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Caltrain Under Fiscal Distress

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On Thursday, February 3rd, Caltrain Board of Directors set two public hearings to receive comments on possible service and fare changes, station closures as well as to declare a fiscal emergency.

Caltrain Executive Director Michael J. Scanlon called the board’s action “the first step in the process” and said, “Hopefully, we will be able to come up with additional funding sources before we are forced to implement drastic service changes.” 

Operation of the current 86 train schedule would result in a $30 million deficit.  With projected available funds, Caltrain would be forced to operate 48 trains only during weekday peak-commute hours.  In addition, service would be suspended at up to seven of the following stations: Bayshore, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Burlingame, Hayward Park, Belmont, San Antonio, Lawrence, Santa Clara and College Park. 

All other service would be eliminated, including weekday service outside the commute peak, service south of the San Jose Diridon station, and weekend service. 

Service for special events, including baseball games and Bay to Breakers, also would be suspended.

A 25-cent increase to the base fare also will be considered.

Caltrain’s fiscal year begins July 1 and changes to service would take effect July 2.    

The public hearings will be held at the March 3 Caltrain Board meeting at 10 a.m. at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.  

In addition, four community meetings will be held throughout the Caltrain service area to give the public additional opportunity to review proposals, ask questions and provide comment. 

Feb. 14 – 7 p.m. San Jose City Hall | City Council Chambers
200 East Santa Clara St.

Feb. 16 – 6 p.m. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency | Atrium
1 South Van Ness, San Francisco

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. Gilroy Senior Center
7371 Hanna St., Gilroy

Feb. 17 – 6 p.m. San Mateo County Transit District | 2nd Fl. Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

Comments also can be e-mailed to changes@caltrain.com; sent by regular mail to District Secretary, Caltrain, P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070; or telephoned to 1.800.660.4287 (TDD for hearing impaired only 650.508.6448).

­­­­­­­­­­­­Caltrain relies on contributions from its three partner agencies - the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – to balance its budget.  

Information about the proposed declaration of fiscal emergency and service and fare changes will be posted on the Caltrain website – www.caltrain.com - by Feb. 9. 

Last year, SamTrans was forced to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain.  As a result, four midday trains were eliminated, staffed ticket offices were closed and zone fares were increased 25 cents. 

This year, SamTrans is expected to reduce its annual contribution to Caltrain to approximately $4.8 million, a reduction of approximately $10 million.  If the other partners follow suit, the budget shortfall is expected to be $30 million. 

New Code Enforcement Program

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In an effort to keep Brisbane the safe and desirable living and working environment that it is, the City has commenced a new Administrative Code Enforcement program.  The goal of the program is to work in partnership with responsible person(s) to accomplish the corrective action and maintain Brisbane's quality of life...all the while avoiding the courts and saving on legal fees which normally would rack up if using the judicial method in dealing with code violations. 

To learn more about the Administrative Citation program, please click here.

Signboard Postings

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City of Brisbane
Water bills are
Due Feb. 7th
 
 
In Loving Memory Of
Paul Schroeder
1946-2011
Brisbane Native

Beware of Phishing

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Does the following look like a legitimate e-mail to you?

Don't be fooled.  The community member who received it wasn't.  After reading this e-mail from "Bank of the West", they replied saying they didn't have an account with them.  What they got in return was an e-mail with a login field.  Using a made-up login ID, they saw on the subsequent page more fields, asking for all of their personal information.

Scammers are becoming more savvy these days, and we need to make sure we're "on guard" against them and their schemes.  Click here to read some helpful tips on how you can do just that, and the top 10 scams everyone who uses e-mail should be aware of.

Artists' Evening of Sharing

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Brisbane Artists’ Evening of

Sharing

 

February 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM

 

Mission Blue Center

 

475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane, CA  94005

 

Open to the public and free of charge.

 

Sponsored by the City of Brisbane with sincere thanks to the Brisbane City Council.

 

 Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau are making a film about many of talented artists that live and work in Brisbane.

You are invited to attend the 8th annual Brisbane Artists’ Evening of Sharing, a community gathering that makes Brisbane so special. All participants either work or live in Brisbane, and offer their talent to the community free of charge for an evening of delightful fun and entertainment.  Artists of all genres, art, film, written word, dance and music will showcase their work. The event starts are 7:30 pm at the Mission Blue Center.  Just before intermission, we honor an individual or group that has supported the arts in Brisbane and then celebrate with a buffet of goodies. 



Come join us and be inspired.

Follow-up to the Fence Survey

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Thanks for your help! A recent on-line survey initiated by the Planning Commission to get community input on the subject of residential fences generated over 50 responses.  The Commission is taking these comments into account in developing recommended fence regulations for the City Council’s consideration.  Based upon your  feedback, the Commission is considering allowing the 6 ft. height limit for residential fences in side and rear yards to be raised to 8 ft. through the addition of lattice, while requiring a public hearing to build new chainlink fences in the residential districts.  A draft ordinance will be posted on the Community Development Department’s webpage prior to the Planning Commission’s public hearing at 7:30 pm on February 10th, and you are invited to attend.

 

A Very Helpful Donation

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Earlier in 2010, Station 81 was in need of some outdoor improvements.  The task at-hand was to asphalt three specific weed-infested areas: the front hydrant area and two locations to the rear of the station.  Pictures shot by Firefighter Isaac Hinojos depict the problem areas:

Thanks to the generous donation of materials rendered from EBI Aggregate, Station 81's outdoor improvement project was a success.  Not only did the new asphalt help with weed control but it also enhanced the overall appearance of the Brisbane Fire Station.

Special thanks and appreciation to Bob Guida and his staff.  Soon, the firefighters will be presenting them with a few tokens to show their sincere appreciation in true Brisbane firefighter spirit.  Stay tuned...

What's That Pounding Noise?

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A few residents have expressed their concern to the City over the seemingly incessant pounding noise that's been taking place over the last week or so.  Upon further investigation, it's been determined that the noise is a result of pile-driving near Candlestick Park (Harney Way) where SFPUC is constructing a new auxiliary sewer tunnel between the Sunnydale drainage basin (Visitacion Valley District) and the Sunnydale Transport/Storage Facility located just southwest of Candlestick Park. The new sewer tunnel will increase the capacity of the sewer collection system on Kelloch Avenue, Velasco Avenue, Talbert Street and Sunnydale Avenue during heavy rain periods.

The pile-driving at Harney Way was completed yesterday, but contractors of SFPUC will be moving to a new site (Sunnydale & Bayshore) early next week to begin pile-driving that will last for another week or so.  However, the level of noise that travels to Brisbane from this work should be largely reduced, as the area they will be working in will be only 25' x 25' (as opposed to the several hundred at Candlestick).  In addition, this location is much more shielded with structures in-between that will help absorb the noise.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kenya Briggs at (415) 554-0715 or via email at kbriggs@sfwater.org.

Council Goal Setting Workshop

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Each year, the City Council kicks off the budget process with its annual goal setting workshop. Past workshops have been held on a weekend morning; however, this year, in order to allow more community input, Council decided to hold it on a Monday evening and have it broadcast on Channel 27.

The workshop will start at 7:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.  Come and learn where the City stands financially now and in the future, its community values, and the key, present-day issues facing Brisbane.  To view the night's agenda and its accompanying staff report, please click here.

SFO Aircraft Noise Presentation

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Having become a more widespread issue within the community, the City wanted to excerpt the section of last Tuesday's City Council meeting when Bert Ganoung, a representative from SFO's Aircraft Noise Abatement Office, presented on the measures his office is taking to have overhead aircraft noise be less of a nuisance in town.  You can watch that presentation and the public comment that followed by clicking the Play button below or by tuning in to Ch. 27 on the dates and times when replays of this presentation have been scheduled.

Replays on Channel 27:

Sunday, Jan. 30 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Monday, Jan. 31 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Tuesday, Feb. 1 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wednesday, Feb. 2 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Thursday, Feb. 3 -12:00pm - 1:15pm
Friday, Feb. 4 - 8:30am - 9:45am
Saturday, Feb. 5 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Sunday, Feb. 6 - 11:30am - 12:15pm


Please continue to log any airport noise complaints online by e-mailing sfo.noise@flysfo.com.