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SFO Weekend Runway Closure

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be conducting a temporary weekend runway closure to carry out construction activity this weekend from Friday night, April 26th through Monday morning, April 29th, and next weekend from Friday night, May 3rd, through Monday morning, May 6th.

During this closure, the arrival rate at SFO my be reduced, and could potentially cause temporary changes in noise impacts in the area. For additional information on the the runway closure, please visit the SFO Runway Construction updates website:

http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/about/construction/runway/updates

Free Cinco de Mayo Event

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Join members of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Councilmembers, representatives from Recology, and staff for this special Cinco de Mayo event.  From 3:30pm - 5:30pm this Sunday, a public screening of the 27-minute KRON-4 groundbreaking environmental documentary from 1965 featuring Brisbane's garbage dump, titled "No Deposit, No Return", will be shown in the Community Meeting Room.

Following the short film will be a presentation by Recology on their current recycling efforts and the future of Waste Zero.

**Special Feature**
See 17 minutes of rare, historic interview footage of three of Brisbane's first City Council Members: Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, shot in 1996 as part of Brisbane's 35th Anniversary Celebration.

"Cinco de Mayo Cinematheque" refreshments will be served!  Come and enjoy this fun and free community event!

Click here or the image to view the full-sized flyer.

To view the full-length 1996 interview featuring Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, please click here.

The broadcast schedule for the May 5th event as well as the full-length 1996 interview is as follows:

OSEC Educational Presentation:  No Deposit No Return from May 5, 2013  (1 hr 40 minutes)
Saturday May 18  10am 
Sunday May 19:  4pm 
Monday May 20:  1pm  
Tuesday May 21   7:30pm
Wednesday May 22  1pm
Friday May 24, 5pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Sunday May 26  2pm - 35th Anniversary follows

Brisbane 35th Anniversary video footage   (2 hrs 5 minutes)
Saturday May 18  12pm 
Sunday May 19:  6pm
Tuesday May 21  1pm 
Tuesday May 21  9:15pm
Thursday May 23    1pm
Friday May 24  6:45pm  (following OSEC meeting)
Sunday May 26   3:45pm  (following OSEC meeting)

Note: It is possible to search the channel schedule by clicking on the link in the bottom right hand corner that says "Filter".
Type the text term (e.g. OSEC) in the "Text Filter" field and press enter.
You can also change the display mode to month by clicking the downward-facing arrow next to "Display" and selecting "Month".

Habitat Restoration Day Photos

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A big Thank You to all the 30 volunteers who participated in Habitat Restoration Day.  Costaños Canyon has never looked better.  Special thanks to Councilmember O'Connell, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Michele Salmon and Barbara Ebel, plus the leadership of San Bruno Mountain Watch, who led a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain following the clean-up.  Click here to view the rest of the photos.  Well done, everyone!

Published NREL Feasibility Study

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In November of 2011, the city received word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it had been one of the 26 entities nationally selected to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  That report was published this week and can be viewed electronically by clicking here or on the image below.  A hard copy of the report is also available for review at City Hall as well as at the Library.  The published feasibility study will be also be included in the Appendix of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands, which is estimated to be released this spring.

National Screen-Free Week

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Art, not Instagram.  Music, not iTunes. 

April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life.  The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language. 

According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions.  You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us.  And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”

National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time. 

This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages.  While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week."  Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."

For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit http://www.screenfree.org/.

A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/15/2013


Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Discuss Recology's Planned
Expansion in the Baylands
Tues., Apr. 16, 7pm, 250 Visitacion


Excelsior Running Club & City of Brisbane
Zippy 5K Fun Run
Sun., April 21, 8:30 am, Starts on Park Lane
BBQ, Refreshments, Farmer's Market, Music

Zippy 5k Race

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On the morning of Sunday, April 21st, runners from all over the Bay Area, state, and even country will be descending upon Brisbane to participate in the 2013 Zippy 5k.  The race starts at 8:30am, with registration taking place at the basketball courts located at the corner of Park Lane & Park Place.  The course map shows participants heading up Valley and around the entire Crocker Industrial Park before returning to the finish line on Park Lane next to the basketball courts.  Online registration closes Friday, April 19th at 11:59pm. 

Post-race festivities include:

  • A refreshment station, aka Zippy Tavern, set up on San Francisco Ave. by BEST/PTO and the Mothers of Brisbane (MOB) from 9:00am - 2:00pm with all proceeds benefitting the Skate Park Project
  • Breakfast burritos in the morning and burgers, turkey burgers, and hot dogs by the Brisbane Lions Club later on
  • Corporate sponsors such as PowerBar, NESQUIK, and Hint Water
  • 9 vendors from the Farmers' Market (including fresh blueberries, honey, hummus, flavored popcorn, churros, cotton candy, lemonade, hand-crafted jewelry, woven baskets, and fresh oysters with all the fixins'), as well as booths manned by local businesses and community organizations in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).  It's sure to be a fun day to hang out and enjoy springtime in Brisbane!

Feral Cats Presentation

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UPDATE 4/16: The presentation was very informative with the most important message being: Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to solve the feral cat problem in communities.  One unspayed or unneutered cat could in their lifetime be responsible for 300 kittens being born!  And if you think trapping a bunch of cats and bringing them to the Peninsula Humane Society is going to solve anything, know that it won't.  It will do the opposite, as there are now more available food sources, drawing new populations of feral cats!  It's very counterintuitive, but something that Dr. Rutiger, with her 15 years of experience as Head Veterinarian for the Nine Lives Foundation, was adamant about.  To pick a trap and start trapping feral cats (which should NEVER be done at night), call the Nine Lives Foundation at (650) 368-1365 or e-mail ninelivesfoundation@gmail.com.  More helpful information can be found at Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/).

The topic of feral cats in Brisbane began with a meeting back in November hosted by the Brisbane Police Department with volunteers from non-profit cat rescue centers.  At the beginning of Monday night's City Council meeting, Dr. Monica Rudiger will be giving a presentation to the City Council on Brisbane's feral cat population.  Come and hear about the importance of the trap-neuter-return process and how doing so has a positive direct effect on the feral cat population, as well as procedures for how and when to feed feral cats.  Dr. Rudiger will also be providing handouts for interested residents to take home.  Come and get educated on how the feral cat population in Brisbane can be positively curbed.  If you can't make the meeting, make sure to tune in online via the Live Streaming page or on Comcast Ch. 27.

April 2013 CITY NEWS

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Click here or the image to read the April 2013 CITY NEWS.

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Posted 4/11/2013


In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor "Ellie" Blanchard
Long Time Brisbane Resident
Rosary: Sun., Apr. 14, 7 pm, Garden Chapel, SSF
Funeral: Mon., Apr. 15, Church of Visitacion, SF


Posted 4/8/2013


BEST/PTO Fundraiser
Annual Spring Thing
Sat., Apr. 27, 6 - 11 pm, 485 Valley Dr.
Food, Drinks, Dancing, Live/Silent Auction
Tickets/Info:  www.thebestpto.org


City of Brisbane
10th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 13, 9 am - 1 pm, Humboldt and Placer
Lunch, T-Shirt, and Reusable Bag for Volunteers
Info:  508-2113 or LPontecorvo.ci.brisbane.ca.us