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If you are planning any home upgrades, check out the available rebates and incentives offered on the San Mateo County Energy Watch website. There are rebates and incentives available for Homes, Businesses, Schools, Farms, Non-profits and Public Facilities. Learn how you can save water, energy, reduce waste and save money. A link to San Mateo County Energy Watch's Rebates & Incentives page has also been linked on the following page under Energy Efficiency:
A total of $7,514.25 has been raised by the Community through t-shirt sales, the Downtown Brisbane Car Show (which is back for a 3rd consecutive year on July 11, 2015), and other private donations. At their meeting on May 7, 2015, the City Council stated their support for the Community to raise a total of $36,000 to cover the extra features not included in the Skatepark’s Approved Concept Plan, such as a water fountain and its connection to the water main, landscaping and seating, more aesthetic fencing, and additional lighting. Taking into account the already-raised $7,514.25, the Mothers of Brisbane, who are spearheading the fundraising efforts, are estimating that the Community can raise another $12,500 through brick sales to arrive at $20,000 in cash donations. The remaining $16,000 they’re estimating will be met through in-kind donations such as asking for volunteers to assist with demolition of the current Skatepark, grading, drainage, and getting the water fountain installed. So please reserve your brick by August 1, 2015 (final day forms & payment will be accepted is Monday, August 3rd), which will be showcased at the Skatepark within the sidewalk just outside the park’s entrance. Thank you for your continued support of the Skatepark, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall!
Commit to a Brick Donor Form. Please bring to City Hall (Finance Dept.) with a check made out to the City of Brisbane.
In addition, look out for these coin/dollar collection jugs around town! There are forms to "Commit to a Brick" there but you would need to mail or drop off at City Hall.
This one is located in our amazing Brisbane Hardware Shop! Every little bit counts!
In Loving Memory of
Sept. 22, 1935 – July 30, 2015
Long-time Brisbane Resident Since 1947
Concerts In the Park
Party Band playing 70’s through 2000’s
Fri., July 31, 6:00-8:30pm, Comm. Park
Free Food for Seniors Age 60+
Sign up at the Sunrise Room, 2 Visitacion
Monday, 7/27 2:30 - 3:30pm
Wednesday, 7/29 2:00 - 3:00pm
The City of Brisbane was selected by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) as being their Beacon Community of the Week. Many thanks to the Open Space and Ecology Committee and Public Works Department for ensuring that Brisbane is a leader in best practices for stormwater pollution prevention as well as takes advantage of oportunties to promote sustainability.
Brisbane is officially a participant in the Beacon Program, which is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. The Beacon Program recognizes cities and counties statewide that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. If Brisbane is nominated for an award, it will be announced on October 1st at the League of Cities conference, taking place this year in San Jose, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd.
We wanted to assure Brisbane shuttle riders that you may still ride the Commute.org shuttles using the Jan-June 2015 sticker for the next 2 weeks. Afterwards, all riders will need to have the Jul-Dec. 2015 shuttle sticker displayed on their shuttle card. The City will be mailing out the July-Dec. 2015 stickers next week to all riders in the system, so rest assured! Thank you for using the free commuter shuttles and should you have any questions, please contact Commute.org at (650) 588-8171.
Peninsula SunShares is nearing its July 31st registration deadline and the City of Brisbane would like to encourage community members to sign up to find out if solar could be a good fit for your home.
The program launched in April and over the last four months more than 715 homeowners have enrolled. To date there are 100 projects being installed throughout the Bay Area totaling 440 kilowatts of reliable solar power. If you're curious where Brisbane stands, 25 homes have registered for the program and 8 systems have already been installed or are pending installation! The final deadline to take advantage of the program’s reduced pricing is the end of August when all contracts must be signed.
Together, we’re creating a planet run by the sun - faster!
Installing solar not only helps to support local greenhouse gas reduction and air quality goals that the City of Brisbane is working to achieve, but also helps you lock in low electricity rates for the next 20 years. Sounds pretty good, right? No wonder solar is the fastest growing source of energy in the U.S.
The City of Brisbane is participating in Peninsula SunShares with neighboring communities to pool the power of our community to get more competitive pricing from solar companies, while reducing the complexity of going solar.
If you live in the greater Bay Area and are a homeowner, you are eligible to participate. Learn more by visiting the program website: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula
- Sign up to receive a no-cost proposal from one of the program’s pre-selected contractors by July 31st.
- If you decide to move forward with your solar installation, sign your contract by August 31st to take advantage of federal tax credits that expire soon and the discounted program pricing.
- Help spread the word! More participants mean a better deal for you and more reliable solar power for our community.
A few months ago you may have noticed a 1/3 sheet of paper included with your water/sewer bill announcing the release of the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report/Water Quality Report. The purpose of this annual report is to raise customers' awareness of where their drinking water comes from, the quality of their drinking water, and the importance of protecting drinking water resources. If you would like a paper copy of the 2014 Water Quality Report mailed to your residence or would like to speak with someone about the report, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130. Hard copies of the report are also available to pick up at City Hall.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee has begun drafting and would like to know your opinion on the measures proposed to be included in the City’s Climate Action Plan. This important plan will determine how our community will decrease greenhouse gas emissions to meet the State of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) goals by of a reduction in emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Read the Climate Action Plan draft outline and proposed measures and come voice your ideas at the next Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.
Join San Bruno Mountain Watch (Mountain Watch) on Sunday, August 9th from 9am-12pm for their 6th annual Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast at the Mission Blue Nursery in Brisbane (3401 Bayshore Blvd.). This event will feature Mountain Watch’s secret-recipe blueberry pancakes and encourage community members to “eat an invasive” by trying their famous blackberry syrup, made from invasive Himalayan blackberries found on San Bruno Mountain. In addition to the breakfast, the event includes a Native Plant Sale, featuring several beautiful native plant species that are drought-resistant and thrive in our local ecosystem.
The Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the event or online through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1810205).
Are you interested in protecting and preserving San Bruno Mountain for future generations to enjoy? If so, visit Mountain Watch’s website at www.mountainwatch.org or like them on Facebook (under San Bruno Mountain Watch or Mission Blue Nursery). You can also join them for a day of habitat restoration or a breathtaking hike with gorgeous views of the Bay Area! They would love for you or a group from your business to join them.
If you can't make it to the August 9th plant sale, the Mission Blue Nursery is open by appointment Thursday - Saturday with a $100 minimum-order. Call their office at 415-467-6631 to schedule an appointment.
City Council Nomination Papers
Available July 13
Call City Clerk for info 415-508-2113
Downtown Brisbane Car Show
Saturday July 11, 8am - 4pm
Support the Schools & Skatepark
Brisbane Summer Concert Series
The Allmond Brothers Clan
Friday July 10, 6:00-8:30 pm
Free and Open to Public
We're pround to announce the line-up for the 2015 Summer Concert Series!
July 3, The Hot Rods (Classic Oldies)
July 10, The Allmond Brothers Clan. (70's rock)
July 17, Andre Thierry (Zydeco)
July 24, Buffalo BBQ (Brisbane Locals Night)
July 31, Pop Fiction (Northern California's premier party band)
August 7, Hairstrike (80's rock tribute band)
The Concerts are every Friday, July 3 through August 7. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).
Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year. Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community? Then consider being a sponsor! Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under. Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge). If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2143. Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!
Last night, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Every November in odd number years, such an election is held to fill City Council seats. This year, the election will be held to fill two seats.
If you are interested in running for City Council this coming November then you’ll want to be aware of the following information.
The election this year will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and will be to elect two (2) City Council members.
The nomination period is between July 13th and August 7th (or August 12th if an incumbent fails to file.) The first day you can pick up nomination papers is on July 13th. Please make an appointment with City Clerk Sheri Spediacci before coming to City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, to do so. Nomination papers are due August 7, 2015, or August 12, 2015 if an incumbent fails to file.
If you would like more information on the nomination or election process, please contact Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at (415) 508-2113 or email@example.com.
Street sweeping of commercial streets will increase in frequency from twice a month to weekly, starting Wednesday, July 8th. Commercial streets include Visitacion Avenue from San Francisco Avenue to Klamath Street, which will be signed for No Parking between 3am and 6am each Wednesday morning. You may notice the orange flags highlighting the new signs. The Police Department will begin an education campaign regarding the new parking restrictions and will begin issuing citations in August.
Other streets classified as commercial that will be swept each week include the streets in Crocker Park and on Sierra Point, the Tunnel Avenue area, and other non-residential streets such as Bayshore Boulevard, Old County Road, Industrial Way and San Bruno Ave. Most of the commercial streets are swept early in the morning, before vehicles arrive to park for the work day. One exception is San Bruno Avenue, which is swept between 8am and 11am to minimize impacts to residents who park there overnight. While citations are not issued on San Bruno Avenue for cars parked during the scheduled street sweeping times, people are encouraged to move their parked cars weekly during those hours to allow for the most debris to be picked up from the street and gutter.
Street sweeping is required by the Municipal Regional Permit issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and is one of several means utilized to keep trash out of the storm drain system and out of the lagoon, the bay and the ocean. For any questions about the City's street sweeping program, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
The City of Brisbane does not allow or permit the use of fireworks, and that includes Safe and Sane fireworks. If the public is aware of fireworks being sold or used within their neighborhood, they are encouraged to contact the Police Department with the information at (415) 467-1212.
We need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources. Know that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be strictly enforced.
For more information about Fireworks Safety, please see this media advisory from North County Fire Authority.
The Open Space & Ecology Committee have been busy curating items in various media formats centered around environmental issues, such as energy, waste & waste management, water, climate change, food, pollution, and habitat. This list is created by committee members of the Open Space and Ecology Committee with items of their choice. Books and videos will be available to check out from the Brisbane Library, located at 250 Visitacion Ave. on the dedicated OSEC shelf (shown left).
Visit the OSEC Library Shelf page on the City's website to view newly curated items: http://brisbaneca.org/osec-library-shelf
Thank you to the Brisbane Library staff for their assistance in this project!
On June 30th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held the final Community Workshop to get feedback on certain design features for the proposed new Brisbane Skatepark. Comments such as a safe path between the skate spot and the main skate area, rideability comments from skaters, and fencing types and locations of entrances were discussed. With the feedback, Spohn Ranch will continue with development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors. The construction documents are expected to be brought to the City Council for approval and authorization to advertise for bidding by contractors in late summer.
If you haven’t yet reserved your personalized brick at the Skatepark, you have until August 1st to do so. The Mothers of Brisbane are spearheading this community fundraising effort, which they’ve coined, “Commit to a Brick”. Tax-deductible donations are $200 for a Business/Nonprofit Brick and $100 for a Family/Individual Brick. The bricks themselves will be showcased at the Skatepark just outside the park’s entrance. Forms can be found on the City’s website or one of three locations: City Hall, the Pool, and at Brisbane Hardware. You’ll find the forms attached to a collection jug, like this one at Brisbane Hardware; every penny counts towards building the Skatepark! Thank you for your continued support of the skatepark, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall!
At last night's City Council meeting, the Council approved the City's 2015-2016 Budget. The previous three budget hearings on June 8, June 9, and June 15 and last night's budget adoption are paramount evenings for the Council, as it is the City’s budget which ultimately sets the course of action for the upcoming fiscal year (the City's fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30).
Several projects worth highlighting that are included in next year's budget are:
- Implementation of the Complete Streets Safety Committee's Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan (signage, high-visibility ladder-style crosswalks, ramps, etc.)
- Precise Plan for re-envisioning the entrance to town at Bayshore/Old County, including the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, and re-zoning several adjacent lots within the Crocker Park area for the purpose of housing
- Installation of trash capture devices in the storm drains' catch basins to protect Bay waters from debris
Stay tuned for updates related to the above project areas. We'll especially be needing your input as the Precise Plan process gets underway later this Summer.
For the past several decades, a worm bin has been maintained by avid gardeners at the Community Garden, located on San Francisco Ave. next to Old Quarry Rd. And, in recent years, the rich compost that it produces has been gaining recognition at the San Mateo County Fair, where Brisbane was recognized with a divisional rosette last week! In other words, best in class!
If you're new to composting, it really is a science. Within the Sustainable Living section of the County Fair, samples of compost submitted by individuals, groups, and communities across the County were mixed with a precise amount of water before they were placed under a microscope and their organisms counted. Our compost was deemed to be the most "alive" in this microscopic evaluation than all the other entries. Congratulations to Tyler Coon, Betsy Da Silva, and Susan Sullivan Maynard for all your hard work at the Community Garden and fair submissions over the years! Your winnings have not only enhanced the Community Garden with prize money going towards Garden enhancements, but showcasing to the rest of the County that Brisbane is truly environmentally-progressive and takes sustainability seriously!
For more pictures of Brisbane's Community Garden, please click here to view its album on Flickr.
During the workshops held for the conceptual design of the new skatepark, community members asked for one final workshop to comment on the design details that were not included at the conceptual design level. Now that the survey work and geotechnical reports are completed, consultant Spohn Ranch is beginning the final design and preparation of construction documents suitable for bidding by contractors.
On Tuesdasy, June 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, stakeholders and interested parties will have the an opportunity to review modifications to skate features per stakeholder requests, as well as project details not available at the conceptual design level, for example the location of the entrance and seating, plus aesthetic features that reflect the identity of the community, including coloring of some of the concrete. The approved conceptual design (shown above), which was adopted by the City Council at its March 19, 2015 meeting, also has the support of the Teen Services Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as the overwhelming support of the stakeholders that attended the prior community workshops and otherwise submitted comments. This last design meeting will be to review and comment on design details that had not been available at the previous workshops. Thank you to all the community members who have stayed involved in the planning and design process for the new Brisbane Skatepark!
Questions or comments should be submitted to Project Manager Karen Kinser, (415) 508-2133, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE - June 18, 2015, 3:30pm: Crunchy food packaging is NOT acceptable.
Please note: the recycling bin at the Post Office is for clean soft film plastic only such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper sleeves, soft plastic bags or soft plastic wrapping from paper towels or toilet tissue. Thanks!
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Do you have plastic bags piling up in your house? Have you tried re-using them for other purposes first? Well if you would like to dispose of them, you can now do so at the Post Office, where a special receptacle was placed earlier today by South San Francisco Scavengers for the community to drop off clean, dry plastic bags. Please do note the types of plastic bags that are allowed to be dropped off (click the image to view larger). They include: dry cleaning bags, bread bags, retail bags, and produce bags. Please do NOT drop into the receptacle salad mix bags, or other rigid plastic including packing foam or peanuts, plastic bottles, or hangers. Thank you for disposing of your clean, dry plastic bags!
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Parks & Rec. Summer Sports Camps
Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Flag Football & More
Begins June 29. For info (415) 508-2144
San Mateo County Energy Watch
Free energy assessment and rebates for small businesses
For more info: (650) 599-1403
"Put Solar On It" with Peninsula SunShares! We’re celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st with a joint-city community workshop to help homeowners go solar together.
More than a dozen cities across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have teamed up to offer Peninsula SunShares, a solar group discount (bulk-buy) program that pools the purchasing power of residents to lower the cost of installing solar. If you’re a Bay Area homeowner, come to the workshop to learn more about how this program can help make it easier and more affordable to go solar.
Saturday, June 20th
9:30AM – 12:00PM
San Carlos Library, 2nd floor
610 Elm Street, San Carlos
The event will feature presentations about the group buy program, information on financing options and an opportunity to meet with the program’s selected solar contractors. Since its launch in April, more than 525 homeowners have signed up to participate in Peninsula SunShares – and we want to make that number even bigger! Local residents now have until July 31st to sign up to take advantage of the discounted program pricing.
This summer, let’s #putsolaronit Bay Area!
The San Mateo County Energy Watch (a C/CAG program to provide energy efficiency services) has developed an outreach campaign for small businesses. To increase public awareness of the SMC Energy Watch turnkey program for small businesses, the Energy Watch is inviting elected officials to participate in a countywide cooperative challenge. At last night's Council meeting, the City Council was in agreement to have Mayor O'Connell be the spokesperson for the City for the challenge. The goal is to get 250 small businesses countywide to sign up for a no-cost energy survey from SMC Energy Watch by the end of June 2015. Short testimonial videos from local businesses are available for viewing at www.smcenergywatch.com under "Success Stories". One of the videos is highlighted below:
Update: Monday, June 15, 4:00pm - Caltrans has amended their process to close off-ramps, so this project is on hold for a few weeks. Stay tuned for updates.
Starting on Tuesday, June 16th at 9:30am, crews will be working to install channelizers along the left-hand side of the northbound US 101 Bayshore/Cow Palace exit lane. This work is being done in order to give bicyclists using the green bike lane added protection, as the bike lane itself spans across Bayshore Blvd. just north of the freeway exit. As you may be aware, the beginning of the bike lane lies within South San Francisco's borders, with its terminus extending into the City's borders. Therefore, this project is being completed in partnership with the City of South San Francisco. Please be advised that the Bayshore/Cow Palace exit will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 9:30am Tuesday morning. There will be signage directing drivers to exit at Sierra Point Parkway. Thank you in advance for your cooperation as this important work is being completed! If you have any questions, please call the Brisbane Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.