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November 2018 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a new law passed in 2016 that will modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The Statewide General Election, taking place on November 6, 2018, will be the second time this new election model is enacted.

This new election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot by: 1) Mailing every voter a ballot, 2) Expanding in-person early voting, and 3) Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county

This November, there will be one City Measure on the ballot.

Measure JJ: City of Brisbane General Plan Amendment Measure

Resolution, Measure and Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor         Argument Against

Where do you vote?  Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will actually be one of the Vote Centers in the County that will be open November 3-5, three days prior to Election Day.  Its hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.  There will be 5 Vote Centers open for 10 days before Election Day and 4 Vote Centers open 29 days before Election Day.  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Also important to note: The November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election is an all-mailed ballot election for the County.  Every eligible voter will be mailed a ballot and can vote by mail or cast their ballot in person at a Vote Center during the times and days specified above.  

Not registered to vote?  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote or visit a Vote Center during hours of operation to register to vote.  For more information contact Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk at ipadilla@brisbaneca.org or at (415) 508-2113.

Another Platinum Spotlight Award for Brisbane

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The City of Brisbane will receive its third Beacon Program award on Thursday September 13, 2018, at a special reception during the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference in Long Beach.

The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative.  This program honors local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to save energy, and the adoption of policies that promote sustainability.

For 2018, the City is honored to receive a Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award recognizing a 32% reduction in the agency GHG reduction area.  Previous honors include a 2015 overall Gold Level Beacon Award, recognizing significant accomplishments in all five award areas (Agency Energy Savings, Agency Natural Gas Savings, Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, and Sustainability Best Practices), and a 2016 Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practices.

These awards demonstrate the City of Brisbane’s ongoing commitment to lowering the environmental impact of our activities, and to preserving natural habitat for the benefit of current and future generations.

 

Mission Blue Sand Courts

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Construction is complete at the new Mission Blue Sand Courts, located at the corner of Mission Blue Drive and Monarch Drive.  This project was approved by the City Council at their June 21, 2018 meeting, where they entered into an initial 3-year agreement with SF Elite Volleyball Club.  The courts are currently available entirely for the public to use, as the sand tournament season recently concluded.  Otherwise, the courts will be available for public use outside of the pre-set times the club will be using them.  Thank you to SF Elite for their donation to the community by expanding recreational amenities available for Brisbane residents!

Flags at Half Staff Through 8/17

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In case you were wondering why the flags in the City are flying at half staff, it’s because of the firefighter fatalities in Redding.  They will remain at half staff until the end of day August 17th per North County Fire Authority Fire Chief, Ron Myers.  Flags are also flying at half staff for all fire stations in Daly City and Pacifica.  Thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this terrible wildfire burning in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

VIDEO: Cold In-Place Recycling

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Last May, Bayshore Blvd. in Brisbane was closed to traffic one lane at a time to allow for paving contractors to rehabilitate, compact, cure and pave over the roadway using Cold In-Place Recycling practices.  This is an innovative and eco-friendly way to rehabilitate roadways as existing asphalt is re-used after it is ground and mixed with binder additives before it's placed back into the roadway.  Cold In-Place Recycling is also slightly less expensive than traditional hot mix asphalt overlay techniques.  This is the type of innovation that cities are doing and demonstrates what future SB-1 (Gas Tax) funds can be used for.


Video by: Johnson Xiao, the City's Summer Multimedia Intern

August 2018 Marina Newsletter

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  Click here to read the August 2018 Marina Newsletter

Baylands General Plan Amendment

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The project that has been on everyone’s minds – amongst the Brisbane Community and the region – is of course the Brisbane Baylands.  On July 19th, City Council took a series of votes concerning the Baylands to send a General Plan Amendment to the voters for the November 6, 2018 election.

The first two votes the City Council took on this issue were unanimous (5-0).  The first vote unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The second vote unanimously approved including a range of 1,800 – 2,200 housing units in the General Plan Amendment.

The third vote, approved 4-1, allows up to 7 million square feet of new commercial development (Councilmember O’Connell voted no on that item because she felt 4.5 million square feet of new commercial was adequate).

The final vote taken was unanimous (5-0), and placed the approved Baylands General Plan Amendment onto the November 6, 2018 ballot.  This kept the promise made by all of the Council Members to allow the residents of Brisbane to cast their vote on what is in the best interest of their community.

As part of the General Plan Amendment Council included the need for all residential land to be cleaned up (remediated) to a level which allows for ground floor contact and would allow for schools, day care centers, and parks be included in residential communities.  Council also wanted to provide itself and the community with the most flexibility in approving future projects which would provide for the amenities our community has come to expect, improved funding of all General Fund services (Police, Fire, Roads, Parks and Recreation), and to ensure the new development was a community and not just a series of buildings disconnected from Brisbane.

In addition to the above requirements of the General Plan amendment the City already has an ordinance which requires the Baylands development to have a minimum of 15% of its housing units designated as affordable or meet below-market requirements and a minimum of 25% of the Baylands must be reserved for open space/area.

Approving of the General Plan Amendment does not mean approval of the final project.  The developer will need to submit a Specific Plan compliant with the new General Plan (if approved).  When the Specific Plan is submitted the remediation action plan will need to be submitted as well.  Additional environmental reports will need to be completed based on the proposed Specific Plan, and a Development Agreement would need to be agreed upon which would create a contract by which the developer would need to abide.   

City Manager Clay Holstine commented to Marisa Kendall, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, “The City certainly sees all of the ill effects of the housing crisis, and we’re trying to be responsible not only to that issue, but to our own community.”

To view the Notice of Election and Deadline for Submitting Arguments and Rebuttals, please click here.  If you would like to subscribe to Baylands Updates from the City, please sign up here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.

Final High School Bus Update

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Final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year were finalized last Friday and shared by SamTrans with the Brisbane parents working group.  This group was largely spearheaded by Brisbane resident Alina Zavodnik, who began encouraging other Brisbane parents to get involved by attending meetings and brainstorming alternatives with City staff and Mayor Conway, which they started doing in late 2017.  Seeing that the most likely scenario for safely transporting Brisbane & Southern Hills high school students to and from their homes and high school would be via existing SamTrans routes, the group recently began meeting with SamTrans on possible route modifications.  The following determinations were made for how best to integrate SamTrans service to and from Brisbane to the students’ high schools.

Route 24 | Will Now Run from Brisbane to Jefferson, Westmoor, Summit Shasta High Schools

Route 24 currently serves Jefferson and Westmoor High School students.  Route 24 will extend to Summit Shasta and the route schedule will be modified to accommodate the school bell times for all three high schools.  In the morning, the Route 24 will start at Brisbane, departing 7:05am, and end at Shasta High School at 7:52am.  In the afternoon, the Route 24 will pick up students at Westmoor High School first at 3:25pm, then go to Shasta High School at 3:40pm, Jefferson High School at 3:48pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:15pm.  The bus stop for Summit Shasta is located at Serramonte Blvd. & Highway 1.  The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan.

Route 49 | Extending Service to Brisbane for Students going to Oceana and Terra Nova High Schools

Presently, Route 49 operates via San Bruno BART, Sneath Ln., Allen Dr., Skyline Blvd., Sharp Park, Hwy 1, Crespi Dr. into Terra Nova High School.  In August 2018, Route 49 will start in Brisbane, departing 6:48am from Old County Rd. & San Francisco Ave., go through San Bruno Ave. and Sneath Lane, Skyline College, Manor Drive, arriving at Oceana High School at 7:32am, and ending at Terra Nova High School at 7:45am.  The reverse trip in the afternoon will follow the same pattern, departing Terra Nova at 3:10pm, Oceana at 3:27pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:11pm.  The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will also be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan.

All service changes are effective Sunday, August 5, 2018.  

The bus stop is located at the Community Park on Old County Rd.  Discounted Youth Clipper Cards can be applied for here.

Route Info, Maps & Schedules -

#49: http://bit.ly/2vRFcRq
#24: http://bit.ly/2vRwjal

Thank you, SamTrans, for working with Brisbane residents and City officials on a solution for the school year!

Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged!  Share your compliments, suggestions, or concerns with Christina Contreras, SamTrans Marketing Outreach Coordinator, by emailing her at contrerasc@samtrans.com or by calling her at (650) 508-7763.

VIDEOS: 'Sort Your Rubbish!' Series

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One of the projects our Summer Multimedia Intern Johnson Xiao hoped to accomplish for the Open Space and Ecology Committee was an educational video focused on how to properly sort trash one's trash by utilizing one of the four waste streams: Compost, Recyclables, Trash, and Paper.  The end result was four separate videos, each focused on one waste stream.  We'll post one a day this week, ending with a mashup of the four on Friday!  Enjoy, and we hope you learn something new!  And remember, If in doubt, find out!

MONDAY: Sort Your Rubbish! [Compost]

TUESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Recyclables]

WEDNESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Trash]

THURSDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Paper]

FRIDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Mashup]

These videos were so much fun to make.  Special thanks to Sustainability Management Analyst Adrienne Etherton for managing the project, our Summer Interns Julia Deschaumes, Emilio Flamenco, Brenda Walker, along with Assistant Engineer II Justin Yuen for starring in the videos, and of course Johnson Xiao for producing them for the community to enjoy!  We hope you learned something new about the 4 waste streams and how you can modify your habits to be sure you #sortsmart!

National Bike/Ped Count 2018

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Every year in mid-September, the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability recruits volunteers to count at various locations throughout the county during two hour periods.

The goal is to provide accurate and consistent documentation on usage and demand, and encourage investments in transportation modes other than the private automobile.  This is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project, a nationwide effort to provide data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and the general public.  Therefore, the count methodology follows standardized NBPD guidelines.

For 2018, the count period is September 11th - 16th.  Dedicated volunteers like you are needed to help in this important work!  Volunteers are needed for the in-field data collection component.  This means that you get to be outside enjoying a couple of hours in the beautiful, mid-peninsula weather while recording those who walk and bike past.  Each shift is two hours and you can indicate your location and time preferences.  To register as a volunteer, please do so here.  You can also view the Active Transportation page on the Office of Sustainability's website for more information.  Thank you for your consideration in helping with this very important documentation effort!

What's Happening on Bayshore Blvd.?

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UPDATE: Wednesday, August 1st - the work of installing a concrete barrier wall outside Ice House Hill was completed today.  Thank you all for your patience as this important project was being performed!


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With the wire mesh drapery project on the west slope of Ice House Hill now complete, a contractor is removing the “temporary” k-rail at the bottom of the slope on the eastern side of Bayshore Boulevard, and installing a continuous concrete barrier wall meant to provide rock debris from entering the bike lane and vehicle travel way.  The work is expected to be complete mid next week.

As always, drive cautiously through the construction zone for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Thank you for your patience.

August 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the August 2018 STAR Newsletter.

Brisbane Baylands Project Update

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The project that has been on everyone’s minds – amongst the Brisbane Community and the region – is of course the Brisbane Baylands. At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to:

  1. Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, which is the first step in the process and will allow for additional information to be obtained and applied to the site before all the impacts are known;
  2. Approve the housing component of 1,800 – 2,200 units Baylands General Plan Amendment, in order to get the remediation that is needed on the site for it to be a fully-functioning community and not just a series of buildings that are disconnected from the town;
  3. Include up to 7 million square feet of commercial (Councilmember O’Connell stated she was more comfortable with 4.5 million square feet and thus dissented in her vote).  Other Councilmembers expressed how they believed that 7 million sq. ft. would allow for the City to have the most amount of future flexibility, amenities, and financial benefit, as well as be best able to assist with the regional jobs-housing imbalance. Only that vote was 4-1. Lastly, the Council voted unanimously to:
  4. Put the Baylands General Plan Amendment onto the November 6, 2018 ballot, which will allow the residents of Brisbane to cast their votes on what they consider to be in the best interests of their city.

A City ordinance requires the Baylands development to have a minimum 15% of its housing units designated as affordable or meet below-market requirements.  In addition, a minimum of 25% of the Baylands must be reserved for open space/area.

What’s next for the Baylands?  Staff expects the developer to submit a revised Specific Plan in line with the General Plan Amendment, if approved by voters in November.

City Manager Clay Holstine commented today to Marisa Kendall, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, “The City certainly sees all of the ill effects of the housing crisis, and we’re trying to be responsible not only to that issue, but to our own community.”

To play back the meeting video, please visit: www.brisbaneca.org/city-government/meetings.  Scroll down to the meeting video of July 19th.  If you would like to subscribe to Baylands Updates from the City, please sign up here.

Council Moves to Allow Live Aboards

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At last night's City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to direct staff to revise the City's Marina Regulations found in the Municipal Code to allow for live aboards.  Boat owners are currently not allowed to rent out their boats for short-term rentals, and such will continue to be prohibited in the revised regulations.  It is thought that having live aboards or 24/7 living at the Marina will further recreational boating by providing enhanced security.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date to establish a "Live Aboard License Fee".

July 2018 Marina News

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 Click here to read the July 2018 Marina Newsletter

Annual Marina Kite Festival August 2018

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See below for more info about the Annual Marina Kite Festival, taking place on August 4, 2018:

VIDEO: Facilities Rental

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If you're getting ready to plan a special event, you may want to consider renting one of the facilities in town, and which are maintained by our Parks and Recreation and Public Works Depts.  This video produced by our Summer Multimedia Intern Johnson Xiao will help give you a better idea of the types of facilities the City has to offer!  If you or your organization are interested in using any of the facilities mentioned in this video for your next meeting, party, or private event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at (415) 508-2140 or email them at parks-recreation@brisbaneca.org.

City Hall Roof-Mounted PV System

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Update: Thursday, July 12 - The power in City Hall will be out tomorrow beginning at 12 noon in order to interconnect the new PV system.  Unfortunately, our computers and credit card machines will also be down during the planned shut down.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Update: Monday, July 9 - The City Hall roof-mounted PV installation project is now approximately 90% complete.  The major work remaining is a temporary shutdown of PG&E power so the PV system can be interconnected.  We again thank you for your patience (esp. to those that frequent the Dog Park) as this project is completed!

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The City Council has had an interest in constructing a photovoltaic system on the City Hall roof for over a decade, and we’re excited to announce that it’s now happening!  Over the course of the next two months, contractor Sunterra Solar will be working to install a 150 kW system (AC rating), and they will be using the City Hall parking lot near the Dog Park as their staging area.  Therefore, we ask that Dog Park users please refrain from parking in the spaces indicated as restricted with signs and barricades, as those are necessary for the contractor’s materials and equipment, which include a lift.  We look forward to having the system installed, which will allow for shedding more of the City’s load dependence from the public utility.  The current system does not include a commercial solar battery storage system, but in the event the Council does choose to install one, we would see even greater independence from the utility by saving excess power generated during lower demand periods.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

July 2018 Home Sharing Flyers

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HIP Housing's July 2018 flyers are now available for housing providers and housing seekers.

Over 200 people were placed in home sharing arrangements during FY 17-18; an additional 465 people remained in their home sharing arrangements during the year!

July 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the July 2018 STAR Newsletter.

New Brisbane Library Site Work Commences

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163 Visitacion...the site of the old 5 Star Café which will soon be transformed into the New Brisbane Library.  Starting next Monday, 7/2, crews will begin to be seen onsite performing a site survey and clearing the area of weeds.  Work will continue 7am-4pm, M-F, with the exception of the July 4th holiday on Wednesday. This falls in line with the project timeline, which has work starting this summer and finishing in time for the Fall 2019 school year.  We are excited to watch the transformation take place! If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Brisbane Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

BES Modular Update

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UPDATE: Thursday, 6/28 - The secondary childcare modular has arrived (delivery needed to be pushed to Thursday at 7:00am, and thus a time-laspe video wasn't able to be made--sorry!). Williams Scotsman delivered the unit this morning and will be spending the next couple of days conducting assembly and setting the modular into place.  Once situated, the remaining site work will be completed prior to occupancy in August.  This secondary unit has allowed the Parks and Recreation Dept. to expand enrollment for the ClubRec afterschool program to better meet the needs of the community.  Thank you to the Brisbane School District for working with us to make this possible and thank you to our dedicated Public Works team for managing the logistics! 

See more photos from today on the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

UPDATE: Friday, 6/22 - The temporary childcare modular is scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday morning starting at 9:00am.  Stay tuned for a time-lapse video showing it being set into place!

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What's happening at BES you ask?  The Public Works team is working with a contractor and PG&E to perform the site preparation work needed for the incoming modular.  The City is renting a secondary modular unit in the coming school year to allow for expansion of the afterschool program based on demand.  See the photos below for work that took place earlier this week:

PG&E installed a temporary power pole to provide electrical access to the rental modular unit.

The storage shed needed to be moved to allow delivery of the rental modular unit.  Above, crews are paving over the spot where the storage shed was previously located.

All patched up and looking good!

More progress pictures to come as the project moves through its various stages!

 

4th of July Safety

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July and the Independence Day holiday are upon us - a time of fun, fireworks, and festivals. We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th!  In order to keep you, your family, pets, and neighbors safe, please consider the following tips as you put the finishing touches on your celebration:

Fireworks Safety: Fireworks are only allowed in Pacifica and San Bruno, not Brisbane or Daly City. 

Brisbane PD will be actively enforcing Brisbane Municipal Code (BMC) Section 15.44.090 – which states that all fireworks are prohibited in Brisbane, even “safe and sane” ones.  Persons caught with illegal fireworks will be cited and may be fined and/or sentenced to one year in jail. To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, call the Non-Emergency Brisbane Police dispatch line at (415) 467-1212.  In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

If the 4th of July isn’t complete to you without seeing fireworks, we encourage residents to go and see a professional fireworks show…or, you can go to Pacifica where there are certain beaches open to the public to purchase only “safe and sane” fireworks and shoot them off.  More information can be found here on the City of Pacifica’s website.

Please, let’s all be safe and legal this year, particularly with the warm weather and winds, which are causing grasses to dry out and pose as potential fire hazards.

Pet Safety: More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. Exercise your furry friends before the festivities and keep them inside as much as possible. If you need to take them out, ensure they have a tag with your contact information.  Lastly, common Fourth of July items such as alcoholic beverages, citronella candles, and glow sticks can be toxic to pets and should be stowed out of their reach.
 
Grilling Safety: Keep the grill out in the open and far away from anything that could catch fire: the house, deck, tree branches. Be sure to use long-handled tools especially made for grilling to keep the chef safe. Make sure children and pets stay far away from the grill, and always supervise the grill when in use.
 
Please note:  The Brisbane Community Pool will observe modified hours on Wednesday, July 4th.  The hours for Lap Swim will be 8:30am - 10:30am and the hours for Rec Swim will be 10:30am - 1:00pm.  Come and celebrate the 4th of July at the Pool with us!

Council Adopts Budget for Next 2 Years

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As part of last night's City Council Meeting, the Council approved operating budgets for the next two fiscal years (the City's fiscal year starts on July 1st and ends June 30th).  The City's Budget is one of the most important documents the Council works on because it sets the Community's spending priorities for the next two years.  In this case, 2018/19 and 2019/20.  The Council is in their third year of putting together a Priority-Based Budget, which is based upon the 5 Council-adopted Community Results/Goals:

  • Safe Community - Residents and visitors will experience a sense of safety
  • Community Building - Brisbane will honor the rich diversity of our city (residents, organizations, businesses) through community engagement and participation
  • Ecological Sustainability - Brisbane will be a leader in setting policies and practicing service delivery innovations that promote ecological sustainability
  • Fiscally Prudent - Brisbane's fiscal vitality will reflect sound decisions which also speak to the values of the community
  • Economic Development - Brisbane will work with the businesses and residents to provide for economic vitality/diversity

To that end, below are a handful of projects that received funding:

  • Requests from the Parks and Recreation Commission - Firth Park Improvements (replace benches, tables, trash cans); Sunrise Room Improvements (paint, baseboard and carpet replacement, kitchen cabinet updates); Dropdown Screen for Mission Blue, Sound System Replacement at Mission Blue, Portable Sound System Replacement for Special Events
  • Capital Projects - Drainage Line Installed at the Fishing Pier, Alley Improvements (draw up plans for the Alvarado to San Benito Walkway as well as plans drawn for the Sierra Point to Humboldt Walkway), Station 81 Fire Engine Replacement

Click here to read the staff report where more information on the above items can be found.

The Council had the lion's share of their budget discussions during the June 9th Budget Workshop.  The new 2018-20 Budget will be posted shortly here on the City's website.

Fri. Afternoon Grass Fire

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Just after 3pm on Friday, June 22, crews responded to a second alarm grass fire east of Bayshore Blvd. near Tunnel Rd.  Due to quick action taken by the fire compaines, the fire was contained to 5 acres, with no damage to private or public property, nor injuries to firefighters or the public.  A Cal Fire copter remained on scene for any flare-ups while crews did extensive mop ups and constructed containment lines around the fire.  The fire is currently under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Fire Prevention Services Bureau.  Click here to read their press release.  We will post an update when a determination has been made as to the cause of the fire.  

June 2018 Marina News

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  Click here to read the June 2018 Marina Newsletter

Council Adopts New ADU Regulations

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Are you a homeowner in Brisbane who wants to establish an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property?  At their May 17th City Council Meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 626, which significantly expands the opportunities for Brisbane homeowners to either build a new ADU on their property, or convert existing space in their home into an ADU.

ADUs are small dwelling units that are also known as “second units,” “granny units,” “in-law units” and other names.  Whatever you call them, ADUs allow homeowners to build a small home on the same property as their existing single-family home.  ADUs could provide housing for aging parents, other family members, or live-in healthcare assistance.  They could also be rented out to tenants as an extra source of income.

Under the City’s updated regulations, any property in Brisbane with an existing single-family home is eligible to develop an ADU.  Previously, only homeowners in the City’s single-family zoning districts (R-1 and R-BA) were eligible to establish an ADU.  There is also no minimum lot size required to create an ADU.  If you are a homeowner who is interested in establishing an ADU on your property, please reach out to the Planning Department to learn about the best options for you based on your property’s unique characteristics.  Call (415) 508-2120 or email planning@brisbaneca.org to set up a phone or in-person appointment with Planning staff.

The City also encourages you to explore the County of San Mateo’s “Second Unit Center”  at http://secondunitcentersmc.org/.  This website has a wealth of information on the technical, design, and financial aspects of building a new ADU or converting existing space into an ADU.

SamTrans Summer Youth Pass Now on Sale

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Avoid the hassle of having to drive the kids everywhere.  Get your kids their own set of wheels this summer and get them a SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.  The Summer Youth Pass allows unlimited rides on any SamTrans route all summer - from June 1 through Aug. 31 - and is available to kids 18 and younger.  It’s one of the best summertime bargains for kids and teens to ride all over San Mateo County!  Save $41 compared to three Youth Monthly passes.

The Summer Youth Pass is available now for purchase on the SamTrans website (pass is not available on Clipper).

Get $3,000 Off a New Nissan Leaf

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PG&E recently announced that its customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.  Please click here for more information.

Wildfire Season is Upon Us

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With the warm weather and winds, grasses are drying out and can pose a fire hazard.  All residents should inspect their property and cut and remove all dry grasses and dead/dry vegetation from their property.  Notices of this were mailed to all properties advising residents to have this completed no later than Sunday, June 3rd.  Our firefighters, along with Fire Prevention staff from North County Fire Authority, drove through all streets in Brisbane this week (both commercial and residential) and noted any properties that appeared not to be in compliance.  Notices will be sent out next week to all properties that were deemed not in compliance.  Note: All property owners are responsible to abate dead plants, grass and weeds located on their property.  Should a property owner fail to correct an issue the Fire Department deems unsafe, a lien may be placed on the property by the City to recover all of the cost to abate the violations.

Fire Prevention staff also want to remind residents that they should inspect their roofs and gutters and remove pine needles, dry leaves, and debris from them.  It has been found that wind-driven embers crated by burning grasses, shrubs, and trees are one of the largest causes of homes being lost to fire; that dried out debris on your roof is fuel for a fire.  It is widely recommended to install 1/8" to 1/4" metal mesh to protect your attic spaces from ember intrusion.  For more information on creating a proper defensible space and legal requirements, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

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