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In response to the last three dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board this past Tuesday approved a statewide emergency regulation to ensure water agencies and their customers increase water conservation or face possible fines or other enforcement. The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor water use, and if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, could go into effect as early as August 1, 2014.
With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is outfitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Additionally, landscape irrigation will be restricted to no more than 2 days per week. Click here to read the Water Control Board's press release on this issue.
Should the Board adopt this regulation, the City will be sure to communicate the implications to its residents using all available communication channels. In the meantime, please prevent water waste - visit www.SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part in conserving this precious resource.
Say goodbye to T-12 lamps and incandescents at Station 81 and hello to T-8's and compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs)! Thanks to the City Council for approving this energy efficiency upgrade at the Fire Station in their 2014-15 Budget, and San Mateo County Energy Watch, we are upgrading all the T-12 lamps to T-8 lamps as well as all incandescents to CFLs in the Fire Station.
San Mateo County Energy Watch is a partnership between PG&E and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). Serving San Mateo County and unincorporated areas, the organization provides audits for facilities, work proposals, and contractor oversight of retrofits for energy projects.
While the previous lamps only had a 28,000 hour service life, the installed, new T-8 lamps will have a 36,000 hour service life, reducing the replacement frequency. This project is not only expected to save 18,500 lbs of CO2 annually but also $2,225 on utility costs!
Because this is an On-Bill Financing project, PG&E is providing us with a 0% loan with the requirement that it is paid back within 5 years. On-Bill Financing (OBF) is where a utility company provides convenient financing options to help implement energy efficiency investments.
These lighting upgrades will be completed at the Fire Station today.
See if you can spot the difference!
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Taking a drive down Valley Dr., or the “spine” of Crocker Industrial Park, it may appear from the scattered For Lease signs that there are a lot of buildings sitting empty. But in speaking with folks who have a good pulse on the commercial realty market, like Jason Cranston, Senior VP of Commercial Real Estate Services for Cassidy Turley and Mitch Bull, President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park is actually doing quite well with more businesses moving in than leaving in the past couple years. Here are a few examples of movement in the Park that has helped the occupancy rate increase to what it is: Del Monte Meat Co. has moved in at 145 South Hill Drive as well as circuit board manufacturers, LeeMah Electronics, right next door. The 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse 100 Cypress which the Brisbane School District used a few years back as the site for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Spring Thing, will soon be leased to Bay Area Linens. Arrowhead/Nestlé Waters moved in to the space at 246 Valley and Monster Cable, located at 455 Valley, has renewed their lease. If you’ve noticed more of those white, AT&T vans driving around town, that’s because AT&T moved a service center into 355 Valley las year after signing a five-year lease.
As for the locations with large For Sale or For Lease signs, the old Gilmore Envelope building at 325 Valley recently went up for sale, as engineering firm F.W. Spencer & Son, Inc. (located at 99 S. Hill), last summer completed prefabricating the plumbing lines for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in that space (see photo at left). A huge Colliers sign is advertising 165 as being for sale, but in the interim it is being occupied by its owners. Nearly across the street at 200 Valley, which are where 56 business condos are located, two are being listed for sale. Lastly 280 Valley, 460 Valley and 480 are vacant, but they total less than 54,000 sq. ft. So for the nearly 3.7M sq. ft. in Crocker Industrial Park, where 91+% is currently being occupied, the Park’s doing pretty darn well!
The County Registration & Eletions Division needs your help! They're looking for capable citizens to fill some important Election Day jobs. This is a unique opportunity to be part of democracy in action while making a difference in your community. Click here for the flyer. Sign up at www.shapethefuture.org or call the Registration & Elections Division at (650) 286-2810.
Toll Brothers and their contractor, Mountain Cascade, are continuing their work on the improvements to the Northeast Ridge Neighborhood Water System. The first phase of work on Monarch Dr. is complete and the contractor has moved on to the second phase of work on Silverspot Dr. Silverspot Dr. will now be closed to southerly traffic between Mission Blue Dr. and West Hill Dr. during 7/14 - 8/5 from 9am - 4:30pm. Click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130. Thank you for your patience.
There will be a swim meet today at the Community Pool starting at 4:30pm, so the Pool will be closing at 4:00pm. The schedule for today, Friday, July 11, is as follows:
Adult Lap Swim: 6:30am - 1:00pm
All Ages Rec Swim: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Swim Meet: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
(The next swim meet will be Friday, August 8th, with the same daytime schedule as noted above.)
The Pool will also be closed next Wednesday, July 16, as a film crew will be on-site from 7:00am - 4:00pm. In case you're wondering, the film crew will be compensating the city for their use of the Pool, which includes an hourly rate along with the cost to cover the head lifeguards' time.
Stop by the Brisbane Library this summer and sign up for their Summer Learning program. Every child will receive a book to keep just for visiting the Library and picking up a Summer Learning log! All reading is good reading; this summer, try novels, nonfiction, comic books, magazines, audiobooks and more!
Families with Children Under 5
Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your child will support your child’s pre-reading skills and, eventually, will help your child do better in school. Participating in summer learning is easy, fun, and invaluable for your child’s development. Color in a shape for each day you read, sing, play, write, talk, or go to a library program with your child. After you’ve done this for 30 days, you’ve completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun. Try to read for at least 20 minutes every day and do fun, new activities. Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read for 30 days, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school! Try to read every day and do fun, new activities. Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school! Try to read every day and have active, hands-on learning experiences so that you’re learning every day. Once you’ve completed 6 activites and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!
Return your log to the Brisbane Library for prizes and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to college. Ask for another log--with each additional log returned, you will have another chance at winning the $1,000 scholarship!
250 Visitacion Ave.
Saturday, July 12th | 8:00am - 4:00pm
Last year was the first year that Brisbane resident Tony Lukezic organized a car show for the community in downtown Brisbane. In its inaugural year, it was successfully attended by nearly 500 spectators over the course of the day. This year, he’s expecting an even greater turnout of cars, so the first two blocks of the odd-numbered side of Visitacion Ave. (side of The 23 Club), the parking lot on the corner of Mariposa & Visitacion, and 13 spots inside the Post Office parking lot will all be reserved, in addition to the two blocks along San Francisco Ave. besides the Community Park up to Mariposa St. where cars were parked last year (see photo). Half of the car show’s proceeds will go towards the Brisbane School District and the other half will go towards the City’s Skatepark Donations Fund. New this year, Tony is adding two jumpy houses which will be set up in the Park, so make it a family day and enjoy your time at the car show!
The public is invited to attend the Bay Area "IMAGINING" event, being held on Sunday, July 13th in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 2pm - 5pm. All participants are citizen journalists in this event, with a three-hour press deadline to create a journal filled with headlines, articles, and collaged pages that envison and describe our communities twenty years from now with art and culture at the core of all initiatives. If you have a working typewriter (manual or electric), please bring it. Please bring non-toxic markers, glue sticks, magazines to cut up and scissors. If you would like to bring cookies, healthy snacks or non-alcoholic drinks to share, it would be most welcomed.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Brisbane resident and San Francisco Bay Area Imagining Cultural Agent, Beth Grossman, at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, give Beth an e-mail or a call at (415) 467-1836.
This IMAGINING is meant to catalyze community action and connection as well as contribute to the larger vision for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Taken together, the 17 unique “Imaginings” from this pilot phase will source ideas, images, and stories that will inform the USDAC’s policy platform and next steps.
About the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Launched on October 5th, 2013, in the midst of the government shutdown, the USDAC has no federal line item, office in Washington D.C., or official governmental status. Rather, the USDAC is the new people-powered department dedicated to cultivating the empathy and imagination we need to create the world we wish to inhabit. Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to harness the power of art and culture to engage millions in envisioning and creating a more just and sustainable world. It does this by sparking local initiatives, connecting people and ideas across sites, and sourcing, articulating, and activating visions for new national-scale policies and programs. For more about the USDAC contact Norman Beckett, Deputy Secretary: email@example.com
Enlist as a Citizen Activist and more at http://www.usdac.us.
For more about the San Francisco Bay Area Imagining, contact Beth Grossman, Cultural Agent. (415) 467-1836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The below film is a 'sequel' to Keith's other short film, 'Fire on San Bruno Mountain' and depicts the aftermath of the great San Bruno Mountain fire of June 2008. It premiered at San Bruno Mountain Watch's 'Fire Fest', which was held on June 22, 2014 at Mission Blue Center in Brisbane, California, commemorating the 6th anniversary of the fire.
With the early dry fire season, it's even more important that everyone in town refrains from setting off fireworks. ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN BRISBANE, even "safe and sane" fireworks. If you hear any fireworks being set off, contact Brisbane Police immediately by calling 508-1212. Thank you for your assistance, and we wish you the safest and happiest of holidays.
City of Brisbane
Skate Park Design Workshop
Wed., July 23, 5-7 pm, 50 Park Lane
Help Shape the Design of the New Skate Park
The Brisbane Library
Ready, Set, Kindergarten
Fridays, July 11 - Aug 15, 10 am, 250 Visitacion
Information (415) 467-2060
Brisbane Police Department
All fireworks are
Illegal In Brisbane
Diabetes Fund Benefit B.B.Q.
Fri., July 4, 1 - 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Tri-Tip & Baked Potato; $10.00/person
Farmers’ Market in the Park
Thursdays 3pm – 7pm
Sundays 9am – 1pm
For the past 23 years, since the late Gary Apothekar helped build the Community Signboard located at the bend in Old County Rd., it has been utilized to advertise upcoming community events, programs, and classes. It has also been used by residents to announce service information for a loved one that has recently passed. Now, there is the option to announce the births of Brisbane's newest, and littlest, residents. Birth notifications will be posted on an as available basis and will be done so at no charge. For more information or to request a sign, please contact Recreation Russ Carmick at 508-2143 or email@example.com .
Continuing our overview of City Council Accomplishments in 2013-2014, we will now focus on the City's purchase of land for Open Space in the Brisbane Acres.
At its February 4, 2013 meeting, the City Council met in closed session to discuss the possible acquisition of Brisbane Acres Lot 98. The owner had contacted the City the year prior to see if the City was interested in purchasing the property, an unimproved parcel approximately one acre in size. As shown in the below map (click to enlarge), Lot 98 is within the Priority Preservation Area identified in the Open Space Plan, and indicated by the yellow border lines.
During the closed session, staff was authorized to begin negotiations with the property owner on price and terms of a purchase. The owner agreed to sell the property for $78,750, which is comparable to prices paid by the City for similar parcels in that area and was within the price parameters authorized by the Council.
The City Attorney then prepared a purchase agreement, which was signed by the City Manager and sent to the seller. The purchase offer was signed and accepted by the owner and returned to the City in late February. At their meeting of March 18, 2013, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2013-06, which ratified the purchase agreement. With escrow closing in November 2013, the City had just purchased its latest Open Space parcel, preserving an additional acre of open space and endangered species habitat in the Brisbane Acres! Actions such as these truly affirm the City Council's desire and willingness to preserve critial open space lands in the hopes that future generations can one day enjoy them as well.
Thank you to all the volunteers who joined the Open Space and Ecology Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and San Bruno Mountain Watch in sprucing up Quarry Rd. last Saturday, June 21st. This area is an ecological preserve that serves as important habitat to endangered species. With two Clean-Up Days in 2014, one in Costaños Canyon on April 26th and the second being this one at Quarry Rd., it's apparent that the city and its residents care strongly about the natural environment and proactively work together to ensure it is free of debris and litter. Thank you also to Recology for donating the shirts that were distributed to volunteers at these two clean-up days. Check out all the photos from last week's clean-up by clicking here.
UPDATE: Friday, June 27, 9:38am -
The Community Pool will be re-opening at 1:00pm today following replacement of its pump and interior impeller. The below shot is of Rich from Carrier installing the new pump late yesterday afternoon, which needed to be carefully lowered into place.
Some of you may have noticed the new canvas pool shade that was recently installed…now both picnic table areas have shade once again! So enjoy the Pool this afternoon and this weekend…it’s going to be a sunny one in Brisbane.
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When pool staff arrived this morning, they found that the pump wasn't working. The pump is needed to warm the pool and keep chemicals mixed by pushing water into the filtration system and back out again. Therefore, the Community Pool will be closed until the pump has been repaired. This is estimated to take place either later today or early tomorrow. The Pool will re-open once the water has been tested and the temperature brought back up to a comfortable operating level. Thank you for your patience; an update will be sent out when the Pool is back open.
Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Sat., June 28, 1-4 pm, 1985 Visitacion
Tacos, Rice and Beans, 50/50 Raffle, Prizes
$10.00/adult & $5.00/kid 12 and under
Brisbane Community Pool
Summer Water Aerobics
Move, Dance, Laugh
M, W, F - 9:15 am & Sat. - 9:30 am
Get ready for kindergarten at the Brisbane Library this summer! Come down for Ready, Set, Kindergarten, a six-week program of themed stories and activities for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers. Each hour-long session includes stories, songs, rhymes, tips for parents, and a craft activity. Enjoy stories and songs in both English and Spanish. Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling or visiting the Brisbane Library. This special storytime program will take place on the following Fridays at 10:00am: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 15.
250 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 11, 2:30pm - The contractors will be returning to prune the trees along the even-numbered side of the street the week of 6/23. Expected dates where that side of Visitacion will be closed to parking are Monday, the 23rd and Tuesday, the 24th, 7:00am - 5:00pm. Thanks again for your patience.
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Every other year, the Raywood Ash trees that line Visitacion Ave. get pruned back. In order for the contractors to effectively do so, the parking spaces need to be clear of vehicles. Since the contractors will be starting on the odd-numbered side of the street (the side of The 23 Club) on Monday, June 9th, there will be NO PARKING from 7:00am - 5:00pm that day. They will finish up the next day, Tuesday the 10th, on the opposite side of the street. Thank you for your assistance as this work is being completed. If you have any questions, you may call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
UPDATE: Friday, June 20, 11:37am - The City Council approved a contract with Spohn Ranch to develop a concept design for the skatepark in the amount of $14,500.
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The Joint Subcommittee of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission met last Thursday with staff to review the proposals submitted to the City in regards to its Skatepark Design Request for Proposals. At their meeting, the Joint Subcommittee selected skatepark design firm Spohn Ranch as the company they will be recommending the City enter into a contract with for facilitating meetings with the community in order to develop a concept design for the skatepark. It is anticipated that the recommedation will be presented to the City Council at their June 19th meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane and will be broadcast live on Ch. 27 as well as on the Live Streaming page on the City's website.
The City's annual Vegetation/Weed Abatement Management Program of its public property begins Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The contractor, Industrial Park Landscape, has worked in town since 1979 and is very knowledgeable of the areas known for excessive growth of vegetation/weeds, which become fire hazards in the dry months. The contractor will begin work along the railroad spurs in Crocker Industrial Park tomorrow morning and by Friday start working on the fire trail located at the end of Trinity Rd. After Memorial Day weekend, the contractors will work their way down to Kings, Humboldt, and San Mateo Lane. Please note: the contractor is working intermittently in different parts of the city (not necessarily doing Central Brisbane on consecutive days), as access and time permits. This program is being performed in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations and will be completed by July 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Cannon in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
UPDATE: June 12, 12:56pm - Zipcar has placed a new vehicle at the Police parking lot (entrance on Valley Dr.). Meet "Deepsea"!
Cost to Drive:
Weekday: Hourly ($10), Daily ($72), 7-7 ($62)
Weekend: Hourly ($11.50), Daily ($89)
Rates displayed include gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Sign up today!
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At their November 18th meeting, the City Council approved a recommendation by the Open Space & Ecology Committee for a two-year pilot program with Zipcar, Inc. for car-sharing services. “Movie”, a silver Toyota Prius, will be stationed at the Police parking lot on Valley Dr. and “Ireland”, a red Honda Insight Hybrid, will be stationed at the Park & Ride Lot on Bayshore Blvd. at Tunnel Ave. This program removes an obstacle faced by commuters who want to take public transit by providing fuel-efficient vehicles they can use for short trips during the day. The program also provides residents the opportunity to use alternative modes of transit, leave their cars at home, and/or even reduce the number of vehicles owned by providing a low-cost vehicle to use on an as-needed basis.
Zipcar members sign up online, and receive access to the Zipcars using a keyless entry. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or for up to several days, starting from $8.25/hour and $109/day for the pay-as-you-go plans or $7.43/hour or $98.10/day for the prepaid extra value plan. The reservation price includes gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Members can reserve Zipcars online (www.zipcar.com), over the phone, or by using Zipcar’s mobile applications for both iPhone and Android, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Brisbane’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing. Take advantage of this new service by signing up at www.zipcar.com and become a Zipster today!
To assist in re-envisioning the future of the Crocker Business Park, the City of Brisbane, in partnership with the Urban Land institute, undertook a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) earlier this year. Through the TAP, a panel of independent land use, economic and design professionals visited and analyzed Crocker Park, interviewed community stakeholders and developed a series of observations and recommendations for the City Council's consideration.
The Crocker Park TAP report has been finalized and can be found on the Crocker Industrial Park webpage. The TAP report is not yet scheduled for City Council review. Separate notification will be provided when the report is scheduled to come before the City Council.