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Belvedere E-Newsletter
October 27, 2015
In this Issue
From the Mayor
Claire McAuliffe
Claire McAuliffe
Dear Neighbors,

On behalf of your City Council, I am writing to ask you to take a moment and consider what we are likely to face in our little city this winter.

I'm sure you have all been reading about the coming El Niño weather system, arriving in the next few months. The rains will be a welcome relief, but given predictions, we must prepare for the difficulties they could bring. The City is preparing our infrastructure (cleaning storm drains and culverts, trimming trees) for a big drench, but each of us must prepare our own homes and property for what could be a significant storm with immediate impact for each household.

I hope El Niño will not bring significant impact to Belvedere other than much needed rain, but it could. We must plan for potential power outages, flooded streets, and road closures. City Staff will focus on our common infrastructure. Each of us must focus on our own household: plenty of flashlights and fresh batteries? Water and food supplies for at least a few days? Battery cellphone charger? How are those gutters? Any leaves or pine needles that need to be removed?

I remember a few years ago the tremendous work by a number of Belvedere residents for our Get Ready! program, and as many of you know, the City is restarting a Block Captains project specifically aimed at disaster preparedness. Big thanks to former Mayor Tom Cromwell and current Vice Mayor James Campbell for their continuous work on these very important projects, and thanks to the many of you who have volunteered to participate.

As you prepare for El Niño, please think of your neighbors - are there folks who might need help in case any of the above situations arise? How about reaching out to them now to help them prepare.

Time and again in Belvedere, I hear from you that what you value most about Belvedere is... Belvedere and the community we all treasure. From Concerts-in-the-Park to Clean and Green Day, we come together to celebrate this place that we love, and each other. Now, with a potential stormy winter on the way, let's all come together by preparing ourselves and helping those neighbors that need it, to get through any potential disruption. Included in this newsletter is a list of good things to do and have on hand, or stop by City Hall to pick up the checklist.

We'd love to see you.

Claire McAuliffe

Claire McAuliffe

Click on the image below for the Storm Preparedness Handout:

Storm Handout

Storm Preparedness Flyer

Citizen of the Year 2015 Nominations

Tree Removal along
Old Rail Trail

Parks and
Open Space Committee
Fall Walking Tour & Vacancies

Resilient Neighborhoods

First Aid for Disaster Response Class

Tiburon Waterfront Stand Up Paddle Board Race

Music at Old
St. Hilary's

Upcoming Meetings

Parks and Open Space Committee
  November 5
4:00 PM

City Council
November 9
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
November 17,
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

Nominations for Belvedere's 2015 Citizen of the Year
Submissions due by November 23, 2015
Citizen of the Year nomination form
The Belvedere City Council is soliciting nominations for the 2015 Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the well-being of the City and its citizens over a number of years. These contributions may be in any area of community service, including social service, the arts, local government, the environment, education, etc. Normally, a contribution in a single year, even if significant, will not be sufficient to qualify a person for nomination. Additional criteria include:

  • The nominee must be a current resident and must have lived in Belvedere for 5 years. Specific circumstances may dictate that the nominee is no longer a resident.

  • While community service to Belvedere is the chief criterion, significant contributions elsewhere in Marin County and the Bay Area will be given consideration.

  • Normally a person will not be eligible for nomination if he or she is a current member of the City Council or Planning Commission.

  • If two individuals have worked together on a number of community service activities, or are related, and both have outstanding records of community service, they may be nominated as a team for Citizen of the Year.

If you would like to nominate someone worthy of this honor, please send a letter detailing your nominee’s past accomplishments and contributions, or complete and submit the nomination form,
available here, to CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS, CITY HALL, 450 SAN RAFAEL AVE, BELVEDERE CA 94920-2336, or email to

All nominations must be received in City Hall no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, November 23, 2015 (postmarks not accepted).

A committee comprised of former Citizen of the Year honorees reviews the nominations and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The award will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016.

Tree Removal on Old Rail Trail

The Town of Tiburon has announced that they will be removing nine dead trees on the Old Rail Trail on November 2, 2015. In order to safely perform the work, they will be closing the pathway and providing a detour for pedestrians and cyclists down Lagoon Road to Tom Price Park.  This arrangement is similar to the detour used in the recent undergrounding project that occurred in the same area. Notifications will be posted along the path to alert pedestrians and cyclists to the coming project.

Parks and Open Space Committee Fall Walking Tour and Committee Openings
Parks and Open Space Committee Fall Walking Tour
Belvedere’s Parks and Open Space Committee recently held their Fall Walking Tour, a special meeting during which the committee members walk and review the various parks, paths, and open spaces of the City. During the Tour, the Committee reviewed three of Belvedere’s many well-loved recreation areas: Community Park, Land Company Park, and Centennial Park. The Committee will continue to discuss ways to improve and enhance all of Belvedere’s parks and open spaces at their meetings, the next one being held on November 5, 2015.

Did you know that there is an opening on the Parks and Open Space Committee? If you are interested in landscaping and would like to apply, please submit a letter of interest and brief statement of qualifications to the Mayor at City Hall, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, CA 94920, or by email to  The only requirement is Belvedere residency.

For more information on the vacant position, as well as an opening on the Traffic Safety Committee, please visit the City’s volunteer opportunities page.

Resilient Neighborhoods
Resilient Neighborhoods flyer
Resilient Neighborhoods is a free program designed to help individuals and communities reduce their C02 emissions and make their communities safer and stronger. 2.6 million pounds of carbon emissions have been reduced so far by more than 500 Marin residents. It’s a way for people in Marin to be part of the climate solution since 60% of our county’s carbon emissions come from its residents. In addition to energy, water, transportation, and waste reduction actions, the program highlights emergency preparedness, revitalizing the local economy through eco-smart purchasing, and building neighborhood and community connections.

Here’s how it works. Five or more households get together and form a team. The program is set up in a fun way with households going on a low-carbon diet to lose 5,000 pounds in 60 days. It’s like a weight watchers program but you’re reducing carbon instead. The team meets 5 times (about 1.5 hours each time) over approximately 8 weeks, depending on people’s schedules. In between meetings, households take the actions they have chosen. Resilient Neighborhoods volunteer staff facilitate each meeting to lead the discussion and provide important local and practical information about the actions. You can learn more at

First Aid for Disaster Response (FADR) Class
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
First Aid Class Demonstration
On November 7th, the Tiburon Peninsula Office of Emergency Services is hosting a very special first aid class specifically for use in disaster response.

This four hour, skill building workshop trains participants to recognize life threats in 15 seconds, protect an airway and stop bleeding. The focus is to build skills to help save a life in the first minutes to hours after a disaster when first responders will be overwhelmed and unable to get to everyone needing assistance.

In this class you will learn how to:
  • Recognize a basic life threat.
  • Clear and protect an airway
  • Stop severe bleeding, including principles and practice of tourniquet application
  • Apply a splint and sling
  • Safely lift and carry a victim

The class will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave.

To RSVP, please call Laurie Nilsen at 415-435-7386 or email your information to

Tiburon Waterfront Stand Up Paddle Board Race
Saturday, November 7, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Sam’s Anchor Café, 27 Main Street

Stand Up Paddle Boarders
The Tiburon Waterfront Stand Up Paddle Board Race is a great day on the bay with courses suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced stand up paddle boarders. The race will start and end at Sam's Anchor Café in downtown Tiburon. The race proceeds along the Tiburon waterfront with incredible views of San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Come on out to enjoy incredible people, amazing views, test your skill and win some great prizes!

Please visit Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce online for course descriptions, eligibility requirements, and entry information.  The entry fee is $30 to race and includes coffee and bagels in the morning and great prizes, including an adjustable carbon fiber paddle from Desolation Outdoors. Cookies and water will be available for dogs at the event.

11th Biennial Art Angels Fair
Friday November 6, 5:00 - 9:30 PM (By reservation only)
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Open to public)
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue
art angel fair
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church hosts is 11th Biennial Art Angels Fair and fundraiser on Friday, November 6th, and Saturday, November 7th, 2015.

The weekend's activities start on Friday with Bubbles & Bach, a concert and champagne celebration from 5 to 6 pm, featuring the American Bach Soloists and the opening of a memorial art exhibit showcasing the work of Kathleen Bleecker Hamlin, Boris Ilyin, Ruth McCarty, Suzanne Rogers, and Roger Pease.

The Premiere Party, from 6 to 9:30 pm, gives guests an opportunity to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and music, make purchases at a boutique that includes the products and designs of 30 Bay Area artists and artisans and bid on items in a silent auction.

Tickets are $75 per person for Bubbles & Bach and the party, or $50 for the party only. To make reservations or for more information, go to

On Saturday, the artisans' fair welcomes the public to view the memorial art exhibit and visit the artists' boutique, which will feature items such as jewelry, handbags, women's clothing, men's accessories, children's items, home decor, stationery, photographs, paintings, and plants. Student musicians will perform during the day.

Artists donate 25 percent of all sales to support the outreach programs of St. Stephen's Church, including Ritter House, Homeward Bound, Mill Street Center, and Camp Create, a summer arts camp for children from San Rafael's Canal neighborhood, Marin City, and the Tiburon Peninsula.

For more information, please contact St. Stephen's Church phone at (415) 435-4501 or visit

Music at Old St. Hilary's The Divisa Ensemble

nday, November 22, 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza

Tickets are $15 & $20. Advance purchase available at the Landmarks Office, Tiburon Town Hall, and Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets available at the door if not sold out in advance, starting at 3:30 p.m.  There is no parking at Old St. Hilary’s. Please park at the Boardwalk Shopping Center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd., and take a shuttle to the concert. Shuttle service begins at 3:30 p.m.

or more information, please call 1-415-435-1853 or visit

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