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August 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the August 2015 Marina Newsletter

Planning a Home Upgrade?

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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:

http://www.brisbaneca.org/sustainability

Day in the Park & Derby 2015

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Please save the Date!  This year's Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am - 5pm.  The Derby will start beforehand at 8am.  This year marks the 29th anniversary of Brisbane Day in the Park Festival and the 9th anniversary of the Brisbane Derby. 

There will be new games, prizes, and entertainment, along with an Arts & Crafts Fair where you will find handmade items under the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, so please take the entire family with you and enjoy...a Day in the Park!

If you're interested in having a booth, please see the associated application/questionnaire and information sheets.  Booth space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Community Group Questionnaire

Arts & Crafts Fair Application | Arts & Crafts Fair Information

Commercial/Non-Community Group Application | Commercial/Non-Community Group Information

For any questions about the Day in the Park Festival, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Skatepark Fundraising

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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!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/31/2015


In Loving Memory of
Tony Hansen
Sept. 22, 1935 – July 30, 2015
Long-time Brisbane Resident Since 1947
Private Services


Posted 7/25/2015


Concerts In the Park
Pop Fiction
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

Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.   There is no scheduled activity in Brisbane the week of August 2 - 6, 2015.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Beacon Community of the Week

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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.

 

2014 Water Quality Report

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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.

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.

July-Dec. 2015 Shuttle Stickers

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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.