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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

 

Survey on City Communications

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It’s been a while since we’ve asked how we’re doing in regards to getting information out to the community and how we can improve.  So, here’s your chance to let us know!  We’re also interested in your thoughts on the Citynews (published monthly 9x/year) and the STAR (published 3x/year, and which includes the Parks & Recreation Activity Guide along with some news articles).  Please click here to take our 1-page survey.  Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback!  Please respond to the survey no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.

For those of you who prefer to complete a hardcopy of the survey, please click here.  Thank you.

HIP Housing April Flyers

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HIP Housing's April Housing flyers are now available for housing providers and housing seekers.  

Twenty-six persons found a shared housing arrangement in the month of March and with only 1 day into the month of April, 12 people informed the organization that they will be moving in together this month! 

If you would like to support HIP Housing as they celebrate their Home Sharing Program's 35th anniversary, register today for the HIP Housing Annual Luncheon, taking place on Friday, May 8th at the SFO Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame.  Proceeds from the event benefit HIP Housing's programs.  HIP Housing provides creative housing solutions in San Mateo County and impacts over 3,000 individuals.  Click here for more information.

Gov. Brown's Executive Order

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On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order directing the State Water Resources Control Board to develop mandatory water reductions orders to reduce water usage across California by 25 percent.

What this means for us is unclear until the State Water Resources Control Boards makes its decision on whether the water rationing requirements will be applied uniformly across the state, or on a sliding scale that will consider already low usage in many municipalities such as ours.  We expect to receive further information from the State later this month.

In the meantime, the City has taken immediate measures to comply with the provision prohibiting irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.

What you can do now is continue to follow the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions and continue to be cognizant of your daily water use habits.  Every bit helps.

The following actions are part of the Stage 1 drought restrictions:

  • Do not irrigate residential and commercial landscapes between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm or during rain events;
  • Stop the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or other hardscapes and structures;
  • Stop washing down paved surfaces, including but not limited to, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or patios, except when necessary to address an immediate health, safety or sanitary needs.
  • Use a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
  • Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10:00am and after 6:00pm.  Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or a drip/micro-irrigation system.  Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time.  Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
  • Use only re-circulated or recycled water to operate ornamental fountains.
  • Wash vehicles using a bucket, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates or reclaims water on-site.
  • Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
  • Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and lines daily.

Please click here for more information on the current drought conditions and how you can help reduce your water usage.  

April 2015 Marina News

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 Click here to read the April 2015 Marina Newsletter

Silence the Distraction

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To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the Brisbane Police Department, California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming.  The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won’t be tempted.

“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.”

While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk.  During “California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April 1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable.  “People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said.

Let's model safe driving so the young people in our lives will know they must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING.  If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, take some time to make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well, especially during this coming first week of April.

Be a Summer Concerts Sponsor

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We're proud to announce that planning for the 2015 Concerts in the Park is underway!  Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year.  Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community?  Then consider being a sponsor!  Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under.  Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

Survey on Short-Term Rentals

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015: The online survey will close on Friday, March 27th.  If you haven't already weighed in, please do so before midnight tomorrow.  Thank you!

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UPDATE - Friday, March 13, 2015: There was a great turnout at yesterday's March 12th Planning Commission workshop on short-term rentals.  The Commission engaged in a thoughtful discussion with community members about the potential positive and negative impacts of short-term rentals, and how both could be balanced through targeted regulation.  After the discussion, the Planning Commission agreed to hold a follow-up workshop at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 where staff will review policies from other California cities and provide suggestions on how to address specific concerns raised by community and Commission members. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and/or the workshop, and please join us on April 9th.  If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, responses will continue to be collected through March 26th.  If you want to be updated as this effort moves forward,  e-mail Associate Planner Julia Capasso at jcapasso@ci.brisbane.ca.us to be added to the e-mail notification list.

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UPDATE - Monday, March 2, 2015: We have a received a large number of comments on this issue and each will be sent to the City Council and Planning Commission.  Thank you again for your feedback!

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Short-term vacation room or home rentals in privately owned homes have grown in popularity in the Bay Area thanks to online advertising websites like Airbnb.com.  The City’s regulations predate Internet-based homesharing, and short-term vacation rentals are currently prohibited in residentially-zoned neighborhoods in Brisbane.  The  Brisbane City Council has asked the Planning Commission to further study this issue, evaluate the City’s regulations, and make recommendations.

As a Brisbane resident, what do you think?  Your input is critical in this effort.  Join the dialogue by filling out a community survey online and/or attending the Planning Commission workshop on March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Library, the Planning and Building Department at City Hall, and on page 2 of the March STAR (landing in mailboxes next week).  To ensure that everyone's voice is heard, we ask that only one response be submitted per resident.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Associate Planner Julia Capasso at (415) 508-2120 or jcapasso@ci.brisbane.ca.us

Thank you in advance for your feedback!