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Introducing New Sgt. Cecilia Garay

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Chief Lisa Macias introduced new Brisbane Police Sergeant Cecilia Garay, who started in her new role with Brisbane in May.  Cecilia graduated from Jefferson High School and then joined the United States Army Reserves where she served for 6 years.  She completed her studies at Notre Dame University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Services and a double major in Public Administration and Counseling.  After her service in the military, Cecilia began her law enforcement career with the Broadmoor Police Department as a Police Cadet/Explorer, and then as a Police Reserve Officer.  She later accepted a job as a police office for the Colma Police Dept., taking on responsibilities of Field Training Officer, Detective, Acting Sergeant, Community Service Coordinator, and Public Information Officer.  In 2012, she joined the Daly City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Acting Sergeant, and served two terms as a Detective.  Cecilia comes to the Brisbane Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and we are lucky to have her on-board!

Senior Art Class Summer Schedule

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The ever-popular Senior Art Class with Shirley Lim will have its final regular class time of 9am-11am on Thursday, June 7th (the same day as the Senior Sunrise Art Show - see below).  The class will take a 3-week break and resume on Thursday, July 5th with its NEW summer schedule of Thursdays from 2pm-4pm.  The class will resume its regular schedule of Thursdays from 9-11am on August 23rd.  For any questions, please contact the Senior Sunrise Room at (415) 508-0230.

The entire Community is invited to view the artwork of Shirley's talented students at the Brisbane Library on Thursday, June 7th from 6-8pm.  If you can't make it, their works will be up through the month of July.

June 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the June 2018 STAR Newsletter.

"We Are Still In" - 1 Year Later

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Today marks one year since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.  Within 72 hours of that announcement, a new wave of American climate leadership was galvanized by mayors, governors, and CEOs, Brisbane included (see post from last June). The "We Are Still In" coalition has now grown to over 2,700 cities, states, businesses, universities, and other entities, of which the City of Brisbane is a signatory.

The rapid growth of renewable energy generation at competitive costs worldwide shows that the transition to a low carbon economy is irreversible.  And while there are many positive trends in climate action, it is also clear that more needs to be done to reach the goals established in the Paris Agreement.  That is why Brisbane is still making advancements to curb global warming and adhere to the measures in its adopted Climate Action Plan.

Case in point: the City recently partnered with Home Energy Analytics to offer Brisbane residential customers a free new program to help them save energy and money.  That program is called HomeIntel, which is offered on behalf of PG&E and consists of Smart Audit, HEA's online energy analysis and management software tool.  HomeIntel provides at no charge a whole-home analysis of your energy use based on your household's smart meter data.  Whether you own or rent your house or apartment, you can get a set of customized recommendations that usually includes many simple, low- or no-cost fixes.  To learn more and to start saving, go to www.brisbane.hea.com or click on the image below.  For any questions, please contact HomeIntel representative, James Tuleya at jamest@hea.com .

 

Brisbane City Hall - 1 of 30 Vote Centers

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Brisbane City Hall’s Community Meeting Room (Council Chambers) is open all weekend for citizens to vote, as well as on Monday and Tuesday (Election Day).  

Voting Hours:

Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday    9am-5pm
Monday  9am-5pm
Tuesday  7am-8pm

Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Note: there is also a Ballot Drop-Off box located at City Hall in the front entrance lobby.

 

Mosquito Abatement District at 5/31 Market

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UPDATE: Friday, June 1 - Due to severe wind at yesterday's Farmers' Market, the Mosquito Abatement District needed to pack up early.  BUT those heavy winds didn't frighten them away and they will coming back to Brisbane later in the summer.  Stay tuned!

Megan Sebay, Public Information Officer with the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District (SMCMVCD), will be at next Thursday's (5/31) Farmers' Market (she's pictured above at Pacifica's market this past Thursday).  She'll have free reusable bags and other goodies, as well as a chance to meet the world's deadliest animal.  Come by and see her, and shop the Farmers' Market while you're there at the Park!  Deals for Mountain Fresh Organic are still available using the LIVE LOCL app (email brisbane@livelocl.com for access).  The Brisbane Farmers' Market is every Thursday in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) from 3pm - 7pm.

US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study

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US-101 through San Mateo County is one of the most congested freeways in the Bay Area.  The SamTrans US-101 Express Bus Feasibility Study is exploring the role express buses can play in providing mobility options on US-101 and adjacent roadways like I-280 that strengthen connectivity to jobs and housing hubs throughout the region. 

Express bus service can provide faster transit service to key commuter destinations than traditional local bus services.  In general, express bus routes make few intermediate stops, reducing travel time compared to local bus routes.  Riders benefit from the reliable travel times offered when buses travel in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. 

The study team is currently completing a detailed evaluation process of the routes, after which the team anticipates recommending a network of four to six express bus routes to be implemented in phases.  A pilot launch of the express bus routes will be funded in part through SB1 funds.

SamTrans has and continues to welcome stakeholder input throughout the project.  The study team held a round of outreach in Summer 2017 and is holding a second round in Summer 2018 with the following events.

  • June 2 -- 9 am to noon: pop-up event at the San Mateo Farmer’s Market
  • June 3 -- 11 am to 4 pm: pop-up event at Sunday Streets San Francisco in the Sunset 
  • June 9 -- 10 am to noon: pop-up event at the University Avenue Farmer’s Market in Palo Alto
  • June 9 -- 1 pm to 3 pm: pop-up event at Facebook Fest in Bell Haven
  • June 13 -- 6 to 7:30 pm: community open house at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos

You can also let them know your comments on the 101 Express Bus Study HERE.  Include your contact information if you would like to be kept informed throughout the project by e-mail.

A draft final report is anticipated to be ready in mid- to late-2018 and will be posted on the SamTrans website, www.samtrans.com, at that time.

Please see the fact sheet for more information about the project.

High School Bus Update

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On May 21st, SamTrans staff met with concerned Brisbane parents to discuss High School bus transportation starting in August 2018.  Both the parents that attended and SamTrans reported having a very productive meeting; Brisbane parents were very happy that their concerns were being taken seriously.  There are still a number of decisions to be made, work to be done, and alternatives to be explored. At this time, SamTrans is planning on improving the transfer between the 121 and the 110 routes so that students from Southern Hills won't miss the transfer.  They are also looking at extending the 49 to Brisbane so that students from Brisbane will have a "one-seat" ride to Terra Nova.  Additional tweaks will be made over the next few weeks, after which SamTrans will present final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.  We will keep the Brisbane Community posted on this issue here on our website and in our weekly e-newsletters. If you'd like to be added to this distribution list, please sign up here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/weekly-updates-from-the-city.

National Public Works Week 2018

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Each year, National Public Works Week is recognized by the City Council for the many ways citizens' lives are impacted by the men and women in Public Works who tirelessly and quietly serve the Brisbane community by maintaining the city's streets and right-of-ways, drinking water, sewers, storm drains, and parks.  "The Power of Public Works" theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization and our quality of life.  This year's poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.  The City Council will be recognizing the men and women of Brisbane Public Works at their May 17th Council Meeting.

 

In recognition of this special week, we will be unveiling a new video every day showcasing the various aspects of Brisbane Public Works so that the Community can see what goes into maintaining the City's water and sewer systems, not to mention engineering and maintenance resources for the City’s streets, right-of-way, and storm drain system!

 

 

 

MONDAY - Video 1 [Water]

TUESDAY - Video 2 [Sewer]

WEDNESDAY - Video 3 [Trash]

THURSDAY - Video 4 [Water Quality]

FRIDAY - Video 5 [The Power of Public Works]

3 Month EV Usage Stats

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May 14, 2018 marked 3 months from the opening of our EV Charger at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and puts us halfway through our free charging (for sessions <45 minutes) pilot period.  The past month included a “charger fault” that rendered the station unusable for roughly a week.  Fortunately the station usage rebounded quickly and we even saw our highest ever one-day energy use since it came back online!

Charging Stats Through 5-14-18:

  • 193 unique drivers
  • 13,270 total kWh dispensed, an average of 147.4 kWh/day
  • 1,006 total sessions, 11.18 average sessions per day
  • Average session length is 30:53 minutes, with ~84% of sessions 45 minutes or less
  • ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 5573 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 143 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 

Lastly, we are working to have a sign noting the “DC Fast EV Charging Station” added to the Brisbane Village Shopping Center sign near Bayshore.  More on that when it's up!