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Help Paint the Fire Hydrants!

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In addition to Brisbane's lighted stars that grace San Bruno Mountain during the holidays, Brisbane has another acclaimed attraction - the painted fire hydrants that have greeted passer-bys on city streets since 1976.  Brisbane Women's Club members, Vicki Hobson, who recommended the idea, and Jeanne Berman-Hosking, who spearheaded the project, envisioned painting hydrants as historical figures to commemorate our nation's bicentennial.  There were some more whimsical designs, such as the Clown (pictured left), in addition to Uncle Sam and Martha Washington!

Please join the Parks and Recreation Department as we continue our tradition of painting Brisbane’s fire hydrants on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th from 9am -12pm.  Check-in will be held at the Brisbane Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) and the Brisbane Lions Club has generously donated all supplies in memory of Will Cornyn.  To review a list of hydrants and for more information regarding Fire Hydrant Painting & Restoration Weekend, please click here.  To register in advance, please email Parks & Recreation Commissioner Madison Davis at .


PG&E Scam

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On 9/19/2014 at approx. 3:30 pm, two subjects contacted a resident claiming to be PG&E workers.  The subjects told the resident that they needed to show the resident something outside her home that needed to be fixed.  While one of the subjects distracted the resident, the other subject went into the home and took miscellaneous jewelry from the victim’s bedroom.  When the victim saw that one of the subjects had entered her home she told them both to leave not knowing at the time she had been victimized.  The victim did not see if they arrived or left in a vehicle.  Further investigation revealed that suspects arrived in a white 90's model Cadillac.  These appear to be the same subjects that have committed similar crimes in Daly City.  We are working with Daly City Police to try to identify the suspects.
They are described as:
Suspect #1:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'2''
Weight- Average
Hair- Short black hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Suede hat, khaki shorts, and light blue button up shirt
Suspect #2:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'1'' to 6'2"
Weight- Average
Hair- Dark hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Blue windbreaker with yellow and red marks

Do not open your door to anyone you cannot identify and/or who states they are there to perform a service to your home that you have not ordered.
If you cannot identify who is there, please contact the Brisbane Police Department and we will respond immediately to check their identity and credentials. 

And remember, if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, phone the Brisbane Police Department immediately at 467-1212.

Two Arrests Made In Recent Thefts

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Over the past several months we have seen a spike in thefts from unlocked vehicles.  In these cases, misc. items of property left in the vehicle and loose change were taken. 

On Sept 11, 2014, a 20 year old male was contacted and arrested on drug charges while he was seen searching the neighborhoods for victim vehicles.  A second subject, a male juvenile, was contacted and arrested on September 15, 2014 for possession of stolen property and drug charges.  These suspects were not working together, but are believed to be responsible for a majority of these thefts.  These arrests were made during an undercover surveillance operation by the Brisbane Police Department targeting areas where recent thefts had occurred. 

As always, if anyone has any additional information related to these or any other crimes, please contact the Brisbane Police Department at 467-1212.


September 2014 Citynews

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Click here to read the September 2014 Citynews.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten

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Get ready for kindergarten at the Brisbane Library this fall!  Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a six-week program of themed stories and activities for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.  Each hour-long session includes stories, songs, rhymes, tips for parents, and a craft activity.  Enjoy stories and songs in both English and Spanish. 

This special storytime program will take place on the following Wednesdays at 7:00pm: October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, and November 5.  Pajamas are encouraged but not required!  

Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling or visiting the Brisbane Library at (415) 467-2060, or by e-mailing Lead Librarian Stephanie Conrad at

Caltrain's New Electric Trains

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Caltrain is asking the public to provide feedback and input on design details of its future fleet of Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains.  When the railway is electrified as part of the Caltrain Modernization Program, EMU trains will be procured to replace approximately 75 percent of the current diesel fleet and eventually EMUs will replace the entire fleet operating between San Francisco and San Jose. 

The rail agency is soliciting feedback from the public about how the new trains should be constructed to manage capacity on key issues such as seats/standees, bathrooms, and bikes on board. 

Feedback from the public will be coupled with staff technical analysis to help inform the purchase of the new trains, once the project has been approved and environmentally cleared. Environmental clearance is scheduled for the end of 2014. 

For more information about the program: website:; email:; phone: 650.508.6493; Caltrain Modernization Program: Video

Free Composting Course

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The RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy Program is now accepting students for the fall “Master Composter” training program.  This training will teach interested individuals about composting methods, techniques, benefits, as well as prepare participants to teach others in their communities. 

In exchange for this no-cost training, Master Composters are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service teaching others in the County about composting practices in their homes and/or businesses.  Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm in Foster City beginning September 23rd through November 18, 2014.  

If you, or any other San Mateo County resident that you may know, is interested in joining the Fall training program, please register here.

If you need additional information about the course contact Erin McNichol, the Program Coordinator, at or call 650-599-1498.  Click here for the class flyer.  Visit their website at:

If you would like to learn about other RecycleWorks workshops/classes please join their list serve at: or call the Recycleworks Team at 1-888-442-2666.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/19/2014

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Commercial Display Space
Available at "Day In The Park"
Sat., Oct. 4, Info: (415) 508-2143

Posted 9/17/2014

Meet the School Board
Sun., Sept. 21, 10:30 -12:30, Comm. Pk. Gazebo

Posted 9/15/2014

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Rate Increase for Garbage

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The last item on the City Council's agenda for Thursday, September 18 is the potential New Solid Waste Franchise Agreement with South San Francisco Scavengers Co. (SSFSC) for the collection and disposal of recyclable materials, organic materials or composting, and solid waste (click here for the staff report).  The City's current franchise agreement with SSF Scavengers expires on October 30, 2014.  Along with maintaining the current services provided by SSFSC, the new agreement will also incorporate several new services, such as:

  • Organic materials collection (composting), which would also help fuel several of their CNG (compressed natural gas) front end loaders (as seen above)
  • Increase in containers provided to the City at no cost for the annual Citywide Clean-Up
  • Abandoned waste clean-up collection for the City’s right-of-way areas
  • Implementation of a trash container management policy

There are also additional trash load reduction services which the City is required to comply per the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit. 

That being said, a residential 32 gallon can would go from $24.36/mo. to $28.49/mo.  You can tune into the Council meeting at 7:30pm this coming Thursday on Ch. 27 or watch live via the City's Live Streaming page.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/10/2014

In Loving Memory Of
Marco Rodriguez
1956 -2014
Private Family Services

Posted 9/9/2014

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Lagoon Clean Up
Sat., Sept. 20, 9-Noon, Fisherman's Pk.
Info:  508-2143

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
28th Annual "Day In The Park"
Sat., Oct. 4, 10 am - 5 pm, Comm. Park
Food, Music, Games, Rides, Fun!

Posted 9/5/2014

Brisbane Library
Easy Cuisine
Sat., Sept. 6, 1:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
Info:  467-2060

Did you know…
Under a sturdy table is safer
Than in a doorway during a quake?
Sept. is National Preparedness Month |