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Announcing Season 10 of LIve at Mission Blue

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The 10th season of live performances at Mission Blue has been announced. Click here for the Live at Mission Blue website for more information on dates, performers, and tickets.

SilverPoolooza Water Carnival - Sunday Sept. 29 at Brisbane Community Pool

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Silverspot Co-operative Nursery School is holding a one day water carnival event at the Brisbane Coomuntiy Pool on Sunday Sept. 29 from 12:00pm to 5:00 pm. Admission is $5 for kids up to 17, and $10 for adults. 100% of all proceeds go the Silverspot Co-operative Nursery School. There will be carnival games with prizes, face painting, food & snacks, music, & a cake walk.

Please call 508-2144 for more information.

Dog Park Reseeding

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The City's landscape maintenance contractor for the Dog Park, Loral Landscaping, will reseed the Dog Park in two segments, beginning on Monday, September 23.  The westerly half, including that entrance, will be closed off and reseeded first, and will remain closed for three to four weeks to allow the new grass to fill in.  After the west side is completed, the contractor will close off the easterly half, including the main entrance, and apply new seed, also allowing three to four weeks for the new grass to establish itself.  Your patience is appreciated during this important lawn maintenance work.

Please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130 with any questions or concerns.

 


Baylands DEIR - Comment Deadline Extended to Nov. 22

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The Brisbane City Council has extended the deadline to provide written comments on the Baylands Draft EIR. Comments must be received no later than 1:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013.

The Brisbane Planning Commission will also be hosting a series of meetings for the public to offer verbal comments on the Draft EIR. The meeting dates are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday October 22, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Thursday October 24, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Tuesday October 29, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

All meetings will be held in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place. The meetings will also be webcast and televised on channel 27.

National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month - everyone is encouraged to take this interactive quiz to test your quake knowledge and learn how you can get prepared for an earthquake:

 

                                                http://quakequizsf.org/

 

 

Beware! Burglary Scam

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Dear Brisbane Residents,

Last week, there were two cases of thieves dressing up as utility workers to gain access to Bay Area homes.  I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you this week with information regarding the burglaries in Oakland and San Carlos in an effort to share information and awareness.

In each case, a person dressed as a utility worker gained access to the customer’s backyard, while a second person entered the home and stole money, coins and/or jewelry.  Thankfully, nobody was injured in either case.  Investigations are ongoing, and PG&E is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement.  In addition to reaching out to you, PG&E is reaching out to local media to educate our customers.

Here is some important information you should know: 

  • PG&E customers should always ask to see valid identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home.  PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you. 
  • If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and someone still feels uncomfortable, they should call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community.
  • Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or they will receive a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit. 
  • Finally, customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call they receive about a past due bill, a service request or a request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

I hope this information is helpful to you.  If you have any questions about this or any other suspicious PG&E-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Brisbane Police Department at 415-467-1212.

Sidewalk Trip Hazards Repair

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The City of Brisbane’s contractor, F. Ferrando & Co.is repairing numerous sidewalk trip hazards as of Monday, August 26.  Work is anticipated to be completed at around the end of October.  Trip hazards are uneven sections of the sidewalk that have enough of a difference in elevation, primarily due to tree root growth, to cause an unsafe condition for pedestrians.  These trip hazards are located in town, in Crocker Industrial Park, and at the Ridge, and repairs to all trip hazards will take about two months.  “No parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of the work in each specific area that is being repaired.  Pedestrians will be accomodated during the construction.

 

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience while this work is being done.  If you have any concerns or questions, please call the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

New Hours at Brisbane Library!

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Brisbane Library Hours of Operation Announcement

 

San Mateo County Library is pleased to announce new operating hours for the Brisbane Library.

Input from the community has been a critical part of the decision making process and we thank everyone who participated in providing feedback.  In reviewing the results of the May 2013 Brisbane Library Open Hours Community Survey, 69% of survey respondents indicated they would use the library more if the library were open different hours and 70% of survey respondents preferred that the changed hours include additional morning weekday and weekend hours.

After assessing the May 2013 Brisbane Library Open Hours Community Survey, collecting and reviewing current Brisbane library usage patterns, and analyzing open hours of neighboring libraries, we have been able to approve  updated library open hours.

New Hours for the Brisbane Library

Monday—Wednesday 10am-7pm

Thursday—Friday 12pm-5pm

Saturday 11am-5pm

The new hours will go into effect after the Labor Day Holiday on Tuesday, 3 September 2013 and include 7 new hours of morning service. We look forward to welcoming even more of the community, more frequently, in September.  Please contact Carine Risley, Brisbane Library Manager, for additional information.  risley@smcl.org or 415.467.2060

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Fall Registration Now Open

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The Brisbane Parks & Recreaton Department would like to remind parents that school starts August 22, and so does our Club Rec. after school program. Pre-registration is mandatory for everyone including returning participants. Also, registration for our Fall youth sports programs is open. For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation office  at 508-2144, or click here.

July 2013 STAR

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Click here to read the July 2013 STAR.

Farmers' Market & Concerts

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Starting on July 26th, the Farmers' Market will go from taking place on Thursdays to Fridays, so that they fall in line with Concerts in the Park.  The market hours will still be from 3:00pm - 7:00pm, though some of the prepared food vendors may opt to stick around until the end of the concert (8:30pm).  Food trucks are also expected to be in attendance, though it's still too early at this point to say which ones exactly will be there.  What we do know is that there will be a vendor selling churros and cotton candy, the Lions will be BBQ'ing hot dogs, the Women's Club will have cookies and refreshments, and there will be weekly dinner specials offered from Julie's Deli (see menu below; you get everything for $10 and they're ready for pick-up starting at 5PM), Melissa's Taqueria (all combination plates will be $7.75), and Mama Mia Pizza (free can of soda with any purchase). 

July 26th: Rigatoni and meatmalls and a side salad
August 2nd: BBQ Tri Tip, baked potato, and corn on the cob
August 9th: Fried chicken, bbq baked beans, and coleslaw
August 16th: BBQ pork spare ribs, potato salad, and corn on the cob
August 23rd: Beef stroganoff with egg noodles and peas and carrots
August 30th: Cheeseburger and fries

Also starting on July 26th will be "Walking on Water".  It will be set up along San Francisco Ave. near the picnic tables.  Give your best shot standing up in a ball afloat a foot of water.  We hear it's a lot of fun (and a good workout), and just as fun for the spectators!  And it's not just for the kids - there are larger-sized balls for adults!  The charge for both kids and adults is $7.

Highway 101 On-Ramp Meters

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Beginning later this year, Caltrans will activate the signals currently being installed at the on-ramps to Highway 101 between Highway 92 in San Mateo and the San Francisco city limit, including four locations in Brisbane.  Ramp metering will be activated at the Harney Avenue and Sierra Point Parkway northbound on-ramps and the Beatty Avenue and Sierra Point Parkway/Lagoon Road southbound on-ramps.  The ramp metering will operate on weekdays during morning and evening commute hours.  The signals will start operating in late 2013.  Specific information, including the date of the ramp metering turn-on and the scheduled hours of operation will be provided before the actual start up.  Caltrans will also provide contact information for concerns and questions from the public during the fine-tuning process, once the system is turned on.

Ramp metering is necessary to evenly distribute the flow of traffic onto the highway.  It will be used to handle the large volume of cars that enter Highway 101 every day and aims to prevent backups and heavy traffic.

Downtown Brisbane Car Show

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Get ready for a sweet community event on Saturday, July 13th!  Tony Lukezic, Brisbane resident, has been working with staff to organize a Downtown Brisbane Car Show that will take place on San Francisco Ave. from 9am - 4pm.  He's anticipating about 100 cars parked along both sides of the street, from Old County Rd. up to Mariposa St.  They're start getting into position starting at 7:30am.  The Mothers of Brisbane will be selling sodas and water for $1 throughout the day (proceeds to benefit Brisbane Elementary School, with the proceeds from car show entrants benefitting the Brisbane Skatepark).  Sound Productions will be emceeing the event and providing tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s starting at 11am.  The event is KID-FRIENDLY, with 2 jump houses set up in the Community Park.  The Fire Dept. is also lending their antique 1937 fire engine, which will be parked in the intersection of Plumas Ave. and San Francisco Ave. for people to take pictures in front of.  So, be sure to come on out and walk along San Francisco to see all the cars that will be parked there, and enjoy the music, drinks, and atmosphere!

Concerts in the Park Line-Up

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The 2013 Concerts in the Park will be combined with the weekly Brisbane Farmers' Market, and will include food trucks and a "Walking on Water" feature...don't miss out!!  Of course, the Lions will be serving up hot dogs and the Women's Club will have beverages and cookies (donations for both are appreciated!).  The fun starts on Friday, July 26th and goes through Friday, August 30th.

Friday, July 26th – The Houserockers (Rock & Soul)

Friday, August 2nd – The Cocktail Monkeys (80's & Funk)

Friday, August 9th – The California Cowboys (Country Western)

Friday, August 16th – Foreverland (14 pc. Michael Jackson Tribute Band)


Friday, August 23rd – Brisbane Locals Night:

Jeff Cotton’s Gin Joint (Light Rock) and


Jerry Kuhel & the Side Effects (Rockabilly & Swing)


MC’ed by Sound Productions


Friday, August 30th – The Hot Rods (50's & 60's Hits)

Each of the concerts will be taking place under the Gazebo in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) on a Friday starting July 26th through August 30th, from 5:45pm - 8:30pm.  None of these concerts would have been able to take place without the Sponsors, so Thank You 2013 Concert Sponsors!

New Paintings on Display

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A note from Brisbane Artist Rosanna Lyons, who will be displaying her paintings in the City Hall "art gallery" (50 Park Place, Brisbane) during the month of July:

Please join me for a fun evening of art with appetizers and wine at Brisbane City Hall on July the 10th from 6pm 'till 8pm.
I am an Irish artist who lives in Brisbane and would like to share my recent paintings with you.
I am greatly influenced by the figure and most recently dancers, after I rediscovered my childhood love of dance and became an adult ballet dancer myself.
I like to examine the pain behind the beauty of ballet.
I have worked since I was a teenager in effects animation at Disney, Dreamworks, on the Simpsons and The Smurfs among other productions.
I work from my home in Brisbane and my studio at Hunter's Point Shipyard and am currently exhibiting at City Art on Valencia in The Mission district.
Hope to see you at my show here in Brisbane!

~ Rosanna

Dog Park Rules

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WARNING 7/8, 10:15am: A resident has brought it to our attention that meatballs laced with strychnine, a poison used in gopher bait, were found on Friday, evening 7/5, in several SF neighborhoods.  As of this posting, the Peninsula Humane Society has not recieved any reports of such incidents taking place in San Mateo County.  Click here for more information and please be watchful of your dog at all times.

A Dog Park should be a place where residents can feel comfortable bringing their dogs, no matter what their breed or size, to enjoy some off-leash, run-around time.  Of course, owners need to have their dog's leash in-hand at ALL TIMES, and be in control of their dog at ALL TIMES.  Make sure if you're a frequent visitor to the Dog Park, or are interested in bringing your dog there for the first time, that you read through the posted rules.  Citations may be issued to owners not complying with the above rules.  Should there be any emergency situations that you observe at the Dog Park, please contact the Brisbane Police Department at 467-1212.

PG&E Helicopter Survey

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A PG&E contractor will be doing an aerial survey of their lines in San Mateo County including Brisbane on Tuesday, July 9th. It will likely be later in the day when they get to Brisbane as they start south and work north.  However, with patrol having been impacted by events at SFO over the weekend, it is subject to SFO flight restrictions that may or may not change.  We will update here as we know more.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/5/2013


Downtown Brisbane
Car Show
Sat., July 13, 9 am - 4 pm
San Francisco Ave  & Comm. Park


Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Monthly Mtg:  Draft EIR &
Contamination of the Baylands
Tues., July 16, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/3/2013


All Fireworks
Are Illegal
In Brisbane


No Farmers' Market on July 4


Posted 7/1/2013


In Loving Memory of
Kim Benzon
1963-2013
Mother of 3 and Grandmother of 2

 

Teen Center Closed

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As of today, Monday 7/1/2013, the Teen Center will be closed.  The money saved will go towards a variety of teen-oriented programming including After School Programming at Lipman Middle School and the Library and other recreational teen activities.  For events taking place around town this Summer, please view the City's Calendar.

Possible BART Strike on 7/1

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UPDATE, Friday, 8:43AM - BART trains will be running again beginning Friday afternoon (7/5) after the transit district and its striking unions agreed to a 30-day extension of the current contract. Click here for more.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Council have asked us to share the following information with you in preparation for a potential BART strike. 

In the event of a BART strike, the Commute.org (Alliance) shuttles plan to run normal schedules on all routes (including those that connect to BART stations in Millbrae, South San Francisco and Balboa Park). Pick-up and drop-off locations may be altered at BART stations depending on access. 

 

For current information about the potential BART strike, commute alternatives and Alliance shuttle service information, please visit our BART strike information page.

 

We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for current updates as well. (see links below)

   

Thank you,

 

Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance 

Next City Council Meeting

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The City Council will be taking a recess for most of July and will meet next on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

July 4th Reminder

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If you happen to hear, or better yet, see any individuals setting off fireworks, please notify the Brisbane Police right away and call (415) 467-1212.  Help be the eyes and ears of the community and stop this illegal activity.  Now that it is fire season, we all need to be on high alert and do what we can to keep Brisbane safe.  Please be assured that every tip counts and will be properly investigated.

For the complete flyer, please click here.

DEIR Presentations

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You are invited to attend an Informational Presentation Series on the Brisbane Baylands Draft EIR! 

This informational presentation series will be presented by the City's EIR consultant and will provide an overview of the Draft EIR.  Come and assist the community in its review of the document! 

Each of the four presentations will have a separate focus, with the following topic areas being addressed over a two-week period: 

June 18th:  Introduction, Project Description, Land Use, Alternatives

June 20th:  Traffic, Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Noise

June 25th:  Public Utilities, Public Services, Recreation, Energy, Aesthetics, Historic Resources

June 27th:  Hazards, Biological Resources, Remaining Topics 

The series will provide an overview of the organization and content of the Draft EIR and provide a starting point for those undertaking a review of the document, whether in whole or particular sections.  Feel free to attend all of the sessions or just the ones with the topic areas you’re interested in. 

All presentations are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Community Room at City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane).  All presentations will be shown live on Ch. 27 and on the Live Streaming page, as well as archived on the DEIR Presentations webpage for viewing at a time convenient for you. 

Note: these informational presentations are not public meetings to offer comments on the Draft EIR.  Instead, written comments are encouraged at any time and public meetings to accept verbal comments will be in September 2013 (specific dates and times to be determined). 

Thank you for your interest in assisting the community review the Draft EIR!

EPA/NREL Presentation

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The Council this past Monday night received a very thorough presentation from Zi Zi Searles, Remedial Project Manager for the EPA's Re-Powering Rapid Response Team, which supports the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative - the program through which Brisbane was chosen as 1 of 26 sites to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  If you missed it, you can watch back just the portion focused on the presentation (the full meeting playback can be viewed here).


This video will also be available for future viewing on the Renewable Energy page of the Baylands section of the City's website.

Council Hires New City Attorney

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At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve the contract with San Francisco law firm Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai for City Attorney services.  David Kahn (pictured near left) will be replacing Hal Toppel (pictured far left) as City Attorney, and Teresa Stricker will be the city’s Deputy City Attorney.

Mayor Ray Miller stated, “The Council wanted to make sure that when we replaced Hal, we got it right.”

There were a total of 14 complete responses to the Request for Proposals.  A Council subcommittee (Terry O'Connell and Ray Miller) with the help of recruitment consultant Bobby Peckham narrowed the field down to nine.  Then the full Council accepted the subcommittee's recommendation to interview five applicants.  Two finalists were selected by the Council from this group of five.  The final two, Mayor Miller said, “had the background legal knowledge, the experience, and the community fit, and then we had this wonderful problem of deciding between these two extraordinary applicants.”  After much deliberation, the decision was made to select David Kahn and Teresa Stricker.

Mr. Kahn commented, “It’s really a privilege to be selected as the City Attorney for the City of Brisbane and I look forward, as does Deputy City Attorney Teresa Stricker, to working with the City of Brisbane, the City Council, and the city staff to accomplish the vision and the projects that the Council and the community want to improve the community of Brisbane.”

We welcome David and Teresa, and thank Hal for his over 20 years of service to the City of Brisbane and wish him the very best in his retirement for many years to come.

SM County Poet Laureate

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Calling all Poets and Poetry Enthusiasts in San Mateo County!

The time has come to nominate the 1st ever San Mateo County Poet Laureate.

Nomination forms and instructions are available online at www.sanmateocountypoet.org.  You are encouraged to nominate your favorite local poet or yourself as long as you are over 18 years of age (see the website for the complete list of eligibility criteria). 

The Poet Laureate will act as ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts as well as contribute to San Mateo County's poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

In Memory

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It is with great sadness that the City of Brisbane shares the news of the death of former Mayor and City Council Member Steve Waldo.  Steve passed away the evening of June 16, 2013.

Mayor Ray Miller has ordered the flags at all City of Brisbane facilities to fly at half-staff through sunset on June 23, 2013 in memory of Steve’s service to the community.

The Mayor also offered these words about Steve: "Steve Waldo was truly unique among those who served Brisbane on its City Council.  He combined the analytical skills of his legal profession with a profound commitment to preserving Brisbane's family-friendly community values.  The whole community joins with his family in grieving over the loss of an irreplaceable man."

In learning about Steve’s passing, Council Member Clarke Conway stated "it is with great sorrow to hear of Steve's passing, in serving with him on the City Council for 14 years I found him to be creative, civil, have the highest degree of integrity and have a sharp sense of humor.  Brisbane has lost a truly special man and he will be missed".

City Manager Clay Holstine remarked similar sentiments, stating, “I am truly saddened by the passing of Steve Waldo.  Steve combined intelligence, wit, humor and devotion to the community of Brisbane in an unparalleled manner.  Steve was a consummate professional who always dealt with people with patience, respect and an ease of style that is too short of supply.  Brisbane was well-served and a better place for Steve's long and outstanding contribution.  He will be missed."

Steve resided in Brisbane since August of 1986.  He was elected to the Brisbane City Council in August 1989 and was re-elected to two four-year terms in 1993 and 1997.  He then ran again unopposed in 2005 to fill a vacancy on Council and was re-elected in 2007.  Steve served the City of Brisbane as Mayor a total of four times, from 1990 – 1991, 1995 – 1996, 1999 – 2000, and 2006 - 2007.

As of this writing, it is expected that there will be a memorial service on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) starting at 11:00am.  Please stay tuned to the City’s website for any updates on memorial events and further recognition for Mr. Waldo.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/17/2013


In loving memory of
Steve Waldo
1948 –  2013
Who loved this city and every citizen.
Svcs: Sun., June 23, 11 am,  Mission Blue Ctr.


Baylands DEIR
Presentation Series
June 18 & 20, 25 and 27 at 7pm
at City Hall

Baylands Draft EIR

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands is now available for public review and comment.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library, with paper copies available for purchase at City Hall for $25.  Green options include CDs and thumb drives with the entire DEIR copied onto them available at no cost.  The DEIR will also be available electronically on the City Website via the Baylands DEIR page: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-deir

Please note the hours and locations for City Hall and the Library:

Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place
Brisbane
, CA 94005
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Wednesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

While State law requires a minimum 45-day comment period on the DEIR, the City of Brisbane has established a 120-day public comment period.  The public comment period begins today, June 11, 2013, with written comments due by 5:00pm on October 8, 2013.

Public informational presentations will be provided by the City’s EIR consultant to give an overview of the information contained in the DEIR.  The presentations 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 7:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, and will be televised on Channel 27 as well as streamed live here.  More information regarding these presentations will be forthcoming soon.

Written comments on the Draft EIR are strongly encouraged, and must be submitted to the City of Brisbane on or before October 8, 2013, 5:00pm

You may send written comments on the DEIR to:

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

Via Fax: (415) 467-4989 or e-mail: eir@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Meetings for the public to provide comments on the DEIR will be scheduled in September, 2013.  Further notice will be provided via City publications such as the City STAR and Citynews, here on the City Website, the community signboards, and on Ch. 27 when those meeting dates and times have been established. 

To read the full Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.

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