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Police Cars Get a New Look

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By: Commander Robert Meisner
Traditionally, Police cars have been Black and White. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, departments began experimenting with different paint schemes, one of the more popular at the time being a variation of all white. In 1989, the Brisbane Police Department followed suit and began deploying the all white design that we’ve had ever since.
In the late 1990’s, police departments began a migration back to the traditional black and white. Reasons cited for switching back were: better visibility, tradition, officer morale, crime reduction and community relations by giving the citizens the added comfort of seeing a “united” law enforcement front.
The men and women of the Brisbane Police Department take pride in our image and appearance in the community. The black and white patrol car is a tradition, and a universal sign of professionalism. With nearly every other agency having made the change, we feel that the time is appropriate for us to do so as well. As a result, and due to respect for the current economic situation, the officers of the Brisbane Police Officers Association have offered to pay for the painting of the first four cars. Future patrol cars will be ordered black and white from the manufacturer.
To enhance this new look, we are taking the opportunity to add our department motto to the side of the cars; “In Partnership with the Community.”  We take great pride in this approach to preserving the unique environment of the community we serve.
So the next time you see a black and white police car patrolling Brisbane, know that it is still the dedicated members of the Brisbane Police Department making every effort to enhance the services that we provide.

New Yacht Broker

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At their Tuesday, February 21st meeting, the City Council approved a new yacht broker agreement for the Brisbane Marina.  The agreement is with Michael Wiest Yacht Sales, who also has an office at Emory Cove Yacht Harbor, located in Emeryville.  This second office will be located on the second floor of the Harbormaster Building at Brisbane Marina.  Michael Wiest (pictured right) brings with him 36 years in the yachting industry, and is considered one of the top yacht brokers in California.  But if you're interested in purchasing a boat, it's better to come down to the Marina in person, as it's likely a representative from Michael Wiest will be out looking at boats on the docks.  Skip Johnson be on-site 9am-5pm Monday-Friday or by appointment.  You can get in touch with Skip by calling (925) 819-1460.

'Sharing Artists Sharing'

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As the 11th Annual Artists Evening of Sharing comes to Brisbane, scheduled to take place this Saturday, Feb. 25th, at 7:30pm in Mission Blue Center, a few short films produced by local filmmakers is available for viewing at the website   The short films do an excellent job of portraying the local artistic talent that resides in Brisbane, from singers/songwriters, to participatory artists and choreographers, to painters and photographers and of course, filmmakers.  Take a look at the films and enjoy Brisbane's local artistic talent, LIVE, this Saturday at Brisbane's Artists Evening of Sharing!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/23/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Mens & Co-ed Softball
Registration Deadline:  March 19th
Information (415) 508-2143

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Softball Scorekeeper Wanted
Tuesdays and Wednesday Nights, $14.00/game
To Apply Call (415) 508-2143

Posted 2/18/2012


San Bruno Mountain Watch
Spring 2012 Native Plant Sale
Sat., Feb. 25mm 9 am - 2 pm, Behind 3445 Bayshoe Blvd
Cash/Check Only, Please bring your own boxes

City of Brisbane
Sat., Feb. 25th, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.

Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery

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On Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am - 2:00pm, the Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will be selling exclusively plants native to San Bruno Mountain.  San Bruno Mountain Watch operates the nursery in cooperation with Friends of San Bruno Mountain.  Proceeds benefit the Mountain and San Bruno Mountain Watch's stewardship volunteer programs. All plants are grown from seeds or cuttings collected by permit on San Bruno Mountain.  A Spring 2012 Native Plant Sale List is available by clicking here.  Cash or check only.  Bring your own boxes and click here if you need directions to the nursery.

Bay Bridge Westbound Closure

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Westbound lanes to San Francisco will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, so that construction crews can demolish part of the old bridge and begin building the approach to the new span. Eastbound traffic will not be affected. After the closing, there will be what Caltrans calls “a slight detour” after the toll plaza.

Source: The Bay Citizen (

Starting tonight at 8:00pm, the Bay Bridge westbound span towards San Francisco will be closed, reopening at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 21st.  The eastbound span will remain open during the closure.  An app for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, titled "Bay Bridge Explorer", has been developed to give motorists an idea of how the new east span of the Bridge Bridge will feel when it opens Labor Day Weekend 2013.  The new east span is being built alongside the old east span, which is 75 years old and slated for removal.  Click here for more information and download the app.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/15/2012

Brisbane Elementary School
Kindergarten Registration
Is Now Open, Mon-Fri, 9-1 pm and 2-4pm
500 San Bruno Ave, Info (415) 467-0120

Posted 2/12/2012

Live at Mission Blue Presents
Music of the 17th Century
w/ Jung Hae Kim and Kevin Cooper
Sat. Feb. 18th, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.


"No Deposit, No Return"

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Everywhere we turn, technology seems to have advanced lightyears ahead.  While those strides continue to take place, it's nice to be able to take a look back to see how far we've come as a society...and in such a short amount of time.  A fine example of this can be found in the KRON-TV documentary, "No Deposit, No Return", produced in 1965 as part of the station's Biography Series.  Brisbane resident Michele Salmon brought a DVD copy to Councilmember 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 Resident 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.  The short film can also be seen on Ch. 27 during the month of February during the following times:


Feb. 14    8:30am, 3:30pm
Feb. 15    8:30am
Feb. 16    7:30pm
Feb. 17    8:30am
Feb. 18    2:30pm
Feb. 19    5:00pm
Feb. 20    3:30pm, 7:30pm
Feb. 21    8:30am
Feb. 22    3:30pm, 7:30pm
Feb. 23    8:30am
Feb. 24    8:30pm
Feb. 25    5:30pm
Feb. 26    8:30am
Feb. 27    7:00pm
Feb. 28    3:30pm, 7:00pm
Feb. 29    8:30am
Enjoy the newly-remastered version of "No Deposit, No Return", and see how far we've come as a COMMUNITY as well.


Strong Cities, Strong State

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The City Management Foundation (CCMF) and League of California Cities have come together to initiate a program to connect Californians to the great services that are provided in their cities, the elected leadership management team that oversees those services, and the pride city residents feel in their cities' history, traditions, and record of excellence.  It is also designed to help state leaders understand that California is strong in large measure because it has 482 strong cities - each with a unique character, history, and array of public services.

Check out Brisbane's page by clicking here, which itself was launched on Monday, January 30th - the first in San Mateo County.  You'll find project/program "Success Stories", testimonials from the business community as well as other "Key Influentials" in the City, and a good analogy of how a City Council and City Manager work together with staff to ensure the services provided to the residents and businesses in Brisbane continue to reflect the level of professionalism and care expected by those who live and work in the "City of Stars".

Artists Evening of Sharing

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Come by Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm to enjoy a showcase of local Brisbane art, presented by the artists themselves.  There is no admission fee, just come and enjoy! 

There will be an Arts Advocate Reception during Intermission.  Refreshments will be served.

Thank you to our Brisbane Police Officers who help coordinate the Holiday Canned Food Drive and will again be ensuring that all the canned and packaged foods collected at the Artists Evening of Sharing are distributed to Brisbane residents in need.