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Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan

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The Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan prepared by Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC) is available for public review.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library (250 Visitacion Ave.).  An electronic copy is available here on the City's website.  Click here to access it.  In addition, CDs containing the Specific Plan have been prepared, and can be obtained at the Planning Counter in City Hall. 

Note that the applicant's proposal is one of several alternatives for development of the site, all of which will be evaluated in an environmental impact report (EIR), now under preparation.  Once the EIR is published (anticipated in late 2011), public hearings will be scheduled to discuss the EIR, the applicant's Specific Plan proposal, and the other project alternatives. 

If you would like to be added to the Baylands distribution list and receive e-mails in regards to the dates of the public hearings mentioned above, then please send an e-mail to

12 Great Apps

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If you are interested in using your mobile device to learn how to track your physical activity, get around on public transit or calculate your carbon footprint, then we've got the apps for you!  Check out these 12 apps that promote healthy communities.

CycleTracks records your bicycle trips, display maps of your rides, and enables you to help transportation planners make Brisbane a better place to bike.


Zero Carbon is the personal carbon off-setting tool.


Free Pedometer has correct measurements and an easy-to-use interface.


GreenSpot is a place for news, views, and podcasts on Sustainability and Green Living.


Workout Pro has workouts, diets, and goal ideas that will help you find your way to becoming physically fit!


iSmog displays air quality information for the Bay Area using a color-coded map indicating healthy, unhealthy, and dangerous levels of smog or other pollutants.


Walk Score calculates the walkability of any location and shows you a map of nearby amenities.  It's also great for discovering a new neighborhood!


Planetizen provides high-quality urban planning and development news for you on the go.


iBart has the most up-to-date schedules and fares.

RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch. Now, you can also enter your activities manually, including your treadmill runs too!


WordPressRss dynamically reads, collects, and organizes syndicated Web content, and seamlessly delivers it directly to user phones.


Fast Food Calories Hunter is a real calorie guide among Fast Food restaurants.



All of the apps above are free and can be downloaded at, with the exception of Planetizen, which can be downloaded at - also free of charge.

Streets Alive 2011

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2010 was the inaugural year for this county-wide event, but unfortunately, heavy rains started falling the morning of the event and it needed to be cancelled.  Needless to say, we, and the County, are hoping for blue skies this year.  Staff attended the first planning meeting for Streets Alive this past week, and are in the midst of programming the day.  The whole goal of Streets Alive is to be active on open streets, so you can expect an opportunity to do just that, and experience Brisbane in a new way.  More details to come...

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/10/11

 Brisbane Lion Club
Crab Dinner
Sat., Feb. 19th, 6 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
$35.00, Info: 467-6990 or 656-4365

Live at Mission Blue
with Trio Kavkasia
Sat., Jan. 16th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets & Info:

Posted 2/9/11

 Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Senior Sunrise Room
Offering Activities for Brisbane Seniors
Located at 2 Visitacion Ave

Posted 2/8/11

Brisbane School District
School Budget Town Hall Mtg.
Wed., Feb. 9, 6 pm, Lipman Gym

Posted 2/7/11

In Loving Memory Of
Paul Schroeder
Memorial and Luncheon
Tues., Feb. 7th, 11 am, Mission Blue Center

New Code Enforcement Program

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In an effort to keep Brisbane the safe and desirable living and working environment that it is, the City has commenced a new Administrative Code Enforcement program.  The goal of the program is to work in partnership with responsible person(s) to accomplish the corrective action and maintain Brisbane's quality of life...all the while avoiding the courts and saving on legal fees which normally would rack up if using the judicial method in dealing with code violations. 

To learn more about the Administrative Citation program, please click here.

Lifeguard Training

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Interested in becoming a lifeguard?  Now is the time to be trained by the best!  Participants must be 15 years of age, have the ability to swim 300 yards continuously and with rhythmic breathing, and be able to retrieve a 10-pound object from 8 feet deep and swim 20 yards with the object.  Participants must also have a good work ethic!  Training will take place between April 4 - 8, 2011.  Please call (415) 657-4321 for more information.

Brisbane Firefighters

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Earlier this week, Brisbane Firefighters made a special delivery to EBI Aggregate owner, Bob Guida.  As you may have read in this post, Bob and his staff generously donated enough asphalt to the Brisbane Fire Dept. so that a few "trouble spots" at Station 81 could be rehabilitated.  So if you see a fellow walking around sporting a BFD t-shirt, don't expect him to be ready to put out any fires, per se...thank him instead for his warm and generous heart!

Caltrain Under Fiscal Distress

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On Thursday, February 3rd, Caltrain Board of Directors set two public hearings to receive comments on possible service and fare changes, station closures as well as to declare a fiscal emergency.

Caltrain Executive Director Michael J. Scanlon called the board’s action “the first step in the process” and said, “Hopefully, we will be able to come up with additional funding sources before we are forced to implement drastic service changes.” 

Operation of the current 86 train schedule would result in a $30 million deficit.  With projected available funds, Caltrain would be forced to operate 48 trains only during weekday peak-commute hours.  In addition, service would be suspended at up to seven of the following stations: Bayshore, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Burlingame, Hayward Park, Belmont, San Antonio, Lawrence, Santa Clara and College Park. 

All other service would be eliminated, including weekday service outside the commute peak, service south of the San Jose Diridon station, and weekend service. 

Service for special events, including baseball games and Bay to Breakers, also would be suspended.

A 25-cent increase to the base fare also will be considered.

Caltrain’s fiscal year begins July 1 and changes to service would take effect July 2.    

The public hearings will be held at the March 3 Caltrain Board meeting at 10 a.m. at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.  

In addition, four community meetings will be held throughout the Caltrain service area to give the public additional opportunity to review proposals, ask questions and provide comment. 

Feb. 14 – 7 p.m. San Jose City Hall | City Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara St.

Feb. 16 – 6 p.m. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency | Atrium
1 South Van Ness, San Francisco

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna St., Gilroy

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. San Mateo County Transit District | 2nd Fl. Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

Comments also can be e-mailed to; sent by regular mail to District Secretary, Caltrain, P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070; or telephoned to 1.800.660.4287 (TDD for hearing impaired only 650.508.6448).

­­­­­­­­­­­­Caltrain relies on contributions from its three partner agencies - the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – to balance its budget.  

Information about the proposed declaration of fiscal emergency and service and fare changes will be posted on the Caltrain website – - by Feb. 9. 

Last year, SamTrans was forced to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain.  As a result, four midday trains were eliminated, staffed ticket offices were closed and zone fares were increased 25 cents. 

This year, SamTrans is expected to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain to approximately $4.8 million, a reduction of approximately $10 million.  If the other partners follow suit, the budget shortfall is expected to be $30 million. 

Signboard Postings

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City of Brisbane
Water bills are
Due Feb. 7th
In Loving Memory Of
Paul Schroeder
Brisbane Native

Beware of Phishing

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Does the following look like a legitimate e-mail to you?

Don't be fooled.  The community member who received it wasn't.  After reading this e-mail from "Bank of the West", they replied saying they didn't have an account with them.  What they got in return was an e-mail with a login field.  Using a made-up login ID, they saw on the subsequent page more fields, asking for all of their personal information.

Scammers are becoming more savvy these days, and we need to make sure we're "on guard" against them and their schemes.  Click here to read some helpful tips on how you can do just that, and the top 10 scams everyone who uses e-mail should be aware of.