Friday, March 26, 2010

Changing Gears

The City's website will soon be getting a face-lift! In the past year, staff has been working to make sure the City’s current site is not threatened with any more SQL injection attacks while meeting with the Public Information City Council Subcommittee to determine what criteria needs to be addressed when re-designing the site, issuing a Request for Proposals for a designer, interviewing the applicants who submitted proposals to the City, and finally, meeting with the web developer they felt best met Council’s criteria, whose proposal City Council unanimously approved at their February 6, 2010 meeting.

C.J. MacDonald has worked as a web developer for the past 14 years, designing and managing media delivery systems for a variety of large-scale corporations, including, Open Architecture Network, and the Marlin Community. His areas of expertise as the Principal of Aloft Consulting are in video and social media design, product and project management from end to end including storage, delivery, and streaming, rights management and copy protection, IP issues, and licensing.

C.J. has lived in Brisbane for the past eight years. Being a part of the community allows C.J. to add a look and feel to the site that will reflect the locality and small-town atmosphere of Brisbane. He will be designing the site using Drupal, which is an open source content management system that has become widely used for its interactive features, of which The White House and Portland State University are good examples. Below is a mockup of the future City of Brisbane website.

The large photo you see will actually be part of a rotating series of pictures taken at different locations in Brisbane. If you have any fantastic shots that you've captured around town, then please mail them to C.J. so he can work on having them included in the slideshow!

Get ready to put on your walking shoes, because Sunday, April 11th, between 10am - 2pm is "Streets Alive San Mateo County". This is also World Health Day, so along with cities around the globe, Brisbane will be making a street available for people to walk, bike, run and skate on. Half of San Francisco Ave. between Visitacion & Inyo will be closed, with the other side left open for cars to traverse up and down the upper portion of San Francisco and for Inyo to remain one-way. On the closed portion, there will be class instructors giving demonstrations and performances of the classes they teach through the Parks & Rec. department, blood pressure screenings administered by Seton Medical Center, free giveaways, live entertainment, and Brisbane's own Fire and Police Depts. giving away a "Healthy Firefighter's Cookbook" and demonstrating police cycling gear. As you can see from the map below, the closed street portion is directly adjacent to Quarry Rd. and just steps from Crocker Park Recreational Trail. So come out from 10am - 2pm on Sunday April 11th and celebrate Streets Alive! Click here for more information about Streets Alive SMC and check out what other cities are planning for the day-of.

We have had the pleasure of taking in many an orchestral, choral, and theatrical repertoire at Mission Blue Center, and tonight and no different. Starting at 7:30pm, the Brisbane Library in partnership with the City of Brisbane presents...
The duet Chanson du Soir, comprised of classical guitarist David Isaacs and soprano Chelsea Camille, will perform an enticing fare of music that will delight your ears and calm your spirit. You don't want to miss it! This event is FREE to the public, so come one, come all, and enjoy!

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