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Vote By or On November 4th

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Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 4th.  The Brisbane Community Center is our only polling location.  The Community Center is located in the lower level of the building at 250 Vistacion Avenue (directly below the Brisbane Library).  Absentee ballots may be placed in the ballot box located in the lobby area of City Hall until 5:00pm on Election Day.  But if you're going to wait that long, you might as well stop by the Community Center to cast your ballot in-person, where the polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day.

Environmental Action Plan

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be having their kick-off meeting for preparation of an Environmental Action Plan for the City on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm.  The Plan is expected to cover energy, water and solid waste measures that reduce energy use.  This "working" meeting starts at 6:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room and will be televised live on Ch. 27 and streamed on the City's website, as afterwards archived on the All Meetings page of the City's website.

Public Arts Ordinance

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At its October 2, 2014 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 588, creating Chapter 15.85 of the City’s Municipal Code, entitled the “Art in Public Places Program”.  The purpose of the City’s Art in Public Places Program is to promote the visual arts by requiring the inclusion of a public artwork component in certain new public and private development projects in Brisbane.  There is no financial impact whatsoever to homeowners in Brisbane.  A kitchen remodel or adding a new room does not trigger an additional expense.  

The way it works is this: Commercial projects with building development costs in excess of $1,000,000 will be required to contribute 1% to the Brisbane Public Art Fund ("Fund").  Residential projects with 10-20 units will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund (a building with 20+ units will contribute 1%).  Low and moderate income housing developments will be exempt from needing to make a contribution.  Lastly, public development projects with building development costs in excess of $500,000 will be required to contribute .5% to the Fund.  As an alternative to contributing to the Fund, the above categories of projects can devote the required contribution amount toward acquisition and installation of publicly accessible art on the development site. 

As you can see, the ordinance has been carefully written so that it has no fiscal impact on residents and homeowners.  Rather, it is a forward-looking idea which allows for the creation of potentially iconic art in Brisbane for the enjoyment of generations to come. 

As for next steps in the process, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be appointing a Public Arts Subcommittee, which will develop Implementation Guidelines to address issues such as the process for selecting and determining the location of public art pieces, and use and maintenance of the Fund.  Through the Public Arts Ordinance, the City will be able to ensure that public art is an integral component of our community, enhance the quality of life in Brisbane, and help define Brisbane's identity as an art-oriented city.

Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support for the presentation.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/31/2014


Don't forget to...
Vote!
On Tuesday, November 4th


Brisbane Library
Music & Dance Party with Teresa
Mondays in November, 10:30 am, 250 Visitacion
Fun for the Whole Family

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/29/2014


Did you know…
There is an EV Charging Station
At the Marina
That a boater installed?


Brisbane Library
Day of the Dead
Sat., Nov. 1, 11 am - 1 pm, 250 Visitacion
Fun Activities and Storytime for the Whole Family




Posted 10/27/2014


The Art of Ann Norris
Closing Reception
Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Includes oil paintings of Brisbane


Posted 10/26/2014


Support the Brisbane Farmers’ Markets
Thursdays 3pm-7pm
Sundays 10am-2pm
In the Beautiful Community Park



Posted 10/25/2014


Brisbane Police Dept.
Have Coffee with a Cop
Tomorrow, Sun., Oct. 26, 9 - 11 am
at the Farmer's Market


Posted 10/22/2014


Brisbane Lions
Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct. 25, 9 am - Noon, 2 Visitacion Ave
Free for Brisbane Residents


Brisbane Eagles Club
Heart Fund Benefit Dinner
Sat., Oct. 25, 4 - 6 pm, 185 Visitacion
Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad, $10.00


Posted 10/21/2014


Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
Mon. & Wed., 8:30-9:30 am, Mission Blue Center
Starts Mon., Oct. 27, $40/six classes


Posted 10/20/2014


In Loving Memory Of
Bert Patania
1938 - 2014
Service Info: (650) 219-9787


Brisbane Library
Read For The Record
Tues., Oct. 21, 3:30 pm, 250 Visitacion
All Ages Welcome To Attend

 

 

 

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.

New Zumba Class

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Brisbane resident Lillian Markind is excited to lead active older adults in a modified Zumba class, using easy-to-follow choreography focusing on cardio, balance, flexibility and coordination.  The first class is on Monday, Oct. 27th.  Classes will be held Mon/Weds 8:30am - 9:30am at Mission Blue Center.  Drop-ins welcome.  View more details on the Zumba Gold flyer and sign up today!

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.  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 .

Repairs at Mission Blue Center

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Constructed in 2000, Mission Blue Center has had various minor repairs over the last 14 years.  Repair work is now needed for the entryway steps at Mission Blue Drive, which is is scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, October 20, 2014. 

The repair work will be a 3-part process.  The first part consists of removal of the exisiting damaged stairway caps, followed by forming for concrete and rebar and pouring the concrete.  Concrete is needed because the existing caps were simply mortared on top as separate pieces, and cracks formed between the slabs.  This part of the repair process is planned to take approximately one week.  The second part of the repair work involves applying the stucco coat.  The final step will be priming and painting.  Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and we ask the public to avoid using this stairway during the course of its repair.  If you have any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at 508-2130.