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

Yellow Bus Challenge 2.0 – Buy Your Tickets Now!
School bus passes went on sale this past Monday and already 924 one-way passes have been sold. The goal for ticket sales is 1,200, so don’t delay in purchasing your pass! Every pass that is sold will help reduce traffic along Tiburon Blvd., which benefits the entire community.

If your children attend a Reed Union school, you may purchase your passes online here today. Remind your friends and neighbors to purchase their passes as well. It is simple – if more kids ride the school bus (or walk or bike to school) congestion will ease.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the Yellow Bus Committee?
The Yellow Bus Committee was established in September 2014 to find concrete ways to increase school bus ridership amongst RUSD families. It comprises elected officials from the Town of Tiburon and the City of Belvedere, Tiburon's Chief of Police, along with representatives from RUSD, Reed PTA and the Foundation for Reed Schools. The Committee is an extension of the prior Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART) task force, which was launched in October 2011 to investigate ways to reduce congestion on Tiburon Boulevard.

2. There was a Yellow Bus Challenge last year, how is this different?
Late last summer RUSD - in conjunction with CART - offered to increase the number of bus routes for the 2014-15 school year from three to six, and to provide a 50 percent discount on all bus passes contingent on a minimum number of new riders signing up. The minimum threshold was not reached and the plan did not take effect. This year, a professional survey was conducted to analyze the barriers to ridership, and the results of the survey were given to traffic consultants to reconfigure and optimize the routes. As a result, we're offering 11 routes in the morning and nine routes in the afternoon, and passes will be discounted by 50 percent. There are no minimum ridership targets for this pilot. All routes will proceed regardless of the sign up rate.

3. Can I just buy a morning pass? The afternoon schedule does not work for my child's afterschool activities.
Yes, you can buy a morning pass, an afternoon pass, or both. We've worked hard to reconfigure the afternoon routes to fit with afterschool activities. Please look at them closely.

4. I don't want my youngster to ride the bus with older kids.
Our plan is to offer campus-specific buses, so that students can ride with children their own age.

5. The routes are so long. Have you made them shorter?

Yes, we've tried to keep routes under 30 minutes. Many are under 20 minutes.

6. RUSD school traffic is not the only cause of our congestion problem. Are you going to tackle the other causes too?
RUSD traffic is definitely not the only cause of our congestion problem. Commuters, construction crews, private school traffic and local business employees are also vying for space on Tiburon Boulevard during peak hours. But we have to start somewhere and the RUSD school bus solution makes a lot of sense. Other traffic solutions will be discussed and implemented as needed.

Find more FAQ's here.

MUSAE at Old St. Hilary

TAM Community Workshop

Tiburon Wine Festival

Salmon "Kiss and Release"

Friday Nights on Main 2015

Belvedere Concerts-in-the-Park 2015

Walk Your History Event

Upcoming Meetings

City Council & Planning Commission Special Joint Meeting
May 4, 6:30 PM

City Council

  May 11
, 6:30 PM

Parks and Open Space Committee
May 14, 4:00 PM

Planning Commission
May 19, 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

MUSAE at Old St. Hilary’s
Friday, May 8, 8:00 PM
Old St. Hilary Landmark, 201 Esperanza St.
(Park at Boardwalk Shopping Center)

The 15 voices of Musae and the 16-voice men's chorus will present songs referencing beauty, transformation and maternalism; MUSA will accompany them.  The program features works by Bach, Guillaume Dufay, Vytautas Miskinis, Stephen Smith, and Zae Munn.

Ticket prices are $15 and $20.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Landmarks Office, Tiburon Town Hall and online at Brown Paper Tickets.   If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door. 

Remember, there is no parking at Old St. Hilary's.  Please park at the Boardwalk Shopping Center and take
a shuttle to the concert.  Shuttle service begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Landmarks office at 415-435-1853, or visit their website.  And please stay tuned for our upcoming concerts at Old St. Hilary Landmark:

Sunday, June 28, 4 p.m. - Bossa Zuzu
Sunday, August 16, 4 p.m. - New West Guitar Group feat. singer Sara Gazarek
Sunday, September 13, 4 p.m. -- Avenue Winds

TAM Community Workshop
Thursday, May 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) invites you to join other stakeholders to learn about possible future pedestrian and bicycle improvements at the US 101/East Blithedale Avenue – Tiburon Boulevard (Route 131) interchange. Attend the second community workshop at the Mill Valley Community Center to learn more about the project’s purpose, hear feedback gathered from the community on existing issues, and provide input on potential short-term, medium-term, and long-range options.

For more information
on the project, please visit TAM’s website. Send comments or questions to Nick Nguyen, Project Manager, Transportation Authority of Marin at or call (415) 226-0831.

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 experienc

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

Tiburon Salmon Institute Presents - Salmon "Kiss and Release"
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (High Tide at 11:30 AM)
Blackie's Pasture

The Tiburon Salmon Institute invites you to join us for our annual release of baby Chinook Salmon into the San Francisco Bay on May 16, at Blackie's Pasture.

A Native American Blessing Ceremony is conducted before children and families are given small smelt salmon to be carried into the water's edge where they are "Kissed and Rele
ased" into the Bay.  We hope they live long lives and come back to spawn in the Feather River where they were born.

Plan on spending the day at Blackie's Pasture from late morning through the afternoon.  There will be music, booths, food and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. Come and support our activities of environmental awareness among our youth.

For more information, please visit the Tiburon Salmon Institute website.



Belvedere Concerts-in-the-Park 2015:

Sunday, June 21
4:00 – Foreverland
A Father’s Day concert! Bring the whole family for a tribute to the music of Michael Jackson and more!

Sunday, July 19
4:00 – Silvermoon

Swing to Big Band sounds and boogie to Motown, Disco, and Rock classics!

Sunday, August 16
4:00 – Sonoma County
Philharmonic Orchestra

Our very own “Pops” Concert performed by 55 talented musicians in one park!

Sunday, September 6
Labor Day Sunday

4:00 – Fundamentals
Red hot rockin’ soul party band with lots of dancing!

Concerts are free to the public and sponsored by individual and community tax deductible donation. For more information, please visit

Landmarks Society Walk Your History Event a Success!


The Landmarks Society’s Walk Your History event was held last Saturday, April 25. Participants walked a 2-mile loop, stopping at various homes and gardens to be greeted by Living History docents. Pleine-aire artists and naturalists dotted the hillside path up to Old St. Hilary’s Open Space and live music filled the air. Pictures from the event come from Frank Fennema of Frank Fennema Photography.


Another wonderful resource to come out of the Walk Your History Event is the Tiburon & Belvedere Parks – Hikes, Walks and Vistas on the Tiburon Peninsula Map. Click here to view the map.


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