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Water/Sewer Public Hearing

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This past Monday, July 18, Financial Services Manager Betsy Cooper gave a presentation to the City Council of the history behind the recommended rate increase of 24.9% for water and 4% for sewer, an overview of our water and sewer infrastructure, the cost components, and the other options the Water and Sewer Subcommittee have explored so as to not have to recommend to the rest of the Council such high increases.  The recommended fee increases are largely borne out of the upgrades that have begun to take place at the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System and are scheduled to continue for the next few years, as well as the years prior where no fee increases were adopted and thus, maintenance and depreciation costs deferred.  Click here or on the image above to view the Powerpoint presentation that goes into much depth about this precious natural resource.  The public hearing will be continuing at the August 1st City Council meeting, 7:30pm at City Hall.

Dogs in City Parks

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At Wednesday's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, the Commission voted to keep the current policy, regarding dogs needing to be leashed and all waste disposed of properly (see section C.), as-is.  The Commission though did ask staff to begin posting the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting agendas in the Community Park display case so that residents could be made well-aware of the items they would be discussing at their monthly meetings (taking place every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm).  So, if you're wondering what will be up for discussion among the Parks and Recreation Commission, look at the agenda which will be posted in the display case near the picnic tables. 

Please do your part and keep the parks in town clean and free of pet waste...and make sure your dog remains on-leash while in the Community Park or walking anywhere in town, for that matter (besides the Dog Park).  Violators will be fined $100.  If you happen to see someone breaking the rules, call the Police Department right away at 467-1212.  They can use your help in keeping Brisbane the clean and inviting place we all love and know it to be.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/18/2011

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Commission
Monthly Meeting
July 20, 2011 at 6:00pm

Jul - Dec 2011 Shuttle Passes
Now available at City Hall
Finance Counter

Brisbane State Basketball Teams Fundraiser
The Gametime Warriors | Free-Throw Contest
July 23rd 12:00 - 5:00pm | Lipman Middle School
All ages and skill levels welcomed
$5 Entry Fee | 1st Place Cash Prize


Public Works Project Update

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Despite the dreary weather we had this past week, the Lipman Slide Repair Project is progressing very well.  The retaining wall is mostly complete, with the steel beams plunged deep into the ground and pressure-treated wood stacked in-between each of the beams.  Permanent anchor ties (basically huge nails) have also been driven 45 ft. into the hillside and secured to its corresponding steel beam at a 45-degree angle.  Each anchor tie is being tested to ensure that it can withstand thousands of pounds of force being exerted on it.  The total length of the retaining wall spans approximately 255 ft...and judging from its skilled design and construction, it's not going anywhere.  Click here to see the first update and here for the second one.

Like the Lipman Slide Repair Project, the BES Restroom project is scheduled to be finished in about a month.  The site work was completed by Brisbane contractor Michael Glynn, and the actual facility is currently being constructed in Washington.  It will be making its way down here and literally dropped in place and hooked up.  The Lipman Slide Repair project is actually a Brisbane School District project; the City helped secure the FEMA grant for the District that is paying for the project and lending their project management support with Public Works Inspector Greg Morris largely overseeing the contractors' work.  The BES Restroom project is being paid for entirely through State City Park Funds, and therefore not costing the City a dime.

Lastly, the Bayshore Bikeway Phase II project that was supposed to get underway this past Monday needed to be postponed a week due to the wet weather.  The work will commence this coming Monday, July 18, with one lane of Bayshore between Valley Dr. and Geneva closed from 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Please exercise caution when traveling, and be sure to slow down when driving through the construction area.  Click here to read the last update related to this project.

Marina July 2011 Newsletter

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Click here to read the Marina's July 2011 Newsletter.

Calling All Brisbane Contractors

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The Creating Energy Smart Homes event is one you won't want to miss.  It takes place Wednesday, July 20, from 7:45am - 9:30am in Foster City's Recreation Center Mist Room (650 Shell Blvd., Foster City).

This informational event will provide tips and tools for contractors interested in offering home performance services to set their business apart from other remodeling, HVAC, and insulation firms.

Speakers will include experts in the energy efficiency field. Tiger Adolf from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will discuss the value of their training and certification program. Ed Thomas, from Electric and Gas Industries Association (EGIA) will be discussing marketing tactics and strategies for operating a successful home performance business. Janelle Jacks from Build It Green (BIG) will be discussing their training programs for several credentials related to sustainability. 

Click here to view the event flyer.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided.  For questions or to RSVP, please send an e-mail to or call (650) 286-3291.

Dogs in City Parks

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You may recall seeing this previously-blogged post about Dogs in the Community Park.  Due to no one showing up at the last Parks and Recreation Commission meeting who wanted to speak on this item, the Commission decided to defer making any recommendations to the City Council about this issue until the public could become more informed that the issue was being discussed so that they could make them known at their subsequent meeting.  That meeting is taking place this coming Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 6:00pm at City Hall.  If you have any comments you would like to make, please let the Commissioners know by coming to the meeting.  They are eagerly waiting to hear from you!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/15/11

 Brisbane Lions Club
Community BBQ
Sat., July 16, 10 am - 3 pm, Comm Pk
Try a delicious tri tip sandwich

Friends of the Brisbane Library
Citywide Yard Sale &
Peninsula Humane Society Mobile Adoptions
Sat., July 16, 9 am - 3 pm

Posted 7/12/11

Brisbane Lions Club
10th Anniversary Bimgo Celebration
Wed., July 27, 7 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Door Prizes, Free Snacks, $100 Prize

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
After School Registration
Required for New and Returning Youth
Resident Only:  Tue., July 19, 9 am City Hall
Information:  (415) 508-2143


Concerts in the Park

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You know summer is in full swing when you start to hear more buzz about Concerts in the Park!  This year's series will begin on Friday, August 12th with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones.  Come down to the Park every Friday between 6:00pm - 9:00pm to hear tunes that will want to make you get up off of your picnic blanket and dance the night away!  This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an evening filled with unstoppable beats, laughter, and fun.  Click here to see the rest of the bands and the companies and families that have donated towards this year's Concerts in the Park!

Bayshore Bikeway Construction

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You may have noticed the changeable message signs along Bayshore telling of the upcoming construction work that will be taking place between July 11th - August 26th.  The work that will be commencing on Monday involves the installation of a bike lane on Bayshore Blvd, from Valley Drive to the City's northern limits (Bayshore & Geneva).

The first phase of the Bayshore Bikeway Project was completed towards the end of 2008.  Phase I involved the installation of a bike lane from the City's southern limits on Bayshore Blvd. to Valley Dr.  The project was propelled by the City Council’s desire to reduce greenhouse gases and increase the safety for our citizens who walk or ride their bikes on Bayshore Blvd. A total of $550,000 (87% of the project) was granted through the California Transportation Development Act to widen and smooth over the bike lane on Bayshore Blvd., as well as install grooved pavement rumble strips and a 6” wide bikeway shoulder stripe for further safety. See the photo below for details:

Council approved the concept for both phases of this project at its December 5, 2005 meeting, and at its April 5, 2010 meeting adopted Resolution No. 2010-17 as required by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission agreeing to certain conditions and deadlines in order to receive grant funding for Phase II of the project.  Utilizing federal Transportation Enhancement funds together with state matching funds, Phase II of the Bayshore Bikeway project will extend the existing Class II bike lanes on Bayshore Blvd from Valley Drive to the northern city limits. The modifications include signs, repaving, restriping, concrete medians, and delineators.  To read more about the project, please click here.


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Click here to view the July CITYNEWS

"Industrial" Art Exhibit

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This isn't the first time virtual photographer Tom Heinz has had his work exhibited in a public space.  You may have seen his "tribal totem" photographs displayed at Madhouse Coffee on Visitacion, or at the City Art Cooperative Gallery where Tom's work is being displayed through the end of July (click here for the event flyer).  Still another place Tom's work is currently being displayed is at the Betty Weber Gallery, located within South San Francisco City Hall.  The gallery's hours are Friday 7/8 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Saturday 7/9, 10:00am - 4:00pm.  Click here for more information.

Tom's work on display in the large conference room at Brisbane City Hall

On Wednesday, September 21st, Tom will be having his artist's reception in Brisbane, City Hall, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  Please join him as he speaks of his "Industrial" collection of photographs as well as a set of creative pieces.  To see more of Tom's work, and what he deems his "tribal totem" pieces (what you get when the water is perfectly still, the light near perfect, and the photograph swiveled 90 degrees) please check out his website,

Brisbane sure has it's share of fine local artists!  If you would like to display your art at City Hall, please contact Wendy Ricks at 508-2114.

Need Mortgage Assistance?

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Keep Your Home California is a $2 billion, federally funded effort to help California families struggling to pay their mortgages through four different programs.  Each of the programs are designed specifically for low or moderate income homeowners who are either unemployed or are facing another financial hardship, or have fallen behind on their mortgages and owe significantly more than the value of their homes.  Read more about Keep Your Home California by watching the below YouTube video or visiting the website, .  If you have any questions or would like additional information on Keep Your Home California, please call (916) 326-8082.

Visitors to the Community Pool

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If you're a regular at the Community Pool, or even happened to stop by in June, you were probably witness to the family of swallows that made one of the lights under the gazebo the location of their nest.  But if you didn't get a chance to see (or hear) these five baby swallows grow up until they were able to leave the nest a couple Saturdays ago, resident, pool frequenter, and Planning Commissioner Karen Evans Cunningham snapped the below pictures after finishing up her lap swim one day.  Enjoy, and check out the new water aerobics flyer.  In Brisbane, it's easy to get fit and experience nature at its finest -- and both at the same time.

Kinder Morgan FAQs

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Kinder Morgan came to the April 4, 2011 City Council meeting, at the request of the City, to present an overview of their operations and the safety precautions they have in place at what's commonly known in Brisbane as "the tank farm".  The request was made following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.  Staff worked with Kinder Morgan to prepare a fact sheet, which is comprised of questions that came forth after Kinder Morgan's presentation to the Council, and in the days that followed.  This page is housed on the City's website, under the "I Want To" column > Read > About Kinder Morgan, or .  We hope you find the page useful.  Should you have any more questions you want answered, you can either leave a comment here or contact staff at (415) 508-2157.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/2/2011



Posted 6/30/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Sewing 101 & Sewing With Knits
Sat., Aug 6 & 27, 11 am - 5:30 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Information:  (415) 508-2143

Marina Fee Increase

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At its June 20, 2011 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2011-28, resulting in a 2% increase in berth fees to fund Marina improvements.  The changes to the berth rates according to slip size were made on the Marina's Berth Information page.  If you have any questions about the rates or want to inquire about berth availability, please contact the Marina office at (415) 508-2191.

Photo by Scott Mucci used under Creative Commons License


Civic Participation Project

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In an effort to hear what's on the minds of its residents, the City has started using UserVoice, a free web-based tool that allows for residents to voice ideas and suggestions, and for existing ideas in the forum to be voted up and down, depending on how much you agree with them.  As you can see when you go to the forum, renovating/replacing the Community Park play equipment tops the list. 

At this past Monday's Council meeting, a staff report outlining the various in-town projects as well as a proposal from the Brisbane School District was presented.  Council took no action at this meeting, since staff is still in the process of submitting a grant proposal, in the hopes of closing a $52,000 deficit between total project costs and the funds available to complete all three.  Final word on whether the grant is awarded the City will not be until November of this year. 

In the meantime, staff will be meeting with community leaders on the visioning work that's already been done in regards to the possible design of the new play equipment.  In the meantime, please check out the idea-sharing that's been going on specific to renovating/replacing the play equipment at the Community Park and weigh in! 

Community Garden Compost

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If you went by the SMCounty Fair, which rounded out this past weekend, you may have recognized a blue 1st Place ribbon with the name Brisbane located nearby.  That is because the Brisbane Community Garden took First Place (best of five entries) for composting at the Fair.  The Fair sent the bin and worm entries to a laboratory where they were judged on texture, smell, and quantity of live organics (microscopic evaluation). 

Congratulations to our Community Garden gardeners, and composters!

Signboard Postings

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 Posted 6/27/2011

Good Luck!
Brisbane Blast 96 Soccer Girls
Donosti Cup Tournament - Spain, July 3-9 @blast 96

Brisbane Community Pool
Water Aerobics Summer Hours
M/W/F: 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Tu/Thu:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 10:30 am


Posted 6/22/2011

Brisbane Lions Club
Disaster Relief Fundraiser
Sun., June 26, 3-7 pm, 23 Visitacion Ave
BBQ Chicken Dinner - $12.00


Posted 6/21/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Softball Scorekeeper Wanted
Tues. and Weds. nights, $14.00/game
To apply call (415) 508-2143


City-Wide Garage Sale

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Help support the Brisbane Library!

Registration forms for the annual City-Wide Garage Sale are available at the Library - 250 Visitacion Ave.  The back page of the June edition of the City News also featured a registration form on the botton half of the page.

The City-Wide Garage Sale is a great opportunity to clear out that clutter that's been accumulating, find great bargains, greet your neighbors, and maybe even make a little extra money!  In addition, the Brisbane Lion's Club will be BBQ'ing in the Community Park, and the Humane Society will be bringing their mobile pet adoption unit to the Library again from 10:30am - 1:30pm.

Picture from the Friends of the Brisbane Library's facebook page.

Early registration cuts $10 off of your fee and ends on Friday, July 8th.  Everyone who registers by then only pays $15 and will have their location printed in the directory.  Registrations will be accepted after July 8th (for $25), but your address will not appear in the directory.  Once you register, you will receive your Registration Packet.

If you're interesting in renting a spot in town, please make sure you check the box on your registration form.  Space is limited!  For any questions, please call the Library at (415) 467-2060.  Here's to de-cluttering and bargain finds!

BES and Lipman Project Update

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Both the BES Restroom project and Lipman Slide Repair project are progressing as scheduled.  More visible work continues to be done each day.  If you go by the BES Field today, you'll notice a small excavator preparing the site area by grading, or making the ground level.  It's also going to be used to dig the footing where a small retaining wall will go.  A retaining wall is needed to keep the compacted gravel which the restroom will sit on in place, since the ground is naturally sloped.

The restroom facility be installed in the southeast corner of the field, between the backstop and the chain link fence that parallels San Bruno.

At Lipman, much larger equipment is needed.  That is because a much larger retaining wall is being constructed.  The below pictures show the hole being drilled for the pier (part of the support for the retaining wall), the contractor's workers setting the pier and making sure the pier is set at the required grade (elevation) and is plumb (straight). 

Stay tuned for more updates on the summer projects taking place in Public Works!

Dogs in the Community Park

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Currently, dogs are allowed in the Community Park when leashed (see section I of the Municipal Code, 6.14.020).  Also, their owners must pick up after them.  However, there have been complaints of both not being the case.  For that reason, one of the items on the Parks & Recreation Commission's agenda on Wednesday, June 15th, was the issue of dogs in the Community Park.   Before making a policy recommendation that could potentially affect many a dog owner in Brisbane, they decided to defer acting on this item until more residents could be informed and share their opinions.  Therefore, if you have any opinions or ideas about dogs in the Community Park, then please attend the next Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00pm.  The Commissioners want to hear your thoughts on what can be a possible solution for this issue and ensure the Community Park remains an enjoyable and safe place for all.  Also, please check out the webpage the CDC has created, called "Healthy Pets Healthy People", which was recommended as a great resource by Commissioner Linda Almeida.

All Fireworks are Prohibited

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As we approach Independence Day, the Brisbane Police Department would like to remind citizens that ALL FIREWORKS ARE PROHIBITED – EVEN “SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS” -

Fire Code Section 3308.1:

The possession, storage, sale, use or discharge of California State Fire Marshal approved "safe and sane" fireworks is prohibited within the City of Brisbane. (Ord. 525 § 2(part), 2007).

Please don't get caught in the act; the ticket just isn't worth it!  Thank you for helping keep Brisbane and its residents safe.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/17/2011

You are invited to: B. Baylands Community Advisory Group
Tues., 6/21/11 7-9pm, Community Ctr., 250 Visitacion
Speaker: Alex Lantsberg, Co-Chair
S. F. Alliance for a Clean Waterfront


Posted 6/10/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Youth Summer Camp
Limited Space Still Available
Information:  508-2140

PG&E Gas Line Update

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Last Monday, representatives from PG&E were back before the City Council, this time to talk about how they're enhancing the safety of the natural gas system, the various inspection processes they conduct on their natural gas transmission lines, and their customer outreach efforts.  Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation that was presented.  You may have heard that a portion of line that runs through South San Francisco had hydrostatic testing performed on it earlier in the week.  Hydrostatic testing involves pressurizing the section of the pipe with water to a much higher level than the pipe will ever operate with natural gas.  This verifies the capabiliy of a pipeline to safely operate and can also reveal weaknesses that could lead to defects and leaks.  No service disruption occur when the testing is taking place.  The representatives from PG&E also talked about the two lines that are located in Brisbane, Line 101 runs along Bayshore Blvd. and Line 132 runs through San Bruno Mtn. State Park, crosses West Hill Place, and north to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Line 132 is scheduled to be tested later this year.  When that time comes, we'll let you know through the website and City publications.  If you have any questions before then, please contact the newly-created PG&E Customer Care Gas Specialist Line, 1-888-743-7431 or visit


Upcoming Projects

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Now that school's out and the weather's cooperating, there's not a better time than now to the execute Public Works projects which previously were in the planning design stages.  One of them is the BES Restroom installation at the corner of the BES field.  In the next couple weeks or so, a contractor will be conducting initial site work and grading before the actual facility (which is being assembled off-site) will be dropped in place (literally) and hooked up.  This will bring an end to the porta-potties that the City has been paying rent for all this time.  The project is being funded entirely from Dedicated Park In-Lieu Funds, so the City isn't paying a dime.

Another project that we've mentioned to you in recent weeks was the Lipman Slide Repair project.  Right now, if you go by that field, you'll see very skilled welders working on the beams that will be part of the retaining wall that's being installed on the hillside.  Please exercise caution when playing on the other side of the field, and stay behind the orange construction fencing.

Lastly, Public Works Dept. staff will be meeting with contractors on Monday to set a date for when construction will begin on the Bayshore Bikeway Project, Phase 2.  Phase 1 allowed for a bike lane to be installed on Bayshore from the City's southern limits to Valley Dr.  Phase 2 will extend the bike lane from Valley Dr. to the City's northern limits.  More details on this project and when construction of the bike lane will begin to come.  The City and its biking enthusiasts are excited for this project, which is also being paid for through state and federal funds.


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Many graduates have already been congratulated this year on a job well done, but today, the Preschoolers got their turn.  Thirteen of them will be starting Kindergarten next year, and they could not be better prepared.  Teacher Diana, along with her helpers Marcela and Linda, put on another fabulous graduation ceremony, complete with performances from the "moving up" kids (in yellow crowns), and of course, the graduates themselves.  They couldn't wait to get their diplomas and take a picture with their teacher.  A Hawaiian-themed celebration ensued in the modular building where the Preschoolers have class, with all the goodies prepared and provided by the parents. Congratulations, Graduates!  You did it!

June 2011 Citynews

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/6/2011

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Men's & Co-Ed Softball
Registration Deadline:  July 11th
Information:  (415) 508-2143 

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Brisbane Night at AT&T Park
Fri., June 24, 7:15, vs. Cleveland
Information (415) 508-2144


Posted 6/1/2011

Make Your Dog Proud
Dog Park Clean-Up Day
Sat., June 4, 9 am, 50 Park Place
Info:  (415) 716-0940

Brisbane Library Presents
"The Last Train from Bay Meadows"
A film by John Rubin
Fri., June 3, 7:30 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.

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