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Comment on the Recology NOP

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Recology is proposing to modernize and expand its Tunnel Avenue facility straddling the Brisbane/San Francisco border to provide additional capacity to recycle and process different streams of refuse with the goal of completely eliminating waste materials going to a landfill.

The City of Brisbane will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  As the first step in this process, the City has published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) which identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  You are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall: 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.

For more information about the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Community Choice Aggregation

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At last night's City Council meeting, Seth Baruch, Program Consultant for the County of San Mateo, presented on the value of the County having a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to potentially pool (or aggregate) the electricity demand within the County in order to purchase and potentially develop power on behalf of the local residents, businesses, and municipal facilities.  Click here or the image above to view his full Powerpoint presentation.  You can also watch his presentation on the City's website, which begins at approximately 6:35

On February 24, 2015 the Board of Supervisors approved funding to conduct a County-wide technical study to assess the feasibility of CCA for San Mateo County.  The technical study will:

  • determine the size of a potential CCA
  • forcast future energy demands
  • assess availability of renewable energy resources
  • assess the ability of a potential CCA to be competitive in short term and long term market conditions
  • develop different scenarios and predict their impact on greenhouse emission reduction, job creation, etc.
  • analyze potential risk in CCA formation 

The technical study is tentatively set to be completed by August 2015.  The results from the study will be used to determine if the County and any interested municipalities should form a CCA.  Also at last night's meeting, the Council appointed Councilmembers Liu and Conway to serve as the City's Representative and Alternate, respectively, on the newly formed Countywide Advisory Committee to provide input on matters relating to the formation, structure and governance of the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

If you'd like to read more about the CCA program, please view their Office of Sustainability's webpage, which also contains links to CCA Resources.  For any questions about the CCA program or the technical study that's currently being conducted, please contact Kirsten Pringle, Sustainability Fellow, at or (650) 363-4088.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/16/2015

City of Brisbane
12th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 25, 9 am - 1 pm, Kings Rd. and San Mateo Lane
Lunch & T-shirts for Volunteers
Info: 508-2143 or

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Application
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 19th

Posted 4/13/2015

Brisbane Police Department
April is Distracted Driver
Awareness Month
Do not text or use hand held devices while driving

Posted 4/11/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Bootcamp
M,W & F, Apr 13 - July 10, 9:45-10:45 am
Comm. Pk. Gazebo, Info:  415.508.2140

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., Apr. 11, 12:30 - 2 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info:

Lions Club Scholarship

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The application for the Brisbane Lions Club's Scholastic Achievement Awards is now available! 

The Brisbane Lions Club serves our community in many ways.  One of the most important is the support of education.  Through the efforts of their members and the support of our community, they offer awards to those who are pursuing higher education.  Last year the Lions were able to direct $25,000 total to 23 deserving students.

Click here for the application, due Sunday, April 19, 2015

Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer - exceptions:  living away at school with parent(s) or guardian living in Brisbane, or serving as a member of the U.S. military.  Please confirm your eligibility status by contacting the committee prior to submitting your application by e-mailing

Habitat Restoration Day 2015

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This year's Habitat Restoration Day will be on Saturday, April 25th from 9am - 1pm at the cross-section of San Mateo Ln. and Kings Rd.

Celebrate Earth Day by helping keep Brisbane's native habitat pristine.  Join the City of Brisbane’s Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, as they celebrate Earth Day by helping remove invasive, non-native plants from habitat.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged. Free lunch and t-shirt!  Click here to view the event flyer.

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions concerning the event, contact Natalie: or (415) 508-2118.


HEART of San Mateo County

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The City of Brisbane is a member agency of HEART, whose mission is to is to raise funds from public and private sources to meet critical housing needs.  Take advantage of one of their FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops and find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only 5% down and no PMI.  This is the HEART downpayment loan and Meriwest Mortgage Program.

HEART finances the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of homes affordable to middle- and low-income employees of local businesses, as well as seniors and other fixed-income residents.  HEART provides three types of financing:

  • short-term predevelopment or construction loans to finance multifamily housing;
  • long-term loans for affordable rental housing; and
  • homebuyer assistance loans.

For more information about HEART, please contact them at (650) 872-4444 or

Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.  Day work that started on November 10th will continue April 13 – April 17, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to identify utility lines and install/test fiber optic cable.  There is no night work scheduled for this period.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: .

Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan.  The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Peninsula SunShares Launched!

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Peninsula Cities Launch Group Solar Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar for Local Residents

Brisbane, CA - The City of Brisbane is joining other nearby cities in an initiative called “Peninsula SunShares,” an effort that will encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar.

The Peninsula SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems.  Free community workshops, beginning in April, will be held in different venues over the next three months to explain the program and help people enroll in Peninsula SunShares.  Brisbane's workshop takes place on Saturday, April 11 in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave.) from 12:30 - 2:00pm and is being hosted by BEST/PTO in partnership with the City of Brisbane.

The 2015 Peninsula SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or working in participating communities but living throughout the nine Bay Area counties.  Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing.  

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property.  If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from two local solar installers.  Sunrun, Inc. and Skytech Solar were both selected by the Peninsula SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors for cost, quality workmanship, positive reputation, quality equipment, warranties, financing options and good employment and business practices.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers by July 31, 2015.

At the free workshops, local community solar experts will explain how solar works and answer questions to help residents decide whether solar energy is right for their home.  The workshops will also cover information about federal tax credits and financing options available that will help homeowners install solar and save on their utility bills for years to come.

Attending a workshop is not a requirement for participation in the program.  Peninsula SunShares kicked off today, April 1st, and interested homeowners can visit the program website to sign-up and view a list of scheduled events.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more that 1.5 megawatts of residential solar capacity,” said Vote Solar’s Jessie Denver.  As the program administrator, Vote Solar is working with not just the City of Brisbane but also 12 other communities throughout the San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

The SunShares program is based on successful models developed by the cities of Portland and San Jose in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. In just the past few years, successful campaigns have spread from Oregon and California across the country to Colorado, Illinois and New York.

Peninsula SunShares is organized by Foster City in partnership with Vote Solar, the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County.

For more information please visit:

Shuttle Disruption 4/10, 9-5pm

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We wanted to alert you to the fact that Friday's closure of San Bruno Ave. and some of the surrounding streets on the south end of town will result in the following disruptions to the shuttles:

Bayshore/Brisbane Caltrain shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 8:58am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:04am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:54pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:00pm (1st PM trip)

Brisbane/Crocker Industrial BART shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 9:07am - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 9:14am (last AM trip - returning to BART)
  • Old County & San Francisco 9:27am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:34am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 3:31pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 3:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:37pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 4:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:59pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:05pm

To further clarify, the following stops will be not be served during the 9-5pm timeframe: San Bruno & Annis, 3745 Bayshore Blvd., Bayshore Blvd. and Tunnel Rd., Old County & San Francisco, San Bruno & Mendocino, and San Bruno & Alvarado.  Essentially, the shuttles will not turn up Old County Rd. and enter into the southern portion in town.

If you normally ride the shuttle during the hours of 9-5p and get on/off at the above stops, we apologize for this inconvenience.  The 140 Valley stop will be the closest alternative for pick-up/drop-off, so please plan your Friday commute schedule accordingly.  Click here to be taken to the website to view the appropriate shuttle schedules.  If you have any questions, please contact at (650) 588-1600.