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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 11, 2:30pm - The contractors will be returning to prune the trees along the even-numbered side of the street the week of 6/23. Expected dates where that side of Visitacion will be closed to parking are Monday, the 23rd and Tuesday, the 24th, 7:00am - 5:00pm. Thanks again for your patience.
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Every other year, the Raywood Ash trees that line Visitacion Ave. get pruned back. In order for the contractors to effectively do so, the parking spaces need to be clear of vehicles. Since the contractors will be starting on the odd-numbered side of the street (the side of The 23 Club) on Monday, June 9th, there will be NO PARKING from 7:00am - 5:00pm that day. They will finish up the next day, Tuesday the 10th, on the opposite side of the street. Thank you for your assistance as this work is being completed. If you have any questions, you may call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
UPDATE: Friday, June 20, 11:37am - The City Council approved a contract with Spohn Ranch to develop a concept design for the skatepark in the amount of $14,500.
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The Joint Subcommittee of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission met last Thursday with staff to review the proposals submitted to the City in regards to its Skatepark Design Request for Proposals. At their meeting, the Joint Subcommittee selected skatepark design firm Spohn Ranch as the company they will be recommending the City enter into a contract with for facilitating meetings with the community in order to develop a concept design for the skatepark. It is anticipated that the recommedation will be presented to the City Council at their June 19th meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane and will be broadcast live on Ch. 27 as well as on the Live Streaming page on the City's website.
The City's annual Vegetation/Weed Abatement Management Program of its public property begins Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The contractor, Industrial Park Landscape, has worked in town since 1979 and is very knowledgeable of the areas known for excessive growth of vegetation/weeds, which become fire hazards in the dry months. The contractor will begin work along the railroad spurs in Crocker Industrial Park tomorrow morning and by Friday start working on the fire trail located at the end of Trinity Rd. After Memorial Day weekend, the contractors will work their way down to Kings, Humboldt, and San Mateo Lane. Please note: the contractor is working intermittently in different parts of the city (not necessarily doing Central Brisbane on consecutive days), as access and time permits. This program is being performed in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations and will be completed by July 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Cannon in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2136 or email@example.com .
UPDATE: June 12, 12:56pm - Zipcar has placed a new vehicle at the Police parking lot (entrance on Valley Dr.). Meet "Deepsea"!
Cost to Drive:
Weekday: Hourly ($10), Daily ($72), 7-7 ($62)
Weekend: Hourly ($11.50), Daily ($89)
Rates displayed include gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Sign up today!
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At their November 18th meeting, the City Council approved a recommendation by the Open Space & Ecology Committee for a two-year pilot program with Zipcar, Inc. for car-sharing services. “Movie”, a silver Toyota Prius, will be stationed at the Police parking lot on Valley Dr. and “Ireland”, a red Honda Insight Hybrid, will be stationed at the Park & Ride Lot on Bayshore Blvd. at Tunnel Ave. This program removes an obstacle faced by commuters who want to take public transit by providing fuel-efficient vehicles they can use for short trips during the day. The program also provides residents the opportunity to use alternative modes of transit, leave their cars at home, and/or even reduce the number of vehicles owned by providing a low-cost vehicle to use on an as-needed basis.
Zipcar members sign up online, and receive access to the Zipcars using a keyless entry. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or for up to several days, starting from $8.25/hour and $109/day for the pay-as-you-go plans or $7.43/hour or $98.10/day for the prepaid extra value plan. The reservation price includes gas, insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. Members can reserve Zipcars online (www.zipcar.com), over the phone, or by using Zipcar’s mobile applications for both iPhone and Android, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Brisbane’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing. Take advantage of this new service by signing up at www.zipcar.com and become a Zipster today!
To assist in re-envisioning the future of the Crocker Business Park, the City of Brisbane, in partnership with the Urban Land institute, undertook a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) earlier this year. Through the TAP, a panel of independent land use, economic and design professionals visited and analyzed Crocker Park, interviewed community stakeholders and developed a series of observations and recommendations for the City Council's consideration.
The Crocker Park TAP report has been finalized and can be found on the Crocker Industrial Park webpage. The TAP report is not yet scheduled for City Council review. Separate notification will be provided when the report is scheduled to come before the City Council.
UPDATE: June 11, 3:17pm - Congratulations to Community Gardeners Betsey da Silva, Bob Huffmaster (aka 'Weber' Bob, as he has planted Weber BBQ bowls in his garden plot), Tyler Coon, and Susan Sullivan Maynard on the final results from the San Mateo County Fair:
Dirt Compost Results:
1st - Tyler
2nd - Bob
3rd - Betsey
Worm Compost Results:
1st - Betsey
2nd - Susan
3rd - Tyler
Hurrah for Brisbane!
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For the past few years, Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan has been submitting compost entries from the Community Garden to be judged as part of the Fair's Sustainable Living division. The compost bins are sent to a laboratory where they are judged on texture, smell, and quanity of live organics (microscopic evaluation). The result? Seven blue ribbons proudly hanging in the Garden shed. Prize money has gone straight back into benefitting the Garden, such as buying blueberry bushes one year and tools other times. And worm composting in the Garden has expanded, thanks to donations of new stacking worm bins from SSF Scavenger and Recology. But special thanks goes to Susan for making sure others in the County know about the good work being done by Brisbane Community Gardeners!
Check out Brisbane's award-winning compost at the San Mateo County Fair, which opens next Saturday, June 7th (and runs until the 15th). If you get there early enough (by 11:00am), you'll get FREE Parking and FREE admission to the County Fair and get to participate in Disaster Preparedness Day!
This past Monday, June 2, the City Council began their first of 3 budget workshops (the next ones take place June 9 and June 11) before a proposed 2014-15 budget is adopted (anticipated June 19, 2014). The fiscal year for the city runs from July 1st to June 30th, and in this past year, the Council has seen a fair number of accomplishments. These accomplishments were mentioned as part of the Administrative Service Director's budget presentation and are as follows:
- Request For Proposals (RFP) for Skateboard Park Design
- Draft EIR for Baylands Completed
- Developed Action Plan for Sustainability Plan for Baylands
- Completed Fire Station Repairs
- Approved Financing Plan for Water and Sewer Projects
- Completed Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charette for Crocker Industrial Park
- Approved Business License for Liquid Storage Facilities
- Upgraded Technology for Police Department
- Approved Memoradum Of Agreement (MOA) for Baylands Dirt Storage
- Bought Additional Open Space in Brisbane Acres
Over the next few weeks, these topics will be covered in more detail. You'll also be able to read more about them in the Citynews publication, starting with the July CityNews & STAR, which covers the RFP for Skateboard Park Design and an update on the Baylands EIR process.
City of Brisbane
Quarry Rd. Clean Up
Sat., June 21, 9 am - 1 pm, Quarry Road
Info/RSVP: (415) 508-2118 or
Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Presentation: Vivek Mathrani, PhD
DABT Rick Assessment Practices @ DTSC
Tues., June 17th, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Surfers Farewell: Sat., June 14, 12:30 pm, Beach @ Sloat
Donate to Leukemia and Lymphoma Soc. in Memory of Chris