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March 2011 Citynews

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Posted 3/1/2011

Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
High School Scholarships
Applications at
Information (415) 467-7283
Due March 14th


Weekend Weather Update

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A recent update from the National Weather Service indicates that snow is expected at sea level on the Bayside Friday afternoon and evening, and there is a concern regarding the potential for "black ice" on roadways on Saturday night. 

Now would be a good time to ensure you have at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle, that your car has an emergency preparedness kit (including a warm jacket), and that you have a cell phone charger. 

Tomorrow's evening commute will be a mess - drive safe and slow.  To the extent possible, avoid driving Friday and Saturday evening.

Sandbags continue to be made available at the Brisbane Public Works Corporation Yard, located at the junction of Lagoon & Tunnel Rd.  To learn how to lay sandbags in an area you want to protect, click here.

Be safe out there this weekend!

A Disaster-Resistant Brisbane

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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  While earthquake related or induced hazards (faulting, shaking, landsides, liquefaction and tsunamis) are the first to come to mind for people living in this geologically active part of the world, there are also weather hazards (flooding, landslides, wildfires, and drought) whose effects can be mitigating by advance efforts.

Reducing, or mitigating, a hazard is most effective when a long-term plan is developed before the hazard occurs.  Brisbane’s first Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) was approved by the City Council and then ABAG in 2005, and was the joint effort of the Community Development Department, Office of Emergency Services, Police Department, Public Works Department, and North County Fire Authority working together to ascertain Brisbane’s greatest natural disaster threats and what resources are available to respond in the wake of one becoming a reality here in Brisbane. 

With the ABAG Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, “Taming Natural Disasters” approved by FEMA in November of 2010, ABAG is currently assisting local governments in updating their LHMP’s to meet the November 2011 deadline.  In doing so, special districts, counties, and cities are then eligible to receive hazard mitigation grants and have the 6.25% local match waived for Public Assistance money after a disaster.

Brisbane’s updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan as accepted by City Council at the November 9, 2010 Council meeting will be available for public review and comment through the month of March.  You can find it at City Hall (on the lobby counter) or on the City’s website by clicking here (14.8MB).  If you have any comments, please do not hesitate to send them to the City Clerk at  Your feedback will help ensure a more complete plan, and a disaster-resistant Brisbane!

New Homebound Program

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On March 15th, the Brisbane Library will start its new Homebound Program. The program provides free delivery of library materials such as books, magazines, movies and audio books to Brisbane residents who are unable to visit the library due to short- or long-term illness, non-driver status (Senior) or physical challenges. Specific authors and titles may be requested or library staff can select materials based on interests and preferences of the homebound patron. The lending period is longer and there are no overdue fines.

If you or someone you know is interested in this service, please contact the Brisbane Library at (415) 467-2060.

Opportunities to volunteer in the program are also available.  If you're interested in volunteering, please pick up an application at the library.

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane

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Posted 2/25/11

Brisbane Library Filmmakers Series
Miracle in a Box
A Film by John Korty
Fri., Feb. 25, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue. Ctr.
No Admission Fee

In Loving Memory of
Tanya Lialin
School Secretary for 26 years
Memorial Information 467-7204

Posted 2/22/11

In Loving Memory Of
Clifton Bates
Memorial: Fri., Feb. 25th, 3-7 pm
Sierra Pt. Yacht Club, 500 Sierra Pt. Pkwy

Brisbane School District
School Board Meeting
re:  School Budget Decisions
Wed., Feb. 23, 6 pm, Lipman Gym

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...

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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