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Brisbane Gets Platinum Level Award

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The Institute for Local Government and the League of California Cities have awarded us the Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices!  This replaces the Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices that was awarded to the City last October.  Hear more about this notable distinction at the September 15th Council Meeting.



Climate Fact #35

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

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Like and Follow us!

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Stay connected with the City by Liking or Following us!  In addition to the City's official Facebook page, there is also the Parks and Recreation Facebook page and the Brisbane Police Department's Facebook page.  We've been using social media as another way to communicate current city news and upcoming events with the Brisbane community.  Go ahead, get social with us! 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 9/11/2016

The Collective Camp – Roar
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN

30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am – 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!

Calling All Pups & Pooches!
Come Participate in the
Dog Costume Contest at
Day in the Park, Sept. 24, 11am

Posted 9/7/2016

San Bruno Mountain Watch

Pancake Breakfast & Plant Sale
Sun., Sept. 11, 9am – 12pm
Miss. Blue Nursery, 3401 Bayshore Blvd.

Dive-in Movie at the Pool!
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat. Sept, 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!

The Collective Camp – Roar
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN

Speed Humps in Brisbane?

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While Brisbane is miles from the dense traffic challenges of downtown San Francisco, we do experience our own unique traffic issues. At times, residents feel that speeding is an issue on certain streets in town and then ask, “Why can’t I get a speed hump installed on my street?” Speed humps are raised sections of pavement or rubber that are placed mid-block and are designed to slow vehicles on residential streets. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), they typically range from 12 to 14 feet in travel length and are about three inches in height. Speed humps were introduced in the U.K. in the 1980s and were adopted by multiple U.S. municipalities as a popular traffic calming measure.

Speed hump.  Photo courtesy of

Unfortunately, speed humps have unintended consequences. They cause an increase in noise from vehicle acceleration, braking, and suspension rattling, affecting those who live near them. Based on general engineering practice, speed humps are not installed on steep streets with grades greater than five percent (5%) because they can gather water, creating unsafe braking conditions. In addition, speed humps are rough on automobile suspensions and drivers’ backsides when they are driven over on a regular basis. Perhaps most seriously, speed humps impact emergency vehicle response. According to the ITE, speed humps can cause up to a ten-second delay for an ambulance with a patient. 

Because of the unintended consequences and resulting backlash from the public, some cities have had to recover from installing too many speed humps. For example, the City of Berkeley installed over 150 speed humps in the early 1990s. After their placement, the Berkeley Fire Department claimed that these devices caused damage to fire trucks and led to significantly longer response times. Residents with disabilities stated that the rough motion when driving over speed humps, even at very low speeds, caused serious pain and discomfort. These concerns led the City to impose a moratorium on the installation of speed humps in 1995 while it explored other traffic calming measures.

The traffic calming “toolbox” has grown over the years, and there are other effective alternatives to speed humps that have less physical impact on moving vehicles. Dragon’s teeth, a method widely adopted in the U.K., are teeth-shaped pavement markings that slow drivers through psychological measures. “Botts dots” are small ceramic bumps that are primarily used as lane dividers, but can be arranged into rectangular rumble strips that create a vibrating sensation.  Traffic calming measures such as these are being widely implemented in municipalities to address speeding issues.


Left: Dragon’s teeth markings on Solano Street in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Right: Botts dots. Photo courtesy of

If you have concerns regarding speeding on your street, please contact Public Works. Staff will observe the location in question, and if necessary, will conduct a more thorough technical investigation, possibly including 24-hour speed surveys, to determine if a hazard that can be corrected through engineering techniques is present. 

Please make an effort to slow down and to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy the beauty of your home while driving safely!

For any questions or concerns regarding speed humps, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works Karen Kinser at 415.508.2130 or


BVHH Community Get-Together

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You have probably read or heard about Brisbane Village Helping Hands (BVHH) by now.  They are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization committed to helping older Brisbane residents age in place.  And who wouldn't want to do that in this beautiful City of Stars.

BVHH is hosting a social event next Saturday, September 17th, from 3-5pm at the Senior Sunrise Room for those interested to learn more or get signed up to either be a volunteer or begin receiving help in the areas of transportation, home repairs, technology, gardening, and more!  Hope to see you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at or call 415-508-2185.

NPM Week 3: Preparing Through Service

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September 11 – 17 is week three of National Preparedness Month.  The theme for this week is “Preparing Through Service.” September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

This week, we wanted to make sure you knew about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Open House taking place on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm at City Hall.  Joining the Brisbane CERT is a great way to get involved AND serve your community.  Come and learn how CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness!  For any questions, please contact Shelley Romriell at

Modified Pool Hrs on Labor Day

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Below is the modified Brisbane Community Pool hours for this Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016:

9:30am-1:00pm Lap Swim

9:30am-10:30am Water Aerobics

1:00pm-6:00pm Recreation Swim

Happy Swimming!

September is National Preparedness Month

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Don't Wait.  Communicate.

This is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, as disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends.  It’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.  

This September, make an effort to create & practice your family emergency planBy having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens. This month, we'll be bringing you tips on how you can #GetReady!

September 2016 STAR

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Click here to view the September 2016 STAR.