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Spring is a time of optimism, with evidence of new life blooming throughout our community. Spring also marks a year of COVID-related restrictions. This spring, with COVID-19 vaccines rolling out at a faster clip, it is finally possible to imagine a return to social interaction, community events and civic life. At City Hall, we appreciate the way that Belvedere residents have taken various restrictions in stride during the past year. We ask that you hold out a bit longer, until our public health officials can determine that we have gotten to a point where a resurgence of virus-related illness is unlikely. Please continue to mask up and social distance when in public.
Thanks also for bearing with construction activity. Several significant infrastructure projects are still in progress, which will vastly improve sewer and water mains and will replace antiquated, brittle piping with new flexible, quake-resistant alternatives. This is of great benefit; but we appreciate that the construction has caused inconvenience, particularly to those who are helping to prevent community spread of the virus by doing the right thing and staying at home.
We all know that we’re in a drought year. Now is not too soon to begin thinking about clearing brush and trimming low tree branches. The Public Works team will soon begin its annual trimming along lanes and public rights of way. We will also plan a number of pick up days for the summer, where crews will haul away debris that residents cut – all of this to ensure a safe fire season. More information on this program will be included in the May newsletter.
As always, please let us know if we can be of assistance.
It's time to enjoy the beautiful views Golden Gate Lane has to offer! Work on the lane is completed and final landscaping will be finished once the utility poles have been removed by PG&E. The City looks forward to an official opening ceremony with the donors later this spring, in tandem with the eased COVID restrictions. Until then, go for a lovely walk down the lane, and visit the Belvedere Community Foundation Website to view a video created to thank the Golden Gate Donors.
As Belvedere’s Administrative Services Manager, Amber Johnson is a key asset in the financial and administrative functions of the City. We asked Amber a few questions about her work, and life outside City Hall.
1. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I really enjoy singing! I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it, but what I lack in talent I make up for in enthusiasm.
2. What do you enjoy most about your position at Belvedere? Aside from the wonderful people and the beauty of the City itself, I enjoy being in a smaller City where I am able to be involved in lots of different projects and initiatives. The work is never boring!
3. How long have you worked for Belvedere? My four year anniversary is coming up in July.
4. How has your job changed during COVID times? My new office mates are very young and inexperienced, and often distract me by bickering with one another and refusing to do their assigned tasks. In all seriousness, I have been so fortunate to be able to do my job from home and stay with my kids during this pandemic. It has been a huge adjustment and a wonderful gift for my entire family. My husband is in the medical field and doesn’t have that flexibility, so I am especially grateful.
5. What do you do when you aren’t working? Daryl and I spend most of our free time corralling and otherwise entertaining our family: Zach (8) and Gabi (6), plus our dog and two cats. We are big Disney and Star Wars fans and when we are not planning our next Disneyland trip, we are often watching the latest movie and having impromptu sing-alongs and reenactments. I also volunteer at my church and with the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO).
6. Is there anything else you would like to share? I am serving as the Chair of the CSMFO Student Engagement Committee this year, which aims to promote municipal finance among students as a rewarding career choice. If you know of any students who are interested in accounting or finance, I’d be happy to share more about the profession and all of the benefits CSMFO has to offer the next generation of government leaders.
With springtime almost in full bloom, more bicyclists are on the road. Remember to wear your helmet and follow the rules of the road. Your safety depends on staying alert and being aware. Ride on the right side of the roadway and, if you are riding in a group, stay single file to allow cars to pass. Remember bikes, cars, and people all share the roads and pathways. Belvedere Police officers are out on two wheels too. Be sure to say hello!
As the final construction phase progresses at the Belvedere Tiburon Library, you’ll also note the progress made in $$’s raised by our community. $16M of the $17M has been donated! Now with everyone’s participation, the final $1M is within reach. Click here to make your gift today.
As much as we might like to close our eyes and pretend otherwise, rats are everywhere: your yard, your gardem, maybe even in your home and car. What can we do about this common pest? Timely tips for dealing with a rat problem.
Last year, the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitzes were deemed a necessary program by the State and were allowed to run following Covid-19 contactless guidelines. The 2020 SOD Blitzes were a smashing success, and more trees were surveyed and samples in 2020 than in 2019! Once again, we need your help to map the distribution of this terrible disease that is killing many of our oaks, tanoaks and -since 2017- some of our endemic California-unique manzanitas. Go to www.sodblitz.org to see when your local SOD Blitz will happen.