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"Silver Dragon" Exercise

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Brisbane Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), assisted by Pacifica and Daly City CERT personnel, will participate in the San Mateo County Health Department’s “Silver Dragon” exercise on April 23, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, to simulate the mass delivery of medicine and medical supplies to homes in Brisbane following a mass public health-related emergency.  Participation in the countywide exercise will assess readiness to provide timely medical assistance in the event of a major health emergency such as pandemic influenza, a food or water-borne illness, or the intentional release of a bio-agent.

This is the 9th year the exercise has been conducted in San Mateo County to test the Health System's ability to partner with local cities, law enforcement, fire departments, the American Red Cross and CERT teams for a simulated mass delivery of medicine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Strategic National Stockpile,.  Validation of door-to-door distribution capabilities of medication during an actual health emergency will be accomplished by CERT teams distributing re-usable, eco-friendly shopping bags packed with educational information to approximately 1/3 of Brisbane residences.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/20/2015

Brisbane A.Y.S.O. Soccer
Registration Day &
Pancake Breakfast
Sun., April 26, 9:30 -11:30 am, 185 Visitacion

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Monthly Meeting
Tues., April 21, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Guest: Ian Wren, Staff Scientist, Baykeeper


Community Choice Aggregation

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At last night's City Council meeting, Seth Baruch, Program Consultant for the County of San Mateo, presented on the value of the County having a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to potentially pool (or aggregate) the electricity demand within the County in order to purchase and potentially develop power on behalf of the local residents, businesses, and municipal facilities.  Click here or the image above to view his full Powerpoint presentation.  You can also watch his presentation on the City's website, which begins at approximately 6:35

On February 24, 2015 the Board of Supervisors approved funding to conduct a County-wide technical study to assess the feasibility of CCA for San Mateo County.  The technical study will:

  • determine the size of a potential CCA
  • forecast future energy demands
  • assess availability of renewable energy resources
  • assess the ability of a potential CCA to be competitive in short term and long term market conditions
  • develop different scenarios and predict their impact on greenhouse emission reduction, job creation, etc.
  • analyze potential risk in CCA formation 

The technical study is tentatively set to be completed by August 2015.  The results from the study will be used to determine if the County and any interested municipalities should form a CCA.  Also at last night's meeting, the Council appointed Councilmembers Liu and Conway to serve as the City's Representative and Alternate, respectively, on the newly formed Countywide Advisory Committee to provide input on matters relating to the formation, structure and governance of the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

If you'd like to read more about the CCA program, please visit .

Comment on the Recology NOP

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Recology is proposing to modernize and expand its Tunnel Avenue facility straddling the Brisbane/San Francisco border to provide additional capacity to recycle and process different streams of refuse with the goal of completely eliminating waste materials going to a landfill.

The City of Brisbane will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  As the first step in this process, the City has published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) which identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  You are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall: 50 Park Place, 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 Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Lions Club Scholarship

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The application for the Brisbane Lions Club's Scholastic Achievement Awards is now available! 

The Brisbane Lions Club serves our community in many ways.  One of the most important is the support of education.  Through the efforts of their members and the support of our community, they offer awards to those who are pursuing higher education.  Last year the Lions were able to direct $25,000 total to 23 deserving students.

Click here for the application, due Sunday, April 19, 2015

Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer - exceptions:  living away at school with parent(s) or guardian living in Brisbane, or serving as a member of the U.S. military.  Please confirm your eligibility status by contacting the committee prior to submitting your application by e-mailing

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/16/2015

City of Brisbane
12th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 25, 9 am - 1 pm, Kings Rd. and San Mateo Lane
Lunch & T-shirts for Volunteers
Info: 508-2143 or

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Application
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 19th

Posted 4/13/2015

Brisbane Police Department
April is Distracted Driver
Awareness Month
Do not text or use hand held devices while driving

Posted 4/11/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Bootcamp
M,W & F, Apr 13 - July 10, 9:45-10:45 am
Comm. Pk. Gazebo, Info:  415.508.2140

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., Apr. 11, 12:30 - 2 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info:

HEART of San Mateo County

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The City of Brisbane is a member agency of HEART, whose mission is to is to raise funds from public and private sources to meet critical housing needs.  Take advantage of one of their FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops and find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only 5% down and no PMI.  This is the HEART downpayment loan and Meriwest Mortgage Program.

HEART finances the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of homes affordable to middle- and low-income employees of local businesses, as well as seniors and other fixed-income residents.  HEART provides three types of financing:

  • short-term predevelopment or construction loans to finance multifamily housing;
  • long-term loans for affordable rental housing; and
  • homebuyer assistance loans.

For more information about HEART, please contact them at (650) 872-4444 or

Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan.  The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Shuttle Disruption 4/10, 9-5pm

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We wanted to alert you to the fact that Friday's closure of San Bruno Ave. and some of the surrounding streets on the south end of town will result in the following disruptions to the shuttles:

Bayshore/Brisbane Caltrain shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 8:58am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:04am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:54pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:00pm (1st PM trip)

Brisbane/Crocker Industrial BART shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 9:07am - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 9:14am (last AM trip - returning to BART)
  • Old County & San Francisco 9:27am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:34am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 3:31pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 3:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:37pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 4:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:59pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:05pm

To further clarify, the following stops will be not be served during the 9-5pm timeframe: San Bruno & Annis, 3745 Bayshore Blvd., Bayshore Blvd. and Tunnel Rd., Old County & San Francisco, San Bruno & Mendocino, and San Bruno & Alvarado.  Essentially, the shuttles will not turn up Old County Rd. and enter into the southern portion in town.

If you normally ride the shuttle during the hours of 9-5p and get on/off at the above stops, we apologize for this inconvenience.  The 140 Valley stop will be the closest alternative for pick-up/drop-off, so please plan your Friday commute schedule accordingly.  If you have any questions, please contact at (650) 588-1600.


Congressional Art Competition

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office is now accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  She invites all high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in this unique opportunity to gain national recognition for their creative talents.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize the finalists from all 50 states.  The winning art pieces will be displayed for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the House Office Buildings.

All artwork must be two dimensional, cannot be larger than 28”x28”x4” including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and must be original in concept, design and execution.  All high school students and 7th and 8th graders who share high school campuses residing in the 14th district are eligible.  Please find detailed guidelines, a submission checklist and the Student Information & Release Form on her website.

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please deliver your art pieces to Jackie's District Office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402.  A panel of professional artists will judge the pieces.  She will host a reception for all participants, their parents and teachers at her office on a date to be announced soon.  Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated and taken advantage of this event celebrating and encouraging art.  Best of luck to all the entrants!