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2014 State of the City Video

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The 2014 State of the City took place on November 12, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane.  It's an annual event where the City Manager and Mayor tell the community about the finances of the City, as well as the exciting projects that took place over the past year and those that are planned for the near future.  Thank you to the generosity of South San Francisco Scavengers for hosting this year's event, which is annually planned by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.  Special thanks also to MCTV for videotaping the event.  Next year, we'll be sure to have a handheld mic for the period after the presentations so you can hear questions posed by community members.  With that, enjoy the video playback!

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Posted 11/26/14


Happy Thanksgiving


Posted 11/24/14


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
28th Annual Festival of Lights
Sun., Dec. 7th, 6 pm, Comm. Park
Carolers meet at the top of Visitacion @ 5:30 pm


City of Brisbane
Holiday Food, Coat and
Toy Drive
Leave donations at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.


Posted 11/19/2014


CaliforniaFIRST
Home Energy Savings Projects Rebate
Receive $500 +
Deadline to Apply - Dec. 31, 2014
Californiafirst.org or (888) 996-0571

Rebate from CaliforniaFIRST

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Are you interested in installing solar on the roof of your building, improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, or converting your outdoor space from water-intensive lawn to an attractive drought resistant alternative design – but you aren’t sure how to pay for it?  If you own a commercial building or a home in Brisbane, you can take advantage of a program called CaliforniaFIRST.  This program finances these kinds of improvements with no upfront cash, repayment terms up to 20 years (or up to 25 years for solar systems), and the ability to transfer the repayment obligations to a new owner if you sell the property before the repayment term is up – because the financing is attached to the property through the annual property tax bill. 

These kinds of investments are one of those terrific multi-win opportunities.  They make living and working in those structures more comfortable, improve a property’s value, lower energy and water bills, employ local workers to install the improvements, and conserve natural resources.  What’s not to like? 

Interest rates for residential projects range from 6.75% for a 5 year term, 7.59% for 10 years, 7.99% for 15 years, and 8.29% for 20 years, and 8.39% for a 25 year term.  The interest portion of each annual payment is tax deductible for most homeowners. Commercial project rates and terms vary.

If you’re a homeowner, and if your residential project gets approved for financing by the end of 2014, you will receive a no-strings-attached cash rebate up to $1,000.

To find a CaliforniaFIRST certified contractor, or just to learn more about the CaliforniaFIRST program, go to www.CaliforniaFIRST.org, or call (888) 996-0571.

 

November Rooms for Rent

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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County whose Home Sharing Program seeks to partner together those who most need housing with those who have a registered room for rent.  There is no cost to participate in the program.  View a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities and a partial list of shared housing opportunities as of November 2014.  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 to schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

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Posted 11/14/2014


Annual Yard Waste Clean Up Nov 15-16
Green Waste Only
Curbside pick up assistance available
Sat. 10 AM – 3 PM / Sun. 9 AM – 1 PM
Call 415-508-2149


Posted 11/12/2014


Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
State of the City Address
Tonight!  Wed., Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy

 

Job Hunters Boot Camp

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Are you looking for a job?
Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin for a Job Hunters Boot Camp.  Over 5,000 job-seekers have taken advantage of past boot camps and many have landed full-time jobs.

Friday, November 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
Fiesta Hall


1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

Job Hunters Boot Camp is not your typical job fair. In addition to having a chance to speak to local employers who are hiring, participants have access to a wide variety of resources through workshops and one-on-one resume review sessions.

The Job Hunters Boot Camp will offer workshops on the following topics:

- Perfecting your interview skills
- Getting unstuck in your job search
- Challenges faced by mature workers, new college grads, and veterans
- Networking
- Linkedin best practices

For more information, please call Congresswoman Speier's San Mateo office at (650) 342-0300 or visit Assemblymember Mullin's website

SamTrans Public Meetings

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Media Contact: Will Reisman, 650-508-7704

SamTrans to Hold Public Workshops This Month on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

SamTrans will convene two public workshops this month to discuss the findings of the recent study they conducted to determine the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real in the Peninsula.

BRT is an enhanced bus service that offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities. Components of BRT include, but are not limited to, limited service where certain stops are skipped to speed up travel times, dedicated bus-only lanes, traffic signal priority for transit vehicles and onboard fare collection.

SamTrans has been studying the possibility of phasing in BRT service along a 26-mile stretch of El Camino Real, covering Daly City to Palo Alto. Based on the findings of the study, SamTrans has decided not to implement BRT service in the near-term, however, has identified viable next step service improvements that could be pursued over the next two to five years. SamTrans planners will hold public workshops to discuss the preliminary draft findings of the study in more detail.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
South San Francisco City Council
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.
SamTrans Headquarters
Second Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650-508-6283 (TTY 650-508-6448 hearing impaired) at least three business days prior to the workshop they wish to attend.

More information about BRT, including details on the SamTrans’ phasing study, can be found here.

SF Green Festival

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San Bruno Mountain Watch was recently selected as a Green Festival Community Award finalist for the chance to win a $5,000 grant!  The grant recipient is chosen by the public, and online voting began today at 9am and ends on November 13 at 5pm.  You can vote up to once a day on all your electronic devices!  Voting will continue at the San Francisco Green Festival on November 14, 15, & 16.  Click here to start voting now!

Ridge Trail Road Maintenance

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Please see the news release announcing work scheduled to occur beginning today, 11/10, on Ridge Trail at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park.  The project will be managed by PG&E and San Mateo County Parks. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic flow and to ensure safety of trail users.  The remainder of the project work will occur on the three fire roads that connect to the Ridge Trail and are not expected to have a ongoing or heavy impact on users. 

If you have any questions related to this project, please contact Ramona Arechiga, Natural Resource Manager, San Mateo County Parks, at (650) 599-1375.

In addition, McKesson is conducting work to address a gully that has formed on the Mountain.  Crews are on Guadalupe Road with one lane of traffic affected by the work.  Contractors BKF and Ghilotti are managing this work.  This is not a San Mateo County Parks project.

November 2014 Citynews & STAR

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Click here to read the November 2014 STAR.

Old Ranch Road Trail Closure

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Starting on Monday, November 10th, the Old Ranch Road Trail will be closed between the Crocker Park Tank site area and the Guadalupe Tank site area due to slope repair work on McKesson-owned property (click on the map above to view the limits of the closure).  Work will also be completed to improve the area's drainage.  This project will provide users of the Trail with a safer and better-drained area ensuring the community's continued enjoyment of the Trail and Mountain.  Construction is scheduled to start on November 10th and is planned to be completed by November 23rd.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the on-site contractor, Paul Cooper of Ghilotti Construction at (707) 396-6476.

Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support as well as filming the presentation.

PG&E Working in Brisbane

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Starting Friday, November 7, PG&E will again start working in Brisbane on their high voltage electric transmission towers.  You may have seen a helicopter being used to transport PG&E crews and equipment to the towers along Ridge Crest Trail in-between Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, Mission Blue, and Monarch Drive back in August.  The helicopter will make multiple trips between the towers and the designated landing zone at the Jefferson Martin service station. 

The work will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov 7 & 8, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The traffic signal at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway and Mission Blue Drive will be set so that all traffic signal heads flash in all red, making the three leg intersection a three-way stop, during the hours of work.  Flagmen will be at the intersection to stop traffic when a helicopter needs to pass over.  PG&E trucks and equipment may also be visible in and around these areas.  All personnel are required to carry valid photo identification and are happy to provide it upon request. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bernardo Cortes, Jr., at 925-459-7306 during normal business hours or send an email to electricreliability@pge.com. Thank you for your patience as this work is completed this week!

Election Results

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Election Results can be found on the County's Election Website Shape the Future.org

They will begin posting Vote by Mail results shortly after 8pm and then update throughout the evening.

 

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Posted 11/4/2014


Educational Slide Show
On the Culture and People of Liberia,
West Africa by Bob Dettmer
Sat., Nov. 8, 7 - 9 pm, City Hall

 

101 NB Ramp Metering

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If you haven’t already noticed, ramp metering will soon be starting in the Northbound direction of Hwy 101 in San Mateo County at 18 locations from Hwy 92 in San Mateo to the San Mateo/San Francisco County line.  Caltrans expects the ramp metering system to improve safety and travel times during the peak periods of heavy traffic along the 101 corridor. 

Starting tomorrow, November 4, 2014, Northbound ramp meters will be activated, but meters will rest in green.  November 12, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Northbound PM peak time from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.  November 18, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling during Northbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am. 

Most ramps, like the ones at Sierra Point Parkway and Harney Way, will operate at “1 car per green” except for two connector ramps which will operate at “2 cars per green”. These connector on-ramps include the Westbound State Route 92 to Northbound U.S. Route 101 connector, and the Eastbound I-380 to Northbound U.S. 101 connector.  Southbound 101 metering is planned to start in Spring 2015. 

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.

Draft Safe Routes to School Report

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The Complete Streets Safety Committee has recently been focused on improving the City's walkability and safety of pedestrians in town.  Click to view their Draft Safe Routes to School Agenda Report.  The Committee will be seeking the public's input at their November 5, 2014 meeting.  This meeting will be taking place in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 at 6:30pm or via the Live Streaming page.

November 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the November 2014 Newsletter

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Posted 10/31/2014


Don't forget to...
Vote!
On Tuesday, November 4th


Brisbane Library
Music & Dance Party with Teresa
Mondays in November, 10:30 am, 250 Visitacion
Fun for the Whole Family

Vote By or On November 4th

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Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 4th.  The Brisbane Community Center is our only polling location.  The Community Center is located in the lower level of the building at 250 Vistacion Avenue (directly below the Brisbane Library).  Absentee ballots may be placed in the ballot box located in the lobby area of City Hall until 5:00pm on Election Day.  But if you're going to wait that long, you might as well stop by the Community Center to cast your ballot in-person, where the polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day.

Environmental Action Plan

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be having their kick-off meeting for preparation of an Environmental Action Plan for the City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm.  The Plan is expected to cover energy, water and solid waste measures that reduce energy use.  This "working" meeting starts at 6:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website, as afterwards archived on the All Meetings page of the City's website.

Public Arts Ordinance

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At its October 2, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 588, creating Chapter 15.85 of the City’s Municipal Code, entitled the “Art in Public Places Program”.  The purpose of the City’s Art in Public Places Program is to promote the visual arts by requiring the inclusion of a public artwork component in certain new public and private development projects in Brisbane.  There is no financial impact whatsoever to homeowners in Brisbane.  A kitchen remodel or adding a new room does not trigger an additional expense.  

The way it works is this: Commercial projects with building development costs in excess of $1,000,000 will be required to contribute 1% to the Brisbane Public Art Fund ("Fund").  Residential projects with 10-20 units will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund (a building with 20+ units will contribute 1%).  Low and moderate income housing developments will be exempt from needing to make a contribution.  Lastly, public development projects with building development costs in excess of $500,000 will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund.  As an alternative to contributing to the Fund, the above categories of projects can devote the required contribution amount toward acquisition and installation of publicly accessible art on the development site. 

As you can see, the ordinance has been carefully written so that it has no fiscal impact on residents and homeowners.  Rather, it is a forward-looking idea which allows for the creation of potentially iconic art in Brisbane for the enjoyment of generations to come. 

As for next steps in the process, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be appointing a Public Arts Subcommittee, which will develop Implementation Guidelines to address issues such as the process for selecting and determining the location of public art pieces, and use and maintenance of the Fund.  Through the Public Arts Ordinance, the City will be able to ensure that public art is an integral component of our community, enhance the quality of life in Brisbane, and help define Brisbane's identity as an art-oriented city.

New Zumba Class

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Brisbane resident Lillian Markind is excited to lead active older adults in a modified Zumba class, using easy-to-follow choreography focusing on cardio, balance, flexibility and coordination.  The first class is on Monday, Oct. 27th.  Classes will be held Mon/Weds 8:30am - 9:30am at Mission Blue Center.  Drop-ins welcome.  View more details on the Zumba Gold flyer and sign up today!

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Posted 10/29/2014


Did you know…
There is an EV Charging Station
At the Marina
That a boater installed?


Brisbane Library
Day of the Dead
Sat., Nov. 1, 11 am - 1 pm, 250 Visitacion
Fun Activities and Storytime for the Whole Family




Posted 10/27/2014


The Art of Ann Norris
Closing Reception
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Includes oil paintings of Brisbane


Posted 10/26/2014


Support the Brisbane Farmers’ Markets
Thursdays 3pm-7pm
Sundays 10am-2pm
In the Beautiful Community Park



Posted 10/25/2014


Brisbane Police Dept.
Have Coffee with a Cop
Tomorrow, Sun., Oct. 26, 9 - 11 am
at the Farmer's Market


Posted 10/22/2014


Brisbane Lions
Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct. 25, 9 am - Noon, 2 Visitacion Ave
Free for Brisbane Residents


Brisbane Eagles Club
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Oct. 25, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad, $10.00


Posted 10/21/2014


Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
Mon. & Wed., 8:30-9:30 am, Mission Blue Center
Starts Mon., Oct. 27, $40/six classes


Posted 10/20/2014


In Loving Memory Of
Bert Patania
1938 - 2014
Service Info: (650) 219-9787


Brisbane Library
Read For The Record
Tues., Oct. 21, 3:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
All Ages Welcome To Attend

 

 

 

Repairs at Mission Blue Center

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Constructed in 2000, Mission Blue Center has had various minor repairs over the last 14 years.  Repair work is now needed for the entryway steps at Mission Blue Drive, which is is scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, October 20, 2014. 

The repair work will be a 3-part process.  The first part consists of removal of the existing damaged stairway caps, followed by forming for concrete and rebar and pouring the concrete.  Concrete is needed because the existing caps were simply mortared on top as separate pieces, and cracks formed between the slabs.  This part of the repair process is planned to take approximately one week.  The second part of the repair work involves applying the stucco coat.  The final step will be priming and painting.  Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and we ask the public to avoid using this stairway during the course of its repair.  If you have any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130.

New Bayshore U-Turn Light

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You may have noticed that KWW Cabinents on Bayshore Blvd. is near completion; it was a design-build that started construction last year.  To access the business going northbound on Bayshore, one will need to first make a U-turn at the traffic signal approximately a 1/2 block up Bayshore.  This was a requirement of the new development and work by the developer’s contractor to install 1. two medians (one on the north leg and one in the south leg of the intersection), 2. U-turn lane and 3. necessary traffic signal improvements at the intersection is expected to start next week.  Estimated construction time is 3 weeks, with only one lane in each directions allowed to be closed at a time, and only between 9am - 4pm to minimize inconveniences to the public.  Thank you in advance for your patience and driving safely through the construction area.

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Posted 10/15/2014


Donna Abdellatif (Allen)
1959 - 2014
Loving Mother, Daughter, Sister
Services Info:  (415) 672-7674


League Of Women Voters
Brisbane School Board
Candidates Forum
Thurs., Oct 16, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, 1 Solano St.

 

Skatepark Project Update

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The Skatepark project will be discussed at next Thursday's City Council meeting of October 16, 2014.  The staff report outlines how the Facilities Subcommittee will be making the recommendation to the full Council for the skatepark to remain at its current site across from the Community Park and next to the basketball courts.  Should the Council concur with the Subcommittee's recommendation, the consultant Spohn Ranch will continue to work with the stakeholders and move forward with development of a conceptual design.  They have recently set up a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/) to keep the community apprised of the latest project developments.

If you would like to support the Skatepark Project, Brisbane resident Michael Barnes and users of the skatepark are selling silk-screened Brisbane tee-shirts for $15.  So far, their efforts have raised $2,600.  They will be at the Sunday Farmers' Market from 9am - 1pm if you'd like to pick one up.  For any questions or custom orders, please contact Michael at mgb5@mindspring.com .

Road Work 10/6-10/15

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Due to the discovery of a damaged sewer line, a contractual obligation to complete a road resurfacing project on schedule, and the imminent need to repair anomalies in PG&E gas service lines, several of Brisbane’s streets will experience traffic impacts in the next two weeks, beginning Monday, October 6th.

The areas shown below in red indicate where the roadway will be closed from 8 AM - 5 PM, followed by the closure dates (click to enlarge).  “No Parking” notices have already been posted as required for much of the work, and will continue to be posted 72 hours in advance of construction. The areas marked in green will have a single lane of traffic controlled by flaggers - please expect delays and plan your trips accordingly.

Paving work will commence on Monday the 6th, beginning with Tulare St.  Striping work will be scheduled after the asphalt paving portion of the work has cured.  This project is scheduled to be completed on October 24th.  Again, “No Parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of any work that affects parking, as well as “Road Closed” signs where needed, with emergency access being maintained at all times. 

PG&E’s utilization of the latest technology for compliance distribution pipeline survey has identified locations to repair.  Those repair locations have been indicated on the map above.  PG&E crews will be working at these locations over the next few weeks.  Expect minor delays.  For a visual on how PG&E is utilizing the technology, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding any of these projects, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as these projects are completed.

October 2014 Citynews

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