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APRIL 28, 2017
In this Issue
From the Mayor
May 1st we welcome our new City Manager, Craig Middleton, to our Belvedere family. Middleton led the transformation of the Presidio, San Francisco from Army post to national park. As executive director of the Presidio Trust for fourteen years, he was responsible for the operation of all the departments of a small “city,” including public safety, planning and preservation, community relations, resource preservation, facilities and infrastructure. Prior to his work with the Trust, Middleton worked with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the non-profit partner of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. There, he led a team that assisted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in drafting and advocating for legislation to establish the Presidio Trust. Middleton previously served as Washington press secretary and legislative aide to Nancy Pelosi. We are all very excited for Craig’s first day with the City!
We will also be saying farewell to our extraordinary Interim City Manager, Beth Pollard. Beth took over the helm at City Hall in January of this year bringing more than 30 years of experience in local government which Belvedere put to good use. I know I speak for the Council, our city staff, and the citizens of Belvedere, when I express our gratitude to Beth for her wisdom and guidance during our transition between City managers.
In preparation for his new position, Craig Middleton met with Interim City Manager Pollard as well as former City Managers Ed San Diego and Mary Neilan.
Mayor of Belvedere
City Receives Government Finance Officers Association’s Award
The City of Belvedere was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City has received the award for four consecutive years, thanks to the outstanding work of our Administrative Services Director, Becky Eastman. We will miss Becky and her expertise when she retires in July after 16 years in Belvedere.
Please take the Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan Survey
The Bicycle Plan will be a visionary and comprehensive planning document to improve safety and mobility for bicyclists on and across the State-owned transportation network in District 4, the Bay Area region. The survey is available here. [https://maptionnaire.com/en/2147/]
City Wins Finance Award [#gfoa]
Take the Caltrans Survey [#survey]
Welcome New Officer Blasi [#blasi]
Yellow Bus Challenge Tickets on Sale Now [#bus]
May 10 is Bike to School Day [#bike]
Call 811 Before you Dig [#811]
Friday Nights on Main 2017 [#fnom]
Upcoming Events [#events]
Historic Preservation Committee
Parks and Open Space Committee
Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website. [http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/calendar.aspx]
City's Website [http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/]
Website Calendar [http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/calendar.aspx]
Get Ready 94920 [http://www.getready94920.org/]
Bel-Tib Library [http://www.beltiblibrary.org/]
The Ranch (Recreation) [http://theranchtoday.org/]
Reed Union School District
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce [http://tiburonchamber.wildapricot.org/]
County of Marin, 3rd District [http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-3/home]
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society [http://landmarkssociety.com/]
Belvedere Community Foundation [http://belvederecommunityfoundation.com/]
Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle [http://www.marintransit.org/routes/219.html]
Welcome New Officer Michael J. Blasi
Michael Blasi was sworn in as an officer for the Belvedere Police Department at the April 11, 2017, regular City Council meeting. Michael Blasi comes to us from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. He had assignments as a Sergeant in custody and patrol. He was assigned to the Sheriff's Office patrol boat that worked in the Richardson Bay. He was also was a detective investigating both property and person crimes. Prior to being hired at the Sheriff's Office, Mike spent 8 years in the Coast Guard. He joined the Coast Guard because of the humanitarian aspect of that branch of the service. He was also intrigued by the Law Enforcement aspect that the Coast Guard offered. Mike was raised in the Boston area and currently lives in Novato.
2107-18 Yellow Bus Challenge Tickets on Sale Now!
School bus passes are one sale now, so don’t delay in purchasing your pass. Every pass that is sold will help reduce traffic along Tiburon Blvd., which benefits the entire community.
Tickets can be purchased at here. [https://buschallenge.org/collections/]
More information about the Yellow Bus Challenge can be found on their website at buschallenge.org. [http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/admin/More%20information%20about%20the%20Yellow%20Bus%20Challenge%20can%20be%20found%20on%20their%20website:%20https://buschallenge.org/]
Wednesday, May 10th is National Bike to School Day
May 10, 2017, is National Bike to School Day. Please consider leaving the car parked and bike, bus, walk, or carpool to school. Bike trains will meet at the following locations and times:
To Bel Aire:
7:25am – Corner of Leeward and San Rafael Ave
7:30am – CVS
7:45am – Blackie’s Pasture
8:00am – CVS
PG&E Urges Customers to Use New 811express.com to Request free Utility Markings Before Digging
In honor of National Safe Digging Month this April, PG&E encourages everyone planning excavation projects big and small to get a free safe-digging ticket using the new and convenient tool: 811express.com [http://811express.com/] . Customers, excavators and contractors are urged to take just one minute and use the online service on desktop, mobile phone or tablet at least two days prior to excavation. Utilities will be dispatched to the site to mark underground utility lines so that unsafe digging threatening gas and underground services can be avoided.
Customers and excavators can still make a free call to 811 to request underground utility markings. The two-day business requirement applies.
About the 811 Free Safety Service
811 is a free nationwide service that sends utilities to mark the presence of underground lines, including gas, electric, water and fiber optic services. Underground Service Alert (USA) North, which operates 811 in PG&E’s service area, created 811express.com to reduce demand to the 811 call line and provide a convenient way for the public to request utility markings.
Homeowners and contractors can prevent gas leaks and power outages while protecting themselves and the safety of their community by requesting a USA ticket. Contractors are required by law to contact 811 at least two working days prior to excavation, but any digging project should prompt a request for a USA ticket, including planting a tree in the yard or setting posts for a picket fence. In addition to creating a possible safety hazard, failing to contact 811 may result in costly fines and project delays.
Save the Date...
FRIDAY NIGHTS ON MAIN 2017
Main Street | Downtown Tiburon
Friday Nights on Main are a much loved community tradition. Main Street in Tiburon is closed to traffic for the evening and local restaurants set up tables and food booths outside, creating a warm and inviting venue in which to enjoy live music and wine & dine al fresco. These fun filled evenings are a great opportunity to mingle with friends and family while enjoying the beauty of Tiburon.
Friday Nights on Main take place on the last Friday of May through September, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The 207 schedule will be:
Angel Island Adventure – Junior and Family Team Race
Sunday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Angel Island Adventure – Adult Division
Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Featuring 5 – 10 fun and challenging obstacles throughout the course, teams of two or four will bike and run on trails, fire roads, and Angel Island’s Perimeter Rd. More information about the race and signing up is available at http://www.aiadventurerace.org/ [http://www.aiadventurerace.org/]
Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere 50/50 Day Considers
a Gender-Balanced World
Wednesday, May 10, 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM
Founders’ Room, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd.
The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere invites the community to attend a 50/50 Day event, 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, in the Founders’ Room at the Belvedere Tiburon Library. The event will include a screening of Mill Valley Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s short film, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Women + Power, with a guided discussion of ways to achieve a gender-balanced world and live streaming of a Global Livecast Q & A to follow. More than 4,000 screenings are taking place in 41 states and 31 countries, so it’s an opportunity to be part of worldwide movement that’s gaining momentum. If you’re a woman or have a mother, daughter or sister, join the conversation and share your point of view.
Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Point Tiburon Plaza, Downtown Tiburon
One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival [http://www.tiburonwinefestival.org/] showcases established and small production wineries, providing a rare opportunity to experience new wines (and savor old favorites), while meeting the wine makers behind them.
At the same time, experience the harmony of fine wine and culinary talent as some of the area’s most popular restaurants and food purveyors provide delicious appetizers and gourmet food samples, such as artisan breads, cheeses and olive oils. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful San Francisco Bay, you will also enjoy live music and a spectacular silent auction featuring one of kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries.
Marin Youth Poster Contest
Deadline: August 16, 2017, 5:00 PM
RileyStreet Art Supply, 1138 4th Street, San Rafael
Marin County residents between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to design an art poster that communicates your hope, optimism, concerns and vision about the world in which you live. Using art, ideas and problem-solving skills, you will develop a poster that informs, challenges and inspires the community to take action and make a difference, especially in these troubling times. Great prizes will be awarded! For more information on prizes, deadlines and requirements please visit www.youthpostercontest.com [http://www.youthpostercontest.com/] or email email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] .
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