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Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 4th. The Brisbane Community Center is our only polling location. The Community Center is located in the lower level of the building at 250 Vistacion Avenue (directly below the Brisbane Library). Absentee ballots may be placed in the ballot box located in the lobby area of City Hall until 5:00pm on Election Day. But if you're going to wait that long, you might as well stop by the Community Center to cast your ballot in-person, where the polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day.
The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be having their kick-off meeting for preparation of an Environmental Action Plan for the City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm. The Plan is expected to cover energy, water and solid waste measures that reduce energy use. This "working" meeting starts at 6:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website, as afterwards archived on the All Meetings page of the City's website.
At its October 2, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 588, creating Chapter 15.85 of the City’s Municipal Code, entitled the “Art in Public Places Program”. The purpose of the City’s Art in Public Places Program is to promote the visual arts by requiring the inclusion of a public artwork component in certain new public and private development projects in Brisbane. There is no financial impact whatsoever to homeowners in Brisbane. A kitchen remodel or adding a new room does not trigger an additional expense.
The way it works is this: Commercial projects with building development costs in excess of $1,000,000 will be required to contribute 1% to the Brisbane Public Art Fund ("Fund"). Residential projects with 10-20 units will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund (a building with 20+ units will contribute 1%). Low and moderate income housing developments will be exempt from needing to make a contribution. Lastly, public development projects with building development costs in excess of $500,000 will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund. As an alternative to contributing to the Fund, the above categories of projects can devote the required contribution amount toward acquisition and installation of publicly accessible art on the development site.
As you can see, the ordinance has been carefully written so that it has no fiscal impact on residents and homeowners. Rather, it is a forward-looking idea which allows for the creation of potentially iconic art in Brisbane for the enjoyment of generations to come.
As for next steps in the process, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be appointing a Public Arts Subcommittee, which will develop Implementation Guidelines to address issues such as the process for selecting and determining the location of public art pieces, and use and maintenance of the Fund. Through the Public Arts Ordinance, the City will be able to ensure that public art is an integral component of our community, enhance the quality of life in Brisbane, and help define Brisbane's identity as an art-oriented city.
You may have seen a recent article about the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. There is a group called the San Francisco 2024 Exploratory Committee who are working on a potential bid for both these games. A proposal, if there is one, will have San Francisco as the lead city.
The exploratory committee is currently evaluating a variety of sites throughout the Bay Area for venues for various events and sports competitions. One of the ideas they are exploring is placing a temporary “pop up” Olympic Stadium that would be used for opening and closing events as we well as the Track & Field competition on the Brisbane Baylands. The stadium would be torn down and its materials repurposed after the Games have ended. The organizing committee has approached the property owner as well as the City in very preliminary and exploratory discussions.
The Bay Area is one of four sites in the United States that are currently evaluating whether they wish to bid for the 2024 games. The other three are Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston. Sometime towards the end of the year the City of San Francisco and San Francisco 2024 will determine if they want to compete for the United States bid. If so they will submit a formal proposal, which will include potential sites for various venues.
In early 2015 the United States Olympic Committee will determine whether they want to submit a bid that would be subject to international competition. If so they will choose amongst the American cities that submit proposals. In 2017 the International Olympic Committee will select and announce the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As you can see from this schedule, that discussion of Brisbane as a potential site for venues for the 2024 games is in its early stages. Any actual proposal would require environmental review as well as a City Council approved land-use permit.
Check in as the process continues as we will be updating the community on the status of decision making.
Brisbane resident Lillian Markind is excited to lead active older adults in a modified Zumba class, using easy-to-follow choreography focusing on cardio, balance, flexibility and coordination. The first class is on Monday, Oct. 27th. Classes will be held Mon/Weds 8:30am - 9:30am at Mission Blue Center. Drop-ins welcome. View more details on the Zumba Gold flyer and sign up today!
Did you know…
There is an EV Charging Station
At the Marina
That a boater installed?
Day of the Dead
Sat., Nov. 1, 11 am - 1 pm, 250 Visitacion
Fun Activities and Storytime for the Whole Family
The Art of Ann Norris
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Includes oil paintings of Brisbane
Support the Brisbane Farmers’ Markets
In the Beautiful Community Park
Brisbane Police Dept.
Have Coffee with a Cop
Tomorrow, Sun., Oct. 26, 9 - 11 am
at the Farmer's Market
Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct. 25, 9 am - Noon, 2 Visitacion Ave
Free for Brisbane Residents
Brisbane Eagles Club
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Oct. 25, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad, $10.00
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
Mon. & Wed., 8:30-9:30 am, Mission Blue Center
Starts Mon., Oct. 27, $40/six classes
In Loving Memory Of
1938 - 2014
Service Info: (650) 219-9787
Read For The Record
Tues., Oct. 21, 3:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
All Ages Welcome To Attend
Constructed in 2000, Mission Blue Center has had various minor repairs over the last 14 years. Repair work is now needed for the entryway steps at Mission Blue Drive, which is is scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, October 20, 2014.
The repair work will be a 3-part process. The first part consists of removal of the exisiting damaged stairway caps, followed by forming for concrete and rebar and pouring the concrete. Concrete is needed because the existing caps were simply mortared on top as separate pieces, and cracks formed between the slabs. This part of the repair process is planned to take approximately one week. The second part of the repair work involves applying the stucco coat. The final step will be priming and painting. Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and we ask the public to avoid using this stairway during the course of its repair. If you have any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130.
You may have noticed that KWW Cabinents on Bayshore Blvd. is near completion; it was a design-build that started construction last year. To access the business going northbound on Bayshore, one will need to first make a U-turn at the traffic signal approximately a 1/2 block up Bayshore. This was a requirement of the new development and work by the developer’s contractor to install 1. two medians (one on the north leg and one in the south leg of the intersection), 2. U-turn lane and 3. necessary traffic signal improvements at the intersection is expected to start next week. Estimated construction time is 3 weeks, with only one lane in each directions allowed to be closed at a time, and only between 9am - 4pm to minimize inconveniences to the public. Thank you in advance for your patience and driving safely through the construction area.
The Skatepark project will be discussed at next Thursday's City Council meeting of October 16, 2014. The staff report outlines how the Facilities Subcommittee will be making the recommendation to the full Council for the skatepark to remain at its current site across from the Community Park and next to the basketball courts. Should the Council concur with the Subcommittee's recommendation, the consultant Spohn Ranch will continue to work with the stakeholders and move forward with development of a conceptual design. They have recently set up a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/) to keep the community apprised of the latest project developments.
If you would like to support the Skatepark Project, Brisbane resident Michael Barnes and users of the skatepark are selling silk-screened Brisbane tee-shirts for $15. So far, their efforts have raised $2,600. They will be at the Sunday Farmers' Market from 9am - 1pm if you'd like to pick one up. For any questions or custom orders, please contact Michael at email@example.com .