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How Opossums Help the Environment

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Although some people think opossums are pests, they are in fact useful little animals in your garden. They eat real pests such as slugs and small rodents and rarely cause problems themselves.  But please remember, it’s best not to attract wild animals, including opossums, into an area with food.  This can lead to other issues such as coyotes or even mountain lions who prey on smaller animals such as opossums.  If you happen to see an opossum in your yard, kindly ignore it as the graphic above suggests and simply appreciate the fact that you live in a place that not only you enjoys, but wildlife does, too.

San Bruno Ave. Closed May 9, 9am-5pm

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San Bruno Avenue will be closed in both directions at the Bayshore Blvd. intersection on Wednesday, May 9th, 9am - 5pm for road repair work.  Please see the interactive map below for detour information and where local traffic only will be allowed (click the top-left arrow to view a fly-out menu).  To zoom in, first hold down the Ctrl button.

Please use caution when driving in the area.  There will also be flagmen present to help direct traffic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this road repair work is being completed.  If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

May 2018 STAR Newsletter

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Click here to read the May 2018 STAR Newsletter.

Street Sweeping Reminder

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The City contracts with the City of South San Francisco for street sweeping based upon the shared services model that has proven successful with other services currently utilizing this model, such as traffic signal maintenance.  Residential Street Sweeping occurs on the 2nd Monday of every month and Commercial Street Sweeping takes place every Wednesday morning (Visitacion Ave. is enforced 3-6AM).  This information is also printed each month in the STAR on the City Calendar page.  Please remove your cars during these periods so that the sweeper can do an effective job cleaning the roadways.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 

May 2018 Marina News

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 Click here to read the May 2018 Marina Newsletter

Saturday 4/28 Vegetation Fire

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Click here for the PDF Media Advisory from North County Fire Authority, which is also copied below.

Click
here for the PG&E Outages page to view the most current information.


On April 28, 2018 at 2:06 p.m., 8 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a vegetation fire at 180 West Hill Place in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire companies found smoke and flames coming from two separate vegetation fires that were burning on a hillside behind warehouses at both 100 West Hill Drive and 180 West Hill Place.  Fire companies used hose lines to contain the fires, which burned a total of approximately one acre of land. 

Fire companies remained on scene for approximately 2 hours checking for fire extension, completing overhaul and mop up operations. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters.

The cause of the fire was due to power lines and is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Bureau and other agencies.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of cutting and removing all dry grass and flammable vegetation around their homes and businesses.

For more information, please contact the NCFA Information Officer at (650) 991-8138.

Mayor Conway on Podcast by the Bay

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On February 21st, Mayor Clarke Conway sat down with Patrick Sullivan of Podcast by the Bay as part of their Peninsula Mayors series.  The two discussed Clarke's upbringing in Brisbane (he wasn't born in Brisbane, but he was delivered by a Brisbane doctor!), current projects, housing, and transportation.  Patrick walked away with a greater sense of the City's rich history, how the Council works together well to address the Community's concerns in making the best decisions based on the greater good of its citizens, and the fact that Brisbane is a lot warmer than he originally thought!  Click here or the image above to hear Clarke's recording.

City Hall Roof-Mounted PV System

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The City Council has had an interest in constructing a photovoltaic system on the City Hall roof for over a decade, and we’re excited to announce that it’s now happening!  Over the course of the next two months, contractor Sunterra Solar will be working to install a 150 kW system (AC rating), and they will be using the City Hall parking lot near the Dog Park as their staging area.  Therefore, we ask that Dog Park users please refrain from parking in the spaces indicated as restricted with signs and barricades, as those are necessary for the contractor’s materials and equipment, which include a lift.  We look forward to having the system installed, which will allow for shedding more of the City’s load dependence from the public utility.  The current system does not include a commercial solar battery storage system, but in the event the Council does choose to install one, we would see even greater independence from the utility by saving excess power generated during lower demand periods.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

June 2018 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a new law passed in 2016 that will modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The Statewide Direct Primary Election, taking place on June 5, 2018, will be the first time the new election model is enacted.

This new election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot by:

  • Mailing every voter a ballot
  • Expanding in-person early voting
  • Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county

Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will actually be one of the 30 Vote Centers that will be open June 2 – 5, three days prior to Election Day.  Its hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.  In accordance with the law, there will be 5 Vote Centers open for 10 days before Election Day and 4 Vote Centers open 29 days before Election Day.  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Also important to note: The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election is an all-mailed ballot election.  Every eligible voter will be mailed a ballot and can vote by mail or cast their ballot in person at a Vote Center during the times and days specified above.  The first day Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed to registered voters in the County is May 7, 2018, with Ballot Drop-Off locations open throughout the County starting May 8th (there will be a Ballot Drop-off Box at Brisbane City Hall as well). 

Not registered to vote?  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote by May 21st to get registered online.  You can also register to vote via the mail (postmarked by May 21st).  Just complete a Voter Registration Form, which you can find at City Hall.  Note: you must re-register to vote if you change your name, address, or want to change your political affiliation (party).  Lastly, you can also register to vote or update your registration at any Vote Center location even on Election Day.  For more information, please contact the County’s Registration and Elections Division at (650) 312-5222.

CA Voter's Choice Act Flyer

Accessible Vote by Mail System for Disabled and Visually Impaired Voters Flyer

Edible Gardening Workshop

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This past Wednesday, attendees at the BAWSCA Edible Landscaping Workshop learned how to reduce water needs in their gardens by growing edible vegetables that they could harvest all summer long.  The instructor, Suzanne Bontempo - professional horticulturalist, IPM advocate & environmental educator with over 20 years experience - started off her lecture by emphasizing "it all starts with the soil."  The class also went over how to use compost and cover crops.  Attendees were given various young potted edible vegetables to get themselves started.  Thank you to BAWSCA for bringing this workshop of theirs to Brisbane, which is sponsored by the City of Brisbane.  If you missed it, don't despair - there are others being held throughout the County throughout the Spring and Fall.  Check out their schedule of landscape classes here.