On February 15, 2017 representatives of the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) Board of Trustees and Superintendent met with a two Brisbane Council Members and staff to discuss the mounting difficulties the City is facing in providing daily bus service to and from Pacifica. As the City has already reported, our current provider will not be providing service next school year. There was also a discussion concerning phasing out the bus service over a period of time since finding contractors is getting more and more difficult. The JUHSD Board of Trustees committed to discussing this issue at a future board meeting. The discussion will include any and all options that may be available including, but not limited to; the City of Brisbane phasing out contracting for the bus service over the next year or so (if a vendor can even be contracted), the JUHSD contracting bus service with financial support from the City of Brisbane, the JUHSD looking into student transportation as a whole, and working together as agencies to support Brisbane students in selecting one of the Daly City schools to attend instead of the Pacifica schools.
This month, Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) will begin sending notices to 210,000 residences and businesses throughout San Mateo County to inform them that they are about to receive cleaner electricity and simultaneously save money.
At their January board meeting, the PCE Board of Directors unanimously approved new rates for all PCE customers that go into effect in time for the large April 2017 customer enrollment. The rate change will maintain Peninsula Clean Energy’s 5% discount below PG&E’s electric generation rates for PCE’s customers, for greener electricity with 50% renewable content. PG&E’s electricity has 30% renewable content.
Residents and businesses across the County have noticed higher energy bills this winter. Over the past year PG&E increased rates significantly, especially for natural gas and electricity transmission. Peninsula Clean Energy is not a factor in rising bills, and in fact helps customers lower their bills. When PG&E increased the exit fees that community choice energy customers pay by 26%, Peninsula Clean Energy lowered its rates to account for these fees, maintaining a 5% total savings on electricity generation costs for its customers. “We feel it’s very important to offer savings to our customers through competitive rates,” noted PCE CEO Jan Pepper.
“Peninsula Clean Energy is pleased to offer San Mateo County residents the best value for renewable energy possible,” stated San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, who also serves as the Chair of PCE’s Board. The PCE Board of Directors is composed of 22 members, including a Council Member from each of the 20 cities in the County and two County Supervisors.
Peninsula Clean Energy is currently serving about 80,000 residential and small business accounts across the county. The remaining 210,000 San Mateo County residential and business accounts will be automatically enrolled with PCE in April. PCE customers continue to receive electric delivery and a consolidated bill from PG&E. Residents and businesses will receive four notices in the mail with details about their new choices. PCE provides sample bills online under “Billing” on its website to explain bill updates: http://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/residents/residential-rates/
Peninsula Clean Energy customers are automatically enrolled in the ECOplus program to enjoy cleaner energy that is 50% renewable (compared to PG&E’s 30% renewable). PCE customers may choose to opt up to ECO100 to receive 100% renewable energy for a small premium of one cent per kilowatt hour. All customers who are currently enrolled in CARE or medical baseline energy discount programs automatically continue in these programs under PCE.
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy, or PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE is a public, locally-controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. PCE’s ECOplus option is 50% renewable and 75% greenhouse gas emissions free, and PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free. The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County. PCE currently serves approximately 80,000 accounts, and will serve approximately 300,000 accounts by May 2017 when its enrollment process is complete.
Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.
The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:
Each CAC member receives a free yearly bus pass to use on the SamTrans system. The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.
Heart Fund Pasta Lunch
Sat., Feb 18, 2-4pm, 185 Visitacion
$10.00/person, Open to the Public
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Music Together (Ages 0-5)
Begins March 14th
For More Info: 415-508-2144
Baylands Public Hearing
THU, 2/16 @ 7:30pm
No Study Session
Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.
On February 23, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project. To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results. Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:
The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019. An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.
To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service. Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015. Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time. For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: email@example.com .
The San Francisco Arts Education Project's SFArtsED Players proudly present Carnival, a musical theater gem from 1961 based on the movie Lili starring Leslie Caron. And three youth from Brisbane are included in the production's company!
Brisbane Community Pool
Lifeguard Training Class
Fri – Sun, March 10th-12th
Fri 6-10pm // Sat/Sun 8am-5pm
The Collective Camp – ROAR
M-F/6AM/30 MIN+/18YRS+ WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY FEB 13th!
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Sat., Feb 11, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets Available at the Door
In Loving Memory of
12/7/56 – 2/1/17
For Info Text: 415-602-7027
Due February 6th
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Artists’ Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Feb 4th, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.
No Admission Fee! All Ages Welcomed!
Memorial for Long Time Brisbane
Resident & Eagle Sharon Tripp
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2-4pm
@ Eagles Hall