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Thanks to those who registered for Peninsula SunShares, the solar group buy program that the City of Brisbane participated in this past summer.
In just 4 months, 1,100 homeowners signed up to see if solar was a good fit for their home. There are 200 signed contracts totaling almost 900 kilowatts of residential solar capacity (that's nearly a megawatt of new clean energy in the Bay Area). And 11 of those 200 contracts came from Brisbane totaling 60.64 kilowatts!
Vote Solar, the program administrator, is now reaching out to inform registrants of an electric vehicle group buy (1st of its kind in the U.S.) coordinated for another SunShares program and invite you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Nissan, and their partner dealer Autocom Nissan, were selected and are offering discounts on the world's best selling electric vehicle, the Leaf. Details on the EV discount can be found at the link below and you DO NOT need to re-register to be eligible.
If you've considered an electric vehicle and dream of using the HOV lane during your commute, please take the program discount code to one of Autocom Nissan's four East Bay locations by September 30th.
Discount Code: SunShares 2015
Details/dealer locations: www.mygroupenergy.com/sunshares/news
Thanks again for helping to make Peninsula SunShares the largest solar group buy the Bay Area has seen to date!
Crocker Park Recreational Trail feels a lot more firm and compact these days. That's because this past week, crews were out on the trail grading the previous railway ballast rock to create an even surface, and then spreading quarry fines to help with the compaction. Similar work had been done in previous years, but this year, the entire trail was compacted (and it will take regular maintenance to keep it in good working condition). The fines are from the local quarry/EBI Aggregate so only materials indigenous to the area are being used. It is important to note that the crews completing the work were aware of the delicate nature of the frog habitat and therefore did not work in that area behind Cypress. They also de-chlorinated the water they used for the project so as to avoid any contamination issues to the surrounding areas. See below for photos of the work as it progressed this week:
Staging on Cypress Ave.
Spreading quarry fines
Applying the roller
Enjoy your next jog or stroll on the trail!
Last night kicked off the start of the workshops and public hearings at the Planning Commission level for the Baylands review process. The purpose of this first workshop was for the City's consultant to provide an informational and procedural overview to help frame the Planning Commission's upcoming hearings over the next few months. Check out the video below and read the staff report for more background information.
The next workshop takes place on Thursday, September 24th and will cover the Brisbane Baylands Final EIR and planning documents such as fiscal and economic studies, the Brisbane Sustainability Framework, and the Community Opinion Survey (please get those surveys turned in by tomorrow!). For a full workshop/hearing schedule, please click here.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 – noon, Fisherman's Park
Information: (415) 508-2144
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Ballet & Conditioning
Tues/Thurs/Fri Mornings, Starts Oct 6, Comm. Ctr.
Registration Opens: Tuesday 9/15
City of Brisbane Now Hiring
Part-Time / Seasonal
Apply at www.calopps.org
The City was fortunate to have two interns spend their summers with us. One of them, Justin Yuen, may be a familar face as this is actually his third summer in the Public Works Department. He started as a junior in high school through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) High School Internship Program and will be soon entering his sophomore year at UC Davis. This summer, Justin spent the bulk of his time testing the reflectivity of our street signs and updating the Public Work's street sign database so the department knows which signs may have faded with time and need replacing. He also researched "cold in-place asphalt recycling", which is a more environmentally-friendly process to repair streets as it takes the old, distressed asphalt and recycles it into new asphalt base that’s ready for a surface treatment. This removes the need to haul away the old asphalt and then paying for the new asphalt to be trucked back and installed.
When recounting his time with the City this summer, Justin said, "I'm glad I was able to learn more about the Public Works Department and city government practices and make a difference in this incredible community."
Quinn Haaga will be starting her junior year at the University of Oregon and had her hands in a variety of projects in the City Manager and Community Development departments this summer, most notably drafting a Climate Friendly Purchasing Guide for the City and presenting it at the August 20, 2015 City Council meeting. Quinn also lent a hand researching various items for the City Manager, Community Development, and Public Works Departments. She also compiled a 2015-16 Budget-in-Brief two-page document, which will be posted to the website soon.
“My internship this summer provided me with invaluable experience and knowledge working with a local government. I never thought the City of Brisbane would become such a big part of my life! I have really enjoyed working and interacting with everyone in City Hall and the Brisbane community as a whole," said Quinn.
Thank you to you both for your great work this summer; the both of you really made a difference and we wish you the best as you return to school!
"Don't Wait. Communicate. Make your Emergency Plan Today."
That is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, and we encourage you to commit to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for yourself and your family. The grass fire that took place today on 280 near 92 should be a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time, and close to home.
SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your:
- email accounts (home, work, school, etc.)
- cell phones, pagers
- Smartphones/handheld devices
Please save the Date! This year's Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am - 5pm. The Derby will start beforehand at 8am. This year marks the 29th anniversary of Brisbane Day in the Park Festival and the 9th anniversary of the Brisbane Derby.
There will be new games, prizes, and entertainment, along with an Arts & Crafts Fair where you will find handmade items under the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, so please take the entire family with you and enjoy...a Day in the Park!
If you're interested in having a booth, please see the associated application/questionnaire and information sheets. Booth space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Community Group Questionnaire (UPDATE: reservations from Community Groups will be accepted until Weds., 9/9)
For any questions about the Day in the Park Festival, please contact Noreen Leek at (415) 508-2141 or email@example.com . For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.