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Posted 8/30/2015


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
9th Annual Brisbane Derby
Coming Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sponsor & Racer Info: (415) 508-2144


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
29th Annual “Day in the Park”
Sat., Oct. 3rd 10am – 5pm, Comm. Park
Food, Music, Games, Rides, Fun!!


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Lagoon Clean-Up
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 – noon, Fisherman Pk.
Information: (415) 508-2144

 

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.   There is no scheduled activity in Brisbane the week of August 31 - September 4, 2015.

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: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Day in the Park & Derby 2015

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Please save the Date!  This year's Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am - 5pm.  The Derby will start beforehand at 8am.  This year marks the 29th anniversary of Brisbane Day in the Park Festival and the 9th anniversary of the Brisbane Derby. 

There will be new games, prizes, and entertainment, along with an Arts & Crafts Fair where you will find handmade items under the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, so please take the entire family with you and enjoy...a Day in the Park!

If you're interested in having a booth, please see the associated application/questionnaire and information sheets.  Booth space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Community Group Questionnaire

Arts & Crafts Fair Application | Arts & Crafts Fair Information

Commercial/Non-Community Group Application | Commercial/Non-Community Group Information

For any questions about the Day in the Park Festival, please contact Noreen Leek at (415) 508-2121 or nleek@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

New BES Drop Off System

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To encourage safer and more efficient morning drop offs of children at Brisbane Elementary School (BES), the school in cooperation with Brisbane Police and Public Works, have this past week implemented a new drop-off system on San Bruno Avenue in time for the first day of school this past Thursday.  Note: The drop-off time begins at 8:05am (the time the school starts having a staff person on the playground to supervise students in the morning).

The white-curbed drop-off lane/queue extends from San Bruno Ave at Santa Clara St to the red curb at the fire hydrant just before Glen Park Way, (see the above map).  The drop off lane is further identified with orange delineators in the street.  The designated “Student Unloading Zone” is between the driveway and the red curb north of (downhill from) Glen Parkway.  Signs indicate the unloading area.  A queuing/waiting zone is located downhill from the BES driveway to Santa Clara St.  Please wait until you arrive at the “Student Unloading Zone” to let your children off; do not let them off in the waiting zone.

For smoother traffic flow around the area, please approach the drop off lane/queue driving uphill/traveling south on San Bruno Ave.  Please note that mid-block U-turns are not allowed.  U-turns are only legal at intersections unless otherwise indicated by a “No U-turn” sign.  If you live further up the mountain behind the school, please access San Bruno Ave from a northerly/lower street.  When you arrive at the entrance of the drop-off lane, enter on the right side of the delineators and wait in line.  Then, once you reach the designated “Student Unloading Zone”, you may let your children out safely on the curbside.

If you wish to walk your children in, please park elsewhere and walk them in safely using sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you for cooperating with this new system in order to ensure smoother flow when dropping off your children on busy weekday mornings, and be safe this new school year!

Baylands Schedule

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The City is very fortunate to have such an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry.  It is with that notion that we wanted to provide to the community the Planning Commission’s tentative schedule for the upcoming Baylands review process.  The Planning Commission’s role in the process is to make recommendations to the City Council.  Please note: this is a planned schedule and is subject to adjustment as needed as the process moves forward.

  1. Workshop #1 (September 10): Brisbane Baylands Planning and Environmental Review 
  2. Workshop #2 (September 24): Brisbane Baylands Final EIR and Planning Documents
  3. Public Hearing #1 (October 1):  Biological Resources, Cultural Resources
  4. Public Hearing #2 (October 8):  Geology, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality
  5. Public Hearing #3 (October 13):  Traffic and Circulation, Noise
  6. Public Hearing #4 (October 22): Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Resources
  7. Public Hearing #5 (October 29):  Public Services and Facilities, Recreation, Utilities and Service Systems, Water Supply
  8. Public Hearing #6 (November 4):  Aesthetics, Land Use and Planning Policy, Population and Housing, Alternatives
  9. Public Hearing #7 (November 12): Applicant Presentation, Staff Report/Recommendations, Planning Commission Questions, Public Comment, Close Public Hearing
  10. Planning Commission Deliberations (November 16 and December 10):  Planning Commission discussion and final recommendation to City Council

We know this is a fairly lengthy and intense schedule, but we need your feedback now, more than ever.  Please mark these dates in your calendar and plan on attending wherever your schedule permits, or on the nights with the topics of greatest interest and/or concern to you.  Each meeting/hearing starts at 7:30pm at City Hall (50 Park Place).  Thank you for your great attention to the project up to this point.  And you haven't gotten a chance to be as involved as you would like, now is the time

To receive e-mail updates about the Baylands project, please sign up for the Baylands E-mail List.

Baylands Survey

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The City has consistently sought the community’s input in the Baylands planning process and we are asking for your assistance once again.  On or about August 25, 2015 a survey to gauge community opinions and attitudes on a number of issues pertaining to the Baylands will be mailed to all registered voters in Brisbane.  Please watch your mail for a survey packet from "Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Metz", the independent firm hired by the City to prepare and administer the survey.  The deadline to complete and return the survey is September 12, 2015. All responses must be postmarked by that date.   

With Planning Commission hearings on the Baylands scheduled to start in September and extend into November, the survey results will be an important factor in the City’s decision-making process for the Baylands. 

Make your voice heard - the City values your opinion! Thanks for your interest and participation.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 8/25/2015


Brisbane Eagles
Cancer Fund Benefit
Sat., Aug. 29th, 2 – 5 pm, 185 Visitacion
Turkey & Ham Dinner; $10/person


Posted 8/23/2015



Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Sept. 15, 6pm
Information 415-508-2144


Registered Voters – In the Mail 8/25
City’s Baylands Survey
Complete and Return by 9/12

 

Introducing Noreen Leek

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A new face can be seen in and around City Hall these days - Noreen Leek has been hired as the City's new Recreation Manager in the Parks and Recreation Department.  Noreen comes to us from the City of Menlo Park, where she worked eight years in the city's Community Services Department; first as a Recreation Coordinator, then as a Recreation Supervisor, and ultimately, a Recreation Manager.  Her responsibilities included: production of their Activity Guide (a whopping 72 pages!) and other marketing materials, overseeing the Recreation Center and its operations, and leading special events and the city's gymnastics programs.

She will be interfacing in large part with the Parks and Recreation Commission, overseeing special events such as the Day in the Park Community Festival (also, SAVE THE DATE for another Hydrant Re-painting & Restoration Weekend, happening Oct. 10 & 11), managing production of the Activity Guide, and supervising the department, which is led by Administrative Services Director, Stuart Schillinger.

"I am grateful to have the honor of serving as the new Recreation Manager and to become part of the Brisbane community," said Noreen, and "I look forward to encouraging collaborative partnerships with the local business community and expanding recreation for the city as a whole."

If you'd like to contact Noreen, you can do so at (415) 508-2141 or nleek@ci.brisbane.ca.us.  Or, stop by and say "hello" in person; her door is always open!

Noreen earned her undergraduate degree in Recreation from San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.  She resides in Belmont with her husband, two young sons, and yellow lab, Lola.

Six City Council Candidates

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The following Brisbane citizens have qualified to be on the upcoming November 3, 2015 ballot to fill two Council seats on the Brisbane City Council: (Click on their names below to view their candidate statements)

Madison Davis

TuongVan Do

Tom Heinz

Alvin Louie

Jameel Munir

Terry O'Connell

The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 23rd from 7:00 - 8:30pm.  The forum is moderated by the League of Women Voters and will be held in the Community Room at City Hall, 50 Park Place.  Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate.   It will also be televised and taped for replay on the City’s website for those who are unable to attend. 

For information regarding the upcoming election, please contact Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or cityhall@ci.brisbane.ca.us .

Brisbane Caltrain Shuttle

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Did you know that there is a Caltrain "Bayshore/Brisbane Senior Shuttle" that can start only in the Bayshore/Brisbane area?  This shuttle is funded by SamTrans and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority with the co-operation of Daly City, Brisbane, BAAQMD and CCAG.  And if you're not a Senior, don't worry, you're not required to be over a certain age to ride this shuttle, nor do you need a shuttle pass (those are only necessary for the Commute.org-operated shuttles). 

On Monday and Friday the Caltrain shuttle may be booked to Serramonte shopping center or any stop along the way.

On Tuesday and Thursday the shuttle may be booked to Tanforan or any stop along the way.

To book your next trip, please call (415) 740-9458 to speak directly to the driver (the shuttle will circle on the route until it gets a phone call booking a trip.

For more information about the Caltrain shuttle and to view the current schedule, please click here.