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Let’s “Complete the Village” of Brisbane together.  Next Thursday, September 22nd, at 7:30pm, the Planning Commission will be holding a kick-off study session at City Hall on Form-Based Codes.  This will be the first study session leading to community design charrettes (or collaborative design sessions), to rezone the properties immediately north of the Community Park (between the Skate Park and the Brisbane Village Shopping Center) and the properties along the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard.  The area by the Community Park is planned to be rezoned from warehouse uses to neighborhood commercial mixed use and the properties along Bayshore Boulevard are planned for residential uses only, as set forth in the recently updated Housing Element.  

Form-Based Codes provide a means to establish new development that turns its back on suburban sprawl, which has dominated development in the United States over the last century (as depicted in the inset photograph above).  Instead, Form-Based Codes place an emphasis on the physical form of the building and how it adds value to the public realm (as shown in the larger photo above, which illustrates a much more inviting public space with increased walkability), rather than on the use and size of the building.  Come join the conversation.


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Many thanks to the 2011 Concert Sponsors who, on consecutive Fridays since August 12th, brought us the music of The Unauthorized Rolling Stones,  Double Funk Crunch, Soul Power, The California Cowboys, The Houserockers, and now, Lava.  The Community Park came alive each of those evenings, and Friday, Sept. 16th will be no exception!

Lava is different from other Latin bands, in that they're able to play different styles of Latin music such as Latin Jazz, Cha-Cha-Cha, Latin Rock, Latin Funk, and Salsa.  The nine-player band covers such artists as Santana, Malo, and Poncho addition to a number of standards that have been in the Top 40 for over the past 30 years.  So make no mistake - come to the Community Park at 6pm this Friday and get ready to get down to the Latin rhythms!  And if you see any of this year's Concert Sponsors, make sure to give them a big Thank You!

Foreclosure Resource Fair

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San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson is hosting the upcoming Foreclosure Resource Fair in Menlo Park and invites any interested San Mateo County residents to attend.  While there, you'll have one-on-one access to HUD-approved housing counselors as well as lenders with whom you can talk to about better managing your monthly mortgage payments.  Just remember to bring all necessary mortgage and financial documents to the Foreclosure Resource Fair.  See the flyer for more details.  Flyers in Spanish and Tongan are also available when you visit:

Please note: Seniors are entitled to free transportation. All seniors interested in attending the Fair for the panels or to see a counselor, attorney or lender have FREE door-to-door transportation (round-trip). Interested seniors just need to give (650) 363-4570 a call and say they need transportation by September 21st.


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Kids, get ready.  It's time for the 6th Annual Silverpalooza! Kids' Dance Party in Brisbane!  Sunday, September 18th will be a happenin' time at The 23 Club (23 Visitacion Ave.).  From noon to 5:00pm, parents and kids alike will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of music, games, and activities for all ages including face painting, a cake walk, and a full bar.  The 49ers vs. Cowboys game will also be shown live at 1:00pm. 

All proceeds (entrance is just a $5 donation at the door, kids under 2 are free) raised at Silverpalooza! benefit the parent-run Silverspot Co-operative Nursery School which serves Brisbane and surrounding communities.  See the event flyer for more information and come and support Silverspot!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/12/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
25th Annual Day in the Park
Sat., Oct. 1, 10 pm - 5 pm, Comm. Pk.
Food, Music, Games, Rides, Fun!

Posted 9/9/2011

Concerts in the Park Series 
The Houserockers
This Friday, 6pm Community Park
Free and Open to the Public

National Preparedness Month

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September marks not only back to school, but National Preparedness Month.

Recent weather events such as Hurricane Irene, the earthquake on the East Coast, and other natural disasters highlight the need for Americans to prepare for emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response are collaborating to launch a new preparedness web resource, Get Tech Ready on behalf of the campaign.

Released just before the start of National Preparedness Month, this new resource educates individuals and families about how using modern-day technology can help them prepare, adapt, and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies or disasters.

Get Tech Ready provides Americans with tips on how to use technological resources before, during, and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage one's financial affairs. Preparedness tips on the website include:

  • Learning how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;  
  • Storing your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud or on a secure and remote area or flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
  • Creating an Emergency Information Document using the Ready Family Emergency Plan [ ] to record your emergency plans. 

You can also check out the FEMA blog, which is made available in English and Spanish.

Launched in 2003, National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies throughout the year. The "Ready" campaign was also launched in 2003 by FEMA in partnership with the Ad Council. Since its launch, media outlets have donated more than $900 million in advertising time and space for the PSAs. The new PSAs will air in advertising time that will be entirely donated by the media.

It's nice to know that the media corporations are taking Emergency Preparedness seriously.  Now - it's your turn.

September 2011 CITYNEWS

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Click here to read the September 2011 CITYNEWS.

50th Anniversary Celebration

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Brisbane's 50th Anniversary Celebration is just around the corner!  We hope you're planning to attend this very anticipated event, as live entertainment, dancing, a buffet dinner, champagne toast, and photobooth fun await you!  And did we mention, there is no entry fee!  The event is free.  The only reason to carry a little cash on you would be for the no host bar.  

This Saturday's (9/10) celebration at the Radisson Hotel in Brisbane begins at 6:30pm.  Here's a snapshot of the evening:

6:30 pm    Buffet Dinner and No Host Bar

7:30pm     Welcome and Introductions by Mayor Cyril G. Bologoff
                   Champagne Toast

8:00pm     Live Performance by Leanne Borghesi and Dancing to the music of Sound Productions

San Francisco Photobooth will be on-site throughout the evening to provide memories for you to take home and also to help create an album to commemorate the City's 50th Anniversary.

Please note, additional parking will be available at 2000 Sierra Point Parkway.  Look for the parking signs that will be located near the intersection of Sierra Point Parkway and Marina Blvd., as shown in the photo below:

Lastly, a shuttle will run every 30 minutes beginning at 8:00pm to return residents to Brisbane (drop-off's will be at City Hall and the Sunrise Room).  If you are a senior resident or disabled, and unable to get to the Radisson on your own, call Russ at 508-2143 to arrange a pick-up in advance. 

Now, get ready to celebrate Brisbane!

The Houserockers

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The Houserockers (the penultimate band for 2011) are a 10-piece band featuring a five-piece horn section, two rhythm guitars, a bass, drums, and keyboard (click here to meet the talented musicians behind the sound)!  They play a unique blend of some of the greatest rock & roll and rhythm & blues tunes ever recorded.  And they're ready to play those hits for you, Brisbane!  So come on down to the Community Park at 6:00pm Friday (9/9) where you'll be sure to find yourself entertained!  Many thanks to our 2011 Concert Sponsors who make the magic happen week after Concert week! 

Call 2-1-1

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211 can help you find food, housing, healthcare, and much more.  Get free and confidential information and referral services in the San Francisco Bay Area by visiting the 211 Bay Area homepage or simply picking up the phone and calling 2-1-1.  United Way partners closely with San Mateo’s Community Information Program (CIP) to update and maintain the 211 San Mateo database.  There is so much you can do on the Internet to enhance your day-to-day life, and 211 is one of them! To encourage Brisbane residents to use this free and confidential service, a 2-1-1 page on the City's website has been especially created.