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Make your garden sustainable and “green” in every sense of the word by planting California native plants. Save water, save energy, and save money. Provide habitats for birds and butterflies. Above all, add beauty and a sense of place to your garden. This lecture, taking place Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:00pm at the Brisbane Library, will be given by California Native Plant Society (CNPS) professionals and experts in native plant landscaping. The California Native Plant Society is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Take advantage of this County Library Program happening right here in Brisbane!
Applications for the Brisbane Lions Club Scholastic Achievement Awards are due Monday, April 16, 2012. Grant awards range from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be current Brisbane residents for one year or longer. See the application form for exceptions. Mail your application to the Lions or submit it electronically to BrisbaneLionScholars@gmail.com. Printed application forms are also available at City Hall and the Library. Best of luck to all!
A seat on the City's Open Space and Ecology Committee is open and the City is currently accepting applications.
The primary responsibility of the Open Space/Ecology Committee is to make recommendations to the City Council on the implementation of relevant programs and policies of the Open Space and Conservation Elements as well as the sustainability parts of the Local Economic Development chapter of the General Plan. That responsibility includes preparing drafts of the relevant, regular reports called for in the General Plan, such as the annual report on the status of open space.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
1-Two-year term ending is available to apply for. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 24th.
If interested, download the application and submit it to Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off to her at City Hall - don't delay!
This April, San Bruno Mountain Watch is offering the following 8 hikes to highlight the wonderful diveristy of its natural habitats. Take advantage of hiking on the Mountain with knowledgable leaders this Spring!
- Sunday April 1st: Leader - Michele Salmon
- Saturday April 7th: Leader - Paul Bouscal, Sierra Club hike
- Easter Sunday April 8th: Leader - Michele Salmon
- Sunday April 15th: Leaders - John Haffner and Christine Martens
- Saturday April 21st: Leader - Paul Bouscal, Sierra Club hike
- Saturday April 21st: Leader Ginny Anderson, Intergenerational Hike
call 650-323-4494 for details***
- Sunday April 22nd: Leaders - Christine Hansell and Jerry Bolick
- Sunday April 29th: Leader - David Schooley, Founder of San Bruno Mountain Watch
*** this hike meets at San Bruno Mountain State Park headquarters
Hikes meet at 10:00am at the San Bruno Mountain Watch Office (44 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane). More information on the Spring Hikes can be found by clicking here.
Retirement is quite a milestone to reach, and Leland Simmonds, Public Works Maintenance Worker for the City of Brisbane, after 32 years of service, has done it. Chances are, you've seen Leland around town, but if not, you undoubtedly have seen the results of his hard work and labor. Having worked on many facility improvements over the years, which included even the installation of bike racks on Visitacion, Leland retired from the City working on the Public Works Utilities Team. Last Friday, March 16th, Leland was honored by the City at his retirement party amidst many family members, friends, and of course, colleagues. He will truly be missed around Brisbane, but as the Proclamation below reads, he has been declared "an honored resident of Brisbane, forever welcome at all city events, and considered for all purposes as a resident in perpetuity of our grateful town". We wish you all the best, Leland, as you continue to volunteer your time as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for San Mateo County, spend time with your family, and as you travel to other parts of the nation, and the world. You deserve it.
A PROCLAMATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF
THE CITY OF BRISBANE RECOGNIZING
MAINTENANCE WORKER LELAND SIMMONDS
UPON HIS RETIREMENT
WHEREAS, Leland Simmonds, a native son born and raised in Brisbane, recklessly immigrated to the City of Pacifica, yet chose to work in his first community; and
WHEREAS, Leland has devoted 32 years to “Providing Quality Service” to the citizens of Brisbane; and
WHEREAS, public service is a noble calling that involves providing a broad range of services that are an integral part of our citizens’ daily lives; and
WHEREAS, public works infrastructure, facilities and services are of vital importance to the health, safety, well-being and comfort of the citizens of the City of Brisbane; and
WHEREAS, such facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals such as Leland, who are responsible for operating and maintaining these systems; and
WHEREAS, Leland’s tenure with the city includes working with the City of Brisbane’s first Public Works Department employee, Emil Echeberry; and
WHEREAS, Leland has seen firsthand and personally labored on many of the improvements made in this city, including the Community Park, the Swimming Pool, Lipman Field, the Marina, City Hall, and the Fire House; and
WHEREAS, in addition to his full-time employment with the City, Leland serves bravely as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brisbane thanks Leland Simmonds and hereby declares him an honored resident of Brisbane, welcome forever at all city events, and considered for all purposes as a resident in perpetuity of our grateful town.
Approved this 16th Day of March, 2012.
Mayor of the City of Brisbane
Construction signs along the southbound side of Bayshore just before Old County Rd. may have caught your eye in recent days. The City and County of San Francisco, acting by and through its Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”), owns and operates a regional water system that serves San Francisco and 27 wholesale water customers, including the City of Brisbane. The SFPUC’s water system includes Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 (CS2), which is located in the SFPUC's right of way that is situated in part within the limits of the City. Starting today and ending early next week, the San Francisco Water Dept., in conjunction with the Brisbane Public Works Utilities Team, will be testing the bypass which is shown in the photo above, put in place to prepare for the upcoming work on CS2 to ensure it will be able to continue providing adequate water pressure, quality, and reliability to the customers it serves. This is an important step, and will lead up to the time when potions of the existing Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 within the City's right of way will be repaired or replaced, for the purpose of improving the seismic reliability, water delivery, and drought-management goals outlined in the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), for the benefit of the City's residents and businesses. This work will take place over the next five months. To read more about the WSIP, please click here.
The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers FREE Landscape Education Classes in the Spring and Fall of each year. Classes are designed to introduce homeowners, commercial property managers, landscape service providers, and others to the concepts of sustainable landscaping, focusing on creating beautiful, water-efficient gardens. See this year's schedule of classes offered throughout the Bay Area at www.bawsca.org/classes .
If you enjoy gardening, plan your water-wise garden! Click here to be taken to the Water-Wise Gardening in the Bay Area website. A helpful tutorial of BAWSCA's Water-Wise Gardening website can be viewed by clicking here.
This is news rejoicing over. For a long time, the City has tried to have a farmers' market come to town. But due to the city's small population size, Brisbane was looked over time and time again. But no longer! West Coast Farmers Market Association considers Brisbane to be the PERFECT location for a year-round farmers market. With the City's tight-knit community, attractive Community Park, and large business population, WCFMA sees the ability for a farmers' market in Brisbane to succeed indefinitely.
At this past Monday's City's Council meeting, the Council approved WCFMA's contract with the City, upon amendment to reflect their requested changes. One of those changes had to do with making it very clear to the community the hours the market would run. Therefore, they will be 3:00pm - 7:00pm during non-Daylight Savings months (March - November, usually) and 2:00pm - 5:30pm during Daylight Savings months (November - March, usually). So just think: when Daylight Savings begins/ends, the hours of the farmers' market will also shift.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know for now, though, is that the farmers market will be STARTING ON THURSDAY, APRIL 5th, IN THE COMMUNITY PARK, from 3:00PM - 7:00PM. Plan to stop by the market and check it out! What you'll find there will most likely keep you coming back every Thursday after that.
For any questions about the market, contact either Caroline Cheung (508-2157, email@example.com) or WCFMA Executive Director Jerry Lami (650-290-3549; firstname.lastname@example.org). And if you're part of a local community organization and would like to put information/flyers out about your group, you'll be able to do so at an Information Booth that will be present every week at the market. Contact Jerry for more details.
More information on Brisbane's first farmers market to come as the launch date draws nearer! Stay tuned.