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Sponh Ranch Design Workshop

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UPDATE: Friday, 8/1, 12:33PM - Spohn Ranch has set up an online forum via Facebook to garner feedback from the community about the design of the new skatepark.  Click here to view the group: and request to join!

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Skatepark design consultant Sponh Ranch was at City Hall yesterday facilitating a design workshop from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  About 20 participants first listened to a presentation by Sponh Ranch, which focused on their experience and parameters to consider when designing a skatepark.  They showed aerial photos of three city properties taken with their camera drone which included the existing skatepark site, the Teen Center site, and the eastern end of the Community Park.  After a short question and answer period, the attendees filled out a survey regarding their use of the skatepark and the types of features they'd like to see in a future skatepark.  Finally, attendees were given an outline of the existing skatepark and asked to draw, doodle, or in any written way convey what their ideal skatepark would look like.

If you weren't able to attend last night's workshop but wanted to still fill out a survey, you can still do so.  Just download the 4-page survey form and send it to Karen Kinser, Senior Civil Engineer, at or fax it to her at (415) 467-4989.  You can also drop it off to the Public Works Dept. at City Hall: 50 Park Place, Brisbane.

In the next week or two, Spohn Ranch will be setting up a Facebook page to garner even more feedback from the community.  Stay tuned!

Statewide Water Regulation

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A couple weeks ago we posted about the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approving a statewide emergency conservation regulation to reduce outdoor water use.  On Tuesday, July 28, 2014, that emergency regulation went into effect.  With this regulation, violators can face fines of up to $500 for each day any of the following occur(s): 

Prohibited Activities:

  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff to adjacent property and/or non-permeable surfaces.
  2. Washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  3. Using potable (or drinking) water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.
  4. Using potable water in a decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Next Steps:

The City is reviewing the new regulations to understand any additional prohibitions we may need to enforce, and we will send a flyer out to every water customer once we have determined all the actions that need to be taken.  We ask everyone to comply with these restrictions during this time of drought.

Need more information?

To speak to someone in the City Water Department, or to report observed violations of the prohibitions, please call (415) 508-2130.

Fact Sheet on Approved Regulations

3:00am 7/29 Outbound Flight

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UPDATE 8/2, 6:05PM - We received the following quick response from SFO Airport Director John Martin.

UPDATE 8/1, 10:19AM: Congresswoman Jackie Speier's office sent this letter to SFO Director John Martin and the FAA yesterday and are awaiting a response.  Also, the FAA Data page on the City's website has been updated with July's flight data provided by the FAA.

UPDATE 7/30, 2:09PM: The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office informed the City today that it was able to determine that the pilot of Kalitta Flight CKS2837 accepted the Quiet Six Departure.  The plane took off on Runway 28R (oriented East/West), but after a slower than typical climb rate, made a right turn later than preferred, thus overflying South San Francisco, San Bruno Mtn., and Brisbane.  The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office will be working with Kalitta more closely so that the airline can become more familiar with the communities surrounding the airport and fly over the commercial/industrial segments of the northern Peninsula (east of 101) and not disturb the residents. 

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Many if not all residents were awoken to an extremely low-flying plane at approximately 3am today.  Bert Ganoug, Manager of SFO’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Office responded to the City’s inquiry that this was a cargo plane departing SFO, currently en route to Seoul, South Korea.  Flight CKS2837 departed SFO at 2:57am as a FedEx flight (FDX37) was departing OAK for Anchorage International.  Flight CKS2837 crossed over San Bruno Mtn. at approximately 2,055 ft. above sea level.

The Aircraft Noise Abatement Office is just getting into their investigation since the event happened after midnight and the full data will not be in their system until tomorrow morning.  When they give us their update, we’ll be sure to post it here as an update at the top of this post.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Noise data reports from the FAA are posted to the City's website on the FAA Data page and months March - June were added today.

Mission Blue Exterior Lighting

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As part of the City's 2014-15 Budget, the Council approved funding for energy-saving measures at City recreational facilities.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday July 29th, Mission Blue Center will have its 26 exterior/landscape and 11 parking lot lights replaced with LEDs.  The work is anticipated to be completed on Wednesday, July 30.  Working with Ecology Action and San Mateo County Energy Watch, the City will be able to take advantage of an energy efficiency rebate that will cover 24% of the total project cost.  Estimated 1st year savings are $1,112.46, making payback only 4.11 years.  Similar to the LED lighting retrofit at the Fire Station, the city will be paying for the project with energy savings, otherwise known as On-Bill Financing.  This financing tool is an option that PG&E offers to help organizations implement energy saving projects without needing to pay any up-front out-of-pocket investment.  Now that's a win-win situation!  For any questions about this project, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/30/2014

Did you know…
You can submit service requests
to the City with the app GORequest?
More info:


Did you know…
You can submit your ideas to the City Council
with Uservoice?
More info:


Remember to Lock your Car

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Over the past couple of months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods. These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles. In one recent case, the person used the garage remote in the vehicle to gain entry into the garage.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this. No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home. 

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood. Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious. If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911. Don’t be shy! The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity. You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.” If the incident is in progress, Dial 911. Other non-emergency reports can be made directly to the dispatch center at (415) 467-1212.

The police department stands behind its motto: “In Partnership with the Community.” Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today.

Repaving of Street Sections

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We will improve the condition of a number of streets in Brisbane by repaving them starting in September.  This does mean that traffic on specific roads will be impacted while work is occurring.  Each resident or business within the project limits will receive written notifice approximately one week in advance and again 24 hours before the start of the project.  Notification for parking restrictions will be provided 72 hours in advance.  Traffic will be accommodated during this time.  The street sections that will be repaired include the following:

Humboldt Rd from Placer Way to Kings Rd

Mendocino St from San Bruno Ave to Visitacion Ave

Mendocino St from Visitacion Ave to Solano St

Plumas St from San Francisco Ave to Mariposa St

Ross Way from Glen Parkway to Sierra Point Rd

Solano St from Mendocino St to End of Cul-de-sac

Tunnel Ave: small section at north end of bridge

Tulare St from San Bruno Ave to End of Cul-de-sac

More information regarding the location and corresponding dates for work on each street section will be provided closer to the start date of the project.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while this work is being done.  If you have any concerns or questions, please call the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/24/2014

City of Brisbane – Now Hiring
Aquatic Recreation Program Coordinator
Apply by August 7, 2014


Introducing New Staff

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Many of you have probably already seen these faces around town and at City Hall, but earlier today a Swearing In Ceremony was held for the City's newest appointments and recent promotions.

Kessel Crockett – Maintenance Worker I

Angel Ibarra - Office Specialist

Joe Friars - Public Works Team Leader

Tricia Vaccaro - Administrative Assistant

We are happy to see these new additions to the City and know they will be putting their best foot forward in providing quality services to the community!

Crocker Park is 91+% Filled

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Taking a drive down Valley Dr., or the “spine” of Crocker Industrial Park, it may appear from the scattered For Lease signs that there are a lot of buildings sitting empty.  But in speaking with folks who have a good pulse on the commercial realty market, like Jason Cranston, Senior VP of Commercial Real Estate Services for Cassidy Turley and Mitch Bull, President of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park is actually doing quite well with more businesses moving in than leaving in the past couple years.  Here are a few examples of movement in the Park that has helped the occupancy rate increase to what it is: Del Monte Meat Co. has moved in at 145 South Hill Drive as well as circuit board manufacturers, LeeMah Electronics, right next door.  The 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse 100 Cypress which the Brisbane School District used a few years back as the site for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Spring Thing, will soon be leased to Bay Area LinensArrowhead/Nestlé Waters moved in to the space at 246 Valley and Monster Cable, located at 455 Valley, has renewed their lease.  If you’ve noticed more of those white, AT&T vans driving around town, that’s because AT&T moved a service center into 355 Valley las year after signing a five-year lease. 

As for the locations with large For Sale or For Lease signs, the old Gilmore Envelope building at 325 Valley recently went up for sale, as engineering firm F.W. Spencer & Son, Inc. (located at 99 S. Hill), last summer completed prefabricating the plumbing lines for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in that space (see photo at left).  A huge Colliers sign is advertising 165 as being for sale, but in the interim it is being occupied by its owners.  Nearly across the street at 200 Valley, which are where 56 business condos are located, two are being listed for sale.  Lastly 280 Valley, 460 Valley and 480 are vacant, but they total less than 54,000 sq. ft.  So for the nearly 3.7M sq. ft. in Crocker Industrial Park, where 91+% is currently being occupied, the Park’s doing pretty darn well!


Severe Drought Conditions

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In response to the last three dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board this past Tuesday approved a statewide emergency regulation to ensure water agencies and their customers increase water conservation or face possible fines or other enforcement.  The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor water use, and if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, could go into effect as early as August 1, 2014

With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is outfitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.  Additionally, landscape irrigation will be restricted to no more than 2 days per week.  Click here to read the Water Control Board's press release on this issue.

Should the Board adopt this regulation, the City will be sure to communicate the implications to its residents using all available communication channels.  In the meantime, please prevent water waste - visit to find out how everyone can do their part in conserving this precious resource.

Fire Station Lighting Upgrades

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Say goodbye to T-12 lamps and incandescents at Station 81 and hello to T-8's and compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs)!  Thanks to the City Council for approving this energy efficiency upgrade at the Fire Station in their 2014-15 Budget, and San Mateo County Energy Watch, we are upgrading all the T-12 lamps to T-8 lamps as well as all incandescents to CFLs in the Fire Station.

San Mateo County Energy Watch is a partnership between PG&E and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).  Serving San Mateo County and unincorporated areas, the organization provides audits for facilities, work proposals, and contractor oversight of retrofits for energy projects.

While the previous lamps only had a 28,000 hour service life, the installed, new T-8 lamps will have a 36,000 hour service life, reducing the replacement frequency.  This project is not only expected to save 18,500 lbs of CO2 annually but also $2,225 on utility costs!

Because this is an On-Bill Financing project, PG&E is providing us with a 0% loan with the requirement that it is paid back within 5 years.  On-Bill Financing (OBF) is where a utility company provides convenient financing options to help implement energy efficiency investments.

These lighting upgrades will be completed at the Fire Station today. 

See if you can spot the difference!

For more information: 

San Mateo County Energy Watch

PG&E On-Bill Financing



Election Officers Needed

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The County Registration & Eletions Division needs your help!  They're looking for capable citizens to fill some important Election Day jobs.  This is a unique opportunity to be part of democracy in action while making a difference in your community.  Click here for the flyer.  Sign up at or call the Registration & Elections Division at (650) 286-2810.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/18/2014

Did you know that the occupancy rate
in Crocker Industrial Park
is 91+%?

Posted 7/14/2014

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Art Classes
Begin Sept. 3rd at Mission Blue Center
For More Info: 508-2143



Traffic Impacts on the Ridge

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Toll Brothers and their contractor, Mountain Cascade, are continuing their work on the improvements to the Northeast Ridge Neighborhood Water System.  The first phase of work on Monarch Dr. is complete and the contractor has moved on to the second phase of work on Silverspot Dr.  Silverspot Dr. will now be closed to southerly traffic between Mission Blue Dr. and West Hill Dr. during 7/14 - 8/5 from 9am - 4:30pm.  Click here for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.  Thank you for your patience.

Community Pool Closures

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There will be a swim meet today at the Community Pool starting at 4:30pm, so the Pool will be closing at 4:00pm.  The schedule for today, Friday, July 11, is as follows:

Adult Lap Swim: 6:30am - 1:00pm
All Ages Rec Swim: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Swim Meet: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

(The next swim meet will be Friday, August 8th, with the same daytime schedule as noted above.)

The Pool will also be closed next Wednesday, July 16, as a film crew will be on-site from 7:00am - 4:00pm.  In case you're wondering, the film crew will be compensating the city for their use of the Pool, which includes an hourly rate along with the cost to cover the head lifeguards' time. 

Summer Learning Program

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Stop by the Brisbane Library this summer and sign up for their Summer Learning program.  Every child will receive a book to keep just for visiting the Library and picking up a Summer Learning log!  All reading is good reading; this summer, try novels, nonfiction, comic books, magazines, audiobooks and more!

Families with Children Under 5

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your child will support your child’s pre-reading skills and, eventually, will help your child do better in school.  Participating in summer learning is easy, fun, and invaluable for your child’s development.  Color in a shape for each day you read, sing, play, write, talk, or go to a library program with your child.  After you’ve done this for 30 days, you’ve completed the summer learning program!

Kindergartners-3rd Graders

Participating in summer learning is easy and fun.  Try to read for at least 20 minutes every day and do fun, new activities.  Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read for 30 days, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!

4th-6th Graders

Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school!  Try to read every day and do fun, new activities.  Once you’ve completed 6 activities and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!

7th-12th Graders

Participating in summer learning is easy and fun--and it keeps you from forgetting what you learned last year at school!  Try to read every day and have active, hands-on learning experiences so that you’re learning every day.  Once you’ve completed 6 activites and read 5 books, you have successfully completed the summer learning program!


Return your log to the Brisbane Library for prizes and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to college.  Ask for another log--with each additional log returned, you will have another chance at winning the $1,000 scholarship!

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Ave.

Brisbane Park Car Show

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Saturday, July 12th | 8:00am - 4:00pm

Last year was the first year that Brisbane resident Tony Lukezic organized a car show for the community in downtown Brisbane.  In its inaugural year, it was successfully attended by nearly 500 spectators over the course of the day.  This year, he’s expecting an even greater turnout of cars, so the first two blocks of the odd-numbered side of Visitacion Ave. (side of The 23 Club), the parking lot on the corner of Mariposa & Visitacion, and 13 spots inside the Post Office parking lot will all be reserved, in addition to the two blocks along San Francisco Ave. besides the Community Park up to Mariposa St. where cars were parked last year (see photo).  Half of the car show’s proceeds will go towards the Brisbane School District and the other half will go towards the City’s Skatepark Donations Fund.  New this year, Tony is adding two jumpy houses which will be set up in the Park, so make it a family day and enjoy your time at the car show!

"Imaginings" in Brisbane

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The public is invited to attend the Bay Area "IMAGINING" event, being held on Sunday, July 13th in the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 2pm - 5pm.  All participants are citizen journalists in this event, with a three-hour press deadline to create a journal filled with headlines, articles, and collaged pages that envison and describe our communities twenty years from now with art and culture at the core of all initiatives.  If you have a working typewriter (manual or electric), please bring it.  Please bring non-toxic markers, glue sticks, magazines to cut up and scissors.  If you would like to bring cookies, healthy snacks or non-alcoholic drinks to share, it would be most welcomed. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Brisbane resident and San Francisco Bay Area Imagining Cultural Agent, Beth Grossman, at For more information, give Beth an e-mail or a call at (415) 467-1836.

This IMAGINING is meant to catalyze community action and connection as well as contribute to the larger vision for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Taken together, the 17 unique “Imaginings” from this pilot phase will source ideas, images, and stories that will inform the USDAC’s policy platform and next steps.

About the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Launched on October 5th, 2013, in the midst of the government shutdown, the USDAC has no federal line item, office in Washington D.C., or official governmental status.  Rather, the USDAC is the new people-powered department dedicated to cultivating the empathy and imagination we need to create the world we wish to inhabit.  Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to harness the power of art and culture to engage millions in envisioning and creating a more just and sustainable world.  It does this by sparking local initiatives, connecting people and ideas across sites, and sourcing, articulating, and activating visions for new national-scale policies and programs. For more about the USDAC contact Norman Beckett, Deputy Secretary:

Enlist as a Citizen Activist and more at

For more about the San Francisco Bay Area Imagining, contact Beth Grossman, Cultural Agent.  (415) 467-1836 or


July 2014 Marina Newsletter

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Click here to read the July 2014 Marina Newsletter

'After the Fire'

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The below film is a 'sequel' to Keith's other short film, 'Fire on San Bruno Mountain' and depicts the aftermath of the great San Bruno Mountain fire of June 2008.  It premiered at San Bruno Mountain Watch's 'Fire Fest', which was held on June 22, 2014 at Mission Blue Center in Brisbane, California, commemorating the 6th anniversary of the fire.

Skatepark Community Workshop

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/5/2014

City of Brisbane
Skate Park Design Workshop
Wed., July 23, 5-7 pm, 50 Park Lane
Help Shape the Design of the New Skate Park


The Brisbane Library
Ready, Set, Kindergarten
Fridays, July 11 - Aug 15, 10 am, 250 Visitacion
Information (415) 467-2060

Posted 7/2/2014

Brisbane Police Department
All fireworks are
Illegal In Brisbane

Posted 6/30/2014

Brisbane Eagles
Diabetes Fund Benefit B.B.Q.
Fri., July 4, 1 - 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Tri-Tip & Baked Potato; $10.00/person

Farmers’ Market in the Park
Thursdays 3pm – 7pm
Sundays 9am – 1pm

Keep Brisbane Safe on the 4th

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With the early dry fire season, it's even more important that everyone in town refrains from setting off fireworks.  ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN BRISBANE, even "safe and sane" fireworks.  If you hear any fireworks being set off, contact Brisbane Police immediately by calling 508-1212.  Thank you for your assistance, and we wish you the safest and happiest of holidays.

City's Purchase of Open Space

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Continuing our overview of City Council Accomplishments in 2013-2014, we will now focus on the City's purchase of land for Open Space in the Brisbane Acres.

At its February 4, 2013 meeting, the City Council met in closed session to discuss the possible acquisition of Brisbane Acres Lot 98.  The owner had contacted the City the year prior to see if the City was interested in purchasing the property, an unimproved parcel approximately one acre in size.  As shown in the below map (click to enlarge), Lot 98 is within the Priority Preservation Area identified in the Open Space Plan, and indicated by the yellow border lines.

During the closed session, staff was authorized to begin negotiations with the property owner on price and terms of a purchase.  The owner agreed to sell the property for $78,750, which is comparable to prices paid by the City for similar parcels in that area and was within the price parameters authorized by the Council. 

The City Attorney then prepared a purchase agreement, which was signed by the City Manager and sent to the seller.  The purchase offer was signed and accepted by the owner and returned to the City in late February.  At their meeting of March 18, 2013, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2013-06, which ratified the purchase agreement.  With escrow closing in November 2013, the City had just purchased its latest Open Space parcel, preserving an additional acre of open space and endangered species habitat in the Brisbane Acres!  Actions such as these truly affirm the City Council's desire and willingness to preserve critial open space lands in the hopes that future generations can one day enjoy them as well.

Recap of Quarry Rd. Clean-Up

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Thank you to all the volunteers who joined the Open Space and Ecology Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and San Bruno Mountain Watch in sprucing up Quarry Rd. last Saturday, June 21st.  This area is an ecological preserve that serves as important habitat to endangered species.  With two Clean-Up Days in 2014, one in Costaños Canyon on April 26th and the second being this one at Quarry Rd., it's apparent that the city and its residents care strongly about the natural environment and proactively work together to ensure it is free of debris and litter.  Thank you also to Recology for donating the shirts that were distributed to volunteers at these two clean-up days.  Check out all the photos from last week's clean-up by clicking here.

Community Signboard

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For the past 23 years, since the late Gary Apothekar helped build the Community Signboard located at the bend in Old County Rd., it has been utilized to advertise upcoming community events, programs, and classes.  It has also been used by residents to announce service information for a loved one that has recently passed.  Now, there is the option to announce the births of Brisbane's newest, and littlest, residents.  Birth notifications will be posted on an as available basis and will be done so at no charge.  For more information or to request a sign, please contact Recreation Russ Carmick at 508-2143 or .

Pool Re-Opening 6/27 at 1pm

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UPDATE: Friday, June 27, 9:38am -

The Community Pool will be re-opening at 1:00pm today following replacement of its pump and interior impeller.  The below shot is of Rich from Carrier installing the new pump late yesterday afternoon, which needed to be carefully lowered into place.

Some of you may have noticed the new canvas pool shade that was recently installed…now both picnic table areas have shade once again!  So enjoy the Pool this afternoon and this weekend…it’s going to be a sunny one in Brisbane.

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When pool staff arrived this morning, they found that the pump wasn't working.  The pump is needed to warm the pool and keep chemicals mixed by pushing water into the filtration system and back out again.  Therefore, the Community Pool will be closed until the pump has been repaired.  This is estimated to take place either later today or early tomorrow.  The Pool will re-open once the water has been tested and the temperature brought back up to a comfortable operating level.  Thank you for your patience; an update will be sent out when the Pool is back open.

July Citynews & Star

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Click here to read the July Citynews & Star.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/25/2014

Brisbane Eagles
Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Sat., June 28, 1-4 pm, 1985 Visitacion
Tacos, Rice and Beans, 50/50 Raffle, Prizes
$10.00/adult  & $5.00/kid 12 and under

Posted 6/24/2014

Brisbane Community Pool
Summer Water Aerobics
Move, Dance, Laugh
M, W, F - 9:15 am & Sat. - 9:30 am


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