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Recently, the Complete Streets Safety Committee rolled out the “Safe Pedestrian Routes to Schools” plan(click image to enlarge). This was the result of a year-long project by the Complete Streets Safety Committee to study and identify routes and improvements that would provide for the safest and most direct conduits to and from the schools and central Brisbane. The Committee's Plan was approved by the City Council on December 18, 2014.
A primary component to the success in establishing these routes is to ensure the unobstructed use of the sidewalks. The committee noticed that due to Brisbane’s narrow streets, residents often parallel park their vehicles on a portion of the sidewalk. In addition, many driveways in Brisbane are too small for vehicles, and as a result, large portions of the vehicle block the sidewalk. These conditions are unsafe as they cause pedestrians to have to walk around the vehicles and into the street.
Blocking any portion of the sidewalk is a violation of California Vehicle Code 22500(f). The Brisbane Police Department is committed to traffic safety and will be taking enforcement action for vehicles blocking the sidewalk starting in April. Please assist us in our efforts by keeping the sidewalks clear. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
The City has been studying the capital improvement plan for the water and sewer infrastructure and a method to pay for these needs. The estimated cost of the overall plan is $20,000,000. The City Council has looked at how to phase this in over a period of time to have the least impact on residents and rate payers. Thus, the City will phase the the repairs over a 20 year period. The Council-approved budget amount for the 2013/14 budget was $5,000,000. This allows the City to have the least increase in rates while tackling the most pressing concerns - to ensure safe and reliable drinking water and an environmentally safe method for disposing waste water.
On November 20, 2014, the City Council adopted a Capital Projects Charge that will be effective with the March 2015 bill being mailed out next week (click here for the staff report that was presented as part of that Public Hearing). This year's rate increase will pay for the following short- and long-term projects: improved water pressure for fire protection in the Annis Rd. area, upgrades to the Glen Park pump station, undergrounding the sewer line on Bayshore Blvd., and replacement of our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). The cost of these projects is $5,000,000 and the new charge will pay the annual debt service of a 20-yr. bond. The rates are graduated based on springtime usage (mid-February - mid-June), which ensures lower water users will pay less than higher users. The adopted rates per unit(s) of water used during a 2-month billing cycle follow:
|Units of Water Used (Bimonthly Billing Cycle)||Adopted Rate (in Dollars)|
|11 to 19||$38.00|
|20 to 40||$50.00|
If you have any questions about this Capital Projects Charge, please contact Finance Director Stuart Schillinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2151.
3rd Place CIF State Wrestling Championship
"Pursuing Victory with Honor" winner!
Silverspot Nursery School Co-op
12th Annual Benefit Luau
Sun., Mar. 15, 1-5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Food, Silent Auction, Info: 415.657.0142
Special Appearance by Capt'n Jack Spareribs
Creative Writing Club for Kids
Sat., Mar. 7th, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion
Grades 2nd - 4th, Info: (415) 467-2060
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Sat., Mar 7, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool
City of Brisbane
P/T Recreation Leaders
Open Until Filled
Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.
The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:
- Three community representatives
- Two multimodal representatives
The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.
Interested persons can download the CAC application here or call 650-508-6279 (TTY 650-508-6448). Applications are due by March 6.
One of the requests the City receives for signboard notices is to announce the passing of a family member or loved one. These signs are always printed in black ink versus the traditional "Brisbane blue". But did you know that Billy from the Hardware Store has constructed a planter box with flower pots that can be used by community members to place their flowers in? It is kept at the hardware store, but can be brought out anytime it is requested. If you would like to use it, please let Russ Carmick know when requesting the sign. He can be reached at email@example.com or (415) 508-2143. And thank you, Billy, for using your resources and abilities to serve the community.
UPDATE - Thursday, February 26, 2015: The contractors filled the main lap pool and kiddie/wading pool with water on Tuesday. The contractor will brush the bottom and sides of the pool for several days as part of the curing process for the new plaster. They will be able to start up the heating system for the main lap pool tomorrow, and once it passes the County Health Dept inspection, it will be ready to open first thing Monday at 6:30am for lap swimming! View the Pool's Spring Schedule here: http://brisbaneca.org/community-pool The kiddie/wading pool will re-open a couple weeks after once proper maintenance on the controller and the system that maintains proper chemical balance is achieved.
UPDATE - Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Plaster is being set now in both the kiddie and main swimming pool. After it's been applied, it needs to cure and be swept for a few days to get residual material off. The Pool is still set to re-open on Monday, March 2, 2015!
UPDATE - Friday, Feburary 6, 2015: Concrete for the pool deck was poured on Thursday. In the below photo you can see the worker providing a "broomed" finish. A broomed finish is considered an optimal finish for a pool deck in that it's not too smooth and slippery, nor too rough. The Pool is still on track to re-open March 2nd!
UPDATE - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Retiling work going on at the Pool today...that means new lane markers and targets inside the pool and depth markers and No Diving graphics on the deck.
UPDATE - Friday, January 16, 2015: As of Wednesday evening the 14th, all the significant jackhammering needed for pool plaster removal work was completed. Next week's concrete deck removal work will be significantly less noisy. Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed.
UPDATE - Thursday, January 8, 2015: Removal of the plaster and tile is going to start next week and will generate some noise. Working hours are 8 am to 5 pm. The work on removal of concrete deck sections containing rusted rebar should begin the following week.
Starting in January 2015, the City plans to close the Community Pool for approximately 6-8 weeks so that restoration work can be completed. That includes first draining the pool so that resurfacing, replastering, and re-tiling the pool floor can occur. Crews will also be performing a complete restoration of the pool's concrete deck to take care of the rusting rebar. At this time they'll also repair deck drain lines to ensure all of the inlets drain properly. The men's locker room tiles that are damaged will also be repaired during the closure, like the women's was in June of this year. Lastly, the kiddie pool which has not been operated in recent years due to problems keeping chlorine levels balanced, will in the coming weeks be tested to see if it can be operational after the closure. Public Works crews as well as pool maintenance support will take off the cover and get it running so that testing can be performed. All of this work was approved by the City Council on June 19, 2014 when the City's 2014/15 budget was adopted. The capital improvements that will be made to the Pool will help the City save money from there being less unscheduled repairs and closures in the future. The City is well-aware of the loyal patrons who use the Pool, even during the winter months, and asks for everyone's patience during the closure. Crews will work as diligently as possible to ensure the Pool reopens as soon as the restoration work has been completed. For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
Benefit Prime Rib Dinner
Sat., Feb. 28, 4 - 7 pm, 185 Visitacion
For Scleroderma Fund Honoring Tommy Gonzales
The City requests your feedback
On short-term vacation rentals
Hard copies avail. at City Hall, Library, STAR
City of Brisbane
P/T Recreation Leader
Watch Signboard and www.calopps.org for info
West Coast Farmers Market Association
Open Every Thursday, 2:30 - 6:30 pm
David J. Towle Sr.
Resident of and Friend to Brisbane
Former Scout leader Troop 134
Member of San Bruno Mountain Watch
San Bruno Mountain Watch
Native Plant Sale
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 am - 2 pm, 3401 Bayshore
All Proceeds to Support San Bruno Mt. Watch
San Bruno Mountain Watch will be hosting a Native Plant Sale at the Mission Blue Nursery (3401 Bayshore Blvd., Brisbane) on Saturday, Feburary 21st from 9am - 2pm. Click here to view the updated Plant Sale List, directions to the Nursery, and how you can still buy plants even if you're unable to make it to the sale event! All proceeds from the sale support the work of San Bruno Mountain Watch (www.mountainwatch.org).
Did you know that the City's stormdrain system includes underground pipes, as well as surface features such as drain inlets, streets, gutters, roadside ditches, and detention basins? Its purpose is to prevent localized flooding by collecting stormwater runoff (rain that doesn’t soak into the ground) and conveying it to local creeks and the Bay without treatment. This means that pollutants entering the stormdrain system flow directly to these creeks and the Bay as well.
In contrast, the City's sewer system carries residential and commercial wastewater from sources including indoor plumbing (such as sinks, toilets, and floor drains) or industrial processes; it conveys wastewater to the water pollution control plant where conventional pollutants are removed before being safely discharged to the Bay. Most commercial carwash facilities dispose of their washwater to the sewer system after pretreatment.
Now is the time to sign up to receive car wash discount codes, for up to 1/2 off your next car wash. You will receive the code by either text message or e-mail, whichever you prefer. The first car wash discount will be sent out in March, and will be valid at any of the car wash pollution prevention partners listed here. Decreasing the amount of pollutants n our natural waterways is a team effort - thanks for doing your part!
At Monday's City Council meeting, head coach Sonja Garnett of the Academy of Art Women's Softball team came to invite the public to attend their games, as their home games take place right here in Brisbane at Mission Blue Field (475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane). Watch the video below to see Sonja and sophomore outfielder Hallie Curtis talk about the Urban Knights' first five games in 2015 and team dynamics -- you may also recognize some of the scenery!
Their first at-home game is on Monday, February 23rd at 11am. They play again at 1pm (yes, a double-header!). Click here for more information and to see the rest of their schedule for the season.
Donate your gently used formal dress to the Brisbane Library during the month of February and make dreams come true for a girl in need. Click here to see the flyer.
All dresses will be distributed by the San Mateo County Human Services Agency at the 2015 Rise Above empowerment conference for teen girls.
(The following libraries will also be collecting dress donations: Atherton, Belmont, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica Sanchez, Pacifica Sharp Park, Portola Valley, San Carlos, and Woodside.)
UPDATE - Friday, Feburary 13 at 12pm - The Tot Lot re-opened earlier this week (2/10) upon completion of the re-coating project.
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The Tot Lot is currently closed due to a light touch-up of the previous re-coating project. The temporary closure was originally scheduled so the Tot Lot would be available for the public’s use on the weekend. Unfortunately, when the painter arrived she discovered more areas needed repair than anticipated; moisture conditions also interrupted her work. Both of these issues created a delay that will be extended until the middle of next week. We thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and the new paint dries!
Mothers of Brisbane
Kid's and Women's
Sun., Feb. 22nd, 1- 4 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Kids Book Club
Fri., Feb 13, 4 pm, 250 Visitacion
Join in on discussion and fun activities
Kevin Fryer Photography Show
"A View of Brisbane"
February through March at City Hall
Artist Reception Wed., Feb. 11, 6-8pm
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Saturday, Feburary 14, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s non-profit Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years. This is especially important now, as San Mateo County has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States. The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and help your community. Click here to view a current partial list of persons seeking housing. Click here to view a current partial list of shared housing opportunities within the County. Find more information contact 650-348-6660 x303 or visit www.hiphousing.org
At their November 6, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council approved the City being a participating agency of "Peninsula SunShares", a community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to go solar. This spring (April - June), the City is partnering with neighboring communities including local nonprofit Vote Solar, the program's administrator, to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners. So, whether you live or work in Brisbane, you'll be eligible to receive these discounts.
Peninsula SunShares will pool the power of individual homeowner participants, which allows the solar industry to offer more competitive pricing, typically 20-25% below market rate. If the program reaches certain participation targets, Peninsula Sunshares will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to homeowners.
What's needed now? Help in spreading the word! If you, your employer and/or your community organization would like more information about Peninsula SunShares, then Vote Solar wants to know. They'll make it easy by providing marketing materials, leading information events and managing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. If you'd like to be included in future e-mail communications from Vote Solar, then let Caroline Cheung know by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Here's to an easy way to show our commitment to the health and sustainability of the Brisbane community!
UPDATED January 27, 2015 - On Jan. 6th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held a Community Workshop to obtain feedback on design options they prepared for the proposed new Brisbane skatepark. The majority of attendees preferred the layout that retained the existing skatepark footprint at Old County Road and Park Lane and added a few features at a “skate spot” in the small unused space west of the existing basketball courts (see Option 2 below). Per the Council approved process, the Joint Council Facilities and Parks and Recreation Teen Services Subcommittee will recommend one option and a financing plan to the City Council. If approved, the Council will next authorize the development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors. Staff will ensure that the community gets an opportunity to weigh in on the actual design when it comes to fruition. Look for the skatepark design to be on an upcoming Council meeting agenda.
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At the January 6, 2014 Skatepark Community Workshop at City Hall (start time: 5:00pm), conceptual design consultant Spohn Ranch will be presenting the following three proposed options for the skatepark at its existing site. Below are 3D plans for each, along with a labeled diagram of Option 1 and one for Option 2's "skate spot", as the elements are repeated in the different options. Note: each of the images are clickable to be viewed larger.
OPTION 1 – Existing Footprint
Cost = $200,000
Area = 5,225 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Least expensive option; doesn’t impact basketball courts
Cons: Smaller total area than Options 2 or 3
OPTION 2 – Existing Footprint plus Skate Spot at Park Place
Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,400 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Two unique spaces for skaters; doesn’t impact basketball courts; could do work in phases
Cons: Cost is higher than Option 1
OPTION 3 – Single Larger Footprint (shift basketball court west)
Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,000 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Provides one contiguous space for skaters
Cons: Cost is higher than Option 1; disrupts basketball court use during relocation
Remember, the Skatepark Community Workshop takes place Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room of Brisbane City Hall. The consultant will also have 3D models of different elements that can be used to consider other configurations. Lastly, if you haven't already done so, request to join the "Brisbane Skatepark" group on Facebook, which Spohn Ranch has set up to help gather design feedback from the Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/.
A few drivers have reported that the turn from Sierra Point Parkway on to Lagoon Way can be a little challenging at night. City staff reviewed the possibility of installing streetlights at this location, but the conditions present do not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards for light installation. In an effort to provide better visual cues for drivers, the City recently installed LED stop signs in both directions on Sierra Point Parkway that will flash under low light conditions.
In addition to this cue for drivers leaving the freeway and those coming north on Sierra Point Parkway, the contractor also installed white reflective pavement edge delineators on the north side of Lagoon Way, as well as new yellow reflective pavement markers on the double yellow center lane lines of Lagoon Way. These last two upgrades are intended to give drivers better cues for the roadway’s boundaries from the reflections created by headlights. And best of all, no overhead light poles means no possibility of disturbing the many nesting birds who frequent the Lagoon!
The City also installed a flashing LED fire station warning sign at the entrance to Station 81 on Bayshore Blvd. Truck drivers all too frequently drive into the station looking for a place to turn their rigs around, and block the engine in its bay until they have completed that maneuver. This signal will flash 24/7 to give drivers every opportunity to realize that they should not be using this area as a turnaround. Here's to added safety on the roads as well as the community's overall safety with the fire engine able to leave the station at a moment's notice and respond properly to an emergency.
As part of the Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan created by the Complete Streets Safety Committee and approved by the City Council at their December 18, 2014 Council meeting, the Commute.org shuttle stop that was at the intersection of San Bruno & Santa Clara will be moved down the block to San Bruno to Alvarado. This is to aid in reducing traffic congestion at the school during morning drop-offs, as the shuttle stop is in the midst of this area and school crossings at the crosswalk. Thank you to the Committee for their work on this idea to relocate the shuttle stop and helping improve traffic for everyone's morning commute! And lastly, if live or work in town and don't have a shuttle pass yet, then stop by the Finance Counter in City Hall and sign up for one! It's free and a great alternative to getting in your car!
Brisbane Youth Baseball is need of more 7 & 8 year olds for this year’s baseball season. We only need a few more kids to add to our waitlist to be able to make two teams, allowing everyone to play who wants to.
There are also a few spots left on tee ball - ages 5 & 6.
Also, coaches are needed!
For any and all Youth Baseball questions, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144. Click here to view the updated Youth Baseball flyer.
(Baseball team ages are based on age of child as of April 30, 2015)
Did you notice the Gazebo being washed on Thursday morning? It now needs to dry a few more days before painting and staining can occur. That should take about 3-4 days to complete once the contractor starts next week. This work was approved by the City Council as part of their 2014-15 Budget and will serve to further enhance the Community Park. Did you know that the Gazebo can be rented for private parties or community gatherings? If you're interested in learning more, contact Tricia Vaccaro in the Parks and Recreation Department at 508-2140 and she will be happy to assist you!
Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place. This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings. Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.
The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff. RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at email@example.com or (415) 508-2118.