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AUGUST 18, 2017
|In this Issue
|From the City Manager
Along with the cool breezes of late summer, there is a sense of anticipation in the air as parents and kids load up on school supplies, our Yellow Bus drivers start familiarizing themselves with their routes, people wrap up their summer vacations, and the Annual Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade committee moves into high gear.
Although, Belvedere’s building department has been humming all summer as homeowners take advantage of the dry months to get their projects done, summer has in general been quiet and enjoyable, made more so by concerts in the park and the bounty of flowers that burst out gloriously after the wet winter.
With the onset of school, and the September ramp up of so many other activities, we will also experience more peak period traffic on Tiburon Boulevard. The Yellow Bus program is an essential part of the strategy for alleviating traffic congestion, and we encourage parents and kids to do their part by buying passes and riding the bus. Passes can be purchased at buschallenge.org. And, everyone, please take extra care while driving, especially during these first few weeks of school.
During the next few months, you will see Belvedere Public Works crews working through their pre-winter checklists – clearing waterways, making any needed repairs to seawalls, assessing tree limbs ahead of winter winds. During last year’s heavy rainfall, we avoided any major flooding events, in part because of the vigilance of our Public Works department. We hope to replicate that record this coming year.
The Deer Fence Task Force Committee continues its work to identify fencing and planting options that will discourage deer, and our Parks and Open Space Committee is considering how to manage the effects of deer in the open spaces throughout town. This is an important issue for our community, and we appreciate having so many good people volunteering to work on it.
As summer winds down, we want to give a shout out to the Concerts-in-the-Park committee, which has worked very hard this year to bring a great variety of musical talent to Belvedere's Community Park. Please join in the fun on this Sunday, August 20th and Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd at 3:45pm as the stage in Community Park hums with the sounds of the final two concerts of the year.
I hope that, as summer moves into autumn, with its beautiful light and balmy weather, we will see you out at one of the events listed in this newsletter, or maybe just walking or riding around town.
New Mayor in Belvedere
New Faces at City Hall
Police Department Update
Yellow Bus Tickets for Sale
Friday Nights on Main 2017
Marin Clean Energy Updates
Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade
Belvedere-Tiburon Golf Tournament
Lyford House Tours
Deer Fence Task Force Committee
Parks and Open Space Committee
Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website.
Get Ready 94920
The Ranch (Recreation)
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
County of Marin, 3rd District
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
Belvedere Community Foundation
Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle
New Mayor Handed the Gavel
Each July, the City Council selects a new Mayor and Vice Mayor from among their ranks to serve during the upcoming year. The custom in Belvedere is for the Vice Mayor to rotate into the Mayor’s seat, a procedure typical in smaller cities and one that allows each Council Member to “take their turn” as Mayor.
At the July 10, 2017, regular City Council meeting, Marty Winter, who has been serving as Vice Mayor since last July, was elected Mayor by his Council colleagues. Mayor Winter was first elected to the Council in July 2014 and this will be his first year serving as Mayor. Marty Winter takes over as Mayor from James Campbell who completed his term as Mayor but remains on the Council.
Taking over the position of Vice Mayor is Bob McCaskill who has served on the Council since July 2012 and was reelected to another four-year term in July 2016.
The Mayor presides over Council meetings and often represents the City at local events and other functions. While all councilmember have an equal voice in setting policy for the City, the Mayor leads those discussions and can be called upon to represent the Council’s interests with other agencies or organizations.
New Faces at Belvedere City Hall
We are pleased to introduce you to two new employees who have joined our wonderful staff:
Amber Johnson, Administrative Services Manager
Amber Johnson is the newest member of Belvedere’s Administration Department, joining the staff in mid-July as the new Administrative Services Manager. Amber replaces Becky Eastman who has retired after 17 years with the City. Amber comes to Belvedere with a wealth of experience, having worked for Marin Transit as a Senior Accounting & Grants Analyst for the last six years. As Belvedere’s Administrative Services Manager, Amber will be a key asset in the financial and administrative functions of the City.
Brian Van Son, Building Official
Brian Van Son will soon be joining the City of Belvedere as our Building Official-Code Enforcement Officer. Brian’s first day will be next Monday, August 21st, as he takes over the Building Department functions for our City. He brings over 20 years of experience in the construction and building field, having most recently served as the Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer and then Building Official with the City of Capitola. Brian’s depth and breadth of experience in all aspects of construction will certainly be a tremendous benefit to residents going through the Building Department’s processes.
Welcome Amber and Brian!
Belvedere Police Department News
Pink Patch Project
The Belvedere Police Officers Association is pleased to announce our participation in the #PinkPatchProject, a public awareness campaign designed to support the fight against breast cancer. Patches are for sale in the Belvedere Police Department for $10 each. The proceeds for each sale will go to local breast cancer research and outreach organizations.
Safely Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Medicines
The Belvedere Police Department has a new box where residents can drop off their unneeded or expired prescription drugs. The box is located in the Belvedere Police Department and is accessible during regular business hours, Monday – Thursday, 8:00AM – 4:00PM. Follow these simple steps when disposing of your medication:
- Cross out or remove personal identifying information from the medicine bottle.
- Leave the product in the original container or place solid medicines in a sealed plastic bag. If transferreing medications to a sealed bag, please be sure to recycle all remining packaging.
- Put medicine in the kiosk.
Accepted: Medications in any dosage form, except for those listed below, in their original container or a sealed bag.
Not Accepted: Herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, sharps, illicit drugs, iodine-containing medications.
Reminder for Back to School Driving Safety
School is starting again so it’s a good time for a reminder about safe driving. Take time to review the Know the Bus Rules! flyer so you are prepared when you encounter a school bus on the road.
Get Your 2107-18 Yellow Bus Pass!
The start of school is just around the corner and school bus passes are on sale now, so don’t delay in purchasing your pass. Every pass that is sold will help reduce traffic along Tiburon Blvd., which benefits the entire community.
Tickets can be purchased here.
More information about the Yellow Bus Challenge can be found on their website: buschallenge.org
Friday Nights on Main 2017
Main Street | Downtown Tiburon
Friday Nights on Main are a much loved community tradition in Tiburon. Main Street is closed to traffic for the evening and local restaurants set up tables and food booths outside, creating a warm, inviting venue in which to enjoy live music and wine & dine al fresco. These fun filled evenings are a great opportunity to mingle with friends and family while enjoying the beauty of Tiburon.
August 25, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Back to School
School’s back in session and so is Neon Velvet, the ultimate modern rock dance band. Blending new wave and modern rick hits, this world class band packs the dance floor and delivers and unforgettable time!
Upcoming Friday Nights on Main:
September 29 – Firefighter’s Dance
Updates from Marin Clean Energy
Mission Eclipse: Flex Your (Conservation) Power!
As a proud “Do Your Thing for the Sun” partner, MCE is urging all California residents and businesses to reduce electricity use during the upcoming eclipse by taking part in at least one action on the “Simple Plan for the Solar Eclipse.” This celestial event will take place on Monday, August 21st from 9:02-11:54am.
MCE Clean Energy Still Offers the Greenest and Less Expensive Energy for Residents
Almost 80% of Belvedere’s residents get their electricity from MCE (formerly Marin Clean Energy). The latest comparison of rates indicates that not only does MCE provide greener energy, but it also continues to offer a lower cost for cleaner energy:
Average Monthly Bill
|PG&E Solar Choice
|MCE Light Green
|MCE Deep Green
MCE customers continue to receive their electricity over PG&E power lines, and continue to receive their monthly energy bill from PG&E. For residents with solar panels, MCE also offers a more generous reimbursement policy for excess energy produced.
How do I know if I am currently getting my energy from MCE? The first page of your PG&E bill (under “Your Account Summary”) will indicate if your generation charges are from MCE. How can I switch to MCE? Just call 888-632-3674.
The City of Belvedere was one of the original cities in Marin who helped establish Marin Clean Energy, a nonprofit public agency. Vice-Mayor Bob McCaskill is our current representative on the Board of MCE. Feel free to contact him at BMcCaskill@cityofbelvedere.org if you have questions.
#optUP to 100%
Want to go the extra mile? Sign up for Deep Green. Opting up to MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable, pollution-free energy services is a quick and easy way to eliminate your home’s electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions, while receiving the same reliable service you’re used to. Signing up for Deep Green online is quick and easy.
Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade
Sunday, September 3, 2017
1:00 PM Lineup / 2:00 PM Parade
Join us for the 2017 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 at Land Company Park between the San Francisco Yacht Club and the Belvedere Land Company.
Belvedere-Tiburon Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 14, 12:00 PM
San Geronimo Golf Course
Join us for the 22nd annual Belvedere Tiburon Open Golf Tournament held at the beautiful San Geronimo Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament are shared by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and The Ranch.
Event includes greens fee, boxed lunch before the shot gun start, appetizers, post-play drinks, raffle, contests and lots of prizes!
- Single Player Fee $150
- Foresome Fee $500 ($125 per person)
To register, email your completed 2017 Golf Registration Form to Michelle Barsky.
Lyford House Tours 2017
Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary
Lyford House will again be open to the public for free tours on the following dates from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
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.
Music at Old St. Hilary’s – Caroluna
Sunday, September 17, 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 landmarkssociety.com
Blackie’s Hay Day 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon
This eagerly awaited event, an old-fashioned country fair for the whole community, is held every year in the fall at Blackie’s pasture. Blackie's Hay Day
attracts over 2,500 people from all over Marin County. The funds raised and good will engendered all support the Belvedere Tiburon Library’s children and teen programs and services.
Tiburon Taps Beer Festival
Saturday, September 23, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Shoreline Park, Tiburon
Bike, walk or ferry to downtown Tiburon on Saturday, September 23 for the annual Tiburon Taps Beer Festival hosted by The Ranch at Dairy Knoll! Enjoy an afternoon downtown by the Bay tasting over 70 craft brews, local restaurant food samplings and enjoy a full concert from cover band Neon Velvet. Take home some great memories and a souvenir tasting glass. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets in advance here
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