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June 2018 Marina News

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SamTrans Summer Youth Pass Now on Sale

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Avoid the hassle of having to drive the kids everywhere.  Get your kids their own set of wheels this summer and get them a SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.  The Summer Youth Pass allows unlimited rides on any SamTrans route all summer - from June 1 through Aug. 31 - and is available to kids 18 and younger.  It’s one of the best summertime bargains for kids and teens to ride all over San Mateo County!  Save $41 compared to three Youth Monthly passes.

The Summer Youth Pass is available now for purchase on the SamTrans website (pass is not available on Clipper).

BES Modular Update

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What's happening at BES you ask?  The Public Works team is working with a contractor and PG&E to perform the site preparation work needed for the incoming modular.  The City is renting a secondary modular unit in the coming school year to allow for expansion of the afterschool program based on demand.  See the photos below for work that took place earlier this week:

PG&E installed a temporary power pole to provide electrical access to the rental modular unit.

The storage shed needed to be moved to allow delivery of the rental modular unit.  Above, crews are paving over the spot where the storage shed was previously located.

All patched up and looking good!

More progress pictures to come as the project moves through its various stages!

 

Council Adopts New ADU Regulations

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Are you a homeowner in Brisbane who wants to establish an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property?  At their May 17th City Council Meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 626, which significantly expands the opportunities for Brisbane homeowners to either build a new ADU on their property, or convert existing space in their home into an ADU.

ADUs are small dwelling units that are also known as “second units,” “granny units,” “in-law units” and other names.  Whatever you call them, ADUs allow homeowners to build a small home on the same property as their existing single-family home.  ADUs could provide housing for aging parents, other family members, or live-in healthcare assistance.  They could also be rented out to tenants as an extra source of income.

Under the City’s updated regulations, any property in Brisbane with an existing single-family home is eligible to develop an ADU.  Previously, only homeowners in the City’s single-family zoning districts (R-1 and R-BA) were eligible to establish an ADU.  There is also no minimum lot size required to create an ADU.  If you are a homeowner who is interested in establishing an ADU on your property, please reach out to the Planning Department to learn about the best options for you based on your property’s unique characteristics.  Call (415) 508-2120 or email planning@brisbaneca.org to set up a phone or in-person appointment with Planning staff.

The City also encourages you to explore the County of San Mateo’s “Second Unit Center”  at http://secondunitcentersmc.org/.  This website has a wealth of information on the technical, design, and financial aspects of building a new ADU or converting existing space into an ADU.

Introducing New Sgt. Cecilia Garay

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Chief Lisa Macias introduced new Brisbane Police Sergeant Cecilia Garay, who started in her new role with Brisbane in May.  Cecilia graduated from Jefferson High School and then joined the United States Army Reserves where she served for 6 years.  She completed her studies at Notre Dame University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Services and a double major in Public Administration and Counseling.  After her service in the military, Cecilia began her law enforcement career with the Broadmoor Police Department as a Police Cadet/Explorer, and then as a Police Reserve Officer.  She later accepted a job as a police office for the Colma Police Dept., taking on responsibilities of Field Training Officer, Detective, Acting Sergeant, Community Service Coordinator, and Public Information Officer.  In 2012, she joined the Daly City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Acting Sergeant, and served two terms as a Detective.  Cecilia comes to the Brisbane Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and we are lucky to have her on-board!

Wildfire Season is Upon Us

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With the warm weather and winds, grasses are drying out and can pose a fire hazard.  All residents should inspect their property and cut and remove all dry grasses and dead/dry vegetation from their property.  Notices of this were mailed to all properties advising residents to have this completed no later than Sunday, June 3rd.  Our firefighters, along with Fire Prevention staff from North County Fire Authority, drove through all streets in Brisbane this week (both commercial and residential) and noted any properties that appeared not to be in compliance.  Notices will be sent out next week to all properties that were deemed not in compliance.  Note: All property owners are responsible to abate dead plants, grass and weeds located on their property.  Should a property owner fail to correct an issue the Fire Department deems unsafe, a lien may be placed on the property by the City to recover all of the cost to abate the violations.

Fire Prevention staff also want to remind residents that they should inspect their roofs and gutters and remove pine needles, dry leaves, and debris from them.  It has been found that wind-driven embers crated by burning grasses, shrubs, and trees are one of the largest causes of homes being lost to fire; that dried out debris on your roof is fuel for a fire.  It is widely recommended to install 1/8" to 1/4" metal mesh to protect your attic spaces from ember intrusion.  For more information on creating a proper defensible space and legal requirements, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

Get $3,000 Off a New Nissan Leaf

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PG&E recently announced that its customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.  Please click here for more information.

Senior Art Class Summer Schedule

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The ever-popular Senior Art Class with Shirley Lim will have its final regular class time of 9am-11am on Thursday, June 7th (the same day as the Senior Sunrise Art Show - see below).  The class will take a 3-week break and resume on Thursday, July 5th with its NEW summer schedule of Thursdays from 2pm-4pm.  The class will resume its regular schedule of Thursdays from 9-11am on August 23rd.  For any questions, please contact the Senior Sunrise Room at (415) 508-0230.

The entire Community is invited to view the artwork of Shirley's talented students at the Brisbane Library on Thursday, June 7th from 6-8pm.  If you can't make it, their works will be up through the month of July.

Brisbane City Hall - 1 of 30 Vote Centers

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Brisbane City Hall’s Community Meeting Room (Council Chambers) is open all weekend for citizens to vote, as well as on Monday and Tuesday (Election Day).  

Voting Hours:

Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday    9am-5pm
Monday  9am-5pm
Tuesday  7am-8pm

Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Note: there is also a Ballot Drop-Off box located at City Hall in the front entrance lobby.

 

June 2018 STAR Newsletter

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"We Are Still In" - 1 Year Later

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Today marks one year since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.  Within 72 hours of that announcement, a new wave of American climate leadership was galvanized by mayors, governors, and CEOs, Brisbane included (see post from last June). The "We Are Still In" coalition has now grown to over 2,700 cities, states, businesses, universities, and other entities, of which the City of Brisbane is a signatory.

The rapid growth of renewable energy generation at competitive costs worldwide shows that the transition to a low carbon economy is irreversible.  And while there are many positive trends in climate action, it is also clear that more needs to be done to reach the goals established in the Paris Agreement.  That is why Brisbane is still making advancements to curb global warming and adhere to the measures in its adopted Climate Action Plan.

Case in point: the City recently partnered with Home Energy Analytics to offer Brisbane residential customers a free new program to help them save energy and money.  That program is called HomeIntel, which is offered on behalf of PG&E and consists of Smart Audit, HEA's online energy analysis and management software tool.  HomeIntel provides at no charge a whole-home analysis of your energy use based on your household's smart meter data.  Whether you own or rent your house or apartment, you can get a set of customized recommendations that usually includes many simple, low- or no-cost fixes.  To learn more and to start saving, go to www.brisbane.hea.com or click on the image below.  For any questions, please contact HomeIntel representative, James Tuleya at jamest@hea.com .

 

US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study

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US-101 through San Mateo County is one of the most congested freeways in the Bay Area.  The SamTrans US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study is exploring the role express buses can play in providing mobility options on US-101 and adjacent roadways like I-280 that strengthen connectivity to jobs and housing hubs throughout the region. 

Express bus service can provide faster transit service to key commuter destinations than traditional local bus services.  In general, express bus routes make few intermediate stops, reducing travel time compared to local bus routes.  Riders benefit from the reliable travel times offered when buses travel in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. 

The study team is currently completing a detailed evaluation process of the routes, after which the team anticipates recommending a network of four to six express bus routes to be implemented in phases.  A pilot launch of the express bus routes will be funded in part through SB1 funds.

SamTrans has and continues to welcome stakeholder input throughout the project.  The study team held a round of outreach in Summer 2017 and is holding a second round in Summer 2018 with the following events.

  • June 2 -- 9 am to noon: pop-up event at the San Mateo Farmer’s Market
  • June 3 -- 11 am to 4 pm: pop-up event at Sunday Streets San Francisco in the Sunset 
  • June 9 -- 10 am to noon: pop-up event at the University Avenue Farmer’s Market in Palo Alto
  • June 9 -- 1 pm to 3 pm: pop-up event at Facebook Fest in Bell Haven
  • June 13 -- 6 to 7:30 pm: community open house at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos

You can also let them know your comments on the 101 Express Bus Study HERE.  Include your contact information if you would like to be kept informed throughout the project by e-mail.

A draft final report is anticipated to be ready in mid- to late-2018 and will be posted on the SamTrans website, www.samtrans.com, at that time.

Please see the fact sheet for more information about the project.

High School Bus Update

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On May 21st, SamTrans staff met with concerned Brisbane parents to discuss High School bus transportation starting in August 2018.  Both the parents that attended and SamTrans reported having a very productive meeting; Brisbane parents were very happy that their concerns were being taken seriously.  There are still a number of decisions to be made, work to be done, and alternatives to be explored. At this time, SamTrans is planning on improving the transfer between the 121 and the 110 routes so that students from Southern Hills won't miss the transfer.  They are also looking at extending the 49 to Brisbane so that students from Brisbane will have a "one-seat" ride to Terra Nova.  Additional tweaks will be made over the next few weeks, after which SamTrans will present final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.  We will keep the Brisbane Community posted on this issue here on our website and in our weekly e-newsletters. If you'd like to be added to this distribution list, please sign up here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/weekly-updates-from-the-city.

Mosquito Abatement District at 5/31 Market

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UPDATE: Friday, June 1 - Due to severe wind at yesterday's Farmers' Market, the Mosquito Abatement District needed to pack up early.  BUT those heavy winds didn't frighten them away and they will coming back to Brisbane later in the summer.  Stay tuned!

Megan Sebay, Public Information Officer with the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District (SMCMVCD), will be at next Thursday's (5/31) Farmers' Market (she's pictured above at Pacifica's market this past Thursday).  She'll have free reusable bags and other goodies, as well as a chance to meet the world's deadliest animal.  Come by and see her, and shop the Farmers' Market while you're there at the Park!  Deals for Mountain Fresh Organic are still available using the LIVE LOCL app (email brisbane@livelocl.com for access).  The Brisbane Farmers' Market is every Thursday in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) from 3pm - 7pm.

National Public Works Week 2018

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Each year, National Public Works Week is recognized by the City Council for the many ways citizens' lives are impacted by the men and women in Public Works who tirelessly and quietly serve the Brisbane community by maintaining the city's streets and right-of-ways, drinking water, sewers, storm drains, and parks.  "The Power of Public Works" theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization and our quality of life.  This year's poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.  The City Council will be recognizing the men and women of Brisbane Public Works at their May 17th Council Meeting.

 

In recognition of this special week, we will be unveiling a new video every day showcasing the various aspects of Brisbane Public Works so that the Community can see what goes into maintaining the City's water and sewer systems, not to mention engineering and maintenance resources for the City’s streets, right-of-way, and storm drain system!

 

 

 

MONDAY - Video 1 [Water]

TUESDAY - Video 2 [Sewer]

WEDNESDAY - Video 3 [Trash]

THURSDAY - Video 4 [Water Quality]

FRIDAY - Video 5 [The Power of Public Works]

3 Month EV Usage Stats

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May 14, 2018 marked 3 months from the opening of our EV Charger at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and puts us halfway through our free charging (for sessions <45 minutes) pilot period.  The past month included a “charger fault” that rendered the station unusable for roughly a week.  Fortunately the station usage rebounded quickly and we even saw our highest ever one-day energy use since it came back online!

Charging Stats Through 5-14-18:

  • 193 unique drivers
  • 13,270 total kWh dispensed, an average of 147.4 kWh/day
  • 1,006 total sessions, 11.18 average sessions per day
  • Average session length is 30:53 minutes, with ~84% of sessions 45 minutes or less
  • ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 5573 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 143 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 

Lastly, we are working to have a sign noting the “DC Fast EV Charging Station” added to the Brisbane Village Shopping Center sign near Bayshore.  More on that when it's up!

No Contaminated Material Brought to Brisbane

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An April 21, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article stated that soil from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to a Recology facility in Brisbane.  The title and primary theme of the article contend that the soil was potentially toxic and/or incorporated dangerous levels of radioactive waste.

Recology contacted the reporter, and was provided with their source report, “Hunters Point NS SF CA, Appendix G Part 1 of 12., Waste Disposal Information and Manifests - Final Response Action Contract Report for Durable Covers Remedy in Parcel B-2 dated April 2018_4.6.2018”, which was used to write their article.  That report included the following information:

5 Beatty Road is the address for Brisbane Recycling Company (BRC), not Recology, whose address is 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco.  City staff contacted the owner of BRC, who confirmed that 40 tons of asphalt had been received in their facility on that day, but the hauler listed the source address on the intake form as “3rd and Evans”, which is also located in San Francisco. 

BRC then reached out to the Navy to determine the correct source and nature of the asphalt.  The following letter was received, indicating that the asphalt had been installed in 2013, was removed in 2015, and was not associated with radiological contamination.

City staff is continuing to work with BRC to understand how/why the source of the asphalt was incorrectly listed on the intake form. 

There is no listing in the reporter's source report that any material from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to Baylands Soil Processing, which is located on the bottom two-thirds of the Brisbane Baylands site.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we learn more concerning this matter.  Click here if you would like to sign up to receive email updates regarding the Brisbane Baylands.

May is Building Safety Month!

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Building Safety Month (BSM) is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May for the past 38 years to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.  The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.  See the poster below for what's being highlighted each week:

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.  Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.  Brisbane's Code Enforcement Officer, Michelle Mondeda, works out of the City's Police Department.  She also works in close conjunction with the Community Development Department and CSG-contracted building officials.  Click on the image below to be taken to an interactive poster which shows all the various aspects of a home that code officials inspect to keep you safe!

Mayor Conway's Jefferson High Roots

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Did you know that out of the current 20 Mayors in San Mateo County, FOUR of them graduated from Jefferson High School specifically?  That’s 20% of the County’s Mayors from ONE HIGH SCHOOL!  And two of them, Brisbane Mayor Clarke Conway and South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy went from BES, to Lipman, to Jefferson!  Recounts Mayor Conway, "All of this is unprecedented.  When I was a senior in high school, over 60% of the highest SAT scores came from Jefferson High School out of the five schools in the District.  Two of my former classmates later went on to become Federal Judges.  Jefferson is a wonderful storied high school and I urge parents to visit the campus with their up and coming high schoolers and attend the many community festivals that they have there.  County Supervisor David Canepa hosted District 5 Together at Jefferson High back in March, and there is another special event coming up on Saturday, May 19th - Shine! Family Day - a day of free kids activities, food, cultural performances, and live music being put on by Pacific Islands Together from 10:30am-6pm."  

On this day, from 10:45am-11am, Mayor Conway will be joined by the four other elected officials who all graduated from Jefferson.  They will engage in a short, moderated panel discussion.  Joining him will be: Mayor Liza Normandy of South San Francisco, Mayor Raquel "Rae" Gonzalez of Colma, Mayor Juslyn Manalo of Daly City, and San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees Member and Current Board Vice President-Clerk, Maurice GoodmanDon't miss it!

How Opossums Help the Environment

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Although some people think opossums are pests, they are in fact useful little animals in your garden. They eat real pests such as slugs and small rodents and rarely cause problems themselves.  But please remember, it’s best not to attract wild animals, including opossums, into an area with food.  This can lead to other issues such as coyotes or even mountain lions who prey on smaller animals such as opossums.  If you happen to see an opossum in your yard, kindly ignore it as the graphic above suggests and simply appreciate the fact that you live in a place that not only you enjoys, but wildlife does, too.

Increase in Parking Enforcement

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We have received a few questions from citizens regarding the increase in parking enforcement around the city.  Generally speaking, most of our parking enforcement efforts are complaint driven.  Some areas that we have been concentrating on are white line violations, vehicles that block the sidewalk, and vehicles making U-turns at Visitacion and Mariposa.  Also, we have received complaints about vehicles parked for extended periods in the 24 minute zones at the top of Visitacion.  In the case of vehicles parked on the sidewalks, we have done a number of outreach efforts in order to educate the public and attempt to gain compliance before resorting to enforcement.  It is our preference to educate first, but unfortunately that may not always be the case.  Our mission is to keep the roadways and sidewalks safe for those who travel them.  Most of the citations that we issue are for behavior that people know is illegal.  We ask that everyone be courteous to those around you when it comes to your parking and driving habits.  If we all take the time to do the right thing, our town will be safer and it will be less likely that anyone will receive a citation.  As always, please reach out to us directly with your questions or concerns at (415) 467-1212.  We are here to help!

May 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Street Sweeping Reminder

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The City contracts with the City of South San Francisco for street sweeping based upon the shared services model that has proven successful with other services currently utilizing this model, such as traffic signal maintenance.  Residential Street Sweeping occurs on the 2nd Monday of every month and Commercial Street Sweeping takes place every Wednesday morning (Visitacion Ave. is enforced 3-6AM).  This information is also printed each month in the STAR on the City Calendar page.  Please remove your cars during these periods so that the sweeper can do an effective job cleaning the roadways.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 

San Bruno Ave. Closed May 9, 9am-5pm

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San Bruno Avenue will be closed in both directions at the Bayshore Blvd. intersection on Wednesday, May 9th, 9am - 5pm for road repair work.  Please see the interactive map below for detour information and where local traffic only will be allowed (click the top-left arrow to view a fly-out menu).  To zoom in, first hold down the Ctrl button.

Please use caution when driving in the area.  There will also be flagmen present to help direct traffic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this road repair work is being completed.  If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

May 2018 Marina News

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Saturday 4/28 Vegetation Fire

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Click here for the PDF Media Advisory from North County Fire Authority, which is also copied below.

Click
here for the PG&E Outages page to view the most current information.


On April 28, 2018 at 2:06 p.m., 8 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a vegetation fire at 180 West Hill Place in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire companies found smoke and flames coming from two separate vegetation fires that were burning on a hillside behind warehouses at both 100 West Hill Drive and 180 West Hill Place.  Fire companies used hose lines to contain the fires, which burned a total of approximately one acre of land. 

Fire companies remained on scene for approximately 2 hours checking for fire extension, completing overhaul and mop up operations. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters.

The cause of the fire was due to power lines and is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Bureau and other agencies.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of cutting and removing all dry grass and flammable vegetation around their homes and businesses.

For more information, please contact the NCFA Information Officer at (650) 991-8138.

Mayor Conway on Podcast by the Bay

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On February 21st, Mayor Clarke Conway sat down with Patrick Sullivan of Podcast by the Bay as part of their Peninsula Mayors series.  The two discussed Clarke's upbringing in Brisbane (he wasn't born in Brisbane, but he was delivered by a Brisbane doctor!), current projects, housing, and transportation.  Patrick walked away with a greater sense of the City's rich history, how the Council works together well to address the Community's concerns in making the best decisions based on the greater good of its citizens, and the fact that Brisbane is a lot warmer than he originally thought!  Click here or the image above to hear Clarke's recording.

City Hall Roof-Mounted PV System

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The City Council has had an interest in constructing a photovoltaic system on the City Hall roof for over a decade, and we’re excited to announce that it’s now happening!  Over the course of the next two months, contractor Sunterra Solar will be working to install a 150 kW system (AC rating), and they will be using the City Hall parking lot near the Dog Park as their staging area.  Therefore, we ask that Dog Park users please refrain from parking in the spaces indicated as restricted with signs and barricades, as those are necessary for the contractor’s materials and equipment, which include a lift.  We look forward to having the system installed, which will allow for shedding more of the City’s load dependence from the public utility.  The current system does not include a commercial solar battery storage system, but in the event the Council does choose to install one, we would see even greater independence from the utility by saving excess power generated during lower demand periods.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Edible Gardening Workshop

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This past Wednesday, attendees at the BAWSCA Edible Landscaping Workshop learned how to reduce water needs in their gardens by growing edible vegetables that they could harvest all summer long.  The instructor, Suzanne Bontempo - professional horticulturalist, IPM advocate & environmental educator with over 20 years experience - started off her lecture by emphasizing "it all starts with the soil."  The class also went over how to use compost and cover crops.  Attendees were given various young potted edible vegetables to get themselves started.  Thank you to BAWSCA for bringing this workshop of theirs to Brisbane, which is sponsored by the City of Brisbane.  If you missed it, don't despair - there are others being held throughout the County throughout the Spring and Fall.  Check out their schedule of landscape classes here.

"Green Dawn" CERT Exercise

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Calling All Brisbane Residents!

Your presence is requested at the 2018 Green Dawn Full Scale Exercise for local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, volunteer groups, and community stakeholders who might benefit from observations of and lessons learned in a terrorist attack scenario.  That's right, you do not have to be a Brisbane CERT member to participate; the County of San Mateo Health Systems is looking for more community volunteers/actors (at least 18 years of age) to roleplay lost/injured survivors in a disaster scenario.  This is a great way to see what CERTs do!  The event is free of charge and continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  Click here or the flyer below to register!

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