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November 2018 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a new law passed in 2016 that will modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The Statewide General Election, taking place on November 6, 2018, will be the second time this new election model is enacted.

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, there will be one City Measure on the ballot.

Measure JJ: City of Brisbane General Plan Amendment Measure

Resolution, Measure and Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor         Argument Against

Where do you vote?  Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will actually be one of the Vote Centers in the County that will be open November 3-5, three days prior to Election Day.  Its hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.  There will be 5 Vote Centers open for 10 days before Election Day and 4 Vote Centers open 29 days before Election Day.  Visit for more information.

Also important to note: The November 6, 2018 Statewide 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 or visit a Vote Center during hours of operation to register to vote.  For more information contact Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk at or at (415) 508-2113.

Another Platinum Spotlight Award for Brisbane

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The City of Brisbane will receive its third Beacon Program award on Thursday September 13, 2018, at a special reception during the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference in Long Beach.

The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative.  This program honors local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to save energy, and the adoption of policies that promote sustainability.

For 2018, the City is honored to receive a Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award recognizing a 32% reduction in the agency GHG reduction area.  Previous honors include a 2015 overall Gold Level Beacon Award, recognizing significant accomplishments in all five award areas (Agency Energy Savings, Agency Natural Gas Savings, Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, and Sustainability Best Practices), and a 2016 Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practices.

These awards demonstrate the City of Brisbane’s ongoing commitment to lowering the environmental impact of our activities, and to preserving natural habitat for the benefit of current and future generations.


Mission Blue Sand Courts

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Construction is complete at the new Mission Blue Sand Courts, located at the corner of Mission Blue Drive and Monarch Drive.  This project was approved by the City Council at their June 21, 2018 meeting, where they entered into an initial 3-year agreement with SF Elite Volleyball Club.  The courts are currently available entirely for the public to use, as the sand tournament season recently concluded.  Otherwise, the courts will be available for public use outside of the pre-set times the club will be using them.  Thank you to SF Elite for their donation to the community by expanding recreational amenities available for Brisbane residents!

Flags at Half Staff Through 8/17

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In case you were wondering why the flags in the City are flying at half staff, it’s because of the firefighter fatalities in Redding.  They will remain at half staff until the end of day August 17th per North County Fire Authority Fire Chief, Ron Myers.  Flags are also flying at half staff for all fire stations in Daly City and Pacifica.  Thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this terrible wildfire burning in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

VIDEO: Cold In-Place Recycling

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Last May, Bayshore Blvd. in Brisbane was closed to traffic one lane at a time to allow for paving contractors to rehabilitate, compact, cure and pave over the roadway using Cold In-Place Recycling practices.  This is an innovative and eco-friendly way to rehabilitate roadways as existing asphalt is re-used after it is ground and mixed with binder additives before it's placed back into the roadway.  Cold In-Place Recycling is also slightly less expensive than traditional hot mix asphalt overlay techniques.  This is the type of innovation that cities are doing and demonstrates what future SB-1 (Gas Tax) funds can be used for.

Video by: Johnson Xiao, the City's Summer Multimedia Intern

August 2018 Marina Newsletter

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  Click here to read the August 2018 Marina Newsletter

Baylands General Plan Amendment

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The project that has been on everyone’s minds – amongst the Brisbane Community and the region – is of course the Brisbane Baylands.  On July 19th, City Council took a series of votes concerning the Baylands to send a General Plan Amendment to the voters for the November 6, 2018 election.

The first two votes the City Council took on this issue were unanimous (5-0).  The first vote unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The second vote unanimously approved including a range of 1,800 – 2,200 housing units in the General Plan Amendment.

The third vote, approved 4-1, allows up to 7 million square feet of new commercial development (Councilmember O’Connell voted no on that item because she felt 4.5 million square feet of new commercial was adequate).

The final vote taken was unanimous (5-0), and placed the approved Baylands General Plan Amendment onto the November 6, 2018 ballot.  This kept the promise made by all of the Council Members to allow the residents of Brisbane to cast their vote on what is in the best interest of their community.

As part of the General Plan Amendment Council included the need for all residential land to be cleaned up (remediated) to a level which allows for ground floor contact and would allow for schools, day care centers, and parks be included in residential communities.  Council also wanted to provide itself and the community with the most flexibility in approving future projects which would provide for the amenities our community has come to expect, improved funding of all General Fund services (Police, Fire, Roads, Parks and Recreation), and to ensure the new development was a community and not just a series of buildings disconnected from Brisbane.

In addition to the above requirements of the General Plan amendment the City already has an ordinance which requires the Baylands development to have a minimum of 15% of its housing units designated as affordable or meet below-market requirements and a minimum of 25% of the Baylands must be reserved for open space/area.

Approving of the General Plan Amendment does not mean approval of the final project.  The developer will need to submit a Specific Plan compliant with the new General Plan (if approved).  When the Specific Plan is submitted the remediation action plan will need to be submitted as well.  Additional environmental reports will need to be completed based on the proposed Specific Plan, and a Development Agreement would need to be agreed upon which would create a contract by which the developer would need to abide.   

City Manager Clay Holstine commented to Marisa Kendall, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, “The City certainly sees all of the ill effects of the housing crisis, and we’re trying to be responsible not only to that issue, but to our own community.”

To view the Notice of Election and Deadline for Submitting Arguments and Rebuttals, please click here.  If you would like to subscribe to Baylands Updates from the City, please sign up here:

Final High School Bus Update

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Final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year were finalized last Friday and shared by SamTrans with the Brisbane parents working group.  This group was largely spearheaded by Brisbane resident Alina Zavodnik, who began encouraging other Brisbane parents to get involved by attending meetings and brainstorming alternatives with City staff and Mayor Conway, which they started doing in late 2017.  Seeing that the most likely scenario for safely transporting Brisbane & Southern Hills high school students to and from their homes and high school would be via existing SamTrans routes, the group recently began meeting with SamTrans on possible route modifications.  The following determinations were made for how best to integrate SamTrans service to and from Brisbane to the students’ high schools.

Route 24 | Will Now Run from Brisbane to Jefferson, Westmoor, Summit Shasta High Schools

Route 24 currently serves Jefferson and Westmoor High School students.  Route 24 will extend to Summit Shasta and the route schedule will be modified to accommodate the school bell times for all three high schools.  In the morning, the Route 24 will start at Brisbane, departing 7:05am, and end at Shasta High School at 7:52am.  In the afternoon, the Route 24 will pick up students at Westmoor High School first at 3:25pm, then go to Shasta High School at 3:40pm, Jefferson High School at 3:48pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:15pm.  The bus stop for Summit Shasta is located at Serramonte Blvd. & Highway 1.  The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan.

Route 49 | Extending Service to Brisbane for Students going to Oceana and Terra Nova High Schools

Presently, Route 49 operates via San Bruno BART, Sneath Ln., Allen Dr., Skyline Blvd., Sharp Park, Hwy 1, Crespi Dr. into Terra Nova High School.  In August 2018, Route 49 will start in Brisbane, departing 6:48am from Old County Rd. & San Francisco Ave., go through San Bruno Ave. and Sneath Lane, Skyline College, Manor Drive, arriving at Oceana High School at 7:32am, and ending at Terra Nova High School at 7:45am.  The reverse trip in the afternoon will follow the same pattern, departing Terra Nova at 3:10pm, Oceana at 3:27pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:11pm.  The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will also be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan.

All service changes are effective Sunday, August 5, 2018.  

The bus stop is located at the Community Park on Old County Rd.  Discounted Youth Clipper Cards can be applied for here.

Route Info, Maps & Schedules -


Thank you, SamTrans, for working with Brisbane residents and City officials on a solution for the school year!

Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged!  Share your compliments, suggestions, or concerns with Christina Contreras, SamTrans Marketing Outreach Coordinator, by emailing her at or by calling her at (650) 508-7763.

VIDEOS: 'Sort Your Rubbish!' Series

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One of the projects our Summer Multimedia Intern Johnson Xiao hoped to accomplish for the Open Space and Ecology Committee was an educational video focused on how to properly sort trash one's trash by utilizing one of the four waste streams: Compost, Recyclables, Trash, and Paper.  The end result was four separate videos, each focused on one waste stream.  We'll post one a day this week, ending with a mashup of the four on Friday!  Enjoy, and we hope you learn something new!  And remember, If in doubt, find out!

MONDAY: Sort Your Rubbish! [Compost]

TUESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Recyclables]

WEDNESDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Trash]

THURSDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Paper]

FRIDAY - Sort Your Rubbish! [Mashup]

These videos were so much fun to make.  Special thanks to Sustainability Management Analyst Adrienne Etherton for managing the project, our Summer Interns Julia Deschaumes, Emilio Flamenco, Brenda Walker, along with Assistant Engineer II Justin Yuen for starring in the videos, and of course Johnson Xiao for producing them for the community to enjoy!  We hope you learned something new about the 4 waste streams and how you can modify your habits to be sure you #sortsmart!

National Bike/Ped Count 2018

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Every year in mid-September, the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability recruits volunteers to count at various locations throughout the county during two hour periods.

The goal is to provide accurate and consistent documentation on usage and demand, and encourage investments in transportation modes other than the private automobile.  This is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project, a nationwide effort to provide data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and the general public.  Therefore, the count methodology follows standardized NBPD guidelines.

For 2018, the count period is September 11th - 16th.  Dedicated volunteers like you are needed to help in this important work!  Volunteers are needed for the in-field data collection component.  This means that you get to be outside enjoying a couple of hours in the beautiful, mid-peninsula weather while recording those who walk and bike past.  Each shift is two hours and you can indicate your location and time preferences.  To register as a volunteer, please do so here.  You can also view the Active Transportation page on the Office of Sustainability's website for more information.  Thank you for your consideration in helping with this very important documentation effort!