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Climate Fact #42

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

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Posted 10/24/2016

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Smoking Ordinance No. 611

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Ordinance No. 611 regarding prohibition of smoking in Multi-Unit Residences; Expiration of Moratorium on Establishing and Operating “Vape” Shops was introduced at the City Council Meeting of October 20, 2016.  Please note that this item will be considered for adoption at the November 3, 2016 City Council Meeting at the City of Brisbane Community Meeting Room, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 P.M.

New Water Main Project

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To facilitate construction of a new water main necessary to replace aging infrastructure and to improve reliability for residents, the City of Brisbane and Erler & Kalinowski, Inc. (the City’s engineering consultant) will be performing 12 soil borings to investigate ground conditions along the length of the proposed new water main.  The borings will be drilled at the north and south end of Thomas Avenue; Annis Road south of San Bruno Avenue; the intersection of Annis Road and Humboldt Road; the intersection of Humboldt Road and Sierra Point Road; near 301 and 800 Harold Road; the intersection of Kings Road and Beatrice Road; near 350 and 292 Kings Road; near 4 Margaret Avenue, and at the north end of Paul Avenue (see map below) starting on Monday, October 24, 2016. Construction hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Each boring will be completed in approximately one hour.  The work is anticipated to be complete in two days.

Construction activities at each boring location include: Setting up construction work areas, drilling borings of approximately 8 inches in diameter and 10 to 15 feet deep, backfilling the boring with cement, and providing traffic control.  Construction equipment will include a truck-mounted drill rig.

To facilitate construction, one lane of Thomas Avenue, Annis Road, Harold Road, Humboldt Road, Kings Road, and Margaret Avenue in the direct vicinity of the borings may be closed for up to one hour at a time during construction hours.  Cones and signs will be posted, and flaggers will direct traffic when needed.  Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling through the area.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this work.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Department at 415-508-2130.

Airport Noise Workshop 10/24/16

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Mayor Lentz and Councilwoman O'Connell will be conducting a workshop tonight (10/24) on Airport Noise that will be taking place at City Hall starting at 5pm in the Community Meeting Room, 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  It will also be televised on Ch. 27 and streamed live on the City's live streaming page.  The video recording will be posted here after the workshop for anyone who was not able to attend.


The videos from last night's workshop can be found below:


2016 Volunteer of the Year

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At last night's City Council meeting, Sue Cochran was recognized by the City Council for being Brisbane's 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Each year, the City recognizes a Brisbane resident as its “Volunteer of the Year”, who the ad hoc City Council subcommittee selects after carefully reviewing letters of recommendation from other community members. The Volunteer of the Year award is bestowed upon a dedicated community member that has demonstrated ongoing commitment to the City of Brisbane. They act with the purpose of community in mind and give selflessly to others. The news of the year’s top volunteer is traditionally announced at the Day in the Park Festival. This year, the honors went to Sue Cochran.

Sue is known throughout the community for her contributions in many areas and is devoted to personally improving the quality of life for Brisbane residents. Of the many nominations received in support of Sue, most all echoed her “bright smile, great attitude, and genuine willingness to help.”

Sue has donated countless hours as an active Lion’s Club member and is a part of the Derby Volunteer team. She has led the Maker’s Club for Lipman’s afterschool program, and volunteers at Lipman’s Career Day. When Santa wasn’t available, she even stepped in as Mrs. Claus to visit students with special needs at BES.

In addition, Sue is known by fellow residents for taking Brisbane beautification into her own hands by sweeping Visitacion and cleaning areas of town on her own time. She frequently assists neighbors with landscaping, and is always the first to volunteer to help a senior in need. Her passion for serving others and unselfish enthusiasm is to be commended.

Many thanks to you, Sue, for your decades of volunteerism in our community and a well-deserved achievement as Brisbane’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

Serve on the City's Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan.  The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month @ 7:30pm.

Three 3-year terms ending in 2020 are available to apply for.


Applications are available here on the City’s website.  You may also call or e-mail:

Ingrid Padilla, Interim City Clerk, at 415-508-2109 or

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 1:00pm.

Completed applications can be submitted via:

Fax @ 415-467-4989; e-mailed to OR delivered in person to City Hall at 50 Park Place.

Look Ahead-San Mateo

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Save the dates!  Five Saturdays this fall a Look Ahead-San Mateo project team member and local San Mateo County organizations will be on-hand to discuss coastal flooding and sea level rise challenges at the OWL virtual reality viewers in Coyote Point Recreation Area (next to Boardsports California) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Oct. 8
Oct. 22
Nov. 5
Nov. 19
Dec. 3

In partnership with Climate Access, FEMA Region IX and Owlized, the County of San Mateo has installed two virtual reality viewfinders at Coyote Point through December 2016.

The OWLs are a modernized version of a vista viewer that offer visitors a panoramic tour of current and future flooding scenarios, current plans for the Point, and potential planning responses for the region into the future. The goal of the effort is to engage the residents of San Mateo County and increase awareness around the local impacts of sea level rise.

Share your voice online at

Look Ahead-San Mateo is part of the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability's SeaChange SMC program.


Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been 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. 

On October 22 – 23 and October 25 – 28, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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: .

Go Solar with Bay Area SunShares

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Group Solar and Electric Vehicle Buy Program to Lower Cost of Purchasing Solar and EVs for Local Residents

In August 2016, Brisbane joined other nearby cities in an initiative called Bay Area SunShares. Similar to last year’s program Peninsula SunShares, it’s an effort to encourage many more Bay Area homeowners to go solar and fossil fuel free.

The Bay Area SunShares program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems, and receive a discount on select zero-emission vehicles.  Free community workshops were held in Brisbane on August 31 and October 8, 2016.

The 2016 Bay Area SunShares program is available for homeowners living in the City of Brisbane or those working in participating communities but living throughout the nine Bay Area counties.  Multiple financing options are being offered including direct purchase, leasing, power purchase agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. 

Qualified property owners will receive a free site evaluation to determine the suitability of their property.  If their site is suitable, they will receive a no obligation proposal and can install a system at substantial cost savings from three local solar installers:  Sunrun, Inc. Skytech Solar and Solar 4 America Petersen Dean were selected by the Bay Area SunShares community evaluation committee following a rigorous Request for Proposals process that vetted potential vendors.  Two car dealers were also selected through this process: Nissan and Toyota.  To take advantage of the volume discount, participants must sign a contract with one of the selected installers or purchase a vehicle by November 11, 2016.

Similar SunShares programs have been launched throughout the Bay Area resulting in hundreds of new solar installations and more than 3.4 megawatts of residential solar capacity.  The SunShares program is based on successful models developed by the cities of Portland and San Jose in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.  In just the past few years, successful campaigns have spread from Oregon and California across the country to Colorado, Illinois and New York.

Bay Area SunShares is being administered by the San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change (a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 organization, Community Initiatives), on behalf of a group of cities, counties, major employers, and membership organizations.

For more information please visit the Bay Area SunSunshares website,