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Water Main Replacement Project Phase 2

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Please look through this Story Map presentation to get a better understanding of the Water Main Replacement Project that is currently underway. 

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Schedule of work on Kings Road for February 2020

To keep up with the latest project schedules and information, please sign up for the City Manager's weekly email at: tinyurl.com/blast321.


Engaging Around the Baylands

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table discussion

Following the City’s work with Home for All the past five months, where two community conversations drew many new voices into the conversation, it was determined that a Baylands Project Site would be a great “next step” to highlight the work that has been done to date. 

On baylands.brisbanecalifornia.org, you will find information pertaining to the nine topic areas of interest which were used in the “gallery walk” at the May 4 conversation, as well as a process overview and a FAQs section. An interactive map was recently added to the About page. We invite you to sign up for email updates, and to leave us any feedback which will help make this new site as clear and user-friendly as possible.



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The weekend of March 22, 2019 was an excellent and exhilarating one in Brisbane as it marked the City hosting its inaugural LUNAFEST film festival!  Mayor Madison Davis’ vision became reality when community members filled Mission Blue on Saturday and by the end of the evening, a total of $30,000 was raised! This is the highest-grossing amount raised in the history of LUNAFEST, which began in 2000 by Luna Bar to celebrate, showcase, and champion women filmmakers.  And how cool that 3 out of the 5 Brisbane City Councilmembers are not only women, but were key sponsors of the evening...putting their money where their hearts and mouths are.  Our hats also go off to the team of 6 amazing women who organized and planned such a magical evening, complete with delicious concessions.  Brisbane Parks & Rec, you guys all shined, as well! We are a truly blessed community and look forward to gathering for more Lunafests in the future, as well as seeing how the Brisbane Lions Club helps distribute the funds raised to assist women in male-dominated fields. What a way to celebrate Women's History Month!

In the video below, Mayor Davis speaks at the Brisbane Lions' Scholarship Awards Night held on June 4, 2019, about the partnership between the Brisbane Lions Club and the City to host Brisbane's first-ever LunaFest.  Lunafest raised $30,000 for deserving women scholars.  At the Lions' Scholarship Awards Night event, $60,000 in scholarships was given to deserving Brisbane scholars seeking higher education.

Last updated: 6/4/2019

Caliva Ribbon-Cutting 12/12/18

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On December 12, 2018, Brisbane Mayor Madison Davis, Councilmember Karen Cunningham, Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley, Caliva Dir. of Wholesale Logistics Brandi Cervantes, and Brisbane Chamber CEO Mitch Bull were joined by Caliva's staff to cut the ribbon to their new distribution facility located within Brisbane's Crocker Industrial Park.  Their facility is the first fully-licensed facility of its kind from San Francisco down to San Jose, where the trusted, vertically-integrated company operates a massive 95,000-square-foot cultivation facility.  Caliva's on-site nursery in San Jose produces some 50% to 60% of the dispensary's total product.  In contrast, most dispensaries in the Bay Area source their product from regional farmers. 

Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley cited Brisbane's "innovation to provide solutions for pain, sleep, and anxiety to hundreds of thousands of people in a very regulated, tested, discreet, efficient, and trusted manner."  This is Brisbane's first delivery-only retail cannabis business in town, with Caliva named the best dispensary in America by Business Insider (2016).  In September 2017, Brisbane became the first city in San Mateo County to implement an ordinance allowing recreational cannabis businesses in Brisbane.  Caliva’s Brisbane operations will expand Caliva’s delivery range northwards from the South Bay and lower Peninsula into South San Francisco and west to Pacifica.  

Caliva, welcome to Brisbane, we wish you much success!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Brisbane Library

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It was a successful Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Brisbane Library, where a small crowd was treated to poetry read by the current San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, followed by acknowledgements from Mayor Clarke Conway, Supervisor David Canepa, Friends of the Brisbane Library Co-Presidents Wendy Towle and Dawn David, and last but not least, Library JPA Board Member and Brisbane Councilmember Karen Cunningham. All the Brisbane Councilmembers, Supervisor Canepa, Brisbane City Manager Clay Holstine, and the newest (and youngest) member of the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Chaya-Bella David, then got down to business...officially breaking ground for the New Brisbane Library! Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries, Brisbane Library, and San Mateo County for all of your support in making the Groundbreaking such a success.  Brisbane’s new Library is scheduled to open in time for the 2019-20 school year. We can’t wait for the Grand Opening!

Photo Credit: Kevin Fryer

Welcome to Brisbane, CA

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Come take a tour around Brisbane with Economic Development Director Mitch Bull.  From the end of Trinity with the sweeping slopes of San Bruno Mountain in the background, down to the Bay Trail along the Brisbane Marina, we're sure you'll learn something new about the City of Stars!  Click below.

Video by: Caroline Cheung and Johnson Xiao

New Brisbane Library

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In 2014, the City Council identified the L.T. Clarke/5 Star Café site as the preferred site for the new Brisbane Library and afterwards formed a Library Planning Stakeholder Group.  This group was comprised of representatives from the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Mothers of Brisbane, San Mateo County Library Staff, Brisbane School District, BEST/PTO, City Council (1 member, plus 1 alternate), a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, the City Manager, and the Public Works Director. 

Library Planning Stakeholder Group (LPSG) reviews architectural-engineering RFPs (early 2016)

 LPSG recommends architectural and design firm (Siegel & Strain) to Council (April, 2016)

 50% design of the New Brisbane Library to Council (November 3, 2016 meeting)

Council adopts a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)* for the new Library (February 2, 2017 meeting)

Council approves final design of the Library and invites construction bids (March 15, 2018 meeting)

Council awards construction contract (May 17, 2018 meeting)

Construction of the Library starts (July 2, 2018)

Groundbreaking Ceremony (July 14, 2018)

Construction ends (expected Summer 2020)

As far as funding goes, the County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize $300K in Measure A funds for design purposes at their March 29, 2016 meeting.  The County Library System will provide $400,000 for furniture and furnishings.  The Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000 for the new Brisbane Library.  Click here to donate and Put Your Mark on the New Brisbane Library! 

At their March 15th City Council Meeting, the Brisbane City Council approved an agreement with the County of San Mateo for a $1.7 million loan at an interest rate of 1.2% for 15 years.  The estimated cost of the Library ended up being $9,065,000.  Approximately $3.6 million would come from City funds, with all of its Business License revenue dedicated to Capital Improvements. 

* The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) study found that the new Library would not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project.

Drought Information from the City

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Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown announced an end to the drought state of emergency and for Californians to transition to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life.  He also directed the State Water Board to continue development of permanent prohibitions on wasteful water use and to continue the following water practices to best preserve this precious resource:

What’s Required for Everyone

  • You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • Landscapes can only be watered between 6 PM and 9 AM
  • You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and “hardscape” with potable water
  • Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
  • When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • All decorative water fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system

What’s Required for Business

  • Food service establishments may only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels and motels must offer guests the option to not launder towels and linens daily

What’s Required for the City

  • Ensure new home landscape irrigation complies with Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development requirements
  • Stop irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water
  • Continue reporting conservation progress to Water Board

Note that the City will continue to fully enforce these requirements.

Who to call for more information on these regulations, or to report water waste:

Department of Public Works: (415) 508-2130


Click here to view some Water Conservation Tips and help reduce water use

Downtown Brisbane Arial

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Downtown Brisbane Arial

 Photo by Lee Panza

View from Trinity

Lagoon and Bay

Brisbane Marina

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Brisbane Marina

Photo by Scott Mucci, Creative Commons Licensed www.flickr.com/photos/coda2/2051263136/

Mission Blue Butterfly

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Mission Blue Butterfly

Photo by Karen Cunningham, used by permission

Caltrain and the Mountain

Sierra Point