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November 2019 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a  law passed in 2016 that aim to modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The  General Election, taking place on November 5, 2019, will be a Vote Center/All-Mail Ballot Model.

This new election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot by: 1) Mailing every voter a ballot, 2) Expanding in-person early voting, and 3) Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county

This November 5th,  there will be an election for two City of Brisbane City Council seats, for a shortened term of 3 years each.   The candidates are: 

Madison Davis

Terry O'Connell 

Also this November, there will be three City Measures on the ballot.

Measure C – City of Brisbane: Liquid Storage Facilities Business License Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Measure B – City of Brisbane: Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Measure E – City of Brisbane: Cannabis Business License Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Where do you vote?  Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will  be one of the Vote Centers in the County that will be open November 2-4, three days prior to Election Day.  Vote Center hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.   Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Also important to note: The November 5, 2019  General Election is an all-mailed ballot election for the County.  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.  

Not registered to vote?  Visit https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote or visit a Vote Center during hours of operation to register to vote.  For more information contact Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk at ipadilla@brisbaneca.org or at (415) 508-2113.


SB 672 - An Update to the Community

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SB 672 – Legislation to Exempt City of Brisbane from the next Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Cycle

Senator Jerry Hill introduced Senate Bill (SB) 672 in February, following the November 2018 citywide vote amending the Brisbane General Plan to conditionally permit significant residential development on the Baylands.  SB 672 would have provided the City an exemption from new RHNA requirements for the next planning cycle, thus permitting the City to focus on this historic development without concern for a regional housing allocation scheme outside the City’s control.

SB 672 enjoyed bipartisan, unanimous support as it moved through both houses of the legislature.  The bill was voted out of two committees in the Assembly, passed two committees in the Senate, and was voted off the Senate floor without a single “no” vote being cast against it.  Nonetheless, progress on the bill for this year came to a halt last week in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.   The Committee did not move the bill forward for a full Assembly vote after late opposition from the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), thus preventing any chance for SB 672 to become law before 2020.

HCD argued that a RHNA exemption risks undermining reforms adopted in 2017 to ensure the process is workable.  HCD also argued that an exemption is unnecessary because the reforms would allow the city to appeal any inappropriate regional RHNA allocation directly to the state for resolution.

While we understand HCD’s argument, it ignores the complexity of what was accomplished last year and ultimately may jeopardize the future of housing development on the Baylands.

The City of Brisbane, in good faith, placed before the voters a General Plan amendment that allowed for the possibility of doubling the housing units in our town in the face of the state’s housing availability and affordability crisis.  This vote represented an extraordinary effort by our community to help our region and state.  The amendment was only approved after a multi-year negotiation marked by important confidence building measures between the city and the state.  SB 672 is the latest of these measures.  The exemption is intended to permit our community to be able focus on weaving new residents into the fabric of the community without the distraction of the often controversial RHNA process.  Legislators share the city’s view that this process is critically important, which is one of the many reason why no legislator cast a vote against SB 672.  Unfortunately, the importance of this process appears to be lost on HCD.

However, the City Council, city staff, and our representatives will be working to overcome HCD’s view between now and 2020 so that the city’s concern will be addressed.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we this process moves forward.


City's Letter to CA High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA)

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The following letter was submitted by the Brisbane City Council to the California High Speed Rail Authority's (CHSRA) Board of Directors regarding their San Francisco to San Jose Preferred Alternative Light Maintenance Facility.  Click here or the below image to view the letter. 

CHSRA Letter

September is National Preparedness Month

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National Preparedness Month

As part of National Preparedness Month, FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council promote being “Prepared, Not Scared” in new PSAs and online videos that promote the importance of preparing children and teenagers for possible emergencies and disasters.  Involving young people in preparedness efforts can help youth, families, and communities be prepared and able to respond when faced with disasters.

Production partner Newfangled Studios created pro bono TV, digital and out-of-home ads. FEMA is also teaming up with Sony’s “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” to promote the crucial message of emergency preparedness.

This preparedness effort by the Ready Campaign follows 16 years of educating the American public about disaster and emergency preparedness. In that time, $1.6 billion in donated media enabled the campaign to reach millions of Americans and encouraged more than 100 million visits to the campaign’s website, Ready.gov.

To view and download all of the Ready Campaign’s PSAs, visit the Ad Council website.  Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.

National Preparedness Month (NPM) has weekly themes each year.  This year's themes are:

Week 1: Sept. 1-7, Save Early for Disaster Costs

  • Keep some cash on-hand in case of emergencies
  • Buy flood insurance; most homeowners' and renters' insurance does not cover flood insurance
  • Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim

national prep month 1

Week 2: Sept. 8-14, Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

  • Practice evacuating with pets so everyone has practice
  • Sign up for SMCAlert so you are set to receive notifications from the City in the event of an emergency
  • Build an emergency kit, making sure to have enough food, water, and meds to last for at least 3-7 days

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Week 3: Sept. 15-21, Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

  • Include kids in the disaster planning process and review your plan together.
  • Review with kids: Sending text messages, contact numbers and dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies.
  • Teach children what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away.
  • Add your kids' school's social media info to the family communication plan.

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Baylands Workshop #2 Video and Survey

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The landowner of the Brisbane Baylands, Universal Paragon Corporation, held their second of three community workshops that followed the City's work with Home for All earlier this year on August 29th at Mission Blue Center.  For those that missed it, here is the link to their video recording.  

upc workshop

Following the presentation portion of the workshop, attendees participated in an interactive exercise, placing dots on images that depicted what they envisioned for the site when it came to open space, including: Roundhouse Park, Lagoon Park, Community Space, and Ice House Hill.  UPC developed this survey following the workshop to capture the ideas and suggestions of those that could not attend.  Please take 10 minutes to complete it and make sure to do so by Friday, September 13th, when the survey closes.  And lastly, be sure to save October 17th, 6:30pm-9pm for UPC's final workshop, which will take place again at Mission Blue Center, dinner and childcare included.