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As the weather warms and more people are hiking on San Bruno Mountain, we wanted to provide you with information on Lyme disease so you can learn how to prevent it and if needed, recognize the symptoms to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. Lyme disease is transmitted by the western black-legged tick and the brochure Lyme Disease in California, published by the State's Department of Public Health Vector-Borne Disease Section, provides a good overview of the disease and should be referenced by all those who enjoy hiking the outdoors. Some great tips worth highlighting from it are:
- Wear light-colored clothing so that ticks can be seen more easily.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt and tuck shirt into pants; tuck pants into boots or socks.
- Stay on trails and avoid contact with bushes or grasses alongside trails where ticks are common. The same should be applied to your dog if you take them hiking with you.
- Check your entire body for ticks for several days after you are out of tick habitat. Parents should carefully examine their children.
For for information, please visit the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District's website.
The view of Library Park just after entering through the gate on Mendocino St.
Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers, and Councilmember Cliff Lentz championing the renovation efforts of the area located behind the Library and Community Center since Rebuilding Together Peninsula's National Rebuilding Day in 2012, Library Park is now ready to be formally dedicated to the Brisbane Community.
Native plants donated from Mission Blue Nursery
Please join us for the Library Park Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, May 3rd at 9:00am behind the Library/Mendocino entrance. All are welcome!
As required by law to establish speed limits on certain streets, City staff recently oversaw completion of an Engineering and Traffic Study for speed limits. Included were all city streets that do not fall under the “Prima Facie” section of the California Vehicle Code for speed limits. Prima facie speeds are 25 miles per hour (mph) for streets in residential and business districts, as defined by the vehicle code.
With the study completed earlier this year, speed limits will change at the following locations:
Brisbane Lions Club
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Kids 5 yrs. & under @ soccer field
Kids 6 years & over behind Lipman
City of Brisbane
Police Officers Wanted
Academy Graduate, Attendee or Lateral
City of Brisbane
Recreation Leader: Part-Time/Seasonal
Apply at www.calopps.org
Brisbane Community Night at the SF Giants game is Friday, May 23rd at 7:15pm. Tickets are $16 and are on sale now in the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall (50 Park Place, 2nd fl.).
The Giants will be playing the Twins, and we'll be sitting in Section VR 307.
For any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or email@example.com .
A petition was recently created by a core working group of Brisbane residents requesting signatures of all those concerned with the increasing aircraft noise over Brisbane. You may view more information about the petition here. For any questions, please contact Brisbane resident Peter Grace at 415-508-6331.
Note: There are upcoming workshops being held by the FAA to take public comment on their Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Northern California (NorCal) Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) project. Also, the FAA Data page on the City's website is updated regularly and shows monthly infraction information provided by the FAA.
The Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) document for the NorCal OAPM project was released and made available for public review and comment on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. A copy of the document can be downloaded from the NorCal OAPM EA webpage, or viewed at the Brisbane Library (a hardcopy is located on the shelf by the new books). The public is invited to comment by mail or email using the information below:
NorCal OAPM EA
Federal Aviation Administration
Western Service Center - Operations Support Group
1601 Lind Avenue SW
Renton, WA 98057
Written comments will be accepted by the FAA until Thursday, April 24, 2014.
The FAA invites the public to attend public information workshops for the Draft EA. The closest ones will take place at the San Mateo Public Library and the San Francisco Federal Building. During the workshop, representatives from the FAA and its Consultant Team will be available to answer questions about the project. The workshops will be open-house format and participants can attend anytime at the times and location listed below:
April 17, 2014
San Mateo Public Library
55 W 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94402
Attend anytime between:
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
April 18, 2014
San Francisco Federal Building
90 7th Street, Suite 1-120
San Francisco, CA 94103
Attend anytime between:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Last Saturday, dozens of community members came to Station 81's Open House to welcome the firefighters back into the station after mold remediation and structural improvements were made to the fire station. Check out the video below, and learn some kitchen safety tips while you're at it.
Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years. This is especially important now, as our county has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States. The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and stimulate your community. Call 650-348-6660 for information or visit www.hiphousing.org or www.facebook.com/hiphousing.
BayREN continues to offer rebates from $1,000 to $4,500 for single family homeowners in the Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements. Eligible improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters; and more.
Homeowners may be eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $3,000 for a Home Upgrade, plus an additional $150 incentive to offset the cost of combustion safety testing for completed projects. Homeowners who complete an Advanced Home Upgrade may be eligible for incentives up to $4,500, plus a $300 home energy assessment rebate.
Free Home Upgrade Advisors are available to provide one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Call 866-878-6008 or submit a brief form on the BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org website to contact a Home Upgrade Advisor. The BayREN website also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade may contact a participating contractor directly.
BayREN (Bay Area Regional Energy Network) is a collaboration of public agencies working together for a sustainable energy future. BayREN represents all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area and draws on the experience and expertise of Bay Area local governments to design and implement effective energy savings programs. www.BayREN.org
Yesterday morning, city staff and Ludivico's family gathered in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall to witness the swearing in of the Police Department's newest police officer, Ludivico Viray.
So if you see Ludivico (who goes by JR) patrolling in town, make sure to give him a warm welcome to Brisbane!
At last week’s Public Works Officers Institute Conference held in Sacramento, Brisbane Public Works Director/City Engineer, Randy Breault, was presented with the 2014 James L. Martin award from the League of California Cities Public Works Officers Department. The award was created to honor an outstanding member of the Public Works profession and is one of the highest accolades bestowed by the League of California Cities. Nominated by his professional peers, Randy was selected as the State’s top Public Works professional. In the left-hand photo, he is shown second from the left with Larry Patterson, City Manager of the City of San Mateo; Keith Cooke, President of the Public Works Department of the League of California Cities; and Scott McGolpin, President of the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC). Congratulations, Randy, we are fortunate to have your leadership, expertise, and commitment to public service in Brisbane!
To learn more about this award of The League of California Cities, please visit: www.cacities.org.
Interested in becoming a lifeguard at the Brisbane Community Pool? Now is the time to be trained by the best!
Participants must have the ability to swim 300 yds. continuously, be able to retrieve a 10 lb. object from 8 ft. deep, swim 20 yds. with the the object, and tread water for 2 minutes using only legs.
Location: Brisbane Community Pool (2 Solano St., Brisbane)
Age: 15 yrs. and older
Training Dates: Mondays, April 7 & 14, 5-9pm | Wednesdays, April 9 & 16, 5-9pm | Saturday, April 12, 9am-4pm and Saturday, April 19, 9am - 2pm
Registration: Parks and Recreation Office (City Hall, 2nd fl, 50 Park Place, Brisbane) or online. Click here to view the training flyer.
For more information, contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The City of Brisbane is currently updating its Housing Element for 2015-2022. The Housing Element is one of the seven State-mandated elements of the City's General Plan. The Housing Element, as the City's framework for developing and preserving housing, addresses various issues, including affordability, supply, accessibility, maintenance and rehabilitation. The process for updating the Housing Element also provides a vehicle for establishing and updating housing and land-use strategies reflective of changing needs, resources, and conditions. The Planning Commission is currently holding study sessions on updating the Housing Element chapter by chapter, and the public is encouraged to attend. Below is the tentative workshop schedule, culminating in a Public Hearing in mid-June:
4/10: Chapter I “Preparation of the 2015-2022 Housing Element” & Appendices A, B & C
4/24: Chapter III “Land Inventory and Identification of Adequate Sites for Regional Housing Needs” & Appendices E & F
5/8: Chapter VI “Housing Goals, Quantifiable Objectives, Policies and Programs” & Appendices D & G
5/22: Continuation of Chapter VI “Housing Goals, Quantifiable Objectives, Policies and Programs” & Appendices D & G
6/12: Public Hearing
For more information, please go to the 2015-2022 Housing Element page on the City's website as it will be regularly updated with agendas and meeting videos. Also, if you would like to be added to the City's e-mail distribution list to receive news and information related to the 2015-2022 Housing Element, please send an e-mail to Angel Ibarra in the Planning Department at email@example.com .
Get your name on the 2014 Concerts in the Park Banner by being a 2014 Sponsor! This is the banner that will be displayed at the Gazebo in the weeks leading up to the Concerts, which will be running every Friday night in August this year. Steve Beaty, Recreation Supervisor, is taking donations through 12:00pm Friday, May 2, 2014. Contact him by calling (415) 508-2144 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Don't delay!
It's not too late to pledge to take a commute alternative (carpool, vanpool, transit, ferry, bicycle or walk) to, from or through San Mateo County to work a minimum of 8 times during March and April for a chance to win great prizes at the end of the campaign period (April 30, 2014). There are also weekly raffles, so the sooner you pledge, the more chances you'll have to win one of the weekly prizes, including Kindle e-readers and gift cards. For complete rules of eligibility and information about the campaign, visit www.commute.org or call (650) 588-8170. You can also click here for a pledge form.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
To Teach Weekend Children's Classes
Information: (415) 508-2143
Family Game Day
Sat., Mar 29, 1 pm, 250 Visitacion Ave
Old Fashioned Family Fun For All Ages
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Men's & Co-ed Softball
Teams Still Needed!
Information: (415) 508-2143
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Sat., Mar 22nd, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Design Firms - please see the Bids & RFPs page for all submitted questions and responses from the City.
Once all the proposals have been received, the joint subcommittee of the Parks & Recreation Commission (Teen Services) and the City Council (City Facilities) will meet with staff to review the proposals and determine which one is best suited for our community. A contract with the recommended design firm will be brought to Council at a future meeting for approval. We are well on our way to providing the Brisbane Community with a concrete skatepark geared towards beginner and intermediate skaters!
Starting Thursday, March 20, 2014, Administrative Services Director/ Deputy City Manager Stuart Schillinger will get to experience what it’s like to be a City Manager, as he becomes the Interim City Manager for the City of Half Moon Bay. Stuart’s new assignment is expected to last for approximately the next four months as Half Moon Bay conducts a comprehensive search for a permanent replacement. Their former City Manager needed to step down from her position due to family reasons, but not before recommending her colleague, Stuart, for the role. And Stuart was no stranger to the Half Moon Bay City Council. Back in 2010-11, Stuart helped the city with their budget, which they were able to adopt by fiscal year-end. There is no doubt to the high level of professionalism, experience, and leadership Stuart possesses and will bring to Half Moon Bay.
However, it will not be as if Stuart won’t be seen in and around Brisbane City Hall. He will continue to assist the City during his interim assignment by delivering the proposed 2014/15 proposed budget, working on a couple of special Finance assignments, and overseeing the Open Space & Ecology program. As far as logistics goes, Stuart will be in Half Moon Bay four days out of the week, and in Brisbane City Hall on Wednesdays for regular business hours, 8:00am – 8:00pm. So, this isn’t goodbye, but best of luck in your new assignment, and we’ll see you soon!
Each year, PG&E assesses which trees have grown enough in the past year to impact their high-voltage transmission lines. Once determined, they apply for a permit with the City's Public Works Department since the trees are in the public right-of-way. The City granted PG&E's permit, and therefore PG&E will be trimming and removing trees no greater than 10" in diameter in various locations along Bayshore and one along Crocker Park Recreational Trail this week. Two of the trees are 10" diamater Coast Live Oaks on Bayshore near San Bruno Ave. Part of the City's mitigation efforts requires contractors to replant a tree per City standards should they remove any tree 30 inches in circumference (9.5 ft. in diameter), or greater. For any questions, please contact the City's Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
Come join The City of Brisbane, Open Space & Ecology Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission and San Bruno Mountain Watch to celebrate Earth Day! On this 11th Anniversary, restoration efforts will be for
All ages and abilities are welcome. Invasive plant species will be removed, with tools, training and a commemorative t-shirt to be provided. Afterwards, enjoy a free lunch and beautiful spring day hike on
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes meant for the outdoors, and bring gloves if you have a pair.
The event will take place April 26th from 9am – 1:00pm. Meet at the intersection of
Voluntary NO PARKING is requested for a one-time sweeping of the following streets on Thursday, March 20, between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm:
Kings Rd. | Humboldt Rd. | Sierra Point Rd.
The less cars on the street, the better of a job the sweeper can do.
For any questions, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
The City is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and its related installation, conversion and implementation services, with the intent to enter into a contract with a vendor by March 2015.
Questions regarding the RFP may be submitted to Betsy Cooper at: email@example.com and will be posted below.
Responses to this RFP are due by 5:00pm Monday, April 14, 2014.
Q: Is the project funded in the current budget and what budget amount has been granted?
A: We have not completed the budget for 2014/15. However, the software budget will probably be in the $200-300K range.
You are cordially invited to a Proclamation Signing and Reception
The Law of Seeds
Art by Beth Grossman
March 19th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm at Brisbane City Hall
50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
BRISBANE, CALIFORNIA ADOPTS A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR SEEDS AND DEBUTS ART EXHIBIT, THE LAW OF SEEDS, TO COMMEMORATE.
Activist artist Beth Grossman is calling attention to the genetically engineered seeds that are having a huge impact on food sources worldwide. Brisbane has decided to act locally and think globally by adopting a Bill of Seed Rights Proclamation and to commemorate it with an art exhibit.
Grossman is using this art project to call attention to the necessity of national and international “seed law” to protect plant bio-diversity and the rights of individuals to save seed, keeping them in the public domain. She has compiled a Bill of Rights for Seeds and is sharing it as a visual art exhibit that will debut at Brisbane City Hall March 4th - April 30th, 2014.
She enlisted Brisbane city government to become the first U.S. city to adopt her Bill of Rights for Seeds. This Proclamation will be presented by Mayor Clarke Conway at a public reception on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 from 6 - 8pm at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, 94005.
Grossman was inspired by the constitutions of Bolivia and Ecuador, each of which includes Articles on the Rights of Nature. She compiled a Bill of Rights specifically for seeds and then scribed them with a quill pen on ten vintage seed bags that are also painted with images of the stages of germinating corn from seed to mature plant.
The Law of Seeds is a traveling art exhibit that debuts here in Brisbane and will be featured at botanical gardens, city halls, libraries and natural history museums. The Law of Seeds is about our accountability to future generations and ensuring that nature’s seed cycle will carry on.
You are invited to appreciate the wonders of seeds and engage in a discussion on the importance of protecting this precious source of our food chain.
Beth Grossman uses art and participatory performance as a creative force to stimulate conversation and focus attention on the environment, interpretation of history and civic engagement – all aimed at raising awareness, building community and encouraging public participation. Based in Brisbane, California, she has artistically collaborated internationally with individuals, communities, corporations, non-profits and museums. www.bethgrossman.com