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Possible BART Strike on 7/1

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UPDATE, Friday, 8:43AM - BART trains will be running again beginning Friday afternoon (7/5) after the transit district and its striking unions agreed to a 30-day extension of the current contract. Click here for more.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Council have asked us to share the following information with you in preparation for a potential BART strike. 

In the event of a BART strike, the Commute.org (Alliance) shuttles plan to run normal schedules on all routes (including those that connect to BART stations in Millbrae, South San Francisco and Balboa Park). Pick-up and drop-off locations may be altered at BART stations depending on access. 

 

For current information about the potential BART strike, commute alternatives and Alliance shuttle service information, please visit our BART strike information page.

 

We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for current updates as well. (see links below)

   

Thank you,

 

Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance 

Next City Council Meeting

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The City Council will be taking a recess for most of July and will meet next on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

July 4th Reminder

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If you happen to hear, or better yet, see any individuals setting off fireworks, please notify the Brisbane Police right away and call (415) 467-1212.  Help be the eyes and ears of the community and stop this illegal activity.  Now that it is fire season, we all need to be on high alert and do what we can to keep Brisbane safe.  Please be assured that every tip counts and will be properly investigated.

For the complete flyer, please click here.

DEIR Presentations

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You are invited to attend an Informational Presentation Series on the Brisbane Baylands Draft EIR! 

This informational presentation series will be presented by the City's EIR consultant and will provide an overview of the Draft EIR.  Come and assist the community in its review of the document! 

Each of the four presentations will have a separate focus, with the following topic areas being addressed over a two-week period: 

June 18th:  Introduction, Project Description, Land Use, Alternatives

June 20th:  Traffic, Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Noise

June 25th:  Public Utilities, Public Services, Recreation, Energy, Aesthetics, Historic Resources

June 27th:  Hazards, Biological Resources, Remaining Topics 

The series will provide an overview of the organization and content of the Draft EIR and provide a starting point for those undertaking a review of the document, whether in whole or particular sections.  Feel free to attend all of the sessions or just the ones with the topic areas you’re interested in. 

All presentations are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Community Room at City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane).  All presentations will be shown live on Ch. 27 and on the Live Streaming page, as well as archived on the DEIR Presentations webpage for viewing at a time convenient for you. 

Note: these informational presentations are not public meetings to offer comments on the Draft EIR.  Instead, written comments are encouraged at any time and public meetings to accept verbal comments will be in September 2013 (specific dates and times to be determined). 

Thank you for your interest in assisting the community review the Draft EIR!

EPA/NREL Presentation

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The Council this past Monday night received a very thorough presentation from Zi Zi Searles, Remedial Project Manager for the EPA's Re-Powering Rapid Response Team, which supports the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative - the program through which Brisbane was chosen as 1 of 26 sites to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands.  If you missed it, you can watch back just the portion focused on the presentation (the full meeting playback can be viewed here).


This video will also be available for future viewing on the Renewable Energy page of the Baylands section of the City's website.

Council Hires New City Attorney

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At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve the contract with San Francisco law firm Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai for City Attorney services.  David Kahn (pictured near left) will be replacing Hal Toppel (pictured far left) as City Attorney, and Teresa Stricker will be the city’s Deputy City Attorney.

Mayor Ray Miller stated, “The Council wanted to make sure that when we replaced Hal, we got it right.”

There were a total of 14 complete responses to the Request for Proposals.  A Council subcommittee (Terry O'Connell and Ray Miller) with the help of recruitment consultant Bobby Peckham narrowed the field down to nine.  Then the full Council accepted the subcommittee's recommendation to interview five applicants.  Two finalists were selected by the Council from this group of five.  The final two, Mayor Miller said, “had the background legal knowledge, the experience, and the community fit, and then we had this wonderful problem of deciding between these two extraordinary applicants.”  After much deliberation, the decision was made to select David Kahn and Teresa Stricker.

Mr. Kahn commented, “It’s really a privilege to be selected as the City Attorney for the City of Brisbane and I look forward, as does Deputy City Attorney Teresa Stricker, to working with the City of Brisbane, the City Council, and the city staff to accomplish the vision and the projects that the Council and the community want to improve the community of Brisbane.”

We welcome David and Teresa, and thank Hal for his over 20 years of service to the City of Brisbane and wish him the very best in his retirement for many years to come.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/17/2013


In loving memory of
Steve Waldo
1948 –  2013
Who loved this city and every citizen.
Svcs: Sun., June 23, 11 am,  Mission Blue Ctr.


Baylands DEIR
Presentation Series
June 18 & 20, 25 and 27 at 7pm
at City Hall

SM County Poet Laureate

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Calling all Poets and Poetry Enthusiasts in San Mateo County!

The time has come to nominate the 1st ever San Mateo County Poet Laureate.

Nomination forms and instructions are available online at www.sanmateocountypoet.org.  You are encouraged to nominate your favorite local poet or yourself as long as you are over 18 years of age (see the website for the complete list of eligibility criteria). 

The Poet Laureate will act as ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts as well as contribute to San Mateo County's poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

In Memory

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It is with great sadness that the City of Brisbane shares the news of the death of former Mayor and City Council Member Steve Waldo.  Steve passed away the evening of June 16, 2013.

Mayor Ray Miller has ordered the flags at all City of Brisbane facilities to fly at half-staff through sunset on June 23, 2013 in memory of Steve’s service to the community.

The Mayor also offered these words about Steve: "Steve Waldo was truly unique among those who served Brisbane on its City Council.  He combined the analytical skills of his legal profession with a profound commitment to preserving Brisbane's family-friendly community values.  The whole community joins with his family in grieving over the loss of an irreplaceable man."

In learning about Steve’s passing, Council Member Clarke Conway stated "it is with great sorrow to hear of Steve's passing, in serving with him on the City Council for 14 years I found him to be creative, civil, have the highest degree of integrity and have a sharp sense of humor.  Brisbane has lost a truly special man and he will be missed".

City Manager Clay Holstine remarked similar sentiments, stating, “I am truly saddened by the passing of Steve Waldo.  Steve combined intelligence, wit, humor and devotion to the community of Brisbane in an unparalleled manner.  Steve was a consummate professional who always dealt with people with patience, respect and an ease of style that is too short of supply.  Brisbane was well-served and a better place for Steve's long and outstanding contribution.  He will be missed."

Steve resided in Brisbane since August of 1986.  He was elected to the Brisbane City Council in August 1989 and was re-elected to two four-year terms in 1993 and 1997.  He then ran again unopposed in 2005 to fill a vacancy on Council and was re-elected in 2007.  Steve served the City of Brisbane as Mayor a total of four times, from 1990 – 1991, 1995 – 1996, 1999 – 2000, and 2006 - 2007.

As of this writing, it is expected that there will be a memorial service on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane) starting at 11:00am.  Please stay tuned to the City’s website for any updates on memorial events and further recognition for Mr. Waldo.

Baylands Draft EIR

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands is now available for public review and comment.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library, with paper copies available for purchase at City Hall for $25.  Green options include CDs and thumb drives with the entire DEIR copied onto them available at no cost.  The DEIR will also be available electronically on the City Website via the Baylands DEIR page: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-deir

Please note the hours and locations for City Hall and the Library:

Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place
Brisbane
, CA 94005
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Wednesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm (closed Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day and Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day)
Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

While State law requires a minimum 45-day comment period on the DEIR, the City of Brisbane has established a 120-day public comment period.  The public comment period begins today, June 11, 2013, with written comments due by 5:00pm on October 8, 2013.

Public informational presentations will be provided by the City’s EIR consultant to give an overview of the information contained in the DEIR.  The presentations have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 27

All presentations will be held at 7:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, and will be televised on Channel 27 as well as streamed live here.  More information regarding these presentations will be forthcoming soon.

Written comments on the Draft EIR are strongly encouraged, and must be submitted to the City of Brisbane on or before October 8, 2013, 5:00pm

You may send written comments on the DEIR to:

John Swiecki, AICP, Community Development Director
City of Brisbane
50 Park Place
Brisbane, CA 94005

Via Fax: (415) 467-4989 or e-mail: eir@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Meetings for the public to provide comments on the DEIR will be scheduled in September, 2013.  Further notice will be provided via City publications such as the City STAR and Citynews, here on the City Website, the community signboards, and on Ch. 27 when those meeting dates and times have been established. 

To read the full Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.