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Peninsula Clean Energy Update

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This month, Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) will begin sending notices to 210,000 residences and businesses throughout San Mateo County to inform them that they are about to receive cleaner electricity and simultaneously save money.
 
At their January board meeting, the PCE Board of Directors unanimously approved new rates for all PCE customers that go into effect in time for the large April 2017 customer enrollment.  The rate change will maintain Peninsula Clean Energy’s 5% discount below PG&E’s electric generation rates for PCE’s customers, for greener electricity with 50% renewable content. PG&E’s electricity has 30% renewable content.
 
Residents and businesses across the County have noticed higher energy bills this winter.  Over the past year PG&E increased rates significantly, especially for natural gas and electricity transmission.  Peninsula Clean Energy is not a factor in rising bills, and in fact helps customers lower their bills.  When PG&E increased the exit fees that community choice energy customers pay by 26%, Peninsula Clean Energy lowered its rates to account for these fees, maintaining a 5% total savings on electricity generation costs for its customers.  “We feel it’s very important to offer savings to our customers through competitive rates,” noted PCE CEO Jan Pepper.
 
“Peninsula Clean Energy is pleased to offer San Mateo County residents the best value for renewable energy possible,” stated San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, who also serves as the Chair of PCE’s Board.  The PCE Board of Directors is composed of 22 members, including a Council Member from each of the 20 cities in the County and two County Supervisors.

Peninsula Clean Energy is currently serving about 80,000 residential and small business accounts across the county.  The remaining 210,000 San Mateo County residential and business accounts will be automatically enrolled with PCE in April.  PCE customers continue to receive electric delivery and a consolidated bill from PG&E.  Residents and businesses will receive four notices in the mail with details about their new choices.  PCE provides sample bills online under “Billing” on its website to explain bill updates: http://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/residents/residential-rates/
 
Peninsula Clean Energy customers are automatically enrolled in the ECOplus program to enjoy cleaner energy that is 50% renewable (compared to PG&E’s 30% renewable).  PCE customers may choose to opt up to ECO100 to receive 100% renewable energy for a small premium of one cent per kilowatt hour.  All customers who are currently enrolled in CARE or medical baseline energy discount programs automatically continue in these programs under PCE.
 
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy, or PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider.  PCE is a public, locally-controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. PCE’s ECOplus option is 50% renewable and 75% greenhouse gas emissions free, and PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free.  The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County.  PCE currently serves approximately 80,000 accounts, and will serve approximately 300,000 accounts by May 2017 when its enrollment process is complete.

February 2017 Marina News

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 Click here to read the February 2017 Marina Newsletter

SamTrans Seeks Volunteers

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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: 

  • One community representatives
  • Two multimodal representatives
  • Three bus riders

Each CAC member receives a free yearly bus pass to use on the SamTrans system. 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 Friday, March 3.  For more information, visit www.samtrans.com/cac.

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Posted 2/16/2017


Brisbane Eagles
Heart Fund Pasta Lunch
Sat., Feb 18, 2-4pm, 185 Visitacion
$10.00/person, Open to the Public


Posted 2/15/2017


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Music Together (Ages 0-5)
Begins March 14th
For More Info: 415-508-2144


Baylands Public Hearing
THU, 2/16 @ 7:30pm
City Hall
No Study Session

 

Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system. 

On February 23, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

"Carnival" Performance

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The San Francisco Arts Education Project's SFArtsED Players proudly present Carnival, a musical theater gem from 1961 based on the movie Lili starring Leslie Caron.  And three youth from Brisbane are included in the production's company!

Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Michael Stewart

Directed by Danny Duncan
Co-directed by Jeff Raz
 
Choreography by Erin Gentry, Sydney Lozier & Jamie Yuen Shore
Musical Direction by G. Scott Lacy & Alex Stein
 
February 4-19, 2017
Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street, San Francisco
Saturday, February 4 @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5 @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 @ 1:00 p.m. – Players Family Benefit Performance & Closing Day Celebration; 1 p.m. for carnival snacks; 1:30 p.m. show; champagne toast & treats at intermission
 
Tickets now on sale. Click here.

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Posted 2/11/2017


Brisbane Community Pool
Lifeguard Training Class
Fri – Sun, March 10th-12th
Fri 6-10pm // Sat/Sun 8am-5pm


The Collective Camp – ROAR
#ANAHATA
M-F/6AM/30 MIN+/18YRS+ WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY FEB 13th!


Posted 2/6/2017


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Archetti
Sat., Feb 11, 8pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door


In Loving Memory of
Nancy Soares
12/7/56 – 2/1/17
For Info Text: 415-602-7027

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Posted 2/2/2017


Water Bills
Due February 6th
Pay Online at
www.brisbaneca.org/utilities


Get Police News & Updates
Via their Facebook page
www.facebook.com/BrisbanePD


Posted 1/27/2017


Artists’ Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Feb 4th, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.
No Admission Fee!  All Ages Welcomed!


Memorial for Long Time Brisbane
Resident & Eagle Sharon Tripp
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2-4pm
@ Eagles Hall

Say Hello to Bye Bye Mattress

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Thanks to the Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) Bye Bye Mattress Program, Brisbane residents can now recycle mattresses and box springs for free at Blue Line Transfer Station!  (This is in addition to mattresses/box springs able to be collected no-charge from single-family homes through the SSF Scavenger On-Call Cleanup program.)

To avoid charges for the Bye Bye Mattress Program, bring no more than one load per day and bring only mattresses/box springs.  Up to 4 units accepted for no-charge.

SSF Scavenger Company and Blue Line Transfer are proud to join the Program’s growing collection network and to be helping the MRC reach its goal of diverting 1 million mattresses from California’s landfills each year.

The mattresses and box springs collected at Blue Line will be hauled to an East Bay facility for recycling.

The Mattress Recycling Process

Most recyclers currently use the following process to dismantle a mattress:

  1. The top mattress layer (including the outer fabric) is cut, peeled and separated from the mattress’ interior materials (which can include fiber, polyurethane or latex foam and steel springs).
  2. The interior materials are pulled apart and separated by type.
  3. Foam, fiber and other soft commodities are baled and compressed for transport to scrap dealers or companies that will consume them to make new products.
  4. Metal springs from mattresses and box springs are extracted and sent to scrap recyclers that will sell them to steel mills and foundries.
  5. Wood is chipped or shredded.

Uses for Old Mattress Components

More than 80% of a used mattress’ components can be recycled —the metal springs, foam, wood and fibers — and made into new useful products. For example:

  • The steel springs are recycled as metal scrap and can be melted and used to make new appliances, building materials and other steel products.
  • The foam can be turned into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding.
  • The wooden frames can be shredded to produce landscaping mulch.
  • The cotton and other fiber can be used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications.

To learn more about Bye Bye Mattress, please visit www.ByeByeMattress.com.

FEB Complete Streets Safety Cmte. Meeting

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The February Complete Streets Safety Committee has been postponed to Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm.  The Committee will be meeting in the Public Works Conference Room at City Hall.  Click here to view the agenda.

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Posted 1/27/2017


Artists’ Evening of Sharing
Saturday, Feb 4th, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.
No Admission Fee!  All Ages Welcomed!


Memorial for Long Time Brisbane
Resident & Eagle Sharon Tripp
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2-4pm
@ Eagles Hall


Posted 1/25/2017


People’s State of the Union
Saturday, Jan 28th, 10am-Noon
Brisbane Sierra Point Yacht Club
Open and Free to the Public


Lipman E-Waste Event
Saturday, Jan 28th, 10am-2pm
1 Solano St.


Posted 1/23/2017


Follow Park & Rec
on Social Media
www.facebook.com/brisbanerec
Instagram: @cityofbrisbaneca


Join us for the 13th Season
Live at Mission Blue
Tickets Available Online at:
www.liveatmissionblue.com

The People's State of the Union

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                                                                                                                        Photo by Dimitri Moore

The People’s State of the Union Story Circle Gathering
Saturday, January 28th from 10am - noon (Please be prompt)
at the Sierra Point Yacht Club, 500 Sierra Point Pkwy, Brisbane, CA 94005
An RSVP would be appreciated to help with planning | Please RSVP to beth@bethgrossman.com

The people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has just launched the next National Action, the People’s State of the Union http://usdac.us/psotu, and would love to have you engaged in this powerful annual civic ritual.  Their message is that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue; it takes all our stories, not a single speech—this year more than ever, people will welcome the opportunity to sit in circles, speak their truth, and listen deeply to others.

Brisbane Artist and USDAC Cultural Agent, Beth Grossman is hosting this special event.  Please invite all your friends.  This event is for the general public and is free of charge.  A special thank you to the Sierra Point Yacht Club for providing their space and making it open to the public. 

This is a powerful way of coming together, getting to know one another, and reflecting on the state of our community, country, and world. No need to prepare anything. Just show up and participate! 

This year, over 100 Story Circles around the United States will take place between 27 January and 5 February 2017. Once again, the culminating element of *#PSOTU2017* will be a collaborative poem inspired by people’s stories and created by poets across the U.S. 

The 2017 *Poetic Address to the Nation* will be performed live in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 11th from 6:30pm 8:30pm and will be web-streamed, and later broadcast via Free Speech TV.

Scheduled Water Shutdown 1-26-17

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In order to make necessary improvements to the water main, water service will be temporarily shutdown between the hours of 9am-4pm on Thursday, 1/26/17 at the addresses highlighted in red on Solano St., Mendocino St. and Visitacion Ave. (click on the map to view larger).  Road closures will be in effect in this area on Wednesday, 1/25 and Thursday, 1/26, between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Notices are being hand delivered today to each address impacted by the service shutdown on Thursday.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as the work is being completed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

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Posted 1/18/2017


In Loving Memory of
Louise (Louigie) Busse
8/31/39 – 1/17/17


Posted 1/17/2017


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
The Twelfth Night
Sunday, January 22nd, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Presents:
Cuban Salsa
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm
At Mission Blue Center

 

Sandbags Available at City Hall

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The sun is shining now, but a big storm is headed our way this weekend.  Get your sand bags at City Hall now!  Available in the parking lot, 10 bag limit per resident.

January 2017 Marina News

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 Click here to read the January 2017 Marina Newsletter

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Posted 1/13/2017


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
The Twelfth Night
Sunday, January 22nd, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


John Hickey
11/6/34 – 1/11/17
Rosary: Duggans D.C., 1/16, 3:30pm
Mass: St. Veronica’s SSF, 1/17, 12:30pm

 

January 2017 Housing Flyers

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Human Investment Project, or HIP Housing, is a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo County.  They offer a Home Sharing Program with the goal of matching persons seeking housing with those that have a room to rent within their home.  Check out their January 2017 housing flyers for seekers (partial list of persons seeking housing as of January 2017) and providers (partial list of rooms available as of January 2017).  Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660 with any questions.  If you find a housemate through HIP Housing, 90 days later you receive $250!

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Posted 1/11/2017


Adult Oil Painting Class
Starts Tues., Jan 17th
6pm-8:30pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
For More Info: (415)286-3707


Posted 1/9/2017


Club Rec – One Day Camps
Mon., January 23rd
Fri., February 17th
Register Now!


Skatepark Naming
Subcommittee Meeting
Wed., Jan. 11th, 5:30pm
City Hall, Comm. Meeting Rm.


In Loving Memory of
William (Bill) Green
1929 – 2016
Brisbane Resident Since 1965

SMCReady.org has launched!

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Check out the newly-revamped site, www.smcready.org, where you can get connected, gather supplies, read stories, and make a plan for you and your loved ones.  We also want to take this opportunity to stress that in the event of a major emergency, the City will be utilizing SMCAlert to notify the Community of any emergency information.  If you haven't already done so, please sign up today!

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Posted 1/7/2017


It’s Not too Late to Sign Up
For Group Swim Lessons
New Classes Begin
Sunday, January 8th!


Give the Skatepark a Formal Name!
Access the Survey Through the City’s
Website, Facebook, & Weekly Blog
Thank You for Your Input!

 

Sustainability Academy Courses & Webinars

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Registration is now open for two new Sustainability Academy offerings beginning in January, 2017!

The County of San Mateo’s Sustainability Academy (Academy) is a no-cost education and outreach program designed to raise awareness around sustainability and empower our San Mateo County community members with the knowledge and skills to promote resource conservation in their communities. The Academy courses are taught by local experts and offer participants access to cutting-edge sustainability information and best practices. The courses are a great way for you to get involved with sustainability projects in your community, build leadership skills, and meet new people who share the same interest!  Click here to go to the Office of Sustainability's website to learn more and register for a course and/or webinar today!

Structure Fire at 34 Visitacion

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Early this morning, at 6:23am, nine fire engines responded to an apartment building structure fire at 34 Visitacion Ave.  There were no sustained injuries to firefighters or residents, with the cause of the fire under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Prevention Services Bureau.  Read the full press release here.

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Posted 12/27/2016


The Collective Camp – Roar
#NewYearDOYOU!
M-F / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ / WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY JAN 2ND!


Club Rec – One Day Camps
Mon., January 23rd
Fri., February 17th
Register Now!

 

Fire Safety and Code Enforcement

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After the Ghost Ship tragedy in Oakland December 2, news outlets reported there were no Oakland Fire Department inspection records for the 10,000 square-foot warehouse.  Here are the types and frequency of inspections that the City of Brisbane conducts.

All Brisbane commercial, business, multi-family (triplex and above) and permitted occupancies are inspected annually by North County fire Authority and its fire safety inspectors, including fire companies assigned to Fire Station 81.  NCFA keeps a database of occupancies requiring inspections and systematically logs each inspection, as well as any re-inspections and findings to ensure compliance with fire and life safety code requirements.  New businesses and any remodeling of any existing business or other occupancy type, are inspected when a business license is issued or completion of the project.  Currently, there are a total of 455 fire and life safety inspections performed annually in Brisbane on all occupancies types. 

If fire companies or fire safety inspectors find occupancies, such as in vacant or abandoned buildings, including blighted areas within the city, they will refer those to the City’s Code Enforcement Officer (operating from Brisbane’s Police Department) to gain entry.  The Code Enforcement Officer works closely with the Building and Planning Department, Police Department, and even the Finance Department to address building code violations, and to ensure corrective actions within a prescribed timeframe.  Because a small town government makes interdepartmental communication more efficient, our officials are able to act quickly on large and small issues.  In Brisbane, departments consistently share information to make sure that commercial buildings are not used for unauthorized/illegal/non-permitted residential purposes.  Safety is the top priority, and will always continue to be.

If you have any questions or concerns, or simply want to report a building code violation, please do not hesitate to contact Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Moneda at (415) 508-2172 or mmoneda@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Fixing Potholes on Tunnel Ave.

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This morning, Public Works crews were out fixing potholes on Tunnel Ave.  A contractor had been hired to make longer-term fixes to the roadway, but rains precluded them from being able to start the work this week.  They are scheduled to start repairing the identified, necessary potholes on Bayshore & Sierra Point Parkway next week when it's currently forecast to be dry. 

And just a little bit of trivia: Tunnel Avenue from the county line down to just past Golden State Lumber is the city's responsibility. Tunnel Avenue south of that point to its intersection with Lagoon Way is private. UPC owns the roadway, allows the public to use it, and maintains it.

Climate Fact #50

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Climate Facts will begin again sometime in the new year and are currently on hiatus.

Climate Fact #49

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

Baylands Sustainability Framework  
http://baytrail.org/
http://parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain-state-county-park

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