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Belvedere E-Newsletter
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

With sincere thanks . . . .
As you may know, I will be concluding my time in Belvedere at the end of December, leaving full time employment in order to spend more time with family and less time commuting between home and work. It is a bittersweet departure, for I have truly enjoyed serving as your City Manager. Like many of us in local government I have worked in a number of different cities, each of them unique. But Belvedere stands out as a community of thoughtful, caring people, who love their home town and welcome the chance to contribute to the betterment of this remarkable place. Whether through service in an “official” capacity or quietly as part of the greater community, the contributions of time, talent and treasure are what make Belvedere special and insure it will remain a wonderful place to live.

During my tenure I have been particularly lucky to have worked with an amazing group of elected officials. Each one brings their own perspective, ideas and opinions, but they all understand and respect their role as part of a team, chosen by the community to safeguard its values and collectively articulate a vision for its future. The Council’s approach to governance means even the most divisive of issues (oh deer!) can be debated, discussed and decided in a civil and respectful way. Many communities long for that to be the case, but in Belvedere it is the norm.

And of course my job would have been impossible without the support of a wonderful staff (small but mighty!) that is as committed to their City as any I have seen. I cannot thank them enough for all they do to insure that Belvedere remains a safe, well maintained and desirable place to live.

It has truly been my pleasure to be part of the Belvedere family and I wish all of you the very best.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

- Mary

City Hall Holiday Schedule

Please make note of City Hall’s upcoming holiday Closure:

City Hall will be closed the week of
Friday, December 23, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017
(open Tuesday, January 3, 2017)

Contractors are allowed to work on:
12/26/16 to 12/30/2016

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

Save the Date! Annual Town Meeting
Mark your Calendar for the City of Belvedere’s Annual Town Meeting:

Monday, January 23, 2017
7:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center

Hear a report on City activities from the past year! There will also be a presentation honoring the 2016 Citizen of the Year, awarded to an outstanding Belvedere citizen for their service to the City.

Come with your neighbors; All are welcome to attend


City Hall Holiday Schedule

Save the Date!
Annual Town Meeting

Belvedere Recognized by EPA

Richardson Bay Annual Closure

Landmark's Society Holiday Art & Craft Sale

Tiburon Holiday Festival 2016

Breakfast with Santa

Upcoming Meetings

City Council
December 12
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
December 20,
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

Belvedere Receives National Recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency

Marin Clean Energy logo
In October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Belvedere, along with 13 other Marin Clean Energy Communities, as a Green Power Community in 2016 for choosing to use MCE’s renewable power. Belvedere ranked #7 on the list out of 15 total communities after increasing our green power use from 27.7% in 2015 to 48.9% in 2016.

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages communities to use green power as a way to reduce the negative environmental impacts that are associated with conventional electricity use. By giving customers the choice of 50% to 100% clean, renewable power, MCE makes it possible for member communities to receive this recognition. More information about Marin Clean Energy can be found at

Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary Water Closure from
October 1st - March 31st

Map of Richardson Bay closure area
Staff at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary are reminding the community that the Sanctuary waters are closed to all boat traffic and in-water activities (including kayaks & paddleboards) from October 1st through March 31st. The annual closure protects tens of thousands of migratory ducks, grebes, and shorebirds that use the Bay for re-fueling on their southward travels, or while they over-winter right here on Richardson Bay.

The annual closure is mandated by an ordinance of the Marin County’s Richardson Bay Regional Agency. More information is available at

Landmarks 12th Annual
Holiday Art & Craft Sale

Saturday, December 3, 10:00am - 4:00pm

2016landmarksholiday.JPGJoin us in the cottage at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., for free hot apple cider and festive shopping from the finest local artist.

This popular holiday fair with art and crafts from local artists includes silver jewelry (Dave Benoit); gold & semi-precious stone jewelry (Sandi Wasserstein and Manjusha Jewels); Glass flame-work (Alexis Berger);  Hand-bound books (Annelies Atchley); pastel & acrylic paintings (Frank Doyle); Watercolor botanicals (Helen Drake Muirhead); Multi-media paintings (Jaleh Etemad); clothing & home decor (Lazy J Lifestyles); ceramic bowls and teapots (Ezra Berger); Baked goods and preserves (Judy Wilson); Handbags (Seams for Dreams); Knit animals (Jenny Schwager); and more (including our famous Landmarks pear brandy!)

More information is available on the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks website.

Tiburon Holiday Festival tree

Tiburon Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Take a walk through town to enjoy festive food & drink
offerings from your favorite shops & restaurants.

10 am - 4 pm
Landmarks’ Holiday Art and Craft Sale
Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd

2pm - 5 pm
Horse-drawn Holiday Wagon Rides**
Main Street

2pm - 5 pm
Holiday Ornament Decorating
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, 21 Main Street

3:00 pm
Santa arrives in downtown Tiburon in a Firetruck

3pm - 6 pm
Visit with Santa
Bradley Real Estate, 1690 Tiburon Blvd

3pm - 6 pm
Cookies & Hot Chocolate at Woodlands Market
Boardwalk Shopping Center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Gingerbread House Decorating
Guaymas, 5 Main Street
3 sessions:  2:30 pm / 3:30 pm / 4:30 pm
$35 / click here for tickets  (fees apply)
or call the Chamber for tickets 415 435 5633

6:00 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Fountain Plaza
Saint Hilary’s Children’s Choir
Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School Cookie Booth

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

For more information, please contact the
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 10, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Belvedere Community Center
The Ranch logo
Join us for a pancake buffet, complete with all the fixings! Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Holiday Caroling & Ornament Craft Station. 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, starting October 25, 2016. Tickets are $20 per person. Children under the age of 2 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 Dec. 1-18th, 2016 and is located inside The Ranch offices at 600 Neds Way Tiburon, CA 94920. Include a self addressed and stamped envelope so Santa can write back!
Address letters to: Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Arctic Circle

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