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Thank you, Earth Day Volunteers!

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THANK YOU to all the volunteers that came out on a beautiful Saturday morning on April 27th to celebrate Earth Day with our annual Habitat Restoration event! The crew made great progress pulling French Broom and other invasive plants near the intersections of Monarch and Mission Blue Drives. After a few hours of working hard, volunteers celebrated with lunch, retro tees, and other goodies. Many thanks to our partners at San Bruno Mountain Watch and to our sponsors at South San Francisco Scavenger Company and Recology. Check out a short slideshow from that day and save the date for our next habitat restoration event on June 29!

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May 2019 STAR

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Click here to read the May 2019 STAR Newsletter.


City's Support of SB 672

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UPDATE: Friday, 4/26 - Senate Bill (SB) 672, authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, overcame its first hurdle in the legislature when it passed out of the Senate Housing Committee this week.  SB 672 would exempt Brisbane from receiving new regional housing responsibilities during the current (through 2023) and next housing element planning period (2023-2031), in recognition of the development work the city is doing on the Baylands.  In particular, the bill would require Brisbane to rezone the Baylands during the current planning period, consistent with Measure JJ which voters approved in November. The bill would also require Brisbane to report on its development progress to the Department of Housing and Community Development, as part of its annual report already required by existing law.  This same report will also be sent to the Association of Bay Area Governments.  And finally, when the developer submits a revised specific plan consistent with Measure JJ, Brisbane would have 24 months to review and approve the plan. 

As Sen. Hill explained in committee this week, “SB 672 allows Brisbane to focus its efforts on getting the Baylands – an important regional project – developed properly.  The bill does this by ensuring consistency in Brisbane’s regional housing needs allocations during this planning cycle and the next, in recognition of the commitment already made by the city’s voters to double its housing stock.”  SB 672 is not final yet.  The bill still has a long way to go before becoming law so its provisions are subject to change.  Click here for the Senate Housing Committee's Analysis of SB 672.

At the April 4, 2019 City Council meeting, City Attorney Thomas McMorrow briefed the Council on SB 672, which was amended by Senator Hill to prohibit the Association of Bay Area Governments from allocating a share of the State’s regional housing need to cities that meet their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) by 350% or more.  Implementation of Measure JJ, which Brisbane voters approved last November, will accomplish this.  SB 672 is being heard by the Senate Housing Committee next week.  The Committee is chaired by Senator Weiner, who is requesting a letter of support for this bill from the City.  Click here to read the City’s Letter of Support for SB 672, which is unique to and only benefits Brisbane, and will hopefully become law in the Fall. 

Sign up for updates on SB 672 by joining the City’s weekly email list at www.tinyurl.com/blast321.

The Right Way to Dispose of Old Batteries

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Did you know that throwing your old batteries out with your trash or recycling can pose a serious hazard to waste haulers?  Workers like Teresa Montgomery’s crew at South San Francisco Scavenger are at risk when batteries end up loose in a recycling or trash cart.  That’s why County Environmental Health Services has partnered with the various haulers to educate communities on how to properly dispose of old, dead batteries.  Their publication, “Final Resting Place” is chock-full of great information, including helpful articles and graphics to easily show readers the FOUR EASY STEPS that will get your batteries to the right place and make sure they don’t catch fire or explode!  Essentially, you want to:

  1. Collect all of your household batteries that you are done using in a clear plastic zip-top bag
  2. Tape the terminals and contacts on your lithium-ion and 9-volt batteries so they do not spark
  3. Zip the clear plastic zip-top bag when it is at least halfway full and ready for collection
  4. Place the bag of batteries on top of the gray garbage cart

Read the full publication here.

Press Release: City of Brisbane Customers Save $304,000

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City of Brisbane Customers Save $304,000
Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Clean Energy


Brisbane, CA ­­­– April 16, 2019 – City of Brisbane customers saved $304,000 on their electricity bills in 2018 with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), while also earning national recognition for their commitment to renewable energy.


“Our City Council voted three years ago to form Peninsula Clean Energy so that customers can enjoy cleaner energy at lower rates. We are proud to deliver on that promise,” said Mayor Madison Davis, who represents the City of Brisbane on Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors.


Peninsula Clean Energy consistently sets its rates at 5% below PG&E’s electricity generation rates for its ECOplus product, resulting in millions of dollars of savings annually across its 290,000 customers. More than 97 percent of San Mateo County households and businesses purchase their electricity through Peninsula Clean Energy, and collectively saved an estimated $18 million in 2018.


This year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized City of Brisbane as a Green Power Partner, based on its commitment to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for  municipal operations through PCE’s voluntary ECO100 program.


The EPA also recognized the city as a new member of its national Green Power Community program, based on community members’ use of PCE’s ECOplus clean energy mix containing at least 50 percent renewable energy.


Peninsula Clean Energy exceeds not only the EPA’s clean energy targets, but also California’s ambitious goals. PCE plans to provide 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, while the statewide goal is currently set at 60 percent renewable by 2030.



About the City of Brisbane

Brisbane is a small city on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California, located on the lower slopes of San Bruno Mountain. Incorporated in 1961 and known as the “City of Stars”, Brisbane is currently home to approximately 4,700 residents and a vibrant business community of 7,000 employees. The Brisbane Community cares deeply about a wide variety of issues surrounding sustainability, and has a long-established citizen advisory committee known as the Open Space and Ecology Committee that addresses climate actions and preservation of natural habitat and resources. Brisbane adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2015 and has numerous other policies, plans, and programs to address open space, water, energy, and climate. The City has installed a roof-mounted photovoltaics system, a rain garden, and a bioswale at City Hall, solar thermal at the Community Pool, and performed a number of energy efficiency upgrades throughout City facilities. Most streetlights were converted to LED in 2011 and the City installed a Level 3 (“fast”) Electric Vehicle Charging Station in 2018. Brisbane participates in Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County’s Community Choice Energy Program, and has “opted up” to their 100% renewable ECO100 product for all municipal operations.

Media Contact
Caroline Cheung
City of Brisbane
M: (628) 219-2919


About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE (www.PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com) is a public not-for-profit local community choice energy agency that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE is estimated to save customers more than $18 million a year. PCE, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.


Media Contact
Kirsten Andrews-Schwind
Peninsula Clean Energy
M: (650) 260-0096