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Based on all the recent media attention, you may feel that our governing bodies are weekly adopting new emergency water use regulations. This rush of regulatory actions illustrates the severity of the current drought and the important decisions that our government leaders are choosing to adopt to protect our future water supply.
Last week, we posted the Executive Order issued by the Governor that mandates substantial water reductions across the state of California. As previously explained, we are waiting for the State Water Resources Control Board to make its decision on the specific water rationing requirements for the City of Brisbane. Until then, our water customers must continue the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions.
You may soon notice a regional message that describes a two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that assigns odd and even addresses to a particular day of the week.
The two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation restriction comes from the Governor’s Emergency Regulations that were adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board on March 17, 2015. The State doesn’t identify the City of Brisbane as an urban water supplier, and therefore we are allowed to meet our water rationing goals in our own way.
We are currently meeting our water rationing goals through our current Stage 1 Drought Restrictions; however, we recommend that our customers do what they can to continue their aggressive water conservation practices and follow the two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule that will be posted by the regional water suppliers.
We don’t know the severity of the restrictions the State Water Resources Control Board will ultimately adopt later this month. There’s a chance that we may be held to the same two-day-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule restrictions the majority of our county is already following.
We will continue to provide our customers information on these quickly developing regulations as they become known to us.
More information on the current drought conditions can be viewed on the City's website here: http://brisbaneca.org/drought-still-on
Rebates up to $100 are now available for rain barrels! To qualify, rain barrels must be purchased by June 30, 2015.
In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County) and BAWSCA, the City is offering rebates of up to $100 per rain barrel for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels. Qualifying rain barrels must be newly purchased, a minimum size of 50 gallons (even including an upcycled ~300 gallon tote), and designed for the intended purpose of rain capture. Click here for the full program requirements.
The applications will be made available on BAWSCA's website later today, where you can learn more about how much water rain barrels save and how you can participate in the program.
For additional information on rain barrels, the Public Works Department has assembled a Guidance on Installing Rain Barrels on Residential Properties. For any questions about this new rebate program, feel free to give them a call at 508-2130.
This included reducing the cumulative time period required for noise in excess of 10 decibels above the ambient noise from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.
An additional category for extremely high noise levels was created for noise above 30 decibels over the ambient noise with no cumulative time period required.
The changes also included reducing the amount of time required to take readings to establish an ambient noise level from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.
In addition, officers are now allowed to exclude “exceptional” noises from the ambient noise level readings. This allows officers to obtain ambient noise levels that are typical to everyday life during that particular time of the day.
Finally, the standard for measuring decibels we established using dBA’s instead of dB’s. The use of the dBA standard better accounts for the hearing characteristics of the human ear.
All other aspects of the ordinance remain fundamentally the same. If you have any questions about the changes made to the Noise Control Ordinance, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175.
Lions Club's Easter Egg Hunt
Sun., April 5th, 1 pm, Lipman Field
M.O.B. Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Mar. 4th, 11:30 am, 4 Solano
Live at Mission Blue Presents
The Lee Trio
Sat., Apr. 4th, 7:30 pm, Miss.Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zumba Gold Classes
New Location and Times!
Mon-8:40 @ Comm. Ctr. & Wed-8:40 @ MBC
Twenty-six persons found a shared housing arrangement in the month of March and with only 1 day into the month of April, 12 people informed the organization that they will be moving in together this month!
If you would like to support HIP Housing as they celebrate their Home Sharing Program's 35th anniversary, register today for the HIP Housing Annual Luncheon, taking place on Friday, May 8th at the SFO Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame. Proceeds from the event benefit HIP Housing's programs. HIP Housing provides creative housing solutions in San Mateo County and impacts over 3,000 individuals. Click here for more information.
It’s been a while since we’ve asked how we’re doing in regards to getting information out to the community and how we can improve. So, here’s your chance to let us know! We’re also interested in your thoughts on the Citynews (published monthly 9x/year) and the STAR (published 3x/year, and which includes the Parks & Recreation Activity Guide along with some news articles). Please click here to take our 1-page survey. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback! Please respond to the survey no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.
On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order directing the State Water Resources Control Board to develop mandatory water reductions orders to reduce water usage across California by 25 percent.
What this means for us is unclear until the State Water Resources Control Boards makes its decision on whether the water rationing requirements will be applied uniformly across the state, or on a sliding scale that will consider already low usage in many municipalities such as ours. We expect to receive further information from the State later this month.
In the meantime, the City has taken immediate measures to comply with the provision prohibiting irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.
What you can do now is continue to follow the City’s current Stage 1 drought restrictions and continue to be cognizant of your daily water use habits. Every bit helps.
The following actions are part of the Stage 1 drought restrictions:
- Do not irrigate residential and commercial landscapes between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm or during rain events;
- Stop the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or other hardscapes and structures;
- Stop washing down paved surfaces, including but not limited to, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or patios, except when necessary to address an immediate health, safety or sanitary needs.
- Use a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
- Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10:00am and after 6:00pm. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or a drip/micro-irrigation system. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
- Use only re-circulated or recycled water to operate ornamental fountains.
- Wash vehicles using a bucket, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, a mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates or reclaims water on-site.
- Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
- Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and lines daily.
To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the Brisbane Police Department, California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.
The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming. The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won’t be tempted.
“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.”
While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk. During “California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April 1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable. “People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said.
Let's model safe driving so the young people in our lives will know they must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING. If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, take some time to make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well, especially during this coming first week of April.
We're pround to announce that planning for the 2015 Concerts in the Park is underway! Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year. Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community? Then consider being a sponsor! Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under. Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge). If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2143. Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!
UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015: The online survey will close on Friday, March 27th. If you haven't already weighed in, please do so before midnight tomorrow. Thank you!
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UPDATE - Friday, March 13, 2015: There was a great turnout at yesterday's March 12th Planning Commission workshop on short-term rentals. The Commission engaged in a thoughtful discussion with community members about the potential positive and negative impacts of short-term rentals, and how both could be balanced through targeted regulation. After the discussion, the Planning Commission agreed to hold a follow-up workshop at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 where staff will review policies from other California cities and provide suggestions on how to address specific concerns raised by community and Commission members.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and/or the workshop, and please join us on April 9th. If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, responses will continue to be collected through March 26th. If you want to be updated as this effort moves forward, e-mail Associate Planner Julia Capasso at email@example.com to be added to the e-mail notification list.
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UPDATE - Monday, March 2, 2015: We have a received a large number of comments on this issue and each will be sent to the City Council and Planning Commission. Thank you again for your feedback!
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Short-term vacation room or home rentals in privately owned homes have grown in popularity in the Bay Area thanks to online advertising websites like Airbnb.com. The City’s regulations predate Internet-based homesharing, and short-term vacation rentals are currently prohibited in residentially-zoned neighborhoods in Brisbane. The Brisbane City Council has asked the Planning Commission to further study this issue, evaluate the City’s regulations, and make recommendations.
As a Brisbane resident, what do you think? Your input is critical in this effort. Join the dialogue by filling out a community survey online and/or attending the Planning Commission workshop on March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Library, the Planning and Building Department at City Hall, and on page 2 of the March STAR (landing in mailboxes next week). To ensure that everyone's voice is heard, we ask that only one response be submitted per resident. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Associate Planner Julia Capasso at (415) 508-2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your feedback!
City of Brisbane
Planning Commissioner Needed
Apply by April 15
To apply call City Clerk at 508-2114
City of Brisbane
Human Resources Technician
Full Time-accepting first 50 application
City of Brisbane
P/T Office Specialist (Finance Dept.)
Accepting first 100 applications
Brisbane Community Pool
Enroll at www.brisbaneca,.org/community-pool
The Public Works Dept. will be turning off the water to the addresses shown in red on the Service Disruption Map above (click to enlarge) on the evenings of Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, between 10pm - 4am in order to replace a broken water main valve located at the intersection of Klamath St. & Visitacion Ave.
The affected addresses, which will also be provided hand-delivered notices prior to the temporary water shutdown, will be without water for the duration of the work. We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns concerning this temporary water shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130. For after-hours assistance, please contact (415) 467-1212.
UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:40PM: As of this afternoon, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position. Thank you for all your interest!
The City of Brisbane currently has an opening for a Human Resources Technician. This is a full-time 40 hours per week position working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, Wednesdays 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Fridays 8:00 AM -1:00 PM. Apply online via calopps.org. ONLY THE FIRST 50 APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM or until the maximum number of applications are received. Postmarks and faxes will not be accepted.
UPDATE - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:35PM: As of this morning, the maximum application limit was reached so we'll no longer be accepting applications for this position. Thank you for all your interest!
A Part-time Office Specialist position in the Finance Department will be opening on CalOpps this coming Monday, March 23rd. We will only be accepting the first 100 applications and we expect to reach this number very quickly. If you're interested in applying, be sure to do so online at www.calopps.org starting on Monday.
Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive? Peninsula SunShares is here to help!
This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.
The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar. Here’s how it works:
1. Community-sponsored program. The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar. Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit.
2. Below-market pricing. Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.
3. Limited time. Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come. Registration opens April 1st.
4. Help spread the word! More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.
On Saturday, April 11th, BEST/PTO will be hosting, in partnership with the City of Brisbane, a community workshop on Peninsula SunShares. It is open to the public. Come to the Community Center (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) from 12:30-2:00pm to learn more about the program! (There will even be time to do remote site evaluations with attendees and schedule appointments). Click here for the event flyer.
For more information or to register please visit: www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula
Richard W. Kabash
August 1943 - March 2015
Beloved Scoutmaster, Troop # 134
Beloved Husband, Father, Friend
Svcs: Fri., Mar. 20, Cypress Lawn, Tiffany Chapel
Master Gardener Presentation:
In Small Spaces
Sat., Mar 21, 1 pm, Comm. Ctr., Free!
Brisbane Community Pool
Water Aerobics Classes
Mon., Wed., & Fri., 11:15am - 12:15pm, 2 Solano
Come and join in on the fun!
S.F. Shakespeare Festival Presents
As You Like It
Sun., Mar. 22, 2 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Are you or someone you know looking for part-time work? Then check out the two positions that the City is currently hiring for - Recreation Leader and Pool Cashier. A Recreation Leader implements and facilitates well-rounded programs in youth after-school programs, the pre-school program, day camps, sports leagues, and special events at designated recreation facilities. This position involves face-to-face leadership and considerable contact with youth ages 1.5 to 18 years. The Pool Cashier greets customers and answers customers’ questions, collects money, and does minor clerical and janitorial duties at the City of Brisbane's Community Swimming Pool.
Apply online today on www.calopps.org!
The huge, not-to-be-missed, 2015 Spring Thing fundraising gala to support the Brisbane School District is in full production! Don't miss an incredible night of fantastic food, casino games, entertainment, and exciting silent and LIVE auctions including a couple of rare and exciting items! You'll be transported to Bourbon Street for an evening of casually elegant, sophisticated fun!
Date: Saturday, April 25th.
Location: Centennial Towers, One Tower Place, South San Francisco.
Centennial Towers and Myers Peninsula Venture have generously agreed to allow use of their beautiful space for this year’s bash!
Tickets: $48 per person for a wonderful night to remember...gourmet food, excellent music, amazing auction items, and a VIP experience all for the great cause of helping our kids' schools!
For more information and to purchase tickets or donate: www.thebestpto.org
Please note: Because alcohol will be served, this is an adults-only, 21-and over event. Also note that BEST/PTO will be unable to offer childcare.
The Altamar at the Ridge Homeowner's Association has requested the City shut off the water for Elfin Ct. on Thursday, March 12th and for Swallowtail and Crescent Courts on March 13, 2015 between 9am - 4pm, due to emergency plumbing/valve work repairs. If you have any questions or concerns please, contact The Manor Association at (650) 637-1616. Click here for the notice that was sent to all of the affected residents.
Recently, the Complete Streets Safety Committee rolled out the “Safe Pedestrian Routes to Schools” plan(click image to enlarge). This was the result of a year-long project by the Complete Streets Safety Committee to study and identify routes and improvements that would provide for the safest and most direct conduits to and from the schools and central Brisbane. The Committee's Plan was approved by the City Council on December 18, 2014.
A primary component to the success in establishing these routes is to ensure the unobstructed use of the sidewalks. The committee noticed that due to Brisbane’s narrow streets, residents often parallel park their vehicles on a portion of the sidewalk. In addition, many driveways in Brisbane are too small for vehicles, and as a result, large portions of the vehicle block the sidewalk. These conditions are unsafe as they cause pedestrians to have to walk around the vehicles and into the street.
Blocking any portion of the sidewalk is a violation of California Vehicle Code 22500(f). The Brisbane Police Department is committed to traffic safety and will be taking enforcement action for vehicles blocking the sidewalk starting in April. Please assist us in our efforts by keeping the sidewalks clear. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
The City has been studying the capital improvement plan for the water and sewer infrastructure and a method to pay for these needs. The estimated cost of the overall plan is $20,000,000. The City Council has looked at how to phase this in over a period of time to have the least impact on residents and rate payers. Thus, the City will phase the the repairs over a 20 year period. The Council-approved budget amount for the 2013/14 budget was $5,000,000. This allows the City to have the least increase in rates while tackling the most pressing concerns - to ensure safe and reliable drinking water and an environmentally safe method for disposing waste water.
On November 20, 2014, the City Council adopted a Capital Projects Charge that will be effective with the March 2015 bill being mailed out next week (click here for the staff report that was presented as part of that Public Hearing). This year's rate increase will pay for the following short- and long-term projects: improved water pressure for fire protection in the Annis Rd. area, upgrades to the Glen Park pump station, undergrounding the sewer line on Bayshore Blvd., and replacement of our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). The cost of these projects is $5,000,000 and the new charge will pay the annual debt service of a 20-yr. bond. The rates are graduated based on springtime usage (mid-February - mid-June), which ensures lower water users will pay less than higher users. The adopted rates per unit(s) of water used during a 2-month billing cycle follow:
|Units of Water Used (Bimonthly Billing Cycle)||Adopted Rate (in Dollars)|
|11 to 19||$38.00|
|20 to 40||$50.00|
If you have any questions about this Capital Projects Charge, please contact Finance Director Stuart Schillinger at email@example.com or (415) 508-2151.
3rd Place CIF State Wrestling Championship
"Pursuing Victory with Honor" winner!
Silverspot Nursery School Co-op
12th Annual Benefit Luau
Sun., Mar. 15, 1-5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Food, Silent Auction, Info: 415.657.0142
Special Appearance by Capt'n Jack Spareribs
Creative Writing Club for Kids
Sat., Mar. 7th, 2 pm, 250 Visitacion
Grades 2nd - 4th, Info: (415) 467-2060
Live at Mission Blue Presents
Sat., Mar 7, 7:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Community Pool
City of Brisbane
P/T Recreation Leaders
Open Until Filled
Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.
The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:
- Three community representatives
- Two multimodal representatives
The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.
Interested persons can download the CAC application here or call 650-508-6279 (TTY 650-508-6448). Applications are due by March 6.
One of the requests the City receives for signboard notices is to announce the passing of a family member or loved one. These signs are always printed in black ink versus the traditional "Brisbane blue". But did you know that Billy from the Hardware Store has constructed a planter box with flower pots that can be used by community members to place their flowers in? It is kept at the hardware store, but can be brought out anytime it is requested. If you would like to use it, please let Russ Carmick know when requesting the sign. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 508-2143. And thank you, Billy, for using your resources and abilities to serve the community.
UPDATE - Thursday, February 26, 2015: The contractors filled the main lap pool and kiddie/wading pool with water on Tuesday. The contractor will brush the bottom and sides of the pool for several days as part of the curing process for the new plaster. They will be able to start up the heating system for the main lap pool tomorrow, and once it passes the County Health Dept inspection, it will be ready to open first thing Monday at 6:30am for lap swimming! View the Pool's Spring Schedule here: http://brisbaneca.org/community-pool The kiddie/wading pool will re-open a couple weeks after once proper maintenance on the controller and the system that maintains proper chemical balance is achieved.
UPDATE - Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Plaster is being set now in both the kiddie and main swimming pool. After it's been applied, it needs to cure and be swept for a few days to get residual material off. The Pool is still set to re-open on Monday, March 2, 2015!
UPDATE - Friday, Feburary 6, 2015: Concrete for the pool deck was poured on Thursday. In the below photo you can see the worker providing a "broomed" finish. A broomed finish is considered an optimal finish for a pool deck in that it's not too smooth and slippery, nor too rough. The Pool is still on track to re-open March 2nd!
UPDATE - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Retiling work going on at the Pool today...that means new lane markers and targets inside the pool and depth markers and No Diving graphics on the deck.
UPDATE - Friday, January 16, 2015: As of Wednesday evening the 14th, all the significant jackhammering needed for pool plaster removal work was completed. Next week's concrete deck removal work will be significantly less noisy. Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed.
UPDATE - Thursday, January 8, 2015: