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December 2018 STAR

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Please click here or the cover image above to read the December 2018 STAR.

12/5/18 Structure Fire in Brisbane

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Please see below for the Media Advisory from North County Fire Authority regarding today's structure fire on Mendocino St.

Media Advisory from NCFA

Caltrain Construction Notice for Brisbane

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Construction is advancing along the Caltrain corridor! To accommodate the brand new electric trains, construction crews will begin work in the four San Francisco tunnels starting in October.  Crews will create additional clearance in the tunnel sides to accommodate the new trains and will install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains.  For more information visit CalMod.org/SFtunnels.

In order to facilitate work in the tunnels, trains will not operate on weekends between San Francisco and Bayshore Stations from October 6, 2018 to late Spring 2019.  Caltrain service will stop at Bayshore Station and a bus bridge will transport passengers to the 22nd and 4th & King Stations.  Weekday service will not be impacted.  For more service information, please visit www.Caltrain.com/SFweekendClosure.


Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

Caltrain Electrification is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization program which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor from San Francisco's 4th and King Caltrain Station to approximately the Tamien Caltrain Station.


The primary purpose of Caltrain Electrification is to improve Caltrain system performance, reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  An electrified Caltrain system would better address Peninsula commuters' vision of increased service and improved travel times in an environmentally friendly and reliable way.  This also is expected to help accommodate increase system ridership through improved system operations. 


For information on upcoming community construction update meetings, please visit the Caltrain Electrification Project events page at http://calmod.org/events/


Work in Brisbane

On December 8 through December 14, Caltrain will be working during the night to locate underground utilities. Night work hours will be 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and the field team will work as quietly as possible.

During work hours at the Brisbane station all passengers will board and de-board from the same platforms. Please look for the signs to indicate which platform to use. If you have any questions, feel free to call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287.

Scam Involving SMC Alert

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The County recently informed residents about a new scam involving SMC Alert.  In case you didn't see it, please read below and don't fall victim to it!  If you receive a suspicious text or email, please call Police Dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

The Sheriff’s Office has received reports from residents who received an unsolicited text message (email and flyer) under the guise of SMC Alert from someone claiming to be a deputy from the “San Mateo County Security System.” Victims are told in the message that officers will be conducting an annual inspection of businesses and residential areas which may include needing inside access to some units so pets have to be secured, alarm systems deactivated, and denying inspectors access will result in a fine.

Sheriff’s officials are urging the public not to fall for this scam. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will never send out a SMC Alert demanding access to your home or business. Officers will only come into your home or business with a search warrant or probable cause. Police (law enforcement) impersonators are often looking for anyone who seems exposed and easily fooled. Call 911 if you have any doubts about who is at your door. Dispatchers will know whether an officer (deputy/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office personnel) has been sent to your home and if they are currently there. The dispatcher will send out a real officer (actual deputy or law enforcement officer) if there is any doubt as to what is unfolding.

SMC Alert is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations which may include life safety, fire, weather, accidents involving utilities or roadways or disaster notifications about an earthquake. A few examples of the types of messages that can be sent through SMC Alert are:

Emergency Situations

• Notify citizens of the location of the nearest emergency shelter, available bed space, hours of operation during a crisis;
• Notify citizens of available evacuation routes during an emergency;
• Activate special teams within the community, such as CERT volunteers.

Precautionary Warnings (optional subscriptions)

• Crime alerts;
• Major road closure such as a freeway;
• Wildlife warnings such as mountain lion sightings.

SMC Alert is managed by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services. The service is free to register and is available to all cities, towns and special districts within San Mateo County. Alerts may also be sent by local police, fire and emergency managers from other cities within San Mateo County. Register here: www.smcalert.info.

How to Live in Peace with Urban Coyotes

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Coyotes are being spotted more regularly and close to civilization, in some cases harming or preying on our beloved pets.  We understand this causes a lot of concern, even panic, but according to the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, coyotes are by nature fearful of humans.  Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control.  Therefore, keep your dogs and cats indoors at night and do not leave food bowls out overnight.  Coyotes are like dogs and will remember how they got their last easy meal…and will keep returning to get their next.  Some other tips from the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife include:

•    Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
•    If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
•    Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
•    Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc.
•    Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
•    Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.

In essence, please respect and protect wild animals.  Keep them wild.  To report an aggressive coyote, please call dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

Remember, if you come in contact with a coyote, use negative reinforcement and let them know they're not welcome.  Make loud noises, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.  For everyone’s safety, it is essential that coyotes retain their natural wariness of humans.  See more tips from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in their brochure, "Living with California Coyotes", by clicking here.