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Many of you have probably already seen these faces around town and at City Hall, but earlier today a Swearing In Ceremony was held for the City's newest appointments and recent promotions.
Kessel Crockett – Maintenance Worker I
Angel Ibarra - Office Specialist
Joe Friars - Public Works Team Leader
Tricia Vaccaro - Administrative Assistant
We are happy to see these new additions to the City and know they will be putting their best foot forward in providing quality services to the community!
Taking a drive down Valley Dr., or the “spine” of Crocker Industrial Park, it may appear from the scattered For Lease signs that there are a lot of buildings sitting empty. But in speaking with folks who have a good pulse on the commercial realty market, like Jason Cranston, Senior VP of Commercial Real Estate Services for Cassidy Turley and Mitch Bull, President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park is actually doing quite well with more businesses moving in than leaving in the past couple years. Here are a few examples of movement in the Park that has helped the occupancy rate increase to what it is: Del Monte Meat Co. has moved in at 145 South Hill Drive as well as circuit board manufacturers, LeeMah Electronics, right next door. The 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse 100 Cypress which the Brisbane School District used a few years back as the site for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Spring Thing, will soon be leased to Bay Area Linens. Arrowhead/Nestlé Waters moved in to the space at 246 Valley and Monster Cable, located at 455 Valley, has renewed their lease. If you’ve noticed more of those white, AT&T vans driving around town, that’s because AT&T moved a service center into 355 Valley las year after signing a five-year lease.
As for the locations with large For Sale or For Lease signs, the old Gilmore Envelope building at 325 Valley recently went up for sale, as engineering firm F.W. Spencer & Son, Inc. (located at 99 S. Hill), last summer completed prefabricating the plumbing lines for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in that space (see photo at left). A huge Colliers sign is advertising 165 as being for sale, but in the interim it is being occupied by its owners. Nearly across the street at 200 Valley, which are where 56 business condos are located, two are being listed for sale. Lastly 280 Valley, 460 Valley and 480 are vacant, but they total less than 54,000 sq. ft. So for the nearly 3.7M sq. ft. in Crocker Industrial Park, where 91+% is currently being occupied, the Park’s doing pretty darn well!
In response to the last three dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board this past Tuesday approved a statewide emergency regulation to ensure water agencies and their customers increase water conservation or face possible fines or other enforcement. The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor water use, and if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, could go into effect as early as August 1, 2014.
With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is outfitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Additionally, landscape irrigation will be restricted to no more than 2 days per week. Click here to read the Water Control Board's press release on this issue.
Should the Board adopt this regulation, the City will be sure to communicate the implications to its residents using all available communication channels. In the meantime, please prevent water waste - visit www.SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part in conserving this precious resource.
Say goodbye to T-12 lamps and incandescents at Station 81 and hello to T-8's and compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs)! Thanks to the City Council for approving this energy efficiency upgrade at the Fire Station in their 2014-15 Budget, and San Mateo County Energy Watch, we are upgrading all the T-12 lamps to T-8 lamps as well as all incandescents to CFLs in the Fire Station.
San Mateo County Energy Watch is a partnership between PG&E and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). Serving San Mateo County and unincorporated areas, the organization provides audits for facilities, work proposals, and contractor oversight of retrofits for energy projects.
While the previous lamps only had a 28,000 hour service life, the installed, new T-8 lamps will have a 36,000 hour service life, reducing the replacement frequency. This project is not only expected to save 18,500 lbs of CO2 annually but also $2,225 on utility costs!
Because this is an On-Bill Financing project, PG&E is providing us with a 0% loan with the requirement that it is paid back within 5 years. On-Bill Financing (OBF) is where a utility company provides convenient financing options to help implement energy efficiency investments.
These lighting upgrades will be completed at the Fire Station today.
See if you can spot the difference!
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The County Registration & Eletions Division needs your help! They're looking for capable citizens to fill some important Election Day jobs. This is a unique opportunity to be part of democracy in action while making a difference in your community. Click here for the flyer. Sign up at www.shapethefuture.org or call the Registration & Elections Division at (650) 286-2810.
Toll Brothers and their contractor, Mountain Cascade, are continuing their work on the improvements to the Northeast Ridge Neighborhood Water System. The first phase of work on Monarch Dr. is complete and the contractor has moved on to the second phase of work on Silverspot Dr. Silverspot Dr. will now be closed to southerly traffic between Mission Blue Dr. and West Hill Dr. during 7/14 - 8/5 from 9am - 4:30pm. Click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130. Thank you for your patience.
There will be a swim meet today at the Community Pool starting at 4:30pm, so the Pool will be closing at 4:00pm. The schedule for today, Friday, July 11, is as follows:
Adult Lap Swim: 6:30am - 1:00pm
All Ages Rec Swim: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Swim Meet: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
(The next swim meet will be Friday, August 8th, with the same daytime schedule as noted above.)
The Pool will also be closed next Wednesday, July 16, as a film crew will be on-site from 7:00am - 4:00pm. In case you're wondering, the film crew will be compensating the city for their use of the Pool, which includes an hourly rate along with the cost to cover the head lifeguards' time.
Stop by the Brisbane Library this summer and sign up for their Summer Learning program. Every child will receive a book to keep just for visiting the Library and picking up a Summer Learning log! All reading is good reading; this summer, try novels, nonfiction, comic books, magazines, audiobooks and more!
Families with Children Under 5
Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your child will support your child’s pre-reading skills and, eventually, will help your child do better in school. Participating in summer learning is easy, fun, and invaluable for your child’s development. Color in a shape for each day you read, sing, play, write, talk, or go to a library program with your child. After you’ve done this for 30 days, you’ve completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun. Try to read for at least 20 minutes every day and do fun, new activities. Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read for 30 days, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school! Try to read every day and do fun, new activities. Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school! Try to read every day and have active, hands-on learning experiences so that you’re learning every day. Once you’ve completed 6 activites and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Return your log to the Brisbane Library for prizes and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to college. Ask for another log--with each additional log returned, you will have another chance at winning the $1,000 scholarship!
250 Visitacion Ave.
Saturday, July 12th | 8:00am - 4:00pm
Last year was the first year that Brisbane resident Tony Lukezic organized a car show for the community in downtown Brisbane. In its inaugural year, it was successfully attended by nearly 500 spectators over the course of the day. This year, he’s expecting an even greater turnout of cars, so the first two blocks of the odd-numbered side of Visitacion Ave. (side of The 23 Club), the parking lot on the corner of Mariposa & Visitacion, and 13 spots inside the Post Office parking lot will all be reserved, in addition to the two blocks along San Francisco Ave. besides the Community Park up to Mariposa St. where cars were parked last year (see photo). Half of the car show’s proceeds will go towards the Brisbane School District and the other half will go towards the City’s Skatepark Donations Fund. New this year, Tony is adding two jumpy houses which will be set up in the Park, so make it a family day and enjoy your time at the car show!