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3 Month EV Usage Stats

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May 14, 2018 marked 3 months from the opening of our EV Charger at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center and puts us halfway through our free charging (for sessions <45 minutes) pilot period.  The past month included a “charger fault” that rendered the station unusable for roughly a week.  Fortunately the station usage rebounded quickly and we even saw our highest ever one-day energy use since it came back online!

Charging Stats Through 5-14-18:

  • 193 unique drivers
  • 5674 total kWh dispensed, an average of 147.4 kWh/day
  • 1,006 total sessions, 11.18 average sessions per day
  • Average session length is 30:53 minutes, with ~84% of sessions 45 minutes or less
  • ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 5573 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 143 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 

Lastly, we are working to have a sign noting the “DC Fast EV Charging Station” added to the Brisbane Village Shopping Center sign near Bayshore.  More on that when it's up!

No Contaminated Material Brought to Brisbane

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An April 21, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article stated that soil from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to a Recology facility in Brisbane.  The title and primary theme of the article contend that the soil was potentially toxic and/or incorporated dangerous levels of radioactive waste.

Recology contacted the reporter, and was provided with their source report, “Hunters Point NS SF CA, Appendix G Part 1 of 12., Waste Disposal Information and Manifests - Final Response Action Contract Report for Durable Covers Remedy in Parcel B-2 dated April 2018_4.6.2018”, which was used to write their article.  That report included the following information:

5 Beatty Road is the address for Brisbane Recycling Company (BRC), not Recology, whose address is 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco.  City staff contacted the owner of BRC, who confirmed that 40 tons of asphalt had been received in their facility on that day, but the hauler listed the source address on the intake form as “3rd and Evans”, which is also located in San Francisco. 

BRC then reached out to the Navy to determine the correct source and nature of the asphalt.  The following letter was received, indicating that the asphalt had been installed in 2013, was removed in 2015, and was not associated with radiological contamination.

City staff is continuing to work with BRC to understand how/why the source of the asphalt was incorrectly listed on the intake form. 

There is no listing in the reporter's source report that any material from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was delivered to Baylands Soil Processing, which is located on the bottom two-thirds of the Brisbane Baylands site.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we learn more concerning this matter.  Click here if you would like to sign up to receive email updates regarding the Brisbane Baylands.

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.

Increase in Parking Enforcement

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We have received a few questions from citizens regarding the increase in parking enforcement around the city.  Generally speaking, most of our parking enforcement efforts are complaint driven.  Some areas that we have been concentrating on are white line violations, vehicles that block the sidewalk, and vehicles making U-turns at Visitacion and Mariposa.  Also, we have received complaints about vehicles parked for extended periods in the 24 minute zones at the top of Visitacion.  In the case of vehicles parked on the sidewalks, we have done a number of outreach efforts in order to educate the public and attempt to gain compliance before resorting to enforcement.  It is our preference to educate first, but unfortunately that may not always be the case.  Our mission is to keep the roadways and sidewalks safe for those who travel them.  Most of the citations that we issue are for behavior that people know is illegal.  We ask that everyone be courteous to those around you when it comes to your parking and driving habits.  If we all take the time to do the right thing, our town will be safer and it will be less likely that anyone will receive a citation.  As always, please reach out to us directly with your questions or concerns at (415) 467-1212.  We are here to help!

National Public Works Week 2018

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Each year, National Public Works Week is recognized by the City Council for the many ways citizens' lives are impacted by the men and women in Public Works who tirelessly and quietly serve the Brisbane community by maintaining the city's streets and right-of-ways, drinking water, sewers, storm drains, and parks.  "The Power of Public Works" theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization and our quality of life.  This year's poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.  The City Council will be recognizing the men and women of Brisbane Public Works at their May 17th Council Meeting.

May is Building Safety Month!

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Building Safety Month (BSM) is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May for the past 38 years to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.  The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.  See the poster below for what's being highlighted each week:

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.  Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.  Brisbane's Code Enforcement Officer, Michelle Mondeda, works out of the City's Police Department.  She also works in close conjunction with the Community Development Department and CSG-contracted building officials.  Click on the image below to be taken to an interactive poster which shows all the various aspects of a home that code officials inspect to keep you safe!

Mayor Conway's Jefferson High Roots

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Did you know that out of the current 20 Mayors in San Mateo County, FOUR of them graduated from Jefferson High School specifically?  That’s 20% of the County’s Mayors from ONE HIGH SCHOOL!  And two of them, Brisbane Mayor Clarke Conway and South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy went from BES, to Lipman, to Jefferson!  Recalls Mayor Conway, "All of this is unprecedented.  When I was a senior in high school, over 60% of the highest SAT scores came from Jefferson High School out of the five schools in the District.  Two of my former classmates later went on to become Federal Judges.  Jefferson is a wonderful storied high school and I urge parents to visit the campus with their up and coming high schoolers and attend the many community festivals that they have there.  County Supervisor David Canepa hosted District 5 Together at Jefferson High back in March, and there is another special event coming up on Saturday, May 19th - Shine! Family Day - a day of free kids activities, food, cultural performances, and live music being put on by Pacific Islands Together from 10:30am-6pm."  

On this day, from 10:45am-11am, Mayor Conway will be joined by the four other elected officials who all graduated from Jefferson.  They will engage in a short, moderated panel discussion.  Joining him will be: Mayor Liza Normandy of South San Francisco, Mayor Raquel "Rae" Gonzalez of Colma, Mayor Juslyn Manalo of Daly City, and San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees Member and Current Board Vice President-Clerk, Maurice GoodmanDon't miss it!

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!

 

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.

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.

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.

"Green Dawn" CERT Exercise

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Calling All Brisbane Residents!

Your presence is requested at the 2018 Green Dawn Full Scale Exercise for local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, volunteer groups, and community stakeholders who might benefit from observations of and lessons learned in a terrorist attack scenario.  That's right, you do not have to be a Brisbane CERT member to participate; the County of San Mateo Health Systems is looking for more community volunteers/actors (at least 18 years of age) to roleplay lost/injured survivors in a disaster scenario.  This is a great way to see what CERTs do!  The event is free of charge and continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  Click here or the flyer below to register!

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

"See you at the 7" Book Reception

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Owner of Brisbane's historic 7 Mile House, Vanessa Garcia, was the reason City Hall was abuzz this past Wednesday evening, where a book reception was held in the large conference room in celebration of her new book, "See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House".  The book is co-authored by award-winning editor Regina Abuyuan (also, Vanessa's cousin!), with a foreword by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte (Native Son). The book contains old maps of the area, historic photos, and interviews with locals who recount their experiences at 7 Mile House over the years.  Adorning the walls of the large conference room are framed prints of the book's signature (or very first) copy, along with artifacts that Vanessa has held onto over the fourteen years she's owned the restaurant, some of which stem from 7 Mile House's 160 years in existence.  Come and check out the exhibit, which will be on display through the spring. 

There is also a copy of Vanessa's book on display to thumb through.  But to order your very own copy, please click here.

Increased Traffic Enforcement on Bayshore

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On Wednesday, April 18th, the Brisbane Police Department along with officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County will be participating in the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.).  The STEP program is a county collaboration to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots throughout San Mateo County.

Due to the number of continued complaints raised by residents of excessive speed violations on Bayshore Boulevard, S.T.E.P will conduct a Saturation Traffic Enforcement operation in our city.  Their focus will be on excessive speed violators and other traffic violations including cell phone use, seat belts and other dangerous violations.  Officers will be stopping vehicles as well as motorcycles and bicyclists.

The San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association are working together to collectively focus on reducing the number of injuries and traffic collisions throughout San Mateo County.

The agencies you may see participating with Brisbane PD include Belmont PD, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Burlingame PD, Colma PD, Daly City PD, East Palo Alto PD, Menlo Park PD, Foster City PD, Pacifica PD, Redwood City PD, San Bruno PD, San Mateo PD, San Mateo County Public Safety Communications, and South San Francisco Police.

What SB 35 Means for the City of Brisbane

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If you’ve been following reports on the State’s housing shortage, then you’ve likely heard mention of Senate Bill 35 (SB 35).  SB 35 was approved in 2017 and establishes a streamlined development review process for new multi-family residential projects that meet the requirements established in the legislation.  The intent of SB 35 is to promote the construction of new housing in California in response to historic trends where housing production has not kept pace with population growth.  You may be wondering if or how SB 35 affects Brisbane and the Baylands in particular.  This is the City’s view.

SB 35 Generally

Developers can utilize the streamlining provisions of SB 35 in any jurisdiction in California where housing production has not met or exceeded targets set by the State through what is called the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process.  A vast majority of the 500+ cities and counties throughout the state are potentially subject to SB 35, as housing production targets have only been met in 13 jurisdictions statewide.  Regional application of SB 35 has been utilized in the Bay Area so far, with developers apparently invoking SB 35 to streamline the review process for three projects in the region to date.  These include a complex on the Vallco shopping center site in Cupertino (2,400 units, 1,200 affordable or low-income), another on 4th St. in West Berkeley (260 units, 130 affordable or low-income) and, just announced, a development on Bryant St. in San Francisco (130 units, 65 affordable or low-income).

To be subject to the SB 35 process, a residential project must qualify under a lengthy list of criteria.  Some of these include: a minimum percentage of units set aside for low income residents (up to 50% depending on the jurisdiction), adherence to construction labor standards pertaining to use of a skilled workforce and payment of prevailing wages, and compliance with all objective development standards established by the local jurisdiction.

There are also limitations on potential development sites where SB 35 can be applied.  Sites with environmental constraints such as hazardous materials contamination, flood zones, and wetlands are ineligible to utilize SB 35.  Additionally, SB 35-eligible sites must be infill (e.g., at least 75% surrounded by urban development) and zoned for residential uses.

SB 35’s Application to Brisbane and the Baylands

Recent housing production in Brisbane has not fully met state-imposed targets, so SB 35 applies to Brisbane.  However in regard to the Baylands, the Baylands is not zoned for residential uses and the site has toxic contamination which has not been remediated to allow for residential uses.  These two factors alone render the Baylands ineligible for SB 35 streamlining.  

If you’d like to sign up for email notifications about updates regarding the Baylands project, please sign up on the City’s website at: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/15/2018


Brisbane Eagles Club
Cancer Fund Enchilada Dinner
Sat., April 21, 2pm @ Eagles
Open to the Public


Live at Mission Blue Presents
Telegraph Quartet w/ Angela Lee
Sat., April 21, Miss. Blue Center
www.liveatmissionblue.com
Tickets Available at the Door


Posted 4/11/2018


Donate to Concerts in the Park!
There is Still Time to Join w/ your
Fellow Community Members
For More Info: 415-657-4321


Join us for a Special Screening of
"Screenagers"
Thurs., April 19, 6:30-8pm
Lipman Middle School, 1 Solano St.

 

Free Blood Pressure Checks

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A retired dialysis nurse and avid Senior Club-goer, Brisbane resident Teresita Brooks began offering free blood pressure checks to her fellow Brisbane Seniors (ages 55 and older) on April 6th.  Stop by the Sunrise Room, located at 2 Visitacion Ave., every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 10am - noon for your free check by Teresita.  The next time Teresita will be volunteering her services will be Friday, April 20th.  There will be no blood pressure checks done during the month of May, but Teresita will be back on Friday, June 1st, to resume doing so every 1st and 3rd Friday, from 10am - noon.

Thank you, Teresita, for your warm heart and giving back to your community in such an important and helpful way!

PenTV's "The Game": Ep. 250

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A couple weeks ago, Mayor Clarke Conway and City Manager Clay Holstine were invited to be guests on PenTV's "The Game", a community show about local politics, sports, music, movies, and more.  They talked about the regional housing shortage, the complexity of the Baylands site with it being highly contaminated, and the desire for the Baylands to be cleaned up to a standard where a true residential neighborhood could one day exist.

Visitacion Gardens Senior Housing

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Visitacion Gardens Apartments is accepting waitlist applications for two-bedroom apartments renting for $1246/month. Other unit sizes and rent levels area also available.

Visitacion Gardens Apartments is a 14-unit senior (age 62 or older) community located in downtown Brisbane.  Located next to the Senior Center, these attractive one- and two-bedroom apartments include:

  • All-electric kitchen
  • Washer/dryer hook-up
  • Wall-to-wall carpets
  • Walk-in closet

    The residential community offers:
  • Onsite laundry facility
  • Beautifully landscaped walkway
  • Limited assigned parking
  • Professional management

    To obtain an application, visit their office at 8 Visitacion Avenue, Brisbane, CA 94005, or call (415) 330-9252.

April 2018 Marina Newsletter

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 Click here to read the April 2018 Marina Newsletter.

April STAR Newsletter

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Click here
to read the April STAR Newsletter & Summer Activity Guide.

Talking Sustainability in Brisbane

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If you haven't already heard, April is Earth Month.  How fitting then that Brisbane's Sustainability Management Analyst Adrienne Etherton was recently interviewed at PenTV studios in San Carlos with the below segment running on their channel (Comcast Ch. 26) throughout the entire month of April.  Check it out: 

From the title, which alludes to Earth Day (April 21st), Adrienne speaks of how she's focused on addressing the City's Climate Action Plan and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the City.

Speaking of which, Adrienne cites the Feb. 14th grand opening of the City's first fast EV charger station which has been getting great usage in its first month.  She touched on other initiatives and strategies that the City will be tackling that keep greenhouse gas emissions low, which will be covered in greater depth in future posts focused on sustainability throughout this Earth Month!

In closing, as we are currently experiencing a small springtime shower, did you know that Brisbane has one of the lowest residential per-capita water use rates in the region at ~46-48 gallons per day?  The City has an ordinance prohibiting water waste, as well as a water-efficient landscaping ordinance that requires large landscape plans to show use of drought-tolerant plants and water-efficient irrigation.  We participate in regional water conservation programs offering rebates to qualified customers for high-efficiency toilets and rain barrels, offer landscape audits to our largest users, and coordinate water-efficient landscape classes and interactive school assemblies at BES.

Our next water-efficient landscape class will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at City Hall from 6-8pm.  It's in collaboration with BAWSCA (the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency) and is a hands-on workshop to learn all about water-wise edible gardening!  Register here: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/eventdetails/.

And of course, we'll be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21st by hosting a Habitat Restoration Day at Mission Blue Dr. &  Monarch Dr. from 9:30am-12:30pm.  We'll be restoring Brisbane's native habitat by removing invasing plant species.  Volunteers of all ages & abilities are welcome!  Free t-shirt and lunch included.

Happy Earth Month!  Let's make sure we do what we can to protect the precious resources we've got.

District 5 Citizen of the Year

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San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa presented Brisbane Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mitch Bull the District 5 Citizen of Year representing Brisbane at the "District 5 Together: A World United" culture and resource fair at Jefferson High School in Daly City this past Saturday, March 31. “Small business owners are vital economic engines and no one has championed small business growth in our communities like Mitch Bull.  His record speaks for itself,” Canepa said.  Congratulations, Mitch, on a recognition well-deserved!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/7/2018


Park & Rec Summer Registrations
Open April 10 for Residents
Register online: www.brisbaneca.org
or in Our Office – 50 Park Pl

 
Office Hours w/ Councilman Lentz
Wed., April 11th, 6:30-8pm
City Hall, Large Conference Rm,
Bring Your Questions!



Posted 4/6/2018
 
 
Doris Barry
1929-2018
Services @ LDS Church 4/12/18
For More Info: 801-560-3173



Posted 4/5/2018



Brisbane Community Pool
Spring Water Aerobics
M, W, F: 11:15am & Sat: 9:30am
Come Join in the Fun!

Please Don't Use Rat Poison Outdoors

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A worthy reminder not to use rat/gopher poison/baits outside your home.  It directly affects beautiful creatures like this Red-tailed Hawk, who prey on rodents that may have eaten rat poison but are still alive.

At the end of January, a resident found this Red-tailed Hawk and called the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to have it picked up.  When she called back to see about its condition, she was told it had to be euthanized due to organ failure.  What caused the organ failure is unclear, but the PHS asked that residents be reminded that poison baits have this effect on hawks and owls.  So, please, do not use rat/gopher poison outside for any reason.  Should you have an indoor pest problem such as rats or mice, check out this fact sheet Finding a Company that can Prevent Pest Problems, which can be found on the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program's website.  They also have a fact sheet dedicated to Keeping Rats and Mice Away from your Home.

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