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Posted 1/9/2012

Brisbane Lions Club Presents
"A Celebration of the Stars"
Tues., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Slide Show and Refreshments, All Welcome

Live at Mission Blue Presents
String Quintets
New Esterahzy Quartet with Elizabeth LeGuin
Sat., Jan 14, 8 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets Available at the door

Posted 1/4/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Dorothy Nagy
Brisbane Resident since 1946
Svcs.- Sun, Jan 8th, 3 pm, Masonic Temple, SSF


City of Brisbane
Interested In Serving Your Community?
Apply to Serve on a City Commission or
Committee. Call 508-2113 for Details or
an Application

New Rates Reflected

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If you received your water/sewer bill (due Feb. 5th) in the mail this past week and wondered why it seemed higher than usual, it's because this bill reflected the rate increase City Council approved back in July of last year.  A letter from the Administrative Services Director was also enclosed, which further detailed the rate increase and made known that Council's policy to allow ratepayers on the City's Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) program would not be affected by the rate increase.  This program provides a discount to people who are already on PG&E's CARE program.  If you qualify for LIRA but are not yet enrolled, just bring a copy of your most recent PG&E bill to Debra at the Finance Counter in City Hall and get signed up.  For more information about water/sewer rates, including FAQs, check out the Utility Billing page on the City's website.

Supreme Court Decision

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On Dec. 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court ruled on California Redevelopment Association (CRA) v. Ana Matosantos by upholding AB x1 26, the redevelopment elimination bill, and striking down AB x1 27, the bill which would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation as long as they made payments to the state. As it currently stands, redevelopment agencies will be dissolved on Feb. 1.  Click here to read more about the court’s decision.

On Monday, January 9th, the Council will be deciding whether the City will serve as both the Successor Agency and Successor Housing Agency to the former Brisbane Redevelopment Agency.  Click here to read the City Attorney’s staff report which will be presented to the Council this coming Monday, January 9th.  The meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall – 50 Park Place, Brisbane – and will be played on Ch. 27 as well as streamed live on the City’s website at

January 2012 CityNews

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Click here to read the January 2012 CityNews.

January 2012 CityNews

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Click here to read the January 2012 CityNews.

Another Explosion in Brisbane

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The following letter from the Brisbane Police Department is being mailed today to each household as an insert in the water bill.

After several months without an incident, we have had 3 recent occasions where an M80 or similar type explosive was set off. 

On 10/7/11 at approx. 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road.  As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, was over 100 feet from any residential buildings.

On 12/1/11 at approx. 9:41 pm, a firework was set off in the 300 block of Klamath.  It appears that the device unintentionally landed under the stairs of a residence causing fire damage to the stairs and deck.

On 12/26/11 at approx. 8:55 pm, a device was set off in the storm drain in the 200 block of Monterey Street.  In this incident, the silhouette of a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was seen running from the scene.

There does not appear to be any particular target or reason for these events, other than to gratify the person or people involved.  Causing damage to property does not appear to be a factor or motive in these incidents.

According to Wikipedia, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire; Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks.”   Regardless of their original intent, these devices are dangerous and we consider their use or possession a serious offense.

Earlier in the year we received several complaints of similar explosions in the city.  Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation and Mariposa Streets.  Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents. 

These devices are very small despite there loud noise.  They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds.  This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice.  That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end.  Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to any police officer.  Our officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and citizens that frequent our city.  Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved. 

As always, if you have information for us and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact us via the Web:

New Booster Seat Law

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For those of you who have small children, or grandchildren or nephews and nieces that you help drive around, you'll want to be aware of a new law going into effect January 1st regarding child booster seats.  The previous law required children under the age of 6, or 60 lbs, to use a booster seat.  As of January 1st, children are required to be strapped into their booster seats until the age of 8.  Violators risk a fine of more than $400, in addition to a point on their driving record.  Click here to read more about the new law and here to read about some important safety tips you can keep in mind for your littlest passenger.

$500 Reward

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On 12/1/11 at approximately 9:41 PM, fireworks were set off in the 300 block of Klamath Street which resulted in severe damage to a nearby home.

There is a $500 reward being offered for information that results in the identification of the individual(s) responsible.

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175, or on the online Contact Form.  Select "Contact the Police Department" from the “I want to” drop down menu. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

A Great Way to Contribute

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There are currently 3 spots on the Planning Commission, 2 spots on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and 3 spots on the Open Space and Ecology Committee that are open for you to apply for.  Serving on a City Commission or Committee is a great way to make a real difference in your community, as you'll be able to make recommendations to the City Council as you work directly with community members.  To apply please fill out the application form and return it to Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, City of Brisbane, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005.  You can also fax it in to (415) 467-4989 or e-mail it to  The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2012.  So take a moment to think about the difference you can make in 2012 and beyond in your community and get your application in!

New Live Streaming Provider

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Since August 2009, live streaming of cable Ch. 27 has been available on the City's website, via the Live Streaming page.  That way, residents who aren't Comcast subscribers, or may be out of town, could still tune in to their local government-access channel and catch things such as live City Council meetings.  With our previous streaming provider, Upstream, having gotten bought out and changing their pricing structure to a pay-as-you-go model, it was a great opportunity for the City to shop around for a streaming provider who could offer a service that was within the City's budget, and compatible on mobile devices including non-Flash supported devices, such as iPhones and iPads (Upstream used a Windows Media Player for its streaming service, which is incompatible with most devices on the market nowadays). 

The City worked with MCTV, who manages the channel, its IT Manager Albert Duro, and web developer C.J. MacDonald before choosing to go with Ustream as its new live streaming provider.  For a neater viewing experience on your handheld device or tablet, download the Ustream app.  Once installed, type "brisbaneca" into the search box and begin watching the channel.  Alternatively, the channel can be viewed on the Live Streaming page or on the Ustream website.  Note: if you are only getting audio but no picture, it is due to your Internet speed and you should check with your service provider.  For any other issues while viewing the channel, please let Caroline Cheung, Administrative Management Analyst, know at (415) 508-2157 or