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New Brisbane Library Update

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At their March 15th City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to release the final design, plans, and specs of the New Brisbane Library so that qualified contractors could begin to bid on it.  The bid period will be open for a few months, with the construction contract estimated to be awarded by the Council in June, and construction starting shortly thereafter.  Staff and Library architect, Siegel & Strain, are aiming for the New Brisbane Library to open in time for the Fall 2019 school year. 

The Council at that 3/15 meeting also approved a $1.7 million low-interest loan with the County of San Mateo.  Both of these items amount to huge steps forward in the overall project.  If you’re excited about seeing the New Brisbane Library become a reality, the Friends of the Brisbane Library are looking for donations to meet their fundraising goal of $100,000.  They are over a third of the way there, and are nearing the point where a design for the donor recognition wall will be determined (see below).  If you are interested in learning more or would like to make a donation, please visit or contact Brisbane Library Branch Manager Francisco Vargas at

The location of the donor wall will be in the courtyard along the walkway between the library and the community room. This wall is approximately 17.5’ long and 9.5’ high.

Please Don't Use Rat Poison

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Re-post from 2016.  A worthy reminder not to use rat/gopher poison outside your home.  It directly affects beautiful creatures like this Red-tailed Hawk.

At the end of January, a resident found this Red-tailed Hawk and called the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to have it picked up.  When she called back to see about its condition, she was told it had to be euthanized due to organ failure.  What caused the organ failure is unclear, but the PHS asked that residents be reminded that poison baits have this effect on hawks and owls.  So, please, do not use rat/gopher poison outside for any reason.  Should you have an indoor pest problem such as rats or mice, check out this fact sheet Finding a Company that can Prevent Pest Problems, which can be found on the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program's website.  They also have a fact sheet dedicated to Keeping Rats and Mice Away from your Home.

SF Bay Restoration Authority

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Measure AA is expected to generate $25 million annually for Bay restoration over the next 20 years.

Funding from this measure will allow for the restoration of thousands of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, support our local economy, improve access to public lands, address flooding issues, and create thousands of new jobs.

The Authority's Governing Board seeks six individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Committee has three main roles:

  1. Annually review the Authority's conformance with Measure AA;
  2. Review the Authority's audits and expenditure and financial reports; and
  3. Publish an annual report of its findings, which will be posted on the Authority's website.

The Board seeks committee members from all four Bay Area regions and with special subject matter expertise.

Subject Matter Expertise: Each member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee must possess expertise in one or more of the following subject matters:

  • Water quality,
  • Pollution reduction,
  • Habitat restoration,
  • Flood protection,
  • Improvement of public access to the bay, or
  • Financing of these objectives.

Factors that Determine Ineligibility for Membership: No person may serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee who:

  • Is an elected official or government employee;
  • Has had or could have a financial interest in a decision of the Authority; or
  • Is affiliated with an organization associated with a member of the Governing Board.

Apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee by March 30, 2018.

For more information, visit the SF Bay Restoration Authority's website ( or contact Karen McDowell, Project Manager, SF Bay Restoration Authority, at or (415) 778-6685.


EV Charger First Month Stats

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Curious to know what kind of use the new EV Charging station at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center has been getting?
Below are starts for its first month of activation (2/14/18-3/14/18):
  • 60 unique drivers
  • 2,590 total kWh dispensed, an average of 89.3 kWh/day
To meet the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) goal of 75,000 kWh in 3 years (the City received a grant through BAAQMD, which largely funded the charging station), we need to average ~68.5 kWh/day, so we are tracking ~30% above that currently.
And if you're curious about the individual charging sessions, here are some more stats:
  • 220 total sessions, 7.59 average sessions per day 
  • Average session length is 26:45 minutes, with 91+% of sessions 45 minutes or less
ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 1,075 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 28 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.  Note: These estimates are very general and likely low for us considering our 100% GHG-free energy through PCE ECO100.
For those with Combo- or CHAdeMO-compatible EV's, keep charging away!

Signboard Postings

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 Posted 3/17/2018

The Collective Camp – ROAR
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+
Women 18yrs+

The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, March 25th, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!

Posted 3/14/2018

Brisbane Eagles Club
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Sat., Mar. 17th @ 2pm
185 Visitacion – Open to the Public!


New Fire Vehicle for Brisbane

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Last night before the City Council meeting, the Council and public in attendance got a first-hand look at Brisbane's new type 6 wildland fire vehicle.  This vehicle was acquired for its ability to traverse the hilly and tight upper streets of Brisbane and the hilly wildland terrain; it was built to be used in a wildland urban environment.  Unlike a normal fire engine, the type 6 has the ability to "pump and roll" and has the capacity to carry 350 gallons of water.  It is the first of its kind in San Mateo County, and we expect its aid and deployment to other parts of the region if needed.  For now, it will join Engine 81 at the Brisbane Fire Department.  Check out this video which was taken during last night's unveiling to learn more about Brisbane's new wildland type 6 vehicle.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/11/2018

Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Mar 14th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Josh Lee & JungHae Kim
Sat., Mar. 17th, 8pm, @ Mission Blue
Tickets Available at the Door

Posted 3/8/2018

Reach for a Star 5K
Sun., Mar. 11th @ Sierra Point
Women’s Race: 8am, All Comers: 9am
Community 1 Mile Run: 10am Shuttle Survey

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Your responses will help make improvements to the shuttle program.  Your responses and identity will remain completely confidential.
You can be entered in a drawing to win a $40 REI gift card by entering your email address at the end of the survey.  Good Luck!

Get Healthy San Mateo County

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Get Healthy San Mateo (GHSMC) is in the middle of their five-year strategic plan, and as part of that plan have created a video series which focuses on their community-identifed priorities, their connection to health, and some efforts underway to address the issue.  Did you know that 1 in 4 residents struggle with chronic health disease?  Learn about the earliest strategies that we can adopt that actually prevent the root cause of problems like these from developing.  We're sure you'll learn something new!

Re-Painting Downtown Streetlight Poles

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UPDATE: Friday, March 9 - Work was completed earlier this week on Wedneday, 3/7.  A total of forty-seven downtown Brisbane lightpoles got a fresh new coat of "Brisbane Green" commercial-grade paint applied.  Tell us in the comments below what you think of the end result!

Before & After, San Francisco Ave.

UPDATE: Friday, March 2 - due to weather, the contractor is scheduled to return on Monday, March 5 to finish painting.

Starting tomorrow morning, a contractor that some in town may already be familiar with as they've been re-painting the decorative streetlights on the Northeast Ridge over the past couple of years - B.M. Lynn Painting - will be starting prep work in advance of re-painting the light poles on Visitacion. Please be aware of the No Parking signs as they are posted. The contractor will also be re-painting the streetlight poles along San Bruno Ave. and San Francisco Ave. - 47 in total! They do commercial and industrial painting, and are familiar with Brisbane. After the prep work is finished, they will proceed with the exterior painting so long as the weather conditions allow. We look forward to the "after" photo and extend our thanks in advance to the community for its patience as this work on our main drag gets completed!