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SamTrans Proposed Fare Changes

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Sept. 1, 2015

Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650-508-7927

Community Meetings, Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Fare Policy

SamTrans will host four community meetings and a public hearing to gather feedback on potential changes to its fare policy.

The bus agency has not raised fares since 2010, and as result, is proposing several updates to its current fare program to address inflationary costs.

The first series of proposed fare increases would take place on January 10, 2016, and the second would come on January 20, 2019. The proposed changes include a measure to increase the Adult Local Fare to $2.25 on January 20, 2016 and to $2.50 on January 20, 2019. The fare currently stands at $2. 

The fare increase package would also increase the Adult Monthly Pass from $64 to $65.50 on January 10, 2016 and to $72 on January 20, 2019. 

A full breakdown of the proposed fare changes can be found HERE.

To gather feedback on the proposals, SamTrans will be hosting the following community meetings:

- Monday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers - 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco 

- Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. 

East Palo Alto YMCA 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto 

- Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica 

- Thursday, Sept. 19, 12 p.m.

SamTrans Administrative Office, 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

A public hearing will be held during the SamTrans Board of Directors Meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. That meeting takes place in the Second Floor Auditorium of the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/6/2015

City’s Baylands Survey Due
Please Complete and Return
Postmarked by Saturday 9/12

Posted 8/30/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
9th Annual Brisbane Derby
Coming Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sponsor & Racer Info: (415) 508-2144

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
29th Annual “Day in the Park”
Sat., Oct. 3rd 10am – 5pm, Comm. Park
Food, Music, Games, Rides, Fun!!

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Lagoon Clean-Up
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 – noon, Fisherman Pk.
Information: (415) 508-2144


September STAR

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Click here to read the September STAR.

Sept. is National Preparedness Month

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"Don't Wait.  Communicate.  Make your Emergency Plan Today."

That is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, and we encourage you to commit to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for yourself and your family.  The grass fire that took place today on 280 near 92 should be a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time, and close to home.

Click here for tips and information on what to do before, during and after a wildfire.

9/2/2015 Bank Burglary

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Brisbane Police Department
50 Park Place
Brisbane CA, 94005
Sergeant Michele Borg
415-467-1212 (Dispatch)


Incident Date and Time- 9/2/2015 at 2205 hours

Distribution- Original Report, All Police, City Council, City Manager

Location- 70 Old County Rd, Bank of America

Type of Crimes/Incident: Bank Burglary

On Wednesday September 2nd at 2205 hours, Brisbane Officers were called to the Bank of America at 70 Old County Rd for a power outage failure alarm call and ATM alarm. Officers conducted an exterior building check and found nothing suspicious. The on duty Sergeant contacted Bank of America Corporate Security who advised police that they would handle the alarm and Brisbane Police were clear to leave the scene.

Corporate Security Advised bank employees to contact Brisbane Police on September 3, 2015 for a “Walk Through” prior to opening the bank. Brisbane Police Officers arrived on scene at 0916 hours, and conducted a search of the bank and determined the bank had been burglarized. Upon further investigation it was determined the unknown suspect(s) entered through a fenced in area where another door is located. This is the employee break room area and the electrical panel is also located in this area.

The unknown suspect(s) entered the bank and attempted to open a medium sized safe but were unsuccessful. They also made entry into the locked ATM room by climbing through the drop ceiling but were again unsuccessful in accessing the interior of the safe.

The San Mateo County Forensics Crime Lab is assisting the Brisbane Police in processing and gathering evidence from the scene of this incident. The Brisbane Police Department is working jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on this investigation.

There is very little suspect information at this time. Anybody with any information is encouraged to contact the Brisbane Police Department at 415-467-1212.


For a PDF version of this news release, please click here.


Sept. is National Preparedness Month

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"Don't Wait.  Communicate.  Make your Emergency Plan Today."

That is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, and we encourage you to commit to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for yourself and your family.  The grass fire that took place today on 280 near 92 should be a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time, and close to home.

Click here for tips and information on what to do before, during and after a wildfire.  And if you haven't yet signed up for the County's Emergency Alert System, SMC ALERT, you'll want to do so today! 

SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your:

  • email accounts (home, work, school, etc.)
  • cell phones, pagers
  • Smartphones/handheld devices

Register today!

Day in the Park & Derby 2015

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Please save the Date!  This year's Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am - 5pm.  The Derby will start beforehand at 8am.  This year marks the 29th anniversary of Brisbane Day in the Park Festival and the 9th anniversary of the Brisbane Derby. 

There will be new games, prizes, and entertainment, along with an Arts & Crafts Fair where you will find handmade items under the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, so please take the entire family with you and enjoy...a Day in the Park!

If you're interested in having a booth, please see the associated application/questionnaire and information sheets.  Booth space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Community Group Questionnaire (UPDATE: reservations from Community Groups will be accepted until Weds., 9/9)

Arts & Crafts Fair Application | Arts & Crafts Fair Information

Commercial/Non-Community Group Application | Commercial/Non-Community Group Information

For any questions about the Day in the Park Festival, please contact Noreen Leek at (415) 508-2141 or .  For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or

Six City Council Candidates

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The following Brisbane citizens have qualified to be on the upcoming November 3, 2015 ballot to fill two Council seats on the Brisbane City Council: (Click on their names below to view their candidate statements)

Madison Davis

TuongVan Do

Tom Heinz

Alvin Louie

Jameel Munir

Terry O'Connell

The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 23rd from 7:00 - 8:30pm.  The forum is moderated by the League of Women Voters and will be held in the Community Room at City Hall, 50 Park Place.  Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate.   It will also be televised and taped for replay on the City’s website for those who are unable to attend. 

For information regarding the upcoming election, please contact Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or .

Introducing Noreen Leek

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A new face can be seen in and around City Hall these days - Noreen Leek has been hired as the City's new Recreation Manager in the Parks and Recreation Department.  Noreen comes to us from the City of Menlo Park, where she worked eight years in the city's Community Services Department; first as a Recreation Coordinator, then as a Recreation Supervisor, and ultimately, a Recreation Manager.  Her responsibilities included: production of their Activity Guide (a whopping 72 pages!) and other marketing materials, overseeing the Recreation Center and its operations, and leading special events and the city's gymnastics programs.

She will be interfacing in large part with the Parks and Recreation Commission, overseeing special events such as the Day in the Park Community Festival (also, SAVE THE DATE for another Hydrant Re-painting & Restoration Weekend, happening Oct. 10 & 11), managing production of the Activity Guide, and supervising the department, which is led by Administrative Services Director, Stuart Schillinger.

"I am grateful to have the honor of serving as the new Recreation Manager and to become part of the Brisbane community," said Noreen, and "I look forward to encouraging collaborative partnerships with the local business community and expanding recreation for the city as a whole."

If you'd like to contact Noreen, you can do so at (415) 508-2141 or  Or, stop by and say "hello" in person; her door is always open!

Noreen earned her undergraduate degree in Recreation from San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.  She resides in Belmont with her husband, two young sons, and yellow lab, Lola.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 8/25/2015

Brisbane Eagles
Cancer Fund Benefit
Sat., Aug. 29th, 2 – 5 pm, 185 Visitacion
Turkey & Ham Dinner; $10/person

Posted 8/23/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Sept. 15, 6pm
Information 415-508-2144

Registered Voters – In the Mail 8/25
City’s Baylands Survey
Complete and Return by 9/12