Friday, September 25, 2009

A Worthy Recap

This proved quite the eventful week in Brisbane, so just in case you missed Monday's Council Meeting, or Tuesday night's Candidates Forum, we wanted to provide you with the highlights here.

State Assemblymember Jerry Hill was at City Hall on Monday to present the community with an Environmental Leadership award. Mayor Sepi Richardson is shown accepting the award, and there's a close-up of it to the left, but let's take a further look as to why Brisbane was given this award. Here's an excerpt:

"The City of Brisbane is hereby recognized and commended for its committment to environmentally-sound practices including implementing a solar thermal system at the community aquatic facility; commissioning a wind study and evaluating solar power alternatives for the Baylands project; upgrading many of its water and sewer facilities with high-efficiency pumps; reducing automobile traffic by enhancing its infrastructure to encourage bicycle and pedestrian use; and being the first and, to date, the only city in San Mateo County to adopt a Green Building Ordinance."

The following night, Brisbane residents filed into the Community Meeting Room at City Hall to hear the five candidates for City Council tell about their vision for Brisbane and engage in a lively forum, co-hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce. Check out the photos below, shot by Brisbane resident and Chamber Director of Marketing and Sales, Alison Wilson.

League representatives sort through the public's questions for the candidates.

Richard Borghello, President of Sunset Scavenger Company and also head of the Chamber's Board of Directors, welcomes the community to the Forum.

The candidates, ready to start the Forum with their 3-minute introductions.

It was handshakes all around at the conclusion of the Forum.

Don't forget to cast your votes for your next Brisbane City Council on November 3rd!

The winter rains will be here before we know it, and the City has some programs to get the community ready for the El NiƱo conditions that are being anticipated for this year. One of those is the Adopt-A-Drain program, an on-going program which has more than fifty volunteers helping to maintain catch basins around town. Their efforts greatly minimize the threat of flooding in town and pollutant discharges to the Bay. With there being over 400 catch basins in the city, there is room for you to help! If you would like to sign up to adopt a drain, please contact Matthew Fabry at 415-508-2134 or Oh, and did we mention the free rake you'll receive when you do so? So sign up for the Adopt-A-Drain program today - the City greatly appreciates your efforts to prevent flooding and protect stormwater quality!

Happy participants of the City's Adopt-A-Drain program.

Stay tuned for more environmentally-progressive things the City will soon be implementing!

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