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Did you know that the City's stormdrain system includes underground pipes, as well as surface features such as drain inlets, streets, gutters, roadside ditches, and detention basins? Its purpose is to prevent localized flooding by collecting stormwater runoff (rain that doesn’t soak into the ground) and conveying it to local creeks and the Bay without treatment. This means that pollutants entering the stormdrain system flow directly to these creeks and the Bay as well.
In contrast, the City's sewer system carries residential and commercial wastewater from sources including indoor plumbing (such as sinks, toilets, and floor drains) or industrial processes; it conveys wastewater to the water pollution control plant where conventional pollutants are removed before being safely discharged to the Bay. Most commercial carwash facilities dispose of their washwater to the sewer system after pretreatment.
Now is the time to sign up to receive car wash discount codes, for up to 1/2 off your next car wash. You will receive the code by either text message or e-mail, whichever you prefer. The first car wash discount will be sent out in March, and will be valid at any of the car wash pollution prevention partners listed here. Decreasing the amount of pollutants n our natural waterways is a team effort - thanks for doing your part!
UPDATE - Friday, Feburary 13 at 12pm - The Tot Lot re-opened earlier this week (2/10) upon completion of the re-coating project.
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The Tot Lot is currently closed due to a light touch-up of the previous re-coating project. The temporary closure was originally scheduled so the Tot Lot would be available for the public’s use on the weekend. Unfortunately, when the painter arrived she discovered more areas needed repair than anticipated; moisture conditions also interrupted her work. Both of these issues created a delay that will be extended until the middle of next week. We thank you for your patience as this work is being completed and the new paint dries!
Mothers of Brisbane
Kid's and Women's
Sun., Feb. 22nd, 1- 4 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Kids Book Club
Fri., Feb 13, 4 pm, 250 Visitacion
Join in on discussion and fun activities
Kevin Fryer Photography Show
"A View of Brisbane"
February through March at City Hall
Artist Reception Wed., Feb. 11, 6-8pm
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Saturday, Feburary 14, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Do you know anyone looking for a housemate or renter, or trying to rent out a room in their home? HIP Housing’s non-profit Home Sharing program can help make that a safe, comfortable process. HIP Housing has given free, long-term support to those who need it most in San Mateo County for 42 years. This is especially important now, as San Mateo County has become one of the most expensive areas to live in within the United States. The need for extra income is a common one, and renting out a room in your home is a great way to reduce costs and help your community. Click here to view a current partial list of persons seeking housing. Click here to view a current partial list of shared housing opportunities within the County. Find more information contact 650-348-6660 x303 or visit www.hiphousing.org
UPDATED January 27, 2015 - On Jan. 6th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held a Community Workshop to obtain feedback on design options they prepared for the proposed new Brisbane skatepark. The majority of attendees preferred the layout that retained the existing skatepark footprint at Old County Road and Park Lane and added a few features at a “skate spot” in the small unused space west of the existing basketball courts (see Option 2 below). Per the Council approved process, the Joint Council Facilities and Parks and Recreation Teen Services Subcommittee will recommend one option and a financing plan to the City Council. If approved, the Council will next authorize the development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors. Staff will ensure that the community gets an opportunity to weigh in on the actual design when it comes to fruition. Look for the skatepark design to be on an upcoming Council meeting agenda.
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At the January 6, 2014 Skatepark Community Workshop at City Hall (start time: 5:00pm), conceptual design consultant Spohn Ranch will be presenting the following three proposed options for the skatepark at its existing site. Below are 3D plans for each, along with a labeled diagram of Option 1 and one for Option 2's "skate spot", as the elements are repeated in the different options. Note: each of the images are clickable to be viewed larger.
OPTION 1 – Existing Footprint
Cost = $200,000
Area = 5,225 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Least expensive option; doesn’t impact basketball courts
Cons: Smaller total area than Options 2 or 3
OPTION 2 – Existing Footprint plus Skate Spot at Park Place
Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,400 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Two unique spaces for skaters; doesn’t impact basketball courts; could do work in phases
Cons: Cost is higher than Option 1
OPTION 3 – Single Larger Footprint (shift basketball court west)
Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,000 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros: Provides one contiguous space for skaters
Cons: Cost is higher than Option 1; disrupts basketball court use during relocation
Remember, the Skatepark Community Workshop takes place Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room of Brisbane City Hall. The consultant will also have 3D models of different elements that can be used to consider other configurations. Lastly, if you haven't already done so, request to join the "Brisbane Skatepark" group on Facebook, which Spohn Ranch has set up to help gather design feedback from the Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/.
A few drivers have reported that the turn from Sierra Point Parkway on to Lagoon Way can be a little challenging at night. City staff reviewed the possibility of installing streetlights at this location, but the conditions present do not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards for light installation. In an effort to provide better visual cues for drivers, the City recently installed LED stop signs in both directions on Sierra Point Parkway that will flash under low light conditions.
In addition to this cue for drivers leaving the freeway and those coming north on Sierra Point Parkway, the contractor also installed white reflective pavement edge delineators on the north side of Lagoon Way, as well as new yellow reflective pavement markers on the double yellow center lane lines of Lagoon Way. These last two upgrades are intended to give drivers better cues for the roadway’s boundaries from the reflections created by headlights. And best of all, no overhead light poles means no possibility of disturbing the many nesting birds who frequent the Lagoon!
The City also installed a flashing LED fire station warning sign at the entrance to Station 81 on Bayshore Blvd. Truck drivers all too frequently drive into the station looking for a place to turn their rigs around, and block the engine in its bay until they have completed that maneuver. This signal will flash 24/7 to give drivers every opportunity to realize that they should not be using this area as a turnaround. Here's to added safety on the roads as well as the community's overall safety with the fire engine able to leave the station at a moment's notice and respond properly to an emergency.
At their November 6, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council approved the City being a participating agency of "Peninsula SunShares", a community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to go solar. This spring (April - June), the City is partnering with neighboring communities including local nonprofit Vote Solar, the program's administrator, to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners. So, whether you live or work in Brisbane, you'll be eligible to receive these discounts.
Peninsula SunShares will pool the power of individual homeowner participants, which allows the solar industry to offer more competitive pricing, typically 20-25% below market rate. If the program reaches certain participation targets, Peninsula Sunshares will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to homeowners.
What's needed now? Help in spreading the word! If you, your employer and/or your community organization would like more information about Peninsula SunShares, then Vote Solar wants to know. They'll make it easy by providing marketing materials, leading information events and managing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. If you'd like to be included in future e-mail communications from Vote Solar, then let Caroline Cheung know by e-mailing her at email@example.com . Here's to an easy way to show our commitment to the health and sustainability of the Brisbane community!
As part of the Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan created by the Complete Streets Safety Committee and approved by the City Council at their December 18, 2014 Council meeting, the Commute.org shuttle stop that was at the intersection of San Bruno & Santa Clara will be moved down the block to San Bruno to Alvarado. This is to aid in reducing traffic congestion at the school during morning drop-offs, as the shuttle stop is in the midst of this area and school crossings at the crosswalk. Thank you to the Committee for their work on this idea to relocate the shuttle stop and helping improve traffic for everyone's morning commute! And lastly, if live or work in town and don't have a shuttle pass yet, then stop by the Finance Counter in City Hall and sign up for one! It's free and a great alternative to getting in your car!
Did you notice the Gazebo being washed on Thursday morning? It now needs to dry a few more days before painting and staining can occur. That should take about 3-4 days to complete once the contractor starts next week. This work was approved by the City Council as part of their 2014-15 Budget and will serve to further enhance the Community Park. Did you know that the Gazebo can be rented for private parties or community gatherings? If you're interested in learning more, contact Tricia Vaccaro in the Parks and Recreation Department at 508-2140 and she will be happy to assist you!
Brisbane Youth Baseball is need of more 7 & 8 year olds for this year’s baseball season. We only need a few more kids to add to our waitlist to be able to make two teams, allowing everyone to play who wants to.
There are also a few spots left on tee ball - ages 5 & 6.
Also, coaches are needed!
For any and all Youth Baseball questions, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144. Click here to view the updated Youth Baseball flyer.
(Baseball team ages are based on age of child as of April 30, 2015)
Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place. This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings. Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.
The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff. RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2118.
Maxine L. Wilkin
Mother, Friend and Mentor
Brisbane Resident for 65 years
Svcs: Sat., Jan. 24, 1pm, Cypress Lawn
1924 - 2014
World War Two Veteran
"Always a wave and a kind word"
Service Info: (415) 597-6910
City of Brisbane
Crossing Guard & Lifeguard Wanted
Open Until Filled
Apply at www.calopps.org
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Facebook Face to Face
Sun., Jan 25, 6 - 7:30 pm, 401 Visitacion
Meet all your FB friends in person
If you happenened to drive past the Fire Station this past Monday, you may have noticed a huge orange crane lifting and lowering three new HVAC units that were then installed over the course of the next few days. Replacement of these HVAC units were approved by the City Council as part of their 14-15 Budget and meet new Title 24 Standards for increased building efficiency that went into effect statewide on July 1, 2014. Lighting upgrades at the Fire Station took place back in July, so all capital improvement work at the Fire Station for FY 14-15 has now been completed.
Starting this month, Brisbane residents can put items like fruit and vegetable peels, leftovers, napkins and pizza boxes into the green cart, along with yard trimmings. Now offering weekly green cart collection, South San Francisco Scavenger Company will convert the materials into transportation fuel and compost at their new anaerobic digestion facility.
Over the next two weeks, each household will receive a food scrap pail and detailed information about the new program, on their regular collection day.
To ensure that the anaerobic digestion process produces high quality fuel and compost, only food, food soiled paper and yard trimmings should go into the green cart. Contaminants such as plastics, including plastic bags and “bio bags,” glass, metal or any other non-compostable materials interfere with the process and must be kept out of the green cart. The food scrap collection allows residents to recycle a wide range of materials, including some that can’t be readily composted in backyard compost bins, such as meat, bones, paper plates and milk cartons.
More information about the residential food scrap program is at www.ssfscavenger.com/foodscraps.
UPDATE: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 4pm - Boston was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee today over San Francisco as the candidate city for the 2024 Olympics.
You may have seen a recent article about the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. There is a group called the San Francisco 2024 Exploratory Committee who are working on a potential bid for both these games. A proposal, if there is one, will have San Francisco as the lead city.
The exploratory committee is currently evaluating a variety of sites throughout the Bay Area for venues for various events and sports competitions. One of the ideas they are exploring is placing a temporary “pop up” Olympic Stadium that would be used for opening and closing events as we well as the Track & Field competition on the Brisbane Baylands. The stadium would be torn down and its materials repurposed after the Games have ended. The organizing committee has approached the property owner as well as the City in very preliminary and exploratory discussions.
The Bay Area is one of four sites in the United States that are currently evaluating whether they wish to bid for the 2024 games. The other three are Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston. Sometime towards the end of the year the City of San Francisco and San Francisco 2024 will determine if they want to compete for the United States bid. If so they will submit a formal proposal, which will include potential sites for various venues.
In early 2015 the United States Olympic Committee will determine whether they want to submit a bid that would be subject to international competition. If so they will choose amongst the American cities that submit proposals. In 2017 the International Olympic Committee will select and announce the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As you can see from this schedule, that discussion of Brisbane as a potential site for venues for the 2024 games is in its early stages. Any actual proposal would require environmental review as well as a City Council approved land-use permit.
Check in as the process continues as we will be updating the community on the status of decision making.
The City of Brisbane purchases 100% of our water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The SFPUC has two major water sources; the Hetch Hetchy Watershed (i.e., snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains located in Yosemite Valley), and local watersheds (i.e., rainwater and runoff received in major reservoirs in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties). While Hetch Hetchy is the primary source of our drinking water, the local watersheds serve important roles in an overall integrated water management plan; this alternate source of water provides backup supplies during times of drought, emergency, and scheduled maintenance on Hetch Hetchy. The two sources do have slightly different water quality parameters (which explains the range of values listed in our water quality report), but these differences are not typically apparent to the average consumer.
Within our city limits we operate two separate water districts providing water to the residents and businesses. The Brisbane Water District serves Central Brisbane, Sierra Point and the Baylands. The Guadalupe Valley Municipal Improvement District (GVMID) serves Crocker Park and the Northeast Ridge residential development. The water districts are interconnected and are operated together to maximize circulation and flow within the system. The interconnection allows the City to move water freely across the districts to supplement higher than normal demands.
For more information about where your drinking water comes from, how it is treated and maintained, the results of water quality monitoring, and other important information about water quality, please read the City’s 2013 Water Quality Report or contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.
The feeding of three cats during the time the Pool is closed (January - early March of 2015) had been brought to the City's attention from several concerned citizens. Parks and Recreation Director, Stuart Schillinger, reached out to these citizens explaining that first, there was a change in State law effective 1/1/2015 regarding animals at public pools and ancillary facilities in that they are not to be permitted at these facilities (except in the case of service animals). Of course, with the pool being outdoors, we can't so much prevent the cats from entering the pool area (or birds for that matter). So, in an effort to still feed the cats and follow the new law, Stuart, Ben (our new Pool Manager), and Karen (our engineer in charge of construction), thought that the best idea was to move the cats' food bowls to just outside the fenced in area towards Lipman field. The bowls should still be close enough for the cats who visit the pool to find the food. The citizens who are most concerned with the welfare of the cats were contacted by Stuart and feel this is the best solution at the moment. If you have any other ideas or concerns, please contact Stuart at 508-2151. Thanks all for your concern for the cats...and know their bellies will still be full.
Since March 4, 2013, when the City Council adopted an ordinance to ban single-use carry out bags, retailers have charged $0.10 per allowable bag (either paper or reusable thick plastic). Starting on January 1, 2015, per the adopted ordinance, the price per bag will increase to $0.25.
Recently, San Mateo County conducted a survey which showed:
- A 162% increase in people bringing their own bags
- A 66% decrease in people buying plastic bags, and
- A 130% increase in people refusing a bag
The dramatic difference in customers using their own bags in lieu of purchasing bags benefits the environment, waterways and wildlife.
More information about the plastic bag ban ordinance is available on the San Mateo County Health Department's website: www.smchealth.org/bagban
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Karen Kinser, Deputy Director of Public Works at (415) 508-2133, or San Mateo County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or email@example.com .
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool will be
Closed starting January 5th
We apologize for any inconvenience
Did you know?
The Police Dept. can be reached 24/7
Just call: 467-1212
We’re here for you!
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Various Days and Times
Informatiuon: (415) 508-2143
Today at approximately 12:48pm, five fire companies and other fire personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Mono St. The fire was successfully held to the deck and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Click here for the media advisory from North County Fire Authority.
The farmers' market will be taking a 3 week break and coming back to Brisbane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to the holidays and hopefully by then, the weather will be more dry! The market manager, Jerry Lami, is also looking at adding some more vendors to the market. If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see offered at the market, give him a call at (650) 290-3549. A reminder that the Sunday market has closed as of the end of November. Next year, Jerry will discuss with the Council Ad Hoc subcommittee whether a weekend market will be brought back in the Spring of 2015, and if there is demand for one, which day it will take place on: Saturday or Sunday. Stay tuned...