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HEART of San Mateo County

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The City of Brisbane is a member agency of HEART, whose mission is to is to raise funds from public and private sources to meet critical housing needs.  Take advantage of one of their FREE First Time Homebuyer Workshops and find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only 5% down and no PMI.  This is the HEART downpayment loan and Meriwest Mortgage Program.

HEART finances the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of homes affordable to middle- and low-income employees of local businesses, as well as seniors and other fixed-income residents.  HEART provides three types of financing:

  • short-term predevelopment or construction loans to finance multifamily housing;
  • long-term loans for affordable rental housing; and
  • homebuyer assistance loans.

For more information about HEART, please contact them at (650) 872-4444 or

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/16/2015

City of Brisbane
12th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 25, 9 am - 1 pm, Kings Rd. and San Mateo Lane
Lunch & T-shirts for Volunteers
Info: 508-2143 or

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Application
Available on City Website, Library or by request
Apply by April 19th

Posted 4/13/2015

Brisbane Police Department
April is Distracted Driver
Awareness Month
Do not text or use hand held devices while driving

Posted 4/11/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Bootcamp
M,W & F, Apr 13 - July 10, 9:45-10:45 am
Comm. Pk. Gazebo, Info:  415.508.2140

Go Solar at a Discount!
Peninsula SunShares Workshop
Sat., Apr. 11, 12:30 - 2 pm, Comm. Ctr.
More Info:

Planning Commissioner Needed

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Due to a vacancy on the Planning Commission, applications are now being accepted to fill a term through January 2018. 

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. 

How to apply:

Applications are available for download here on the City's website or by calling Sheri Spediacci at (415) 508-2113.  Applications must be received by April 15th at 5:00pm.

Peninsula SunShares Launched!

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Peninsula Cities Launch Group Solar Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar for Local Residents

Brisbane, CA - The City of Brisbane is joining other nearby cities in an initiative called “Peninsula SunShares,” an effort that will encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar.

The Peninsula SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems.  Free community workshops, beginning in April, will be held in different venues over the next three months to explain the program and help people enroll in Peninsula SunShares.  Brisbane's workshop takes place on Saturday, April 11 in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave.) from 12:30 - 2:00pm and is being hosted by BEST/PTO in partnership with the City of Brisbane.

The 2015 Peninsula SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or 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 two local solar installers.  Sunrun, Inc. and Skytech Solar were both selected by the Peninsula SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors for cost, quality workmanship, positive reputation, quality equipment, warranties, financing options and good employment and business practices.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers by July 31, 2015.

At the free workshops, local community solar experts will explain how solar works and answer questions to help residents decide whether solar energy is right for their home.  The workshops will also cover information about federal tax credits and financing options available that will help homeowners install solar and save on their utility bills for years to come.

Attending a workshop is not a requirement for participation in the program.  Peninsula SunShares kicked off today, April 1st, and interested homeowners can visit the program website to sign-up and view a list of scheduled events.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more that 1.5 megawatts of residential solar capacity,” said Vote Solar’s Jessie Denver.  As the program administrator, Vote Solar is working with not just the City of Brisbane but also 12 other communities throughout the San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

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.

Peninsula SunShares is organized by Foster City in partnership with Vote Solar, the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo County.

For more information please visit:

Shuttle Disruption 4/10, 9-5pm

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We wanted to alert you to the fact that Friday's closure of San Bruno Ave. and some of the surrounding streets on the south end of town will result in the following disruptions to the shuttles:

Bayshore/Brisbane Caltrain shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 8:58am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:04am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:54pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:00pm (1st PM trip)

Brisbane/Crocker Industrial BART shuttle:

  • Old County & San Francisco 9:07am - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 9:14am (last AM trip - returning to BART)
  • Old County & San Francisco 9:27am - to - 3745 Bayshore 9:34am (last AM trip)
  • Old County & San Francisco 3:31pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 3:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:37pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 4:45pm
  • Old County & San Francisco 4:59pm - to - Bayshore & Tunnel 5:05pm

To further clarify, the following stops will be not be served during the 9-5pm timeframe: San Bruno & Annis, 3745 Bayshore Blvd., Bayshore Blvd. and Tunnel Rd., Old County & San Francisco, San Bruno & Mendocino, and San Bruno & Alvarado.  Essentially, the shuttles will not turn up Old County Rd. and enter into the southern portion in town.

If you normally ride the shuttle during the hours of 9-5p and get on/off at the above stops, we apologize for this inconvenience.  The 140 Valley stop will be the closest alternative for pick-up/drop-off, so please plan your Friday commute schedule accordingly.  Click here to be taken to the website to view the appropriate shuttle schedules.  If you have any questions, please contact at (650) 588-1600.

Congressional Art Competition

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office is now accepting entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  She invites all high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in this unique opportunity to gain national recognition for their creative talents.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize the finalists from all 50 states.  The winning art pieces will be displayed for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and the House Office Buildings.

All artwork must be two dimensional, cannot be larger than 28”x28”x4” including the frame, cannot weigh more than 15 pounds, and must be original in concept, design and execution.  All high school students and 7th and 8th graders who share high school campuses residing in the 14th district are eligible.  Please find detailed guidelines, a submission checklist and the Student Information & Release Form on her website.

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please deliver your art pieces to Jackie's District Office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo, CA 94402.  A panel of professional artists will judge the pieces.  She will host a reception for all participants, their parents and teachers at her office on a date to be announced soon.  Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated and taken advantage of this event celebrating and encouraging art.  Best of luck to all the entrants!

San Bruno Ave. Closure

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The Public Works Dept. will be closing the section of San Bruno Ave. shown in red on the map (click to view larger), to vehicle traffic on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in order to complete necessary maintenance.  Note: Joy Ave., McLain Rd., and Gladys Ave. will also be closed to vehicular traffic during this time.  The City maintenance crew will be cleaning the storm drain catch basins, videoing the sewer mains and exercising the water main isolation valves.  Contractors will also be removing and trimming trees and bushes, cleaning gutter lines and replacing lane divider buttons.  We have made every effort to include all of the known maintenance projects that can be completed into the scheduled road closure.

Notices have been delivered to all of the addresses inside of the road closure.  If you have any other questions regarding the closure, please call Keegan Black in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconveniences this may cause you.

If you would like to follow the progress of Friday's maintenance work, as well as be informed of other City news, please be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook:

Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

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Based on all the recent media attention, you may feel that our governing bodies are weekly adopting new emergency water use regulations.  This rush of regulatory actions illustrates the severity of the current drought and the important decisions that our government leaders are choosing to adopt to protect our future water supply. 

Last week, we posted the Executive Order issued by the Governor that mandates substantial water reductions across the state of California.  As previously explained, we are waiting for the State Water Resources Control Board to make its decision on the specific water rationing requirements for the City of Brisbane.  Until then, our water customers must continue the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions

You may soon notice a regional message that describes a two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that assigns odd and even addresses to a particular day of the week. 

The two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation restriction comes from the Governor’s Emergency Regulations that were adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board on March 17, 2015.  The State doesn’t identify the City of Brisbane as an urban water supplier, and therefore we are allowed to meet our water rationing goals in our own way.     

We are currently meeting our water rationing goals through our current Stage 1 Drought Restrictions; however, we recommend that our customers do what they can to continue their aggressive water conservation practices and follow the two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that will be posted by the regional water suppliers. 

We don’t know the severity of the restrictions the State Water Resources Control Board will ultimately adopt later this month.  There’s a chance that we may be held to the same two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule restrictions the majority of our county is already following. 

We will continue to provide our customers information on these quickly developing regulations as they become known to us. 

More information on the current drought conditions can be viewed on the City's website here:

Rebates for Rain Barrels

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Rebates up to $100 are now available for rain barrels! To qualify, rain barrels must be purchased by June 30, 2015.

In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County) and BAWSCA, the City is offering rebates of up to $100 per rain barrel for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.  Qualifying rain barrels must be newly purchased, a minimum size of 50 gallons (even including an upcycled ~300 gallon tote), and designed for the intended purpose of rain capture.  Click here for the full program requirements.

The applications will be made available on BAWSCA's website later today, where you can learn more about how much water rain barrels save and how you can participate in the program.

For additional information on rain barrels, the Public Works Department has assembled a Guidance on Installing Rain Barrels on Residential Properties.  For any questions about this new rebate program, feel free to give them a call at 508-2130.

Amended Noise Control Ordinance

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Recently, changes to the City’s Noise Control Ordinance were adopted by the City Council

This included reducing the cumulative time period required for noise in excess of 10 decibels above the ambient noise from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. 

An additional category for extremely high noise levels was created for noise above 30 decibels over the ambient noise with no cumulative time period required.

The changes also included reducing the amount of time required to take readings to establish an ambient noise level from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

In addition, officers are now allowed to exclude “exceptional” noises from the ambient noise level readings.  This allows officers to obtain ambient noise levels that are typical to everyday life during that particular time of the day. 

Finally, the standard for measuring decibels we established using dBA’s instead of dB’s.  The use of the dBA standard better accounts for the hearing characteristics of the human ear. 

All other aspects of the ordinance remain fundamentally the same.  If you have any questions about the changes made to the Noise Control Ordinance, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/1/2015

Lions Club's Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., April 5th, 1 pm, Lipman Field
M.O.B. Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 4th, 11:30 am, 4 Solano

Live at Mission Blue Presents
The Lee Trio
Sat., Apr. 4th, 7:30 pm, Miss.Blue Ctr.

Posted 3/30/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
New Location and Times!
Mon-8:40 @ Comm. Ctr. & Wed-8:40 @ MBC


April 2015 Citynews

Survey on City Communications

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It’s been a while since we’ve asked how we’re doing in regards to getting information out to the community and how we can improve.  So, here’s your chance to let us know!  We’re also interested in your thoughts on the Citynews (published monthly 9x/year) and the STAR (published 3x/year, and which includes the Parks & Recreation Activity Guide along with some news articles).  Please click here to take our 1-page survey.  Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback!  Please respond to the survey no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.

For those of you who prefer to complete a hardcopy of the survey, please click here.  Thank you.

HIP Housing April Flyers

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HIP Housing's April Housing flyers are now available for housing providers and housing seekers.  

Twenty-six persons found a shared housing arrangement in the month of March and with only 1 day into the month of April, 12 people informed the organization that they will be moving in together this month! 

If you would like to support HIP Housing as they celebrate their Home Sharing Program's 35th anniversary, register today for the HIP Housing Annual Luncheon, taking place on Friday, May 8th at the SFO Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame.  Proceeds from the event benefit HIP Housing's programs.  HIP Housing provides creative housing solutions in San Mateo County and impacts over 3,000 individuals.  Click here for more information.

Gov. Brown's Executive Order

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On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order directing the State Water Resources Control Board to develop mandatory water reductions orders to reduce water usage across California by 25 percent.

What this means for us is unclear until the State Water Resources Control Boards makes its decision on whether the water rationing requirements will be applied uniformly across the state, or on a sliding scale that will consider already low usage in many municipalities such as ours.  We expect to receive further information from the State later this month.

In the meantime, the City has taken immediate measures to comply with the provision prohibiting irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.

What you can do now is continue to follow the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions and continue to be cognizant of your daily water use habits.  Every bit helps.

The following actions are part of the Stage 1 drought restrictions:

  • Do not irrigate residential and commercial landscapes between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm or during rain events;
  • Stop the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or other hardscapes and structures;
  • Stop washing down paved surfaces, including but not limited to, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or patios, except when necessary to address an immediate health, safety or sanitary needs.
  • Use a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
  • Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10:00am and after 6:00pm.  Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or a drip/micro-irrigation system.  Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time.  Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
  • Use only re-circulated or recycled water to operate ornamental fountains.
  • Wash vehicles using a bucket, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates or reclaims water on-site.
  • Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
  • Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and lines daily.

Please click here for more information on the current drought conditions and how you can help reduce your water usage.  

Silence the Distraction

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To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the Brisbane Police Department, California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming.  The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won’t be tempted.

“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.”

While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk.  During “California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April 1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable.  “People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said.

Let's model safe driving so the young people in our lives will know they must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING.  If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, take some time to make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well, especially during this coming first week of April.

For more information and resources on Distracted Driving Awareness Month, please click here.

Be a Summer Concerts Sponsor

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We're pround to announce that planning for the 2015 Concerts in the Park is underway!  Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year.  Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community?  Then consider being a sponsor!  Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under.  Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

April 2015 Marina News

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 Click here to read the April 2015 Marina Newsletter

Survey on Short-Term Rentals

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015: The online survey will close on Friday, March 27th.  If you haven't already weighed in, please do so before midnight tomorrow.  Thank you!

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UPDATE - Friday, March 13, 2015: There was a great turnout at yesterday's March 12th Planning Commission workshop on short-term rentals.  The Commission engaged in a thoughtful discussion with community members about the potential positive and negative impacts of short-term rentals, and how both could be balanced through targeted regulation.  After the discussion, the Planning Commission agreed to hold a follow-up workshop at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 where staff will review policies from other California cities and provide suggestions on how to address specific concerns raised by community and Commission members. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and/or the workshop, and please join us on April 9th.  If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, responses will continue to be collected through March 26th.  If you want to be updated as this effort moves forward,  e-mail Associate Planner Julia Capasso at to be added to the e-mail notification list.

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UPDATE - Monday, March 2, 2015: We have a received a large number of comments on this issue and each will be sent to the City Council and Planning Commission.  Thank you again for your feedback!

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Short-term vacation room or home rentals in privately owned homes have grown in popularity in the Bay Area thanks to online advertising websites like  The City’s regulations predate Internet-based homesharing, and short-term vacation rentals are currently prohibited in residentially-zoned neighborhoods in Brisbane.  The  Brisbane City Council has asked the Planning Commission to further study this issue, evaluate the City’s regulations, and make recommendations.

As a Brisbane resident, what do you think?  Your input is critical in this effort.  Join the dialogue by filling out a community survey online and/or attending the Planning Commission workshop on March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Library, the Planning and Building Department at City Hall, and on page 2 of the March STAR (landing in mailboxes next week).  To ensure that everyone's voice is heard, we ask that only one response be submitted per resident.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Associate Planner Julia Capasso at (415) 508-2120 or

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/26/2015

City of Brisbane
Planning Commissioner Needed
Apply by April 15
To apply call City Clerk at 508-2114

Posted 3/25/2015

City of Brisbane
Human Resources Technician
Full Time-accepting first 50 application

Posted 3/23/2015

City of Brisbane
P/T Office Specialist (Finance Dept.)
Accepting first 100 applications

Brisbane Community Pool
Certified Lifeguard
Enroll at www.brisbaneca,.org/community-pool


Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The Public Works Dept. will be turning off the water to the addresses shown in red on the Service Disruption Map above (click to enlarge) on the evenings of Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, between 10pm - 4am in order to replace a broken water main valve located at the intersection of Klamath St. & Visitacion Ave. 

The affected addresses, which will also be provided hand-delivered notices prior to the temporary water shutdown, will be without water for the duration of the work.  We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause you.  If you have any questions or concerns concerning this temporary water shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  For after-hours assistance, please contact (415) 467-1212.

F-T Human Resources Technician

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:40PM: As of this afternoon, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position.  Thank you for all your interest!

The City of Brisbane currently has an opening for a Human Resources Technician. This is a full-time 40 hours per week position working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, Wednesdays 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Fridays 8:00 AM -1:00 PM.  Apply online via  ONLY THE FIRST 50 APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM or until the maximum number of applications are received.  Postmarks and faxes will not be accepted.

P-T Office Specialist Position

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UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:35PM: As of this morning, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position.  Thank you for all your interest!

A Part-time Office Specialist position in the Finance Department will be opening on CalOpps this coming Monday, March 23rd.  We will only be accepting the first 100 applications and we expect to reach this number very quickly.  If you're interested in applying, be sure to do so online at starting on Monday.