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Baylands Final EIR Released

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After months of anticipation, the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Baylands has been released today, June 1, 2015.  The public comment period was open for 228 days, from June 11, 2013 to January 24, 2014.  Over 2,200 comments were received during this period, all of which have been formally responded to in the Final EIR.  (Comments received on the Draft EIR can also be found here on the City’s website: 

There are a number of options to view the Final EIR.  A full copy is available at City Hall and at the Brisbane Library.  It can also be found in entirety on the City’s website here:

Electronic copies are available for free via CD and USB thumb drives at the Community Development Department at City Hall.  Paper copies are available for $40 per copy.

Public hearings on the Final EIR are expected to commence this Fall at the Planning Commission level.  At the close of these public hearings, the Planning Commission will make recommendations to the City Council, which will also hold public hearings on the Final EIR for the Baylands and proposed project.  This is estimated to start in early 2016.  As you can see, the Baylands project encompasses a fairly lengthy public process, and we thank the Community for keeping informed all this time.  If you have any questions about the upcoming process for the Baylands, please direct them to Community Development Director John Swiecki at

Shakespeare Summer Camp

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Have your kids "get into the act" at Shakespeare Camp, debuting at Mission Blue Center in Brisbane for the first time this summer!  The camp meets August 3-14, weekdays from 9am - 3pm, with optional aftercare available until 5:30pm.  The camp accommodates ages 7-13.

Shakespeare Camp provides training in:

  • Shakespeare's rich language
  • Acting and improvisation
  • Voice and movement technique
  • Stage combat
  • Set and costume design and more!

The Camp is designed for new performers as well as those with experience.  Cost for the camp is $524 for both weeks.  All scripts, materials, and supplies for staging the performances are are included.  Aftercare is available until 5:30pm for $140 for the two weeks.  Registrations are now being accepted online at or by phone at (415) 558-0888. 

In addition to offering Shakespeare Camps, the Festival's touring troupe, Shakespeare on Tour, has, since 2005, performed annually at the Mission Blue Center and is oftentimes hosted by the Brisbane Women's Club.  This year's production will be Romeo and Juliet.

For more information about this summer's Shakespeare Camp in Brisbane, please click here.  The Camp's flyer is also available to view here.

Peninsula SunShares Community Workshops

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"Put Solar On It" with Peninsula SunShares!  We’re celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st with a couple community workshops to help homeowners go solar together.

More than a dozen cities across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have teamed up to offer Peninsula SunShares, a solar group discount (bulk-buy) program that pools the purchasing power of residents to lower the cost of installing solar. If you’re a Bay Area homeowner, come to the workshop to learn more about how this program can help make it easier and more affordable to go solar.

Peninsula SunShares Community Workshops – all are welcome!

Tuesday, June 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brisbane City Hall (Community Meeting Room)
50 Park Place, Brisbane

Saturday, June 20th
9:30AM – 12:00PM
San Carlos Library, 2nd floor
610 Elm Street, San Carlos

The events will feature presentations about the group buy program, information on financing options and an opportunity to meet with the program’s selected solar contractors. Since its launch in April, more than 525 homeowners have signed up to participate in Peninsula SunShares – and we want to make that number even bigger! Local residents now have until July 31st to sign up to take advantage of the discounted program pricing.

This summer, let’s #putsolaronit Bay Area!

Capture and Water Reuse

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The drought has taken its toll on our street trees and on the trees in our open space.  We have lost many Monterey pines to pitch canker and bark beetles, and other species are looking distressed.  The lack of water makes trees weaker and more susceptible to infestation.  Getting water to the trees will result in heathier and more vibrant specimens.

The City of Brisbane is initiating a pilot program to get water to our City trees and landscaped areas by utilizing water captured from our routine water system flushing, and then injecting this water directly into the underground root system of the trees.

Distribution system flushing is a necessary maintenance practice and is essential to maintaining the city’s goal of delivering the highest quality drinking water to our customers.  While capturing and reusing water is significantly more expensive on a per gallon basis than other methods, this is the most prudent approach to take during the extended statewide drought.  So, in the coming weeks, if you see a truck with a 1,000 gallon tank and yellow hose extending from it, you'll know what its there for and what the worker is doing.  What are some of the ways you're saving or re-purposing water?  Leave them in the comments below!


Remembering Paul Goercke

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council and a handful of former Councilmember and Mayor Paul Goercke's friends and neighbors took time at the start of the meeting to remember him and the great legacy he left on this small town.  After all, one of the issues Paul Goercke cared deeply about was preserving small-town Brisbane.  The other issue was preserving San Bruno Mountain.  Paul Goercke served on the Brisbane City Council from 1973-1980 and as Mayor from 1977-78.  Shortly after Paul left the Council, he continued to fight hard for the issues he was passionate about.  He was the Chair and driving force behind a Citizen's Committee that led a campaign to keep a garbage incinerator from coming to Brisbane.  The town would have been forever changed had this happened; Paul's efforts resulted in Brisbane citizens ultimately voting 3:1 against that garbage incinerator.  For a look back at this tumultuous period in Brisbane's civic history, please see the City's history book, Brisbane: The First 25 Years.  May the legacy of Paul Goercke's pioneering work, whose legacy surrounds us every day, never be forgotten.

Dr. Paul Goercke
1926 - 2015

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/1/2015

In Memory of
Paul F. Goercke
1926 - 2015
Former Mayor of Brisbane, 1977- 78

City of Brisbane
Water Bills are
Due June 5th


June 2015 Marina News

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 Click here to read the June 2015 Marina Newsletter

Weed Abatement Schedule

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Each year, the City completes a weed abatement program in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations.  The contractor will be starting work in town tomorrow, May 30th, and work through the month of June to perform weed abatement on residential and commercial streets, as well as on our public trails.  Here is a proposed schedule for the work, with dates subject to change depending on how the work progresses.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Dept. at 415-508-2130.

Go Solar at a Discount!

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Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?  Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.

The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.  Here’s how it works:

1. Community-sponsored program.  The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar.  Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit. 

2. Below-market pricing.  Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.

3. Limited time.  Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come.  Registration opened April 1st.

4. Help spread the word!  More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.

On Tuesday, June 16, the City will be hosting a 3rd community workshop with program administrator Vote Solar.  It is open to the public.  Come to the City Hall (50 Park Place) from 6:00-8:00pm to learn more about the program!  (There will even be time to schedule on-site evaluations with the two solar installers).  Click here for the event flyer.

For more information or to sign up to receive a free quote, please visit:

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Posted 5/27/2015

Did you know…
New Water Mandates are in Effect in Brisbane?
ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Mondays & Thursdays
EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Tuesdays & Fridays
For more info: or (415) 508-2130

Brisbane Eagles' Aerie #3255
Celebrating their
50 Year Anniversary
Saturday, May 30th