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Energy Upgrade

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Energy Upgrade California is a new statewide energy efficiency incentive program offered through the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

Visit the Energy Upgrade California website ( to find out about:

  • Available incentives for home energy improvements
  • Participating Contractors
  • Innovative financing options

Making energy upgrades can help you save electricity, gas, and water in your home, lower your monthly bills, and qualify you for up to $4,000 in rebates offered through PG&E.

There is also an Energy Upgrade Call Center, which we told you about in a previous post.

And, if you're a contractor who is interested in gaining a certification needed to do the types of upgrades the Energy Upgrade program recommends, you'll want to check out a free introductory workshop.  There is one taking place in Santa Rosa on Saturday, April 30th.  Registration is limited, so sign up quickly if you're interested.  Click here to do so and for more information.


Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/15/2011

In Loving Memory of
Gloria Sevilla
1931 - 2011
Posted 4/14/2011
Masterworks Chorale
"Love Songs and Chocolate"
Sun., Apr. 17th, 4 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Posted 4/11/2011
Brisbane Marina
Derrick Ward Memorial Car/Cycle Show
Sat., Apr. 17, 9 am - 4 pm, Brisbane Marina
Benefits Pancreatic Action Network
For Information (650) 583-6975

AYSO Fundraiser
Pancake Breakfast
and Early Bird Sign Ups


Energy Retrofit Call Center

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The Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center is now open to provide Bay Area residents with information about the benefits of retrofit improvements and available financial incentives. Hours of operation are between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. The call center’s toll free phone number is 855-464-8484 and the local Oakland number is (510) 464-8484.

The Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center call center works with an associated website ( to help homeowners and others navigate the Energy Upgrade California process. Call center staff provides information to residents with questions or for those unable to access the internet. Energy Upgrade California is designed to encourage California residents to conduct home improvement projects to lower energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and to make homes healthier and more comfortable.

ABAG Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center and Energy Upgrade California are funded by the California Energy Commission and the federal America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information about Energy Upgrade Bay Area, call 855-464-8484 or visit the Energy Upgrade California website at

"Take a Hike 2011"

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San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson invites you to the "Take A Hike 2011" kick-off Saturday, April 9th, 9:00am, at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park, located right near our City of Stars.

So mark your calendars and get on your hiking shoes! 

Supervisor Jacobs Gibson initiated "Take A Hike" three years ago as a way to encourage residents to become more active and learn about the beautiful parks and trails in San Mateo County.  On April 9, the Supervisor will welcome hikers and introduce the 2011 season, which features a new schedule of parks and trails, including a special “Dog Days of Summer: Bring Your Dog” walk in August.

Known for its wild flowers, San Bruno Mountain is the ideal location for an April walk.  Participants will be guided by a park ranger who will discuss the park’s history and uniqueness.  Participants of this first hike will receive an official "Take A Hike 2011" T-shirt.

For more information about San Bruno Mountain Park and driving directions, visit

San Bruno Officials Stop In

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At this past Monday night's City Council meeting, San Bruno Vice Mayor Michael Salazar and Finance Director for the City of San Bruno Edmund Suen presented a Proclamation to the City of Brisbane, for assistance provided in response to the tragic September 9, 2011 pipeline explosion and fire.  Nearly 900 Police and Fire personnel from throughout San Mateo County and the Bay Area fought the fire, evacuated residents, and assisted with the initial clean up and re-entry to the Glenview neighborhood.  During that same time, more than 200 non-safety personnel from neighboring jurisdictions, Brisbane included, responded and provided assistance to the community of San Bruno by staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Shifts in the EOC lasted 12 hours each, and staff from Brisbane helped in answering the public information line where residents and reporters caused the line to be ringing far more frequently than they had staff available to answer it.  This helped to quell the anxiety of the residents as well as assist reporters from local TV stations and news groups to report out accurate information to the public.  The City of Brisbane is appreciative of San Bruno stopping and presenting the City with a Proclamation, but wouldn't hesitate to offer the same support and services if ever the need arose.

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Posted 4/5/2011

City of Brisbane
Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 30, 9am-1pm, @ Firth Canyon
Info: or 415-508-2118

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Summer Camp Reg.
Filling up fast, so sign-up right away or call 508-2140

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Posted 3/30/2011

City of Brisbane
Tennis Classes
Adult and Youth, Starts on April 5th
Info: or 508-2140

Live at Mission Blue
Camerata Capistrano
Sat., April 2, 7:30pm, Mission Blue Center
Tickets: or City Hall

To be posted 4/2/2011

City of Brisbane
Water Bills are
Due April 5th

Earthquake Preparedness Month

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They say, "Timing is everything."  When spoken in regards to earthquakes, the effect can be bone-chilling.  Consider this: four major earthquakes have taken place worldwide in the span of just over a year, starting with the catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, followed just one month later on February 27th with the magnitude-8.8 earthquake devastated Chile.  Then, almost exactly one year later, on February 22, 2011, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand.  And, of course, Japan a few weeks ago on March 11th was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake in its northeast region.  An article published on, entitled, "The Scariest Earthquake is Yet to Come", states that three corners of the Pacific plate have been hit with recent earthquakes - the northwest with Japan's quake, the southwest with New Zealand, and the southeast with Chile.  That leaves just one point - the northeast - or, more specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area, unaffected.

While that is very sobering to hear, perhaps even frightening, the truth of the matter is this: we live in a beautiful and picturesque region of the state, but the Bay Area is also home to a number of fault lines, most notable being the San Andreas and the Hayward Fault.  Check out the below eye-opening video to see just how much destruction an earthquake would cause if one were to strike the Bay Area today.

While it is true that earthquakes, unlike tornadoes and hurricanes, know no season – April is observed as National Earthquake Preparedness month. For our protection and for the protection of our families, we need to take specific earthquake precautions so that we can be prepared when disaster strikes.  Click here to be taken to the Specific Disasters section of City's Office of Emergency Services webpage to see what you need to do before, during, and after an earthquake.  We hope you not only find the information useful, but that it moves you to action in preparing for the next "big one", because, It could be here before we know it.

Kinder Morgan

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Kinder Morgan, owners of what is known as the Tank Farm, located on Tunnel Avenue just past Tunnel Ave. Bridge, will attend the April 4th City Council meeting at the request of the City.  Events following the earthquake in Japan a few weeks ago prompted officials to ask Kinder Morgan to present an overview of their operations and the safety precautions they have in place should a disaster strike.  The public is encouraged to attend the City Council meeting or watch the presentation live on Ch. 27 starting at 7:30pm (if you subscribe to Comcast), or streaming live on the City's website here (if you don't).


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