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Housing Element Update Process

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Beginning this Thursday, the Planning Commission will embark on the process to update the City's 2007-2014 Housing Element.  An effective Housing Element provides the necessary conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families and workers.  The Housing Element update process provides a vehicle for establishing and updating housing and land-use strategies reflective of changing needs, resources, and conditions.  For example, it can provide a vehicle for cities to adopt housing and land-use strategies to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

While the Housing Element must address specific State statutory requirements, it is ultimately a local plan and should reflect the vision and priorities of the community.  So, if you would like to get involved in the public process of drafting the City's 2015-2022 Housing Element, you can start by attending this Thursday's Planning Commission Meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane).  Click here for the meeting's agenda.  The subject of this meeting will be an overview of the State-required components of the Housing Element.  Also, if you would like to be added to the City's e-mail distribution list to receive news and information related to the 2015-2022 Housing Element, please send an e-mail to Angel Ibarra in the Planning Department at, a 2015-2022 Housing Element page has been created which will house all the documents and information related to the public process.  The Planning Commission and Council look forward to engaging with you as this important update gets underway!

Myoporum Replacement at Marina

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Back in October of 2011, the first phase to replace the Myoporum shrubs and trees located between the parking lot and the paved walkway at the Marina (near Docks 1 & 2) got underway.  This was due to an infestation of the pest Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip.  This invasive pest was discovered over 5 years ago, and after significant investigation and efforts to utilize Integrated Pest Management (non-pesticide) techniques failed, a decision was made to replace the trees, whose leaves had turned brown and begun to curl (see right). 

The City Council was first advised of the plan to replace the Myoporum during the Sierra Point Landscape and Lighting District hearings on July 6, 2010, and continued to fund this work through subsequent budgets.

Replacement trees will include a mix of native trees and other trees on the City’s Approved Street Tree List which are identified as not vulnerable to this pest, flowering trees that attract native California bees, trees that serve well as a windscreen and do well with salt spray, and trees that meet the approval of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

Contractors are completing the Myoporum Replacement Project near the north shore, at the north end of the parking lot, so parking near the lot's northern edge may be limited.  Prior to the replanting scheduled to begin the week of March 10, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient.  Please exercise caution near the work area.  We thank the Community for their patience as this project nears its completion!  For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Silverspot Luau

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Silverspot Cooperative Nursery SchoolSpending spring break in Hawaii?  If a Hawaiian vacation isn’t in your travel plans this year, head to Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane) on Sunday, March 9 for a mini tropical getaway at Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School’s 11th Annual Luau!  Enjoy a fabulous feast and entertainment by Bozwick the Clown and hula dancers as you join in the fun of the silent auction.  You may even win a raffle prize of $500!

Your tropical getaway runs from 1pm-5pm and tickets are $15 per adult/$5 per child.  Beer and wine are available at the cash bar and all proceeds benefit Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School in Brisbane.  Click here for more information.

Silverspot Luau - ŸSunday, March 9 - 1pm-5pm Ÿ- Mission Blue Center - $15/adult, $5/child

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/21/2014


City of Brisbane now hiring
Police Service Aide – Part Time
Applications accepted starting February 24, 2014

Brisbane Library
Family Yoga
Sat., Feb 22, 1:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
No experience necessary, Info: 467-2060


Posted 2/20/2014


Help Launch Brisbane
Village Helping Hands
Thu., Feb. 20, 6:30, 50 Park Pl.


Posted 2/18/2014

City of Brisbane now hiring
Administrative Assistant – Full Time
Applications accepted starting February 19, 2014
100 applications reached - no more being accepted


Be the Street Meme Contest

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Meme what you say, Say what you meme (just make sure it trashes litter).

Be the Street is running a meme contest for the best anti-litter/pro-community memes!  Log on to to choose a photo and enter to win cash prizes.  View a sample.

The contest is open to Bay Area residents - ages 14 to 24 - only.  Deadline for entries is March 17, 2014 and winners will be chosen on March 24, 2014. Four categories of prizes will be awarded:

  • Most popular: $100
  • Best meme, ages 14-18: $100
  • Best meme, ages 19-24: $100
  • Grand prize: $250

Be the Street, a division of the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, is a community committed to keeping our Bay Area streets clean and safe

Habitat Restoration Day

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2014 Habitat Restoration Day at Costaños Canyon for Earth Day. 

Save the Date: Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am - 1:00pm

Bring family, friends and neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore the canyon’s native habitat.  Please wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them.  All ages and abilities welcome!  More details to come in future announcements, so keep an eye out here and for the April City STAR newsletter

For more information and to RSVP, please call (415) 508-2118 or e-mail

Click here to view photos from last year's Habitat Restoration Day, where 30 volunteers came to help out!

HEART Homebuyer Workshop

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Heart logo mediumTogether HEART (the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County) and Meriwest Mortgage offer a downpayment assistance program for well-qualified families who want to buy their first home up to $521,250 in San Mateo County with 5% down and no PMI insurance. 

Find out more at the free first time homebuyer workshop:

When:  Wednesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Where: South San Francisco Municipal Building

33 Arroyo Drive

South San Francisco, CA 94080 


What is the HEART program and how do I qualify?

  • Live or work in San Mateo County  
  • Family income up to $150K
  • 680 FICO score or better  
  • Buyer must have 5% down
  • Purchase price up to $521,250 
  • Buyer may purchase a house or condo anywhere in San Mate County except Daly City
  • Mortgage offered by Meriwest Mortgage
  • Downpayment loan up to $78,225 thru HEART

 Find out more about the program here.

February 2014 Citynews

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Click here to read the February 2014 Citynews

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/11/2014

City of Brisbane
Job openings coming soon:
Administrative Assistant – Full Time
Public Service Aide – Part-time
Positions will be posted on


Posted 2/10/2014

Brisbane Eagles
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Feb. 15, 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Pork Lion, Potatoes, Veggies & Salad,  $10.00


Health Insurance Information

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It’s not too late to get health insurance!  The San Mateo County Human Services Agency is here to help you navigate the selection process and enroll you in the available health insurance plans.  Their team of dedicated professionals will be on-site at the following locations to assist with enrollment, health insurance, and other eligible programs:

Saturday, February 22 : 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Congregational Church of San Mateo, Kloss Hall
225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo
Saturday, March 1 : 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
Saturday, March 8 : 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Community United Methodist Church
777 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay
Saturday, March 15 : 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Broadmoor Presbyterian Church
377 87th St., Daly City
Saturday, March 15 : 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Siena Youth Center
2625 Marlborough Ave., Redwood City

The following HSA offices will be open
Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 15: 271 92nd St., Daly City
March 1: 2500 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City
March 22: 400 Harbor Blvd., Bldg. “B”, Belmont

For more information, view the flyers (in English and Spanish) or visit their website,