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Brisbane Goes Platinum

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Last night, the City of Brisbane was awarded with a Platinum-level Beacon Award by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) for its voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability.

On-hand to receive the award for Brisbane were Councilmember Conway, Mayor Davis, and Councilmember Cunningham.  They were joined by ILG Executive Director Erica Manuel and ILG Board Chair Michele Bagneris in the photo above.

The City of Brisbane received the Platinum-level Beacon Award for the following achievements:

  • Agency GHG Reductions: Platinum Level - 32% reductions
  • Community GHG Reductions: Platinum Level - 20% reductions
  • Agency Energy Savings: Platinum Level - 21% savings
  • Natural Gas Savings: Platinum Level - 24% savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Brisbane was the first city in California to receive a Gold-level Beacon award by ILG in 2015, adding Platinum Spotlight Awards over the years (in 2016 for Sustainability Best Practices and in 2018 for Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions) before attaining this latest honor of a Platinum-level Beacon Award.  Much of these achievements can be attributed to the hard work of the Open Space and Ecology Committee and their work on the City's Climate Action Plan.  Learn more about ILG's Beacon Program here.

US Census Jobs Now Available

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In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.  These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted!  Get more information and apply here.

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Download the MyShake App

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On the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the debut of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system that will deliver alerts to people’s cellphones through an app developed at the University of California, Berkeley.  

The mobile phone app, MyShake, is available on both Apple and Android devices, and can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake - enough time to drop, cover, and hold on to prevent injury.

“Nothing can replace families having a plan for earthquakes and other emergencies,” said Newsom. “  And we know the ‘Big One’ might be around the corner.  I encourage every Californian to download this app and ensure your family is earthquake ready.”

Newsom announced the roll-out along with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), UC Berkeley, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and several state and local political leaders.

Read more on UC Berkeley's site about this important announcement.

Kinder Morgan vs. NuStar Energy Facility

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On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, a substantial fire ignited and burned for 7 hours at the NuStar Energy fuel storage facility in Crockett.  With the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm/Terminal located in Brisbane, this raised a lot of concerns in the community: Could the same thing kinder morganhappen here?  Officials from North County Fire Authority provided reassurance that Kinder Morgan and the NuStar facility operate differently.  For one, Kinder Morgan does not store ethanol in the quantity that the NuStar facility does.  The NuStar facility is also much larger, where the fire consumed 250,000 gallons of ethanol (which was only 1% of the affected storage container’s capacity).  The tanks in Kinder Morgan’s Brisbane Terminal primarily store gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and on-site capacity is much less than at the facility in Crockett.  

Another difference between the facilities is that the NuStar facility is tied to an oil refinery in Crockett; the Brisbane Terminal is not, as it is a storage and distributing facility, supplied via underground pipelines for distribution throughout San Francisco and the Peninsula.  According to the Department of Transportation, "Pipelines are the safest and most cost-effective means to transport the extraordinary volumes of natural gas and hazardous liquid products that fuel our economy."  The City of Brisbane has created a page dedicated to Kinder Morgan FAQs for the community to get more information about their operations, and inspection schedules  – North County Fire Authority has a response procedure in place to support and augment Kinder Morgan’s emergency response plan should there ever be an incident.  That FAQ page can be found at: www.brisbaneca.org/kinder-morgan-faqs.

EV Promo from Peninsula Clean Energy

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Peninsula Clean Energy is again offering a popular electric vehicle (EV) discount program that saves thousands of dollars for San Mateo County residents through a partnership with seven participating local auto dealers.  The program combines guaranteed savings from dealerships with Peninsula Clean Energy rebates of $1,000 for all-electric cars or $700 for plug-in hybrids.  The time-limited discounts are available from October 1 through December 31, 2019.

Buyers may stack these savings with manufacturer discounts and state and federal EV tax incentives, potentially saving an additional $10,800 or more per purchase. The program also offers significant savings on leases.  See www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/ev for details.

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