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SamTrans Seeks Input On Minority And Low-Income Policies

The San Mateo County Transit District is asking the public for feedback on the levels of fare and service changes that would trigger analysis of the impact those changes would have on minorities and low-income populations.

Prior to significant fare increases or service changes, SamTrans currently reviews those changes at a staff level to determine whether their impacts are borne disproportionately by minorities and low-income populations.

In response to new Federal Transit Administration requirements, the Transit District is seeking input from the public as it develops and adopts a new set of policies governing what level of impact would result in the need to revise or mitigate the service or fare proposal.

The new requirements are that all transit agencies have a board-adopted Title VI policy by Oct. 2013.  Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, seeks to protect all people from discrimination, stating:

"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

The proposed policy includes criteria for two areas: major service changes and unfair or disproportionate impacts to minority or low-income populations.

SamTrans is proposing the level at which a given service change is considered to be a "Major Service Change" is any change to revenue miles on a specific route by 25 percent or more in any one-week period.  The disparate, or unfair, impacts and disproportional burden thresholds are proposed to be triggered whenever the cumulative impact of a change affects more than 20 percent of the minority or low-income populations the system serves.

SamTrans will be hosting public meetings throughout the county in February to receive feedback on the proposal before asking the board to adopt the policy at its March meeting.

Public meetings include:

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Community Room
Pacifica -Sanchez Library
1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
War Memorial Activity Room
Daly City Parks and Recreation
6655 Mission St., Daly City

Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Second floor auditorium
SamTrans Offices
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Community Room
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA
550 Bell St., East Palo Alto

SamTrans is accepting public comment on these proposals at the meetings or by:

*   E-mail to
*   U.S. Postal Service:

C/o Operations Planning
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306

*   Phone: 1.800.660.4287 (TTY: 650.508.6448 for hearing impaired)

The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.  To view the draft policies, visit



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Posted 2/13/2013

John A. Gilbrech
"Big John"
Gil's Oly (aka Gil's ARCO)
Svcs:  Sat., Feb. 16, 1 pm, 348 Visitacion

Posted 2/7/2013

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Spring Camp
May 25 - April 5, Reg. Opens Feb. 5
Information 508-2140

Adult Open Gym Basketball

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Due to it being Lipman Science Fair Week, Adult Open Gym Basketball will not be available on Wednesday, February 6th, but will return the following week, Wednesday, Februrary 13th.  Thank you for your kind understanding!

February 2013 CITY NEWS

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Click here or the image to view the February 2013 CITY NEWS.

Brisbane Youth Baseball

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Practices for Spring 2013 Brisbane Youth Baseball season are tentatively set to begin on Monday, February 25th.  For the 7 - 8 year old Boys & Girls Pinto League, the roster is full but only a few more sign-ups are needed in order for two teams to be formed, which would allow all of the 7 - 8 year olds who want to play the opportunity to do so!  So, if you haven't already signed them up, check out the flyer and register them online by clicking here or in the Recreation Office (2nd Fl. or City Hall).

Farmers' Market Recipe

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It was a beautiful day at the famers' market yesterday - thank you to all who support the market by stopping by there on a weekly basis.  The vendors thank you, too!  We can't wait until Februrary when more fruits and vegetables will be season, and the berry flats are back!  But, there are plenty of creative dishes that can be concocted with many of the items you currently see at the farmers market.  Check out this recipe from Brisbane Planning Commissioner Karen Cunningham who loves to experiment in the kitchen and eat wholesome, colorful dishes!

An Important Reminder

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Residential burglaries  are on the rise thoughout San Mateo County, and can occur even in Brisbane.  Unsecured doors and windows continue to be the favorite method of entry for these  criminals.  Always lock your car doors and front door when you leave your residence,  even if you are home.  Criminals will frequently check for unlocked or unsecured doors; don't be a victim in your own home.  If you should see a suspicious person, try to get a good description of them.  This would include clothing, direction of travel, their car make and model, and if possible, license plate.  Immediately call the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212.  Please do not take matters into your own hands.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times, reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the Police as soon as possible.

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Posted 1/25/2013


12th Annual
Brisbane Artists
Evening of Sharing
Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.

Brisbane Lions Club
Benefit Crab Dinner
Sat., Feb 9, 6 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Tickets/Info:  (415)269-7895 or


Posted 1/23/2013

Low Income Senior Housing
Apartment Available - #3 Inyo St.
Call 415-330-9252 for Info

In Loving Memory Of
Theodore Sailor
Svcs:  Fri., Feb 1, 10 - Noon Sky Lawn Cemetery


Honoring Sepi Richardson

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On Tuesday, February 19th, the City Council will honor Sepi for her 15 years of service on the Brisbane City Council.  The celebration will begin at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room, transitioning to a reception which will be held within City Hall.  The City Council will re-convene to discuss city business following the reception.  Please click the flyer to view its full-sized version with larger text.

Summit Shasta High School

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Residents have expressed interest in establishing a high school within the City, and planning for the Baylands has included discussions about a possible high school.  Meanwhile, Summit Public School: Shasta, a 9-12 school, will be opening in the fall of 2013 and serve students in the Jefferson Union High School District. They will be opening with a class of 100 ninth graders and add one grade per year.

Summit Shasta is now accepting applications. For questions about Summit Shasta or the application process, please contact:

Executive Director Caitlyn Herman

Lipman E-Waste Drive

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Lipm Middle School's Free E-waste Recycling Day is Saturday, January 26th from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

Proceeds will be used to purchase new technology for the school and to support Lipman's various clubs.  

Drop off computer systems and accessories, handheld devices, office equipment, and audio and visual equipment in front of Lipman Middle School (1 Solano St., Brisbane) the day of the event.  For a detailed list of acceptable items, please click here to view the flyer.  If you need to drop off your items prior to 11:00am, please do so in the parking lot.

For assistance with or pick up of larger items, please contact Dan Sorrentino at (415) 203-6459.

For help answering questions regarding certain items, please contact Sally Busalacchi at or (415) 586-6595.

Thanks for your support!

City Attorney Services

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The City Council of the City of Brisbane invites qualified firms or individiuals to submit responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) for contract part-time City Attorney Services as described in the Scope of Work section (Section 2) of the RFP.  Applicants shall submit ten (10) copies of their proposal to the attention of Sheri Spediacci, the City's Primary Contact for this RFP, by the submission deadline - February 14, 2013, 5:00pm:

Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005

Should you have any questions, please contact Sheri at or (415) 508-2113.

Artists Evening of Sharing

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Artists of all varieties have an opportunity to share their talents with the Brisbane Community during an evening of inspiration and enchantment.  Each artist will present a short slide show, video or performance of music, dance, theatre or spoken word. 

For any questions about the event, please contact Beth Grossman at

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Posted 1/16/2013


Brisbane School District Board Mtg.
Consolidation Discussion
Wed., Jan. 16, 6 pm, Lipman Middle School

Brisbane and Bayshore Board Mtg.
Vote On Consolidation
Thur., Jan 17, 6 pm, 450 Martin St.
DeLue Boys and Girls Club

Posted 1/14/2013

Lipman Middle School Benefit
E-Waste Recycling Day
Sat., Jan 26, 11 am - 4 pm, 1 Solano St.
Information: (415) 586-6459




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Posted 1/8/2013

Live at Mission Blue presents
Eric Zivian: Solo Piano
Sat., Jan 19th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr

Farmers' Market Reminder

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The San Mateo County Department of Public Health, which regulates the safe operations of farmers' markets throughout the County, has made it abundantly clear to the Market Manager that dogs are to not be anywhere near the vendors while the farmers' market is in operation.  That means, you should not have your dog with you, even though they're on-leash, while you're picking out your fresh produce, fish, or baked goods.  The County oftentimes will drop by unannounced, and has the ability to shut down the market if it is feels is operating under unsafe conditions.  So please keep your pooches at bay...maybe have someone watch them near the water and treat bowls that have been set out by West Coast Famers Market Association while you quickly make your purchases.   Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

January 2013 CITY NEWS

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Click here or the image to view the January 2013 CITY NEWS.

City Council Member Richardson

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Brisbane City Council Member Sepi Richardson Retires from the City

Brisbane, CA – December 29, 2012 – After serving for fifteen years on the Brisbane City Council, Sepi has decided to retire from elected office.  She is well-known throughout San Mateo County, having served on nearly 20 various County Boards and Commissions, including the Airport Community Roundtable, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) where she was an Executive Board Member on each, and served as either Chair or Vice Chair on four committees within these Associations. 

By serving  in all these committees, Sepi was able to largely influence the outcome of issues relating to: California League of Cities, Association of Bay Area Governments, Finance (revenue & taxation, fund development), labor relations and human resources (employee compensation, evaluation, benefit administration, hearings over discipline and suspensions), Criminal Justice Council, CalTrain Modernization Group, Peninsula Coalition of CalTrain and High Speed Rail Policy Making Group, Bay Area water supply, transportation (planning, traffic congestion relief, air quality, energy efficiency, Caltrain, High Speed Rail, and SamTrans), housing, economic development, legislation and policy, San Francisco Airport noise and land use, climate protection and air quality management (sustainability, green ordinance, green technology and programs, energy strategy development, electric vehicle readiness), regional planning (growing smart together, FOCUS, preferred land use scenario, transportation investment strategy, SCS Plan Bay Area, storm drain & pollution), insurance & risk management, Bay Area trails & bike paths, SF Estuary and Bay protection, lobbying, earthquake and hazard programs (emergency preparedness, Bay Area resilience, schools and business readiness), land use formation and service reviews, library systems, performing arts and artists support, and last but not least, our K-12 education system.  Her influences had no geographical boundaries.  Her services included Brisbane, San Mateo and other nine Bay Area counties including the President of the Council of Cities, and all throughout the State.

In addition to her Countywide duties, Sepi was extremely active within the Brisbane Community.  Her past and present service on city committees include: Finance/Labor Negotiations, Public Information/Technology, Liaison to the Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, schools and transportation funding, arts and artist recognition awards, transportation and housing (including low and moderate), recruitment (City Manager, City Attorney), policy advisory, city facilities, library JPA, and community emergency volunteers (CERT).  How she made herself available to serve in such a broad capacity can be seen as a feat in itself, but that is an area where Sepi excelled.  She made it a point to ensure Brisbane was always well represented, and that people were aware of the efforts, priorities, and accomplishments in her small town.

Sepi served Brisbane Community twice as Mayor.  During her years, she presided over numerous City Council Meetings, public events, and hearings.  She was actively involved in all aspects of planning and policy-level decisions including the ribbon cuttings of some of Brisbane's major construction and remodeling projects such as the Community Center, Community Park and Playground, Brisbane's Marina, Skate Park, Teen Center, Mission Blue Performing Art Center, Place-making and CEQA public workshops, EIR consultant selection, Sierra Point Design Guidelines and improvement of the public and recreational spaces, Senior Sunrise Room and senior housing, acquisition of lands for open space preservation, community garden, Community Swimming Pool, school fields, Bayshore Bus Station remodeling, Bayshore bike lane, Quarry Road Trail, seismic retrofit of Tunnel Ave. Bridge, and City Hall and Community Meeting Room, and first time ever Brisbane Farmers’ Market.  She passionately cared for the financial health and welfare of the City and its residents, particularly the children and the seniors.  At each of these community events, Sepi’s interpersonal skills shined through.  She took every opportunity she could to tell the Community, fellow Council Members, and city staff how thankful and blessed she was to live in this community and to be able to serve its citizens.  And we, Sepi, are forever indebted to you for your tireless spirit, great energy, and passion for serving others.  Many congratulations to you on your retirement!

City Council will be considering options for filling this seat at an upcoming meeting in January.


Caroline Cheung
Administrative Management Analyst
(415) 508-2157

For a PDF version of the press release, please click here.

Eric Zivian: Solo Piano

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Saturday, January 19, 2013 

Concert 8:00 pm 

Artist Interview 7:30 pm  

Pianist Eric Zivian returns to Live at Mission Blue in a program of solo piano works by composers of the 19th & 20th centuries as well as an original composition of his own.  Mr. Zivian’s performances are marked by their striking intensity and energy.  Join us for an evening of Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Zivian and more.

To purchase your tickets online, please click here to be taken to the Live at Mission Blue website or purchase tickets at City of Brisbane, 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  Please see the brochure and enclosed order form.

January 2013 Citynews

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Click Here to Read the January 2013 Citynews

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Posted 1/4/2013

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Tai Chi Classes
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm, Mission Blue Center
Starts this Monday, New Instructor!


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Posted 12/31/2012

New Year

Posted 12/26/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Baseball Sign Ups
Resident Only Reg. Starts Jan. 2nd
5 - 10 yrs old, Info: (415) 508-2144

West Coast Farmer's Market
Closed this Thursday, Dec. 27
Returns next Thursday, Jan 3rd

Posted 12/24/2012

Happy Holidays!

Teen Extravaganzafest

Council Reorganization

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Last night, Raymond C. Miller was sworn in as the City's Mayor for the 2013 calendar year, with Sepi Richardson sworn in as Mayor Pro Tem.  This is not Ray's first time taking the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance for Public Officers, however, but his fourth.  Please click here to read remarks by Mayor Miller, which he made after his installation.

City Clerk Sheri Spediacci swearing in Ray.

Sepi being sworn in by Pastor Steve Tregenza.

The reorganized Council then took their respective seats on the dais.

Mayor Miller presented Cliff with the following Proclamation, adding his own personal remarks about the abilities he observed about Cliff during his mayorship.  Most notably, his ability to have so many people feel comfortable enough to come and speak at Council meetings.



WHEREAS, Clifford R. Lentz served as the Mayor of the City of Brisbane from December 5, 2011 to December 17th of 2012; and 

Whereas, during his year as Mayor he presided over many City Council meetings and public events; and 

WHEREAS, his dedication to and passion for the City and community of Brisbane and its residents was apparent in all that he did; and 

WHEREAS, of special interest to him was the long-term fiscal health of the City, the development of an Economic Development Action Plan, the improvement of public space and recreational value at Sierra Point through the update of the Sierra Point Design Guidelines, and the formulation of Sustainability Goals for the Baylands; and 

WHEREAS, he was also very committed to a project which he coordinated with Rebuilding Together Peninsula and with many community volunteers to refurbish the inside of the Brisbane Community Center and to re-design and landscape the park behind the Center and Library; and 

WHEREAS, other important projects were completed during his tenure as Mayor such as the new Community Park Playground, and the first-time-ever Brisbane Farmers' Market on Thursdays in the Community Park; and,  

WHEREAS, he also gave many hours of his time by serving on several Council Subcommittees dealing with subjects such as Finance, Low and Moderate Income Housing, the Arts, Schools, Economic Development, Baylands Sustainability, the Baylands EIR Consultant Selection, Sierra Point Design Guidelines, and Council Liaison to the Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Planning Commission; and 

WHEREAS, he represented the City on regional boards such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, the League of California Cities, the San Mateo County Policy Advisory Committee for the Regional Housing Numbers Allocation, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, and the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART)Board; and 

Now, therefore be it resolved, that after a year of dedicated service as Mayor of the City of Brisbane and after giving so generously of his time to represent the City in so many ways, we thank him for his dedication in making the City of Brisbane a better place to live. 

Dated this 17th day of December, 2012.

     Raymond C. Miller, Mayor Pro Tem                              W. Clarke Conway, Councilmember

     Terry O’Connell, Councilmember                                    Sepi Richardson, Councilmember

Thank you, Cliff, for serving the Brisbane Community so well in the past year.  We know you'll be just as involved in the new year as you were this one!

Catch a replay of the Council Reorganization Meeting by clicking here to be taken to the December 17, 2012 meeting page.

Playground Ribbon-Cutting

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Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, will be remembered as a very happy day in it marks the day that Brisbane finally got its new playground!  A project that has been in the works for the past 5 years, and picking up remarkable steam in 2012 thanks to the involvement of the Mothers of Brisbane with staff, along with the Playground Design Subcommittee of Commissioners Marmion and Bologoff, and of course, the Brisbane City Council who ultimately approved the project at their meeting of May 7, 2012.

For a playground which consisted of two phases - the expansion of the existing playbox and the build-out of a portion of the grassy area for the new, 3-bay swing set, funding was a major component for the project advancing forward.  The total project cost ended up being approximately $229,000.  Sixty-nine percent, or $158,000 of that was covered by Seton Medical Center Foundation, thanks to The Kennedy Trust, a fund which Frank and Mae Walch assumed custody over when Frank was on the Seton Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors.  Frank and Mae Walch were former Brisbane residents, and therefore ensured that what came to be known as the Brisbane Community Fund restricted account was only used on items that promoted health-related programs for the citizens of Brisbane.  A proposal to use the remaining funds on a new community playground was approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

The next largest funding "bucket" is due to the efforts of Mothers of Brisbane 2012 Fundraising Chair Jennifer Bousquet and Founding Member, Jessica Aloft. Together they made presentations to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, wrote letters to Brisbane businesses, and tirelessly reached out to community members about buying a gold donor star.  In total, $33,400 was raised as a result of their efforts!

Next, the State Recycling Grant monies that the City had remaining, $23,156.56, was allocated for the playground.  This was done after verifying with the manufacturer that the plastic parts of the playground were made from recycled plastic, qualifying the usage of these funds.

The City also allocated it's Dedicated Park In-Lieu Fees account, totaling $25,899.63, to the playground.  Only $14,443.44 needed to be used from that account to cover the total cost of the playground project.  Therefore, approximately $11,000 is remaining for application towards the next project that takes place in town.  And we can't wait to get started!  But in the meantime, enjoy the photos from last Saturday's Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony; the smiles on those little faces indicate that this playground was one that was worth waiting for!

Administrative Management Analyst Caroline Cheung, who worked on the project in close conjunction with City Engineer Randy Breault and Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger, welcomed everyone that came out for the event.

Mayor Cliff Lentz gave the offical Thank You's to so all the hands that enabled the playground to become a reality - from the Brisbane Lions Club, local contractor Mike Glynn and Kessel Crockett, the Mothers of Brisbane, Ken Bousquet, former Parks and Recreation Director Jim Skeels, the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Seton Medical Center Foundation, and the Public Works Dept.

Tina Ahn, Vice President of Development for Seton Medical Center Foundation, and Sister William Eileen Dunn (Seton Medical Center Foundation is a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System) listen to the Mayor's remarks along with Police Chief Lisa Macias, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Cris Hart (second row), and Brisbane Lions Club Past President Ernie Filippo.

Next, it was a suprise Volunteer of the Year ceremony!  Jessica Aloft, longtime volunteer in the Community, was awarded as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for her creation of the "Tiny Tots" play gym program, "Music with Andrew" program for young children, seeing a need for a support system for new moms in town which led to the founding of the Mothers of Brisbane, and of course, helping guide the playground project along through all the various steps of the public process.  Congratulations, Jessica! 

Next up, it was time to play and break in Brisbane's newest playground!

Lastly, a group shot of Mayor Lentz with the Mothers of Brisbane, all of whom couldn't have been more pleased on that day.

Police Action at the 23 Club

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Please click here to read a press release that was put out today by the Brisbane Police Department.  Thank you to our local citizens, for their concern and phone call to the Police Chief Macias when this issue first came to light in the community. 

Playground Final Touches

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Remember all the sand that was at the former play structure?  Well thanks to Public Works, a portion of it has been brought back to use in the sand pit area.  So, kids will soon have the ability to dig, build, and play in the sand once again.  FYI, the new green jug filler located in the sand area should be used for sand and water play...not the drinking fountains anymore.  The landscaping company the city contracts with will be blowing all the fallen leaves away from the play structure, so that it looks its best for its grand debut.  Staff will be on-hand tomorrow to make sure the playground is wiped down from the morning dew and that spiral slide doesn't have a puddle at the end of it!  We look forward to the playground finally being dedicated to the Community - join Mayor Lentz and all the other playground supporters for this splendid occasion - coffee, pastris, and donuts will be on-hand.

2012 Festival of Lights

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The skies remained dry for the latter half of Sunday, December 2nd.  It's been a tradition for the past 26 years to host the City's annual Festival of Lights on the first Sunday in December.  Holiday carolers make their way down Visitacion Ave. towards the Community Park, Santa makes a stop in town to light the Festival Tree, and performances by Brisbane's talented youth entertain the many that have come to watch the festivities along San Francisco St.  It really is a unique celebration, and one which Brisbane resident Christina Florkowski photographed, so that we can all remember the special feeling we felt that night when the Community came together.  Thank you, Christina, for capturing these fabulous shots for all of us to enjoy.

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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In order to make necessary improvements to the local water mains, the Public Works Department will be turning off the water for 218 - 260 Tulare on Wednesday, December 12th from 10:00am - 1:00pm.  Please see the Scheduled Water Shutdown Notice for more information.

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Posted 12/10/2012

Brisbane Women's Club
Senior's Holiday Brunch
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 am, 185 Visitacion
Free For All Brisbane Seniors

Brisbane Women's Club
Santa's Visit
Sat., Dec. 15th, 1 - 3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Refreshments Served

Brisbane Lions Club
Senior's Luncheon
Sun., Dec. 16th, 1 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Free for All Brisbane Seniors

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