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Fourth of July Safety

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The City of Brisbane does not allow or permit the use of fireworks, and that includes Safe and Sane fireworks.  If the public is aware of fireworks being sold or used within their neighborhood, they are encouraged to contact the Police Department with the information at (415) 467-1212. 

We need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources.  Know that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be strictly enforced.

For more information about Fireworks Safety, please see this media advisory from North County Fire Authority.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/1/2015

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Brisbane PD reminds you that:
All fireworks are
prohibited in Brisbane.
Even safe and sane fireworks.


OSEC Library Shelf

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The Open Space & Ecology Committee have been busy curating items in various media formats centered around environmental issues, such as energy, waste & waste management, water, climate change, food, pollution, and habitat.  This list is created by committee members of the Open Space and Ecology Committee with items of their choice.  Books and videos will be available to check out from the Brisbane Library, located at 250 Visitacion Ave. on the dedicated OSEC shelf (shown left).

Visit the OSEC Library Shelf page on the City's website to view newly curated items:

Thank you to the Brisbane Library staff for their assistance in this project!

July 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the July 2015 Marina Newsletter.

Skatepark Update

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On June 30th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held the final Community Workshop to get feedback on certain design features for the proposed new Brisbane Skatepark.  Comments such as a safe path between the skate spot and the main skate area, rideability comments from skaters, and fencing types and locations of entrances were discussed.  With the feedback, Spohn Ranch will continue with development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors.  The construction documents are expected to be brought to the City Council for approval and authorization to advertise for bidding by contractors in late summer.

If you haven’t yet reserved your personalized brick at the Skatepark, you have until August 1st to do so.  The Mothers of Brisbane are spearheading this community fundraising effort, which they’ve coined, “Commit to a Brick”.  Tax-deductible donations are $200 for a Business/Nonprofit Brick and $100 for a Family/Individual Brick.  The bricks themselves will be showcased at the Skatepark just outside the park’s entrance.  Forms can be found on the City’s website or one of three locations: City Hall, the Pool, and at Brisbane Hardware.  You’ll find the forms attached to a collection jug, like this one at Brisbane Hardware; every penny counts towards building the Skatepark!   Thank you for your continued support of the skatepark, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall!

July 2nd Council Meeting Canceled

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The City Council Meeting of July 2, 2015 has been canceled.

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16, 2015.

City Budget Update

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council approved the City's 2015-2016 Budget.  The previous three budget hearings on June 8, June 9, and June 15 and last night's budget adoption are paramount evenings for the Council, as it is the City’s budget which ultimately sets the course of action for the upcoming fiscal year (the City's fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30). 

Several projects worth highlighting that are included in next year's budget are:

  • Implementation of the Complete Streets Safety Committee's Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan (signage, high-visibility ladder-style crosswalks, ramps, etc.)
  • Precise Plan for re-envisioning the entrance to town at Bayshore/Old County, including the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, and re-zoning several adjacent lots within the Crocker Park area for the purpose of housing
  • Installation of trash capture devices in the storm drains' catch basins to protect Bay waters from debris

Stay tuned for updates related to the above project areas.  We'll especially be needing your input as the Precise Plan process gets underway later this Summer.

Brisbane's Community Garden

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For the past several decades, a worm bin has been maintained by avid gardeners at the Community Garden, located on San Francisco Ave. next to Old Quarry Rd.  And, in recent years, the rich compost that it produces has been gaining recognition at the San Mateo County Fair, where Brisbane was recognized with a divisional rosette last week!  In other words, best in class!

If you're new to composting, it really is a science.  Within the Sustainable Living section of the County Fair, samples of compost submitted by individuals, groups, and communities across the County were mixed with a precise amount of water before they were placed under a microscope and their organisms counted.  Our compost was deemed to be the most "alive" in this microscopic evaluation than all the other entries.  Congratulations to Tyler Coon, Betsy Da Silva, and Susan Sullivan Maynard for all your hard work at the Community Garden and fair submissions over the years!  Your winnings have not only enhanced the Community Garden with prize money going towards Garden enhancements, but showcasing to the rest of the County that Brisbane is truly environmentally-progressive and takes sustainability seriously!

For more pictures of Brisbane's Community Garden, please click here to view its album on Flickr.

Skatepark Community Workshop

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During the workshops held for the conceptual design of the new skatepark, community members asked for one final workshop to comment on the design details that were not included at the conceptual design level.  Now that the survey work and geotechnical reports are completed, consultant Spohn Ranch is beginning the final design and preparation of construction documents suitable for bidding by contractors. 

On Tuesdasy, June 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, stakeholders and interested parties will have the an opportunity to review modifications to skate features per stakeholder requests, as well as project details not available at the conceptual design level, for example the location of the entrance and seating, plus aesthetic features that reflect the identity of the community, including coloring of some of the concrete.  The approved conceptual design (shown above), which was adopted by the City Council at its March 19, 2015 meeting, also has the support of the Teen Services Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as the overwhelming support of the stakeholders that attended the prior community workshops and otherwise submitted comments.  This last design meeting will be to review and comment on design details that had not been available at the previous workshops.  Thank you to all the community members who have stayed involved in the planning and design process for the new Brisbane Skatepark!

Questions or comments should be submitted to Project Manager Karen Kinser, (415) 508-2133, or

Plastic Bag Recycling

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UPDATE - June 18, 2015, 3:30pm: Crunchy food packaging is NOT acceptable.  

Please note: the recycling bin at the Post Office is for clean soft film plastic only such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper sleeves, soft plastic bags or soft plastic wrapping from paper towels or toilet tissue. Thanks!

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Do you have plastic bags piling up in your house?  Have you tried re-using them for other purposes first?  Well if you would like to dispose of them, you can now do so at the Post Office, where a special receptacle was placed earlier today by South San Francisco Scavengers for the community to drop off clean, dry plastic bags.  Please do note the types of plastic bags that are allowed to be dropped off (click the image to view larger).  They include: dry cleaning bags, bread bags, retail bags, and produce bags.  Please do NOT drop into the receptacle salad mix bags, or other rigid plastic including packing foam or peanuts, plastic bottles, or hangers.  Thank you for disposing of your clean, dry plastic bags!