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24th Annual Festival of Lights

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The rain coming down outside couldn't quell the joyful singing that was coming from inside the Community Center last Sunday.  For the 24th year in a row now, on the first Sunday in December, the City has celebrated what's known as the "Festival of Lights".  This event traditionally takes place at the Community Park, but for the last couple years, the event's been moved to the Community Center (located below the Library) due to rain.  Fortunately, the Library is close enough to the Community Park that there's not a huge damper put on the rest of the night's festivities.  

BDW Adult Voice led off the night with Jerry Sully's penned, "Edgar Renteria", a tribute to the SF Giants, sung to the tune of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  Then, District Music Teacher Rob Johnson led the BES Choir in a medley of Christmas carols. 

Thomas Madrigal finished off with "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and then led the crowd in "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" -- he sure got them singing!

Much mingling, merrymaking, and munching took place inside the warmth of the Community Center, where Santa paid a visit...with at least 3 look-alikes standing by.

Thank you to Russ Carmick, Recreation Supervisor, who helped coordinate the event with the oversight of the Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commissioners and the Community members whose participation gave the event a personal, Brisbane, touch!  And thank you also to the Public Works department who helped string lights on the tree earlier in the week!  It sure does sparkle...and lends more meaning to Brisbane being, truly, the City of Stars.

Council Appoints A New Mayor

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On Monday, December 6, 2010, the City Council shifted gears.  More specifically, they appointed Cyril G. "Cy" Bologoff as Mayor for November 2010 - November 2011 and Steven W. Waldo as Mayor Pro Tem.  Clarke Conway, who served as Mayor in 2010 was recognized for his accomplishments in the past year, among them supporting the designation of the Brisbane Roundhouse as a national resource, joining in on the Rebuilding Together Peninsula Project, and helping oversee the design and launch of the City's new website, which you are presently surfing on.

Pictured below are Cy presenting Clarke with a proclamation and Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, swearing in Cy and Steve as they begin service in their new positions.

We thank former Mayor Conway for his service to the Brisbane Community and the way he skillfully facilitated the City Council meetings this past year, and look forward to the new year with Mayor Bologoff at the helm.

To read more about the City Council and view the various Commissions, Subcommittees, Boards, and Associations they each serve on, please click here.

Baylands NOP

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The Notice of Preparation identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR for the Baylands Specific Plan.  You are invited to provide input regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to, or by mail to the City of Brisbane | Community Development Department | 50 Park Place | Brisbane, CA 94005.  Comments should be submitted no later than Monday, January 10, 2011.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm at Mission Blue Center - 475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane.  The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.
For more information about the Baylands, please click here.

Signboard Posting

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Brisbane Library Presents
Toddler Dance Party with Christopher Smith
Saturday, December 11 @ 4:00pm
Community Center


Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Dance Workshop Fundraiser
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec 11, 11 - 6 pm, Mission Blue Ctr
No Admission Fee

Brisbane Police Department
Holiday Food Drive
Drop off non-perishable food items
at City Hall, 50 Park Lane

Six "Bay to Ocean" Trails

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The San Mateo County Department of Parks is currently soliciting input about the draft San Bruno Mountain Area Map of the 2010 San Mateo County Trails Master Plan Update.

One of the most significant changes to the draft Master Plan Update is the proposed inclusion of a series of regional trails in an east to west direction from the San Francisco Bay to Pacific Ocean.  These six "Bay to Ocean" trails will link the regional trails that travel from north to south, from San Francisco to Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.  Each Bay to Ocean Trail will begin on the San Francisco Bay Trail, cross the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (El Camino Real), Bay Area Ridge Trail, and end on the California Coastal Trail. The below map shows the Oyster Point to Fort Funston Trail.

Each Bay to Ocean alignment is intended to travel through public parks and open spaces as much as possible and use existing trails and bicycle paths and routes.  The County also hopes that each alignment can support multiple trail users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians.

Interested residents can comment on the Oyster Point to Fort Funston Trail by sending an e-mail or written comment to Cecily Harris.  Her contact information is below:

Cecily Harris | Financial Services Manager | San Mateo County | Department of Parks
455 County Center, 4th Floor | Redwood City, CA  94063-1646
(650) 363-4027 phone | (650) 599-1721 fax


Holiday Food Drives

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You will see a number of bins collecting food, clothing, and toy donations as you enter City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department is holding their annual holiday food drive.  Drop off non-perishables at City Hall through December 24th.  Proceeds benefit residents of Brisbane and Second Harvest of San Mateo County.  The barrel is located in the lobby of City Hall.

The Brisbane Fire Department is also conducting their annual Toy Drive.  You'll see their red barrel in the lobby as well.

And finally, the Brisbane Women's Club is conducting a Charity Coat Drive.  A donation box can be found with the barrels.


Take the Fence Survey

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The City of Brisbane Planning Commission is considering changes to the City's zoning regulations as they pertain to fencing in residential areas.  The Commission wants the your input before making a recommendation.  If you are interested, then please take the Fence Survey and tell us what kind of fences you think would make good neighbors!


Note that this is survey is just one way to participate.  The Planning Commission will hold at least one public hearing on any proposed changes to the fence regulations, and the Community is invited to attend and participate.  The hearing date has not yet been scheduled.  If you are interested in receiving e-notification of the Planning Commission hearing(s), then please see the survey's final question.


Your opinion is important to us and thanks for participating.

2010 Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics

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The Health System will continue offering seasonal flu vaccine at clinics throughout the County in December for all residents age 6 mos. or older.  These public clinics do not require making an appointment in advance, and no I.D. is necessary.  Click here to view the locations where seasonal flu shot clinics will be held (this information is also available for viewing in multiple languages).

If you're unable to make these dates and times, a number of retail locations are also offering the seasonal flu vaccine.  Click here to view a map of the retail locations near Brisbane you may go to get vaccinated. 

Library Survey

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What is most important to you about the Brisbane Library? As the San Mateo County Library evaluates its services and budgetary restraints, the Library would like to find out which areas of the Library you use (and appreciate) the most. Please share your thoughts by filling out this very short (1 page) online survey. Thank you for your participation!  To read more about the Brisbane Library, please click here.

Artists' Evening of Sharing

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Calling all Artists!  The Eighth Annual Artists’ Evening of Sharing with Brisbane Artists is calling for entries!  This year’s event will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011.  Artists of all varieties have an opportunity to share their talents with the Brisbane Community during an evening of inspiration and enchantment.  Each artist will present a short slide show, video or performance of music, dance, theatre or spoken word.  The deadline to enter is January 10th, 2011.  Presenters will not be officially entered until you have provided your name, address, phone number and cell phone number, email address, a short description of your presentation, all technical requests, and a bio of 150 words or less to Beth Grossman at

When Artists get together, anything is possible.


Mayor’s Art Achievement Award

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The Eighth Annual Mayor’s Achievement Award for Recognition in the Arts is scheduled again for this spring and will be presented at a springtime City Council meeting.  Artists who reside or work in the City of Brisbane and who have achieved the required recognition are invited to apply.

The purpose of the program is to first honor Brisbane residents who have achieved recognition through the exhibition, performance or publication of their works of Art.  It also allows the community to understand the rich diversity and depth of talent that surrounds us.

Visual Artists are required to have been included in five exhibitions.  Performing Artists must have performed in five different venues or productions. Literary Artists are required to have five publications of their short literary work published in reviews, journals, magazines or newspapers, to have had a play or screenplay produced, or to have published a novel or book of poetry.

Applications and additional information regarding qualifications for nomination are available at the Brisbane City Manager’s Office in City Hall, 50 Park Place, or by calling Wendy Ricks at 415-508-2114 or e-mailing her at

Live at Mission Blue

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Tickets for the upcoming season are now available on line at or in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall.  For their 7th season, the Friends of the Brisbane Library are pleased to offer three concerts featuring outstanding artists.  The season opens with the return of the women’s vocal ensemble Kitka, a favorite of our audience. The next concert features the return of early keyboard specialist Ron McKean.  Ron performed here two years ago and has made a recording of his improvisations at Mission Blue Center, which will be released prior to his appearance at Live at Mission Blue. 

And finally, the Friends of the Library are very excited to present Camerata Capistrano.  The Series Artist Director, Kevin Fryer, heard this ensemble for the first time this last June at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and was thrilled by their youthful energy and virtuosic intensity.  Ticket prices are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students and Seniors. Series Tickets run $50 and $35 respectively.  All proceeds beyond the cost to produce the series are donated to the Brisbane Library.  Come support your community.  You’ll be glad you did.

Winter Camp Registration

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Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Winter Camp Registration
Space still available
Information: 508-2140

New Addition to Dog Park

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Thanks to the efforts of a number of folks, the colorful train that has long been a favorite climbing apparatus at the Solano St Play Area is now a permanent part of the Dog Park.  After hearing that City staff was to remove the train from the play area due to safety concerns, PB&R Commissioner Renee Marmion suggested hanging on to it and relocate for preservation purposes.  Interest grew in this idea so the Commission reviewed several sites on City property, eventually choosing the Dog Park.
Commissioner Cris Hart then took the installation lead and, working with City Public Works staff, refurbished the 5 pieces.  He completed the project by installing them to the fence near the Park Lane end of the Dog Park.  He stated that several dogs have already "initiated" the new additions to their area.
Take a look at the Dog Park's newest decorative addition when you get a chance. A very special thanks to those that thought outside the box and were able to preserve this little piece of Brisbane history for all, dogs included, to enjoy!

Airport Noise - Complain Now!

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Airport Noise - Complain Now!
Call (650) 821-4736

Monsters in Crocker Park

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No, those aren't the Ghostbusters you see up there, but...they ARE Monsters.  That is, employees of Monster Cable Products, Inc. in Brisbane.  On September 21st, a group of 20 Monster employees descended upon Crocker Park Recreation Trail (CPRT) to help clean up debris along the trail.  Splitting into two teams, they started at opposite ends and eventually met in the middle -- filling up 3 trash bags.

Thank you, dear Monsters, for your efforts in helping keep Crocker Park Recreation Trail a great amenity for everyone in Brisbane, residents and employees alike.  We truly appreciate all your hard work!

Firefighters are Back!

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Last Friday, November 12th, Brisbane Firefighters spent their first evening back in Brisbane.  For the last 2 months, they had been spending evenings in Daly City at Station 93 (464 Martin St.) after severe mold was discovered at Station 81 -- click here to read more on our old blog site.  Now, the all firefighting crews will be staying in the semi-permanent trailers that can be seen just outside the Fire Station when you're driving along Bayshore. 

Today, the firefighters had a special delivery -- their lockers!  And it was no big deal that the delivery man didn't have a ramp to unload them from his truck.  With 3 firefighters -- Capt. John Murphy and Firefighters Craig Briscoe and Aaron Sorani -- the job got done.  From unloading the 200 lbs. lockers, to getting them on the dolly and up the ramp and through the small entryway of the trailer, these guys make it look easy.

And with most things, you learn as you do.  The second time up, the guys used the floor mat to drag the lockers through the doorway.

They asked for the palettes (pictured below in the foreground) that the lockers were delivered on -- one of the firefighters thought they would make for good shelves to use in the lockers!  Smart thinking.

And lastly, a peak inside their trailers -- featuring the most important room of them all -- the kitchen.

We're glad you guys are back in town, and within the expected time period!

Growing Green Hands

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Growing Green Hands Dinner &
"Listen to a Life" Essay Awards
Sat.-Nov 20th, 4-6pm. Eagles Club
RSVP 415 657-9858--$9 Advance, $10 at the door.
Proceeds support the GGH work in Brisbane Schools

Music with Andrew

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Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Music with Andrew
Fun Parent & child music classes
Thu., Nov. 15 - Dec. 16, 12:30, Comm. Ctr.
Information:  508-2140

Adult Oil Painting Class

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This is a new class being offered by the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department, starting on Wednesday January 19th and taking place weekly through February 23rd.  The class will be held at Mission Blue Center, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, and instructed by Michael Rodman, a Brisbane resident since the 50's and who painted the San Francisco cityscape oil painting above.  Michael has studied with the best working artists for the past 15 years, from the Scottsdale School of Art to the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  Click here to register online.  For more information about this class, please call Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick at 415-508-2143 or e-mail him at

List of Qualified Contractors

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The City of Brisbane is inviting licensed contractors to submit the name of their firm to the City for inclusion on its 2011-2012 List of Qualified Contractors.  Depending on your firm's classification, your firm will receive Notices inviting Informal Bids as projects come forward.  Please see the required application form by clicking here (found on the Public Works Applications and Forms page).

Sand Bags Available

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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!


Remembering Our Veterans

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Veterans' Day provides us with the chance to mark the debt of honor we owe to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States. We remember those who gave their lives beneath our flag, in service of our freedom.

Today, if you can, please take a moment to offer your gratitude for the families of the veterans and active service members that you know. Or go online to to find out how you can serve military families who would greatly appreciate your remembrance of them.

Additionally, yesterday was the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, which was first established on November 10, 1775.  Click here to go to the Marine Corps' website and view a commemorative video of this very special occassion.

Thank you to all our service men and women -- your courage in the face of adversity is a model for us all.

Opening on Planning Commission

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Ever want to see what serving on a public commission was like?  Well here is your chance.  Approximately one year remains on former Planning Commissioner Theresa Maturo's term and the City Council is now accepting applications for this position.  Once this one-year term expires, the City Council will begin the recruitment process for a full, 4-year term.  Click here to learn more about the primary duties of the Planning Commission.  If you are interested in applying for this one-year term, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 415-508-2113 or send her an e-mail at  The deadline to apply is 5:00pm, November 15, 2010.

Nov. 2nd Election Results

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Election results are updated as often as new data is received from county election offices after the polls closed at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State 31 days after Election Day, which for this election is December 3.  Therefore, view the "semi-official results" by clicking here.

Looks like the incumbents that represented Brisbane before Election Day will continue to do so, with Jackie Speier winning in the 12th Congressional District, Leeland Yee in the 8th Senate District, and Jerry Hill in the 19th Assembly District.  Additionally, Ken Walker, Leo Tingin, and Thomas Ledda were elected to the Brisbane School District Governing Board.

Lastly, if you'd like to see an overview of the nine statewide ballot measure voters weighed in on this November, with 5 failing and 4 passing, click here.

Get Informed

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If you're a Comcast subscriber, you may be aware of the government-access channel, Ch. 27.  On it, public meetings such as City Council, Planning Commission, Open Space & Ecology, and Parks, Beaches, & Recreation Commission meetings are shown.  Often, they are replayed in case you happened to miss the live meeting.  In addition, the City tries to provide educational programming in the slots that public meetings aren't being played.  For instance, one of the programs now playing on Ch. 27 is "What Every President Should Know About Energy Efficiency, Part 1".   In it, a physics professor explains what every US President should know about energy. How do the global issues of climate change and energy security impact U.S. efforts toward gaining energy efficiencies and conservation of resources? The CA PUC commissioner relates how California utilities are achieving energy efficiencies.  Check the programming schedule for when it airs next, and maybe you'll like it so much, you'll want to check out Part 2, which airs next Monday, November 8th.  And, as always, Ch. 27 streams live on the City's website, just in case you don't subscribe to Comcast.

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With the new website being just a few weeks old, we've been adding helpful tidbits to it here and there to make it as useful a tool as possible.  One of those items is the "Printer-friendly version" link you'll see near the top of every page on the website, sans the homepage.  This will make it easy to print meeting agendas, and any other pages of interest...for instance, the previous post about the Annual Winter Clean Up (maybe you can print the page so you have all this important information handy).  This option will save you a load of ink, as it gets rid of the background image.  So hold on longer to those ink cartridges, and go printer-friendly!

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