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Rebate from CaliforniaFIRST

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Are you interested in installing solar on the roof of your building, improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, or converting your outdoor space from water-intensive lawn to an attractive drought resistant alternative design – but you aren’t sure how to pay for it?  If you own a commercial building or a home in Brisbane, you can take advantage of a program called CaliforniaFIRST.  This program finances these kinds of improvements with no upfront cash, repayment terms up to 20 years (or up to 25 years for solar systems), and the ability to transfer the repayment obligations to a new owner if you sell the property before the repayment term is up – because the financing is attached to the property through the annual property tax bill. 

These kinds of investments are one of those terrific multi-win opportunities.  They make living and working in those structures more comfortable, improve a property’s value, lower energy and water bills, employ local workers to install the improvements, and conserve natural resources.  What’s not to like? 

Interest rates for residential projects range from 6.75% for a 5 year term, 7.59% for 10 years, 7.99% for 15 years, and 8.29% for 20 years, and 8.39% for a 25 year term.  The interest portion of each annual payment is tax deductible for most homeowners. Commercial project rates and terms vary.

If you’re a homeowner, and if your residential project gets approved for financing by the end of 2014, you will receive a no-strings-attached cash rebate up to $1,000.

To find a CaliforniaFIRST certified contractor, or just to learn more about the CaliforniaFIRST program, go to www.CaliforniaFIRST.org, or call (888) 996-0571.

 

November Rooms for Rent

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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County whose Home Sharing Program seeks to partner together those who most need housing with those who have a registered room for rent.  There is no cost to participate in the program.  View a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities and a partial list of shared housing opportunities as of November 2014.  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 to schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/14/2014


Annual Yard Waste Clean Up Nov 15-16
Green Waste Only
Curbside pick up assistance available
Sat. 10 AM – 3 PM / Sun. 9 AM – 1 PM
Call 415-508-2149


Posted 11/12/2014


Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
State of the City Address
Tonight!  Wed., Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy

 

Job Hunters Boot Camp

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Are you looking for a job?
Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin for a Job Hunters Boot Camp.  Over 5,000 job-seekers have taken advantage of past boot camps and many have landed full-time jobs.

Friday, November 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
Fiesta Hall


1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

Job Hunters Boot Camp is not your typical job fair. In addition to having a chance to speak to local employers who are hiring, participants have access to a wide variety of resources through workshops and one-on-one resume review sessions.

The Job Hunters Boot Camp will offer workshops on the following topics:

- Perfecting your interview skills
- Getting unstuck in your job search
- Challenges faced by mature workers, new college grads, and veterans
- Networking
- Linkedin best practices

For more information, please call Congresswoman Speier's San Mateo office at (650) 342-0300 or visit Assemblymember Mullin's website

SamTrans Public Meetings

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Media Contact: Will Reisman, 650-508-7704

SamTrans to Hold Public Workshops This Month on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

SamTrans will convene two public workshops this month to discuss the findings of the recent study they conducted to determine the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real in the Peninsula.

BRT is an enhanced bus service that offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities. Components of BRT include, but are not limited to, limited service where certain stops are skipped to speed up travel times, dedicated bus-only lanes, traffic signal priority for transit vehicles and onboard fare collection.

SamTrans has been studying the possibility of phasing in BRT service along a 26-mile stretch of El Camino Real, covering Daly City to Palo Alto. Based on the findings of the study, SamTrans has decided not to implement BRT service in the near-term, however, has identified viable next step service improvements that could be pursued over the next two to five years. SamTrans planners will hold public workshops to discuss the preliminary draft findings of the study in more detail.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
South San Francisco City Council
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.
SamTrans Headquarters
Second Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650-508-6283 (TTY 650-508-6448 hearing impaired) at least three business days prior to the workshop they wish to attend.

More information about BRT, including details on the SamTrans’ phasing study, can be found here.

SF Green Festival

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San Bruno Mountain Watch was recently selected as a Green Festival Community Award finalist for the chance to win a $5,000 grant!  The grant recipient is chosen by the public, and online voting began today at 9am and ends on November 13 at 5pm.  You can vote up to once a day on all your electronic devices!  Voting will continue at the San Francisco Green Festival on November 14, 15, & 16.  Click here to start voting now!

Ridge Trail Road Maintenance

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Please see the news release announcing work scheduled to occur beginning today, 11/10, on Ridge Trail at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park.  The project will be managed by PG&E and San Mateo County Parks. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic flow and to ensure safety of trail users.  The remainder of the project work will occur on the three fire roads that connect to the Ridge Trail and are not expected to have a ongoing or heavy impact on users. 

If you have any questions related to this project, please contact Ramona Arechiga, Natural Resource Manager, San Mateo County Parks, at (650) 599-1375.

In addition, McKesson is conducting work to address a gully that has formed on the Mountain.  Crews are on Guadalupe Road with one lane of traffic affected by the work.  Contractors BKF and Ghilotti are managing this work.  This is not a San Mateo County Parks project.

November 2014 Citynews & STAR

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Click here to read the November 2014 STAR.

Old Ranch Road Trail Closure

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Starting on Monday, November 10th, the Old Ranch Road Trail will be closed between the Crocker Park Tank site area and the Guadalupe Tank site area due to slope repair work on McKesson-owned property (click on the map above to view the limits of the closure).  Work will also be completed to improve the area's drainage.  This project will provide users of the Trail with a safer and better-drained area ensuring the community's continued enjoyment of the Trail and Mountain.  Construction is scheduled to start on November 10th and is planned to be completed by November 23rd.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the on-site contractor, Paul Cooper of Ghilotti Construction at (707) 396-6476.

Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support as well as filming the presentation.