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How Brisbane Became the City of Stars

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The week leading up to the Festival of Lights, we were contacted by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, indicating that a reporter from KQED wanted to interview someone in town about the history of the stars.  One of the listeners of their podcast, "Bay Curious", had submitted the question, "Why do residents of the town of Brisbane put up five-pointed stars at the holidays?"  Their reporter, Bianca Taylor, set out to find out.  She was put in contact with then-Mayor Clarke Conway, who gave her a brief interview, and then met her at the Festival of Lights just before the show started for a more in-depth interview.  While in town, she was able to take shots of some of the houses with stars and experience the festive, cheery atmospere that comprised this 32nd Annual Festival of Lights.  Read Bianca's article of how the Brisbane stars came to be, by clicking here.  If you don't already have a star, see about getting one in time for the 2019 holiday season!  They are provided free of charge to all Brisbane residents and businesses who desire one.  Contact Alison Wilson with the Brisbane Chamber at (415) 640-9875.

.Bay Curious

Water Main Replacement Project Update

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The cooperation and patience of our residents on portions of Humboldt Road, Sierra Point Road, Thomas Avenue, and Annis Road have been greatly appreciated.  In September 2018, the City started on its Water Main Replacement Project, and Brisbane’s narrow and windy roads have required full lane road closures to facilitate the work. The project has not concluded, but the recent paving on Humboldt Road should be a welcome sign to the residents that have been most affected so far.

The details of the project, which are on our project web page, include the replacement of aging water mains and installation of new valves and other water infrastructure.  By upsizing some of the existing six inch mains with eight and ten inch pipes, the City was able to increase capacity and provide important fire-flow improvements.  If you have any questions as we move towards completion of this project, you can contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130, or visit the project's web page.

Crews installing the larger pipes earlier during construction.


Crews paved the 1100 block of Humboldt earlier this week after work was completed.

Flags at Half-Staff Through 12/30/18

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Flags in the City have been flying at half-staff since November 30, 2018 in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush and will remain so until sunset on Sunday, December 30, 2018.  To sign up for U.S. half-staff notifications, please click here.

Seeking Historical Photos of Brisbane

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The Citizens’ History Committee is seeking your photos that capture Brisbane and any special events from yesteryear.  They are looking to build up the City’s official historical archives.  Therefore, the photos can date back to the 1930s when the first Brisbane residents settled in town, or post-Incorporation (1961).  If you have any historical photos, please bring them to Stuart Schillinger at City Hall.  We will make sure they are carefully scanned and promptly returned to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Stuart at (415) 508-2151 or schillinger@brisbaneca.org

Brisbane circa 1930

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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Each year, the Brisbane Lions Club spreads holiday cheer throughout the town by bringing Santa by for a visit on Christmas morning.  They do this in conjunction with Station 81, distributing toys to children and fruits and candy to the adults.  So listen for Santa's siren and run out to meet him when you do!

 Santa Schedule 2018