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  September 7, 2012
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Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART) Public Meetinglogo

September 20th

at Reed School

The City of Belvedere and the Town of Tiburon have formed a task force to address traffic issues on the Tiburon Peninsula. Tiburon Mayor Jim Fraser and Belvedere Mayor Sandy Donnell are collaborating with the city managers and police chiefs for both Tiburon and Belvedere, as well as with the Reed School District and St. Hilary’s School representatives. The Task Force, Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART), has been meeting since early this year to analyze the issues and to discern possible solutions to the common problem of morning and afternoon commute traffic on Tiburon Boulevard. Working with the Safe Routes to School Program coordinator, Wendi Kallins, the CART Task Force has researched commute patterns and possible transportation alternatives for the local school community.

Tiburon Peninsula residents are invited to attend a Community Meeting to hear the findings of the CART research and to provide feedback to the Task Force on the proposed transportation alternative solutions.

Join us at Reed School, 1199 Tiburon Boulevard, on September 20 at 6:30pm.

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Defending Your Home with
Defensible Space

A Message from Jessica Power, Tiburon Fire Inspector

The recent fires in Lake County have made it clear that high fire season has begun in California. You can do a lot to protect your own home from fire by practicing good vegetation management and by using fire resistive building materials and practices when you remodel your home. The following information will help protect your home in the event of a fire.

"Defensible Space" means the area 100 feet - or to the property line - around a structure that the owner maintains to reduce the potential for transfer of fire between the structure and the adjacent vegetation, the adjacent vegetation and the structure, or from structure to structure.
Defensible Space Checklist
  • Remove accumulation of dead vegetation or other combustible debris from around your house
  • Remove pyrophetic plants within 10 feet of the house (check local permitting requirements for tree removals)
  • Remove portions of trees extending within 10 feet of the outlet of a chimney
  • Maintain trees adjacent to or overhanging a building or wood deck free of dead wood
  • Clean all dead leaves and needles from roof and gutters
  • Cut brush back on the sides of driveways for emergency access providing a 5-food clearance on both sides of the roadway
  • Provide a screen with a maximum 1/2" opening on your chimney outlet
  • Make sure your house address is visible from the street
Eliminate the "fire ladder" by giving plants space. A fire ladder carries fire more quickly, thereby making it more difficult for firefighters to have enough time to respond to a fire and put it out before it gets very big.

For more information on the Tiburon Fire Protection District Fire Standards, including the recently adopted Vegetation Management Standards for Non-WUI areas, please visit the TFPD website here.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a free vegetation management inspection, please call the Tiburon Fire Protection District at 435-7200. 

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2012 Belvedere Community Foundation
Photo Contest 

The Peninsula online photo contest is underway.

Whether you are looking back on Belvedere from your sailboat on the bay or looking down on the Tiburon Peninsula from atop Saint Hillary’s open space, there is no denying we live in one of the most beautiful and photogenic places on earth. For the past decade, the Belvedere Community Foundation has been inviting professional and amateur photographers alike to share their most captivating images of our home in their annual photography contest. For the eleventh year of the photography contest we have six categories to submit photos under:

  • Architecture of the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Events on the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Wildlife on the Peninsula
  • Views of Belvedere and the Tiburon Peninsula
  • People of the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Life in Tiburon and Belvedere (Entrants aged 5-18)

The contest is open to everyone. Photographs must reflect some aspect of the Belvedere Tiburon Peninsula in color or black and white.

  1. All visitors to the Photo Contest will register to submit photos. After users are approved, they will be able to upload their photos.
  2. Any photos uploaded will be previewed to ensure they are in the spirit of the contest.
  3. There is no fee to enter. There is a limit of 5 photographs per entrant. Photos should not be larger than 3MB in size.

The contest is already open and accepting photographs. All submissions must be received by October 31, 2012. A panel of judges will determine a winner in each of the three categories. There will also be a People’s Choice Award determined by community voting on our website so even if you don’t submit photos, visit the Photography Contest on the Foundation website to vote for your favorites.

To vote, please go to the gallery page and select one of our six photo contest category galleries, then highlight the picture you wish to vote for. Scroll down to the rating stars. To vote, roll your cursor over the blue stars until they turn green and click at the number of stars you wish to give to the photo.


For more information, please visit their website at

Belvedere Community Foundation Photo Contest

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Back to School Driving Safety

Schools are open again and the Belvedere Police Department would like to remind everyone to drive carefully, especially around the schools. The Belvedere Police Department will be providing extra patrol presence around the schools, especially around drop-off and pick-up times at Reed School due to construction in the area.

Safety tips to keep in mind when taking/picking up your child:
•    Plan ahead and allow extra time to deliver your child to school
•    Young children may dart into path of cars, so watch, watch, watch!
•    Don’t assume that your child is safe in a crosswalk; tell them to stop and look both ways, if not accompanied by a crosswalk guard.
•    Be familiar with school zones and speed limits at your child’s school.
•    Do not let your cell phone, palm, or other wonders of technology distract you from the primary goal:  the ultimate safety of your child and other children.
•    Motorists must obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
•    Be sure to stop for school buses that have stopped to load or unload passengers.
•    When you are backing out of your driveway, be sure to watch for kids hurrying to school, either walking or on their bikes.

We take many things for granted in our daily routines: our jobs, families, and health.  A blunder caused by rushed, careless driving could alter many lives, so slow down, and drive carefully!

Tricia Seyler, Police Chief

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September 29 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Daylogo

The City of Belvedere will host a prescription drug take-back day

September 29
10:00am to 2:00pm
Belvedere Community Center

Get rid of your unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Bring your medications for disposal to the Belvedere Community Center at 450 San Rafael Ave.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. A Belvedere Police Officer will be available to take your medication and have it disposed of safely.  Please bring your pills,  (no liquids or creams will be accepted) in plain plastic baggies.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.  

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logoFriday Nights on Main
Main Street  
June 22 through Sept. 14

It's Friday Nights on Main (FNOM) time! This great community event will continue every Friday throughout the summer until September 14 (except August 24). Come join the celebration of Friday Nights on Main with food and fun for all ages.  
For more information, contact the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at 435-5633 or visit their website  Friday Nights on Main

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Counci_Chambers.JPGPublic Meetings

Belvedere City Council
Second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 10, 2012.
Click here for the City Council agenda

Citizens Flood Committee Meeting
Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 12, 2012. Agenda items include an update on the status of FEMA's revised Flood Maps and a discussion of land use and FEMA issues for West Shore Road properties.

Click here for the Flood Committee agenda

Belvedere Planning Commission
Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 18, 2012.

Belvedere Tiburon Joint Disaster Advisory Council
Speakers from NOAA and CalEMA are scheduled to speak about the Storm and Tsunami Ready programs on September 25, 2012 at 4pm. The meeting is held at Tiburon Town Hall.

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2012 Golf.jpgSign Up for the 2012 Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the San Geronimo Golf Course

Save the Date! Tuesday, September 11 is this year's date for the Belvedere-Tiburon Open. We would like to invite you to join us for the 17th Annual event.

This year's event will take place at the beautiful San Geronimo Golf Course in San Geronimo. Thanks to the City of Belvedere and the Town of Tiburon, Belvedere Tiburon Community Recreation is designated as this year's beneficiary with the tournament helping to ensure continued high quality recreation services.

This year's player fee is $160 and includes green fee for 18 holes, lunch before the shotgun start, a sit-down dinner and drinks post play and lots of prizes! We would like to extend an invitation to join us either as part of a foursome that you form on your own or if you would like to sign up as a single player - we will add you to an open slot.

There are also sponsorship opportunities available, some include a twosome or a foursome in the tournament! We certainly hope that you can be a part of it. If you have questions, please contact Belvedere City Hall at 415-435-3838 or email

If you would like to sign up now, click the player registration link below.

2012 Player Registration Form

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Felicia Wheaton
Community Development Director/Assistant City Manager
City of Belvedere
(415) 435-3838

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