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Please Don't Use Rat Poison

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At the end of January, a resident found this Red-tailed Hawk and called the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to have it picked up.  When she called back to see about its condition, she was told it had to be euthanized due to organ failure.  What caused the organ failure is unclear, but the PHS asked that residents be reminded that poison baits have this effect on hawks and owls.  So, please, do not use rat/gopher poison outside for any reason.  The PHS has a handout on their website of all the foods, plants, and household items that are toxic if ingested by your pet.  Should you have an indoor pest problem such as rats or mice, check out this fact sheet Finding a Company that can Prevent Pest Problems, which can be found on the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program's website.  They also have a fact sheet dedicated to Keeping Rats and Mice Away from your Home.

Climate Fact #6

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

Revamped OSEC Library Shelf

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee has revamped their Library Shelf, which can be found at the Brisbane Library's main entrance (along the wall next to the Circulation Desk).  If you are looking to read about gardening, recycling, or saving water, just to name a few topic areas, please visit this area in the Library and check out an item.  There is also a virtual "shelf" on the City’s website, where you can access more recommended readings and video from the OSEC: http://www.brisbaneca.org/osec-library-shelf.  Be sure to visit this page and the Library to to view newly-curated items.  Happy reading!

New "Yummy Yoga" Class

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The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a new yoga class at the Community Center, taking place Thursdays from 7-8pm.  The first 6-week session begins on Feb. 18th.  To register, call the Parks and Rec Dept. at (415) 508-2140 or register online today!

Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system. 

On February 8 – February 12, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Skatepark Update

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Update - Tuesday, 2/9: Fence is up with signage of the new Skatepark, coming late Spring!

On Monday, 2/8, the existing skatepark area will be fenced and closed for construction (the basketball courts will still be open during construction of the new skatepark with minimal impacts to users).  Once the fence goes up, in-kind donation work, including grinding of the tree stumps, removal of the skate elements, and demolition and prep work for the new skatepark, will begin.  We anticipate actual construction of the new skatepark (see rendering below) starting in early March.  For any questions about this project, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works, at kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2130.

Parkside Plan Goals

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We had an interactive Community Workshop on Monday, February 1st that was led by the consultants for the Parkside Precise Plan, MIG.  The audience was diverse, which led to great discussion during the time that the interactive, real-time voting exercise was taking place (see left-hand photo).  Here is a copy of MIG’s PowerPoint presentation, which shows the results of the instant polling exercise, in addition to a presentation made by Jasneet Sharma, Sr. Community Health Planner for the San Mateo County Health System, as well as the anticipated contents of the Parkside Plan:

  •  Vision and goals framework
  • Development regulations
  • Land use, urban design and zoning strategy
  • Circulation recommendations
  • Implementation action plan

The Parkside Plan sets forth a forward-thinking yet feasible vision for the future of this important area, built upon extensive community engagement including workshops and stakeholder interviews, existing City policy, and technical analysis of current conditions.  Specifically, the Vision Framework includes six major goals:

Preserve Brisbane’s Small-Town Feel.  Residents of Brisbane are passionate about working towards the betterment of their community, and fiercely loyal to their city.  Brisbane is a tight-knit place of unique, eclectic charm and character.  Brisbanians want to ensure that the intimate, distinct sense of community, place, and scale is preserved and enhanced by the Parkside Plan.

Promote Holistic Community Health.  Residents and City leadership are dedicated to promoting health and well-being through sound land use decisions, establishment and enhancement of community programs, fostering health-promoting businesses, and access to active transportation and recreation opportunities.

Build Connections between Destinations for All Modes of Travel.  The Parkside Plan should prioritize safe and seamless connections, particularly for bicycles and pedestrians, both within the plan area to Community Park, City Hall, and Village Shopping Center and to wider destinations such as San Bruno Mountain, the Bay Trail, and nearby communities.

Facilitate the Development of a Vibrant Parkside Area.  Brisbane has a dynamic, storied past as a small city with a big heart and vibrant commercial and downtown areas. Residents are eager to retain and increase this vibrancy by improving and expanding existing open spaces, creating new shopping and dining destinations, enhancing and beautifying entryways into town, and sensitively connecting these resources to the broader community.

 Proactively Plan for New Residential Development.  Brisbane is a unique city due to its compactness and surrounding natural space in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area. Housing affordability issues and state legislation require that Brisbane allocate and zone land for new residential development. The Parkside Plan will proactively guide this new residential development in such a way that it benefits the entire community by enhancing urban design and aesthetics in the Parkside Area, and appropriately weaving any new housing development into the existing fabric of the city.

Foster a Sustainable Brisbane.  Between the hills of San Bruno Mountain and the shores of the San Francisco Bay and Brisbane Lagoon, Brisbanians are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment, community equity, affordability and economic strength. The Parkside Plan will promote local sustainability through green building, infrastructure and landscape design.

Which of these goals most speaks to you?  Do you have something to add to build upon a particular goal?  Share it with us in the Comments section below.

Climate Fact #5

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

Celebrate Super Bowl 50 Safely

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Getting your Super Bowl game face on?  Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up.

Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips for safer cooking:

Kitchen Huddle
Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.

Penalty Flag
Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke, or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.

Defense
Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

Illegal Contact
Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

Defensive Linemen
Keep children at least three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.

Touchdown!
Consider using flameless candles that are battery powered, instead of wax candles. If you’re planning on using food warmers and slow cookers, provide hot pads to prevent burns.

Light the food warmer fuel-can after it is placed under the warmer. Keep anything that can burn away from the flame. If you have young children, keep matches and lighters up high and locked away.

For more safety information, check the Office of Emergency Services (OES) webpage.

The Super Bowl Host Committee’s Road to 50 App also provides info on schedules, tickets, and maps to get the most out of the SB50 events in the Bay Area.

To make getting around during Super Bowl 50 even more of a breeze, be sure to catch up on all the transportation details on our SB50 webpage.

February STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the February 2016 STAR Newsletter.