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EV Charging Station Coming Soon

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The City of Brisbane will soon be debuting another EV Charging Station!  You may be aware that in 2014, the City approved a ground lease that permitted a private party (a Marina boater, actually!) to install a Level 2 charger in the parking lot near the Harbormaster's Office.

Join Mayor Clarke Conway for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the City’s public Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, located in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center (100 Old County Rd., Brisbane). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 10AM in the parking lot. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The public, notably EV owners and enthusiasts, are encouraged to join us and share their LOVE of clean vehicles!

The station features a ChargePoint DC Fast Charger which supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo connector and was partially funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The City of Brisbane is providing free charging for sessions up to 45-minutes (after which a $5/hour fee will apply) for the first six months. The station supports the City’s Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to. We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: All vehicles - American, Asian, European - that are capable of Level 3 (fast) charging can be charged by this unit; it has both the CHAdeMO and the SAE Combo CCS plugs.  Some vehicles are only capable of charging at a much slower rate (Level 2). This is better suited for chargers installed at the home and in the workplace since they take 3-8 hours for a full charge from empty.

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Posted 2/1/2018


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Posted 1/31/2018


In Loving Memory of
Pete Mozzetti
72yr. Lifetime Brisbane Resident
Loving Father, Grandfather & Friend!

Serve Your Community & Make a Difference

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*** Thank you to all 27 individuals that submitted applications to serve their City on a City Committee or Commission!  The Council will be holding interviews on March 6 and 13. ***

 

A GREAT WAY TO GET INVOLVED AND SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY!!
APPLY BY JANUARY 31, 2018 TO SERVE ON A CITY COMMISSION OR COMMITTEE 

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan. The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. 1- (nearly) Three-year term ending in 2020 and 2 - Four-year terms ending in 2022 are available to apply for.

Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission provides advice to the City Council regarding the Parks & Recreation Department, gather community opinions, needs and perceptions regarding recreational opportunities, and tackle special projects such as Day in the Park and the Festival of Lights.

This Parks and Recreation Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 3 - Four-year terms ending in 2022 are available to apply for.

Complete Streets Safety Committee
The Complete Streets Safety Committee considers issues affecting pedestrians (including the different needs of children, seniors, youth, and families), bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, and users and operators of public transportation.

The Complete Streets Safety Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m. 3 - Four-year terms ending in Jan 2022 are available to apply for. In addition, Council may appoint additional applicants to the Committee, as the Committee can be up to seven members.

Open Space and Ecology Committee
The primary responsibility of the Open Space and Ecology Committee is to make recommendations to the City Council on the implementation of relevant programs and policies of the Open Space and Conservation Elements as well as the sustainability parts of the Local Economic Development chapter of the General Plan. That responsibility includes preparing drafts of the relevant, regular reports called for in the General Plan, such as the annual report on the status of open space.

The Open Space and Ecology Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 5 – Two-year terms or Four-year terms ending in 2020 or 2022 are available to apply for.

Public Art Advisory Committee
The Public Art Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and making decisions on conceptual design plans submitted by a developer of a project subject to the public art requirement. The Public Art Advisory Committee will also meet to review the balance of funds in the Public Art Fund, ensure all public art projects meet the program criteria and guidelines for selection before submittal of the Final Design Plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Committee will to meet at least once a year (then on an on needed basis) to review money available for public art and to make a recommendation to the Commission on its use.  2 two-year terms ending in 2020 are available to apply. At least one Committee Member needs to be professionally engaged in the art community and at least one Committee Member must be an employee or owner of a business located within Brisbane.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Click on the link below for the applications. For more information contact: Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00pm.

Completed applications can be emailed to cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us or delivered in person to City Hall at 50 Park Place.


Parks and Recreation Commission Application Form

Planning Commission Application Form

Complete Streets Safety Committee Application Form

Open Space and Ecology Committee Application Form

Public Art Advisory Committee Application Form

A Letter from Mayor Clarke Conway

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Happy New Year! I want to take this opportunity to again thank my re-election supporters and voters, and to pass along my wish that every resident of Brisbane has a great 2018!

I also want to thank my city council colleagues for the honor of electing me mayor. I am proud to serve as your mayor.

At the city council’s December 14th meeting, my remarks as incoming mayor were about my hopes for what we can achieve together this year. But, I also noted that 2018 would be a challenging year for us because the time has come for a decision on the Baylands and it requires a lot of work. This letter is to tell you our work has already begun and explains what we are doing.

At the council’s meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, we voted unanimously to direct staff to review the economics of mixed-use plans that could include a range of 1,000 to 2,200 residential units along with 2 to 6 million square feet of commercial space. The council’s vote demonstrates our interest in making a fully informed decision; it does not decide the development question.

We acted to gather this information after spending the last few months focusing on our options in the face of strong state interest in seeing housing built on the Baylands. The state’s push has been intensified as a result of misleading media reports suggesting that Brisbane is delaying a decision on the Baylands for selfish reasons. On December 28th, the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial reflecting these types of claims, but left out important facts about the project and the developer. Our City Manager, Clay Holstine, wrote a response to that editorial to correct the record on January 4th. The paper only printed a shortened version of his response as part of its “Letters to the Editor” on January 12th. Developing the Baylands is complicated and deserves thorough attention from the council, the state and the media. Following this letter, we’ve included the Chronicle’s 12/28 editorial and Clay’s full letter. I think it is clear that our City Manager’s full letter is the only one that gave the Baylands the serious attention required to make a responsible decision about developing the land.  

You also may recall that last summer the council deferred its initial vote on UPC’s Baylands proposal to focus on a legislative package on housing that might impact our control over the Bayland’s future. The city received some criticism for this by people claiming our decision was just a delaying tactic. But what was less widely reported were rumors that the legislative package might include a bill limiting city authority over the Baylands specifically. These rumors were dismissed by many, but the Council took them seriously and directed our Sacramento team to focus on protecting the city’s local land use decision making over the Baylands. As the legislative session wound down, Senator Jerry Hill confirmed the existence of a proposal, made sure we received a copy of the rumored draft, and also assured the city it was conceptual and would not be a bill in 2017. The draft proposal is posted following the editorials.  

While the city has no assurance there won’t be a bill in 2018, the new council is committed to seeking a responsible solution without legislative intervention. Senator Hill is working with us in championing this path. Absent a compromise, the threat of state action is real. The city can fight the legislature if we must and we are prepared to. But, I prefer a responsible compromise rather than an extended, expensive fight in the halls of the Capitol or in court.

A responsible compromise is a better outcome for Brisbane than a legislative fight. We can ensure the absolute safety of any development and can, once again, be a model to others for how to plan and advance a city over time without losing our greatest value - community.

                                                                                                              

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Editorial: Brisbane – a case study in housing crisis
Chronicle Editorial Board | December 28, 2017 

If Mountain View’s recent approval of a plan for nearly 10,000 new residential units provided an extraordinary example of progress on California’s housing crisis, a standstill at the other end of the Peninsula exemplifies the forces that keep homes from being built even at the core of the Bay Area employment boom. 

In the year that the Legislature finally passed a raft of bills to boost housing, the lingering impasse over more than 4,000 proposed homes in Brisbane shows that Sacramento, as the would-be developer put it, “has a tremendous amount of work to do.” 

The Brisbane City Council was expected to make a decision this year about the Baylands, more than 600 acres of former landfill and rail yards near public transit on the edge of San Francisco. But 2018 will be the 13th year that local officials consider the proposal — or effectively decline to do so. City officials even cited then-pending legislation to expedite housing as their latest reason to delay development of housing or anything else. 

Although one key new state housing law is designed to diminish the local obstructionism at the heart of the shortage by easing projects that answer unmet housing needs, it’s not expected to affect the Baylands project. State guidelines require Brisbane to accommodate only a small fraction of the new housing proposed for the site, and the city’s general plan prohibits housing on the Baylands site. 

Universal Paragon Corp. first proposed developing the area more than a decade ago and added housing to its plan five years later. A final environmental impact report was completed in 2015, and last year, after much deliberation, the Brisbane Planning Commission recommended keeping the site housing-free. The City Council went on to hold more than 15 special meetings on the subject, the last one in August, without reaching a conclusion. 

“This is a textbook example of a case in which the state needs to step in and do something about what’s broken ... that allows communities to spend 12 years considering a proposal and put it off again and again,” said Jonathan Scharfman, Universal Paragon’s general manager.

The project raises several questions the state has yet to address, including how to assess and enforce housing needs more effectively, prevent environmental laws from being used to stop smart urban development and change incentives that favor commercial uses.

“It’s a magnification of an issue that we have statewide,” Scharfman said. “For 40, 50 years, we’ve done very well at adding jobs, but we’re lagging in producing housing. The result is a disaster.”

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The City submitted a response to the Chronicle’s Editorial Board on January 4, 2018.  The Board published only portions of the response and over-simplified others in its “Letters to the Editor” on January 12, 2018.  Below is the City Manager’s full letter.

Special to the San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle’s commentary criticizing the careful scrutiny that the City of Brisbane is giving to the most recent Baylands development proposal is ill informed. (Brisbane - a case study in housing crisis, December 28, 2017).

Regarding “The crux of the crisis” (Editorial, Dec. 28): The Chronicle’s editorial criticism of the scrutiny that the City of Brisbane is giving to a 2015 Baylands development proposal is mistaken.

Building housing is a complex issue for any local government, and it is significantly more complicated when the proposed housing is to be built on a long contaminated former industrial site. It gets infinitely more difficult when the owner of the land has not committed to full clean up the site, as is the case with the Baylands.

Surprisingly, the Chronicle threw its editorial weight behind the argument that Brisbane is a “case study” for why we have a housing crisis, implying that Brisbane is delaying acting on housing for political reasons. In doing so, the Chronicle skirts the very real and complex environmental and environmental justice issues that must be addressed before building housing on currently contaminated land.

We are not surprised at this gross oversimplification of the project. We have been responding to it, generally as a result of “facts” attributed to the developers, for the past year. What alarms us is the Chronicle didn’t bother to reach out to Brisbane’s City Council or staff to understand our legitimate concerns regarding the Baylands before running its editorial.

Working through serious issues with a developer is not evidence of a “lingering impasse,” as the Chronicle puts it. It is validation that the City is doing its job properly, recognizing that whatever development decision is made will irrevocably impact the health and welfare of future residents and neighboring cities.

The developer, UPC, has had approval for nearly 10 years for a housing project on Schlage Lock in San Francisco, which is adjacent to the Baylands, but is unable or unwilling to commence construction despite the high demand for housing. If the Baylands project is built, due to significant soils contamination, the State of California Department of Toxic and Substance Control (DTSC) will not allow schools, hospitals, first floor residences and daycare facilities to be placed on the property. Brisbane expects a full clean up from any developer of the Baylands.

UPC has owned another parcel of land in Brisbane for nearly 30 years that is zoned and planned for a hotel, and despite several favorable development markets, has never acted on their approvals. This pattern of seeking approval, but delaying development, is repeating itself on the Baylands, which UPC has owned since 1989.

To date, UPC has yet to fulfill any of the required steps that would make the site ready for development, such as site contamination cleanup, a sound plan for water resources or demonstrated how a project of this magnitude could be paid for, let alone their ability as a company to deliver. Instead, UPC re-envisions its proposal every few years. Housing was only added to UPC’s plans in 2010, which required the environmental review process to start all over again. This is one of the reasons the final environmental impact report (EIR) was not published on behalf of the developer until June 2015, initiating a new review by the City’s Planning Commission in 2016, and continued review and public meetings held by the City Council in 2017. Reports of years-long delays by the City are factually incorrect.   

We encourage UPC to come forward and answer these basic development questions, and the City of Brisbane is willing and open to enter into a true collaborative working relationship that will address these complex and difficult issues. 

We understand the desire of the Chronicle and state leaders to find a solution to California’s housing crisis. The open space of the Baylands may look like an easy fix, but it isn’t. Future residents on that site will, after all, be residents of Brisbane.  Our council owes it to them and to current residents to carefully review the proposal to ensure safety on the site, the infrastructure required to support a completed development, and a financial model that protects the solvency for the City in providing services to that new part of our community. 

Clay Holstine, City Manager, Brisbane

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To view the draft legislation, please click here

 

Open Waitlist for Senior Housing

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On a fairly regular occasion, the Community Development Department in City Hall receives inquiries about available senior housing in the area.  So when we heard via the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) about an Open Waitlist for senior housing in South San Francisco, we wanted to be sure our residents knew about this as well.  Rotary Plaza is accepting applications for low-income seniors who would like to live in their community.  Click here to access an application.  For more information, call (650) 871-5323 or visit www.humangood.org/rotary-plaza .

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Posted 1/22/2018


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Jan 24th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Posted 1/20/2018


Artists’ Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Feb 3rd, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.
No Admission Fee!  All Ages Welcomed!


CERTs & Interested Residents
Meet-n-Greet, Sat., 1/27, 4-5:30pm
Brisbane Community Center


Posted 1/17/2018


“The Collective Camp”
MYA Yoga
Wed. 6am / Thurs. 7:45pm
Brisbane Community Center

January Housing Flyers

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Please find below the Home Sharing flyers for the month of January, provided via HIP Housing.

Provider January 2018

Seeker January 2018

Baylands Fiscal Analysis to be Completed

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2018
 
Contact:
Caroline Cheung
415-508-2157 / ccheung@brisbaneca.org
 
 
BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO DIRECT STAFF TO CONDUCT FISCAL ANALYSIS OF BAYLANDS DEVELOPMENT SCENARIOS
 
BRISBANE, CA -- At their January 16, 2018 Council meeting, the Brisbane City Council voted to direct city staff and consultants to undertake a fiscal analysis of potential development scenarios that include varying amounts of housing in the proposed Baylands development project.  Specifically, Council directed staff to work with financial consultants to come back with three different ranges of housing vs. development of non-residential areas, looking at scenarios involving a range of 1,000 - 2,200 residential units, 2 - 6 million sq. ft. of non-residential building area, and to determine the financial consequences of the various scenarios.
 
"This analysis should help the City Council better understand how potential development scenarios of the Baylands, including a residential component, could ensure that the costs to the City of providing services and maintaining public facilities and infrastructure for any project are offset by the revenues to the City generated by the project," noted the staff report issued by John Swiecki, City Development Manager and City Attorney Michael Roush via City Manager Clay Holstine.  
 
"The analysis would consider residential with accompanying non-residential components for the Baylands to address how development could be managed such that the Baylands generates marginally more revenue than costs for the City, and how individual increments of development (including those that proposed for residential use) can be managed to be, at a minimum, revenue-neutral for the City," according to the staff report.  
 
The report concluded that "the analysis should help inform the City Council's decision making process going forward as to what different development scenarios (each with varying ranges of residential and nonresidential development) would mean for the City."  
 
This analysis is expected to be completed and presented to the City Council for consideration at its March 1, 2018 meeting.
 
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City Manager's Letter to the Editor

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San Francisco Chronicle | January 12, 2018

Regarding “The crux of the crisis” (Editorial, Dec. 28): The Chronicle’s editorial criticism of the scrutiny that the city of Brisbane is giving to a 2015 Baylands development proposal is mistaken. Building housing is a complex issue for any local government, and significantly more complicated when the proposed housing is to be built on a long-contaminated former industrial site. It’s infinitely more difficult when the developer, Universal Paragon Corp., hasn’t committed to fully cleaning up the site, as is the case with Baylands.

Indeed, UPC has yet to fulfill any steps required to make the Baylands ready for development, such as site contamination cleanup, securing water resources or demonstrating how it will finance this proposed $1 billion development. Overpromising and underdelivering are par for the course with UPC. They’ve had approval for a decade to build housing in San Francisco but have yet to commence construction despite high demand. They’ve owned another parcel in Brisbane for nearly 30 years, committed to building a hotel, but have never built it.

Working through serious issues with a developer isn’t evidence of a “lingering impasse.” It’s validation that Brisbane is doing its job properly, recognizing who it is working with and that whatever development decision is made will irrevocably impact the health and welfare of future residents and neighboring communities. Brisbane is prepared to act but needs to know it has a sound financial partner that will deliver what it promises. We understand the desire of many to alleviate California’s housing crisis. The Baylands looks like an easy solution, but upon inspection, it isn’t.

Clay Holstine, City Manager, Brisbane

Click here to read the non-redacted/original Letter to the Editor.

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Posted 1/15/2018


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Frequency 49
Sat., Jan 20, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door


Brisbane After School Program
Parent Meeting for
Fall Registration
Wed., 1/17, 6-7pm, City Hall


Posted 1/10/2018


Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Jan. 16th
6-8:30pm Mission Blue Ctr.
For Info Call: (415)286-3707


Earl Hemming
1935 – 2017
Brisbane Resident for 53yrs
Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather