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Ted Warburton, Brisbane's Harbormaster, is all smiles. And he has every reason to be. Two weeks ago, he was down in Dana Point for the 62nd Annual Conference and Awards Dinner of the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains. Every year, an individual is chosen by the Association to be recognized for their efforts...and everyone there knew who this year's award recipient was...everyone besides Ted. He was shocked when they announced his name, but really, we know he shouldn't be. He is well-deserving of this prestigious award, and we are proud to have the 2010 State Harbormaster of the Year here in Brisbane! We'll end this post with a close-up of Ted's newest achievement:
2010 marks the 13th Anniversary of Brisbane’s Annual Winter Clean-Up! This is the time of year when residents join together to ensure that the community is properly maintained and ready to face the upcoming winter months. In severe winter storms of the past, fallen dead branches and unkempt plants became uprooted and often clogged storm drains and gutters, causing flooding. To help prevent these types of problems, the City is designating the weekend of November 13th and 14th in Brisbane to be “Winter Storm Preparedness Weekend".
During these two days, dumpsters - ONLY FOR YARD TRIMMINGS - will be placed throughout town, as close to each street and neighborhood as possible. See below for the location of the dumpsters in Central Brisbane and the Ridge.
Some important things to keep in mind when cleaning up your property:
Do not place yard trimmings in plastic garbage bags into the dumpsters, as this will make the entire load un-recyclable.
All trimmings and branches placed into a dumpster MUST BE LESS THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER.
NO RUBBISH or other WASTE is to be disposed of in these dumpsters.
Please do not attempt to trim tree branches touching or near PG&E high voltage power lines. Call PG&E if you have any questions or concerns at (800) 743-5000.
The City will help you dispose of tree trimmings and large branches but CANNOT go on private property to help cut them down or haul them to the street.
If you need assistance or to arrange for pickup, please call the 13th Annual Winter Clean Up Hotline (508-2146) between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm Saturday, Nov. 14th and between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15th. Loads must be less than four cubic yards and no branches or logs larger than 4 inches in diameter or 6 feet in length will be picked up by the City maintenance crews. For information regarding tree removal, please click here or call the Public Works Department at 508-2130.
Thank you in advance for your willingness and cooperation in this Citywide effort. If we all pitch in this year, we can prevent problems from occurring during the winter rains!
With the modulars having been delivered last week, this week and the early part of next week is all about getting them readied for the firefighters to move in. Because the utilities were identified by City engineers as being located to the left of the Fire Station (looking from Bayshore Blvd.), it was decided that the best spot for the modulars would be on that left side (instead of the right side where the staging trailer was set up).
The Brisbane Fire Station got its start as a volunteer station back in 1932, so it is only fitting that the labor and materials used for the modular be local to Brisbane. For instance, the men below are from Stellar Plumbing, Inc. who recently moved their offices to 23 San Bruno Ave. Abner, Daryl, and owner Lon Carter all live in town. So it's no wonder that if there are items such as recycled wood from a recently remodeled house in Brisbane, they know about it and are using it. In the left-hand picture below, Lon is drilling in a ledger board (the recycled wood mentioned earlier) which the shower will mount on and be screwed into from above. In the right-hand picture, Daryl and Abner help Lon place the shower.
And, a plus is that Stellar Plumbing has made a lot of purchases for this Fire Station project at none other than at Brisbane Hardware. Thank you for your hard work in helping give our firefighters a place to call "home" for now.
Wind speeds and patterns change throughout the year, resulting in pilots flying in and out of SFO to use alternate routes. This is of course due to safety reasons, where most planes need to reach an altitude of at least 400 ft. and be safely airborne and before making any turns. In times of low westerly winds, Runway 01, or a port departure, is used. This runway faces Oakland, so if a plane is headed to Southern California, Las Vegas, or a destination in Arizona, the plane would need to make a 270-degree turn in order to face south). In times of high westerly winds, Runway 28, or a Shoreline departure, is used. This runway faces northwest towards Pacifica so planes heading south would fly towards the ocean along the Gap (a natural dip in the ridgeline between SFO and Pacifica) before turning left to fly south. On west wind days, it's the planes that are headed to an eastern location that can cause noise problems in Brisbane. A properly-flown Shoreline departure would have planes remaining on the east side of Highway 101 before turning right towards Oakland. However, if this departure is poorly-flown, planes will fly too far northwest before turning right, and thus fly over Brisbane. (If hearing runway numbers is confusing, just remember that SFO is 10 degrees to the right from all cardinal compass directions. Therefore, Runway 01 is 10 degrees to the right of due North, Runway 10 is 10 degrees to the right of due East, or 100 degrees from due North, Runway 19 is 10 degrees to the right of due South, or 190 degrees from due North, and Runway 28 is 10 degrees to the right of due West, or 280 degrees from due North).
Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure
Airport Noise Complaint
On Wednesday, October 20th, Councilmember Richardson and City Management met with SFO Airport Director John Martin and Dave Ong from the SFO Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the increase in overhead noise in
This past Wednesday, 13 Lipman students volunteered an hour of their time to help with weeding at the Community Park. They were supervised by Growing Green Hand's Tamberly Mott, volunteers Paul Bouscal and Marge Buschman, and of course, Public Works staff Linda Baston Conway and Joe Friars who were on-hand helping to lay down tarps and hand out gloves and tools.
Thank you to Brisbane Hardware for donating gloves to the kids! And, last but not least, THANK YOU to the students who pulled, heaved, and carried tarp-fuls of weeds to the PW truck for disposal. You all get an A for effort!
To see more pictures from the afternoon, click here to be taken to the City's photo set on Flickr.
Theresa Maturo, having served on the Brisbane Planning Commission since April of 2005, was honored at the October 4th City Council meeting for her service and dedication to the community. Soon to be moving out of Brisbane, Theresa submitted her resignation, and said at her recognition ceremony how much she "absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed" being a part of the Brisbane community and serving on the Planning Commission.
Approximately one year remains on her term and the City Council is now accepting applications for this position. Once this one-year term expires, the City Council will begin the recruitment process for a full, 4-year term. Click here to learn more about the primary duties of the Planning Commission. If you are interested in applying for this one-year term, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 415-508-2113 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 15, 2010.
Also at that October 4th City Council meeting, former Interim Community Development Director John Swiecki was sworn in by the City Clerk as the City's new Community Development Director. John will continue working on the projects of former Community Development Director Bill Prince, which include the Baylands, Sierra Point Design Guidelines, Housing Element, and General Plan update.
To hear more about Brisbane's key issues, planning, and finances, be sure to attend the State of the City address next Tuesday, October 26th, at the Radisson Hotel (5000 Sierra Point Parkway). Sponsored by Seton Medical Center and the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature Mayor W. Clarke Conway giving a "year-in-review" and what 2011 may bring. In case you're not able to make it, the event will also be videotaped, played on Channel 27, and made available on the website. We'll notify you in a blog post when that will be ready for your viewing pleasure!
The modular trailers arrived on schedule Wednesday, October 20th. Between then and November 1st, work will be done to ready them for the firefighters who are still scheduled to move back to Brisbane on Monday, November 1st. Brisbane fire crews will be stationed in Brisbane during the day, and relocate to Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) during the evening hours. If you need to get a hold of them at any time of day, please call the main Fire Dept. line, (415) 657-4300 as they are regularly checking messages left for them.
Find out what's happening in Brisbane by checking out the STAR and City News! The STAR is published quarterly in-house and the City News comes out usually on a monthly basis. Printed copies of each are also available at City Hall.
One of the topics of discussion at this past Wednesdays's Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting was how individuals who may be doing improvements or remodels at their homes can take advantage of the tax incentives and rebates that are readily available, but may be expiring by December 31, 2010. Here are some resources that can help you to reduce your home's energy usage, and how you can qualify for the available tax incentives and rebates.
- www.pge.com/rebates has the latest rebate information, catalogs, and guidance for your next energy efficiency upgrade
- If you're ready to apply for a rebate, you can apply online through eRebates at www.pge.com/erebates. With PG&E's eRebates, you can also check the status of your rebate application.
- Existing homeowners are eligible for tax credits up to a maximum of $1,500 for making energy-efficient home improvements. Refer to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) matrix (note the deadlines in the "Years Covered" column).
- The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) gives consumers and businesses the information they need to take advantage of the federal income tax incentives passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), and extended through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
In addition to tax incentives and rebates, PG&E offers a wide range of ways to save energy, money, and help the environment. PG&E's SmartEnergy Analyzer can help you understand where your energy goes, pinpoint problem areas, and start you on the path to an energy-efficient home. Click here to access the SmartEnergy Analyzer for businesses.
Learn more about these programs, tools, and offers at http://www.pge.com/, or contact PG&E's Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The digging that is going on outside of the Brisbane Fire Station may have caught your eye. Workers are installing the interim water, sewer, and gas lines for modular trailers that were ordered yesterday by the City. It will be 1 month on October 16th since severe mold was discovered at Station 81, resulting in the Brisbane firefighters traveling between Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) where they spend nights, and Station 81 in Brisbane (3445 Bayshore) where they are stationed in a staging trailer during the day. This staging trailer, however, is meant solely for such purposes and not equipped with showers, bathrooms, or sleeping quarters. The mobiles that were ordered today, so that the firefighters can remain in Brisbane around the clock, will be equipped with such, as well as a kitchen for them to once again cook together as a crew. The mobiles are scheduled to arrive October 20th and all of the final connections are targeted for completion by the end of the month, with the firefighters back in Brisbane 24/7 by November 1, 2010.