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At their June 18th meeting, the City Council adopted the 2012-2013 Budget, which includes the City's Master Fee Schedule (MFS). Each departments' fees are covered in the MFS, with the most significant changes to it being in the Parks and Recreation Department with an increase in Mission Blue Center's private rental rates. The new rates allow Mission Blue Center to be more in line with what is being charged by other community centers for private rentals, while at the same time maintaining a 30% lower resident rate. These new rates take effect today, 60 days after having been adopted. Please click here to view the new rates and rental information for Mission Blue Center.
The seat wall has been constructed, and will be ready for viewing the Concerts from when they start on August 24th! The rest of the area in back of the seat wall will be roped off, along with the original playbox area. Please do not enter those areas, as the dust will pick up very quickly and the area should be kept as-is until the playground is ready to be installed on September 29 - September 30 (Saturday - Sunday). The stars for the seat wall will be affixed shortly before then, as well as the 14" x 14" bronze-cast plaque on the seat wall's end cap (facing the picnic tables), honoring those who have aided in the Community Park Playground project. Today, the area around the playbox is being power-washed...even more reason to stay off of the baserock, which will keep the site clear from dust.
Community members are encouraged to help install the playground along with the playground contractor the weekend of September 29th. If you're interested, please let Caroline know by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2157. If you're not available both days, that's ok, just indicate the one on which you will be. Thanks for your participation in the completion of the Community Park Playground project!
City of Brisbane
Concerts In The Park
Fridays, Aug. 24 - Sept. 28, 5:45 pm
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Ongoing, Weds, 5:30 - 7pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
In Loving Memory Of
Betty Jo Johnson
1943 - 2012
59 year Brisbane Resident
Services: Garden Chapel, Mon., Aug 20, 10am
Thursday morning proved to be quite a spectacle at the Park, that is, if you take a particular interest in cement being poured. 30 cubic yards of it was brought in by a few different trucks, where it was transferred into a bin with a large hose that terminated at the site of the seat wall. A couple men needed to help hold the hose, while another positioned the hose to fill in the seat wall, and another followed up with inserting a concrete vibrator to ensure there weren't any air pockets being left behind. Take a look at the following few photos depicting the process:
Just this morning, the cement had dried enough for the concrete forms to be removed. Next up will be the placing of 157 gold stars, representing all those who have given generously to the new playground. A Build Day is being scheduled for a Saturday in late September. If you would like to help on this day, please let Caroline know by e-mailing her at email@example.com. Thank you for taking a special interest in seeing and helping the Community Park Playground get replaced!
If you pass by Valley Dr. on Bayshore, you may have noticed 2 new banners announcing the Farmers' Market in the Community Park. This is in effort to raise awareness amongst the business community that this resource is available every Thursday and is literally a stone's throw away from their place of business. We hope to see more Brisbane employees out shopping once they're off work!
Coming out to the farmers' market would be especially beneficial for Brisbane businesses on August 30th - not only can they fill up their week's worth of fresh produce, spreads, and baked goods - a representative from the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance will be at the market from 3:30pm - 6:00pm, letting all those who visit her booth know about the Brisbane shuttles and commute options. She will also be distributing applications for the $60 gas cards for carpoolers and $25 gas cards for schoolpoolers, not to mention free transit passes for new riders and incentives for Peninsula employers too. And if you're a bicycle commuter, stop by the Alliance table and get a San Mateo County Bike Map and assorted bike-safety related items.
There is also the weekly drawing for a free basket from the farmers' market - enter by dropping in your name and number into the fish bowl at the WCFMA Information Booth located in the center of the lawn. You do NOT need to be present to win.
Lastly, if you enjoyed the music of Al Fabrizio, you'll be happy to hear he'll be back. Next week, though, you can expect to hear the sound of steel drums filling the atmosphere while you shop. Enjoy the market!
The Concert banner's been hung...the weather's getting warmer...it's time to invite your neighbors and your friends to join you at the Concerts in the Park! The series kicks off Friday, August 24th at 5:45pm with Stompy Jones. Click here to see the entire line-up. Patricia Rohn will be MC'ing the Concerts once again, and there will be a couple pre-concert events. On August 24th, Zumba instructor, Isa, will be give a 15-minute demonstration of her class, with the performance by Stompy Jones immediately following. On September 14th, the Brisbane AYSO soccer teams will be introduced by coach Chris York, with The Houserockers' performance immediately following. Be sure to grab a space on the lawn...but not too far away. T-shirts (Youth L through XL) will be tossed out from the gazebo each week to 5 lucky Concert attendees. We look forward to seeing you at the Concerts!
Ever find yourself in the situation where you want to take care of business but may not have the wheels at-hand to be able to do so? Well the Brisbane/Bayshore Senior Shuttle may solve that problem (and you don't have to be a Senior to ride). Just hop aboard (you also don't need a shuttle pass to ride this community shuttle) and the driver of that shuttle, Grimaldo, will take you to Tanforan Shopping Center or even Serramonte Mall. He'll even stop at some of the stores around Tanforan, such as Staples and Lucky, if requested.
Pick-up times at the Brisbane Post Office stop (at Old County & San Francisco) are 10:15am, 12:15pm, and 2:15pm, Monday - Friday. (The other shuttle stop in town is at the corner of San Benito and Sierra Point, with the pick-up times being generally a couple minutes later). The Tanforan drop-off and pick-up location is the side entrance of Sears (near the Sears Auto Body Shop). Pick-up times to return back to Brisbane are 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm, Monday - Friday. Riders are encouraged to give Grimaldo a call, so he's aware you'll be needing a ride. He can be reached on his cell phone at (415) 740-9458. Note: a Brisbane Shuttle Pass is required for the shuttles that run to BART and Caltrain. If you don't yet have a pass, come down to the Finance Counter at City Hall with valid proof of residency, such as a water or PG&E bill, and you'll get set up to take advantage of all of the shuttles in town. For more information about how to get places like the Balboa Park Bart Station or the Bayshore Caltrain station, please click here.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to provide the City of Brisbane with data detailing the aircraft that depart from San Francisco International Airport and that fly through a circle that the FAA has created for analytical and operational purposes, located over the City of Brisbane, as shown in the left-hand image. The circle has a diameter of 1 nautical mile. The FAA’s objective is to avoid having aircraft penetrate the circle if possible given safety and other operational constraints.This data is provided to the City by the FAA to assist in understanding how well this objective is being achieved over time. Thus, it is expected by Brisbane that the FAA will update this data regularly. This page will be available for the public to view by clicking on "FAA Data" in the bottom footer found on each page of the website, under the "Connections" column. Click here to be taken to the page now.
Every week there is more visual progress being made on the Community Park Playground Replacement Project. This past week, local contractor Mike Glynn was focused on what has been referred to as "Phase II" of the project, or where the swings will be installed. A major part of that area is the 72 ft. long seat wall, which will feature 156 gold stars total, bearing the names of residents and businesses who generously donated towards the project. The City is fortunate to have been able to work closely with the Mothers of Brisbane on the fundraising aspect of the project, with a grand total of $27,160.00 being raised! That is more than $10,000 over the Mothers of Brisbane's original fundraising goal...and a testament of how much the Community supported the old playground being replaced. With that, enjoy a few pictures from the week, which show concrete forms and rebar being installed at the straight part of the seat wall, the completed concrete form for the curvilinear seat wall, and Phase I being leveled after being filled with the appropriate amount of base rock.
Next Tuesday, the concrete for the seat wall will be poured, with the stars themselves applied towards the middle of the month. Stay tuned!
At their July 23rd meeting, the City Council approved the Charter Boat Agreement between the City and John Stahl for his operation of charters and events out of the Brisbane Marina through the Spirit of Sacramento. The 88' Paddlewheel river boat will reside between either the guest dock - for the boarding and disembarking of passengers, and the end-tie of Dock 2 - for mooring purposes. The Spirit of Sacramento will be available for more than just charter boat trips, though spaces on-board are already being offered for the America's Cup Competition in late August and early October). The spacious boat can also accommodate events such as weddings, birthdays, class reunions, corporate events, private parties, and dinner & dancing events. Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming open house. In the meantime, you can check out the website, www.spiritofsacramento.us for more details about Brisbane's newest way to enjoy the San Francisco Bay.
Late Friday afternoon, the City was alerted of a tannish pit bull mix which had been spotted near Mission Blue Drive and Monach Blvd. All conventional methods of containing the dog were attempted but were not unsuccessful. Therefore, a trap is being set up right now by the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in that area in an attempt to rescue the dog and return it to its owner. In order to have the SPCA's trap be as effective as possible, please do not disturb it. Note: this dog does not appear to be human- or dog-aggressive and is content to be left alone. But if you happen to spot it, please contact the Brisbane Dispatch Line at 467-1212 and ask to speak with any officer on duty. Also, in order for the trap to be effective, please do not leave food out for the dog. Thank you.
"Baby Sign Language gives parents the opportunity to communicate with children long before babies can verbalize their wants and needs. Research studies show that signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child's self esteem, and deepens the bond between parent and child."
It's true - while Baby Sign Language classes tend to be quite expensive and fill up very quickly around the Peninsula, the Friends of the Brisbane Library and Mothers of Brisbane are thrilled to provide a free seven week series right here in town at the Brisbane Library.
Learn signs from an instructor from the acclaimed and experienced Touch Blue Sky school and provide your baby the tools they need to express themself!
Space is limited and advance sign up is required - sign up in person at the Brisbane Library. Save money, stay local, and get to know a local group of parents who can help practice and reinforce the lessons long after the classes have concluded. For additional information, please contact Carine Risley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When? 11:00am - noon Tuesdays beginning August 14th through September 25th at the Brisbane Library (250 Visitacion Avenue). Weekly themes include mealtime, animals, colors, family, bedtime, and more!
The Northbound off-ramp to Sierra Point Parkway will be closed between 7am - 5p Tuesday, July 31st, due to the installation of ramp metering equipment. Traffic will be detoured off 101 northbound at the off-ramp to Bayshore Boulevard, to northbound Bayshore Boulevard, to northbound Tunnel Avenue, to eastbound Lagoon Road, to southbound Sierra Point Parkway. This closure will facilitate completion of the ramp metering work, while special equipment needed for work on the elevated portion of the ramp is still on-site. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
At the beginning of the City Council's Monday, July 23rd meeting was a very special presentation - recognizing those Sponsors who generously gave towards the 2012 Concerts in the Park Series. Here they are in front of Brisbane Councilmember O'Connell, Mayor Pro Tem Miller, Mayor Lentz, and Councilmembers Conway and Richardson, proudly displaying the banner which will be hung in-between the trees on Old County Rd. early next week:
Of the 25 total Sponsors, 13 were in attendance to receive Commendations from the Council, including (from left to right): Jonathan Scharfman of Universal Paragon Corporation, Ron Davis of Ron Davis and Co. Real Estate, Lori Liu for her husband Ray and herself, Paul Formosa and Barbara Bernardini of SSF Scavenger Co., Stuart Schillinger for the Glazman-Schillinger Family, Linda and Bill Dettmer of Dettmer Associates, Dilmohan Chadha and wife Ameeta of Integrated Resources Group, Sue Cochran of Sue Cochran Construction, Brendan Murphy (and son Tiarnan, age 8) of Kingdom Pipelines, Menelik Michael, also of Integrated Resources Group, Raquel Laqua of Garden Chapel, Johnny Nava of John Nava Insurance Company, Mitch Bull of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Rich Borghello and John Legnitto of Recology Sunset Scavenger Co., and finally, Joe Peters, also of Universal Paragon Corporation.
Thank you to each of the Sponsors who are making this year's Summer Concert Series possible - we look forward to seeing you all at the first Concert on Friday, August 24th with Stompy Jones!
Mike Glynn and his subcontractors sure work fast. This morning, concrete was already being poured into the edges of the existing playbox, where the wooden concrete forms wil be removed tomorrow once the concrete sets.
By next week, the playbox area will be ready for the next phase in the playground replacement project - the installation of the actual play equipment! One of the new features the playground will boast is a push-valve water spigot, which will allow kids playing in the sandbox area to have a dedicated water source for sand and water play. In the picture below, the concrete is being re-laid after the water line which serves the water fountains was extended so that it could be run to the opposite side of the playbox. where the water spigot and sand area will be located.
Thank you to those who responded to the call for volunteers in last week's Playground Update post. We are still looking for more folks who would be willing to spend a Saturday in September helping install the new play equipment. The actual date for "Build Day" will be confirmed next week. But if you know this is not something you want to miss, please e-mail Caroline Cheung at email@example.com or call her at 508-2157 to let her know you'd be willing to roll up your sleeves to help install the new playground!
Did you happen to see them? Or even better, drop by for a Japanese-style burger or fried chicken sandwich with cilantro slaw? Down San Francisco Ave. near the picnic tables yesterday were two food trucks, Saruno Burger and Pollo Fritto. Jerry Lami, Executive Director of West Coast Farmers Market Association, and his son Joe, are proud to have in their Association a number of food trucks, as most do have their own "followers" on Twitter who keep on top of where their favorite food trucks will be each day.
Saruno Burger and Pollo Fritto, and possibly others, will be at the Brisbane Farmers' Market on a weekly rotation after the City Council this past Monday evening approved there to be no more than three food trucks at each farmers' market (item B under 'New Business'). So grab some hot food while out shopping - Mary Gutekanst, Open Space and Ecology Committee Member, made sure to before heading home. Or, eat it there - the picnic tables afford one a great place to enjoy a chicken teriyaki burger or fried chicken sliders!
Make sure you come out to the Community Park (11 Old County Rd.) between 3:00pm - 7:00pm for next Thursday's Farmers' Market - food adventures await!
It's only been a week since the Brisbane Lions Club took to the old and dilapidated Community Park play structure, where they carefully unbolted, unscrewed, and unattached various fixtures and wooden beams. This was all done in just under two hours last Friday. It was clear that they are all professionals, and are very good at what they do. Thank you, Brisbane Lions, and to each of the volunteers who came to help!!
On Saturday, it was local contractor Mike Glynn's turn to play in the sandbox. With his equipment, and assistant Kessell, he was able to clear out the sand (which went down more than 2 feet!), and the portion of rubber surfacing located near the bathroom facility. The sand was offhauled using a city dump truck, where it was dropped into a bin at the Public Works Corporation Yard and later will be re-purposed into sand bags. During the day, Lions Past-Presidents Filipio and Abney came by to lend their assistance, along with Mayor Lentz.
Mike Glynn was also one of two contractors who submitted bids for Playground Site Prep. This involves getting the two areas ready for the actual installation of the playground equipment (i.e. filling the areas with the appropriate amounts of baserock, and constructing the 72' seat wall which the gold donor stars will be affixed to). Below are a couple pictures of them getting started!
This Site Prep part of the Playground Replacement Project is scheduled to be completed by August 15th. The playground manufacturer, Miracle Playsystems, will install the playground with any assistance from volunteers sometime in September. If you're interested, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be a "Build Day" volunteer!
The Farmers' Market yesterday may have looked a little sparse in terms of the number of vendors present. That's because two of the vendors' trucks broke down en route to the market (KettlePop being one of them, Schletewitz Family Farms being the other), Rick of Sapore Messo (olive oils and pastas) fell and broke his wrist, Yogi's Cooking (chutneys and samosas) has left the market, Crepe Brioche (French pastries and breads) was an hour late in arriving, and another produce vendor completely failed to show up. Jerry Lami, ED of West Coast Farmers Market Association, wasn't happy with that last vendor, but it's part of the business, and he's still learning.
Beckmann's is currently on "probation" (they need to sell at least $700 per market)...so, if you enjoy their pies, granola, shortcake, brownies, and breads, it's time to let them know that. Fortunately, if they do need to leave Brisbane, Jerry has other bakeries producing equally fine baked goods that he can substitute in.
But, there is good news! Relatively new vendor, Little Red Dot Kitchen, has been doing remarkably well, selling their Southeast Asian "Bak Kwa" (a moist and delectable jerky) - using a delicate balance of more than 10 distinct seasonings, spices and a properietary blend of wood to create a flavor explosion with every bite. Their bak kwa contains no fructose, MSG, nitrates, or trans fat, and contains 50% less sodium than traditional beef jerky.
And what's nice is that this vendor, along with various others such as Sapore Messo and Nut 'n Bean, accepts credit card payments using a device called Square, which is plugged into their mobile devices. Just apply your signature after your card has been swiped, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and you're good to go!
Here is Karen from Little Red Dot Kitchen, using Square to complete a transaction. Oh, and if you want to try their "Pork LITE" version of their bak kwa, better to get there early, because yesterday they sold out.
On Monday, July 23rd, Jerry will be at the City Council Meeting, asking for his weekly fee to be waived and if food trucks can participate in the market. If you have any thoughts on these items, or the farmers' market in general, we invite you to come and participate! If not, be sure to shop the farmers' market - every Thursday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).
Yesterday was a fantastic day at the Brisbane Farmers' Market, weather-wise. It was also special in that there were a couple new vendors on-site, having heard of the Brisbane Market and the warmth and sense of pride this Community has. One of those new vendors was Organo Gold Coffee, a purveyor of fine coffees and teas - which make for the perfect after-dinner beverage. Be sure to sample their beverages if you haven't already!
Brisbane resident Pete Davis and his son Kaii are ready to supply you with raw Brisbane honey - and it's all from Brisbane! Their mini honey bear containers are only $3 and would make a great little gift for a friend or neighbor.
Have you entered your name yet to win a weekly basket, chock full of items from each of the vendors? If not, be sure to drop your name into the jar next time, as this is a weekly free giveaway. You do not need to be present to win.
Lastly, look for "Moola Money" on the next edition of the City STAR, dropping in mailboxes the first week of August. On the front cover will be a Moola Dollar, which can be clipped and used as cash at any one of the vendors at an upcoming market. Keep on the look-out for your Moola Money and be sure to bring it with you the next time you shop the market!
Dog waste contaminates the ground and is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet, family, and community. Be conscientious about cleaning up after your dog when out on walks. Picking up after your pet shows pride in your community, in yourself, and in your dog. And, it's the law. Section 6.14.020 of the Brisbane Municipal Code says,
"It is unlawful for the owner or person having custody of any dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in a closed or sealed container and depositing in a trash receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog upon private or public property not owned or controlled by the owner or person having custody of such dog. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any blind person accompanied by a guide dog."
Because it is the law, the City has provided mutt mitts around town for disposing of your pet's waste. Therefore, if you happen to see anyone in violation of this law and not picking up after their dog, please report it right away by calling Police Dispatch at 467-1212. Let's work together to make this Community a safer, happier, and cleaner place for us all.
UPDATE 7/16, 4:16pm: The contractor completed all the striping work today for the slurry seal project, so residents can park as normal tomorrow. Thank you for your cooperation!
With Kings and a part of Humboldt having been slurry sealed at the end of June, it's now time for striping work to be completed. This work is scheduled to last two days only; therefore, please remove any vehicles from Kings on Monday, July 16th and Humboldt (between Trinity and Placer) on Tuesday, July 17th. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding!
Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Updates on Kinder-Morgan Tank Farm from A.
Karpowicz, SF Bay Water Board and Schlage
Site from Mary Hashem, Brownfiled Partners
Tues., July 17, 7-9 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Friends of the Brisbane Library
Citywide Yard Sale Reminder
Submit forms by July 21st to be on the Map
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Music Together Classes
Fun Parent & Child Music Classes
Start Wed., July 25, Info: 508-2143
The Brisbane Public Library is proud to present an evening with the filmmaker and artists featured in “Sharing Artists Sharing,” the upcoming documentary about Brisbane Artists, their art and their lives in Brisbane, California.
This special event will feature discussion, presentations of new material and ‘behind the scenes’ footage by filmmaker Keith Moreau, as well as brief presentations by some of the cast of the film, including artist Beth Grossman, filmmaker David Brown, Brisbane Dance Workshop founder Camille Salmon, harpsichord maker Kevin Fryer, harpsichordist JungHae Kim, and Singer-Songwriter Jeff Cotton.
In addition the Brisbane Library will be unveiling a very special display that will reside in the library, highlighting “Sharing Artists Sharing” and local artists.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Brisbane Public Library (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane), and the public is welcome. For more information, contact Carine Risley, email@example.com.
KaBOOM!'s 2012 Summer Playground Challenge has officially launched! Get started on rating playgrounds you visit by downloading their Tag! mobile app, available on both iOS and Android:
Everyone who registers on Tag! will be automatically registered for the Challenge, and as soon as you begin sharing playground photos, you'll be entered into their first weekly drawing. The more you share, the better your chances of winning!
Here's what's up for grabs this week:
- One (1) $100 ToysRUs gift card
- Four (4) $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards
- Five (5) $10 Ben & Jerry's gift cards
- Five (5) iPod shuffles
And remember, every playground photo you submit via their Tag! app will earn you points and badges toward one of their three Grand Prizes -- a week-long trip for two to Washington, DC!
If you can't participate using their mobile app, you can still share photos online on their Map of Play. You won't be eligible for their weekly drawings but you can qualify for their Grand Prize. To participate this way, please enter the Challenge by completing these two easy steps:
- Sign up for an account on their Map of Play (if you have a KaBOOM! account, you are already signed up and can skip this step)
- Send a blank email to Portia Obeng, Program Outreach Coordinator, by clicking here
Now, get thee to the playground!