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Early this morning, Brisbane lost its last surviving Founding Father. Jess C. Salmon was one of Brisbane's five original City Council Members elected on September 12, 1961 to serve the community. The City became a General Law City soon after on November 27, 1961. Brisbane would not be the community it is today with its small-town feel had it not been for people like Jess who fought hard to protect the City's natural resources, while also ensuring its fiscal health. This is evident in the documentary, "No Deposit, No Return" (1965), that was produced by KRON-TV when Jess served as the City's Mayor. In February 2013, when the Open Space & Ecology Committee aired the short film for the community, Jess was right there seated in the front row. In the film, Jess' love for Brisbane and San Bruno Mountain which encircles it, are clearly seen. Similar sentiments were expressed by current Council Member and former Mayor Ray Miller and his wife Anya, former Council Member and Mayor.
"I was greatly saddened by the news that Jess Salmon, the last surviving member of Brisbane's first City Council, had died. My wife and I have known Jess since the 1960s. He was truly a founding father. Because of his intelligence, diligence, organizational smarts and incredible dedication, he was probably the most influential architect of the basic structure, laws, and community orientation of Brisbane's city government. He fought strenuously to generate the revenue that Brisbane needed to survive, to protect it from the encroachments of the County and avaricious developers, and to preserve our special community and the natural mountain environment with which Brisbane is blessed. Everyone who has enjoyed living in Brisbane owes Jess Salmon a big debt of gratitude."
Jess C. Salmon
1925 - 2014
Beloved Founding Father
A Memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 16th at 10:30am at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane).
On May 21, 2014, information was provided on the City's website about the Massage Ordinance that the City Council would be considering at their June 19, 2014 meeting. At that meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 585, adding Chapter 8.10 to Title 8 of the Municipal Code concerning “Massage Regulations.” In essence, this ordinance mandates that all persons offering massage services within the City, whether in a massage establishment, or in a home-based business, hold a Certificate of Registration. The Ordinance applies to both Certified Massage Therapists (CMTs) and Certified Massage Practitioners (CMPs). The Certificate of Registration can either be obtained from the State via the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), or from the City via the Brisbane Police Department. In the event of the expiration of a Certificate of Registration - whether due to the Certificate Holder's not renewing or failing to timely renew the Certificate - the Certificate holder must immediately cease all massage-related functions. For any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. Mario Garcia at (415) 508-2178 or Officer Abraham Sevilla at 508-2181 ext. 549.
Beginning Tuesday, August 12th, and concluding on the 15th, an inspector will be performing a pavement condition inspection of all streets in Brisbane. The inspection will be used in the StreetSaver pavement management software program that helps our Public Works Department determine streets for pavement maintenance projects. The inspector may be seen on city streets driving at slow speeds or stopping to measure and record quantities of cracks and imperfections on the roads' surface. Therefore, please exercise caution when traveling around them. We appreciate your patience while this work is being completed. For any questions about this pavement condition inspection work, please call the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
You may notice that starting tomorrow at approximately 8:00am, some water will be discharged from the various water tanks around town. This work is necessary to ensure that our customers continue to have the best quality water delivered to their home or business.
The Public Works staff is constantly working to balance the highest quality of our drinking water with the storage requirements for our peak customer demands, while still making sure there is also enough supply on-hand for emergency situations. In addition, the impacts from the lower overall use from our customers during the current drought and the warmer weather have placed additional demands on our system. These additional demands require us to manually circulate and flush our storage tanks, both of which would typically occur on their own under normal operating conditions and customer demands.
The Public Works Department will continue to monitor and maintain the City's water distribution system and update its customers as necessary. If you have any questions about the work being performed, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130. Thank you for your patience and understanding as this necessary work is being performed.
Have you ever been walking around town and noticed a sidewalk tripping hazard, or a street tree that needs to be cut back? Well, did you know you can report it right then and there to the City so it can be taken care of? Since late 2011, the City has been using GORequest to keep track of service requests that have been submitted by the community. You can download the app, GORequest (short for Government Outreach), on your iPhone or Android device. If you don't have a smartphone, you can submit the service request online.
Last year, the City received 252 service requests via GORequest. It's obvious that your fellow residents are seeing the benefit of using it. So next time you see something around town on city property that needs fixing, don't hesitate to let us know about it!
Uservoice is another online platform that you can use to communicate with the City. It's also been around a few years, with the most heightened amount of activity taking place on it when the Community Park playground was in its redesign phase. You can access Uservoice by clicking on the red tab entitled "Public Forum & Feedback" located on every page of the website. Clicking on it brings you to a pop-up window that looks a lot like this:
Different from GORequest, which is used for submitting a service request to the City, Uservoice can be used if you have an idea that you'd like the City Council and staff to consider. If you see an idea you like, you can vote on it, and all the ideas with the most votes will rise to the top of the page. So it's an easy way to see what your fellow community members are interested in. The Council will be sent a weekly summary of all the activity that takes place on Uservoice, as they're posted, so you know your ideas will be heard.
We hope this gives you a better idea of the tools that are available for you to use, and in what situations, and above all, that you do take advantage of them!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.