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If you’ve been down to City Hall in the last couple weeks, a bright blue decal might have caught your eye. That blue sticker bears the highly-recognizable EPA Energy Star logo, as Brisbane City Hall was recently recognized as a 2013 Energy Star certified building.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25% of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35% less energy and are responsible for 35% less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings.
You may be wondering, “How did City Hall earn an Energy Star, exactly?” Well, in 2008, when the building was remodeled to be more seismically-sound, quite the slew of energy-saving measures were incorporated. Some of these included: occupancy sensors for overhead lighting in offices, a new cooling tower, boiler, and several water source heat pumps (high efficiency components of a new HVAC system), parking lots lights fitted with 35 watt LED bulbs instead of 150 watt High Pressure Sodium bulbs, and a second mechanical room, which contains an energy saving programmable lighting system for the interior of the building that allows lights to be shut off at a scheduled time as well as a sweep feature that turns off lights that were turned on manually after a programmed delay time. These energy-saving measures got us to an Energy Performance Rating of 74, only one point shy of 75, the minimum to be eligible for the Energy Star. That’s when staff consulted San Mateo County Energy Watch, a local government partnership between the City and County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), who in the spring of 2012 sent out a representative to conduct a free energy audit. Not finding any cost effective solutions that could be implemented to allow for further energy savings, he suggested staff try “floating” the building. This entailed programming the HVAC system to start up before business hours and to shut off before the close of day, with oftentimes the effects going unnoticed. So staff gave that a try, floating the building for 1.5 hours each business day in the morning and late afternoon. After the first two month of doing so, there was a 17% drop in the city’s energy bill. After eight months of doing so, an Energy Performance Rating of 76 had been reached, making City Hall eligible to apply for an Energy Star. The rest is history…and staff looks forward to applying for the Energy Star again in 2014!
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, a crowded Council Chambers warmly welcomed newly-retired Councilmember and former Mayor Sepi Richardson as she entered the room. Mayor Miller indicated that there were many people who wished to speak and present Sepi with various forms of recognition.
Presentations and congratulatory comments were made by Mark Nagales on behalf of Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office, Marc Hershman on behalf of Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin’s office, County Treasurer Sandie Arnott on behalf of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Joanne del Rosario and Councilmembers Joseph Silva and Helen Fisicaro on behalf of the Town of Colma, Mark Simon on behalf of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Cliff Lentz on behalf of the San Francisco Airport Roundtable. Flowers were presented from the San Mateo County Council of Cities’ Past President Marge Colapietro, with well wishes from Menlo Park Councilmember Kirsten Keith, Millbrae Councilmember Nadia Holober, South San Francisco Councilmembers Mark Adiego and Pedro Gonzales, Past Brisbane Councilmember Tony Attard, long-time friend Anke Ente, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mitch Bull, Neighbor and Friend John Mazza, Former Friends of the Brisbane Library Board Member Jeri Sulley, Local Artist Beth Grossman, and Founder of the Mothers of Brisbane, Jessica Aloft. Gifts included a patchwork quilt of the city's logo by resident Dana Dillworth and a photograph of the town taken by former Councilmember and Mayor Lee Panza, which had been matted and framed by Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kevin Fryer. Click here to see pictures from the night and where you can view a photo slideshow.
Once again, Congratulations Sepi! We will miss you and all you have done for Brisbane.
There's still time to apply for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's summer High School Internship Program, which is recruiting for approximately 38 positions in local transit agencies and public works departments throughout the nine-county Bay Area. This year, the City of Brisbane is one of them!
The paid internships are part-time or full-time for up to 10 weeks during June, July and August. The intent is to promote interest in transportation as a potential career, provide skill-building opportunities and assist MTC's partner transportation agencies. The program was conceived of by MTC's Minority Citizens Advisory Committee to encourage young people who might not otherwise consider a career in transportation to do so. Students of all races and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2013. Review the job description, desired skills, and online application by clicking here.
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) issued a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report Assessment (EIR) for Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The project would electrify the Peninsula Corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to approximately the Tamien Caltrain Station in San Jose, convert diesel-hauled to Electric Multiple Unit trains, and increase service up to six Caltrain trains per peak hour per direction by 2019.
While the electrification project itself does not include high speed rail service, the EIR cumulative analysis will conceptually evaluate future blended service of Caltrain and high-speed rail on the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor.
Caltrain is currently requesting interested individuals’ or organizations’ views on the scope of the environmental document.
Written responses and comments on the scope of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project EIR will be accepted until 5 pm on March 18, 2013. Please send written comments to:
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)
Attn: Stacy Cocke, Senior Planner
1250 San Carlos Ave.
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
Your comments may also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the “Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project” in the subject heading.
Four public scoping meetings are scheduled in late February, at the times and dates listed below.
- Caltrain Office, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
• Open House 3pm-6 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
• Public Scoping Meeting 6pm-8 pm, Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
- Palo Alto City Hall, City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 6pm-8pm, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Headquarters, Auditorium, 3331 N. First St., San Jose, 6pm-8pm, Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013
- San Francisco City Hall, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., San Francisco, 6pm-8pm, Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013
The scoping meetings will provide opportunities for the lead agency to explain the project and to give interested agencies, organizations and individuals additional opportunities to comment on the scope and content of the EIR.
MTC High School Internship Program
Summer 2013 at City Hall
Apply online: www.brisbaneca.org
Deadline: Feb. 28th
City of Brisbane now hiring
Part-time Office Specialist
Applications accepted starting Feb . 21
First 100 applications accepted only
Live At Mission Blue Presents
Cellist Tanya Tomkins
Feb. 23 & Mar 2, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Eagles Club
Max Baer Heart Fund Dinner
Sat., Feb 23, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Raffle, $10 Donation
Starting at 10:00pm tonight, February 15th, runway 28-Left will be closed. This is one of the two primary runways for arriving flights. This may cause arriving and departing delays which may lead to flights arriving and departing past normal operating hours. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 8:00am Monday, February 18th. For more information, please visit the SFO Runway Safety Area Enhancements website by clicking here.
The city has been working with the FAA and Jackie Speier's office to have data from the FAA regularly reported regarding aircraft departing from SFO which penetrate the designated 1 nautical mile area above Brisbane. Click here to be taken to that page, which is updated monthly.
On 11/16/12, at approx 1130 hours, Officers responded to a report of a male subject in possession of what appeared to be a human skull.
The officers located the subject in the 300 Block of Visitation Ave. When confronted, the subject assaulted the officers. Two officers received moderate to minor injuries while taking him into custody. The officers have been treated and released. The subject was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for assaulting a police officer.
The subject was indeed in possession of what appears to be a human skull. The suspect was either unwilling or unable to articulate exactly where he found the skull. The Brisbane Police Department conducted searches of different locations based on what statements he did make and areas where he has been known to frequent. Officers were unable to locate any additional evidence at that time.
On 1/16/13, following his release from jail, officers re-contacted the subject from the above incident. The subject was at this point willing to show officers the location where he found the skull. Upon their arrival, officers located additional remains on a hillside in an unpopulated area of Brisbane, Southwest of Bayshore Blvd. and Old County Road. The San Mateo County Crime Lab processed the scene and the San Mateo County Coroner’s office recovered the remains.
Brisbane Police, San Mateo County DA’s Office, San Mateo County Crime Lab and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office have been working together to attempt to identify the remains. DNA was extracted and has been sent to the Department of Justice. Those results are still pending. An initial examination by a forensic anthropologist has indicated that the remains belong to a female between the ages of 33 and 46 years old, between 5’3” and 5’6” tall. The remains have likely been at the location where she was found for an excess of 5 years.
Investigators are comparing the information that we have with those of missing persons records. It is still too early in the investigation to determine if the remains are related to a crime or natural occurrence.
Please click here for the PDF version of the press release from the Brisbane Police Department.
The KRON-TV documentary, "No Deposit, No Return", was produced in 1965 as part of the station's Biography Series. Brisbane Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Michele Salmon brought a DVD copy to Council Member Conway who shared it with city staff. Upon viewing it, it was seen that the sound and audio quality were not of optimal quality. Therefore the original 16mm film of "No Deposit, No Return" was traced down to SF State University's TV Archives Dept., and in the able hands of Film Archivist Alex Cherian who had the know-how and tools to digitally restore the 26 minute reel of film. The result can now be viewed by anyone on the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive's website by clicking here. A Community viewing of the film, hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee, is being planned for Sunday, May 5th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. A discussion and a special presentation from Recology on the current and future state of waste disposal will follow, along with a special feature of rare, historic interview footage. Bring the whole family and enjoy!
SamTrans Seeks Input On Minority And Low-Income PoliciesThe San Mateo County Transit District is asking the public for feedback on the levels of fare and service changes that would trigger analysis of the impact those changes would have on minorities and low-income populations.
Prior to significant fare increases or service changes, SamTrans currently reviews those changes at a staff level to determine whether their impacts are borne disproportionately by minorities and low-income populations.
In response to new Federal Transit Administration requirements, the Transit District is seeking input from the public as it develops and adopts a new set of policies governing what level of impact would result in the need to revise or mitigate the service or fare proposal.
The new requirements are that all transit agencies have a board-adopted Title VI policy by Oct. 2013. Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, seeks to protect all people from discrimination, stating:
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The proposed policy includes criteria for two areas: major service changes and unfair or disproportionate impacts to minority or low-income populations.
SamTrans is proposing the level at which a given service change is considered to be a "Major Service Change" is any change to revenue miles on a specific route by 25 percent or more in any one-week period. The disparate, or unfair, impacts and disproportional burden thresholds are proposed to be triggered whenever the cumulative impact of a change affects more than 20 percent of the minority or low-income populations the system serves.
SamTrans will be hosting public meetings throughout the county in February to receive feedback on the proposal before asking the board to adopt the policy at its March meeting.
Public meetings include:
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pacifica -Sanchez Library
1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
War Memorial Activity Room
Daly City Parks and Recreation
6655 Mission St., Daly City
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Second floor auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA
550 Bell St., East Palo Alto
SamTrans is accepting public comment on these proposals at the meetings or by:
* E-mail to TitleVI@samtrans.com
* U.S. Postal Service:
C/o Operations Planning
P.O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
* Phone: 1.800.660.4287 (TTY: 650.508.6448 for hearing impaired)
The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. To view the draft policies, visit www.samtrans.com/TitleVI.
The Brisbane Lions Club is once again taking applications for their Scholastic Achievement Awards, with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Last year, they were able to direct a total of $25,000 to 23 deserving students. Please click here for the application. Applications, along with an official grades transcript and reference letters, are due by Thursday, April 11, 2013. For any questions, please contact the Brisbane Lions Club at email@example.com. Best of luck to all!