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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.
On February 8 – February 12, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project. To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results. Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:
- Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
- Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
- Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
- Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation
The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019. An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.
To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service. Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015. Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time. For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
On Monday, 2/8, the existing skatepark area will be fenced and closed for construction (the basketball courts will still be open during construction of the new skatepark with minimal impacts to users). Once the fence goes up, in-kind donation work, including grinding of the tree stumps, removal of the skate elements, and demolition and prep work for the new skatepark, will begin. We anticipate actual construction of the new skatepark (see rendering below) starting in early March. For any questions about this project, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works, at email@example.com or (415) 508-2130.
We had an interactive Community Workshop on Monday, February 1st that was led by the consultants for the Parkside Precise Plan, MIG. The audience was diverse, which led to great discussion during the time that the interactive, real-time voting exercise was taking place (see left-hand photo). Here is a copy of MIG’s PowerPoint presentation, which shows the results of the instant polling exercise, in addition to a presentation made by Jasneet Sharma, Sr. Community Health Planner for the San Mateo County Health System, as well as the anticipated contents of the Parkside Plan:
- Vision and goals framework
- Development regulations
- Land use, urban design and zoning strategy
- Circulation recommendations
- Implementation action plan
The Parkside Plan sets forth a forward-thinking yet feasible vision for the future of this important area, built upon extensive community engagement including workshops and stakeholder interviews, existing City policy, and technical analysis of current conditions. Specifically, the Vision Framework includes six major goals:
Preserve Brisbane’s Small-Town Feel. Residents of Brisbane are passionate about working towards the betterment of their community, and fiercely loyal to their city. Brisbane is a tight-knit place of unique, eclectic charm and character. Brisbanians want to ensure that the intimate, distinct sense of community, place, and scale is preserved and enhanced by the Parkside Plan.
Promote Holistic Community Health. Residents and City leadership are dedicated to promoting health and well-being through sound land use decisions, establishment and enhancement of community programs, fostering health-promoting businesses, and access to active transportation and recreation opportunities.
Build Connections between Destinations for All Modes of Travel. The Parkside Plan should prioritize safe and seamless connections, particularly for bicycles and pedestrians, both within the plan area to Community Park, City Hall, and Village Shopping Center and to wider destinations such as San Bruno Mountain, the Bay Trail, and nearby communities.
Facilitate the Development of a Vibrant Parkside Area. Brisbane has a dynamic, storied past as a small city with a big heart and vibrant commercial and downtown areas. Residents are eager to retain and increase this vibrancy by improving and expanding existing open spaces, creating new shopping and dining destinations, enhancing and beautifying entryways into town, and sensitively connecting these resources to the broader community.
Proactively Plan for New Residential Development. Brisbane is a unique city due to its compactness and surrounding natural space in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area. Housing affordability issues and state legislation require that Brisbane allocate and zone land for new residential development. The Parkside Plan will proactively guide this new residential development in such a way that it benefits the entire community by enhancing urban design and aesthetics in the Parkside Area, and appropriately weaving any new housing development into the existing fabric of the city.
Foster a Sustainable Brisbane. Between the hills of San Bruno Mountain and the shores of the San Francisco Bay and Brisbane Lagoon, Brisbanians are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment, community equity, affordability and economic strength. The Parkside Plan will promote local sustainability through green building, infrastructure and landscape design.
Which of these goals most speaks to you? Do you have something to add to build upon a particular goal? Share it with us in the Comments section below.
Getting your Super Bowl game face on? Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up.
Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips for safer cooking:
Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.
Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke, or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.
Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.
Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.
Keep children at least three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.
Consider using flameless candles that are battery powered, instead of wax candles. If you’re planning on using food warmers and slow cookers, provide hot pads to prevent burns.
Light the food warmer fuel-can after it is placed under the warmer. Keep anything that can burn away from the flame. If you have young children, keep matches and lighters up high and locked away.
For more safety information, check the Office of Emergency Services (OES) webpage.
The Super Bowl Host Committee’s Road to 50 App also provides info on schedules, tickets, and maps to get the most out of the SB50 events in the Bay Area.
To make getting around during Super Bowl 50 even more of a breeze, be sure to catch up on all the transportation details on our SB50 webpage.
Brisbane Community Garden
Sat., Feb. 6th, 9am-1pm
Community Park Gazebo
City of Brisbane
Water Bills are Due
In Loving Memory Of
Gloria Posadas (Spickert)
5/17/62 – 1/26/16
Mom, Friend and Neighbor
Brisbane Resident Since 2003
On 1/27 at approximately 9:47pm, a resident on the unit block of Butterweed heard her door bell ring, which she elected not to answer. A few moments later, she heard the sound of someone attempting to turn the doorknob followed by glass breaking coming from her garage. The resident called 911 and the Brisbane Police arrived in less than 3 minutes.
Officers located and arrested a subject hiding in a vehicle outside the residence. It is believed that a second suspect fled the scene on foot prior to our arrival.
The suspect did not gain entry into the home and was not located after a perimeter search with K-9's from Daly City and South San Francisco Police.
On 1/28 at 1:00 am, while officers were investigating the above mentioned incident, we received a call from a resident on Rock Wren. The resident had just arrived home and found his home had been burglarized. The same MO was used as the side window of the garage was smashed.
The resident told police he had seen a suspicious unoccupied vehicle in the area earlier in the day at approximately 1:00 pm. The resident also stated the vehicle was still in the area at 5:00 pm but this time there was a male subject sleeping inside of the vehicle. The description of the vehicle matched the vehicle from the earlier arrest. This case is currently under investigation.
We would like to add that you are the eyes and ears of our community and we strongly recommend residents call the police as soon as possible when suspicious activity is seen or heard. This may include unfamiliar vehicles or people in your neighborhood and the sound of shattering glass or car alarms sounding.
Again, any time you see or hear something suspicious or out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, please call us at (415) 467-1212. Thank you.
This past Sunday, the City Council met for a Special Goal-Setting Workshop at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane. They were joined by the City’s management staff as well as several members of the public. After lunch, the Council received an overview of “Priority-Based Budgeting” from the City Manager, the new format going forward for the budget that the Council’s Fiscal and Administrative Policies Subcommittee began reviewing earlier this year. Our Administrative Services Director has developed an interactive fiscal model to assist in identifying long-term trends, in addition to the impacts of spending commitments in regards to future budgets. That model was shown to the Council using various assumptions. The Council then took the rest of the time to review their current Community Oriented Goals and re-worked them to the following proposed Community Goals/Results (not in any particular order): Fiscally Prudent, Safe Community, Community Building, Ecological Sustainability, and Economic Development. At their meeting of February 4th, the Council will set a date to follow-up with last Sunday’s Goal-Setting Workshop. The next step in the Priority Based Budgeting process is for the Council to develop performance measures for each program. These performance measures will assess how we are doing in meeting the Community’s Goals. Stay up to date with the latest by signing up for Weekly Website Updates from the City by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or staying connected online via social media. For a full list of the City’s social media sites, please see: http://brisbaneca.org/brisbanes-social-media-pages
Parkside Plan Workshop
Monday, Feb. 1st, 7-9pm
Community Meeting Room
City Hall, 50 Park Place
Paul Salvador Ramirez
7/12/41 – 1/26/16
Brisbane Resident for 47 Years
Loving Brother and Friend to All
Brisbane Lions Club
Crab Dinner Fundraiser
Sat., Feb 6th, 6 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Ticket/Info: (415) 269-7895 or
Brisbane Parks and Recreation
6th Grade Girls Basketball
Information: (415) 508-2144
Prior to the Community Choice Energy/Peninsula Clean Energy Informational Workshop last night, a Tutorial on Brisbane Town Hall was held. Below is the recording. Apologies for the faint audio...please turn up your speakers! The slide deck can be accessed here.
Have a question you think would be appropriate to ask your fellow community members? Send an e-mail to Caroline at email@example.com and it just might appear as a future forum topic on Brisbane Town Hall!
Aqua Zumba starts again Feb. 8 at the Pool!
Aqua Zumba blends the Zumba philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you don’t want to miss!
There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba class so you can really let loose. You will have a great workout, while you're having fun.
The class consists of six sessions on Mondays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Class Dates: Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7 & 14.
Cost: $60 residents* / $72 non-residents.
* If you live or work in town, you qualify for the resident rate!
Please join us for an informational workshop on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30pm at City Hall and learn more about a potential new energy option in San Mateo County. Peninsula Clean Energy is the name given to the potential Community Choice Energy (CCE) program in San Mateo County. This potential program would offer residential and commercial electricity customers new energy options, including higher renewable energy content at competitive rates. If formed, electricity customers in the County would be able to choose between Peninsula Clean Energy and PG&E as their electricity purchaser. Peninsula Clean Energy customers would receive multiple electricity options, each with a different amount of renewable energy content, at prices competitive with PG&E.
It is expected that sometime in February, the Council will be considering joining as a participating agency of the Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which would allow Brisbane residential and commercial electricity customers the ability to participate in Peninsula Clean Energy.
Note: A 30-minute tutorial on how to register for and use Brisbane Town Hall will take place prior to the PCE Workshop, starting at 6pm in the Community Meeting Room. Staff will be available with extra laptops to help residents with on-site registration. We hope to hear from more residents; the City is listening!
The 12th Season of Live at Mission Blue kicks off with The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. A pre-concert talk with Bruce Lamott takes place starting at 7:30pm, with the concert following at 8:00pm. There will also be a post-concert reception. More information and to purchase tickets: http://liveatmissionblue.com/
Tahitian Dance Class
Mon. & Wed. at Mission Blue
Starting Jan 18, 7:15-9:15pm
www.brisbaneca.org or 415-508-2140
Memorial/Long Time Resident
Jan. 15th, 10:30 Mass St Robert's, San Bruno
Reception Following at Mission Blue
Digital Photography Class
Every Other Thursday at Miss. Blue
Starting Jan 14, 6-9pm
For More Info Call 415.508.2140
Join Us for the 12th Season
Live at Mission Blue
Tickets Available Online at:
Do you paint, dabble in photography, work with mixed media, or have some other forms of artwork that you would like to display at City Hall? Well, the Parks and Recreation Department is looking to line up the next few months' of artwork for display in the conference room at City Hall. Thanks to the efforts of Clara Johnson, former Brisbane Mayor, and Carole Nelson, former Community Development Director, the Large Conference Room at City Hall now serves not only as the main meeting location for city business, but also as an art gallery. There have already been a handful of artist shows, which are always accompanied with a Wednesday evening Artist Reception.
If you would like to showcase your work in City Hall's "art gallery", please contact Noreen Leek at (415) 508-2141.
Thanks to the efforts of Clara Johnson, former Brisbane Mayor, and Carole Nelson, former Community Development Director, the Large Conference Room at City Hall now serves not only as the main meeting location for city business, but also as an art gallery. There have already been a handful of artist shows, which are always accompanied with a Wednesday evening Artist Reception from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. If you would like to showcase your work in City Hall's "art gallery", please contact Noreen Leek at (415) 508-2141. - See more at: http://brisbaneca.org/art-shows-city-hall#sthash.W6Y4NRmv.dpuf
Greater financing options are now available to Brisbane residents who are planning any home efficency projects, as the Council has elected to have Brisbane participate in the California HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) Program. Similar to CaliforniaFirst, another efficiency financing program, HERO finances projects such as distributed generation renewable energy sources, energy and water efficiency improvements, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This is a completely voluntary program where qualifying projects are financed with the contracted amount collected via the property tax bill. Thus, the HERO program is available to residential and commerical property owners only. Visit the HERO website, www.heroprogram.com to search their network of licensed, verified contractors. You may also submit your e-mail address to https://www.heroprogram.com/brisbane if you wish to be notified once the program is active.
If you have an extra room to rent in your home, have you ever considered HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program? You may be eligible to receive a $250 incentive if matched with someone from their program 90 days after the housemate moves in! It's a good time to put that empty room to good use, earn regular monthly income and an extra $250!
The Open Space and Ecology Committee bring you Climate Fact #2: The Need for Lowering One's Carbon Footprint
Start by calculating your carbon footprint here: http://www.coolcalifornia.org/calculator
Please join San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Supervisor Don Horsley for a Sea Level Rise Open House on January 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Genentech Conference Center.
Sea levels are rising and at an accelerating rate. In San Mateo County alone, rising sea levels put $24 billion in assets at risk. In response, the County is completing a sea level rise vulnerability assessment to ensure our communities, ecosystems, and economy are prepared for rising waters. The goals of the Open House are to share information on the County’s vulnerability assessment, and to hear how sea level rise could affect you.
Open House Topics:
- What is sea level rise?
- What is the County doing to prepare?
- What is at risk?
- What does sea level rise mean for you?
- How can you prepare for flooding this winter?
- What is green infrastructure? How does it relate to sea level rise?
Mayor Cliff Lentz invites those concerned about SFO airplane noise to the SFO Community Roundtable's next Technical Working Group meeting, slated for January 7, 2016 at SFO. They will be discussing Departures from 9:00am - 11:30am and Arrivals from 1:00pm - 3:30pm. They will also be focusing on how the Roundtable can constructively engage the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties, released in November 2015 and what potential next steps they might take to be effective partners in this process. Click here to view the meeting agenda and location information. Note: there will also be a conference call/webcast option available for those unable to attend in-person.
FAA officials have also been invited to attend this Technical Working Group meeting. We look forward to a meaningful and productive collaboration with the FAA and elected officials to provide real noise abatement mitigation to the Bay Area.
The City recently selected MuniServices as a partner to assist the City's staff in processing business licenses and collecting the annual business license tax, which is based on a business's gross receipts. If you are a Brisbane business owner, you probably have received by now a letter that looks like the one pictured right (click to enlarge). This letter informs business owners that the City is extending the grace period to submit payment without penalties until February 29, 2016. It also states that a renewal package will be sent in January with a form customized for their business. Upon receipt of the renewal package, please review it carefully and notify MuniServices of any changes needed to your account. For any questions, please call MuniServices at 1-866-240-3665 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you for your patience as this transition gets underway!