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  September 21, 2012
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Remember: Using Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers is Prohibited in the City of Belvedere.gardener with blower

As many of you are aware, the City has an active leaf blower ordinance applicable to gasoline engine powered blowers. This ordinance is an important tool in reducing noise disturbance and pollution in Belvedere. The ordinance prohibits the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers inside City limits at any time of the day or night. The Belvedere Police Department and Public Works Department enforce this law via warnings to first time offenders and citations to repeat offenders. There is proactive enforcement during the weekdays when gardeners and homeowners are found using gas powered blowers. We will also respond to citizen concerns or complaints about them any time we are requested to do so. If you have questions about leaf blowers, or anything else we can help you with, please contact City Hall at (415) 435-3838, or the Belvedere Police Department at (415) 435-3266.

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Fall Down the Rabbit Hole with the Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society

Friday October 5th, 6pm
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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Marin National Plug In Day 2012 - Drive an Electric Vehicle at the Civic Center Farmers Market!poster

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Marin County Civic Center
next to Farmers Market
8:00am - 2:00pm

Imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have to pay volatile gasoline prices, only rarely returned to your auto dealer for service, and could re-charge your car at home overnight like a cell phone. Want to have the speed and amenities of a gasoline-powered car but not pollute the air while driving? Drive electric! It’s easier and cheaper than many think.

Learn how simple it is to drive and charge an electric vehicle at Marin National Plug In Day 2012, set for Sunday, September 23, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Marin County Civic Center, next to the Farmers Market.

Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) are teaming up to present the free event, which will feature more than ten plug in electric vehicles and motorcycles, including the BMW Active E, Brammo Electric Motorcycles, Chevrolet Volt, Coda, Fisker Karma, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Tesla, Toyota’s RAV 4 EV and Plug In Prius, as well as electric bicycles.

Visitors can test drive or ride along in an electric vehicle, learn how to use plug in charging, and get an accurate assessment of yearly cost-savings and state and federal purchase incentives. Local Marin EV owners will share their driving experiences and reasons they choose to drive electric.

"Electric vehicles are a win-win for Marin drivers,” says Dale Miller, president of GGEVA. “They cost less to own and drive than gas cars. Switching to an electric car is the most effective step that Marin residents can take to reduce their carbon footprints. GGEVA is proud to co-sponsor this opportunity for Marin drivers to see how much fun it is to drive an electric car."

Across the country, National Plug In Day 2012 will be celebrated in more than 60 cities “to draw global attention to the environmental, economic, and other benefits of plug in electric vehicles,” according to national organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association. Locally, Marin National Plug In Day 2012 will help educate and motivate drivers to consider a plug in electric vehicle the next time they need to purchase a new vehicle.

“We want Marin drivers to consider electric vehicles when planning their next vehicle purchases because EVs are a critical component in our goal to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Dianne Steinhauser, executive director of TAM.

She notes that TAM unanimously adopted a resolution this week supporting Marin National Plug In Day 2012 as part of its larger effort to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and improve air quality, which includes public and local government education, promotion of zero-emission transportation, and facilitating the installation of EV charging stations throughout Marin. “People are discovering how truly practical these cars are for everyday driving and that more and more public charging stations are becoming available in our communities. Electric vehicles are a great environmental choice for drivers and air quality.”

Marin National Plug In Day 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Event located in the parking lot across from the Marin Farmers Market, Marin County Civic Center

Free admission. Open to the public.

Organized by Transportation Authority of Marin and Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association

About the Organizers

Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is the congestion management agency and sales tax authority for Marin County. TAM manages a variety of transportation projects and programs in Marin County, receiving federal, state, regional, and local funds, and working closely with all eleven cities and towns as well as the county.

Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer educational, support and advocacy organization that promotes electric vehicles.

Additional Resources

National Plug in Day

Plug In America

Plug In America - Facebook Page

Sierra Club

Electric Auto Association


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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 this event sells out every year!!

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Belvedere Community Foundation's 2nd Annual Clean and Green Daylogo

Saturday, October 20
10:00am - Noon

The city of Belvedere held its first Clean and Green day last April. More than a hundred and fifty of your neighbors took part in projects spanning from the Golden Gate Avenue cul-de-sac to Tom Price Park, from one end of our beautiful city to another.

We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day October 20th and here is how you can help...

Suggest a project:
Have you passed a public spot in Belvedere and said “I wish they would do something about this”?

Send us your suggestions and we will see if we can make it happen during Clean and Green Day. Remember the area must be public and cannot require city irrigation.

Volunteer to be a Project Lead:
Project leads will know what the plan for each project site is, where to weed, sweep, prune and put the garbage. Our coordinator will provide you details prior to Clean and Green Day.

Volunteer to Help Out on Clean and Green Day:
No matter your abilities we will have a job for you on Clean and Green Day. Let us know you’ll be joining us and we’ll help you find a project in your neighborhood and let you know what tools you can bring.

Volunteer to help before Clean and Green Day: Bake cookies!
Can you bake cookies? We need hospitality volunteers to bake some goodies for our hard working Clean and Green volunteers in the days before the event, let us know what you can do.

Please send your suggestions and sign up to volunteer with James Campbell at:

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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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More Mosquitos Infected with West Nile Virus Found in Rohnert Parklogo
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District announced today that another mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus. The sample was collected near Wilfred Avenue in Rohnert Park, in the same vicinity where the last group of mosquitoes tested positive on August 3rd.
"Immediately following the results of the positive mosquito sample, Vector Control Technicians were sent to check the area and found several sites producing mosquitoes," said Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for the District. The areas found producing mosquitoes had not been there during previous visits and were treated accordingly. "Adult mosquito surveillance traps will be set, as usual, to monitor the abundance of mosquitoes and virus activity," stated Sequeira.

With the warm weather continuing through the next week, District officials are concerned that the mosquito population may increase as well as virus activity. Residents in the area are urged to report potential mosquito production sites as well as mosquito problems to the District.   
Residents can help reduce the threat of West Nile virus in the following ways:
  • Eliminate standing water in rain barrels, old tires, buckets, kiddie pools or any other item that can hold water for more than a week.
  • Report mosquito problems, neglected swimming pools, or any area that could be producing mosquitoes.
  • Stock backyard ponds or other permanent water features with mosquitofish. The fish are free and can be delivered or simply picked up at the District office.
  • Report dead birds to the West Nile virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473.
  • Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors during dusk and dawn. Use a repellent containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

It is extremely important that anyone participating in outdoor activities take personal protection measures such as applying an effective mosquito repellent to exposed skin when outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn.
West Nile virus symptoms may include headache, fever, body aches, vomiting, nausea, swollen lymph glands and skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.
Approximately 80% of people who become infected with WNv will not show any symptoms; approximately 20% of infected individuals, however will develop West Nile fever.
Less than 1% of those individuals may develop a more severe form of illness with symptoms such as high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, paralysis and in extreme cases death. While there is no cure for WNv, it is preventable.

For more information or to report mosquito problems contact the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District at 1.800.231.3236 or visit Report dead birds to the West Nile virus Hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is an independent, special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. All programs and services are funded through property taxes and are provided to all residents of Marin and Sonoma counties. For more information about us please
visit the website at or call 1-800-231-3236.

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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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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 October 8, 2012.

Belvedere Planning Commission
Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall
Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is October 16, 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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