Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The New Year also allows the opportunity for improvements in the way you live, and plan for the future. Therefore, there's no better time than now to Resolve to be Ready for 2009.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign is reminding Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2009. Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort designed to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in the New Year. One of the ways you can do this is to pick up an emergency preparedness kit at City Hall. It could turn out to be the most important purchase you'll have made all year.
With that, have a happy and SAFE New Year!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
On 1/10, you’ll have the opportunity to help beautify Old Quarry Road. From 9am-noon, come and lend a hand planting indigenous, native plants and pulling the less welcome ones like broom and ivy. Meet at the entrance to Old Quarry Rd. @ San Francisco St. Hopefully the rains will remain at bay (in case of showers, the event will be canceled). This event is co-sponsored by Lipman School and the City of Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept., with Lipman students able to earn community service points for this activity. For more information, please contact Peter Stiehler at (650) 291-2400.
Also taking place on the 10th is the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Bayshore North-South Bikeway project. This project was started in early October, propelled by the Council’s desire to reduce greenhouse gases and increase the safety for our citizens who walk or ride their bikes on Bayshore Blvd. A total of $550,000 (87% of the project) was granted through the California Transportation Development Act to widen and smooth over the bike lane on Bayshore Blvd., as well as install grooved pavement rumble strips and a 6” wide bikeway shoulder stripe for further safety. See the photo below for details:
Come join us at 10:00am in the Park and Ride Station at Bayshore and Old County Rd. as we celebrate the successful completion of this project! Light refreshments will be served.
The Calendar of Events located on the City’s website will begin incorporating the meeting times and special events information for community groups here in town. Click here for a listing of the community clubs and organizations that exist in Brisbane. With currently over 20 groups, you are bound to find something that suits your needs. If you would like to add your club’s meetings times or include one of their upcoming events on the Calendar of Events, please contact Parks & Recreation supervisor Steve Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then there are some events that don’t necessarily require any reminders. One of those being the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Barack Obama on 1/20. U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein, heading the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, has invited both the San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus to lend their voices as Obama is being sworn-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. You may recall the San Francisco Girls Chorus (previously Chorissima) had performed at Live at Mission Blue as part of the 2007-2008 season.
Make sure to tune in for the swearing-in ceremony, as you may catch one of Brisbane’s own, Elizabeth Stern, performing alongside 85 other choristers from the Bay Area (43 young singers from the SF Girls Chorus and 43 from the SF Boys Chorus will be singing Obama into office). In a press release, Dianne Feinstein said that the “two choruses were selected for their high level of artistic excellence, embodiment of the American spirit and promise for the future.” To hear more on this much talk-about event, click here for a webcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered”.
Congratulations to all the young singers! You’ll soon be a part of history, and that alone is considered to be a huge achievement!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
With 2008 drawing to a close, we find ourselves at a time in Brisbane's history that can greatly affect the future state of the City. With the economy the way that it is, even more thoughtful planning and foresight is being required than ever before. These are uncertain times, but one thing's for sure...decisions having to do with the preservation of Brisbane's community will always involve weighing all the possible alternatives. We who have come to love this place want to know for certain that future generations will also stand to benefit from all the big prospects and hopes this small town has to offer.
A part of the methodology which has become ingrained in the Brisbane Way is questioning what is right, and best for the city. That is where this idea of change becomes the most dynamic. When everything around us is changing, there is a need to start entertaining how we can stay sharp, actively pursuing that which will lend the most strength in providing for a sustainable and viable community.
As the City Council picks up the conversation regarding freight forwarding this coming Monday (12/15), this notion of sustainability and what it entails for Crocker Industrial Park is what will be at the forefront. As they review proposed changes to the Industrial Park, most notably -- current regulations which limit freight forwarder uses in Crocker Park equal to 20% of the total gross square footage of all the buildings in the Industrial Park -- the Council will entertain questions regarding whether a change in the current policy fosters 1. economic vitality, 2. if it will improve (or at least not diminish) the environment, and 3. whether it leads to social equity. For a more complete look at each of these three areas, click here and read the prepared staff report.
But before any policy is created, or changed, you can expect there to be some changes to the weather patterns first. In anticipation of a wet and rainy weekend, there have been two pallets of sand bags made available for the public at the Fire Station (3445 Bayshore Blvd.). Look for the orange cones on the left when you pull in!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Brisbane businesses should be aware that North County Fire Department’s inspectors always arrive in an officially marked vehicle, not a private, unmarked car. If in doubt, business owners should ask inspectors for proper identification and official inspectors should willingly present it. Additionally, North County Fire inspectors wear their badges on their chest, along with their name plate. When they are through with their inspection, they will leave a Fire and Life-Safety Inspection Report, not an actual invoice. A copy of that report is given to the administrative office at North County Fire Authority who in turn will bill the business or property owner. Invoices will display the official North County Fire Authority logo and request the remittance be sent to them at North County Fire Authority, 10 Wembly Drive, Daly City, CA, 94015-4314.
If you are a business and receive a false invoice you should immediately file a police report. If you are able, discretely call police while the phony inspectors are in your business. For more information, please contact North County Fire Authority at (650) 991-8138.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
We look forward to all the things that will be celebrated in Brisbane in the year to come. But first, one of the most celebratory nights in town is taking place this Sunday with the Festival of Lights. Start the night by lighting your holiday star at 4:00pm and then join in with the carolers at the top of Visitacion starting at 5:30pm to help spread some cheer as you progress down the hill to the Community Park for a short holiday program performed by the children in the Brisbane Dance Workshop and the traditional lighting of the Festival Tree. There will be cookies and cocoa to warm you through the night.
As this evening approaches, may we all be reminded of all that we have, and remember those less fortunate. Look for donation boxes near the Festival Tree for canned food and/or unwrapped toys. The Brisbane Lions Club and the Brisbane Fire Department will cheerfully distribute your gifts to those in need. There will also be a collection bin at City Hall for the next few weeks to afford you the chance to give a little this holiday season.
Monday, December 01, 2008
This may sound like more dreary financial news, but there is a silver-lined cloud amidst the storm, and remarkably so for Brisbane. As was mentioned by newly-appointed Mayor Richardson during last night's City Council meeting, the City's loss after Lehman's collapse was just $6,000. This represents a fairly small amount, for reasons explained as you read on. But first, a photo from the meeting, the first-ever City Council meeting in the new Community Meeting Room located at City Hall (more to come, along with an overview of a very celebratory night):
Lehman's main customers were big institutions, with the County of San Mateo having invested 5.7% of its funds in short-term unsecured loans. Therefore, when the investment firm collapsed in mid-September, some jurisdictions felt the financial blow harder than others. The Menlo Park City School District was one of the most impacted agencies, themselves hit with a $3.5 million loss. On the other hand, jurisdictions which invested with State-operated programs such as LAIF (Local Agency Investment Fund) were not as hard hit. Fortunately, this was the case for Brisbane, itself invested in LAIF at the time Lehman collapsed. LAIF, an investment alternative for California's local governments and special districts, pays a lower interest rate than the County, but has grown from 293 participants in 1977 to more than 2,715 participants and $21.3 billion in October of 2008.
The City of Brisbane regards safety of principle a higher priority than yield on investment, and in this occurrence, this more conservative way of thinking ended up being the better approach.
There is, however, a slight loss for all San Mateo County cities due to the 1992 state-enacted legislation (Prop. 98) that shifted partial financial responsibility for funding education to local governments (cities, counties and special districts). The state did this by instructing county auditors to shift the allocation of local property tax revenues from local government to "education revenue augmentation funds" (ERAFs), directing that specified amounts of city, county, and other local agency property taxes be deposited to these funds to support schools.
Beginning in 2002-03, the City began receiving ERAF reimbursements from the County since so many County school districts are basic aid. However, due to the County having a portion of their investment pool in Lehman Brothers, approximately $6K of our ERAF funds was lost. Though this is not a very significant amount, all cities in the County were named in news articles dealing with the lawsuit now being brought before Lehman Brothers, in hopes to recoup the $155 million loss, including $25 million of school district finances.
In this tumultuous age, there is no telling what actual finances will be recovered. We in Brisbane are just fortunate to not be as negatively affected as could have easily been the case. Whatever the outcome, we'll have to do what another oft-heard expression suggests...just "wait and see".
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
May you be stuffed with all the things that make you happiest this Thanksgiving Holiday, as you celebrate with those near and dear to your heart!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yet ANOTHER Spare the Air Day is in effect for today until noon tomorrow. Please respect the Air Quality District's regulation in curbing wood smoke pollution! Thank you for your kind attention.
The Bay Area Air Quality District has issued another Spare the Air Alert for today, so please make sure you do what you can to reduce wood smoke pollution by avoiding any wood-burning tonight and until noon tomorrow.
If you want to sign up to receive these alerts via e-mail, phone, or text message, you may do so when you sign up at http://airalert.sparetheair.org/.
Also, City Hall will be open to the public tomorrow, but just be warned...we're still in the process of unpacking. So, although red plastic moving bins will still be visible, our willingness to make sure you get what you need when you stop by will be, too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Please come visit us in our "new" home and be sure to join us for the grand unveiling of the new City Hall on Monday Dec. 1st. Guided tours will be starting at 6:00 pm, with a ribbon cutting and first Council Meeting in the new Community Meeting Room commencing at 7:00 and 7:30 pm, respectively. It's sure to be quite the celebratory night!
So, although the next few days may have you holding off running down to City Hall, watching this clip may have you making a run to Bamboo Garden for their featured Chicken in Lettuce Cups! A View from the Bay certainly did!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Winter air pollution is mainly caused by small particle pollution or particulate matter (PM) from wood smoke. Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.
For more information about the wood burning rule, or to check before you burn, visit http://www.sparetheair.org/ or call 1-877-4-NO-BURN.
Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air!
Friday, November 14, 2008
But before you roll up your sleeves and start trimming and hauling, please keep the following in mind:
- Do NOT place yard trimmings in plastic garbage bags when disposing of them in the dumpsters - this makes the entire load unrecyclable.
- All trimmings and branches placed into a dumpster MUST BE LESS THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER
- NO RUBBISH OR OTHER WASTE IS TO BE DISPOSED OF IN THESE DUMPSTERS
- If you need assistance or to arrange for pickup, please call the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130 between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday Nov. 15th or between the hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday the 16th. Again, no branches or logs larger than 4 inches in diameter or 6 ft. in length will be picked up by city maintenance crews. For information regarding tree removal, please call the City Manager's Office at 508-2112.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and pitching in to help make sure our storm drains and gutters are as clear from debris as possible this winter!
Friday, November 07, 2008
You truly can learn something new every day...
This year, Nov. 11th falls on a Tuesday. City Hall will be closed that day, but will re-open the following day. Come visit us for one of the last times at our temporary location...as we'll be moving back across the street to 50 Park Place on Fri. 11/21 and Mon. 11/24. (Just as a friendly reminder: to accomodate for the movers and to make the moving process as streamlined and safe as possible, the building will be closed to the public those two days). Don't forget to come check out the new building on Mon. 12/1 - guided tours start at 6:00 pm, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 7:00, and a City Council meeting follows immediately afterwards at 7:30 pm. See you there!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Air experts estimate that wood burning in fireplaces and wood stoves creates about one-third of the winter particulate air pollution in the Bay Area. Due to that, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has banned wood-burning on Spare the Air days. The ban will be in effect until Feb. 28th and is expected to affect about 20 days. First time violators will receive written warnings. A second violation could result in a fine ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
If you'd like to be notified via e-mail or text message regarding which days those will be, you can sign up to receive alerts by visiting http://www.sparetheair.org/. You can also get that same information by calling the Bay Area Air District's "Check Before You Burn" line at 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2816). Any complaints should be directed to the BAAQMD, toll free at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367), and NOT the Fire or Police departments. Names and addresses will be kept completely confidential.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
It's official!! The final vote increased by two Yes and No votes each for an official count of 1,316 (70.3%) Yes and 556 (29.7%) No votes.
* edited 11/20 at 8:45 am Thursday morning *
Semi-official results for Measure T, the Brisbane Business License Tax, are: 1,314 (70.3%) Yes and 554 (29.7%) No votes.
You can see more election results by clicking here.
At the time of this posting (Tues. night @ 8:45 pm), 977 Yes votes and 414 No votes have been cast for Measure T. This count reflects the mail-in ballots that were dropped off at the polling place and the ballots that were cast today. However, the rest of the mail-in and provisional ballots still need to be counted. Once that is done, we will announce the final numbers here.
The measure, if passed, imposes a special business license tax for capital improvements on any business in the City having gross receipts in excess of $10,000,000, at a rate of seven and one-half cents per $100 of gross receipts, subject to certain maximum limits and reduced by any sales taxes that may be paid by that business to the City.
Your input at these workshops is imperative. Community workshop participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about potential development projects in the area, as well as offer feedback on the proposed transportation projects. The Transportation Authority will be joined by representatives from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, the City of Brisbane, the City of Daly City, the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the San Mateo County Transit District, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and the California Department of Transportation. For more information about the Study, or background information on the SFCTA, please visit www.sfcta.org/bi-county.
Don't forget to exercise your civic duty - GET OUT & VOTE today! Polls close at 8:00 pm, so if you haven't already done so, get yourself to the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave.) and make sure your vote gets cast, and your voice heard.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Just as a friendly reminder, City Hall will be closed the day of the move back to 50 Park Place (Friday, 11/21) and Monday the 24th in order to allow for the movers to work as swiftly as possible and complete their job. Offices will be open Tuesday and Wednesday (11/25 – 11/26, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm), upon which City Hall will be closed the remainder of the week (11/27 – 11/28) for the Thanksgiving holiday.
But for now, please have a safe and Happy Halloween.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Angelina, you are a shining example to us all of what it means to be joyful no matter what the circumstances. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to your family during this time.
Some other tips to help make this night as safe as possible follow (because when it comes to participation, our city has no problem).
- Children should stay in groups with at least one adult
- Several people in the group should carry flashlights
- Children should be careful not to run across the street...look both ways!
- Don't accept candy or treats whose wrapper has been tampered with or opened
- Stay away from tricks (pranks can be destructive and could be considered vandalism)...focus on treats!
The North County Fire Authority also has released a Media Advisory regarding Halloween Safety. Check it out here. With that, have a SAFE and Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Recycle 1234 was in town on Saturday morning, but if your old TV or computer is still waiting to get picked up, please contact the company at (510) 468-2642 today and a driver will be by to do so (a collection center has been set up nearby on Junipero Serra to get the job done). So if you haven't already done so, this is an opportunity to rid yourselves of the electronic devices you've been wanting to do away with...including cell phones!
Thank you for recycling and apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused over the weekend.
Friday, October 24, 2008
There may be a way to change that.
By participating in the FOCUS Program, led by four regional agencies - in partnership with congestion management agencies, transit providers, and local governments throughout the Bay Area, a transit network for the Baylands could one day be possible. The goals of the FOCUS Program - promoting transit usage and reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) - are consistent with the City's stated objectives to achieve a sustainable and environmentally responsible development on the Baylands.
What usually goes hand in hand with transit-oriented districts is planned housing. In 2007, a Priority Development Area (PDA) was designated encompassing the Schlage Lock site, Visitacion Valley, and Executive Park in San Francisco, all of which already had included planned housing as part of that region's development. In other words, participation in the FOCUS Program does not constitute the building of housing. Rather, it allows Brisbane eligibilty to receive discretionary funding available through the FOCUS program. This would especially be the case if a reduction in VMT and associated greenhouse gas emissions is probable (which would be the likely case if the train station was moved closer to central Brisbane).
To date, Planning Grants totaling $7.5 million were awarded to PDAs during the last fiscal year, and an additional $22 million is estimated to be available in the next 3-4 years. (If a PDA does not receive incentives in the first round, it will remain eligible for future rounds of funding, as available). On Monday night, the City Council voted to adopt Resolution #2208-38, allowing for staff to apply for inclusion in the existing PDA. More information about this next planning step was requested as well, as the Council keeps an open mind while seeking out the best opportunities for the Baylands and the City.
Speaking of being OPEN, the Pool will continue to be operating its Adult Lap Swim morning session (6:30 am - 9:30 am) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition, it will be open an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursday. See below for the rest of this week's hours:
Adult Lap Swim
Monday: 6:30am-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 4:00-7:00pm
Wednesday and Friday: 6:30-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 5:15-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30am-1:30pm, 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-1:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-1:00pm
Friday, October 17, 2008
Then afterwards, you'll want to stop by the Fire Dept., Station 81 (3445 Bayshore Blvd.), as it's Fire Service Day at all North County Fire Authority (NFCA) fire stations. Starting at 10:00 am and going until 2:00 pm, members of the Brisbane Fire Dept. will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE to warmly welcome community members of all ages. Along with personal tours of Station 81, there will be live demonstrations of the special gear and equipment used by our firefighters to tackle the blazes, along with a plethora of information so that you can hear the latest on emergency preparedness and how you can help prevent home fire hazards.
Hope to see you at these two very important events taking place in our City of Stars this weekend!
Friday, October 10, 2008
First off, starting TOMORROW, Live at Mission Blue will be kicking off its 5th straight season with a mens a capella group, Clerestory (pronounced "clear story"). All concerts start at 8:00 pm with tickets able to be purchased either through the web or by contacting email@example.com. Check out this article, published in the San Francisco Classical Voice, touting not only Mission Blue Center as being one of the best venues for hearing chamber music in the Bay Area, but how fortunate we are here in Brisbane to experience the grandeur of local and internationally renown artists showcasing their masterpieces in our small community.
Adding to the excitement is the thought that in just one week from now, acclaimed author, professor, and radio host of KQED's Forum, Michael Krasny, will be the honored guest at the next Starlight Reading Series. The event takes place next Friday, Oct. 17th beginning at 7:00 pm, also at Mission Blue Center. Get your tickets NOW as they are sure to go quick.
The Fire Dept. is gearing up for their annual Open House, scheduled to take place next Saturday, Oct. 18th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come to Brisbane's Station 81 located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd. for a tour of the station, live firefighter and fire extinguisher demonstrations, a display of specialized equipment, plus activities for all ages! It's Fire Service Day, so allow the firefighters to show you, the citizens of Brisbane, just what services are afforded to you!
And if all that wasn't exciting enough already, starting on Mon. Oct. 20th, the Brisbane/Crocker Park shuttles, serving the Balboa Park BART station in the morning and and Balboa Park BART and Bayshore Caltrain station in the afternoon, will increase to three vehicles. The two 35-passenger heavy-duty Gillig Phantoms will soon be replaced by three mid-sized 30-passenger shuttles operating on unleaded fuel. The ride should be much smoother and the seating more comfortable. Click here to download the new schedule. If you'd like a shuttle pass, just stop by City Hall and we'll see that you get set up with one!
Friday, October 03, 2008
More experienced drivers, on the other hand, may have noticed the portable message signs at the north and south ends of Bayshore, alerting them of the upcoming Bayshore North-South Bikeway project set to begin on Monday, 10/6. Workers will be mobilizing their operations and equipment along Bayshore on Monday, and starting the actual grinding the following day. Expect some traffic control to be taking place, as grinding will be taking place the first week, and paving the second. The goal behind the project is to make Brisbane into a place where pedestrians and bicyclists can safely access all parts of town. So even though the strip of Bayshore between Valley and the southern city limits wil be under construction for about 1 month between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, the result will be a solution that adds to Brisbane's high standards when it comes to safety and being an interconnected community.
And speaking of safety...National Fire Prevention Week starts this Sunday, Oct. 5th, and goes through Saturday, Oct. 11th. Established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it's a good time to consider how you could make your home safe from fire hazards, most often caused by cooking, heating, electrical, and smoking materials. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org to learn more about this year's theme, "Prevent Home Fires" and become better informed on the things that could make the difference between saving your life, that of your loved ones, and the place that you call home.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Any sightings of the mountain lion should be followed by immediately calling 911.
Click here for further information related to mountain lion sightings, provided by the CA Dept of Fish & Game.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Another benefit of being in Brisbane is that one has access to their very own Community Pool. Not many cities with populations less than 5,000 can say that have the likes of our aquatic facility. Right now, applications are being taken for Lifeguard, so click here if you or someone you know would like to work at one of the most highly-regarded assets Brisbane has to offer.
And, what could possibly add more to Brisbane's small-town atmosphere more than its annual Brisbane Derby?? Next Saturday (10/4), see San Francisco Ave. be transformed into a straightaway for our young drivers to steer their homemade soapbox cars down. The start time for the Derby is 8:30 am, so grab a spot between Santa Clara & Plumas and cheer them on as they whiz on by!
Afterwards, you'll want to stop off at the Community Park for the Day in the Park Community Festival. Festivities run between 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. See you there!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
If you have any questions, you may contact Paul Formosa at SSF Scavenger at (650) 589-4020, ext. 111.
SSF Scavenger will be working diligently today so that the truck can be back on the road by tomorrow. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.
And since we're on recycling and trash collection, thank you to the 70+ volunteers who came out this past weekend to help pick up litter at the Lagoon Clean Up! That is a great turnout and we thank you for your stalwart efforts to keep Brisbane looking beautiful!
Friday, September 19, 2008
One of the items discussed at this past Monday's City Council meeting was street-sweeping. Just as a reminder, residential streets are swept the 2nd Monday of each month and commercial streets, the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Please note that the lower part of Visitacion is commercial (the portion above Alvarado is covered on the residential day) and so cars need to be cleared on those Wednesdays to maximize sweeping effectiveness. If, in a residential area and unable to move your car, any debris you want removed should be swept away from the gutter to a location at least 18 inches away from the car's bumper. This will allow adequate room for the sweeper to pick it up.
With school now resuming, limiting the availability of trained staff, the Pool will be discontinuing its Monday - Friday morning session (6:30 AM - 9:45 AM) until further notice. Currently, the City has an open-until-filled Lifeguard recruitment, but to date, there currently aren't any qualified candidates available to assist with this time period. We appreciate your understanding as we look to find adequate, trained staff who are able to work this early morning shift.
Each September for the past 7 years, a handful of city staff step out to participate in the American Heart Association's Heartwalk, held at the EA campus in Redwood Shores. Each participant is to raise at least $100 beforehand. This year, the team raised over $3,000 towards fighting heart disease! From the top left, going clockwise, Team Brisbane consisted of: Albert Duro, Clara Leong, Lisa Macias, Maria Saguisag-Sid, Betsy Cooper, Jeannette Maldonado, Elizabeth Solis, and Caroline Cheng. They are looking forward to being able to raise even more dollars next year towards the cause.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Leading us to the last weekly update...and that is the announcement that first on the City Council's agenda for this coming Monday's Sept. 15th meeting will be the reading by the mayor of a proclamation for A Day of Peace in the City of Stars. In observance for the past 27 years, the International Day of Peace now includes the the call for a full day of peace and cease-fire throughout the world. Join your fellow community members at the Gazebo in the Community Park on Sept. 21st at 7:00 pm to commemorate this very important day. May we band together, so that the peace we all long for in the world might find a home in our small town, and be evident to all.
Note: If you're looking for an opportunity to see the community do some banding together, you may need not look any further than Monday's Council meeting. As part of that meeting, City Council will be finalizing a water and sewer rate increase. Public input as to how we pay for continuing to supply clean, safe, and reliable drinking water and sewer services is appreciated. Once again, any questions or concerns can be directed to the city's Administrative Services Director, Stuart Schillinger, at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-2151.
Friday, September 05, 2008
In mid-September, following the raptor nesting season, a row of 16 eucalyptus trees will be removed on San Mateo Ln. Removal of these trees (between Humboldt and Kings) allows for a non-native species to be replaced by ones that are indigenous to Brisbane, and is also the first step towards restoration of the canyon (San Mateo Ln follows along one of the canyon reserves). It is yet to be determined which Brisbane-native trees will be taking the place of the eucalyptus, but they will undoubtedly be a better characterization of the town's original roots.
The City Council has taken a brief recess but will be resuming their semi-monthly meetings beginning on Sept. 15th. One of the items on the agenda will be a presentation by the City's Administrative Services Director regarding an increase in the City's water and sewer rates. This scarce resource has everyone talking, so come and see what the buzz over the rate increase is all about. If you would prefer, you may also contact the City's Administrative Services Director, Stuart Schillinger, directly at email@example.com or by dialing 508-2151. He would be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER!!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
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City Hall continues to show weekly construction improvements, signaling that the time for the project's completion is fast-approaching. Move-in day is slated to occur sometime this coming December.
The weather in Brisbane has been warm the last couple days, but you know what that means...nighttime weather that's near perfect. So, be sure to come on down to the Community Park tonight and check out the live band that will be performing. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. And taking into account the name of the band, you can expect it to be a night filled with dancing...so long as you, "BUSTA GROOVE"!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Just a reminder that City Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1st. Also, the Community Pool will be open on Monday from 12:oo pm - 3:00 pm, but limited to ~50 people, so get there early! Saturday and Sunday Pool hours remain unchanged.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Intersection Improvements at Visitacion/Mariposa, San Bruno/Santa Clara and at Solano crossing above San Francisco
The SRTS project was started in 2005, when the City Council approved the formation of a SRTS Workgroup. The Workgroup developed a survey that was sent to all Brisbane School District parents. Of the community response from the mailed survey, 56% of the respondents indicated they would allow their child to walk/bicycle to school if the sidewalk/crossing area were improved and clearly separated from traffic; another 32% indicated they would allow their child to walk/bicycle to school if traffic was slowed.
The responses were compiled and developed into two maps; a “weighted” route map showing the current and expected walking/bicycling/walking routes from the children’s homes to their school; and a “spot” map of trouble areas and locations of concern noted by parents. The two maps were overlayed, which indicated three candidate project areas based on the overlap of heavily used routes and identified locations of concern.
Thanks to the City Council's formation of the Workgroup (which included the Council Member assigned to the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Director of Public Works/City Engineer, the Brisbane Police Department School Resource Officer, and supplemented by the Principals from BES and Lipman), approval of the federal grant application, support from Brisbane School District Board of Trustees, the Brisbane Education Support Team, and the Mothers of Brisbane, the SRTS project has finally come to its completion. And, nicely enough, just in time for the start of the new school year!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Speaking of emergency news and information, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services will be hosting its 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Day on Sept. 13th, 2008. What better time than now to get information on how to prep your emergency kits and disaster plans, as well as see First-Aid, Police, Fire & emergency equipment demonstrations? And if you haven’t yet signed up for San Mateo County’s emergency alert system, SMCAlert, what are you waiting for? It’s yet another way to receive real-time emergency information…sent directly to your mobile device. Click HERE to do so now!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
If you have any information regarding these burglaries, please contact the Brisbane Police Department at 415 467-1212.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
In addition to using cleaner fuel and renewable energy, recycling also reduces greenhouse gas emissions as it takes less energy to manufacture products using recycled materials than virgin resources. Recycling one ton of garbage reduces greenhouse gases by about 1.8 tons according to California Air Resources Board Fact Sheets.
“South San Francisco Scavenger Company is better than just being carbon neutral,” said Evan Edgar, Greenhouse Gas Inventory Engineer from Sacramento.” The benefits of recycling far outweigh the fuel and energy to collect and process the material, and in the case of the South San Francisco Scavenger Company, the greenhouse gas reduction benefits are 9 times greater that their carbon footprint. The more recycling, the better the climate and the economy.”
“Back in 1989, the state passed a law to require 25% recycling by 1995, and 50% recycling by 2000”, South San Francisco Scavenger Company President Doug Button reflected. “We’ve done that with the support of the cities and the County, and the great participation by the residents and businesses, and now we are supporting a new law to boost recycling to 75% by 2020 to further address climate change issues.”
SSF Scavenger Co. has said that at some point in the future, they'd like to come to a City Council meeting to make a short presentation of their progress in reducing their carbon footprint through the use of cleaner fuel, renewable energy, and recycling. We will definitely keep you posted as to when that will be.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Council will hear any protests for this item at the Sept. 15th Council meeting. If a majority of ratepayers protest, then the increase will not go into effect and there will be a need to reduce the level of service for our water and sewer systems. City Council meetings take place in the Community Center, located at 250 Visitacion, and begin promptly at 7:30 pm. You should be receiving a notice in the mail with this information, along with the current and proposed rate charts, by early next week.
The Traffic Advisory Committee is conducting a Residential Parking Survey...which you should also be seeing in your mailbox shortly. Please help the City design the program by filling out the questionnaire and returning it no later than Aug. 29th. But...since you're reading this, why not just click here to take the survey right now??
Thank you for your time in providing your feedback, and your willingness & participation. Each of these enhances the unique charm of Brisbane and adds to the flavor and appeal of our little City of the Stars.
Friday, July 25, 2008
As you can see, in addition to alternatives that will satisfy CEQA requirements for minimizing impacts of the proposed project, the City’s preparation of a Preferred Community Alternative is one that is taken in the highest regard. This is a process unique to Brisbane, as it presents the opportunity for the community to be involved in a systematic way in shaping the future for the Baylands. This is the heart and soul of the town, with public participation having been an integral aspect of Brisbane’s history since its incorporation as a city in 1961.
This coming Monday, the City Council will be hearing feedback on the three alternatives, as it seeks to develop a community-based alternative for study which will be subject to full analysis in the forthcoming EIR. Designating an alternative for study in the EIR does not guarantee or imply that such an alternative will be approved without change…but such decisions would be made once the EIR analysis is completed and all pertinent information is disclosed as part of the alternatives review process.
So plan on being at the Community Center at 7:30 PM this coming Monday the 28th…as an aside, this will also be the last Council meeting until the next one takes place Sept. 15th. Also, if you would like to receive City Council agendas with direct links to reports that will be discussed at the meeting, send City Clerk Sheri Spediacci an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will make sure you're added onto the list!
A reminder tonight about Concerts in the Park…put on your dancing shoes and get ready for DOUBLE FUNK CRUNCH, jamming away TONIGHT at the Community Park from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!
Friday, July 18, 2008
The weekly line-up is as follows:
Local businesses help to sponsor* Concerts in the Park each year, realizing the importance of community and how a night spent listening and grooving to great music can do just that! So, bring a lawn chair, some snacks, a friend, and HAVE FUN TOGETHER as a COMMUNITY! Oh, and don't forget that jacket. Concerts start at 6:00 PM sharp and go until approximately 9:00 PM.
* If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for next year's Concerts in the Park series, contact Recreation Supervisor Julie Potashnick at 657-4320 or email@example.com. But if you'd rather not wait a year before your business' name gets noticed by the Brisbane community, contact Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick at 508-2143 or firstname.lastname@example.org as he is currently taking sponsor sign-up's for the Second Annual Brisbane Derby. The race to the finish line takes place October 4th, the same day as the Community Festival.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Also an item from this past Monday's Council meeting, staff was given direction to tap into the wealth of creativity that resides in Brisbane for the design of about 20 bird signs that will be put up along the newly-constructed Tunnel Ave. Bridge. If you are interested in partnering with the City on this project and would be willing to donate your time and talents to see it to completion, we'd love to hear from you. Call Steve Beaty at 508-2144 or e-mail him at email@example.com to get more information.
Steve, as the Youth Advisory Committee advisor, is also seeking applicants for the YAC 2008-09 term! So, if you are a Brisbane resident between the ages of 13 & 18, and have ideas for the Parks & Rec. Dept., click here to download an application. Deadline for submittal to Steve is Aug. 15th. Good luck!
Summer's now in full-swing, and that of course means it's time for Concerts in the Park to be getting underway! Starting next Friday 7/18 and continuing on every Friday through Sept. 5th, witness the small-town charm of Brisbane as people gather at the Community Park to unwind to great tunes, dancing, and all things fun. Concerts begin promptly at 6:00 PM each Friday and go until around 9:00. So grab your lawn chair, some good eats, and enjoy!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
At this past Monday's City Council meeting, the comment was made of there being cancer clusters in Brisbane. The City contacted San Mateo County's Director of Public Health early this week, and were told that there have been no known cases ever filed with the County regarding this matter. The Public Health Director did recommend, however, that if there was any concern where an individual suspected there being a cancer cluster in Brisbane, then the immediate protocol would be for the Director's physicians to look into the issue, and that an epidemiologist would be sent out to investigate the matter further. So, if you perceive there to be a cancer cluster in our community, please take the next step and contact the Dept. of Public Health so that it can get the proper investigation it warrants. They can be reached by calling (650) 573-2346. An Officer of the Day routinely monitors this number and handles all Public and Environmental Health questions and concerns including cancer clusters. Click here for more information on basic facts about cancer clusters and several CDC investigations into specific cancer cluster reports.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
The Brisbane community should be aware that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of any fireworks, which includes the "safe and sane" ones, will be strictly enforced. If you are aware of any fireworks being sold or used within your neighborhood, we encourage you to contact the Brisbane Police Dept. with the information at 467-1212.
As in previous years, the Fire Dept. will be augmenting staff tomorrow, in preparation of potential emergencies during the 4th of July celebrations, but they need the public's assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources. So let's be sure we're safe this 4th of July...and do our part to ensure the same rings true for our community!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Monday, June 30, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, July 1, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, July 2, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 3, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, July 4, CLOSED
We'll be reverting back to our normal hours of operation the following week - open until 8:00 PM on Wednesdays and 1:00 PM on Fridays.
And in case you haven't seen the recent construction taking place at our permanent location at 50 Park Place, the crews have made noticeable progress.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Over the course of 1 and 1/2 hours, an overview of the fire and the strategy used to successfully attack it was presented by Fire Chief Ron Myers, followed by a question-answer time with community members bringing forth ideas regarding everything from the importance of maintaining a defensible space around one's personal property, to the felt desire for more information in the wake of an emergency. The City is working to strengthen its Emergency Response Plan to account for all the various suggestions which have been brought to the table, and welcome any more you may have. A reminder to sign up to receive instant updates from San Mateo County ALERT if you haven't already done so...it is right now the fastest way for you to receive up-to-the-second emergency information...and not just that which pertains to Brisbane, but any jurisdiction(s) of your choosing.
Thanks to all who made it out to personally express their comments, concerns, and compliments for a job well done...and for Christie's and Jamba Juice for helping to keep 'em coming!
Friday, June 27, 2008
(The pictures below were taken by Brisbane resident Steve Berry who dropped off over 300 of his pictures at City Hall. Here are the ones that particularly stand out):
The fire started burning in Owl Canyon and then made its way left to Buckeye Canyon.