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EPA/NREL Presentation

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The Council this past Monday night received a very thorough presentation from Zi Zi Searles, Remedial Project Manager for the EPA's Re-Powering Rapid Response Team, which supports the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative - the program through which Brisbane was chosen as 1 of 26 sites to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  If you missed it, you can watch back just the portion focused on the presentation (the full meeting playback can be viewed here).

This video will also be available for future viewing on the Renewable Energy page of the Baylands section of the City's website.

Council Hires New City Attorney

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At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve the contract with San Francisco law firm Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai for City Attorney services.  David Kahn (pictured near left) will be replacing Hal Toppel (pictured far left) as City Attorney, and Teresa Stricker will be the city’s Deputy City Attorney.

Mayor Ray Miller stated, “The Council wanted to make sure that when we replaced Hal, we got it right.”

There were a total of 14 complete responses to the Request for Proposals.  A Council subcommittee (Terry O'Connell and Ray Miller) with the help of recruitment consultant Bobby Peckham narrowed the field down to nine.  Then the full Council accepted the subcommittee's recommendation to interview five applicants.  Two finalists were selected by the Council from this group of five.  The final two, Mayor Miller said, “had the background legal knowledge, the experience, and the community fit, and then we had this wonderful problem of deciding between these two extraordinary applicants.”  After much deliberation, the decision was made to select David Kahn and Teresa Stricker.

Mr. Kahn commented, “It’s really a privilege to be selected as the City Attorney for the City of Brisbane and I look forward, as does Deputy City Attorney Teresa Stricker, to working with the City of Brisbane, the City Council, and the city staff to accomplish the vision and the projects that the Council and the community want to improve the community of Brisbane.”

We welcome David and Teresa, and thank Hal for his over 20 years of service to the City of Brisbane and wish him the very best in his retirement for many years to come.

SM County Poet Laureate

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Calling all Poets and Poetry Enthusiasts in San Mateo County!

The time has come to nominate the 1st ever San Mateo County Poet Laureate.

Nomination forms and instructions are available online at  You are encouraged to nominate your favorite local poet or yourself as long as you are over 18 years of age (see the website for the complete list of eligibility criteria). 

The Poet Laureate will act as ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts as well as contribute to San Mateo County's poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

In Memory

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It is with great sadness that the City of Brisbane shares the news of the death of former Mayor and City Council Member Steve Waldo.  Steve passed away the evening of June 16, 2013.

Mayor Ray Miller has ordered the flags at all City of Brisbane facilities to fly at half-staff through sunset on June 23, 2013 in memory of Steve’s service to the community.

The Mayor also offered these words about Steve: "Steve Waldo was truly unique among those who served Brisbane on its City Council.  He combined the analytical skills of his legal profession with a profound commitment to preserving Brisbane's family-friendly community values.  The whole community joins with his family in grieving over the loss of an irreplaceable man."

In learning about Steve’s passing, Council Member Clarke Conway stated "it is with great sorrow to hear of Steve's passing, in serving with him on the City Council for 14 years I found him to be creative, civil, have the highest degree of integrity and have a sharp sense of humor.  Brisbane has lost a truly special man and he will be missed".

City Manager Clay Holstine remarked similar sentiments, stating, “I am truly saddened by the passing of Steve Waldo.  Steve combined intelligence, wit, humor and devotion to the community of Brisbane in an unparalleled manner.  Steve was a consummate professional who always dealt with people with patience, respect and an ease of style that is too short of supply.  Brisbane was well-served and a better place for Steve's long and outstanding contribution.  He will be missed."

Steve resided in Brisbane since August of 1986.  He was elected to the Brisbane City Council in August 1989 and was re-elected to two four-year terms in 1993 and 1997.  He then ran again unopposed in 2005 to fill a vacancy on Council and was re-elected in 2007.  Steve served the City of Brisbane as Mayor a total of four times, from 1990 – 1991, 1995 – 1996, 1999 – 2000, and 2006 - 2007.

As of this writing, it is expected that there will be a memorial service on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) starting at 11:00am.  Please stay tuned to the City’s website for any updates on memorial events and further recognition for Mr. Waldo.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/17/2013

In loving memory of
Steve Waldo
1948 –  2013
Who loved this city and every citizen.
Svcs: Sun., June 23, 11 am,  Mission Blue Ctr.

Baylands DEIR
Presentation Series
June 18 & 20, 25 and 27 at 7pm
at City Hall

Baylands Draft EIR

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands is now available for public review and comment.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library, with paper copies available for purchase at City Hall for $25.  Green options include CDs and thumb drives with the entire DEIR copied onto them available at no cost.  The DEIR will also be available electronically on the City Website via the Baylands DEIR page:

Please note the hours and locations for City Hall and the Library:

Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place
, CA 94005
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Wednesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

While State law requires a minimum 45-day comment period on the DEIR, the City of Brisbane has established a 120-day public comment period.  The public comment period begins today, June 11, 2013, with written comments due by 5:00pm on October 8, 2013.

Public informational presentations will be provided by the City’s EIR consultant to give an overview of the information contained in the DEIR.  The presentations have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 27

All presentations will be held at 7:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, and will be televised on Channel 27 as well as streamed live here.  More information regarding these presentations will be forthcoming soon.

Written comments on the Draft EIR are strongly encouraged, and must be submitted to the City of Brisbane on or before October 8, 2013, 5:00pm

You may send written comments on the DEIR to:

John Swiecki, AICP, Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005

Via Fax: (415) 467-4989 or e-mail:

Meetings for the public to provide comments on the DEIR will be scheduled in September, 2013.  Further notice will be provided via City publications such as the City STAR and Citynews, here on the City Website, the community signboards, and on Ch. 27 when those meeting dates and times have been established. 

To read the full Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.

Technical Difficulties?

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It doesn’t happen often, but in the case that you’re trying to tune in to a City Council, Planning Commission, Open Space & Ecology Committee, or Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting on Ch. 27 and you’re not getting proper audio or video, call 508-2129 as soon as possible.  A phone line has been dropped in to the Community Meeting Room for staff to receive calls from the public and address the issue in real-time (therefore, please note: this line does not have the ability to take messages).  You can also watch public meetings via the City’s Live Stream page:, where public meeting rebroadcast times on Ch. 27 can also be viewed.

Bullitt 45th Anniversary

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File:Burninrubber4.jpgUPDATE 6/21, 12:00pm: Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

Did you know that Brisbane was featured in the 1968 movie, "Bullitt", starring Steve McQueen?  And that there was an iconic chase sequence through San Francisco, which ended in Brisbane, with the cars racing down Guadalupe Canyon Parkway?  There was even a fiery crash into a gas station that was built just for this scene (and needed to be perfectly done in just one take!).  A 45th Anniversary event of the movie will be held in Brisbane on Friday, June 21st at Mission Blue Center from 4:00pm - 9:00pm.  The movie will NOT be shown at the event, but two documentary screenings, entitled, "Steve McQueen an American Rebel" and "Commitment to Reality" will be.  The cost for the event is $35 ($25 for Brisbane residents), with proceeds benefitting the Brisbane Skatepark Project.  Come and enjoy a BBQ dinner, beer & beverages, and a live band playing hits from none other than the 60s!  Steve McQueen's son, Chad McQueen, will be speaking.  To purchase your ticket(s), stop by the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept., located on the 2nd Fl. of City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  For more information, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or

2013 Concert Sponsors

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Nine out of the 25 sponsors were able to make it to the June 3rd City Council Meeting where Mayor Miller read aloud each of their names and/or places of business.  After receiving their Commendations, the Council joined the Sponsors to take the above picture.  Without the individual and continued support from the Concert Sponsors, Concerts in the Park would not be able to take place every summer.  So, thank you again to all of our Concert Sponsors!  We are excited for a great 2013 Summer Concert Series this year!

Adding to the fun atmosphere the Concerts bring to the Community Park will be the Brisbane Farmers' Market - coinciding with the Concerts this year and taking place on Fridays, rather than their usual Thursdays.  Once the Concerts conclude on August 30th, the market will return to taking place on Thursdays.  At yesterday's farmers' market, some Brisbane youth got a mini taste of what the Concerts will be like from Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Entertainer Fred McCarty.  He did a great job entertaining those shopping the market, and even took requests.  He will most likely be back at the market next week.  Check out the 4 CDs he's recorded of his original songs!

June 2013 Citynews

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Click here to view the June 2013 Citynews