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We're asking any residents that have high-resolution photos of the city that captures Brisbane's essence - for instance, photos of the Mountain, Marina, Native Plants & Wildlife, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, etc. - to please submit them for a chance to see them displayed on the City's homepage carousel of images. Photos must be able to be sized to 948x311 pixels in order to fit in the alloted space on the homepage. Please submit them to Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you in advance for your assistance in making the City's homepage reflect what Brisbane's all about! We can't wait to display your photography, and of course, credit will be given to the photographer!
Yesterday evening's Coyote Workshop #1 brought out 35 people who wanted to hear more about urban coyotes in Brisbane. Fortunately, there have not been any reported incidents of an aggressive coyote in Brisbane, but some attendees expressed concern about coyotes coming so close to their homes, especially when young children or small dogs on leash are present. Therefore, much of the information shared by Andrew Hughen, Public Information Officer with the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, was related to preventative measures and how to keep coyotes from frequenting the neighborhood - DON'T leave pet food bowls out overnight, keep cats and small dogs indoors, keep your backyard trimmed to prevent a coyote from denning there, keep trash lids secured, and if you let your dog out at night, DO accompany them.
The video is below, but the audio from the wireless mic when audience members were speaking did not pick up their voices very well; please turn up your speakers in order to hear their questions/comments. The Saturday, March 5th Coyote Workshop #2 thus WILL be taped and broadcast live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website.
Brisbane Town Hall
Participants Entered Into Raffle For
Free Gold Party Pkg. at the Pool
Offer Ends March 7th
Sea Level Rise with
Supervisor Dave Pine
Tues., March 1st, 7pm-8pm
at the Brisbane Baylands Office
132 Visitacion Ave.
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Ann Moss & Friends
Sat., Feb. 27, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets Available at the Door
At last night's City Council meeting, the Council adopted the following recommendations from the Health and Safety Subcommittee:
- That the Council adopt Resolution 2016-17 that accompanied the staff report to confirm that under the State's new medical marijuana laws, the State may not issue a license to cultivate medical marijuana within Brisbane because the City's zoning ordinance bans commercial cultivation of marijuana in every zone.
- That the Council not consider amending the zoning ordinance to allow commercial cultivation of medical marijuana.
- That the Council adopt a variety of new medical-marijuana related regulations. In particular,
- Direct staff to initiate a zoning text amendment process before the Planning Commission to consider adopting an express prohibition against marijuana dispensaries; and
- Direct staff to initiate a zoning text amendment process before the Planning Commission to consider issuing a Conditional Use Permit to marijuana-related businesses in Brisbane engaged in manufacturing/processing, warehousing, transporting and distributing marijuana and/or marijuana-related products. As for researching and developing (R&D) and testing marijuana and/or marijuana products, the Council voted that these activities would be a permitted and/or allowable use.
(The Council REMOVED the first two bullet points found on p.2 of the staff report related to 1.) banning the cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use and 2.) the delivery of marijuana to qualifying patients, primary caregivers and testing facilities located within Brisbane).
4. Direct staff to draft an ordinance requiring any marijuana-related businesses to obtain a license from the City.
5. That the Council plan to adopt any legislation imposing new regulations on marijuana-related businesses no later than early 2017 to ensure that those regulations take effect well before the State begins issuing licenses to such businesses.
The State of California requires the City of Brisbane, along with all other cities and counties in California, to adopt zoning to accommodate a certain number of new housing units over a defined period of time, or "planning cycle." The number of housing units any city or county must zone for in each planning cycle is determined through a process called the "Regional Housing Needs Allocation", or RHNA, for short. If a jurisdiction cannot accommodate its RHNA through its existing zoning regulations, it must adopt new zoning to accommodate its RHNA.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) calculates the RHNA for counties and cities. You can review a more detailed explanation of ABAG’s methodology and the process for determining the RHNA here on ABAG’s website: http://www.abag.ca.gov/planning/housingneeds/
Brisbane's RHNA for the current 2014-2022 planning cycle is 83 housing units. In addition, the City had a RHNA shortfall of 210 units from its 2007-2014 planning cycle, because the City did not adopt zoning for those units within that planning cycle. While some of the City’s RHNA can be accommodated under its existing zoning, the 2015-2022 Housing Element adopted by the City Council in April 2015 identifies five sites to be rezoned to accommodate future residential development, enabling the City to meet its RHNA requirements. These include three sites along Park Lane to be zoned at 26 units per acre as a minimum, and two sites along Park Place to be zoned for mixed use at 20 units per acre as a minimum. Given the minimum densities, these five sites could accommodate 228 housing units, a portion of the City's overall RHNA. The remainder of the City’s RHNA obligation can be met on sites already zoned for residential development in Brisbane.
While the City has an obligation to adopt zoning regulations to accommodate its RHNA in a timely manner, the Housing Element does not require the City of Brisbane to construct housing, nor are property owners under a time deadline to build housing. The goal of the Parkside Plan is to ensure that the Community defines its vision and establishes the implementing regulations and standards before new residential development is proposed.
The Bay Area Regional Network (BayREN) is currently offering a new program for owners of multi-family buildings to save money on utility bills, update their equipment and fixtures, and enhance their investment by reducing operating costs. Click on the flyer below to program facts and property eligibility. (Eligible properties earn $750 per unit to help pay to upgrade inefficient energy systems and water fixtures. You can use the program to help upgrade windows, insulation, furnaces, water heaters, lighting, water fixtures, appliances and more.)
Get started by enrolling your project online at www.BayAreaMultifamily.org .
You can also attend a free workshop to learn more about program offerings:
March 15, 2016, 10:00-11:30 AM
Daly City Council Chambers
333 90th Street, Daly City, CA 94015
RSVP online: http://www.bayareamultifamily.org/workshops
For any questions about this new program, please contact BayREN program staff at (855) 213-2838 or multifamily@BayREN.org .
With Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Tuesday, Feb. 23rd
7pm at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.
The Collective Camp – Yummy Yoga
THURSDAYS / 7PM / 1 HR / 6 WKS
STARTS THURSDAY! 415.508.2140
San Bruno Mountain Watch
Native Plant Sale
Sat., Feb. 20th, 9am - 2pm
Next to the Brisbane Fire Station
Join Us for the 12th Season
Live at Mission Blue
Tickets Available Online at
The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.
For more information, please click the following links:
We've extended the date to 3/7 for the Parkside Building Blocks Survey to be completed and for respondents to be entered into our raffle for a chance to win a Gold Party Package from the Parks & Recreation Department! Follow this link to take the survey today! http://bit.ly/1U8Jydk Please respond at the very latest by March 18th. Note: you will not be eligible for the prize if your survey is completed or received after 3/7. (A paper version of the survey will be available to fill out and return to City Hall in the March STAR, dropping 3/1.)
Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.
The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:
- Four community representatives
- Two multimodal representatives
- Three bus riders
Each CAC member receives a free yearly bus pass to use on the SamTrans system. The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.
SamTrans vision is to be a mobility leader, providing transportation choices and sustainable future that meets the needs of our diverse communities.
At the end of January, a resident found this Red-tailed Hawk and called the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to have it picked up. When she called back to see about its condition, she was told it had to be euthanized due to organ failure. What caused the organ failure is unclear, but the PHS asked that residents be reminded that poison baits have this effect on hawks and owls. So, please, do not use rat/gopher poison outside for any reason. The PHS has a handout on their website of all the foods, plants, and household items that are toxic if ingested by your pet. Should you have an indoor pest problem such as rats or mice, check out this fact sheet Finding a Company that can Prevent Pest Problems, which can be found on the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program's website. They also have a fact sheet dedicated to Keeping Rats and Mice Away from your Home.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee has revamped their Library Shelf, which can be found at the Brisbane Library's main entrance (along the wall next to the Circulation Desk). If you are looking to read about gardening, recycling, or saving water, just to name a few topic areas, please visit this area in the Library and check out an item. There is also a virtual "shelf" on the City’s website, where you can access more recommended readings and video from the OSEC: http://www.brisbaneca.org/osec-library-shelf. Be sure to visit this page and the Library to to view newly-curated items. Happy reading!
Update - Tuesday, 2/9: Fence is up with signage of the new Skatepark, coming late Spring!
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
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
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.
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!