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Swearing In Ceremony

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 On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, city employees and loved ones gathered to witness the swearing in of the above four gentlemen to their new positions:

Chris Redfield – Public Works Maintenance Worker II

Dolan Shoblo – Public Works Lead Maintenance Worker

Giovanni Perez-Recoder – Police Officer

Todd Curtis – Marina Maintenance Worker II

If you should see them in and around town, please join us in congratulatiing them and welcoming Chris and Giovanni to Brisbane!

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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The Brisbane Certified Farmers' Market is alive and needing your participation.  There are still many loyal and wonderful vendors.

Come out and see:

Coming Soon:

Any questions, please call Jerry Lami, Executive Director, West Coast Farmers' Markets: (650) 290-3549

Thank you and happy market shopping!

Commission/Committee Openings

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A GREAT WAY TO GET INVOLVED AND SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY!!

APPLY TO SERVE ON A CITY COMMISSION OR COMMITTEE

Planning Commission

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.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month @ 7:00 p.m.

2 -  Four-year terms ending in 2018 are available to apply for.

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commission provides advice to the City Council regarding the Parks & Recreation Department, gather community opinions, needs and perceptions regarding recreational opportunities, and tackle such special projects as the Star Awards Program, Community Festival and the Festival of Lights.

This Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.

Up to 4  -  Four-year terms ending in 2018 are available to apply for.

Open Space and Ecology Committee

The primary responsibility of the Open Space/Ecology Committee is to make recommendations to the City Council on the implementation of relevant programs and policies of the Open Space and Conservation Elements as well as the sustainability parts of the Local Economic Development chapter of the General Plan.  That responsibility includes preparing drafts of the relevant, regular reports called for in the General Plan, such as the annual report on the status of open space.

The Open Space and Ecology Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.

Up to 5- Four-year terms ending in 2018 and 1-Two-year term ending in 2016 are available to apply for.

Complete Streets Safety Committee

The Complete Streets Safety Committee considers issues affecting pedestrians (including the different needs of children, seniors, youth, and families), bicyclists, persons with disabilities motorists, movers of commercial goods, and users and operators of public transportation.

The Complete Streets Safety Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.

2 terms are available to apply for.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit an application for the commission or committee you're interested in by clicking below:

Planning Commission Application | Parks & Recreation Application

Open Space & Ecology Committee Application | Complete Streets Safety Committee Application

Or call/e-mail Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or cityhall@ci.brisbane.ca.us

The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2014.

Firefighters Return to Station 81

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On Monday night, the Brisbane Firefighters moved back home to Station 81!  It's been just over three years that the firefighters have been in an interim mobile trailer facility located outside of Station 81.  On September 14, 2010, the City received a report that Brisbane Fire Station 81 had a severe case of mold within the facility - specifically the apparatus bay and living quarters.  Because Brisbane is a part of the North County Fire Authority, our firefighters were able to be immediately relocated to Station 93 in Daly City for evenings, though still spending the daytime hours in Brisbane responding to calls, conducting fire inspections, and all other required and necessary workload and assignments.  To meet the community's desire for the firefighters to be in town 24/7, three mobile trailers were brought in as a temporary solution.  We are happy to report that those trailers are no longer needed, and will be removed once the firefighters are able to get fully moved back in to the station.

A grand "re-opening" celebration will be planned in the near future so that the community is able to formally welcome the firefighters back home, as well as to see and hear about all the renovations that took place at the facility, including a roof repair and inspection and new carpet and paint in the living quarters.  The re-opening event will also be discussed by the City Council at their meeting next Monday, January 13th at 7:30pm.  Tune in on Ch. 27 or watch via live streaming on your computer or mobile device.

January 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the January 2014 Marina Newsletter.

Tree Planting Event, Sat. 2/15

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We are pleased to be able to partner with Invest From the Ground Up, a regional tree planting and education program, in bringing 7 new trees to the Community Park.  Brisbane was one of 21 unique sites selected for the 2014 Invest From the Ground Up – Community Tree Planting Program!

The program's goals are two-fold:

- Increase awareness & community involvement in caring for community trees, including proper care and maintenance

  • - Increase tree canopy, shade and related tree benefits to communities, including reducing heat island effect, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, cleaning water and air, providing aesthetic and habitat value, and improving public health

We need 30 volunteers from 9:00am - 12:30pm on Saturday, February 15th to make this a successful event. Click here to view the event flyer.

Contact Natalie Muñoz at (415) 508-2118 or nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us to sign up today!

Crepe & Brioche

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If you regularly frequent the Thursday Farmers' Market, you've noticed that "the bread man" of Crepe & Brioche hasn't been there.  That's because sales were down in December...and "the bread man", or Daryl, wasn't allowed to return.  But all you lovers of Crepe & Brioche's rum almond croissants, lightly salted pretzels, nutella twists, garlic and cheese loaves, and other fabulously fresh offerings...don't despair, because Crepe & Brioche will be back on Thursday the 16th!  And they need to know that Brisbane cares about whether they're at the market or not - it will determine if they're back the following week!  So make sure you show your support by purchasing a treat or two, or three...or four.  Thanks and happy market shopping!

Interview with Councilmember Liu

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Sworn in on December 3rd, newest Councilmember Lori Liu talks about her background, the perspective she brings to the City Council, and her excitement to serve her community as a Councilwoman.

Found Dog - Reunited!

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A dog was taken in earlier today by a Brisbane resident on Klamath.  The dog will remain there until Friday, after which, if still unclaimed, will be taken to the SF SPCA.  Please call (415) 385-2315 if you are the owner of this dog or could provide its current sitter with any information.  Thank you!

Social Services Location Change

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The County's Human Services Agency announced earlier this month that core social services (e.g. food, clothing, and shelter) that are provided to Brisbane, South San Francisco, and San Bruno residents, would now be offered at the County Human Services Office in South San Francisco (known as Community Services of Northern Peninsula and located at 1487 Huntington Ave., SSF) instead of at through the North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center (NPNSC), also located in SSF.  To see a map, please click here to view the flyer.

January 2014 CITYNEWS

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Click here to read the January 2014 CITYNEWS.

Farmers' Market

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Given the upcoming holidays, extremely cold weather and inability to see their produce once the sun goes down, the vendors have requested that the market take a break until January 9th.  On that day, the market will switch to their "winter hours", or 2pm - 6pm.  When Daylight Savings Time starts in March, they will resume their regular, "summer hours" of 3pm - 7pm (3/13).  At that time, Crepe and Brioche will be returning (for all that have missed their artisan breads, cakes, and croissants the past couple of weeks!), as well as Tantalizing Toffee (since all of her holiday orders will have been filled).  Thank you for your continued support of the market - it's what allows the market to be year-round.  That, and the vendors still love coming to Brisbane and the loyal customers they serve.  Happy Holidays!

Jan. Council Meeting Schedule

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The City Council Meeting Schedule has changed from the usual 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.

Due to scheduling conflicts there will a meeting only on January 13, 2014. 

The meetings of January 6th and 21st are canceled.  If there is a need for another meeting in late January, it would possibly be scheduled on Tuesday, January 28th.

Happy Holidays!

Energy Upgrade California™

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Get a home that’s cozy in winter, cool in summer, and comfortable all year-round when you make energy efficient upgrades.  Now – for a limited time – you can get $1,000-$4,500 in rebates and incentives for making your home more energy efficient through Energy Upgrade California™.  Go to www.BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org to find a Participating Contractor or speak to a free Home Upgrade Advisor at 866-878-6008 to get started today!

Toys Needed!

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The deadline to drop off new, unwrapped toys has been extended to Friday, December 20thPlease bring them to City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane) by 1:00pm where the collection bin is set just inside the front entrance.  All donations will be used locally to help needy families in Brisbane.  Monetary donations are also welcome.  To do so or for any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick at 415-508-2143.  Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

Calling All Brisbane Birders

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If you love birding, you won't want to miss the Golden Gate Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count, taking place on San Bruno Mtn. Friday, December 27th.  The group will meet at 8:00am in the San Bruno Mtn. State Park parking lot and bird the mountain in the morning.  After lunch, they will go down to the Brisbane Lagoon area and the Bay.  The plan is to finish up by 4:30pm, and then head to the Presidio for a dinner catered by Hayes & Kebab.  More information about this fun day can be found by clicking here.  Be sure to register online for this free event (indicate you want to be in the San Bruno Group - Area 12) by Friday, December 6th (you can also come on count day and be signed up on the spot).  Lastly, please bring your own lunch and liquids and dress in layers.  For any questions, please contact Helen McKenna Ridley at helenmck@pacbell.net or 415-516-5513.

Sediment Control Work

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On Thursday, December 5, a contractor will be placing plastic, held in place with sandbags, on the slope along San Bruno Avenue (west of Gladys Avenue) as a temporary sediment and erosion control measure before this season's rains (a photo of a similar repair can be seen to the right).  The area has recently shown signs of erosion, and the measure is meant to prevent a slope failure.  On Thursday, the uphill lane of traffic will be closed during the work, but the contractor will be on-site with flagman to allow traffic through the work area one direction at a time.  Minor delays can be expected, and we appreciate your cooperation as this necessary work is performed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

December 2013 Citynews

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Click here to read the December 2013 CITYNEWS.

Photo Contest for History Book

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We’re looking for local photographers interested in being a part of the 50th anniversary history book.  Brisbane residents are asked to submit their best photo that shows the City of Brisbane with the famous stars shown throughout our city on homes and businesses.  Photos for the cover of the book will be accepted at City Hall now until the deadline of January 8, 2014 (8:00pm).  Contest winner will receive a $500 reward.

Contest Rules:  You must be a Brisbane resident to enter.  Each contestant may enter 3 - 5 photos.  Special permission to use a photo for City of Brisbane publication and marketing will be asked for once the photo is chosen.  All photos remain the property of the artist.  All photos submitted must be a 300 dpi (high resolution) at 8.75" x 11.25" digital photo file.  JPEGs are preferred and should not be heavily compressed.  TIFF format is also acceptable.  Photos sent by e-mail must be a 72 dpi less than .5 MB image (but available at the larger size stated above) and sent to: msaguisag@ci.brisbane.ca.us or drop off or send in your entry with your name, address, phone and e-mail address to:

Brisbane City Hall
Attn. History Book Photo Contest
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005

We look forward to seeing all your great shots of the stars in Brisbane!

City Council Reorganization

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The City Council Meeting and Reorganization will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brisbane Community Room, 50 Park Place.

All are invited to say thank you to outgoing Mayor Miller, Congratulate newly re-elected Councilmembers Clarke Conway & Cliff Lentz, and to Welcome Newly Elected Councilmember Lori Liu.  The New Council will also choose their next Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremonies.

Baylands Draft EIR

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The Brisbane City Council has extended the deadline to provide written comments on the Brisbane Baylands Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) from November 22, 2013 to January 24, 2014.  Comments must be received no later than Friday at 1:00 p.m. when City Hall closes.

Please submit written comments on the Draft EIR to:

    John Swiecki, AICP, Community Development Director
    City of Brisbane
    50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
    Fax: 415.467.5547
    or via email to: eir@ci.brisbane.ca.us

Written responses shall be provided to all comments on the Draft EIR received by the deadline of 1:00 p.m., January 24, 2014. Please remember that comments should be focused on the draft EIR and the information contained therein. 

Please check “New Information” on the City’s website for further updates:

http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/baylands-information

Annual Winter Cleanup

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Annual Winter Clean-Up - November 16 and 17th

The Annual Winter Clean-Up is scheduled for this weekend, November 16 and 17th.  This is the time to clear your property of fallen leaves and branches which could find their way into one of the City’s storm drains and cause flooding during the rainy season. 

Dumpsters will be placed throughout town for residents to dispose of their yard waste. 

Please place your yard trimmings and branches (less than 4 inches in diameter and NOT within plastic garbage bags) into the nearest-located dumpster.  A map of the dumpster locations is available at http://goo.gl/maps/JM9hT

If you need assistance, we will have limited staff available to transport your yard waste to one of the dumpsters.  For assistance, please call (415) 508-2146 during the following times:

Saturday, November 16:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 17:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Please remember that this is for YARD WASTE ONLY (leaves, branches, grass).  NO GARBAGE OR OTHER WASTE is to be disposed of in these dumpsters.  Doing so will make the entire load unrecyclable. 

As a reminder, do not attempt to trim tree branches that are touching or near PG&E power lines.  Call PG&E if you have any questions or concerns at (800) 743-5000.  If you have other questions regarding tree removal in general, see the Tree Removal Permit page on our website or call 508-2115. 

Thank you in advance for your willingness and cooperation in this City-wide effort.  If we all pitch in to clean up our properties from yard trimmings and fallen leaves, we can prevent future problems from occurring during the winter rains. 

 

SMC-Connect

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Locate San Mateo County Services

 

Retrieve detailed information about the services available in San Mateo County by clicking HERE


 

 

 

Community Information Program

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New Service Now Available to San Mateo County Residents
211 is toll-free, confidential, multi-lingual and available 24/7. Call 211 to find information about food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more.

211 utilizes the records of the CIP database to provide their referrals for San Mateo County.

Recession Resources
Need help in this struggling economy? Check out some resources that might help you with trouble in your career, mortgage, healthcare and other topics during these challenging times. Visit plsinfo.org/Community-Resources-FAQ for links to Community Resources as compiled by local PLS Reference Librarians.

Community Information Handbook 2013
CIP is pleased to announce the release of the Community Information Handbook 2013. We understand the importance of providing our users with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible in these challenging times when the demand for social services is at an all-time high. If you haven’t already received copies, call us at 650-349-5538 or email cip@plsinfo.org to order your free copies or check our “Publications” section.

Resource Bulletin Transitions into E-Blasts
Due to recent budget cuts, CIP is no longer able to produce and send E-Blasts. Many of the submissions we received were calendar items rather than news articles; please check the CIP Community Calendar page in our Publications section for lists of other options to promote community events.

About Us
The Community Information Program (CIP) provides information on nonprofit and public services available to people who live or work in San Mateo County, California.

For over 35 years, CIP has answered questions for social workers, teachers, nonprofit agency staff, health care professionals, counselors and clergy, as well as the general public through their local library.

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

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HEART/Meriwest First Time Homebuyer Workshop on Saturday Nov 16, 2013

 

When
Saturday November 16, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST
Add to Calendar

 

 

Where

The Shops at Tanforan
1150 El Camino Real
Go to main entrance, between BJ's & Barnes & Noble
3rd door on the right
San Bruno, CA 94066
Driving Directions

HEART and Meriwest Mortgage together offer a downpayment loan and mortgage program to help first time homebuyers in San Mateo County buy a home with 5% down and no PMI.

Find out more at our free First TIme Homebuyer workshop on Saturday, November 16 from 10:30-12:00 at the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno. This popular program has helped over 50 families buy their first home in San Mateo County. Find out if you qualify on our website.

You may buy a house or condo up to $521,250 anywhere in the County except Daly City with this special program.. We'll have representatives from Prudential CA Realty on hand to talk about what might be available in this challenging real estate market and how to make a successful offer.

Space is limited. Please click on the link below to register or RSVP now.

Get more information

Register Now!

I can't make it

We look forward to working with you. Please contact Paula Stinson at HEART or John Souza at Meriwest Mortgage, 408-849-7115 if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Paula Stinson

HEART of San Mateo County

pstinson@heartofsmc.org

650-872-4444 x 4#
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Unofficial Election Results

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Results from today's election in Brisbane will be reported here at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Unofficial Election Results - November 5, 2013

Candidate

Precinct 5001Precinct 5002Precinct 5003Vote by MailTotal

W. Clarke Conway

 11514649315625

Gavin Kelly Escolar

416923105238

Cliff Lentz

 9312246273534

Lori S. Liu

12613758 367 688

 

Measure T:        Yes:      696                   No:    212

(Business License Tax on Liquid Storage Facilities


The City of Brisbane, along with all other cities in San Mateo County, contracts with the County of San Mateo Elections Office.  The County counts and posts the election results.  The County has, by State law, up to 28 days to certify the election results.  The official results will be adopted by the Brisbane City Council on Monday, December 2, 2013.

There are absentee and provisional ballots that were turned in at the polls that still need to be counted and included in the above totals.  During the next few weeks the County will be updating the absentee numbers on their website.  So the absentee numbers shown above will adjust slightly.

You can check any updates periodically by going to www.shapethefuture.org

 

November 2013 STAR

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Click here to read the November 2013 STAR.

SamTrans Meetings

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SamTrans will hold a series of public meetings over the next two months to gather comments and discuss a study that will consider the possibility of Bus Rapid Transit service on El Camino Real.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an enhanced bus service that typically offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities.

Generally, BRT can be implemented in two ways based on level of investment: Rapid and full BRT. Rapid bus service is mixed in with regular automobile traffic, but it travels farther between stops than local routes and features enhanced stations and skip-service.

 Full BRT incorporates dedicated bus lanes and higher degrees of station enhancements. It requires a more significant capital investment than rapid service.

SamTrans is conducting an in-depth study of the potential options for BRT service along El Camino Real from Daly City to the Palo Alto Transit Center. The purpose of the study is to develop a phasing plan that will identify how existing bus operations in the corridor may be enhanced to incorporate Rapid- and BRT-type amenities over time, reflecting population and employment densities and ridership demand. 

A major goal of the study is to identify enhancements in the short-term and long-term that could improve the passenger experience for existing riders and attract new riders. Other goals of the study include promoting livability and commercial viability while maintaining cost effective operations and minimizing traffic and parking impacts. 

The study will also assess long-term improvements, such as the feasibility of dedicated bus lanes and enhanced stations with added passenger amenities.  SamTrans will then develop short- and long-term plans for implementing these changes. 

SamTrans staff will be providing an information presentation on the study at local council meetings.  Public workshops are also being offered.  The schedule includes:

City Council Meetings

 Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

San Mateo City Council

San Mateo City Hall, Council Chamber

330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo

 

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Belmont City Council

Belmont City Hall, Council Chambers

One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont

 

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

South San Francisco City Council

SSF Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

 

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Atherton City Council

Town Council Chambers

94 Ashfield Road, Atherton

 

Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Colma City Council

Colma Community Center

1520 Hillside Boulevard, Colma

 

Public Workshops

 

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.

SamTrans Administrative Office

2nd Floor Auditorium

1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

 

Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.

South San Francisco Municipal Services Building

Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco

 

Additional information on SamTrans’ BRT phasing study can be found here: http://www.samtrans.com/BRT.

If you would like to attend either public workshop, please RSVP to Brent Tietjen, SamTrans Public Affairs Specialist, via email at tietjenb@samtrans.com<mailto:tietjenb@samtrans.com> or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/545609628842634/ for the November 13th workshop, or https://www.facebook.com/events/212040588977555/ for the November 14th workshop.

About SamTrans: Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans<http://www.facebook.com/samtrans> or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans_News<https://twitter.com/#!/caltrain_news>.

 

Airport Noise Complaints

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Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736
E-mail: sfo.noise@flysfo.com

Measure T Information

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MEASURE T

There is a Business License Tax Measure on the November 5, 2013 Ballot.  Click here for more information.

City Attorney's Impartial Analysis

Argument in favor of Measure T | Argument Against Measure T

Rebuttal to Arument in favor of Measure T | Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure T

 

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Also, feel free to contact City Clerk Sheri Spediacci 415-508-2113 for further information.

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