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Belvedere California Notifications
Belvedere E-Newsletter
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
In this Issue
From the Interim City Manager
Beth Pollard
Beach Road stormy weather
Battening down the hatches
What a year for winter storms! It is reassuring to see our reservoirs and snow packs get replenished, and seems a bit picky to wish it happened more gradually and sporadically than practically every day of the year thus far.  Yes, at the risk of tempting fate, we can report that Belvedere has made it through the rain storms to date with a bit less drama and damage than many or most other cities in the area.

Thanks to the foresight of those in our community who have persevered to underground utilities, Belvedere has been able to weather the storms with little to no utility outages, downed lines, or fallen poles. While there is more regional work to do in managing Richardson’s Bay, there has been renewed focus and results in removing unattended moorings and vessels. And our cooperative arrangements with the Belvedere Lagoon Property Owners Association mean that concerns at the Lagoon can be avoided or quickly addressed. 

Another large measure of credit for Belvedere’s storm safety goes to City staff whose conscientious storm preparation and follow-up were significant factors in minimizing disruption and damage.  Storm drain clearing, street sweeping, and ongoing inspections are active steps that Public Works staff take to prepare the city.  Meanwhile, Building Inspector Genaro and others in Building & Planning monitor the storm protection measures on constriction sites.

During evenings and weekends, Police officers keep a lookout for safety hazards they can handle or request assistance from Public Works and/or Fire. We experienced some fallen trees and sliding mud that city staff handled as quickly as possible. To insure prompt response over our worst storm weekend in January, Public Works employees Gerhard and Alberto stayed overnight to make absolutely sure they could readily reach whatever weather problems emerged.

The City appreciates the vigilance of property owners, neighborhoods, and our own staff to minimize the impacts of storms in our community.

Parking on Belvedere Streets

Marin Master Gardeners Talks

The Ranch's Bunny Hop and Egg Scramble

Tiburon Wine Festival

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Meetings

Parks and Open Space Committee Meeting
  March 9,

4:00 PM

City Council
March 13
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
March 21
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

Parking on Belvedere Streets
Vehicle parked over the line
As citizens are aware, parking is at a premium throughout most of the City, especially on the island.  Recently, the Police Department has seen a significant increase in reports of vehicles being parked outside designated lines and also reports of vehicles being parked in excess of 72 hours (in violation of Section 10.36.200 of the Belvedere Municipal Code).  Hit and Run reports and the inability for larger vehicles to navigate the narrow streets are on the rise.
vehicle parked over the line
The Belvedere Police Department prefers to see carports and garages used for their intended purpose of parking operable vehicles.  The use of carports and garages for the storage of personal belongings causes operational vehicles to be parked on the street.  Generally, our department encourages street parking be used primarily for guest and commercial parking.   We like to see the narrow Belvedere streets to be kept as clear as possible for emergency vehicles and other large vehicles.   As a good neighborly policy, we would like to request that all property owners use their carport and garage for the intended purpose of parking operational cars.

Marin Master Gardener Talks
10:00 AM - March 1 and April 5
Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd.

Marin Master Gardeners will sponsor three talks at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Boulevard, on the first Wednesday of the month: March 1st and April 5th. Each one-hour talk starts at 10:00 AM, and admission is free.

  • Climate, Climate Change and the Gardener
    Wednesday, March 1st, 10:00 AM

    Understanding our climate and microclimates is key to choosing the right plants for our gardens. Learn about the effects of climate on plants and best practices for adapting our gardens to climate change.

    Speaker Kathy Hunting was trained as an environmental health scientist. She lives on a sunny acre in Point Reyes Station, where she grows fruits, vegetables and deer-resistant ornamental plants.

  • Growing Edibles: Plan to Plot to Plate
    Wednesday, April 5th, 10:00 AM

    Learn about growing edibles from an experienced gardener: preparation of planting beds and containers, selection of plant varieties including tomatoes, best watering practices, and managing diseases and problems.

    Speaker Ann-Marie Walker leads a program teaching third- and fourth-grade students about edible gardening. She and her husband raised their four children on an acre in San Rafael, where they grew vegetables and fruits for the family dinner table.

For more information please email Faith Brown or call (415) 435-5320

The Ranch’s Bunny Hop & Egg Scramble
Sunday, April 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center and Park

Easter eggs in grass
There are 4 egg hunts during the event, grouped by age:
10:30 AM
  • 2 years & under on the grass, AND
  • 4 & 5 year olds on the playground
11:15 AM
  • 2 & 3 year olds on the grass, AND
  • 6 years & up on the playground

Ticketing options:
$1 Activity Tickets
$5 Egg Hunt Bracelet

$20 All Inclusive Bracelet (includes 1 Egg Hunt, 2 rounds of Candyland and UNLIMITED Carnival Games, Bounce House, Crafts & Face Painting)

Carnival Activities include: Carnival Games, Bounce House, Face Painting, Life-Sized Candyland, Music, Crafts and more!

Call The Ranch at (415) 435-4355 to purchase your tickets beginning Monday, March 6th at 9:00 AM. This event will happen rain or shine!

Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Point Tiburon Plaza, Downtown Tiburon

Tiburon Wine Festival logo
One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival showcases established and small production wineries, providing a rare opportunity to experience new wines (and savor old favorites), while meeting the wine makers behind them.

At the same time, experience the harmony of fine wine and culinary talent as some of the area’s most popular restaurants and food purveyors provide delicious appetizers and gourmet food samples, such as artisan breads, cheeses and olive oils.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful San Francisco Bay, you will also enjoy live music and a spectacular silent auction featuring one of kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries.

For ticket information and more, please visit

Upcoming Events
Belvedere Cove Foundation Annual Auction & Gala
Saturday, March 4, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
San Francisco Yacht Club

The Belvedere Cove Foundation is committed to young sailors and the future of the sport-whether it be helping an experienced high school skipper travel to an international event or aiding a low income youngster in getting out on the water for the first time. The Foundation strives to help all who seek to reach their dreams. The 6th annual Auction and Dinner on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 5:30-10:30pm at The San Francisco Yacht Club is dedicated solely to youth sailing. More information is available here.

Broom Busters Celebrate 20 Years!
Saturday, March 11, 9:00 AM
Open Space Preserve, Vistazo West Gate

Area residents are invited to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the Broom Busters, Saturday March 11th. This volunteer group has been pulling French broom and other invasive plants at Old St. Hilary's Open Space since 1997, shortly after the land was designated a county preserve.

Marin County officials will be on hand to celebrate the longevity and success of the Broom Busters, and refreshments will be served. The festivities will be held at the open space gate on Vistazo West, off Lyford Drive. A workday will follow at 10 a.m., and everyone is invited to help pull broom.

Music at Old St. Hilary’s – Quartet San Francisco
Sunday, March 12, 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. For more information, please call 1-415-435-1853 or visit

Belvedere-Tiburon Library Celebrates 20 Years!
Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23

The movement for a Library for the City of Belvedere and the Town of Tiburon started 10 years earlier when a group of local residents from both communities began their discussions. As the word spread, many people joined the effort, and their vision began to become a reality. The Zelinsky family donated the land which became the perfect location for a library. Community volunteers from both Belvedere and Tiburon raised the money, shepherded the project through the political process, and oversaw the design and construction. See all events planned at

Angel Island Adventure – Junior and Family Team Race
Sunday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Angel Island Adventure – Adult Division
Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Featuring 5 – 10 fun and challenging obstacles throughout the course, teams of two or four will bike and run on trails, fire roads, and Angel Island’s Perimeter Rd. More information about the race and signing up is available at

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