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Mayor Cliff Lentz provided the City's 2016 State of the City Address last Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane. Take a look at project highlights from the past year, and those to come by watching the recording below, which will also be played back on Ch. 27 through the first part of 2017. Thank you to the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce for hosting this annual event! Click here to view the slides from the Mayor's PowerPoint presentation.
Each year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the State of the City Address, which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane and attended by residents as well as members of the business community. Taking place just two days after the U.S. Presidential Election, Mayor Lentz started off with the notion of what change means. It could mean going to something new, or something different, or going back to something that used to be. Being in Brisbane for the past 27 years, he has seen a lot of change, but has come to know that in Brisbane, “We do change because we want to make our town better.” And there are things that haven’t changed since the day he’s arrived – “having a safe community, a community that takes care of each other, that connectivity to nature, the great services, having responsible government – those things still exist today and we’re thriving in those areas, and many others.” He then went into detail on projects and events that show where we’ve been and where we’re going.
An example community project that shows our collaborative effort is the new Brisbane Skatepark, which opened this past summer. It started as a grassroots effort with students coming to a Council Meeting to encourage Council’s support of building a new skatepark. It gained momentum in the community, with t-shirt sales and car show proceeds going towards the project, along with families, individuals and businesses reserving bricks in the Commit-to-a-Brick campaign that were placed at the entrance to the Skatepark once construction wrapped up. Others made in-kind donations with the services their business offered and the city received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. All of this offset the total Skatepark construction costs by nearly 20%, making it a truly collaborative and community effort.
Mayor Lentz also highlighted the plans for the new Brisbane Library, something many in the community have wanted for a very long time. This will be a fantastic addition to our downtown, which will be 2.5 times the size of the current library. The plans include a maker space site, separate teen and children areas, breakrooms, a community space, a historic archive area, an open outside courtyard, just to name a few items. Not only will the new library have amazing design qualities, it will be built very sustainably. The plans include a rainwater cistern, solar panels, and be zero net emissions/carbon-neutral. Just as we always take on projects with a very strong emphasis on community engagement, the same will be done as we move forward to determine the use(s) of the old library site.
The Mayor touched on Priority-Based Budgeting and the five results/categories that the City Council is committed to adopting fiscal plans around. The five results are:
- Ensuring Brisbane is a SAFE community
- Enhancing residents’ lives through COMMUNITY BUILDING
- Promoting ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY
- Creating opportunities through ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, and
- Safeguarding community services through FISCAL PRUDENCE
In considering the City’s financial state, more money has brought in than what has been spent, which then get placed into reserves. Specifically, the City’s reserves have been increased by nearly $5 million in 4 years (2012-2015). These reserves are then able to fund programs for the Teens, such as the $50,000 that is applied to help fund the Afterschool Program at Lipman where it’s been seen that so many more Teens are involved in afterschool programs than ever before. We’ve also been able to install new handrails on stairways in town that aid in Brisbane’s walkability and safety. The City is also caught up on deferred maintenance at the Pool, Storm Drain System, trails and paths. Funds have also been set aside for repair and maintenance of infrastructure and to reduce long-term liabilities.
Upcoming projects include the Parkside Precise Plan, where locations across the street from the Community Park and near amenities were identified as sites for future housing, including affordable housing. The hope is for all Brisbane residents, from the younger generation(s) to seniors, the ability to age in place and to live out the rest of their lives in dignity.
Sierra Point is starting to get a lot of traction with building going on in San Francisco and down the Peninsula to Silicon Valley. Before everything is built out, one of the things the City wants to do is to create a great public space. Therefore, the City is working with OPUS, a property owner out at Sierra Point, to have already-existing uses in their development agreement such as R&D or a hotel and in return, the City potentially getting back the piece of property to one day create this public space.
The Mayor concluded his remarks with talking about the Baylands Project and the Baylands Sustainability Framework. The public process for the Baylands Project started in 2006 and where the Council is embarking on its deliberations and reviewing the project and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on a monthly basis through Spring 2017. In 2017, the Council will decide if any changes are needed to be made to the General Plan. Ultimately, the Council has expressed that the final outcome of the Baylands development will be decided by Brisbane voters.
The City of Brisbane has been recognized by the Institute for Local Government for its holistic view at tackling climate change and reducing its carbon footprint. Stay tuned for community workshops that will be held in early 2017 to help the community become more aware about these principles that will guide any development that occurs at the Baylands.
On November 3rd, the Brisbane City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 611, which prohibits smoking of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in multi-unit residences. This pertains to the enclosed and unenclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence, unless it is a designated smoking area. Brisbane will join about 20 other cities or county unincorporated areas in Northern California requiring multi-unit housing to be smoke-free. Note: This ordinance does not apply to those with a medical marijuana card. Enforcement will be deferred six months, or until the first part of June, in order for property owners and tenants to become aware of the new regulations and take any necessary measures to comply with the ordinance. If there are complaints, they should be directed to the City's Code Enforcement Officer at (415) 508-2172. The Code Enforcement Officer will work with the County in educating the offender before enforcing the ordinance.
It was a beautiful morning to honor those who selflessly served in the armed forces and risked their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. Thank you to all who attended the City's Annual Flag-Raising Event! Next year, we hope to see even more Veterans out at the Community Park that live in this beautiful City of Stars.
Special thanks to Jeri Sulley and Kathy Wall who led everyone in singing the Star Spangled Banner, the Brisbane Police Department for escorting our oldest Veteran, Charles E. (Chuck) Blunt and his wife, Helen, to the event -- Chuck served as a Sergeant in World War II and has 2 Purple Hearts, and the Brisbane Public Works Dept. and Parks and Recreation Dept. for their assistance with today's ceremony. It was also great to see so many in Public Safety at the event - we are truly grateful for all those that wear the badge and protect the lives and welfare of Brisbane and its citizens!
The City of Brisbane, along with all other cities in San Mateo County, contracts with the County of San Mateo Elections Office. The County counts and posts the election results. The County has, by State Law, up to 28 days to certify the election results, at which point they will become official. In the meantime, election results will be updated at 4:30pm on November 10, 15, 18, and 23, 2016.
You can check these updates by going to www.shapethefuture.org.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.
is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.
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Mayor Lentz and Councilmember Terry O'Connell held an Airport Noise Workshop on Friday, November 4th at 6pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall. It was broadcast live on Ch. 27 and live-streamed on the City's website. Below is the recorded meeting video: