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3.8 Earthquake

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Twenty minutes ago, a rumble was heard throughout Brisbane.  It lasted not even two seconds, but it was unquestionable that we had just been hit with an earthquake.

Hopefully, if you were sitting at a desk, your first instinct was to drop to the floor and get under it and hold on.  If you were walking in an office building, perhaps you located the nearest doorway and headed in its direction.  If you were outside, hopefully you thought to move to an area clear of buildings, trees, and power lines.

Information on the quake can be found on the USGS website.  And wouldn't you is the 105th anniversary of the big San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

We hope that this small quake we just experienced will move you to discuss family/household preparedness with your loved ones, and read up on what you need to do before, during and after an earthquake strikes.  We can't predict the future, but we can certainly prepare for it.


Time For Some Weed-Picking

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You may recall receiving a letter earlier this week from North County Fire Authority, asking you to trim down any excessive weeds located on your property.  The importance of doing so should be of no surprise, especially in light of the 2008 fire that erupted on a quiet Sunday evening on San Bruno Mountain, burned the northern side of the Mountain, Owl and Buckeye Canyons, specifically (click here to take a look back at the incident via the former blog).  As the rains cease and fire season approaches, the Fire Department wants to ensure that Brisbane residents are doing all they can to prevent the fire from having any more fuel than what's already afforded by grasses found on the Mountain.

Please make sure your property is in compliance by the deadline outlined in the letter: May 16, 2011, as this will be the week the Fire Department will begin inspecting all properties for compliance.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clyde Preston, Safety Inspector, Fire Prevention Services Bureau 650-991-5741.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this vastly important effort!


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.


We've Gone Paperless

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If you've been down at the Finance Counter at City Hall recently, most notably to pay your PG&E bill, you would have noticed that your check was returned back to you after it was endorsed on our end.  That's because we have a new system in place that electronically sends the check information over to the bank and we hold onto less paper.  It's a swift process, and - who knows - checkbooks may soon be a thing of the past.  Additionally, the Finance Dept. is no longer receiving paper statements from Bank of America, nor copies of checks.  We like this new system, and you can be assured it's not only smart, convenient online bill storage, but it's secure as well.

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


"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.

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

Signboard Postings

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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