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Last night, Raymond C. Miller was sworn in as the City's Mayor for the 2013 calendar year, with Sepi Richardson sworn in as Mayor Pro Tem. This is not Ray's first time taking the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance for Public Officers, however, but his fourth. Please click here to read remarks by Mayor Miller, which he made after his installation.
City Clerk Sheri Spediacci swearing in Ray.
Sepi being sworn in by Pastor Steve Tregenza.
The reorganized Council then took their respective seats on the dais.
Mayor Miller presented Cliff with the following Proclamation, adding his own personal remarks about the abilities he observed about Cliff during his mayorship. Most notably, his ability to have so many people feel comfortable enough to come and speak at Council meetings.
A PROCLAMATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRISBANE RECOGNIZING MAYOR CLIFFORD R. LENTZ FOR HIS SERVICE
TO THE CITY OF BRISBANE - 2012
WHEREAS, Clifford R. Lentz served as the Mayor of the City of Brisbane from December 5, 2011 to December 17th of 2012; and
Whereas, during his year as Mayor he presided over many City Council meetings and public events; and
WHEREAS, his dedication to and passion for the City and community of Brisbane and its residents was apparent in all that he did; and
WHEREAS, of special interest to him was the long-term fiscal health of the City, the development of an Economic Development Action Plan, the improvement of public space and recreational value at Sierra Point through the update of the Sierra Point Design Guidelines, and the formulation of Sustainability Goals for the Baylands; and
WHEREAS, he was also very committed to a project which he coordinated with Rebuilding Together Peninsula and with many community volunteers to refurbish the inside of the Brisbane Community Center and to re-design and landscape the park behind the Center and Library; and
WHEREAS, other important projects were completed during his tenure as Mayor such as the new Community Park Playground, and the first-time-ever Brisbane Farmers' Market on Thursdays in the Community Park; and,
WHEREAS, he also gave many hours of his time by serving on several Council Subcommittees dealing with subjects such as Finance, Low and Moderate Income Housing, the Arts, Schools, Economic Development, Baylands Sustainability, the Baylands EIR Consultant Selection, Sierra Point Design Guidelines, and Council Liaison to the Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Planning Commission; and
WHEREAS, he represented the City on regional boards such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, the League of California Cities, the San Mateo County Policy Advisory Committee for the Regional Housing Numbers Allocation, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, and the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART)Board; and
Now, therefore be it resolved, that after a year of dedicated service as Mayor of the City of Brisbane and after giving so generously of his time to represent the City in so many ways, we thank him for his dedication in making the City of Brisbane a better place to live.
Dated this 17th day of December, 2012.
Raymond C. Miller, Mayor Pro Tem W. Clarke Conway, Councilmember
Terry O’Connell, Councilmember Sepi Richardson, Councilmember
Thank you, Cliff, for serving the Brisbane Community so well in the past year. We know you'll be just as involved in the new year as you were this one!
Catch a replay of the Council Reorganization Meeting by clicking here to be taken to the December 17, 2012 meeting page.
Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, will be remembered as a very happy day in Brisbane...as it marks the day that Brisbane finally got its new playground! A project that has been in the works for the past 5 years, and picking up remarkable steam in 2012 thanks to the involvement of the Mothers of Brisbane with staff, along with the Playground Design Subcommittee of Commissioners Marmion and Bologoff, and of course, the Brisbane City Council who ultimately approved the project at their meeting of May 7, 2012.
For a playground which consisted of two phases - the expansion of the existing playbox and the build-out of a portion of the grassy area for the new, 3-bay swing set, funding was a major component for the project advancing forward. The total project cost ended up being approximately $229,000. Sixty-nine percent, or $158,000 of that was covered by Seton Medical Center Foundation, thanks to The Kennedy Trust, a fund which Frank and Mae Walch assumed custody over when Frank was on the Seton Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Frank and Mae Walch were former Brisbane residents, and therefore ensured that what came to be known as the Brisbane Community Fund restricted account was only used on items that promoted health-related programs for the citizens of Brisbane. A proposal to use the remaining funds on a new community playground was approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
The next largest funding "bucket" is due to the efforts of Mothers of Brisbane 2012 Fundraising Chair Jennifer Bousquet and Founding Member, Jessica Aloft. Together they made presentations to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, wrote letters to Brisbane businesses, and tirelessly reached out to community members about buying a gold donor star. In total, $33,400 was raised as a result of their efforts!
Next, the State Recycling Grant monies that the City had remaining, $23,156.56, was allocated for the playground. This was done after verifying with the manufacturer that the plastic parts of the playground were made from recycled plastic, qualifying the usage of these funds.
The City also allocated it's Dedicated Park In-Lieu Fees account, totaling $25,899.63, to the playground. Only $14,443.44 needed to be used from that account to cover the total cost of the playground project. Therefore, approximately $11,000 is remaining for application towards the next project that takes place in town. And we can't wait to get started! But in the meantime, enjoy the photos from last Saturday's Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony; the smiles on those little faces indicate that this playground was one that was worth waiting for!
Administrative Management Analyst Caroline Cheung, who worked on the project in close conjunction with City Engineer Randy Breault and Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger, welcomed everyone that came out for the event.
Mayor Cliff Lentz gave the offical Thank You's to so all the hands that enabled the playground to become a reality - from the Brisbane Lions Club, local contractor Mike Glynn and Kessel Crockett, the Mothers of Brisbane, Ken Bousquet, former Parks and Recreation Director Jim Skeels, the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Seton Medical Center Foundation, and the Public Works Dept.
Tina Ahn, Vice President of Development for Seton Medical Center Foundation, and Sister William Eileen Dunn (Seton Medical Center Foundation is a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System) listen to the Mayor's remarks along with Police Chief Lisa Macias, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Cris Hart (second row), and Brisbane Lions Club Past President Ernie Filippo.
Next, it was a suprise Volunteer of the Year ceremony! Jessica Aloft, longtime volunteer in the Community, was awarded as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for her creation of the "Tiny Tots" play gym program, "Music with Andrew" program for young children, seeing a need for a support system for new moms in town which led to the founding of the Mothers of Brisbane, and of course, helping guide the playground project along through all the various steps of the public process. Congratulations, Jessica!
Next up, it was time to play and break in Brisbane's newest playground!
Lastly, a group shot of Mayor Lentz with the Mothers of Brisbane, all of whom couldn't have been more pleased on that day.
Remember all the sand that was at the former play structure? Well thanks to Public Works, a portion of it has been brought back to use in the sand pit area. So, kids will soon have the ability to dig, build, and play in the sand once again. FYI, the new green jug filler located in the sand area should be used for sand and water play...not the drinking fountains anymore. The landscaping company the city contracts with will be blowing all the fallen leaves away from the play structure, so that it looks its best for its grand debut. Staff will be on-hand tomorrow to make sure the playground is wiped down from the morning dew and that spiral slide doesn't have a puddle at the end of it! We look forward to the playground finally being dedicated to the Community - join Mayor Lentz and all the other playground supporters for this splendid occasion - coffee, pastris, and donuts will be on-hand.
The skies remained dry for the latter half of Sunday, December 2nd. It's been a tradition for the past 26 years to host the City's annual Festival of Lights on the first Sunday in December. Holiday carolers make their way down Visitacion Ave. towards the Community Park, Santa makes a stop in town to light the Festival Tree, and performances by Brisbane's talented youth entertain the many that have come to watch the festivities along San Francisco St. It really is a unique celebration, and one which Brisbane resident Christina Florkowski photographed, so that we can all remember the special feeling we felt that night when the Community came together. Thank you, Christina, for capturing these fabulous shots for all of us to enjoy.
Brisbane Women's Club
Senior's Holiday Brunch
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 am, 185 Visitacion
Free For All Brisbane Seniors
Brisbane Women's Club
Sat., Dec. 15th, 1 - 3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Brisbane Lions Club
Sun., Dec. 16th, 1 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Free for All Brisbane Seniors
We've been seeing stars lately! Not just in the sense of the five-pointed shape, but in the people working at the playground to get the project done!
Public Works Crewmembers Ramiro Ibarra and Dustin Cohn assisted with pumping out rainwater from what will be the sand box area on Thursday morning.
With a more dry surface to work with, the contractors were able to start laying down the base mat layer for the rubber surfacing, which is made out of recycled tires.
The finished base mat for the swing area is ready to get its second layer applied.
But before the color is applied, the white stars are formed with a template.
It takes two people to get the job done most effectively.
So that the result is a perfect cookie-cutter like star!
Earlier this morning, local contractor Mike Glynn started applying the gold donor stars to the concrete seat wall with a heavy-duty expoxy. Kessel Crockett has been carefully mounting each of the 210 gold donor stars since then.
The contractor will be done applying the rubber surfacing on Monday, at which time it needs time to fully cure. So, the fence will still be up until the end of the week.
The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, December 15th, starting at 10:00am. Make sure you come out to for the official dedication of Brisbane's newest playground!
Updated 12/12/12: Current pics of the playground after the rubber surfacing was installed by TotTurf.
City of Brisbane
Please Drop Off Your Holiday
Toy, Food and Warm Coat Donations
at City Hall, 50 Park Lane
Brisbane Lions Club
Annual Student Speaker Contest
Open to local high school students. Space limited
Register by Jan 18th
Info: 650.541.8433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of giving this holiday season and giving back to the Community, Ann Lloyd of Lloyds Jewelry in Brisbane (located at 106 Old County Rd. in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center), will donate 10% of the amount of your purchases to the Community Club Or Organization of your choice. These donations will be made by Lloyds on behalf of the persons purchasing the merchandise. This offer will be going on through Christmas. Also, from now until Christmas, they will pay the sales tax!
Also, Lloyds will be having a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 22nd from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. The whole Community is invited.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Closed
Please call Ann at (415) 467-7375 or (415) 999-0748 for more information.
Ann hard at work, while customers browse her many custom pieces.
Brisbane School District
Re: Possible Merger of Bayshore and Brisbane
Tonight, 6 - 8:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Water Bills are
Due December 5th
Brisbane Dance Workshop 3rd Annual
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec. 8th, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Featuring handmade items by local artists and craftpersons
Can 1 person help the city during these storms?
Of course! With nearly 500 catch basins to keep clean, city crews are stretched pretty thin during the first few rains storms that include heavy rains. Keeping the inlet of the catch basin in the street near your house will keep the water moving and help prevent flooding.
A storm drain covered with debris from the storm.
60 seconds of work later!
There's no need to dispose of the debris, just move it to the sidewalk or street and DPW will pick it up as soon as they can.
If you are interested in "officially" adopting the storm drains nearest your home, please click here for more information.
One can never be too prepared! Sand bags are now available atop two palettes outside the gate of the Public Works Corp Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel Ave. and Lagoon Rd. Each sand bag weighs approximately 15 lbs. and are free for the taking. So please stop by and pick up the amount you need...more will be made by the Public Works crew as necessary to ensure the community has what it needs to guard against flooding during the rainy season. And, the below pics illustrate how Dolan, Joe, and Keegan from the PW crew got sand bag-making down to a simple, easy process -- with the help of some safety cones acting as pastry bags. Now, that's creative. Good work, guys!
We at the City of Brisbane are deeply saddened over the loss of one of our hard-working Public Works crew members over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Donny passed away unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, having put in over 25 years of service to the City on the Operations and Maintenance Team, and recently serving as Public Works Team Leader.
He obviously leaves us entirely too early, at the young age of 53. Flags at the Public Works Corporation Yard, City Hall, and Fire Station will be flown at half-mast until his funeral. Information on services and arrangements will be posted as soon as they are made known to us.
Donny, your kind spirit, hearty laugh, and regularly-spoken parting sentiment, "Enjoy your day", are already missed so much. We will never forget you.
Do you want to make a difference in your community? If you're between the ages of 14 - 24, we challenge you to create a 15-30 second video that prevents your peers from littering. Let your vision be the tool for building a litter-free Bay Area. A 1st & 2nd Prize Winner will be selected from each category and awarded GIFT and CASH prizes! The lucky Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize and their video will be distributed on television! Learn more about the contest by clicking here.
Deadline to submit entries is January 7, 2013.
Click here to see what's been submitted so far!
South San Francisco's street sweeper will be sweeping the residential streets of Central Brisbane on Wednesday, November 21st between 8:00am and 1:00pm. They will start on the upper streets and work their way down. Please remove your car(s) if possible in advance, so that the sweeper can pick up the most debris possible. This will allow the minimum amount of debris to enter the storm drains, helping prevent any winter flooding during the rainy season. Thank you for your cooperation.
City of Brisbane
Weds. Nov 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All streets in Central Brisbane
Please move cars if possible
Last chance to reserve your personalized star
at the new playground!
Limited Stars Available
Deadline-Wed., Nov. 21, 5pm, 508-2157
Update 11/21: ALL STARS ARE NOW SOLD OUT
What a productive Build Day! Most of the new 5 - 12 structure was assembled with the help of volunteers, along with 4 out of the 6 swings. Thank you to volunteers Sue Cochran, Mayor Cliff Lentz, Ernie Filippo, Paul Gallant, Tony Kim, Nancy Lacsamana, Tony Palmer, Dave Primmer, Dan Sorrentino, and Tony Verreos. They were great at assisting the Playgrounds Unlimited crew, who were impressed with the hardworking, get-'er-done attitude the volunteers displayed.
Mayor Lentz assists Paul Gallant in attaching one of the swings.
The net that separates the two towers on the 5 - 12 structure is heavier than it looks!
Some of the hardworking volunteers after a nice Subway box lunch and before getting right back to work.
Assembling one of the rooftops.
Many hands make light work!
The Mothers of Brisbane of course were present on Build Day, helping provide snacks and beverages to the volunteers. Thank you, Megan Garner, Elisa Primm, Danielle Hope, and Ana Maria Hernandez! And also, Ron Davis of Ron Davis Real Estate and Madhouse Coffee for supplying the coffee!). MOBsters Jessica Aloft and Jennifer Bousquest were great cheerleaders in their MOB t-shirts!
To see the rest of the pictures from Wednesday's Build Day, please click here to be taken to the photo set on Flickr.
This is how the playstructure looked as of Thursday afternoon. The spiral slide was attached along with its panels and rooftop. Due to the rain, the Playgrounds Unlimited crew did not return today, but will next week to install the 2 - 5 structure. After the Thanksgiving holiday, they will start to lay the base mat for the rubber surfacing, and pour the rubber, which will take about a week to completely cure.
The playground is scheduled to be opened to the Community on Sunday, December 2nd, the same day as the Festival of Lights. More information on the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, if you haven't yet reserved a star, which will all be placed along both sides of the 72' cement seatwall near the swings, this is your last chance! Click here for the order form. Just fill it out and come down to the Finance Counter at City Hall with $100 payment (cash or check accepted). We'll be sending in the order to the engraving company on Wednesday, November 21st. Hurry, because as of this posting, there were only 21 stars remaining!
Several concerned citizens and SamTrans riders came before the Council on Monday to request the Council stay on top of SamTrans when it came to their proposed new service plan, where they've held several public workshops to gain rider feedback. The issue is SamTrans proposes to run Route 292 buses in and out of San Francisco only on weekdays and only during peak commute hours. Peak commute hours are described as between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday thru Friday only. SamTrans proposes to stop running the 292 buses in and out of San Francisco between 9:00 am and 3:00pm from Monday to Friday. And, no Route 292 service in and out of San Francisco during weekends and public holidays.
The deadline to submit comments regarding the new proposed service plan is November 21, 2012. A SamTrans Board of Directors meeting is being held on Wednesday, November 14th at 2:00pm in the Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium located on the second floor at SamTrans Administrative Offices, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. The office is located two blocks west of the San Carlos Caltrain Station. If you cannot make the meeting, please reach out to the Board Members by sending them an e-mail:
Jerry Deal, Chair: email@example.com
Carole Groom, Vice Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Gee: email@example.com
Rose Guilbault: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Harris: email@example.com
Zoe Kersteen-Tucker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arthur Lloyd: email@example.com
Karyl Matsumoto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrienne Tissier: email@example.com
Annual Yard Waste Clean Up November 17-18, 2012
Dumpster Locations map at
Green waste only please – do not overfill dumpsters
Beloved Friend of the Community
David L. Torvik
One of the Brothers IV
Watch for Celebration of Life after the Holidays
Brisbane Parks And Recreation Dept.
Youth Winter Camp
Dec. 20th - Jan. 4th
Info and Registration 508-2143
It's been a long time coming for Brisbane's newest playground. But, we received word yesterday that the main play equipment had been received yesterday at Playground Unlimited's yard (they Miracle Playsystem's subcontractor for the project), and today, we got confirmation that all the parts were accounted for and secured. It will be arriving on-site on Monday, where Playgrounds Unlimited will be doing the majority of the "dirty work" - punching the post holes and inserting the main posts and some of the decks...and should be finished with that in time for Build Day, happening Wednesday, November 14th! Thank you to those who have expressed interest to wanting to help build the playground - we'll have plenty of volunteers. Take a look at the work that's been done over the past couple weeks:
Project Manager from Playgrounds Unlimited, Jaime Rosas, meets with City Engineer Randy Breault to discuss how best the playbox needs to be expanded in order to meet standards for fall zone areas, given the change Miracle Playsystem's equipment (the steps leading up to the sprial slide were widened by the vendor in September).
The next morning, Playgrounds Unlimited chalked the area, it was approved, and then saw cut.
Here's how it looked after cement was poured, and after the new mow strip was formed (what the rubber surfacing will adhere to).
The new sand area will feature a "rolled lip" edge, so as to keep the sand as contained to the sand area as possible. This area will also have a water spigot for sand and water play.
Mothers of Brisbane Jennifer Bousquet and Jessica Aloft helped draw the arc on the seat wall using colored pencils earlier this week. Sebastian, foreground, also helped. Thank you to Jennifer's husband, Ken, for making the templates that allowed getting the arc, which the stars will be mounted along, to be a breeze!
The swing bays went up on Thursday afternoon. The swings themselves will be hung after the rest of the equipment and surfacing have been installed. (Photo credit: Jessica Aloft)
Brisbane's newest playground will be coming in December. After the equipment itself is all installed, that's when the rubber sufacing will be poured. It will take Playgrounds Unlimited about a week to make the star designs in it and for it fully cure. Signs will be posted and the areas will be barricaded during the time it's curing. We're shooting for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Festival of Lights (December 2nd). We'll see how the next couple weeks go and if that can stay as-is. Stay tuned!
The City just received notice that Sector San Francisco had received several notifications in reference to a brown/red substance in the Bay Area and off shore. This substance is RED TIDE algal bloom. CA Fish & Game indicated this substance is moving into the area, which is why we wanted to inform you of it now. Do not be alarmed, it is NOT the result of an oil or hazardous material spill. Please see the below photo that was confirmed ride tide last week in the Oakland Estuary. If you're interested in learning more about red tide, please click here.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Westlake Community Center,
145 Lake Merced Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015
This event is free, please register by clicking here.
6:30–7:00 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
7:00–8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
For more information:
Contact David Siddiqui, 1-510-908-4092
Ted Warburton, who served as Brisbane's Harbormaster for the past 10 years, is retiring. His last day in office was October 15th. Ted leaves big shoes to fill; in addition to managing the Marina, Ted took over the responsibility of the City’s community centers and the Pool when Jim Skeels, the former Park and Recreation Director, retired. Randy Breault, Brisbane City Engineer and Director of Public Works, will take on the responsibility of facility maintenance for both the Marina and the community centers. Steve Beaty, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, will manage the Pool and Susie Hamblen is serving as the Interim Harbor Master.
Ted will be inducted into the State of California’s Department of Boating and Waterways Hall of Fame early next year. Congratulations Ted. You’ve served the Brisbane Community and the State of California well.
Make sure you exercise your right to vote and cast your ballot by 8:00pm, November 6th, for the 2012 Election.
The San Mateo Board of Elections has a great website where you can look up everything from your registration status to details on the various ballot issues.
Our local polling location (Brisbane Community Center) will be open from 7:00am - 8:00pm
Brisbane Community Center
250 Visitacion Avenue
Follow Live Election coverage from 8pm - midnight tonight on PenTv, Comcast Ch. 26.
Long known for his artistic skills and prowess as the founder and artistic director for the Live At Mission Blue Series, Kevin Fryer has another feather for his cap, photography. He turns his usual eye for detail and possibility to the lens of a camera and finds beauty, creativity and downright awe-striking images in the simplest of forms.
“For my first photographic show I’ve chosen to shoot at the junkyard just behind the old icehouse in Brisbane. I began by looking for form, color, & texture, in the hopes of finding images that would push at the edges of abstract and surreal, and ultimately find beauty in the decay of old industrial machinery. But as we often discover, the work begins to develop a mind of its own.” - Kevin Fryer
Kevin’s show, "Icehouse Junkyard", opens November 1st, and his opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.
A new revised NOP (October 2012) has been prepared and distributed to reflect the addition of a proposed water transfer agreement to the Project. Specifically, the City proposes to acquire a supplemental water supply of 2,400 acre-feet per year (AFY) via a water transfer agreement with the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) in order to serve the proposed development of the Brisbane Baylands. The revised NOP provides additional detail regarding the water transfer agreement. The revised NOP and is also on file at the City of Brisbane Community Development Department at the address below or at the Brisbane Library at 250 Visitacion Ave. State law specifies a 30 day comment period on the revised NOP. Written comments are due by 5 p.m. on November 21, 2012.
Please send written comments on the revised NOP to:
John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
Fax: (415) 467-5547
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Baylands Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was previously distributed in 2006, and a revised NOP was distributed in December 2010. The 2010 revised NOP provides a detailed description of the proposed development of the Brisbane Baylands to be evaluated in the forthcoming DEIR. The previous 2006 and 2010 NOPs and responses can be found at http://www.brisbaneca.org/baylands/eir-process/notice-preparation and are on file at the Community Development Department. All previous NOP responses are part of the EIR record.