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  November 3, 2011
Belvedere E-Notifications
The print edition of the Bella Belvedere Newsletter (in a new format to be more consistent with the City's website) should be hitting your mailbox this weekend.  A hard copy is already available at City Hall and the digital version will be released to the City's website in the Archive Center on Saturday. 

In the Fall 2011Bella Belvedere you will find an update on the Flood Zone issues facing Belvedere, a healthy financial report, the 2011 Citizen of the Year nomination form, a discussion of MMWD's Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance as it applies to Belvedere, a discussion of the fire tax, and issue surrounding Design Review.  Watch for it in your mailbox...

Citizen of the Year Nominations
Nominations Due in November

Nominations for the 2011 Citizen of the Year and Citizen Emeritus will be due November 21 by 4:30 pm.  Forms are available in the City's Fall 2011 Bella Belvedere print newsletter. 

The City Newsletter is at the Post Office and should hit your mailbox soon.  The digital version will be up on the City's website on Saturday.  The hardcopy version is already available at City Hall.  

Annual Town Meeting
Meeting Set for January 23, 2012

The Annual Town Meeting is set for January 23, 2012 at 7 pm.  Mark you calendars!  In addition to the Citizen of the Year and Citizen Emeritus Awards, there will be a State of the City presentation by the Mayor and City Manager.  Of keen interest by then will be the Land Use Recommendations from the Planning Commission to the City Council on changes to development standards applicable to properties in the FEMA Flood Zone.

Belvedere Finance and Fire Tax

In the print Newsletter you will find the Annual City Financial Summary.  We continue to be in decent financial shape - however, we also continue to remain fiscally conservative and that makes a big difference. 

The Finance Committee will be meeting soon and one of the issues on their Agenda is a discussion of the Fire Tax.  Historically, residents paid a significant portion of the cost of fire services through a direct fire tax.  When it was initiated, residents paid nearly 90% of the full cost of services through the tax.  Over time, the gap between the cost to provide fire services and the amount of the tax has increased.  The primary reason for this is that the City has not raised the fire tax since its inception save for an annual adjustment based on per capita and population changes.  These minimal adjustments are far less of an increase than the actual cost of services changes.  The difference has grown wider each year and is subsidized directly from the City's General Fund.  To read more on this important issue, be sure to check out the Fall 2010 Bella Belvedere Newsletter...


George Rodericks
City Manager

Table of Contents
Holiday Festival in December
Winter Waterbird Surveys - You can help!
Angel Island Lights
MMWD Fire Flow Master Plan - Year 14
Music at Old St. Hilary's
Art Angels Home and Garden Fair
Landmarks Holiday Art and Craft Fair
Rotary - Spaghettistock!
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TibHolidayFestival_1E21BF8-672x1024.jpgTiburon Holiday Festival 2011 - Ice Skating is Back!
Friday, December 2 at 5:30 pm

The (almost) perfect little town of Tiburon, CA just got a little more Norman Rockwellesque this holiday season.

On Friday, December 2nd – for one magical, fun-filled night only – Tiburon Holiday Festival 2011 will feature an OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK for families, couples, ice skating enthusiasts, and everyone to delight!

So grab your coziest scarf and hat and get ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ice skate along the shores of the San Francisco Bay with the most breathtaking backdrop of the twinkling, present-wrapped San Francisco skyline.

The evening’s festivities will include: the traditional Fountain Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm with classic holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along magical Main Street, wonderful holiday treats, yummy gingerbread house decorating, Winterland Snow Globe Making/Photo Shop for kids, and more!

In addition, the town’s eclectic shops and tasty restaurants will be offering specials to while away the hours. With spectacular views of the SF skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Angel Island (plus ice skating too), only a Scrooge would dare miss this memorable San Francisco Bay Area holiday event!  Reservations for ice skating will be taken starting Tuesday, November 1.

For more details, visit

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Audubon.gifWinter Waterbird Surveys & Volunteer Opportunities
Richardson Bay Audubon Center

The Belvedere Community Foundation just issued a $5,000 grant to Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary for their annual waterbird surveys.  The Audubon group conducts land-based surveys from five viewing points on the Sanctuary perimeter from Strawberry Point to Blackie's Pasture to San Rafael Avenue in Belvedere.  All individual birds within the Sanctuary are identified, counted, and their behavior is recorded twice a month over a 6-month period.

If you are interested in volunteering as a birder (experience required) or a scribe (no experience required), please contact Kerry Wilcox,, (415) 388-2524, ext 101.  Let them know that you were referred by the Belvedere Community Foundation.

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Angel Island Lights
Countdown Benefit 2011
Leave an indelible mark on the community and history

Become an Angel Lights Countdown Benefit Sponsor!

Angel Island is an integral part of the Bay Area landscape, a special place for anyone to go to enjoy the great outdoors, be inspired by nature and the history and legacy of people who came before.

By sponsoring Angel Island Association’s (AIA) 6th Annual Angel Lights Countdown Benefit you are supporting efforts to develop an Interpretive Master Plan which will serve as the guide to restoration and interpretation of the vast treasures of Angel Island State Park.

For sponsorship inquires please contact Lisa Eltinge: (415) 341-3018 or email

For information or to purchase benefit tickets or adopt an Angel Light
please call (415) 435-3972 or email.

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MMWD.jpgMMWD Completes Year 14 of the Fire Flow Master Plan

Fiscal Year 2010-2011 saw the successful completion of Year 14 of the 15-year Fire Flow Master Plan.  The plan was initiated in 1997-98 to increase the water system's ability to provide more water for fire protection and to strengthen the system to withstand the impacts of an earthquake. 

In the last fiscal year, a total of 19,300 feet (3.65 miles) of pipe was installed in San Rafael, Mill Valley and Greenbrae as well as on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.   In recent years, MMWD has replaced pipeline in Belvedere as part of the Plan - along Lagoon Road and Belvedere Avenue in particular.  Since the program's existence, a total of 70 miles of larger pipe and 750 new or larger fire hydrants have been installed in all 10 towns and cities in MMWD's 147-square-mile service area as well as in unincorporated areas. 

The Fire Flow Master Plan is funded by a $75 per parcel annual fee that is collected with property taxes.

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Music at OSH.jpgMusic At Old St. Hilary's
Friday, November 4, 2011 @ 8 pm
Old St. Hilary's Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon

Bay Area pianist and composer will feature original and classic jazz from his new CD Almost There.  Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and youths and children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are available at: Brown Paper Tickets (, the Landmark's Office located at 1550 Tiburon Boulevard, Suite M, at Tiburon Town Hall and at the door.  For more information call the Landmarks Society at 415-435-1853 or visit

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artangels copy_225x225_thumb.jpgArt Angels Home and Garden Fair!
St. Stephen's Church
November 4 through 6

St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere will be hosting its popular arts and boutique festival for the 9th season on November 4 - 6. This well-known event combines fine arts with handcrafted boutique items created by Bay Area artists and designers. Paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, handbags, clothing, stationary, children’s items, home décor items, orchids, succulents, and a variety of offerings for the garden will be shown in St. Stephen’s Kimball Hall.

Art Angels kicks off with a festive Opening Night Premiere on Friday November 4th. Party-goers will enjoy a festive evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and music with a wine tasting by sommelier Brooke Tognazzini of Belvedere’s Prima Palate and an extensive silent auction. This is the first opportunity to purchase unique hand-crafted art and locally-designed boutique items. Reservations for the premiere are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

A memorial exhibit featuring Belvedere’s Warren Faus will be on display in the sanctuary of the church on Friday and Saturday. Continuing on Saturday, November 5, the art festival will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and will conclude on Sunday, November 6, from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is free both Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from the Art Angels – Home and Garden Fair allow St. Stephen’s Church to support a variety of outreach ministries including Camp Create, Senior Access, REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team), Manzanita Children’s Center, Southern Marin Hot Lunch Coalition, Marin Interfaith Council, The Hilarita, Les Petits Chanteurs (Haiti Project), Siempre Unidos, and Episcopal Relief and Development, among others.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 3 Bayview Avenue at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue in Belvedere. For more information and ticket reservations go to or call 415 435-4501 Extension 47. 

For more information and ticket reservations...

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LandmarksAG.jpgLandmarks Holiday Art and Craft Sale
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cottage at the Art & Garden Center

This popular holiday fair with art and crafts from local artists, includes jewelry, pastel and watercolor paintings, scarves and sweaters, cards, pottery, gift boxes, and goodies (chocolates, cookies and preserves), as well as Landmarks famous pear brandy!

No charge. Free cider for all who shop, and fun door prizes.

The Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., between Gilmartin and San Rafael Avenue.

Visit for more info!

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SpaghettistockSpaghettistock - a Far Out Fundraiser
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview, Belvedere
Friday, December 9 from 6 pm to 10 pm

The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere invites members of the community to get on board for Spaghettistock, a celebration of peace, love and spaghetti with a 1960s theme, on Friday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere. Tickets are $25 per person and include an open bar for the first hour, a delicious spaghetti dinner with a choice of three sauces and a contest for the best ’60s costume. The evening’s festivities will also include a live auction with the opportunity for attendees to bid on a trip to New Zealand, a silent auction with items ranging from a fabulous Indian cooking class and dinner to premium wines and holiday gifts, a 50/50 raffle (in which the winner gets half of the proceeds from raffle sales, and the club gets the other half) and a dessert auction.
Proceeds will go to help fund the club’s local, national and international projects. Among its accomplishments are peace poles at Reed School and Tiburon Town Hall, the Hilarita community garden, Bel Aire School’s project to send a village-size solar cooker to Liberia, teacher of the year awards and support for Rotaplast’s mission to perform cleft-palate surgery on needy children around the world.

For tickets, please contact Laurie at 435-7386 or

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Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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