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Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system. 

On January 21 – 22 and January 24 and 26, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

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Posted 1/18/2017


In Loving Memory of
Louise (Louigie) Busse
8/31/39 – 1/17/17


Posted 1/17/2017


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
The Twelfth Night
Sunday, January 22nd, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Presents:
Cuban Salsa
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm
At Mission Blue Center

 

Sandbags Available at City Hall

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The sun is shining now, but a big storm is headed our way this weekend.  Get your sand bags at City Hall now!  Available in the parking lot, 10 bag limit per resident.

The People's State of the Union

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                                                                                                                        Photo by Dimitri Moore

The People’s State of the Union Story Circle Gathering
Saturday, January 28th from 10am - noon (Please be prompt)
at the Sierra Point Yacht Club, 500 Sierra Point Pkwy, Brisbane, CA 94005
An RSVP would be appreciated to help with planning | Please RSVP to beth@bethgrossman.com

The people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has just launched the next National Action, the People’s State of the Union http://usdac.us/psotu, and would love to have you engaged in this powerful annual civic ritual.  Their message is that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue; it takes all our stories, not a single speech—this year more than ever, people will welcome the opportunity to sit in circles, speak their truth, and listen deeply to others.

Brisbane Artist and USDAC Cultural Agent, Beth Grossman is hosting this special event.  Please invite all your friends.  This event is for the general public and is free of charge.  A special thank you to the Sierra Point Yacht Club for providing their space and making it open to the public. 

This is a powerful way of coming together, getting to know one another, and reflecting on the state of our community, country, and world. No need to prepare anything. Just show up and participate! 

This year, over 100 Story Circles around the United States will take place between 27 January and 5 February 2017. Once again, the culminating element of *#PSOTU2017* will be a collaborative poem inspired by people’s stories and created by poets across the U.S. 

The 2017 *Poetic Address to the Nation* will be performed live in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 11th from 6:30pm 8:30pm and will be web-streamed, and later broadcast via Free Speech TV.

January 2017 Marina News

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 Click here to read the January 2017 Marina Newsletter

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Posted 1/13/2017


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
The Twelfth Night
Sunday, January 22nd, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


John Hickey
11/6/34 – 1/11/17
Rosary: Duggans D.C., 1/16, 3:30pm
Mass: St. Veronica’s SSF, 1/17, 12:30pm

 

January 2017 Housing Flyers

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Human Investment Project, or HIP Housing, is a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo County.  They offer a Home Sharing Program with the goal of matching persons seeking housing with those that have a room to rent within their home.  Check out their January 2017 housing flyers for seekers (partial list of persons seeking housing as of January 2017) and providers (partial list of rooms available as of January 2017).  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 with any questions.  If you find a housemate through HIP Housing, 90 days later you receive $250!

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Posted 1/11/2017


Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Jan 17th
6pm-8:30pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
For More Info: (415)286-3707


Posted 1/9/2017


Club Rec – One Day Camps
Mon., January 23rd
Fri., February 17th
Register Now!


Skatepark Naming
Subcommittee Meeting
Wed., Jan. 11th, 5:30pm
City Hall, Comm. Meeting Rm.


In Loving Memory of
William (Bill) Green
1929 – 2016
Brisbane Resident Since 1965

SMCReady.org has launched!

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Check out the newly-revamped site, www.smcready.org, where you can get connected, gather supplies, read stories, and make a plan for you and your loved ones.  We also want to take this opportunity to stress that in the event of a major emergency, the City will be utilizing SMCAlert to notify the Community of any emergency information.  If you haven't already done so, please sign up today!

Sustainability Academy Courses & Webinars

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Registration is now open for two new Sustainability Academy offerings beginning in January, 2017!

The County of San Mateo’s Sustainability Academy (Academy) is a no-cost education and outreach program designed to raise awareness around sustainability and empower our San Mateo County community members with the knowledge and skills to promote resource conservation in their communities. The Academy courses are taught by local experts and offer participants access to cutting-edge sustainability information and best practices. The courses are a great way for you to get involved with sustainability projects in your community, build leadership skills, and meet new people who share the same interest!  Click here to go to the Office of Sustainability's website to learn more and register for a course and/or webinar today!

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Posted 1/7/2017


It’s Not too Late to Sign Up
For Group Swim Lessons
New Classes Begin
Sunday, January 8th!


Give the Skatepark a Formal Name!
Access the Survey Through the City’s
Website, Facebook, & Weekly Blog
Thank You for Your Input!

 

Structure Fire at 34 Visitacion

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Early this morning, at 6:23am, nine fire engines responded to an apartment building structure fire at 34 Visitacion Ave.  There were no sustained injuries to firefighters or residents, with the cause of the fire under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Prevention Services Bureau.  Read the full press release here.

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Posted 12/27/2016


The Collective Camp – Roar
#NewYearDOYOU!
M-F / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ / WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY JAN 2ND!


Club Rec – One Day Camps
Mon., January 23rd
Fri., February 17th
Register Now!

 

Fire Safety and Code Enforcement

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After the Ghost Ship tragedy in Oakland December 2, news outlets reported there were no Oakland Fire Department inspection records for the 10,000 square-foot warehouse.  Here are the types and frequency of inspections that the City of Brisbane conducts.

All Brisbane commercial, business, multi-family (triplex and above) and permitted occupancies are inspected annually by North County fire Authority and its fire safety inspectors, including fire companies assigned to Fire Station 81.  NCFA keeps a database of occupancies requiring inspections and systematically logs each inspection, as well as any re-inspections and findings to ensure compliance with fire and life safety code requirements.  New businesses and any remodeling of any existing business or other occupancy type, are inspected when a business license is issued or completion of the project.  Currently, there are a total of 455 fire and life safety inspections performed annually in Brisbane on all occupancies types. 

If fire companies or fire safety inspectors find occupancies, such as in vacant or abandoned buildings, including blighted areas within the city, they will refer those to the City’s Code Enforcement Officer (operating from Brisbane’s Police Department) to gain entry.  The Code Enforcement Officer works closely with the Building and Planning Department, Police Department, and even the Finance Department to address building code violations, and to ensure corrective actions within a prescribed timeframe.  Because a small town government makes interdepartmental communication more efficient, our officials are able to act quickly on large and small issues.  In Brisbane, departments consistently share information to make sure that commercial buildings are not used for unauthorized/illegal/non-permitted residential purposes.  Safety is the top priority, and will always continue to be.

If you have any questions or concerns, or simply want to report a building code violation, please do not hesitate to contact Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Moneda at (415) 508-2172 or mmoneda@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Fixing Potholes on Tunnel Ave.

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This morning, Public Works crews were out fixing potholes on Tunnel Ave.  A contractor had been hired to make longer-term fixes to the roadway, but rains precluded them from being able to start the work this week.  They are scheduled to start repairing the identified, necessary potholes on Bayshore & Sierra Point Parkway next week when it's currently forecast to be dry. 

And just a little bit of trivia: Tunnel Avenue from the county line down to just past Golden State Lumber is the city's responsibility. Tunnel Avenue south of that point to its intersection with Lagoon Way is private. UPC owns the roadway, allows the public to use it, and maintains it.

Climate Fact #50

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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: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Climate Facts will begin again sometime in the new year and are currently on hiatus.

Climate Fact #49

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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: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework  
http://baytrail.org/
http://parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain-state-county-park

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Posted 12/25/2016


Help Fight Crime This Holiday Season
If You See Anyone Suspicious in the Area
Call the Brisbane Police ASAP
at 415-467-1212


Posted 12/23/2016


Greet Santa On
Christmas Day!
www.brisbaneca.org for his schedule
Thank You Brisbane Lions & Station 81!


Posted 12/19/2016



Attention Swimmers:
Pool Closed 12/24 & 12/25
For Christmas Holiday
Will Re-open 12/26 at 6:30am

Santa's Christmas Route 2016

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The Brisbane Lions and Station 81 firefighters are bringing Santa around town on Christmas morning!  Check out Santa's route to see where he'll be and when.  When you hear the fire truck siren, make sure you come out and greet him!  But please be mindful that Santa is on a tight schedule and also needs to get home to spend Christmas with his family.  Thank you to the Brisbane Lions Club and Brisbane Fire Department for helping Santa spread Christmas cheer!

Public Art Request for Proposal

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Current rendering of the new Brisbane Library from architect Siegel & Strain, Visitacion perspective

The City of Brisbane Public Art Program seeks an artist/artist team to develop and install a permanent installation of public art at the new Brisbane Library.  The installation of the art should be completed by the time the new library is open, which is anticipated to be no later than the fall of 2018.  The Public Art Request for Proposal for the new Brisbane Library can be accessed hereAll proposals are due by February 10, 2017.

In 2014, the Brisbane Public Art Program was established to energize public spaces, arouse thinking, and transform the places where we live, work and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction.  By its presence alone, public art is expected to heighten our awareness, question our assumptions, transform a landscape, and express our communities' values.  This artwork will be the first permanent piece in the City of Brisbane's public art collection and we can't wait to see what comes forth!

Council Considering Extending Terms 1 Year

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UPDATE: 12/9/2016 - The Council listened to all the feedback provided to them regarding this item and moved to have this item brought back to them in January (January 5, 2017) with a number of different options.

Recent State legislation (SB 415) requires cities, counties, school districts and other special districts' elections be held in conjunction with statewide elections, i.e., November or June of even-numbered years if the agency’s voter turnout for its current election date is at least 25 percent lower than its average turnout for the four previous statewide general elections (Nov. 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008).  Such is the case for Brisbane, where the City Clerk, in consultation with the County Registrar of Voters, has determined that indeed there has been a significant decrease in voter turnout when the voter turnout in November 2015 (48%) is compared to the average voter turnout in the previous four statewide general elections (71%).  There was a 32% decrease in voter turnout: 71 – 48 = 23/71 = 32%.

Currently, Brisbane City Council elections are held in November of odd-numbered years.  On December 8th, the Brisbane City Council will consider Ordinance No. 614 that would change the year at which City Council elections would be held to even-numbered years, but still in November.  By reason of this change to even-numbered years, the term of office for three current Councilmembers would be extended by one year, from 2017 to 2018, and from 2019 to 2020 for two other Councilmembers.  Thereafter, each person elected to the City Council would serve a term of four years and the city will have complied with State law by the November 8, 2022 statewide election and deadline.  For more information, read the staff report from City Attorney Michael Roush, which will be made available on the December 8, 2016 meeting agenda page at least 72 hours prior to the 12/8 Council meeting.

Change in Drinking Water Taste?

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The City of Brisbane receives 100% of its water from the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  The source of the water is over 150 miles away, and the water is routed through a complex system of pipes, storage facilities and treatment plants.  When SFPUC conducts operational changes in their system (e.g., maintenance on a pipeline segment, or switching the source water from direct Hetch Hetchy water to the local lakes such as Crystal Springs) the chemistry of that water changes, and this can result in a different taste and smell profile until users are accustomed to the “new” water.

Last month, an SFPUC operational change resulted in some people in SSF, SF and Brisbane reporting water that had a smell slightly of tar or asphalt.  (see November posts on this website for further details)

Within the last few days, some customers within the region are reporting an “earthy/musty” taste to their water.  SFPUC has provided information regarding the reason for that change here: http://bit.ly/2h7huL0

There are two notes we would like to highlight on both occurrences.  First, City staff works closely with SFPUC when we become aware of these issues; we can confirm that SFPUC reports that the water has continuously met or exceeded all regulatory requirements, and is safe to drink.  Second, the fastest way for city staff to become aware of any concerns regarding water quality is to contact us directly at (415) 508-2130.

We will provide updates on this current situation as they are provided to us by SFPUC, and we are also planning a detailed STAR article to provide additional details on the challenges and complexity of continuously providing drinking water that meets all state and federal requirements.

City Council Reorganization Notice

Sailboat Rescue at the Marina

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It was a windy Friday morning at the Brisbane Marina, with 30 MPH northwest winds and choppy conditions.  When boater Scott Wall arrived at the south end of the Marina that morning, he saw Marina Director Randy Breault and Lead Marina Maintenance Worker Dolan Shoblo monitoring the water with binoculars.  Scott looked towards Oyster Point and saw what they were observing – a sailboat was pitching up and down with the heavy wave action, and appeared to be in imminent danger of losing its anchor, which would have resulted in it being pushed towards certain destruction against the Oyster Point break wall.  However, Harbormaster Michael Hahn, Marina Maintenance Worker Chris Redfield, and Marina tenant/good samaritan Michael Lael were already deployed on the Marina’s boat and enroute to the vessel in distress.  Being a very experienced sailor, Michael was able to transfer from the marina boat to the distressed vessel, and assist that captain with receipt of a tow line and management of the sailboat’s anchor lines.  The Marina boat was then able to tow the sailboat safely back to safe harbor in our Marina.  Thanks to the quick work of the Marina staff and fellow boaters that helped with the morning rescue, this sailboat and her crew survived to sail another day. 

Enjoy pictures of the resuce below, which were captured by Scott Wall.

Climate Fact #48

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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: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework  
http://www.stopwaste.org/preventing-waste/business/green-purchasing

 

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Posted 12/13/2016


Brisbane Women’s Club
Senior’s Holiday Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 17th, 10am-12pm
Eagles Hall, 185 Visitacion


Posted 12/9/2016


Help Support the Brisbane
Firefighters Toy Drive
Drop off New Unwrapped Toys
In the Lobby at City Hall


You are Cordially Invited!
Swearing-In Ceremony
Newly Elected Mayor
Mon., Dec. 12, 7pm, City Hall

 

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Posted 12/6/2016


The Collective Camp – Roar
#FADE
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN
Class Started 12/5…Sign up Now!


Posted 12/5/2016


Brisbane Dance Workshop
Holiday Craft Fair
Sat., Dec. 10, 11am-5pm Miss. Blue Ctr.
Crafts, Food, Santa Photos, Entertainment

Climate Fact #47

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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: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework  
http://www.brisbaneca.org/history-books
http://www.brisbaneca.org/news/2013-03-18/hike-san-bruno-mountain

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