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Playground Build Day

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It's been a long time coming for Brisbane's newest playground.  But, we received word yesterday that the main play equipment had been received yesterday at Playground Unlimited's yard (they Miracle Playsystem's subcontractor for the project), and today, we got confirmation that all the parts were accounted for and secured.  It will be arriving on-site on Monday, where Playgrounds Unlimited will be doing the majority of the "dirty work" - punching the post holes and inserting the main posts and some of the decks...and should be finished with that in time for Build Day, happening Wednesday, November 14th!  Thank you to those who have expressed interest to wanting to help build the playground - we'll have plenty of volunteers.  Take a look at the work that's been done over the past couple weeks:

Project Manager from Playgrounds Unlimited, Jaime Rosas, meets with City Engineer Randy Breault to discuss how best the playbox needs to be expanded in order to meet standards for fall zone areas, given the change Miracle Playsystem's equipment (the steps leading up to the sprial slide were widened by the vendor in September).

The next morning, Playgrounds Unlimited chalked the area, it was approved, and then saw cut.

Here's how it looked after cement was poured, and after the new mow strip was formed (what the rubber surfacing will adhere to).

The new sand area will feature a "rolled lip" edge, so as to keep the sand as contained to the sand area as possible.  This area will also have a water spigot for sand and water play.

Mothers of Brisbane Jennifer Bousquet and Jessica Aloft helped draw the arc on the seat wall using colored pencils earlier this week.  Sebastian, foreground, also helped.  Thank you to Jennifer's husband, Ken, for making the templates that allowed getting the arc, which the stars will be mounted along, to be a breeze!

The swing bays went up on Thursday afternoon.  The swings themselves will be hung after the rest of the equipment and surfacing have been installed. (Photo credit: Jessica Aloft)

Brisbane's newest playground will be coming in December.  After the equipment itself is all installed, that's when the rubber sufacing will be poured.  It will take Playgrounds Unlimited about a week to make the star designs in it and for it fully cure.  Signs will be posted and the areas will be barricaded during the time it's curing.  We're shooting for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Festival of Lights (December 2nd).  We'll see how the next couple weeks go and if that can stay as-is.  Stay tuned!

Red Tide Algal Bloom

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The City just received notice that Sector San Francisco had received several notifications in reference to a brown/red substance in the Bay Area and off shore.  This substance is RED TIDE algal bloom.  CA Fish & Game indicated this substance is moving into the area, which is why we wanted to inform you of it now.  Do not be alarmed, it is NOT the result of an oil or hazardous material spill.  Please see the below photo that was confirmed ride tide last week in the Oakland Estuary.  If you're interested in learning more about red tide, please click here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/6/2012

Don't Forget To




Don't Forget To


Tuesday, November 6th

Energy Upgrade Workshop

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Attention Homeowners:

Get up to $4,000 in energy-upgrade incentives. Don’t miss the window.

Join Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a workshop to learn how a home energy upgrade can help to:

  • Lower utility bills
  • Protect the environment
    by saving energy
  • Improve home comfort

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Westlake Community Center,
Merced Room
145 Lake Merced Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015

This event is free, please register by clicking here.
6:30–7:00 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
7:00–8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

For more information:
Contact David Siddiqui, 1-510-908-4092

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/1/2012

HIP Housing
Home Share Program
Save Money, Added Security, Increase Independence
Information: (650) 348-6660 

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Aglie Aging Classes
Promotes Senior Movement & Balance
Tuesdays, 10:30 am, 2 Visitacion

Ted Warburton Retires

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Ted Warburton, who served as Brisbane's Harbormaster for the past 10 years, is retiring. His last day in office was October 15th. Ted leaves big shoes to fill; in addition to managing the Marina, Ted took over the responsibility of the City’s community centers and the Pool when Jim Skeels, the former Park and Recreation Director, retired.  Randy Breault, Brisbane City Engineer and Director of Public Works, will take on the responsibility of facility maintenance for both the Marina and the community centers. Steve Beaty, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, will manage the Pool and Susie Hamblen is serving as the Interim Harbor Master.

Ted will be inducted into the State of California’s Department of Boating and Waterways Hall of Fame early next year. Congratulations Ted. You’ve served the Brisbane Community and the State of California well.


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Make sure you exercise your right to vote and cast your ballot by 8:00pm, November 6th, for the 2012 Election. 

The San Mateo Board of Elections has a great website where you can look up everything from your registration status to details on the various ballot issues.

 Our local polling location (Brisbane Community Center) will be open from 7:00am - 8:00pm

 Brisbane Community Center
Lower Level
250 Visitacion Avenue

Follow Live Election coverage from 8pm - midnight tonight on PenTv, Comcast Ch. 26.


Winter 2012 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the Winter 2012 STAR Newletter.

Artist Reception at City Hall

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Long known for his artistic skills and prowess as the founder and artistic director for the Live At Mission Blue Series, Kevin Fryer has another feather for his cap, photography.  He turns his usual eye for detail and possibility to the lens of a camera and finds beauty, creativity and downright awe-striking images in the simplest of forms.  

“For my first photographic show I’ve chosen to shoot at the junkyard just behind the old icehouse in Brisbane.  I began by looking for form, color, & texture, in the hopes of finding images that would push at the edges of abstract and surreal, and ultimately find beauty in the decay of old industrial machinery.  But as we often discover, the work begins to develop a mind of its own.” - Kevin Fryer

Kevin’s show, "Icehouse Junkyard", opens November 1st, and his opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend.

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

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A new revised NOP (October 2012) has been prepared and distributed to reflect the addition of a proposed water transfer agreement to the Project. Specifically, the City proposes to acquire a supplemental water supply of 2,400 acre-feet per year (AFY) via a water transfer agreement with the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) in order to serve the proposed development of the Brisbane Baylands.  The revised NOP provides additional detail regarding the water transfer agreement.  The revised NOP and is also on file at the City of Brisbane Community Development Department at the address below or at the Brisbane Library at 250 Visitacion Ave.  State law specifies a 30 day comment period on the revised NOP.  Written comments are due by 5 p.m. on November 21, 2012.

Please send written comments on the revised NOP to:

John Swiecki, AICP
Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
Fax: (415) 467-5547
E-mail to:

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Baylands Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was previously distributed in 2006, and a revised NOP was distributed in December 2010.  The 2010 revised NOP provides a detailed description of the proposed development of the Brisbane Baylands to be evaluated in the forthcoming DEIR.   The previous 2006 and 2010 NOPs and responses can be found at and are on file at the Community Development Department.  All previous NOP responses are part of the EIR record.