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We would like to thank the Planning Commission for their efforts in the Baylands planning process. Over the fall/early winter, they held 10 public hearings cumulatively exceeding 34 hours, and heard from over 100 speakers. In January, the Planning Commission will start deliberating on what recommendation they will make to the City Council regarding the Baylands. These deliberations will be open to the public and are tentatively scheduled for the Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings, which fall on second and fourth Thursdays of every month and start at 7:30 pm. This schedule is subject to change. For the most current scheduling information, please refer to the Baylands Schedule of Hearings page.
Every June, the Council adopts a budget that will guide the following fiscal year’s activities. This is probably one of the most paramount motions the Council takes each year, as the budget provides an annual financial plan for what will be accomplished in the upcoming fiscal year (in this year’s case, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).
But, if you’ve ever watched a Council budget hearing, which usually start in early June, you’ll know that the budget wasn’t the result of work completed in just the prior month. It takes MONTHS to ensure the budget is pulled together in a clear and meaningful fashion for the community. The 2016-17 budget process will start in January, with the Council’s Retreat/Workshop. This is a meeting that is always open to the public and where the Council will talk over what their priorities will be going forward in fiscal year 2016-17.
This Workshop will help to inform the overall budget process, which includes the City Manager and Finance staff meeting with the rest of the City’s departments to prepare the budget. In May, the City Manager and Finance staff work especially close with the Council Subcommittee to develop the presentation of the budget to the community. Budget hearings kick off in June, and begin with the City Manager presenting the recommended budget to the Council and community. The budget is usually adopted in late June.
If you’d like to take a look at the most current Budget-in-Brief (2015-16), then you can find copies of the tri-fold brochure at City Hall and the Library. It can also be viewed on the City’s website here. This 2-page document provides a basic overview of the City’s revenues and expenditures as related to the General Fund, the fund which finances most of the City’s services such as Police/Fire Safety. Once again, stay tuned for budget hearings kicking off in June! Or, if you’re curious to get involved earlier, send an e-mail to Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger at email@example.com.
Climate facts are created by Glenn Fieldman, member of the Open Space and Ecology Committee. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.
Did you know that if you fly a drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system? Under the law, your drone is an aircraft. So, while the rules for drones may be different, you have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does. The FAA has developed this safety checklist (PDF) that you, as a pilot, should use whenever you send a drone into the sky. We want you to fly safe, fly smart – and have fun.
Last night, the Council Chambers was filled to the brim with community members as we honored Councilmember Miller for his 16 years of service on the Council and over 32 years of public service to the Brisbane community. Click here to view his Proclamation, which provides a comprehensive overview of how he served the community over the years.
He was awarded resolutions from San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin...all of them thanking him for the wisdom, leadership, and balance he brought to every committee or commission he served on within the County.
Photo by Kevin Fryer
Photo by Kevin Fryer
Council then adopted Resolution 2015-44, adopting the County's Certification of Votes from the November 3rd General Municipal Election to fill two Council seats. Newly-elected Councilmember Madison Davis and re-elected Councilmember Terry O'Connell were elected to serve on the City Council through December 2019. The two were then sworn in together by Senator Hill.
The Council then elected to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Cliff Lentz as Mayor and Councilmember Lori Liu as Mayor Pro Tem, both of whom were officially sworn in to their new positions by Senator Hill.
Photo by Kevin Fryer
Photo by Kevin Fryer
Former Mayor Terry O'Connell was then recognized by Mayor Lentz for her service to the Brisbane community during the previous year. The Council then heard from newest (and youngest ever) Councilmember, Madison Davis, who expressed her excitement to be able to learn from and serve alongside her fellow Councilmembers.
We thank all of those who came to this special Council Reorganization Meeting, who also went home with the City's newest history book!
Click here to view additional photos and video highlights from the event.
Existing skatepark to be replaced by new concrete surfaced skatepark. Photo by Kevin Fryer.
At their December 17th meeting, the City Council voted to approve the final design of the new Brisbane Skatepark and authorized staff to put the plans and specifications out to bid. This brings us one step closer to there being an updated, entirely concrete surfaced skatepark in town for Brisbane’s youth to enjoy for decades to come.
The community to date has raised over $34,000. This is through the sale of bricks (thank you for your energy and hard work to that end, Jennifer Bousquet!), past Downtown Brisbane Car Shows (thank you for your organization, Tony Lukezic!), and the sale of Brisbane Skatepark t-shirts (thank you Michael Barnes and your team of skatepark advocates!). Thank you also to DeeDee Porter for contacting contractors and initiating in-kind donations (this resulted in approximately $40,000 in committed in-kind donations!). Brisbane business owner Tony Verreos is spearheading one last push to ensure that all businesses that want to be a part of helping make this project a reality are included. Note: If you’re not a business owner but would like to still make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Caroline Cheung at City Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2157.
Stay informed on Skatepark updates here via the City's website, the City's Facebook page, and the Facebook group, Brisbane Skatepark. And, of course, the progress will continue to be documented in the monthly City STAR publication as the project moves forward.
A note from Dan Sorrentino, Brisbane School Recycling Program Manager and 2013 Volunteer of the Year:
The CRV School Recycling Program will end December 31, 2015 but the Lipman E-Waste Program is still going strong!
I want to thank everyone who has helped with the Brisbane CRV recycling program for the last FIVE YEARS. Because of your efforts, we have donated over $40,000 to the Brisbane School District. The recycling program is closing on December 31, 2015. The Brisbane Hardware Store will no longer be a collection bin site. If you know of some other worthy cause, then perhaps you could donate your CRV to them. Or, put your recycling in your own household blue bin that the S. San Francisco Scavengers has provided. If you have any questions please call me, my number is listed below.
However, the Lipman E-waste program is still going strong. In 2015, the E-Waste Fundraiser is looking to exceed 30,000 pounds!
The Lipman E-waste Collection Fundraiser was started in 2011 by former Lipman Librarian Sally Busalacchi. In its inaugural year, this effort collected over 4,000 pounds of E-waste, which Zarc Recycling in Brisbane paid $400.00 to Lipman. In 2014, the E-waste collection had grown to over 21,000 pounds and in 2015 is on track to exceed 30,000 pounds, which will generate about $3,000.00 for Lipman School. This money can then be used to buy NEW computers for student use. Please call me at the number below for questions or pick-up if you cannot deliver your E-waste (like large TVs) to Lipman on the annual collection day.
Please bring your E-waste to Lipman School (1 Solano St.) on January 23, 2016.
Brisbane School Recycling Program Manager