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Let's Go Solar Together Brisbane!

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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

Next Steps: 

  1. Sign up to receive a no-cost proposal from one of the program’s pre-selected contractors by July 31st.
  2. 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.
  3. Help spread the word! More participants mean a better deal for you and more reliable solar power for our community.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/21/2015


Friends of the Brisbane Library
Citywide Garage Sale
July 25, 9am - 3pm
www.fobl.com


Concerts in the Park presents
Buffalo BBQ Band
Playing Country Music
Fri., July 24, 6pm - 8:30pm

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/13/2015


Orange Flags on Visitacion
Street Sweeping Change
No parking
Wednesdays 3am - 6am


Citywide Yard Sale
July 25, 9am - 3 pm
www.fobl.info

 

Draft Climate Action Plan

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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.

Slides for Wednesday's OSEC Meeting

Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast

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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.

2015 City Council Election

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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 cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

 

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Posted 7/10/2015


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

Summer Concerts Line-up

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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 sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

Street Sweeping Change Beg. 7/8

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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.

 

Skatepark Update

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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!

Fourth of July Safety

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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.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/1/2015


Play Soccer
Sign up @ eayso.org
Brisbane AYSO #1344


Brisbane PD reminds you that:
All fireworks are
prohibited in Brisbane.
Even safe and sane fireworks.

 

OSEC Library Shelf

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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!

July 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the July 2015 Marina Newsletter.

July 2nd Council Meeting Canceled

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The City Council Meeting of July 2, 2015 has been canceled.

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16, 2015.

Skatepark Community Workshop

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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 kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

City Budget Update

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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.

Brisbane's Community Garden

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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.

Plastic Bag Recycling

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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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Posted 6/19/2015


Did You Know...
The City is on Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram?
www.brisbaneca.org


Posted 6/17/2015


Parks & Rec. Summer Sports Camps
Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Flag Football & More
Begins June 29. For info (415) 508-2144
www.brisbaneca.org


San Mateo County Energy Watch
Free energy assessment and rebates for small businesses
For more info: (650) 599-1403

 

Peninsula SunShares Workshop

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"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!

SMC Energy Watch Challenge

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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:

Bayshore Bike Lane Protection

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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.

Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop

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The citizens of Brisbane have widely expressed the importance of sustainability and its application to the Brisbane Baylands project.  In response, the City Council in 2009 formed a Baylands Sustainability Committee, which is made up of one member each from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission, and two members of the Brisbane City Council.  The Committee prepared a document called the Draft Baylands Sustainability Framework, which is organized around the ten One Plant Living principles developed by BioRegional (www.bioregional.com/oneplanetliving).  The purpose of the Sustainability Framework is to identify key sustainability principles to be addressed in future Baylands development, and to create an approach where these principles can be implemented.  Note: The principles, key performance indicators (KPIs), and implementation approaches are aspirational and are not intended as mandatory requirements for any future Baylands project.

The Committee’s goal is for the Sustainability Framework to inform the City Council’s decision-making process for the Baylands, which is anticipated to commence later this year.  The City Council will thus be holding a Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop to discuss the draft Framework document on Monday, June 15th at City Hall starting at 8:00pm (the workshop will also be televised on Ch. 27 and streamed live on the City’s website (www.brisbaneca.org).   Feedback from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission will be shared, and comments from the public will also be welcomed at this workshop.  Thank you for your attention and effort in this important matter.

Budget Hearings Continue 6/15

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Reviewing the next year’s budget and adopting one later in the month that will guide the following year’s activities are paramount actions the Council makes each year.  The City’s budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  During this past year, the City Council has been concentrating and working hard to create the best financial future for our community.

If you tuned into the start of the budget hearings on June 8, you may have seen Chief Macias’ budget presentation on the City’s Police Department.  They currently have a 16 sworn personnel – 11 Officers, 3 Sergeants, a Commander and a Chief.  Having 14 in Patrol allows for 3 officers per shift and the ability for the Student Resource Officer (SRO) position to be filled again.  This officer will be physically present at the schools in town and dedicated to mentoring youth in the community.  The Police Department will also now be able to have an investigative position, or a Detective, to do all the follow-up cases for the officers so that they can be out on the streets.  Having three officers rather than the minimum two per shift alleviates any overtime in case an officer is sick, on vacation, injured, or at court. 

Chief Macias shared some interesting statistics as part of her presentation, where a chart compared 2011 when the department was at its lowest staffing levels (9 total Patrol), to 2014 when staffing began increasing,  to the first quarter of 2015 where the department is now at full staff.   In 2011 the department had only 9 drug arrests and 34 petty thefts.  Fast-forward to 2015 Q1 where they’ve already had 37 drug arrests and petty thefts has fallen to 6.  As made clear in Chief Macias’ presentation, as drug arrests increase, property crimes decrease.  The stats were undeniable and showed that by just in bringing back the personnel, the department has been able to be more visible and proactive in the community.

The Public Works budget was presented the following evening on Tuesday, June 9 by Public Works Director Randy Breault.  Last year, the City Council funded a number of delayed projects including, but not limited to: retrofit of the Community Pool and installation of a handrail on Bicentennial Walkway.  Both projects have been completed and over the course of this year, the department will be working towards completing more long-term projects such as 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 (SCADA) system.

Please tune in to Channel 27, live streaming via the City’s website (www.brisbaneca.org), or come down in person to be the first to hear about the improvements that will be taking place in your community in the coming 2015-16 fiscal year, starting up again on Monday, June 15 at 8:00pm, following the Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop.

 

Baylands Final EIR Released

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After months of anticipation, the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Baylands has been released today, June 1, 2015.  The public comment period was open for 228 days, from June 11, 2013 to January 24, 2014.  Over 2,200 comments were received during this period, all of which have been formally responded to in the Final EIR.  (Comments received on the Draft EIR can also be found here on the City’s website: http://www.brisbaneca.org/deir-comments). 

There are a number of options to view the Final EIR.  A full copy is available at City Hall and at the Brisbane Library.  It can also be found in entirety on the City’s website here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-final-eir.

Electronic copies are available for free via CD and USB thumb drives at the Community Development Department at City Hall.  Paper copies are available for $40 per copy.

Public hearings on the Final EIR are expected to commence this Fall at the Planning Commission level.  At the close of these public hearings, the Planning Commission will make recommendations to the City Council, which will also hold public hearings on the Final EIR for the Baylands and proposed project.  This is estimated to start in early 2016.  As you can see, the Baylands project encompasses a fairly lengthy public process, and we thank the Community for keeping informed all this time.  If you have any questions about the upcoming process for the Baylands, please direct them to Community Development Director John Swiecki at jswiecki@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Shakespeare Summer Camp

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Have your kids "get into the act" at Shakespeare Camp, debuting at Mission Blue Center in Brisbane for the first time this summer!  The camp meets August 3-14, weekdays from 9am - 3pm, with optional aftercare available until 5:30pm.  The camp accommodates ages 7-13.

Shakespeare Camp provides training in:

  • Shakespeare's rich language
  • Acting and improvisation
  • Voice and movement technique
  • Stage combat
  • Set and costume design and more!

The Camp is designed for new performers as well as those with experience.  Cost for the camp is $524 for both weeks.  All scripts, materials, and supplies for staging the performances are are included.  Aftercare is available until 5:30pm for $140 for the two weeks.  Registrations are now being accepted online at www.sfshakes.org or by phone at (415) 558-0888. 

In addition to offering Shakespeare Camps, the Festival's touring troupe, Shakespeare on Tour, has, since 2005, performed annually at the Mission Blue Center and is oftentimes hosted by the Brisbane Women's Club.  This year's production will be Romeo and Juliet.

For more information about this summer's Shakespeare Camp in Brisbane, please click here.  The Camp's flyer is also available to view here.

Peninsula SunShares Community Workshops

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"Put Solar On It" with Peninsula SunShares!  We’re celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st with a couple community workshops 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.

Peninsula SunShares Community Workshops – all are welcome!

Tuesday, June 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brisbane City Hall (Community Meeting Room)
50 Park Place, Brisbane

Saturday, June 20th
9:30AM – 12:00PM
San Carlos Library, 2nd floor
610 Elm Street, San Carlos

The events 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!

Remembering Paul Goercke

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council and a handful of former Councilmember and Mayor Paul Goercke's friends and neighbors took time at the start of the meeting to remember him and the great legacy he left on this small town.  After all, one of the issues Paul Goercke cared deeply about was preserving small-town Brisbane.  The other issue was preserving San Bruno Mountain.  Paul Goercke served on the Brisbane City Council from 1973-1980 and as Mayor from 1977-78.  Shortly after Paul left the Council, he continued to fight hard for the issues he was passionate about.  He was the Chair and driving force behind a Citizen's Committee that led a campaign to keep a garbage incinerator from coming to Brisbane.  The town would have been forever changed had this happened; Paul's efforts resulted in Brisbane citizens ultimately voting 3:1 against that garbage incinerator.  For a look back at this tumultuous period in Brisbane's civic history, please see the City's history book, Brisbane: The First 25 Years.  May the legacy of Paul Goercke's pioneering work, whose legacy surrounds us every day, never be forgotten.

Dr. Paul Goercke
1926 - 2015

Capture and Water Reuse

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The drought has taken its toll on our street trees and on the trees in our open space.  We have lost many Monterey pines to pitch canker and bark beetles, and other species are looking distressed.  The lack of water makes trees weaker and more susceptible to infestation.  Getting water to the trees will result in heathier and more vibrant specimens.

The City of Brisbane is initiating a pilot program to get water to our City trees and landscaped areas by utilizing water captured from our routine water system flushing, and then injecting this water directly into the underground root system of the trees.

Distribution system flushing is a necessary maintenance practice and is essential to maintaining the city’s goal of delivering the highest quality drinking water to our customers.  While capturing and reusing water is significantly more expensive on a per gallon basis than other methods, this is the most prudent approach to take during the extended statewide drought.  So, in the coming weeks, if you see a truck with a 1,000 gallon tank and yellow hose extending from it, you'll know what its there for and what the worker is doing.  What are some of the ways you're saving or re-purposing water?  Leave them in the comments below!

 

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