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July 2nd Council Meeting Canceled

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The City Council Meeting of July 2, 2015 has been canceled.

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16, 2015.

City Budget Update

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council approved the City's 2015-2016 Budget.  The previous three budget hearings on June 8, June 9, and June 15 and last night's budget adoption are paramount evenings for the Council, as it is the City’s budget which ultimately sets the course of action for the upcoming fiscal year (the City's fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30). 

Several projects worth highlighting that are included in next year's budget are:

  • Implementation of the Complete Streets Safety Committee's Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan (signage, high-visibility ladder-style crosswalks, ramps, etc.)
  • Precise Plan for re-envisioning the entrance to town at Bayshore/Old County, including the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, and re-zoning several adjacent lots within the Crocker Park area for the purpose of housing
  • Installation of trash capture devices in the storm drains' catch basins to protect Bay waters from debris

Stay tuned for updates related to the above project areas.  We'll especially be needing your input as the Precise Plan process gets underway later this Summer.

Brisbane's Community Garden

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For the past several decades, a worm bin has been maintained by avid gardeners at the Community Garden, located on San Francisco Ave. next to Old Quarry Rd.  And, in recent years, the rich compost that it produces has been gaining recognition at the San Mateo County Fair, where Brisbane was recognized with a divisional rosette last week!  In other words, best in class!

If you're new to composting, it really is a science.  Within the Sustainable Living section of the County Fair, samples of compost submitted by individuals, groups, and communities across the County were mixed with a precise amount of water before they were placed under a microscope and their organisms counted.  Our compost was deemed to be the most "alive" in this microscopic evaluation than all the other entries.  Congratulations to Tyler Coon, Betsy Da Silva, and Susan Sullivan Maynard for all your hard work at the Community Garden and fair submissions over the years!  Your winnings have not only enhanced the Community Garden with prize money going towards Garden enhancements, but showcasing to the rest of the County that Brisbane is truly environmentally-progressive and takes sustainability seriously!

For more pictures of Brisbane's Community Garden, please click here to view its album on Flickr.

Skatepark Community Workshop

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During the workshops held for the conceptual design of the new skatepark, community members asked for one final workshop to comment on the design details that were not included at the conceptual design level.  Now that the survey work and geotechnical reports are completed, consultant Spohn Ranch is beginning the final design and preparation of construction documents suitable for bidding by contractors. 

On Tuesdasy, June 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, stakeholders and interested parties will have the an opportunity to review modifications to skate features per stakeholder requests, as well as project details not available at the conceptual design level, for example the location of the entrance and seating, plus aesthetic features that reflect the identity of the community, including coloring of some of the concrete.  The approved conceptual design (shown above), which was adopted by the City Council at its March 19, 2015 meeting, also has the support of the Teen Services Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as the overwhelming support of the stakeholders that attended the prior community workshops and otherwise submitted comments.  This last design meeting will be to review and comment on design details that had not been available at the previous workshops.  Thank you to all the community members who have stayed involved in the planning and design process for the new Brisbane Skatepark!

Questions or comments should be submitted to Project Manager Karen Kinser, (415) 508-2133, or kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Plastic Bag Recycling

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UPDATE - June 18, 2015, 3:30pm: Crunchy food packaging is NOT acceptable.  

Please note: the recycling bin at the Post Office is for clean soft film plastic only such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper sleeves, soft plastic bags or soft plastic wrapping from paper towels or toilet tissue. Thanks!

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Do you have plastic bags piling up in your house?  Have you tried re-using them for other purposes first?  Well if you would like to dispose of them, you can now do so at the Post Office, where a special receptacle was placed earlier today by South San Francisco Scavengers for the community to drop off clean, dry plastic bags.  Please do note the types of plastic bags that are allowed to be dropped off (click the image to view larger).  They include: dry cleaning bags, bread bags, retail bags, and produce bags.  Please do NOT drop into the receptacle salad mix bags, or other rigid plastic including packing foam or peanuts, plastic bottles, or hangers.  Thank you for disposing of your clean, dry plastic bags!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/19/2015


Did You Know...
The City is on Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram?
www.brisbaneca.org


Posted 6/17/2015


Parks & Rec. Summer Sports Camps
Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Flag Football & More
Begins June 29. For info (415) 508-2144
www.brisbaneca.org


San Mateo County Energy Watch
Free energy assessment and rebates for small businesses
For more info: (650) 599-1403

 

Peninsula SunShares Workshop

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"Put Solar On It" with Peninsula SunShares!  We’re celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st with a joint-city community workshop to help homeowners go solar together.

More than a dozen cities across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have teamed up to offer Peninsula SunShares, a solar group discount (bulk-buy) program that pools the purchasing power of residents to lower the cost of installing solar. If you’re a Bay Area homeowner, come to the workshop to learn more about how this program can help make it easier and more affordable to go solar.

Saturday, June 20th
9:30AM – 12:00PM
San Carlos Library, 2nd floor
610 Elm Street, San Carlos

The event will feature presentations about the group buy program, information on financing options and an opportunity to meet with the program’s selected solar contractors. Since its launch in April, more than 525 homeowners have signed up to participate in Peninsula SunShares – and we want to make that number even bigger! Local residents now have until July 31st to sign up to take advantage of the discounted program pricing.

This summer, let’s #putsolaronit Bay Area!

SMC Energy Watch Challenge

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The San Mateo County Energy Watch (a C/CAG program to provide energy efficiency services) has developed an outreach campaign for small businesses.  To increase public awareness of the SMC Energy Watch turnkey program for small businesses, the Energy Watch is inviting elected officials to participate in a countywide cooperative challenge.  At last night's Council meeting, the City Council was in agreement to have Mayor O'Connell be the spokesperson for the City for the challenge.  The goal is to get 250 small businesses countywide to sign up for a no-cost energy survey from SMC Energy Watch by the end of June 2015.  Short testimonial videos from local businesses are available for viewing at www.smcenergywatch.com under "Success Stories".  One of the videos is highlighted below:

Bayshore Bike Lane Protection

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Update: Monday, June 15, 4:00pm - Caltrans has amended their process to close off-ramps, so this project is on hold for a few weeks.  Stay tuned for updates.

Starting on Tuesday, June 16th at 9:30am, crews will be working to install channelizers along the left-hand side of the northbound US 101 Bayshore/Cow Palace exit lane.  This work is being done in order to give bicyclists using the green bike lane added protection, as the bike lane itself spans across Bayshore Blvd. just north of the freeway exit.  As you may be aware, the beginning of the bike lane lies within South San Francisco's borders, with its terminus extending into the City's borders.  Therefore, this project is being completed in partnership with the City of South San Francisco.  Please be advised that the Bayshore/Cow Palace exit will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 9:30am Tuesday morning.  There will be signage directing drivers to exit at Sierra Point Parkway.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation as this important work is being completed!  If you have any questions, please call the Brisbane Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Budget Hearings Continue 6/15

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Reviewing the next year’s budget and adopting one later in the month that will guide the following year’s activities are paramount actions the Council makes each year.  The City’s budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  During this past year, the City Council has been concentrating and working hard to create the best financial future for our community.

If you tuned into the start of the budget hearings on June 8, you may have seen Chief Macias’ budget presentation on the City’s Police Department.  They currently have a 16 sworn personnel – 11 Officers, 3 Sergeants, a Commander and a Chief.  Having 14 in Patrol allows for 3 officers per shift and the ability for the Student Resource Officer (SRO) position to be filled again.  This officer will be physically present at the schools in town and dedicated to mentoring youth in the community.  The Police Department will also now be able to have an investigative position, or a Detective, to do all the follow-up cases for the officers so that they can be out on the streets.  Having three officers rather than the minimum two per shift alleviates any overtime in case an officer is sick, on vacation, injured, or at court. 

Chief Macias shared some interesting statistics as part of her presentation, where a chart compared 2011 when the department was at its lowest staffing levels (9 total Patrol), to 2014 when staffing began increasing,  to the first quarter of 2015 where the department is now at full staff.   In 2011 the department had only 9 drug arrests and 34 petty thefts.  Fast-forward to 2015 Q1 where they’ve already had 37 drug arrests and petty thefts has fallen to 6.  As made clear in Chief Macias’ presentation, as drug arrests increase, property crimes decrease.  The stats were undeniable and showed that by just in bringing back the personnel, the department has been able to be more visible and proactive in the community.

The Public Works budget was presented the following evening on Tuesday, June 9 by Public Works Director Randy Breault.  Last year, the City Council funded a number of delayed projects including, but not limited to: retrofit of the Community Pool and installation of a handrail on Bicentennial Walkway.  Both projects have been completed and over the course of this year, the department will be working towards completing more long-term projects such as improved water pressure for Fire Protection in the Annis Rd. area, upgrades to the Glen Park pump station, undergrounding the sewer line on Bayshore Blvd., and replacement of our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Please tune in to Channel 27, live streaming via the City’s website (www.brisbaneca.org), or come down in person to be the first to hear about the improvements that will be taking place in your community in the coming 2015-16 fiscal year, starting up again on Monday, June 15 at 8:00pm, following the Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop.