Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
And a helpful tidbit: if ever you want to check the status of an electric outage, you may phone PG&E's outage hotline at: 1-800-743-5000. Thank you again for your patience and cooperation!
More news related to Sierra Point Pkwy. Public Works dept. got a call this afternoon from the Fire Dept. asking their assistance concerning a small oil spill that occurred on Sierra Point Pkwy. When they arrived, it appeared that a small amount of oil had made its way into the Lagoon, entering by way of a catch basin (which a vee ditch on Sierra Point Pkwy is connected to). Fortunately, the affected area in the Lagoon was small enough for oil booms to be quickly placed around the site. Storms drains were also soon blocked off to prevent any oil from flowing to the Bay. An environmental contractor is on site doing the last of the clean-up, along with several from the City's Public Works crew.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Pre-sale tickets are now on sale for $20 in the Parks and Recreation Dept., located upstairs at City Hall ($25 at the door). This ticket includes playing chips, a drink ticket, and a pass to great, live music and delectable food!
The event takes place from 7:00pm - 11:00pm at Mission Blue Center. Prizes such as gift certificates will also be raffled off, so come out and enjoy yourself...because who knows...it just may be your lucky night!
Friday, February 13, 2009
When faced with difficult circumstances, these men didn't opt for the easy way out. Instead, they did what they knew to be right. They let their high regard for honesty guide their actions.
The community needs to rely upon a core set of values to help direct our actions. The values of a Safe community, one that is Environmentally-Progressive, with an Informed, Involved, and Interconnected citizenry, who shows Care to one another and the natural environment will be the ones that steer decisions.
And as these two former presidents demonstrated, it's not enough to just state your values. You need to live them out. That is the hope of the City, recognizing that doing so isn't going to be easy...but as Washington and Lincoln have demonstrated, doing so will pay off. Fancifully, or not.
Monday, February 09, 2009
A word of caution - if you have a permanently installed or portable generator, please do not connect it to another power source, or the utility electric system. This should not be done during an outage or at any other time, unless specialized switching, testing, and approval has been obtained from PG&E. This is to make sure that electricity from your unit cannot "backfeed" or flow into PG&E's power lines. For more information, visit www.pge.com/generator.
And for the rest of the community, if ever you want information on the status of an outage, please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. Their system provides current outage information based upon the phone number that's entered. Thank you in advance for all your cooperation and patience!
Friday, February 06, 2009
It should be of no much surprise, then, that in Brisbane, it is necessary to obtain a permit for removal or severe trimming of large trees or "Protected Trees" within the City. ("Severe trimming" is the removal of more than 50% of the foliage crown or more than 30% of the height of the tree; a permit is now required for trimming more that these amounts.)
As for Protected Trees, they include any of the three shown above, which are primary native tree species on San Bruno Mtn., but also include ones that:
- City Council has determined as being a unique a contributor to the scenic beauty of the City
- provide a special benefit to the natural environment or wildlife
- are greater than 30" in circumference (approx. 10" in diameter) at 24" above grade level, with there being 3 or more of them on a single property
- the City maintains (could include Street Trees like the Brisbane Box, or those required by the City to be planted as a replacement tree for an unlawfully removed tree)
So, it isn't impossible to have a Protected Tree removed, but doing so without a permit would be unlawful and you could incur an infraction. And again, if you're thinking about doing some severe cutting, say to that overgrown pine in your backyard, a permit to do so MUST be obtained first.
To download an Application for Tree Removal, click here and submit it to Fred Smith, Assistant to the City Manager, 50 Park Place, Brisbane. If you have any questions you can contact Fred at 508-2110 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brisbane’s trees contribute to the quality of life in the community and protection of trees enhances property values as well as the environment. It is also understood that, as property owners, individuals should be able to determine what kinds of trees should be maintained on their respective properties. That is where the City's Tree Regulations seeks to strike a balance. Thanks for doing your part to ensure that gets done!