Friday, March 14, 2008

What's the Payoff?

Brisbane has always been fortunate in having a dedicated volunteer base, who not only serve as models to the rest of the community, but understand what it really means to sacrifice. Many would say that the work is never easy, but it’s seldom meant to be…as that is where the sense of fulfillment is derived from and what the entire notion of volunteerism circles around -- what once seemed impossible becomes a non-issue due to the dedication of people coming alongside one another and making a huge difference. In more ways than one. Pun intended.

Habitat Restoration Day, 2006

On March 22nd, the City of Brisbane, Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, and the Open Space and Ecology Committee invite you to attend the 5th annual Habitat Restoration Day. Spend one Saturday morning out of the entire year helping protect and preserve the native habitat on San Bruno Mountain. Meet at San Francisco Avenue at 8:30 am adjacent to the Festival Tree to catch the shuttle to the work site. Pick-ups will occur every 30 minutes throughout the day. Tools, training, lunch, and commemorative t-shirts provided (while they last!). So come early, and come eager to help manage this public land for native species and fire protection. For more info, you can contact Lisa at

Another opportunity to put your best volunteer foot forward lies with the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, who is currently taking applications for their Citizens Advisory Committee. If you’ve ever been interested in getting involved and providing input to the TA Board of Directors regarding countywide transportation issues, then consider filling out the application form. What’s the payoff, you ask? None other than the opportunity to be Brisbane’s voice regarding current and potential transit needs and issues! The CAC meets every first Tuesday of each month, at 4:30 pm in San Carlos. Applications are due April 7th by 5:00 pm.

Shifting gears slightly to another area highly concerned with “payoff,” subsequent to the March 3rd City Council meeting, the City has negotiated with the applicant of the Sierra Point Biotech Project to help offset the cost for a solar project to be included in the remodel of City Hall. The payoff here, then, being two-fold: (1) the enhancement of Sierra Point as a public destination with 15,000 sq. ft. of retail, 1,801 parking spaces, and extension of the Bay Trail, and (2) the City able to keep energy dollars locally…all the while setting an example for other communities to follow. The discussion continues this Monday, 3/17, at the next City Council Meeting.

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