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Community Forum

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If you missed Tuesday evening's Community Forum, you can catch the entire taping of it here (actual meeting starts at 4 minutes, 45 seconds).  Bob Dettmer and Ken Walker of the Brisbane School District, along with Clarke Conway and Cliff Lentz of the Brisbane City Council serve on the 2 x 2 Committee, with the goal to reach out to more members in the community and hear their concerns about the School District.  President of the School Board, Ken Walker, gave an overview of the District, their teaching methodology, and parental involvement in regards to fundraising and the role of BEST/PTO. 

Superintendent Toni Presta went over the District's budget outlook and spoke on the need to look "outside the box", for instance, the consolidation of neighboring school districts.  The rest of the meeting was dedicated to hearing from those in the audience, where youth and adults got involved.  Another 2 x 2 Committee meeting will take place after the results from the phone survey come back.  Details of that meeting will be made known on the City's website and publications when they become known.

Budget Public Hearings

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A Special Meeting was held on Thursday, May 26th, kicking off the first of what will be a few budget hearings for the City's 2011-12 budget.  City Manager Clay Holstine started off the evening stating that he hopes this year's budget to be the start of where the traditonal way of doing budgeting is turned on its head.  Specifically, he spoke of moving the City's budgeting process to be more outcome or values-based.  Stuart Schillinger, Administrative Services Director for the City of Brisbane, gave a Powerpoint presentation which included:

  • An overview of the City's values (Involved, Informed, Fiscally-Conservative, Environmentally-Progressive, Safe, and Caring)
  • Where cost-savings were realized amongst the departments, whether through employees leaving through attrition or creative ways they thought to do their jobs differently with no impact to the community
  • Forecasted revenues and expenditures of the City, and
  • A four-year financial forecast 

Afterwards, Stuart walked the Councilmembers through the various sections of the budget.  Starting on June 6th, departments will be presenting their 2011-12 budgets to the City Council.  Fire, Police, and Parks & Recreation will be presenting their budgets on June 6th, with the rest of the departments - Community Development, Marina, Aquatics, Public Works, City Manager, Administrative Services, City Clerk, and City Attorney - presenting their budgets on June 13th.  Budget hearings will be taking place in the Community Meeting Room located at City Hall - 50 Park Place - starting at 7:30pm.  You can also tune in on Ch. 27 and via the City's website, where the meeting will be streaming live, as well as replayed on subsequent days.  Check the Brisbane Ch. 27 broadcast schedule for details.  For any budget-related questions, please contact Stuart Schillinger at (415) 508-2151 or

Important Reminder

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The March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan left more than 15,180 dead, 5,330 injured and more than 8,700 people missing across 18 prefectures. The disaster also damaged or destroyed some 125,000 buildings and cut electricity and/or water to more than five million households. Tsunami waves exceeded 30 feet in height and penetrated up to six miles inland in some places. In all, more than 180 square miles flooded.

The earthquake was centered 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan, a city of more than a million residents; the depth was approximately 20 miles.

Imagine a similar seismic event just west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Remember, the Bay Area sits on the same Pacific Ring of Fire, home to approximately 90 percent of the world's earthquakes and 80 percent of the world's largest earthquakes.


Are you ready?


The 7th annual Disaster Preparedness Day is set for 10am-2pm, Saturday, June 11, at the San Mateo Event Center.

That day also is the first day of the 2011 San Mateo County Fair at the same place.

Anyone arriving BEFORE 11am gets free parking and free admission to the fair that day.

Please see the PDF flier for more details.  The Brisbane Office of Emergency Services (OES) and our Community Emergency Volunteers (CEVs) will also be participating in the event.

Hope you can make it to this important and FREE event!

A Taste of Government

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This past Monday, the 2nd grade and 2nd/3rd grade combo classes from Brisbane Elementary School (BES) took a walk down to City Hall for a guided tour of the all departments, winding up and down hallways and meeting the staff behind the services provided to them and their families.  This was to supplement their Government curriculum they had been studying.  Both classes convened in-between tours to get an overview of the kinds of services the City provides, and how decisions in their community are made.  Fittingly, Councilwoman Richardson was present to talk about the election process, the different committees and commissions that report to the City Council, and even took questions from students.  Becca Waldo, completing her student teaching requirement with second grade teacher Ms. Jacobson, had the index cards on-hand where students had pre-written their questions on.  Good thing a step-stool was not too far away.  We thank Ms. Jacobson and Ms. Shereda for bringing their classes down; this was a great experience for us at City Hall, as well!

Recap of Police Outreach Event

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Last Saturday's Community Outreach Event, put on by the Brisbane Poilce Department, was a fabulous opportunity for community members of all ages to come to the Community Park and learn about the department and its various functions.  Did you know that Brisbane has a sergeant and two officers that serve on the Northern Regional San Mateo County SWAT team, which is comprised of officers from neighboring agencies in addition to our own?  Well, such is the case, and those who came got to find out more about that, as well as take a look inside the equipment the team uses, such as the "Bear" SWAT vehicle.   The event proved to be a great opportunity to get to know the officers, ask questions, and provided PLENTY of photo opportunities.  In addition to the "Bear" SWAT vehicle being on display was the PD motorcycle, patrol cars, and some of officers' equipment that the public could see, touch, and even try on!  Judging from the pictures, it's likely that it's not just the PD that can say last week's open house was a worthwhile community event to attend.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/27/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Yoga Classes
Mon. & Wed. @ Noon and Sun @ 8:30 am
Inforrmation:  508-2143

SFO Community Roundtable
Brisbane Aircraft
Noise Workshop

SFO Community Roundtable

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Update 5/26/2011: The SFO Roundtable has decided to postpone the 6/1 workshop due to two airlines being unable to attend.  The new meeting date will be published when it becomes known.

On Wednesday, June 1st, the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable will be meeting in Brisbane and facilitating a commuinty workshop to share information on aircraft flights over Brisbane.  The workshop will take place in the Community Meeting Room, located within Brisbane City Hall - 50 Park Place, at 7:00pm

Representatives from the SFO Noise Abatement Office, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northern California Terminal Radar Control (TRACON), and various airlines will present information related to aircraft overlights affecting Brisbane and recent changes that may be contributing to community concerns.  There will be an opportunity for public comment, so come and listen, and then make your thoughts heard.

If you are unable to attend in-person, the workshop will be telecast live on Ch. 27, here.  The workshop will also be available for playback on the City's website in the days following Wednesday evening's workshop.  Stay tuned for details. 

For questions or concerns about Wednesday's SFO Community Roundtable workshop, please call City Hall at (415) 508-2110.

Community Forum

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On Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm, a special meeting of the 2 x 2 City of Brisbane and the Brisbane School District Subcommittees will be convening together in the Community Meeting Room, located in Brisbane City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  All community members in South San Francisco, Daly City, and Brisbane within the Brisbane School District are invited to attend.  The meeting will cover the status of the District, discussions of budget issues, Q&A, and publicize on-going fundraising efforts.

If you are unable to attend in-person, the Community Forum will be telecast live on Ch. 27, and streamed live on the City's website, here.  The video will be available for playback on the City's website, as well as the Brisbane School District's website, in the days following Tuesday night's meeting.  Stay tuned for updates.

For more information on the Community Forum, please call the Brisbane School District at (415) 467-0550 or City Hall at (415) 508-2114.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/23/2011

City of Brisbane & Brisbane School District
Community Forum
Budget Issues, District Status, Answer Questions
Tues., May 31st, 7 pm, City Hall

Annual Weed Abatement

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The City of Brisbane Public Works Department’s annual weed abatement program is set to start on Tuesday, May 24 2011. To prepare for fire season, the weeds, shrubs and trees along our city streets and public trails will receive their annual maintenance in your neighborhood on the following dates. 


Kings Road, Trinity Road, Humboldt Road, San Mateo Lane
Week of 5/23/11 

Glen Park Way, Lake Street, Annis Road, Thomas Avenue, 1000 block of Tulare Avenue, back side of San Bruno Avenue
Week of 5/30/11

Santa Clara Street, San Benito Street, Placer Way, Sierra Point Road, 500 Block of Visitacion
Week of 6/6/11


San Bruno Avenue (up to the 700 block) Alvarado Street, Mono Street, Klamath Street, Mendocino Street, Monterey Street, Mariposa Street, Inyo Street, Solano Street
Week of  6/13/11


Quarry Road Trail
Week of 5/30/11

Crocker Park Recreation Trail
Week of 6/6/11

Old Railroad Spurs
Week of 6/13/11

This program is being performed in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations. Schedule is subject to change.

If you have any questions please contact Diane Cannon at (415) 508-2130 or