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Old Ranch Road Trail Closure

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Starting on Monday, November 10th, the Old Ranch Road Trail will be closed between the Crocker Park Tank site area and the Guadalupe Tank site area due to slope repair work on McKesson-owned property (click on the map above to view the limits of the closure).  Work will also be completed to improve the area's drainage.  This project will provide users of the Trail with a safer and better-drained area ensuring the community's continued enjoyment of the Trail and Mountain.  Construction is scheduled to start on November 10th and is planned to be completed by November 23rd.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the on-site contractor, Paul Cooper of Ghilotti Construction at (707) 396-6476.

Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support as well as filming the presentation.

PG&E Working in Brisbane

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Starting Friday, November 7, PG&E will again start working in Brisbane on their high voltage electric transmission towers.  You may have seen a helicopter being used to transport PG&E crews and equipment to the towers along Ridge Crest Trail in-between Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, Mission Blue, and Monarch Drive back in August.  The helicopter will make multiple trips between the towers and the designated landing zone at the Jefferson Martin service station. 

The work will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov 7 & 8, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The traffic signal at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway and Mission Blue Drive will be set so that all traffic signal heads flash in all red, making the three leg intersection a three-way stop, during the hours of work.  Flagmen will be at the intersection to stop traffic when a helicopter needs to pass over.  PG&E trucks and equipment may also be visible in and around these areas.  All personnel are required to carry valid photo identification and are happy to provide it upon request. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bernardo Cortes, Jr., at 925-459-7306 during normal business hours or send an email to Thank you for your patience as this work is completed this week!

Election Results

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Election Results can be found on the County's Election Website Shape the

They will begin posting Vote by Mail results shortly after 8pm and then update throughout the evening.


Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/4/2014

Educational Slide Show
On the Culture and People of Liberia,
West Africa by Bob Dettmer
Sat., Nov. 8, 7 - 9 pm, City Hall


November 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the November 2014 Newsletter

101 NB Ramp Metering

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If you haven’t already noticed, ramp metering will soon be starting in the Northbound direction of Hwy 101 in San Mateo County at 18 locations from Hwy 92 in San Mateo to the San Mateo/San Francisco County line.  Caltrans expects the ramp metering system to improve safety and travel times during the peak periods of heavy traffic along the 101 corridor. 

Starting tomorrow, November 4, 2014, Northbound ramp meters will be activated, but meters will rest in green.  November 12, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Northbound PM peak time from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.  November 18, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling during Northbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am. 

Most ramps, like the ones at Sierra Point Parkway and Harney Way, will operate at “1 car per green” except for two connector ramps which will operate at “2 cars per green”. These connector on-ramps include the Westbound State Route 92 to Northbound U.S. Route 101 connector, and the Eastbound I-380 to Northbound U.S. 101 connector.  Southbound 101 metering is planned to start in Spring 2015. 

For more information, including fact sheets and FAQs, please view Caltrans’ webpage on the San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project.  They’ve also set up a hotline to receive any feedback from the public.  That number is (510) 286-4531.

Draft Safe Routes to School Report

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The Complete Streets Safety Committee has recently been focused on improving the City's walkability and safety of pedestrians in town.  Click to view their Draft Safe Routes to School Agenda Report.  The Committee will be seeking the public's input at their November 5, 2014 meeting.  This meeting will be taking place in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 at 6:30pm or via the Live Streaming page.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/31/2014

Don't forget to...
On Tuesday, November 4th

Brisbane Library
Music & Dance Party with Teresa
Mondays in November, 10:30 am, 250 Visitacion
Fun for the Whole Family

Vote By or On November 4th

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Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 4th.  The Brisbane Community Center is our only polling location.  The Community Center is located in the lower level of the building at 250 Vistacion Avenue (directly below the Brisbane Library).  Absentee ballots may be placed in the ballot box located in the lobby area of City Hall until 5:00pm on Election Day.  But if you're going to wait that long, you might as well stop by the Community Center to cast your ballot in-person, where the polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day.

Environmental Action Plan

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be having their kick-off meeting for preparation of an Environmental Action Plan for the City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm.  The Plan is expected to cover energy, water and solid waste measures that reduce energy use.  This "working" meeting starts at 6:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website, as afterwards archived on the All Meetings page of the City's website.

Public Arts Ordinance

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At its October 2, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 588, creating Chapter 15.85 of the City’s Municipal Code, entitled the “Art in Public Places Program”.  The purpose of the City’s Art in Public Places Program is to promote the visual arts by requiring the inclusion of a public artwork component in certain new public and private development projects in Brisbane.  There is no financial impact whatsoever to homeowners in Brisbane.  A kitchen remodel or adding a new room does not trigger an additional expense.  

The way it works is this: Commercial projects with building development costs in excess of $1,000,000 will be required to contribute 1% to the Brisbane Public Art Fund ("Fund").  Residential projects with 10-20 units will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund (a building with 20+ units will contribute 1%).  Low and moderate income housing developments will be exempt from needing to make a contribution.  Lastly, public development projects with building development costs in excess of $500,000 will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund.  As an alternative to contributing to the Fund, the above categories of projects can devote the required contribution amount toward acquisition and installation of publicly accessible art on the development site. 

As you can see, the ordinance has been carefully written so that it has no fiscal impact on residents and homeowners.  Rather, it is a forward-looking idea which allows for the creation of potentially iconic art in Brisbane for the enjoyment of generations to come. 

As for next steps in the process, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be appointing a Public Arts Subcommittee, which will develop Implementation Guidelines to address issues such as the process for selecting and determining the location of public art pieces, and use and maintenance of the Fund.  Through the Public Arts Ordinance, the City will be able to ensure that public art is an integral component of our community, enhance the quality of life in Brisbane, and help define Brisbane's identity as an art-oriented city.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/29/2014

Did you know…
There is an EV Charging Station
At the Marina
That a boater installed?

Brisbane Library
Day of the Dead
Sat., Nov. 1, 11 am - 1 pm, 250 Visitacion
Fun Activities and Storytime for the Whole Family

Posted 10/27/2014

The Art of Ann Norris
Closing Reception
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Includes oil paintings of Brisbane

Posted 10/26/2014

Support the Brisbane Farmers’ Markets
Thursdays 3pm-7pm
Sundays 10am-2pm
In the Beautiful Community Park

Posted 10/25/2014

Brisbane Police Dept.
Have Coffee with a Cop
Tomorrow, Sun., Oct. 26, 9 - 11 am
at the Farmer's Market

Posted 10/22/2014

Brisbane Lions
Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct. 25, 9 am - Noon, 2 Visitacion Ave
Free for Brisbane Residents

Brisbane Eagles Club
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Oct. 25, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad, $10.00

Posted 10/21/2014

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
Mon. & Wed., 8:30-9:30 am, Mission Blue Center
Starts Mon., Oct. 27, $40/six classes

Posted 10/20/2014

In Loving Memory Of
Bert Patania
1938 - 2014
Service Info: (650) 219-9787

Brisbane Library
Read For The Record
Tues., Oct. 21, 3:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
All Ages Welcome To Attend




New Zumba Class

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Brisbane resident Lillian Markind is excited to lead active older adults in a modified Zumba class, using easy-to-follow choreography focusing on cardio, balance, flexibility and coordination.  The first class is on Monday, Oct. 27th.  Classes will be held Mon/Weds 8:30am - 9:30am at Mission Blue Center.  Drop-ins welcome.  View more details on the Zumba Gold flyer and sign up today!

Repairs at Mission Blue Center

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Constructed in 2000, Mission Blue Center has had various minor repairs over the last 14 years.  Repair work is now needed for the entryway steps at Mission Blue Drive, which is is scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, October 20, 2014. 

The repair work will be a 3-part process.  The first part consists of removal of the exisiting damaged stairway caps, followed by forming for concrete and rebar and pouring the concrete.  Concrete is needed because the existing caps were simply mortared on top as separate pieces, and cracks formed between the slabs.  This part of the repair process is planned to take approximately one week.  The second part of the repair work involves applying the stucco coat.  The final step will be priming and painting.  Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and we ask the public to avoid using this stairway during the course of its repair.  If you have any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130.

New Bayshore U-Turn Light

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You may have noticed that KWW Cabinents on Bayshore Blvd. is near completion; it was a design-build that started construction last year.  To access the business going northbound on Bayshore, one will need to first make a U-turn at the traffic signal approximately a 1/2 block up Bayshore.  This was a requirement of the new development and work by the developer’s contractor to install 1. two medians (one on the north leg and one in the south leg of the intersection), 2. U-turn lane and 3. necessary traffic signal improvements at the intersection is expected to start next week.  Estimated construction time is 3 weeks, with only one lane in each directions allowed to be closed at a time, and only between 9am - 4pm to minimize inconveniences to the public.  Thank you in advance for your patience and driving safely through the construction area.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/15/2014

Donna Abdellatif (Allen)
1959 - 2014
Loving Mother, Daughter, Sister
Services Info:  (415) 672-7674

League Of Women Voters
Brisbane School Board
Candidates Forum
Thurs., Oct 16, 6:30 - 7:45 pm, 1 Solano St.


Road Work 10/6-10/15

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Due to the discovery of a damaged sewer line, a contractual obligation to complete a road resurfacing project on schedule, and the imminent need to repair anomalies in PG&E gas service lines, several of Brisbane’s streets will experience traffic impacts in the next two weeks, beginning Monday, October 6th.

The areas shown below in red indicate where the roadway will be closed from 8 AM - 5 PM, followed by the closure dates (click to enlarge).  “No Parking” notices have already been posted as required for much of the work, and will continue to be posted 72 hours in advance of construction. The areas marked in green will have a single lane of traffic controlled by flaggers - please expect delays and plan your trips accordingly.

Paving work will commence on Monday the 6th, beginning with Tulare St.  Striping work will be scheduled after the asphalt paving portion of the work has cured.  This project is scheduled to be completed on October 24th.  Again, “No Parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of any work that affects parking, as well as “Road Closed” signs where needed, with emergency access being maintained at all times. 

PG&E’s utilization of the latest technology for compliance distribution pipeline survey has identified locations to repair.  Those repair locations have been indicated on the map above.  PG&E crews will be working at these locations over the next few weeks.  Expect minor delays.  For a visual on how PG&E is utilizing the technology, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding any of these projects, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as these projects are completed.

October 2014 Citynews

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Skatepark Project Update

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The Skatepark project will be discussed at next Thursday's City Council meeting of October 16, 2014.  The staff report outlines how the Facilities Subcommittee will be making the recommendation to the full Council for the skatepark to remain at its current site across from the Community Park and next to the basketball courts.  Should the Council concur with the Subcommittee's recommendation, the consultant Spohn Ranch will continue to work with the stakeholders and move forward with development of a conceptual design.  They have recently set up a Facebook Group ( to keep the community apprised of the latest project developments.

If you would like to support the Skatepark Project, Brisbane resident Michael Barnes and users of the skatepark are selling silk-screened Brisbane tee-shirts for $15.  So far, their efforts have raised $2,600.  They will be at the Sunday Farmers' Market from 9am - 1pm if you'd like to pick one up.  For any questions or custom orders, please contact Michael at .

Home Sharing Opportunities

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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County who for the past 42 years has been providing free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County.  Click to view a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of October 2014.  Click also to view a partial list of available shared housing opportunities.  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 for any questions or to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

October 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the October 2014 Marina Newsletter

Your Economic Development Ideas

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At the September 18th City Council meeting, the idea of having the Community submit their ideas regarding economic development via social media was discussed.  It was decided that there would be two platforms that citizens would be able to do so on - Uservoice and Facebook.  The Uservoice forum can be accessed by simply clicking the Uservoice button below or on the red feedback tab on website, and the Facebook forum can be accessed by clicking the Facebook button below or at the top of the City's Facebook page (  The ideas will be culled together for the City Council's Economic Development Workshop, taking place on Monday, November 3rd.  Your ideas concerning Downtown Brisbane, Crocker Park and the Village, and Sierra Point are greatly welcomed.  On Uservoice, you will have 10 "votes" to use, with 3 being the maximum number of votes you can assign to any one idea.  If you would like to submit a photo that characterizes what you would like to see in town, please either submit that via the Facebook page or e-mail it to Caroline Cheung at .  Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback!

Club Rec Evaluation

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The City of Brisbane and the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Commission invite you to discuss the Parks and Recreation's after school program, "Club Rec".  This is your opportunity to add your thoughts and any changes or improvements to this popular program.  Please note: there are two meeting times, in an effort to have everyone a chance to attend.  If you are unable to attend either date, please e-mail any comments you may have to Tricia Vaccaro at .

Date: September 30, 2014
Time: 10:00am
Location: City Hall - Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane)


Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Location: City Hall - Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane)

PG&E Working In Brisbane

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The City was notified yesterday that PG&E detected two anomalies (pipe dents and metal loss) in their 30” diameter gas transmission line in San Bruno Mountain State and County Park within their easement.  They considered this repair an emergency, and thus proceeded with starting the repair work immediately.  Prior to doing so, they obtained an Encroachment Permit from the County of San Mateo Parks Department, had a Biological Assessment, including Revegetation Recommendations (prepared by Garcia and Associates Natural and Cultural Resources Associates), and prepared and received approval of their San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan Site Activity Review Application for the work. 

Their work is on a north slope of the park, adjacent to and east of the PG&E electrical transmission towers and west of the quarry.  They are clearing an area within their easement and will walk an excavator up the cleared area to the two excavation locations, the higher being approximately 850’ up the hillside, in order to dig and repair the line.  They expect the work to take seven to 10 days, not including restoration activities.

While we would have preferred more notice to have been able to provide this information to residents and interested parties in advance, we recognize, as the San Mateo County Parks Department also did, that this was an urgent matter and the repair work needed to start immediately.  If you have any questions about this work, please contact the Public Works Department at 508-2130.

National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the theme for this year is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare".  There are also weekly themes, so each week we'll be sharing tips and information concerning the following on our Facebook and Twitter pages (be sure to Like and Follow us):

Week 1 - How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster
Week 2 - How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster (youth and children, business, organizations, those with disabilities, pets, etc.)
Week 3 - How to Build An Emergency Kit
Week 4 & 5 - How to Practice for an Emergency

For more details about National Preparedness Month please visit: or @Readygov on Twitter.  And if you haven't already signed up to receive text alerts during an emergency from the City, please do so today at  The Director of Emergency Services, Randy Breault, will also be providing the City Council with a presentation about National Preparedness Month at the September 2, 2014 Council Meeting.  Last weekend's earthquake in Napa makes this all the more timely, as we clearly saw it is not a matter of "if", it is a matter of "when" a disaster will strike!

Help Paint the Fire Hydrants!

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In addition to Brisbane's lighted stars that grace San Bruno Mountain during the holidays, Brisbane has another acclaimed attraction - the painted fire hydrants that have greeted passer-bys on city streets since 1976.  Brisbane Women's Club members, Vicki Hobson, who recommended the idea, and Jeanne Berman-Hosking, who spearheaded the project, envisioned painting hydrants as historical figures to commemorate our nation's bicentennial.  There were some more whimisical designs, such as the Clown (pictured left), in addition to Uncle Sam and Martha Washington!

Please join the Parks and Recreation Department as we continue our tradition of painting Brisbane’s fire hydrants on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th from 9am -12pm.  Check-in will be held at the Brisbane Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) and the Brisbane Lions Club has generously donated all supplies in memory of Will Cornyn.  To review a list of hydrants and for more information regarding Fire Hydrant Painting & Restoration Weekend, please click here.  To register in advance, please email Parks & Recreation Commissioner Madison Davis at .


PG&E Scam

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On 9/19/2014 at approx. 3:30 pm, two subjects contacted a resident claiming to be PG&E workers.  The subjects told the resident that they needed to show the resident something outside her home that needed to be fixed.  While one of the subjects distracted the resident, the other subject went into the home and took miscellaneous jewelry from the victim’s bedroom.  When the victim saw that one of the subjects had entered her home she told them both to leave not knowing at the time she had been victimized.  The victim did not see if they arrived or left in a vehicle.  Further investigation revealed that suspects arrived in a white 90's model Cadillac.  These appear to be the same subjects that have committed similar crimes in Daly City.  We are working with Daly City Police to try to identify the suspects.
They are described as:
Suspect #1:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'2''
Weight- Average
Hair- Short black hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Suede hat, khaki shorts, and light blue button up shirt
Suspect #2:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'1'' to 6'2"
Weight- Average
Hair- Dark hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Blue windbreaker with yellow and red marks

Do not open your door to anyone you cannot identify and/or who states they are there to perform a service to your home that you have not ordered.
If you cannot identify who is there, please contact the Brisbane Police Department and we will respond immediately to check their identity and credentials. 

And remember, if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, phone the Brisbane Police Department immediately at 467-1212.

Two Arrests Made In Recent Thefts

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Over the past several months we have seen a spike in thefts from unlocked vehicles.  In these cases, misc. items of property left in the vehicle and loose change were taken. 

On Sept 11, 2014, a 20 year old male was contacted and arrested on drug charges while he was seen searching the neighborhoods for victim vehicles.  A second subject, a male juvenile, was contacted and arrested on September 15, 2014 for possession of stolen property and drug charges.  These suspects were not working together, but are believed to be responsible for a majority of these thefts.  These arrests were made during an undercover surveillance operation by the Brisbane Police Department targeting areas where recent thefts had occurred. 

As always, if anyone has any additional information related to these or any other crimes, please contact the Brisbane Police Department at 467-1212.


September 2014 Citynews

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