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The Open Space and Ecology Committee bring you Climate Fact #2: The Need for Lowering One's Carbon Footprint
Start by calculating your carbon footprint here: http://www.coolcalifornia.org/calculator
Please join San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Supervisor Don Horsley for a Sea Level Rise Open House on January 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Genentech Conference Center.
Sea levels are rising and at an accelerating rate. In San Mateo County alone, rising sea levels put $24 billion in assets at risk. In response, the County is completing a sea level rise vulnerability assessment to ensure our communities, ecosystems, and economy are prepared for rising waters. The goals of the Open House are to share information on the County’s vulnerability assessment, and to hear how sea level rise could affect you.
Open House Topics:
- What is sea level rise?
- What is the County doing to prepare?
- What is at risk?
- What does sea level rise mean for you?
- How can you prepare for flooding this winter?
- What is green infrastructure? How does it relate to sea level rise?
Mayor Cliff Lentz invites those concerned about SFO airplane noise to the SFO Community Roundtable's next Technical Working Group meeting, slated for January 7, 2016 at SFO. They will be discussing Departures from 9:00am - 11:30am and Arrivals from 1:00pm - 3:30pm. They will also be focusing on how the Roundtable can constructively engage the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties, released in November 2015 and what potential next steps they might take to be effective partners in this process. Click here to view the meeting agenda and location information. Note: there will also be a conference call/webcast option available for those unable to attend in-person.
FAA officials have also been invited to attend this Technical Working Group meeting. We look forward to a meaningful and productive collaboration with the FAA and elected officials to provide real noise abatement mitigation to the Bay Area.
The City recently selected MuniServices as a partner to assist the City's staff in processing business licenses and collecting the annual business license tax, which is based on a business's gross receipts. If you are a Brisbane business owner, you probably have received by now a letter that looks like the one pictured right (click to enlarge). This letter informs business owners that the City is extending the grace period to submit payment without penalties until February 29, 2016. It also states that a renewal package will be sent in January with a form customized for their business. Upon receipt of the renewal package, please review it carefully and notify MuniServices of any changes needed to your account. For any questions, please call MuniServices at 1-866-240-3665 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you for your patience as this transition gets underway!
We would like to thank the Planning Commission for their efforts in the Baylands planning process. Over the fall/early winter, they held 10 public hearings cumulatively exceeding 34 hours, and heard from over 100 speakers. In January, the Planning Commission will start deliberating on what recommendation they will make to the City Council regarding the Baylands. These deliberations will be open to the public and are tentatively scheduled for the Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings, which fall on second and fourth Thursdays of every month and start at 7:30 pm. This schedule is subject to change. For the most current scheduling information, please refer to the Baylands Schedule of Hearings page.
Every June, the Council adopts a budget that will guide the following fiscal year’s activities. This is probably one of the most paramount motions the Council takes each year, as the budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (in this year’s case, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).
But, if you’ve ever watched a Council budget hearing, which usually start in early June, you’ll know that the budget wasn’t the result of work completed in just the prior month. It takes MONTHS to ensure the budget is pulled together in a clear and meaningful fashion for the community. The 2016-17 budget process will start in January, with the Council’s Retreat/Workshop. This is a meeting that is always open to the public and where the Council will talk over what their priorities will be going forward in fiscal year 2016-17.
This Workshop will help to inform the overall budget process, which includes the City Manager and Finance staff meeting with the rest of the City’s departments to prepare the budget. In May, the City Manager and Finance staff work especially close with the Council Subcommittee to develop the presentation of the budget to the community. Budget hearings kick off in June, and begin with the City Manager presenting the recommended budget to the Council and community. The budget is usually adopted in late June.
If you’d like to take a look at the most current Budget-in-Brief (2015-16), then you can find copies of the tri-fold brochure at City Hall and the Library. It can also be viewed on the City’s website here. This 2-page document provides a basic overview of the City’s revenues and expenditures as related to the General Fund, the fund which finances most of the City’s services such as Police/Fire Safety. Once again, stay tuned for budget hearings kicking off in June! Or, if you’re curious to get involved earlier, send an e-mail to Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger at email@example.com.