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Fire Station Update

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The modular trailers arrived on schedule Wednesday, October 20th. Between then and November 1st, work will be done to ready them for the firefighters who are still scheduled to move back to Brisbane on Monday, November 1st. Brisbane fire crews will be stationed in Brisbane during the day, and relocate to Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) during the evening hours. If you need to get a hold of them at any time of day, please call the main Fire Dept. line, (415) 657-4300 as they are regularly checking messages left for them.

Airport Noise

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Wind speeds and patterns change throughout the year, resulting in pilots flying in and out of SFO to use alternate routes.  This is of course due to safety reasons, where most planes need to reach an altitude of at least 400 ft. and be safely airborne and before making any turns.  In times of low westerly winds, Runway 01, or a port departure, is used.  This runway faces Oakland, so if a plane is headed to Southern California, Las Vegas, or a destination in Arizona, the plane would need to make a 270-degree turn in order to face south).  In times of high westerly winds, Runway 28, or a Shoreline departure, is used.  This runway faces northwest towards Pacifica so planes heading south would fly towards the ocean along the Gap (a natural dip in the ridgeline between SFO and Pacifica) before turning left to fly south.  On west wind days, it's the planes that are headed to an eastern location that can cause noise problems in Brisbane.  A properly-flown Shoreline departure would have planes remaining on the east side of Highway 101 before turning right towards Oakland.  However, if this departure is poorly-flown, planes will fly too far northwest before turning right, and thus fly over Brisbane.  (If hearing runway numbers is confusing, just remember that SFO is 10 degrees to the right from all cardinal compass directions.  Therefore, Runway 01 is 10 degrees to the right of due North, Runway 10 is 10 degrees to the right of due East, or 100 degrees from due North, Runway 19 is 10 degrees to the right of due South, or 190 degrees from due North, and Runway 28 is 10 degrees to the right of due West, or 280 degrees from due North).  

Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736
E-mail: sfo.noise@flysfo.com

On Wednesday, October 20th, Councilmember Richardson and City Management met with SFO Airport Director John Martin and Dave Ong from the SFO Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the increase in overhead noise in Brisbane due to airplane traffic.  Currently, Brisbane has one permanent noise monitor, located at the Margaret Tank (directly south of the 400 block of Kings).  In an effort to get more useful data for proper analysis, the Airport is looking to install two more noise monitors and will be working closely with the Public Works department at the City to determine their prime and secure locations.  After those are installed and more data is collected, a follow-up meeting will take place in late November/early December on suggestions for fixing the overhead noise issue.  A presentation to the City Council will follow, most likely early next year, and will cover the analysis gained from the installation of the additional two noise monitors and future steps to make sure this no longer is an issue in town.  In the meantime, please do continue to report airplane-related noise complaints by calling the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.

Lipman Students Lend a Hand

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This past Wednesday, 13 Lipman students volunteered an hour of their time to help with weeding at the Community Park.  They were supervised by Growing Green Hand's Tamberly Mott, volunteers Paul Bouscal and Marge Buschman, and of course, Public Works staff Linda Baston Conway and Joe Friars who were on-hand helping to lay down tarps and hand out gloves and tools.  

Thank you to Brisbane Hardware for donating gloves to the kids!  And, last but not least, THANK YOU to the students who pulled, heaved, and carried tarp-fuls of weeds to the PW truck for disposal.  You all get an A for effort!

To see more pictures from the afternoon, click here to be taken to the City's photo set on Flickr.

Rebate Information

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One of the topics of discussion at this past Wednesdays's Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting was how individuals who may be doing improvements or remodels at their homes can take advantage of the tax incentives and rebates that are readily available, but may be expiring by December 31, 2010.  Here are some resources that can help you to reduce your home's energy usage, and how you can qualify for the available tax incentives and rebates.

  • www.pge.com/rebates has the latest rebate information, catalogs, and guidance for your next energy efficiency upgrade
  • If you're ready to apply for a rebate, you can apply online through eRebates at www.pge.com/erebates.  With PG&E's eRebates, you can also check the status of your rebate application.
  • Existing homeowners are eligible for tax credits up to a maximum of $1,500 for making energy-efficient home improvements.  Refer to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) matrix (note the deadlines in the "Years Covered" column).
  • The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) gives consumers and businesses the information they need to take advantage of the federal income tax incentives passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), and extended through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

In addition to tax incentives and rebates, PG&E offers a wide range of ways to save energy, money, and help the environment.  PG&E's SmartEnergy Analyzer can help you understand where your energy goes, pinpoint problem areas, and start you on the path to an energy-efficient home.  Click here to access the SmartEnergy Analyzer for businesses.

Learn more about these programs, tools, and offers at http://www.pge.com/, or contact PG&E's Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 or e-mail smarter-energy@pge.com.

Fire Station Update

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The digging that is going on outside of the Brisbane Fire Station may have caught your eye. Workers are installing the interim water, sewer, and gas lines for modular trailers that were ordered yesterday by the City.  It will be 1 month on October 16th since severe mold was discovered at Station 81, resulting in the Brisbane firefighters traveling between Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) where they spend nights, and Station 81 in Brisbane (3445 Bayshore) where they are stationed in a staging trailer during the day.  This staging trailer, however, is meant solely for such purposes and not equipped with showers, bathrooms, or sleeping quarters.  The mobiles that were ordered today, so that the firefighters can remain in Brisbane around the clock, will be equipped with such, as well as a kitchen for them to once again cook together as a crew.  The mobiles are scheduled to arrive October 20th and all of the final connections are targeted for completion by the end of the month, with the firefighters back in Brisbane 24/7 by November 1, 2010.

"The Tempest"

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The Brisbane Women's Club proudly presents The San Francisco Shakespeare's Festival performance of "The Tempest" on Sunday, October 24th at 2:00pm.  The event will take place once again at the Mission Blue Center in Brisbane.  Click here to view the complete flyer.

"The Tempest" has been regarded as the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s dramatic output, widely believed to be his final and most autobiographical play.  The story captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes. Forgiveness versus revenge, good versus evil, freedom versus captivity, and youthful impetuousness contrasted with aged wisdom are just some of the ideas that Shakespeare illuminates with his powerful and poetic storytelling skills. It's a true delight that the Fall 2010 tour of The Tempest will soon be here in Brisbane!

The production is professionally directed and suitable for elementary students through adults. Five highly-skilled actors in costume, with set, props, and recorded music will be performing a 55-minute production of "The Tempest" in just a couple short weeks here in Brisbane.  There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE for the performance, so if you haven't already done so -- mark your calendar now -- we wouldn't want you to miss out on this once-a-year event! 

www.brisbaneca.org

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 If you haven't already seen it, jump over to http://www.brisbaneca.org/ to check out the City's newly-designed website!  C.J. MacDonald, a Brisbane resident, was the site's web developer and worked long and hard to get the site looking like it does.  And, you can tell how much he CARES about the community as you navigate through some of the site's new features, including an "I Want To..." drop-down menu, rotating photos displaying the unique and picturesque scenery of Brisbane, and actual Vimeo videos which have been embedded onto the webpages themselves, for easy access to City Council and other public meetings, as well as previously-held community workshops in the Baylands section. The Sustainability and Economic Development pages are completely new sections of the website which we foresee growing in content as time goes by.  Also, news items like these Blog posts will be incorporated under the Lastest News and Star section on the homepage, thereby constantly being updated and "rolling".  C.J. is working on a mechanism to be able to push news items out to the community as they're added onto the homepage...but until then, we'll continue to send out timely information from the City out through Blogger as usual.

New City Website

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As you can see, the City's new website is up and running at www.brisbaneca.org (you can access it with just typing brisbaneca.org into your browser).   We expect the web address for the City's website to switch over from the old URL, ci.brisbane.ca.us, either Thursday or Friday, at which point the old site will be available at http://209.234.102.165/index.asp.  Over the next couple weeks, all of the City Council Agendas and Minutes from 2005 - 2008 will be moved over to the new site.  In the meantime, you'll be able to access them at http://209.234.102.165/index.asp.

If you would like to make any suggestions or comments about the City's new website, please use the red Feedback tab on the right.  You'll be able to see suggestions made by others checking out the new website too!  Vote on them if you agree, or suggest one of your own.  Thanks for your feedback!

Brisbane Firefighters Update

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The firefighters continue to stay at Station 93 in Daly City during the evening hours - returning to Brisbane during normal working hours - as analysis for a more long-term solution is done in response to the severe mold discovered a few weeks ago at the Brisbane Fire Station.  But this back-and-forth scenario will only be for a little while longer.  On Monday night, the City Council approved the rental of a triple-wide trailer which is to be installed by the end of October at the current location of the Brisbane Fire Station (Station 81 is currently located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd).  But to give you an idea of the route the Brisbane Firefighters take from Daly City to Brisbane, see the map below:

They basically take a left at Carter Dr., and another at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway before hanging a right onto Bayshore Blvd. and entering Brisbane.  The total driving distance from Station 93 to Brisbane City Hall is 2.1 miles.

We are glad that our Firefighters will be able to return to Brisbane by the end of the month - the premiere goal of the City Council and staff, and the Firefighters themselves are most definitely looking forward to spending their nights back in town!