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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 www.newsweek.com, 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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Click Here to read the April CITYNEWS

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.

Signboard Postings

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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
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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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

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!