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No Contaminated Material Brought to Brisbane

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An April 21, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article stated that soil from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to a Recology facility in Brisbane.  The title and primary theme of the article contend that the soil was potentially toxic and/or incorporated dangerous levels of radioactive waste.

Recology contacted the reporter, and was provided with their source report, “Hunters Point NS SF CA, Appendix G Part 1 of 12., Waste Disposal Information and Manifests - Final Response Action Contract Report for Durable Covers Remedy in Parcel B-2 dated April 2018_4.6.2018”, which was used to write their article.  That report included the following information:

5 Beatty Road is the address for Brisbane Recycling Company (BRC), not Recology, whose address is 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco.  City staff contacted the owner of BRC, who confirmed that 40 tons of asphalt had been received in their facility on that day, but the hauler listed the source address on the intake form as “3rd and Evans”, which is also located in San Francisco. 

BRC then reached out to the Navy to determine the correct source and nature of the asphalt.  The following letter was received, indicating that the asphalt had been installed in 2013, was removed in 2015, and was not associated with radiological contamination.

City staff is continuing to work with BRC to understand how/why the source of the asphalt was incorrectly listed on the intake form. 

There is no listing in the reporter's source report that any material from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to Baylands Soil Processing, which is located on the bottom two-thirds of the Brisbane Baylands site.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we learn more concerning this matter.  Click here if you would like to sign up to receive email updates regarding the Brisbane Baylands.

Increase in Parking Enforcement

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We have received a few questions from citizens regarding the increase in parking enforcement around the city.  Generally speaking, most of our parking enforcement efforts are complaint driven.  Some areas that we have been concentrating on are white line violations, vehicles that block the sidewalk, and vehicles making U-turns at Visitacion and Mariposa.  Also, we have received complaints about vehicles parked for extended periods in the 24 minute zones at the top of Visitacion.  In the case of vehicles parked on the sidewalks, we have done a number of outreach efforts in order to educate the public and attempt to gain compliance before resorting to enforcement.  It is our preference to educate first, but unfortunately that may not always be the case.  Our mission is to keep the roadways and sidewalks safe for those who travel them.  Most of the citations that we issue are for behavior that people know is illegal.  We ask that everyone be courteous to those around you when it comes to your parking and driving habits.  If we all take the time to do the right thing, our town will be safer and it will be less likely that anyone will receive a citation.  As always, please reach out to us directly with your questions or concerns at (415) 467-1212.  We are here to help!

Mayor Conway's Jefferson High Roots

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Did you know that out of the current 20 Mayors in San Mateo County, FOUR of them graduated from Jefferson High School specifically?  That’s 20% of the County’s Mayors from ONE HIGH SCHOOL!  And two of them, Brisbane Mayor Clarke Conway and South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy went from BES, to Lipman, to Jefferson!  Recounts Mayor Conway, "All of this is unprecedented.  When I was a senior in high school, over 60% of the highest SAT scores came from Jefferson High School out of the five schools in the District.  Two of my former classmates later went on to become Federal Judges.  Jefferson is a wonderful storied high school and I urge parents to visit the campus with their up and coming high schoolers and attend the many community festivals that they have there.  County Supervisor David Canepa hosted District 5 Together at Jefferson High back in March, and there is another special event coming up on Saturday, May 19th - Shine! Family Day - a day of free kids activities, food, cultural performances, and live music being put on by Pacific Islands Together from 10:30am-6pm."  

On this day, from 10:45am-11am, Mayor Conway will be joined by the four other elected officials who all graduated from Jefferson.  They will engage in a short, moderated panel discussion.  Joining him will be: Mayor Liza Normandy of South San Francisco, Mayor Raquel "Rae" Gonzalez of Colma, Mayor Juslyn Manalo of Daly City, and San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees Member and Current Board Vice President-Clerk, Maurice GoodmanDon't miss it!

How Opossums Help the Environment

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Although some people think opossums are pests, they are in fact useful little animals in your garden. They eat real pests such as slugs and small rodents and rarely cause problems themselves.  But please remember, it’s best not to attract wild animals, including opossums, into an area with food.  This can lead to other issues such as coyotes or even mountain lions who prey on smaller animals such as opossums.  If you happen to see an opossum in your yard, kindly ignore it as the graphic above suggests and simply appreciate the fact that you live in a place that not only you enjoys, but wildlife does, too.

May is Building Safety Month!

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Building Safety Month (BSM) is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May for the past 38 years to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.  The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.  See the poster below for what's being highlighted each week:

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.  Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.  Brisbane's Code Enforcement Officer, Michelle Mondeda, works out of the City's Police Department.  She also works in close conjunction with the Community Development Department and CSG-contracted building officials.  Click on the image below to be taken to an interactive poster which shows all the various aspects of a home that code officials inspect to keep you safe!

Street Sweeping Reminder

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The City contracts with the City of South San Francisco for street sweeping based upon the shared services model that has proven successful with other services currently utilizing this model, such as traffic signal maintenance.  Residential Street Sweeping occurs on the 2nd Monday of every month and Commercial Street Sweeping takes place every Wednesday morning (Visitacion Ave. is enforced 3-6AM).  This information is also printed each month in the STAR on the City Calendar page.  Please remove your cars during these periods so that the sweeper can do an effective job cleaning the roadways.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 

San Bruno Ave. Closed May 9, 9am-5pm

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San Bruno Avenue will be closed in both directions at the Bayshore Blvd. intersection on Wednesday, May 9th, 9am - 5pm for road repair work.  Please see the interactive map below for detour information and where local traffic only will be allowed (click the top-left arrow to view a fly-out menu).  To zoom in, first hold down the Ctrl button.

Please use caution when driving in the area.  There will also be flagmen present to help direct traffic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this road repair work is being completed.  If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

May 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the May 2018 STAR Newsletter.

May 2018 Marina News

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 Click here to read the May 2018 Marina Newsletter

Saturday 4/28 Vegetation Fire

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Click here for the PDF Media Advisory from North County Fire Authority, which is also copied below.

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here for the PG&E Outages page to view the most current information.


On April 28, 2018 at 2:06 p.m., 8 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a vegetation fire at 180 West Hill Place in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire companies found smoke and flames coming from two separate vegetation fires that were burning on a hillside behind warehouses at both 100 West Hill Drive and 180 West Hill Place.  Fire companies used hose lines to contain the fires, which burned a total of approximately one acre of land. 

Fire companies remained on scene for approximately 2 hours checking for fire extension, completing overhaul and mop up operations. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters.

The cause of the fire was due to power lines and is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Bureau and other agencies.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of cutting and removing all dry grass and flammable vegetation around their homes and businesses.

For more information, please contact the NCFA Information Officer at (650) 991-8138.