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Spring Hikes

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This April, San Bruno Mountain Watch is offering the following 8 hikes to highlight the wonderful diveristy of its natural habitats. Take advantage of hiking on the Mountain with knowledgable leaders this Spring! 

  • Sunday April 1st:  Leader - Michele Salmon
  • Saturday April 7th:  Leader - Paul Bouscal, Sierra Club hike
  • Easter Sunday April 8th:  Leader - Michele Salmon 
  • Sunday April 15th:  Leaders - John Haffner and Christine Martens
  • Saturday April 21st:  Leader - Paul Bouscal, Sierra Club hike
  • Saturday April 21st: Leader Ginny Anderson, Intergenerational Hike
    call 650-323-4494 for details***
  • Sunday  April 22nd:  Leaders - Christine Hansell and Jerry Bolick
  • Sunday April 29th:  Leader - David Schooley, Founder of San Bruno Mountain Watch

*** this hike meets at San Bruno Mountain State Park headquarters

Hikes meet at 10:00am at the San Bruno Mountain Watch Office (44 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane).  More information on the Spring Hikes can be found by clicking here.

Recognizing Leland

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Retirement is quite a milestone to reach, and Leland Simmonds, Public Works Maintenance Worker for the City of Brisbane, after 32 years of service, has done it.  Chances are, you've seen Leland around town, but if not, you undoubtedly have seen the results of his hard work and labor.  Having worked on many facility improvements over the years, which included even the installation of bike racks on Visitacion, Leland retired from the City working on the Public Works Utilities Team. Last Friday, March 16th, Leland was honored by the City at his retirement party amidst many family members, friends, and of course, colleagues.  He will truly be missed around Brisbane, but as the Proclamation below reads, he has been declared "an honored resident of Brisbane, forever welcome at all city events, and considered for all purposes as a resident in perpetuity of our grateful town".  We wish you all the best, Leland, as you continue to volunteer your time as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for San Mateo County, spend time with your family, and as you travel to other parts of the nation, and the world.  You deserve it. 






WHEREAS, Leland Simmonds, a native son born and raised in Brisbane, recklessly immigrated to the City of Pacifica, yet chose to work in his first community; and

WHEREAS, Leland has devoted 32 years to “Providing Quality Service” to the citizens of Brisbane; and

WHEREAS, public service is a noble calling that involves providing a broad range of services that are an integral part of our citizens’ daily lives; and

WHEREAS, public works infrastructure, facilities and services are of vital importance to the health, safety, well-being and comfort of the citizens of the City of Brisbane; and

WHEREAS, such facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals such as Leland, who are responsible for operating and maintaining these systems; and

WHEREAS, Leland’s tenure with the city includes working with the City of Brisbane’s first Public Works Department employee, Emil Echeberry; and

WHEREAS, Leland has seen firsthand and personally labored on many of the improvements made in this city, including the Community Park, the Swimming Pool, Lipman Field, the Marina, City Hall, and the Fire House; and

WHEREAS, in addition to his full-time employment with the City, Leland serves bravely as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County.

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brisbane thanks Leland Simmonds and hereby declares him an honored resident of Brisbane, welcome forever at all city events, and considered for all purposes as a resident in perpetuity of our grateful town.

Approved this 16th Day of March, 2012.

                                                                                                              Cliff Lentz
                                                                                                              Mayor of the City of Brisbane

Work on Bayshore

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Construction signs along the southbound side of Bayshore just before Old County Rd. may have caught your eye in recent days.  The City and County of San Francisco, acting by and through its Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”), owns and operates a regional water system that serves San Francisco and 27 wholesale water customers, including the City of Brisbane. The SFPUC’s water system includes Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 (CS2), which is located in the SFPUC's right of way that is situated in part within the limits of the City.  Starting today and ending early next week, the San Francisco Water Dept., in conjunction with the Brisbane Public Works Utilities Team, will be testing the bypass which is shown in the photo above, put in place to prepare for the upcoming work on CS2 to ensure it will be able to continue providing adequate water pressure, quality, and reliability to the customers it serves. This is an important step, and will lead up to the time when potions of the existing Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 within the City's right of way will be repaired or replaced, for the purpose of improving the seismic reliability, water delivery, and drought-management goals outlined in the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), for the benefit of the City's residents and businesses.  This work will take place over the next five months.  To read more about the WSIP, please click here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/21/2012

West Coast Farmer's Market
Thurs., Starting Apr. 5, 3-7 pm, Comm. Pk.
Open All Year Round
Information:  (650) 290-3549

Posted 3/19/2012

City of Brisbane
P/T Rec. Leaders Wanted
Application Deadline:  Fri., Mar. 30th OR


Free Landscape Classes

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The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers FREE Landscape Education Classes in the Spring and Fall of each year.  Classes are designed to introduce homeowners, commercial property managers, landscape service providers, and others to the concepts of sustainable landscaping, focusing on creating beautiful, water-efficient gardens.  See this year's schedule of classes offered throughout the Bay Area at .

If you enjoy gardening, plan your water-wise garden!  Click here to be taken to the Water-Wise Gardening in the Bay Area website.  A helpful tutorial of BAWSCA's Water-Wise Gardening website can be viewed by clicking here.

Farmers' Market

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This is news rejoicing over.  For a long time, the City has tried to have a farmers' market come to town.  But due to the city's small population size, Brisbane was looked over time and time again.  But no longer!  West Coast Farmers Market Association considers Brisbane to be the PERFECT location for a year-round farmers market.  With the City's tight-knit community, attractive Community Park, and large business population, WCFMA sees the ability for a farmers' market in Brisbane to succeed indefinitely.

At this past Monday's City's Council meeting, the Council approved WCFMA's contract with the City, upon amendment to reflect their requested changes.  One of those changes had to do with making it very clear to the community the hours the market would run.  Therefore, they will be 3:00pm - 7:00pm during non-Daylight Savings months (March - November, usually) and 2:00pm - 5:30pm during Daylight Savings months (November - March, usually).  So just think: when Daylight Savings begins/ends, the hours of the farmers' market will also shift.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know for now, though, is that the farmers market will be STARTING ON THURSDAY, APRIL 5th, IN THE COMMUNITY PARK, from 3:00PM - 7:00PM.  Plan to stop by the market and check it out!  What you'll find there will most likely keep you coming back every Thursday after that.

For any questions about the market, contact either Caroline Cheung (508-2157, or WCFMA Executive Director Jerry Lami (650-290-3549;  And if you're part of a local community organization and would like to put information/flyers out about your group, you'll be able to do so at an Information Booth that will be present every week at the market.  Contact Jerry for more details.

More information on Brisbane's first farmers market to come as the launch date draws nearer!  Stay tuned.

Joe Riedell, Sr.

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On Friday, February 17, 2012, Facilities Attendant Joe Riedell was working at the Senior Sunrise Room when Brisbane resident and Senior Club member Carol Gee began to choke on the sandwich she was eating.  While Ms. Gee's face was beginning to turn blue and other participants in the Sunrise Room attempted to assist her, Joe swiftly came to her rescue and skillfully administered the Heimlich maneuver, quite possibly saving Ms. Gee's life.  Joe Riedell's actions were timely and in accordance with the professional manner that the City of Brisbane expects of its employees.  

Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick proudly awarded Joe with his commendation at this past Wednesday's Senior Luncheon, as seen in the above photo.  Joe was also recognized at this past Monday's City Council meeting, where he looked ever-so-dapper.

Joe, you truly exemplify what it means to serve the public, and have touched many lives with your heart of service (bravely even saving one!).  We commend you for being such a great example to us all!

Adult Softball League

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/15/2012

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Baylands Contamination & Clean Up
Tues., Mar. 20, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Speakers:  Charles Gribble, DTSC re: Schlage & N. RR Yard
and Vic Pal, RWQCB, re: So. RR Yard and Landfill


Brisbane Eagles Club
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Sat., Mar. 17, 4-6 pm, 185 Visitacion
$10/person, Benefit for the Jimmy Durante Fund

Posted 3/12/2012

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Youth Summer Camp
Resident Only Reg. Starts Mar. 20
Information:  508-2140

Private Marina Restrooms

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If you're a frequent visitor to the Brisbane Marina, you probably noticed that construction work started this past Monday, March 5th, at the southend private boater restrooms.  A much-needed remodeling job for the bathrooms was necessary, which themselves are nearly 30 years old.  The project is being funded through the 2% increase in berth rates, which the City Council unanimously adopted at their June 20, 2011 meeting.  The remodeling work includes new wall and floor tiles, ADA-accessible showers, toilets, and sinks, as well as new fixtures and fittings.  The lefthand picture illustrates the poor quality the bathrooms, notably the shower areas, were in.  Work is estimated to be completed over the next couple months, so please exercise caution if walking along the pathway near Dock 1.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.