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San Bruno Ave. Closed May 9, 9am-5pm

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San Bruno Avenue will be closed in both directions at the Bayshore Blvd. intersection on Wednesday, May 9th, 9am - 5pm for road repair work.  Please see the interactive map below for detour information and where local traffic only will be allowed (click the top-left arrow to view a fly-out menu).  To zoom in, first hold down the Ctrl button.

Please use caution when driving in the area.  There will also be flagmen present to help direct traffic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this road repair work is being completed.  If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

May 2018 Marina News

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 Click here to read the May 2018 Marina Newsletter

Saturday 4/28 Vegetation Fire

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Click here for the PDF Media Advisory from North County Fire Authority, which is also copied below.

Click
here for the PG&E Outages page to view the most current information.


On April 28, 2018 at 2:06 p.m., 8 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a vegetation fire at 180 West Hill Place in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire companies found smoke and flames coming from two separate vegetation fires that were burning on a hillside behind warehouses at both 100 West Hill Drive and 180 West Hill Place.  Fire companies used hose lines to contain the fires, which burned a total of approximately one acre of land. 

Fire companies remained on scene for approximately 2 hours checking for fire extension, completing overhaul and mop up operations. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters.

The cause of the fire was due to power lines and is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Bureau and other agencies.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of cutting and removing all dry grass and flammable vegetation around their homes and businesses.

For more information, please contact the NCFA Information Officer at (650) 991-8138.

Mayor Conway on Podcast by the Bay

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On February 21st, Mayor Clarke Conway sat down with Patrick Sullivan of Podcast by the Bay as part of their Peninsula Mayors series.  The two discussed Clarke's upbringing in Brisbane (he wasn't born in Brisbane, but he was delivered by a Brisbane doctor!), current projects, housing, and transportation.  Patrick walked away with a greater sense of the City's rich history, how the Council works together well to address the Community's concerns in making the best decisions based on the greater good of its citizens, and the fact that Brisbane is a lot warmer than he originally thought!  Click here or the image above to hear Clarke's recording.

City Hall Roof-Mounted PV System

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The City Council has had an interest in constructing a photovoltaic system on the City Hall roof for over a decade, and we’re excited to announce that it’s now happening!  Over the course of the next two months, contractor Sunterra Solar will be working to install a 150 kW system (AC rating), and they will be using the City Hall parking lot near the Dog Park as their staging area.  Therefore, we ask that Dog Park users please refrain from parking in the spaces indicated as restricted with signs and barricades, as those are necessary for the contractor’s materials and equipment, which include a lift.  We look forward to having the system installed, which will allow for shedding more of the City’s load dependence from the public utility.  The current system does not include a commercial solar battery storage system, but in the event the Council does choose to install one, we would see even greater independence from the utility by saving excess power generated during lower demand periods.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

June 2018 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a new law passed in 2016 that will modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The Statewide Direct Primary Election, taking place on June 5, 2018, will be the first time the new election model is enacted.

This new election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot by:

  • Mailing every voter a ballot
  • Expanding in-person early voting
  • Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county

Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will actually be one of the 30 Vote Centers that will be open June 2 – 5, three days prior to Election Day.  Its hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.  In accordance with the law, there will be 5 Vote Centers open for 10 days before Election Day and 4 Vote Centers open 29 days before Election Day.  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Also important to note: The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election is an all-mailed ballot election.  Every eligible voter will be mailed a ballot and can vote by mail or cast their ballot in person at a Vote Center during the times and days specified above.  The first day Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed to registered voters in the County is May 7, 2018, with Ballot Drop-Off locations open throughout the County starting May 8th (there will be a Ballot Drop-off Box at Brisbane City Hall as well). 

Not registered to vote?  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote by May 21st to get registered online.  You can also register to vote via the mail (postmarked by May 21st).  Just complete a Voter Registration Form, which you can find at City Hall.  Note: you must re-register to vote if you change your name, address, or want to change your political affiliation (party).  Lastly, you can also register to vote or update your registration at any Vote Center location even on Election Day.  For more information, please contact the County’s Registration and Elections Division at (650) 312-5222.

CA Voter's Choice Act Flyer

Accessible Vote by Mail System for Disabled and Visually Impaired Voters Flyer

Edible Gardening Workshop

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This past Wednesday, attendees at the BAWSCA Edible Landscaping Workshop learned how to reduce water needs in their gardens by growing edible vegetables that they could harvest all summer long.  The instructor, Suzanne Bontempo - professional horticulturalist, IPM advocate & environmental educator with over 20 years experience - started off her lecture by emphasizing "it all starts with the soil."  The class also went over how to use compost and cover crops.  Attendees were given various young potted edible vegetables to get themselves started.  Thank you to BAWSCA for bringing this workshop of theirs to Brisbane, which is sponsored by the City of Brisbane.  If you missed it, don't despair - there are others being held throughout the County throughout the Spring and Fall.  Check out their schedule of landscape classes here.

"Green Dawn" CERT Exercise

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Calling All Brisbane Residents!

Your presence is requested at the 2018 Green Dawn Full Scale Exercise for local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, volunteer groups, and community stakeholders who might benefit from observations of and lessons learned in a terrorist attack scenario.  That's right, you do not have to be a Brisbane CERT member to participate; the County of San Mateo Health Systems is looking for more community volunteers/actors (at least 18 years of age) to roleplay lost/injured survivors in a disaster scenario.  This is a great way to see what CERTs do!  The event is free of charge and continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  Click here or the flyer below to register!

"See you at the 7" Book Reception

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Owner of Brisbane's historic 7 Mile House, Vanessa Garcia, was the reason City Hall was abuzz this past Wednesday evening, where a book reception was held in the large conference room in celebration of her new book, "See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House".  The book is co-authored by award-winning editor Regina Abuyuan (also, Vanessa's cousin!), with a foreword by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte (Native Son). The book contains old maps of the area, historic photos, and interviews with locals who recount their experiences at 7 Mile House over the years.  Adorning the walls of the large conference room are framed prints of the book's signature (or very first) copy, along with artifacts that Vanessa has held onto over the fourteen years she's owned the restaurant, some of which stem from 7 Mile House's 160 years in existence.  Come and check out the exhibit, which will be on display through the spring. 

There is also a copy of Vanessa's book on display to thumb through.  But to order your very own copy, please click here.

Increased Traffic Enforcement on Bayshore

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On Wednesday, April 18th, the Brisbane Police Department along with officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County will be participating in the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.).  The STEP program is a county collaboration to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots throughout San Mateo County.

Due to the number of continued complaints raised by residents of excessive speed violations on Bayshore Boulevard, S.T.E.P will conduct a Saturation Traffic Enforcement operation in our city.  Their focus will be on excessive speed violators and other traffic violations including cell phone use, seat belts and other dangerous violations.  Officers will be stopping vehicles as well as motorcycles and bicyclists.

The San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association are working together to collectively focus on reducing the number of injuries and traffic collisions throughout San Mateo County.

The agencies you may see participating with Brisbane PD include Belmont PD, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Burlingame PD, Colma PD, Daly City PD, East Palo Alto PD, Menlo Park PD, Foster City PD, Pacifica PD, Redwood City PD, San Bruno PD, San Mateo PD, San Mateo County Public Safety Communications, and South San Francisco Police.