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Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Volunteers Needed for
Lipman Field Renovations
Sat., Mar. 26, 9 am, 2 Solano
Information 508-2144
 

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarships Available
www.Brisbanelionsclub@gmail.com
or 415.467.6990, Deadline April 1st

City of Brisbane
Sandbags Available
1020 Tunnel Ave. (Corp. Yard)
Free for Brisbane residents

2-1-1 "Look-up" Service

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It's like dialing 4-1-1, but specific to the needs of San Mateo County residents.  Do you know who to call with questions about Medicare, MediCal or Medicaid? Rent Assistance? Home-delivered meals or if a loved one, friend or neighbor needs help? As of right now, just dial 2-1-1 from any phone - including cell phones - and a live person will help you with information and referrals to local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care, volunteer opportunities and more. The service, provided through a partnership between San Mateo County and United Way of the Bay Area, is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in 150 languages.  There is a also a website specific to San Mateo County - all 9 Bay Area counties now have access  to 2-1-1.  Nationally, 2-1-1 is available to more than 245 million people in 47 states, plus Washington D.C and Puerto Rico.

Brisbane PD has Zero Tolerance

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CONTACT:
Commander Robert Meisner
415 508-2175
 
  
Brisbane Police Department To Hold
‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving
Enforcement Operation
 
Brisbane, CAAs part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Brisbane Police will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 4th & 5th. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.
 
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. As a result, law enforcement agencies across the state, including Brisbane PD are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 
 
Brisbane PD is deploying traffic officers above and beyond with other regional agencies on the following dates:
 
April 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 28th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Brisbane Police Chief Elizabeth Macias. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”
 
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.
 
Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.
 

Distracted Driving FAQ's

Seeking a Job?

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's upcoming Job Hunters Boot Camp is set for 10am - 2:30pm, Friday, April 8, at the College of San Mateo, Building 10, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo 94402.

The day's workshops and panels are all designed to help job seekers be more successful in their searches. The event is for residents of the 12th Congressional District and San Mateo County.

The boot camp is free, but space is limited. Sign-up online at Speier.House.Gov or call 650-342-0300, or e-mail your contact information to Speier.Events@Mail.House.Gov.

Sand Bags Available

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It's going to be wet, wet, wet for the next few days.  Sand bags have been made available for Brisbane residents.  You can pick them up outside the City of Brisbane Public Works Corp. Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel & Lagoon.  They will be outside the gate on palettes, covered by a black tarp to keep them dry (as shown below).   If you know your property is prone to flooding during heavy rains, come on down and pick up some sand bags- they're free!

SMC Transportation Authority

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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity and big on reducing commute corridor congestion, making regional transportation connections, enhancing safety, and meeting local mobility needs?  Then applying for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) may be just up your alley.  The 15-member, volunteer CAC acts as a liaison between the public and the board of directors, providing valuable input to the board on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. If you'd like more information about the SMCTA or are interested in applying, then please visit their website at www.smcta.org, call 650-508-6223 or e-mail cacsecretary@smcta.com.

Lift a Hand for Lipman!

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It's often said that the tattered sweatshirt you keep in the back of your closet is "well-loved" and that there's no way you could part from it.  Well, the same can be said for Lipman Field.  It is well-loved in the sense that it is used for youth baseball practices and games, AYSO, CYSA, and CYO have their soccer games and tournaments there, adults can be seen playing pick-up games during some lunch hours, and in the evenings and on the weekends, dogs love it for getting a good run-around. 

But all that activity has taken a toll on Lipman Field and it is now in need of some major restorative work.  Therefore, if you have the time, energy, and desire to see Lipman Field restored to what it should be - free of weeds and excess grasses (that above photo should be displaying an all-dirt infield!), then please come out on Saturday morning, March 26th at 9am to help renovate the field and baseball diamondThere will be light refreshments served in the morning. 

If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or e-mail him at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!

SFPUC Public Notice

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The City was informed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) that they will be pile driving metal sheets in preparation for tunneling work at the intersection of Sunnydale Ave.  This work is being conducted to prepare a shaft for the tunneling equipment to enter the ground and to help eliminate flooding.  See below for the construction location:

Though not within Brisbane's city limits, residents coming into and leaving town may be affected with minor delays or inconveniences, including but not limited to: single-lane blockages, traffic re-routing, and pedestrian re-routing.  A flagger will be provided for traffic control, but no streets will be closed during construction hours -- Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm, weather permitting.  Work will end on March 31, 2011.

Residents and businesses can also expect noise from the use of heavy construction equipment and maybe even some dust.  The SFPUC apologizes for any inconvenieces caused by this work and thanks you in advance for your patience during the construction.

If you have any questions, please contact Samuel A. Murray at (415) 554-3275 or e-mail smurray@sfwater.org.

The Ultimate Civic Duty

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The San Mateo County History Museum, formerly the old San Mateo County Courthouse
 

Would you make a good Grand Juror? Can you say yes to the following questions? 

·         Are you a good listener?

·         Are you interested in trying to increase the efficiency of local governments and save taxpayer’s dollars?

·         Are you willing to serve without personal gains or hidden agendas?

·         Have you the stamina to commit yourself to a full year of productive work?

·         Can you keep a secret?

·         Can you cooperate with 18 other diverse personalities?

·         Can you ask thoughtful questions, review documents and help write lucid reports?

·         Can you chair a committee?

·         Can you devote a minimum of 20 hours of service per week?

·         Can you attend a minimum of six daytime meetings or field trips and two general meetings per month? 

If you can say yes to all of the above questions, the San Mateo County Superior Court invites you to submit an application for consideration for service on the 2011-2012 Grand Jury. Applications are now available and will be accepted until April 8, 2011.The next Grand Jury term commences July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012. 

Any resident of San Mateo County for more than one year, who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, of sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language, is eligible for selection by the Appointed Grand Jury Advisor, the Honorable Gerald J. Buchwald of the San Mateo County Superior Court. Elected public officials are not eligible. 

The Court encourages all interested individuals to apply. The Court strives to obtain a cross section of the county population. After the completion of an interview process by Judge Buchwald, jurors will be selected through a random draw.

Application forms can be obtained by writing the Grand Jury Clerk, Court Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 or by telephoning 650-599-1200. You may also obtain applications from Barbara Arietta, President of the San Mateo County Grand Jurors Association by emailing barietta@hotmail.com or by calling 415-246-0775.

Thank you for Volunteering

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When the plea for help went out, it certainly did not return back void.  Thank you to everyone who came out to help Eagle Scout Jonathan Williamson clean up the steps at Firth Park as well as pull invasives and re-plant native plant species.  There was a lot accomplished last weekend, and you should be very proud of your efforts. 

Firth Park got a mini makeover last weekend, and will be restored even more come April 30th when residents gather for Habitat Restoration Day, sponsored each year by the City.  Watch the signboard and blog for more details...