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Climate Fact #36

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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.

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Brisbane's Sustainability Framework

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In November 2015 the Brisbane City Council officially accepted the Sustainability Framework for the Baylands (, a document that was the product of five years of effort by the Baylands Sustainability Committee, multiple drafts and numerous rounds of community review and feedback.  We wanted to share with you this article, which was recently featured in Western City, the monthly magazine of the League of California Cities (notably, this article appeared as part of an issue that was centered around the topic of Sustainability).  We are excited to see the Framework and its 10 principles being shared with other cities in the state!

Airport Roundtable Response

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This attachment to the Roundtable’s response to the FAA Initiative is to expand on information in the letter to the FAA, detailing specific procedure operations as they fly today and any changes the Roundtable is requesting.

Each of the “Attachments” has the following sections:

  • Description – details the procedure(s) as they are flown today
  • Primarily Impacted Cities – notes the cities that are most directly under the flight path(s) of the procedures being described.
  • Noise Issues – the primary existing noise issues due to the procedure.
  • Roundtable Requests (Short Term, Long Term) – details what mitigation efforts the Roundtable is requesting the FAA implement either in the short or long term, depending on the detail of the request.
  • Collaboration – requests the appropriate agencies to work on each mitigation effort. Initial Requested FAA Research – if applicable, requests the FAA research specific operational items related to the mitigation efforts.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/17/2016

30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am - 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!

Calling All Pups & Pooches!
Come Participate in the
Dog Costume Contest at
Day in the Park, Sept. 24, 11am

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Join the Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
Open House, Tues. 9/20, 6:30-7:30pm
City Hall

Posted 9/15/2016

Lagoon Clean-up Event
Sat., Sept. 17th, 9am-Noon
at Fisherman’s Park

Brisbane Eagles Club
Alzheimer Fundraiser
Sat., Sept. 17, 3-5pm @ Eagles
$10/Person, Steak Fajitas & Fixin’s

Posted 9/13/2016

Brisbane’s 55th Anniversary Party
Sat., Oct. 1st, 6:30-10:30pm
at Mission Blue Center
Dancing, Food, Dessert and more!

Meet the School Board
Candidates w/ BEST/PTO!
Sun., Sept. 18th, 11am-1pm
at the Community Park Gazebo

City Clerk Announces Her Retirement

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Brisbane City Clerk Sheri Spediacci officially announced this week that she will be retiring from the City of Brisbane on September 16, 2016 after serving as Brisbane's City Clerk for nearly 20 years. 

Sheri started with the city in 1992, providing administrative assistance to then City Manager Robin Leiter.  Her strengths in organization, working with people, and friendly demeanor as she tackled issues and helped residents find solutions to their problems led her to the role of Deputy City Clerk two years later and in 1997, assuming full responsibilities as Brisbane's City Clerk.  Since 2010, Sheri also administered Brisbane's affordable housing programs including first-time homebuyer loans, new project development and support to the Redevelopment Successor Agency.

"Sheri has been a constant source of support for me and the City of Brisbane organization and will be sorely missed," remarked City Manager Clay Holstine.

Though officially retiring from the City of Brisbane, Sheri is not, and has never been, one to just sit around.  She will be assuming the position of City Clerk for the City of Orinda at the end of this month.  The residents and community there will soon find they have found a true gem in Sheri.

The City Council will be recognizing Sheri at their meeting of Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm and break for a reception shortly thereafter with refreshments.  Please join them in recognizing Sheri for her many years of dedicated service to the City of Stars.

Sheri, congratulations on your retirement and we wish you all the best in this new, exciting chapter in your life!

Brisbane Gets Platinum Level Award

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The Institute for Local Government and the League of California Cities have awarded us the Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices!  This replaces the Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices that was awarded to the City last October.  Hear more about this notable distinction at the September 15th Council Meeting.



Brisbane Acres Oak Woodland Restoration Work

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Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 and lasting approximately one week, The Urban Arborist, a City-hired contractor, will be removing invasive, non-native eucalyptus trees from the newly acquired Brisbane Acres parcel #79, at the top of Paul Ave.  Removal of these trees will help to restore and preserve the native Coast Live Oak woodland ecosystem in the Brisbane Acres and reduce fire fuel loads in the hills above Central Brisbane.

During the week, while the tree work is in progress, the trail that begins at the end of Paul Ave. and leads up into the mountain will be closed to pedestrians.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important restoration project.

Free Landscape Design Lecture

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Want to learn how to garden beautifully, yet sustainably?  Attend a free lecture about how to design and plan your landscape.  In this class you will learn about how to design your landscape and conserve water.  The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) works in partnership with the City of Brisbane to offer these free courses to community members.  Visit BAWSCA's website to sign-up for the course offered in Brisbane on Thursday, September 29th from 6-7pm.


Speed Humps in Brisbane?

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While Brisbane is miles from the dense traffic challenges of downtown San Francisco, we do experience our own unique traffic issues. At times, residents feel that speeding is an issue on certain streets in town and then ask, “Why can’t I get a speed hump installed on my street?” Speed humps are raised sections of pavement or rubber that are placed mid-block and are designed to slow vehicles on residential streets. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), they typically range from 12 to 14 feet in travel length and are about three inches in height. Speed humps were introduced in the U.K. in the 1980s and were adopted by multiple U.S. municipalities as a popular traffic calming measure.

Speed hump.  Photo courtesy of

Unfortunately, speed humps have unintended consequences. They cause an increase in noise from vehicle acceleration, braking, and suspension rattling, affecting those who live near them. Based on general engineering practice, speed humps are not installed on steep streets with grades greater than five percent (5%) because they can gather water, creating unsafe braking conditions. In addition, speed humps are rough on automobile suspensions and drivers’ backsides when they are driven over on a regular basis. Perhaps most seriously, speed humps impact emergency vehicle response. According to the ITE, speed humps can cause up to a ten-second delay for an ambulance with a patient. 

Because of the unintended consequences and resulting backlash from the public, some cities have had to recover from installing too many speed humps. For example, the City of Berkeley installed over 150 speed humps in the early 1990s. After their placement, the Berkeley Fire Department claimed that these devices caused damage to fire trucks and led to significantly longer response times. Residents with disabilities stated that the rough motion when driving over speed humps, even at very low speeds, caused serious pain and discomfort. These concerns led the City to impose a moratorium on the installation of speed humps in 1995 while it explored other traffic calming measures.

The traffic calming “toolbox” has grown over the years, and there are other effective alternatives to speed humps that have less physical impact on moving vehicles. Dragon’s teeth, a method widely adopted in the U.K., are teeth-shaped pavement markings that slow drivers through psychological measures. “Botts dots” are small ceramic bumps that are primarily used as lane dividers, but can be arranged into rectangular rumble strips that create a vibrating sensation.  Traffic calming measures such as these are being widely implemented in municipalities to address speeding issues.


Left: Dragon’s teeth markings on Solano Street in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Right: Botts dots. Photo courtesy of

If you have concerns regarding speeding on your street, please contact Public Works. Staff will observe the location in question, and if necessary, will conduct a more thorough technical investigation, possibly including 24-hour speed surveys, to determine if a hazard that can be corrected through engineering techniques is present. 

Please make an effort to slow down and to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy the beauty of your home while driving safely!

For any questions or concerns regarding speed humps, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works Karen Kinser at 415.508.2130 or


BVHH Community Get-Together

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You have probably read or heard about Brisbane Village Helping Hands (BVHH) by now.  They are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization committed to helping older Brisbane residents age in place.  And who wouldn't want to do that in this beautiful City of Stars.

BVHH is hosting a social event next Saturday, September 17th, from 3-5pm at the Senior Sunrise Room for those interested to learn more or get signed up to either be a volunteer or begin receiving help in the areas of transportation, home repairs, technology, gardening, and more!  Hope to see you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at or call 415-508-2185.