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Posted 5/8/2015

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Annual Spring Performance
May 16 & 17, Mission Blue Center
Tickets: (415) 467-8751

Let's Roll Brisbane
Bike To Work Day
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Posted 5/7/2015

Brisbane Library
Kids Book Club
Fri., May 8, 4 pm, 250 Visitacion
Join in on the discussion and fun activities

Posted 5/4/2015

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., May 9, 1-3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info: 

101 SB Ramp Metering

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Back in November, we informed you about Caltrans' US 101 San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project between Hwy 92 and the San Mateo County/San Francisco County line to improve safety and travel times during peak periods of heavy traffic.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday May 5, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Southbound PM peak time from 2:30pm to 8:00pm.  The following Tuesday, May 12, ramp meters will start cycling during Southbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am.

Most ramps, like the ones at Beatty Ave., Lagoon Rd. and Airport/Bayshore Blvd. will operate at “1 car per green” except for one connector ramp which will operate at “2 cars per green”.  This connect ramp is the Hwy 92 to Southbound US 101 Connector.

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.

May 2015 Marina News

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 Click here to read the May 2015 Marina Newsletter

Go Solar at a Discount!

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Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?  Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.

The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.  Here’s how it works:

1. Community-sponsored program.  The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar.  Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit. 

2. Below-market pricing.  Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.

3. Limited time.  Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come.  Registration opened April 1st.

4. Help spread the word!  More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.

On Saturday, May 9th, the City will be hosting a community workshop Peninsula SunShares program administrator Vote Solar.  It is open to the public.  Come to the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 1:00-3:00pm to learn more about the program!  (There will even be time to do remote site evaluations with attendees and schedule appointments).  Click here for the event flyer.

For more information or to register please visit:

If you're interested in building your own solar car, stick around after the workshop as the Brisbane Library will be hosting a workshop to do just that with Zetta Tech!  The fun starts at 4pm upstairs in the Library.

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Posted 4/30/2015

Brisbane Library
Creative Writing Club For Kids
Sat., May 2, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion Ave
Perfect for Grades 2 - 4

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Senior Club
Wednesdays., 11 am - 3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Open to all Brisbane Seniors, Info:  508-2143

Posted 4/27/2015

Friends of the Brisbane Library
City Wide Yard Sale
Save the date!!!
Sat., July 25, 9 am - 3 pm

Now Hiring
Recreation Manager
Apply by May 25, 2015 or

Recology Scoping Meeting

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The City of Brisbane will hold a Scoping Meeting to accept public comments on what topics should be studied in the forthcoming Recology EIRThe meeting will take place at City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane) in the Community Meeting Room on Thursday, April 30 starting at 7:00 pm and concluding no later than 10:00 pm.  It will also be televised live on Ch. 27 and via live streaming here on the City's websiteThe public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Please review the Scoping Meeting FAQs and we look forward to receiving your comments!

If you cannot attend the meeting, you are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.

For more information about the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Habitat Restoration Day 2015

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This year's Habitat Restoration Day will be on Saturday, April 25th from 9am - 1pm at the cross-section of San Mateo Ln. and Kings Rd.

Celebrate Earth Day by helping keep Brisbane's native habitat pristine.  Join the City of Brisbane’s Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission, in partnership with San Bruno Mountain Watch, as they celebrate Earth Day by helping remove invasive, non-native plants from habitat.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged. Free lunch and t-shirt!  Click here to view the event flyer.

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions concerning the event, contact Natalie: or (415) 508-2118.


SamTrans Improvement Survey

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The deadline for citizens to offer feedback on the SamTrans Service Plan has been extended to April 26.  An online survey regarding the systemwide changes implemented by the SSP was originally set to close on April 12.  The survey can be found at and should take about 10 minutes complete.  The questions are available in both English and Spanish.

Citizens are encouraged to fill out this important survey.  This is a quick and short survey in which SamTrans is seeking input from their riders - they need to know how the recent service changes affect their travel needs.  Input is sought from riders on all Routes including Route 292, shown above.

Your assistance will be very much appreciated.  Deadline for this survey is this Sunday, April 26, 2015.

"Silver Dragon" Exercise

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Brisbane Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), assisted by Pacifica and Daly City CERT personnel, will participate in the San Mateo County Health Department’s “Silver Dragon” exercise on April 23, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, to simulate the mass delivery of medicine and medical supplies to homes in Brisbane following a mass public health-related emergency.  Participation in the countywide exercise will assess readiness to provide timely medical assistance in the event of a major health emergency such as pandemic influenza, a food or water-borne illness, or the intentional release of a bio-agent.

This is the 9th year the exercise has been conducted in San Mateo County to test the Health System's ability to partner with local cities, law enforcement, fire departments, the American Red Cross and CERT teams for a simulated mass delivery of medicine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Strategic National Stockpile,.  Validation of door-to-door distribution capabilities of medication during an actual health emergency will be accomplished by CERT teams distributing re-usable, eco-friendly shopping bags packed with educational information to approximately 1/3 of Brisbane residences.

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Posted 4/20/2015

Brisbane A.Y.S.O. Soccer
Registration Day &
Pancake Breakfast
Sun., April 26, 9:30 -11:30 am, 185 Visitacion

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Monthly Meeting
Tues., April 21, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Guest: Ian Wren, Staff Scientist, Baykeeper


Comment on the Recology NOP

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Recology is proposing to modernize and expand its Tunnel Avenue facility straddling the Brisbane/San Francisco border to provide additional capacity to recycle and process different streams of refuse with the goal of completely eliminating waste materials going to a landfill.

The City of Brisbane will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  As the first step in this process, the City has published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) which identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  You are invited to review the NOP and comment on what environmental topics should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005 

The time period to respond to this NOP is from April 14 through May 13, 2015.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall: 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.

For more information about the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, please click here.

Community Choice Aggregation

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At last night's City Council meeting, Seth Baruch, Program Consultant for the County of San Mateo, presented on the value of the County having a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to potentially pool (or aggregate) the electricity demand within the County in order to purchase and potentially develop power on behalf of the local residents, businesses, and municipal facilities.  Click here or the image above to view his full Powerpoint presentation.  You can also watch his presentation on the City's website, which begins at approximately 6:35

On February 24, 2015 the Board of Supervisors approved funding to conduct a County-wide technical study to assess the feasibility of CCA for San Mateo County.  The technical study will:

  • determine the size of a potential CCA
  • forecast future energy demands
  • assess availability of renewable energy resources
  • assess the ability of a potential CCA to be competitive in short term and long term market conditions
  • develop different scenarios and predict their impact on greenhouse emission reduction, job creation, etc.
  • analyze potential risk in CCA formation 

The technical study is tentatively set to be completed by August 2015.  The results from the study will be used to determine if the County and any interested municipalities should form a CCA.  Also at last night's meeting, the Council appointed Councilmembers Liu and Conway to serve as the City's Representative and Alternate, respectively, on the newly formed Countywide Advisory Committee to provide input on matters relating to the formation, structure and governance of the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

If you'd like to read more about the CCA program, please visit .

Lions Club Scholarship

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The application for the Brisbane Lions Club's Scholastic Achievement Awards is now available! 

The Brisbane Lions Club serves our community in many ways.  One of the most important is the support of education.  Through the efforts of their members and the support of our community, they offer awards to those who are pursuing higher education.  Last year the Lions were able to direct $25,000 total to 23 deserving students.

Click here for the application, due Sunday, April 19, 2015

Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer - exceptions:  living away at school with parent(s) or guardian living in Brisbane, or serving as a member of the U.S. military.  Please confirm your eligibility status by contacting the committee prior to submitting your application by e-mailing

HEART of San Mateo County

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The City of Brisbane is a member agency of HEART, whose mission is to is to raise funds from public and private sources to meet critical housing needs.  Take advantage of one of their FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops and find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only 5% down and no PMI.  This is the HEART downpayment loan and Meriwest Mortgage Program.

HEART finances the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of homes affordable to middle- and low-income employees of local businesses, as well as seniors and other fixed-income residents.  HEART provides three types of financing:

  • short-term predevelopment or construction loans to finance multifamily housing;
  • long-term loans for affordable rental housing; and
  • homebuyer assistance loans.

For more information about HEART, please contact them at (650) 872-4444 or

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Posted 4/16/2015

City of Brisbane
12th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 25, 9 am - 1 pm, Kings Rd. and San Mateo Lane
Lunch & T-shirts for Volunteers
Info: 508-2143 or

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Application
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 19th

Posted 4/13/2015

Brisbane Police Department
April is Distracted Driver
Awareness Month
Do not text or use hand held devices while driving

Posted 4/11/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Bootcamp
M,W & F, Apr 13 - July 10, 9:45-10:45 am
Comm. Pk. Gazebo, Info:  415.508.2140

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., Apr. 11, 12:30 - 2 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info:

Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

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. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Peninsula SunShares Launched!

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Peninsula Cities Launch Group Solar Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar for Local Residents

Brisbane, CA - The City of Brisbane is joining other nearby cities in an initiative called “Peninsula SunShares,” an effort that will encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar.

The Peninsula SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems.  Free community workshops, beginning in April, will be held in different venues over the next three months to explain the program and help people enroll in Peninsula SunShares.  Brisbane's workshop takes place on Saturday, April 11 in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave.) from 12:30 - 2:00pm and is being hosted by BEST/PTO in partnership with the City of Brisbane.

The 2015 Peninsula SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or working in participating communities but living throughout the nine Bay Area counties.  Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing.  

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property.  If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from two local solar installers.  Sunrun, Inc. and Skytech Solar were both selected by the Peninsula SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors for cost, quality workmanship, positive reputation, quality equipment, warranties, financing options and good employment and business practices.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers by July 31, 2015.

At the free workshops, local community solar experts will explain how solar works and answer questions to help residents decide whether solar energy is right for their home.  The workshops will also cover information about federal tax credits and financing options available that will help homeowners install solar and save on their utility bills for years to come.

Attending a workshop is not a requirement for participation in the program.  Peninsula SunShares kicked off today, April 1st, and interested homeowners can visit the program website to sign-up and view a list of scheduled events.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more that 1.5 megawatts of residential solar capacity,” said Vote Solar’s Jessie Denver.  As the program administrator, Vote Solar is working with not just the City of Brisbane but also 12 other communities throughout the San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

The SunShares program is based on successful models developed by the cities of Portland and San Jose in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. In just the past few years, successful campaigns have spread from Oregon and California across the country to Colorado, Illinois and New York.

Peninsula SunShares is organized by Foster City in partnership with Vote Solar, the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County.

For more information please visit:

Shuttle Disruption 4/10, 9-5pm

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We wanted to alert you to the fact that Friday's closure of San Bruno Ave. and some of the surrounding streets on the south end of town will result in the following disruptions to the shuttles:

Bayshore/Brisbane Caltrain shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 8:58am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:04am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:54pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:00pm (1st PM trip)

Brisbane/Crocker Industrial BART shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 9:07am - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 9:14am (last AM trip - returning to BART)
  • Old County & San Francisco 9:27am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:34am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 3:31pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 3:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:37pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 4:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:59pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:05pm

To further clarify, the following stops will be not be served during the 9-5pm timeframe: San Bruno & Annis, 3745 Bayshore Blvd., Bayshore Blvd. and Tunnel Rd., Old County & San Francisco, San Bruno & Mendocino, and San Bruno & Alvarado.  Essentially, the shuttles will not turn up Old County Rd. and enter into the southern portion in town.

If you normally ride the shuttle during the hours of 9-5p and get on/off at the above stops, we apologize for this inconvenience.  The 140 Valley stop will be the closest alternative for pick-up/drop-off, so please plan your Friday commute schedule accordingly.  If you have any questions, please contact at (650) 588-1600.


Congressional Art Competition

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office is now accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  She invites all high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in this unique opportunity to gain national recognition for their creative talents.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize the finalists from all 50 states.  The winning art pieces will be displayed for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the House Office Buildings.

All artwork must be two dimensional, cannot be larger than 28”x28”x4” including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and must be original in concept, design and execution.  All high school students and 7th and 8th graders who share high school campuses residing in the 14th district are eligible.  Please find detailed guidelines, a submission checklist and the Student Information & Release Form on her website.

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please deliver your art pieces to Jackie's District Office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402.  A panel of professional artists will judge the pieces.  She will host a reception for all participants, their parents and teachers at her office on a date to be announced soon.  Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated and taken advantage of this event celebrating and encouraging art.  Best of luck to all the entrants!

San Bruno Ave. Closure

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The Public Works Dept. will be closing the section of San Bruno Ave. shown in red on the map (click to view larger), to vehicle traffic on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in order to complete necessary maintenance.  Note: Joy Ave., McLain Rd., and Gladys Ave. will also be closed to vehicular traffic during this time.  The City maintenance crew will be cleaning the storm drain catch basins, videoing the sewer mains and exercising the water main isolation valves.  Contractors will also be removing and trimming trees and bushes, cleaning gutter lines and replacing lane divider buttons.  We have made every effort to include all of the known maintenance projects that can be completed into the scheduled road closure.

Notices have been delivered to all of the addresses inside of the road closure.  If you have any other questions regarding the closure, please call Keegan Black in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconveniences this may cause you.

If you would like to follow the progress of Friday's maintenance work, as well as be informed of other City news, please be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook:

Rebates for Rain Barrels

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Rebates up to $100 are now available for rain barrels! To qualify, rain barrels must be purchased by June 30, 2015.

In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County) and BAWSCA, the City is offering rebates of up to $100 per rain barrel for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.  Qualifying rain barrels must be newly purchased, a minimum size of 50 gallons (even including an upcycled ~300 gallon tote), and designed for the intended purpose of rain capture.  Click here for the full program requirements.

The applications will be made available on BAWSCA's website later today, where you can learn more about how much water rain barrels save and how you can participate in the program.

For additional information on rain barrels, the Public Works Department has assembled a Guidance on Installing Rain Barrels on Residential Properties.  For any questions about this new rebate program, feel free to give them a call at 508-2130.

Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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Based on all the recent media attention, you may feel that our governing bodies are weekly adopting new emergency water use regulations.  This rush of regulatory actions illustrates the severity of the current drought and the important decisions that our government leaders are choosing to adopt to protect our future water supply. 

Last week, we posted the Executive Order issued by the Governor that mandates substantial water reductions across the state of California.  As previously explained, we are waiting for the State Water Resources Control Board to make its decision on the specific water rationing requirements for the City of Brisbane.  Until then, our water customers must continue the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions

You may soon notice a regional message that describes a two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that assigns odd and even addresses to a particular day of the week. 

The two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation restriction comes from the Governor’s Emergency Regulations that were adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board on March 17, 2015.  The State doesn’t identify the City of Brisbane as an urban water supplier, and therefore we are allowed to meet our water rationing goals in our own way.     

We are currently meeting our water rationing goals through our current Stage 1 Drought Restrictions; however, we recommend that our customers do what they can to continue their aggressive water conservation practices and follow the two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that will be posted by the regional water suppliers. 

We don’t know the severity of the restrictions the State Water Resources Control Board will ultimately adopt later this month.  There’s a chance that we may be held to the same two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule restrictions the majority of our county is already following. 

We will continue to provide our customers information on these quickly developing regulations as they become known to us. 

More information on the current drought conditions can be viewed on the City's website here: .

Amended Noise Control Ordinance

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Recently, changes to the City’s Noise Control Ordinance were adopted by the City Council

This included reducing the cumulative time period required for noise in excess of 10 decibels above the ambient noise from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. 

An additional category for extremely high noise levels was created for noise above 30 decibels over the ambient noise with no cumulative time period required.

The changes also included reducing the amount of time required to take readings to establish an ambient noise level from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

In addition, officers are now allowed to exclude “exceptional” noises from the ambient noise level readings.  This allows officers to obtain ambient noise levels that are typical to everyday life during that particular time of the day. 

Finally, the standard for measuring decibels we established using dBA’s instead of dB’s.  The use of the dBA standard better accounts for the hearing characteristics of the human ear. 

All other aspects of the ordinance remain fundamentally the same.  If you have any questions about the changes made to the Noise Control Ordinance, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175.