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Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop

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The citizens of Brisbane have widely expressed the importance of sustainability and its application to the Brisbane Baylands project.  In response, the City Council in 2009 formed a Baylands Sustainability Committee, which is made up of one member each from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission, and two members of the Brisbane City Council.  The Committee prepared a document called the Draft Baylands Sustainability Framework, which is organized around the ten One Plant Living principles developed by BioRegional (  The purpose of the Sustainability Framework is to identify key sustainability principles to be addressed in future Baylands development, and to create an approach where these principles can be implemented.  Note: The principles, key performance indicators (KPIs), and implementation approaches are aspirational and are not intended as mandatory requirements for any future Baylands project.

The Committee’s goal is for the Sustainability Framework to inform the City Council’s decision-making process for the Baylands, which is anticipated to commence later this year.  The City Council will thus be holding a Baylands Sustainability Framework Workshop to discuss the draft Framework document on Monday, June 15th at City Hall starting at 8:00pm (the workshop will also be televised on Ch. 27 and streamed live on the City’s website (   Feedback from the Planning Commission, Open Space and Ecology Committee, and Parks and Recreation Commission will be shared, and comments from the public will also be welcomed at this workshop.  Thank you for your attention and effort in this important matter.

SMC Energy Watch Challenge

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The San Mateo County Energy Watch (a C/CAG program to provide energy efficiency services) has developed an outreach campaign for small businesses.  To increase public awareness of the SMC Energy Watch turnkey program for small businesses, the Energy Watch is inviting elected officials to participate in a countywide cooperative challenge.  At last night's Council meeting, the City Council was in agreement to have Mayor O'Connell be the spokesperson for the City for the challenge.  The goal is to get 250 small businesses countywide to sign up for a no-cost energy survey from SMC Energy Watch by the end of June 2015.  Short testimonial videos from local businesses are available for viewing at under "Success Stories".  One of the videos is highlighted below:

New Water Mandates in Effect

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Not only is over watering landscapes a turn off, it is now prohibited.  New water mandates went into effect on May 18, 2015 and the City will begin enforcing the new requirements on June 22, 2015.  Prior to June 22nd, the City will be sending out notifications by mail to all commercial and landscape accounts and publicizing the new watering schedule and upcoming enforcement on all of the City's communication channels, such as the City signboards, Ch. 27, and our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram.  Essentially, the new regulations are:

  • You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • Watering or outdoor irrigation must take place per the following 2 day/week schedule:
  1. ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Mondays & Thursdays
  2. EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Tuesdays & Fridays
  • Landscapes can only be watered between 6pm - 9am
  • You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and hardscape with potable (drinking) water
  • Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
  • When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff  nozzle
  • All decorative fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system

What requires a large amount of water of course are green lawns.  You may have noticed that many businesses in Crocker Industrial Park have lush green lawns, as this "garden-style, park-like" landscaping was part and parcel of the industrial park's design when it was built in the 1970s.  Watering of this type of ornamental landscaping, or turf, will need to be reduced by the businesses due to the new requirements.

Due to the fact that the City maintains the athletic fields and Community Park, we are ourselves one of the highest water users.  Therefore, the City has taken the following water conservation measures:

  • Outside irrigation has been turned off to all public medians and to the City Hall grounds, and reduced for the turf at the Crocker Park entry and that around the community signboard
  • All parks and ball fields are currently being irrigated on a 2 day/week schedule (the Community Park's irrigation system is also equipped with a controller which receives daily weather updates and adjusts the watering schedule accordingly)
  • Staff has been working directly with the HOAs and targeting high commercial water users, tracking their actual usage and identifying water savings potential through the Large Landscape Audit Program
  • Administering various rebate programs, including those for high efficiency toilets and rain barrels

If you have any questions about the new regulations, or see evidence of them being violated, please contact the Public Works Department immediately at (415) 508-2130.

Go Solar at a Discount!

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Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?  Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.

The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar.  Here’s how it works:

1. Community-sponsored program.  The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar.  Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit. 

2. Below-market pricing.  Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.

3. Limited time.  Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come.  Registration opened April 1st.

4. Help spread the word!  More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.

On Tuesday, June 16, the City will be hosting a 3rd community workshop with program administrator Vote Solar.  It is open to the public.  Come to the City Hall (50 Park Place) from 6:00-8:00pm to learn more about the program!  (There will even be time to schedule on-site evaluations with the two solar installers).  Click here for the event flyer.

For more information or to sign up to receive a free quote, please visit:

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/23/2015

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zumba Classes
Daytime and Evening Classes


Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be 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.  Day work that started on November 10th will continue May 18 – May 22, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to identify utility lines and install/test fiber optic cable.  There is no night work scheduled for this period.

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:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

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: .

New Boot Camp Class Offering

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Brisbane resident Dawn David has put together a "goal themed" boot camp class, mixed of various training drills from basketball, boxing, ballet, and much more to create a total body workout.  Experience leadership combined with tough-love!  Dawn's philosophy is, you start where you start.  Her boot camp brings women from all walks of life and age groups.  Here's what some of her class participants had to say:

"As someone who didn't do daily exercise that broke a sweat as an adult, this is amazing."  - Diane Schreiber

"Dawn David puts together a fantastic workout that incorporates elements of boxing, ballet, and yoga. It is a fast paced, intense class that keeps your heart rate elevated for the entire 30+ minutes. I have been a runner for several years and am continually motivated and challenged by Dawn's routine and guidance. She has brought my running to a whole new level. Dawn's boot camp is a great way to start out the's short and gets the job done and leaves me feeling strong and exhilarated."  - Holly Rios

Fee: $195 for Residents
        $230 Non-Residents

Days/Dates: M-F, May 18 - June 12

Time: 6-6:30am, increasing to 6:45am in the last few weeks

Location: Brisbane Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane)

Ages: 18 years old and up

To register, sign up online or call Tricia Vaccaro at (415) 508-2140.  Hurry, only a few more spots remain!

May 2015 Citynews

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Click here to read the May 2015 Citynews.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/16/2015

Brisbane Community Pool
Swim Lessons
Enrollment is Now Open

City of Brisbane
Fire Hydrant
Art Exhibit
Reception:  Wed., May 20, 6 pm, City Hall
Refreshments Served

Posted 5/13/2015

Mission Blue Nursery
Native Plant Sale
Sat., May 16, 9 am - 2 pm,
Near 3401 Bayshore, Follow signs

Posted 5/11/2015

Marie Allen
Long Time Resident of 73 Years
Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother
Service Info:  (650) 756-4500


Shuttle Service Disruption

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We were notified this afternoon by that one of the Brisbane/Crocker BART shuttles (Bus-C) will not be operating next week and until further notice.  The trips affected are AM-C1, AM-C2, AM-C3 PM-C1, PM-C2 and PM-C3.  Please click here for further details regarding times. is working diligently with their current provider to get the situation resolved and are hopeful that all trips will resume shortly.  If you have any questions, please contact at 650-588-1600 or

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.