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County of San Mateo Recruiting for Annual Civics 101 Academy

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Ever wonder what exactly a county does? Curious to tour a hospital, learn about sustainability efforts or meet a K-9? Want the chance to ask the Department of Public Works long-burning questions about infrastructure and sewer maintenance?

If so, then the County of San Mateo has the place for you. In September, Civics 101 kicks off its free nine-week series of courses centered around County government and is currently recruiting for the 2016 session. Participants learn about local government, meet local officials and tour County facilities. Many former graduates have used Civics 101 as a springboard to leadership roles in their own communities and to serve in important roles on County and regional boards and commissions.

Civics 101 is open to individuals 18 and older who live or work in San Mateo County.

Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Nov. 9 in locations throughout San Mateo County. One or two Saturday morning sessions from 10 a.m. to noon will also be held on dates to be determined.

The 2016 schedule is subject to change but topics include: a County overview, the justice system, community services, the Health System and San Mateo Medical Center tour, a K-9 demonstration, the Human Services Agency and tour of the Shoreway Environmental Center, budget overview, countywide initiatives and behind-the-scenes with supervisorial staff. The academy concludes with a sit-down dinner and graduation ceremony.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 23, 2016. Seating is limited and early submission is encouraged. The application form and more information, including exact class locations, are available at or by contacting Eric Forgaard, civic engagement and public outreach specialist, at or 650-363-4657. Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status by Aug. 25, 2016.


Climate Fact #31

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Tthe Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with 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.

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 - See more at: facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

As Fresh As It Gets campaign

Is Local Food Better? 







City Council to Review Parkside Alternatives at 9/1 Meeting

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Join the City Council on Thursday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall as they continue their discussion of the three preliminary Parkside Concept Alternatives! City consultants MIG presented the three Alternatives at the June 2, 2016 City Council meeting, which illustrate different land use scenarios for the Parkside Plan Area. The Alternatives are available on the Parkside Plan Documents page. After the Council received public comments on the Alternatives, the Council continued their discussion to a future meeting to provide additional time for review. Click here to see video of the Council’s June 2 Parkside discussion on YouTube.


At the 9/1 Council meeting, MIG will present several photosimulations and renderings to help better envision the pedestrian environment and visual impacts of the different land use Alternatives. Building massing renderings are attached to the agenda report for the September 1 meeting. Photosimulations providing a more detailed look at potential structures from a pedestrian level will be presented at the 9/1 meeting.

For Parkside Plan updates and events, visit the Parkside Plan webpage. You can also sign up for email notifications so you don’t miss any Parkside Plan milestones!



PCE Volunteer Training Workshops

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Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is holding volunteer training workshops to teach you to be a Peninsula Clean Energy advocate! When you attend one of their interactive workshops, you will learn about Peninsula Clean Energy and build skills for community outreach. No prior knowledge is required; all are welcome!  There are two upcoming workshop dates.  

Workshop #1

Saturday, August 13


City of San Mateo Main Library, Oak Room, 55 W 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94404

Workshop #2

Tuesday, August 23


City of Burlingame Library, Lane Room, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

Light refreshments and lunch/dinner will be served. Interested participants can email Kirsten Pringle at for more information or to sign up. By volunteering for Peninsula Clean Energy, you are helping to make San Mateo County a more sustainable place to live and work, as well ensuring a brighter future for all!



Change in Line-Up for Concerts in the Park

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There has been a slight change in the line-up for the upcoming Summer Concerts in the Park. Unfortunately, Rebel Yell will no longer be playing on August 19. Instead, Grammy-nominated zydeco musician, Andre Thierry will be pushed back from August 12 and taking its place. We will also have a food truck available to event-goers on August 19th.  Meanwhile on August 12, we are excited to welcome Country and Western band, Urban Outlaws to Brisbane!

We look forward to watching these talented musicians perform for us under the gazebo @6pm at the Community Park! We hope to see you there!

View on our calendar:

August 12: Urban Outlaws

August 19: Andrew Thierry


Michael Rodman Art Reception

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Thanks to the efforts of Clara Johnson, former Brisbane Mayor, and Carole Nelson, former Community Development Director, the Large Conference Room at City Hall now serves not only as the main meeting location for city business, but also as an art gallery.  Right now, a collection of beautifully painted pieces by Michael Rodman and his students are on display. We invite you all to join us at the reception on Wednesday, August 31st from 6-8pm to admire this wonderful work. View our Art Shows at City Hall Page

Community Call for Photos

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“Community Call for Photos!”

Did you know?  This year marks the 30th Annual Day in the Park and the 10th Annual Derby. Given the commemorative nature of this year’s event, City Staff is hoping to incorporate a “Walk Down Memory Lane” photo showcase chronicling the history of the event over the past 30 years. But… we need your help! If you have images capturing the spirit of the Day in the Park (originally dubbed the Family Festival) over the past 30 years, we want to share them! We encourage you to either email past photos of the event to or to bring them by the Parks & Recreation office at City Hall before September 9th. The more information you can provide us about your photos (names of those pictured, year photo was taken, etc.) the better! We want to celebrate Brisbane’s traditions by incorporating a nod to the history of the event over the past three decades and we hope you’ll assist us in doing so! 

Signboard Postings

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Summer Concert Schedule Update
Aug. 5th, Soul Society
Aug. 12th, Urban Outlaws
Aug. 19th, Andre Thierry
The Collective Camp - Roar
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
10th Annual Brisbane Derby
Saturday, September 24th
Kids Ages 6-14, Sign up today!
Calling All Arts & Crafts Vendors!
Now Accepting Applications for
Day in the Park on 9/24, 10am-3pm
Contact Parks & Recreation to Apply

Accepting Applications for Recreation Leader

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The City of Brisbane is currently accepting applications for the position of Recreation Leader. Interested candidates must submit a completed online or paper employment application. Information about the job qualifications, salary and hours, application process, and selection process can be found here.

Accepting Applications for Public Service Aide

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The City of Brisbane is currently accepting applications for the position of Public Service Aide. City employment applications and supplemental questionnaires are available at Brisbane City Hall or online at and Interested candidates should apply immediately as only the first 50 applications will be accepted. Information about the job qualifications, salary and hours, application process, and selection process can be found here.