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PG&E Helicopter Patrols

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PG&E will be performing helicopter patrols in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties today as part of their routine compliance inspections (weather dependent).  The helicopter will fly about 200’ to 500’ above ground level and will be traveling over portions of the City of Brisbane to check the integrity of their transmission pipelines.

In PG&E’s efforts to achieve the safest gas pipeline system, they conduct these surveys monthly, more frequently than required by federal standards.  In addition, they also conduct aerial leak survey patrols every other month.  Some months two different types of helicopter patrols are done.

2013 Wildfire Awareness Event

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North County Fire Authority (NCFA) and the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services will conduct the annual Community Wildfire Awareness Event on Saturday, June 8th beginning at 9:00am and concluding at around 12 noon. 

Community outreach and important information will be provided to those residents living on Margaret & Paul Avenues and Kings Road (from the 100 block through the 300 block).  Those residents should expect a knock on their door, as firefighters will be delivering information to these homes which are adjacent to a Wildland Urban Interface area.  Finally, please be mindful that there will be emergency equipment and fire personnel operating in town, including the possibility of a CAL FIRE helicopter, so assist us in spreading the news about this activity by discussing with your neighbors so that no one will be unintentionally frightened by this wildfire awareness event. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services at (415) 508-2131 or the NCFA Fire Prevention Services Bureau at (650) 991-8138.

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Posted 6/3/2013

Draft EIR Release!
June 11, 2012
Find at: Library, City Hall or

Water Bills Are
Due June 5th

9th Annual San Mateo County
Disaster Preparedness Day
Sat., June 8, 10 am - 2 pm, S.M. Co. Event Ctr.
Arrive before 11 am for Free Admission & Parking


Baylands Draft EIR

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There has been much anticipation around the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands, but on Tuesday, June 11th, the wait will be over.  It will be available for public viewing at City Hall (50 Park Place), the Brisbane Library (250 Visitacion Ave.), and here on the City Website.  Additionally, several public informational presentations where the City's EIR consultant will be providing an overview of the information contained in the DEIR have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 27

All presentations will be held at 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, streamed live here on the City Website, and televised on Comcast Ch. 27.  More information regarding these presentations will be forthcoming soon.

The public review and comment period on the draft EIR will run for 120 days, from June 11, 2013 to October 8, 2013, 5:00pm.  Written comments on the Draft EIR are strongly encouraged, and must be submitted to the City of Brisbane on or before October 8, 2013.  Contact information along with an e-mail address for submitting comments will be provided next week.  Meetings for the public to provide comments on the DEIR will be scheduled in September, 2013. Further notice will be provided when subsequent meeting dates and times are established.  

Please check under “New Information” on this website for further updates:


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Posted 5/30/2013

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Sports Camps
Baseball, Basketball, Football and More
Information 508-2144

Attention Dog Lovers
Dog Park Clean Up
Sat., June 1st, 9 am, 50 Park Ln.
Everyone Welcome

Posted 5/28/2013

Citizen Initiated Help Group
Discuss Building Brisbane "Village"
Thu., May 30, 6 pm, City Hall, 508-2114
Join Concerned Citizens to Improve Brisbane
Through Coordinated Volunteer Efforts

Posted 5/21/2013

North County Fire Authority
It's Fire Season
Cut Down All Weeds
On Your Property

HEART Homebuyer Workshop

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The San Mateo County Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART), together with a Meriwest Mortgage first home mortgage loan, offers a below-market rate second loan up to $78,225 to help facilitate a home purchase with a minimum down payment of 5%. Find out how you can qualify and learn about the home buying and loan application processes, types of insurance, title company involvement, and the loan closing process.

The workshop is Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 5:30-6:30 PM and is being held at the Butterfly Room within the Municipal Services Building:
33 Arroyo Drive
South San Francisco, 94080

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, see link below.


Brisbane Community Night

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UPDATE 5/31, 12:00pm: All Tickets SOLD OUT!

UPDATE 5/29, 2:30PM: Only 3 tickets left!  2 together, and 1 by itself.  Hurry in!

The Parks & Recreation Department is proud to host another Brisbane Community Night at AT&T Park - get your tickets when they go on sale Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00am in the Recreation Office for just $13.50!  View reserved Section 331 by clicking here.  This event is for Brisbane residents ONLY (live or work in Brisbane).  Limit 4 tickets per person.  The flyer for the event can be downloaded by clicking here.  For more information, please call Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.

San Francisco Bay Ferry

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San Francisco Bay Ferry, a service of the Water Emergency Transporation Authority (WETA), serves communities throughout the Bay Area with ferry terminals in the cities of South San Francisco, San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland, and Vallejo.  Their vessel network provides a unique transit option to destinations such as San Francisco's AT&T Park, Angel Island State Park, the San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco's Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf area, Alameda Harbor Bay, Alameda Main Street, Oakland's Jack London Square, South San Francisco/Oyster Point, and the City of Vallejo (with connecting bus service to the Napa Valley Wine Train).

A two-day-a-week mid-day service was recently added to provide transportation to some of San Francisco’s most desirable waterfront destinations, including the Ferry Building, the new Exploratorium, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the historic streetcar line that runs along the Embarcadero. This limited, pilot service will serve the influx of travelers and visitors during the peak tourism season, in addition to South San Francisco residents and school groups who want to take advantage of a mid-week outing to the City – without the hassle of parking and traffic.

The fare is just $5.00 through August 30th, and children under 5 ride for free!

Visit to plan your next trip!  For a list of FAQ's, please click here.


PG&E Rate Case 2014-16

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At Monday evening’s City Council Meeting, under Mayor and Council Matters, Mayor Pro Tem Conway brought up PG&E’s General Rate Case 2014 – 2016.  With this rate case, PG&E is requesting funding for new investments and improved operations to achieve significant gains in the safety and reliability of its electric generation, and electric and gas distribution services, during the years 2014-2016.

PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for an increase in funding of $1.28 billion in 2014 over currently authorized levels.  PG&E asks for additional increases of about $500 million in 2015 and 2016 to account for additional infrastructure improvements, and increased costs of labor, materials, supplies and other expenses.  This equates to about an increase of $12/month on average for a residential home bill.  This possible increase will be tied in with distribution charges on your, so the more energy you use, the higher the rate increase.  Click here for more information.

Prior to voting on this rate case in the Fall, the CPUC is holding the first of 10 public hearings tonight at 7pm in San Bruno at the War Memorial Building (251 City Park Way, San Bruno).  There will be two public hearings in San Francisco tomorrow at 2pm and 7pm at the CPUC Courtroom (505 Van Ness Ave., SF).  The rest of the public hearings take place in the following locations:

  • May 29, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
    Hugh Burns Building Auditorium, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Fresno, CA 93721
  • May 30, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
    Bakersfield City Hall, Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • June 5, 2013, 7 p.m.
    Santa Rosa City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • June 10, 2013, 7 p.m.
    Stockton City Council Chambers, 425 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, CA 95202
  • June 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
    City Hall Council Chambers, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
  • June 17, 2013, 7 p.m.
    Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St., Chico, CA 95928
  • June 19, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
    Alfred E. Alquist Office, Building Auditorium, 100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113
  • June 24, 2013, 1 p.m.
    City Hall Council Chambers, 248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
  • June 25, 2013, 7 p.m.
    San Luis Obispo City / County Library, Library Community Room, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Introducing Bob Sage

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On Thursday, May 16th, a Swearing-In Ceremony was held for Bob Sage, the newest addition to the Public Works Utility Team.  While serving on the Utility Team, Bob will be helping to maintain the city's sewer, water, and storm drains.  So, if you happen to see Bob out in the field flushing a water line, clearing a storm drain, or maintaining one of the city's four lift stations, be sure to give a wave and a warm greeting to Bob.  Especially in the coming week, as it's National Public Works Week!  With that, Congratulations and Welcome aboard, Bob!

Bob being sworn in by City Clerk Sheri Spediacci.

JUHSD Calling for Volunteers

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With the recent passage of Jefferson Union High School District's Measure Y Parcel Tax, the District is soliciting for volunteers from the community to serve on the Citizens' Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.  Duties include reviewing expenditures of parcel tax monies for compliance with the guidelines as noted in the ballot measure and issuing an annual report informing the community of the progress and appropriateness of parcel tax expenditures.  If you have a desire to serve on this Committee, please notify the school in writing by May 24, 2013.  Please include a brief letter of interest with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, noting the constituency you represent and any particular talents you might bring to this Committee.  Please send this letter of interest to:

Jefferson Union High School District
c/o Sue Cook
Assistant to the Superintendent
699 Serramonte Blvd., #100
Daly City, CA 94015

For more information please click here to see the offical posting of this notice.

The JUHSD will be accepting Senior and/or SSI Exemption Forms for the Measure Y Parcel Tax for 2013 - 14 until June 20, 2013.  If you have already filed an exemption with the District, there is no need to renew the exemption.  For more information, please click here.

National Public Works Week

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"Because of Public Works..." is this year's theme for National Public Works Week.  The American Public Works Association selected it because it is about the quality of life brought to communities around the world.  We are able to have clean water, safe streets and neighborhoods, efficient traffic, and safe clean communities "Because of Public Works..."

This past Monday, the City Council recognized the Public Works Department for their outstanding service to the community, which oftentimes goes unnoticed (a telling sign they're doing a great job!).  All but four members of the Public Works Dept. were present, where the Council and Randy Breault, Director of Public Works, commended the team for the services performed for this community and maintaining the city's fundamental infrastructure.

Utility Team Leader Keegan Black and Non-Utility Interim Team Leader Joe Friars proudly accepted the signed Proclamation from Mayor Miller.

Don't wait until May 19 - 25 to say Thank You for the excellent service you're receiving from the Public Works Dept...take a moment to thank them today!

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Posted 5/16/2013

Brisbane Eagles
Dunlap Kidney Fun Dinner
Sat., May 18, 4-6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Lasgana, Bake Sale, Raffle, $10.00

They Made the Concerts Possible

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For the Concert Line-Up, please click here.

Brisbane named a Playful City

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For its second year in a row, Brisbane has been named a Playful City USA Community by national non-profit KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children.  Click here to KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond's congratulatory letter to Mayor Miller.

After receiving its recognition as a Playful City USA Community in 2012, the city applied for a $20,000 Construction Grant from KaBOOM! and was chosen as one of its 25 award recipients!  This $20,000 of course went towards the equipment purchase for the new Community Park Playground, which had its official ribbon-cutting on December 15, 2012.

From the press release KaBOOM! released today:

"KaBOOM! selected Brisbane as a Playful City USA Community for its outstanding dedication to play.  Brisbane's Let's Play Construction Grant helped forge a relationship with the city and the Mothers of Brisbane organization, which has been a driving force for the importance of play within the community.  As a result of this partnership, the Mothers of Brisbane fundraised $33,400 and the Lions Club dismantled the old play structure, both helping build a new park for the city.  The city is looking to expand partnerships with community organizations to increase access to play for citizens of Brisbane."

Read the full press release by clicking here.


Bike to Work Day 2013

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UPDATE 5/10/13: Bike to Work Day 2013 was another roaring success, thanks to hardworking volunteers: Susan and Robert Maynard Sullivan, Open Space & Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel, Dee Sano, Nancy Lacasama, Pete Anastole, and Alison Wilson.  At the Tunnel Ave/Lagoon Energizer Station, they helped 384 cyclists to light refreshments and BTWD swag, along with a coupon to be redeemed at the farmers' market later that day, and cheered on 402 ride-bys.  The Bayshore/Old County Energizer Station had 30 stops and 78 ride-bys.  A highlight of the morning was a surprise visit from SF Bull's mascot, Rawhide!  For more pictures, please click here to see photos snapped by Brisbane resident Dee Sano throughout the morning.

On Thursday, May 9th, Bayshore and Tunnel Ave/Lagoon will be filled with cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day.  Last year, the Energizer Station at Bayshore and Old County had 50 ride-bys and 58 stops, and the Energizer Station at Lagoon and Tunnel had 260 ride-bys and 307 stops!  Bicyclists who stop by these stations can receive a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag full of bike related materials, and fuel up for the rest of their ride.  This year, Moola Dollars for the Brisbane Farmers' Market (taking place later that day) will also be handed out.  Thank you to Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan for spearheading the volunteer effort that's necessary to make Bike to Work Day run as smoothly as it does.  For more information about Bike to Work Day, please click here.

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Posted 5/6/2013

In Loving memory Of
Kenneth Hunter
We Will Miss You

Posted 5/1/2013

Airplane Noise?
Complain Now:
Call: 650-821-4736

Posted 4/29/2013

Save the Date
City Wide Yard Sale
Sat., July 27, 8:30am - 3:30pm

May 2013 Citynews

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Click here to view the May 2013 Citynews.

Free Cinco de Mayo Event

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Join members of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Councilmembers, representatives from Recology, and staff for this special Cinco de Mayo event.  From 3:30pm - 5:30pm this Sunday, a public screening of the 27-minute KRON-4 groundbreaking environmental documentary from 1965 featuring Brisbane's garbage dump, titled "No Deposit, No Return", will be shown in the Community Meeting Room.

Following the short film will be a presentation by Recology on their current recycling efforts and the future of Waste Zero.

**Special Feature**
See 17 minutes of rare, historic interview footage of three of Brisbane's first City Council Members: Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, shot in 1996 as part of Brisbane's 35th Anniversary Celebration.

"Cinco de Mayo Cinematheque" refreshments will be served!  Come and enjoy this fun and free community event!

Click here or the image to view the full-sized flyer.

To view the full-length 1996 interview featuring Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, please click here.

The broadcast schedule for the May 5th event as well as the full-length 1996 interview is as follows:

OSEC Educational Presentation:  No Deposit No Return from May 5, 2013  (1 hr 40 minutes)
Saturday May 18  10am 
Sunday May 19:  4pm 
Monday May 20:  1pm  
Tuesday May 21   7:30pm
Wednesday May 22  1pm
Friday May 24, 5pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Sunday May 26  2pm - 35th Anniversary follows

Brisbane 35th Anniversary video footage   (2 hrs 5 minutes)
Saturday May 18  12pm 
Sunday May 19:  6pm
Tuesday May 21  1pm 
Tuesday May 21  9:15pm
Thursday May 23    1pm
Friday May 24  6:45pm  (following OSEC meeting)
Sunday May 26   3:45pm  (following OSEC meeting)

Note: It is possible to search the channel schedule by clicking on the link in the bottom right hand corner that says "Filter".
Type the text term (e.g. OSEC) in the "Text Filter" field and press enter.
You can also change the display mode to month by clicking the downward-facing arrow next to "Display" and selecting "Month".

SFO Weekend Runway Closure

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be conducting a temporary weekend runway closure to carry out construction activity this weekend from Friday night, April 26th through Monday morning, April 29th, and next weekend from Friday night, May 3rd, through Monday morning, May 6th.

During this closure, the arrival rate at SFO my be reduced, and could potentially cause temporary changes in noise impacts in the area. For additional information on the the runway closure, please visit the SFO Runway Construction updates website:

National Screen-Free Week

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Art, not Instagram.  Music, not iTunes. 

April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life.  The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language. 

According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions.  You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us.  And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”

National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time. 

This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages.  While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week."  Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."

For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit

A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.

Habitat Restoration Day Photos

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A big Thank You to all the 30 volunteers who participated in Habitat Restoration Day.  Costaños Canyon has never looked better.  Special thanks to Councilmember O'Connell, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Michele Salmon and Barbara Ebel, plus the leadership of San Bruno Mountain Watch, who led a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain following the clean-up.  Click here to view the rest of the photos.  Well done, everyone!

Published NREL Feasibility Study

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In November of 2011, the city received word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it had been one of the 26 entities nationally selected to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  That report was published this week and can be viewed electronically by clicking here or on the image below.  A hard copy of the report is also available for review at City Hall as well as at the Library.  The published feasibility study will be also be included in the Appendix of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands, which is estimated to be released this spring.

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Posted 4/15/2013

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Discuss Recology's Planned
Expansion in the Baylands
Tues., Apr. 16, 7pm, 250 Visitacion

Excelsior Running Club & City of Brisbane
Zippy 5K Fun Run
Sun., April 21, 8:30 am, Starts on Park Lane
BBQ, Refreshments, Farmer's Market, Music

Zippy 5k Race

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On the morning of Sunday, April 21st, runners from all over the Bay Area, state, and even country will be descending upon Brisbane to participate in the 2013 Zippy 5k.  The race starts at 8:30am, with registration taking place at the basketball courts located at the corner of Park Lane & Park Place.  The course map shows participants heading up Valley and around the entire Crocker Industrial Park before returning to the finish line on Park Lane next to the basketball courts.  Online registration closes Friday, April 19th at 11:59pm. 

Post-race festivities include:

  • A refreshment station, aka Zippy Tavern, set up on San Francisco Ave. by BEST/PTO and the Mothers of Brisbane (MOB) from 9:00am - 2:00pm with all proceeds benefitting the Skate Park Project
  • Breakfast burritos in the morning and burgers, turkey burgers, and hot dogs by the Brisbane Lions Club later on
  • Corporate sponsors such as PowerBar, NESQUIK, and Hint Water
  • 9 vendors from the Farmers' Market (including fresh blueberries, honey, hummus, flavored popcorn, churros, cotton candy, lemonade, hand-crafted jewelry, woven baskets, and fresh oysters with all the fixins'), as well as booths manned by local businesses and community organizations in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).  It's sure to be a fun day to hang out and enjoy springtime in Brisbane!

Feral Cats Presentation

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UPDATE 4/16: The presentation was very informative with the most important message being: Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to solve the feral cat problem in communities.  One unspayed or unneutered cat could in their lifetime be responsible for 300 kittens being born!  And if you think trapping a bunch of cats and bringing them to the Peninsula Humane Society is going to solve anything, know that it won't.  It will do the opposite, as there are now more available food sources, drawing new populations of feral cats!  It's very counterintuitive, but something that Dr. Rutiger, with her 15 years of experience as Head Veterinarian for the Nine Lives Foundation, was adamant about.  To pick a trap and start trapping feral cats (which should NEVER be done at night), call the Nine Lives Foundation at (650) 368-1365 or e-mail  More helpful information can be found at Alley Cat Allies (

The topic of feral cats in Brisbane began with a meeting back in November hosted by the Brisbane Police Department with volunteers from non-profit cat rescue centers.  At the beginning of Monday night's City Council meeting, Dr. Monica Rudiger will be giving a presentation to the City Council on Brisbane's feral cat population.  Come and hear about the importance of the trap-neuter-return process and how doing so has a positive direct effect on the feral cat population, as well as procedures for how and when to feed feral cats.  Dr. Rudiger will also be providing handouts for interested residents to take home.  Come and get educated on how the feral cat population in Brisbane can be positively curbed.  If you can't make the meeting, make sure to tune in online via the Live Streaming page or on Comcast Ch. 27.

April 2013 CITY NEWS

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Click here or the image to read the April 2013 CITY NEWS.

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Posted 4/11/2013

In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor "Ellie" Blanchard
Long Time Brisbane Resident
Rosary: Sun., Apr. 14, 7 pm, Garden Chapel, SSF
Funeral: Mon., Apr. 15, Church of Visitacion, SF

Posted 4/8/2013

BEST/PTO Fundraiser
Annual Spring Thing
Sat., Apr. 27, 6 - 11 pm, 485 Valley Dr.
Food, Drinks, Dancing, Live/Silent Auction

City of Brisbane
10th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 13, 9 am - 1 pm, Humboldt and Placer
Lunch, T-Shirt, and Reusable Bag for Volunteers
Info:  508-2113 or



SamTrans Summer Youth Pass

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The 2013 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass is back! Get Out & Ride this summer for only $40, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Pass for each summer month.  The pass allows unlimited rides on all SamTrans routes from June 1 through Aug. 31 and is available to kids 17 and younger.  This pass is not available on Clipper.  Sales start May 21 so orders are encouraged to be placed early.  For more information or for help planning your next road trip, visit or call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448).
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