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Free Landscape Design Lecture

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Want to learn how to garden beautifully, yet sustainably?  Attend a free lecture about how to design and plan your landscape.  In this class you will learn about how to design your landscape and conserve water.  The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) works in partnership with the City of Brisbane to offer these free courses to community members.  Visit BAWSCA's website to sign-up for the course offered in Brisbane on Thursday, September 29th from 6-7pm.


City Clerk Announces Her Retirement

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Brisbane City Clerk Sheri Spediacci officially announced this week that she will be retiring from the City of Brisbane on September 16, 2016 after serving as Brisbane's City Clerk for nearly 20 years. 

Sheri started with the city in 1992, providing administrative assistance to then City Manager Robin Leiter.  Her strengths in organization, working with people, and friendly demeanor as she tackled issues and helped residents find solutions to their problems led her to the role of Deputy City Clerk two years later and in 1997, assuming full responsibilities as Brisbane's City Clerk.  Since 2010, Sheri also administered Brisbane's affordable housing programs including first-time homebuyer loans, new project development and support to the Redevelopment Successor Agency.

"Sheri has been a constant source of support for me and the City of Brisbane organization and will be sorely missed," remarked City Manager Clay Holstine.

Though officially retiring from the City of Brisbane, Sheri is not, and has never been, one to just sit around.  She will be assuming the position of City Clerk for the City of Orinda at the end of this month.  The residents and community there will soon find they have found a true gem in Sheri.

The City Council will be recognizing Sheri at their meeting of Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm and break for a reception shortly thereafter with refreshments.  Please join them in recognizing Sheri for her many years of dedicated service to the City of Stars.

Sheri, congratulations on your retirement and we wish you all the best in this new, exciting chapter in your life!

Brisbane Gets Platinum Level Award

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The Institute for Local Government and the League of California Cities have awarded us the Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices!  This replaces the Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices that was awarded to the City last October.  Hear more about this notable distinction at the September 15th Council Meeting.



Brisbane Acres Oak Woodland Restoration Work

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Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 and lasting approximately one week, The Urban Arborist, a City-hired contractor, will be removing invasive, non-native eucalyptus trees from the newly acquired Brisbane Acres parcel #79, at the top of Paul Ave.  Removal of these trees will help to restore and preserve the native Coast Live Oak woodland ecosystem in the Brisbane Acres and reduce fire fuel loads in the hills above Central Brisbane.

During the week, while the tree work is in progress, the trail that begins at the end of Paul Ave. and leads up into the mountain will be closed to pedestrians.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important restoration project.

Like and Follow us!

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Stay connected with the City by Liking or Following us!  In addition to the City's official Facebook page, there is also the Parks and Recreation Facebook page and the Brisbane Police Department's Facebook page.  We've been using social media as another way to communicate current city news and upcoming events with the Brisbane community.  Go ahead, get social with us! 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/11/2016

The Collective Camp – Roar
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN

30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am – 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!

Calling All Pups & Pooches!
Come Participate in the
Dog Costume Contest at
Day in the Park, Sept. 24, 11am

Posted 9/7/2016

San Bruno Mountain Watch

Pancake Breakfast & Plant Sale
Sun., Sept. 11, 9am – 12pm
Miss. Blue Nursery, 3401 Bayshore Blvd.

Dive-in Movie at the Pool!
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat. Sept, 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!

The Collective Camp – Roar
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN

Speed Humps in Brisbane?

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While Brisbane is miles from the dense traffic challenges of downtown San Francisco, we do experience our own unique traffic issues. At times, residents feel that speeding is an issue on certain streets in town and then ask, “Why can’t I get a speed hump installed on my street?” Speed humps are raised sections of pavement or rubber that are placed mid-block and are designed to slow vehicles on residential streets. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), they typically range from 12 to 14 feet in travel length and are about three inches in height. Speed humps were introduced in the U.K. in the 1980s and were adopted by multiple U.S. municipalities as a popular traffic calming measure.

Speed hump.  Photo courtesy of

Unfortunately, speed humps have unintended consequences. They cause an increase in noise from vehicle acceleration, braking, and suspension rattling, affecting those who live near them. Based on general engineering practice, speed humps are not installed on steep streets with grades greater than five percent (5%) because they can gather water, creating unsafe braking conditions. In addition, speed humps are rough on automobile suspensions and drivers’ backsides when they are driven over on a regular basis. Perhaps most seriously, speed humps impact emergency vehicle response. According to the ITE, speed humps can cause up to a ten-second delay for an ambulance with a patient. 

Because of the unintended consequences and resulting backlash from the public, some cities have had to recover from installing too many speed humps. For example, the City of Berkeley installed over 150 speed humps in the early 1990s. After their placement, the Berkeley Fire Department claimed that these devices caused damage to fire trucks and led to significantly longer response times. Residents with disabilities stated that the rough motion when driving over speed humps, even at very low speeds, caused serious pain and discomfort. These concerns led the City to impose a moratorium on the installation of speed humps in 1995 while it explored other traffic calming measures.

The traffic calming “toolbox” has grown over the years, and there are other effective alternatives to speed humps that have less physical impact on moving vehicles. Dragon’s teeth, a method widely adopted in the U.K., are teeth-shaped pavement markings that slow drivers through psychological measures. “Botts dots” are small ceramic bumps that are primarily used as lane dividers, but can be arranged into rectangular rumble strips that create a vibrating sensation.  Traffic calming measures such as these are being widely implemented in municipalities to address speeding issues.


Left: Dragon’s teeth markings on Solano Street in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Right: Botts dots. Photo courtesy of

If you have concerns regarding speeding on your street, please contact Public Works. Staff will observe the location in question, and if necessary, will conduct a more thorough technical investigation, possibly including 24-hour speed surveys, to determine if a hazard that can be corrected through engineering techniques is present. 

Please make an effort to slow down and to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy the beauty of your home while driving safely!

For any questions or concerns regarding speed humps, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works Karen Kinser at 415.508.2130 or


BVHH Community Get-Together

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You have probably read or heard about Brisbane Village Helping Hands (BVHH) by now.  They are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization committed to helping older Brisbane residents age in place.  And who wouldn't want to do that in this beautiful City of Stars.

BVHH is hosting a social event next Saturday, September 17th, from 3-5pm at the Senior Sunrise Room for those interested to learn more or get signed up to either be a volunteer or begin receiving help in the areas of transportation, home repairs, technology, gardening, and more!  Hope to see you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at or call 415-508-2185.

NPM Week 3: Preparing Through Service

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September 11 – 17 is week three of National Preparedness Month.  The theme for this week is “Preparing Through Service.” September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

This week, we wanted to make sure you knew about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Open House taking place on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm at City Hall.  Joining the Brisbane CERT is a great way to get involved AND serve your community.  Come and learn how CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness!  For any questions, please contact Shelley Romriell at

Climate Fact #35

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

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