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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Contact:         Commander Robert Meisner
05/20/2011                                                                                                                       Brisbane Police Department
                                                                                                                                            415 508-2175

One Million Californians Still Not Buckling Up

(Brisbane), Calif.
– As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there’s not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt. Law enforcement throughout the state, including Brisbane Police will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 – June 5.  The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations is a minimum of $142.  For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense.

Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Nationwide, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

“Many nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts.  Law enforcement throughout the area will be looking for seat belt violators, day and night,” said Police Chief Lisa Macias.  “Citations will be issued without warning.  It’s not just about avoiding a costly ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive. Remember to buckle up on every trip, day and night.”

California’s current seat belt use rate of 96.2 percent is at an all- time high, but that still leaves nearly one million people who are not buckling up, putting their lives at risk every time they get into the car.  The Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the state’s adult seat belt usage rate from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.2 percent in 2010.

“We are very proud of California’s seat belt and child safety seat use rates,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “However, with nearly one million motorists still not buckling up, there is much more work to do. Reaching the last four percent of motorists is crucial to reaching our goal of zero deaths.”

More than 600 permanent Click It or Ticket highway signs, which have been up since 2005, have been updated to reflect the ‘Minimum $142’ message as a reminder to motorists that failing to buckle up is costly.

Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants.  Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.  In 2009 alone, seat belts saved approximately 12,713 lives nationwide.  In California, it is estimated that 320 people who were killed in 2009 would be alive today if they had been wearing seat belts.

Maker Faire 5/21 & 5/22

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The Maker Faire celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and is an amazing showcase of creativity and cool technology.  It's stimulating, inspiring, and fun for all ages. 

This year, San Mateo County Environmental Health will be hosting a booth at the Faire, and at it, staff from the Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program will be handing out a "recipe" ring they've developed for homemade cleaning products.  There will also be giveaways of alternative non-toxic cleaning products.  This is great for folks with kids and pets, and anyone who want to use less toxic chemicals in and around the home. 

The Maker Faire will be held rain or shine at the San Mateo County Event Center (1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo), Saturday May 21st from 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday May 22nd from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance.  Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

BTWD 2011 Recap

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Yesterday's Bike to Work Day was another roaring success in Brisbane...or should we say, a rolling success.  782 cyclists stopped or rode by one of Brisbane's two Energizer Stations.  The higher-traffic station, located on Lagoon @ Tunnel, had 327 cyclists stop to pick up BTWD swag bags and re-energize with refreshments, with 332 passer-by's.  Energizer Station volunteers Dee Sano, Jeanne Keresztes, and Bob and Susan Maynard made sure the riders were well-stocked on goodies and cheered them on as they continued on their ride to work.  The Public Works Crew even lent the use of their changeable message sign to encourage wide participation in the event.  It worked, and was a nice greeting for those coming over and down Tunnel Ave. Bridge.

At the other Energizer Station, located on the corner of Old County & Bayshore, volunteers Russ Carmick and Jason Lucey greeted participants and made sure everyone was well-hydrated.

Brisbane Marina Maintenance Worker Todd Curtis stopped by with his son Eddison, dropped Eddison off at school, and then continued on his way to work.  Other city staff members such as Russ Carmick and Karen Kinser also participated by biking into work.

Thank you to the many volunteers, as well as Joe and Theresa Riedell from the Senior Center, Walt from Public Works, Caroline from Bakers of Paris, and George from Mangiare, who each contributed invaluably to the success of Bike to Work Day 2011 in Brisbane.

Friday AM Press Conference

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At 9:30am, Assemblyman Jerry Hill held a press conference in front of VWR, located on at 3745 Bayshore Blvd.  He was joined by Brisbane Mayor Cy Bologoff, Councilmembers Sepi Richardson, Clarke Conway, and Cliff Lentz, City Manager Clay Holstine, and Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger. 

Representatives from the Teamsters and the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, who testified at Monday's hearing, were also present to support Assemblyman Hill's introduction of legislation eliminating intra-state tax breaks for companies who re-locate within California and receive taxpayer dollars for doing so. Assemblymember Hill's bill will be retro-dated January 2011 and be heard by the legislators in June.  It will require a two-thirds vote to pass.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/12/2011

National Assn. of Letter Carriers
19th Annual Food Drive
Sat., May 14th
Leave non-perishables by mail box


Posted 5/8/2011

Let's Roll Brisbane
Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 12,2011

Help Make Brisbane Fire Safe
Cut Down All Weeds by
Sun., May 15th

Posted 5/5/2011

In Loving Memory of
Karen Conrad
Dedicated and Loved Brisbane Teacher

Posted 5/4/2011

Gary Apotheker
March 21, 1946 - May 3, 2011
Services:  Mon., May 9th, Noon
Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley


Brisbane Community Night

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The Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept. presents Brisbane Community Night at AT&T Park...with the Cleveland Indians going head-to-head with none other than the World Champion San Francisco Giants!  Group tickets have been purchased for the enjoyment of Brisbane residents to catch a ballgame together on Friday, June 24th.  The game starts at 7:15pm, and Brisbane residents will be seated in Section 325 View Reserve.  Below is a computer-generated image of the view from Section 325 -- and as you can see, you'll get all the left-field action!

Tickets run only $16.50 apiece.  To get yours, please stop by the Parks & Recreation Office, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  Again, this event is for the benefit of Brisbane residents only.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  Click here to view the event flyer.  For more information, please call Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.  GO GIANTS!

VWR Public Hearing

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It was a full house at Brisbane City Hall's Community Meeting Room this morning.  Most of those in attendance were workers from VWR, upset over the fact that they would be losing their jobs when VWR closes its distribution facility in Brisbane and opens a brand-new one in Visalia, CA.  The time of when this actually happens is unknown, since management at VWR has been unresponsive to City officials up to this point.  Voice messages and e-mails have been sent, but have gone unreturned.  Thus, a hearing was held, called for by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.  Joining them were Freddy Beaman of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Dan Lieberman of Senator Leland Yee's Office, Councilman Clarke Conway, Brian Perkins of Congresswoman Speier's office, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, and Shelley Kessler of the San Mateo County Labor Council.

In his opening comments, Councilmember Conway noted how VWR leaving will "decimate our services".  Brisbane City Manager Clay Holstine, expanded on this notion, stating how the City will be down 18.5% in General Fund revenues - equivalent to approximately $2.1 millon dollars.  Finance Director Stuart Schillinger was also on-hand to answer questions of the panel. 


John Thomas, who works in the Receiving Dept. at VWR and will be soon losing his job, asked the question, "How do they [VWR] think we're going to get out of this recession?"  Three other employees from VWR also called for the Congresswoman's support, as they have worked hard for the company for many years, and feel VWR's response by not allowing them to re-locate in an effort to keep their jobs is an injustice.  Congresswoman Speier called it "unconscionable."

State Treasurer Lockyer and Congresswoman Speier agreed to send a letter to Governor Brown, requesting corporations not be allowed to use California Taxpayer money and Tax Credits to take jobs from one City in California and move them to another.

We thank Congresswoman Speier and Treasurer Lockyer for their leadership and calling this morning's hearing.  In the next few days, we will have a copy of the hearing available on the City's website for you to view.  You can also tune in to the evening news tonight at 6pm, as every major news station was present.

Federal-State Inquiry

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA 12) and California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer have formed a Federal-State Inquiry into Job Losses and Misdirected Tax Policy to investigate the proposed relocation of VWR International. The Inquiry will hold a public hearing on May 9th from 10:30 a.m. - noon at Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane). A tentative list of participants is below.

The plan by VWR International to close its distribution center in Brisbane, and relocate to a new warehouse over 300 miles away, in rural Visalia, raises a number of important issues, including environmental impacts of the new facility on the Visalia community, fiscal disruption and employment impacts on the City of Brisbane, the appropriate use of public subsidies from state and local government, and the transparency of public processes that lead to governmental approvals and subsidies. 


  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Treasurer Bill Lockyer
  • Councilmember Clarke Conway
  • Assemblyman Jerry Hill
  • Senator Leland Yee
  • Shelley Kessler, CEO, San Mateo County Labor Council
  • Freddy Beaman, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce


  • Clay Holstine, City Manager
  • Julian Gross, Attorney at Law 
         - Taxpayer dollars funding VWR relocation
  • Anne Wilson, CEO of United Way of the Bay Area
      What is a sustainable wage for the San Francisco Bay Area and what will the plant closure mean to the families?
  • Teamster Chief Stewards, employees of VWR
         - Dave Gaytan
         - John Thomas

National Public Works Week

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National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May.  It is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.

Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society - the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

And we know what great lengths our Public Works crew goes to to do their jobs...but how about you?  Most likely, you've seen them performing their more visible tasks, such as keeping the Community Park clear of litter, mowing, lining, and striping our fields so they're ready for youth and adult sporting activities, making home visits to make sure our toilets aren't running a leak, helping residents collect their green waste during the Annual Winter Clean-Up, and maintaining the street light fixtures and building facilities in town.  But what about the less visible tasks?  Our Public Works crew also keeps busy cleaning the sewage pipes, flushing the water lines, and exercising the valves so that water can be redirected in the case of an emergency situation. Clearly, they are responsible for many of the things we often take for granted and expect to "just work".  Of course, there isn't a service in existence that doesn't have a body behind the scenes ensuring things work as they're intended to.  Therefore, we wanted to give our Public Works Dept. the recognition they most indeed deserve.  Help us in doing so, especially during National Public Works Week, May 16th - 21st.

Car Wash Discount Card

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Car washing at home causes soap and other pollutants to end up in the storm drains that lead to the Bay or the ocean. Commercial car washes use less water and any discharge goesinto the sanitary sewer system. The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program is partnering with 11 commercial car washes located throughout San Mateo County to offer a discount coupon for a car wash, with the closest location to Brisbane being Millbrae Express Car Wash.  If you're looking to get your car squeaky clean, while keeping pollutants out of the storm drains, then stop by City Hall and pick up your one-time use discount card!  Offers good through 12/31/2011.