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Brisbane Baylands Update

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At their March 22, 2018 City Council Meeting, the Council made a motion that moved the Baylands project forward.  However, it did not come easily, and it did not come before listening to all of the community members that came to offer public comment.  These comments included personal sentiments, concerns, and things about the site that weighed heavily on their hearts and their minds.  The Council assured those in the room and those watching from home that they, staff, and the City’s legal counsel are very aware of the site’s contamination and that they have been working hard to educate and inform our state legislators of the various safety issues and complexities about the site which aren’t readily apparent from a search of the Baylands on Google Maps. 

Before making the motion, Councilmember O’Connell stated that “we know that it’s toxic land out there, and we know that if we’re the ones on the forefront, then we can actually make a difference and set some of the levels that we want in the performance standards that we need in order to be viable as a city and to be viable as an environmentally-conscious community.”  With that, she made the motion for staff to bring back a draft General Plan amendment for a Baylands development with a build out of 1,800-2,200 residential units (designated in the Operable Unit (OU-1) area located west of the railroad and north of Geneva Avenue (extended)) and up to 4 million square feet of commercial space; along with added performance standards and safeguards for environmental clean-up concerns and the City’s fiscal concerns. Councilmember Cunningham seconded the motion, with the rest of the Council voting 5-0 to adopt the motion.

To stay up to date with what's going on at the Baylands, sign up to receive email notifications here: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-email-list-sign-up-form.  

Lions Club Scholarship

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Every year the Brisbane Lions club awards around $30,000 to help Brisbane students.  Applicants must be a Brisbane resident for at least one year and be pursuing a post high school degree, a GED, or vocational training.  The 2018 application is available at http://tiny.cc/brisbanescholars.

All applications and supporting documents are due Friday, April 13th.  Good luck to all applicants!

New Brisbane Library Update

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At their March 15th City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to release the final design, plans, and specs of the New Brisbane Library so that qualified contractors could begin to bid on it.  The bid period will be open for a few months, with the construction contract estimated to be awarded by the Council in June, and construction starting shortly thereafter.  Staff and Library architect, Siegel & Strain, are aiming for the New Brisbane Library to open in time for the Fall 2019 school year. 

The Council at that 3/15 meeting also approved a $1.7 million low-interest loan with the County of San Mateo.  Both of these items amount to huge steps forward in the overall project.  If you’re excited about seeing the New Brisbane Library become a reality, the Friends of the Brisbane Library are looking for donations to meet their fundraising goal of $100,000.  They are over a third of the way there, and are nearing the point where a design for the donor recognition wall will be determined (see below).  If you are interested in learning more or would like to make a donation, please visit www.fobl.info or contact Brisbane Library Branch Manager Francisco Vargas at vargas@smcl.org.

The location of the donor wall will be in the courtyard along the walkway between the library and the community room. This wall is approximately 17.5' long and 9.5' high.

SF Bay Restoration Authority

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Measure AA is expected to generate $25 million annually for Bay restoration over the next 20 years.

Funding from this measure will allow for the restoration of thousands of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, support our local economy, improve access to public lands, address flooding issues, and create thousands of new jobs.

The Authority's Governing Board seeks six individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Committee has three main roles:

  1. Annually review the Authority's conformance with Measure AA;
  2. Review the Authority's audits and expenditure and financial reports; and
  3. Publish an annual report of its findings, which will be posted on the Authority's website.

The Board seeks committee members from all four Bay Area regions and with special subject matter expertise.

Subject Matter Expertise: Each member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee must possess expertise in one or more of the following subject matters:

  • Water quality,
  • Pollution reduction,
  • Habitat restoration,
  • Flood protection,
  • Improvement of public access to the bay, or
  • Financing of these objectives.

Factors that Determine Ineligibility for Membership: No person may serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee who:

  • Is an elected official or government employee;
  • Has had or could have a financial interest in a decision of the Authority; or
  • Is affiliated with an organization associated with a member of the Governing Board.

Apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee by March 30, 2018.

For more information, visit the SF Bay Restoration Authority's website (http://sfbayrestore.org/) or contact Karen McDowell, Project Manager, SF Bay Restoration Authority, at karen.mcdowell@sfestuary.org or (415) 778-6685.

 

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!
 

Signboard Postings

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 Posted 3/17/2018


The Collective Camp – ROAR
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+
Women 18yrs+
STARTS MONDAY ARIL 2nd!


The SF Shakespeare Festival Presents:
Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, March 25th, 2:00pm
Mission Blue Center, FREE!


Posted 3/14/2018


Brisbane Eagles Club
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Sat., Mar. 17th @ 2pm
185 Visitacion – Open to the Public!

 

New Fire Vehicle for Brisbane

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Last night before the City Council meeting, the Council and public in attendance got a first-hand look at Brisbane's new type 6 wildland fire vehicle.  This vehicle was acquired for its ability to traverse the hilly and tight upper streets of Brisbane and the hilly wildland terrain; it was built to be used in a wildland urban environment.  Unlike a normal fire engine, the type 6 has the ability to "pump and roll" and has the capacity to carry 350 gallons of water.  It is the first of its kind in San Mateo County, and we expect its aid and deployment to other parts of the region if needed.  For now, it will join Engine 81 at the Brisbane Fire Department.  Check out this video which was taken during last night's unveiling to learn more about Brisbane's new wildland type 6 vehicle.

Commute.org Shuttle Survey

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Commute.org's 2018 Shuttle Rider survey is now open.  The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will be open until March 31, 2018. 
 
Your responses will help Commute.org make improvements to the shuttle program.  Your responses and identity will remain completely confidential.
 
You can be entered in a drawing to win a $40 REI gift card by entering your email address at the end of the survey.  Good Luck!

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!