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New LED Traffic Control Signs

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A few drivers have reported that the turn from Sierra Point Parkway on to Lagoon Way can be a little challenging at night.  City staff reviewed the possibility of installing streetlights at this location, but the conditions present do not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards for light installation.  In an effort to provide better visual cues for drivers, the City recently installed LED stop signs in both directions on Sierra Point Parkway that will flash under low light conditions. 

In addition to this cue for drivers leaving the freeway and those coming north on Sierra Point Parkway, the contractor also installed white reflective pavement edge delineators on the north side of Lagoon Way, as well as new yellow reflective pavement markers on the double yellow center lane lines of Lagoon Way.  These last two upgrades are intended to give drivers better cues for the roadway’s boundaries  from the reflections created by headlights.  And best of all, no overhead light poles means no possibility of disturbing the many nesting birds who frequent the Lagoon!

The City also installed a flashing LED fire station warning sign at the entrance to Station 81 on Bayshore Blvd.  Truck drivers all too frequently drive into the station looking for a place to turn their rigs around, and block the engine in its bay until they have completed that maneuver.  This signal will flash 24/7 to give drivers every opportunity to realize that they should not be using this area as a turnaround.  Here's to added safety on the roads as well as the community's overall safety with the fire engine able to leave the station at a moment's notice and respond properly to an emergency.

Thinking of Going Solar?

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At their November 6, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council approved the City being a participating agency of "Peninsula SunShares", a community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to go solar.  This spring (April - June), the City is partnering with neighboring communities including local nonprofit Vote Solar, the program's administrator, to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.  So, whether you live or work in Brisbane, you'll be eligible to receive these discounts. 

Peninsula SunShares will pool the power of individual homeowner participants, which allows the solar industry to offer more competitive pricing, typically 20-25% below market rate. If the program reaches certain participation targets, Peninsula Sunshares will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to homeowners. 

What's needed now?  Help in spreading the word!  If you, your employer and/or your community organization would like more information about Peninsula SunShares, then Vote Solar wants to know.  They'll make it easy by providing marketing materials, leading information events and managing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  If you'd like to be included in future e-mail communications from Vote Solar, then let Caroline Cheung know by e-mailing her at ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  Here's to an easy way to show our commitment to the health and sustainability of the Brisbane community!

Shuttle Stop Relocation

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As part of the Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan created by the Complete Streets Safety Committee and approved by the City Council at their December 18, 2014 Council meeting, the Commute.org shuttle stop that was at the intersection of San Bruno & Santa Clara will be moved down the block to San Bruno to Alvarado.  This is to aid in reducing traffic congestion at the school during morning drop-offs, as the shuttle stop is in the midst of this area and school crossings at the crosswalk.  Thank you to the Committee for their work on this idea to relocate the shuttle stop and helping improve traffic for everyone's morning commute!  And lastly, if live or work in town and don't have a shuttle pass yet, then stop by the Finance Counter in City Hall and sign up for one!  It's free and a great alternative to getting in your car!

Gazebo To Get a Facelift

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Did you notice the Gazebo being washed on Thursday morning?  It now needs to dry a few more days before painting and staining can occur.  That should take about 3-4 days to complete once the contractor starts next week.  This work was approved by the City Council as part of their 2014-15 Budget and will serve to further enhance the Community Park.  Did you know that the Gazebo can be rented for private parties or community gatherings?  If you're interested in learning more, contact Tricia Vaccaro in the Parks and Recreation Department at 508-2140 and she will be happy to assist you!

Brisbane Youth Baseball

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Brisbane Youth Baseball is need of more 7 & 8 year olds for this year’s baseball season.  We only need a few more kids to add to our waitlist to be able to make two teams, allowing everyone to play who wants to.

There are also a few spots left on tee ball - ages 5 & 6.

Also, coaches are needed!

For any and all Youth Baseball questions, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.  Click here to view the updated Youth Baseball flyer.

(Baseball team ages are based on age of child as of  April 30, 2015)

Free Title 24 Training

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Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place.  This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings.  Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.  

The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff.   RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2118.

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/21/2015


Maxine L. Wilkin
Mother, Friend and Mentor
Brisbane Resident for 65 years
Svcs: Sat., Jan. 24, 1pm, Cypress Lawn


John Fassett
1924 - 2014
World War Two Veteran
"Always a wave and a kind word"
Service Info:  (415) 597-6910


Posted 1/20/2015


City of Brisbane
Crossing Guard & Lifeguard Wanted
Open Until Filled
Apply at www.calopps.org


City of Brisbane
Facebook Face to Face
Sun., Jan 25, 6 - 7:30 pm, 401 Visitacion
Meet all your FB friends in person

 

HVAC Replacement at Sta. 81

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If you happened to drive past the Fire Station this past Monday, you may have noticed a huge orange crane lifting and lowering three new HVAC units that were then installed over the course of the next few days.  Replacement of these HVAC units were approved by the City Council as part of their 14-15 Budget and meet new Title 24 Standards for increased building efficiency that went into effect statewide on July 1, 2014.  Lighting upgrades at the Fire Station took place back in July, so all capital improvement work at the Fire Station for FY 14-15 has now been completed.

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Posted 1/16/2015


American Cancer Association
Benefit Rummage Sale
Sun., Jan. 18, 8am - 2pm, Comm. Park
Support "Donna's Stars" in Relay for Life


Live at Mission Blue Presents
MUSA
Sat., Jan. 17th, 7:30pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Info/Tickets: www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com

Composting Has Arrived!

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Starting this month, Brisbane residents can put items like fruit and vegetable peels, leftovers, napkins and pizza boxes into the green cart, along with yard trimmings.  Now offering weekly green cart collection, South San Francisco Scavenger Company will convert the materials into transportation fuel and compost at their new anaerobic digestion facility.

Over the next two weeks, each household will receive a food scrap pail and detailed information about the new program, on their regular collection day.  

To ensure that the anaerobic digestion process produces high quality fuel and compost, only food, food soiled paper and yard trimmings should go into the green cart.  Contaminants such as plastics, including plastic bags and “bio bags,” glass, metal or any other non-compostable materials interfere with the process and must be kept out of the green cart.  The food scrap collection allows residents to recycle a wide range of materials, including some that can’t be readily composted in backyard compost bins, such as meat, bones, paper plates and milk cartons.

Thanks for helping to do your part!

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Posted 1/12/2015


Live at Mission Blue Presents
MUSA
Sat., Jan 17, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Info/tickets:  www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com


Brisbane Community Garden
Seed Exchange
Sat., Jan. 17, 9 am - 1 pm, Park Gazebo
All Welcome

 

2024 Olympics at the Baylands?

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UPDATE: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 4pm - Boston was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee today over San Francisco as the candidate city for the 2024 Olympics.

You may have seen a recent article about the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.  There is a group called the San Francisco 2024 Exploratory Committee who are working on a potential bid for both these games.   A proposal, if there is one, will have San Francisco as the lead city.

The exploratory committee is currently evaluating a variety of sites throughout the Bay Area for venues for various events and sports competitions.  One of the ideas they are exploring is placing a temporary “pop up” Olympic Stadium that would be used for opening and closing events as we well as the Track & Field competition on the Brisbane Baylands.  The stadium would be torn down and its materials repurposed after the Games have ended.  The organizing committee has approached the property owner as well as the City in very preliminary and exploratory discussions.

The Bay Area is one of four sites in the United States that are currently evaluating whether they wish to bid for the 2024 games.  The other three are Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston.  Sometime towards the end of the year the City of San Francisco and San Francisco 2024 will determine if they want to compete for the United States bid.  If so they will submit a formal proposal, which will include potential sites for various venues.   

In early 2015 the United States Olympic Committee will determine whether they want to submit a bid that would be subject to international competition.  If so they will choose amongst the American cities that submit proposals.  In 2017 the International Olympic Committee will select and announce the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As you can see from this schedule, that discussion of Brisbane as a potential site for venues for the 2024 games is in its early stages.  Any actual proposal would require environmental review as well as a City Council approved land-use permit.

Check in as the process continues as we will be updating the community on the status of decision making.

January 2015 Citynews

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Click here to read the January 2015 Citynews.

Feeding Cats at the Pool

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The feeding of three cats during the time the Pool is closed (January - early March of 2015) had been brought to the City's attention from several concerned citizens.  Parks and Recreation Director, Stuart Schillinger, reached out to these citizens explaining that first, there was a change in State law effective 1/1/2015 regarding animals at public pools and ancillary facilities in that they are not to be permitted at these facilities (except in the case of service animals).  Of course, with the pool being outdoors, we can't so much prevent the cats from entering the pool area (or birds for that matter).  So, in an effort to still feed the cats and follow the new law, Stuart, Ben (our new Pool Manager), and Karen (our engineer in charge of construction), thought that the best idea was to move the cats' food bowls to just outside the fenced in area towards Lipman field.  The bowls should still be close enough for the cats who visit the pool to find the food.  The citizens who are most concerned with the welfare of the cats were contacted by Stuart and feel this is the best solution at the moment.  If you have any other ideas or concerns, please contact Stuart at 508-2151.  Thanks all for your concern for the cats...and know their bellies will still be full.

January 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the January 2015 Marina Newsletter

Where's Our Water From?

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The City of Brisbane purchases 100% of our water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).  The SFPUC has two major water sources; the Hetch Hetchy Watershed (i.e., snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains located in Yosemite Valley), and local watersheds (i.e., rainwater and runoff received in major reservoirs in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties).  While Hetch Hetchy is the primary source of our drinking water, the local watersheds serve important roles in an overall integrated water management plan; this alternate source of water provides backup supplies during times of drought, emergency, and scheduled maintenance on Hetch Hetchy.  The two sources do have slightly different water quality parameters (which explains the range of values listed in our water quality report), but these differences are not typically apparent to the average consumer.
 
Within our city limits we operate two separate water districts providing water to the residents and businesses.  The Brisbane Water District serves Central Brisbane, Sierra Point and the Baylands.  The Guadalupe Valley Municipal Improvement District (GVMID) serves Crocker Park and the Northeast Ridge residential development.  The water districts are interconnected and are operated together to maximize circulation and flow within the system.  The interconnection allows the City to move water freely across the districts to supplement higher than normal demands.
 
For more information about where your drinking water comes from, how it is treated and maintained, the results of water quality monitoring, and other important information about water quality, please read the City’s 2013 Water Quality Report or contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

New Plastic Bag Cost: $0.25

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Since March 4, 2013, when the City Council adopted an ordinance to ban single-use carry out bags, retailers have charged $0.10 per allowable bag (either paper or reusable thick plastic).  Starting on January 1, 2015, per the adopted ordinance, the price per bag will increase to $0.25. 

Recently, San Mateo County conducted a survey which showed:

  • A 162% increase in people bringing their own bags
  • A 66% decrease in people buying plastic bags, and
  • A 130% increase in people refusing a bag

The dramatic difference in customers using their own bags in lieu of purchasing bags benefits the environment, waterways and wildlife.

More information about the plastic bag ban ordinance is available on the San Mateo County Health Department's website: www.smchealth.org/bagban

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works at (415) 508-2133, or San Mateo County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or pollutionprevention@smcgov.org .

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/2/2015


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool will be
Closed starting January 5th
We apologize for any inconvenience


Did you know?
The Police Dept. can be reached 24/7
Just call: 467-1212
We’re here for you!


Posted 12/31/2014


Happy
New Year!


Posted 12/29/2014


Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Classes
Various Days and Times
Informatiuon:  (415) 508-2143

12/26 Residential Structure Fire

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Today at approximately 12:48pm, five fire companies and other fire personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Mono St.  The fire was successfully held to the deck and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  Click here for the media advisory from North County Fire Authority.

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Posted 12/24/2014


Happy Holidays!!


Posted 12/22/2014


Congratulations!!!!
Eric Hill
2014 "Winter Jam" Winner
at Sonoma Raceway

Farmers' Market News

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The farmers' market will be taking a 3 week break and coming back to Brisbane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to the holidays and hopefully by then, the weather will be more dry!  The market manager, Jerry Lami, is also looking at adding some more vendors to the market.  If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see offered at the market, give him a call at (650) 290-3549.  A reminder that the Sunday market has closed as of the end of November.  Next year, Jerry will discuss with the Council Ad Hoc subcommittee whether a weekend market will be brought back in the Spring of 2015, and if there is demand for one, which day it will take place on: Saturday or Sunday.  Stay tuned...

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Posted 12/18/2014


Good Luck!!!
Eric Hill
Professional Drift Car Racer
at Sonoma Raceway's "Winter Jam"


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Music Time with Theresa
Fun Parent and Child Music Classes
Saturdays, Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, Miss Blue Ctr.

 

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The Public Works Department will be turning off the water from 240-293 Santa Clara St. on Thursday, December 18th from 10am - 2pm to make necessary improvements to the local water mains.  Notices have been delivered to all the addresses affected by the temporary water shutdown.  If you have any questions regarding this shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

How to Submit Service Requests

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Since November of 2011, the City has been accepting electronic service requests via vendor Government Outreach, which provides the ability for the public to do so on the computer or via their smartphone and the app, GORequest.  Last year, the City received 252 service requests via GORequest!  This tutorial will cover how you also can submit service requests on your mobile device...and you'll see how easy it is.

  1. Download the GORequest free app in either the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android), depending on your device.
  2. When opning the app, click "Allow" to allow GORequest to access your location (this will save you from having to enter your location each time).
  3. Click "New Issue".
  4. Click "Add Photo" to take a picture of the issue you'd like to report (or select one already saved in your photo library).
  5. Click "Select Issue" and choose from the various options.
  6. Click "Add comments" to give a brief description of the issue.
  7. Click "Add contact information" - name, e-mail address, and phone number (this only needs to be entered the first time you submit a request).
  8. Click "Submit" in the top right-hand corner.

You're all done!

If you entered your e-mail address, you'll get a confirmation from "Brisbane" indicating that the City has received your service request.  Once the issue has been resolved, you will receive a second notification. 

Thanks for your assistance in reporting what needs fixing around town and for using GORequest!

Winter Street Sweeping

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We’re going to have our street sweeper, the City of South San Francisco, do an early winter sweep of the upper streets in Central Brisbane on Tuesday, December 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The included streets are Kings Rd, Trinity Rd, Humboldt Rd. and Sierra Point Rd.  As we did last year, we are asking for people to voluntarily move their cars to allow for the most efficient removal of debris from the shoulders or curbs.

Also, due to the holidays, the second commercial street sweeping day in December will be Tuesday Dec. 23 instead of the normal Wednesday Dec. 24, from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The commercial street sweeping includes Visitacion Ave., San Bruno Ave., Old County Rd. in Central Brisbane, as well as Bayshore Blvd., Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy., Crocker Industrial Park, Sierra Point, and the Tunnel Ave. area.  People are encouraged to move their cars off of any affected streets on that date to allow for the most debris to be picked up from the gutters.  On Visitacion Ave. no citations will be issued on either the 23rd or the 24th.  Thank you for your assistance in removing debris from Brisbane's roadways!

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Posted 12/9/2014


Sand bags available
to the public and are
available at the Corp. Yard
(Tunnel Ave. at Lagoon Rd.)


Posted 12/8/2014


Brisbane Dance Workshop
Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec. 13, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Check out BDW on Facebook for more Info


Senior's Holiday Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 13, 10 am - 12 pm, Eagles Hall, Free
All Brisbane Seniors Welcome
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Brisbane Women's Club
Santa's Visit
Sat., Dec. 13, 1 - 3 pm Comm. Ctr., Free

December 2014 Citynews

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Click here to read the December 2014 Citynews.

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Posted 12/2/2014


Water Bills
Are Due
December 5th


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

December 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the December 2014 Marina Newsletter

Farmers' Market News

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With Thanksgiving falling on a farmers' market day next week, the vendors have decided to come to Brisbane the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/25) from 2:30pm - 6:30pm so you can stock up on all your fresh veggies, fruits, and PIES!  So be sure to stop by the market; the vendors will be very glad to see you, especially after yesterday's market where they saw very little foot traffic.  The market is currently year-round, which means the vendors will be there, rain or shine.  Here's who you can expect to see on Tuesday:

  • Mountain Fresh Organics (all your local, organic fruits and veggies including potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, strawberries, and squash)
  • Rojas Family Farms (Fuji apples, Valencia oranges, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, and plums)
  • Shampa's Pies (sweet potato, chocolate mousse, lemon chest, and strawberry lemon pies)
  • Sapore Messo (olive oils, balsamic vinaigrettes, and decorative gift bags)
  • Cobblestone Bakery (he'll have plenty of pies, including pumpkin!) Added Monday, 11/24

There will be a SPECIAL MARKET BASKET DRAWING FOR RIDGE RESIDENTS ON 11/25Just complete this form and drop it off at the Information Booth for a chance to win a free market basket chock full of goodies from the farmers' market!

The Sunday market will have its last market of the season this Sunday, 11/23.  Next year, the Market Manager will decide along with the Council Subcommittee how best to move forward with a weekend market, if any.  If you have any suggestions for day (Saturday vs. Sunday), year-round vs. seasonal, or preferred times, please leave them below.

Remember, the market needs the support of the community if it's going to stick around at all!

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