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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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark 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 email@example.com 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!
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):
- Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff to adjacent property and/or non-permeable surfaces.
- Washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Using potable (or drinking) water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.
- Using potable water in a decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will improve the condition of a number of streets in Brisbane by repaving them starting in September. This does mean that traffic on specific roads will be impacted while work is occurring. Each resident or business within the project limits will receive written notifice approximately one week in advance and again 24 hours before the start of the project. Notification for parking restrictions will be provided 72 hours in advance. Traffic will be accommodated during this time. The street sections that will be repaired include the following:
Humboldt Rd from Placer Way to Kings Rd
Mendocino St from San Bruno Ave to Visitacion Ave
Mendocino St from Visitacion Ave to Solano St
Plumas St from San Francisco Ave to Mariposa St
Ross Way from Glen Parkway to Sierra Point Rd
Solano St from Mendocino St to End of Cul-de-sac
Tunnel Ave: small section at north end of bridge
Tulare St from San Bruno Ave to End of Cul-de-sac
More information regarding the location and corresponding dates for work on each street section will be provided closer to the start date of the project. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while this work is being done. If you have any concerns or questions, please call the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
Many of you have probably already seen these faces around town and at City Hall, but earlier today a Swearing In Ceremony was held for the City's newest appointments and recent promotions.
Kessel Crockett – Maintenance Worker I
Angel Ibarra - Office Specialist
Joe Friars - Public Works Team Leader
Tricia Vaccaro - Administrative Assistant
We are happy to see these new additions to the City and know they will be putting their best foot forward in providing quality services to the community!
Taking a drive down Valley Dr., or the “spine” of Crocker Industrial Park, it may appear from the scattered For Lease signs that there are a lot of buildings sitting empty. But in speaking with folks who have a good pulse on the commercial realty market, like Jason Cranston, Senior VP of Commercial Real Estate Services for Cassidy Turley and Mitch Bull, President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park is actually doing quite well with more businesses moving in than leaving in the past couple years. Here are a few examples of movement in the Park that has helped the occupancy rate increase to what it is: Del Monte Meat Co. has moved in at 145 South Hill Drive as well as circuit board manufacturers, LeeMah Electronics, right next door. The 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse 100 Cypress which the Brisbane School District used a few years back as the site for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Spring Thing, will soon be leased to Bay Area Linens. Arrowhead/Nestlé Waters moved in to the space at 246 Valley and Monster Cable, located at 455 Valley, has renewed their lease. If you’ve noticed more of those white, AT&T vans driving around town, that’s because AT&T moved a service center into 355 Valley las year after signing a five-year lease.
As for the locations with large For Sale or For Lease signs, the old Gilmore Envelope building at 325 Valley recently went up for sale, as engineering firm F.W. Spencer & Son, Inc. (located at 99 S. Hill), last summer completed prefabricating the plumbing lines for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in that space (see photo at left). A huge Colliers sign is advertising 165 as being for sale, but in the interim it is being occupied by its owners. Nearly across the street at 200 Valley, which are where 56 business condos are located, two are being listed for sale. Lastly 280 Valley, 460 Valley and 480 are vacant, but they total less than 54,000 sq. ft. So for the nearly 3.7M sq. ft. in Crocker Industrial Park, where 91+% is currently being occupied, the Park’s doing pretty darn well!