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Community Volunteers Needed

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The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is soliciting applications for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

A 15-member volunteer group, the CAC acts in an advisory capacity to the Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors, providing valuable input on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. That plan includes Caltrain improvements, highway and street projects, allocations to cities and the county for local undertakings, paratransit service for people with disabilities, and pedestrian and bike upgrades.

The committee meets the Tuesday before the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in San Carlos. Members of the CAC must be residents of San Mateo County.

Interested persons can download an application or apply online at, or call 650-508-6223 for more information.

The deadline for submitting the application is April 4.

March 2014 STAR

March 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the March 2014 Marina newsletter:

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/27/2014

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholastic Achievement Awards
Applications Available
Hard Copies at City Hall and Library

Free Certificate Programs

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San Mateo County Workforce and Economic Development / PeninsulaWorks, in partnership with Skyline College and Cañada College, are offering two certificate programs that addresses the needs of the employer and the changes in numerous industries.  Most industries have been going automated and the skills from this program can be applied in any industry and related occupation.  The certificate program consists of 12 units of course work in business computer programs, human relations, marketing, and business communications. The first block of courses begin Monday, March 17 and end on Thursday, May 15. The second block of courses begin Wednesday, May 28 through Monday, July 7. **** Participants must attend both sessions. ****

The training is free and there is limited seating in these programs so don't delay.  Classes start on March 17, 2014.   

Please see the Skyline College Cohort and the Cañada College Cohort flyers for additional details and to learn more about these exciting training opportunities.

Housing Element Update Process

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Beginning this Thursday, the Planning Commission will embark on the process to update the City's 2007-2014 Housing Element.  An effective Housing Element provides the necessary conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families and workers.  The Housing Element update process provides a vehicle for establishing and updating housing and land-use strategies reflective of changing needs, resources, and conditions.  For example, it can provide a vehicle for cities to adopt housing and land-use strategies to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

While the Housing Element must address specific State statutory requirements, it is ultimately a local plan and should reflect the vision and priorities of the community.  So, if you would like to get involved in the public process of drafting the City's 2015-2022 Housing Element, you can start by attending this Thursday's Planning Commission Meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane).  Click here for the meeting's agenda.  The subject of this meeting will be an overview of the State-required components of the Housing Element.  Also, if you would like to be added to the City's e-mail distribution list to receive news and information related to the 2015-2022 Housing Element, please send an e-mail to Angel Ibarra in the Planning Department at, a 2015-2022 Housing Element page has been created which will house all the documents and information related to the public process.  The Planning Commission and Council look forward to engaging with you as this important update gets underway!

Myoporum Replacement at Marina

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Back in October of 2011, the first phase to replace the Myoporum shrubs and trees located between the parking lot and the paved walkway at the Marina (near Docks 1 & 2) got underway.  This was due to an infestation of the pest Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip.  This invasive pest was discovered over 5 years ago, and after significant investigation and efforts to utilize Integrated Pest Management (non-pesticide) techniques failed, a decision was made to replace the trees, whose leaves had turned brown and begun to curl (see right). 

The City Council was first advised of the plan to replace the Myoporum during the Sierra Point Landscape and Lighting District hearings on July 6, 2010, and continued to fund this work through subsequent budgets.

Replacement trees will include a mix of native trees and other trees on the City’s Approved Street Tree List which are identified as not vulnerable to this pest, flowering trees that attract native California bees, trees that serve well as a windscreen and do well with salt spray, and trees that meet the approval of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

Contractors are completing the Myoporum Replacement Project near the north shore, at the north end of the parking lot, so parking near the lot's northern edge may be limited.  Prior to the replanting scheduled to begin the week of March 10, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient.  Please exercise caution near the work area.  We thank the Community for their patience as this project nears its completion!  For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Silverspot Luau

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Silverspot Cooperative Nursery SchoolSpending spring break in Hawaii?  If a Hawaiian vacation isn’t in your travel plans this year, head to Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane) on Sunday, March 9 for a mini tropical getaway at Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School’s 11th Annual Luau!  Enjoy a fabulous feast and entertainment by Bozwick the Clown and hula dancers as you join in the fun of the silent auction.  You may even win a raffle prize of $500!

Your tropical getaway runs from 1pm-5pm and tickets are $15 per adult/$5 per child.  Beer and wine are available at the cash bar and all proceeds benefit Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School in Brisbane.  Click here for more information.

Silverspot Luau - ŸSunday, March 9 - 1pm-5pm Ÿ- Mission Blue Center - $15/adult, $5/child

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/21/2014


City of Brisbane now hiring
Police Service Aide – Part Time
Applications accepted starting February 24, 2014

Brisbane Library
Family Yoga
Sat., Feb 22, 1:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
No experience necessary, Info: 467-2060


Posted 2/20/2014


Help Launch Brisbane
Village Helping Hands
Thu., Feb. 20, 6:30, 50 Park Pl.


Posted 2/18/2014

City of Brisbane now hiring
Administrative Assistant – Full Time
Applications accepted starting February 19, 2014
100 applications reached - no more being accepted


Be the Street Meme Contest

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Meme what you say, Say what you meme (just make sure it trashes litter).

Be the Street is running a meme contest for the best anti-litter/pro-community memes!  Log on to to choose a photo and enter to win cash prizes.  View a sample.

The contest is open to Bay Area residents - ages 14 to 24 - only.  Deadline for entries is March 17, 2014 and winners will be chosen on March 24, 2014. Four categories of prizes will be awarded:

  • Most popular: $100
  • Best meme, ages 14-18: $100
  • Best meme, ages 19-24: $100
  • Grand prize: $250

Be the Street, a division of the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, is a community committed to keeping our Bay Area streets clean and safe

HEART Homebuyer Workshop

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Heart logo mediumTogether HEART (the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County) and Meriwest Mortgage offer a downpayment assistance program for well-qualified families who want to buy their first home up to $521,250 in San Mateo County with 5% down and no PMI insurance. 

Find out more at the free first time homebuyer workshop:

When:  Wednesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Where: South San Francisco Municipal Building

33 Arroyo Drive

South San Francisco, CA 94080 


What is the HEART program and how do I qualify?

  • Live or work in San Mateo County  
  • Family income up to $150K
  • 680 FICO score or better  
  • Buyer must have 5% down
  • Purchase price up to $521,250 
  • Buyer may purchase a house or condo anywhere in San Mate County except Daly City
  • Mortgage offered by Meriwest Mortgage
  • Downpayment loan up to $78,225 thru HEART

 Find out more about the program here.

February 2014 Citynews

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Click here to read the February 2014 Citynews

Habitat Restoration Day

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2014 Habitat Restoration Day at Costaños Canyon for Earth Day. 

Save the Date: Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am - 1:00pm

Bring family, friends and neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore the canyon’s native habitat.  Please wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them.  All ages and abilities welcome!  More details to come in future announcements, so keep an eye out here and for the April City STAR newsletter

For more information and to RSVP, please call (415) 508-2118 or e-mail

Click here to view photos from last year's Habitat Restoration Day, where 30 volunteers came to help out!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/11/2014

City of Brisbane
Job openings coming soon:
Administrative Assistant – Full Time
Public Service Aide – Part-time
Positions will be posted on


Posted 2/10/2014

Brisbane Eagles
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Feb. 15, 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Pork Lion, Potatoes, Veggies & Salad,  $10.00


Health Insurance Information

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It’s not too late to get health insurance!  The San Mateo County Human Services Agency is here to help you navigate the selection process and enroll you in the available health insurance plans.  Their team of dedicated professionals will be on-site at the following locations to assist with enrollment, health insurance, and other eligible programs:

Saturday, February 22 : 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Congregational Church of San Mateo, Kloss Hall
225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo
Saturday, March 1 : 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
Saturday, March 8 : 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Community United Methodist Church
777 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay
Saturday, March 15 : 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Broadmoor Presbyterian Church
377 87th St., Daly City
Saturday, March 15 : 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Siena Youth Center
2625 Marlborough Ave., Redwood City

The following HSA offices will be open
Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 15: 271 92nd St., Daly City
March 1: 2500 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City
March 22: 400 Harbor Blvd., Bldg. “B”, Belmont

For more information, view the flyers (in English and Spanish) or visit their website,

February 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the February 2014 Marina Newsletter

PenTV's Special Edition

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Check out PenTV's Special Edition with Mark Simon segment, 2014 Freshman Class, which features Councilmember Lori Liu and six other newcomers to Penisula city councils in 2013. 

Get Free Food from SHFB

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Everyone should have access to the nutritious foods they need to live a healthy, productive life.  Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) has a variety of services that you can learn more by calling their Food Connection Hotline: 1-800-984-3663 Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

This hotline connects people in need with food programs in their neighborhood.  Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Services include:

  • CalFresh (Food Stamps) - an EBT card to buy food
  • Family Harvest - groceries for families with children under 18
  • Produce Mobile - fruits/vegetables for anyone in need
  • Pantries - groceries for anyone in need
  • Kids N.O.W. - free food for children to take home on weekends and over school vacations
  • Brown Bag - groceries for people over 60 and disabled people 55+
  • Partners in Need (PIN) - groceries for Food Bank volunteers
  • WIC - nutrition education and food for pregnant women, infants, and young children (call 1-888-942-9675 directly)

SHFB also has a very useful "Nutrition" section on their website, which includes useful information on label dates.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/7/2014


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Cypress String Quartet
Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 pm, Miss Blue Ctr.


Brisbane School District
2014  - 15 Kindergarten Registration
Register at District Office, 1 Solano St.
See Webstie For More Info



Posted 2/4/2014


Mothers of Brisbane
Kid's and Women's
Clothing Sale
Sun., Feb. 9th, 1-4 pm, Comm. Ctr.


Water Bills Are
Due February 5th


Baylands DEIR Comments

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The Community Development Department accepted comments on the Baylands Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for 228 days, from June 11, 2013 to January 24, 2014.  Comments received on the Baylands DEIR are now available for review online via the Baylands DEIR Comments page.  The comments can also be viewed at the Community Development Department at City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane).

Urban Land Institute in Brisbane

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI), through its Advisory Services program, provides Technical Assistance Panels, or TAPs, to address land use challenges that require local knowledge to resolve.  Together with community stakeholders, the TAP focused on Crocker Industrial Park, including viable design options and implementation objectives.  Click here to be taken to the City's YouTube channel where you can view the TAP's presentation from this past Wednesday and other public meetings, or simply click Play below.  It will also be played back on Ch. 27 tomorrow at 10:00am and Sunday at 6:00pm.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/28/2014


Java With State Senator
Jerry Hill
Fri., Feb 7, 8:30 - 9:30 am, 402 Visitacion
Free and Open to the Public 


Frances Petterson
1939 - 2014
Beloved Mother, Wife, Servant of the Lord
Svcs: Sat., Feb 1, 11 am, Hope Lutheran
Daly City, (650) 991-4673


SamTrans Service Changes

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Following adoption of the Samtrans Service Plan in May 2013, staff at Samtrans began working on implementing the service changes.  The following changes to the routes that service Brisbane go into effect on Sunday, January 26th:

Route 24 (high school route) – Trip times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.  Departure from Old County/San Francisco is scheduled 2 minutes earlier

Route 29 (Lipman route) – Trip times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.  Timing slightly adjusted a minute earlier at certain points

Route 292 (Downtown SF to San Mateo) – Only change is that it will no longer service B street in San Mateo.  Will continue straight down Delaware instead.  Trip times will be adjusted appropriately.

Route 397 (night owl service) - Trip times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.  Timing slightly adjusted a minute earlier at certain points.

Also, Samtrans will changing out their old bus stop signs with ones that look like this, which incorporates a unique bus stop identification number for each stop, allowing riders to get real-time bus departure information from 511 and

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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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.


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

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 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!

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