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SamTrans Public Workshops

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Since early 2011, SamTrans has been conducting the SamTrans Service Plan (SSP), an in-depth study of the SamTrans bus system. The study has been looking to identify strengths, areas for improvement, and recommendations to improve efficiency and increase ridership.

In July 2011, the SSP held a series of public open houses to introduce the project and engage the community and SamTrans riders to gather ideas for how SamTrans should grow and develop. The input from the open houses was used to help develop three possible service scenarios.

From November 7th through November 19th, SamTrans will be holding six public workshops throughout the County to present three possible service scenarios. These service scenarios will weigh the choices and tradeoffs between increasing services on some routes and modifying and reducing service on other routes. Please see the flyer for specific dates, times, and locations of the public workshops.

At the workshops, the public will have an opportunity to provide comment and feedback. This input will be used to inform the draft and final SamTrans Service Plan. 

Questions and comments may also be submitted:

  • By phone: (650) 508-6338
  • By email:
  • By mail:
                       SamTrans Service Plan
                       P.O. Box 3006
                       San Carlos, CA 94070-1306

45 New LEDs Installed

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You may recall last July when the in-town streetlights were replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.  The replacement of 365 High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) bulbs was funded through a 1% loan offered by the California Energy Commission (CEC), which the City will be paying back through enery savings.  The project at the Marina Shared Use Lot only involved the replacement of 45 parking lot lights to LEDs, all of which was funded through the $25,000 Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) it was awarded by the CEC as part of the ARRA Stimulus Funds.  The subcontractor, shown below, was able to complete the retrofitting work, which took place at the north end of the lot, all within this past week (Monday-Friday).

This project, as was last year's in-town street light retrofit project, will prove to be another win-win-win change for the community.  Not only is the City's energy consumption being lessened, our utility bills will be reduced, while at the same time, the community that's known as the "City of Stars" will shine even more brightly.

2011 State of the City

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If you missed the 2011 Brisbane State of the City Address, given by Mayor Cy Bologoff at Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Sierra Point Radisson located in Brisbane, then you can watch it by clicking the Play arrow below.  If you're a Comcast subscriber, you can also catch the entire video playback on Ch. 27 every day of next week, Nov. 1 - 7.  Check the Live Streaming Page on the City's website for the specific dates and times. 

Winter 2011 STAR

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Click here to read the Fall 2011 STAR.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/24/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
7th/8th Grade Basketball
Registration Deadline 0ct 28th
Information:  (415) 508-2144

Energy Ambassador House Party
Sat., Oct. 29, 3-5 pm, 259 Sierra Pt. Rd.
Info and RSVP: (415) 508-2118
Learn How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient, Comfortable
and Healthy.  Find Out How To Qualify For $10K Rebate


Grandparents Targeted in Scam

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Over the past several months the Police Department has been hearing reports of the re-emergence of a telephone scam first seen in 2008 called the "Grandparent Scam."  This scam specifically targets grandparents where they receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or even a nephew in need of emergency funds. 

An excerpt from a San Mateo Times article dated 12/21/11 highlights how it works:

 "A San Mateo County man recently wired more than $20,000 to someone he thought was his grandson. The young man had called asking for help after saying he was in a car accident in Italy that left him with two black eyes and a broken nose.

The man who sent more than $20,000 over the course of eight Western Union wire transfers never called his daughter, the boy's mother, to check out the story. The grandson scammer had asked his grandfather to keep it a secret -- the news would likely upset his mom. When the grandfather finally called, he learned his real grandson hadn't been hurt and had never left the country.

In a similar case, a woman got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson with the same story of injuries and a car accident in Italy. He said he needed $2,300 to get out of the country. However, this grandparent called her son and found out the young man was in Sacramento, not Sorrento. The Sheriff's Office said wire transfers are just like bank accounts -- they can be accessed from anywhere. Scammers can say they are in Italy but don't actually have to be there to pick up the cash."

In these cases, there is no evidence, no trace of the suspects, and no way to track who received the money.  Although the crooks have not been successful here in Brisbane, the Police Department has been made aware of at least one attempt. 

The Brisbane Police Department strongly urges anyone who receives a request to wire out money to be extremely cautious.  If the caller claims to be a friend or a family member, confirm the story with someone else.  If you are unable to do so, and are still concerned that a loved one is in need of your help, feel free to contact the Police Department and they will be glad to assist you before you send any funds.  Don't take any chances - if you feel you may be the next victim in this scam, call Police Dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

Call 2-1-1

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At this past Monday's City Council meeting, Betty Creary, 211 Outreach Manager, shared a presentation with the City Council about the types of information one can receive by simply picking up the phone and dialing 2-1-1.  As a resource for health and human needs services, 2-1-1 is the former help line for United Way.  Their purpose is to connect San Mateo residents in need to vital community services such as basic human needs, employment, support for children, youth, families, seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as volunteer opportunities.  A special page on the City's website, "2-1-1 Can Help", has been created so that those in need in our community can get connected to 2-1-1.  If you haven't already done so, check it out.

"Seniors on the Move"

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Congresswoman Speier started this conference when she served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors 24 years ago, after not seeing enough being done to keep Seniors connected with their communities or even their families at times.  This year, the event will be held again at the South San Francisco Convention Center, on Thursday November 10th, from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  The conference is being co-sponsored by the office of Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and will include topics such as medicine, fitness, and technology.  Congresswoman Speier will also give a legislative update of what's happening in Congress.  If you are interested in attending, you will need to register, as space is limited.  Please call (650) 342-0300 for more information and to get yourself or your loved one signed up!

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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Similar to the Scheduled Water Shutdown that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 18th, another will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 22nd between 11:00am - 7:00pm in order to make the necessary improvements to the local water mains.  To read the shutdown notice, please click here.  Once again, we thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to complete the installation of the flow control valve station at 100 North Hill Dr.

Energy Ambassador Open House

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Have you ever considered making your home more energy efficient but don't know where to get the most bang for your buck?  Maybe you've even thought about getting an Energy Assessment, but were unsure of how to go about getting one done.  Well if so, you'll want to come by 259 Sierra Point Rd. on Saturday, Oct. 29th between 3:00pm - 5:00pm where an Energy Ambassador Open House will be taking place.  There, you will be able to learn how to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and healthy.  You'll also see the types of tools used by energy professionals to identify where your home is experiencing air and energy leakage.  Remember, having those leaks translates directly into your having to pay unnecessarily higher energy bills! 

An actual home Energy Assessment is being performed earlier that day on-site.  Come and find out the results of that assessment!  Please invite any local contractors to attend this event, as BPI-certified experts will be present, as well as home performance contractor SolarCity, based in San Mateo. 

We hope you'll find this event of great worth and interest.  Councilmembers Clarke Conway and Cliff Lentz will be giving an event welcome at 3:15pm.  Light refreshments will also be provided.  For more information, please see the event flyer.  You may also contact Lisa Pontecorvo at (415) 508-2118 or if you have any additional questions.

This event is being sponsored by the following programs and organizations: