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Water Tank Maintenance

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You may notice that starting tomorrow at approximately 8:00am, some water will be discharged from the various water tanks around town.  This work is necessary to ensure that our customers continue to have the best quality water delivered to their home or business.

The Public Works staff is constantly working to balance the highest quality of our drinking water with the storage requirements for our peak customer demands, while still making sure there is also enough supply on-hand for emergency situations.  In addition, the impacts from the lower overall use from our customers during the current drought and the warmer weather have placed additional demands on our system.  These additional demands require us to manually circulate and flush our storage tanks, both of which would typically occur on their own under normal operating conditions and customer demands.

The Public Works Department will continue to monitor and maintain the City's water distribution system and update its customers as necessary.  If you have any questions about the work being performed, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this necessary work is being performed.

Communicate With Your City

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Have you ever been walking around town and noticed a sidewalk tripping hazard, or a street tree that needs to be cut back?  Well, did you know you can report it right then and there to the City so it can be taken care of?  Since late 2011, the City has been using GORequest to keep track of service requests that have been submitted by the community.  You can download the app, GORequest (short for Government Outreach), on your iPhone or Android device.  If you don't have a smartphone, you can submit the service request online.

Last year, the City received 252 service requests via GORequest.  It's obvious that your fellow residents are seeing the benefit of using it.  So next time you see something around town on city property that needs fixing, don't hesitate to let us know about it!

Uservoice is another online platform that you can use to communicate with the City.  It's also been around a few years, with the most heightened amount of activity taking place on it when the Community Park playground was in its redesign phase.  You can access Uservoice by clicking on the red tab entitled "Public Forum & Feedback" located on every page of the website.  Clicking on it brings you to a pop-up window that looks a lot like this:


Different from GORequest, which is used for submitting a service request to the City, Uservoice can be used if you have an idea that you'd like the City Council and staff to consider.  If you see an idea you like, you can vote on it, and all the ideas with the most votes will rise to the top of the page.  So it's an easy way to see what your fellow community members are interested in.  The Council will be sent a weekly summary of all the activity that takes place on Uservoice, as they're posted, so you know your ideas will be heard.

We hope this gives you a better idea of the tools that are available for you to use, and in what situations, and above all, that you do take advantage of them!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 8/8/2014

Jess C. Salmon
1925 - 2014
Beloved founding father
Memorial service: Sat. Aug. 16th at
Mission Blue Center, 10:30am

Posted 8/4/2014

Water Bills are
Due August 5th

City Of Brisbane
Associate Planner Wanted
Apply by August 20




August 2014 CityNews

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Click here to read the August 2014 CityNews.

Sponh Ranch Design Workshop

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UPDATE: Friday, 8/1, 12:33PM - Spohn Ranch has set up an online forum via Facebook to garner feedback from the community about the design of the new skatepark.  Click here to view the group: and request to join!

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Skatepark design consultant Sponh Ranch was at City Hall yesterday facilitating a design workshop from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  About 20 participants first listened to a presentation by Sponh Ranch, which focused on their experience and parameters to consider when designing a skatepark.  They showed aerial photos of three city properties taken with their camera drone which included the existing skatepark site, the Teen Center site, and the eastern end of the Community Park.  After a short question and answer period, the attendees filled out a survey regarding their use of the skatepark and the types of features they'd like to see in a future skatepark.  Finally, attendees were given an outline of the existing skatepark and asked to draw, doodle, or in any written way convey what their ideal skatepark would look like.

If you weren't able to attend last night's workshop but wanted to still fill out a survey, you can still do so.  Just download the 4-page survey form and send it to Karen Kinser, Senior Civil Engineer, at or fax it to her at (415) 467-4989.  You can also drop it off to the Public Works Dept. at City Hall: 50 Park Place, Brisbane.

In the next week or two, Spohn Ranch will be setting up a Facebook page to garner even more feedback from the community.  Stay tuned!

Statewide Water Regulation

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A couple weeks ago we posted about the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approving a statewide emergency conservation regulation to reduce outdoor water use.  On Tuesday, July 28, 2014, that emergency regulation went into effect.  With this regulation, violators can face fines of up to $500 for each day any of the following occur(s): 

Prohibited Activities:

  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff to adjacent property and/or non-permeable surfaces.
  2. Washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  3. Using potable (or drinking) water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.
  4. Using potable water in a decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Next Steps:

The City is reviewing the new regulations to understand any additional prohibitions we may need to enforce, and we will send a flyer out to every water customer once we have determined all the actions that need to be taken.  We ask everyone to comply with these restrictions during this time of drought.

Need more information?

To speak to someone in the City Water Department, or to report observed violations of the prohibitions, please call (415) 508-2130.

Fact Sheet on Approved Regulations

3:00am 7/29 Outbound Flight

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UPDATE 8/2, 6:05PM - We received the following quick response from SFO Airport Director John Martin.

UPDATE 8/1, 10:19AM: Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office sent this letter to SFO Director John Martin and the FAA yesterday and are awaiting a response.  Also, the FAA Data page on the City's website has been updated with July's flight data provided by the FAA.

UPDATE 7/30, 2:09PM: The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office informed the City today that it was able to determine that the pilot of Kalitta Flight CKS2837 accepted the Quiet Six Departure.  The plane took off on Runway 28R (oriented East/West), but after a slower than typical climb rate, made a right turn later than preferred, thus overflying South San Francisco, San Bruno Mtn., and Brisbane.  The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office will be working with Kalitta more closely so that the airline can become more familiar with the communities surrounding the airport and fly over the commercial/industrial segments of the northern Peninsula (east of 101) and not disturb the residents. 

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Many if not all residents were awoken to an extremely low-flying plane at approximately 3am today.  Bert Ganoug, Manager of SFO’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Office responded to the City’s inquiry that this was a cargo plane departing SFO, currently en route to Seoul, South Korea.  Flight CKS2837 departed SFO at 2:57am as a FedEx flight (FDX37) was departing OAK for Anchorage International.  Flight CKS2837 crossed over San Bruno Mtn. at approximately 2,055 ft. above sea level.

The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office is just getting into their investigation since the event happened after midnight and the full data will not be in their system until tomorrow morning.  When they give us their update, we’ll be sure to post it here as an update at the top of this post.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Noise data reports from the FAA are posted to the City's website on the FAA Data page and months March - June were added today.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/30/2014

Did you know…
You can submit service requests
to the City with the app GORequest?
More info:


Did you know…
You can submit your ideas to the City Council
with Uservoice?
More info:


Mission Blue Exterior Lighting

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As part of the City's 2014-15 Budget, the Council approved funding for energy-saving measures at City recreational facilities.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday July 29th, Mission Blue Center will have its 26 exterior/landscape and 11 parking lot lights replaced with LEDs.  The work is anticipated to be completed on Wednesday, July 30.  Working with Ecology Action and San Mateo County Energy Watch, the City will be able to take advantage of an energy efficiency rebate that will cover 24% of the total project cost.  Estimated 1st year savings are $1,112.46, making payback only 4.11 years.  Similar to the LED lighting retrofit at the Fire Station, the city will be paying for the project with energy savings, otherwise known as On-Bill Financing.  This financing tool is an option that PG&E offers to help organizations implement energy saving projects without needing to pay any up-front out-of-pocket investment.  Now that's a win-win situation!  For any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Remember to Lock your Car

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Over the past couple of months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods. These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles. In one recent case, the person used the garage remote in the vehicle to gain entry into the garage.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this. No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home. 

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood. Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious. If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911. Don’t be shy! The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity. You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.” If the incident is in progress, Dial 911. Other non-emergency reports can be made directly to the dispatch center at (415) 467-1212.

The police department stands behind its motto: “In Partnership with the Community.” Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today.