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  November 10, 2011
Belvedere E-Notifications

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 and via the City's website or the newsletter link below.

December Meetings

The next regular scheduled meeting for the Planning Commission is November 15.  There is no regular meeting set for December; however, the Commission will meet at an Adjourned Meeting on December 7 to discuss flood zone land use recommendations from the Ad Hoc Planning Commission Committee.  This will be the first time that the Commission will discuss the recommendations from both the Flood Committee and the Ad Hoc Planning Commission Committee.  While it is not a Public Hearing, the meeting is a Public Meeting and comments from the public are more than welcome! 

The path for the flood zone land use changes flows from this Adjourned Planning Commission Meeting to a regular meeting in January to discuss the same and gather additional public input and then to the City Council in February or March.  The present recommendation, as advised at last night's Flood Zone Committee Meeting, is for those properties in the Flood Zone, to move their new height/elevation measure baseline to the 9' FEMA NAVD line.  All other zoning parameters would be addressed through the design review process. 

Your input is important, plan to attend either the December 7 or the January regular meeting of the Planning Commission.  For more information on the City's Flood Zone issues, visit the City's Flood Zone Resources webpage where issues such as current status, insurance, and more are discussed directly and via links at the bottom of the page.

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.

Also scheduled prior to the Town Hall Meeting will be an unveiling of the new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations set to be installed in November/December.


George Rodericks
City Manager

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Winter Waterbird Surveys - You can help!
Angel Island Lights
MMWD Fire Flow Master Plan - Year 14
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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Individual Tickets start at $75
Click here to purchase tickets

Sponsorships start at $500
Click here to become a sponsor

For over 50 years the Angel Lights have shined brightly
throughout the month of December, thanks to donors like you
ADOPTING A LIGHT to support this historic California State Park.

Click here to adopt an Angel Light
Support Angel Island Association - Donate Now

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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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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