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SamTrans Summer Youth Pass

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The 2013 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass is back! Get Out & Ride this summer for only $40, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Pass for each summer month.  The pass allows unlimited rides on all SamTrans routes from June 1 through Aug. 31 and is available to kids 17 and younger.  This pass is not available on Clipper.  Sales start May 21 so orders are encouraged to be placed early.  For more information or for help planning your next road trip, visit or call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448).

Shared Housing Opportunities

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Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing's Home Sharing program, one of the largest in the nation, facilitates a living arrangement in which two or more unrelated people share a home or apartment.  For individuals seeking housing, here is a partial list of over 60 housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of April 2013.  For individuals with a room to spare, here is a partial list of individuals seeking housing opportunities.  To schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing, please contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.

What's the Bag Deal?

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At their March 18th meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the requirements set forth in San Mateo County's Reusable Bag Ordinance.  The ordinance goes into effect mid-June in Brisbane (Monday, April 22nd for other cities within the County), and requires retailers to stop giving out single-use plastic bags and instead only offer recycled-content paper or reusable bags for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag.

If you're looking for a creative way to fashion your reusable bag, take a look at Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel's instructions on How to Make a 100% Upcycled Shopping Bag.  All you need is an old pair of pants, pencil, scissors, and a sewing machine would help.

Click here to read San Mateo County Environmental Health's Spring Pollution Prevention Newsletter, where you can read more about the Reusable Bag Ordinance, how to get an oil recycling container if you change your own oil, a list of antifreeze recycling locations, and how you can help keep San Mateo County clean.

Keep our Streets Clear of Debris

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Every 12 months, Brisbane residents of single-family residential dwellings can schedule two free clean-ups with South San Francisco Scavengers. It's a great opportunity to get rid of a large bulky item and several bags of garbage. Note: residents get 2 clean-ups per calendar year and they do not roll over.  Once you schedule your clean up, they’ll come by on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day and pick up:

12 bags of garbage OR
6 bags of garbage and ONE large item-sofa, mattress, appliance, etc.

Click here or call (650) 589-4020 for more information and to schedule your free pick-up!

Making the City Safer

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STOP Signs: They really do mean… STOP!

A reminder from the Brisbane Police Department:

We receive periodic complaints from residents regarding driver’s disregard for the stop signs in town.  The most prevalent type of violation is the “California Stop” where drivers slow down while rolling over the limit line, and then accelerate when they perceive that the coast is clear.  Not only is this a clear violation the stop sign law, it is a dangerous habit.  And I say habit, because most of the drivers that we stop no longer realize that they’re doing it.  Most of the drivers aren’t even in a hurry!

Unfortunately this habit can have disastrous consequences.  Nationwide, there are over 700,000 accidents related to stop sign violations reported each year.  Over one third of these accidents resulted in injuries.  According to a 2004 NHTSA study, there were 13,627 fatalities in 1999 – 2000 caused by people failing to stop at stop signs.

Because of this, we will be increasing our focus toward stop sign violators in the hope of changing driver’s behavior in this area.  Officers will be watching for stop sign violators and taking a zero tolerance approach.  A citation for running a stop sign will cost you well over $200.  Is it worth the risk?  I hope that you will agree with us that it’s not and concentrate on coming to a complete stop at every stop sign.  It may seem like an inconvenience at first, but you’re helping make this town a safer and more enjoyable place to live.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/29/2013

In Loving Memory Of
Raymond S. O'Neill
Brisbane Resident Since 1958
Service Information (415) 368 -3756

Brisbane Lions Club
Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., Mar. 31, 1pm, 1 Solano St.
In case of rainout, event at Comm. Ctr.

Posted 3/31/2013

Live at Mission Blue Presents
Les Grâces:  Italianisme!
Sat., Apr. 6th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.

Posted 4/1/2013

Good Luck!
Dominique Bocanegra
Brisbane Resident & Softball Player for
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Playing 4/3 at Mission Blue Field


Be a Summer Concerts Sponsor!

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The Summer Concert Series (scheduled this year for every Friday from July 26 - August 30th, 5:45pm - 8:30pm) is only possible through the generous sponsorships of local businesses and families.  Please consider supporting this popular, mid-summer community event.  Businesses that sponsor more than $1,000 will again get their logo on the concert banner.  But any denomination/level of sponsorship will be appreciated, as always.  Please send in your sponsor checks to City Hall, attn: Caroline Cheung, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005 by Friday, April 26th.  If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at or (415) 508-2157.  Thank you for your sponsorship consideration!

Habitat Restoration Day

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The City of Brisbane, Open Space & Ecology Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, invite you to join them for their annual community stewardship workday on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am - 1:00pm.  This is the event's 10th Anniversary, and followed by a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain, so mark your calendars for this special Earth Day celebration.  This year's restoration will take place at Costaños Canyon (meet at Humboldt & Placer).

Bring family, friends and neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore the canyon’s native habitat.  Please wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them. Tools and training will be provided, along with a free lunch, T-shirt, and reusable bag for volunteers (while supplies last). All ages and abilities welcome!  For more information and to RSVP, please call (415) 508-2118 or e-mail


Hike San Bruno Mountain

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San Bruno Mountain Watch wants to share the mountain with you in all its springtime glory during the entire month of April.  Hikes will be every weekend in April and hike leaders will take you on their own special journeys to this natural wonder.  Visit San Bruno Mountain Watch's website for complete hike descriptions and information about signing up in advance for all hikes or call (415) 467-6631.

Note: The spring and summer months, typically April - September, is generally peak tick season.  For information on how to protect yourself and pets while out hiking on the Mountain, please click here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/22/2013

Mothers of Brisbane
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 30, 10-Noon, Comm. Park
Egg Hunt starts at 10:30 sharp

Posted 3/18/2013

City of Brisbane
Summer College Internships
3 Positions Available

Brisbane Women's Club
Senior's Spring Brunch
Sat., Mar. 23rd, Noon-1:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Free For All Brisbane Seniors