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Fri. Afternoon Grass Fire

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Just after 3pm on Friday, June 22, crews responded to a second alarm grass fire east of Bayshore Blvd. near Tunnel Rd.  Due to quick action taken by the fire compaines, the fire was contained to 5 acres, with no damage to private or public property, nor injuries to firefighters or the public.  A Cal Fire copter remained on scene for any flare-ups while crews did extensive mop ups and constructed containment lines around the fire.  The fire is currently under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Fire Prevention Services Bureau.  Click here to read their press release.  We will post an update when a determination has been made as to the cause of the fire.  

4th of July Safety

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July and the Independence Day holiday are upon us - a time of fun, fireworks, and festivals. We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th!  In order to keep you, your family, pets, and neighbors safe, please consider the following tips as you put the finishing touches on your celebration:

Fireworks Safety: Fireworks are only allowed in Pacifica and San Bruno, not Brisbane or Daly City. 

Brisbane PD will be actively enforcing Brisbane Municipal Code (BMC) Section 15.44.090 – which states that all fireworks are prohibited in Brisbane, even “safe and sane” ones.  Persons caught with illegal fireworks will be cited and may be fined and/or sentenced to one year in jail. To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, call the Non-Emergency Brisbane Police dispatch line at (415) 467-1212.  In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

If the 4th of July isn’t complete to you without seeing fireworks, we encourage residents to go and see a professional fireworks show…or, you can go to Pacifica where there are certain beaches open to the public to purchase only “safe and sane” fireworks and shoot them off.  More information can be found here on the City of Pacifica’s website.

Please, let’s all be safe and legal this year, particularly with the warm weather and winds, which are causing grasses to dry out and pose as potential fire hazards.

Pet Safety: More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. Exercise your furry friends before the festivities and keep them inside as much as possible. If you need to take them out, ensure they have a tag with your contact information.  Lastly, common Fourth of July items such as alcoholic beverages, citronella candles, and glow sticks can be toxic to pets and should be stowed out of their reach.
 
Grilling Safety: Keep the grill out in the open and far away from anything that could catch fire: the house, deck, tree branches. Be sure to use long-handled tools especially made for grilling to keep the chef safe. Make sure children and pets stay far away from the grill, and always supervise the grill when in use.
 
Please note:  The Brisbane Community Pool will observe modified hours on Wednesday, July 4th.  The hours for Lap Swim will be 8:30am - 10:30am and the hours for Rec Swim will be 10:30am - 1:00pm.  Come and celebrate the 4th of July at the Pool with us!

BES Modular Update

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UPDATE: Friday, 6/22 - The temporary childcare modular is scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday morning starting at 9:00am.  Stay tuned for a time-lapse video showing it being set into place!

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What's happening at BES you ask?  The Public Works team is working with a contractor and PG&E to perform the site preparation work needed for the incoming modular.  The City is renting a secondary modular unit in the coming school year to allow for expansion of the afterschool program based on demand.  See the photos below for work that took place earlier this week:

PG&E installed a temporary power pole to provide electrical access to the rental modular unit.

The storage shed needed to be moved to allow delivery of the rental modular unit.  Above, crews are paving over the spot where the storage shed was previously located.

All patched up and looking good!

More progress pictures to come as the project moves through its various stages!

 

Council Adopts Budget for Next 2 Years

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As part of last night's City Council Meeting, the Council approved operating budgets for the next two fiscal years (the City's fiscal year starts on July 1st and ends June 30th).  The City's Budget is one of the most important documents the Council works on because it sets the Community's spending priorities for the next two years.  In this case, 2018/19 and 2019/20.  The Council is in their third year of putting together a Priority-Based Budget, which is based upon the 5 Council-adopted Community Results/Goals:

  • Safe Community - Residents and visitors will experience a sense of safety
  • Community Building - Brisbane will honor the rich diversity of our city (residents, organizations, businesses) through community engagement and participation
  • Ecological Sustainability - Brisbane will be a leader in setting policies and practicing service delivery innovations that promote ecological sustainability
  • Fiscally Prudent - Brisbane's fiscal vitality will reflect sound decisions which also speak to the values of the community
  • Economic Development - Brisbane will work with the businesses and residents to provide for economic vitality/diversity

To that end, below are a handful of projects that received funding:

  • Requests from the Parks and Recreation Commission - Firth Park Improvements (replace benches, tables, trash cans); Sunrise Room Improvements (paint, baseboard and carpet replacement, kitchen cabinet updates); Dropdown Screen for Mission Blue, Sound System Replacement at Mission Blue, Portable Sound System Replacement for Special Events
  • Capital Projects - Drainage Line Installed at the Fishing Pier, Alley Improvements (draw up plans for the Alvarado to San Benito Walkway as well as plans drawn for the Sierra Point to Humboldt Walkway), Station 81 Fire Engine Replacement

Click here to read the staff report where more information on the above items can be found.

The Council had the lion's share of their budget discussions during the June 9th Budget Workshop.  The new 2018-20 Budget will be posted shortly here on the City's website.

June 2018 Marina News

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  Click here to read the June 2018 Marina Newsletter

Council Adopts New ADU Regulations

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Are you a homeowner in Brisbane who wants to establish an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property?  At their May 17th City Council Meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 626, which significantly expands the opportunities for Brisbane homeowners to either build a new ADU on their property, or convert existing space in their home into an ADU.

ADUs are small dwelling units that are also known as “second units,” “granny units,” “in-law units” and other names.  Whatever you call them, ADUs allow homeowners to build a small home on the same property as their existing single-family home.  ADUs could provide housing for aging parents, other family members, or live-in healthcare assistance.  They could also be rented out to tenants as an extra source of income.

Under the City’s updated regulations, any property in Brisbane with an existing single-family home is eligible to develop an ADU.  Previously, only homeowners in the City’s single-family zoning districts (R-1 and R-BA) were eligible to establish an ADU.  There is also no minimum lot size required to create an ADU.  If you are a homeowner who is interested in establishing an ADU on your property, please reach out to the Planning Department to learn about the best options for you based on your property’s unique characteristics.  Call (415) 508-2120 or email planning@brisbaneca.org to set up a phone or in-person appointment with Planning staff.

The City also encourages you to explore the County of San Mateo’s “Second Unit Center”  at http://secondunitcentersmc.org/.  This website has a wealth of information on the technical, design, and financial aspects of building a new ADU or converting existing space into an ADU.

SamTrans Summer Youth Pass Now on Sale

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Avoid the hassle of having to drive the kids everywhere.  Get your kids their own set of wheels this summer and get them a SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.  The Summer Youth Pass allows unlimited rides on any SamTrans route all summer - from June 1 through Aug. 31 - and is available to kids 18 and younger.  It’s one of the best summertime bargains for kids and teens to ride all over San Mateo County!  Save $41 compared to three Youth Monthly passes.

The Summer Youth Pass is available now for purchase on the SamTrans website (pass is not available on Clipper).

Wildfire Season is Upon Us

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With the warm weather and winds, grasses are drying out and can pose a fire hazard.  All residents should inspect their property and cut and remove all dry grasses and dead/dry vegetation from their property.  Notices of this were mailed to all properties advising residents to have this completed no later than Sunday, June 3rd.  Our firefighters, along with Fire Prevention staff from North County Fire Authority, drove through all streets in Brisbane this week (both commercial and residential) and noted any properties that appeared not to be in compliance.  Notices will be sent out next week to all properties that were deemed not in compliance.  Note: All property owners are responsible to abate dead plants, grass and weeds located on their property.  Should a property owner fail to correct an issue the Fire Department deems unsafe, a lien may be placed on the property by the City to recover all of the cost to abate the violations.

Fire Prevention staff also want to remind residents that they should inspect their roofs and gutters and remove pine needles, dry leaves, and debris from them.  It has been found that wind-driven embers crated by burning grasses, shrubs, and trees are one of the largest causes of homes being lost to fire; that dried out debris on your roof is fuel for a fire.  It is widely recommended to install 1/8" to 1/4" metal mesh to protect your attic spaces from ember intrusion.  For more information on creating a proper defensible space and legal requirements, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

Get $3,000 Off a New Nissan Leaf

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PG&E recently announced that its customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.  Please click here for more information.

Introducing New Sgt. Cecilia Garay

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Chief Lisa Macias introduced new Brisbane Police Sergeant Cecilia Garay, who started in her new role with Brisbane in May.  Cecilia graduated from Jefferson High School and then joined the United States Army Reserves where she served for 6 years.  She completed her studies at Notre Dame University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Services and a double major in Public Administration and Counseling.  After her service in the military, Cecilia began her law enforcement career with the Broadmoor Police Department as a Police Cadet/Explorer, and then as a Police Reserve Officer.  She later accepted a job as a police office for the Colma Police Dept., taking on responsibilities of Field Training Officer, Detective, Acting Sergeant, Community Service Coordinator, and Public Information Officer.  In 2012, she joined the Daly City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Acting Sergeant, and served two terms as a Detective.  Cecilia comes to the Brisbane Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and we are lucky to have her on-board!