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San Mateo County Workforce and Economic Development / PeninsulaWorks, in partnership with Skyline College and Cañada College, are offering two certificate programs that addresses the needs of the employer and the changes in numerous industries. Most industries have been going automated and the skills from this program can be applied in any industry and related occupation. The certificate program consists of 12 units of course work in business computer programs, human relations, marketing, and business communications. The first block of courses begin Monday, March 17 and end on Thursday, May 15. The second block of courses begin Wednesday, May 28 through Monday, July 7. **** Participants must attend both sessions. ****
The training is free and there is limited seating in these programs so don't delay. Classes start on March 17, 2014.
Beginning this Thursday, the Planning Commission will embark on the process to update the City's 2007-2014 Housing Element. An effective Housing Element provides the necessary conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families and workers. The Housing Element update process provides a vehicle for establishing and updating housing and land-use strategies reflective of changing needs, resources, and conditions. For example, it can provide a vehicle for cities to adopt housing and land-use strategies to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
While the Housing Element must address specific State statutory requirements, it is ultimately a local plan and should reflect the vision and priorities of the community. So, if you would like to get involved in the public process of drafting the City's 2015-2022 Housing Element, you can start by attending this Thursday's Planning Commission Meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room (50 Park Place, Brisbane). Click here for the meeting's agenda. The subject of this meeting will be an overview of the State-required components of the Housing Element. Also, if you would like to be added to the City's e-mail distribution list to receive news and information related to the 2015-2022 Housing Element, please send an e-mail to Angel Ibarra in the Planning Department at email@example.com . Lastly, a 2015-2022 Housing Element page has been created which will house all the documents and information related to the public process. The Planning Commission and Council look forward to engaging with you as this important update gets underway!
Back in October of 2011, the first phase to replace the Myoporum shrubs and trees located between the parking lot and the paved walkway at the Marina (near Docks 1 & 2) got underway. This was due to an infestation of the pest Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip. This invasive pest was discovered over 5 years ago, and after significant investigation and efforts to utilize Integrated Pest Management (non-pesticide) techniques failed, a decision was made to replace the trees, whose leaves had turned brown and begun to curl (see right).
The City Council was first advised of the plan to replace the Myoporum during the Sierra Point Landscape and Lighting District hearings on July 6, 2010, and continued to fund this work through subsequent budgets.
Replacement trees will include a mix of native trees and other trees on the City’s Approved Street Tree List which are identified as not vulnerable to this pest, flowering trees that attract native California bees, trees that serve well as a windscreen and do well with salt spray, and trees that meet the approval of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).
Contractors are completing the Myoporum Replacement Project near the north shore, at the north end of the parking lot, so parking near the lot's northern edge may be limited. Prior to the replanting scheduled to begin the week of March 10, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient. Please exercise caution near the work area. We thank the Community for their patience as this project nears its completion! For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
Spending spring break in Hawaii? If a Hawaiian vacation isn’t in your travel plans this year, head to Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane) on Sunday, March 9 for a mini tropical getaway at Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School’s 11th Annual Luau! Enjoy a fabulous feast and entertainment by Bozwick the Clown and hula dancers as you join in the fun of the silent auction. You may even win a raffle prize of $500!
Your tropical getaway runs from 1pm-5pm and tickets are $15 per adult/$5 per child. Beer and wine are available at the cash bar and all proceeds benefit Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School in Brisbane. Click here for more information.
Silverspot Luau - Sunday, March 9 - 1pm-5pm - Mission Blue Center - $15/adult, $5/child
City of Brisbane now hiring
Police Service Aide – Part Time
Applications accepted starting February 24, 2014
Sat., Feb 22, 1:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
No experience necessary, Info: 467-2060
Help Launch Brisbane
Village Helping Hands
Thu., Feb. 20, 6:30, 50 Park Pl.
City of Brisbane now hiring
Administrative Assistant – Full Time
Applications accepted starting February 19, 2014
100 applications reached - no more being accepted
Meme what you say, Say what you meme (just make sure it trashes litter).
The contest is open to Bay Area residents - ages 14 to 24 - only. Deadline for entries is March 17, 2014 and winners will be chosen on March 24, 2014. Four categories of prizes will be awarded:
- Most popular: $100
- Best meme, ages 14-18: $100
- Best meme, ages 19-24: $100
- Grand prize: $250
Be the Street, a division of the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, is a community committed to keeping our Bay Area streets clean and safe www.BetheStreet.org.
2014 Habitat Restoration Day at Costaños Canyon for Earth Day.
Save the Date: Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am - 1:00pm
Bring family, friends and neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore the canyon’s native habitat. Please wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring gloves if you have them. All ages and abilities welcome! More details to come in future announcements, so keep an eye out here and for the April City STAR newsletter.
For more information and to RSVP, please call (415) 508-2118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view photos from last year's Habitat Restoration Day, where 30 volunteers came to help out!
Together HEART (the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County) and Meriwest Mortgage offer a downpayment assistance program for well-qualified families who want to buy their first home up to $521,250 in San Mateo County with 5% down and no PMI insurance.
Find out more at the free first time homebuyer workshop:
When: Wednesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: South San Francisco Municipal Building
33 Arroyo Drive
South San Francisco, CA 94080
What is the HEART program and how do I qualify?
- Live or work in San Mateo County
- Family income up to $150K
- 680 FICO score or better
- Buyer must have 5% down
- Purchase price up to $521,250
- Buyer may purchase a house or condo anywhere in San Mate County except Daly City
- Mortgage offered by Meriwest Mortgage
- Downpayment loan up to $78,225 thru HEART