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SFO Roundtable Meeting 1/7/16

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Mayor Cliff Lentz invites those concerned about SFO airplane noise to the SFO Community Roundtable's next Technical Working Group meeting, slated for January 7, 2016 at SFO.  They will be discussing Departures from 9:00am - 11:30am and Arrivals from 1:00pm - 3:30pm.  They will also be focusing on how the Roundtable can constructively engage the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties, released in November 2015 and what potential next steps they might take to be effective partners in this process.  Click here to view the meeting agenda and location information.  Note: there will also be a conference call/webcast option available for those unable to attend in-person.

FAA officials have also been invited to attend this Technical Working Group meeting.  We look forward to a meaningful and productive collaboration with the FAA and elected officials to provide real noise abatement mitigation to the Bay Area.

Business License Letter

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The City recently selected MuniServices as a partner to assist the City's staff in processing business licenses and collecting the annual business license tax, which is based on a business's gross receipts.  If you are a Brisbane business owner, you probably have received by now a letter that looks like the one pictured right (click to enlarge).  This letter informs business owners that the City is extending the grace period to submit payment without penalties until February 29, 2016.  It also states that a renewal package will be sent in January with a form customized for their business.  Upon receipt of the renewal package, please review it carefully and notify MuniServices of any changes needed to your account.  For any questions, please call MuniServices at 1-866-240-3665 or e-mail bizlicensesupport@muniservices.com .  Thank you for your patience as this transition gets underway!

January 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the January 2016 Marina Newsletter

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/30/2015


Happy New Year!


Posted 12/23/2015


Happy Holidays!


New Year, New You!  #Conqueror
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Brisbane Baylands

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We would like to thank the Planning Commission for their efforts in the Baylands planning process.  Over the fall/early winter, they held 10 public hearings cumulatively exceeding 34 hours, and heard from over 100 speakers.  In January, the Planning Commission will start deliberating on what recommendation they will make to the City Council regarding the Baylands.  These deliberations will be open to the public and are tentatively scheduled for the Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings, which fall on second and fourth Thursdays of every month and start at 7:30 pm.  This schedule is subject to change.  For the most current scheduling information, please refer to the Baylands Schedule of Hearings page.

Council Budget Process

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Every June, the Council adopts a budget that will guide the following fiscal year’s activities.  This is probably one of the most paramount motions the Council takes each year, as the budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (in this year’s case, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). 

But, if you’ve ever watched a Council budget hearing, which usually start in early June, you’ll know that the budget wasn’t the result of work completed in just the prior month.  It takes MONTHS to ensure the budget is pulled together in a clear and meaningful fashion for the community.  The 2016-17 budget process will start in January, with the Council’s Retreat/Workshop.  This is a meeting that is always open to the public and where the Council will talk over what their priorities will be going forward in fiscal year 2016-17. 

This Workshop will help to inform the overall budget process, which includes the City Manager and Finance staff meeting with the rest of the City’s departments to prepare the budget.  In May, the City Manager and Finance staff work especially close with the Council Subcommittee to develop the presentation of the budget to the community.  Budget hearings kick off in June, and begin with the City Manager presenting the recommended budget to the Council and community.  The budget is usually adopted in late June.

If you’d like to take a look at the most current Budget-in-Brief (2015-16), then you can find copies of the tri-fold brochure at City Hall and the Library.  It can also be viewed on the City’s website here.  This 2-page document provides a basic overview of the City’s revenues and expenditures as related to the General Fund, the fund which finances most of the City’s services such as Police/Fire Safety.  Once again, stay tuned for budget hearings kicking off in June!  Or, if you’re curious to get involved earlier, send an e-mail to Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger at schillinger@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Climate Fact #1

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Climate facts are created by Glenn Fieldman, member of the Open Space and Ecology Committee.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

The U.S Energy Information Administration website has more information about burning of gasoline here and formation of Carbon dioxide here.

Skatepark Update

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Existing skatepark to be replaced by new concrete surfaced skatepark.  Photo by Kevin Fryer.

At their December 17th meeting, the City Council voted to approve the final design of the new Brisbane Skatepark and authorized staff to put the plans and specifications out to bid.  This brings us one step closer to there being an updated, entirely concrete surfaced skatepark in town for Brisbane’s youth to enjoy for decades to come.

The community to date has raised over $34,000.  This is through the sale of bricks (thank you for your energy and hard work to that end, Jennifer Bousquet!), past Downtown Brisbane Car Shows (thank you for your organization, Tony Lukezic!), and the sale of Brisbane Skatepark t-shirts (thank you Michael Barnes and your team of skatepark advocates!).  Thank you also to DeeDee Porter for contacting contractors and initiating in-kind donations (this resulted in approximately $40,000 in committed in-kind donations!).  Brisbane business owner Tony Verreos is spearheading one last push to ensure that all businesses that want to be a part of helping make this project a reality are included.  Note: If you’re not a business owner but would like to still make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Caroline Cheung at City Hall at ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2157.

Stay informed on Skatepark updates here via the City's website, the City's Facebook page, and the Facebook group, Brisbane SkateparkAnd, of course, the progress will continue to be documented in the monthly City STAR publication as the project moves forward.

Fly Safe with your Drone

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Did you know that if you fly a drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system?  Under the law, your drone is an aircraft.  So, while the rules for drones may be different, you have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does.  The FAA has developed this safety checklist (PDF) that you, as a pilot, should use whenever you send a drone into the sky.  We want you to fly safe, fly smart – and have fun.

Council Reorg Meeting Recap

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Last night, the Council Chambers was filled to the brim with community members as we honored Councilmember Miller for his 16 years of service on the Council and over 32 years of public service to the Brisbane community.  Click here to view his Proclamation, which provides a comprehensive overview of how he served the community over the years.

He was awarded resolutions from San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin...all of them thanking him for the wisdom, leadership, and balance he brought to every committee or commission he served on within the County.


Photo by Kevin Fryer


Photo by Kevin Fryer

Council then adopted Resolution 2015-44, adopting the County's Certification of Votes from the November 3rd General Municipal Election to fill two Council seats.  Newly-elected Councilmember Madison Davis and re-elected Councilmember Terry O'Connell were elected to serve on the City Council through December 2019.  The two were then sworn in together by Senator Hill. 

The Council then elected to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Cliff Lentz as Mayor and Councilmember Lori Liu as Mayor Pro Tem, both of whom were officially sworn in to their new positions by Senator Hill. 


Photo by Kevin Fryer


Photo by Kevin Fryer

Former Mayor Terry O'Connell was then recognized by Mayor Lentz for her service to the Brisbane community during the previous year.  The Council then heard from newest (and youngest ever) Councilmember, Madison Davis, who expressed her excitement to be able to learn from and serve alongside her fellow Councilmembers.

We thank all of those who came to this special Council Reorganization Meeting, who also went home with the City's newest history book!

Click here to view additional photos and video highlights from the event.