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On 11/16/12, at approx 1130 hours, Officers responded to a report of a male subject in possession of what appeared to be a human skull.
The officers located the subject in the 300 Block of Visitation Ave. When confronted, the subject assaulted the officers. Two officers received moderate to minor injuries while taking him into custody. The officers have been treated and released. The subject was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for assaulting a police officer.
The subject was indeed in possession of what appears to be a human skull. The suspect was either unwilling or unable to articulate exactly where he found the skull. The Brisbane Police Department conducted searches of different locations based on what statements he did make and areas where he has been known to frequent. Officers were unable to locate any additional evidence at that time.
On 1/16/13, following his release from jail, officers re-contacted the subject from the above incident. The subject was at this point willing to show officers the location where he found the skull. Upon their arrival, officers located additional remains on a hillside in an unpopulated area of Brisbane, Southwest of Bayshore Blvd. and Old County Road. The San Mateo County Crime Lab processed the scene and the San Mateo County Coroner’s office recovered the remains.
Brisbane Police, San Mateo County DA’s Office, San Mateo County Crime Lab and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office have been working together to attempt to identify the remains. DNA was extracted and has been sent to the Department of Justice. Those results are still pending. An initial examination by a forensic anthropologist has indicated that the remains belong to a female between the ages of 33 and 46 years old, between 5’3” and 5’6” tall. The remains have likely been at the location where she was found for an excess of 5 years.
Investigators are comparing the information that we have with those of missing persons records. It is still too early in the investigation to determine if the remains are related to a crime or natural occurrence.
Please click here for the PDF version of the press release from the Brisbane Police Department.
The KRON-TV documentary, "No Deposit, No Return", was produced in 1965 as part of the station's Biography Series. Brisbane Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Michele Salmon brought a DVD copy to Council Member Conway who shared it with city staff. Upon viewing it, it was seen that the sound and audio quality were not of optimal quality. Therefore the original 16mm film of "No Deposit, No Return" was traced down to SF State University's TV Archives Dept., and in the able hands of Film Archivist Alex Cherian who had the know-how and tools to digitally restore the 26 minute reel of film. The result can now be viewed by anyone on the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive's website by clicking here. A Community viewing of the film, hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee, is being planned for Sunday, May 5th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. A discussion and a special presentation from Recology on the current and future state of waste disposal will follow, along with a special feature of rare, historic interview footage. Bring the whole family and enjoy!
The Brisbane Lions Club is once again taking applications for their Scholastic Achievement Awards, with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Last year, they were able to direct a total of $25,000 to 23 deserving students. Please click here for the application. Applications, along with an official grades transcript and reference letters, are due by Thursday, April 11, 2013. For any questions, please contact the Brisbane Lions Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck to all!
SamTrans Seeks Input On Minority And Low-Income PoliciesThe San Mateo County Transit District is asking the public for feedback on the levels of fare and service changes that would trigger analysis of the impact those changes would have on minorities and low-income populations.
Prior to significant fare increases or service changes, SamTrans currently reviews those changes at a staff level to determine whether their impacts are borne disproportionately by minorities and low-income populations.
In response to new Federal Transit Administration requirements, the Transit District is seeking input from the public as it develops and adopts a new set of policies governing what level of impact would result in the need to revise or mitigate the service or fare proposal.
The new requirements are that all transit agencies have a board-adopted Title VI policy by Oct. 2013. Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, seeks to protect all people from discrimination, stating:
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The proposed policy includes criteria for two areas: major service changes and unfair or disproportionate impacts to minority or low-income populations.
SamTrans is proposing the level at which a given service change is considered to be a "Major Service Change" is any change to revenue miles on a specific route by 25 percent or more in any one-week period. The disparate, or unfair, impacts and disproportional burden thresholds are proposed to be triggered whenever the cumulative impact of a change affects more than 20 percent of the minority or low-income populations the system serves.
SamTrans will be hosting public meetings throughout the county in February to receive feedback on the proposal before asking the board to adopt the policy at its March meeting.
Public meetings include:
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pacifica -Sanchez Library
1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
War Memorial Activity Room
Daly City Parks and Recreation
6655 Mission St., Daly City
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Second floor auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA
550 Bell St., East Palo Alto
SamTrans is accepting public comment on these proposals at the meetings or by:
* E-mail to TitleVI@samtrans.com
* U.S. Postal Service:
C/o Operations Planning
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
* Phone: 1.800.660.4287 (TTY: 650.508.6448 for hearing impaired)
The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. To view the draft policies, visit www.samtrans.com/TitleVI.
Practices for Spring 2013 Brisbane Youth Baseball season are tentatively set to begin on Monday, February 25th. For the 7 - 8 year old Boys & Girls Pinto League, the roster is full but only a few more sign-ups are needed in order for two teams to be formed, which would allow all of the 7 - 8 year olds who want to play the opportunity to do so! So, if you haven't already signed them up, check out the flyer and register them online by clicking here or in the Recreation Office (2nd Fl. or City Hall).
It was a beautiful day at the famers' market yesterday - thank you to all who support the market by stopping by there on a weekly basis. The vendors thank you, too! We can't wait until Februrary when more fruits and vegetables will be season, and the berry flats are back! But, there are plenty of creative dishes that can be concocted with many of the items you currently see at the farmers market. Check out this recipe from Brisbane Planning Commissioner Karen Cunningham who loves to experiment in the kitchen and eat wholesome, colorful dishes!
Residential burglaries are on the rise thoughout San Mateo County, and can occur even in Brisbane. Unsecured doors and windows continue to be the favorite method of entry for these criminals. Always lock your car doors and front door when you leave your residence, even if you are home. Criminals will frequently check for unlocked or unsecured doors; don't be a victim in your own home. If you should see a suspicious person, try to get a good description of them. This would include clothing, direction of travel, their car make and model, and if possible, license plate. Immediately call the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212. Please do not take matters into your own hands. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the Police as soon as possible.