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Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support as well as filming the presentation.

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Posted 11/4/2014


Educational Slide Show
On the Culture and People of Liberia,
West Africa by Bob Dettmer
Sat., Nov. 8, 7 - 9 pm, City Hall

 

Election Results

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Election Results can be found on the County's Election Website Shape the Future.org

They will begin posting Vote by Mail results shortly after 8pm and then update throughout the evening.

 

Draft Safe Routes to School Report

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The Complete Streets Safety Committee has recently been focused on improving the City's walkability and safety of pedestrians in town.  Click to view their Draft Safe Routes to School Agenda Report.  The Committee will be seeking the public's input at their November 5, 2014 meeting.  This meeting will be taking place in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 at 6:30pm or via the Live Streaming page.

November 2014 Marina News

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Click here to read the November 2014 Newsletter

101 NB Ramp Metering

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If you haven’t already noticed, ramp metering will soon be starting in the Northbound direction of Hwy 101 in San Mateo County at 18 locations from Hwy 92 in San Mateo to the San Mateo/San Francisco County line.  Caltrans expects the ramp metering system to improve safety and travel times during the peak periods of heavy traffic along the 101 corridor. 

Starting tomorrow, November 4, 2014, Northbound ramp meters will be activated, but meters will rest in green.  November 12, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Northbound PM peak time from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.  November 18, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling during Northbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am. 

Most ramps, like the ones at Sierra Point Parkway and Harney Way, will operate at “1 car per green” except for two connector ramps which will operate at “2 cars per green”. These connector on-ramps include the Westbound State Route 92 to Northbound U.S. Route 101 connector, and the Eastbound I-380 to Northbound U.S. 101 connector.  Southbound 101 metering is planned to start in Spring 2015. 

For more information, including fact sheets and FAQs, please view Caltrans’ webpage on the San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project.  They’ve also set up a hotline to receive any feedback from the public.  That number is (510) 286-4531.

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Posted 10/31/2014


Don't forget to...
Vote!
On Tuesday, November 4th


Brisbane Library
Music & Dance Party with Teresa
Mondays in November, 10:30 am, 250 Visitacion
Fun for the Whole Family

Vote By or On November 4th

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Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 4th.  The Brisbane Community Center is our only polling location.  The Community Center is located in the lower level of the building at 250 Vistacion Avenue (directly below the Brisbane Library).  Absentee ballots may be placed in the ballot box located in the lobby area of City Hall until 5:00pm on Election Day.  But if you're going to wait that long, you might as well stop by the Community Center to cast your ballot in-person, where the polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day.

Environmental Action Plan

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be having their kick-off meeting for preparation of an Environmental Action Plan for the City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm.  The Plan is expected to cover energy, water and solid waste measures that reduce energy use.  This "working" meeting starts at 6:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website, as afterwards archived on the All Meetings page of the City's website.

Public Arts Ordinance

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At its October 2, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 588, creating Chapter 15.85 of the City’s Municipal Code, entitled the “Art in Public Places Program”.  The purpose of the City’s Art in Public Places Program is to promote the visual arts by requiring the inclusion of a public artwork component in certain new public and private development projects in Brisbane.  There is no financial impact whatsoever to homeowners in Brisbane.  A kitchen remodel or adding a new room does not trigger an additional expense.  

The way it works is this: Commercial projects with building development costs in excess of $1,000,000 will be required to contribute 1% to the Brisbane Public Art Fund ("Fund").  Residential projects with 10-20 units will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund (a building with 20+ units will contribute 1%).  Low and moderate income housing developments will be exempt from needing to make a contribution.  Lastly, public development projects with building development costs in excess of $500,000 will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund.  As an alternative to contributing to the Fund, the above categories of projects can devote the required contribution amount toward acquisition and installation of publicly accessible art on the development site. 

As you can see, the ordinance has been carefully written so that it has no fiscal impact on residents and homeowners.  Rather, it is a forward-looking idea which allows for the creation of potentially iconic art in Brisbane for the enjoyment of generations to come. 

As for next steps in the process, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be appointing a Public Arts Subcommittee, which will develop Implementation Guidelines to address issues such as the process for selecting and determining the location of public art pieces, and use and maintenance of the Fund.  Through the Public Arts Ordinance, the City will be able to ensure that public art is an integral component of our community, enhance the quality of life in Brisbane, and help define Brisbane's identity as an art-oriented city.