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Tsunami Warning Update

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Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who suffered mass destruction and devastation last night when an 8.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan - the largest to ever be recorded on the island nation.  Dozens of aftershocks have followed since, along with a tsunami, which isn't uncommon after such a great mass movement of the earth.  The underwater earthquake went on for over 3 minutes...triggering tsunami alerts to faraway coastal regions, even here - the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services earlier this morning issued a voluntary alert for Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Pescadero and other coast side communities.  There is NO THREAT to Bay side communities, which includes Brisbane.  However, emergency crews are asking the public NOT TO gather or drive towards the coastal area/beaches at this time as this can interfere with their evacuation efforts.

Thank you for your assistance to our neighboring communities.

Recap of 3/9 Energy Savings Forum

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This past Wednesday night's Energy Savings Forum brought out many Brisbane residents with a desire to be energy-efficient, as well as knowledgeable presenters who shared about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies, and reduce impacts on the environment.  In addition, several Brisbane residents shared about their experiences with installing solar panels on their rooftops, their thoughts on the company which did so for them, and how they've seen their energy bills deflate - even dropping to zero some months!  A big thanks to the Open Space & Ecology Committee for hosting this most successful event, the OS&EC Energy Efficiency subcommittee for their work in putting a fabulous agenda together, Chair of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Ray Miller, for facilitating, and staffperson Lisa Pontecorvo for all she did behind the scenes to ensure that this night would flow as smoothly as it did!  For the links to the organizations and resources that were mentioned that night, please see below or the Open Space & Ecology Committee's webpage by clicking here.

Energy Upgrade California | | 2-minute Energy Upgrade video

The Energy Ambassador Program, A Project of Sustainable San Mateo County

Ennovationz | 

SolarCity | 

Recurve | 

To purchase energy-efficient lighting:
Brisbane Hardware

Free Car Seat Checks

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On Friday, April 15th between 9:00am - 1:00pm, the Brisbane Police Department, in coalition with Safe Kids Santa Clara and the San Mateo Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will be offering free car seat checks at the Sierra Point Yacht Club (500 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane).  To get your child seat checked by a certified technician, please call Community Service Officer Morgan Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext, 554 to schedule an appointmentWe hope you can find a time that works for you to take advantage of this very important event!

Special Energy Savings Forum

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What:   Energy Savings Forum
When:  Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Where: Community Meeting Room, City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane

The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be hosting a special Energy Savings Forum on March 9th at Brisbane City Hall. This will be a unique opportunity for Brisbane residents and businesses to share their experience at improving energy efficiency and installing solar panels. You will also hear from experts about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies and reduce impacts on the environment.  Click here to view the night's agenda.

The evening will be enriched by your presence - hope you can make it! 

Volunteer at Firth Park

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Eagle Scout Jonathan Williamson is looking for volunteers both Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th to help pull invasive plants in Firth Park and replace them with native species.  He will also be cleaning up the stone steps and drinking fountain.  If you are looking for a way to make a marked difference in the beauty of your community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.  Arrive at 9am and stay as long as you can. Lunch will be served.  And if you're not available to volunteer in this capacity the weekend of March 12-13, there will be another opportunity to pull invasives and restore Firth's Park's natural beauty when Habitat Restoration Day takes place at the end of April, on April 30th.  Details TBA.  In the meantime, come to Firth Park and help an Eagle Scout out!  For any questions, please contact Jonathan directly at (415) 722-1324.

Signboard Posting

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Posted 3/1/2011

Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
High School Scholarships
Applications at
Information (415) 467-7283
Due March 14th


Brisbane STAR February 2011

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Click here to view the February 2011 STAR

March 2011 Citynews

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Click here for Brisbane City News March 2011

Weekend Weather Update

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A recent update from the National Weather Service indicates that snow is expected at sea level on the Bayside Friday afternoon and evening, and there is a concern regarding the potential for "black ice" on roadways on Saturday night. 

Now would be a good time to ensure you have at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle, that your car has an emergency preparedness kit (including a warm jacket), and that you have a cell phone charger. 

Tomorrow's evening commute will be a mess - drive safe and slow.  To the extent possible, avoid driving Friday and Saturday evening.

Sandbags continue to be made available at the Brisbane Public Works Corporation Yard, located at the junction of Lagoon & Tunnel Rd.  To learn how to lay sandbags in an area you want to protect, click here.

Be safe out there this weekend!

A Disaster-Resistant Brisbane

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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  While earthquake related or induced hazards (faulting, shaking, landsides, liquefaction and tsunamis) are the first to come to mind for people living in this geologically active part of the world, there are also weather hazards (flooding, landslides, wildfires, and drought) whose effects can be mitigating by advance efforts.

Reducing, or mitigating, a hazard is most effective when a long-term plan is developed before the hazard occurs.  Brisbane’s first Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) was approved by the City Council and then ABAG in 2005, and was the joint effort of the Community Development Department, Office of Emergency Services, Police Department, Public Works Department, and North County Fire Authority working together to ascertain Brisbane’s greatest natural disaster threats and what resources are available to respond in the wake of one becoming a reality here in Brisbane. 

With the ABAG Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, “Taming Natural Disasters” approved by FEMA in November of 2010, ABAG is currently assisting local governments in updating their LHMP’s to meet the November 2011 deadline.  In doing so, special districts, counties, and cities are then eligible to receive hazard mitigation grants and have the 6.25% local match waived for Public Assistance money after a disaster.

Brisbane’s updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan as accepted by City Council at the November 9, 2010 Council meeting will be available for public review and comment through the month of March.  You can find it at City Hall (on the lobby counter) or on the City’s website by clicking here (14.8MB).  If you have any comments, please do not hesitate to send them to the City Clerk at  Your feedback will help ensure a more complete plan, and a disaster-resistant Brisbane!

New Homebound Program

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On March 15th, the Brisbane Library will start its new Homebound Program. The program provides free delivery of library materials such as books, magazines, movies and audio books to Brisbane residents who are unable to visit the library due to short- or long-term illness, non-driver status (Senior) or physical challenges. Specific authors and titles may be requested or library staff can select materials based on interests and preferences of the homebound patron. The lending period is longer and there are no overdue fines.

If you or someone you know is interested in this service, please contact the Brisbane Library at (415) 467-2060.

Opportunities to volunteer in the program are also available.  If you're interested in volunteering, please pick up an application at the library.

Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/25/11

Brisbane Library Filmmakers Series
Miracle in a Box
A Film by John Korty
Fri., Feb. 25, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue. Ctr.
No Admission Fee

In Loving Memory of
Tanya Lialin
School Secretary for 26 years
Memorial Information 467-7204

Posted 2/22/11

In Loving Memory Of
Clifton Bates
Memorial: Fri., Feb. 25th, 3-7 pm
Sierra Pt. Yacht Club, 500 Sierra Pt. Pkwy

Brisbane School District
School Board Meeting
re:  School Budget Decisions
Wed., Feb. 23, 6 pm, Lipman Gym

Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan

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The Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan prepared by Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC) is available for public review.  Hard copies of the document are available at City Hall and the Library (250 Visitacion Ave.).  An electronic copy is available here on the City's website.  Click here to access it.  In addition, CDs containing the Specific Plan have been prepared, and can be obtained at the Planning Counter in City Hall. 

Note that the applicant's proposal is one of several alternatives for development of the site, all of which will be evaluated in an environmental impact report (EIR), now under preparation.  Once the EIR is published (anticipated in late 2011), public hearings will be scheduled to discuss the EIR, the applicant's Specific Plan proposal, and the other project alternatives. 

If you would like to be added to the Baylands distribution list and receive e-mails in regards to the dates of the public hearings mentioned above, then please send an e-mail to

12 Great Apps

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If you are interested in using your mobile device to learn how to track your physical activity, get around on public transit or calculate your carbon footprint, then we've got the apps for you!  Check out these 12 apps that promote healthy communities.

CycleTracks records your bicycle trips, display maps of your rides, and enables you to help transportation planners make Brisbane a better place to bike.


Zero Carbon is the personal carbon off-setting tool.


Free Pedometer has correct measurements and an easy-to-use interface.


GreenSpot is a place for news, views, and podcasts on Sustainability and Green Living.


Workout Pro has workouts, diets, and goal ideas that will help you find your way to becoming physically fit!


iSmog displays air quality information for the Bay Area using a color-coded map indicating healthy, unhealthy, and dangerous levels of smog or other pollutants.


Walk Score calculates the walkability of any location and shows you a map of nearby amenities.  It's also great for discovering a new neighborhood!


Planetizen provides high-quality urban planning and development news for you on the go.


iBart has the most up-to-date schedules and fares.

RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch. Now, you can also enter your activities manually, including your treadmill runs too!


WordPressRss dynamically reads, collects, and organizes syndicated Web content, and seamlessly delivers it directly to user phones.


Fast Food Calories Hunter is a real calorie guide among Fast Food restaurants.



All of the apps above are free and can be downloaded at, with the exception of Planetizen, which can be downloaded at - also free of charge.

Streets Alive 2011

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2010 was the inaugural year for this county-wide event, but unfortunately, heavy rains started falling the morning of the event and it needed to be cancelled.  Needless to say, we, and the County, are hoping for blue skies this year.  Staff attended the first planning meeting for Streets Alive this past week, and are in the midst of programming the day.  The whole goal of Streets Alive is to be active on open streets, so you can expect an opportunity to do just that, and experience Brisbane in a new way.  More details to come...

Signboard Postings

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Posted 2/10/11

 Brisbane Lion Club
Crab Dinner
Sat., Feb. 19th, 6 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
$35.00, Info: 467-6990 or 656-4365

Live at Mission Blue
with Trio Kavkasia
Sat., Jan. 16th, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Tickets & Info:

Posted 2/9/11

 Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department
Senior Sunrise Room
Offering Activities for Brisbane Seniors
Located at 2 Visitacion Ave

Posted 2/8/11

Brisbane School District
School Budget Town Hall Mtg.
Wed., Feb. 9, 6 pm, Lipman Gym

Posted 2/7/11

In Loving Memory Of
Paul Schroeder
Memorial and Luncheon
Tues., Feb. 7th, 11 am, Mission Blue Center

New Code Enforcement Program

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In an effort to keep Brisbane the safe and desirable living and working environment that it is, the City has commenced a new Administrative Code Enforcement program.  The goal of the program is to work in partnership with responsible person(s) to accomplish the corrective action and maintain Brisbane's quality of life...all the while avoiding the courts and saving on legal fees which normally would rack up if using the judicial method in dealing with code violations. 

To learn more about the Administrative Citation program, please click here.

Lifeguard Training

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Interested in becoming a lifeguard?  Now is the time to be trained by the best!  Participants must be 15 years of age, have the ability to swim 300 yards continuously and with rhythmic breathing, and be able to retrieve a 10-pound object from 8 feet deep and swim 20 yards with the object.  Participants must also have a good work ethic!  Training will take place between April 4 - 8, 2011.  Please call (415) 657-4321 for more information.

Brisbane Firefighters

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Earlier this week, Brisbane Firefighters made a special delivery to EBI Aggregate owner, Bob Guida.  As you may have read in this post, Bob and his staff generously donated enough asphalt to the Brisbane Fire Dept. so that a few "trouble spots" at Station 81 could be rehabilitated.  So if you see a fellow walking around sporting a BFD t-shirt, don't expect him to be ready to put out any fires, per se...thank him instead for his warm and generous heart!

Caltrain Under Fiscal Distress

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On Thursday, February 3rd, Caltrain Board of Directors set two public hearings to receive comments on possible service and fare changes, station closures as well as to declare a fiscal emergency.

Caltrain Executive Director Michael J. Scanlon called the board’s action “the first step in the process” and said, “Hopefully, we will be able to come up with additional funding sources before we are forced to implement drastic service changes.” 

Operation of the current 86 train schedule would result in a $30 million deficit.  With projected available funds, Caltrain would be forced to operate 48 trains only during weekday peak-commute hours.  In addition, service would be suspended at up to seven of the following stations: Bayshore, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Burlingame, Hayward Park, Belmont, San Antonio, Lawrence, Santa Clara and College Park. 

All other service would be eliminated, including weekday service outside the commute peak, service south of the San Jose Diridon station, and weekend service. 

Service for special events, including baseball games and Bay to Breakers, also would be suspended.

A 25-cent increase to the base fare also will be considered.

Caltrain’s fiscal year begins July 1 and changes to service would take effect July 2.    

The public hearings will be held at the March 3 Caltrain Board meeting at 10 a.m. at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.  

In addition, four community meetings will be held throughout the Caltrain service area to give the public additional opportunity to review proposals, ask questions and provide comment. 

Feb. 14 – 7 p.m. San Jose City Hall | City Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara St.

Feb. 16 – 6 p.m. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency | Atrium
1 South Van Ness, San Francisco

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna St., Gilroy

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. San Mateo County Transit District | 2nd Fl. Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

Comments also can be e-mailed to; sent by regular mail to District Secretary, Caltrain, P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070; or telephoned to 1.800.660.4287 (TDD for hearing impaired only 650.508.6448).

­­­­­­­­­­­­Caltrain relies on contributions from its three partner agencies - the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – to balance its budget.  

Information about the proposed declaration of fiscal emergency and service and fare changes will be posted on the Caltrain website – - by Feb. 9. 

Last year, SamTrans was forced to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain.  As a result, four midday trains were eliminated, staffed ticket offices were closed and zone fares were increased 25 cents. 

This year, SamTrans is expected to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain to approximately $4.8 million, a reduction of approximately $10 million.  If the other partners follow suit, the budget shortfall is expected to be $30 million. 

Signboard Postings

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City of Brisbane
Water bills are
Due Feb. 7th
In Loving Memory Of
Paul Schroeder
Brisbane Native

Beware of Phishing

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Does the following look like a legitimate e-mail to you?

Don't be fooled.  The community member who received it wasn't.  After reading this e-mail from "Bank of the West", they replied saying they didn't have an account with them.  What they got in return was an e-mail with a login field.  Using a made-up login ID, they saw on the subsequent page more fields, asking for all of their personal information.

Scammers are becoming more savvy these days, and we need to make sure we're "on guard" against them and their schemes.  Click here to read some helpful tips on how you can do just that, and the top 10 scams everyone who uses e-mail should be aware of.

A Very Helpful Donation

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Earlier in 2010, Station 81 was in need of some outdoor improvements.  The task at-hand was to asphalt three specific weed-infested areas: the front hydrant area and two locations to the rear of the station.  Pictures shot by Firefighter Isaac Hinojos depict the problem areas:

Thanks to the generous donation of materials rendered from EBI Aggregate, Station 81's outdoor improvement project was a success.  Not only did the new asphalt help with weed control but it also enhanced the overall appearance of the Brisbane Fire Station.

Special thanks and appreciation to Bob Guida and his staff.  Soon, the firefighters will be presenting them with a few tokens to show their sincere appreciation in true Brisbane firefighter spirit.  Stay tuned...

Artists' Evening of Sharing

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Brisbane Artists’ Evening of



February 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM


Mission Blue Center


475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane, CA  94005


Open to the public and free of charge.


Sponsored by the City of Brisbane with sincere thanks to the Brisbane City Council.


 Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau are making a film about many of talented artists that live and work in Brisbane.

You are invited to attend the 8th annual Brisbane Artists’ Evening of Sharing, a community gathering that makes Brisbane so special. All participants either work or live in Brisbane, and offer their talent to the community free of charge for an evening of delightful fun and entertainment.  Artists of all genres, art, film, written word, dance and music will showcase their work. The event starts are 7:30 pm at the Mission Blue Center.  Just before intermission, we honor an individual or group that has supported the arts in Brisbane and then celebrate with a buffet of goodies. 

Come join us and be inspired.

Follow-up to the Fence Survey

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Thanks for your help! A recent on-line survey initiated by the Planning Commission to get community input on the subject of residential fences generated over 50 responses.  The Commission is taking these comments into account in developing recommended fence regulations for the City Council’s consideration.  Based upon your  feedback, the Commission is considering allowing the 6 ft. height limit for residential fences in side and rear yards to be raised to 8 ft. through the addition of lattice, while requiring a public hearing to build new chainlink fences in the residential districts.  A draft ordinance will be posted on the Community Development Department’s webpage prior to the Planning Commission’s public hearing at 7:30 pm on February 10th, and you are invited to attend.


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 e-mailing

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

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 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

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