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Nominate Brisbane to Win a $20K Grant

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Help get our city nominated for the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign, which kicks off this April. If we get the most nominations, one of our parks will receive a $20,000 grant for improvements. In its fourth year, the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign is a collaboration of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN — to help fund local park improvement projects.

You could win, too. When you nominate our city, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes to win a GoPro Prize Pack. The city with the most nominations at the end of April will receive the funding. Parks help make our lives better. They inspire healthy living, help protect the environment, provide access to sports and bring people together. Support our local parks this Earth Month by visiting them and nominating our city to improve a lucky park! Nominate our city today by visiting: www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark .

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Posted 3/31/2018


Water Bills Due
April 5th
Pay online: www.brisbaneca.org/utilities


Posted 3/29/2018


O Hina’aro Nui – Tahitian Dance
Spring Showcase 2018
Wed., Apr 4th, 7:45pm @ Mission Blue
FREE to the public!


Posted 3/28/2018



Mothers of Brisbane
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 31, 11:45am, Comm. Park
Kids 5 & Under, Open to the Public


Brisbane Lions Club
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., April 1st @ 1:00pm
Lipman Field, 1 Solano Ave. 

Concerts in the Park Lineup

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Brisbane Baylands Update

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At their March 22, 2018 City Council Meeting, the Council made a motion that moved the Baylands project forward.  However, it did not come easily, and it did not come before listening to all of the community members that came to offer public comment.  These comments included personal sentiments, concerns, and things about the site that weighed heavily on their hearts and their minds.  The Council assured those in the room and those watching from home that they, staff, and the City’s legal counsel are very aware of the site’s contamination and that they have been working hard to educate and inform our state legislators of the various safety issues and complexities about the site which aren’t readily apparent from a search of the Baylands on Google Maps. 

Before making the motion, Councilmember O’Connell stated that “we know that it’s toxic land out there, and we know that if we’re the ones on the forefront, then we can actually make a difference and set some of the levels that we want in the performance standards that we need in order to be viable as a city and to be viable as an environmentally-conscious community.”  With that, she made the motion for staff to bring back a draft General Plan amendment for a Baylands development with a build out of 1,800-2,200 residential units (designated in the Operable Unit (OU-1) area located west of the railroad and north of Geneva Avenue (extended)) and up to 4 million square feet of commercial space; along with added performance standards and safeguards for environmental clean-up concerns and the City’s fiscal concerns. Councilmember Cunningham seconded the motion, with the rest of the Council voting 5-0 to adopt the motion.

To stay up to date with what's going on at the Baylands, sign up to receive email notifications here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.  

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Posted 3/22/2018


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, March 25th, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


Dive-in Movie at the Pool
Showing “E.T.”
Sat., Mar 24th @ 7:30pm
FREE Admission, Fun for All!


Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarship Applications
Available Online: brisbaneca.org/lions-club-scholarship
Deadline to Apply - April 13th


Posted 3/25/2018



Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Mar 28th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Participate in Your Community @ the Ridge
Committee Meeting w/ Council Representation
Thurs., Mar 29th, 6:30pm
At the Mission Blue Center

 

Lions Club Scholarship

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Every year the Brisbane Lions club awards around $30,000 to help Brisbane students.  Applicants must be a Brisbane resident for at least one year and be pursuing a post high school degree, a GED, or vocational training.  The 2018 application is available at http://tiny.cc/brisbanescholars.

All applications and supporting documents are due Friday, April 13th.  Good luck to all applicants!

New Brisbane Library Update

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At their March 15th City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to release the final design, plans, and specs of the New Brisbane Library so that qualified contractors could begin to bid on it.  The bid period will be open for a few months, with the construction contract estimated to be awarded by the Council in June, and construction starting shortly thereafter.  Staff and Library architect, Siegel & Strain, are aiming for the New Brisbane Library to open in time for the Fall 2019 school year. 

The Council at that 3/15 meeting also approved a $1.7 million low-interest loan with the County of San Mateo.  Both of these items amount to huge steps forward in the overall project.  If you’re excited about seeing the New Brisbane Library become a reality, the Friends of the Brisbane Library are looking for donations to meet their fundraising goal of $100,000.  They are over a third of the way there, and are nearing the point where a design for the donor recognition wall will be determined (see below).  If you are interested in learning more or would like to make a donation, please visit www.fobl.info or contact Brisbane Library Branch Manager Francisco Vargas at vargas@smcl.org.

The location of the donor wall will be in the courtyard along the walkway between the library and the community room. This wall is approximately 17.5' long and 9.5' high.

EV Charger First Month Stats

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Curious to know what kind of use the new EV Charging station at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center has been getting?
 
Below are starts for its first month of activation (2/14/18-3/14/18):
  • 60 unique drivers
  • 2,590 total kWh dispensed, an average of 89.3 kWh/day
To meet the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) goal of 75,000 kWh in 3 years (the City received a grant through BAAQMD, which largely funded the charging station), we need to average ~68.5 kWh/day, so we are tracking ~30% above that currently.
 
And if you're curious about the individual charging sessions, here are some more stats:
  • 220 total sessions, 7.59 average sessions per day 
  • Average session length is 26:45 minutes, with 91+% of sessions 45 minutes or less
ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 1,075 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 28 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.  Note: These estimates are very general and likely low for us considering our 100% GHG-free energy through PCE ECO100.
 
For those with Combo- or CHAdeMO-compatible EV's, keep charging away!
 

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 Posted 3/17/2018


The Collective Camp – ROAR
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+
Women 18yrs+
STARTS MONDAY ARIL 2nd!


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, March 25th, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


Posted 3/14/2018


Brisbane Eagles Club
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Sat., Mar. 17th @ 2pm
185 Visitacion – Open to the Public!

 

New Fire Vehicle for Brisbane

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Last night before the City Council meeting, the Council and public in attendance got a first-hand look at Brisbane's new type 6 wildland fire vehicle.  This vehicle was acquired for its ability to traverse the hilly and tight upper streets of Brisbane and the hilly wildland terrain; it was built to be used in a wildland urban environment.  Unlike a normal fire engine, the type 6 has the ability to "pump and roll" and has the capacity to carry 350 gallons of water.  It is the first of its kind in San Mateo County, and we expect its aid and deployment to other parts of the region if needed.  For now, it will join Engine 81 at the Brisbane Fire Department.  Check out this video which was taken during last night's unveiling to learn more about Brisbane's new wildland type 6 vehicle.

SF Bay Restoration Authority

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Measure AA is expected to generate $25 million annually for Bay restoration over the next 20 years.

Funding from this measure will allow for the restoration of thousands of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, support our local economy, improve access to public lands, address flooding issues, and create thousands of new jobs.

The Authority's Governing Board seeks six individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Committee has three main roles:

  1. Annually review the Authority's conformance with Measure AA;
  2. Review the Authority's audits and expenditure and financial reports; and
  3. Publish an annual report of its findings, which will be posted on the Authority's website.

The Board seeks committee members from all four Bay Area regions and with special subject matter expertise.

Subject Matter Expertise: Each member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee must possess expertise in one or more of the following subject matters:

  • Water quality,
  • Pollution reduction,
  • Habitat restoration,
  • Flood protection,
  • Improvement of public access to the bay, or
  • Financing of these objectives.

Factors that Determine Ineligibility for Membership: No person may serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee who:

  • Is an elected official or government employee;
  • Has had or could have a financial interest in a decision of the Authority; or
  • Is affiliated with an organization associated with a member of the Governing Board.

Apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee by March 30, 2018.

For more information, visit the SF Bay Restoration Authority's website (http://sfbayrestore.org/) or contact Karen McDowell, Project Manager, SF Bay Restoration Authority, at karen.mcdowell@sfestuary.org or (415) 778-6685.

 

Get Healthy San Mateo County

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Get Healthy San Mateo (GHSMC) is in the middle of their five-year strategic plan, and as part of that plan have created a video series which focuses on their community-identifed priorities, their connection to health, and some efforts underway to address the issue.  Did you know that 1 in 4 residents struggle with chronic health disease?  Learn about the earliest strategies that we can adopt that actually prevent the root cause of problems like these from developing.  We're sure you'll learn something new!

Re-Painting Downtown Streetlight Poles

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UPDATE: Friday, March 9 - Work was completed earlier this week on Wedneday, 3/7.  A total of forty-seven downtown Brisbane lightpoles got a fresh new coat of "Brisbane Green" commercial-grade paint applied.  Tell us in the comments below what you think of the end result!

Before & After, San Francisco Ave.

UPDATE: Friday, March 2 - due to weather, the contractor is scheduled to return on Monday, March 5 to finish painting.

Starting tomorrow morning, a contractor that some in town may already be familiar with as they've been re-painting the decorative streetlights on the Northeast Ridge over the past couple of years - B.M. Lynn Painting - will be starting prep work in advance of re-painting the light poles on Visitacion. Please be aware of the No Parking signs as they are posted. The contractor will also be re-painting the streetlight poles along San Bruno Ave. and San Francisco Ave. - 47 in total! They do commercial and industrial painting, and are familiar with Brisbane. After the prep work is finished, they will proceed with the exterior painting so long as the weather conditions allow. We look forward to the "after" photo and extend our thanks in advance to the community for its patience as this work on our main drag gets completed!

New City Projects Section

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For those of you curious to know what projects the City has upcoming, or which projects have recently been completed, you'll be happy to know that a new "City Projects" section has been made available on the website.  To access this section, simply hover your mouse on the "I Want To..." column, click on "Read" and then click on "City Projects" to find this:

So far, all the City projects that have taken place over the course of this year and last have been catalogued here.  More will be filed under this new section as projects are scheduled.  They will also appear on the City's homepage when they're intially posted.

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Posted 3/11/2018


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Mar 14th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!

 

Live at Mission Blue Presents
Josh Lee & JungHae Kim
Sat., Mar. 17th, 8pm, @ Mission Blue
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door


Posted 3/8/2018



Reach for a Star 5K
Sun., Mar. 11th @ Sierra Point
Women’s Race: 8am, All Comers: 9am
Community 1 Mile Run: 10am

Commute.org Shuttle Survey

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Commute.org's 2018 Shuttle Rider survey is now open.  The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will be open until March 31, 2018. 
 
Your responses will help Commute.org make improvements to the shuttle program.  Your responses and identity will remain completely confidential.
 
You can be entered in a drawing to win a $40 REI gift card by entering your email address at the end of the survey.  Good Luck!

March 2018 Marina News

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  Click here to read the March 2018 Marina Newsletter

Reception: "See You at the 7"

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In this exclusive art showcase to the City of Brisbane, the 160 year old 7 Mile House shares never before seen artifacts, maps, photographs, and pages from the first print of their self-published book ‘See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House’.

The new book on 7 Mile House, Brisbane's oldest establishment and building, celebrates its intriguing history and how it came to be everyone’s favorite home “in the middle of nowhere”.

In 2004, Vanessa Garcia purchased the 7 Mile House, a dark dive in the outskirts of Brisbane, unaware of its history, the countless stories contained within its walls – and that, for the better part of the last 160 years, it was home to thousands of locals and travelers of all colors and persuasions.

The book is co-authored by Vanessa Garcia, and award-winning editor Regina Abuyuan, with a foreword by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte (Native Son).

A public reception will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 6:00-8:00pm at City Hall in the Large Conference Room.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Watch City Meetings LIVE and On-Demand

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We want to remind you that anytime a public meeting is taking place, you are able to watch the live stream of it on your computer or mobile device.  From the City's homepage, www.brisbaneca.org, just click on the thumbnail of the Lagoon to be taken to the live streaming page to watch what's currently being broadcast over Ch. 27.  Ch. 27 is the City's Public, Education & Government (PEG) or community access channel, which is used to provide a convenient and information-rich resource for residents to access their city government.  To that end, footage of City Council, Planning Commission, and other local government meetings are streamed live with replays scheduled afterwards, City-sponsored and City co-sponsored events are promoted via the slides, and educational programming and movies that our PEG operator (MCTV) sources are played.

If you happen to miss the live meeting, you can always watch the meeting on-demand via the All Meetings page.  From the City's homepage, www.brisbaneca.org, just click on the thumbnail of the mic with the dais in the background to be taken directly to that page where you can easily search for the meeting you want to view.  (Note: sometimes, due to issues related to Comcast's transmitter, the audio or picture quality may not be very desirable when watching on Comcast/a TV.  For a better viewing experience, we recommend watching a meeting via the live stream).  For any questions related to our PEG channel, of if you have a community event you would like to have advertised on Ch. 27, please contact Senior Management Analyst Caroline Cheung at ccheung@brisbaneca.org .

Join the Green Business Community

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Are you interested in becoming a certified Green Business?

The County's Office of Sustainability will be launching San Mateo County’s very first Green Business Academy with a kickoff workshop on Friday, April 6th at the Burlingame Library.  By participating in their Green Business Academy, businesses receive assistance in implementing measures in the areas of waste and toxin reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, water and energy conservation and efficiency, and pollution prevention.  Implementing these measures help reduce long-term operating costs while showcasing environmental practices.  Businesses that complete the certification process will be listed on both San Mateo County program’s website as well as the California Green Business Program’s website, which promotes businesses at the state and national level.

The Green Business Academy will consist of 2 workshops:

  • Friday, April 6th – Burlingame Main Library, 10am – noon
  • Friday, May 11th – Burlingame Main Library, 10am - noon

If you have questions, please contact Emi Hashizume at (650) 599-1441 or ehashizume@smcgov.org 

Already know you want to sign up for a workshop?  Register on their Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-business-academy-kickoff-tickets-42153510284

March 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the March 2018 STAR Newsletter.

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Posted 3/3/2018


Now Hiring Part-time Positions
Recreation Leader
and Recreation Aide
Apply online at www.calopps.org


Posted 2/28/2018


Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Mar. 13th
6-8:30pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
For Info Call: (415) 286-3707


Brisbane Village Helping Hands
Celebrates 2 Years of Service
with a SOCIAL!
Sat., Mar. 3, 3-5pm, Sunrise Rm.


Posted 2/27/2018


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Feb 28th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!

February 2018 Declared as Black History Month

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Mayor Conway read the below Proclamation, declaring February 2018 as Black History Month.

PROCLAMATION
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

WHEREAS, the City of Brisbane takes pride in joining Americans throughout the country in recognizing February 2018 as Black History Month; and

WHEREAS, Black History Month pays tribute to the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our shared history; and

WHEREAS, our diverse culture enriches and broadens the American experience of which Black heritage is an inseparable part as it weaves throughout our country’s history, profoundly influencing every aspect of our lives; and

WHEREAS, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month, selected the Theme for 2018 to be “African Americans in Times of War,” to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and honors the roles of African Americans - soldiers, sailors, veterans, and civilians - in every American war, from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present “War against Terrorism;” and

WHEREAS, we commend the many achievements, successes and contributions of African Americans in all fields of endeavor; and

WHEREAS, we call on the community members of the City of Brisbane to attend several County-wide programs, presentations, art exhibits and health fairs being held to observe Black History month - such as community events hosted by the San Mateo County Libraries, the African American Library Advisory Committee, the San Mateo County History Museum, and the San Mateo County African American Community Initiative.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on this 15th day of February, 2018, the City of Brisbane does hereby proclaim February 1st – February 28th, 2018, as Black History Month.

Dated this 15th Day of February, 2018          

W. Clarke Conway, Mayor
City of Brisbane

The signed Proclamation is being sent to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

See the below links for more information on Countywide community events celebrating Black History Month:

ASALH Announces 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War

2/17/18 Presentation at the San Mateo Public Library: "African Americans on the Railroad"

San Mateo County Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

San Mateo History Museum Exhibit "Noah's Ark: San Mateo County's Historic Restarant, on Display Now Through 4/15/2018

Hike through the Redwoods and Learn More about Sam McDonald’s Contributions

2/28/2018 Black History Month Silent Disco Event at the College of San Mateo

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Posted 2/24/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Brisbane Community Pool
Lifeguard Training Class
Fri – Sun, March 23rd-25th
Fri. 6pm-10pm // Sat/Sun 8am-5pm


Posted 2/17/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Brisbane Lions Club
Crab Dinner Fundraiser
Sat., Feb. 24th, 6pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Ticket/Info: (415) 269-7895 or
brisbanelionsclub@gmail.com


Registration Now Open!
Men’s Adult Softball League
Registration Deadline 3/12/18
For More Info: 415-508-2143

City's Fast EV Charger Now Open!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2018

Media Contact: Caroline Cheung
(415) 508-2157
ccheung@brisbaneca.org 

This morning, on Valentine's Day, a group of a couple dozen EV enthusiasts gathered outside Christie's Donuts at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center to celebrate the grand opening of the City's first fast or Level 3 EV Charging Station, which features a Chargepointe DC Fast Charger.  The station supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo Connector, which means that vehicles with fast-charging capabilities can "fill up" in approximately 20 minutes to an hour, a great fit for the station's retail location.  (Please note: only one vehicle can be charged at any given time.  And if your EV needs a Level 2 charger, one can be found at the Brisbane Marina, which a boater actually paid for and installed himself!).

During his comments, Mayor Conway remarked, "We're one of the first cities in the County to install one of these quick-charging EV stations, and locally growing market share and providing mobility for them and supporting local businesses.  So come down here and grab a bite to eat and charge your car at the same time."  As Brisbane resident Luc Deschaumes gave a demonstration of how easy it is to use the Chargepointe app on his phone to locate the station, charge up, and receive a notification when it's time to move on, Mayor Conway added how the City will be providing free charging for sessions up to 45 minutes for the first six months (after which a $5/hr. fee will apply).  The station supports the City's Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy's ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to.

Joining Mayor Conway to cut the ribbon were (from L to R): Luc Deschaumes, Adrienne Etherton, Councilmember Karen Cunningham, Brisbane resident and EV early adopter Danny Ames, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Barbara Ebel and Glenn Fieldman, City Manager Clay Holstine, Past Mayor Lori Liu, and Karen Kinser.

Special thanks goes to Judy Ng, Manager of the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District whose grant funds helped fund the charging station, contractor ABM, the City's Open Space and Ecology Committee, city staff, and Sven Thesen, consultant with the California Energy Commission, who provided his knowledge and assistance in helping make this day a reality.

We look forward to doing our part to help reduce emissions in the region!

 

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To view more photos from the event, please click here.

What's Up at Sierra Point?

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If you’ve been out to Sierra Point recently, you’ve probably noticed construction activity near the southern shoreline.

In 2008, the City approved development of a 540,000 square foot research and development complex of 5 buildings, plus a parking garage with a small amount of retail near the Marina.  The site encompasses 22 vacant acres between the Brisbane Marina and the DoubleTree Hotel.  The project developer has applied for building permits to construct the first two buildings.  In preparation, the City has approved site grading and the driving of test piles.  For pedestrian safety, a temporary detour of the Bay Trail has been established to run along Sierra Point Parkway instead of the south shore.  It is expected that the temporary detour will be in place through the Fall of 2018.    

If you have questions, you may contact the Community Development Department at (415) 508-2120, or email Senior Planner Ken Johnson at kjohnson@brisbaneca.org.

Open Seats: Bike/Ped Advisory Committee

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The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) currently has two (2) vacant seats for public members on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The two seats up for appointment are available due to the end of the two-year terms.  The BPAC provides advice and recommendations to the C/CAG Board of Directors (Board) on all matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian facilities planning and on the selection of projects for certain state and federal funding.  Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in San Mateo City Hall.  The BPAC has approximately six meetings per year.

The BPAC is a 15 member committee, comprised of both public and elected members.  However, no more than two members can reside in the same jurisdiction. There are currently two members that reside in Redwood City, and as a result, no new members from Redwood City can be appointed.

Please click here to access the application and e-mail it to Sara Muse, Transportation Programs Specialist, at smuse@smcgov.org .  Appointments will be considered at the March 8, 2018 Board meeting.

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Posted 2/11/2018


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Chapman & LeMesh
Sat., Feb., 17th, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com


Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., Feb 14th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!


Posted 2/7/2018


Congratulations
Lipman 8th Grade B-ball BB
N.C.R.L. Champions!
----------------------------------------
and Lipman 8th Grade B-ball B
for Reaching the Semi-finals!


Posted 2/5/2018


Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org


Ribbon Cutting for the Electric
Vehicle Charging Station
Wednesday, Feb 14th @ 10am
Village Shopping Center

February 2018 Marina News

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February STAR Newsletter

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