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October 2018 STAR Newsletter

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The City of Brisbane's website was recently upgraded for security purposes, and will undergo its final security update this weekend with the implementation of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).  This work will require the website to be offline between 8am – 12 noon on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  Thank you for your patience as our site is made more secure for our users and visitors to the site.

Weekend SF Caltrain Closures

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                Caltrain bus bridge notification - starts 10/6 through late spring 2019

Construction is advancing along the Caltrain corridor for Caltrain Electrification.  To accommodate the brand new electric trains, construction crews will begin work in the four San Francisco tunnels starting in October.

In order to facilitate work in the tunnels, trains will not serve the San Francisco or 22nd Street stations on weekends from October 6, 2018 to late spring 2019.  Caltrain service will stop at Bayshore Station and free bus service will transport passengers to the 22nd and San Francisco stations. Caltrain encourages customers to consider alternative transit options on weekends, including BART via Millbrae Station.  Weekday Caltrain service will not be impacted.  For more service information, including a list of transit alternatives, please visit www.caltrain.com/SFweekendClosure.

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 on the work visit CalMod.org/SFtunnels.

City's Stance on SB 828 and AB 2923

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At the Council Meeting on September 6, 2018, City Manager Clay Holstine briefed the Council on two pieces of legislation that the State Legislature passed and which are now on the Governor's desk for his consideration.  The Governor has until September 30th to sign, veto, or allow the legislation to go into effect without his signature.  City Manager Holstine offered, "Up until now, there has been a tacit understanding between local government and the State that cities are responsible for planning and zoning activities and the private sector is responsible for the actual production of housing.  SB 828 starts to move that dial in an effort to create some accountability for cities to be responsible for the actual production of housing...this is just one more example of the State coming into what historically has been local government affairs and putting more pressure on cities to do what the State wants."  The next bill, AB 2923, popularly referred to as "the BART bill", does not currently impact the City of Brisbane at this period in time, but is "an overt, blatant usurpation of local land-use control by the State to a regional agency that has no previous experience, background, or history performing land-use planning...this gives you a taste of where the State's mentality is and where they're headed with legislation." 

It is anticipated that our Sacramento lobbyist will provide a report concerning State legislation at an upcoming Council meeting.

Mayor Conway recently signed two letters to Governor Brown requesting him to veto both bills.  Click here to read the Mayor's letter regarding SB 828 and here to read the Mayor's letter regarding AB 2923.  You can also click on the letter images below.

Bill Owens' Public Art Reception

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Click here to view a photo album from Wednesday's Artist Reception with Mr. Owens.

Invitation for Bill Owens Art Reception

Bill Owens is an American photographer, photojournalist, brewer, and editor living in Hayward, California.  Born in 1938, Owens first became interested in photography while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica.  On his return to the United States in 1966, he enrolled in a visual anthropology course at San Francisco State University and began taking pictures.  

The black and white images you see in this exhibit were all shot in 1967 and 1968 by Bill Owens as part of a photo essay he completed as part of his studies at SFSU.  Through a friend with a family home in Brisbane, Mr. Owens discovered this city, a place with marked boundaries and a rich community life.  For nine months he visited Brisbane at least once a week, recording the places, people, and events that made Brisbane a special place. 

Following his work in Brisbane, Mr. Owens worked as a news photographer for the Livermore Independent.  From Monday to Friday he worked in 35mm, recording the town’s goings-on, and on Saturdays he shot his personal images with a Pentax 6x7 and a Brooks Veriwide 6x9.  While in Livermore, he completed the book Suburbia, published in 1973 and whose photographs have since been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and North America and become the classic photographic description of the American suburban dream.  Some of his subjects were people he had photographed for the Independent; some were relatives and friends; some were people who responded to the advertisements Owens placed, looking for people who would be amenable to being photographed at home.  Mr. Owens respected the liberation that many suburbanites felt, and their determination to build better lives.  A copy Suburbia will also be on display as part of the exhibit.

Mr. Owens’ Suburbia sold a staggering 50,000 copies in three editions the year it was published.  It has since been recognized as one of the 101 most important photography books of the twentieth century.  Owens went on to produce two more books, Our Kind of People (1975) and Working: I Do It For The Money (1977), and he received numerous awards and accolades.  Mr. Owens’ pieces have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art and he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1976) and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. 

In 1982, Mr. Owen founded the highly successful Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, California, one of the nation’s first Brew Pubs which he operated until he sold it in 1994.  From 1993 to 1995 Mr. Owens published BEER the magazine.  He went on to found The American Distilling Institute (ADI), the oldest and largest organization of small batch, independently owned distillers in the United States which he continues to lead and cultivate.

The full-color photographs in the exhibit were shot by Mr. Owens in 2001, when he returned to Brisbane to complete a new photo essay of Brisbane to document the community as it was in the summer of 2001.  This was also the year of the City’s 40th Anniversary, where many of these photographs were displayed at the event itself.  He took photos of historic locations in Central Brisbane, as well as the new neighborhoods on the Ridge and the commercial/industrial areas of Crocker Park and Sierra Point.

We are indebted to Mr. Owens for capturing these scenes and sights of the Brisbane Community, and are excited to celebrate his 80th Birthday with him when he returns yet again to the City of Stars on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 for an Artist Reception from 4-6pm.  The collection will be available to view that evening until 8pm and will remain up in City Hall until mid-October.  We wish Mr. Owens a very happy and joyous 80th Birthday this year!!