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For its second year in a row, Brisbane has been named a Playful City USA Community by national non-profit KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. Click here to KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond's congratulatory letter to Mayor Miller.
After receiving its recognition as a Playful City USA Community in 2012, the city applied for a $20,000 Construction Grant from KaBOOM! and was chosen as one of its 25 award recipients! This $20,000 of course went towards the equipment purchase for the new Community Park Playground, which had its official ribbon-cutting on December 15, 2012.
From the press release KaBOOM! released today:
"KaBOOM! selected Brisbane as a Playful City USA Community for its outstanding dedication to play. Brisbane's Let's Play Construction Grant helped forge a relationship with the city and the Mothers of Brisbane organization, which has been a driving force for the importance of play within the community. As a result of this partnership, the Mothers of Brisbane fundraised $33,400 and the Lions Club dismantled the old play structure, both helping build a new park for the city. The city is looking to expand partnerships with community organizations to increase access to play for citizens of Brisbane."
Read the full press release by clicking here.
UPDATE 5/10/13: Bike to Work Day 2013 was another roaring success, thanks to hardworking volunteers: Susan and Robert Maynard Sullivan, Open Space & Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel, Dee Sano, Nancy Lacasama, Pete Anastole, and Alison Wilson. At the Tunnel Ave/Lagoon Energizer Station, they helped 384 cyclists to light refreshments and BTWD swag, along with a coupon to be redeemed at the farmers' market later that day, and cheered on 402 ride-bys. The Bayshore/Old County Energizer Station had 30 stops and 78 ride-bys. A highlight of the morning was a surprise visit from SF Bull's mascot, Rawhide! For more pictures, please click here to see photos snapped by Brisbane resident Dee Sano throughout the morning.
On Thursday, May 9th, Bayshore and Tunnel Ave/Lagoon will be filled with cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day. Last year, the Energizer Station at Bayshore and Old County had 50 ride-bys and 58 stops, and the Energizer Station at Lagoon and Tunnel had 260 ride-bys and 307 stops! Bicyclists who stop by these stations can receive a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag full of bike related materials, and fuel up for the rest of their ride. This year, Moola Dollars for the Brisbane Farmers' Market (taking place later that day) will also be handed out. Thank you to Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan for spearheading the volunteer effort that's necessary to make Bike to Work Day run as smoothly as it does. For more information about Bike to Work Day, please click here.
Join members of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Councilmembers, representatives from Recology, and staff for this special Cinco de Mayo event. From 3:30pm - 5:30pm this Sunday, a public screening of the 27-minute KRON-4 groundbreaking environmental documentary from 1965 featuring Brisbane's garbage dump, titled "No Deposit, No Return", will be shown in the Community Meeting Room.
Following the short film will be a presentation by Recology on their current recycling efforts and the future of Waste Zero.
See 17 minutes of rare, historic interview footage of three of Brisbane's first City Council Members: Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, shot in 1996 as part of Brisbane's 35th Anniversary Celebration.
"Cinco de Mayo Cinematheque" refreshments will be served! Come and enjoy this fun and free community event!
Click here or the image to view the full-sized flyer.
To view the full-length 1996 interview featuring Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, please click here.
The broadcast schedule for the May 5th event as well as the full-length 1996 interview is as follows:
OSEC Educational Presentation: No Deposit No Return from May 5, 2013 (1 hr 40 minutes)
Saturday May 18 10am
Sunday May 19: 4pm
Monday May 20: 1pm
Tuesday May 21 7:30pm
Wednesday May 22 1pm
Friday May 24, 5pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Sunday May 26 2pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Brisbane 35th Anniversary video footage (2 hrs 5 minutes)
Saturday May 18 12pm
Sunday May 19: 6pm
Tuesday May 21 1pm
Tuesday May 21 9:15pm
Thursday May 23 1pm
Friday May 24 6:45pm (following OSEC meeting)
Sunday May 26 3:45pm (following OSEC meeting)
Note: It is possible to search the channel schedule by clicking on the link in the bottom right hand corner that says "Filter".
Type the text term (e.g. OSEC) in the "Text Filter" field and press enter.
You can also change the display mode to month by clicking the downward-facing arrow next to "Display" and selecting "Month".
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be conducting a temporary weekend runway closure to carry out construction activity this weekend from Friday night, April 26th through Monday morning, April 29th, and next weekend from Friday night, May 3rd, through Monday morning, May 6th.
During this closure, the arrival rate at SFO my be reduced, and could potentially cause temporary changes in noise impacts in the area. For additional information on the the runway closure, please visit the SFO Runway Construction updates website:
A big Thank You to all the 30 volunteers who participated in Habitat Restoration Day. Costaños Canyon has never looked better. Special thanks to Councilmember O'Connell, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Michele Salmon and Barbara Ebel, plus the leadership of San Bruno Mountain Watch, who led a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain following the clean-up. Click here to view the rest of the photos. Well done, everyone!
In November of 2011, the city received word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it had been one of the 26 entities nationally selected to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands. That report was published this week and can be viewed electronically by clicking here or on the image below. A hard copy of the report is also available for review at City Hall as well as at the Library. The published feasibility study will be also be included in the Appendix of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands, which is estimated to be released this spring.
Art, not Instagram. Music, not iTunes.
April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life. The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language.
According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions. You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us. And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”
National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time.
This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages. While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week." Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."
For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit http://www.screenfree.org/.
A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.
Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Discuss Recology's Planned
Expansion in the Baylands
Tues., Apr. 16, 7pm, 250 Visitacion
Excelsior Running Club & City of Brisbane
Zippy 5K Fun Run
Sun., April 21, 8:30 am, Starts on Park Lane
BBQ, Refreshments, Farmer's Market, Music
On the morning of Sunday, April 21st, runners from all over the Bay Area, state, and even country will be descending upon Brisbane to participate in the 2013 Zippy 5k. The race starts at 8:30am, with registration taking place at the basketball courts located at the corner of Park Lane & Park Place. The course map shows participants heading up Valley and around the entire Crocker Industrial Park before returning to the finish line on Park Lane next to the basketball courts. Online registration closes Friday, April 19th at 11:59pm.
Post-race festivities include:
- A refreshment station, aka Zippy Tavern, set up on San Francisco Ave. by BEST/PTO and the Mothers of Brisbane (MOB) from 9:00am - 2:00pm with all proceeds benefitting the Skate Park Project
- Breakfast burritos in the morning and burgers, turkey burgers, and hot dogs by the Brisbane Lions Club later on
- Corporate sponsors such as PowerBar, NESQUIK, and Hint Water
- 9 vendors from the Farmers' Market (including fresh blueberries, honey, hummus, flavored popcorn, churros, cotton candy, lemonade, hand-crafted jewelry, woven baskets, and fresh oysters with all the fixins'), as well as booths manned by local businesses and community organizations in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane). It's sure to be a fun day to hang out and enjoy springtime in Brisbane!
UPDATE 4/16: The presentation was very informative with the most important message being: Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to solve the feral cat problem in communities. One unspayed or unneutered cat could in their lifetime be responsible for 300 kittens being born! And if you think trapping a bunch of cats and bringing them to the Peninsula Humane Society is going to solve anything, know that it won't. It will do the opposite, as there are now more available food sources, drawing new populations of feral cats! It's very counterintuitive, but something that Dr. Rutiger, with her 15 years of experience as Head Veterinarian for the Nine Lives Foundation, was adamant about. To pick a trap and start trapping feral cats (which should NEVER be done at night), call the Nine Lives Foundation at (650) 368-1365 or e-mail email@example.com. More helpful information can be found at Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/).
The topic of feral cats in Brisbane began with a meeting back in November hosted by the Brisbane Police Department with volunteers from non-profit cat rescue centers. At the beginning of Monday night's City Council meeting, Dr. Monica Rudiger will be giving a presentation to the City Council on Brisbane's feral cat population. Come and hear about the importance of the trap-neuter-return process and how doing so has a positive direct effect on the feral cat population, as well as procedures for how and when to feed feral cats. Dr. Rudiger will also be providing handouts for interested residents to take home. Come and get educated on how the feral cat population in Brisbane can be positively curbed. If you can't make the meeting, make sure to tune in online via the Live Streaming page or on Comcast Ch. 27.
In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor "Ellie" Blanchard
Long Time Brisbane Resident
Rosary: Sun., Apr. 14, 7 pm, Garden Chapel, SSF
Funeral: Mon., Apr. 15, Church of Visitacion, SF
Annual Spring Thing
Sat., Apr. 27, 6 - 11 pm, 485 Valley Dr.
Food, Drinks, Dancing, Live/Silent Auction
City of Brisbane
10th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 13, 9 am - 1 pm, Humboldt and Placer
Lunch, T-Shirt, and Reusable Bag for Volunteers
Info: 508-2113 or LPontecorvo.ci.brisbane.ca.us
The 2013 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass is back! Get Out & Ride this summer for only $40, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Pass for each summer month. The pass allows unlimited rides on all SamTrans routes from June 1 through Aug. 31 and is available to kids 17 and younger. This pass is not available on Clipper. Sales start May 21 so orders are encouraged to be placed early. For more information or for help planning your next road trip, visit www.samtrans.com/syp or call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448).
Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing's Home Sharing program, one of the largest in the nation, facilitates a living arrangement in which two or more unrelated people share a home or apartment. For individuals seeking housing, here is a partial list of over 60 housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of April 2013. For individuals with a room to spare, here is a partial list of individuals seeking housing opportunities. To schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing, please contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.
At their March 18th meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the requirements set forth in San Mateo County's Reusable Bag Ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect mid-June in Brisbane (Monday, April 22nd for other cities within the County), and requires retailers to stop giving out single-use plastic bags and instead only offer recycled-content paper or reusable bags for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag.
If you're looking for a creative way to fashion your reusable bag, take a look at Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel's instructions on How to Make a 100% Upcycled Shopping Bag. All you need is an old pair of pants, pencil, scissors, and a sewing machine would help.
Click here to read San Mateo County Environmental Health's Spring Pollution Prevention Newsletter, where you can read more about the Reusable Bag Ordinance, how to get an oil recycling container if you change your own oil, a list of antifreeze recycling locations, and how you can help keep San Mateo County clean.
Every 12 months, Brisbane residents of single-family residential dwellings can schedule two free clean-ups with South San Francisco Scavengers. It's a great opportunity to get rid of a large bulky item and several bags of garbage. Note: residents get 2 clean-ups per calendar year and they do not roll over. Once you schedule your clean up, they’ll come by on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day and pick up:
12 bags of garbage OR
6 bags of garbage and ONE large item-sofa, mattress, appliance, etc.
Click here or call (650) 589-4020 for more information and to schedule your free pick-up!
STOP Signs: They really do mean… STOP!
A reminder from the Brisbane Police Department:
We receive periodic complaints from residents regarding driver’s disregard for the stop signs in town. The most prevalent type of violation is the “California Stop” where drivers slow down while rolling over the limit line, and then accelerate when they perceive that the coast is clear. Not only is this a clear violation the stop sign law, it is a dangerous habit. And I say habit, because most of the drivers that we stop no longer realize that they’re doing it. Most of the drivers aren’t even in a hurry!
Unfortunately this habit can have disastrous consequences. Nationwide, there are over 700,000 accidents related to stop sign violations reported each year. Over one third of these accidents resulted in injuries. According to a 2004 NHTSA study, there were 13,627 fatalities in 1999 – 2000 caused by people failing to stop at stop signs.
Because of this, we will be increasing our focus toward stop sign violators in the hope of changing driver’s behavior in this area. Officers will be watching for stop sign violators and taking a zero tolerance approach. A citation for running a stop sign will cost you well over $200. Is it worth the risk? I hope that you will agree with us that it’s not and concentrate on coming to a complete stop at every stop sign. It may seem like an inconvenience at first, but you’re helping make this town a safer and more enjoyable place to live.
In Loving Memory Of
Raymond S. O'Neill
Brisbane Resident Since 1958
Service Information (415) 368 -3756
Brisbane Lions Club
Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., Mar. 31, 1pm, 1 Solano St.
In case of rainout, event at Comm. Ctr.
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Les Grâces: Italianisme!
Sat., Apr. 6th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Resident & Softball Player for
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Playing 4/3 at Mission Blue Field
The Summer Concert Series (scheduled this year for every Friday from July 26 - August 30th, 5:45pm - 8:30pm) is only possible through the generous sponsorships of local businesses and families. Please consider supporting this popular, mid-summer community event. Businesses that sponsor more than $1,000 will again get their logo on the concert banner. But any denomination/level of sponsorship will be appreciated, as always. Please send in your sponsor checks to City Hall, attn: Caroline Cheung, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005 by Friday, April 26th. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2157. Thank you for your sponsorship consideration!
The City of Brisbane, Open Space & Ecology Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, invite you to join them for their annual community stewardship workday on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am - 1:00pm. This is the event's 10th Anniversary, and followed by a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain, so mark your calendars for this special Earth Day celebration. This year's restoration will take place at Costaños Canyon (meet at Humboldt & Placer).
Bring family, friends and neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore the canyon’s native habitat. Please wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them. Tools and training will be provided, along with a free lunch, T-shirt, and reusable bag for volunteers (while supplies last). All ages and abilities welcome! For more information and to RSVP, please call (415) 508-2118 or e-mail LPontecorvo@ci.brisbane.ca.us.
San Bruno Mountain Watch wants to share the mountain with you in all its springtime glory during the entire month of April. Hikes will be every weekend in April and hike leaders will take you on their own special journeys to this natural wonder. Visit San Bruno Mountain Watch's website for complete hike descriptions and information about signing up in advance for all hikes or call (415) 467-6631.
Note: The spring and summer months, typically April - September, is generally peak tick season. For information on how to protect yourself and pets while out hiking on the Mountain, please click here.
Mothers of Brisbane
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 30, 10-Noon, Comm. Park
Egg Hunt starts at 10:30 sharp
City of Brisbane
Summer College Internships
3 Positions Available
Brisbane Women's Club
Senior's Spring Brunch
Sat., Mar. 23rd, Noon-1:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Free For All Brisbane Seniors
Please help the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department gather information to help guide them in the programs they offer to youth ages 10 - 17. They are also gathering information about the skate park and other youth and teen-related facilities. Click here to start the survey. Thank you for your participation and valuable feedback!
Interested in serving on the 2013/14 San Mateo Civil Grand Jury?
Interested citizens can let the City Clerk know by Friday, March 29th by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (415) 508-2113.
The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is soliciting applicants for its Citizens Advisory Committee. The 15-member volunteer CAC acts as a liaison between the public and the board of directors, providing valuable input to the board on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan.
The committee meets on the Tuesday before the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in San Carlos. Members of the CAC must be residents of San Mateo County. Interested persons can download an application from the TA website at www.smcta.com or call 650-508-6223 for more information.
Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 5, 2013.
SAVE THE DATE!
SPRING THING 2013
Brisbane Lions Club
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 11th
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Men's & Co-ed Softball
Registration Deadline March 18th
Information (415) 508-2143
UPDATE 3/13/2013: Staff has reviewed the Draft SamTrans Service Plan and are pleased to announce that SamTrans will continue 292 service into San Francisco, and keep to the current schedule (there is just a minor route adjustment in San Mateo, moving the route from B Street to Delaware Street). There also does not appear to be any recommendations affecting the existing route 121 servicing the school trippers in this final draft. Please still attend the 3/20 public workshop in Brisbane, and express your gratitude for continued service of the 292!
SSP Next Steps - The draft final recommendations for the SamTrans Service Plan are in process and will take all comments received into consideration. The recommendations are expected to be released in March 2013 with a draft final SSP. Once released, SamTrans will hold public meetings to receive comment. These will be followed by a public hearing at a SamTrans Board of Directors meeting in April, with adoption of the plan at a subsequent Board meeting. Dates, times and locations for the public meetings are posted below. The plan will help identify future key transit investments and direct the delivery of long-term, financially sustainable bus service.
A public workshop is a public event for the SSP intended to reach out to the broader community, not just the specific city the workshop is located in.
Saturday, March 16, 9:30 am – 11 am
Granada Sanitary District, Third Floor
504 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada
Monday, March 18, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
East Palo Alto Family YMCA, Community Room
550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto
Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
San Mateo County Transit District
2nd Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos
Wednesday, March 20, Noon – 1:30 pm
San Mateo County Transit District
2nd Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Brisbane City Hall, Council Chambers
50 Park Place, Brisbane
The City was recently notified that the North County Fire Authority, of which Brisbane is a part of, will receive approximately $300,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Funds to replace all apparatus exhaust systems within all NCFA Fire Stations, as well as purchasing rescue air bags for lifting heavy weights needed as a result vehicle accidents, structural collapses, etc.
We currently are in need of major repairs and or replacement of the exhaust systems in all our fire stations, as well our rescue air bags, which are coming to the end of their useful life expectancies, so the award is a relief to our general fund, which would have had to bear the expense.