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Lions Club at City Council

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At this past Tuesday's City Council Meeting, members of the Lions Club, led by Club President Ernest Filippo, presented the City Council with an American flag which they donated to the City.  Below is a picture of the flag being handed to Mayor Bologoff after members of the Lions collectively walked down the aisle.  As the flag passed those in the audience, everyone present rose to their feet.

Club member Lee Panza, and former Mayor Brisbane, proudly wore a vest that was full of pins which he received from Lions members world-wide at a conference in Brisbane, Australia.

The flag will have a permanent home at Mission Blue Center.  We are thankful for the many active service clubs and organizations within Brisbane that do so much to help build community.  To read about more community groups and their purposes, please click here.

Want to Report a Loud Noise?

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Neighbor playing loud music?  Hear a dog barking incessantly?  Then fill out a Service Request Form, which gets forwarded to the Police Department.  Someone will respond shortly thereafter.  If you want to help the Police Officer get to the bottom of the issue you're facing, please leave your name and indicate if you'd rather prefer to be contacted via phone or e-mail.  It will greatly help the officer help you!  Or, you can always call Police Dispatch at 415-467-1212 to report a non-emergency incident or other nuisances.

CPR, AED, and First Aid Classes

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North County Fire Authority is offering a series of CPR, AED, and FIRST AID CLASSES. Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants, after which a waiting list will be developed. For more information, check out the full schedule and guidelines or contact Elizabeth Solis at 650-746-8350 or

2007-2014 Housing Element

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On Tuesday night, the City Council adopted the 2007-2014 Housing Element after very in-depth public hearings during 2010.  You can read the Housing Element in its entirety on the City's website by clicking on the image below, or by going to City Hall, the Library (250 Visitacion Ave.), or Madhouse Coffee (402 Visitacion Ave.), where a copy of the Housing Element is available.  Note: Madhouse Coffee is not an official posting place for the City; all agendas will be posted still at City Hall and the Library only, and of course online on the City Meetings page.  It will simply be a place for you to pick up a bound copy of important public documents such as the Housing Element to peruse, perhaps over a cup of coffee.  Thank you to Ron Davis of Madhouse Coffee for being so accommodating with his already-limited ledger space!

Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance will be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council through 2011 and 2012 to reflect the new Housing Element policies and programs.  The first of these is scheduled for the Planning Commission's Regular Meeting of January 27, 2011 and is regarding accommodation for housing for persons with disabilities and updating the height limit exceptions.  If you would like to get more information about the Housing Element, please contact the Planning Dept. at or call 415-508-2120.


Sgt. Kath Jackson Retires

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Last Saturday, at the Sierra Point Yacht Club, the career of Sgt. Kath Jackson was celebrated in a event hosted by the Brisbane Police Officers Association.  Sgt. Jackson is pictured above with her dear friend, and boss, Chief Lisa Macias.

Sgt. Jackson's career in Brisbane started with fighting fires, then she moved to fighting bad guys. By the time is was time to retire, Sgt. Jackson had done it all at the Brisbane Police Department, including what she is best know for, working with the K9 unit.  We wish her the very best as she embarks in this next, exciting, chapter of her life!  We'll miss you, Kath!

Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Elementary School
Kindergarten Registration
Begins Tuesday, Feb. 1st
Information: 467-0120
Airport Noise-Complain Now!
Call (650)  821-4736

Flooding in Brisbane, QLD

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As you are well aware, our sister city Brisbane, in the Australian state of Queenland, experienced catastrophic flooding following unusually heavy rainfall on January 10, 2011. With the ground already saturated from previous rainfall events, an estimated 20,000 homes in suburbs outside the capital city of Queensland experienced severe damage with the flooding of the Brisbane River.  The photo above shows the brown, sediment-laden waters of the Brisbane River that have flooded nearby low-land neighborhoods.  The community of Rocklea was hit especially hard with flood waters.

On Monday of this week, severe storms hit Brisbane and the City of Ipswich, which is about 40 miles southeast of Brisbane.  Train services that were re-opened the day before following the floods, were again cut moments before the storm struck.  At the height of the storms, 24,000 homes and businesses were blacked out, after 100 power lines were knocked down.  11,000 customers are still without power. 

Our sentiments and thoughts are with the residents of Brisbane, Lord Mayor Newman and his fellow Councillors, as well as the residents of Ipswich, mayor Paul Pisasale, and Councillors. 

Anyone wishing to give financially to the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich can do so securely by visiting the below sites. 

Donate to the Queensland Government Flood Relief Appeal

Donate to Ipswich Flood Appeal

If donating through other websites, please be sure to check the legitimacy of the charities before donating to help flood victims in central and south east Queensland. Click here for more information.

Water-Efficient Landscaping

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The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) will be hosting their annual water-efficient landscape education program between March and May, 2011.  Click here to view their Spring 2011 Class Schedule and descriptions.  For more information, please call 650-349-3000.

SFO Airport Noise Presentation

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Bert Ganoung from the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office will be presenting on the noise situation in Brisbane and what's been done so far to address it.  This presentation takes place early on the Council's agenda for the meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room.  If you can't attend in person, you can watch it on Ch. 27 if you're a Comcast subscriber.  Otherwise, the meeting will be streaming live on the City's website,, with replays during the week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Click here to be taken directly to the live streaming page and to view the broadcast schedule.

Citynews January 2011

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Click here for the January Citynews 2011.