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Belvedere E-Newsletter
February 5, 2015
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Yellow Bus Challenge 2.0
Last year the City partnered with the Town of Tiburon on a pilot project designed to reduce school related traffic congestion on Tiburon Blvd. by subsidizing the cost of bus passes in hopes of encouraging more Reed Unified School District families to give bus ridership a try. The program launched fairly late in the school year and while there was an increase in the number of bus passes sold, there was not sufficient interest to warrant the program going forward.

As we reviewed the results, both City and Town agreed that the concept had merit, but clearly there were concerns other than price that kept families from using the bus. So we conducted an in depth survey of RUSD parents that revealed a number of other factors that kept ridership relatively low. It was primarily time on the bus (length of the routes) and convenience of bus stops (not close enough to home) that kept many families from riding.

That information informed our discussions over the last few months, and led to a proposal to increase the number of buses, expand the routes and address parents’ other concerns as best we can. Perhaps these changes, along with the same 50% reduction in the price of a bus pass proposed last year, will be the incentive parents need to give the school bus service a try.

A joint meeting of the City of Belvedere and Town of Tiburon will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30pm at Reed School to discuss this project in more detail. We invite everyone from the community to attend, particularly parents who might have questions or comments.

Immediately following the joint meeting, the Belvedere and Tiburon Councils will convene separately to consider funding the project (subsidizing the cost of bus passes) for one year. If the project proves successful, we will strategize ways to allow it to continue, absent City and Town funding.

Students that currently walk or ride their bikes to school as well as families that are able to carpool help us all by keeping cars off the road and we applaud you for making that choice. But for those of you for whom that is not an option, perhaps you will be intrigued by the new and improved school bus system and will want to accept the Yellow Bus Challenge 2.0!

Storm Approaching!
Some much needed rain is expected this weekend throughout the Bay Area. Current predictions suggest the storm will begin sometime Thursday night and get heavy by Friday night. The City prepares for storms such as this by doing the following:

  • Monitor and compare various weather reports for:
    Wind, Rain and tidal patterns that would affect community
  • Clean storm drain inlet grates
  • Additional street sweeping to clear debris if necessary
  • Inspect and replenish sandbags in sandbag stations located at: Community Rd, West Shore Rd and Lagoon Rd
  • Inspect and monitor  “hot spot” areas for potential drainage/flooding problems
  • Prepare vehicles and equipment for Emergency deployment
  • Prepare Corp Yard Generator for use during power outages

In addition, we work closely with the Town of Tiburon to manage the water that flows from their hillsides and impacts Belvedere. Since the last storm, Tiburon has washed and vactored the box culvert under the bike path at San Rafael Ave, removing six yards of gravel and sediment. The City also worked with the property owner at 6 San Rafael to clear vegetation out of the creek bed that runs through his property, allowing water to flow more easily to the Bay. We are hopeful these efforts, along with our routine storm preparation, will help avoid the kind of backup and flooding that occurred in December.

PG&E and MMWD Projects Ongoing
Circulation around Belvedere is a challenge these days with PG&E replacing gas lines on San Rafael Ave. and Marin Municipal Water District replacing water lines on a number of other city streets. Progress is slow for PG&E; MMWD seems to be moving at a faster pace. Both projects will continue through February and into March.

The contractors are being responsive to concerns about traffic safety and project coordination, and we encourage anyone with questions to call the respective project managers. For the PG&E project, call Ian Chapman, PG&E Field Engineer at 415-716-8409 and for the water line project call Andrew at MMWD, 415-945-1561 or Orlando Viramites with Maggiora & Ghilotti at 415-459-8640.


Belvedere's 2014 Citizens of the Year

New 415-Area Code Dialing Procedure

Rotary Club's Annual Crab Event

Belvedere Cove Foundation Auction

The Ranch's
Bunny Hop and
Egg Scramble

Tiburon Film Society Presents "Lost Bohemia"

Quick Links

City's Website

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Upcoming Meetings
  City Council
Feb 9, 6:30 PM

Planning Commission
  Feb 17
, 6:30 PM

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

Congratulations to Belvedere’s 2014 Citizen of the Year:
John Telischak

John Telischak was honored at the 36th Annual Town Meeting, held on January 26, 2015, as the City of Belvedere’s 2014 Citizen of the Year. Mr. Telischak embodies all of the qualities so many of our citizens exhibit: commitment, generosity, intellect, and a sense of duty to his community. He is also a wonderfully entertaining and intelligent person, which makes his involvement in civic life such a gift to those of us that have the pleasure of working with him.

Congratulations John! Well deserved.

New 415-Area Code Dialing Procedure - February 21, 2015

On December 19, 2013, the CPUC approved an overlay that will add the new 628 Area Code to the 415 Area Code region.  Under the overlay plan, current 415 Area Code customers can keep their numbers, but as of February 21, 2015, all calls made from the 415 Area Code will have to be dialed using 1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number.  This means that all calls in the 415 Area Code that are currently dialed with 7 digits will need to be dialed using 1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number. If customers do not use the new dialing procedure, their calls will not be completed and a recording will instruct them to hang up and dial again.

For more information, please visit:

Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere's
Annual Crab, Chardonnay & Chocolate Event

Saturday, February 21, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Kimball Hall, St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue

The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere will hold Crab, Chardonnay & Chocolate, its annual crab feast and fundraiser, on February 21, 2015. The menu includes barbecued oysters and appetizers, a sumptuous crab dinner and a dessert buffet. Chicken and vegetarian dishes are available on request with reservations.

The evening will feature live and silent auctions, a game of Heads or Tails for a cash prize and a mini fashion show to benefit Rotaplast International.

ab, Chardonnay & Chocolate raises funds to support Rotary’s charitable projects, including Tiburon’s Green Team, Marin Villages and the Global Book Exchange. Tickets for adults are $70 with wine and beer included and $55 with non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for children under 14 are $25. Please reserve by Feb. 18, 2015. Send checks to the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, P.O. Box 220, Tiburon, CA 94920 or contact For more information, please visit

The Belvedere Cove Foundation’s Annual Auction & Dinner
Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
San Francisco Yacht Club

We hope you will join us for a very special night! The Belvedere Cove Foundation remains committed to young sailors and the future of the sport - whether it be helping an experienced high school skipper travel to an international event or aiding a low income youngster get out on the water for the first time. We strive to help all who seek to reach their dreams.

Our 4th annual Auction and Dinner on Tuesday, March 10th at The San Francisco Yacht Club is dedicated solely to youth sailing. Browse the silent auction during cocktail hour and bid on items such as sporting event tickets, sailing gear, vacation getaways and fabulous wine. The live auction takes place during the sit-down dinner in the dining room with even more items to bid can expect spirited and lively bidding wars to win fabulous items!

This event sells out every year, so be sure to RSVP soon. Tickets are $100 per person. You may call The San Francisco Yacht Club directly to make your reservation at (415) 435-9133 ext. 10 or email the banquet staff: For more information, please visit

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

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

Carnival- $1/ticket
Including: 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 for purchase at the event. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, please contact The Ranch.

Tiburon Film Society Presents "Lost Bohemia"
Tuesday, February 10, 6:00 PM
Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito

The Tiburon Film Society will present "Lost Bohemia" at the Sausalito Bay Model next Tuesday. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

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