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SamTrans Seeks Input On Minority And Low-Income PoliciesThe San Mateo County Transit District is asking the public for feedback on the levels of fare and service changes that would trigger analysis of the impact those changes would have on minorities and low-income populations.
Prior to significant fare increases or service changes, SamTrans currently reviews those changes at a staff level to determine whether their impacts are borne disproportionately by minorities and low-income populations.
In response to new Federal Transit Administration requirements, the Transit District is seeking input from the public as it develops and adopts a new set of policies governing what level of impact would result in the need to revise or mitigate the service or fare proposal.
The new requirements are that all transit agencies have a board-adopted Title VI policy by Oct. 2013. Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, seeks to protect all people from discrimination, stating:
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The proposed policy includes criteria for two areas: major service changes and unfair or disproportionate impacts to minority or low-income populations.
SamTrans is proposing the level at which a given service change is considered to be a "Major Service Change" is any change to revenue miles on a specific route by 25 percent or more in any one-week period. The disparate, or unfair, impacts and disproportional burden thresholds are proposed to be triggered whenever the cumulative impact of a change affects more than 20 percent of the minority or low-income populations the system serves.
SamTrans will be hosting public meetings throughout the county in February to receive feedback on the proposal before asking the board to adopt the policy at its March meeting.
Public meetings include:
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pacifica -Sanchez Library
1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
War Memorial Activity Room
Daly City Parks and Recreation
6655 Mission St., Daly City
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Second floor auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA
550 Bell St., East Palo Alto
SamTrans is accepting public comment on these proposals at the meetings or by:
* E-mail to TitleVI@samtrans.com
* U.S. Postal Service:
C/o Operations Planning
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
* Phone: 1.800.660.4287 (TTY: 650.508.6448 for hearing impaired)
The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. To view the draft policies, visit www.samtrans.com/TitleVI.
Practices for Spring 2013 Brisbane Youth Baseball season are tentatively set to begin on Monday, February 25th. For the 7 - 8 year old Boys & Girls Pinto League, the roster is full but only a few more sign-ups are needed in order for two teams to be formed, which would allow all of the 7 - 8 year olds who want to play the opportunity to do so! So, if you haven't already signed them up, check out the flyer and register them online by clicking here or in the Recreation Office (2nd Fl. or City Hall).
It was a beautiful day at the famers' market yesterday - thank you to all who support the market by stopping by there on a weekly basis. The vendors thank you, too! We can't wait until Februrary when more fruits and vegetables will be season, and the berry flats are back! But, there are plenty of creative dishes that can be concocted with many of the items you currently see at the farmers market. Check out this recipe from Brisbane Planning Commissioner Karen Cunningham who loves to experiment in the kitchen and eat wholesome, colorful dishes!
Residential burglaries are on the rise thoughout San Mateo County, and can occur even in Brisbane. Unsecured doors and windows continue to be the favorite method of entry for these criminals. Always lock your car doors and front door when you leave your residence, even if you are home. Criminals will frequently check for unlocked or unsecured doors; don't be a victim in your own home. If you should see a suspicious person, try to get a good description of them. This would include clothing, direction of travel, their car make and model, and if possible, license plate. Immediately call the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212. Please do not take matters into your own hands. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the Police as soon as possible.
Evening of Sharing
Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Lions Club
Brisbane Lions Club
Benefit Crab Dinner
Sat., Feb 9, 6 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Tickets/Info: (415)269-7895 or
Low Income Senior Housing
Apartment Available - #3 Inyo St.
Call 415-330-9252 for Info
In Loving Memory Of
Svcs: Fri., Feb 1, 10 - Noon Sky Lawn Cemetery
On Tuesday, February 19th, the City Council will honor Sepi for her 15 years of service on the Brisbane City Council. The celebration will begin at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room, transitioning to a reception which will be held within City Hall. The City Council will re-convene to discuss city business following the reception. Please click the flyer to view its full-sized version with larger text.
Residents have expressed interest in establishing a high school within the City, and planning for the Baylands has included discussions about a possible high school. Meanwhile, Summit Public School: Shasta, a 9-12 school, will be opening in the fall of 2013 and serve students in the Jefferson Union High School District. They will be opening with a class of 100 ninth graders and add one grade per year.
Summit Shasta is now accepting applications. For questions about Summit Shasta or the application process, please contact:
Executive Director Caitlyn Herman