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Posted 1/12/2015

Live at Mission Blue Presents
Sat., Jan 17, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.

Brisbane Community Garden
Seed Exchange
Sat., Jan. 17, 9 am - 1 pm, Park Gazebo
All Welcome


2024 Olympics at the Baylands?

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UPDATE: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 4pm - Boston was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee today over San Francisco as the candidate city for the 2024 Olympics.

You may have seen a recent article about the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.  There is a group called the San Francisco 2024 Exploratory Committee who are working on a potential bid for both these games.   A proposal, if there is one, will have San Francisco as the lead city.

The exploratory committee is currently evaluating a variety of sites throughout the Bay Area for venues for various events and sports competitions.  One of the ideas they are exploring is placing a temporary “pop up” Olympic Stadium that would be used for opening and closing events as we well as the Track & Field competition on the Brisbane Baylands.  The stadium would be torn down and its materials repurposed after the Games have ended.  The organizing committee has approached the property owner as well as the City in very preliminary and exploratory discussions.

The Bay Area is one of four sites in the United States that are currently evaluating whether they wish to bid for the 2024 games.  The other three are Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston.  Sometime towards the end of the year the City of San Francisco and San Francisco 2024 will determine if they want to compete for the United States bid.  If so they will submit a formal proposal, which will include potential sites for various venues.   

In early 2015 the United States Olympic Committee will determine whether they want to submit a bid that would be subject to international competition.  If so they will choose amongst the American cities that submit proposals.  In 2017 the International Olympic Committee will select and announce the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As you can see from this schedule, that discussion of Brisbane as a potential site for venues for the 2024 games is in its early stages.  Any actual proposal would require environmental review as well as a City Council approved land-use permit.

Check in as the process continues as we will be updating the community on the status of decision making.

January 2015 Citynews

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Where's Our Water From?

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The City of Brisbane purchases 100% of our water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).  The SFPUC has two major water sources; the Hetch Hetchy Watershed (i.e., snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains located in Yosemite Valley), and local watersheds (i.e., rainwater and runoff received in major reservoirs in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties).  While Hetch Hetchy is the primary source of our drinking water, the local watersheds serve important roles in an overall integrated water management plan; this alternate source of water provides backup supplies during times of drought, emergency, and scheduled maintenance on Hetch Hetchy.  The two sources do have slightly different water quality parameters (which explains the range of values listed in our water quality report), but these differences are not typically apparent to the average consumer.
Within our city limits we operate two separate water districts providing water to the residents and businesses.  The Brisbane Water District serves Central Brisbane, Sierra Point and the Baylands.  The Guadalupe Valley Municipal Improvement District (GVMID) serves Crocker Park and the Northeast Ridge residential development.  The water districts are interconnected and are operated together to maximize circulation and flow within the system.  The interconnection allows the City to move water freely across the districts to supplement higher than normal demands.
For more information about where your drinking water comes from, how it is treated and maintained, the results of water quality monitoring, and other important information about water quality, please read the City’s 2013 Water Quality Report or contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Feeding Cats at the Pool

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The feeding of three cats during the time the Pool is closed (January - early March of 2015) had been brought to the City's attention from several concerned citizens.  Parks and Recreation Director, Stuart Schillinger, reached out to these citizens explaining that first, there was a change in State law effective 1/1/2015 regarding animals at public pools and ancillary facilities in that they are not to be permitted at these facilities (except in the case of service animals).  Of course, with the pool being outdoors, we can't so much prevent the cats from entering the pool area (or birds for that matter).  So, in an effort to still feed the cats and follow the new law, Stuart, Ben (our new Pool Manager), and Karen (our engineer in charge of construction), thought that the best idea was to move the cats' food bowls to just outside the fenced in area towards Lipman field.  The bowls should still be close enough for the cats who visit the pool to find the food.  The citizens who are most concerned with the welfare of the cats were contacted by Stuart and feel this is the best solution at the moment.  If you have any other ideas or concerns, please contact Stuart at 508-2151.  Thanks all for your concern for the cats...and know their bellies will still be full.

January 2015 Marina News

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New Plastic Bag Cost: $0.25

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Since March 4, 2013, when the City Council adopted an ordinance to ban single-use carry out bags, retailers have charged $0.10 per allowable bag (either paper or reusable thick plastic).  Starting on January 1, 2015, per the adopted ordinance, the price per bag will increase to $0.25. 

Recently, San Mateo County conducted a survey which showed:

  • A 162% increase in people bringing their own bags
  • A 66% decrease in people buying plastic bags, and
  • A 130% increase in people refusing a bag

The dramatic difference in customers using their own bags in lieu of purchasing bags benefits the environment, waterways and wildlife.

More information about the plastic bag ban ordinance is available on the San Mateo County Health Department's website:

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works at (415) 508-2133, or San Mateo County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or .

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Posted 1/2/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool will be
Closed starting January 5th
We apologize for any inconvenience

Did you know?
The Police Dept. can be reached 24/7
Just call: 467-1212
We’re here for you!

Posted 12/31/2014

New Year!

Posted 12/29/2014

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Classes
Various Days and Times
Informatiuon:  (415) 508-2143

12/26 Residential Structure Fire

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Today at approximately 12:48pm, five fire companies and other fire personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Mono St.  The fire was successfully held to the deck and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  Click here for the media advisory from North County Fire Authority.

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Posted 12/24/2014

Happy Holidays!!

Posted 12/22/2014

Eric Hill
2014 "Winter Jam" Winner
at Sonoma Raceway

Farmers' Market News

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The farmers' market will be taking a 3 week break and coming back to Brisbane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to the holidays and hopefully by then, the weather will be more dry!  The market manager, Jerry Lami, is also looking at adding some more vendors to the market.  If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see offered at the market, give him a call at (650) 290-3549.  A reminder that the Sunday market has closed as of the end of November.  Next year, Jerry will discuss with the Council Ad Hoc subcommittee whether a weekend market will be brought back in the Spring of 2015, and if there is demand for one, which day it will take place on: Saturday or Sunday.  Stay tuned...

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Posted 12/18/2014

Good Luck!!!
Eric Hill
Professional Drift Car Racer
at Sonoma Raceway's "Winter Jam"

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Music Time with Theresa
Fun Parent and Child Music Classes
Saturdays, Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, Miss Blue Ctr.


Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The Public Works Department will be turning off the water from 240-293 Santa Clara St. on Thursday, December 18th from 10am - 2pm to make necessary improvements to the local water mains.  Notices have been delivered to all the addresses affected by the temporary water shutdown.  If you have any questions regarding this shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

How to Submit Service Requests

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Since November of 2011, the City has been accepting electronic service requests via vendor Government Outreach, which provides the ability for the public to do so on the computer or via their smartphone and the app, GORequest.  Last year, the City received 252 service requests via GORequest!  This tutorial will cover how you also can submit service requests on your mobile device...and you'll see how easy it is.

  1. Download the GORequest free app in either the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android), depending on your device.
  2. When opning the app, click "Allow" to allow GORequest to access your location (this will save you from having to enter your location each time).
  3. Click "New Issue".
  4. Click "Add Photo" to take a picture of the issue you'd like to report (or select one already saved in your photo library).
  5. Click "Select Issue" and choose from the various options.
  6. Click "Add comments" to give a brief description of the issue.
  7. Click "Add contact information" - name, e-mail address, and phone number (this only needs to be entered the first time you submit a request).
  8. Click "Submit" in the top right-hand corner.

You're all done!

If you entered your e-mail address, you'll get a confirmation from "Brisbane" indicating that the City has received your service request.  Once the issue has been resolved, you will receive a second notification. 

Thanks for your assistance in reporting what needs fixing around town and for using GORequest!

Winter Street Sweeping

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We’re going to have our street sweeper, the City of South San Francisco, do an early winter sweep of the upper streets in Central Brisbane on Tuesday, December 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The included streets are Kings Rd, Trinity Rd, Humboldt Rd. and Sierra Point Rd.  As we did last year, we are asking for people to voluntarily move their cars to allow for the most efficient removal of debris from the shoulders or curbs.

Also, due to the holidays, the second commercial street sweeping day in December will be Tuesday Dec. 23 instead of the normal Wednesday Dec. 24, from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The commercial street sweeping includes Visitacion Ave., San Bruno Ave., Old County Rd. in Central Brisbane, as well as Bayshore Blvd., Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy., Crocker Industrial Park, Sierra Point, and the Tunnel Ave. area.  People are encouraged to move their cars off of any affected streets on that date to allow for the most debris to be picked up from the gutters.  On Visitacion Ave. no citations will be issued on either the 23rd or the 24th.  Thank you for your assistance in removing debris from Brisbane's roadways!

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Posted 12/9/2014

Sand bags available
to the public and are
available at the Corp. Yard
(Tunnel Ave. at Lagoon Rd.)

Posted 12/8/2014

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec. 13, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Check out BDW on Facebook for more Info

Senior's Holiday Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 13, 10 am - 12 pm, Eagles Hall, Free
All Brisbane Seniors Welcome
Brisbane Women's Club
Santa's Visit
Sat., Dec. 13, 1 - 3 pm Comm. Ctr., Free

December 2014 Citynews

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Posted 12/2/2014

Water Bills
Are Due
December 5th

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
28th Annual Festival of Lights
Sun., Dec. 7th, 6 pm, Comm. Park
Carolers meet at the top of Visitacion @ 5:30 pm

December 2014 Marina News

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Farmers' Market News

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With Thanksgiving falling on a farmers' market day next week, the vendors have decided to come to Brisbane the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/25) from 2:30pm - 6:30pm so you can stock up on all your fresh veggies, fruits, and PIES!  So be sure to stop by the market; the vendors will be very glad to see you, especially after yesterday's market where they saw very little foot traffic.  The market is currently year-round, which means the vendors will be there, rain or shine.  Here's who you can expect to see on Tuesday:

  • Mountain Fresh Organics (all your local, organic fruits and veggies including potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, strawberries, and squash)
  • Rojas Family Farms (Fuji apples, Valencia oranges, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, and plums)
  • Shampa's Pies (sweet potato, chocolate mousse, lemon chest, and strawberry lemon pies)
  • Sapore Messo (olive oils, balsamic vinaigrettes, and decorative gift bags)
  • Cobblestone Bakery (he'll have plenty of pies, including pumpkin!) Added Monday, 11/24

There will be a SPECIAL MARKET BASKET DRAWING FOR RIDGE RESIDENTS ON 11/25Just complete this form and drop it off at the Information Booth for a chance to win a free market basket chock full of goodies from the farmers' market!

The Sunday market will have its last market of the season this Sunday, 11/23.  Next year, the Market Manager will decide along with the Council Subcommittee how best to move forward with a weekend market, if any.  If you have any suggestions for day (Saturday vs. Sunday), year-round vs. seasonal, or preferred times, please leave them below.

Remember, the market needs the support of the community if it's going to stick around at all!

2014 State of the City Video

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The 2014 State of the City took place on November 12, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane.  It's an annual event where the City Manager and Mayor tell the community about the finances of the City, as well as the exciting projects that took place over the past year and those that are planned for the near future.  Thank you to the generosity of South San Francisco Scavengers for hosting this year's event, which is annually planned by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.  Special thanks also to MCTV for videotaping the event.  Next year, we'll be sure to have a handheld mic for the period after the presentations so you can hear questions posed by community members.  With that, enjoy the video playback!

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Posted 11/26/14

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted 11/24/14

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
28th Annual Festival of Lights
Sun., Dec. 7th, 6 pm, Comm. Park
Carolers meet at the top of Visitacion @ 5:30 pm

City of Brisbane
Holiday Food, Coat and
Toy Drive
Leave donations at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.

Posted 11/19/2014

Home Energy Savings Projects Rebate
Receive $500 +
Deadline to Apply - Dec. 31, 2014 or (888) 996-0571

Rebate from CaliforniaFIRST

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Are you interested in installing solar on the roof of your building, improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, or converting your outdoor space from water-intensive lawn to an attractive drought resistant alternative design – but you aren’t sure how to pay for it?  If you own a commercial building or a home in Brisbane, you can take advantage of a program called CaliforniaFIRST.  This program finances these kinds of improvements with no upfront cash, repayment terms up to 20 years (or up to 25 years for solar systems), and the ability to transfer the repayment obligations to a new owner if you sell the property before the repayment term is up – because the financing is attached to the property through the annual property tax bill. 

These kinds of investments are one of those terrific multi-win opportunities.  They make living and working in those structures more comfortable, improve a property’s value, lower energy and water bills, employ local workers to install the improvements, and conserve natural resources.  What’s not to like? 

Interest rates for residential projects range from 6.75% for a 5 year term, 7.59% for 10 years, 7.99% for 15 years, and 8.29% for 20 years, and 8.39% for a 25 year term.  The interest portion of each annual payment is tax deductible for most homeowners. Commercial project rates and terms vary.

If you’re a homeowner, and if your residential project gets approved for financing by the end of 2014, you will receive a no-strings-attached cash rebate up to $1,000.

To find a CaliforniaFIRST certified contractor, or just to learn more about the CaliforniaFIRST program, go to, or call (888) 996-0571.


November Rooms for Rent

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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County whose Home Sharing Program seeks to partner together those who most need housing with those who have a registered room for rent.  There is no cost to participate in the program.  View a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities and a partial list of shared housing opportunities as of November 2014.  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 to schedule an apointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

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Posted 11/14/2014

Annual Yard Waste Clean Up Nov 15-16
Green Waste Only
Curbside pick up assistance available
Sat. 10 AM – 3 PM / Sun. 9 AM – 1 PM
Call 415-508-2149

Posted 11/12/2014

Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
State of the City Address
Tonight!  Wed., Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy


Job Hunters Boot Camp

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Are you looking for a job?
Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin for a Job Hunters Boot Camp.  Over 5,000 job-seekers have taken advantage of past boot camps and many have landed full-time jobs.

Friday, November 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
Fiesta Hall

1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

Job Hunters Boot Camp is not your typical job fair. In addition to having a chance to speak to local employers who are hiring, participants have access to a wide variety of resources through workshops and one-on-one resume review sessions.

The Job Hunters Boot Camp will offer workshops on the following topics:

- Perfecting your interview skills
- Getting unstuck in your job search
- Challenges faced by mature workers, new college grads, and veterans
- Networking
- Linkedin best practices

For more information, please call Congresswoman Speier's San Mateo office at (650) 342-0300 or visit Assemblymember Mullin's website

SamTrans Public Meetings

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Media Contact: Will Reisman, 650-508-7704

SamTrans to Hold Public Workshops This Month on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

SamTrans will convene two public workshops this month to discuss the findings of the recent study they conducted to determine the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real in the Peninsula.

BRT is an enhanced bus service that offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities. Components of BRT include, but are not limited to, limited service where certain stops are skipped to speed up travel times, dedicated bus-only lanes, traffic signal priority for transit vehicles and onboard fare collection.

SamTrans has been studying the possibility of phasing in BRT service along a 26-mile stretch of El Camino Real, covering Daly City to Palo Alto. Based on the findings of the study, SamTrans has decided not to implement BRT service in the near-term, however, has identified viable next step service improvements that could be pursued over the next two to five years. SamTrans planners will hold public workshops to discuss the preliminary draft findings of the study in more detail.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
South San Francisco City Council
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.
SamTrans Headquarters
Second Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650-508-6283 (TTY 650-508-6448 hearing impaired) at least three business days prior to the workshop they wish to attend.

More information about BRT, including details on the SamTrans’ phasing study, can be found here.

SF Green Festival

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San Bruno Mountain Watch was recently selected as a Green Festival Community Award finalist for the chance to win a $5,000 grant!  The grant recipient is chosen by the public, and online voting began today at 9am and ends on November 13 at 5pm.  You can vote up to once a day on all your electronic devices!  Voting will continue at the San Francisco Green Festival on November 14, 15, & 16.  Click here to start voting now!

Ridge Trail Road Maintenance

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Please see the news release announcing work scheduled to occur beginning today, 11/10, on Ridge Trail at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park.  The project will be managed by PG&E and San Mateo County Parks. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic flow and to ensure safety of trail users.  The remainder of the project work will occur on the three fire roads that connect to the Ridge Trail and are not expected to have a ongoing or heavy impact on users. 

If you have any questions related to this project, please contact Ramona Arechiga, Natural Resource Manager, San Mateo County Parks, at (650) 599-1375.

In addition, McKesson is conducting work to address a gully that has formed on the Mountain.  Crews are on Guadalupe Road with one lane of traffic affected by the work.  Contractors BKF and Ghilotti are managing this work.  This is not a San Mateo County Parks project.

November 2014 Citynews & STAR

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Click here to read the November 2014 STAR.

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