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HIP Housing Provider Appeal

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Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s non-profit Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years.  This is especially important now, as San Mateo County has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States.  The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and help your community. Click here to view a current partial list of persons seeking housing.  Click here to view a current partial list of shared housing opportunities within the County.  Find more information contact 650-348-6660 x303 or visit www.hiphousing.org

February 2015 Marina News

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 Click here to read the February 2015 Marina Newsletter

Proposed Skatepark Options

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UPDATED January 27, 2015 - On Jan. 6th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held a Community Workshop to obtain feedback on design options they prepared for the proposed new Brisbane skatepark.  The majority of attendees preferred the layout that retained the existing skatepark footprint at Old County Road and Park Lane and added a few features at a “skate spot” in the small unused space west of the existing basketball courts (see Option 2 below).  Per the Council approved process, the Joint Council Facilities and Parks and Recreation Teen Services Subcommittee will recommend one option and a financing plan to the City Council. If approved, the Council will next authorize the development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors.  Staff will ensure that the community gets an opportunity to weigh in on the actual design when it comes to fruition.  Look for the skatepark design to be on an upcoming Council meeting agenda.

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At the January 6, 2014 Skatepark Community Workshop at City Hall (start time: 5:00pm), conceptual design consultant Spohn Ranch will be presenting the following three proposed options for the skatepark at its existing site.  Below are 3D plans for each, along with a labeled diagram of Option 1 and one for Option 2's "skate spot", as the elements are repeated in the different options.  Note: each of the images are clickable to be viewed larger.

OPTION 1 – Existing Footprint

Cost = $200,000
Area = 5,225 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Least expensive option; doesn’t impact basketball courts
Cons:  Smaller total area than Options 2 or 3

 

OPTION 2 – Existing Footprint plus Skate Spot at Park Place

Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,400 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Two unique spaces for skaters; doesn’t impact basketball courts; could do work in phases
Cons:  Cost is higher than Option 1


OPTION 3 – Single Larger Footprint (shift basketball court west)

Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,000 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Provides one contiguous space for skaters
Cons:  Cost is higher than Option 1; disrupts basketball court use during relocation

Remember, the Skatepark Community Workshop takes place Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room of Brisbane City Hall.  The consultant will also have 3D models of different elements that can be used to consider other configurations.  Lastly, if you haven't already done so, request to join the "Brisbane Skatepark" group on Facebook, which Spohn Ranch has set up to help gather design feedback from the Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/.

New LED Traffic Control Signs

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A few drivers have reported that the turn from Sierra Point Parkway on to Lagoon Way can be a little challenging at night.  City staff reviewed the possibility of installing streetlights at this location, but the conditions present do not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards for light installation.  In an effort to provide better visual cues for drivers, the City recently installed LED stop signs in both directions on Sierra Point Parkway that will flash under low light conditions. 

In addition to this cue for drivers leaving the freeway and those coming north on Sierra Point Parkway, the contractor also installed white reflective pavement edge delineators on the north side of Lagoon Way, as well as new yellow reflective pavement markers on the double yellow center lane lines of Lagoon Way.  These last two upgrades are intended to give drivers better cues for the roadway’s boundaries  from the reflections created by headlights.  And best of all, no overhead light poles means no possibility of disturbing the many nesting birds who frequent the Lagoon!

The City also installed a flashing LED fire station warning sign at the entrance to Station 81 on Bayshore Blvd.  Truck drivers all too frequently drive into the station looking for a place to turn their rigs around, and block the engine in its bay until they have completed that maneuver.  This signal will flash 24/7 to give drivers every opportunity to realize that they should not be using this area as a turnaround.  Here's to added safety on the roads as well as the community's overall safety with the fire engine able to leave the station at a moment's notice and respond properly to an emergency.

Thinking of Going Solar?

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At their November 6, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council approved the City being a participating agency of "Peninsula SunShares", a community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to go solar.  This spring (April - June), the City is partnering with neighboring communities including local nonprofit Vote Solar, the program's administrator, to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.  So, whether you live or work in Brisbane, you'll be eligible to receive these discounts. 

Peninsula SunShares will pool the power of individual homeowner participants, which allows the solar industry to offer more competitive pricing, typically 20-25% below market rate. If the program reaches certain participation targets, Peninsula Sunshares will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to homeowners. 

What's needed now?  Help in spreading the word!  If you, your employer and/or your community organization would like more information about Peninsula SunShares, then Vote Solar wants to know.  They'll make it easy by providing marketing materials, leading information events and managing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  If you'd like to be included in future e-mail communications from Vote Solar, then let Caroline Cheung know by e-mailing her at ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  Here's to an easy way to show our commitment to the health and sustainability of the Brisbane community!

Shuttle Stop Relocation

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As part of the Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan created by the Complete Streets Safety Committee and approved by the City Council at their December 18, 2014 Council meeting, the Commute.org shuttle stop that was at the intersection of San Bruno & Santa Clara will be moved down the block to San Bruno to Alvarado.  This is to aid in reducing traffic congestion at the school during morning drop-offs, as the shuttle stop is in the midst of this area and school crossings at the crosswalk.  Thank you to the Committee for their work on this idea to relocate the shuttle stop and helping improve traffic for everyone's morning commute!  And lastly, if live or work in town and don't have a shuttle pass yet, then stop by the Finance Counter in City Hall and sign up for one!  It's free and a great alternative to getting in your car!

Gazebo To Get a Facelift

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Did you notice the Gazebo being washed on Thursday morning?  It now needs to dry a few more days before painting and staining can occur.  That should take about 3-4 days to complete once the contractor starts next week.  This work was approved by the City Council as part of their 2014-15 Budget and will serve to further enhance the Community Park.  Did you know that the Gazebo can be rented for private parties or community gatherings?  If you're interested in learning more, contact Tricia Vaccaro in the Parks and Recreation Department at 508-2140 and she will be happy to assist you!

Brisbane Youth Baseball

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Brisbane Youth Baseball is need of more 7 & 8 year olds for this year’s baseball season.  We only need a few more kids to add to our waitlist to be able to make two teams, allowing everyone to play who wants to.

There are also a few spots left on tee ball - ages 5 & 6.

Also, coaches are needed!

For any and all Youth Baseball questions, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.  Click here to view the updated Youth Baseball flyer.

(Baseball team ages are based on age of child as of  April 30, 2015)

Free Title 24 Training

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Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place.  This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings.  Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.  

The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff.   RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2118.

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/21/2015


Maxine L. Wilkin
Mother, Friend and Mentor
Brisbane Resident for 65 years
Svcs: Sat., Jan. 24, 1pm, Cypress Lawn


John Fassett
1924 - 2014
World War Two Veteran
"Always a wave and a kind word"
Service Info:  (415) 597-6910


Posted 1/20/2015


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