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Brisbane Named Playful City USA

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Update 5/5/12 - Thank you to everyone who "Liked" Brisbane's picture on Facebook!  We didn't win the contest, but KaBOOM! did tell us that they were so impressed with Brisbane that they're still going to send us some free t-shirts and - most importantly - we're still in the running for a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground.  That announcement will be made on June 4, 2012.

Today, May 1st, marks a very exciting day in Brisbane history.  For the first time ever, Brisbane was named by the national non-profit KaBOOM! as one of its 2012 Playful USA communitiesWe are now participating in an online contest to see which of the cities given this distinction is the most playful!  Click on the image above and "Like" it.  Feel free to "Share" it on your Facebook pages, as well, so that others can do the same!  If we win first place, then it could open the door to a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground in town!  Hurry, the contest ends Friday 5/4 at midnight!

KaBOOM! is dedicated to saving play, having built more than 2,000 playgrounds, successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country, and provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  Click here to read the press release which announces Brisbane's recognition as a KaBOOM! 2012 Playful City and see which other communities across the nation which were also named Playful Cities.

The City would like to thank KaBOOM! for this notable recognition, as well as the Mothers of Brisbane who have engaged the public to inventory and audit all playspaces and provide suggestions to the City.  With that, enjoy this YouTube video featuring Mayor Lentz which was submitted along with our Playful City USA application to KaBOOM!

SFO Roundtable Meeting

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On April 23, 2012, Councilmembers, city staff, and members of the community met with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) staff and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staff to continue the dialogue of the impact of aircraft noise over the Brisbane community.  During the meeting, FAA staff provided their analysis of recommended changes to departure procedures and identified some initiatives to attempt to alleviate the over-flight situation.  Some initiatives are ones that the FAA are implementing currently, such as FAA operational personnel briefings on noise abatement procedures and noise sensitive areas surrounding the airport.  Other initiatives are still in the analysis process for future implementation.  Representatives from the FAA will present the information provided at this meeting at the May 2 SFO Roundtable Meeting, located at the David Chetcuti Community Room at Millbrae City Hall, 450 Poplar Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030.  Click here for the agenda.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and concerned community members are encouraged to attend. 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/2/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Dawn L. Bayne
Come Celebrate and Remember Her Life
Sat., May 5th, 3 pm, 301 Visitacion Ave

Brisbane Community Pool 657-4321
Water Aerobics Spring Hours
M/W/F: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Tu/Thu: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Posted 4/30/2012

Brisbane School District Measure Q

Election Results

 Yes:  938 votes (67.5%)
No:    452 votes (32.5%)

Bike to Work Day 2012

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It's time to get set for Bike to Work Day 2012!  Leave your car at home on Thursday,  May 10th and hop on your bike instead.  This is a great way to celebrate National Bike Month, and will afford you some great exercise!  Brisbane will once again have two Energizer Stations - one at Lagoon & Tunnel and the other at Bayshore & Old County.  The Energizer Station at Lagoon & Tunnel was the best-attended out of all the Energizer Stations in San Mateo County last year!  Be sure to swing by to pick up some free bike-friendly swag, and re-energize yourself with some light refreshments!  Volunteers will be cheering you on, as well.  Speaking of which, if you know of any high schools who would be interested in volunteering a few hours of their time, have them check out the Volunteer Description and submit a Volunteer Form.

And don't forget to pledge to take public transit or bike to work a minimum of eight times - you'll be entered to win the grand prize of a $250 transit incentive or a folding bicycle!  And even if you're not selected to win that grand prize, you'll still get to choose between a $40 gift certificate to a local bicycle shop or a $40 transit incentive.  Have fun, and bike safe!

Fire Station Update

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So what's been going on with the Fire Station since the firefighters moved into the modular trailers in November 2010, after mold was discovered inside the Fire Station on October 16, 2010?  Well after costing out replacing the roof (which was cause for there being mold in the first place), along with the sheetrock where mold was also detected, the City is looking at other options.  That is because the cost of replacing the roof and sheetrock was in the hundreds of thousands, dollars which the City is not right now in a position to spend.  The modulars cost the City about $17,000 annually, so for the time-being this is the best viable option available, as it keeps the firefighters close enough to town for response times to remain at a minimum, and at a cost the City can afford.  As alternative options for Station 81 become available, we will be sure to let the Community know at that time.

Farmers' Market

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Yesterday was the third consecutive week of the Brisbane farmers' market, and it looks like from a comment left by a representative of Frittle Factory, the vendors are happy...and impressed with the Community's spirit and care for one another.  Now let's make sure we don't let them down - keep shopping the market and letting everyone you know that the vendors will be here EVERY THURSDAY from 3pm - 7pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane)

And now it's time to highlight some of those vendors, which we'll continue to do on a consistent basis.

First off, it's important to remember that when coming to shop the market with your dog in tow, that they're not allowed to be near the vendors, per State and County regulations.  So be sure to drop them by to be walked, groomed, and entertained by Marie (center) and her helper friend, Denise (left).  There's even an assortment of outfits and toys laid out, for purchase or just to try on, not to mention treats and water bowls.  It's a FREE service, but Marie kindly accept tips!

Next up are the strawberries...and it doesn't matter which vendors you buy them from (this week's were from Medina Berry Farms) - they're all equally sweet and delicious.  This entire bowl was $10.

Beckmann's out of Santa Cruz offers a variety of breads, focaccia, sweet loaves, and even pies, shortcake and cookies.  Focaccia was priced 2 for $8.  Once toasted up, it's a great snack!

Yogi's Cooking is primarily gluten free and vegan, offering mostly various chutneys and spreads, but they also have pakodas and samosas which have been flash-fried. Pakodas can be best described as an Indian-style falafel, while samosas have more of a potato filling.  They are quite tasty, especially with some garlic cilantro chutney to go with it (which Yogi's also sells).  This plateful was $5.

And who doesn't like pie?  Miz Lynn's Pies are made without any artificial starches or fillers, and come sized either mini (4") and regular (8").  This 4" sweet potato pie was $5 and makes for a great single-serving treat.

With that, enjoy shopping the market and trying new things!  There's quite the offering at your doorstep every Thursday.  And if you're musically-inclinded and like performing, Jerry is looking for local musicians to play during the farmer's market.  If you're interested, give him a call at (650) 290-3549 or e-mail him at

Below is a list of the participating vendors:


  • J & M Ibarra Farm
  • Mellows Nursery & Farm
  • Medina Berry Farms
  • Las Hermanas C.C. Produce
  • Heirloom Organics
  • Rio de Parras Organics
  • Swank Farms
  • Bay Fresh Produce
  • Rezendiz Fruit Barn

And what's a farmers' market without some food vendors sampling their tasty offerings.  Every Thursday, you'll find:

Food Vendors:

  • Nut N Bean
  • Be Happy Honey
  • Dalex (sausages, dips, and other German Food Products like piroshkies)
  • Hummus Heaven
  • Sinbad Catering
  • Debbie Does Dinner
  • Miz Lynn's Pies
  • Yogi's Cooking
  • Kettle Corn
  • Frittle Factory
  • Grain Sweet
  • Beckmann's Bakery

Arts and Crafts:

  • Table of Light Jewelry


  • Prem Lall - San Mateo County Credit Union

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/23/2012

Volunteers Needed!

Community Center
Gardern Beautification Day
Sat. April 28 at 9 am, 250 Visitacion
Refreshments, BBQ, & t-shirt for all volunteers

Brisbane Community Day
at SF Giants Game
Memorial Day May 28, 2:05 pm Game
Tickets $20, On Sale in Parks & Rec. Office

National Rebuilding Day

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National Rebuilding Day is nearly upon us.  It's safe to say that events like these would not be possible without the effort and sacrifice of dedicated VOLUNTEERS.  And we're looking for them to help with the Community Center Garden Beautification Project on Saturday, April 28th!  From 9:00am - 4:00pm, volunteers will help transform the garden behind the Library, located at 250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane, into a comfortable and inviting space to spend time in quiet, in peace, and of course, in a good book!  Coffee, lunch, and T-Shirts will be provided, as well as a BBQ afterwards to celebrate the successful completion of this much-needed beautification project.  Please bring a shovel and work gloves if you have them.  For any questions, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 508-2113 or

Concerts in the Park

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Concerts in the Park has become a late-summer staple in Brisbane, and we are excited to be planning the Series in conjunction with the Concerts Planning Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission.  There will be a mixture of genres being played every Friday night in Brisbane from 5:45pm – 8:30pm, ranging from Classic Oldies of the 50s and 60s to Country Western, and danceable hits from the past few decades you’ll be able to sing along to.  The Concerts will begin in late August (tentatively August 24th) and continue for five consecutive Fridays, capped off with a Sunday Afternoon Jazz Concert on September 30th.  One of the bands that have been booked so far is The Hot Rods.  You may have heard them play at a past Marina Festival.  From Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, and Motown, they are excited to be able to bring their energy and excitement of the greatest era of Rock & Roll to Brisbane on September 21st.

It should be said that NONE of the Concerts would be able to take place if it weren’t for the donations from the Business Community as well as Brisbane residents!  The Concerts have always been 100% funded by these means, and to show our appreciation, their names are included in the banner that hangs in-between the trees on Old County Road adjacent to the Park, as well as in all of the City’s print publications including its website, and will be publicly recognized by the Mayor at a City Council following the Concerts.  If you would like to donate towards the Concerts (any amount is acceptable), please contact Caroline Cheung at 508-2157 or  She is working with the Concerts Planning Subcommittee to ensure that the 2012 Summer Concert Series is a hit.  Stay tuned for more information about the Concerts and the line-up as August draws near.  In the meantime, keep your Friday evenings in late August – September from 5:45pm – 8:30pm open!   

Habitat Restoration Day 2012

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Habitat Restoration Day was another success this year, where volunteers were afforded an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day a week early by rolling up their sleeves and helping pull invasive brush and weeds from Costaños Canyon.  Approximately 55 individuals gave up their Saturday mornings, from 9:00am - 1:00pm but all seemed happy to do so.  And, there was a BBQ lunch to be enjoyed, as well as T-shirt distributed to help commemorate the day.  If you'd like to see more pictures from the event, please click here to be taken to the photo set of Habitat Restoration Day 2012 on the City's photostream on Flickr.  Thank you to all who volunteered, and for those who couldn't, there will be another opportunity to do so in the future!