walk
Tiburon celebrates the arts with an exciting and unique self-guided group show with the works of more than 30 artists on display throughout downtown Tiburon and featuring “Art by the Bay,” a public sculpture exhibition. Art will be on display from October 16 through November 16 at various locations around Tiburon. For more information, please visit the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce website.

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