Friday, March 12, 2010

A Time of Transition

Today, we're bidding adieu to our always-knowledgable, always-studious, and always-curious Community Development Director, Bill Prince. In the last seven years, Bill has headed up the General Plan and Housing Element updates, overseen the planning process for the Baylands and Sierra Point, and educated us all by bringing the "University of Brisbane" concept to the community. Bill's unlimited passion to learn and pass on his knowledge will be greatly missed.

Another accomplishment that Bill had during his tenure was recruiting John Sweicki as Principal Planner for the City. John will be assuming the reins as Interim Director upon Bill's departure and we look forward to him bringing his expertise and familiarity with the issues the City is currently faced with to the table. Congratulations to both Bill and John, for your model of leadership and your willingness to step up and on to new things!

Also in transition during this time are the various City Commissions and Committees. For one, the new Planning Commission met this past Thursday, welcoming Karen Cunningham and Dave Reinhardt. They join Commissioners Theresa Maturo, Jameel Munir (Haji), and Carolyn Parker. Cris Hart was appointed to the Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commission, where he will be serving alongside Renee Marmion (Chair), Linda Almeida, Bonnie Bologoff, and Mike De La Torre.

If you have ever wanted to serve your community in a public capacity, the opportunity can still be yours! The City is looking for residents to serve on the Open Space & Ecology Committee. The City's various Committees and Commissions are integral to the progression of the City, helping move the community's interests and projects forward. For instance, the Open Space & Ecology Committee aids in the acquisition, planning, and monitoring of open space as one of their focus areas.

If the above interests you at all, then consider applying for a seat on the Open Space & Ecology Committee. It's easy to apply - just fill out and return the application to Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk at 50 Park Place, Brisbane, or e-mail it to her at

Hoping for your home to undergo a little transition or two? Well then you won't want to miss the Home Show Expo, coming to the Cow Palace March 26-28. The Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping, and decorating their homes. There will be hundreds of exhibits on-site with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. One of the exhibitors will be the Countywide Stormwater Program, which will be hosting a booth (and giving away two free rain barrels!). So come with ideas, photos, and an open mind...and walk away inspired and excited for your next home improvement project! Click here for more information about the event, and here to see about getting in for free!

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