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Fire Station Update

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The modular trailers arrived on schedule Wednesday, October 20th. Between then and November 1st, work will be done to ready them for the firefighters who are still scheduled to move back to Brisbane on Monday, November 1st. Brisbane fire crews will be stationed in Brisbane during the day, and relocate to Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) during the evening hours. If you need to get a hold of them at any time of day, please call the main Fire Dept. line, (415) 657-4300 as they are regularly checking messages left for them.

Airport Noise

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Wind speeds and patterns change throughout the year, resulting in pilots flying in and out of SFO to use alternate routes.  This is of course due to safety reasons, where most planes need to reach an altitude of at least 400 ft. and be safely airborne and before making any turns.  In times of low westerly winds, Runway 01, or a port departure, is used.  This runway faces Oakland, so if a plane is headed to Southern California, Las Vegas, or a destination in Arizona, the plane would need to make a 270-degree turn in order to face south).  In times of high westerly winds, Runway 28, or a Shoreline departure, is used.  This runway faces northwest towards Pacifica so planes heading south would fly towards the ocean along the Gap (a natural dip in the ridgeline between SFO and Pacifica) before turning left to fly south.  On west wind days, it's the planes that are headed to an eastern location that can cause noise problems in Brisbane.  A properly-flown Shoreline departure would have planes remaining on the east side of Highway 101 before turning right towards Oakland.  However, if this departure is poorly-flown, planes will fly too far northwest before turning right, and thus fly over Brisbane.  (If hearing runway numbers is confusing, just remember that SFO is 10 degrees to the right from all cardinal compass directions.  Therefore, Runway 01 is 10 degrees to the right of due North, Runway 10 is 10 degrees to the right of due East, or 100 degrees from due North, Runway 19 is 10 degrees to the right of due South, or 190 degrees from due North, and Runway 28 is 10 degrees to the right of due West, or 280 degrees from due North).  

Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736
E-mail: sfo.noise@flysfo.com

On Wednesday, October 20th, Councilmember Richardson and City Management met with SFO Airport Director John Martin and Dave Ong from the SFO Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the increase in overhead noise in Brisbane due to airplane traffic.  Currently, Brisbane has one permanent noise monitor, located at the Margaret Tank (directly south of the 400 block of Kings).  In an effort to get more useful data for proper analysis, the Airport is looking to install two more noise monitors and will be working closely with the Public Works department at the City to determine their prime and secure locations.  After those are installed and more data is collected, a follow-up meeting will take place in late November/early December on suggestions for fixing the overhead noise issue.  A presentation to the City Council will follow, most likely early next year, and will cover the analysis gained from the installation of the additional two noise monitors and future steps to make sure this no longer is an issue in town.  In the meantime, please do continue to report airplane-related noise complaints by calling the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.

Rebate Information

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One of the topics of discussion at this past Wednesdays's Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting was how individuals who may be doing improvements or remodels at their homes can take advantage of the tax incentives and rebates that are readily available, but may be expiring by December 31, 2010.  Here are some resources that can help you to reduce your home's energy usage, and how you can qualify for the available tax incentives and rebates.

  • www.pge.com/rebates has the latest rebate information, catalogs, and guidance for your next energy efficiency upgrade
  • If you're ready to apply for a rebate, you can apply online through eRebates at www.pge.com/erebates.  With PG&E's eRebates, you can also check the status of your rebate application.
  • Existing homeowners are eligible for tax credits up to a maximum of $1,500 for making energy-efficient home improvements.  Refer to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) matrix (note the deadlines in the "Years Covered" column).
  • The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) gives consumers and businesses the information they need to take advantage of the federal income tax incentives passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), and extended through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

    Learn more about these programs, tools, and offers at http://www.pge.com/, or contact PG&E's Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 or e-mail smarter-energy@pge.com.

Fire Station Update

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The digging that is going on outside of the Brisbane Fire Station may have caught your eye. Workers are installing the interim water, sewer, and gas lines for modular trailers that were ordered yesterday by the City.  It will be 1 month on October 16th since severe mold was discovered at Station 81, resulting in the Brisbane firefighters traveling between Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) where they spend nights, and Station 81 in Brisbane (3445 Bayshore) where they are stationed in a staging trailer during the day.  This staging trailer, however, is meant solely for such purposes and not equipped with showers, bathrooms, or sleeping quarters.  The mobiles that were ordered today, so that the firefighters can remain in Brisbane around the clock, will be equipped with such, as well as a kitchen for them to once again cook together as a crew.  The mobiles are scheduled to arrive October 20th and all of the final connections are targeted for completion by the end of the month, with the firefighters back in Brisbane 24/7 by November 1, 2010.

"The Tempest"

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The Brisbane Women's Club proudly presents The San Francisco Shakespeare's Festival performance of "The Tempest" on Sunday, October 24th at 2:00pm.  The event will take place once again at the Mission Blue Center in Brisbane.  Click here to view the complete flyer.

"The Tempest" has been regarded as the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s dramatic output, widely believed to be his final and most autobiographical play.  The story captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes. Forgiveness versus revenge, good versus evil, freedom versus captivity, and youthful impetuousness contrasted with aged wisdom are just some of the ideas that Shakespeare illuminates with his powerful and poetic storytelling skills. It's a true delight that the Fall 2010 tour of The Tempest will soon be here in Brisbane!

The production is professionally directed and suitable for elementary students through adults. Five highly-skilled actors in costume, with set, props, and recorded music will be performing a 55-minute production of "The Tempest" in just a couple short weeks here in Brisbane.  There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE for the performance, so if you haven't already done so -- mark your calendar now -- we wouldn't want you to miss out on this once-a-year event! 

New City Website

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As you can see, the City's new website is up and running!

If you would like to make any suggestions please comment below.  Thanks for your feedback!

Free Home Repairs

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 In partnership with the City of Brisbane, Rebuilding Together Peninsula is offering Free Home Repair assistance to qualified Brisbane homeowners.  Rebuilding Together Peninsula is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to repairing nonprofit community facilities and homes of those in need.  The services provided are FREE and will not affect any other benefits homeowners receive.  Volunteers complete all of the repair work. Providing safety, warmth, and independence is the organization's priority.  National Rebuilding Day is primarily a one-day project and will take place April 30, 2011.  Applications are due by Friday, October 29, 2010 (Extensions may be permitted, as needed).  For more information or an application, please call (650) 366-6597.

 

Archived Blog Posts

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October 16, 2010, will mark the 4 year anniversary of the City's Blog.  In an effort to preserve all that has been written on it since that first post in 2006, we wanted to provide you with the Blog's link on the City's new website.  To view the blog, you can type brisbaneca.blogspot.com into your browser, or by simply clicking here.

Brisbane Firefighters Update

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The firefighters continue to stay at Station 93 in Daly City during the evening hours - returning to Brisbane during normal working hours - as analysis for a more long-term solution is done in response to the severe mold discovered a few weeks ago at the Brisbane Fire Station.  But this back-and-forth scenario will only be for a little while longer.  On Monday night, the City Council approved the rental of a triple-wide trailer which is to be installed by the end of October at the current location of the Brisbane Fire Station (Station 81 is currently located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd).  But to give you an idea of the route the Brisbane Firefighters take from Daly City to Brisbane, see the map below:

They basically take a left at Carter Dr., and another at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway before hanging a right onto Bayshore Blvd. and entering Brisbane.  The total driving distance from Station 93 to Brisbane City Hall is 2.1 miles.

We are glad that our Firefighters will be able to return to Brisbane by the end of the month - the premiere goal of the City Council and staff, and the Firefighters themselves are most definitely looking forward to spending their nights back in town!