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Bayshore Bike Lane Protection

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Update: Monday, June 15, 4:00pm - Caltrans has amended their process to close off-ramps, so this project is on hold for a few weeks.  Stay tuned for updates.

Starting on Tuesday, June 16th at 9:30am, crews will be working to install channelizers along the left-hand side of the northbound US 101 Bayshore/Cow Palace exit lane.  This work is being done in order to give bicyclists using the green bike lane added protection, as the bike lane itself spans across Bayshore Blvd. just north of the freeway exit.  As you may be aware, the beginning of the bike lane lies within South San Francisco's borders, with its terminus extending into the City's borders.  Therefore, this project is being completed in partnership with the City of South San Francisco.  Please be advised that the Bayshore/Cow Palace exit will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 9:30am Tuesday morning.  There will be signage directing drivers to exit at Sierra Point Parkway.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation as this important work is being completed!  If you have any questions, please call the Brisbane Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop

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The citizens of Brisbane have widely expressed the importance of sustainability and its application to the Brisbane Baylands project.  In response, the City Council in 2009 formed a Baylands Sustainability Committee, which is made up of one member each from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission, and two members of the Brisbane City Council.  The Committee prepared a document called the Draft Baylands Sustainability Framework, which is organized around the ten One Plant Living principles developed by BioRegional (  The purpose of the Sustainability Framework is to identify key sustainability principles to be addressed in future Baylands development, and to create an approach where these principles can be implemented.  Note: The principles, key performance indicators (KPIs), and implementation approaches are aspirational and are not intended as mandatory requirements for any future Baylands project.

The Committee’s goal is for the Sustainability Framework to inform the City Council’s decision-making process for the Baylands, which is anticipated to commence later this year.  The City Council will thus be holding a Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop to discuss the draft Framework document on Monday, June 15th at City Hall starting at 8:00pm (the workshop will also be televised on Ch. 27 and streamed live on the City’s website (   Feedback from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission will be shared, and comments from the public will also be welcomed at this workshop.  Thank you for your attention and effort in this important matter.

Budget Hearings Continue 6/15

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Reviewing the next year’s budget and adopting one later in the month that will guide the following year’s activities are paramount actions the Council makes each year.  The City’s budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  During this past year, the City Council has been concentrating and working hard to create the best financial future for our community.

If you tuned into the start of the budget hearings on June 8, you may have seen Chief Macias’ budget presentation on the City’s Police Department.  They currently have a 16 sworn personnel – 11 Officers, 3 Sergeants, a Commander and a Chief.  Having 14 in Patrol allows for 3 officers per shift and the ability for the Student Resource Officer (SRO) position to be filled again.  This officer will be physically present at the schools in town and dedicated to mentoring youth in the community.  The Police Department will also now be able to have an investigative position, or a Detective, to do all the follow-up cases for the officers so that they can be out on the streets.  Having three officers rather than the minimum two per shift alleviates any overtime in case an officer is sick, on vacation, injured, or at court. 

Chief Macias shared some interesting statistics as part of her presentation, where a chart compared 2011 when the department was at its lowest staffing levels (9 total Patrol), to 2014 when staffing began increasing,  to the first quarter of 2015 where the department is now at full staff.   In 2011 the department had only 9 drug arrests and 34 petty thefts.  Fast-forward to 2015 Q1 where they’ve already had 37 drug arrests and petty thefts has fallen to 6.  As made clear in Chief Macias’ presentation, as drug arrests increase, property crimes decrease.  The stats were undeniable and showed that by just in bringing back the personnel, the department has been able to be more visible and proactive in the community.

The Public Works budget was presented the following evening on Tuesday, June 9 by Public Works Director Randy Breault.  Last year, the City Council funded a number of delayed projects including, but not limited to: retrofit of the Community Pool and installation of a handrail on Bicentennial Walkway.  Both projects have been completed and over the course of this year, the department will be working towards completing more long-term projects such as improved water pressure for Fire Protection in the Annis Rd. area, upgrades to the Glen Park pump station, undergrounding the sewer line on Bayshore Blvd., and replacement of our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Please tune in to Channel 27, live streaming via the City’s website (, or come down in person to be the first to hear about the improvements that will be taking place in your community in the coming 2015-16 fiscal year, starting up again on Monday, June 15 at 8:00pm, following the Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop.


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