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   March 29, 2012
Belvedere E-Notifications

Bella_Belvedere_Spring_2012.jpgBella Belvedere Spring 2012 Edition Now Online!

Bella Belvedere Spring 2012 Edition should be hitting mailboxes next week, but for all those who visit the City website or who subscribe to the E-News or visit the City's Facebook page you can download your copy today!


architects.jpgOnline Agenda Tips

Embedded in each of the meeting agendas found on the "Archives/Agendas, Minutes, Reports" link on the City's homepage are staff reports! These reports describe in detail the projects that are going to be considered during the meeting. By law, these reports must be available to the public 72 hours before the regular meeting. Staff reports describe the project, the laws that apply to the project, and the analysis completed by City personnel from a range of departments. For example, Fire District, Public Works, Building, City Attorney, and Planning staff all review items scheduled before the Planning Commission. After downloading the agenda, look for the links in the text of the agenda. These will appear as highlighted and underlined words or sentences. Please let us know what you think! Belvedere Planning staff members welcome your questions or comments at (415) 435-3838.

So what's the story? Where is the City at with these things?

Stay tuned to next week's E-News where you'll get fresh updates on the following:

  • Mid-San Rafael Avenue Undergrounding Project
  • Community Park Bench Project
  • Concerts in the Park 2012 Series
  • San Rafael Avenue ADA Sidewalk Improvement Project
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation's Dairy Knoll Project
  • 2012-2013 City of Belvedere Budget Process
  • Mill Valley Refuse Services Franchise Agreement & Rates for 2012-2013
  • Design Review Process Updates
  • Flood Zone Land Use Amendments
  • Marin Emergency Radio Authority - First Responder Communications
  • Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART)
  • and More!

Next week's E-News will be stocked with the above and more!  Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe today!


George Rodericks
City Manager

Table of Contents
April - National Distracted
Driving Awareness Month
Meet Your Block Captains
TAM Citizens' Oversight
Committee Annual Report

Marin Village - Volunteer Opportunity
Thrift Shop Calls for Volunteers
Quick Links to the Web
Weekly Building Permits
Weekly Roadway Encroachments
Road Closure Calendar
Event/Meetings Calendar
News Flashes
Citizen Request Tracker
City Manager Blog
Quick Links to Other Websites
Social Media Links
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distracted-driving.jpgApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is requesting support from all law enforcement agencies throughout the State to lower deaths and injuries caused by inattentive drivers.  To ensure that Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a success, California's Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is asking every agency to focus enforcement efforts on drivers using hand-held cell phones, texting, and other distractions in April.

California's campaign uses the slogan, "It's Not Worth It," to convey that no text, phne call or other distraction is worth a collision, injury or death.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified texting and cell phone use as the fastest growing and most visible distraction associated with collisions.  Some other facts and figures:

  • 80% of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds (long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55mph).  Most crashes happen with less than 3 seconds reaction time.
  • Over 3,000 people died in the US in 2010 due to distracted driving.

What can you do??  Obey the law and do your best to limit distractions.  Belvedere Officers will be issuing tickets when they observe a violation.

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Block Captains.jpgGet Ready To Meet Your Block Captains!

The first official Block Captain meeting was held on March 12th in the Founders Room.  The volunteer Block Captains were all given information about the program.  They were able to meet each other and ask questions about the Block Captain program.  Laurie then distributed forms for the Block Captains to pass out to their neighbors. This will assist emergency personnel in case a disaster requires evacuation of the City.

In the next few weeks your Block Captain will be coming by to introduce themselves.  They will be dropping off emergency contact information sheets for each of you to fill out and hand back to them.

The sheets are to gather information about the number of children and pets in a household, your emergency contact information, emergency water, gas and power shutoff locations.  There is also a place to add any special needs for members of your household who may have mobility limitations or hearing/vision impairments.  This will help emergency personnel to better prepare additional resources if needed.

Although we had a great turnout at the meeting, we are still looking for block captains to cover San Rafael Av, Golden Gate Ave and Madrona Ave.  If you would like to participate, please contact:

Laurie Gordon-Belvedere Tiburon Emergency Services Coordinator,
or James Campbell-Block Captain Coordinator,


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Citizens Oversight.jpgAnnual Report - Citizens' Oversight Committee for the Transportation Authority of Marin

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) was created to administer the half-cent Marin County Transportation Sales Tax, Measure A, approved by Marin voters in November 2004. TAM has also been designated as the Marin County Congestion Management Agency (CMA). The Agency is responsible for transportation programs and projects in Marin County. The TAM Board includes elected officials from each city and town, plus the five members of the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

The Measure A Expenditure Plan mandates the formation of a Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC). The purpose of the COC is to provide an independent review that Measure A expenditures are spent in accordance with the Expenditure Plan. With the passage of Measure B, the $10 vehicles registration fee in November 2010, the TAM Board asked the COC to also take on the oversight role for these revenues and expenditures. COC reports its findings annually to the public. The seventh of these reports, the Fiscal Year 2010-11 Annual Report, is presented for the public to review and learn how their sales tax dollars are being spent as well as to get an overview of the newly implemented Measure B projects and programs. Electronic copies of the annual reports are available on the TAM website at

The COC thanks all Marin residents for their support of transportation programs and projects in Marin County. The COC is also searching for dedicated Marin residents to serve on the Committee. Please contact TAM staff at (415) 226-0815 if you would like to be part of this exciting transportation group.

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marin-village.jpgMarin Village - Opportunity for Volunteers

Our Tiburon Peninsula Village (TPV), part of the Marin Village network which consists of neighbors helping neighbors to age gracefully, keep active and keep socially engaged, is growing and needs volunteers to share the tasks (and rewards!) of serving on the TPV steering committee and/or being available to provide rides, do errands, and share conversation with members.  To learn more, contact a TPV co-chair:

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Thrift Shop.jpgLandmarks Society Needs Volunteers for the Tiburon Thrift Shop

Our The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society needs volunteers to help staff the Tiburon Thrift shop on Fridays and every 5th Saturday.   

The Tiburon Thrift Shop, located on Ark Row, is a great place for the community to recycle and purchase quality items at affordable prices.  It is easy and fun and you will be doing a great service to our local community!  Help with sorting donations, organizing the retail space, and selling to locals and visitors.

The Tiburon Thrift Shop was created as a vehicle to raise funds to support local non-profits.  All of the profits are distributed back to the local community benefitting:  The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. Hilary Catholic Church and the Community Congregational Church.  

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Sue Ohrenschall at or the Landmarks office at

Please feel free to pass this volunteer opportunity on to your friends!

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Thanks for being a part of the City's E-Notifications!  E-Notifications are a resource of public information produced and distributed by the City of Belvedere.  To sign-up for more, visit the Notify Me section of the City's website.

Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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