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SFO Aircraft Noise Presentation

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Having become a more widespread issue within the community, the City wanted to excerpt the section of last Tuesday's City Council meeting when Bert Ganoung, a representative from SFO's Aircraft Noise Abatement Office, presented on the measures his office is taking to have overhead aircraft noise be less of a nuisance in town.  You can watch that presentation and the public comment that followed by clicking the Play button below or by tuning in to Ch. 27 on the dates and times when replays of this presentation have been scheduled.

Replays on Channel 27:

Sunday, Jan. 30 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Monday, Jan. 31 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Tuesday, Feb. 1 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wednesday, Feb. 2 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Thursday, Feb. 3 -12:00pm - 1:15pm
Friday, Feb. 4 - 8:30am - 9:45am
Saturday, Feb. 5 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Sunday, Feb. 6 - 11:30am - 12:15pm


Please continue to log any airport noise complaints online by clicking here or by e-mailing sfo.noise@flysfo.com.

What's That Pounding Noise?

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A few residents have expressed their concern to the City over the seemingly incessant pounding noise that's been taking place over the last week or so.  Upon further investigation, it's been determined that the noise is a result of pile-driving near Candlestick Park (Harney Way) where SFPUC is constructing a new auxiliary sewer tunnel between the Sunnydale drainage basin (Visitacion Valley District) and the Sunnydale Transport/Storage Facility located just southwest of Candlestick Park. The new sewer tunnel will increase the capacity of the sewer collection system on Kelloch Avenue, Velasco Avenue, Talbert Street and Sunnydale Avenue during heavy rain periods.

The pile-driving at Harney Way was completed yesterday, but contractors of SFPUC will be moving to a new site (Sunnydale & Bayshore) early next week to begin pile-driving that will last for another week or so.  However, the level of noise that travels to Brisbane from this work should be largely reduced, as the area they will be working in will be only 25' x 25' (as opposed to the several hundred at Candlestick).  In addition, this location is much more shielded with structures in-between that will help absorb the noise.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kenya Briggs at (415) 554-0715 or via email at kbriggs@sfwater.org.

Council Goal Setting Workshop

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Each year, the City Council kicks off the budget process with its annual goal setting workshop. Past workshops have been held on a weekend morning; however, this year, in order to allow more community input, Council decided to hold it on a Monday evening and have it broadcast on Channel 27.

The workshop will start at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.  Come and learn where the City stands financially now and in the future, its community values, and the key, present-day issues facing Brisbane.  To view the night's agenda and its accompanying staff report, please click here.

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting

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At approximately 4:12pm this afternoon, the Brisbane Police Dept. received a report that a mountain lion had been seen in the vicinity of Harold Street.  The mountain lion was last seen running away into the hills behind the residences.

Mountain lions typically avoid people and would rather avoid a confrontation. But if you happen to see one, DO NOT APPROACH IT. If you ever come across one, do not run. Rather, you'd want to first face the animal, make noise, and wave your arms so that you appear bigger. For more information about mountain lions, click here.

News about the sighting was first delivered over SMC Alert. If you haven't already signed up to receive electronic messages sent to either your phone or e-mail (or, both), you can do so by visiting smcalert.info. Get signed up, and get informed!

Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Tae Kwon Do Classes
Adult and Youth Classes
Info: 508-2143

 

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Baseball Coaches Needed
For Various Ages & Teams
Contact 508-2144 for more info

Sgt. Kath Jackson Retires

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Last Saturday, at the Sierra Point Yacht Club, the career of Sgt. Kath Jackson was celebrated in a event hosted by the Brisbane Police Officers Association.  Sgt. Jackson is pictured above with her dear friend, and boss, Chief Lisa Macias.

Sgt. Jackson's career in Brisbane started with fighting fires, then she moved to fighting bad guys. By the time is was time to retire, Sgt. Jackson had done it all at the Brisbane Police Department, including what she is best know for, working with the K9 unit.  We wish her the very best as she embarks in this next, exciting, chapter of her life!  We'll miss you, Kath!

Lions Club at City Council

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At this past Tuesday's City Council Meeting, members of the Lions Club, led by Club President Ernest Filippo, presented the City Council with an American flag which they donated to the City.  Below is a picture of the flag being handed to Mayor Bologoff after members of the Lions collectively walked down the aisle.  As the flag passed those in the audience, everyone present rose to their feet.

Club member Lee Panza, and former Mayor Brisbane, proudly wore a vest that was full of pins which he received from Lions members world-wide at a conference in Brisbane, Australia.

The flag will have a permanent home at Mission Blue Center.  We are thankful for the many active service clubs and organizations within Brisbane that do so much to help build community.  To read about more community groups and their purposes, please click here.

Want to Report a Loud Noise?

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Neighbor playing loud music?  Hear a dog barking incessantly?  Then fill out a Service Request Form, which gets forwarded to the Police Department.  Someone will respond shortly thereafter.  If you want to help the Police Officer get to the bottom of the issue you're facing, please leave your name and indicate if you'd rather prefer to be contacted via phone or e-mail.  It will greatly help the officer help you!  Or, you can always call Police Dispatch at 415-467-1212 to report a non-emergency incident or other nuisances.

CPR, AED, and First Aid Classes

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North County Fire Authority is offering a series of CPR, AED, and FIRST AID CLASSES. Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants, after which a waiting list will be developed. For more information, check out the full schedule and guidelines or contact Elizabeth Solis at 650-746-8350 or esolis@dalycity.org.

2007-2014 Housing Element

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On Tuesday night, the City Council adopted the 2007-2014 Housing Element after very in-depth public hearings during 2010.  You can read the Housing Element in its entirety on the City's website by clicking on the image below, or by going to City Hall, the Library (250 Visitacion Ave.), or Madhouse Coffee (402 Visitacion Ave.), where a copy of the Housing Element is available.  Note: Madhouse Coffee is not an official posting place for the City; all agendas will be posted still at City Hall and the Library only, and of course online on the City Meetings page.  It will simply be a place for you to pick up a bound copy of important public documents such as the Housing Element to peruse, perhaps over a cup of coffee.  Thank you to Ron Davis of Madhouse Coffee for being so accommodating with his already-limited ledger space!

Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance will be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council through 2011 and 2012 to reflect the new Housing Element policies and programs.  The first of these is scheduled for the Planning Commission's Regular Meeting of January 27, 2011 and is regarding accommodation for housing for persons with disabilities and updating the height limit exceptions.  If you would like to get more information about the Housing Element, please contact the Planning Dept. at planning@ci.brisbane.ca.us or call 415-508-2120.

 

Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Elementary School
Kindergarten Registration
Begins Tuesday, Feb. 1st
Information: 467-0120
 
 
Airport Noise-Complain Now!
Call (650)  821-4736

Flooding in Brisbane, QLD

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As you are well aware, our sister city Brisbane, in the Australian state of Queenland, experienced catastrophic flooding following unusually heavy rainfall on January 10, 2011. With the ground already saturated from previous rainfall events, an estimated 20,000 homes in suburbs outside the capital city of Queensland experienced severe damage with the flooding of the Brisbane River.  The photo above shows the brown, sediment-laden waters of the Brisbane River that have flooded nearby low-land neighborhoods.  The community of Rocklea was hit especially hard with flood waters.

On Monday of this week, severe storms hit Brisbane and the City of Ipswich, which is about 40 miles southeast of Brisbane.  Train services that were re-opened the day before following the floods, were again cut moments before the storm struck.  At the height of the storms, 24,000 homes and businesses were blacked out, after 100 power lines were knocked down.  11,000 customers are still without power. 

Our sentiments and thoughts are with the residents of Brisbane, Lord Mayor Newman and his fellow Councillors, as well as the residents of Ipswich, mayor Paul Pisasale, and Councillors. 

Anyone wishing to give financially to the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich can do so securely by visiting the below sites. 

Donate to the Queensland Government Flood Relief Appeal

Donate to Ipswich Flood Appeal

If donating through other websites, please be sure to check the legitimacy of the charities before donating to help flood victims in central and south east Queensland. Click here for more information.

Water-Efficient Landscaping

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The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) will be hosting their annual water-efficient landscape education program between March and May, 2011.  Click here to view their Spring 2011 Class Schedule and descriptions.  For more information, please call 650-349-3000.

SFO Airport Noise Presentation

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Bert Ganoung from the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office will be presenting on the noise situation in Brisbane and what's been done so far to address it.  This presentation takes place early on the Council's agenda for the meeting, which starts at 7:30pm at City Hall in the Community Meeting Room.  If you can't attend in person, you can watch it on Ch. 27 if you're a Comcast subscriber.  Otherwise, the meeting will be streaming live on the City's website, www.brisbaneca.org, with replays during the week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Click here to be taken directly to the live streaming page and to view the broadcast schedule.

Citynews January 2011

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Click here for the January Citynews 2011.

Signboard Postings

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Posted on 1/3/2011
 
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Aging Parent? - Cope to Hope
Learn Strategies That Help Your Aging Parent
Jan 11 & Feb 18, 8pm Miss. Blue Ctr.
Info: 508-2143 or www.brisbaneca.org
 
 
Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Baseball Sign-ups
Residents $66 / Non-Resident $77
Info: 508-2144 or www.brisbaneca.org
 
 
 
Posted Previously on 12/30/2010
 
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Parenting Teenagers Classes
Analyzing Intereactional Patterns and Power Struggles
Tues., Jan 11 - Feb 1, 7 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Info:  508-2143 or www.brisbaneca.org
 
 
Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Living Lighter Excercise Classes
Low Impact Aerobic Excercise
Works with Emotions while Excercising
Info:  508-2143 or www.brisbaneca.org

Sandbags are Available

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The Public Works crew has been adding to the palettes of sandbags available for Brisbane residents outside of the Corporation Yard, located at 1020 Tunnel Ave. (at the corner of Tunnel & Lagoon). 

Residents, particularly those who have experienced flooding in the past, are strongly encouraged to pick up sandbags to ensure they are prepared for possible flooding (more rain is expected this weekend).

Below are suggestions for residents to help endure the rainy season:

  • Clean gutters and down spouts to assure proper water run-off away from the home.
  • Do not block the gutters, creeks, drainage canals, or catch basins with trash or debris.
  • Store unused sand bags in a dry or covered area. Sandbags are not watertight and will absorb water. This makes them very difficult to move when wet.

Hopefully this will keep any flooding at bay and we'll all experience a safe rest of the rainy season.

Reminder: City Hall will be Closed

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Please note that City Hall will be open for business its regular hours today, from 8am - 8pm, but will be closed the remainder of the week due to the New Year Holiday.

May 2011 be a healthy, bright, and memorable year for all!

The E-Waste Crisis

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This Christmas, many people (perhaps even you) will open their Christmas present to find a brand-new personal computer.  Or...laptop, ipod, flat-screen television, etc.  The saying, "Out with the old, in with the new!" will be thought, or maybe even spoken.  A trip to the next e-waste recycling center?  WAIT, not so fast.

You may be familiar with the phrase, "e-waste crisis".  In case you haven't heard about this yet, it's the result of e-waste recycling centers exporting containers upon containers of electronic waste from the United States to countries such as China and Ghana to dispose of it.  E-waste, however, contains precious metals which are extracted before the computer monitors, televisions, and laptops are burned...resulting in hazardous toxins escaping into the air.  In the process of doing so, the workers, often children, are exposed to toxins that cause grave damage to their physical health and, not to mention, the health of the planet.

So what can you do?  Well for one, consider whether you really need that latest gadget or electronic device.  If so, find another home for your current piece of equipment.  If it's still in working condition, you can consider saving it for a garage sale.  (If you live in Brisbane, you can participate in the City-Wide Garage Sale in July)!  Because, as they say..."one man's trash is another man's treasure".

But, if you really need to dispose of your older electronics, then bring it to a certified e-Stewards Recycler.  The e-Stewards certification program is an initiative of the Basel Action Network (BAN) -- you may have heard about them and their founder, Jim Puckett recently on a "Fresh Air" FM 88.5 broadcast: "After Dump, What Happens to Electronic Waste?"  To see where your nearest "e-cycler" is located, then please click here (mouse over the map and zoom in).  You'll see the closest one to Brisbane is located in Burlingame, at the GreenCitizen's San Mateo Eco-Center

To read and see more about the e-waste crisis, e-Stewards has a couple of videos you can stream from this page off their website.

We hope you will stop and think about the ramifications e-waste can have on a community, a country, and the planet.  Do your part and make sure your electronic waste is properly disposed of and bring it to an e-Stewards recycler.  It's only the environmetally-progressive and responsible thing to do!

Storm Alert

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Please use caution when traveling the roads this holiday season, as it's likely to be raining when you head out for last-minute Christmas shopping and meeting with family and friends.

Sandbags are available for residents at the Public Works Corporation Yard, located at Tunnel & Lagoon.

For Bay Area Weather Updates:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/

For PG&E Storm information:
http://www.pge.com/myhome/edusafety/naturaldisaster/stormsoutagessafety

For the Latest Traffic Reports:
www.511.org

San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services - Storm and Flood Preparedness Information from the County:
http://www.smcready.org/

Citynews December 2010

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Click here to read the December 2010 Citynews

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Next Council Meeting 1/18/2011

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The December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 City Council Meetings have been cancelled.  The Council will be convening next on Tuesday, January 18, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  The night's agenda will be posted on the City's website on the City Meetings page by Friday, January 14th.  If you would like to be notified when City Council agendas have been added to the website, please e-mail the City Clerk, Sheri Spediacci, at cityhall@ci.brisbane.ca.us, and request to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department
Holiday Teen Dance
Fri., Dec 17, 7 - 9:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
6th - 8th Grades, $5.00, 508-2144

 

Brisbane Women's Club
Santa's Visit
Sat., Dec. 18th, 1-3 pm, Comm.Ctr.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Senior Breakfast
Sat., Dec. 18th, 10am - Noon, Eagles Hall

 

Holiday Food Drives

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You will see a number of bins collecting food, clothing, and toy donations as you enter City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department is holding their annual holiday food drive.  Drop off non-perishables at City Hall through December 24th.  Proceeds benefit residents of Brisbane and Second Harvest of San Mateo County.  The barrel is located in the lobby of City Hall.

The Brisbane Fire Department is also conducting their annual Toy Drive.  You'll see their red barrel in the lobby as well.

And finally, the Brisbane Women's Club is conducting a Charity Coat Drive.  A donation box can be found with the barrels.

 

24th Annual Festival of Lights

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The rain coming down outside couldn't quell the joyful singing that was coming from inside the Community Center last Sunday.  For the 24th year in a row now, on the first Sunday in December, the City has celebrated what's known as the "Festival of Lights".  This event traditionally takes place at the Community Park, but for the last couple years, the event's been moved to the Community Center (located below the Library) due to rain.  Fortunately, the Library is close enough to the Community Park that there's not a huge damper put on the rest of the night's festivities.  

BDW Adult Voice led off the night with Jerry Sully's penned, "Edgar Renteria", a tribute to the SF Giants, sung to the tune of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  Then, Distric Music Teacher Rob Johnson led the BES Choir in a medley of Christmas carols. 

Thomas Madrigal finished off with "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and then led the crowd in "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" -- he sure got them singing!

Much mingling, merrymaking, and munching took place inside the warmth of the Community Center, where Santa paid a visit...with at least 3 look-alikes standing by.

Thank you to Russ Carmick, Recreation Supervisor, who helped coordinate the event with the oversight of the Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commissioners and the Community members whose participation gave the event a personal, Brisbane, touch!  And thank you also to the Public Works department who helped string lights on the tree earlier in the week!  It sure does sparkle...and lends more meaning to Brisbane being, truly, the City of Stars.

Council Appoints A New Mayor

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On Monday, December 6, 2010, the City Council shifted gears.  More specifically, they appointed Cyril G. "Cy" Bologoff as Mayor for November 2010 - November 2011 and Steven W. Waldo as Mayor Pro Tem.  Clarke Conway, who served as Mayor in 2010 was recognized for his accomplishments in the past year, among them supporting the designation of the Brisbane Roundhouse as a national resource, joining in on the Rebuilding Together Peninsula Project, and helping oversee the design and launch of the City's new website, which you are presently surfing on.

Pictured below are Cy presenting Clarke with a proclamation and Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, swearing in Cy and Steve as they begin service in their new positions.

We thank former Mayor Conway for his service to the Brisbane Community and the way he skillfully facilitated the City Council meetings this past year, and look forward to the new year with Mayor Bologoff at the helm.

To read more about the City Council and view the various Commissions, Subcommittees, Boards, and Associations they each serve on, please click here.

Baylands NOP

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The Notice of Preparation identifies environmental topics to be addressed in the forthcoming EIR for the Baylands Specific Plan.  You are invited to provide input regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  Comments can be provided either electronically to eir@ci.brisbane.ca.us, or by mail to the City of Brisbane | Community Development Department | 50 Park Place | Brisbane, CA 94005.  Comments should be submitted no later than Monday, January 10, 2011.  

Additionally, an EIR scoping meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm at Mission Blue Center - 475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane.  The public is invited to attend and provide input either verbally or in writing regarding what environmental issues should be addressed in the forthcoming EIR.  If you are not able to make the scoping meeting, then please submit your input either electronically or by mail, using the same contact information indicated above.
 
For more information about the Baylands, please click here.

Signboard Posting

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Brisbane Library Presents
Toddler Dance Party with Christopher Smith
Saturday, December 11 @ 4:00pm
Community Center

Free!

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Brisbane Dance Workshop Fundraiser
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec 11, 11 - 6 pm, Mission Blue Ctr
No Admission Fee

 
Brisbane Police Department
Holiday Food Drive
Drop off non-perishable food items
at City Hall, 50 Park Lane

Six "Bay to Ocean" Trails

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The San Mateo County Department of Parks is currently soliciting input about the draft San Bruno Mountain Area Map of the 2010 San Mateo County Trails Master Plan Update.

One of the most significant changes to the draft Master Plan Update is the proposed inclusion of a series of regional trails in an east to west direction from the San Francisco Bay to Pacific Ocean.  These six "Bay to Ocean" trails will link the regional trails that travel from north to south, from San Francisco to Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.  Each Bay to Ocean Trail will begin on the San Francisco Bay Trail, cross the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (El Camino Real), Bay Area Ridge Trail, and end on the California Coastal Trail. The below map shows the Oyster Point to Fort Funston Trail.

Each Bay to Ocean alignment is intended to travel through public parks and open spaces as much as possible and use existing trails and bicycle paths and routes.  The County also hopes that each alignment can support multiple trail users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians.

Interested residents can comment on the Oyster Point to Fort Funston Trail by sending an e-mail or written comment to Cecily Harris.  Her contact information is below:

Cecily Harris | Financial Services Manager | San Mateo County | Department of Parks
455 County Center, 4th Floor | Redwood City, CA  94063-1646
(650) 363-4027 phone | (650) 599-1721 fax
charris@co.sanmateo.ca.us

 

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