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Can 1 person help the city during these storms?
Of course! With nearly 500 catch basins to keep clean, city crews are stretched pretty thin during the first few rains storms that include heavy rains. Keeping the inlet of the catch basin in the street near your house will keep the water moving and help prevent flooding.
A storm drain covered with debris from the storm.
60 seconds of work later!
There's no need to dispose of the debris, just move it to the sidewalk or street and DPW will pick it up as soon as they can.
If you are interested in "officially" adopting the storm drains nearest your home, please click here for more information.
One can never be too prepared! Sand bags are now available atop two palettes outside the gate of the Public Works Corp Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel Ave. and Lagoon Rd. Each sand bag weighs approximately 15 lbs. and are free for the taking. So please stop by and pick up the amount you need...more will be made by the Public Works crew as necessary to ensure the community has what it needs to guard against flooding during the rainy season. And, the below pics illustrate how Dolan, Joe, and Keegan from the PW crew got sand bag-making down to a simple, easy process -- with the help of some safety cones acting as pastry bags. Now, that's creative. Good work, guys!
We at the City of Brisbane are deeply saddened over the loss of one of our hard-working Public Works crew members over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Donny passed away unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, having put in over 25 years of service to the City on the Operations and Maintenance Team, and recently serving as Public Works Team Leader.
He obviously leaves us entirely too early, at the young age of 53. Flags at the Public Works Corporation Yard, City Hall, and Fire Station will be flown at half-mast until his funeral. Information on services and arrangements will be posted as soon as they are made known to us.
Donny, your kind spirit, hearty laugh, and regularly-spoken parting sentiment, "Enjoy your day", are already missed so much. We will never forget you.
Do you want to make a difference in your community? If you're between the ages of 14 - 24, we challenge you to create a 15-30 second video that prevents your peers from littering. Let your vision be the tool for building a litter-free Bay Area. A 1st & 2nd Prize Winner will be selected from each category and awarded GIFT and CASH prizes! The lucky Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize and their video will be distributed on television! Learn more about the contest by clicking here.
Deadline to submit entries is January 7, 2013.
Click here to see what's been submitted so far!
South San Francisco's street sweeper will be sweeping the residential streets of Central Brisbane on Wednesday, November 21st between 8:00am and 1:00pm. They will start on the upper streets and work their way down. Please remove your car(s) if possible in advance, so that the sweeper can pick up the most debris possible. This will allow the minimum amount of debris to enter the storm drains, helping prevent any winter flooding during the rainy season. Thank you for your cooperation.
City of Brisbane
Weds. Nov 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All streets in Central Brisbane
Please move cars if possible
Last chance to reserve your personalized star
at the new playground!
Limited Stars Available
Deadline-Wed., Nov. 21, 5pm, 508-2157
Update 11/21: ALL STARS ARE NOW SOLD OUT
What a productive Build Day! Most of the new 5 - 12 structure was assembled with the help of volunteers, along with 4 out of the 6 swings. Thank you to volunteers Sue Cochran, Mayor Cliff Lentz, Ernie Filippo, Paul Gallant, Tony Kim, Nancy Lacsamana, Tony Palmer, Dave Primmer, Dan Sorrentino, and Tony Verreos. They were great at assisting the Playgrounds Unlimited crew, who were impressed with the hardworking, get-'er-done attitude the volunteers displayed.
Mayor Lentz assists Paul Gallant in attaching one of the swings.
The net that separates the two towers on the 5 - 12 structure is heavier than it looks!
Some of the hardworking volunteers after a nice Subway box lunch and before getting right back to work.
Assembling one of the rooftops.
Many hands make light work!
The Mothers of Brisbane of course were present on Build Day, helping provide snacks and beverages to the volunteers. Thank you, Megan Garner, Elisa Primm, Danielle Hope, and Ana Maria Hernandez! And also, Ron Davis of Ron Davis Real Estate and Madhouse Coffee for supplying the coffee!). MOBsters Jessica Aloft and Jennifer Bousquest were great cheerleaders in their MOB t-shirts!
To see the rest of the pictures from Wednesday's Build Day, please click here to be taken to the photo set on Flickr.
This is how the playstructure looked as of Thursday afternoon. The spiral slide was attached along with its panels and rooftop. Due to the rain, the Playgrounds Unlimited crew did not return today, but will next week to install the 2 - 5 structure. After the Thanksgiving holiday, they will start to lay the base mat for the rubber surfacing, and pour the rubber, which will take about a week to completely cure.
The playground is scheduled to be opened to the Community on Sunday, December 2nd, the same day as the Festival of Lights. More information on the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, if you haven't yet reserved a star, which will all be placed along both sides of the 72' cement seatwall near the swings, this is your last chance! Click here for the order form. Just fill it out and come down to the Finance Counter at City Hall with $100 payment (cash or check accepted). We'll be sending in the order to the engraving company on Wednesday, November 21st. Hurry, because as of this posting, there were only 21 stars remaining!
Several concerned citizens and SamTrans riders came before the Council on Monday to request the Council stay on top of SamTrans when it came to their proposed new service plan, where they've held several public workshops to gain rider feedback. The issue is SamTrans proposes to run Route 292 buses in and out of San Francisco only on weekdays and only during peak commute hours. Peak commute hours are described as between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday thru Friday only. SamTrans proposes to stop running the 292 buses in and out of San Francisco between 9:00 am and 3:00pm from Monday to Friday. And, no Route 292 service in and out of San Francisco during weekends and public holidays.
The deadline to submit comments regarding the new proposed service plan is November 21, 2012. A SamTrans Board of Directors meeting is being held on Wednesday, November 14th at 2:00pm in the Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium located on the second floor at SamTrans Administrative Offices, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. The office is located two blocks west of the San Carlos Caltrain Station. If you cannot make the meeting, please reach out to the Board Members by sending them an e-mail:
Jerry Deal, Chair: email@example.com
Carole Groom, Vice Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Gee: email@example.com
Rose Guilbault: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Harris: email@example.com
Zoe Kersteen-Tucker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arthur Lloyd: email@example.com
Karyl Matsumoto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrienne Tissier: email@example.com
Annual Yard Waste Clean Up November 17-18, 2012
Dumpster Locations map at
Green waste only please – do not overfill dumpsters
Beloved Friend of the Community
David L. Torvik
One of the Brothers IV
Watch for Celebration of Life after the Holidays
Brisbane Parks And Recreation Dept.
Youth Winter Camp
Dec. 20th - Jan. 4th
Info and Registration 508-2143
It's been a long time coming for Brisbane's newest playground. But, we received word yesterday that the main play equipment had been received yesterday at Playground Unlimited's yard (they Miracle Playsystem's subcontractor for the project), and today, we got confirmation that all the parts were accounted for and secured. It will be arriving on-site on Monday, where Playgrounds Unlimited will be doing the majority of the "dirty work" - punching the post holes and inserting the main posts and some of the decks...and should be finished with that in time for Build Day, happening Wednesday, November 14th! Thank you to those who have expressed interest to wanting to help build the playground - we'll have plenty of volunteers. Take a look at the work that's been done over the past couple weeks:
Project Manager from Playgrounds Unlimited, Jaime Rosas, meets with City Engineer Randy Breault to discuss how best the playbox needs to be expanded in order to meet standards for fall zone areas, given the change Miracle Playsystem's equipment (the steps leading up to the sprial slide were widened by the vendor in September).
The next morning, Playgrounds Unlimited chalked the area, it was approved, and then saw cut.
Here's how it looked after cement was poured, and after the new mow strip was formed (what the rubber surfacing will adhere to).
The new sand area will feature a "rolled lip" edge, so as to keep the sand as contained to the sand area as possible. This area will also have a water spigot for sand and water play.
Mothers of Brisbane Jennifer Bousquet and Jessica Aloft helped draw the arc on the seat wall using colored pencils earlier this week. Sebastian, foreground, also helped. Thank you to Jennifer's husband, Ken, for making the templates that allowed getting the arc, which the stars will be mounted along, to be a breeze!
The swing bays went up on Thursday afternoon. The swings themselves will be hung after the rest of the equipment and surfacing have been installed. (Photo credit: Jessica Aloft)
Brisbane's newest playground will be coming in December. After the equipment itself is all installed, that's when the rubber sufacing will be poured. It will take Playgrounds Unlimited about a week to make the star designs in it and for it fully cure. Signs will be posted and the areas will be barricaded during the time it's curing. We're shooting for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Festival of Lights (December 2nd). We'll see how the next couple weeks go and if that can stay as-is. Stay tuned!