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EV Charger First Month Stats

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Curious to know what kind of use the new EV Charging station at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center has been getting?
Below are starts for its first month of activation (2/14/18-3/14/18):
  • 60 unique drivers
  • 2,590 total kWh dispensed, an average of 89.3 kWh/day
To meet the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) goal of 75,000 kWh in 3 years (the City received a grant through BAAQMD, which largely funded the charging station), we need to average ~68.5 kWh/day, so we are tracking ~30% above that currently.
And if you're curious about the individual charging sessions, here are some more stats:
  • 220 total sessions, 7.59 average sessions per day 
  • Average session length is 26:45 minutes, with 91+% of sessions 45 minutes or less
ChargePoint estimates we’ve avoided 1,075 kg of GHG emissions, the equivalent of planting 28 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.  Note: These estimates are very general and likely low for us considering our 100% GHG-free energy through PCE ECO100.

For those with Combo- or CHAdeMo-compatible EV's, keep charging away!

Re-Painting Downtown Streetlight Poles

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UPDATE: Friday, March 9 - Work was completed earlier this week on Wedneday, 3/7.  A total of forty-seven downtown Brisbane lightpoles got a fresh new coat of "Brisbane Green" commercial-grade paint applied.  Tell us in the comments below what you think of the end result!

Before & After, San Francisco Ave.

UPDATE: Friday, March 2 - due to weather, the contractor is scheduled to return on Monday, March 5 to finish painting.

Starting tomorrow morning, a contractor that some in town may already be familiar with as they've been re-painting the decorative streetlights on the Northeast Ridge over the past couple of years - B.M. Lynn Painting - will be starting prep work in advance of re-painting the light poles on Visitacion. Please be aware of the No Parking signs as they are posted. The contractor will also be re-painting the streetlight poles along San Bruno Ave. and San Francisco Ave. - 47 in total! They do commercial and industrial painting, and are familiar with Brisbane. After the prep work is finished, they will proceed with the exterior painting so long as the weather conditions allow. We look forward to the "after" photo and extend our thanks in advance to the community for its patience as this work on our main drag gets completed!

City's Fast EV Charger Now Open!

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February 14, 2018

Media Contact: Caroline Cheung
(415) 508-2157 

This morning, on Valentine's Day, a group of a couple dozen EV enthusiasts gathered outside Christie's Donuts at the Brisbane Village Shopping Center to celebrate the grand opening of the City's first fast or Level 3 EV Charging Station, which features a Chargepointe DC Fast Charger.  The station supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo Connector, which means that vehicles with fast-charging capabilities can "fill up" in approximately 20 minutes to an hour, a great fit for the station's retail location.  (Please note: only one vehicle can be charged at any given time.  And if your EV needs a Level 2 charger, one can be found at the Brisbane Marina, which a boater actually paid for and installed himself!).

During his comments, Mayor Conway remarked, "We're one of the first cities in the County to install one of these quick-charging EV stations, and locally growing market share and providing mobility for them and supporting local businesses.  So come down here and grab a bite to eat and charge your car at the same time."  As Brisbane resident Luc Deschaumes gave a demonstration of how easy it is to use the Chargepointe app on his phone to locate the station, charge up, and receive a notification when it's time to move on, Mayor Conway added how the City will be providing free charging for sessions up to 45 minutes for the first six months (after which a $5/hr. fee will apply).  The station supports the City's Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy's ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to.

Joining Mayor Conway to cut the ribbon were (from L to R): Luc Deschaumes, Adrienne Etherton, Councilmember Karen Cunningham, Brisbane resident and EV early adopter Danny Ames, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Barbara Ebel and Glenn Fieldman, City Manager Clay Holstine, Past Mayor Lori Liu, and Karen Kinser.

Special thanks goes to Judy Ng, Manager of the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District whose grant funds helped fund the charging station, contractor ABM, the City's Open Space and Ecology Committee, city staff, and Sven Thesen, consultant with the California Energy Commission, who provided his knowledge and assistance in helping make this day a reality.

We look forward to doing our part to help reduce emissions in the region!



To view more photos from the event, please click here.

EV Charging Station Coming Soon

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The City of Brisbane will soon be debuting another EV Charging Station!  You may be aware that in 2014, the City approved a ground lease that permitted a private party (a Marina boater, actually!) to install a Level 2 charger in the parking lot near the Harbormaster's Office.

Join Mayor Clarke Conway for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the City’s public Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, located in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center (100 Old County Rd., Brisbane). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 10AM in the parking lot. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The public, notably EV owners and enthusiasts, are encouraged to join us and share their LOVE of clean vehicles!

The station features a ChargePoint DC Fast Charger which supplies 50kW of power through either a CHAdeMo or Combo connector and was partially funded by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The City of Brisbane is providing free charging for sessions up to 45-minutes (after which a $5/hour fee will apply) for the first six months. The station supports the City’s Climate Action goals, and patrons of the station will be driving emissions-free thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 product which provides 100% renewable energy and which the City has proudly opted up to. We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: All vehicles - American, Asian, European - that are capable of Level 3 (fast) charging can be charged by this unit; it has both the CHAdeMO and the SAE Combo CCS plugs.  Some vehicles are only capable of charging at a much slower rate (Level 2). This is better suited for chargers installed at the home and in the workplace since they take 3-8 hours for a full charge from empty.

Brisbane Dog Park Closure Due to New Sod

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The Dog Park will Reopen on Monday, December 11th. The manufacturer recommends the sod lay untouched for 8 weeks after installation.




Fire Main Replacement Project

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Important Fire Flow Improvements to Brisbane’s Water Infrastructure Planned for 2018

The City plans to start construction on the Annis Road PRV Station and Fire Main Replacement Project in the spring of 2018.  This project will provide much-needed improvements to our City’s aging drinking water infrastructure and will include the replacement of approximately 6,650 linear feet of 6-inch water main with 8- and 10-inch pipe along portions of:

Thomas Avenue, Annis Road, Harold Road, Humboldt Road, Sierra Point Road, Kings Road, Margaret Road and Paul Avenue.

The project is expected to last 9 months and will present some unavoidable impacts to the neighborhoods in and around the construction area. 
Here is a link to a map that shows the Water Mains, Hydrants, and Services that will be installed/replaced.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING #1: Meeting Presentation
October 14th from 9:00-11:00 AM at FIRTH PARK

October 28th from 9:00-11:00 AM at FIRTH PARK

If you live on one of the streets scheduled for construction, please plan to attend one of these meetings.  We are excited to share with you the details of this critical work and listen to your questions and concerns so we can work to minimize the impacts to your neighborhood as best we can. 

Map of area to be impacted by Fire Main Replacement Project and Community Meetings


Scheduled Water Shutdown 7/25, 9am-1pm

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The City will be completing work on the water main along the 500 block of Alvarado and 61 Mono on Tuesday, July 25.  Water service will be temporarily interrupted for an undetermined amount of time between 9am-1pm.  Notices have been hand-delivered to all of the affected addresses highlighted in the map above (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions about this shutdown, please contact Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Festival Tree Pruning

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During the week of June 5th, you can expect to see Humboldt Tree Service conducting some much-needed maintenance and pruning on the festival tree in the Community Park.  

Working from the top down, dead branches will be removed and others trimmed back to make the tree more symmetrical in appearance overall.  This type of trimming will reduce the general width of the tree by about one third, with most of the reduction being from the mid-section down, although the tree will remain the same height.  Pruning will encourage new growth on the tree and improve its overall appearance.

We thank you for your patience as the festival tree undergoes a makeover! 


Construction on Bayshore Now Starts 5/1

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 11, 12:30pm - The Cold In-Place Recycling contractor is on schedule to complete their resurfacing work by the end of today.  Crews will return next week to stripe the roadway.  Please note: the posted speed limit in the construction area is 25 mph.  We're nearing the end of this project - thank you to the public for your patience as this project is completed!  Should you have any questions about the work, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

UPDATE: Thursday, May 4, 10:30am - The most impactful part of the paving work on Bayshore has been completed early, thanks to the nice, warm weather we've experienced this week!  Crews will still be on-site today and tomorrow as well as next week to complete the work and stripe the roadway.  Thanks for your patience!


Cold In-Place Recycling work is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 1st.

The City’s contractor, Interstate Grading and Paving, and their subcontractor, Pavement Recycling Systems, are scheduled to begin the Cold-in-Place Recycling (CIR) work on Bayshore Blvd. from approximately 600 ft. south of Old County Road to the southern city limits, starting next Monday, May 1st.  Because of the curing time required for this sustainable, greenhouse gas emission-reducing method of rehabilitating existing deteriorated pavement, we have allowed the contractor to close the lane they are working in from the hours of 7 am to 6 pm.  Typically, we only allow lane closures on Bayshore Blvd. outside of commute times, i.e. between 9 am and 4 pm, so we do anticipate some delays, and are encouraging motorists to use alternate routes if possible.  The CIR work is anticipated to take four to five days, one day or morning to test their method, and one day for each of the travel lanes on Bayshore (two each northbound and two each southbound).
The CIR operation requires a “train” of several piece of equipment that is approximately 150 ft. in length (see right).  When this “train” crosses the intersections of Bayshore Blvd. and San Bruno Ave., traffic will be delayed for a period of time.  Again, we encourage people to take alternate routes should they not wish to be delayed.
Emergency access will be provided as needed.

Thank you for your patience as this project is completed.  The result will be a nice, smooth, and nicely-surfaced Bayshore Blvd.!

Firth Canyon Restoration

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The City's land restoration contractor, Shelterbelt, will be removing invasives from Firth Canyon, beginning Monday May 1st - 19th.  There will be a crew and equipment in the area during that time while their work is being completed.  They will be removing invasive plant species such as broom, ivy, and cherry plum brush, as well as installing erosion control.  We do not foresee Shelterbelt's work causing any disruptions, but should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

Grant Funding Received for Crocker Park Trail

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Have you taken a stroll along Crocker Park Trail before?  It's a 2.25 mile existing former railroad right-of-way located in the Industrial Park, passing directly behind many of the businesses along Valley Drive, the "spine" of the industrial park.  The trailhead is located on Park Lane directly across the street from the Dog Park and adjacent to the Purcell Murray business.  There are also five street intersections where you can hop onto the trail, designated by the green dots on the map below (click to enlarge):

The City recently applied for and were recommended to receive grant funding from the federally funded One Bay Area Grant Cycle 2 (OBAG 2) to install stabilized decomposed granite surfacing over the railroad ballast rock to make the trail passable to pedestrian and bicycle commuters/users, including those using wheeled transportation and parents with strollers.

Project criteria included proximity to a Planned Development Area (PDA), as designated by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the regional planning agency that is complementary to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission or MTC (who administers the federal grant for our area), and location of a project in or in close proximity to a Priority Development Area (PDA) with affordable housing preservation strategies.  Project selection for our county was administered by C/CAG (City/County Association of Governments).  At first, the C/CAG Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommended not funding the Crocker Trail project, but Brisbane Councilmember Cliff Lentz made an appeal to the C/CAG Board to fund the project despite the recommendation, with the information that Brisbane’s Parkside Precise Plan (which plans for 228 units) would very likely be adopted by Council this year, and that the Plan will also meet the city’s RHNA allocation for affordable housing sites.

Deputy Public Works Director Karen Kinser presented information about the project to the C/CAG Board at their March 9th meeting, and how it meets many of the funding criteria.  Also in attendance at that meeting were Lipman Middle School’s Safe Routes to Schools Program Manager Michelle Chan, Brisbane Parks and Recreation Commissioner Renee Marmion, and a representative from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, who all spoke in favor of the project.  For instance, Michelle Chan spoke about how an improved path would provide a safe connection between a residential development (Landmark and Altamar subdivisions of the Northeast Ridge) and Lipman Middle School, where a low percentage of students currently walk or bike.  In the end, a majority of the C/CAG Board voted to fund the project for $885,300 (total estimated cost of the project is $1,000,000).

The improved path will facilitate short trips from residential areas to the center of town and activity centers, such as parks, the library, transit stops, and future development in the Priority Development Area.  The funding process will allow for construction to take place in the coming year.  Kudos to all those involved in the city receiving this funding and for improvements to Crocker Park Trail able to take place!

Bayshore Roadwork 3/10, 7a-5p

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You may want to avoid Bayshore today between 7am-5pm if you can - crews will be coring between the SSF/Brisbane city limits and Old County Rd. in preparation for Cold In-Place Recycling taking place in mid-April.  Basically, they need to take samples of the asphalt in order to know the proper "mix" for when Bayshore gets a major facelift in roughly 6 weeks...which hasn't been done since the late 90's when it was slurry-sealed!  It's going to look and feel great to drive on, but we need your patience as this first part of the project is completed.  One lane of traffic in both directions will remain open at all times. Thank you in advance for your cooperation! And if you want to read more about Cold In-Place Recycling and the environmentally-progressive aspects of it, you can do so here.

City Manager's Interview on PenTV

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Last week, City Manager Clay Holstine was interviewed for a segment of Pen Voice, a community show on PenTV (Ch. 26) highlighting community organizations and focusing on local issues, not-for-profit service awareness, and community advocacy within San Mateo County.  Catch his segment here, where he speaks in large part about the new Brisbane Library and the Friends of the Brisbane Library's goal to fundraise $100,000 towards the new Library:

To donate towards the new Brisbane Library, visit and hit 'Donate'.

New Library - Visitacion Ave. perspective

New Library - Back Courtyard perspective

New Library - Interior perspective

Scheduled Water Shutdown 1-26-17

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In order to make necessary improvements to the water main, water service will be temporarily shutdown between the hours of 9am-4pm on Thursday, 1/26/17 at the addresses highlighted in red on Solano St., Mendocino St. and Visitacion Ave. (click on the map to view larger).  Road closures will be in effect in this area on Wednesday, 1/25 and Thursday, 1/26, between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Notices are being hand delivered today to each address impacted by the service shutdown on Thursday.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as the work is being completed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Sandbags Available at City Hall

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The sun is shining now, but a big storm is headed our way this weekend.  Get your sand bags at City Hall now!  Available in the parking lot, 10 bag limit per resident.

Fixing Potholes on Tunnel Ave.

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This morning, Public Works crews were out fixing potholes on Tunnel Ave.  A contractor had been hired to make longer-term fixes to the roadway, but rains precluded them from being able to start the work this week.  They are scheduled to start repairing the identified, necessary potholes on Bayshore & Sierra Point Parkway next week when it's currently forecast to be dry. 

And just a little bit of trivia: Tunnel Avenue from the county line down to just past Golden State Lumber is the city's responsibility. Tunnel Avenue south of that point to its intersection with Lagoon Way is private. UPC owns the roadway, allows the public to use it, and maintains it.

Public Art Request for Proposal

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Current rendering of the new Brisbane Library from architect Siegel & Strain, Visitacion perspective

The City of Brisbane Public Art Program seeks an artist/artist team to develop and install a permanent installation of public art at the new Brisbane Library.  The installation of the art should be completed by the time the new library is open, which is anticipated to be no later than the fall of 2018.  The Public Art Request for Proposal for the new Brisbane Library can be accessed hereAll proposals are due by February 10, 2017.

In 2014, the Brisbane Public Art Program was established to energize public spaces, arouse thinking, and transform the places where we live, work and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction.  By its presence alone, public art is expected to heighten our awareness, question our assumptions, transform a landscape, and express our communities' values.  This artwork will be the first permanent piece in the City of Brisbane's public art collection and we can't wait to see what comes forth!

Improved Street Safety Near BES

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A few months ago, the City’s Complete Streets Safety Committee discussed improving visibility at the intersection of San Bruno and Alvarado, which is the block before Brisbane Elementary School when heading up San Bruno.  Last Thursday, the City’s contractor completed the painting of white chevrons or diagonal lines which indicate no parking at all 8 curb returns to improve the safety of pedestrians, for both children and adults alike.  After the work was completed, city staff determined that a few more chevrons were put down on the roadway than originally planned.  Thus, the contractor will be back out in early December to rectify the situation, which will also result in a few parking spaces being added back to the street.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as this issue is resolved.  For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

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