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At Monday evening’s City Council Meeting, under Mayor and Council Matters, Mayor Pro Tem Conway brought up PG&E’s General Rate Case 2014 – 2016. With this rate case, PG&E is requesting funding for new investments and improved operations to achieve significant gains in the safety and reliability of its electric generation, and electric and gas distribution services, during the years 2014-2016.
PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for an increase in funding of $1.28 billion in 2014 over currently authorized levels. PG&E asks for additional increases of about $500 million in 2015 and 2016 to account for additional infrastructure improvements, and increased costs of labor, materials, supplies and other expenses. This equates to about an increase of $12/month on average for a residential home bill. This possible increase will be tied in with distribution charges on your, so the more energy you use, the higher the rate increase. Click here for more information.
Prior to voting on this rate case in the Fall, the CPUC is holding the first of 10 public hearings tonight at 7pm in San Bruno at the War Memorial Building (251 City Park Way, San Bruno). There will be two public hearings in San Francisco tomorrow at 2pm and 7pm at the CPUC Courtroom (505 Van Ness Ave., SF). The rest of the public hearings take place in the following locations:
- May 29, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
Hugh Burns Building Auditorium, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Fresno, CA 93721
- May 30, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
Bakersfield City Hall, Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
- June 5, 2013, 7 p.m.
Santa Rosa City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404
- June 10, 2013, 7 p.m.
Stockton City Council Chambers, 425 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, CA 95202
- June 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
- June 17, 2013, 7 p.m.
Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St., Chico, CA 95928
- June 19, 2013, 2 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
Alfred E. Alquist Office, Building Auditorium, 100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113
- June 24, 2013, 1 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
- June 25, 2013, 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo City / County Library, Library Community Room, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
San Francisco Bay Ferry, a service of the Water Emergency Transporation Authority (WETA), serves communities throughout the Bay Area with ferry terminals in the cities of South San Francisco, San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland, and Vallejo. Their vessel network provides a unique transit option to destinations such as San Francisco's AT&T Park, Angel Island State Park, the San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco's Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf area, Alameda Harbor Bay, Alameda Main Street, Oakland's Jack London Square, South San Francisco/Oyster Point, and the City of Vallejo (with connecting bus service to the Napa Valley Wine Train).
A two-day-a-week mid-day service was recently added to provide transportation to some of San Francisco’s most desirable waterfront destinations, including the Ferry Building, the new Exploratorium, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the historic streetcar line that runs along the Embarcadero. This limited, pilot service will serve the influx of travelers and visitors during the peak tourism season, in addition to South San Francisco residents and school groups who want to take advantage of a mid-week outing to the City – without the hassle of parking and traffic.
The fare is just $5.00 through August 30th, and children under 5 ride for free!
On Thursday, May 16th, a Swearing-In Ceremony was held for Bob Sage, the newest addition to the Public Works Utility Team. While serving on the Utility Team, Bob will be helping to maintain the city's sewer, water, and storm drains. So, if you happen to see Bob out in the field flushing a water line, clearing a storm drain, or maintaining one of the city's four lift stations, be sure to give a wave and a warm greeting to Bob. Especially in the coming week, as it's National Public Works Week! With that, Congratulations and Welcome aboard, Bob!
Bob being sworn in by City Clerk Sheri Spediacci.
With the recent passage of Jefferson Union High School District's Measure Y Parcel Tax, the District is soliciting for volunteers from the community to serve on the Citizens' Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Duties include reviewing expenditures of parcel tax monies for compliance with the guidelines as noted in the ballot measure and issuing an annual report informing the community of the progress and appropriateness of parcel tax expenditures. If you have a desire to serve on this Committee, please notify the school in writing by May 24, 2013. Please include a brief letter of interest with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, noting the constituency you represent and any particular talents you might bring to this Committee. Please send this letter of interest to:
Jefferson Union High School District
c/o Sue Cook
Assistant to the Superintendent
699 Serramonte Blvd., #100
Daly City, CA 94015
For more information please click here to see the offical posting of this notice.
The JUHSD will be accepting Senior and/or SSI Exemption Forms for the Measure Y Parcel Tax for 2013 - 14 until June 20, 2013. If you have already filed an exemption with the District, there is no need to renew the exemption. For more information, please click here.
"Because of Public Works..." is this year's theme for National Public Works Week. The American Public Works Association selected it because it is about the quality of life brought to communities around the world. We are able to have clean water, safe streets and neighborhoods, efficient traffic, and safe clean communities "Because of Public Works..."
This past Monday, the City Council recognized the Public Works Department for their outstanding service to the community, which oftentimes goes unnoticed (a telling sign they're doing a great job!). All but four members of the Public Works Dept. were present, where the Council and Randy Breault, Director of Public Works, commended the team for the services performed for this community and maintaining the city's fundamental infrastructure.
Utility Team Leader Keegan Black and Non-Utility Interim Team Leader Joe Friars proudly accepted the signed Proclamation from Mayor Miller.
Don't wait until May 19 - 25 to say Thank You for the excellent service you're receiving from the Public Works Dept...take a moment to thank them today!
For its second year in a row, Brisbane has been named a Playful City USA Community by national non-profit KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. Click here to KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond's congratulatory letter to Mayor Miller.
After receiving its recognition as a Playful City USA Community in 2012, the city applied for a $20,000 Construction Grant from KaBOOM! and was chosen as one of its 25 award recipients! This $20,000 of course went towards the equipment purchase for the new Community Park Playground, which had its official ribbon-cutting on December 15, 2012.
From the press release KaBOOM! released today:
"KaBOOM! selected Brisbane as a Playful City USA Community for its outstanding dedication to play. Brisbane's Let's Play Construction Grant helped forge a relationship with the city and the Mothers of Brisbane organization, which has been a driving force for the importance of play within the community. As a result of this partnership, the Mothers of Brisbane fundraised $33,400 and the Lions Club dismantled the old play structure, both helping build a new park for the city. The city is looking to expand partnerships with community organizations to increase access to play for citizens of Brisbane."
Read the full press release by clicking here.
UPDATE 5/10/13: Bike to Work Day 2013 was another roaring success, thanks to hardworking volunteers: Susan and Robert Maynard Sullivan, Open Space & Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel, Dee Sano, Nancy Lacasama, Pete Anastole, and Alison Wilson. At the Tunnel Ave/Lagoon Energizer Station, they helped 384 cyclists to light refreshments and BTWD swag, along with a coupon to be redeemed at the farmers' market later that day, and cheered on 402 ride-bys. The Bayshore/Old County Energizer Station had 30 stops and 78 ride-bys. A highlight of the morning was a surprise visit from SF Bull's mascot, Rawhide! For more pictures, please click here to see photos snapped by Brisbane resident Dee Sano throughout the morning.
On Thursday, May 9th, Bayshore and Tunnel Ave/Lagoon will be filled with cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day. Last year, the Energizer Station at Bayshore and Old County had 50 ride-bys and 58 stops, and the Energizer Station at Lagoon and Tunnel had 260 ride-bys and 307 stops! Bicyclists who stop by these stations can receive a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag full of bike related materials, and fuel up for the rest of their ride. This year, Moola Dollars for the Brisbane Farmers' Market (taking place later that day) will also be handed out. Thank you to Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan for spearheading the volunteer effort that's necessary to make Bike to Work Day run as smoothly as it does. For more information about Bike to Work Day, please click here.