City News

BES Modular Update

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What's happening at BES you ask?  The Public Works team is working with a contractor and PG&E to perform the site preparation work needed for the incoming modular.  The City is renting a secondary modular unit in the coming school year to allow for expansion of the afterschool program based on demand.  See the photos below for work that took place earlier this week:

PG&E installed a temporary power pole to provide electrical access to the rental modular unit.

The storage shed needed to be moved to allow delivery of the rental modular unit.  Above, crews are paving over the spot where the storage shed was previously located.

All patched up and looking good!

More progress pictures to come as the project moves through its various stages!

 

Council Adopts New ADU Regulations

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Are you a homeowner in Brisbane who wants to establish an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property?  At their May 17th City Council Meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 626, which significantly expands the opportunities for Brisbane homeowners to either build a new ADU on their property, or convert existing space in their home into an ADU.

ADUs are small dwelling units that are also known as “second units,” “granny units,” “in-law units” and other names.  Whatever you call them, ADUs allow homeowners to build a small home on the same property as their existing single-family home.  ADUs could provide housing for aging parents, other family members, or live-in healthcare assistance.  They could also be rented out to tenants as an extra source of income.

Under the City’s updated regulations, any property in Brisbane with an existing single-family home is eligible to develop an ADU.  Previously, only homeowners in the City’s single-family zoning districts (R-1 and R-BA) were eligible to establish an ADU.  There is also no minimum lot size required to create an ADU.  If you are a homeowner who is interested in establishing an ADU on your property, please reach out to the Planning Department to learn about the best options for you based on your property’s unique characteristics.  Call (415) 508-2120 or email planning@brisbaneca.org to set up a phone or in-person appointment with Planning staff.

The City also encourages you to explore the County of San Mateo’s “Second Unit Center”  at http://secondunitcentersmc.org/.  This website has a wealth of information on the technical, design, and financial aspects of building a new ADU or converting existing space into an ADU.

SamTrans Summer Youth Pass Now on Sale

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Avoid the hassle of having to drive the kids everywhere.  Get your kids their own set of wheels this summer and get them a SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.  The Summer Youth Pass allows unlimited rides on any SamTrans route all summer - from June 1 through Aug. 31 - and is available to kids 18 and younger.  It’s one of the best summertime bargains for kids and teens to ride all over San Mateo County!  Save $41 compared to three Youth Monthly passes.

The Summer Youth Pass is available now for purchase on the SamTrans website (pass is not available on Clipper).

Get $3,000 Off a New Nissan Leaf

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PG&E recently announced that its customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.  Please click here for more information.

Introducing New Sgt. Cecilia Garay

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Chief Lisa Macias introduced new Brisbane Police Sergeant Cecilia Garay, who started in her new role with Brisbane in May.  Cecilia graduated from Jefferson High School and then joined the United States Army Reserves where she served for 6 years.  She completed her studies at Notre Dame University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Services and a double major in Public Administration and Counseling.  After her service in the military, Cecilia began her law enforcement career with the Broadmoor Police Department as a Police Cadet/Explorer, and then as a Police Reserve Officer.  She later accepted a job as a police office for the Colma Police Dept., taking on responsibilities of Field Training Officer, Detective, Acting Sergeant, Community Service Coordinator, and Public Information Officer.  In 2012, she joined the Daly City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Acting Sergeant, and served two terms as a Detective.  Cecilia comes to the Brisbane Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and we are lucky to have her on-board!

Wildfire Season is Upon Us

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With the warm weather and winds, grasses are drying out and can pose a fire hazard.  All residents should inspect their property and cut and remove all dry grasses and dead/dry vegetation from their property.  Notices of this were mailed to all properties advising residents to have this completed no later than Sunday, June 3rd.  Our firefighters, along with Fire Prevention staff from North County Fire Authority, drove through all streets in Brisbane this week (both commercial and residential) and noted any properties that appeared not to be in compliance.  Notices will be sent out next week to all properties that were deemed not in compliance.  Note: All property owners are responsible to abate dead plants, grass and weeds located on their property.  Should a property owner fail to correct an issue the Fire Department deems unsafe, a lien may be placed on the property by the City to recover all of the cost to abate the violations.

Fire Prevention staff also want to remind residents that they should inspect their roofs and gutters and remove pine needles, dry leaves, and debris from them.  It has been found that wind-driven embers crated by burning grasses, shrubs, and trees are one of the largest causes of homes being lost to fire; that dried out debris on your roof is fuel for a fire.  It is widely recommended to install 1/8" to 1/4" metal mesh to protect your attic spaces from ember intrusion.  For more information on creating a proper defensible space and legal requirements, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

Senior Art Class Summer Schedule

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The ever-popular Senior Art Class with Shirley Lim will have its final regular class time of 9am-11am on Thursday, June 7th (the same day as the Senior Sunrise Art Show - see below).  The class will take a 3-week break and resume on Thursday, July 5th with its NEW summer schedule of Thursdays from 2pm-4pm.  The class will resume its regular schedule of Thursdays from 9-11am on August 23rd.  For any questions, please contact the Senior Sunrise Room at (415) 508-0230.

The entire Community is invited to view the artwork of Shirley's talented students at the Brisbane Library on Thursday, June 7th from 6-8pm.  If you can't make it, their works will be up through the month of July.

June 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the June 2018 STAR Newsletter.

"We Are Still In" - 1 Year Later

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Today marks one year since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.  Within 72 hours of that announcement, a new wave of American climate leadership was galvanized by mayors, governors, and CEOs, Brisbane included (see post from last June). The "We Are Still In" coalition has now grown to over 2,700 cities, states, businesses, universities, and other entities, of which the City of Brisbane is a signatory.

The rapid growth of renewable energy generation at competitive costs worldwide shows that the transition to a low carbon economy is irreversible.  And while there are many positive trends in climate action, it is also clear that more needs to be done to reach the goals established in the Paris Agreement.  That is why Brisbane is still making advancements to curb global warming and adhere to the measures in its adopted Climate Action Plan.

Case in point: the City recently partnered with Home Energy Analytics to offer Brisbane residential customers a free new program to help them save energy and money.  That program is called HomeIntel, which is offered on behalf of PG&E and consists of Smart Audit, HEA's online energy analysis and management software tool.  HomeIntel provides at no charge a whole-home analysis of your energy use based on your household's smart meter data.  Whether you own or rent your house or apartment, you can get a set of customized recommendations that usually includes many simple, low- or no-cost fixes.  To learn more and to start saving, go to www.brisbane.hea.com or click on the image below.  For any questions, please contact HomeIntel representative, James Tuleya at jamest@hea.com .

 

Brisbane City Hall - 1 of 30 Vote Centers

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Brisbane City Hall’s Community Meeting Room (Council Chambers) is open all weekend for citizens to vote, as well as on Monday and Tuesday (Election Day).  

Voting Hours:

Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday    9am-5pm
Monday  9am-5pm
Tuesday  7am-8pm

Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Note: there is also a Ballot Drop-Off box located at City Hall in the front entrance lobby.