Saturday, July 28, 2007

One Step Closer

Make that a critical step closer. This morning's emergency evacuation drill was successful in pointing out the intricacies behind evacuating the residents on Kings Rd., and pinpointed areas that can be improved upon. That is the reason why drills such as this are conducted - so that all of the response teams are able to get a feel for what a real-life emergency in Brisbane will look like...and what it takes for efforts to be coordinated as seamlessly as possible. The lives and safety of the community are the primary goals for all those involved in today's drill, so we want to say a great big thank you to everyone who helped in their own capacities to make this first emergency evacuation drill in Brisbane a successful one. We look forward to an even more robust evacuation drill, already being discussed, for next year. We hope the Brisbane community will share in this same sense of expectancy...not only because lives are on the line, but because it's your responsibility!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Emergency Evacuation Drill TOMORROW

Emergencies can happen at any time. Raising awareness and instilling a responsible attitude for broadly-based community action to reduce this threat is the only viable approach to reducing the loss of life and property. Local governments around the Bay want to ensure that their residents are educated with the proper evacuation procedures and thus, as part of its “Wildland Pre-Fire Attack Plan,” the City will be simulating an ordered evacuation of Kings Road residents tomorrow, July 28th, at 9:00 am. This effort is designed to test and practice an effective response to emergency evacuation instances, and we hope that tomorrow’s drill will be one in which the community can come together and learn how they can better prepare themselves and their loved ones before the next big one occurs. But information alone won’t save lives…let’s make sure we all DO OUR PART, and put our knowledge into action.

American Red Cross 3-Day Emergency Preparedness Kit

Read more about what's happening in Brisbane by checking out the City News, now available on the City's website.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Swimming Safely at the Community Pool

At the Brisbane Community Pool, safety should be everyone's top priority. Whether you walk through the doors as a lap swimmer, the parent of a child taking swim lessons, and of course as pool staff, there should be a common understanding that being safe takes a certain level of effort, care, and responsibility. As a pool patron, knowing your limitations and keeping a constant eye on your child, are as much preventative guarding measures as are the trainings and certifications each of our lifeguards are required to obtain. It is when there is a balance between the two that the Community Pool becomes one of the most enjoyable, comfortable, and safest accommodations in Brisbane. Let's work together to ensure it remains that way.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Upcoming City Council Meeting to Discuss Six Subareas

In the next City Council Meeting, taking place next Monday, July 16th, the Community Development staff, in working with the Planning Commission, will be providing Council with recommendations regarding the following six subareas: Sierra Point, Brisbane Acres, the Quarry, Crocker Park, Beatty, and Owl & Buckeye Canyons. This is in continuum with the General Plan update, with the recognition of all those involved with this process that the City's rich history and passion for self-determination remains one of the most essential values of this community, and will continue to set the standard when it comes to land use in Brisbane.

Come out and learn about the land use policies and programs found in your city's General Plan. We hope to see you at the Community Center at 7:30 PM this coming Monday!

Friday, July 06, 2007

DRAFT Library Needs Assessment Conducted

Models of library service and operation have changed significantly since the Brisbane Library was built in 1981. To that end, staff at the City of Brisbane has engaged the library planning and design firm Page + Moris LLC to conduct a library needs assessment and building program, which they have already done for the Millbrae Community Library and the Santa Clara Central Park Library.

Self Checkout at Millbrae Community Library

Reading Room at Santa Clara Library

At 2,721 sq. ft., the Brisbane Library is currently not large enough to fully meet community library service needs. The new library facility will be approximately 8,000-9,000 sq. ft., and thus able to provide the following: additional space for shelving over 28,000 books, a group study room, a tutoring room, public computers and workstations, a meeting room that accommodates audiences of 100 adults, a children’s programming space, a dedicated space for teens, self checkout and self-service reserves pickup. And of course, WiFi will continue to be offered for free, for use with your compatible wireless device.

The new library facility will be located on City-owned property on Visitacion Ave., with funding and timing yet to be determined. The library is currently open Monday-Thursday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Friday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Click here for the library’s current calendar of events.

Monday, July 02, 2007