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SM County Poet Laureate

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Calling all Poets and Poetry Enthusiasts in San Mateo County!

The time has come to nominate the 1st ever San Mateo County Poet Laureate.

Nomination forms and instructions are available online at  You are encouraged to nominate your favorite local poet or yourself as long as you are over 18 years of age (see the website for the complete list of eligibility criteria). 

The Poet Laureate will act as ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts as well as contribute to San Mateo County's poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

In Memory

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It is with great sadness that the City of Brisbane shares the news of the death of former Mayor and City Council Member Steve Waldo.  Steve passed away the evening of June 16, 2013.

Mayor Ray Miller has ordered the flags at all City of Brisbane facilities to fly at half-staff through sunset on June 23, 2013 in memory of Steve’s service to the community.

The Mayor also offered these words about Steve: "Steve Waldo was truly unique among those who served Brisbane on its City Council.  He combined the analytical skills of his legal profession with a profound commitment to preserving Brisbane's family-friendly community values.  The whole community joins with his family in grieving over the loss of an irreplaceable man."

In learning about Steve’s passing, Council Member Clarke Conway stated "it is with great sorrow to hear of Steve's passing, in serving with him on the City Council for 14 years I found him to be creative, civil, have the highest degree of integrity and have a sharp sense of humor.  Brisbane has lost a truly special man and he will be missed".

City Manager Clay Holstine remarked similar sentiments, stating, “I am truly saddened by the passing of Steve Waldo.  Steve combined intelligence, wit, humor and devotion to the community of Brisbane in an unparalleled manner.  Steve was a consummate professional who always dealt with people with patience, respect and an ease of style that is too short of supply.  Brisbane was well-served and a better place for Steve's long and outstanding contribution.  He will be missed."

Steve resided in Brisbane since August of 1986.  He was elected to the Brisbane City Council in August 1989 and was re-elected to two four-year terms in 1993 and 1997.  He then ran again unopposed in 2005 to fill a vacancy on Council and was re-elected in 2007.  Steve served the City of Brisbane as Mayor a total of four times, from 1990 – 1991, 1995 – 1996, 1999 – 2000, and 2006 - 2007.

As of this writing, it is expected that there will be a memorial service on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) starting at 11:00am.  Please stay tuned to the City’s website for any updates on memorial events and further recognition for Mr. Waldo.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/17/2013

In loving memory of
Steve Waldo
1948 –  2013
Who loved this city and every citizen.
Svcs: Sun., June 23, 11 am,  Mission Blue Ctr.

Baylands DEIR
Presentation Series
June 18 & 20, 25 and 27 at 7pm
at City Hall

Baylands Draft EIR

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands is now available for public review and comment.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library, with paper copies available for purchase at City Hall for $25.  Green options include CDs and thumb drives with the entire DEIR copied onto them available at no cost.  The DEIR will also be available electronically on the City Website via the Baylands DEIR page:

Please note the hours and locations for City Hall and the Library:

Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place
, CA 94005
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Wednesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

While State law requires a minimum 45-day comment period on the DEIR, the City of Brisbane has established a 120-day public comment period.  The public comment period begins today, June 11, 2013, with written comments due by 5:00pm on October 8, 2013.

Public informational presentations will be provided by the City’s EIR consultant to give an overview of the information contained in the DEIR.  The presentations have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 27

All presentations will be held at 7:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, and will be televised on Channel 27 as well as streamed live here.  More information regarding these presentations will be forthcoming soon.

Written comments on the Draft EIR are strongly encouraged, and must be submitted to the City of Brisbane on or before October 8, 2013, 5:00pm

You may send written comments on the DEIR to:

John Swiecki, AICP, Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005

Via Fax: (415) 467-4989 or e-mail:

Meetings for the public to provide comments on the DEIR will be scheduled in September, 2013.  Further notice will be provided via City publications such as the City STAR and Citynews, here on the City Website, the community signboards, and on Ch. 27 when those meeting dates and times have been established. 

To read the full Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.

Technical Difficulties?

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It doesn’t happen often, but in the case that you’re trying to tune in to a City Council, Planning Commission, Open Space & Ecology Committee, or Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting on Ch. 27 and you’re not getting proper audio or video, call 508-2129 as soon as possible.  A phone line has been dropped in to the Community Meeting Room for staff to receive calls from the public and address the issue in real-time (therefore, please note: this line does not have the ability to take messages).  You can also watch public meetings via the City’s Live Stream page:, where public meeting rebroadcast times on Ch. 27 can also be viewed.

Bullitt 45th Anniversary

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File:Burninrubber4.jpgUPDATE 6/21, 12:00pm: Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

Did you know that Brisbane was featured in the 1968 movie, "Bullitt", starring Steve McQueen?  And that there was an iconic chase sequence through San Francisco, which ended in Brisbane, with the cars racing down Guadalupe Canyon Parkway?  There was even a fiery crash into a gas station that was built just for this scene (and needed to be perfectly done in just one take!).  A 45th Anniversary event of the movie will be held in Brisbane on Friday, June 21st at Mission Blue Center from 4:00pm - 9:00pm.  The movie will NOT be shown at the event, but two documentary screenings, entitled, "Steve McQueen an American Rebel" and "Commitment to Reality" will be.  The cost for the event is $35 ($25 for Brisbane residents), with proceeds benefitting the Brisbane Skatepark Project.  Come and enjoy a BBQ dinner, beer & beverages, and a live band playing hits from none other than the 60s!  Steve McQueen's son, Chad McQueen, will be speaking.  To purchase your ticket(s), stop by the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept., located on the 2nd Fl. of City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  For more information, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or

2013 Concert Sponsors

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Nine out of the 25 sponsors were able to make it to the June 3rd City Council Meeting where Mayor Miller read aloud each of their names and/or places of business.  After receiving their Commendations, the Council joined the Sponsors to take the above picture.  Without the individual and continued support from the Concert Sponsors, Concerts in the Park would not be able to take place every summer.  So, thank you again to all of our Concert Sponsors!  We are excited for a great 2013 Summer Concert Series this year!

Adding to the fun atmosphere the Concerts bring to the Community Park will be the Brisbane Farmers' Market - coinciding with the Concerts this year and taking place on Fridays, rather than their usual Thursdays.  Once the Concerts conclude on August 30th, the market will return to taking place on Thursdays.  At yesterday's farmers' market, some Brisbane youth got a mini taste of what the Concerts will be like from Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Entertainer Fred McCarty.  He did a great job entertaining those shopping the market, and even took requests.  He will most likely be back at the market next week.  Check out the 4 CDs he's recorded of his original songs!

June 2013 Citynews

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Click here to view the June 2013 Citynews

PG&E Helicopter Patrols

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PG&E will be performing helicopter patrols in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties today as part of their routine compliance inspections (weather dependent).  The helicopter will fly about 200’ to 500’ above ground level and will be traveling over portions of the City of Brisbane to check the integrity of their transmission pipelines.

In PG&E’s efforts to achieve the safest gas pipeline system, they conduct these surveys monthly, more frequently than required by federal standards.  In addition, they also conduct aerial leak survey patrols every other month.  Some months two different types of helicopter patrols are done.

2013 Wildfire Awareness Event

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North County Fire Authority (NCFA) and the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services will conduct the annual Community Wildfire Awareness Event on Saturday, June 8th beginning at 9:00am and concluding at around 12 noon. 

Community outreach and important information will be provided to those residents living on Margaret & Paul Avenues and Kings Road (from the 100 block through the 300 block).  Those residents should expect a knock on their door, as firefighters will be delivering information to these homes which are adjacent to a Wildland Urban Interface area.  Finally, please be mindful that there will be emergency equipment and fire personnel operating in town, including the possibility of a CAL FIRE helicopter, so assist us in spreading the news about this activity by discussing with your neighbors so that no one will be unintentionally frightened by this wildfire awareness event. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services at (415) 508-2131 or the NCFA Fire Prevention Services Bureau at (650) 991-8138.