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Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan.  The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Peninsula SunShares Launched!

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Peninsula Cities Launch Group Solar Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar for Local Residents

Brisbane, CA - The City of Brisbane is joining other nearby cities in an initiative called “Peninsula SunShares,” an effort that will encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar.

The Peninsula SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems.  Free community workshops, beginning in April, will be held in different venues over the next three months to explain the program and help people enroll in Peninsula SunShares.  Brisbane's workshop takes place on Saturday, April 11 in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave.) from 12:30 - 2:00pm and is being hosted by BEST/PTO in partnership with the City of Brisbane.

The 2015 Peninsula SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or working in participating communities but living throughout the nine Bay Area counties.  Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing.  

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property.  If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from two local solar installers.  Sunrun, Inc. and Skytech Solar were both selected by the Peninsula SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors for cost, quality workmanship, positive reputation, quality equipment, warranties, financing options and good employment and business practices.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers by July 31, 2015.

At the free workshops, local community solar experts will explain how solar works and answer questions to help residents decide whether solar energy is right for their home.  The workshops will also cover information about federal tax credits and financing options available that will help homeowners install solar and save on their utility bills for years to come.

Attending a workshop is not a requirement for participation in the program.  Peninsula SunShares kicked off today, April 1st, and interested homeowners can visit the program website to sign-up and view a list of scheduled events.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more that 1.5 megawatts of residential solar capacity,” said Vote Solar’s Jessie Denver.  As the program administrator, Vote Solar is working with not just the City of Brisbane but also 12 other communities throughout the San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

The SunShares program is based on successful models developed by the cities of Portland and San Jose in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. In just the past few years, successful campaigns have spread from Oregon and California across the country to Colorado, Illinois and New York.

Peninsula SunShares is organized by Foster City in partnership with Vote Solar, the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County.

For more information please visit: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula

Shuttle Disruption 4/10, 9-5pm

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We wanted to alert you to the fact that Friday's closure of San Bruno Ave. and some of the surrounding streets on the south end of town will result in the following disruptions to the Commute.org shuttles:

Bayshore/Brisbane Caltrain shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 8:58am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:04am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:54pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:00pm (1st PM trip)

Brisbane/Crocker Industrial BART shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 9:07am - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 9:14am (last AM trip - returning to BART)
  • Old County & San Francisco 9:27am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:34am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 3:31pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 3:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:37pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 4:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:59pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:05pm

To further clarify, the following stops will be not be served during the 9-5pm timeframe: San Bruno & Annis, 3745 Bayshore Blvd., Bayshore Blvd. and Tunnel Rd., Old County & San Francisco, San Bruno & Mendocino, and San Bruno & Alvarado.  Essentially, the shuttles will not turn up Old County Rd. and enter into the southern portion in town.

If you normally ride the shuttle during the hours of 9-5p and get on/off at the above stops, we apologize for this inconvenience.  The 140 Valley stop will be the closest alternative for pick-up/drop-off, so please plan your Friday commute schedule accordingly.  If you have any questions, please contact Commute.org at (650) 588-1600.

 

Congressional Art Competition

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office is now accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  She invites all high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in this unique opportunity to gain national recognition for their creative talents.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize the finalists from all 50 states.  The winning art pieces will be displayed for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the House Office Buildings.

All artwork must be two dimensional, cannot be larger than 28”x28”x4” including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and must be original in concept, design and execution.  All high school students and 7th and 8th graders who share high school campuses residing in the 14th district are eligible.  Please find detailed guidelines, a submission checklist and the Student Information & Release Form on her website.

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please deliver your art pieces to Jackie's District Office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402.  A panel of professional artists will judge the pieces.  She will host a reception for all participants, their parents and teachers at her office on a date to be announced soon.  Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated and taken advantage of this event celebrating and encouraging art.  Best of luck to all the entrants!

San Bruno Ave. Closure

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The Public Works Dept. will be closing the section of San Bruno Ave. shown in red on the map (click to view larger), to vehicle traffic on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in order to complete necessary maintenance.  Note: Joy Ave., McLain Rd., and Gladys Ave. will also be closed to vehicular traffic during this time.  The City maintenance crew will be cleaning the storm drain catch basins, videoing the sewer mains and exercising the water main isolation valves.  Contractors will also be removing and trimming trees and bushes, cleaning gutter lines and replacing lane divider buttons.  We have made every effort to include all of the known maintenance projects that can be completed into the scheduled road closure.

Notices have been delivered to all of the addresses inside of the road closure.  If you have any other questions regarding the closure, please call Keegan Black in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconveniences this may cause you.

If you would like to follow the progress of Friday's maintenance work, as well as be informed of other City news, please be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/brisbane94005.

Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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Based on all the recent media attention, you may feel that our governing bodies are weekly adopting new emergency water use regulations.  This rush of regulatory actions illustrates the severity of the current drought and the important decisions that our government leaders are choosing to adopt to protect our future water supply. 

Last week, we posted the Executive Order issued by the Governor that mandates substantial water reductions across the state of California.  As previously explained, we are waiting for the State Water Resources Control Board to make its decision on the specific water rationing requirements for the City of Brisbane.  Until then, our water customers must continue the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions

You may soon notice a regional message that describes a two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that assigns odd and even addresses to a particular day of the week. 

The two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation restriction comes from the Governor’s Emergency Regulations that were adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board on March 17, 2015.  The State doesn’t identify the City of Brisbane as an urban water supplier, and therefore we are allowed to meet our water rationing goals in our own way.     

We are currently meeting our water rationing goals through our current Stage 1 Drought Restrictions; however, we recommend that our customers do what they can to continue their aggressive water conservation practices and follow the two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that will be posted by the regional water suppliers. 

We don’t know the severity of the restrictions the State Water Resources Control Board will ultimately adopt later this month.  There’s a chance that we may be held to the same two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule restrictions the majority of our county is already following. 

We will continue to provide our customers information on these quickly developing regulations as they become known to us. 

More information on the current drought conditions can be viewed on the City's website here: http://brisbaneca.org/drought-information-from-the-city .

Rebates for Rain Barrels

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Rebates up to $100 are now available for rain barrels! To qualify, rain barrels must be purchased by June 30, 2015.

In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County) and BAWSCA, the City is offering rebates of up to $100 per rain barrel for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.  Qualifying rain barrels must be newly purchased, a minimum size of 50 gallons (even including an upcycled ~300 gallon tote), and designed for the intended purpose of rain capture.  Click here for the full program requirements.

The applications will be made available on BAWSCA's website later today, where you can learn more about how much water rain barrels save and how you can participate in the program.

For additional information on rain barrels, the Public Works Department has assembled a Guidance on Installing Rain Barrels on Residential Properties.  For any questions about this new rebate program, feel free to give them a call at 508-2130.

Amended Noise Control Ordinance

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Recently, changes to the City’s Noise Control Ordinance were adopted by the City Council

This included reducing the cumulative time period required for noise in excess of 10 decibels above the ambient noise from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. 

An additional category for extremely high noise levels was created for noise above 30 decibels over the ambient noise with no cumulative time period required.

The changes also included reducing the amount of time required to take readings to establish an ambient noise level from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

In addition, officers are now allowed to exclude “exceptional” noises from the ambient noise level readings.  This allows officers to obtain ambient noise levels that are typical to everyday life during that particular time of the day. 

Finally, the standard for measuring decibels we established using dBA’s instead of dB’s.  The use of the dBA standard better accounts for the hearing characteristics of the human ear. 

All other aspects of the ordinance remain fundamentally the same.  If you have any questions about the changes made to the Noise Control Ordinance, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/1/2015


Lions Club's Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., April 5th, 1 pm, Lipman Field
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M.O.B. Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 4th, 11:30 am, 4 Solano


Live at Mission Blue Presents
The Lee Trio
Sat., Apr. 4th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets: www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com


Posted 3/30/2015



Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
New Location and Times!
Mon-8:40 @ Comm. Ctr. & Wed-8:40 @ MBC