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Climate Fact #1

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Climate facts are created by Glenn Fieldman, member of the Open Space and Ecology Committee.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

The U.S Energy Information Administration website has more information about burning of gasoline here and formation of Carbon dioxide here.

Skatepark Update

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Existing skatepark to be replaced by new concrete surfaced skatepark.  Photo by Kevin Fryer.

At their December 17th meeting, the City Council voted to approve the final design of the new Brisbane Skatepark and authorized staff to put the plans and specifications out to bid.  This brings us one step closer to there being an updated, entirely concrete surfaced skatepark in town for Brisbane’s youth to enjoy for decades to come.

The community to date has raised over $34,000.  This is through the sale of bricks (thank you for your energy and hard work to that end, Jennifer Bousquet!), past Downtown Brisbane Car Shows (thank you for your organization, Tony Lukezic!), and the sale of Brisbane Skatepark t-shirts (thank you Michael Barnes and your team of skatepark advocates!).  Thank you also to DeeDee Porter for contacting contractors and initiating in-kind donations (this resulted in approximately $40,000 in committed in-kind donations!).  Brisbane business owner Tony Verreos is spearheading one last push to ensure that all businesses that want to be a part of helping make this project a reality are included.  Note: If you’re not a business owner but would like to still make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Caroline Cheung at City Hall at or (415) 508-2157.

Stay informed on Skatepark updates here via the City's website, the City's Facebook page, and the Facebook group, Brisbane SkateparkAnd, of course, the progress will continue to be documented in the monthly City STAR publication as the project moves forward.

Fly Safe with your Drone

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Did you know that if you fly a drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system?  Under the law, your drone is an aircraft.  So, while the rules for drones may be different, you have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does.  The FAA has developed this safety checklist (PDF) that you, as a pilot, should use whenever you send a drone into the sky.  We want you to fly safe, fly smart – and have fun.

Council Reorg Meeting Recap

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Last night, the Council Chambers was filled to the brim with community members as we honored Councilmember Miller for his 16 years of service on the Council and over 32 years of public service to the Brisbane community.  Click here to view his Proclamation, which provides a comprehensive overview of how he served the community over the years.

He was awarded resolutions from San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin...all of them thanking him for the wisdom, leadership, and balance he brought to every committee or commission he served on within the County.

Photo by Kevin Fryer

Photo by Kevin Fryer

Council then adopted Resolution 2015-44, adopting the County's Certification of Votes from the November 3rd General Municipal Election to fill two Council seats.  Newly-elected Councilmember Madison Davis and re-elected Councilmember Terry O'Connell were elected to serve on the City Council through December 2019.  The two were then sworn in together by Senator Hill. 

The Council then elected to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Cliff Lentz as Mayor and Councilmember Lori Liu as Mayor Pro Tem, both of whom were officially sworn in to their new positions by Senator Hill. 

Photo by Kevin Fryer

Photo by Kevin Fryer

Former Mayor Terry O'Connell was then recognized by Mayor Lentz for her service to the Brisbane community during the previous year.  The Council then heard from newest (and youngest ever) Councilmember, Madison Davis, who expressed her excitement to be able to learn from and serve alongside her fellow Councilmembers.

We thank all of those who came to this special Council Reorganization Meeting, who also went home with the City's newest history book!

Click here to view additional photos and video highlights from the event.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/18/2015

New Year, New You!  #Conqueror
The Collective Camp
Next Session Begins Jan. 4th
Sign-up or 415-508-2140

Posted 12/17/2015

Brisbane Women’s Club
Seniors Holiday Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 19th, 10am, 185 Visitacion
All Brisbane Seniors Welcome


CRV Recycling Program Ending 12/31

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A note from Dan Sorrentino, Brisbane School Recycling Program Manager and 2013 Volunteer of the Year:

The CRV School Recycling Program will end December 31, 2015 but the Lipman E-Waste Program is still going strong!

I want to thank everyone who has helped with the Brisbane CRV recycling program for the last FIVE YEARS.  Because of your efforts, we have donated over $40,000 to the Brisbane School District.  The recycling program is closing on December 31, 2015.  The Brisbane Hardware Store will no longer be a collection bin site.  If you know of some other worthy cause, then perhaps you could donate your CRV to them.  Or, put your recycling in your own household blue bin that the S. San Francisco Scavengers has provided.  If you have any questions please call me, my number is listed below.

However, the Lipman E-waste program is still going strong.  In 2015, the E-Waste Fundraiser is looking to exceed 30,000 pounds! 

The Lipman E-waste Collection Fundraiser was started in 2011 by former Lipman Librarian Sally Busalacchi.  In its inaugural year, this effort collected over 4,000 pounds of E-waste, which Zarc Recycling in Brisbane paid $400.00 to Lipman.  In 2014, the E-waste collection had grown to over 21,000 pounds and in 2015 is on track to exceed 30,000 pounds, which will generate about $3,000.00 for Lipman School.  This money can then be used to buy NEW computers for student use.  Please call me at the number below for questions or pick-up if you cannot deliver your E-waste (like large TVs) to Lipman on the annual collection day.

Please bring your E-waste to Lipman School (1 Solano St.) on January 23, 2016.

Thank you,

Brisbane School Recycling Program Manager
Dan Sorrentino
(415) 203-6459

Safety Tips from your Firefighters

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North County Fire Authority wants you and your family to be safe this holiday season.  To that end, they have new holiday PSA videos that you can view on their website, (they will also be shown on Ch. 27).  There are 15 second versions and longer, 30 second versions, in English, Spanish and Tagalog.  Please feel free to share them with your friends and family!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 12/11/2015

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat. Dec. 12, 11am – 5pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Check out BDW on Facebook for more info

Brisbane Eagles
Alzheimers Fund Benefit B.B.Q
Sat., Dec. 12, 2-4pm, 185 Visitacion
Tri-tip & Baked Potato; $10.00/person

To be posted 12/13/2015

Brisbane Arsenal Boys
U10 Area Soccer Champion

Breath of Heaven
Presented by Bridge Ministry Choir
Sun., Dec. 20, 10:00am
298 San Bruno Ave.


Parent Engagement Meeting

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Over a month ago, as a means to follow up with the Parent Survey that was distributed to those whose children are enrolled in the City's KinderCare and ClubRec afterschool programs at BES, a Parent Engagement Meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room.  This meeting is open to the public, but will specifically touch on the results of the parent survey, with Parks and Recreation staff facilitating a collaborative discussion around the future of the KinderCare and ClubRec programs, with the goal being to provide the families who utilize these programs the best offerings possible.  In order for parents to attend this evening meeting, staff will be providing extended childcare at ClubRec until 7pm that evening.  In the event you are unable to make the meeting, staff will be sharing the outcomes and will provide an opportunity for you to chime in at a later time.  The meeting results will also be discussed at the next Parks and Recreation Commission meeting of January 13, 2015.  Thank you for those who have already taken the time to complete the survey; we look forward to continuing the conversation with you on the 16th!

Holiday Donations at City Hall

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In the spirit of the season, toy, food, and coat donation boxes have been set up in the lobby of City Hall.  Please consider donations of new, unwrapped gifts, canned or dry foods, and/or new or slightly used coats (via the organization One Warm Coat) this holiday season.  The boxes will be picked up the first week of January and all donations will be donated locally to those in need.  Thank you for thinking of and helping others this holiday season!