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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.  Day work that started on November 10th will continue November 24 – November 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to identify utility lines. Crews will work as quietly as possible.

Night work will occur November 23 – November 25 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Crews will be boring and/or digging a small trench to install conduit for fiber optic cable. Lights will be used in the area to help provide visibility. Neighbors may experience some minor installation noise during this time. Crews will work as quietly as possible.

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 .

Farmers' Market News

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With Thanksgiving falling on a farmers' market day next week, the vendors have decided to come to Brisbane the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/25) from 2:30pm - 6:30pm so you can stock up on all your fresh veggies, fruits, and PIES!  So be sure to stop by the market; the vendors will be very glad to see you, especially after yesterday's market where they saw very little foot traffic.  The market is currently year-round, which means the vendors will be there, rain or shine.  Here's who you can expect to see on Tuesday:

  • Mountain Fresh Organics (all your local, organic fruits and veggies including potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, strawberries, and squash)
  • Rojas Family Farms (Fuji apples, Valencia oranges, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, and plums)
  • Shampa's Pies (sweet potato, chocolate mousse, lemon chest, and strawberry lemon pies)
  • Sapore Messo (olive oils, balsamic vinaigrettes, and decorative gift bags)
  • Cobblestone Bakery (he'll have plenty of pies, including pumpkin!) Added Monday, 11/24

There will be a SPECIAL MARKET BASKET DRAWING FOR RIDGE RESIDENTS ON 11/25Just complete this form and drop it off at the Information Booth for a chance to win a free market basket chock full of goodies from the farmers' market!

The Sunday market will have its last market of the season this Sunday, 11/23.  Next year, the Market Manager will decide along with the Council Subcommittee how best to move forward with a weekend market, if any.  If you have any suggestions for day (Saturday vs. Sunday), year-round vs. seasonal, or preferred times, please leave them below.

Remember, the market needs the support of the community if it's going to stick around at all!

2014 State of the City Video

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The 2014 State of the City took place on November 12, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane.  It's an annual event where the City Manager and Mayor tell the community about the finances of the City, as well as the exciting projects that took place over the past year and those that are planned for the near future.  Thank you to the generosity of South San Francisco Scavengers for hosting this year's event, which is annually planned by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.  Special thanks also to MCTV for videotaping the event.  Next year, we'll be sure to have a handheld mic for the period after the presentations so you can hear questions posed by community members.  With that, enjoy the video playback!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/19/2014


California FIRST
Home Energy Savings Projects Rebate
Receive $500 +
Deadline to Apply - Dec. 31, 2014
Californiafirst.org  or  (888) 996-3691

 

Rebate from CaliforniaFIRST

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Are you interested in installing solar on the roof of your building, improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, or converting your outdoor space from water-intensive lawn to an attractive drought resistant alternative design – but you aren’t sure how to pay for it?  If you own a commercial building or a home in Brisbane, you can take advantage of a program called CaliforniaFIRST.  This program finances these kinds of improvements with no upfront cash, repayment terms up to 20 years (or up to 25 years for solar systems), and the ability to transfer the repayment obligations to a new owner if you sell the property before the repayment term is up – because the financing is attached to the property through the annual property tax bill. 

These kinds of investments are one of those terrific multi-win opportunities.  They make living and working in those structures more comfortable, improve a property’s value, lower energy and water bills, employ local workers to install the improvements, and conserve natural resources.  What’s not to like? 

Interest rates for residential projects range from 6.75% for a 5 year term, 7.59% for 10 years, 7.99% for 15 years, and 8.29% for 20 years, and 8.39% for a 25 year term.  The interest portion of each annual payment is tax deductible for most homeowners. Commercial project rates and terms vary.

If you’re a homeowner, and if your residential project gets approved for financing by the end of 2014, you will receive a no-strings-attached cash rebate up to $1,000.

To find a CaliforniaFIRST certified contractor, or just to learn more about the CaliforniaFIRST program, go to www.CaliforniaFIRST.org, or call (888) 996-0571.

 

November Rooms for Rent

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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County whose Home Sharing Program seeks to partner together those who most need housing with those who have a registered room for rent.  There is no cost to participate in the program.  View a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities and a partial list of shared housing opportunities as of November 2014.  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 to schedule an apointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/14/2014


Annual Yard Waste Clean Up Nov 15-16
Green Waste Only
Curbside pick up assistance available
Sat. 10 AM – 3 PM / Sun. 9 AM – 1 PM
Call 415-508-2149


Posted 11/12/2014


Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
State of the City Address
Tonight!  Wed., Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy

 

Job Hunters Boot Camp

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Are you looking for a job?
Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin for a Job Hunters Boot Camp.  Over 5,000 job-seekers have taken advantage of past boot camps and many have landed full-time jobs.

Friday, November 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
Fiesta Hall


1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

Job Hunters Boot Camp is not your typical job fair. In addition to having a chance to speak to local employers who are hiring, participants have access to a wide variety of resources through workshops and one-on-one resume review sessions.

The Job Hunters Boot Camp will offer workshops on the following topics:

- Perfecting your interview skills
- Getting unstuck in your job search
- Challenges faced by mature workers, new college grads, and veterans
- Networking
- Linkedin best practices

For more information, please call Congresswoman Speier's San Mateo office at (650) 342-0300 or visit Assemblymember Mullin's website

SamTrans Public Meetings

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Media Contact: Will Reisman, 650-508-7704

SamTrans to Hold Public Workshops This Month on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

SamTrans will convene two public workshops this month to discuss the findings of the recent study they conducted to determine the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real in the Peninsula.

BRT is an enhanced bus service that offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities. Components of BRT include, but are not limited to, limited service where certain stops are skipped to speed up travel times, dedicated bus-only lanes, traffic signal priority for transit vehicles and onboard fare collection.

SamTrans has been studying the possibility of phasing in BRT service along a 26-mile stretch of El Camino Real, covering Daly City to Palo Alto. Based on the findings of the study, SamTrans has decided not to implement BRT service in the near-term, however, has identified viable next step service improvements that could be pursued over the next two to five years. SamTrans planners will hold public workshops to discuss the preliminary draft findings of the study in more detail.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
South San Francisco City Council
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.
SamTrans Headquarters
Second Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650-508-6283 (TTY 650-508-6448 hearing impaired) at least three business days prior to the workshop they wish to attend.

More information about BRT, including details on the SamTrans’ phasing study, can be found here.

SF Green Festival

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San Bruno Mountain Watch was recently selected as a Green Festival Community Award finalist for the chance to win a $5,000 grant!  The grant recipient is chosen by the public, and online voting began today at 9am and ends on November 13 at 5pm.  You can vote up to once a day on all your electronic devices!  Voting will continue at the San Francisco Green Festival on November 14, 15, & 16.  Click here to start voting now!