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Last Friday, November 12th, Brisbane Firefighters spent their first evening back in Brisbane. For the last 2 months, they had been spending evenings in Daly City at Station 93 (464 Martin St.) after severe mold was discovered at Station 81 -- click here to read more on our old blog site. Now, the all firefighting crews will be staying in the semi-permanent trailers that can be seen just outside the Fire Station when you're driving along Bayshore.
Today, the firefighters had a special delivery -- their lockers! And it was no big deal that the delivery man didn't have a ramp to unload them from his truck. With 3 firefighters -- Capt. John Murphy and Firefighters Craig Briscoe and Aaron Sorani -- the job got done. From unloading the 200 lbs. lockers, to getting them on the dolly and up the ramp and through the small entryway of the trailer, these guys make it look easy.
And with most things, you learn as you do. The second time up, the guys used the floor mat to drag the lockers through the doorway.
They asked for the palettes (pictured below in the foreground) that the lockers were delivered on -- one of the firefighters thought they would make for good shelves to use in the lockers! Smart thinking.
And lastly, a peak inside their trailers -- featuring the most important room of them all -- the kitchen.
We're glad you guys are back in town, and within the expected time period!
One can never be too prepared! Sand bags are now available atop two palettes outside the gate of the Public Works Corp Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel Ave. and Lagoon Rd. Each sand bag weighs approximately 15 lbs. and are free for the taking. So please stop by and pick up the amount you need...more will be made by the Public Works crew as necessary to ensure the community has what it needs to guard against flooding during the rainy season. And, the below pics illustrate how Dolan, Joe, and Keegan from the PW crew got sand bag-making down to a simple, easy process -- with the help of some safety cones acting as pastry bags. Now, that's creative. Good work, guys!
This is a new class being offered by the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department, starting on Wednesday January 19th and taking place weekly through February 23rd. The class will be held at Mission Blue Center, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, and instructed by Michael Rodman, a Brisbane resident since the 50's and who painted the San Francisco cityscape oil painting above. Michael has studied with the best working artists for the past 15 years, from the Scottsdale School of Art to the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Click here to register online. For more information about this class, please call Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick at 415-508-2143 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Brisbane is inviting licensed contractors to submit the name of their firm to the City for inclusion on its 2011-2012 List of Qualified Contractors. Depending on your firm's classification, your firm will receive Notices inviting Informal Bids as projects come forward. Please see the required application form by clicking here (found on the Public Works Applications and Forms page).
Veterans' Day provides us with the chance to mark the debt of honor we owe to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States. We remember those who gave their lives beneath our flag, in service of our freedom.
Today, if you can, please take a moment to offer your gratitude for the families of the veterans and active service members that you know. Or go online to serve.gov to find out how you can serve military families who would greatly appreciate your remembrance of them.
Additionally, yesterday was the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, which was first established on November 10, 1775. Click here to go to the Marine Corps' website and view a commemorative video of this very special occassion.
Thank you to all our service men and women -- your courage in the face of adversity is a model for us all.
Ever want to see what serving on a public commission was like? Well here is your chance. Approximately one year remains on former Planning Commissioner Theresa Maturo's term and the City Council is now accepting applications for this position. Once this one-year term expires, the City Council will begin the recruitment process for a full, 4-year term. Click here to learn more about the primary duties of the Planning Commission. If you are interested in applying for this one-year term, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 415-508-2113 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline to apply is 5:00pm, November 15, 2010.
With the new website being just a few weeks old, we've been adding helpful tidbits to it here and there to make it as useful a tool as possible. One of those items is the "Printer-friendly version" link you'll see near the top of every page on the website, sans the homepage. This will make it easy to print meeting agendas, and any other pages of interest...for instance, the previous post about the Annual Winter Clean Up (maybe you can print the page so you have all this important information handy). This option will save you a load of ink, as it gets rid of the background image. So hold on longer to those ink cartridges, and go printer-friendly!
Election results are updated as often as new data is received from county election offices after the polls closed at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State 31 days after Election Day, which for this election is December 3. Therefore, view the "semi-official results" by clicking here.
Looks like the incumbents that represented Brisbane before Election Day will continue to do so, with Jackie Speier winning in the 12th Congressional District, Leeland Yee in the 8th Senate District, and Jerry Hill in the 19th Assembly District. Additionally, Ken Walker, Leo Tingin, and Thomas Ledda were elected to the Brisbane School District Governing Board.
Lastly, if you'd like to see an overview of the nine statewide ballot measure voters weighed in on this November, with 5 failing and 4 passing, click here.
If you're a Comcast subscriber, you may be aware of the government-access channel, Ch. 27. On it, public meetings such as City Council, Planning Commission, Open Space & Ecology, and Parks, Beaches, & Recreation Commission meetings are shown. Often, they are replayed in case you happened to miss the live meeting. In addition, the City tries to provide educational programming in the slots that public meetings aren't being played. For instance, one of the programs now playing on Ch. 27 is "What Every President Should Know About Energy Efficiency, Part 1". In it, a physics professor explains what every US President should know about energy. How do the global issues of climate change and energy security impact U.S. efforts toward gaining energy efficiencies and conservation of resources? The CA PUC commissioner relates how California utilities are achieving energy efficiencies. Check the programming schedule for when it airs next, and maybe you'll like it so much, you'll want to check out Part 2, which airs next Monday, November 8th. And, as always, Ch. 27 streams live on the City's website, just in case you don't subscribe to Comcast.
In May 2010, the applicant (UPC) presented an overview of a proposed update to their Baylands Specific Plan submittal. UPC submitted today an updated Baylands Specific Plan Executive Summary and Appendix. It is anticipated the applicant will be submitting the remainder of the updated specific plan document in the next 30 - 60days.
The City will be publishing an updated environmental impact report Notice of Preparation (NOP) within the next few weeks. The NOP identifies topics to be studied in the forthcoming Environmental Impact Report. The NOP will be posted on the City’s website when available and e-mail notification of the NOP publication will be provided. If you would like to be notified when the NOP is ready, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the Baylands e-mail distribution list.
On Tuesday, October 26th, the State of the City Address was given by Mayor W. Clarke Conway at the Radisson Hotel in Brisbane. The event was sponsored by Seton Medical Center in conjunction with the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, and Larry Purcell, Vice President of Purcell Murray Company and Chairman of the Chamber, served as Master of Ceremonies. Seven packed tables came to hear what was in store for Brisbane's future, and to hear about some of the projects completed in the last year. If you weren't able to be there, and don't subscribe to Comcast to catch a replay on Ch. 27, then scroll on below and watch it here.
Ted Warburton, Brisbane's Harbormaster, is all smiles. And he has every reason to be. Two weeks ago, he was down in Dana Point for the 62nd Annual Conference and Awards Dinner of the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains. Every year, an individual is chosen by the Association to be recognized for their efforts...and everyone there knew who this year's award recipient was...everyone besides Ted. He was shocked when they announced his name, but really, we know he shouldn't be. He is well-deserving of this prestigious award, and we are proud to have the 2010 State Harbormaster of the Year here in Brisbane! We'll end this post with a close-up of Ted's newest achievement:
2010 marks the 13th Anniversary of Brisbane’s Annual Winter Clean-Up! This is the time of year when residents join together to ensure that the community is properly maintained and ready to face the upcoming winter months. In severe winter storms of the past, fallen dead branches and unkempt plants became uprooted and often clogged storm drains and gutters, causing flooding. To help prevent these types of problems, the City is designating the weekend of November 13th and 14th in Brisbane to be “Winter Storm Preparedness Weekend".
During these two days, dumpsters - ONLY FOR YARD TRIMMINGS - will be placed throughout town, as close to each street and neighborhood as possible. See below for the location of the dumpsters in Central Brisbane and the Ridge.
Some important things to keep in mind when cleaning up your property:
Do not place yard trimmings in plastic garbage bags into the dumpsters, as this will make the entire load un-recyclable.
All trimmings and branches placed into a dumpster MUST BE LESS THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER.
NO RUBBISH or other WASTE is to be disposed of in these dumpsters.
Please do not attempt to trim tree branches touching or near PG&E high voltage power lines. Call PG&E if you have any questions or concerns at (800) 743-5000.
The City will help you dispose of tree trimmings and large branches but CANNOT go on private property to help cut them down or haul them to the street.
If you need assistance or to arrange for pickup, please call the 13th Annual Winter Clean Up Hotline (508-2146) between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm Saturday, Nov. 14th and between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15th. Loads must be less than four cubic yards and no branches or logs larger than 4 inches in diameter or 6 feet in length will be picked up by the City maintenance crews. For information regarding tree removal, please click here or call the Public Works Department at 508-2130.
Thank you in advance for your willingness and cooperation in this Citywide effort. If we all pitch in this year, we can prevent problems from occurring during the winter rains!
With the modulars having been delivered last week, this week and the early part of next week is all about getting them readied for the firefighters to move in. Because the utilities were identified by City engineers as being located to the left of the Fire Station (looking from Bayshore Blvd.), it was decided that the best spot for the modulars would be on that left side (instead of the right side where the staging trailer was set up).
The Brisbane Fire Station got its start as a volunteer station back in 1932, so it is only fitting that the labor and materials used for the modular be local to Brisbane. For instance, the men below are from Stellar Plumbing, Inc. who recently moved their offices to 23 San Bruno Ave. Abner, Daryl, and owner Lon Carter all live in town. So it's no wonder that if there are items such as recycled wood from a recently remodeled house in Brisbane, they know about it and are using it. In the left-hand picture below, Lon is drilling in a ledger board (the recycled wood mentioned earlier) which the shower will mount on and be screwed into from above. In the right-hand picture, Daryl and Abner help Lon place the shower.
And, a plus is that Stellar Plumbing has made a lot of purchases for this Fire Station project at none other than at Brisbane Hardware. Thank you for your hard work in helping give our firefighters a place to call "home" for now.
Wind speeds and patterns change throughout the year, resulting in pilots flying in and out of SFO to use alternate routes. This is of course due to safety reasons, where most planes need to reach an altitude of at least 400 ft. and be safely airborne and before making any turns. In times of low westerly winds, Runway 01, or a port departure, is used. This runway faces Oakland, so if a plane is headed to Southern California, Las Vegas, or a destination in Arizona, the plane would need to make a 270-degree turn in order to face south). In times of high westerly winds, Runway 28, or a Shoreline departure, is used. This runway faces northwest towards Pacifica so planes heading south would fly towards the ocean along the Gap (a natural dip in the ridgeline between SFO and Pacifica) before turning left to fly south. On west wind days, it's the planes that are headed to an eastern location that can cause noise problems in Brisbane. A properly-flown Shoreline departure would have planes remaining on the east side of Highway 101 before turning right towards Oakland. However, if this departure is poorly-flown, planes will fly too far northwest before turning right, and thus fly over Brisbane. (If hearing runway numbers is confusing, just remember that SFO is 10 degrees to the right from all cardinal compass directions. Therefore, Runway 01 is 10 degrees to the right of due North, Runway 10 is 10 degrees to the right of due East, or 100 degrees from due North, Runway 19 is 10 degrees to the right of due South, or 190 degrees from due North, and Runway 28 is 10 degrees to the right of due West, or 280 degrees from due North).
Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure
Airport Noise Complaint
On Wednesday, October 20th, Councilmember Richardson and City Management met with SFO Airport Director John Martin and Dave Ong from the SFO Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the increase in overhead noise in
This past Wednesday, 13 Lipman students volunteered an hour of their time to help with weeding at the Community Park. They were supervised by Growing Green Hand's Tamberly Mott, volunteers Paul Bouscal and Marge Buschman, and of course, Public Works staff Linda Baston Conway and Joe Friars who were on-hand helping to lay down tarps and hand out gloves and tools.
Thank you to Brisbane Hardware for donating gloves to the kids! And, last but not least, THANK YOU to the students who pulled, heaved, and carried tarp-fuls of weeds to the PW truck for disposal. You all get an A for effort!
To see more pictures from the afternoon, click here to be taken to the City's photo set on Flickr.
Theresa Maturo, having served on the Brisbane Planning Commission since April of 2005, was honored at the October 4th City Council meeting for her service and dedication to the community. Soon to be moving out of Brisbane, Theresa submitted her resignation, and said at her recognition ceremony how much she "absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed" being a part of the Brisbane community and serving on the Planning Commission.
Approximately one year remains on her term and the City Council is now accepting applications for this position. Once this one-year term expires, the City Council will begin the recruitment process for a full, 4-year term. Click here to learn more about the primary duties of the Planning Commission. If you are interested in applying for this one-year term, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 415-508-2113 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 15, 2010.
Also at that October 4th City Council meeting, former Interim Community Development Director John Swiecki was sworn in by the City Clerk as the City's new Community Development Director. John will continue working on the projects of former Community Development Director Bill Prince, which include the Baylands, Sierra Point Design Guidelines, Housing Element, and General Plan update.
To hear more about Brisbane's key issues, planning, and finances, be sure to attend the State of the City address next Tuesday, October 26th, at the Radisson Hotel (5000 Sierra Point Parkway). Sponsored by Seton Medical Center and the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature Mayor W. Clarke Conway giving a "year-in-review" and what 2011 may bring. In case you're not able to make it, the event will also be videotaped, played on Channel 27, and made available on the website. We'll notify you in a blog post when that will be ready for your viewing pleasure!
The modular trailers arrived on schedule Wednesday, October 20th. Between then and November 1st, work will be done to ready them for the firefighters who are still scheduled to move back to Brisbane on Monday, November 1st. Brisbane fire crews will be stationed in Brisbane during the day, and relocate to Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) during the evening hours. If you need to get a hold of them at any time of day, please call the main Fire Dept. line, (415) 657-4300 as they are regularly checking messages left for them.
Find out what's happening in Brisbane by checking out the STAR and City News! The STAR is published quarterly in-house and the City News comes out usually on a monthly basis. Printed copies of each are also available at City Hall.
One of the topics of discussion at this past Wednesdays's Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting was how individuals who may be doing improvements or remodels at their homes can take advantage of the tax incentives and rebates that are readily available, but may be expiring by December 31, 2010. Here are some resources that can help you to reduce your home's energy usage, and how you can qualify for the available tax incentives and rebates.
- www.pge.com/rebates has the latest rebate information, catalogs, and guidance for your next energy efficiency upgrade
- If you're ready to apply for a rebate, you can apply online through eRebates at www.pge.com/erebates. With PG&E's eRebates, you can also check the status of your rebate application.
- Existing homeowners are eligible for tax credits up to a maximum of $1,500 for making energy-efficient home improvements. Refer to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) matrix (note the deadlines in the "Years Covered" column).
- The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) gives consumers and businesses the information they need to take advantage of the federal income tax incentives passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), and extended through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
In addition to tax incentives and rebates, PG&E offers a wide range of ways to save energy, money, and help the environment. PG&E's SmartEnergy Analyzer can help you understand where your energy goes, pinpoint problem areas, and start you on the path to an energy-efficient home. Click here to access the SmartEnergy Analyzer for businesses.
Learn more about these programs, tools, and offers at http://www.pge.com/, or contact PG&E's Smarter Energy Line at 1-800-933-9555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The digging that is going on outside of the Brisbane Fire Station may have caught your eye. Workers are installing the interim water, sewer, and gas lines for modular trailers that were ordered yesterday by the City. It will be 1 month on October 16th since severe mold was discovered at Station 81, resulting in the Brisbane firefighters traveling between Station 93 in Daly City (464 Martin St.) where they spend nights, and Station 81 in Brisbane (3445 Bayshore) where they are stationed in a staging trailer during the day. This staging trailer, however, is meant solely for such purposes and not equipped with showers, bathrooms, or sleeping quarters. The mobiles that were ordered today, so that the firefighters can remain in Brisbane around the clock, will be equipped with such, as well as a kitchen for them to once again cook together as a crew. The mobiles are scheduled to arrive October 20th and all of the final connections are targeted for completion by the end of the month, with the firefighters back in Brisbane 24/7 by November 1, 2010.
The Brisbane Women's Club proudly presents The San Francisco Shakespeare's Festival performance of "The Tempest" on Sunday, October 24th at 2:00pm. The event will take place once again at the Mission Blue Center in Brisbane. Click here to view the complete flyer.
"The Tempest" has been regarded as the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s dramatic output, widely believed to be his final and most autobiographical play. The story captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes. Forgiveness versus revenge, good versus evil, freedom versus captivity, and youthful impetuousness contrasted with aged wisdom are just some of the ideas that Shakespeare illuminates with his powerful and poetic storytelling skills. It's a true delight that the Fall 2010 tour of The Tempest will soon be here in Brisbane!
The production is professionally directed and suitable for elementary students through adults. Five highly-skilled actors in costume, with set, props, and recorded music will be performing a 55-minute production of "The Tempest" in just a couple short weeks here in Brisbane. There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE for the performance, so if you haven't already done so -- mark your calendar now -- we wouldn't want you to miss out on this once-a-year event!
If you haven't already seen it, jump over to http://www.brisbaneca.org/ to check out the City's newly-designed website! C.J. MacDonald, a Brisbane resident, was the site's web developer and worked long and hard to get the site looking like it does. And, you can tell how much he CARES about the community as you navigate through some of the site's new features, including an "I Want To..." drop-down menu, rotating photos displaying the unique and picturesque scenery of Brisbane, and actual Vimeo videos which have been embedded onto the webpages themselves, for easy access to City Council and other public meetings, as well as previously-held community workshops in the Baylands section. The Sustainability and Economic Development pages are completely new sections of the website which we foresee growing in content as time goes by. Also, news items like these Blog posts will be incorporated under the Lastest News and Star section on the homepage, thereby constantly being updated and "rolling". C.J. is working on a mechanism to be able to push news items out to the community as they're added onto the homepage...but until then, we'll continue to send out timely information from the City out through Blogger as usual.
As you can see, the City's new website is up and running at www.brisbaneca.org (you can access it with just typing brisbaneca.org into your browser). We expect the web address for the City's website to switch over from the old URL, ci.brisbane.ca.us, either Thursday or Friday, at which point the old site will be available at http://18.104.22.168/index.asp. Over the next couple weeks, all of the City Council Agendas and Minutes from 2005 - 2008 will be moved over to the new site. In the meantime, you'll be able to access them at http://22.214.171.124/index.asp.
If you would like to make any suggestions or comments about the City's new website, please use the red Feedback tab on the right. You'll be able to see suggestions made by others checking out the new website too! Vote on them if you agree, or suggest one of your own. Thanks for your feedback!
In partnership with the City of Brisbane, Rebuilding Together Peninsula is offering Free Home Repair assistance to qualified Brisbane homeowners. Rebuilding Together Peninsula is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to repairing nonprofit community facilities and homes of those in need. The services provided are FREE and will not affect any other benefits homeowners receive. Volunteers complete all of the repair work. Providing safety, warmth, and independence is the organization's priority. National Rebuilding Day is primarily a one-day project and will take place April 30, 2011. Applications are due by Friday, October 29, 2010 (Extensions may be permitted, as needed). For more information or an application, please call (650) 366-6597.
Applications are also available for download here: http://www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org/pages/apply_homeowners.html
October 16, 2010, will mark the 4 year anniversary of the City's Blog. In an effort to preserve all that has been written on it since that first post in 2006, we wanted to provide you with the Blog's link on the City's new website. To view the blog, you can type brisbaneca.blogspot.com into your browser, or by simply clicking here.
The firefighters continue to stay at Station 93 in Daly City during the evening hours - returning to Brisbane during normal working hours - as analysis for a more long-term solution is done in response to the severe mold discovered a few weeks ago at the Brisbane Fire Station. But this back-and-forth scenario will only be for a little while longer. On Monday night, the City Council approved the rental of a triple-wide trailer which is to be installed by the end of October at the current location of the Brisbane Fire Station (Station 81 is currently located at 3445 Bayshore Blvd). But to give you an idea of the route the Brisbane Firefighters take from Daly City to Brisbane, see the map below:
They basically take a left at Carter Dr., and another at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway before hanging a right onto Bayshore Blvd. and entering Brisbane. The total driving distance from Station 93 to Brisbane City Hall is 2.1 miles.
We are glad that our Firefighters will be able to return to Brisbane by the end of the month - the premiere goal of the City Council and staff, and the Firefighters themselves are most definitely looking forward to spending their nights back in town!
We're all set and ready to go for the Brisbane Derby and "Day in the Park" Festival tomorrow!
The festivities begin early tomorrow, but for some, they've been waiting a whole year for this day to come again. Come to San Francisco & Plumas tomorrow at 8am to get a nice spot along San Francisco Ave. and watch cars be raced down the hill. This has been a Brisbane tradition since the 1930s - only, the racers were a little bigger in size...(that's because the Brisbane Derby used to be sponsored by the the Volunteer Fire Department!)
While the races are still going on and trophies are awarded to each of the competing age groups, the Community Park will be buzzing with community groups (Women's Club, Mothers of Brisbane, Lion's Club, Eagle's Club, Brisbane Youth Sports Association) telling about the various efforts they've invested in, and City Departments and Committees (Parks & Recreation, Police, Open Space & Ecology Committee) providing useful resources to the community. There will also be a Public Safety booth to provide residents with critical information in case an emergency should ever take place in Brisbane. So come and arm yourself with great information, while enjoying some tasty BBQ, corn on the cob, and cotton candy while you're at it! Oh, and let's not forget baked goods and ice cream. The event goes until about 5:00pm.
Also, this coming Monday, October 4, the City Council will be convening at 7:30pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place. Come and join for the dedication of the bird signs on Tunnel Ave. Bridge, recognizing Teresa Maturo for her service on the Planning Commission, and swearing in John Swiecki as the new Community Development Director. After a break for refreshments, the City's new website will be unveiled. Come and hear what the Council has to say, and share your own thoughts and ideas! And always remember that if you can't make it to a Council meeting, or don't have Comcast, then you can view the City Council meetings on your computer by visiting the meetings page.