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Early Friday Morning Call

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There are many in town who have reported a call from the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) which took place this past Friday morning at approximately 6:20am.  Unfortunately, the call was a missing person report, and even more disheartenening, the elderly man who had gone missing from his Daly City home Thursday evening was found deceased on Friday afternoon in Lake Merced.  Click here for the news article.

You may be wondering, So why the call still, and at such an early hour?  Well for one, the Daly City Police Department alerted the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to send out a missing person alert utilizing the automated telephone emergency notification system (T.E.N.S.).  This is a separate system from SMC Alert, which is a digital alerting system that will send a text message to cell phones, pagers or email addresses. Residents just need to sign up for SMCAlert, which is a free service except for any texting fees charged by a person’s cell phone service.  In this case, SMC Alert was utilized first, resulting in some residents either getting an e-mail or text, or both, on Thursday evening, and mostly everyone in the community getting the early morning call the next day.  It is not known exactly when the Daly City Police Department made the decision to utilize the T.E.N.S. in addition to SMC Alert, but when they did, it was specified to County OES that the entire region from Hwy 380 north to Daly City be called.  This amounted to an estimated 120,000 telephone numbers. 

The way T.E.N.S. works is that it first creates a table based on the database of telephone numbers provided by the phone companies every two weeks.  After determining which numbers fall within the notification boundaries, the table is sent to the dialing system which begins firing off calls at a rate of 400 per minute.  With 120,000 numbers in the queue, it was going to take at least 6 hours and 40 minutes.  According to Jeff Norris with the Sheriff's OES, every effort was made to shut the system down, but due to the queue of numbers already in the dialing system, which itself has several calling centers across the U.S., including Denver and Cincinnati, there was no way to stop it.  Thus, calls came ringing through in Brisbane early on Friday morning, when there was still hope for missing Jaeson Chon to be found and returned home to his family.

Hopefully, the next time the T.E.N.S. warning system is utilized in an emergency situation, its dissemination capabilities will allow it to reach Brisbane citizens in a timely manner, who can then, and undoubtedly would, do what's necessary to come to the aid of someone in need.

Jim Skeels Recognized 1/18

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Before business got underway at this past Wednesday's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Jim Skeels was recognized by the Commission for the many projects in Brisbane he oversaw over the years as Director of Parks and Recreation.  To see the Proclamation which was presented to Jim at the end of 2012, which lists all of those projects, please click here.  Along with current Commissioners Cris Hart, Bonnie Bologoff and Renee Marmion, past Commissioners Linda Mannion, Dan Waters, and Ken Walker were present to wish Jim their best, as well as autograph Jim's newest basketball.  Congratulations, Jim, as you "bounce" into retirement!  Your dedication to the profession has definitely made its mark, all over Brisbane!

Brisbane's Champion Athletes

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On January 17, 2012, Mayor Cliff Lentz, on behalf of the Brisbane City Council, presented Amateur Boxing World Champions Charlie Sheehy and Andre Conway with commendations at the beginning of the evening's City Council meeting.

In return, Charlie and Andre presented Mayor Lentz with a signed pair of boxing gloves and thanked the Council for their recognition.

Mayor Lentz then presented each member of the 5th and 8th Grade Girls California State Basketball Champions with commendations and congratulated them on their accomplishments.  The audience area was a sea of Brisbane blue.

The following girls from the 5th Grade team were recognized:

5th grade Gold medalists: Valeria Avila, Brittney Cedeno, Yasmin Jimenez, Illeana Carrillo, Leilah Huerta, Jasmine Gonzales, Aliyah  Arcillas, Ariana Margate, Giselle Jimenez,  and Jessica DeLaTorre

After they each received a commendation, the girls presented Mayor Lentz with a team banner, which the Mayor then asked each of the team members to sign.

Then it was time to recognize the 8th Grade Bronze Medalists: Mira Avila, Silvana Padilla, Marina Aguilar, Arianna Sheehy, Emily Reyes, Tamirah Gallaread, Tess Tanaka, Gabby Jajeh, Bianca DeLaTorre, Tatiana Jimenez, Jasmine Barnard.

After receiving their commendations, the girls presented Mayor Lentz with a Brisbane Warriors "Mayor" jersey, which Mayor Lentz asked them to sign as well.

Coach Rich Avila and Assistant Coaches Jose Jimenez, Randy Jajeh, and Richie Egusquiza were all there for Mayor Lentz to thank for their dedication and time in coaching each team.

Congratulations to all of Brisbane's Champion Athletes!  You really make this City of Stars shine more brightly.

Get on Nextdoor

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At their January 17, 2012 City Council meeting, the Council announced that it would help to publicize Nextdoor (, the first private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Brisbane residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets.  Knowing that there already exist other online forums in Brisbane for citizens to ask questions and get recommendations, publicizing Nextdoor only serves to point residents to yet another way to get connected.  With all that technology affords us these days, hopefully Nextdoor can serve as another launchpad for the citizens of Brisbane to further share, connect, and engage with one another.  To see what Nextdoor can do, check out the video below: 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/18/2012

City of Brisbane
Interested In Serving Your Community?
Apply to Serve on a City Commission or
Committee. Call 508-2113 for Details an
an Application

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Zumba Classes
Sundays, 8:30 am, Community Ctr.
Information: 508-2140

Recycle Your Beverage Containers

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There have been plenty of great ideas that have come through on the City's Civic Participation Project.  One of them involved adding more recycling bins around the City.  Upon closer inspection, the Community Park had receptacles intended for recycling beverage containers already...they just didn't have the proper signage to indicate to do so!  Using a small portion of its state recycling money, the City procured 5 lamacoid signs that were affixed to the receptacles this past week.  So be sure to throw your beverage containers into the proper receptacle.  There is also a collection bin located near the picnic tables for you to place your cans in there.  Proceeds from recycling those containers goes towards the Brisbane School District.  Thank you in advance for your Earth-conscious recycling efforts!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/9/2012

Brisbane Lions Club Presents
"A Celebration of the Stars"
Tues., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Slide Show and Refreshments, All Welcome

Live at Mission Blue Presents
String Quintets
New Esterahzy Quartet with Elizabeth LeGuin
Sat., Jan 14, 8 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets Available at the door

Posted 1/4/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Dorothy Nagy
Brisbane Resident since 1946
Svcs.- Sun, Jan 8th, 3 pm, Masonic Temple, SSF


City of Brisbane
Interested In Serving Your Community?
Apply to Serve on a City Commission or
Committee. Call 508-2113 for Details or
an Application

Supreme Court Decision

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On Dec. 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court ruled on California Redevelopment Association (CRA) v. Ana Matosantos by upholding AB x1 26, the redevelopment elimination bill, and striking down AB x1 27, the bill which would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation as long as they made payments to the state. As it currently stands, redevelopment agencies will be dissolved on Feb. 1.  Click here to read more about the court’s decision.

On Monday, January 9th, the Council will be deciding whether the City will serve as both the Successor Agency and Successor Housing Agency to the former Brisbane Redevelopment Agency.  Click here to read the City Attorney’s staff report which will be presented to the Council this coming Monday, January 9th.  The meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall – 50 Park Place, Brisbane – and will be played on Ch. 27 as well as streamed live on the City’s website at

New Rates Reflected

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If you received your water/sewer bill (due Feb. 5th) in the mail this past week and wondered why it seemed higher than usual, it's because this bill reflected the rate increase City Council approved back in July of last year.  A letter from the Administrative Services Director was also enclosed, which further detailed the rate increase and made known that Council's policy to allow ratepayers on the City's Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) program would not be affected by the rate increase.  This program provides a discount to people who are already on PG&E's CARE program.  If you qualify for LIRA but are not yet enrolled, just bring a copy of your most recent PG&E bill to Debra at the Finance Counter in City Hall and get signed up.  For more information about water/sewer rates, including FAQs, check out the Utility Billing page on the City's website.

January 2012 CityNews

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Click here to read the January 2012 CityNews.