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There are many in town who have reported a call from the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES) which took place this past Friday morning at approximately 6:20am. Unfortunately, the call was a missing person report, and even more disheartenening, the elderly man who had gone missing from his Daly City home Thursday evening was found deceased on Friday afternoon in Lake Merced. Click here for the news article.
You may be wondering, So why the call still, and at such an early hour? Well for one, the Daly City Police Department alerted the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to send out a missing person alert utilizing the automated telephone emergency notification system (T.E.N.S.). This is a separate system from SMC Alert, which is a digital alerting system that will send a text message to cell phones, pagers or email addresses. Residents just need to sign up for SMCAlert, which is a free service except for any texting fees charged by a person’s cell phone service. In this case, SMC Alert was utilized first, resulting in some residents either getting an e-mail or text, or both, on Thursday evening, and mostly everyone in the community getting the early morning call the next day. It is not known exactly when the Daly City Police Department made the decision to utilize the T.E.N.S. in addition to SMC Alert, but when they did, it was specified to County OES that the entire region from Hwy 380 north to Daly City be called. This amounted to an estimated 120,000 telephone numbers.
The way T.E.N.S. works is that it first creates a table based on the database of telephone numbers provided by the phone companies every two weeks. After determining which numbers fall within the notification boundaries, the table is sent to the dialing system which begins firing off calls at a rate of 400 per minute. With 120,000 numbers in the queue, it was going to take at least 6 hours and 40 minutes. According to Jeff Norris with the Sheriff's OES, every effort was made to shut the system down, but due to the queue of numbers already in the dialing system, which itself has several calling centers across the U.S., including Denver and Cincinnati, there was no way to stop it. Thus, calls came ringing through in Brisbane early on Friday morning, when there was still hope for missing Jaeson Chon to be found and returned home to his family.
Hopefully, the next time the T.E.N.S. warning system is utilized in an emergency situation, its dissemination capabilities will allow it to reach Brisbane citizens in a timely manner, who can then, and undoubtedly would, do what's necessary to come to the aid of someone in need.
On January 17, 2012, Mayor Cliff Lentz, on behalf of the Brisbane City Council, presented Amateur Boxing World Champions Charlie Sheehy and Andre Conway with commendations at the beginning of the evening's City Council meeting.
In return, Charlie and Andre presented Mayor Lentz with a signed pair of boxing gloves and thanked the Council for their recognition.
Mayor Lentz then presented each member of the 5th and 8th Grade Girls California State Basketball Champions with commendations and congratulated them on their accomplishments. The audience area was a sea of Brisbane blue.
The following girls from the 5th Grade team were recognized:
5th grade Gold medalists: Valeria Avila, Brittney Cedeno, Yasmin Jimenez, Illeana Carrillo, Leilah Huerta, Jasmine Gonzales, Aliyah Arcillas, Ariana Margate, Giselle Jimenez, and Jessica DeLaTorre
After they each received a commendation, the girls presented Mayor Lentz with a team banner, which the Mayor then asked each of the team members to sign.
Then it was time to recognize the 8th Grade Bronze Medalists: Mira Avila, Silvana Padilla, Marina Aguilar, Arianna Sheehy, Emily Reyes, Tamirah Gallaread, Tess Tanaka, Gabby Jajeh, Bianca DeLaTorre, Tatiana Jimenez, Jasmine Barnard.
After receiving their commendations, the girls presented Mayor Lentz with a Brisbane Warriors "Mayor" jersey, which Mayor Lentz asked them to sign as well.
Coach Rich Avila and Assistant Coaches Jose Jimenez, Randy Jajeh, and Richie Egusquiza were all there for Mayor Lentz to thank for their dedication and time in coaching each team.
Congratulations to all of Brisbane's Champion Athletes! You really make this City of Stars shine more brightly.
Before business got underway at this past Wednesday's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Jim Skeels was recognized by the Commission for the many projects in Brisbane he oversaw over the years as Director of Parks and Recreation. To see the Proclamation which was presented to Jim at the end of 2012, which lists all of those projects, please click here. Along with current Commissioners Cris Hart, Bonnie Bologoff and Renee Marmion, past Commissioners Linda Mannion, Dan Waters, and Ken Walker were present to wish Jim their best, as well as autograph Jim's newest basketball. Congratulations, Jim, as you "bounce" into retirement! Your dedication to the profession has definitely made its mark, all over Brisbane!
At their January 17, 2012 City Council meeting, the Council announced that it would help to publicize Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the first private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Brisbane residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets. Knowing that there already exist other online forums in Brisbane for citizens to ask questions and get recommendations, publicizing Nextdoor only serves to point residents to yet another way to get connected. With all that technology affords us these days, hopefully Nextdoor can serve as another launchpad for the citizens of Brisbane to further share, connect, and engage with one another. To see what Nextdoor can do, check out the video below:
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There have been plenty of great ideas that have come through on the City's Civic Participation Project. One of them involved adding more recycling bins around the City. Upon closer inspection, the Community Park had receptacles intended for recycling beverage containers already...they just didn't have the proper signage to indicate to do so! Using a small portion of its state recycling money, the City procured 5 lamacoid signs that were affixed to the receptacles this past week. So be sure to throw your beverage containers into the proper receptacle. There is also a collection bin located near the picnic tables for you to place your cans in there. Proceeds from recycling those containers goes towards the Brisbane School District. Thank you in advance for your Earth-conscious recycling efforts!
Brisbane Lions Club Presents
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Tues., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
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Live at Mission Blue Presents
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On Dec. 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court ruled on California Redevelopment Association (CRA) v. Ana Matosantos by upholding AB x1 26, the redevelopment elimination bill, and striking down AB x1 27, the bill which would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation as long as they made payments to the state. As it currently stands, redevelopment agencies will be dissolved on Feb. 1. Click here to read more about the court’s decision.
On Monday, January 9th, the Council will be deciding whether the City will serve as both the Successor Agency and Successor Housing Agency to the former Brisbane Redevelopment Agency. Click here to read the City Attorney’s staff report which will be presented to the Council this coming Monday, January 9th. The meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall – 50 Park Place, Brisbane – and will be played on Ch. 27 as well as streamed live on the City’s website at http://brisbaneca.org/city-government/live-streaming.
If you received your water/sewer bill (due Feb. 5th) in the mail this past week and wondered why it seemed higher than usual, it's because this bill reflected the rate increase City Council approved back in July of last year. A letter from the Administrative Services Director was also enclosed, which further detailed the rate increase and made known that Council's policy to allow ratepayers on the City's Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) program would not be affected by the rate increase. This program provides a discount to people who are already on PG&E's CARE program. If you qualify for LIRA but are not yet enrolled, just bring a copy of your most recent PG&E bill to Debra at the Finance Counter in City Hall and get signed up. For more information about water/sewer rates, including FAQs, check out the Utility Billing page on the City's website.
The following letter from the Brisbane Police Department is being mailed today to each household as an insert in the water bill.
After several months without an incident, we have had 3 recent occasions where an M80 or similar type explosive was set off.
On 10/7/11 at approx. 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road. As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, was over 100 feet from any residential buildings.
On 12/1/11 at approx. 9:41 pm, a firework was set off in the 300 block of Klamath. It appears that the device unintentionally landed under the stairs of a residence causing fire damage to the stairs and deck.
On 12/26/11 at approx. 8:55 pm, a device was set off in the storm drain in the 200 block of Monterey Street. In this incident, the silhouette of a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was seen running from the scene.
There does not appear to be any particular target or reason for these events, other than to gratify the person or people involved. Causing damage to property does not appear to be a factor or motive in these incidents.
According to Wikipedia, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire; Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-80_(explosive) Regardless of their original intent, these devices are dangerous and we consider their use or possession a serious offense.
Earlier in the year we received several complaints of similar explosions in the city. Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation and Mariposa Streets. Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents.
These devices are very small despite there loud noise. They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds. This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice. That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end. Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to any police officer. Our officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and citizens that frequent our city. Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved.
As always, if you have information for us and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact us via the Web: http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/brisbane-contact-form
For those of you who have small children, or grandchildren or nephews and nieces that you help drive around, you'll want to be aware of a new law going into effect January 1st regarding child booster seats. The previous law required children under the age of 6, or 60 lbs, to use a booster seat. As of January 1st, children are required to be strapped into their booster seats until the age of 8. Violators risk a fine of more than $400, in addition to a point on their driving record. Click here to read more about the new law and here to read about some important safety tips you can keep in mind for your littlest passenger.
On 12/1/11 at approximately 9:41 PM, fireworks were set off in the 300 block of Klamath Street which resulted in severe damage to a nearby home.
There is a $500 reward being offered for information that results in the identification of the individual(s) responsible.
If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175, or on the online Contact Form. Select "Contact the Police Department" from the “I want to” drop down menu. You may remain anonymous if you wish.
Carolers await the time for singing Christmas carols down Visitacion Ave.
As you may be aware, we just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights. The idea for the Festival itself was borne out of an idea from long-time Brisbane resident and volunteer Jeri Sulley. After presenting the concept of carolers caroling down Vistacion and afterwards joining the rest of the community to witness the lighting of the not-yet planted Festival Tree, then City Manager Robin Leiter gave Jeri the thumbs up to gather the volunteers she already had in mind. Jeri did just that and in 1986 the Festival of Lights was born. To commemorate the quarter-century anniversary of this special celebration, we will be compiling any and all photos that you've taken through the years at the Festival into a Flickr slideshow, so the community can enjoy the many celebrations that have resulted from one individual's fabulous idea.
Please e-mail your photos to Caroline Cheung at email@example.com or drop them off to her at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane. Original copies of photos will be scanned and returned to their respective owners, so please include your name and contact information on the envelope if dropping off actual photographs. Thank you in advance for your help in chronicling 25 years of the Festival of Lights!
There are currently 3 spots on the Planning Commission, 2 spots on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and 3 spots on the Open Space and Ecology Committee that are open for you to apply for. Serving on a City Commission or Committee is a great way to make a real difference in your community, as you'll be able to make recommendations to the City Council as you work directly with community members. To apply please fill out the application form and return it to Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, City of Brisbane, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005. You can also fax it in to (415) 467-4989 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2012. So take a moment to think about the difference you can make in 2012 and beyond in your community and get your application in!
Since August 2009, live streaming of cable Ch. 27 has been available on the City's website, via the Live Streaming page. That way, residents who aren't Comcast subscribers, or may be out of town, could still tune in to their local government-access channel and catch things such as live City Council meetings. With our previous streaming provider, Upstream, having gotten bought out and changing their pricing structure to a pay-as-you-go model, it was a great opportunity for the City to shop around for a streaming provider who could offer a service that was within the City's budget, and compatible on mobile devices including non-Flash supported devices, such as iPhones and iPads (Upstream used a Windows Media Player for its streaming service, which is incompatible with most devices on the market nowadays).
The City worked with MCTV, who manages the channel, its IT Manager Albert Duro, and web developer C.J. MacDonald before choosing to go with Ustream as its new live streaming provider. For a neater viewing experience on your handheld device or tablet, download the Ustream app. Once installed, type "brisbaneca" into the search box and begin watching the channel. Alternatively, the channel can be viewed on the Live Streaming page or on the Ustream website. Note: if you are only getting audio but no picture, it is due to your Internet speed and you should check with your service provider. For any other issues while viewing the channel, please let Caroline Cheung, Administrative Management Analyst, know at (415) 508-2157 or email@example.com.
It is with great excitement but also great regret that we'll be saying farewell to three extremely dedicated and hard-working individuals who have given so much of themselves to serve the community in their respective roles. Chris Hayes, Senior Recreation Leader, Jim Skeels, Parks and Recreation Director, and Tim Tune, Senior Planner, will be retiring from the City at the end of this calendar year. We wanted to make that known here on the website, so it's another way community members can be aware of their retirements and wish them well in their future endeavors. Below are their Proclamations which were read by City Manager Clay Holstine as staff, Councilmembers, and Commissioners gathered to celebrate their wonderful, and plentiful, contributions to Brisbane.
Chris and Mayor Lentz look on as Chris' Proclamation is read by City Manager Clay Holstine.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRISBANE RECOGNIZING
Senior Recreation Leader Christine Hayes
UPON HER RETIREMENT
Whereas, Christine has served the families of Brisbane for over 14 years, and
WHEREAS, Christine has acted as a mentor and guardian to children of Brisbane, providing them with a safe and friendly place for them to learn and grow, and
WHEREAS, Christine has given the parents of Brisbane the comfort of knowing their children are safe and well cared for when they are in her care, and
WHEREAS, Christine has worked tirelessly to meet the ever expanding needs of the parents and children of Brisbane, and
WHEREAS, Christine has lead and mentored her staff, helping them to grow into competent recreation professionals, and
WHEREAS, Christine is respected and admired by her supervisor, fellow staff and the citizens of Brisbane
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the City Council of the City of Brisbane thanks Christine Hayes for her years of service to the City on behalf of our grateful town.
Dated this 13th day of December, 2011.
Clifford R. Lentz, Mayor
Tim with Community Services Director John Swiecki, Planning Commissioners Karen Cunningham, Carolyn Parker, Dave Reinhardt, and TuongVan Do, and Associate Planner Ken Johnson.
A PROCLAMATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF BRISBANE HONORING
TIMOTHY W. TUNE
FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE TO THE
CITY OF BRISBANE
WHEREAS, Timothy “Tim” Tune came to the City of Brisbane in 1986 and distinguished himself as an exemplary employee in every respect, over this last quarter century; and
WHEREAS, Tim has brought to bear his unique experience in detailed and thoughtful presentation and execution of various projects and planning initiatives over the years; and
WHEREAS, Tim has been the “Planning Rock” in that no other planning employee has provided such continuity and has remained in the hot-seat as long as Tim, outlasting 3 Planning Directors; and
WHEREAS, Tim has been the face of the Department to the public for these many years, providing friendly and reliable guidance on a host of issues, such that the remaining staff will be expecting to hear, “But ... Tim Tune said…” for months and perhaps years to come; and
WHEREAS, Tim has been an example and a mentor to other staff, providing guidance on various planning issues and code interpretations, as well as the proper color, texture and taste for Halloween “Brain Jello”; and
WHEREAS, Tim has single-handedly propped up the men’s neckwear industry, wearing approximately 4,000 ties (give or take a few hundred) during the course of his tenure; and
WHEREAS, Tim has sacrificed his career as a professional cardboard modeler, for his planning career; and
WHEREAS Tim’s colleagues reserve the right to blame any planning misfortunes that befall the City on Tim for the next few years; and
WHEREAS, Tim will only be allowed to retire should he continue to send to his friends at the City, postcards from his many travels and adventures, all of which will be thoroughly planned; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brisbane, his colleagues and coworkers thank Tim for all of his great work and wishes him health, happiness and many travels in his well planned retirement.
Dated this 13th day of December, 2011.
Clifford R. Lentz, Mayor
Jim heartily accepting a warm congratulations from Mayor Lentz.
A PROCLAMATION OF
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRISBANE RECOGNIZING
JIM SKEELS UPON HIS RETIREMENT
WHEREAS, Jim Skeels became Director of the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department on December 6, 1999. His experience with and passion for recreation enabled the department to flourish under his watch. He also fell quickly in love with this community and found a home in which he still resides; and
WHEREAS, after a short period of time, Jim became well known throughout Brisbane with residents of all ages; from children, that loved to play with the many toys he kept on his office desk, to seniors who he always took time to chat with either at the Senior Club or just on the street. He always had an open-door policy and loved to listen to residents’ ideas and concerns regarding his department. Whether in his office or on the dance floor during the Concerts in the Park, Jim always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone that approached him. He was a great ambassador for the City; and
WHEREAS, that positive attitude carried over to his work with the City Council, Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission and with Brisbane Community Groups. For twelve years, he worked on many projects and programs where his intelligence, attention to detail, and negotiation skills led to many accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, some of the facility projects/accomplishments that occurred under his leadership include the completion and opening of the Community Pool, the beautiful Mission Blue Center and the Senior Sunrise Room; the development and completion of the Crocker Park Recreational Trail (perhaps Jim Skeels’ greatest accomplishment and will be his most remembered legacy), also the Park Lane Basketball Courts & Skate Park, the Quarry Road Park, the Volunteer of the Year Rock located at City Hall, the Silverspot Co-op Nursery School, and his final accomplishment, the BES Restroom installation; and
WHEREAS, he recognized what makes Brisbane a special place to live is neighbors knowing neighbors so he created events which brought people together, some of the events included Health Fairs, Monte Carlo Night, Brisbane Derby, Water Carnival, Swim in Movie Night, and the ever popular Concerts in the Park; and
WHEREAS, the time has come that Jim Skeels has retired after many years of exemplary service with the City of Brisbane; and
WHEREAS, the City of Brisbane will miss his care and knowledge of Brisbane, his steadfast and determined work style, and perhaps most of all, his intelligence and that twinkle in his eye, which made him a pleasure to work with as many long-standing accomplishments were made making Brisbane a better place to live.
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the City Council of the City of Brisbane thanks Jim Skeels and hereby declares him a lifelong friend of Brisbane.
Dated this 13th day of December, 2011
Clifford R. Lentz, Mayor
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Many of you have heard of the splendid concerts that take place at Mission Blue Center, called simply, "Live at Mission Blue". In its 8th Season this year, Live at Mission Blue Artistic Director Kevin Fryer (pictured right) is looking forward to the community coming together to hear three enchanting musical performances. "Here in Brisbane we are fortunate to have the Mission Blue Center, a space so well suited to listening to live music. We are fortunate to have a wealth of fine musicians who love to perform here, and a community that supports it."
Live at Mission Blue is a project of "The Friends of the Brisbane Library". FOBL is a community-based non-profit organization, which sponsors a variety of events from the City-Wide Garage Sale to Turn Off Your TV Week. Live at Mission Blue is supported by the City of Brisbane through the Resident Artist Co-sponsorship Program. Through this program, the City recognizes the value of its resident artists and the important contribution the arts make to the quality of life in our community.
Ticket proceeds from Live at Mission Blue help to fund programs of the Brisbane Library. So check out when performances will be held at www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com, buy tickets, and support the Live at Mission Blue series as well as the Friends of the Brisbane Library!
The fifth, and last, flow control valve station is scheduled to be installed on Main St. late next week. You may recall reading that these flow control valve stations will allow City engineers to be able to remotely monitor and control the flow of water entering the City's water distribution system. Thus, the flow control valve stations/enclosures are being installed at each of the five water supply turnout locations in town. Below is a Google image of where the installation will take place, with the blue box designating the approximate location of the City's above-ground valve station:
Due to this area on Main St. falling within the limits covered by the San Bruno Mountain Area Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), this area was subject to environmental review and no significant impacts were identified. As the other installations have taken about a week to complete, the City anticipates this station's above-ground installation to be completed by early January.
Thank you once again for your patience as work on this important project commences!
The Public Works Department has recently received a few inquiries from customers located in Crocker Industrial Park regarding the cloudiness of their tap water. This temporary cloudy water is caused by changes in the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) water distribution system resulting in additional air bubbles in the water. The water change is only aesthetic and the water continues to meet all state and federal regulatory requirements.
The operational changes in the water system are due to routine maintenance of the system’s Foothill Tunnel and seismic upgrades to the San Joaquin Pipeline System in the Central Valley. Instead of receiving water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, we are receiving water exclusively from local reservoirs. The increased rate of treatment of the local reservoir water at the SFPUC’s Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant in the East Bay causes air to be mixed into the water, which in turn makes the water appear cloudy or milky. If the water is allowed to stand for a few minutes, the cloudiness will dissipate as the air bubbles rise to the surface and break apart.
The cloudy appearance will dissipate as water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir reaches the Bay Area after the completion of work at the end of the month. It is expected that any cloudy water will dissipate by the week of January 7, 2012. If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at 415-508-2130.
Cyril G. "Cy" Bologoff being read a Proclamation by Councilmember Conway outlining his many accomplishments achieved during his 16 years of service on the Brisbane City Council.
Steven W. Waldo, being recognized by San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier for over 18 years of service before a packed Council Chambers.
See pictures taken that night by Alison Wilson on the City's Flickr page, where graduates of the 2011 Citizens Academy were also recognized for their dedication and involvement with their local government.
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Planning Commission Meeting
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Brisbane Dance Workshop
2nd Annual Holiday
Arts & Crafts Fair
Sun., Dec 11, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
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Road Closed and No Parking Please
Back in November, SamTrans hosted a handful of Service Plan Workshops throughout the County. On Thursday, December 8th, an additional public workshop will be taking place in neighboring South San Francisco from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Attend the workshop and find out about three possible service scenarios they're thinking about. They are looking for your feedback, as this is the public comment period. Please see the flyer for more details.
How much parking should be required for new homes and existing homes proposed to be enlarged? The Planning Commission will be trying to answer this question at its December 8th meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Currently, the parking requirements for single-family homes are based upon lot frontage, or the width of the lot abutting the street. The Planning Commission will be considering a recommendation to City Council to change the parking requirements for construction of new homes and for major remodels (a home addition of more than 400 sq. ft.), to be based on the number bedrooms and floor area of homes. Click here to read more, as well as view the evening's agenda report, Draft Ordinance, and redline version of the Draft Ordinance.
If you have comments on these draft proposals or suggestions for other approaches regarding required parking, you are invited to attend the public hearing on December 8th, or to submit your thoughts in writing to the Community Development Department, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005 or at email@example.com.
Have you ever been out walking around town and see something on City-owned property that needed fixing? And then forget to phone or e-mail in the request when you got home? Well with the new GORequest Service Request System, forgetting to do so will be a thing of the past.
An app entitled GORequest is available now for iPhone and Android mobile device users (Blackberry users can access the system here) due to the Public Works Department beta testing Government Outreach's service request system. Just download the free GORequest app, type "Brisbane,CA" into the "City" field, enable GPS, and you'll be all set to start reporting away.
Choose from a list of the 10 most commonly reported items, such as Abandoned Vehicle, Code Enforcement, Street Tree Maintenance, Street Light/Traffic Signal Maintenance, and Water/Sewer Leak. You even have the option to upload a picture taken on your phone. But don't worry, if you don't have a cameraphone, you can still log on to the Government Outreach page created for Brisbane and submit a service request with photo attachments.
Since the Public Works Department is beta testing the service request system for 1 year, only the "lite" version was purchased for $1,000. But seeing staff time already having been reduced, with service requests no longer needing to be written and logged by hand, the realized cost savings plus convenience afforded to the community may very well result in GORequest being here to stay.