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Climate Fact #13

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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 further information:

"Water-Energy Connection" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

April City STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the April 2016 STAR Newsletter which includes the Summer Activity Guide from Parks and Rec.

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Posted 4/1/2016


Skatepark Construction
Starting Friday 4/1
Expected to last up to 3 mos.
Be advised of possible traffic delays


City of Brisbane
Water Bills Are
Due April 5th

 

Lifeguard Certification Training

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Update 4/1, 11am - Due to the minimum number of sign-ups not being reached, this training class needed to be cancelled.  For any questions, please contact Jeff Franco at (415) 657-4320.

This course, based on the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, will certify students in Lifeguarding, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.  Students must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class and pass a prerequisite test (swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes with no hands, retrieve a 10 pound brick from 8 feet and return it to designated spot). Attendance at every class is required.
 
Days: Monday-Thursday
Dates: April 4th-7th
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Fee: $185
Register online now at http://brisbaneca.org/community-pool.

For more information contact Jeff Franco at (415) 657-4320.

Climate Fact #12

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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 further information:

"Climate Change & Health" from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Video: Senior Centers Designated as Heat Shelters
 

2016 Commuter Challenge

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Commute.org is pleased to announce the 2016 Commuter Challenge, a campaign to reward commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone.  Between April 1st and May 31st, people who join the challenge and commute to, from or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes.

Traffic on San Mateo County roads and highways is at an all-time high.  Not only does traffic waste time and money for commuters, but it also contributes to poor air quality. According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), nearly 70 percent of the Bay Area’s carbon monoxide comes from motor vehicles, which are also the greatest contributors to ozone in the Bay Area.

The 2016 Commuter Challenge encourages people to use public transit, shuttle, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk or telework, and be part of the traffic solution.  “Eliminating a few solo driving trips each week is an easy way for commuters to make a positive impact,” said John Ford, Commute.org’s Executive Director. Driving less will reduce GHG emissions while also helping to relieve congestion on the roadways. “Together, we can make a measurable difference to reduce our carbon footprint,” Ford added.

By signing up at my.commute.org, and adding their commute alternative trips, registrants will be entered to win one of the featured weekly prizes (Fitbit Alta, Timbuk2 bag, wireless earbuds, gift cards and more). Participants also earn a chance to win one of the five grand prizes ($300 Clipper card, GoPro Hero, Garmin Edge Cycling computer, $400 REI gift card or Fitbit Surge GPS watch) at the end of the challenge.

For more details, please visit www.commute.org.

CPR, AED and First Aid Classes

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North County Fire Authority is offering CPR, AED & First Aid Classes for Brisbane residents.

This course will cover Adult, Child and Infant CPR, AED training (Automatic External Defibrillator) and basic First Aid, such as controlling bleeding, splinting and sudden illnesses.  The course fee includes a book and certification card upon completion of the course.  Note: This is not a professional rescuer or health care provider course. 

Location: Brisbane Fire Station #81, (Training Room), 3445 Bayshore Blvd. Brisbane

To sign up, go to www.northcountyfire.org  and look under “Upcoming Events.”

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Posted 3/21/2016


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Spring Break Camp
March 28 – April 8
Registration Deadline March 24th


Smoking Ordinance Info. Workshop
Affecting Multi-Unit Housing
Wed., March 23, 6-7pm
City Hall, 50 Park Pl.

 

How to Use GORequest

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GoRequest is a free, easy-to-use system that community members can use to send service requests directly to the City.  It's how what you see around town that may need fixing can be brought to the attention of the department that can ensure it is fixed as quickly as possible.  Download the free app for iPhone and Android today!  And don't forget to enable "Location Services" when opening up the app for the first time.

To submit a service request via your computer, rather than smartphone, please click here.

Climate Fact #11

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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 further reading:

Infographic: "Western Fires and Climate Change" from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Join CERT!

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Are you prepared for the next major earthquake?  Join Brisbane’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)!  North County Fire Authority will be teaching free CERT classes to Brisbane and Daly City residents to prepare individuals on how to perform basic first-aid; light search and rescue; fire extinguisher training; how to build a disaster supply kit for your home, work and vehicle; and much more!  To be properly trained by the CERT program and to receive a certificate of completion, attendees must attend all 5 classes listed below:

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 – 9am-2pm - Unit 1 Disaster Preparedness and Unit 2 Fire Safety.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016 – 6pm-8:30pm - Unit 8 Terrorism and CERT.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2015 – 9am-2pm - Unit 3 Disaster Medical Operations Part 1, Unit 4 Disaster Medical Operations Part 2 and Unit 7 Disaster Psychology.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2015 – 9am-2pm - Units 5 Light Search and Rescue and Unit 6 CERT Organization.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 – 10am- 1pm - Unit 9 Course Review/Disaster Simulation.

Pre-Registration is required for classes. To register for classes, please click here.

For more information, please contact Fire Inspector Clyde Preston at 650-991-5741 or cpreston@northcountyfire.org.

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Posted 3/17/2016


American Cancer Society
Benefit Rummage Sale
Sat., Mar 19, 8am, Comm. Park
Fundraiser to Support Relay for Life


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept Now Hiring
Lifeguard & Head Lifeguard
Recreation Aide & Rec. Leader
Apply online at www.calopps.org


Posted 3/14/2016



Brisbane Community Pool
Lifeguard Training
Mon-Thurs, 4/4 – 4/7, 9am - 5pm
Register Online:  www.brisbaneca.org


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Chapman & Lamprea
Sat., Mar 19, 8 pm Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door

Community Night at AT&T Park

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Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 23rd at 5pm in the Parks and Recreation Office for this fun annual event!  The Giants will be playing the Miami Marlins.  Ticket prices are $12/person.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  For more information, view the event flyer below or contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.

March 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the March 2016 Marina Newsletter

File Your Business License Online

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In late 2015, we posted about MuniServices recently being selected to assist city staff in processing business licenses and collecting the annual business license tax.  MuniServices has since launched its website dedicated to online filing and 2016 business license renewals: www.bizlicenseonline.com .  If you have any questions, please contact MuniServices at bizlicensesupport@muniservices.com

Climate Fact #10

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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 further reading:

"What is Ocean Acidification?" from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Posted 3/10/2016


Java with Sen. Jerry Hill
Friday, March 11, 9-10am
at MadHouse Coffee
402 Visitacion Ave.


Posted 3/7/2016


Oil Painting Workshop
Mar. 12th, 9am-4pm, Miss. Blue Center
First Time Painters Welcome!
Email: michael@rodmanart.com


Brisbane Eagles Club
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Mar., 12th at 4pm
$10/Person, 185 Visitacion

 

March STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the March 2016 STAR.

Introducing New City Employees

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Congratulations to our new hires and recently-promoted employees, who were sworn into their new positions Thursday morning by City Clerk Sheri Spediacci and introduced by City Manager Clay Holstine.

New Hires (top row, L to R): Ricardo Monroy (Recreation Program Coordinator), Jeff Franco (Recreation Program Coordinator), Randy Thomas (Public Works Maintenance Worker I), and Frank Lozano (Public Works Maintenance Worker I).

Promotions (bottom row, L to R): Kessel Crockett (Public... Works Lead Maintenance Worker), Keegan Black (Public Works Regional Compliance Program Manager), and Dustin Cohn (Public Works Team Leader).

Give these guys a warm Brisbane welcome when you see them around town!

Suspicious Death Investigation Update

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Press Release Update from the Brisbane Police Department (3/2/2016)

On February 28, 2016, additional remains were located along the shoreline near the Dumbarton Bridge. With this new evidence, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office was able to positively identify the remains found on February 21, 2016 near the Dumbarton Pier as belonging to Shelly Titchener. The identification was made by a fingerprint match. There are still remains yet to be discovered and recovered. We are not commenting any further on ...what parts of the remains are outstanding. There is no longer an active search for evidence or remains along the Fremont Shoreline.

The Brisbane Police Department is currently in the process of obtaining search warrants for computers and mobile devices belonging to both Shelly and Paul Titchener. The computers and mobile devices were taken from the home of Shelly and Paul Titchener and Paul Titchener’s business during the execution of search warrants on February 24, 2016.

Several items have been submitted to the San Mateo County Crime Lab for analysis. We do not have a timeline when the analysis will be complete.

Additionally, we are working on obtaining credit card and banking records for both Shelly and Paul Titchener for the days leading up to these events. Brisbane Police are also currently working on obtaining any license plate reader (LPR) information that is available to us from the surrounding bay area.

It was reported to us that Shelly was sighted at Nordstrom’s on February 15th. Video Surveillance footage has not substantiated that sighting. A neighbor also reported seeing Shelly on the 15th. We are still in the process of trying to verify that statement.

The Brisbane Police Department has enough information and evidence at this point to establish that Paul Titchener is a suspect in this case. We are not commenting on what information has led us to this determination. We are continuing to investigate whether or not Paul acted alone in this case.

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Press Release Update from the Brisbane Police Department (2/25/2016)

On Monday, February 15, 2016, the Brisbane Police Department received a report of a missing person.  Paul Titchener reported that his wife, Shelly Titchener, had left the house on Saturday, February 13, 2016, to spend some time with an unidentified friend and failed to return as expected.  Mr. Titchener told us that he was concerned as Shelly left home without her medication, cellphone, and had limited access to funds.  There has been no history of domestic violence between the two and no evidence of foul play at that time.

The Brisbane Police Department launched an investigation to attempt to locate Shelly Titchener, following up on all available leads.

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 8:16 p.m., the Fremont Police Department responded to a call of human remains found by people fishing near the Dumbarton Pier.  At that time there was no information leading either agency to believe that the remains were that of Shelly Titchener.

On Tuesday evening, during a subsequent search of the marshland area, Fremont Police Detectives found what is believed to be additional evidence connected to this case.  While there was still no conclusive evidence that the remains were that of Shelly Titchener, we were contacted by the Fremont Police Department based on this new evidence.  The Fremont and Brisbane police immediately began a joint investigation, with Fremont Police remaining as the lead agency.

Later on Tuesday evening, we were informed by the California Highway Patrol that Paul Titchener, the missing woman’s husband, had committed suicide by jumping from the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  The now deceased Paul Titchener was not named as a suspect, but was a person of interest.

While the circumstances of the case and the identity of the female remain under investigation, family members of the Titchener’s have been notified of the status of our investigation.

Several search warrants have been served in order to gather evidence in this case, including Paul Titchener’s business, the Titchener home and their vehicles.

We continue to work closely with the Fremont Police Department however, the Brisbane Police Department has assumed the lead in this investigation.

Details regarding the identification of the remains found by Fremont Police are under the jurisdiction of the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.  We do not have a timeline on when further information regarding the identification of the remains will be available.

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Press Release from the Fremont Police Department (2/21/2016)

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 8:16 p.m., the Fremont Police Department responded to a call of human remains found by people fishing near the Dumbarton Pier.  Officers arrived and located a torso of an unidentified female on a levee near the end of Marshlands Rd in Fremont.  The arms, legs and head were severed from the torso.  On Tuesday evening, during a subsequent search of the marshland area, detectives found what is believed to be additional evidence connected to this case.  Some of the evidence located is being processed by Fremont Police Crime Scene Investigators and some was collected by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.   The identity of the female, as well as the cause and manner of death, have not been confirmed by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. 

Detectives have temporarily halted their search in the marshland area and are following up on investigative leads.  Earlier this morning, with the cooperation of the Brisbane Police Department, a search was conducted at the home of missing person Shelly Titchener, 57, of Brisbane.  Shelly Titchener, was reported missing to Brisbane Police on February 15, 2016.  While we cannot confirm the body found is that of Shelly Titchener, we also cannot rule it out.

While the circumstances of the case and the identity of the female remain under investigation, family members of the Titchener’s have been notified of the status our investigation. Fremont detectives are continuing to work with the Brisbane Police Department and the Alameda County Coroner’s Office on this case.

The Brisbane Police Department is asking anyone with information about this investigation to please contact Detective Lester Vega at lvega@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2188 ext. 544.

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Posted 3/1/2016


In Loving Memory of
Larold “Larry” Pruett
7/11/48 – 2/27/16
Memorial at Mission Blue Ctr.
Monday Mar. 7th at 1:00pm


14th Annual
Artist Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Mar. 5th at 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center

 

Climate Fact #9

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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 further reading:

http://www.greenamerica.org/livinggreen/dryer.cfm

http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/residential/appliances/dryers.html

 

Call for Photos for the City's Homepage

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Photo by Scott Mucci

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 ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  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!

Coyote Workshop #1

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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.

Climate Fact #8

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYVnqe1E244

http://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-effects/drought.html

https://www.climatecommunication.org/new/features/extreme-weather/drought/

 

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Posted 2/26/2016


Brisbane Town Hall
Participants Entered Into Raffle For
Free Gold Party Pkg. at the Pool
Offer Ends March 7th
www.brisbaneca.org


Posted 2/25/2016


Sea Level Rise with
Supervisor Dave Pine
Tues., March 1st, 7pm-8pm
at the Brisbane Baylands Office
132 Visitacion Ave.


Posted 2/23/2016


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Ann Moss & Friends
Sat., Feb. 27, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door

The City's RHNA Explained

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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.

Council's Direction on Medical Marijuana

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council adopted the following recommendations from the Health and Safety Subcommittee:

  1. 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.
  2. That the Council not consider amending the zoning ordinance to allow commercial cultivation of medical marijuana.
  3. 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.

Multi-Family Building Upgrades

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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: 

Informational Session

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 .