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Speed Humps in Brisbane?

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While Brisbane is miles from the dense traffic challenges of downtown San Francisco, we do experience our own unique traffic issues. At times, residents feel that speeding is an issue on certain streets in town and then ask, “Why can’t I get a speed hump installed on my street?” Speed humps are raised sections of pavement or rubber that are placed mid-block and are designed to slow vehicles on residential streets. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), they typically range from 12 to 14 feet in travel length and are about three inches in height. Speed humps were introduced in the U.K. in the 1980s and were adopted by multiple U.S. municipalities as a popular traffic calming measure.

Speed hump.  Photo courtesy of https://brentwood-tn.org/index.aspx?page=215

Unfortunately, speed humps have unintended consequences. They cause an increase in noise from vehicle acceleration, braking, and suspension rattling, affecting those who live near them. Based on general engineering practice, speed humps are not installed on steep streets with grades greater than five percent (5%) because they can gather water, creating unsafe braking conditions. In addition, speed humps are rough on automobile suspensions and drivers’ backsides when they are driven over on a regular basis. Perhaps most seriously, speed humps impact emergency vehicle response. According to the ITE, speed humps can cause up to a ten-second delay for an ambulance with a patient. 

Because of the unintended consequences and resulting backlash from the public, some cities have had to recover from installing too many speed humps. For example, the City of Berkeley installed over 150 speed humps in the early 1990s. After their placement, the Berkeley Fire Department claimed that these devices caused damage to fire trucks and led to significantly longer response times. Residents with disabilities stated that the rough motion when driving over speed humps, even at very low speeds, caused serious pain and discomfort. These concerns led the City to impose a moratorium on the installation of speed humps in 1995 while it explored other traffic calming measures.

The traffic calming “toolbox” has grown over the years, and there are other effective alternatives to speed humps that have less physical impact on moving vehicles. Dragon’s teeth, a method widely adopted in the U.K., are teeth-shaped pavement markings that slow drivers through psychological measures. “Botts dots” are small ceramic bumps that are primarily used as lane dividers, but can be arranged into rectangular rumble strips that create a vibrating sensation.  Traffic calming measures such as these are being widely implemented in municipalities to address speeding issues.

      

Left: Dragon’s teeth markings on Solano Street in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Right: Botts dots. Photo courtesy of http://www.paverpatch.com/traffic-calming-devices/

If you have concerns regarding speeding on your street, please contact Public Works. Staff will observe the location in question, and if necessary, will conduct a more thorough technical investigation, possibly including 24-hour speed surveys, to determine if a hazard that can be corrected through engineering techniques is present. 

Please make an effort to slow down and to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy the beauty of your home while driving safely!

For any questions or concerns regarding speed humps, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works Karen Kinser at 415.508.2130 or kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

 

BVHH Community Get-Together

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You have probably read or heard about Brisbane Village Helping Hands (BVHH) by now.  They are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization committed to helping older Brisbane residents age in place.  And who wouldn't want to do that in this beautiful City of Stars.

BVHH is hosting a social event next Saturday, September 17th, from 3-5pm at the Senior Sunrise Room for those interested to learn more or get signed up to either be a volunteer or begin receiving help in the areas of transportation, home repairs, technology, gardening, and more!  Hope to see you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at Brisbanevillagehelpinghands@gmail.com or call 415-508-2185.

NPM Week 3: Preparing Through Service

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September 11 – 17 is week three of National Preparedness Month.  The theme for this week is “Preparing Through Service.” September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

This week, we wanted to make sure you knew about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Open House taking place on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm at City Hall.  Joining the Brisbane CERT is a great way to get involved AND serve your community.  Come and learn how CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness!  For any questions, please contact Shelley Romriell at sromriell@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Modified Pool Hrs on Labor Day

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Below is the modified Brisbane Community Pool hours for this Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016:

9:30am-1:00pm Lap Swim

9:30am-10:30am Water Aerobics

1:00pm-6:00pm Recreation Swim

Happy Swimming!

September is National Preparedness Month

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Don't Wait.  Communicate.

This is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, as disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends.  It’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.  

This September, make an effort to create & practice your family emergency planBy having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens. This month, we'll be bringing you tips on how you can #GetReady!

September 2016 STAR

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Click here to view the September 2016 STAR. 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/1/2016


Calling All Arts & Crafts Vendors
Now Accepting Applications for
Day in the Park on 9/24, 10am-3pm
Contact Parks & Recreation to Apply


Calling All Businesses!
Now Accepting Applications for
Day in the Park on 9/24, 10am-3pm
Contact Parks & Recreation to Apply


Dive-in Movie at the Pool
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat. Sept, 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!

September 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the September 2016 Marina Newsletter

Climate Fact #34

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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.

Peninsula Clean Energy

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The Peninsula Clean Energy workshop on August 29th was a success.  Several community members came to ask questions and learn more about San Mateo County's new default electricity provider.  Concerns were addressed ranging from owning solar panels to the mix of energy supplied to one’s home.  The video contains the presentation given by Carolyn Raider, of the County's Office of Sustainability, and the question and answer period.  Watch the video below and and learn more about this exciting new program and its product offerings.  If you have any questions, please visit the Peninsula Clean Energy website, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com, or call their call center: 1 (866) 966-0110.

Social Media Safety Workshop for Parents

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The Brisbane Library will be hosting a Social Media Safety Workshop for Parents on Thursday, September 15th from 7:00-8:00PM.  Thomas Dodson, social media professional, parent, and CEO of Above the Fray, will discuss the different issues young people face online and how parents can help their children safely navigate the social media landscape. He will address topics like cyberbullying, social media, internet safety, sexting, gaming, and more.  Parents will leave with tangible tools they can use to start meaningful conversations at home before issues arise.  For more information, please click here.

Planning Comm. Wraps Up Baylands Meetings

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At last night's final public meeting regarding the Brisbane Baylands, where the Planning Commission has for the past year been deliberating over the applicant's (UPC's) Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan, amendments to the 1994 Brisbane General Plan, and of course the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands, they arrived at the following recommendation to the City Council:

  • That the Brisbane General Plan be amended as it relates to the Baylands to allow for a 1- 2 million square foot net increase in building area and a utility-scale renewable energy generation facility;
  • That the Baylands Final EIR be certified as it pertains to the General Plan recommendation;
  • That permitted land uses include Light Industrial, Research and Development, Office, Retail, Commercial Recreation and Open Space; and
  • That no housing be developed.

The Baylands Planning Process now moves to the City Council, with the Council's first scheduled meeting to take place on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm at City Hall.  Click here for the City Council's Baylands Review Schedule.  Public Hearings and Council deliberations are expected to continue through mid-2017.

Don't miss an update about the Brisbane Baylands Planning Process by signing up for project updates here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 8/26/2016


Peninsula Clean Energy Workshop
Mon., Aug. 29, 5:30pm @ City Hall
Info or Questions
Contact Kirsten: kpringle@smcgov.org 

 
City Council will review
Parkside Plan Alternatives
Sept 1st, 7:30pm @ City Hall


Michael Rodman Art
Showcase & Reception
Wed., Aug. 31st, 6-8:30pm
at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.


Posted 8/23/2016


New Brisbane Library Concept Plans Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8pm
With City Staff & Architects
We hope to see you there!


Brisbane Eagles Club
Breast Cancer Taco Feed
Sat., Aug. 27, 1-4pm @ Eagles
$10/person, 50/50 & Awesome Raffle


Dive-in Movie at the Pool!
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat., Sept. 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!


Brisbane Community Pool
Fall Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org

 

10th Annual Derby- Sign up now!

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There’s still time to register and build your Derby car, and we want to help!  One of the goals of the annual Brisbane Derby is to have families work together on building and racing their own derby cars. We recognize that the task of building a derby car may be daunting to some and we don’t want that to restrict participation. Therefore, we will be hosting two workshops to aid you in the construction process. Local handyman extraordinaire Dan “Can Do” Sorrentino to the rescue! Dan will not be building your derby car for you, but rather he will have power saws, hammers, and other necessary tools available for parents and kids to use. He will provide advice, support, and direction while you build your own derby car. Come on out and make this a family event! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact Steve Beaty at 415-508-2144 or sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Fee: $25 for derby car kit & workshop | Location: Teen Center Shed, 22 San Bruno Avenue, Brisbane

Dates: Saturdays, August 27 & September 10 | Times: 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Climate Fact #33

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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:

Appliances still use power when turned off (article)

Climate Fact #38

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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:

5 Reasons to change your furnace filter 

 

Peninsula Clean Energy Workshop

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You may have received a notice in the mail that you will be enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy, which is the San Mateo County’s new electricity provider. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please attend this workshop on Monday, August 29th at City Hall. 

Pie Eating Contest

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Saturday, September 24th @ 12:30pm

Join us for the City of Brisbane’s 30th Annual Day in the Park Event! As part of this year’s festivities, the Parks & Recreation department will be hosting a Pie Eating Contest immediately following the announcement of the Derby race winners. Come to the gazebo in the Community Park by 12:30pm to participate. (And be sure to bring your appetite.) We’ll group participants by age (youth & adults) as appropriate and prizes will be awarded for the best effort. (Although in this case, we all know bragging rights are even better.) We invite you to challenge a Councilmember, neighbor, spouse, sibling or friend and make it a true contest for all to witness. This could be one for the history books.

Bay Area SunShares workshop

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If you are interested in installing solar panels on your property or investing in an electric vehicle, join us at the Bay Area SunShares workshop on August 31st.

 

 

Links:

Bay Area SunShares website

August 31st workshop sign-up

55th Anniversary Celebration

PG&E Notice to Residents

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On Saturday, August 20 PG&E crews will be installing the inline inspection launcher on the new pipeline within PG&E's  Geneva Substation. As part of this work PG&E will be venting natural gas to clear the line for welding to occur. Depending on work progress the small natural gas release will occur between 4:00 am and 6:00 am at the corner of Geneva Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard. The release is only about 600 feet of pipe, so it should go quickly.

 

Depending on work progress later Saturday afternoon (between 3 pm and 6 pm) PG&E's  project team will purge the line to 100% natural gas in putting it into service. PG&E's  team has made contact with the businesses in proximity to the work.

 

Scheduled Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Work to be completed:  Release of Natural Gas to Atmosphere

Approximate Time: between 4 am and 6 am; between 3 pm and 6 pm (depending on work progress)

Duration: 20 minutes and then 12 to 16 hours with air movers; 15 minutes for the purging

Location: Venting at Geneva Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard; Air Movers at Geneva and Bayshore Boulevard

 

PG&E want to ensure residents are provided with the most up-to-date information, but please note these times are subject to change. 

 

Depending on the location of gas venting and weather patterns, there may be a smell of natural gas. The pipeline is cleared of gas utilizing a safe and common technique.  As part of PG&E's normal protocol, PG&E's  will continue to notify the appropriate public safety agencies, businesses and residents of this work.  PG&E is taking steps to mitigate noise and odor and have scheduled the work to create the least impact possible, however it is likely that the work will result in some noise and odor. 

 

PG&E's  customer care team will be notifying customers in proximity to the release by automated calls this evening.

 

Safety is PG&E's  top priority and PG&E encourages any resident who has questions or concerns about the smell of gas to call PG&E 24 hours a day at 1-800-743-5000 or call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 8/18/2016


Galeria DeGuzman Presents...
A Dedication to Shelly Titchener
Art by Leslie Lowinger
Thurs., Aug. 18, 6:30-9:30pm, 245 Visitacion


Please Drive Carefully
Watch for Children!!
School Back in Session, Thurs., 8/18


Concerts in the Park
Andre Thierry
Plays Zydeco Music
Friday, Aug. 19th, 6:00-8:30pm


6th & 7th-8th Grade Volleyball
2nd-5th & 6th-8th Grade Flag Football
Registration Deadline Aug. 29
Information:  415-508-2143


Zumba Toning & Zumba Fitness
SU / M / T / T, 6-7pm
at Mission Blue Center


New Class Starting Sept. 8th!
Cuban Salsa
Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
At Mission Blue Center


Underwater Pumpkin Patch
Brisbane Community Pool
Saturday, Oct 8th, 1:00-3:00pm

Interim Safe Pedestrian Routes to Schools Map

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The Complete Streets Safety Committee has developed a Safe Pedestrian Routes to Schools plan, which was approved by City Council on December 18th, 2014. This map is an interim version, which displays all the routes and infrastructure improvements to be completed in the next year.

First Time Homebuyer Workshops

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First Time Homebuyer Workshops in September 2016- Register Now

HEART and Meriwest Mortgage can help you buy your first home in San Mateo County up to $781,875 with only 5% down and no PMI. If you are an employee or resident in San Mateo County with good credit and income up to $150,000 you may qualify for this program.

HEART and Meriwest Mortgage are hosting three free workshops in  September 2016 , find out more and register now.

  • Thursday, Sept 8,  6:00-7:00 pm,  Skyline College, San Bruno
  • Thursday, Sept 15, 6:00-7:00 pm, College of San Mateo, San Mateo
  •  Wednesday, Sept 28, 6:00-7:00 pm, Canada College, Redwood City

For additional information on first time homebuyer loans, click here.

 

 

 

 

Peninsula Clean Energy Workshop

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Please join us for an informational workshop on Monday, August 29th at 6:00pm at City Hall and learn more about San Mateo County's default electricity service provider, offering cleaner energy at lower rates.

 

County of San Mateo Recruiting for Annual Civics 101 Academy

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Ever wonder what exactly a county does? Curious to tour a hospital, learn about sustainability efforts or meet a K-9? Want the chance to ask the Department of Public Works long-burning questions about infrastructure and sewer maintenance?

If so, then the County of San Mateo has the place for you. In September, Civics 101 kicks off its free nine-week series of courses centered around County government and is currently recruiting for the 2016 session. Participants learn about local government, meet local officials and tour County facilities. Many former graduates have used Civics 101 as a springboard to leadership roles in their own communities and to serve in important roles on County and regional boards and commissions.

Civics 101 is open to individuals 18 and older who live or work in San Mateo County.

Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Nov. 9 in locations throughout San Mateo County. One or two Saturday morning sessions from 10 a.m. to noon will also be held on dates to be determined.

The 2016 schedule is subject to change but topics include: a County overview, the justice system, community services, the Health System and San Mateo Medical Center tour, a K-9 demonstration, the Human Services Agency and tour of the Shoreway Environmental Center, budget overview, countywide initiatives and behind-the-scenes with supervisorial staff. The academy concludes with a sit-down dinner and graduation ceremony.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 23, 2016. Seating is limited and early submission is encouraged. The application form and more information, including exact class locations, are available at http://cmo.smcgov.org/civics-101-academy or by contacting Eric Forgaard, civic engagement and public outreach specialist, at eforgaard@smcgov.org or 650-363-4657. Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status by Aug. 25, 2016.

 

Rock Slope Improvement Project

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This is a notice that there will be a lane closure in conjunction with the Rock Slope Improvement Project on the west slope of “Ice House Hill” beginning September 2016 through December 2016. The project involves removing rock slope debris at the base of the slope, scaling loose blocks from the slope, and installing a soldier pile retaining wall and wire mesh slope netting with anchors on the rock face east of Bayshore Blvd, south of the intersection between Bayshore Blvd and Guadalupe Canyon Parkway.

Please expect general construction noise during the hours of work from 8am to 5pm. One northbound lane on Bayshore Blvd adjacent to the work limits will remain closed for the duration of project with one through lane to remain open at all times. See attached site map for your reference. Should you have any further question please don’t hesitate to contact us or the City.

Click here for detailed description.

Climate Fact #32

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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:

Water, Use it Wisely

Water efficiency saves energy article by the NRDC

Fall Pool Schedule

Dog Costume Contest

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