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January 2015 Citynews

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Click here to read the January 2015 Citynews.

January 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the January 2015 Marina Newsletter

Where's Our Water From?

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The City of Brisbane purchases 100% of our water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).  The SFPUC has two major water sources; the Hetch Hetchy Watershed (i.e., snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains located in Yosemite Valley), and local watersheds (i.e., rainwater and runoff received in major reservoirs in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties).  While Hetch Hetchy is the primary source of our drinking water, the local watersheds serve important roles in an overall integrated water management plan; this alternate source of water provides backup supplies during times of drought, emergency, and scheduled maintenance on Hetch Hetchy.  The two sources do have slightly different water quality parameters (which explains the range of values listed in our water quality report), but these differences are not typically apparent to the average consumer.
 
Within our city limits we operate two separate water districts providing water to the residents and businesses.  The Brisbane Water District serves Central Brisbane, Sierra Point and the Baylands.  The Guadalupe Valley Municipal Improvement District (GVMID) serves Crocker Park and the Northeast Ridge residential development.  The water districts are interconnected and are operated together to maximize circulation and flow within the system.  The interconnection allows the City to move water freely across the districts to supplement higher than normal demands.
 
For more information about where your drinking water comes from, how it is treated and maintained, the results of water quality monitoring, and other important information about water quality, please read the City’s 2013 Water Quality Report or contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Feeding Cats at the Pool

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The feeding of three cats during the time the Pool is closed (January - early March of 2015) had been brought to the City's attention from several concerned citizens.  Parks and Recreation Director, Stuart Schillinger, reached out to these citizens explaining that first, there was a change in State law effective 1/1/2015 regarding animals at public pools and ancillary facilities in that they are not to be permitted at these facilities (except in the case of service animals).  Of course, with the pool being outdoors, we can't so much prevent the cats from entering the pool area (or birds for that matter).  So, in an effort to still feed the cats and follow the new law, Stuart, Ben (our new Pool Manager), and Karen (our engineer in charge of construction), thought that the best idea was to move the cats' food bowls to just outside the fenced in area towards Lipman field.  The bowls should still be close enough for the cats who visit the pool to find the food.  The citizens who are most concerned with the welfare of the cats were contacted by Stuart and feel this is the best solution at the moment.  If you have any other ideas or concerns, please contact Stuart at 508-2151.  Thanks all for your concern for the cats...and know their bellies will still be full.

New Plastic Bag Cost: $0.25

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Since March 4, 2013, when the City Council adopted an ordinance to ban single-use carry out bags, retailers have charged $0.10 per allowable bag (either paper or reusable thick plastic).  Starting on January 1, 2015, per the adopted ordinance, the price per bag will increase to $0.25. 

Recently, San Mateo County conducted a survey which showed:

  • A 162% increase in people bringing their own bags
  • A 66% decrease in people buying plastic bags, and
  • A 130% increase in people refusing a bag

The dramatic difference in customers using their own bags in lieu of purchasing bags benefits the environment, waterways and wildlife.

More information about the plastic bag ban ordinance is available on the San Mateo County Health Department's website: www.smchealth.org/bagban

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works at (415) 508-2133, or San Mateo County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or pollutionprevention@smcgov.org .

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/2/2015


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool will be
Closed starting January 5th
We apologize for any inconvenience


Did you know?
The Police Dept. can be reached 24/7
Just call: 467-1212
We’re here for you!


Posted 12/31/2014


Happy
New Year!


Posted 12/29/2014


Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Classes
Various Days and Times
Informatiuon:  (415) 508-2143

12/26 Residential Structure Fire

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Today at approximately 12:48pm, five fire companies and other fire personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Mono St.  The fire was successfully held to the deck and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  Click here for the media advisory from North County Fire Authority.

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Posted 12/24/2014


Happy Holidays!!


Posted 12/22/2014


Congratulations!!!!
Eric Hill
2014 "Winter Jam" Winner
at Sonoma Raceway

Farmers' Market News

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The farmers' market will be taking a 3 week break and coming back to Brisbane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to the holidays and hopefully by then, the weather will be more dry!  The market manager, Jerry Lami, is also looking at adding some more vendors to the market.  If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see offered at the market, give him a call at (650) 290-3549.  A reminder that the Sunday market has closed as of the end of November.  Next year, Jerry will discuss with the Council Ad Hoc subcommittee whether a weekend market will be brought back in the Spring of 2015, and if there is demand for one, which day it will take place on: Saturday or Sunday.  Stay tuned...

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Posted 12/18/2014


Good Luck!!!
Eric Hill
Professional Drift Car Racer
at Sonoma Raceway's "Winter Jam"


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Music Time with Theresa
Fun Parent and Child Music Classes
Saturdays, Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, Miss Blue Ctr.