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  September 14, 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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Highway 101 Greenbrae/Twin Cities Corridor Improvement Project Open Houseaerial view

Monday, September 17
Redwood High School Cafeteria
395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Marin County, the City of Larkspur, and the Town of Corte Madera, will host an informational open house on Monday, September 17 to present an update on the project and proposed improvements for the Highway 101 Greenbrae/Twin Cities Corridor Improvement Project. TAM and Caltrans are nearing the conclusion of the environmental review phase of the project and, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a Draft Environmental Document (DED) will be released later in the year. Please note the DED will not be available for review and formal comments on the DED will not be taken at the open house. Comments on the DED will be taken during the circulation period for the DED, which will include a public hearing tentatively scheduled for early November 2012.
The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion within the Greenbrae/Twin Cities Corridor by alleviating the short merging, diverging, and weaving areas along US 101. This will be accomplished through the reconfiguration of existing US 101 interchanges, and the construction of auxiliary lanes and collector-distributor roadways.  Auxiliary lanes are constructed between on and off ramps to allow drivers a safe way to merge into traffic while also preventing bottlenecks caused by drivers attempting to enter or exit the freeway. Collector-distributer roadways are parallel roads to the freeway which help move traffic from local streets to the freeway.
Project improvements to existing transit and pedestrian/bicycle facilities, and the construction of new facilities as part of the proposed project, are intended to make these alternative transit modes (i.e., buses, bicycles, and pedestrians) more attractive and efficient in order to reduce traffic volumes in the Greenbrae/Twin Cities Corridor.
The informational open house will be held on Monday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Redwood High School Cafeteria located at 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA.  Please note that there will be no formal presentation. Exhibits will be on display and study team staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the proposed project.
Open House Details:
Participants will have the opportunity to:
·   Review updated information on the proposed project
·   Learn about the project study report process, project schedule and upcoming milestones
·   Learn about the environmental review process and prepare for the upcoming release of the Draft Environmental Document
If you have any questions about this project or the public input process, please contact Bill Whitney, TAM Project Manager, at (415) 226-0823 or Information about the project and public meetings can be found at
Please note Doherty Drive will be closed to traffic from Doherty Drive Bridge east to Riviera Circle.  Please visit for more information on alternate routes to access Redwood High School.

* Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to TAM staff at (415) 226-0815 no later than five days before the meeting.

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Marin Center for Independent Living Annual Gala "Angels by the Bay"poster art

Friday, October 12th
Corinthian Yacht Club

The Marin Center for Independent Living is proud to present our much anticipated annual Gala, Angels by the Bay, on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11am at the beautiful Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.  Our event will feature wine tasting, a restaurant raffle, silent auction, unique vendors, luncheon, and live auction. This year MCIL is proud to honor Gary S. Mizono, M.D., Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, with the Mayor Albert J. Boro Excellence in Leadership Award.

Please join MCIL as they celebrate 34 years of service to older adults and individuals with disabilities in Marin County. For more information, please contact Kathleen Woodcock at 459-6245 ext 17 or visit their website at Don't delay as our event sells out every year!!

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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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Fall Down the Rabbit Hole with the Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society

Friday October 5th, 6pmposter art
Art & Garden Center
841 Tiburon Boulevard

Enjoy a Wonderland of Fun at the Landmarks Mad Hatter Tea Party. As you walk from terrace to terrace, you'll discover Drink Me beverages, fanciful music, scrumptious foods, and magical characters.

Support the Landmarks Society at this year's annual event, and dress up in Wonderland garden cocktail attire and your own unique Mad Hat.

Dinner, drinks, and entertainment begin at 6:00 p.m. A special pre-party "Croquet with the Queen" reception begins at 5:00 p.m. with appetizers, cocktails, and croquet.

For more details and to make reservations, call the Landmarks Offices at (415) 435-1853 and visit the Landmarks website.

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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.

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

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