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Farmers' Market News

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The farmers' market will be taking a 3 week break and coming back to Brisbane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to the holidays and hopefully by then, the weather will be more dry!  The market manager, Jerry Lami, is also looking at adding some more vendors to the market.  If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see offered at the market, give him a call at (650) 290-3549.  A reminder that the Sunday market has closed as of the end of November.  Next year, Jerry will discuss with the Council Ad Hoc subcommittee whether a weekend market will be brought back in the Spring of 2015, and if there is demand for one, which day it will take place on: Saturday or Sunday.  Stay tuned...

2024 Olympics at the Baylands?

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You may have seen a recent article about the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.  There is a group called the San Francisco 2024 Exploratory Committee who are working on a potential bid for both these games.   A proposal, if there is one, will have San Francisco as the lead city.

The exploratory committee is currently evaluating a variety of sites throughout the Bay Area for venues for various events and sports competitions.  One of the ideas they are exploring is placing a temporary “pop up” Olympic Stadium that would be used for opening and closing events as we well as the Track & Field competition on the Brisbane Baylands.  The stadium would be torn down and its materials repurposed after the Games have ended.  The organizing committee has approached the property owner as well as the City in very preliminary and exploratory discussions.

The Bay Area is one of four sites in the United States that are currently evaluating whether they wish to bid for the 2024 games.  The other three are Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston.  Sometime towards the end of the year the City of San Francisco and San Francisco 2024 will determine if they want to compete for the United States bid.  If so they will submit a formal proposal, which will include potential sites for various venues.   

In early 2015 the United States Olympic Committee will determine whether they want to submit a bid that would be subject to international competition.  If so they will choose amongst the American cities that submit proposals.  In 2017 the International Olympic Committee will select and announce the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As you can see from this schedule, that discussion of Brisbane as a potential site for venues for the 2024 games is in its early stages.  Any actual proposal would require environmental review as well as a City Council approved land-use permit.

Check in as the process continues as we will be updating the community on the status of decision making.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/18/2014


Good Luck!!!
Eric Hill
Professional Drift Car Racer
at Sonoma Raceway's "Winter Jam"


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Music Time with Theresa
Fun Parent and Child Music Classes
Saturdays, Jan. 10 - Mar. 7, Miss Blue Ctr.

 

Scheduled Water Shutdown

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The Public Works Department will be turning off the water from 240-293 Santa Clara St. on Thursday, December 18th from 10am - 2pm to make necessary improvements to the local water mains.  Notices have been delivered to all the addresses affected by the temporary water shutdown.  If you have any questions regarding this shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

Free Title 24 Training

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Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place.  This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings.  Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.  

The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff.   RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2118.

 

How to Submit Service Requests

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Since November of 2011, the City has been accepting electronic service requests via vendor Government Outreach, which provides the ability for the public to do so on the computer or via their smartphone and the app, GORequest.  Last year, the City received 252 service requests via GORequest!  This tutorial will cover how you also can submit service requests on your mobile device...and you'll see how easy it is.

  1. Download the GORequest free app in either the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android), depending on your device.
  2. When opning the app, click "Allow" to allow GORequest to access your location (this will save you from having to enter your location each time).
  3. Click "New Issue".
  4. Click "Add Photo" to take a picture of the issue you'd like to report (or select one already saved in your photo library).
  5. Click "Select Issue" and choose from the various options.
  6. Click "Add comments" to give a brief description of the issue.
  7. Click "Add contact information" - name, e-mail address, and phone number (this only needs to be entered the first time you submit a request).
  8. Click "Submit" in the top right-hand corner.

You're all done!

If you entered your e-mail address, you'll get a confirmation from "Brisbane" indicating that the City has received your service request.  Once the issue has been resolved, you will receive a second notification. 

Thanks for your assistance in reporting what needs fixing around town and for using GORequest!

Winter Street Sweeping

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We’re going to have our street sweeper, the City of South San Francisco, do an early winter sweep of the upper streets in Central Brisbane on Tuesday, December 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The included streets are Kings Rd, Trinity Rd, Humboldt Rd. and Sierra Point Rd.  As we did last year, we are asking for people to voluntarily move their cars to allow for the most efficient removal of debris from the shoulders or curbs.

Also, due to the holidays, the second commercial street sweeping day in December will be Tuesday Dec. 23 instead of the normal Wednesday Dec. 24, from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The commercial street sweeping includes Visitacion Ave., San Bruno Ave., Old County Rd. in Central Brisbane, as well as Bayshore Blvd., Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy., Crocker Industrial Park, Sierra Point, and the Tunnel Ave. area.  People are encouraged to move their cars off of any affected streets on that date to allow for the most debris to be picked up from the gutters.  On Visitacion Ave. no citations will be issued on either the 23rd or the 24th.  Thank you for your assistance in removing debris from Brisbane's roadways!

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 December 15 – December 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to identify utility lines. Crews will work as quietly as possible.

Night work will occur December 14 – December 18 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Crews will be boring and/or digging a small trench to install conduit for fiber optic cable. Lights will be used in the area to help provide visibility. Neighbors may experience some minor installation noise during this time. Crews will work as quietly as possible.

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 .

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/9/2014


Sand bags available
to the public and are
available at the Corp. Yard
(Tunnel Ave. at Lagoon Rd.)


Posted 12/8/2014


Brisbane Dance Workshop
Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec. 13, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Check out BDW on Facebook for more Info


Senior's Holiday Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 13, 10 am - 12 pm, Eagles Hall, Free
All Brisbane Seniors Welcome
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Brisbane Women's Club
Santa's Visit
Sat., Dec. 13, 1 - 3 pm Comm. Ctr., Free

New Plastic Bag Cost: $0.25

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Since March 4, 2013, when the City Council adopted an ordinance to ban single-use carry out bags, retailers have charged $0.10 per allowable bag (either paper or reusable thick plastic).  Starting on January 1, 2015, per the adopted ordinance, the price per bag will increase to $0.25. 

Recently, San Mateo County conducted a survey which showed:

  • A 162% increase in people bringing their own bags
  • A 66% decrease in people buying plastic bags, and
  • A 130% increase in people refusing a bag

The dramatic difference in customers using their own bags in lieu of purchasing bags benefits the environment, waterways and wildlife.

More information about the plastic bag ban ordinance is available on the San Mateo County Health Department's website: www.smchealth.org/bagban

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works at (415) 508-2133, or San Mateo County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or pollutionprevention@smcgov.org .