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Survey on Short-Term Rentals

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015: The online survey will close on Friday, March 27th.  If you haven't already weighed in, please do so before midnight tomorrow.  Thank you!

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UPDATE - Friday, March 13, 2015: There was a great turnout at yesterday's March 12th Planning Commission workshop on short-term rentals.  The Commission engaged in a thoughtful discussion with community members about the potential positive and negative impacts of short-term rentals, and how both could be balanced through targeted regulation.  After the discussion, the Planning Commission agreed to hold a follow-up workshop at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 where staff will review policies from other California cities and provide suggestions on how to address specific concerns raised by community and Commission members. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and/or the workshop, and please join us on April 9th.  If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, responses will continue to be collected through March 26th.  If you want to be updated as this effort moves forward,  e-mail Associate Planner Julia Capasso at jcapasso@ci.brisbane.ca.us to be added to the e-mail notification list.

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UPDATE - Monday, March 2, 2015: We have a received a large number of comments on this issue and each will be sent to the City Council and Planning Commission.  Thank you again for your feedback!

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Short-term vacation room or home rentals in privately owned homes have grown in popularity in the Bay Area thanks to online advertising websites like Airbnb.com.  The City’s regulations predate Internet-based homesharing, and short-term vacation rentals are currently prohibited in residentially-zoned neighborhoods in Brisbane.  The  Brisbane City Council has asked the Planning Commission to further study this issue, evaluate the City’s regulations, and make recommendations.

As a Brisbane resident, what do you think?  Your input is critical in this effort.  Join the dialogue by filling out a community survey online and/or attending the Planning Commission workshop on March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Library, the Planning and Building Department at City Hall, and on page 2 of the March STAR (landing in mailboxes next week).  To ensure that everyone's voice is heard, we ask that only one response be submitted per resident.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Associate Planner Julia Capasso at (415) 508-2120 or jcapasso@ci.brisbane.ca.us

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The Public Works Dept. will be turning off the water to the addresses shown in red on the Service Disruption Map above (click to enlarge) on the evenings of Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, between 10pm - 4am in order to replace a broken water main valve located at the intersection of Klamath St. & Visitacion Ave. 

The affected addresses, which will also be provided hand-delivered notices prior to the temporary water shutdown, will be without water for the duration of the work.  We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause you.  If you have any questions or concerns concerning this temporary water shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  For after-hours assistance, please contact (415) 467-1212.

F-T Human Resources Technician

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:40PM: As of this afternoon, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position.  Thank you for all your interest!

The City of Brisbane currently has an opening for a Human Resources Technician. This is a full-time 40 hours per week position working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, Wednesdays 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Fridays 8:00 AM -1:00 PM.  Apply online via calopps.org.  ONLY THE FIRST 50 APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM or until the maximum number of applications are received.  Postmarks and faxes will not be accepted.

Be a Summer Concerts Sponsor

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We're pround to announce that planning for the 2015 Concerts in the Park is underway!  Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year.  Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community?  Then consider being a sponsor!  Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under.  Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/26/2015


City of Brisbane
Planning Commissioner Needed
Apply by April 15
To apply call City Clerk at 508-2114


Posted 3/25/2015


City of Brisbane
Human Resources Technician
Full Time-accepting first 50 application
Information: www.calopps.org


Posted 3/23/2015


City of Brisbane
P/T Office Specialist (Finance Dept.)
Accepting first 100 applications
Information:  www.calopps.org


Brisbane Community Pool
Certified Lifeguard
Training
Enroll at www.brisbaneca,.org/community-pool

 

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 March 23 – 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to identify utility lines and install/test fiber optic cable. Crews will also continue installation of a communications pole.  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: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

P-T Office Specialist Position

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:35PM: As of this morning, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position.  Thank you for all your interest!

A Part-time Office Specialist position in the Finance Department will be opening on CalOpps this coming Monday, March 23rd.  We will only be accepting the first 100 applications and we expect to reach this number very quickly.  If you're interested in applying, be sure to do so online at www.calopps.org starting on Monday.

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.

Solar. Simple. Together.

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Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?  Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.

The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.  Here’s how it works:

1. Community-sponsored program.  The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar.  Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit. 

2. Below-market pricing.  Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.

3. Limited time.  Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come.  Registration opens April 1st.

4. Help spread the word!  More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.

On Saturday, April 11th, BEST/PTO will be hosting, in partnership with the City of Brisbane, a community workshop on Peninsula SunShares.  It is open to the public.  Come to the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 12:30-2:00pm to learn more about the program!  (There will even be time to do remote site evaluations with attendees and schedule appointments).  Click here for the event flyer.

For more information or to register please visit: www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/19/2015


Richard W. Kabash
August 1943 - March 2015
Beloved Scoutmaster, Troop # 134
Beloved Husband, Father, Friend
Svcs:  Fri., Mar. 20, Cypress Lawn, Tiffany Chapel


Master Gardener Presentation:
Vegetable Gardening
In Small Spaces
Sat., Mar 21, 1 pm, Comm. Ctr., Free!


Posted 3/16/2015


Brisbane Community Pool
Water Aerobics Classes
Mon., Wed., & Fri., 11:15am - 12:15pm, 2 Solano
Come and join in on the fun!


S.F. Shakespeare Festival Presents
As You Like It
Sun., Mar. 22, 2 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Free Admission!