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Posted 5/23/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zumba Classes
Daytime and Evening Classes


New Water Mandates in Effect

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Not only is over watering landscapes a turn off, it is now prohibited.  New water mandates went into effect on May 18, 2015 and the City will begin enforcing the new requirements on June 22, 2015.  Prior to June 22nd, the City will be sending out notifications by mail to all commercial and landscape accounts and publicizing the new watering schedule and upcoming enforcement on all of the City's communication channels, such as the City signboards, Ch. 27, and our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram.  Essentially, the new regulations are:

  • You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • Watering or outdoor irrigation must take place per the following 2 day/week schedule:
  1. ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Mondays & Thursdays
  2. EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Tuesdays & Fridays
  • Landscapes can only be watered between 6pm - 9am
  • You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and hardscape with potable (drinking) water
  • Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
  • When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff  nozzle
  • All decorative fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system

What requires a large amount of water of course are green lawns.  You may have noticed that many businesses in Crocker Industrial Park have lush green lawns, as this "garden-style, park-like" landscaping was part and parcel of the industrial park's design when it was built in the 1970s.  Watering of this type of ornamental landscaping, or turf, will need to be reduced by the businesses due to the new requirements.

Due to the fact that the City maintains the athletic fields and Community Park, we are ourselves one of the highest water users.  Therefore, the City has taken the following water conservation measures:

  • Outside irrigation has been turned off to all public medians and to the City Hall grounds, and reduced for the turf at the Crocker Park entry and that around the community signboard
  • All parks and ball fields are currently being irrigated on a 2 day/week schedule (the Community Park's irrigation system is also equipped with a controller which receives daily weather updates and adjusts the watering schedule accordingly)
  • Staff has been working directly with the HOAs and targeting high commercial water users, tracking their actual usage and identifying water savings potential through the Large Landscape Audit Program
  • Administering various rebate programs, including those for high efficiency toilets and rain barrels

If you have any questions about the new regulations, or see evidence of them being violated, please contact the Public Works Department immediately at (415) 508-2130.

New Boot Camp Class Offering

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Brisbane resident Dawn David has put together a "goal themed" boot camp class, mixed of various training drills from basketball, boxing, ballet, and much more to create a total body workout.  Experience leadership combined with tough-love!  Dawn's philosophy is, you start where you start.  Her boot camp brings women from all walks of life and age groups.  Here's what some of her class participants had to say:

"As someone who didn't do daily exercise that broke a sweat as an adult, this is amazing."  - Diane Schreiber

"Dawn David puts together a fantastic workout that incorporates elements of boxing, ballet, and yoga. It is a fast paced, intense class that keeps your heart rate elevated for the entire 30+ minutes. I have been a runner for several years and am continually motivated and challenged by Dawn's routine and guidance. She has brought my running to a whole new level. Dawn's boot camp is a great way to start out the's short and gets the job done and leaves me feeling strong and exhilarated."  - Holly Rios

Fee: $195 for Residents
        $230 Non-Residents

Days/Dates: M-F, May 18 - June 12

Time: 6-6:30am, increasing to 6:45am in the last few weeks

Location: Brisbane Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane)

Ages: 18 years old and up

To register, sign up online or call Tricia Vaccaro at (415) 508-2140.  Hurry, only a few more spots remain!

May 2015 Citynews

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Click here to read the May 2015 Citynews.

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Posted 5/16/2015

Brisbane Community Pool
Swim Lessons
Enrollment is Now Open

City of Brisbane
Fire Hydrant
Art Exhibit
Reception:  Wed., May 20, 6 pm, City Hall
Refreshments Served

Posted 5/13/2015

Mission Blue Nursery
Native Plant Sale
Sat., May 16, 9 am - 2 pm,
Near 3401 Bayshore, Follow signs

Posted 5/11/2015

Marie Allen
Long Time Resident of 73 Years
Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother
Service Info:  (650) 756-4500


Shuttle Service Disruption

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We were notified this afternoon by that one of the Brisbane/Crocker BART shuttles (Bus-C) will not be operating next week and until further notice.  The trips affected are AM-C1, AM-C2, AM-C3 PM-C1, PM-C2 and PM-C3. is working diligently with their current provider to get the situation resolved and are hopeful that all trips will resume shortly.  If you have any questions, please contact at 650-588-1600 or

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Meet the Economic Development Director

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved a contract with MB Consulting for Economic Development services.  The "MB" in MB Consulting stands for none other than Mitch Bull, who you may know as the CEO & President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.  Mitch will continue in his current role with the Chamber as he embarks on his newest endeavor as Economic Development Director for the City of Brisbane.  In this capacity, Mitch will be downstairs (vs. upstairs where the Chamber of Commerce office is located at City Hall), and spending approximately 12 hours/week as Ombudsman for new businesses that are looking to come into town where he'll be able to assist them when it comes time for permits and regulatory requirements, as well as strengthening the bridge between the City and the current businesses that have chosen to be here.  The Council is excited for this new partnership with Mitch and looks forward with anticipation to hearing the progress he makes in Brisbane!

Creating a Zero Energy Home

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California building codes will begin requiring Zero Net Energy (ZNE) standards as soon as 2020!  How will ZNE affect you?  San Mateo County Energy Watch will be hosting a Zero Energy Workshop and Webinar Series this month to address the feasibility, practices and benefits of ZNE.  Sessions are customized to make information relevant to you, including separate segments for local governments, building professionals, homeowners, and real estate professionals.  The series includes 2 preview webinars and 2 workshops at the Portola Valley Town Center.  For more information, please click here for the program flyer.  You may also visit San Mateo County Energy Watch's website.

National Public Works Week

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National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.  The theme for this year's NPWW (May 17 - 23) is "Community Begins Here" which is so apt as it speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life.  A mix of maintenance, engineering and the administrative staff from the Public Works Dept. were present at last night's City Council meeting to receive the Council's Proclamation recognizing their efforts to improve the City's infrastructure and provide quality public service to the Brisbane Community.  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!

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Posted 5/8/2015

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Annual Spring Performance
May 16 & 17, Mission Blue Center
Tickets: (415) 467-8751

Let's Roll Brisbane
Bike To Work Day
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Posted 5/7/2015

Brisbane Library
Kids Book Club
Fri., May 8, 4 pm, 250 Visitacion
Join in on the discussion and fun activities

Posted 5/4/2015

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., May 9, 1-3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info: 

101 SB Ramp Metering

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Back in November, we informed you about Caltrans' US 101 San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project between Hwy 92 and the San Mateo County/San Francisco County line to improve safety and travel times during peak periods of heavy traffic.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday May 5, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Southbound PM peak time from 2:30pm to 8:00pm.  The following Tuesday, May 12, ramp meters will start cycling during Southbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am.

Most ramps, like the ones at Beatty Ave., Lagoon Rd. and Airport/Bayshore Blvd. will operate at “1 car per green” except for one connector ramp which will operate at “2 cars per green”.  This connect ramp is the Hwy 92 to Southbound US 101 Connector.

For more information, including fact sheets and FAQs, please view Caltrans’ webpage on the San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project.  They’ve also set up a hotline to receive any feedback from the public.  That number is (510) 286-4531.

Go Solar at a Discount!

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Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?  Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.

The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.  Here’s how it works:

1. Community-sponsored program.  The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar.  Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit. 

2. Below-market pricing.  Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.

3. Limited time.  Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come.  Registration opened April 1st.

4. Help spread the word!  More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.

On Saturday, May 9th, the City will be hosting a community workshop Peninsula SunShares program administrator Vote Solar.  It is open to the public.  Come to the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 1:00-3:00pm to learn more about the program!  (There will even be time to do remote site evaluations with attendees and schedule appointments).  Click here for the event flyer.

For more information or to register please visit:

If you're interested in building your own solar car, stick around after the workshop as the Brisbane Library will be hosting a workshop to do just that with Zetta Tech!  The fun starts at 4pm upstairs in the Library.

May 2015 Marina News

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Posted 4/30/2015

Brisbane Library
Creative Writing Club For Kids
Sat., May 2, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion Ave
Perfect for Grades 2 - 4

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Senior Club
Wednesdays., 11 am - 3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Open to all Brisbane Seniors, Info:  508-2143

Posted 4/27/2015

Friends of the Brisbane Library
City Wide Yard Sale
Save the date!!!
Sat., July 25, 9 am - 3 pm

Now Hiring
Recreation Manager
Apply by May 25, 2015 or

Recology Scoping Meeting

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The City of Brisbane will hold a Scoping Meeting to accept public comments on what topics should be studied in the forthcoming Recology EIRThe meeting will take place at City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane) in the Community Meeting Room on Thursday, April 30 starting at 7:00 pm and concluding no later than 10:00 pm.  It will also be televised live on Ch. 27 and via live streaming here on the City's websiteThe public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Please review the Scoping Meeting FAQs and we look forward to receiving your comments!

If you cannot attend the meeting, you are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.

For more information about the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Habitat Restoration Day 2015

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This year's Habitat Restoration Day will be on Saturday, April 25th from 9am - 1pm at the cross-section of San Mateo Ln. and Kings Rd.

Celebrate Earth Day by helping keep Brisbane's native habitat pristine.  Join the City of Brisbane’s Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, as they celebrate Earth Day by helping remove invasive, non-native plants from habitat.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged. Free lunch and t-shirt!  Click here to view the event flyer.

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions concerning the event, contact Natalie: or (415) 508-2118.


SamTrans Improvement Survey

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The deadline for citizens to offer feedback on the SamTrans Service Plan has been extended to April 26.  An online survey regarding the systemwide changes implemented by the SSP was originally set to close on April 12.  The survey can be found at and should take about 10 minutes complete.  The questions are available in both English and Spanish.

Citizens are encouraged to fill out this important survey.  This is a quick and short survey in which SamTrans is seeking input from their riders - they need to know how the recent service changes affect their travel needs.  Input is sought from riders on all Routes including Route 292, shown above.

Your assistance will be very much appreciated.  Deadline for this survey is this Sunday, April 26, 2015.

"Silver Dragon" Exercise

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Brisbane Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), assisted by Pacifica and Daly City CERT personnel, will participate in the San Mateo County Health Department’s “Silver Dragon” exercise on April 23, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, to simulate the mass delivery of medicine and medical supplies to homes in Brisbane following a mass public health-related emergency.  Participation in the countywide exercise will assess readiness to provide timely medical assistance in the event of a major health emergency such as pandemic influenza, a food or water-borne illness, or the intentional release of a bio-agent.

This is the 9th year the exercise has been conducted in San Mateo County to test the Health System's ability to partner with local cities, law enforcement, fire departments, the American Red Cross and CERT teams for a simulated mass delivery of medicine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Strategic National Stockpile,.  Validation of door-to-door distribution capabilities of medication during an actual health emergency will be accomplished by CERT teams distributing re-usable, eco-friendly shopping bags packed with educational information to approximately 1/3 of Brisbane residences.

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Posted 4/20/2015

Brisbane A.Y.S.O. Soccer
Registration Day &
Pancake Breakfast
Sun., April 26, 9:30 -11:30 am, 185 Visitacion

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Monthly Meeting
Tues., April 21, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Guest: Ian Wren, Staff Scientist, Baykeeper


Community Choice Aggregation

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At last night's City Council meeting, Seth Baruch, Program Consultant for the County of San Mateo, presented on the value of the County having a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to potentially pool (or aggregate) the electricity demand within the County in order to purchase and potentially develop power on behalf of the local residents, businesses, and municipal facilities.  Click here or the image above to view his full Powerpoint presentation.  You can also watch his presentation on the City's website, which begins at approximately 6:35

On February 24, 2015 the Board of Supervisors approved funding to conduct a County-wide technical study to assess the feasibility of CCA for San Mateo County.  The technical study will:

  • determine the size of a potential CCA
  • forecast future energy demands
  • assess availability of renewable energy resources
  • assess the ability of a potential CCA to be competitive in short term and long term market conditions
  • develop different scenarios and predict their impact on greenhouse emission reduction, job creation, etc.
  • analyze potential risk in CCA formation 

The technical study is tentatively set to be completed by August 2015.  The results from the study will be used to determine if the County and any interested municipalities should form a CCA.  Also at last night's meeting, the Council appointed Councilmembers Liu and Conway to serve as the City's Representative and Alternate, respectively, on the newly formed Countywide Advisory Committee to provide input on matters relating to the formation, structure and governance of the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

If you'd like to read more about the CCA program, please visit .

Comment on the Recology NOP

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Recology is proposing to modernize and expand its Tunnel Avenue facility straddling the Brisbane/San Francisco border to provide additional capacity to recycle and process different streams of refuse with the goal of completely eliminating waste materials going to a landfill.

The City of Brisbane will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  As the first step in this process, the City has published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) which identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  You are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall: 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.

For more information about the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Lions Club Scholarship

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The application for the Brisbane Lions Club's Scholastic Achievement Awards is now available! 

The Brisbane Lions Club serves our community in many ways.  One of the most important is the support of education.  Through the efforts of their members and the support of our community, they offer awards to those who are pursuing higher education.  Last year the Lions were able to direct $25,000 total to 23 deserving students.

Click here for the application, due Sunday, April 19, 2015

Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer - exceptions:  living away at school with parent(s) or guardian living in Brisbane, or serving as a member of the U.S. military.  Please confirm your eligibility status by contacting the committee prior to submitting your application by e-mailing

HEART of San Mateo County

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The City of Brisbane is a member agency of HEART, whose mission is to is to raise funds from public and private sources to meet critical housing needs.  Take advantage of one of their FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops and find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only 5% down and no PMI.  This is the HEART downpayment loan and Meriwest Mortgage Program.

HEART finances the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of homes affordable to middle- and low-income employees of local businesses, as well as seniors and other fixed-income residents.  HEART provides three types of financing:

  • short-term predevelopment or construction loans to finance multifamily housing;
  • long-term loans for affordable rental housing; and
  • homebuyer assistance loans.

For more information about HEART, please contact them at (650) 872-4444 or

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Posted 4/16/2015

City of Brisbane
12th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 25, 9 am - 1 pm, Kings Rd. and San Mateo Lane
Lunch & T-shirts for Volunteers
Info: 508-2143 or

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Application
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 19th

Posted 4/13/2015

Brisbane Police Department
April is Distracted Driver
Awareness Month
Do not text or use hand held devices while driving

Posted 4/11/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Bootcamp
M,W & F, Apr 13 - July 10, 9:45-10:45 am
Comm. Pk. Gazebo, Info:  415.508.2140

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., Apr. 11, 12:30 - 2 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info:

Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

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. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Congressional Art Competition

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office is now accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  She invites all high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in this unique opportunity to gain national recognition for their creative talents.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize the finalists from all 50 states.  The winning art pieces will be displayed for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the House Office Buildings.

All artwork must be two dimensional, cannot be larger than 28”x28”x4” including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and must be original in concept, design and execution.  All high school students and 7th and 8th graders who share high school campuses residing in the 14th district are eligible.  Please find detailed guidelines, a submission checklist and the Student Information & Release Form on her website.

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please deliver your art pieces to Jackie's District Office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402.  A panel of professional artists will judge the pieces.  She will host a reception for all participants, their parents and teachers at her office on a date to be announced soon.