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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.

Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.   Day work will occur June 29 - July 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to test fiber optic cable and installation components.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Summer Concerts Line-up

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We're pround to announce the line-up for the 2015 Summer Concert Series!

July 3, The Hot Rods (Classic Oldies)

July 10, The Allmond Brothers Clan. (70's rock)

July 17, Andre Thierry (Zydeco)

July 24, Buffalo BBQ (Brisbane Locals Night)

July 31, Pop Fiction (Northern California's premier party band)

August 7, Hairstrike (80's rock tribute band)

The Concerts are every Friday, July 3 through August 7. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).

Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year.  Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community?  Then consider being a sponsor!  Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under.  Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

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.

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 kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

2015 City Council Election

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Last night, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Every November in odd number years, such an election is held to fill City Council seats.  This year, the election will be held to fill two seats. 

If you are interested in running for City Council this coming November then you’ll want to be aware of the following information.

The election this year will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and will be to elect two (2) City Council members.

The nomination period is between July 13th and August 7th (or August 12th if an incumbent fails to file.)  The first day you can pick up nomination papers is on July 13th.  Please come to City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, to do so.  Nomination papers are due August 7, 2015, or August 12, 2015 if an incumbent fails to file.

If you would like more information on the nomination or election process, please contact Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at (415) 508-2113 or cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

 

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.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/19/2015


Did You Know...
The City is on Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram?
www.brisbaneca.org


Posted 6/17/2015


Parks & Rec. Summer Sports Camps
Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Flag Football & More
Begins June 29. For info (415) 508-2144
www.brisbaneca.org


San Mateo County Energy Watch
Free energy assessment and rebates for small businesses
For more info: (650) 599-1403

 

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!

Peninsula SunShares Workshop

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"Put Solar On It" with Peninsula SunShares!  We’re celebrating the longest day of the year on June 21st with a joint-city community workshop to help homeowners go solar together.

More than a dozen cities across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have teamed up to offer Peninsula SunShares, a solar group discount (bulk-buy) program that pools the purchasing power of residents to lower the cost of installing solar. If you’re a Bay Area homeowner, come to the workshop to learn more about how this program can help make it easier and more affordable to go solar.

Saturday, June 20th
9:30AM – 12:00PM
San Carlos Library, 2nd floor
610 Elm Street, San Carlos

The event will feature presentations about the group buy program, information on financing options and an opportunity to meet with the program’s selected solar contractors. Since its launch in April, more than 525 homeowners have signed up to participate in Peninsula SunShares – and we want to make that number even bigger! Local residents now have until July 31st to sign up to take advantage of the discounted program pricing.

This summer, let’s #putsolaronit Bay Area!