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The Public Works crew has been adding to the palettes of sandbags available for Brisbane residents outside of the Corporation Yard, located at 1020 Tunnel Ave. (at the corner of Tunnel & Lagoon).
Residents, particularly those who have experienced flooding in the past, are strongly encouraged to pick up sandbags to ensure they are prepared for possible flooding (more rain is expected this weekend).
Below are suggestions for residents to help endure the rainy season:
- Clean gutters and down spouts to assure proper water run-off away from the home.
- Do not block the gutters, creeks, drainage canals, or catch basins with trash or debris.
- Store unused sand bags in a dry or covered area. Sandbags are not watertight and will absorb water. This makes them very difficult to move when wet.
Hopefully this will keep any flooding at bay and we'll all experience a safe rest of the rainy season.
This Christmas, many people (perhaps even you) will open their Christmas present to find a brand-new personal computer. Or...laptop, ipod, flat-screen television, etc. The saying, "Out with the old, in with the new!" will be thought, or maybe even spoken. A trip to the next e-waste recycling center? WAIT, not so fast.
You may be familiar with the phrase, "e-waste crisis". In case you haven't heard about this yet, it's the result of e-waste recycling centers exporting containers upon containers of electronic waste from the United States to countries such as China and Ghana to dispose of it. E-waste, however, contains precious metals which are extracted before the computer monitors, televisions, and laptops are burned...resulting in hazardous toxins escaping into the air. In the process of doing so, the workers, often children, are exposed to toxins that cause grave damage to their physical health and, not to mention, the health of the planet.
So what can you do? Well for one, consider whether you really need that latest gadget or electronic device. If so, find another home for your current piece of equipment. If it's still in working condition, you can consider saving it for a garage sale. (If you live in Brisbane, you can participate in the City-Wide Garage Sale in July)! Because, as they say..."one man's trash is another man's treasure".
But, if you really need to dispose of your older electronics, then bring it to a certified e-Stewards Recycler. The e-Stewards certification program is an initiative of the Basel Action Network (BAN) -- you may have heard about them and their founder, Jim Puckett recently on a "Fresh Air" FM 88.5 broadcast: "After Dump, What Happens to Electronic Waste?" To see where your nearest "e-cycler" is located, then please click here (mouse over the map and zoom in). You'll see the closest one to Brisbane is located in Burlingame, at the GreenCitizen's San Mateo Eco-Center.
To read and see more about the e-waste crisis, e-Stewards has a couple of videos you can stream from this page off their website.
We hope you will stop and think about the ramifications e-waste can have on a community, a country, and the planet. Do your part and make sure your electronic waste is properly disposed of and bring it to an e-Stewards recycler. It's only the environmetally-progressive and responsible thing to do!
Please use caution when traveling the roads this holiday season, as it's likely to be raining when you head out for last-minute Christmas shopping and meeting with family and friends.
Sandbags are available for residents at the Public Works Corporation Yard, located at Tunnel & Lagoon.
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The December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 City Council Meetings have been cancelled. The Council will be convening next on Tuesday, January 18, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane. The night's agenda will be posted on the City's website on the City Meetings page by Friday, January 14th. If you would like to be notified when City Council agendas have been added to the website, please e-mail the City Clerk, Sheri Spediacci, at email@example.com, and request to be added to the e-mail distribution list.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Holiday Teen Dance
Fri., Dec 17, 7 - 9:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
6th - 8th Grades, $5.00, 508-2144
Brisbane Women's Club
Sat., Dec. 18th, 1-3 pm, Comm.Ctr.
Sat., Dec. 18th, 10am - Noon, Eagles Hall
On Monday, December 6, 2010, the City Council shifted gears. More specifically, they appointed Cyril G. "Cy" Bologoff as Mayor for November 2010 - November 2011 and Steven W. Waldo as Mayor Pro Tem. Clarke Conway, who served as Mayor in 2010 was recognized for his accomplishments in the past year, among them supporting the designation of the Brisbane Roundhouse as a national resource, joining in on the Rebuilding Together Peninsula Project, and helping oversee the design and launch of the City's new website, which you are presently surfing on.
Pictured below are Cy presenting Clarke with a proclamation and Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, swearing in Cy and Steve as they begin service in their new positions.
We thank former Mayor Conway for his service to the Brisbane Community and the way he skillfully facilitated the City Council meetings this past year, and look forward to the new year with Mayor Bologoff at the helm.
To read more about the City Council and view the various Commissions, Subcommittees, Boards, and Associations they each serve on, please click here.
The Notice of Preparation identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR for the Baylands Specific Plan. You are invited to to provide input regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR. Comments can be provided either electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the City of Brisbane | Community Development Department | 50 Park Place | Brisbane, CA 94005. Comments should be submitted no later than Monday, January 10, 2011.
Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm at Mission Blue Center - 475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane. The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR. If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.
For more information about the Baylands, please click here.
You will see a number of bins collecting food, clothing, and toy donations as you enter City Hall.
The Brisbane Police Department is holding their annual holiday food drive. Drop off non-perishables at City Hall through December 24th. Proceeds benefit residents of Brisbane and Second Harvest of San Mateo County. The barrel is located in the lobby of City Hall.
The Brisbane Fire Department is also conducting their annual Toy Drive. You'll see their red barrel in the lobby as well.
And finally, the Brisbane Women's Club is conducting a Charity Coat Drive. A donation box can be found with the barrels.