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By: Commander Robert Meisner
Traditionally, Police cars have been Black and White. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, departments began experimenting with different paint schemes, one of the more popular at the time being a variation of all white. In 1989, the Brisbane Police Department followed suit and began deploying the all white design that we’ve had ever since.
In the late 1990’s, police departments began a migration back to the traditional black and white. Reasons cited for switching back were: better visibility, tradition, officer morale, crime reduction and community relations by giving the citizens the added comfort of seeing a “united” law enforcement front.
The men and women of the Brisbane Police Department take pride in our image and appearance in the community. The black and white patrol car is a tradition, and a universal sign of professionalism. With nearly every other agency having made the change, we feel that the time is appropriate for us to do so as well. As a result, and due to respect for the current economic situation, the officers of the Brisbane Police Officers Association have offered to pay for the painting of the first four cars. Future patrol cars will be ordered black and white from the manufacturer.
To enhance this new look, we are taking the opportunity to add our department motto to the side of the cars; “In Partnership with the Community.” We take great pride in this approach to preserving the unique environment of the community we serve.
So the next time you see a black and white police car patrolling Brisbane, know that it is still the dedicated members of the Brisbane Police Department making every effort to enhance the services that we provide.
At their Tuesday, February 21st meeting, the City Council approved a new yacht broker agreement for the Brisbane Marina. The agreement is with Michael Wiest Yacht Sales, who also has an office at Emory Cove Yacht Harbor, located in Emeryville. This second office will be located on the second floor of the Harbormaster Building at Brisbane Marina. Michael Wiest (pictured right) brings with him 36 years in the yachting industry, and is considered one of the top yacht brokers in California. But if you're interested in purchasing a boat, it's better to come down to the Marina in person, as it's likely a representative from Michael Wiest will be out looking at boats on the docks. Skip Johnson be on-site 9am-5pm Monday-Friday or by appointment. You can get in touch with Skip by calling (925) 819-1460.
As the 11th Annual Artists Evening of Sharing comes to Brisbane, scheduled to take place this Saturday, Feb. 25th, at 7:30pm in Mission Blue Center, a few short films produced by local filmmakers is available for viewing at the website www.artistsharing.com. The short films do an excellent job of portraying the local artistic talent that resides in Brisbane, from singers/songwriters, to participatory artists and choreographers, to painters and photographers and of course, filmmakers. Take a look at the films and enjoy Brisbane's local artistic talent, LIVE, this Saturday at Brisbane's Artists Evening of Sharing!
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Mens & Co-ed Softball
Registration Deadline: March 19th
Information (415) 508-2143
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Softball Scorekeeper Wanted
Tuesdays and Wednesday Nights, $14.00/game
To Apply Call (415) 508-2143
Westbound lanes to San Francisco will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, so that construction crews can demolish part of the old bridge and begin building the approach to the new span. Eastbound traffic will not be affected. After the closing, there will be what Caltrans calls “a slight detour” after the toll plaza.
Starting tonight at 8:00pm, the Bay Bridge westbound span towards San Francisco will be closed, reopening at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 21st. The eastbound span will remain open during the closure. An app for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, titled "Bay Bridge Explorer", has been developed to give motorists an idea of how the new east span of the Bridge Bridge will feel when it opens Labor Day Weekend 2013. The new east span is being built alongside the old east span, which is 75 years old and slated for removal. Click here for more information and download the app.
On Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am - 2:00pm, the Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will be selling exclusively plants native to San Bruno Mountain. San Bruno Mountain Watch operates the nursery in cooperation with Friends of San Bruno Mountain. Proceeds benefit the Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch's stewardship volunteer programs. All plants are grown from seeds or cuttings collected by permit on San Bruno Mountain. A Spring 2012 Native Plant Sale List is available by clicking here. Cash or check only. Bring your own boxes and click here if you need directions to the nursery.
Brisbane Elementary School
Is Now Open, Mon-Fri, 9-1 pm and 2-4pm
500 San Bruno Ave, Info (415) 467-0120
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Music of the 17th Century
w/ Jung Hae Kim and Kevin Cooper
Sat. Feb. 18th, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
The City Management Foundation (CCMF) and League of California Cities have come together to initiate a program to connect Californians to the great services that are provided in their cities, the elected leadership management team that oversees those services, and the pride city residents feel in their cities' history, traditions, and record of excellence. It is also designed to help state leaders understand that California is strong in large measure because it has 482 strong cities - each with a unique character, history, and array of public services.
Check out Brisbane's page by clicking here, which itself was launched on Monday, January 30th - the first in San Mateo County. You'll find project/program "Success Stories", testimonials from the business community as well as other "Key Influentials" in the City, and a good analogy of how a City Council and City Manager work together with staff to ensure the services provided to the residents and businesses in Brisbane continue to reflect the level of professionalism and care expected by those who live and work in the "City of Stars".
Come by Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm to enjoy a showcase of local Brisbane art, presented by the artists themselves. There is no admission fee, just come and enjoy!
There will be an Arts Advocate Reception during Intermission. Refreshments will be served.
Thank you to our Brisbane Police Officers who help coordinate the Holiday Canned Food Drive and will again be ensuring that all the canned and packaged foods collected at the Artists Evening of Sharing are distributed to Brisbane residents in need.