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Another Platinum Spotlight Award for Brisbane

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Mayor Clarke Conway and City Manager Clay Holstine proudly accepted the award on behalf of the City from Institute for Local Government Interim Executive Director Corrie Manning.

The City of Brisbane received its third Beacon Program award today, September 13, 2018, at a special reception during the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference in Long Beach.

The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative.  This program honors local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to save energy, and the adoption of policies that promote sustainability.

For 2018, the City is honored to receive a Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award recognizing a 32% reduction in the agency GHG reduction area.  Previous honors include a 2015 overall Gold Level Beacon Award, recognizing significant accomplishments in all five award areas (Agency Energy Savings, Agency Natural Gas Savings, Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, and Sustainability Best Practices), and a 2016 Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practices.

These awards demonstrate the City of Brisbane’s ongoing commitment to lowering the environmental impact of our activities, and to preserving natural habitat for the benefit of current and future generations. 

City Website Maintenance

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The City of Brisbane will be doing some site maintenance and upgrades this weekend to our website.  The site may be down for a short time, probably less than an hour.  The site will look the same after the upgrade but if you notice something wrong please let us know via our Contact Form or sending an email to ccheung@brisbaneca.org.  Thank you!


NB Sierra Point Pkwy Offramp Closed 9/10

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You may have noticed the orange detour signs that have recently been posted along Northbound 101.  Caltrans has determined that the Sierra Point Parkway Offramp, which they maintain, is one of 9 "bridge" locations or offramps in San Mateo County along Hwy 1, 101, and 280 that require deck treatment in order to seal off cracks on the bridge deck and as a result, extend its life.  Before treatment can be done, the existing traffic stripes need to be removed, followed by the offramp being cleaned, and the treatment applied.  Permanent striping will then be installed.

The Sierra Point Parkway Offramp will be closed on 9/10, 9/25 and 9/26 between 8pm - 6am in order for this work to be performed.  The detour is for motorists to continue at NB101, exit at Candlestick Park, get back onto SB101, and then exit Sierra Point Parkway.  A Ramp Closure sign will also be placed on the offramp itself with the dates and times of the closure.  Thank you for your patience as Caltrans completes this work!

Caltrain Electrification Project

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Caltrain Government and Community Relations Officer, Brent Tietjen, provided an overview of the Caltrain Electrification Project. 

The first set of activities will be tree pruning and foundation installation, followed by pole installation.  There are no trees planned for removal in the City of Brisbane. Additionally, starting in October, there will be weekend work on the tunnels in San Francisco which will require 24 weekend shutdowns of train service north of Bayshore Station, with supplemental bus service provided by SamTrans; a "bus bridge" will be provided from Bayshore Station to 4th and King and 22nd Street stations.

Caltrain has conducted foundation potholing in years past leading up to where the project is today.  Potholing will resume in December 2018 and last approximately 3-4 months.  In his presentation, Brent indicated that crews will utilize acoustical blankets on the louder equipment and position lights away from homes.  To view Brent's full slide deck, please click here.

Caltrain encourages the public to stay up-to-date as their Electrification Project progresses along.  Sign up for their weekly updates, or connect with them on social media (Facebook or Twitter).  For more information, please visit the project's website, www.CalMod.org.  Any questions about the project can be directed to CalMod@caltrain.com or the dedicated line for construction: (650) 399-9659 / (800) 660-4287 (Toll Free).

Note: this work is different from

Caltrain's Positive Train Control (PTC) Project - an advanced signal system that will equip the corridor with federally-mandated technology that will improve safety and increase reliability and operating performance.  However, it all falls under the umbrella of the Caltrain Electrification Project.  A separate project hotline and email address have been set up for the PTC Project - Hotline: (650) 508-7726 |  Email: PTC@caltrain.com

National Preparedness Month 2018

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September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s overall theme is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  The theme empowers all of us to take an active role in preparing for disasters and emergencies.

Each week, we will highlight tips and steps to take an important preparedness action. 


Week 1: Sept. 1-8 - Make and Practice Your Plan


Learn how with steps from the Ready Campaign:

  • Make an emergency plan, including how you and your family/household will communicate after a disaster.
  • Sign up for the San Mateo County Alert System, SMC Alert.
  • Learn your evacuation zone and make an evacuation plan.

Week 2: Sept. 9-15 - Learn Life Saving Skills.

Check out the following sections found in the Life Saving Skills Toolkit:

  • Fire Safety
  • Power Outage
  • Natural Gas
  • Emergency Plan
  • Financial Preparedness

Week 3: Sept. 16-22 - Check Your Insurance Coverage.

Learn how with steps from the Ready Campaign:

  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage for adequate coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.  Ask questions now before you need to use it!
  • Snap photos or shoot video of important documents and personal belongs to help you quickly file a claim.
  • Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage.

Week 4: Sept. 23-29 - Save for an Emergency.

  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster. You will have expenses like lodging, food, and gas, after a disaster.
  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).
  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency.
  • Only about half of all Americans have an emergency fund. This gives them the money needed to help with increased expenses after a disaster. Get tips about creating a fund.
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.