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Belvedere California Notifications
Belvedere E-Newsletter
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

City Receives Two Grants!

Last month, the City received word that two grant applications we submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Local Levee Assistance Program (LLAP) have been tentatively approved for funding. This is great news! A final list of approved applications will be published in early 2016 and we expect to see our name on that list as well. The grant awards support the City's previous efforts to mitigate the impact of FEMA Flood Zone designation on Belvedere property owners.
San Rafael Avenue Seawall
The first application sought funds to support a Belvedere Lagoon Coastal Levee Evaluation that will cover planning, design, and permitting of improvements to the Beach Road and San Rafael Avenue Seawalls. This would include all work up to the point of final design and construction, including alternatives analysis, environmental review, regulatory permitting, selection of the preferred alternative, and preliminary design.  The work will take about  two years to complete at an estimated cost of $1,112,550. The DWR grant will cover 55%, or $611,903, and the City will be responsible for the remaining $500,647. Final design and construction could cost several million dollars more and would need to be funded separately.

Enhancing the seawalls that protect both public and private property around the Lagoon (including streets and drainage systems) will benefit current residents and may also serve to mitigate the impacts of future sea level rise. Public input will be critical to defining a “project scope” appropriate for these well traveled streets, taking into account community aesthetics and environmental impacts, as well as the need for improved flood protection.
West Shore Road homes aerial view
The second award funds a West Shore Levee Geotechnical Evaluation that covers an assessment of the condition, continuity, and adequacy of 4,100 linear feet of existing rock revetment along private property on the West Shore Road embankment. If it can be demonstrated that the existing revetment can withstand a 100-year flood event, or that it can be improved to meet that FEMA standard, FEMA may be willing to re-map the West Shore area from the highly restrictive Zone VE to the less restrictive Zone AE. This work will also take about 2-years to complete at an estimated cost of $208,700. The DWR grant will cover 50%, or $104,350  of the total project cost.

Once a final list of awardees is published, the City will negotiate a grant agreement with the State. If matching funds can be identified, work on the project(s) could begin next Spring.

The Citizens Flood Zone Committee will meet on Thursday, December 17th, at 6:30pm to discuss the projects and recommend next steps.


PG&E Construction Project Notice

RUSD Volunteers Needed

RBRA Emergency Response Management Program

Open Space Broom Removal Project

Landmarks Society Holiday Craft Sale

The Ranch's Breakfast
with Santa

Holiday Festival

City Hall
Holiday Closure Schedule

Upcoming Meetings

City Council
Dec 14
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
Dec 15,
6:30 PM

Citizens' Flood Zone Committee Meeting
  Dec 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

PG&E Construction on Tiburon Boulevard
Beginning November 30, 2015
PG and E
PG&E has notified the City that they will begin a project on November 30th involving the installation of underground electric facilities on the south side of Tiburon Boulevard. They do not anticipate the need to close any lanes of traffic.

PG&E will also be installing a secondary pole on the south side of Tiburon Boulevard west of Cove Road. They are planning a customer shutdown to tie-in the new underground facilities and remove the old overhead facilities the night of December 9th into the morning of December 10th.

Reed Union School District Need Volunteers
Reed Union School District

The Reed Union School District is looking for classroom aides to fill empty positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brenda Lavigne at

Richardson Bay Regional Agency
Emergency Response Management

Richardson Bay
Life on the waterfront exposes us to a very dynamic natural environment. Wind-driven debris or vessels are an unavoidable fact of life on the windward shore during storm events in Richardson’s Bay.

In response to concerns, RBRA utlilizes a program to enhance its vessel and debris interception capabilities. If a vessel or debris is spotted adrift and may be threatening, a call to emergency responders can avert property damage and salvage costs as well. Please visit RBRA's Emergency Response Management website for more information on the program.

Local emergency numbers to call are:

Richardson Bay Regional Agency
Bill Price,
Harbor Administrator
Dave's Diving
Tim Parker
Local Emergency
Tiburon Fire District
Belvedere Police
Tiburon Fire District
Additional Line
Belvedere Police
Additional Line
U.S. Coast Guard
Station Golden Gate
County Sherrif
Marin City substation

Deputies Mike Blasi
or Matt Stott


Open Space Workday, Nature Talk,
 and Lunch

Woman removing french broom from field

Saturday, December 5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet at the Tiburon Peninsula Club
1600 Mar West Street

Get a good workout, learn about local wildlife and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday, Dec. 5 when the Broom Busters of Old St. Hilary’s Open Space host their biggest workday of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Tiburon Peninsula Club (1600 Mar West St.) and will pull broom on the open space behind the club. Volunteers also will plant seedlings in an area that has been cleared of invasive plants. Marin County Parks rangers will be on hand to direct the efforts, provide tools, snacks and lunch. Naturalist David Herlocker will point out unique features of the open space.

The Broom Busters have been battling broom and other non-native plants since 1997 and welcome volunteers of all ages. Workdays are usually the first Saturday morning each month. The requirements are simple: “Come when you can; leave when you must.” No experience is needed.

To volunteer or to receive e-mail announcements of future workdays,
 call Marin County Parks Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at
Marin County Parks at 415-473-3778.


Don’t Miss the Eleventh Annual

Landmarks Holiday Arts & Craft Sale

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Landmarks Art & Garden Center Cottage, 841 Tiburon Blvd.

Landmarks Society Annual Holiday Craft Sale Flyer

Come See Our Favorite Local Artisans:
Exquisite Glass Flame Work Jewelry by Alexis Berger
Photo Bags by Carol Greenspan

Pastel & Acrylic Paintings by Frank Doyle
Botanical Watercolors by Helen Drake Muirhead

Semi-Precious Stone jewelry by Sandi Wasserstein
Etched Silver Jewelry by Dave Benoit

Hand-Bound Books by Annelies Atchley
Knit Animals by Jenny Schwager

Scarves, Hats & Felted Necklaces by Mirto Golino & Charlotte Anderson
Shell Jewelry by Linda Reynolds Miller
Liberating Little Bags from Denise Bondy

Spices from The Local Spicery
Preserves and Baked Goods from Judy Wilson

And of course, our Famous Pear Brandy!

For more information call Michelyn in the
Landmarks office @ 415-435-1853

The Ranch Presents: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Belvedere Community Center

Breakfast with Santa Flyer with Santa Waving
Join us for a fancy pancake buffet, complete with all the fixings! Santa will arrive by firetruck and then be available for family photos. Make sure to bring your own camera for photos with Santa!

Call The Ranch offices at (415) 435-4355 to purchase your tickets.

Tickets are $15 per person. Children under the age of 1 are free. All ticket sales are final.
Letters to Santa through The Ranch
Send your letters to Santa with the North Pole Express mailbox!
The mail box will be open from December 1st - 18th, and is located inside The Ranch offices at 600 Neds Way, Tiburon, CA 94920.

Include a self addresses and stamped envelope so Santa can write back! Address letters to: Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Arctic Circle

Tiburon Holiday Festival

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Downtown Tiburon

Walk through town to enjoy the holiday windows & festive food and drink offerings from your favorite shops restaurants.

Breakfast with Santa | Belvedere Community Center | 9-10:30 am
$15 - call The Ranch for tickets. 415 435 4355

Landmarks' Art and Craft Sale | Art & Garden Center | 10 am-4 pm
Holiday fair nestled in an historic farm cottage, filled with art and crafts from local artists and The Landmarks' famous pear brandy!

Play in the Snow! | Courtyard, Boardwalk Shopping Center | 2-3 pm
How often do you get to play in the snow? Snowflakes, cookies & hot chocolate abound in The Boardwalk for one fantastic afternoon.

Horse Drawn Holiday Wagon Rides | Main Street | 2-5 pm **
Experience the thrill of an old fashioned horse-drawn wagon ride. Slow down and savor the sights and sounds of the holiday season in a festive holiday wagon pulled by two magnificent Clydesdale horses.

Children's Holiday Ornament Workshop | Ark Row | 2-5  pm
Kids, come decorate ornaments to take home! You’ll find a wonderland of glittering, colorful supplies for making your unique ornaments. We will furnish everything you need - plus one of Santa’s helpers, the creative Annelies Atchley, to assist.

Santa Arrives on a Firetruck | Main Street & Tiburon Blvd | 2:30 pm
Greet Old St Nick as he arrives in town in firetruck! Though he left his elves in the North Pole (busy time of year for them), Santa will bring along Mickey Mouse and friends.

Visit Santa | Bradley Real Estate, 1690 Tiburon Blvd | 2:30-6 pm
Capture the magic of the holidays with photo of your loved ones while they visit Santa in a winter wonderland. Please bring your own camera. With thanks to Bradley Real Estate.

Gingerbread House Decorating | Guaymas, 5 Main Street | $35 |
3 sessions: 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm (reservations recommended)

Decorate your own gingerbread house! The houses are already built so just bring your imagination - we provide all the trimmings. Call 415 435 5633 or email or Click here for tickets!  (Fees apply for online registration)

Barbershop Quartet | Enlighten Optometry, 46A Main St. | 3-4 pm
It doesn’t get more traditional than this! Enjoy the perfect harmony of a barbershop quartet. Starting at Enlighten Optometry at 3 pm, the quartet will stroll along Ark Row to Cafe Renzo.

Unique Gift Wrapping with Toppers & Tags | Angel Island Ferry,
21 Main Street | 4-6 pm

Make some truly unique tags and gift toppers & enjoy hot apple cider & cookies.

Roast Chestnuts & Live Music | Caffe Renzo, 110 Main St. | 2-5 pm
Ark Row is magical in the holidays. Stroll and enjoy the twinkling lights and the wonderful scents of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. A special performance from T-Rosemond on acoustic guitar is sure to delight.

Tree Lighting Ceremony  |  Fountain Plaza  |  6pm **
The highlight of the Holiday Festival! Tiburon’s Mayor and Santa Claus make the holiday season official by lighting the Town’s Christmas tree. The winners of the Holiday Window Decorating Contest will be announced by Zelinsky Properties. Come ready to be enthralled by the St Hilary Children's Choir and to sing some favorite Christmas carols! Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School.

Festive Food & Drinks from your Favorite Shops and Restaurants 
Boardwalk Shopping Center | Tiburon Blvd | Point Tiburon Plaza |
Main Street | Ark Row | The Cove Shopping Center 
Offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holidays bright,  Tiburon’s merchants kick off the season with jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas sure to delight! You’ll find one of kind gifts and rediscover all that Tiburon has to offer!

** Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and the Tree Lighting Ceremony canceled in the event of rain. All other holiday festival activities will take place rain or shine!

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving turkey wearing pilgrim hat

We will be closed
Thursday, November 26th - Friday, November 27th

Please make note of City Hall's Upcoming Holiday Closure:

City Hall will be closed the week of
Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Friday, January 1, 2016

Contractors are allowed to work on
12/24/2015 and 12/28/2015 - 12/31/2015.

Please contact City Hall at 415-435-3838 with questions.

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