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Home Efficiency Project Planned?

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Greater financing options are now available to Brisbane residents who are planning any home efficency projects, as the Council has elected to have Brisbane participate in the California HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) Program.  Similar to CaliforniaFirst, another efficiency financing program, HERO finances projects such as distributed generation renewable energy sources, energy and water efficiency improvements, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.  This is a completely voluntary program where qualifying projects are financed with the contracted amount collected via the property tax bill.  Thus, the HERO program is available to residential and commerical property owners only.  Visit the HERO website, www.heroprogram.com to search their network of licensed, verified contractors.  You may also submit your e-mail address to https://www.heroprogram.com/brisbane if you wish to be notified once the program is active.

Sea Level Rise Open House

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Please join San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Supervisor Don Horsley for a Sea Level Rise Open House on January 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Genentech Conference Center.

Sea levels are rising and at an accelerating rate. In San Mateo County alone, rising sea levels put $24 billion in assets at risk.  In response, the County is completing a sea level rise vulnerability assessment to ensure our communities, ecosystems, and economy are prepared for rising waters.  The goals of the Open House are to share information on the County’s vulnerability assessment, and to hear how sea level rise could affect you. 

Open House Topics:

  • What is sea level rise?
  • What is the County doing to prepare?
  • What is at risk? 
  • What does sea level rise mean for you? 
  • How can you prepare for flooding this winter?
  • What is green infrastructure? How does it relate to sea level rise?

This will be a family-friendly event with interactive activities and eco-friendly raffle prizes!

Please join us for this important community conversation.

Visit SeaChangeSMC/events for more information and to RSVP.  You can also indicate whether or not you're attending the event on Facebook.

Climate Fact #2

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee bring you Climate Fact #2: The Need for Lowering One's Carbon Footprint

Start by calculating your carbon footprint here: http://www.coolcalifornia.org/calculator

LINKS for more information:
http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases.html
http://www3.epa.gov/climatechan…/ghgemissions/gases/co2.html
http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/gsteps.asp

January 2016 STAR

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Click here to read the January 2016 STAR.

How to Humanely Haze a Coyote

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This is a helpful video that shows how to humanely haze an urban coyote. Even if you've never come across one in town, you should still know what to do to make it known to the coyote that your street or yard isn't where you'd like them to be.

SFO Roundtable Meeting 1/7/16

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Mayor Cliff Lentz invites those concerned about SFO airplane noise to the SFO Community Roundtable's next Technical Working Group meeting, slated for January 7, 2016 at SFO.  They will be discussing Departures from 9:00am - 11:30am and Arrivals from 1:00pm - 3:30pm.  They will also be focusing on how the Roundtable can constructively engage the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties, released in November 2015 and what potential next steps they might take to be effective partners in this process.  Click here to view the meeting agenda and location information.  Note: there will also be a conference call/webcast option available for those unable to attend in-person.

FAA officials have also been invited to attend this Technical Working Group meeting.  We look forward to a meaningful and productive collaboration with the FAA and elected officials to provide real noise abatement mitigation to the Bay Area.

Business License Letter

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The City recently selected MuniServices as a partner to assist the City's staff in processing business licenses and collecting the annual business license tax, which is based on a business's gross receipts.  If you are a Brisbane business owner, you probably have received by now a letter that looks like the one pictured right (click to enlarge).  This letter informs business owners that the City is extending the grace period to submit payment without penalties until February 29, 2016.  It also states that a renewal package will be sent in January with a form customized for their business.  Upon receipt of the renewal package, please review it carefully and notify MuniServices of any changes needed to your account.  For any questions, please call MuniServices at 1-866-240-3665 or e-mail bizlicensesupport@muniservices.com .  Thank you for your patience as this transition gets underway!

January 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the January 2016 Marina Newsletter

Council Budget Process

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Every June, the Council adopts a budget that will guide the following fiscal year’s activities.  This is probably one of the most paramount motions the Council takes each year, as the budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (in this year’s case, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). 

But, if you’ve ever watched a Council budget hearing, which usually start in early June, you’ll know that the budget wasn’t the result of work completed in just the prior month.  It takes MONTHS to ensure the budget is pulled together in a clear and meaningful fashion for the community.  The 2016-17 budget process will start in January, with the Council’s Retreat/Workshop.  This is a meeting that is always open to the public and where the Council will talk over what their priorities will be going forward in fiscal year 2016-17. 

This Workshop will help to inform the overall budget process, which includes the City Manager and Finance staff meeting with the rest of the City’s departments to prepare the budget.  In May, the City Manager and Finance staff work especially close with the Council Subcommittee to develop the presentation of the budget to the community.  Budget hearings kick off in June, and begin with the City Manager presenting the recommended budget to the Council and community.  The budget is usually adopted in late June.

If you’d like to take a look at the most current Budget-in-Brief (2015-16), then you can find copies of the tri-fold brochure at City Hall and the Library.  It can also be viewed on the City’s website here.  This 2-page document provides a basic overview of the City’s revenues and expenditures as related to the General Fund, the fund which finances most of the City’s services such as Police/Fire Safety.  Once again, stay tuned for budget hearings kicking off in June!  Or, if you’re curious to get involved earlier, send an e-mail to Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger at schillinger@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/23/2015


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