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Posted 6/21/2014

Friends of the Brisbane Libary
City Wide Garage Sale
Early Bird Registration ends July 11
Register at the Library or at

Posted 6/16/2014

In Loving Memory Of
Paul Ellison
1930 - 2014
30 Year Brisbane Resident
"He Truly Loved Brisbane"


June 2014 Marina Newsletter

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Zipcars Are Here

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UPDATE: June 12, 12:56pm - Zipcar has placed a new vehicle at the Police parking lot (entrance on Valley Dr.).  Meet "Deepsea"!

Cost to Drive:

Weekday: Hourly ($10), Daily ($72), 7-7 ($62)
Weekend: Hourly ($11.50), Daily ($89)

Rates displayed include gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day.  Sign up today!

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At their November 18th meeting, the City Council approved a recommendation by the Open Space & Ecology Committee for a two-year pilot program with Zipcar, Inc. for car-sharing services.  “Movie”, a silver Toyota Prius, will be stationed at the Police parking lot on Valley Dr. and “Ireland”, a red Honda Insight Hybrid, will be stationed at the Park & Ride Lot on Bayshore Blvd. at Tunnel Ave.  This program removes an obstacle faced by commuters who want to take public transit by providing fuel-efficient vehicles they can use for short trips during the day. The program also provides residents the opportunity to use alternative modes of transit, leave their cars at home, and/or even reduce the number of vehicles owned by providing a low-cost vehicle to use on an as-needed basis. 

Zipcar members sign up online, and receive access to the Zipcars using a keyless entry. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or for up to several days, starting from $8.25/hour and $109/day for the pay-as-you-go plans or $7.43/hour or $98.10/day for the prepaid extra value plan. The reservation price includes gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Members can reserve Zipcars online (, over the phone, or by using Zipcar’s mobile applications for both iPhone and Android, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Brisbane’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing. Take advantage of this new service by signing up at and become a Zipster today!

Crocker Park TAP Report

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To assist in re-envisioning the future of the Crocker Business Park, the City of Brisbane, in partnership with the Urban Land institute, undertook a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) earlier this year.  Through the TAP, a panel of independent land use, economic and design professionals visited and analyzed Crocker Park, interviewed community stakeholders and developed a series of observations and recommendations for the City Council's consideration.  
The Crocker Park TAP report has been finalized and can be found on the Crocker Industrial Park webpage.  The TAP report is not yet scheduled for City Council review.  Separate notification will be provided when the report is scheduled to come before the City Council.

Award-Winning Compost

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UPDATE: June 11, 3:17pm - Congratulations to Community Gardeners Betsey da Silva, Bob Huffmaster (aka 'Weber' Bob, as he has planted Weber BBQ bowls in his garden plot), Tyler Coon, and Susan Sullivan Maynard on the final results from the San Mateo County Fair:

Dirt Compost Results:
1st - Tyler
2nd - Bob
3rd - Betsey

Worm Compost Results:
1st - Betsey
2nd - Susan
3rd - Tyler

Hurrah for Brisbane!

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For the past few years, Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan has been submitting compost entries from the Community Garden to be judged as part of the Fair's Sustainable Living division.  The compost bins are sent to a laboratory where they are judged on texture, smell, and quanity of live organics (microscopic evaluation).  The result?  Seven blue ribbons proudly hanging in the Garden shed.  Prize money has gone straight back into benefitting the Garden, such as buying blueberry bushes one year and tools other times.  And worm composting in the Garden has expanded, thanks to donations of new stacking worm bins from SSF Scavenger and Recology.  But special thanks goes to Susan for making sure others in the County know about the good work being done by Brisbane Community Gardeners!

Check out Brisbane's award-winning compost at the San Mateo County Fair, which opens next Saturday, June 7th (and runs until the 15th).  If you get there early enough (by 11:00am), you'll get FREE Parking and FREE admission to the County Fair and get to participate in Disaster Preparedness Day!

City Council Accomplishments

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This past Monday, June 2, the City Council began their first of 3 budget workshops (the next ones take place June 9 and June 11) before a proposed 2014-15 budget is adopted (anticipated June 19, 2014).  The fiscal year for the city runs from July 1st to June 30th, and in this past year, the Council has seen a fair number of accomplishments.  These accomplishments were mentioned as part of the Administrative Service Director's budget presentation and are as follows:

  • Request For Proposals (RFP) for Skateboard Park Design
  • Draft EIR for Baylands Completed
  • Developed Action Plan for Sustainability Plan for Baylands
  • Completed Fire Station Repairs
  • Approved Financing Plan for Water and Sewer Projects
  • Completed Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charette for Crocker Industrial Park
  • Approved Business License for Liquid Storage Facilities
  • Upgraded Technology for Police Department
  • Approved Memoradum Of Agreement (MOA) for Baylands Dirt Storage
  • Bought Additional Open Space in Brisbane Acres

Over the next few weeks, these topics will be covered in more detail.  You'll also be able to read more about them in the Citynews publication, starting with the July CityNews & STAR, which covers the RFP for Skateboard Park Design and an update on the Baylands EIR process.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/14/2014

City of Brisbane
Quarry Rd. Clean Up
Sat., June 21, 9 am - 1 pm, Quarry Road
Info/RSVP:  (415) 508-2118 or

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Presentation:  Vivek Mathrani, PhD
DABT Rick Assessment Practices @ DTSC
Tues., June 17th, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.

Posted 6/11/2014

Chris Carillo
1966 -2014
Surfers Farewell:  Sat., June 14, 12:30 pm, Beach @ Sloat
Donate to Leukemia and Lymphoma Soc. in Memory of Chris



Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/5/2014

Brisbane Library
Tasty Summer Saturdays
Sat., June 7, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion
Information"  (415) 467-6393

Posted 6/3/2014

Water Bills are
Due June 5

10th Annual San Mateo County
Disaster Preparedness Day
Sat., Jun 7, 10 - 2 pm, S.M. Co. Event Ctr.
Arrive before 11 am for free admission and parking 

Sunday Farmers' Market

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Update: June 12, 11:25am - Food truck J-shack, which specializes in Japanese-style sweet and savory crepes, will be at the market on June 22nd!

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At their May 5th meeting, the City Council gave Market Manager for West Coast Farmers Market Association, Jerry Lami, direction to start a weekend market in Brisbane.  Jerry chose Sunday morning as the day for the market, so there would be a wider gap in days between Thursday’s market and the new weekend market.  The location for the Sunday market will be the same as Thursday’s market, in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane), with farmers parking their trucks in City Hall’s parking lot to ensure plenty of parking on San Francisco Ave. for visitors to the Park and those renting any of the picnic tables.  Speaking of farmers, check out the list of vendors who will be at this Sunday's market:

  • Cipponeri Farms
  • Sunrise Farms
  • EGB Farms
  • Cobblestone Bakery
  • Lee Farms
  • Pete Davis Honey
  • Medina Berries 
  • Bountiful Basket Vinegars

In addition, Brisbane resident Jennifer Bousquet will be manning a table letting all the families know about Hulafrog - an online daily event calendar of fun things to do with your kids in our local area.  She'll have froggy coloring sheets and crayons, free Hulafrog trading cards, lollipops, and some more information about the resource.

So, come and check out the new weekend market starting on Sunday, June 8th!  Also, Like West Coast Farmers Market Association on Facebook and get updates about what will be taking place at the farmers' market on Sundays!  Thanks and happy market shopping!

June 2014 Citynews

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