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 8 – February 12, 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 .
Update - Tuesday, 2/9: Fence is up with signage of the new Skatepark, coming late Spring!
On Monday, 2/8, the existing skatepark area will be fenced and closed for construction (the basketball courts will still be open during construction of the new skatepark with minimal impacts to users). Once the fence goes up, in-kind donation work, including grinding of the tree stumps, removal of the skate elements, and demolition and prep work for the new skatepark, will begin. We anticipate actual construction of the new skatepark (see rendering below) starting in early March. For any questions about this project, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2130.
We had an interactive Community Workshop on Monday, February 1st that was led by the consultants for the Parkside Precise Plan, MIG. The audience was diverse, which led to great discussion during the time that the interactive, real-time voting exercise was taking place (see left-hand photo). Here is a copy of MIG’s PowerPoint presentation, which shows the results of the instant polling exercise, in addition to a presentation made by Jasneet Sharma, Sr. Community Health Planner for the San Mateo County Health System, as well as the anticipated contents of the Parkside Plan:
The Parkside Plan sets forth a forward-thinking yet feasible vision for the future of this important area, built upon extensive community engagement including workshops and stakeholder interviews, existing City policy, and technical analysis of current conditions. Specifically, the Vision Framework includes six major goals:
Preserve Brisbane’s Small-Town Feel. Residents of Brisbane are passionate about working towards the betterment of their community, and fiercely loyal to their city. Brisbane is a tight-knit place of unique, eclectic charm and character. Brisbanians want to ensure that the intimate, distinct sense of community, place, and scale is preserved and enhanced by the Parkside Plan.
Promote Holistic Community Health. Residents and City leadership are dedicated to promoting health and well-being through sound land use decisions, establishment and enhancement of community programs, fostering health-promoting businesses, and access to active transportation and recreation opportunities.
Build Connections between Destinations for All Modes of Travel. The Parkside Plan should prioritize safe and seamless connections, particularly for bicycles and pedestrians, both within the plan area to Community Park, City Hall, and Village Shopping Center and to wider destinations such as San Bruno Mountain, the Bay Trail, and nearby communities.
Facilitate the Development of a Vibrant Parkside Area. Brisbane has a dynamic, storied past as a small city with a big heart and vibrant commercial and downtown areas. Residents are eager to retain and increase this vibrancy by improving and expanding existing open spaces, creating new shopping and dining destinations, enhancing and beautifying entryways into town, and sensitively connecting these resources to the broader community.
Proactively Plan for New Residential Development. Brisbane is a unique city due to its compactness and surrounding natural space in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area. Housing affordability issues and state legislation require that Brisbane allocate and zone land for new residential development. The Parkside Plan will proactively guide this new residential development in such a way that it benefits the entire community by enhancing urban design and aesthetics in the Parkside Area, and appropriately weaving any new housing development into the existing fabric of the city.
Foster a Sustainable Brisbane. Between the hills of San Bruno Mountain and the shores of the San Francisco Bay and Brisbane Lagoon, Brisbanians are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment, community equity, affordability and economic strength. The Parkside Plan will promote local sustainability through green building, infrastructure and landscape design.
Which of these goals most speaks to you? Do you have something to add to build upon a particular goal? Share it with us in the Comments section below.
Getting your Super Bowl game face on? Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up.
Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips for safer cooking:
Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.
Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke, or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.
Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.
Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.
Keep children at least three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.
Consider using flameless candles that are battery powered, instead of wax candles. If you’re planning on using food warmers and slow cookers, provide hot pads to prevent burns.
Light the food warmer fuel-can after it is placed under the warmer. Keep anything that can burn away from the flame. If you have young children, keep matches and lighters up high and locked away.
For more safety information, check the Office of Emergency Services (OES) webpage.
The Super Bowl Host Committee’s Road to 50 App also provides info on schedules, tickets, and maps to get the most out of the SB50 events in the Bay Area.
To make getting around during Super Bowl 50 even more of a breeze, be sure to catch up on all the transportation details on our SB50 webpage.
Brisbane Community Garden
Sat., Feb. 6th, 9am-1pm
Community Park Gazebo
City of Brisbane
Water Bills are Due
In Loving Memory Of
Gloria Posadas (Spickert)
5/17/62 – 1/26/16
Mom, Friend and Neighbor
Brisbane Resident Since 2003
On 1/27 at approximately 9:47pm, a resident on the unit block of Butterweed heard her door bell ring, which she elected not to answer. A few moments later, she heard the sound of someone attempting to turn the doorknob followed by glass breaking coming from her garage. The resident called 911 and the Brisbane Police arrived in less than 3 minutes.
Officers located and arrested a subject hiding in a vehicle outside the residence. It is believed that a second suspect fled the scene on foot prior to our arrival.
The suspect did not gain entry into the home and was not located after a perimeter search with K-9's from Daly City and South San Francisco Police.
On 1/28 at 1:00 am, while officers were investigating the above mentioned incident, we received a call from a resident on Rock Wren. The resident had just arrived home and found his home had been burglarized. The same MO was used as the side window of the garage was smashed.
The resident told police he had seen a suspicious unoccupied vehicle in the area earlier in the day at approximately 1:00 pm. The resident also stated the vehicle was still in the area at 5:00 pm but this time there was a male subject sleeping inside of the vehicle. The description of the vehicle matched the vehicle from the earlier arrest. This case is currently under investigation.
We would like to add that you are the eyes and ears of our community and we strongly recommend residents call the police as soon as possible when suspicious activity is seen or heard. This may include unfamiliar vehicles or people in your neighborhood and the sound of shattering glass or car alarms sounding.
This past Sunday, the City Council met for a Special Goal-Setting Workshop at the DoubleTree Hotel in Brisbane. They were joined by the City’s management staff as well as several members of the public. After lunch, the Council received an overview of “Priority-Based Budgeting” from the City Manager, the new format going forward for the budget that the Council’s Fiscal and Administrative Policies Subcommittee began reviewing earlier this year. Our Administrative Services Director has developed an interactive fiscal model to assist in identifying long-term trends, in addition to the impacts of spending commitments in regards to future budgets. That model was shown to the Council using various assumptions. The Council then took the rest of the time to review their current Community Oriented Goals and re-worked them to the following proposed Community Goals/Results (not in any particular order): Fiscally Prudent, Safe Community, Community Building, Ecological Sustainability, and Economic Development. At their meeting of February 4th, the Council will set a date to follow-up with last Sunday’s Goal-Setting Workshop. The next step in the Priority Based Budgeting process is for the Council to develop performance measures for each program. These performance measures will assess how we are doing in meeting the Community’s Goals. Stay up to date with the latest by signing up for Weekly Website Updates from the City by e-mailing email@example.com or staying connected online via social media. For a full list of the City’s social media sites, please see: http://brisbaneca.org/brisbanes-social-media-pages