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March 2018 Marina News

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Reception: "See You at the 7"

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In this exclusive art showcase to the City of Brisbane, the 160 year old 7 Mile House shares never before seen artifacts, maps, photographs, and pages from the first print of their self-published book ‘See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House’.

The new book on 7 Mile House, Brisbane's oldest establishment and building, celebrates its intriguing history and how it came to be everyone’s favorite home “in the middle of nowhere”.

In 2004, Vanessa Garcia purchased the 7 Mile House, a dark dive in the outskirts of Brisbane, unaware of its history, the countless stories contained within its walls – and that, for the better part of the last 160 years, it was home to thousands of locals and travelers of all colors and persuasions.

The book is co-authored by Vanessa Garcia, and award-winning editor Regina Abuyuan, with a foreword by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte (Native Son).

A public reception will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 6:00-8:00pm at City Hall in the Large Conference Room.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Watch City Meetings LIVE and On-Demand

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We want to remind you that anytime a public meeting is taking place, you are able to watch the live stream of it on your computer or mobile device.  From the City's homepage, www.brisbaneca.org, just click on the thumbnail of the Lagoon to be taken to the live streaming page to watch what's currently being broadcast over Ch. 27.  Ch. 27 is the City's Public, Education & Government (PEG) or community access channel, which is used to provide a convenient and information-rich resource for residents to access their city government.  To that end, footage of City Council, Planning Commission, and other local government meetings are streamed live with replays scheduled afterwards, City-sponsored and City co-sponsored events are promoted via the slides, and educational programming and movies that our PEG operator (MCTV) sources are played.

If you happen to miss the live meeting, you can always watch the meeting on-demand via the All Meetings page.  From the City's homepage, www.brisbaneca.org, just click on the thumbnail of the mic with the dais in the background to be taken directly to that page where you can easily search for the meeting you want to view.  (Note: sometimes, due to issues related to Comcast's transmitter, the audio or picture quality may not be very desirable when watching on Comcast/a TV.  For a better viewing experience, we recommend watching a meeting via the live stream).  For any questions related to our PEG channel, of if you have a community event you would like to have advertised on Ch. 27, please contact Senior Management Analyst Caroline Cheung at ccheung@brisbaneca.org .

Join the Green Business Community

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Are you interested in becoming a certified Green Business?

The County's Office of Sustainability will be launching San Mateo County’s very first Green Business Academy with a kickoff workshop on Friday, April 6th at the Burlingame Library.  By participating in their Green Business Academy, businesses receive assistance in implementing measures in the areas of waste and toxin reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, water and energy conservation and efficiency, and pollution prevention.  Implementing these measures help reduce long-term operating costs while showcasing environmental practices.  Businesses that complete the certification process will be listed on both San Mateo County program’s website as well as the California Green Business Program’s website, which promotes businesses at the state and national level.

The Green Business Academy will consist of 2 workshops:

  • Friday, April 6th – Burlingame Main Library, 10am – noon
  • Friday, May 11th – Burlingame Main Library, 10am - noon

If you have questions, please contact Emi Hashizume at (650) 599-1441 or ehashizume@smcgov.org 

Already know you want to sign up for a workshop?  Register on their Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-business-academy-kickoff-tickets-42153510284

March 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/3/2018


Now Hiring Part-time Positions
Recreation Leader
and Recreation Aide
Apply online at www.calopps.org


Posted 2/28/2018


Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Mar. 13th
6-8:30pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
For Info Call: (415) 286-3707


Brisbane Village Helping Hands
Celebrates 2 Years of Service
with a SOCIAL!
Sat., Mar. 3, 3-5pm, Sunrise Rm.


Posted 2/27/2018


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Feb 28th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!

February 2018 Declared as Black History Month

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Mayor Conway read the below Proclamation, declaring February 2018 as Black History Month.

PROCLAMATION
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

WHEREAS, the City of Brisbane takes pride in joining Americans throughout the country in recognizing February 2018 as Black History Month; and

WHEREAS, Black History Month pays tribute to the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our shared history; and

WHEREAS, our diverse culture enriches and broadens the American experience of which Black heritage is an inseparable part as it weaves throughout our country’s history, profoundly influencing every aspect of our lives; and

WHEREAS, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month, selected the Theme for 2018 to be “African Americans in Times of War,” to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and honors the roles of African Americans - soldiers, sailors, veterans, and civilians - in every American war, from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present “War against Terrorism;” and

WHEREAS, we commend the many achievements, successes and contributions of African Americans in all fields of endeavor; and

WHEREAS, we call on the community members of the City of Brisbane to attend several County-wide programs, presentations, art exhibits and health fairs being held to observe Black History month - such as community events hosted by the San Mateo County Libraries, the African American Library Advisory Committee, the San Mateo County History Museum, and the San Mateo County African American Community Initiative.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on this 15th day of February, 2018, the City of Brisbane does hereby proclaim February 1st – February 28th, 2018, as Black History Month.

Dated this 15th Day of February, 2018          

W. Clarke Conway, Mayor
City of Brisbane

The signed Proclamation is being sent to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

See the below links for more information on Countywide community events celebrating Black History Month:

ASALH Announces 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War

2/17/18 Presentation at the San Mateo Public Library: "African Americans on the Railroad"

San Mateo County Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

San Mateo History Museum Exhibit "Noah's Ark: San Mateo County's Historic Restarant, on Display Now Through 4/15/2018

Hike through the Redwoods and Learn More about Sam McDonald’s Contributions

2/28/2018 Black History Month Silent Disco Event at the College of San Mateo

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Posted 2/24/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Brisbane Community Pool
Lifeguard Training Class
Fri – Sun, March 23rd-25th
Fri. 6pm-10pm // Sat/Sun 8am-5pm


Posted 2/17/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Brisbane Lions Club
Crab Dinner Fundraiser
Sat., Feb. 24th, 6pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Ticket/Info: (415) 269-7895 or
brisbanelionsclub@gmail.com


Registration Now Open!
Men’s Adult Softball League
Registration Deadline 3/12/18
For More Info: 415-508-2143

City's Fast EV Charger Now Open!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2018

Media Contact: Caroline Cheung
(415) 508-2157
ccheung@brisbaneca.org 

This morning, on Valentine's Day, a group of a couple dozen EV enthusiasts gathered outside Christie's Donuts at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center to celebrate the grand opening of the City's first fast or Level 3 EV Charging Station, which features a Chargepointe DC Fast Charger.  The station supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo Connector, which means that vehicles with fast-charging capabilities can "fill up" in approximately 20 minutes to an hour, a great fit for the station's retail location.  (Please note: only one vehicle can be charged at any given time.  And if your EV needs a Level 2 charger, one can be found at the Brisbane Marina, which a boater actually paid for and installed himself!).

During his comments, Mayor Conway remarked, "We're one of the first cities in the County to install one of these quick-charging EV stations, and locally growing market share and providing mobility for them and supporting local businesses.  So come down here and grab a bite to eat and charge your car at the same time."  As Brisbane resident Luc Deschaumes gave a demonstration of how easy it is to use the Chargepointe app on his phone to locate the station, charge up, and receive a notification when it's time to move on, Mayor Conway added how the City will be providing free charging for sessions up to 45 minutes for the first six months (after which a $5/hr. fee will apply).  The station supports the City's Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy's ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to.

Joining Mayor Conway to cut the ribbon were (from L to R): Luc Deschaumes, Adrienne Etherton, Councilmember Karen Cunningham, Brisbane resident and EV early adopter Danny Ames, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Barbara Ebel and Glenn Fieldman, City Manager Clay Holstine, Past Mayor Lori Liu, and Karen Kinser.

Special thanks goes to Judy Ng, Manager of the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District whose grant funds helped fund the charging station, contractor ABM, the City's Open Space and Ecology Committee, city staff, and Sven Thesen, consultant with the California Energy Commission, who provided his knowledge and assistance in helping make this day a reality.

We look forward to doing our part to help reduce emissions in the region!

 

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To view more photos from the event, please click here.

What's Up at Sierra Point?

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If you’ve been out to Sierra Point recently, you’ve probably noticed construction activity near the southern shoreline.

In 2008, the City approved development of a 540,000 square foot research and development complex of 5 buildings, plus a parking garage with a small amount of retail near the Marina.  The site encompasses 22 vacant acres between the Brisbane Marina and the DoubleTree Hotel.  The project developer has applied for building permits to construct the first two buildings.  In preparation, the City has approved site grading and the driving of test piles.  For pedestrian safety, a temporary detour of the Bay Trail has been established to run along Sierra Point Parkway instead of the south shore.  It is expected that the temporary detour will be in place through the Fall of 2018.    

If you have questions, you may contact the Community Development Department at (415) 508-2120, or email Senior Planner Ken Johnson at kjohnson@brisbaneca.org.

Open Seats: Bike/Ped Advisory Committee

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The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) currently has two (2) vacant seats for public members on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The two seats up for appointment are available due to the end of the two-year terms.  The BPAC provides advice and recommendations to the C/CAG Board of Directors (Board) on all matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian facilities planning and on the selection of projects for certain state and federal funding.  Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in San Mateo City Hall.  The BPAC has approximately six meetings per year.

The BPAC is a 15 member committee, comprised of both public and elected members.  However, no more than two members can reside in the same jurisdiction. There are currently two members that reside in Redwood City, and as a result, no new members from Redwood City can be appointed.

Please click here to access the application and e-mail it to Sara Muse, Transportation Programs Specialist, at smuse@smcgov.org .  Appointments will be considered at the March 8, 2018 Board meeting.

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Posted 2/11/2018


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Chapman & LeMesh
Sat., Feb., 17th, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Feb 14th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Posted 2/7/2018


Congratulations
Lipman 8th Grade B-ball BB
N.C.R.L. Champions!
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and Lipman 8th Grade B-ball B
for Reaching the Semi-finals!


Posted 2/5/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Ribbon Cutting for the Electric
Vehicle Charging Station
Wednesday, Feb 14th @ 10am
Village Shopping Center

February 2018 Marina News

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The Law Concerning Recreational Marijuana

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2018 has brought about many changes, with one of the most important changes being the new laws concerning Recreational Marijuana.  According to the new state laws, you are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public places, or any place that the public has reasonable access to.  You are also prohibited from smoking marijuana or having an open container of marijuana inside a motor vehicle, both as a driver and/or passenger.  Being under the influence of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle constitutes driving under the influence (DUI).

In addition to state law, there are also local ordinances regarding the usage of marijuana.  According to our Municipal Code, recreational marijuana smoking is prohibited in all units/apartments, all unenclosed and enclosed common areas, and all other areas of a multi-unit residence.  In other words, smoking recreational marijuana is only allowed inside a detached single family home.  An exception is smoking medical marijuana per California Health and Safety Code Sections 11362.7, and doing so is permitted in a multi-unit residence.

Marijuana smoke produced in violation of the previously mentioned ordinances and state laws is considered a nuisance.  People found to be in violation of the ordinances and laws can be issued a citation starting at $100.00 for the first offense.

For more information regarding Tobacco and Marijuana ordinances for the City of Brisbane, please refer to 8.46 of the Brisbane Municipal Code or contact the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212.

EV Charging Station Coming Soon

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The City of Brisbane will soon be debuting another EV Charging Station!  You may be aware that in 2014, the City approved a ground lease that permitted a private party (a Marina boater, actually!) to install a Level 2 charger in the parking lot near the Harbormaster's Office.

Join Mayor Clarke Conway for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the City’s public Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, located in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center (100 Old County Rd., Brisbane). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 10AM in the parking lot. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The public, notably EV owners and enthusiasts, are encouraged to join us and share their LOVE of clean vehicles!

The station features a ChargePoint DC Fast Charger which supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo connector and was partially funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The City of Brisbane is providing free charging for sessions up to 45-minutes (after which a $5/hour fee will apply) for the first six months. The station supports the City’s Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to. We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: All vehicles - American, Asian, European - that are capable of Level 3 (fast) charging can be charged by this unit; it has both the CHAdeMO and the SAE Combo CCS plugs.  Some vehicles are only capable of charging at a much slower rate (Level 2). This is better suited for chargers installed at the home and in the workplace since they take 3-8 hours for a full charge from empty.

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Posted 2/1/2018


Water Bills
Due Feb 5th
Pay Online at
www.brisbaneca.org/utilities


Posted 1/31/2018


In Loving Memory of
Pete Mozzetti
72yr. Lifetime Brisbane Resident
Loving Father, Grandfather & Friend!

February STAR Newsletter

A Letter from Mayor Clarke Conway

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Happy New Year! I want to take this opportunity to again thank my re-election supporters and voters, and to pass along my wish that every resident of Brisbane has a great 2018!

I also want to thank my city council colleagues for the honor of electing me mayor. I am proud to serve as your mayor.

At the city council’s December 14th meeting, my remarks as incoming mayor were about my hopes for what we can achieve together this year. But, I also noted that 2018 would be a challenging year for us because the time has come for a decision on the Baylands and it requires a lot of work. This letter is to tell you our work has already begun and explains what we are doing.

At the council’s meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, we voted unanimously to direct staff to review the economics of mixed-use plans that could include a range of 1,000 to 2,200 residential units along with 2 to 6 million square feet of commercial space. The council’s vote demonstrates our interest in making a fully informed decision; it does not decide the development question.

We acted to gather this information after spending the last few months focusing on our options in the face of strong state interest in seeing housing built on the Baylands. The state’s push has been intensified as a result of misleading media reports suggesting that Brisbane is delaying a decision on the Baylands for selfish reasons. On December 28th, the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial reflecting these types of claims, but left out important facts about the project and the developer. Our City Manager, Clay Holstine, wrote a response to that editorial to correct the record on January 4th. The paper only printed a shortened version of his response as part of its “Letters to the Editor” on January 12th. Developing the Baylands is complicated and deserves thorough attention from the council, the state and the media. Following this letter, we’ve included the Chronicle’s 12/28 editorial and Clay’s full letter. I think it is clear that our City Manager’s full letter is the only one that gave the Baylands the serious attention required to make a responsible decision about developing the land.  

You also may recall that last summer the council deferred its initial vote on UPC’s Baylands proposal to focus on a legislative package on housing that might impact our control over the Bayland’s future. The city received some criticism for this by people claiming our decision was just a delaying tactic. But what was less widely reported were rumors that the legislative package might include a bill limiting city authority over the Baylands specifically. These rumors were dismissed by many, but the Council took them seriously and directed our Sacramento team to focus on protecting the city’s local land use decision making over the Baylands. As the legislative session wound down, Senator Jerry Hill confirmed the existence of a proposal, made sure we received a copy of the rumored draft, and also assured the city it was conceptual and would not be a bill in 2017. The draft proposal is posted following the editorials.  

While the city has no assurance there won’t be a bill in 2018, the new council is committed to seeking a responsible solution without legislative intervention. Senator Hill is working with us in championing this path. Absent a compromise, the threat of state action is real. The city can fight the legislature if we must and we are prepared to. But, I prefer a responsible compromise rather than an extended, expensive fight in the halls of the Capitol or in court.

A responsible compromise is a better outcome for Brisbane than a legislative fight. We can ensure the absolute safety of any development and can, once again, be a model to others for how to plan and advance a city over time without losing our greatest value - community.

                                                                                                              

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Editorial: Brisbane – a case study in housing crisis
Chronicle Editorial Board | December 28, 2017 

If Mountain View’s recent approval of a plan for nearly 10,000 new residential units provided an extraordinary example of progress on California’s housing crisis, a standstill at the other end of the Peninsula exemplifies the forces that keep homes from being built even at the core of the Bay Area employment boom. 

In the year that the Legislature finally passed a raft of bills to boost housing, the lingering impasse over more than 4,000 proposed homes in Brisbane shows that Sacramento, as the would-be developer put it, “has a tremendous amount of work to do.” 

The Brisbane City Council was expected to make a decision this year about the Baylands, more than 600 acres of former landfill and rail yards near public transit on the edge of San Francisco. But 2018 will be the 13th year that local officials consider the proposal — or effectively decline to do so. City officials even cited then-pending legislation to expedite housing as their latest reason to delay development of housing or anything else. 

Although one key new state housing law is designed to diminish the local obstructionism at the heart of the shortage by easing projects that answer unmet housing needs, it’s not expected to affect the Baylands project. State guidelines require Brisbane to accommodate only a small fraction of the new housing proposed for the site, and the city’s general plan prohibits housing on the Baylands site. 

Universal Paragon Corp. first proposed developing the area more than a decade ago and added housing to its plan five years later. A final environmental impact report was completed in 2015, and last year, after much deliberation, the Brisbane Planning Commission recommended keeping the site housing-free. The City Council went on to hold more than 15 special meetings on the subject, the last one in August, without reaching a conclusion. 

“This is a textbook example of a case in which the state needs to step in and do something about what’s broken ... that allows communities to spend 12 years considering a proposal and put it off again and again,” said Jonathan Scharfman, Universal Paragon’s general manager.

The project raises several questions the state has yet to address, including how to assess and enforce housing needs more effectively, prevent environmental laws from being used to stop smart urban development and change incentives that favor commercial uses.

“It’s a magnification of an issue that we have statewide,” Scharfman said. “For 40, 50 years, we’ve done very well at adding jobs, but we’re lagging in producing housing. The result is a disaster.”

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The City submitted a response to the Chronicle’s Editorial Board on January 4, 2018.  The Board published only portions of the response and over-simplified others in its “Letters to the Editor” on January 12, 2018.  Below is the City Manager’s full letter.

Special to the San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle’s commentary criticizing the careful scrutiny that the City of Brisbane is giving to the most recent Baylands development proposal is ill informed. (Brisbane - a case study in housing crisis, December 28, 2017).

Regarding “The crux of the crisis” (Editorial, Dec. 28): The Chronicle’s editorial criticism of the scrutiny that the City of Brisbane is giving to a 2015 Baylands development proposal is mistaken.

Building housing is a complex issue for any local government, and it is significantly more complicated when the proposed housing is to be built on a long contaminated former industrial site. It gets infinitely more difficult when the owner of the land has not committed to full clean up the site, as is the case with the Baylands.

Surprisingly, the Chronicle threw its editorial weight behind the argument that Brisbane is a “case study” for why we have a housing crisis, implying that Brisbane is delaying acting on housing for political reasons. In doing so, the Chronicle skirts the very real and complex environmental and environmental justice issues that must be addressed before building housing on currently contaminated land.

We are not surprised at this gross oversimplification of the project. We have been responding to it, generally as a result of “facts” attributed to the developers, for the past year. What alarms us is the Chronicle didn’t bother to reach out to Brisbane’s City Council or staff to understand our legitimate concerns regarding the Baylands before running its editorial.

Working through serious issues with a developer is not evidence of a “lingering impasse,” as the Chronicle puts it. It is validation that the City is doing its job properly, recognizing that whatever development decision is made will irrevocably impact the health and welfare of future residents and neighboring cities.

The developer, UPC, has had approval for nearly 10 years for a housing project on Schlage Lock in San Francisco, which is adjacent to the Baylands, but is unable or unwilling to commence construction despite the high demand for housing. If the Baylands project is built, due to significant soils contamination, the State of California Department of Toxic and Substance Control (DTSC) will not allow schools, hospitals, first floor residences and daycare facilities to be placed on the property. Brisbane expects a full clean up from any developer of the Baylands.

UPC has owned another parcel of land in Brisbane for nearly 30 years that is zoned and planned for a hotel, and despite several favorable development markets, has never acted on their approvals. This pattern of seeking approval, but delaying development, is repeating itself on the Baylands, which UPC has owned since 1989.

To date, UPC has yet to fulfill any of the required steps that would make the site ready for development, such as site contamination cleanup, a sound plan for water resources or demonstrated how a project of this magnitude could be paid for, let alone their ability as a company to deliver. Instead, UPC re-envisions its proposal every few years. Housing was only added to UPC’s plans in 2010, which required the environmental review process to start all over again. This is one of the reasons the final environmental impact report (EIR) was not published on behalf of the developer until June 2015, initiating a new review by the City’s Planning Commission in 2016, and continued review and public meetings held by the City Council in 2017. Reports of years-long delays by the City are factually incorrect.   

We encourage UPC to come forward and answer these basic development questions, and the City of Brisbane is willing and open to enter into a true collaborative working relationship that will address these complex and difficult issues. 

We understand the desire of the Chronicle and state leaders to find a solution to California’s housing crisis. The open space of the Baylands may look like an easy fix, but it isn’t. Future residents on that site will, after all, be residents of Brisbane.  Our council owes it to them and to current residents to carefully review the proposal to ensure safety on the site, the infrastructure required to support a completed development, and a financial model that protects the solvency for the City in providing services to that new part of our community. 

Clay Holstine, City Manager, Brisbane

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To view the draft legislation, please click here

 

Serve Your Community & Make a Difference

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*** Thank you to all 27 individuals that submitted applications to serve their City on a City Committee or Commission!  The Council will be holding interviews on March 6 and 13. ***

 

A GREAT WAY TO GET INVOLVED AND SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY!!
APPLY BY JANUARY 31, 2018 TO SERVE ON A CITY COMMISSION OR COMMITTEE 

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan. The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. 1- (nearly) Three-year term ending in 2020 and 2 - Four-year terms ending in 2022 are available to apply for.

Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission provides advice to the City Council regarding the Parks & Recreation Department, gather community opinions, needs and perceptions regarding recreational opportunities, and tackle special projects such as Day in the Park and the Festival of Lights.

This Parks and Recreation Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 3 - Four-year terms ending in 2022 are available to apply for.

Complete Streets Safety Committee
The Complete Streets Safety Committee considers issues affecting pedestrians (including the different needs of children, seniors, youth, and families), bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, and users and operators of public transportation.

The Complete Streets Safety Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m. 3 - Four-year terms ending in Jan 2022 are available to apply for. In addition, Council may appoint additional applicants to the Committee, as the Committee can be up to seven members.

Open Space and Ecology Committee
The primary responsibility of the Open Space and Ecology Committee is to make recommendations to the City Council on the implementation of relevant programs and policies of the Open Space and Conservation Elements as well as the sustainability parts of the Local Economic Development chapter of the General Plan. That responsibility includes preparing drafts of the relevant, regular reports called for in the General Plan, such as the annual report on the status of open space.

The Open Space and Ecology Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 5 – Two-year terms or Four-year terms ending in 2020 or 2022 are available to apply for.

Public Art Advisory Committee
The Public Art Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and making decisions on conceptual design plans submitted by a developer of a project subject to the public art requirement. The Public Art Advisory Committee will also meet to review the balance of funds in the Public Art Fund, ensure all public art projects meet the program criteria and guidelines for selection before submittal of the Final Design Plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Committee will to meet at least once a year (then on an on needed basis) to review money available for public art and to make a recommendation to the Commission on its use.  2 two-year terms ending in 2020 are available to apply. At least one Committee Member needs to be professionally engaged in the art community and at least one Committee Member must be an employee or owner of a business located within Brisbane.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Click on the link below for the applications. For more information contact: Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00pm.

Completed applications can be emailed to cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us or delivered in person to City Hall at 50 Park Place.


Parks and Recreation Commission Application Form

Planning Commission Application Form

Complete Streets Safety Committee Application Form

Open Space and Ecology Committee Application Form

Public Art Advisory Committee Application Form

Open Waitlist for Senior Housing

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On a fairly regular occasion, the Community Development Department in City Hall receives inquiries about available senior housing in the area.  So when we heard via the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) about an Open Waitlist for senior housing in South San Francisco, we wanted to be sure our residents knew about this as well.  Rotary Plaza is accepting applications for low-income seniors who would like to live in their community.  Click here to access an application.  For more information, call (650) 871-5323 or visit www.humangood.org/rotary-plaza .

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Posted 1/22/2018


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Jan 24th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Posted 1/20/2018


Artists’ Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Feb 3rd, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.
No Admission Fee!  All Ages Welcomed!


CERTs & Interested Residents
Meet-n-Greet, Sat., 1/27, 4-5:30pm
Brisbane Community Center


Posted 1/17/2018


“The Collective Camp”
MYA Yoga
Wed. 6am / Thurs. 7:45pm
Brisbane Community Center

January Housing Flyers

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Please find below the Home Sharing flyers for the month of January, provided via HIP Housing.

Provider January 2018

Seeker January 2018

Baylands Fiscal Analysis to be Completed

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2018
 
Contact:
Caroline Cheung
415-508-2157 / ccheung@brisbaneca.org
 
 
BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO DIRECT STAFF TO CONDUCT FISCAL ANALYSIS OF BAYLANDS DEVELOPMENT SCENARIOS
 
BRISBANE, CA -- At their January 16, 2018 Council meeting, the Brisbane City Council voted to direct city staff and consultants to undertake a fiscal analysis of potential development scenarios that include varying amounts of housing in the proposed Baylands development project.  Specifically, Council directed staff to work with financial consultants to come back with three different ranges of housing vs. development of non-residential areas, looking at scenarios involving a range of 1,000 - 2,200 residential units, 2 - 6 million sq. ft. of non-residential building area, and to determine the financial consequences of the various scenarios.
 
"This analysis should help the City Council better understand how potential development scenarios of the Baylands, including a residential component, could ensure that the costs to the City of providing services and maintaining public facilities and infrastructure for any project are offset by the revenues to the City generated by the project," noted the staff report issued by John Swiecki, City Development Manager and City Attorney Michael Roush via City Manager Clay Holstine.  
 
"The analysis would consider residential with accompanying non-residential components for the Baylands to address how development could be managed such that the Baylands generates marginally more revenue than costs for the City, and how individual increments of development (including those that proposed for residential use) can be managed to be, at a minimum, revenue-neutral for the City," according to the staff report.  
 
The report concluded that "the analysis should help inform the City Council's decision making process going forward as to what different development scenarios (each with varying ranges of residential and nonresidential development) would mean for the City."  
 
This analysis is expected to be completed and presented to the City Council for consideration at its March 1, 2018 meeting.
 
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City Manager's Letter to the Editor

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San Francisco Chronicle | January 12, 2018

Regarding “The crux of the crisis” (Editorial, Dec. 28): The Chronicle’s editorial criticism of the scrutiny that the city of Brisbane is giving to a 2015 Baylands development proposal is mistaken. Building housing is a complex issue for any local government, and significantly more complicated when the proposed housing is to be built on a long-contaminated former industrial site. It’s infinitely more difficult when the developer, Universal Paragon Corp., hasn’t committed to fully cleaning up the site, as is the case with Baylands.

Indeed, UPC has yet to fulfill any steps required to make the Baylands ready for development, such as site contamination cleanup, securing water resources or demonstrating how it will finance this proposed $1 billion development. Overpromising and underdelivering are par for the course with UPC. They’ve had approval for a decade to build housing in San Francisco but have yet to commence construction despite high demand. They’ve owned another parcel in Brisbane for nearly 30 years, committed to building a hotel, but have never built it.

Working through serious issues with a developer isn’t evidence of a “lingering impasse.” It’s validation that Brisbane is doing its job properly, recognizing who it is working with and that whatever development decision is made will irrevocably impact the health and welfare of future residents and neighboring communities. Brisbane is prepared to act but needs to know it has a sound financial partner that will deliver what it promises. We understand the desire of many to alleviate California’s housing crisis. The Baylands looks like an easy solution, but upon inspection, it isn’t.

Clay Holstine, City Manager, Brisbane

Click here to read the non-redacted/original Letter to the Editor.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/15/2018


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January 2018 Marina News

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Parkside Precise Plan - Update

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At their January 4, 2018 Council Meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to introduce Ord. 624, which officially implements the Parkside Precise Plan by establishing overlay zoning for new residential development in the Parkside Plan Area.  The Parkside Plan was adopted by Council on October 30, 2017, bringing to a close a two-year process where consultant firm MIG studied the five properties along Park Place and Park Lane designated for housing overlay zones in the City’s 2015-2022 Housing Element, sought community input to define the community’s vision for future residential and commercial redevelopment, took direction from Council, and presented the Parkside Plan to both the Planning Commission and City Council before the Council ultimately adopted the Plan and associated General Plan text and map amendments.  The Parkside Plan also sets forth a vision for future redevelopment of the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and adjacent properties. Note: the Parkside Precise Plan has no regulatory impact to existing commercial uses in the properties subject to the overlay zoning designations; the underlying zoning designation, TC-1 Crocker Park Trade Commercial, will continue to control non-residential development of those properties.  To read the final adopted Parkside Plan, please visit the project page on the City’s website here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/parkside-plan-documents.

Thank you to the community members who participated during the community engagement period of this project and stayed informed throughout the process!

January 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Please click here to read the January 2018 STAR.

Think Green This Holiday Season!

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Think green this holiday season! From last minute gift ideas, to wrapping, parties and recycling, this guide from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability will help you ensure Mother Earth has a happy holiday too!  Brisbane residents, be sure to check out the notes on tree recycling with South San Francisco Scavenger.  They will be picking them up on regular service days starting immediately after Christmas; call ahead to schedule an appointment for multi-family and commercial locations. www.smcsustainability.org/seasonal-info/

Winter Clean Up Another Success!

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Thank you to all the residents who took advantage of the 20+ dumpsters that SSF Scavengers placed throughout Central Brisbane during the weekend of November 4-5.  A total of 27.43 tons, or about 43 filled dumpsters were collected!  This is an important event that the City provides as a service to the community as it greatly reduces the amount of fallen leaves, branches, and other green waste that oftentimes ends up in the City’s storm drains, and can ultimately lead to flooding activity during the rainy season.  The annual Winter Clean Up event helps prevent these types of issues from occurring, so please make sure your household participates when it’s offered again!

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