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High School Bus Update

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On May 21st, SamTrans staff met with concerned Brisbane parents to discuss High School bus transportation starting in August 2018.  Both the parents that attended and SamTrans reported having a very productive meeting; Brisbane parents were very happy that their concerns were being taken seriously.  There are still a number of decisions to be made, work to be done, and alternatives to be explored. At this time, SamTrans is planning on improving the transfer between the 121 and the 110 routes so that students from Southern Hills won't miss the transfer.  They are also looking at extending the 49 to Brisbane so that students from Brisbane will have a "one-seat" ride to Terra Nova.  Additional tweaks will be made over the next few weeks, after which SamTrans will present final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.  We will keep the Brisbane Community posted on this issue here on our website and in our weekly e-newsletters. If you'd like to be added to this distribution list, please sign up here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/weekly-updates-from-the-city.

Mosquito Abatement District at 5/31 Market

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Megan Sebay, Public Information Officer with the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District (SMCMVCD), will be at next Thursday's (5/31) Farmers' Market (she's pictured above at Pacifica's market this past Thursday).  She'll have free reusable bags and other goodies, as well as a chance to meet the world's deadliest animal.  Come by and see her, and shop the Farmers' Market while you're there at the Park!  Deals for Mountain Fresh Organic are still available using the LIVE LOCL app (email brisbane@livelocl.com for access).  The Brisbane Farmers' Market is every Thursday in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) from 3pm - 7pm.

US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study

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US-101 through San Mateo County is one of the most congested freeways in the Bay Area.  The SamTrans US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study is exploring the role express buses can play in providing mobility options on US-101 and adjacent roadways like I-280 that strengthen connectivity to jobs and housing hubs throughout the region. 

Express bus service can provide faster transit service to key commuter destinations than traditional local bus services.  In general, express bus routes make few intermediate stops, reducing travel time compared to local bus routes.  Riders benefit from the reliable travel times offered when buses travel in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. 

The study team is currently completing a detailed evaluation process of the routes, after which the team anticipates recommending a network of four to six express bus routes to be implemented in phases.  A pilot launch of the express bus routes will be funded in part through SB1 funds.

SamTrans has and continues to welcome stakeholder input throughout the project.  The study team held a round of outreach in Summer 2017 and is holding a second round in Summer 2018 with the following events.

  • June 2 -- 9 am to noon: pop-up event at the San Mateo Farmer’s Market
  • June 3 -- 11 am to 4 pm: pop-up event at Sunday Streets San Francisco in the Sunset 
  • June 9 -- 10 am to noon: pop-up event at the University Avenue Farmer’s Market in Palo Alto
  • June 9 -- 1 pm to 3 pm: pop-up event at Facebook Fest in Bell Haven
  • June 13 -- 6 to 7:30 pm: community open house at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos

You can also let them know your comments on the 101 Express Bus Study HERE.  Include your contact information if you would like to be kept informed throughout the project by e-mail.

A draft final report is anticipated to be ready in mid- to late-2018 and will be posted on the SamTrans website, www.samtrans.com, at that time.

Please see the fact sheet for more information about the project.

National Public Works Week 2018

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Each year, National Public Works Week is recognized by the City Council for the many ways citizens' lives are impacted by the men and women in Public Works who tirelessly and quietly serve the Brisbane community by maintaining the city's streets and right-of-ways, drinking water, sewers, storm drains, and parks.  "The Power of Public Works" theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization and our quality of life.  This year's poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.  The City Council will be recognizing the men and women of Brisbane Public Works at their May 17th Council Meeting.

 

In recognition of this special week, we will be unveiling a new video every day showcasing the various aspects of Brisbane Public Works so that the Community can see what goes into maintaining the City's water and sewer systems, not to mention engineering and maintenance resources for the City’s streets, right-of-way, and storm drain system!

 

 

 

MONDAY - Video 1 [Water]

TUESDAY - Video 2 [Sewer]

WEDNESDAY - Video 3 [Trash]

THURSDAY - Video 4 [Water Quality]

3 Month EV Usage Stats

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May 14, 2018 marked 3 months from the opening of our EV Charger at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and puts us halfway through our free charging (for sessions <45 minutes) pilot period.  The past month included a “charger fault” that rendered the station unusable for roughly a week.  Fortunately the station usage rebounded quickly and we even saw our highest ever one-day energy use since it came back online!

Charging Stats Through 5-14-18:

  • 193 unique drivers
  • 13,270 total kWh dispensed, an average of 147.4 kWh/day
  • 1,006 total sessions, 11.18 average sessions per day
  • Average session length is 30:53 minutes, with ~84% of sessions 45 minutes or less
  • ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 5573 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 143 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 

Lastly, we are working to have a sign noting the “DC Fast EV Charging Station” added to the Brisbane Village Shopping Center sign near Bayshore.  More on that when it's up!

No Contaminated Material Brought to Brisbane

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An April 21, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article stated that soil from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to a Recology facility in Brisbane.  The title and primary theme of the article contend that the soil was potentially toxic and/or incorporated dangerous levels of radioactive waste.

Recology contacted the reporter, and was provided with their source report, “Hunters Point NS SF CA, Appendix G Part 1 of 12., Waste Disposal Information and Manifests - Final Response Action Contract Report for Durable Covers Remedy in Parcel B-2 dated April 2018_4.6.2018”, which was used to write their article.  That report included the following information:

5 Beatty Road is the address for Brisbane Recycling Company (BRC), not Recology, whose address is 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco.  City staff contacted the owner of BRC, who confirmed that 40 tons of asphalt had been received in their facility on that day, but the hauler listed the source address on the intake form as “3rd and Evans”, which is also located in San Francisco. 

BRC then reached out to the Navy to determine the correct source and nature of the asphalt.  The following letter was received, indicating that the asphalt had been installed in 2013, was removed in 2015, and was not associated with radiological contamination.

City staff is continuing to work with BRC to understand how/why the source of the asphalt was incorrectly listed on the intake form. 

There is no listing in the reporter's source report that any material from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to Baylands Soil Processing, which is located on the bottom two-thirds of the Brisbane Baylands site.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we learn more concerning this matter.  Click here if you would like to sign up to receive email updates regarding the Brisbane Baylands.

Increase in Parking Enforcement

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We have received a few questions from citizens regarding the increase in parking enforcement around the city.  Generally speaking, most of our parking enforcement efforts are complaint driven.  Some areas that we have been concentrating on are white line violations, vehicles that block the sidewalk, and vehicles making U-turns at Visitacion and Mariposa.  Also, we have received complaints about vehicles parked for extended periods in the 24 minute zones at the top of Visitacion.  In the case of vehicles parked on the sidewalks, we have done a number of outreach efforts in order to educate the public and attempt to gain compliance before resorting to enforcement.  It is our preference to educate first, but unfortunately that may not always be the case.  Our mission is to keep the roadways and sidewalks safe for those who travel them.  Most of the citations that we issue are for behavior that people know is illegal.  We ask that everyone be courteous to those around you when it comes to your parking and driving habits.  If we all take the time to do the right thing, our town will be safer and it will be less likely that anyone will receive a citation.  As always, please reach out to us directly with your questions or concerns at (415) 467-1212.  We are here to help!

May is Building Safety Month!

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Building Safety Month (BSM) is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May for the past 38 years to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.  The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.  See the poster below for what's being highlighted each week:

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.  Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.  Brisbane's Code Enforcement Officer, Michelle Mondeda, works out of the City's Police Department.  She also works in close conjunction with the Community Development Department and CSG-contracted building officials.  Click on the image below to be taken to an interactive poster which shows all the various aspects of a home that code officials inspect to keep you safe!

Mayor Conway's Jefferson High Roots

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Did you know that out of the current 20 Mayors in San Mateo County, FOUR of them graduated from Jefferson High School specifically?  That’s 20% of the County’s Mayors from ONE HIGH SCHOOL!  And two of them, Brisbane Mayor Clarke Conway and South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy went from BES, to Lipman, to Jefferson!  Recounts Mayor Conway, "All of this is unprecedented.  When I was a senior in high school, over 60% of the highest SAT scores came from Jefferson High School out of the five schools in the District.  Two of my former classmates later went on to become Federal Judges.  Jefferson is a wonderful storied high school and I urge parents to visit the campus with their up and coming high schoolers and attend the many community festivals that they have there.  County Supervisor David Canepa hosted District 5 Together at Jefferson High back in March, and there is another special event coming up on Saturday, May 19th - Shine! Family Day - a day of free kids activities, food, cultural performances, and live music being put on by Pacific Islands Together from 10:30am-6pm."  

On this day, from 10:45am-11am, Mayor Conway will be joined by the four other elected officials who all graduated from Jefferson.  They will engage in a short, moderated panel discussion.  Joining him will be: Mayor Liza Normandy of South San Francisco, Mayor Raquel "Rae" Gonzalez of Colma, Mayor Juslyn Manalo of Daly City, and San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees Member and Current Board Vice President-Clerk, Maurice GoodmanDon't miss it!

How Opossums Help the Environment

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Although some people think opossums are pests, they are in fact useful little animals in your garden. They eat real pests such as slugs and small rodents and rarely cause problems themselves.  But please remember, it’s best not to attract wild animals, including opossums, into an area with food.  This can lead to other issues such as coyotes or even mountain lions who prey on smaller animals such as opossums.  If you happen to see an opossum in your yard, kindly ignore it as the graphic above suggests and simply appreciate the fact that you live in a place that not only you enjoys, but wildlife does, too.