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How You Can Help North Bay Fire Victims

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As you know, recent wildfires have devastated communities in California. If you would like to help those affected by the North Bay fires, please read the following action items:

*Please note, due to the donation center being in full capacity, City Hall is no longer accepting clothing donations for fire victims at this time. 

Donate Non-perishable & Ready to Eat Food Items:
The North County Fire Authority (NCFA) is accepting donations of non-perishable, ready to eat items. Donations can be dropped off at Fire Station 81 located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd in Brisbane, Fire Station 94 located at 444 Gellert Blvd. in Daly City,  as well as any of the other stations throughout NCFA. Donations should be dropped off from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The donated items will be picked up at local North County Fire stations and delivered to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County next week.

Other Ways to Help:
Click here to find out the latest information on other ways you can take action and support communities affected by the wildfires.

October 2017 Marina News

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  Click here to read the October 2017 Marina Newsletter

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/16/17


Lions Club Pumpkin Patch
Sat., Oct. 21, 9am – 2pm, Comm. Park Gazebo
Lions Club Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct. 21, 9am – Noon, 2 Visitaction



Posted 10/14/17


The Collective Camp – ROAR
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+
Women 18yrs+


City Council Hearing
on Parkside Plan
Mon., Oct. 16th, 8pm
City Hall, Community Room


2017 State of the City Address

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Mayor Lori Liu provided the City's 2017 State of the City Address on Wednesday, October 4th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane. Take a look at project highlights from the past year by watching the recording below, or it will also be played back on Ch. 27 through the first part of 2018. Thank you to the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce for hosting this annual event!

Click here to view the presentation.

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the State of the City Address and it is attended by residents as well as members of the business community. Mayor Liu started off with talking about her family moving to Brisbane in 2004 and attending an Earth Day cleanup event at the water tower off Kings Road. She fell in love with the mountain and the character of Brisbane. Residents live in close proximity to a major metropolitan area but have unique access to open space on San Bruno Mountain. They care deeply about their neighbors and appreciate the arts and outdoor recreation. The community is quirky and has its own unique traditions, such as decorating Stars and painting fire hydrants. All of this defines Brisbane and will be important in mapping out the future.

The City Council is in the process of considering the Final EIR and making a decision regarding certification of the Final EIR prior to taking any action on the Brisbane Baylands Development. The Council’s Baylands review process officially started in September of 2016, with the bulk of 2017 comprised of numerous public hearings, which systematically covered all the chapters of the EIR. Its anticipated public hearings and Council deliberations will continue through the end of 2017, as Council analyzes any potential impacts of the housing legislation recently passed by the State Legislature.

The City is working on adopting its first ever Precise Plan for Parkside at Brisbane Village, which includes approximately 230 units of housing. The City’s consultant, MIG, released the Draft Parkside Precise Plan in June 2017 where it was studied by the Planning Commission over several meetings before they recommended approval of the plan with modifications in August. The goal of the Parkside Plan is to ensure that the community defines its vision and establishes the implementing regulations and standards BEFORE new residential development is proposed. The Parkside Precise Plan will be both the vehicle to establish the community’s vision and the tool to ensure that this vision is implemented through individual projects over time. Property owners and future developers also benefit, in that through the precise plan, they understand the community’s vision and know what will be expected of them in future development. The City Council began their review of the draft plan with a Public Hearing this past month on October 16th.

The construction of the City’s new Brisbane Library is set to break ground next year. The library will include a Maker’s Space to spark the creativity of the next generation of learners, and also will have dedicated spaces for children, teens, a quiet study area, an outdoor garden, and a new Community Center so that everyone has the space they need. The new Brisbane Library will also include the first Public Arts project triggered by the Public Arts Ordinance, thanks to the leadership of Kevin Fryer. The installation will be a beautiful glass display in the library, which will be integrated into the design and reflect the special attributes of our community. To support the build of the new Library, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a one-time $300K grant for design purposes earlier this year, and the Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000.
Another major project was that the City received grant funding for renovation of the Crocker Park Trail, which will make it more usable for bikes, strollers, and joggers. With these improvements, this trail will provide a safe connection between the residential development at the Ridge and Lipman Middle School, where a low percentage of students currently walk or bike. In addition, it will provide easier access to recreation for residents as well employees in Crocker Park. The trail is expected to be a newly-surfaced sometime next summer, once the grant funding process is completed.

An example of a community project that shows our collaborative effort is the new Brisbane Skatepark, which opened with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 13th, 2016. The skatepark was constructed and designed by Spohn Ranch Skateparks with community input from Brisbane youth and residents. The renovation of the Brisbane Skatepark to a fully updated, entirely concrete surfaced skatepark was a true community effort. Youth leaders, families, individuals, contractors and businesses helped to make this renovation project possible through their fundraising and advocacy efforts, which offset the total Skatepark construction costs by nearly 20%, making it a truly collaborative and community effort.

Mayor Liu also touched on the City’s commitment to the environment and delivering measurable and significant results when it comes to curbing global warming. In addition, the City of Brisbane was recognized for its environmental leadership and best practices by receiving the Platinum level Spotlight Award from the Institute for Local Government. ILG recognized that Brisbane is making inroads in energy savings, natural gas savings, and greenhouse gas reductions. The City is also part of Peninsula Clean Energy which provides more renewable and cheaper electricity to residents and businesses. And the City has opted up its municipal accounts to ECO100, the 100% renewable energy option, for all municipal electric accounts.

Community events were very successful this year from Live at Mission Blue, Concerts in the Park and Day in the Park. The City also held two new events – Star City Music Festival and the Brisbane Marina Kite Festival. Special thanks also went out to two new volunteer groups in Brisbane: Brisbane Village Helping Hands, who are committed to helping Brisbane residents “age in place”; and G3, or the Guerilla Garden Gangstas, a grassroots group who set out to beautify downtown Brisbane.

In considering the City’s financial state, City Manager Clay Holstine explained that more money has been brought in than what has been spent. The extra money is placed into reserves and increase annually due to the City’s adoption of a Fund Balance Policy. The general reserve fund is currently at $10M, which is set aside for unexpected large events, recession, unanticipated one-time events, and excess reserves. The City’s General Fund Expenditures are typical of most other cities. The City’s General Fund Revenues are well balanced to handle the ups and downs of the economy. The City is caught up on deferred maintenance at the Pool, Storm Drain Systems, trails and paths. The City is also setting aside reserves for long-term liabilities and an upcoming long-term capital improvement project (CIP).

Air Quality District Alerts

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Check the Bay Area Quality Management District's website ( for the latest information on Smoke Advisories, and Spare the Air Alerts in the Bay Area.    Because of the serious air quality conditions in parts of the Bay Area, residents should avoid adding additional air pollution by curtailing air polluting activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.

Click here for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s smoke advisory.
Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Spare the Air Alerts.
Click here for the Air Quality 5 day Forecast.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District ( is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. 

October 2017 STAR Newsletter

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Please click here to read the October 2017 STAR.

Recap Closed Session Mtg 9/18

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At the City Council Closed Session Meeting of September 18, 2017, the Council voted unanimously to create an ad hoc state relations committee, consisting of Council members Conway and Davis, for the purpose of reviewing state housing legislation and meeting with Brisbane State representatives concerning state housing legislation that may affect the City of Brisbane.

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2017 Candidates Forum Video

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 The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters would like to thank the members of the public and the City Council Candidates who tuned in, attended and participated in the 2017 Candidates Forum on September 28th.  To view the video of the 2017 Candidates Forum please click here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/29/17


State of the City Address
Wed., Oct. 4th, 7-8:30pm
Double Tree Hotel
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy


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Due October 5th
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Posted 9/26/17


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City Council Candidates Forum
Thurs., Sept. 28, 7-8:30pm
City Hall, Community Meeting Room
For info call 415-467-7283