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As part of the City's 2014-15 Budget, the Council approved funding for energy-saving measures at City recreational facilities. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday July 29th, Mission Blue Center will have its 26 exterior/landscape and 11 parking lot lights replaced with LEDs. The work is anticipated to be completed on Wednesday, July 30. Working with Ecology Action and San Mateo County Energy Watch, the City will be able to take advantage of an energy efficiency rebate that will cover 24% of the total project cost. Estimated 1st year savings are $1,112.46, making payback only 4.11 years. Similar to the LED lighting retrofit at the Fire Station, the city will be paying for the project with energy savings, otherwise known as On-Bill Financing. This financing tool is an option that PG&E offers to help organizations implement energy saving projects without needing to pay any up-front out-of-pocket investment. Now that's a win-win situation! For any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
Over the past couple of months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods. These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles. In one recent case, the person used the garage remote in the vehicle to gain entry into the garage.
Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this. No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.
We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home.
More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood. Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious. If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911. Don’t be shy! The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity. You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.” If the incident is in progress, Dial 911. Other non-emergency reports can be made directly to the dispatch center at (415) 467-1212.
The police department stands behind its motto: “In Partnership with the Community.” Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today.
We will improve the condition of a number of streets in Brisbane by repaving them starting in September. This does mean that traffic on specific roads will be impacted while work is occurring. Each resident or business within the project limits will receive written notifice approximately one week in advance and again 24 hours before the start of the project. Notification for parking restrictions will be provided 72 hours in advance. Traffic will be accommodated during this time. The street sections that will be repaired include the following:
Humboldt Rd from Placer Way to Kings Rd
Mendocino St from San Bruno Ave to Visitacion Ave
Mendocino St from Visitacion Ave to Solano St
Plumas St from San Francisco Ave to Mariposa St
Ross Way from Glen Parkway to Sierra Point Rd
Solano St from Mendocino St to End of Cul-de-sac
Tunnel Ave: small section at north end of bridge
Tulare St from San Bruno Ave to End of Cul-de-sac
More information regarding the location and corresponding dates for work on each street section will be provided closer to the start date of the project. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while this work is being done. If you have any concerns or questions, please call the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
Many of you have probably already seen these faces around town and at City Hall, but earlier today a Swearing In Ceremony was held for the City's newest appointments and recent promotions.
Kessel Crockett – Maintenance Worker I
Angel Ibarra - Office Specialist
Joe Friars - Public Works Team Leader
Tricia Vaccaro - Administrative Assistant
We are happy to see these new additions to the City and know they will be putting their best foot forward in providing quality services to the community!
Say goodbye to T-12 lamps and incandescents at Station 81 and hello to T-8's and compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs)! Thanks to the City Council for approving this energy efficiency upgrade at the Fire Station in their 2014-15 Budget, and San Mateo County Energy Watch, we are upgrading all the T-12 lamps to T-8 lamps as well as all incandescents to CFLs in the Fire Station.
San Mateo County Energy Watch is a partnership between PG&E and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). Serving San Mateo County and unincorporated areas, the organization provides audits for facilities, work proposals, and contractor oversight of retrofits for energy projects.
While the previous lamps only had a 28,000 hour service life, the installed, new T-8 lamps will have a 36,000 hour service life, reducing the replacement frequency. This project is not only expected to save 18,500 lbs of CO2 annually but also $2,225 on utility costs!
Because this is an On-Bill Financing project, PG&E is providing us with a 0% loan with the requirement that it is paid back within 5 years. On-Bill Financing (OBF) is where a utility company provides convenient financing options to help implement energy efficiency investments.
These lighting upgrades will be completed at the Fire Station today.
See if you can spot the difference!
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Taking a drive down Valley Dr., or the “spine” of Crocker Industrial Park, it may appear from the scattered For Lease signs that there are a lot of buildings sitting empty. But in speaking with folks who have a good pulse on the commercial realty market, like Jason Cranston, Senior VP of Commercial Real Estate Services for Cassidy Turley and Mitch Bull, President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park is actually doing quite well with more businesses moving in than leaving in the past couple years. Here are a few examples of movement in the Park that has helped the occupancy rate increase to what it is: Del Monte Meat Co. has moved in at 145 South Hill Drive as well as circuit board manufacturers, LeeMah Electronics, right next door. The 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse 100 Cypress which the Brisbane School District used a few years back as the site for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Spring Thing, will soon be leased to Bay Area Linens. Arrowhead/Nestlé Waters moved in to the space at 246 Valley and Monster Cable, located at 455 Valley, has renewed their lease. If you’ve noticed more of those white, AT&T vans driving around town, that’s because AT&T moved a service center into 355 Valley las year after signing a five-year lease.
As for the locations with large For Sale or For Lease signs, the old Gilmore Envelope building at 325 Valley recently went up for sale, as engineering firm F.W. Spencer & Son, Inc. (located at 99 S. Hill), last summer completed prefabricating the plumbing lines for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in that space (see photo at left). A huge Colliers sign is advertising 165 as being for sale, but in the interim it is being occupied by its owners. Nearly across the street at 200 Valley, which are where 56 business condos are located, two are being listed for sale. Lastly 280 Valley, 460 Valley and 480 are vacant, but they total less than 54,000 sq. ft. So for the nearly 3.7M sq. ft. in Crocker Industrial Park, where 91+% is currently being occupied, the Park’s doing pretty darn well!
In response to the last three dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board this past Tuesday approved a statewide emergency regulation to ensure water agencies and their customers increase water conservation or face possible fines or other enforcement. The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor water use, and if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, could go into effect as early as August 1, 2014.
With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is outfitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Additionally, landscape irrigation will be restricted to no more than 2 days per week. Click here to read the Water Control Board's press release on this issue.
Should the Board adopt this regulation, the City will be sure to communicate the implications to its residents using all available communication channels. In the meantime, please prevent water waste - visit www.SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part in conserving this precious resource.
The County Registration & Eletions Division needs your help! They're looking for capable citizens to fill some important Election Day jobs. This is a unique opportunity to be part of democracy in action while making a difference in your community. Click here for the flyer. Sign up at www.shapethefuture.org or call the Registration & Elections Division at (650) 286-2810.