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You are cordially invited to a Proclamation Signing and Reception
The Law of Seeds
Art by Beth Grossman
March 19th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm at Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
BRISBANE, CALIFORNIA ADOPTS A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR SEEDS AND DEBUTS ART EXHIBIT, THE LAW OF SEEDS, TO COMMEMORATE.
Activist artist Beth Grossman is calling attention to the genetically engineered seeds that are having a huge impact on food sources worldwide. Brisbane has decided to act locally and think globally by adopting a Bill of Seed Rights Proclamation and to commemorate it with an art exhibit.
Grossman is using this art project to call attention to the necessity of national and international “seed law” to protect plant bio-diversity and the rights of individuals to save seed, keeping them in the public domain. She has compiled a Bill of Rights for Seeds and is sharing it as a visual art exhibit that will debut at Brisbane City Hall March 4th - April 30th, 2014.
She enlisted Brisbane city government to become the first U.S. city to adopt her Bill of Rights for Seeds. This Proclamation will be presented by Mayor Clarke Conway at a public reception on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 from 6 - 8pm at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, 94005.
Grossman was inspired by the constitutions of Bolivia and Ecuador, each of which includes Articles on the Rights of Nature. She compiled a Bill of Rights specifically for seeds and then scribed them with a quill pen on ten vintage seed bags that are also painted with images of the stages of germinating corn from seed to mature plant.
The Law of Seeds is a traveling art exhibit that debuts here in Brisbane and will be featured at botanical gardens, city halls, libraries and natural history museums. The Law of Seeds is about our accountability to future generations and ensuring that nature’s seed cycle will carry on.
You are invited to appreciate the wonders of seeds and engage in a discussion on the importance of protecting this precious source of our food chain.
Beth Grossman uses art and participatory performance as a creative force to stimulate conversation and focus attention on the environment, interpretation of history and civic engagement – all aimed at raising awareness, building community and encouraging public participation. Based in Brisbane, California, she has artistically collaborated internationally with individuals, communities, corporations, non-profits and museums. www.bethgrossman.com
The application for the Brisbane Lions Club's Scholastic Achievement Awards is now available!
The Brisbane Lions Club serves our community in many ways. One of the most important is the support of education. Through the efforts of their members and the support of our community, they offer awards to those who are pursuing higher education. Last year the Lions were able to direct $25,000 total to 23 deserving students.
Click here for the application, due Friday April 11, 2014.
Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer - exceptions: living away at school with parent(s) or guardian living in Brisbane, or serving as a member of the U.S. military. Please confirm your eligibility status by contacting the committee prior to submitting your application by e-mailing Brisbanelionscholars@gmail.com.
A 15-member volunteer group, the CAC acts in an advisory capacity to the Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors, providing valuable input on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. That plan includes Caltrain improvements, highway and street projects, allocations to cities and the county for local undertakings, paratransit service for people with disabilities, and pedestrian and bike upgrades.
The committee meets the Tuesday before the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in San Carlos. Members of the CAC must be residents of San Mateo County.
Interested persons can download an application or apply online at www.smcta.com/cac, or call 650-508-6223 for more information.
The deadline for submitting the application is April 4.
San Mateo County Workforce and Economic Development / PeninsulaWorks, in partnership with Skyline College and Cañada College, are offering two certificate programs that addresses the needs of the employer and the changes in numerous industries. Most industries have been going automated and the skills from this program can be applied in any industry and related occupation. The certificate program consists of 12 units of course work in business computer programs, human relations, marketing, and business communications. The first block of courses begin Monday, March 17 and end on Thursday, May 15. The second block of courses begin Wednesday, May 28 through Monday, July 7. **** Participants must attend both sessions. ****
The training is free and there is limited seating in these programs so don't delay. Classes start on March 17, 2014.
Beginning this Thursday, the Planning Commission will embark on the process to update the City's 2007-2014 Housing Element. An effective Housing Element provides the necessary conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families and workers. The Housing Element update process provides a vehicle for establishing and updating housing and land-use strategies reflective of changing needs, resources, and conditions. For example, it can provide a vehicle for cities to adopt housing and land-use strategies to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
While the Housing Element must address specific State statutory requirements, it is ultimately a local plan and should reflect the vision and priorities of the community. So, if you would like to get involved in the public process of drafting the City's 2015-2023 Housing Element, you can start by attending this Thursday's Planning Commission Meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane). Click here for the meeting's agenda. The subject of this meeting will be an overview of the State-required components of the Housing Element. Also, if you would like to be added to the City's e-mail distribution list to receive news and information related to the 2015-2023 Housing Element, please send an e-mail to Angel Ibarra in the Planning Department at email@example.com . Lastly, a 2015-2023 Housing Element page has been created which will house all the documents and information related to the public process. The Planning Commission and Council look forward to engaging with you as this important update gets underway!
Back in October of 2011, the first phase to replace the Myoporum shrubs and trees located between the parking lot and the paved walkway at the Marina (near Docks 1 & 2) got underway. This was due to an infestation of the pest Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip. This invasive pest was discovered over 5 years ago, and after significant investigation and efforts to utilize Integrated Pest Management (non-pesticide) techniques failed, a decision was made to replace the trees, whose leaves had turned brown and begun to curl (see right).
The City Council was first advised of the plan to replace the Myoporum during the Sierra Point Landscape and Lighting District hearings on July 6, 2010, and continued to fund this work through subsequent budgets.
Replacement trees will include a mix of native trees and other trees on the City’s Approved Street Tree List which are identified as not vulnerable to this pest, flowering trees that attract native California bees, trees that serve well as a windscreen and do well with salt spray, and trees that meet the approval of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).
Contractors are completing the Myoporum Replacement Project near the north shore, at the north end of the parking lot, so parking near the lot's northern edge may be limited. Prior to the replanting scheduled to begin the week of March 10, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient. Please exercise caution near the work area. We thank the Community for their patience as this project nears its completion! For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.