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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Surfers Farewell: Sat., June 14, 12:30 pm, Beach @ Sloat
Donate to Leukemia and Lymphoma Soc. in Memory of Chris
Tasty Summer Saturdays
Sat., June 7, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion
Information" (415) 467-6393
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
Come join the Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Park and Recreation Commission of the City of Brisbane, along with San Bruno Mountain Watch from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Saturday, June 21st, to help clean-up Quarry Road. This area is an ecological preserve that serves as important habitat to endangered species. Debris and litter have been collecting on this road, and it deserves a clean sweep. Click here for the event flyer.
Please bring: gloves, long pants, long sleeved shirt, good walking shoes, sunscreen and water.
Free lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Please RSVP: email@example.com or (415) 508-2118.
(Excerpt from the May 2014 Citynews)
Since 1997, Nancy Carpenter has been the face of the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department. As of May 23, Nancy will have officially ended her 17 year career with the city. Nancy began as a receptionist and a floater in 1997, filling in for staff members if they went on vacation or were absent. Eventually, she became full time with the Recreation Department in 1999, working in the old Parks and Recreation Office at the Brisbane Elementary School. She eventually moved over to City Hall to work more closely with Jim Skeels, the Parks and Recreation Director at that time. Jim recalls his time with Nancy with great fondness and admiration. “From day one I realized that Nancy was the hub of the Recreation Department. Almost everything ran through her. She is a dedicated professional, believes in what she does, willing to look at new & improved ways to provide services, puts in the quality time necessary to provide excellent results, and does all this in her amenable style working with other staff and, of course, the public.”
Nancy played a huge role in the department’s growth and development of classes and programs and also with the online registration system. Russ Carmick, who was here when Nancy began in the Parks and Recreation Office, says he will miss her sense of humor and her strong work ethic. Steve Beaty has also worked with Nancy a number of years. He says of Nancy’s retirement that the “entire Recreation Department will greatly miss Nancy. She has always been the glue that held all our different programs and operations together. Nancy has always gone above and beyond to help everyone, from brides planning weddings at Mission Blue, to parents signing up their children for their first pre-school experience, and most of all to helping and supporting the staff of the Brisbane Recreation Department.” When asked what she would miss most, Nancy replied she would miss her interaction with the community. That is our Nancy. Loyal and true blue to the community she served so well for so long. Our many thanks to you Nancy! Have a great Retirement!