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Scheduled Water Shutdown 11-21-16

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In order to make necessary improvements to the water main, water service will temporarily be shut down at the addresses highlighted in blue on the map below of Joy Ave., Gladys Rd., Lake St., and San Bruno Avenue.  The scheduled shutdown will occur on Monday, November 21st from 10am - 4pm.  Repair work at Lake St. and San Bruno will take place that day from 8am - 5pm.  Click on the map to view larger.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as the work is being completed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

State of the City Address 2016

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Mayor Cliff Lentz provided the City's 2016 State of the City Address last Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane.  Take a look at project highlights from the past year, and those to come by watching the recording below, which will also be played back on Ch. 27 through the first part of 2017.  Thank you to the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce for hosting this annual event!  Click here to view the slides from the Mayor's PowerPoint presentation.

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the State of the City Address, which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane and attended by residents as well as members of the business community.  Taking place just two days after the U.S. Presidential Election, Mayor Lentz started off with the notion of what change means.  It could mean going to something new, or something different, or going back to something that used to be.  Being in Brisbane for the past 27 years, he has seen a lot of change, but has come to know that in Brisbane, “We do change because we want to make our town better.”  And there are things that haven’t changed since the day he’s arrived – “having a safe community, a community that takes care of each other, that connectivity to nature, the great services, having responsible government – those things still exist today and we’re thriving in those areas, and many others.”  He then went into detail on projects and events that show where we’ve been and where we’re going.

An example community project that shows our collaborative effort is the new Brisbane Skatepark, which opened this past summer.  It started as a grassroots effort with students coming to a Council Meeting to encourage Council’s support of building a new skatepark.  It gained momentum in the community, with t-shirt sales and car show proceeds going towards the project, along with families, individuals and businesses reserving bricks in the Commit-to-a-Brick campaign that were placed at the entrance to the Skatepark once construction wrapped up.  Others made in-kind donations with the services their business offered and the city received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.  All of this offset the total Skatepark construction costs by nearly 20%, making it a truly collaborative and community effort.

Mayor Lentz also highlighted the plans for the new Brisbane Library, something many in the community have wanted for a very long time.  This will be a fantastic addition to our downtown, which will be 2.5 times the size of the current library.  The plans include a maker space site, separate teen and children areas, breakrooms, a community space, a historic archive area, an open outside courtyard, just to name a few items.  Not only will the new library have amazing design qualities, it will be built very sustainably.  The plans include a rainwater cistern, solar panels, and be zero net emissions/carbon-neutral.  Just as we always take on projects with a very strong emphasis on community engagement, the same will be done as we move forward to determine the use(s) of the old library site.

The Mayor touched on Priority-Based Budgeting and the five results/categories that the City Council is committed to adopting fiscal plans around.  The five results are:

  • Ensuring Brisbane is a SAFE community
  • Enhancing residents’ lives through COMMUNITY BUILDING
  • Promoting ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY
  • Creating opportunities through ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, and
  • Safeguarding community services through FISCAL PRUDENCE

In considering the City’s financial state, more money has brought in than what has been spent, which then get placed into reserves.  Specifically, the City’s reserves have been increased by nearly $5 million in 4 years (2012-2015).  These reserves are then able to fund programs for the Teens, such as the $50,000 that is applied to help fund the Afterschool Program at Lipman where it’s been seen that so many more Teens are involved in afterschool programs than ever before.  We’ve also been able to install new handrails on stairways in town that aid in Brisbane’s walkability and safety.  The City is also caught up on deferred maintenance at the Pool, Storm Drain System, trails and paths.  Funds have also been set aside for repair and maintenance of infrastructure and to reduce long-term liabilities.

Upcoming projects include the Parkside Precise Plan, where locations across the street from the Community Park and near amenities were identified as sites for future housing, including affordable housing.  The hope is for all Brisbane residents, from the younger generation(s) to seniors, the ability to age in place and to live out the rest of their lives in dignity.

Sierra Point is starting to get a lot of traction with building going on in San Francisco and down the Peninsula to Silicon Valley.  Before everything is built out, one of the things the City wants to do is to create a great public space.  Therefore, the City is working with OPUS, a property owner out at Sierra Point, to have already-existing uses in their development agreement such as R&D or a hotel and in return, the City potentially getting back the piece of property to one day create this public space.

The Mayor concluded his remarks with talking about the Baylands Project and the Baylands Sustainability Framework.  The public process for the Baylands Project started in 2006 and where the Council is embarking on its deliberations and reviewing the project and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on a monthly basis through Spring 2017.  In 2017, the Council will decide if any changes are needed to be made to the General Plan.  Ultimately, the Council has expressed that the final outcome of the Baylands development will be decided by Brisbane voters.

The City of Brisbane has been recognized by the Institute for Local Government for its holistic view at tackling climate change and reducing its carbon footprint.  Stay tuned for community workshops that will be held in early 2017 to help the community become more aware about these principles that will guide any development that occurs at the Baylands.

 

Holiday Pool Closures

Council Adopts Smoking Ordinance

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On November 3rd, the Brisbane City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 611, which prohibits smoking of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in multi-unit residences.  This pertains to the enclosed and unenclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence, unless it is a designated smoking area.  Brisbane will join about 20 other cities or county unincorporated areas in Northern California requiring multi-unit housing to be smoke-free.  Note: This ordinance does not apply to those with a medical marijuana card.  Enforcement will be deferred six months, or until the first part of June, in order for property owners and tenants to become aware of the new regulations and take any necessary measures to comply with the ordinance.  If there are complaints, they should be directed to the City's Code Enforcement Officer at (415) 508-2172.  The Code Enforcement Officer will work with the County in educating the offender before enforcing the ordinance.

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Posted 11/10/2016


Festival of Lights 2016
Save the Date
Dec. 4, 5:45 Top of Visitacion


Updated Weekend Pool Hours
Starting Sat., Nov. 12th
Rec Swim Hours, 1:00-4:00pm

 

Flag-Raising Event Honoring Veterans

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It was a beautiful morning to honor those who selflessly served in the armed forces and risked their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.  Thank you to all who attended the City's Annual Flag-Raising Event!  Next year, we hope to see even more Veterans out at the Community Park that live in this beautiful City of Stars. 

Special thanks to Jeri Sulley and Kathy Wall who led everyone in singing the Star Spangled Banner, the Brisbane Police Department for escorting our oldest Veteran, Charles E. (Chuck) Blunt and his wife, Helen, to the event -- Chuck served as a Sergeant in World War II and has 2 Purple Hearts, and the Brisbane Public Works Dept. and Parks and Recreation Dept. for their assistance with today's ceremony.  It was also great to see so many in Public Safety at the event - we are truly grateful for all those that wear the badge and protect the lives and welfare of Brisbane and its citizens! 

To view more pictures from today's event, please click here.

Climate Fact #44

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework  

An Overview of the 100-mile diet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Water Contamination

 

Unofficial Election Results

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The City of Brisbane, along with all other cities in San Mateo County, contracts with the County of San Mateo Elections Office.  The County counts and posts the election results.  The County has, by State Law, up to 28 days to certify the election results, at which point they will become official.  In the meantime, election results will be updated at 4:30pm on November 10, 15, 18, and 23, 2016. 

You can check these updates by going to www.shapethefuture.org.

 

Airport Noise Workshop 11/4/16

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Mayor Lentz and Councilmember Terry O'Connell held an Airport Noise Workshop on Friday, November 4th at 6pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.  It was broadcast live on Ch. 27 and live-streamed on the City's website.  Below is the recorded meeting video:

November 2016 Marina Newsletter

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 Click here to read the November 2016 Marina Newsletter

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/4/2016


You’re Invited to the 2nd Annual
Flag-Raising Honoring our Veterans
Community Park Flagpole
Thurs., Nov. 10th, 8:00am


State of the City Address
Thurs. Nov. 10, 6:30pm
DoubleTree Hotel
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy


Posted 11/2/2016


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball
Sign-up Now!
Registration Deadline: Nov. 4th
 
St. Vincent de Paul
Warm Coat Drive
Drop off at City Hall
Give Warmth & Give Hope

Brisbane Trustee Open Position

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The City of Brisbane is seeking a resident to represent the city on the Board of Trustees for the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.  As a member of our Board of Trustees, you would act as a liaison to the City and would assist the District in making decisions for the citizens of our district.  Brisbane resident Robert Maynard was Brisbane's Trustee for over 12 years, and just recently stepped down.  He provided the City Council with regular program information and was a highly valuable asset to both the City and the Board of Trustees.

As a member of our Board of Trustees, you can be appointed to a two-year or four-year term.  District board meetings are once a month and meet on the second Wednesday each month from 6pm to approximately 8pm.  They do not meet in August.  Click here to read the full Trustee open position announcement.  If you would like to apply to serve on the Mosquito & Control District's Board of Trustees, please contact City of Brisbane Interim City Clerk Ingrid Padilla at (415) 509-2113 or ipadilla@ci.brisbane.ca.us.  The deadline to apply is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1pm.

Climate Fact #43

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework

EPA - Greener Products and Services

Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for buying greener products

 

 

Climate Fact #43

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework

EPA - Greener Products and Services

Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for buying greener products

 

 

Veterans' Flag-Raising Event

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Meet a real World War II Veteran and long-time Brisbane resident, Sgt. Charles E. “Chuck” Blunt whose war decorations include: a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (with an oak leaf cluster for being wounded a second time), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the American Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and last but not least, the Good Conduct Medal Ribbon.

Donuts and Coffee will be served.

Election Accessibility

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Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th is right around the corner.  Brisbane's Polling Place is at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  The polls will be open from 7am - 8pm.

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division wants to to be sure that registered San Mateo County voters with disabilities are aware of the various options available to help them vote.  Did you know that voters with disabilities that are not able to vote at Brisbane's polling place can take advantage of a Mobile Voting Center (a mobile electronic voting system that allows a voter to independently and in private cast a ballot away from the polling place).  People who are registered to vote now have an excellent opportunity to exercise their right to vote, even if they cannot get to their polling site.  For more information, please call (650) 312-5222 or e-mail registrar@smcare.org at least 24 hours ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

Regional Transportation Input

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The California Department of Transportation will be preparing a draft environmental document for the project: US 101 Managed Lanes Project. A scoping meeting and open house will be held October 27th at San Mateo City Hall beginning at 6pm. In this meeting issues, alternatives and potential environmental impacts will be discussed. For more information, click here.

Second, The San Mateo County Transportation Plan 2040 is a long-term transportation document, which is currently open for public comment. The comment period closes October 31st. To learn more about the plan and to download a draft, click here. After you read the plan, you may submit your thoughts by completing this survey

Climate Fact #42

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework

Commute.org

Try Transit Reward Program

 

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Posted 10/29/2016


O Hina’aro Nui – Tahitian Dance
Fall Showcase
Wed., Nov. 2nd, 7:15pm
Free to the Public, Mission Blue


Halloween Night Digital Photos!
Mon., Oct. 31, 6:00-8:00pm
At MadHouse Coffee
$25, All Proceeds will Benefit BDW


Posted 10/24/2016


The Collective Camp – Roar 1 & 2
#MASK
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN
M,T,TH,F / 8:35AM / 30 MIN+
STARTS MONDAY OCT 31st!

 

Smoking Ordinance No. 611

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Ordinance No. 611 regarding prohibition of smoking in Multi-Unit Residences; Expiration of Moratorium on Establishing and Operating “Vape” Shops was introduced at the City Council Meeting of October 20, 2016.  Please note that this item will be considered for adoption at the November 3, 2016 City Council Meeting at the City of Brisbane Community Meeting Room, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 P.M.

New Water Main Project

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To facilitate construction of a new water main necessary to replace aging infrastructure and to improve reliability for residents, the City of Brisbane and Erler & Kalinowski, Inc. (the City’s engineering consultant) will be performing 12 soil borings to investigate ground conditions along the length of the proposed new water main.  The borings will be drilled at the north and south end of Thomas Avenue; Annis Road south of San Bruno Avenue; the intersection of Annis Road and Humboldt Road; the intersection of Humboldt Road and Sierra Point Road; near 301 and 800 Harold Road; the intersection of Kings Road and Beatrice Road; near 350 and 292 Kings Road; near 4 Margaret Avenue, and at the north end of Paul Avenue (see map below) starting on Monday, October 24, 2016. Construction hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Each boring will be completed in approximately one hour.  The work is anticipated to be complete in two days.

Construction activities at each boring location include: Setting up construction work areas, drilling borings of approximately 8 inches in diameter and 10 to 15 feet deep, backfilling the boring with cement, and providing traffic control.  Construction equipment will include a truck-mounted drill rig.

To facilitate construction, one lane of Thomas Avenue, Annis Road, Harold Road, Humboldt Road, Kings Road, and Margaret Avenue in the direct vicinity of the borings may be closed for up to one hour at a time during construction hours.  Cones and signs will be posted, and flaggers will direct traffic when needed.  Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling through the area.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this work.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Department at 415-508-2130.

Airport Noise Workshop 10/24/16

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Mayor Lentz and Councilwoman O'Connell will be conducting a workshop tonight (10/24) on Airport Noise that will be taking place at City Hall starting at 5pm in the Community Meeting Room, 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  It will also be televised on Ch. 27 and streamed live on the City's live streaming page.  The video recording will be posted here after the workshop for anyone who was not able to attend.

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The videos from last night's workshop can be found below:

 

2016 Volunteer of the Year

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At last night's City Council meeting, Sue Cochran was recognized by the City Council for being Brisbane's 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Each year, the City recognizes a Brisbane resident as its “Volunteer of the Year”, who the ad hoc City Council subcommittee selects after carefully reviewing letters of recommendation from other community members. The Volunteer of the Year award is bestowed upon a dedicated community member that has demonstrated ongoing commitment to the City of Brisbane. They act with the purpose of community in mind and give selflessly to others. The news of the year’s top volunteer is traditionally announced at the Day in the Park Festival. This year, the honors went to Sue Cochran.

Sue is known throughout the community for her contributions in many areas and is devoted to personally improving the quality of life for Brisbane residents. Of the many nominations received in support of Sue, most all echoed her “bright smile, great attitude, and genuine willingness to help.”

Sue has donated countless hours as an active Lion’s Club member and is a part of the Derby Volunteer team. She has led the Maker’s Club for Lipman’s afterschool program, and volunteers at Lipman’s Career Day. When Santa wasn’t available, she even stepped in as Mrs. Claus to visit students with special needs at BES.

In addition, Sue is known by fellow residents for taking Brisbane beautification into her own hands by sweeping Visitacion and cleaning areas of town on her own time. She frequently assists neighbors with landscaping, and is always the first to volunteer to help a senior in need. Her passion for serving others and unselfish enthusiasm is to be commended.

Many thanks to you, Sue, for your decades of volunteerism in our community and a well-deserved achievement as Brisbane’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

Look Ahead-San Mateo

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Save the dates!  Five Saturdays this fall a Look Ahead-San Mateo project team member and local San Mateo County organizations will be on-hand to discuss coastal flooding and sea level rise challenges at the OWL virtual reality viewers in Coyote Point Recreation Area (next to Boardsports California) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Oct. 8
Oct. 22
Nov. 5
Nov. 19
Dec. 3

In partnership with Climate Access, FEMA Region IX and Owlized, the County of San Mateo has installed two virtual reality viewfinders at Coyote Point through December 2016.

The OWLs are a modernized version of a vista viewer that offer visitors a panoramic tour of current and future flooding scenarios, current plans for the Point, and potential planning responses for the region into the future. The goal of the effort is to engage the residents of San Mateo County and increase awareness around the local impacts of sea level rise.

Share your voice online at lookahead-smc.org/.

Look Ahead-San Mateo is part of the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability's SeaChange SMC program.

 

Serve on the City's Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan.  The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month @ 7:30pm.

Three 3-year terms ending in 2020 are available to apply for.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are available here on the City’s website.  You may also call or e-mail:

Ingrid Padilla, Interim City Clerk, at 415-508-2109 or ipadilla@ci.brisbane.ca.us

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 1:00pm.

Completed applications can be submitted via:

Fax @ 415-467-4989; e-mailed to ipadilla@ci.brisbane.ca.us OR delivered in person to City Hall at 50 Park Place.

Go Solar with Bay Area SunShares

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Group Solar and Electric Vehicle Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar and EVs for Local Residents

In August 2016, Brisbane joined other nearby cities in an initiative called Bay Area SunShares. Similar to last year’s program Peninsula SunShares, it’s an effort to encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar and fossil fuel free.

The Bay Area SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems, and receive a discount on select zero-emission vehicles.  Free community workshops were held in Brisbane on August 31 and October 8, 2016.

The 2016 Bay Area SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or those working in participating communities but living throughout the nine Bay Area counties.  Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. 

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property.  If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from three local solar installers:  Sunrun, Inc. Skytech Solar and Solar 4 America Petersen Dean were selected by the Bay Area SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors.  Two car dealers were also selected through this process: Nissan and Toyota.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers or purchase a vehicle by November 11, 2016.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more than 3.4 megawatts of residential solar capacity.  The SunShares program is based on successful models developed by the cities of Portland and San Jose in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.  In just the past few years, successful campaigns have spread from Oregon and California across the country to Colorado, Illinois and New York.

Bay Area SunShares is being administered by the San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change (a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 organization, Community Initiatives), on behalf of a group of cities, counties, major employers, and membership organizations.

For more information please visit the Bay Area SunSunshares website, www.bayareasunshares.org.

Climate Fact #41

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/20/2016


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Middle School Halloween Dance
Fri., Oct. 28th, 7-10pm
Costume Required, $5 Entry Fee


Posted 10/18/2016


Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
Your Feedback Needed!
Share it at the Farmer’s Market
This Thursday, 3-7pm


Posted 10/17/2016


Brisbane Lions Club
Pumpkin Patch
Sat., Oct. 22, 9am-2pm, at Gazebo
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Flu Shots
Sat., Oct. 22, 9am-Noon, at Sunrise Rm.


Have a Good Day!
Make A Memory Today!

 

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