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Belvedere E-Newsletter
JULY 15, 2015
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Changing of the Guard
Claire McAuliffe, Mayor
Each July, the City Council selects a new Mayor and Vice Mayor from among their ranks to serve during the upcoming year. The custom in Belvedere is for the Vice Mayor to rotate into the Mayor’s seat, a procedure typical in small cities and one that allows each councilmember (if they wish) an opportunity to “take their turn” as Mayor.

This week Claire McAuliffe, who has been Vice Mayor since last July, was elected Mayor by her council colleagues. James Campbell was elected to serve as Vice Mayor. Claire takes over from Bob McCaskill, who has completed his stint as Mayor and will remain on the council for the balance of his term. Congratulations to Claire and James!

The Mayor presides over council meetings and often represents the City at local events and other functions. While all councilmembers have an equal voice in setting policy for the City, the Mayor leads those discussions and can be called upon to represent the council’s interests with other agencies or organizations.

In other news . . .

You may not have noticed, but the Automated License Plate Reader cameras are installed and operational at all three access points to Belvedere! The cameras and equipment are very small and unobtrusive, and the new pole at Cove and Lagoon will be painted black to minimize its impact as well.

alpr screen
 At the last council meeting, Chief Seyler showed the Council what the camera sees, using her vehicle as the example. The screenshot records date/time/location of the vehicle and takes a photo of the back of the car. The license plate can be seen in the top left corner. The data is held for 30 days and then destroyed, unless it is needed to assist with an ongoing investigation.

Along with the new technology, the Police Dept. has a new face you may see on the streets of Belvedere. Chief Seyler has hired a volunteer Reserve Police Officer, David Klemme, to assist our full time staff one day a week. David previously served as a Police Officer in the Town of San Anselmo and was a Deputy with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.  While he was employed as a Deputy Sheriff, he obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering, left police work in 1990 and has worked as an Engineer for the last 25 years.  David has been looking for a police department to serve as a Reserve Officer and we are very pleased that he has chosen Belvedere.

Please make note of a new event for peninsula residents to enjoy: Summertime on Main, described below. And it’s not too late to purchase that bus pass for next school year! We hope to meet the Yellow Bus Challenge by selling out the school buses and keeping traffic on Tiburon Blvd. moving smoothly all year long.

Happy summer!
Corinthian Island

Summertime on Main

Medication Take Back Container

Moving the Gallows Wheels

Belvedere Community Foundation Photo Contest

Friday Nights on Main

Lyford House Tour

Music at Old St. Hilary's

Labor Day Parade

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival

Upcoming Meetings

Parks and Open Space Committee
  July 17
, 3:00 PM

Planning Commission
July 21, 6:30 PM

City Council
Aug 10, 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

Summertime on Main

Starting on Wednesday, July 22 and running for four consecutive Wednesdays through August 12, Main Street will become “pedestrian only” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   Why come down to Main Street?  Summertime on Main will offer children’s entertainment, live music for kids and adults, sidewalk sales and the opportunity to wine and dine al fresco on the street.  Validated parking, too!

Participating merchants on Main Street and Historic Ark Row will offer discounts, restaurants will serve meals at outdoor tables and there will be various activities to keep the kids engaged while parents enjoy themselves.

Summertime on Main Lineup
Main Street | Downtown Tiburon
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

July 22, 2015
“Main Street Musical”
The Rusty String Express (11:30 AM)
Princess meet and greet with Once-Upon-a-Song

July 29, 2015
“Summer Magic”
Magic Show with Heather Rogers (11:00 AM)
Face painting

August 5, 2015
“Summer Sails”
Award winning children’s performer Tim Cain (11:00 AM)
Face painting
Bounce house

August 12, 2015
Live music & hula from Aloha Polynesia (Noon)
Face painting
Bounce house

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy summer days every Wednesday in one of California’s most charming downtowns. For more information, please visit

Medication Take Back Container

Tiburon Police Department, 1155 Tiburon Blvd.
Mon-Th 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

prescription drug take back
Concerns over the safety and environmental risks associated with improper disposal of medicine have prompted many communities in Marin to participate in drug “Take Back” programs.  At the same time, the use and abuse of unused and unwanted prescription medication is on the rise.  To combat this concern, the Tiburon Police Department has received a container that peninsula residents can use to dispose of unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medications.  Residents can bring their unwanted medication to the Tiburon Police Department at 1155 Tiburon Blvd. during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM).  Please remove the pills from their prescription bottles and place the medication in a clear plastic bag.  If you have questions, please call the Belvedere Police Department, (415) 435-3266, for assistance.

Moving the Gallows Wheels
From the Landmarks' Society

gallows wheels

The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Board would like to ask for your financial support to help us relocate the historic Railroad Gallows Wheels to a proper home next to the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum.

As you might know, in 2005 the Town of Tiburon approved a new location for the wheels, which are currently in front of the Bel-Tib Library.  We have until mid-2015 to complete the project, so we are actively working on the final implementation.  We are happy to announce we have recently received building permits from the Town of Tiburon and have selected a contractor to complete this significant endeavor.

The final construction phase includes sandblasting the wheels, adding a preservative coating, creating a paved display pad, and landscaping and irrigation – all of which will cost nearly $35,000. Landmarks needs financial help to complete this important job.

Please help us by making a generous donation to preserve our railroad and ferry history.  For more information, please visit

Belvedere Community Foundation
14th Annual Online Digital Photography Contest

Submissions due by October 31, 2015

photo contest flyer
Professional and amateur photographers alike have enjoyed capturing the stunning nature of the Belvedere and Tiburon Peninsula in this annual event.

This year's photography contest, the 14th Annual, will be exhibited online 24 hours a day and will accept entries until October 31, 2015.

Last year we had 92 talented photographers submit nearly 200 beautiful images in six categories, using cameras and smartphones. This year we have six categories to choose from:
  • Architecture on the Peninsula
  • Events of the Peninsula
  • Wildlife on the Peninsula
  • Views of the Peninsula
  • People of the Peninsula
  • Life in Tiburon and Belvedere (Entrants age 5 to 18)

There will be a People’s Choice Award given to one photo in the contest. Any registered person can vote for what is in their opinion the best photo in each category. Each winner will be acknowledged at the final awards event to be held at Belvedere City Hall on November 12th.

Winning entries will be announced at the annual meeting of the Belvedere Community Foundation on November 12th and displayed at a one-time public reception to honor the entrants at the Belvedere City Hall, 450 San Rafael Avenue. For more information, please visit the Belvedere Community Foundation website.

Friday Nights on Main

Please join us for
the next Friday Night on Main
of the summer season

July 31, 2015 - La Dolce Vita
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Main Street will feel like an Italian piazza on a warm summer’s
 night as we celebrate the good life with Italian favorites.

Upcoming Dates for this Season's Friday Nights on Main:
August 28 - Sam's 95th!
September 25 - Annual Firemen's Ball

More information available from Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary’s
Lyford House Tours 2015

Lyford House
Lyford House will again be open to the public for free tours on the following dates from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
  • August 1
  • September 12
  • October 17

See the inside of the historic 1876 Victorian house that was moved from the Strawberry Peninsula to the present location in 1957 when the National Adudobon Society acquired the land from Rose de Fonta Verral, known locally as Rosie the Goat Lady due to the small goat herd she kept on the site. More information is available on the Audobon website.

Music at Old St. Hilary’s - New West Guitar Group
Sunday, August 16, 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon

New West Guitar Group Flyer
New West Guitar Group has emerged as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their signature sound comes from innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty, and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars. They will be joined by vocalist Sara Gazarek performing songs from their latest recording, “Send One Your Love.”

Tickets are $20 each or $15 for seniors and under 18 and can be purchased at, at Tiburon Town Hall, or by calling Landmarks’ at (415) 435-1853.

Please not there is no parking at Old St. Hilary’s Landmark. Free parking and shuttle service is available 30 minutes before the show from the Boardwalk Shopping Center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd.

For more information, please visit

Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade

Sunday, September 6
1:00 PM – Lineup
2:00 PM – Parade

Join us for the 2015 Annual Labor Day Parade! This old-fashioned, home town parade boasts live bands with a fantastic and fun variety of music, antique cars, and creative floats and entries from your favorite local organizations. Bring the family and enjoy the fun! The parade route starts at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Lagoon and continues down Main St. and Beach Rd. ending just prior to Belvedere Park for the final Concert in the Park Event of the summer.

This event is organized by The Ranch!

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival

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