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Belvedere E-Newsletter
August 20, 2015
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Yellow Bus Challenge 2.0 – Great Response!
School Bus
There has been a tremendous response to the Yellow Bus Challenge from Reed School District families. More than 1,200 one-way passes have been purchased for the upcoming school year, nearly double the number of riders in years past. That’s great news! Now we need to make sure that all those bus passes get used, reducing school related traffic on Tiburon Blvd. For the next few weeks, bus stops in Belvedere will be identified with a yellow bus sign, with the bus windows painted to match the color of the route. In the morning, the Blue route goes to Reed School, the Pink route to Bel Air and the Lime route to Del Mar. Passes are still available and can be purchased online at

New State Legislation regarding Tribal Cultural Resources
Belvedere has a rich history, dating back centuries when Native Americans inhabited the island. Evidence of that early civilization remains, buried under structures, landscaping or other site improvements throughout the City. The State seeks to protect and preserve these cultural resources through various regulatory and legislative means.

A new law, Assembly Bill 52, was signed by the Governor earlier this year and went into effect July 1. The legislation amends the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to provide Native American tribes an opportunity to consult with lead agencies on any project, before an environmental determination is made. This is fairly far reaching legislation that includes tribal cultural resources early in the CEQA process, to insure any adverse impacts are addressed prior to project approval.

Under the new law, a tribe that is traditionally and culturally affiliated with a geographic area may request to be notified of projects that come before the local jurisdiction. The City has received such a request from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Once notified of a project, the tribe has 30 days to request a consultation.

The goal of the consultation is for the parties to agree to measures that mitigate or avoid a significant effect on a tribal cultural resource, such as preservation of the resources in place or otherwise protecting and managing the resource for purposes of preservation or utilization.

Prior to AB52, projects were approved with conditions that directed certain actions (monitoring, record keeping) if cultural resources were found during construction. This new process mandates a consultation prior to project approval, so the tribe can evaluate the likelihood of cultural resources being onsite and propose measures that mitigate potential impacts before the resources are disturbed.   

There is a great deal still to learn about the implications of AB52 for Belvedere property owners who undertake improvement projects, particularly projects that require excavation or soil disturbance. At this early stage, planning staff will be discussing the requirements as we understand them with affected property owners and will provide additional guidance as we learn more over the next few months.

Meanwhile, have a safe and happy school year and don’t forget to

Back to School

Friday Nights
on Main

Lyford House Tours

Belvedere-Tiburon Golf Tournament

Tiburon Taps
Beer Festival

Oil Filter
Exchange Event

Music at
Old St. Hilary's

Hay Day

Fitbit Tiburon
Half Marathon

Belvedere Community Foundation
Photo Contest

North Bay
Science Day

Upcoming Meetings

Parks and Open Space Committee
, 4:00 PM

City Council
14, 6:30 PM

Planning Commission
Sept. 15, 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

Friday Nights on Main

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

August 28, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Sam’s 95th!
Tiburon’s iconic Sam’s Anchor Café celebrates its 95th year!
It will definitely be the birthday party of the year as the world renowned Carlos Reyes Band’s compelling fusion of blues, rock, jazz & latin music will have you dancing in the (Main) Street!

Upcoming Dates for this Season's Friday Nights on Main:
September 25 - Annual Firemen's Ball

For more information, visit the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Annual Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade
Sunday, September 6, 2015
1:00 PM Lineup & 2:00 PM Parade

Labor Day Parade Fire Truck
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.

For more information, please visit

Lyford House Tours 2015
Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary

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:

  • 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.

Golf Tournament September 17

Belvedere-Tiburon Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 17, 2015
San Geronimo Golf Course

Join us for the 20th annual Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament held at the beautiful San Geronimo Golf Course. Event includes greens fee, bbq lunch before the shot gun start, appetizers, drinks post play, raffle, contests, and lots of prizes! Proceeds from the tournament are shared by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and the Ranch.

FORESOME FEE: $480 ($120 per person)

Click here for the 2015 Golf Registration Form

Tiburon Taps Beer Festival
Saturday, September 19, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Point Tiburon Plaza

Tiburon Taps
Tiburon Taps Beer Festival is Southern Marin’s outdoor, bay side, beer fest featuring 60 craft brews of Northern California and local food offerings. Enjoy bottomless souvenir mugs, vote for your favorite beer in the first official Tiburon Taps Beer Festival People Choice Award, and wind down the day with the sweet musical sounds of our favorite cover band, Mustache Harbor. Proceeds from this event go to The Ranch Scholarship Program for children and seniors.

Tickets are on sale now!
General Admission - $40 per person
Designated Driver - $10 per person

For more information, visit

Oil Filter Exchange Event
September 12, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Oil filter exchange program
The FREE one-day oil filter exchange will be held at the following locations:

O’Reilly Auto Parts
812 Francisco Blvd. West, San Rafael

O’Reilly Auto Parts
1323 2nd St., San Rafael

Novato Recycling Center
7576 Redwood Blvd., Novato

Recycle your used oil filter at one of the following locations and receive a voucher for a free filter (see voucher for details).

Music at Old St. Hilary’s – Avenue Winds
Sunday, September 13, 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon

Avenue Winds
Tickets Available:
$20, $15 for seniors and under 18,

Tickets also available at
Tiburon Town Hall,
Landmarks Offices (415-435-1853), and at the front door

Blackie’s Hay Day
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon

Blackie's Hay Day
An old fashioned country fair for the whole community, this eagerly anticipated event is held every year in the fall at Blackie's Pasture. Blackie's Hay Day attracts over 2,000 people from all over Marin County. The funds raised and goodwill engendered all support the Belvedere-Tiburon Library's children and teen programs and services.

Come out with your family to enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, toy tractor rides, carnival games, jumpies and a climbing wall, as well as wonderful entertainment and food. Blackie's Hay Day is a family event with something for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy!

More information at

Tiburon Marathon and 5K
Fitbit Tiburon Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, October 4, 2015

7:00 AM – Half Marathon Start
7:30 AM – 5K Start
8:00 AM – Kids Races

All races start and finish at Tiburon Blvd. and Beach Rd.

Click here to register

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.

North Bay Science Discovery Day
October 24, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

North Bay Science Discovery Day
Encourage your children to unleash their inner scientist and spend the day exploring an incredible array of fun, interactive exhibits with hands-on games and experiments including robotics, animals, microbes and DNA.  This is the fifth year of the North Bay Science Discovery Day, designed to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Come see how learning can be so exciting.

Free admission, free parking.  Plan to spend the whole day!  For more events and fun, please visit our website at

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