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Belvedere E-Newsletter
November 25, 2014
Holiday Schedule at City Hall

City Hall will be CLOSED on the following dates:

Thursday, November 27
Friday, November 28
Wednesday, December 17 (in the afternoon)
Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25

Regular hours are Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Working in local government provides many opportunities to be involved with some really interesting projects and programs. And then there’s trash collection.

Trash EnclosureYou may feel like you’ve heard a lot about trash collection lately, and you’d be right! The collection rates charged by Mill Valley Refuse Service (MVRS) went up slightly in July, and many of you will see another change after the first of the year when the historic “hill” and “flat” rates are equalized throughout the City. (MVRS sent out a notice about that last week.) January is also the time when curbside pickup of trash will be the norm, just as it has been for years for recycling and compost collection.

Segregating trash, recycling and compost is critical to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill, but it does require each home to use three separate containers. Storing those containers poses some challenges for certain neighborhoods where space is limited or lots are steep.

Trash EnclosureIn Belvedere, the Municipal Code requires that, other than on collection day when the cans are moved to the curb, solid waste receptacles must be stored “on premises in a location that is not visible from the street”. A quick tour of the City reveals a fair number of cans with permanent homes at the curb, or on display at the front of the property. I sympathize with those of you that have limited options, either due to the shape and topography of your lot or the design of your home, but for others it may be that you’re simply not aware of the local ordinance. So please consider this a gentle reminder that trash, recycling and compost cans should be stored off the street and out of sight, so the stunning architecture and lush landscaping that makes Belvedere special remains center stage.

School Bus Safety

Landmarks Holiday Art & Craft Sale

Tiburon Holiday Festival

The Ranch's Breakfast with Santa

Happy Thanksgiving!
Quick Links

City's Website

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Upcoming Meetings
  City Council
December 8,
6:30 PM

Citizens' Flood Zone Committee
December 10,
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
December 16,
6:30 PM

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

School Bus Safety

School BusTraffic Safety is a big concern for Belvedere residents. During morning and afternoon hours, traffic is heavy with people going to work and parents transporting their children to and from school.  The Police Dept. often hears complaints about drivers not stopping for the school bus when children are loading and unloading.  

California Vehicle Code section 22454(a) states:
“The driver of any vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus equipped with signs as required in this code, that is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any schoolchildren and displays a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, shall bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before passing the school bus and shall not proceed past the school bus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, if equipped with a stop signal arm, cease operation.”

This means both directions of traffic must stop until the stop sign on the bus has retracted AND the yellow lights have been deactivated. Sometimes, when Belvedere Police Officers see infractions, they stop and educate the drivers but do not issue a citation. Because of some recent reports of near misses by cars of children getting off a school bus, the Police Chief has directed Belvedere police officers to strictly enforce this law. The fine for failure to stop for a school bus is $694.  

Please slow down and use extra caution during times when the school buses are transporting children.

Landmarks Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, December 6, 10 AM - 4 PM
Cottage at Landmarks Art & Garden Center

Landmarks SaleThis popular holiday fair with art and crafts from local artists includes silver jewlery (Dave Benoit); gold jewelry (Lia Wilson); ethnic jewelry (Joy Scott). Glass flame-work (Alexis Berger); knit gloves and scarves (Mirto Golino and Peggy Chiang); porcelain bowls and votives (Annelies Atchley); pastel paintings (Frank Doyle) and oil paintings (Frank Ordaz), baked goods and preserves (Judy Wilson); Infusion Candles and Bath; painted stemware (Dana Garrick); handbags (Carol Greenspan and Escama Studio); vintage books (Tim Marsh); wood turned bowls (Mike Gothelf); and more (including our famous Landmarks pear brandy!)

No charge. Free cider for all who shop, and fun door prizes.  Twenty percent of all sales benefit the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks.
In the Cottage at the Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., between Gilmartin and San Rafael Avenue. For more information, please visit

Tiburon Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 6
Downtown Tiburon

Holiday FestivalCelebrate the holidays with a sparkling party in downtown Tiburon, including festive food and drink offerings from your favorite shops & restaurants. Tiburon’s merchants kick off the season with jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas sure to delight! You’ll find one of a kind gifts and rediscover all that Tiburon has to offer. Scheduled events include:

Santa Arrives on a Fire Truck | Main Street & Tiburon Blvd | 2:30 PM
Greet Old St Nick as he arrives in town in a fire truck! Though he left his elves in the North Pole (busy time of year for them), Santa will bring along Mickey Mouse and friends.

Visit with Santa | Bradley Real Estate, 1690 Tiburon Blvd | 2:30 – 6 PM
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. With thanks to Bradley Real Estate.

Barbershop Quartet | Enlighten Optometry, 46A Main Street | 2 – 3 PM
It doesn’t get more traditional than this! Enjoy the perfect harmony of a barbershop quartet, while welcoming our newest merchant to town.

Gingerbread House Decorating | Guaymas, 5 Main Street | $35 |
3 sessions: 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM

Decorate your own gingerbread house! The houses area already built, so just bring your imagination – we provide all the trimmings. Proceeds benefit Friday Nights on Main and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

Horse Drawn Holiday Wagon Rides** | 3 – 6 PM
Experience the thrill of an old fashioned horse-drawn wagon ride. Slow down and savor the sights and sounds of the holiday season in a festive holiday wagon pulled by two magnificent Clydesdale horses.

One Man Musical Extravaganza | Elixir, 108 Main Street | 3:30 and 6:30 PM
Napa Valley’s Geoff Ellsworth provides fun and entertainment in his one man musical show. He brings you mermaids, headhunters, Belgian Sailors, dolphins, dance and sea shanties. Recommended for those looking to share some laughs for this season, and those who like their holiday entertainment a little bit silly, a little bit rock and roll. With thanks to Elixir.

Roasted Chestnuts | Couloir Wines, 72 Main Street, Ark Row | 4-6 PM
Ark Row is magical in the holidays, Stroll and enjoy the twinkling lights and the wonderful scents of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Windsor Street Band | Deleuse Jewelers, Point Tiburon Plaza | 5-7 PM
Toe tapping holiday celebration under the sparkling lights of the Point Tiburon Plaza with local band, Windsor Street. With thanks to Deleuse Jewelers.

Tree Lighting Ceremony** | Fountain Plaza | 6 PM
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 St. Hilary Children’s Choir and to sing some favorite Christmas carols! Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School.

** Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be canceled in the event of rain. All other activities will take place, rain or shine!

For more information please visit the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce website.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 13, 9 - 10:30 AM
Belvedere Community Center

Breakfast with SantaJoin The Ranch for music, crafts, tasty breakfast, and a visit from the Big Man! Photo opportunities will be available with Santa, so bring your camera!

Tickets go on sale November 1st.  Reserve your seats in advance as space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. All sales are final.

Please call The Ranch at (415) 435-4355 for reservations.




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