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Tree Pruning on Visitacion

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 11, 2:30pm - The contractors will be returning to prune the trees along the even-numbered side of the street the week of 6/23.  Expected dates where that side of Visitacion will be closed to parking are Monday, the 23rd and Tuesday, the 24th, 7:00am - 5:00pm.  Thanks again for your patience.

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Every other year, the Raywood Ash trees that line Visitacion Ave. get pruned back.  In order for the contractors to effectively do so, the parking spaces need to be clear of vehicles.  Since the contractors will be starting on the odd-numbered side of the street (the side of The 23 Club) on Monday, June 9th, there will be NO PARKING from 7:00am - 5:00pm that day.  They will finish up the next day, Tuesday the 10th, on the opposite side of the street.  Thank you for your assistance as this work is being completed.  If you have any questions, you may call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Skatepark Retrofit Update

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UPDATE: Friday, June 20, 11:37am - The City Council approved a contract with Spohn Ranch to develop a concept design for the skatepark in the amount of $14,500.

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The Joint Subcommittee of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission met last Thursday with staff to review the proposals submitted to the City in regards to its Skatepark Design Request for Proposals.  At their meeting, the Joint Subcommittee selected skatepark design firm Spohn Ranch as the company they will be recommending the City enter into a contract with for facilitating meetings with the community in order to develop a concept design for the skatepark.  It is anticipated that the recommedation will be presented to the City Council at their June 19th meeting.  The meeting begins at 7:30pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane and will be broadcast live on Ch. 27 as well as on the Live Streaming page on the City's website.

Weed Abatement Work

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The City's annual Vegetation/Weed Abatement Management Program of its public property begins Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  The contractor, Industrial Park Landscape, has worked in town since 1979 and is very knowledgeable of the areas known for excessive growth of vegetation/weeds, which become fire hazards in the dry months.  The contractor will begin work along the railroad spurs in Crocker Industrial Park tomorrow morning and by Friday start working on the fire trail located at the end of Trinity Rd.  After Memorial Day weekend, the contractors will work their way down to Kings, Humboldt, and San Mateo Lane.  Please note: the contractor is working intermittently in different parts of the city (not necessarily doing Central Brisbane on consecutive days), as access and time permits.  This program is being performed in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations and will be completed by July 3rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Cannon in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2136 or dcannon@ci.brisbane.ca.us .

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/21/2014


 

Friends of the Brisbane Library
City Wide Garage Sale
Early Bird Registration ends July 11
Register at the Library or at www.fobl.com



Posted 6/16/2014


In Loving Memory Of
Paul Ellison
1930 - 2014
30 Year Brisbane Resident
"He Truly Loved Brisbane"

 

 

June 2014 Marina Newsletter

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Click here to read the June 2014 newsletter

Zipcars Are Here

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UPDATE: June 12, 12:56pm - Zipcar has placed a new vehicle at the Police parking lot (entrance on Valley Dr.).  Meet "Deepsea"!

Cost to Drive:

Weekday: Hourly ($10), Daily ($72), 7-7 ($62)
Weekend: Hourly ($11.50), Daily ($89)

Rates displayed include gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day.  Sign up today!

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At their November 18th meeting, the City Council approved a recommendation by the Open Space & Ecology Committee for a two-year pilot program with Zipcar, Inc. for car-sharing services.  “Movie”, a silver Toyota Prius, will be stationed at the Police parking lot on Valley Dr. and “Ireland”, a red Honda Insight Hybrid, will be stationed at the Park & Ride Lot on Bayshore Blvd. at Tunnel Ave.  This program removes an obstacle faced by commuters who want to take public transit by providing fuel-efficient vehicles they can use for short trips during the day. The program also provides residents the opportunity to use alternative modes of transit, leave their cars at home, and/or even reduce the number of vehicles owned by providing a low-cost vehicle to use on an as-needed basis. 

Zipcar members sign up online, and receive access to the Zipcars using a keyless entry. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or for up to several days, starting from $8.25/hour and $109/day for the pay-as-you-go plans or $7.43/hour or $98.10/day for the prepaid extra value plan. The reservation price includes gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Members can reserve Zipcars online (www.zipcar.com), over the phone, or by using Zipcar’s mobile applications for both iPhone and Android, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Brisbane’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing. Take advantage of this new service by signing up at www.zipcar.com and become a Zipster today!

Crocker Park TAP Report

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To assist in re-envisioning the future of the Crocker Business Park, the City of Brisbane, in partnership with the Urban Land institute, undertook a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) earlier this year.  Through the TAP, a panel of independent land use, economic and design professionals visited and analyzed Crocker Park, interviewed community stakeholders and developed a series of observations and recommendations for the City Council's consideration.  
 
The Crocker Park TAP report has been finalized and can be found on the Crocker Industrial Park webpage.  The TAP report is not yet scheduled for City Council review.  Separate notification will be provided when the report is scheduled to come before the City Council.

City Council Accomplishments

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This past Monday, June 2, the City Council began their first of 3 budget workshops (the next ones take place June 9 and June 11) before a proposed 2014-15 budget is adopted (anticipated June 19, 2014).  The fiscal year for the city runs from July 1st to June 30th, and in this past year, the Council has seen a fair number of accomplishments.  These accomplishments were mentioned as part of the Administrative Service Director's budget presentation and are as follows:

  • Request For Proposals (RFP) for Skateboard Park Design
  • Draft EIR for Baylands Completed
  • Developed Action Plan for Sustainability Plan for Baylands
  • Completed Fire Station Repairs
  • Approved Financing Plan for Water and Sewer Projects
  • Completed Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charette for Crocker Industrial Park
  • Approved Business License for Liquid Storage Facilities
  • Upgraded Technology for Police Department
  • Approved Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) for Baylands Dirt Storage
  • Bought Additional Open Space in Brisbane Acres

Over the next few weeks, these topics will be covered in more detail.  You'll also be able to read more about them in the Citynews publication, starting with the July CityNews & STAR, which covers the RFP for Skateboard Park Design and an update on the Baylands EIR process.

Award-Winning Compost

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UPDATE: June 11, 3:17pm - Congratulations to Community Gardeners Betsey da Silva, Bob Huffmaster (aka 'Weber' Bob, as he has planted Weber BBQ bowls in his garden plot), Tyler Coon, and Susan Sullivan Maynard on the final results from the San Mateo County Fair:

Dirt Compost Results:
1st - Tyler
2nd - Bob
3rd - Betsey

Worm Compost Results:
1st - Betsey
2nd - Susan
3rd - Tyler

Hurrah for Brisbane!

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For the past few years, Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan has been submitting compost entries from the Community Garden to be judged as part of the Fair's Sustainable Living division.  The compost bins are sent to a laboratory where they are judged on texture, smell, and quantity of live organics (microscopic evaluation).  The result?  Seven blue ribbons proudly hanging in the Garden shed.  Prize money has gone straight back into benefitting the Garden, such as buying blueberry bushes one year and tools other times.  And worm composting in the Garden has expanded, thanks to donations of new stacking worm bins from SSF Scavenger and Recology.  But special thanks goes to Susan for making sure others in the County know about the good work being done by Brisbane Community Gardeners!

Check out Brisbane's award-winning compost at the San Mateo County Fair, which opens next Saturday, June 7th (and runs until the 15th).  If you get there early enough (by 11:00am), you'll get FREE Parking and FREE admission to the County Fair and get to participate in Disaster Preparedness Day!

Sunday Farmers' Market

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Update: June 12, 11:25am - Food truck J-shack, which specializes in Japanese-style sweet and savory crepes, will be at the market on June 22nd!

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At their May 5th meeting, the City Council gave Market Manager for West Coast Farmers Market Association, Jerry Lami, direction to start a weekend market in Brisbane.  Jerry chose Sunday morning as the day for the market, so there would be a wider gap in days between Thursday’s market and the new weekend market.  The location for the Sunday market will be the same as Thursday’s market, in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane), with farmers parking their trucks in City Hall’s parking lot to ensure plenty of parking on San Francisco Ave. for visitors to the Park and those renting any of the picnic tables.  Speaking of farmers, check out the list of vendors who will be at this Sunday's market:

  • Cipponeri Farms
  • Sunrise Farms
  • EGB Farms
  • Cobblestone Bakery
  • Lee Farms
  • Pete Davis Honey
  • Medina Berries 
  • Bountiful Basket Vinegars

In addition, Brisbane resident Jennifer Bousquet will be manning a table letting all the families know about Hulafrog - an online daily event calendar of fun things to do with your kids in our local area.  She'll have froggy coloring sheets and crayons, free Hulafrog trading cards, lollipops, and some more information about the resource.

So, come and check out the new weekend market starting on Sunday, June 8th!  Also, Like West Coast Farmers Market Association on Facebook and get updates about what will be taking place at the farmers' market on Sundays!  Thanks and happy market shopping!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/14/2014


City of Brisbane
Quarry Rd. Clean Up
Sat., June 21, 9 am - 1 pm, Quarry Road
Info/RSVP:  (415) 508-2118 or
nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us


Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Presentation:  Vivek Mathrani, PhD
DABT Rick Assessment Practices @ DTSC
Tues., June 17th, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.


Posted 6/11/2014



Chris Carillo
1966 -2014
Surfers Farewell:  Sat., June 14, 12:30 pm, Beach @ Sloat
Donate to Leukemia and Lymphoma Soc. in Memory of Chris

 

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/5/2014

Brisbane Library
Tasty Summer Saturdays
Sat., June 7, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion
Information"  (415) 467-6393



Posted 6/3/2014


Water Bills are
Due June 5


10th Annual San Mateo County
Disaster Preparedness Day
Sat., Jun 7, 10 - 2 pm, S.M. Co. Event Ctr.
Arrive before 11 am for free admission and parking 

June 2014 Citynews

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Click here to read the June 2014 Citynews.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/29/2014

Brisbane Eagles
Kidney Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., May 31, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Chicken Dinner, Raffle, Bake Sale, $10.00

 

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Tennis Classes
Adult and Youth
Info: 415.508.2143

 

Quarry Road Clean-Up

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Come join the Open Space and Ecology Committee and the Park and Recreation Commission of the City of Brisbane, along with San Bruno Mountain Watch from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Saturday, June 21st, to help clean-up Quarry Road.  This area is an ecological preserve that serves as important habitat to endangered species.  Debris and litter have been collecting on this road, and it deserves a clean sweep.  Click here for the event flyer.

Please bring: gloves, long pants, long sleeved shirt, good walking shoes, sunscreen and water.

Free lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Please RSVP: nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2118.

Pool Closure June 16-20

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The Community Pool will be closed Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20 in order to perform necessary repairs to the tile in both locker rooms as well as replace the exterior metal doors leading to the men's and women's locker rooms.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the community's patience as this work is being completed.  Please note: a lifeguard in-service training will be taking place during the week of the closure.  Should you have any questions related to the construction work being performed, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  For any programming-related questions, please call the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (415) 508-2140.  Thank you.

Nancy Carpenter Retires

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(Excerpt from the May 2014 Citynews)

Since 1997, Nancy Carpenter has been the face of the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department.  As of May 23, Nancy will have officially ended her 17 year career with the city.  Nancy began as a receptionist and a floater in 1997, filling in for staff members if they went on vacation or were absent.  Eventually, she became full time with the Recreation Department in 1999, working in the old Parks and Recreation Office at the Brisbane Elementary School.  She eventually moved over to City Hall to work more closely with Jim Skeels, the Parks and Recreation Director at that time. Jim recalls his time with Nancy with great fondness and admiration. “From day one I realized that Nancy was the hub of the Recreation Department.  Almost everything ran through her.  She is a dedicated professional, believes in what she does, willing to look at new & improved ways to provide services, puts in the quality time necessary to provide excellent results, and does all this in her amenable style working with other staff and, of course, the public.”

Nancy played a huge role in the department’s growth and development of classes and programs and also with the online registration system.  Russ Carmick, who was here when Nancy began in the Parks and Recreation Office, says he will miss her sense of humor and her strong work ethic.  Steve Beaty has also worked with Nancy a number of years.  He says of Nancy’s retirement that the “entire Recreation Department will greatly miss Nancy.  She has always been the glue that held all our different programs and operations together.  Nancy has always gone above and beyond to help everyone, from brides planning weddings at Mission Blue, to parents signing up their children for their first pre-school experience, and most of all to helping and supporting the staff of the Brisbane Recreation Department.”  When asked what she would miss most, Nancy replied she would miss her interaction with the community.  That is our Nancy. Loyal and true blue to the community she served so well for so long.  Our many thanks to you Nancy!  Have a great Retirement!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/21/2014


In Loving Memory Of
Ray J. Duran
1943 - 2014
Svcs:  Sat., May 24, 11 am, 85 Oak St., SSF

Massage Ordinance

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The City Council is considering an Ordinance that would regulate massage professionals and massage businesses in the City.  Specifically, it would mandate that persons offering massage in the City be State-certified and that massage businesses employ exclusively State-certified massage professionals to perform massages, that massage businesses and massage professionals apply for and obtain a revocable certificate of registration with the City, and that massage establishments abide by certain operating and sanitation standards. 

This Ordinance was first introduced at the May 19th Council Meeting and the Council will consider adoption of the Ordinance at its June 19th meeting.

The proposed Ordinance will not affect properly licensed physicians, chiropractors, nurses, barbers, beauticians and certain other individuals and businesses while they are engaged in practices within the scope of their licenses.

If you have questions regarding this proposed Ordinance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (415) 508-2113.

Weekend Farmers' Market

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UPDATE 5/20 - Help spread the word!

UPDATE 5/16 - Council has given approval for a weekend market to start, and the market manager has chosen to have the weekend market take place on Sundays, from 9am - 1pm, with the kickoff being on June 8th.  A location in downtown Brisbane is still being determined.  Stay tuned...

In the April CityNews publication that is arriving in your mailboxes, along with a Wednesday e-mail blast about the market, there was mention about West Coast Farmers Market Association starting a Saturday farmers' market beginning on May 10th on the first block of Park Lane (see above image).  That market will be held off until a determination is made at the May 5th City Council meeting, which, if direction to move forward with a Saturday market is given, the earliest the market would start would be May 24th due to permits needing to be pulled by the Health Department.  We apologize for any confusion.  If you have thoughts about a Saturday morning market starting in Brisbane, please leave a comment below or come to the Council meeting and let the Council and market manager hear your thoughts.  Thank you!

Council Meeting Day Change

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Beginning in June, regular City Council meetings will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Meetings are held at 7:30pm at City Hall, 50 Park Place in the Community Meeting Room.

The agenda and the reports on each item will continue to be available on the Thursday before each meeting, as is currently the case, allowing the Council and the community additional time to review each topic.

Remember that all materials are available at the Brisbane Library, City Hall, and on the City's website.

If you would like to receive agendas by e-mail, please provide your e-mail address to the City Clerk at cityhall@ci.brisbane.ca.us or by phone at (415) 508-2113.

National Public Works Week

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Every year, the city recognizes the efforts of the individuals whose work is deemed successful when no one notices it.  That's right, the Public Works Dept. knows it is serving the community well when we forget that it actually takes someone's time and effort to ensure that our water, sewer and storm drain systems are properly functioning, that our roadways are safe, and that our streetlights are illuminating as they should, just to name a few things the Public Works Dept. oversees.  Public Works Director Randy Breault now has oversight of the Marina as well, so employees from both departments were present at Monday's Council meeting to receive a Proclamation from the City Council.  Thank you to each of you, who quietly and daily live out the theme of National Public Works Week 2014, "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow".

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/9/2014


National Association of Letter Carriers
Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive
Saturday May 10
Place non-perishables at mailbox of post office
Thank you for helping those in need


Genie Gwin
September 1949 - April 2014

 

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The City of Brisbane Public Works Dept. will be turning off the water to the following areas on Tuesday, May 13th between 9:00am - 3:00pm in order to make necessary improvements to the local water mains:

207 to 296 San Benito Rd.

Notices have been hand-delivered to all the addresses affected by the temporary shutdown.  If you have any other questions regarding this shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize in advance for any convenience this temporary water shutdown may cause you.

Pavement Maintenance Work

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Starting Wednesday, May 14, minor delays may be experienced between 8am - 5pm due to pavement maintenance.  Below are the streets that have been identified to be slurry sealed - 

•Silverspot Dr. westbound - Golden Aster Ct. to Lily Ct.
•Main St. westbound – Bayshore Blvd. to city limits
•Bayshore Blvd. – s/o Old County to GCP (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
•San Francisco St. westbound – Visitacion Ave. to Alvarado St.
•San Francisco – Alvarado to Santa Clara – ROAD CLOSED
•Glen Parkway – Humboldt to Lake St. – ROAD CLOSED
•Cypress Ln. southbound – Valley Dr. to end
 
There is to be NO PARKING between 8am - 5pm on the following on this day -
•San Francisco St. westbound – Visitacion Ave. to Alvarado St.
•San Francisco St. – Alvarado St. to Santa Clara
•Monterey St. – Solano St. to Visitacion Ave.
 
Work will continue on Thursday, May 15 on the following streets -
•Cypress Ln. northbound – Valley Dr. to end
•San Benito Rd. – Sierra Point Rd. to Glen Pkwy. – ROAD CLOSED
•Monterey St. – Solano St. to Visitacion Ave. – ROAD CLOSED
•Silverspot Dr. eastbound – Golden Aster Ct. to Lily Ct.
•Visitacion Ave. – Alvarado St. to Klamath St. – ROAD CLOSED
•Bayshore Blvd. – s/o Old County to Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
•Main St. eastbound – Bayshore Blvd. to city limit
 
There is to be NO PARKING between 8am - 5pm on the following on this day -
•San Benito Rd. – Sierra Pt. Rd. to Glen Parkway
•Monterey St. – Solano St. to Visitacion Ave.
•Silverspot Dr. eastbound – Golden Aster Ct. to Lily Ct.
•Visitacion Ave. – Klamath St. to Alvarado St.
 
Work will conclude on Friday, May 16 at the following streets - 
•San Francisco Ave eastbound – Visitacion Ave to Alvarado St.  
•Bayshore Blvd. – s/o Old County to GCP (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
•Park Ln. – Old County Rd. to Park Place – ROAD CLOSED
 
There is to be NO PARKING between 8am - 5pm on the following on this day -
•San Francisco Ave. eastbound - Visitacion Ave. to Alvarado St.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130.  Thank you in advance for your patience as this important roadway work is completed!

May 2014 Marina Newsletter

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Click here to read the May 2014 Marina Newsletter.

Bayshore Road Work

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You may have noticed road work being performed on Bayshore and heard thermoplastic striping being ground as you drove by.  This work is being done in preparation for slurry sealing that will take place on several streets in Brisbane between May 14 – 16 as part of the 2013 Pavement Maintenance Project which the Council approved last Fall.  The area on Bayshore Blvd. just south of Old County Rd. to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway will be worked on for the remainder of the week, so please use caution when driving through this area and be aware of lane closures and work crews.  More detailed information including other affected streets will be posted to the city’s website on Friday, May 9th.  Thank you for your patience as the city completes these important roadway improvements!   

New Art Exhibit at City Hall

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Brisbane resident Dan Ryan's photography work that will be exhibited at City Hall during May and June was put up yesterday in the large conference room.  Come and check out the images he has captured, which are excerpts from a project he began in 2012 called "Tokyo Panic Stories", a forthcoming book of 'literary-photojournalism' containing photographs, straightforward reporting, fictional narrative, and poetry.  An artist reception will take place at City Hall on Wednesday, May 21 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  All are welcome!

Be Ready

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With the Bay Area's anomalously warm, dry winter, the work that North County Fire Authority (NCFA) is doing in Brisbane becomes ever more important.  Earlier this week, NCFA in coordination with CAL FIRE, had fire hand crews reducing weeds and brush along an approximately 100-ft. deep strip behind homes from the end of Trinity Rd. to just beyond the intersection of Kings and San Mateo Ln.  This vegetation reduction fuel break was established several years ago and constructed with the intent to reduce the potential for the rapid spread of fire.  The June 22, 2008 brush fire in Owl and Buckeye Canyons of San Bruno Mountain that resulted in a total of 30 fire companies from all over the Peninsula arriving to fight the blaze and 102 residences being evacuated, is still often recounted by the city and its residents.

On that note, please remember to get signed up for SMC Alerts if you haven't already done so.  This is the platform the city's Office of Emergency Services will use in the event of a disaster or an emergency.  

The city has also joined the County of San Mateo in becoming a Weather-Ready Ambassador, partnering with the National Weather Service and National Atmospheric Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel on potential collaboration opportunities.  Such may be the case when NCFA conducts their annual Wildland Fire Awareness event in early June.  Details to come.  In the meantime, you can get up-to-the-minute weather updates by following the Bay Area's National Weather Service on Twitter (@NWSBAYAREA).

Library Park Ribbon Cutting

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The view of Library Park just after entering through the gate on Mendocino St.

Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers, and Councilmember Cliff Lentz championing the renovation efforts of the area located behind the Library and Community Center since Rebuilding Together Peninsula's National Rebuilding Day in 2012, Library Park is now ready to be formally dedicated to the Brisbane Community. 


Native plants donated from Mission Blue Nursery

Please join us for the Library Park Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, May 3rd at 9:00am behind the Library/Mendocino entrance.  All are welcome!

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