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  January 12, 2012
Belvedere E-Notifications

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.

Also scheduled prior to the Town Hall Meeting will be an unveiling of the new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - this special event starts at 6:30 pm in the City Hall lower parking lot.

Belvedere_Connects.jpegTODAY!  Belvedere Connects
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Belvedere Council Chambers
10 am to 12 pm

The Belvedere Community Foundation invites you to the 2nd Annual Belvedere Connects - Connecting Belvedere residents with local volunteer opportunities.

RSVP:  Claire McAuliffe, or 415-250-8218

Come learn about how you can connect with these fantastic local organizations supported by the Belvedere Community Foundation:

*Tiburon Peninsula Village
*Senior Access:  Adult Club for Folks with Memory Loss
*Disaster Preparedness in Belvedere
*Belvedere's Clean & Green Day
*Blackie's Garden at Blackie's Pasture
*Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary


George Rodericks
City Manager

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Bay Friendly Gardening Guide
Laundry to Landscape
Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART)
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Interested in Serving on A Committee?
Send In Your Information Today

There are three openings up for appointment in Belvedere:

  • Emergency Preparedness Volunteer.  This volunteer role supports the efforts of the Disaster Advisory Council and the City's Emergency Management Coordinator, Laurie Gordon.  The work could involve anything from working with disaster service workers, setting up the Emergency Operations Center, revitalizing Neighborhood Watch, organizing training in Get Ready 94920! and more!  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!
  • Member, Traffic Safety Committee.  This appointment serves on the City's 8-member Traffic Safety Committee including the City Manager, Police Chief, Building Official, Public Works Manager, and four residents appointed by the City Council.  One non-voting representative from the City Council also serves on the Committee.  There are no set terms or term limits and the Committee meets on a non-regular basis whenever it has sufficient business to consider.  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!
  • Member, Marin-Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board Member.  This appointee serves as a member of the Marin-Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board representing the City of Belvedere.  The Board serves as the governing body of the special district which exists to prevent mosquito vector and pest populations from transmitting infectious diseases and to reduce their ability to cause annoyance and discomfort.  One Board member is appointed for Belvedere to serve a two-year term; there are no term limits.  The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the District Offices, 595 Helman Lane, Cotati.  Interested?  Visit the website to put your name in!

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BayGuide.jpgBay Friendly Gardening Guide
Available As A Download

Recently, pursuant to State law, the City Council adopted the Marin Municipal Water District's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. For more details on the Ordinance, contact the City's Planning Department; but, for tips on Bay Friendly Gardening...Download a copy of Bay-Friendly Gardening: From Your Backyard to the Bay!  The Guide was presented to the City Council during adoption of the Ordinance as a way to help educate the community about water conservation issues. Via the site, you can also find tips on composting, choosing appropriate plants, lawn care, mulch basics, water conservation and more!

There will be more educational material prepared and distributed by both the Water District and the City on the Ordinance itself. But in the mean time, visit the site as well as the District site ( for online educational materials. In brief, the Ordinance requires Water District review of irrigation projects of a particular size and/or those done via a licensed contractor. The plan review by the District is free of charge and will be worked into any City-required review timeline and process. Listen to the audio on the City's website of the December 12, 2011 City Council Meeting where a representative from the District spoke on the Ordinance and its implementation (

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Laundry to Landscape.jpgMarin Municipal Water District & The Urban Farmer Store Present:
Laundry to Landscape!
Saturday, January 14 from 10 am to noon

In this FREE hands-on workshop you will learn how to use water from your clothes washer for landscape irrigation. These simple graywater systems can be installed in your home without a building permit.

Saturday, January 14, 10 am - Noon
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Space is limited—reserve your seat today!  Contact MMWD at 945-1521

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CART.jpgCommunity Action to Reduce Traffic

The City of Belvedere and Town of Tiburon have launched an effort, nicknamed “CART”, whose goal is the identification and ultimate implementation of strategies to tackle afresh the long-time traffic issues on Tiburon Boulevard. CART is an acronym short for Community Action to Reduce Traffic - a lofty and challenging goal.

CART is guided by elected officials from both Tiburon and Belvedere, who are partnering in this effort. Also at the table are staff representatives from each agency, Reed Union and St. Hilary’s school representatives, PTA and Safe Routes to School representatives and more – all dedicated to the task of addressing the unique problems facing the “one-road-in” limitation on the peninsula. In addition to addressing school-related traffic, the team is investigating the problem from all angles and looking into all the parties that might play an important part in solving it.

One of the first tasks of the CART team is conducting a survey of parents to determine how their children are currently getting to and from school. The hope is to identify and reduce impediments to walking, biking, carpooling, and bus ridership. The impact of school traffic on the roadway is a major contributor to the timing of traffic congestion, so addressing school traffic may alleviate some of the congestion. Encouraging other regular roadway users, such as commuters and trades people, to adjust when possible their travel times or modes may also improve things along the route.

There are a variety of potential solutions that can be evaluated and the CART team welcomes your input on what some of those might be. The team will evaluate the feasibility of each as they evaluate the entire situation. So stay tuned, be prepared with your feedback and watch for news and press on the topic. If you are a parent – please be sure to complete the survey you received via e-mail. If you are a commuter or tradesperson – please consider alternate drive times or alternate modes (carpool) to get on and off the peninsula. Sometimes even a fifteen or twenty minute shift in timing can make all the difference.

We encourage everyone to send us your thoughts as we attempt to move toward solutions to this thorny problem. The quality of life for our entire peninsula will improve if we succeed.  Send your thoughts to "Attention: CART Committee" at City or Town Hall or, for the City of Belvedere to

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Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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