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New Service Now Available to San Mateo County Residents
211 is toll-free, confidential, multi-lingual and available 24/7. Call 211 to find information about food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more.

211 utilizes the records of the CIP database to provide their referrals for San Mateo County.

Recession Resources
Need help in this struggling economy? Check out some resources that might help you with trouble in your career, mortgage, healthcare and other topics during these challenging times. Visit plsinfo.org/Community-Resources-FAQ for links to Community Resources as compiled by local PLS Reference Librarians.

Community Information Handbook 2013
CIP is pleased to announce the release of the Community Information Handbook 2013. We understand the importance of providing our users with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible in these challenging times when the demand for social services is at an all-time high. If you haven’t already received copies, call us at 650-349-5538 or email cip@plsinfo.org to order your free copies or check our “Publications” section.

Resource Bulletin Transitions into E-Blasts
Due to recent budget cuts, CIP is no longer able to produce and send E-Blasts. Many of the submissions we received were calendar items rather than news articles; please check the CIP Community Calendar page in our Publications section for lists of other options to promote community events.

About Us
The Community Information Program (CIP) provides information on nonprofit and public services available to people who live or work in San Mateo County, California.

For over 35 years, CIP has answered questions for social workers, teachers, nonprofit agency staff, health care professionals, counselors and clergy, as well as the general public through their local library.

Unofficial Election Results

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Results from today's election in Brisbane will be reported here at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Unofficial Election Results - November 5, 2013

Candidate

Precinct 5001Precinct 5002Precinct 5003Vote by MailTotal

W. Clarke Conway

 11514649315625

Gavin Kelly Escolar

416923105238

Cliff Lentz

 9312246273534

Lori S. Liu

12613758 367 688

 

Measure T:        Yes:      696                   No:    212

(Business License Tax on Liquid Storage Facilities


The City of Brisbane, along with all other cities in San Mateo County, contracts with the County of San Mateo Elections Office.  The County counts and posts the election results.  The County has, by State law, up to 28 days to certify the election results.  The official results will be adopted by the Brisbane City Council on Monday, December 2, 2013.

There are absentee and provisional ballots that were turned in at the polls that still need to be counted and included in the above totals.  During the next few weeks the County will be updating the absentee numbers on their website.  So the absentee numbers shown above will adjust slightly.

You can check any updates periodically by going to www.shapethefuture.org

 

November 2013 STAR

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Click here to read the November 2013 STAR.

SamTrans Meetings

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SamTrans will hold a series of public meetings over the next two months to gather comments and discuss a study that will consider the possibility of Bus Rapid Transit service on El Camino Real.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an enhanced bus service that typically offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities.

Generally, BRT can be implemented in two ways based on level of investment: Rapid and full BRT. Rapid bus service is mixed in with regular automobile traffic, but it travels farther between stops than local routes and features enhanced stations and skip-service.

 Full BRT incorporates dedicated bus lanes and higher degrees of station enhancements. It requires a more significant capital investment than rapid service.

SamTrans is conducting an in-depth study of the potential options for BRT service along El Camino Real from Daly City to the Palo Alto Transit Center. The purpose of the study is to develop a phasing plan that will identify how existing bus operations in the corridor may be enhanced to incorporate Rapid- and BRT-type amenities over time, reflecting population and employment densities and ridership demand. 

A major goal of the study is to identify enhancements in the short-term and long-term that could improve the passenger experience for existing riders and attract new riders. Other goals of the study include promoting livability and commercial viability while maintaining cost effective operations and minimizing traffic and parking impacts. 

The study will also assess long-term improvements, such as the feasibility of dedicated bus lanes and enhanced stations with added passenger amenities.  SamTrans will then develop short- and long-term plans for implementing these changes. 

SamTrans staff will be providing an information presentation on the study at local council meetings.  Public workshops are also being offered.  The schedule includes:

City Council Meetings

 Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

San Mateo City Council

San Mateo City Hall, Council Chamber

330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo

 

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Belmont City Council

Belmont City Hall, Council Chambers

One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont

 

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

South San Francisco City Council

SSF Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

 

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Atherton City Council

Town Council Chambers

94 Ashfield Road, Atherton

 

Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Colma City Council

Colma Community Center

1520 Hillside Boulevard, Colma

 

Public Workshops

 

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.

SamTrans Administrative Office

2nd Floor Auditorium

1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

 

Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.

South San Francisco Municipal Services Building

Council Chambers

33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco

 

Additional information on SamTrans’ BRT phasing study can be found here: http://www.samtrans.com/BRT.

If you would like to attend either public workshop, please RSVP to Brent Tietjen, SamTrans Public Affairs Specialist, via email at tietjenb@samtrans.com<mailto:tietjenb@samtrans.com> or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/545609628842634/ for the November 13th workshop, or https://www.facebook.com/events/212040588977555/ for the November 14th workshop.

About SamTrans: Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans<http://www.facebook.com/samtrans> or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans_News<https://twitter.com/#!/caltrain_news>.

 

Airport Noise Complaints

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Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736
E-mail: sfo.noise@flysfo.com

Measure T Information

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MEASURE T

There is a Business License Tax Measure on the November 5, 2013 Ballot.  Click here for more information.

City Attorney's Impartial Analysis

Argument in favor of Measure T | Argument Against Measure T

Rebuttal to Arument in favor of Measure T | Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure T

 

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Also, feel free to contact City Clerk Sheri Spediacci 415-508-2113 for further information.

Tobacco Companies

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Tobacco Companies: Keep your butts out of our Bay!

Cigarettes are not just a human health concern. Cigarette butts are toxic, plastic litter that flows from our streets into the Bay, polluting water and threatening wildlife. An estimated 3 billion cigarettes are littered in the Bay Area each year, posing a serious threat that we cannot ignore.

Go to http://www.savesfbay.org/buttfreebay and sign the petition to tell tobacco companies “Keep your butts out of our Bay!”

The provided web link is a service of Save the Bay, a regional organization that includes protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution as one of its core missions.

National Rebuilding Day

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Homeowners

Many of our neighbors have worked hard all of their lives and have been physically and financially able to repair their homes. When circumstances make this difficult or impossible, we can help.

Through our volunteers and donations, we make repairs that improve the health, safety, and independence of our neighbors. We serve senior citizens, single parents, grandparents raising grandkids, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, children caring for their ailing parents.

For more information, call us at 650.366.6597 or visit Homeowner Application.

Deadline extended!!  Call the above number for information.

 

Got Ants?

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Got Ants?  Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S

Did you know that the pesticides commonly used for ant control are some of the most prevalent and damaging in our waterways?

www.gotantsgetserious.org is a collaborative resource promoting environmentally sound ant management through the use of less-toxic practices.  Yes, you can control ant invasions effectively without using toxic sprays that are harmful to our waterways, family and pets!

Live at Mission Blue Concert Series

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Live at Mission Blue is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year!

Click here to find out about what this special season will bring.