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November 2019 Election Information

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The California Voter’s Choice Act is a  law passed in 2016 that aim to modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a new model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.  The  General Election, taking place on November 5, 2019, will be a Vote Center/All-Mail Ballot Model.

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 5th,  there will be an election for two City of Brisbane City Council seats, for a shortened term of 3 years each.   The candidates are: 

Madison Davis

Terry O'Connell 

Also this November, there will be three City Measures on the ballot.

Measure C – City of Brisbane: Liquid Storage Facilities Business License Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Measure B – City of Brisbane: Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Measure E – City of Brisbane: Cannabis Business License Tax Measure

Resolution, Measure & Full Text

Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor Of 

Where do you vote?  Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place) will  be one of the Vote Centers in the County that will be open November 2-4, three days prior to Election Day.  Vote Center hours BEFORE Election Day will be 9am – 5pm and 7am – 8pm ON Election Day.   Visit https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers for more information.

Also important to note: The November 5, 2019  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 https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote or visit a Vote Center during hours of operation to register to vote.  For more information contact Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk at ipadilla@brisbaneca.org or at (415) 508-2113.


EV Promo from Peninsula Clean Energy

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Peninsula Clean Energy is again offering a popular electric vehicle (EV) discount program that saves thousands of dollars for San Mateo County residents through a partnership with seven participating local auto dealers.  The program combines guaranteed savings from dealerships with Peninsula Clean Energy rebates of $1,000 for all-electric cars or $700 for plug-in hybrids.  The time-limited discounts are available from October 1 through December 31, 2019.

Buyers may stack these savings with manufacturer discounts and state and federal EV tax incentives, potentially saving an additional $10,800 or more per purchase. The program also offers significant savings on leases.  See www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/ev for details.

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Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

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With PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events this week affecting 30 counties in the state, many of us have been thinking about what we'd do and how best to prepare in the event our power is shut off.  As posted by our friends at KQED, we found this to be useful and wanted to share with the community:


One thing we would like to note is that in the event of a PSPS, the City expects to meet its customers’ water and sewer demands.  We do have standby generators at all of our water and sewer facilities, so you will continue to receive water on demand from our reservoirs, and be able to gravity flow sewer to our lift stations.

Lastly, if you don’t yet have an air purifier in your home, you may want to consider getting one now when they are readily available.  Be sure to get one that comes with a carbon filter as that is what will absorb the particulates from a fire.  

Oct. 10 Kings Fire in Brisbane

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Thankfully, yesterday's wind conditions were extremely mild at no more than 10 mph when a fire broke out in the Brisbane Acres area of San Bruno Mountain just after 11am.  As we watch the headlines coming out of Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds have resulted in a much different result after a fire broke out last night in Sylmar, the northernmost neighborhood of Los Angeles, which at the time of this posting, has burned 7.3 sq. miles and is 0% contained.

Named the "Kings Fire" by the Incident Commander, it burned 11 acres (about 8 football fields) and was quickly contained due to the firefighters that came from as far as Santa Cruz County Fire Dept. to help fight the grassfire, in addition to crews from North County Fire Authority, with Station 81 first on scene.  They all worked together extremely quickly to form two firebreaks which prevented the fire from spreading.


The request for a voluntary evacuation for upper streets was lifted by 1pm, with all roadways open by 2:30pm.  Two engines remained on-site last night to patrol the area.  There were no injuries to firefighters and no structures were affected from the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Cal Fire.


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NCFA reminds residents to have home emergency kits available and be prepared for evacuation if needed.  Learn more at www.ready.gov/wildfires.  

Please get yourself signed up for SMCAlert if you haven't already done so: www.smcalert.info.  The City used this alerting system yesterday as well as social media to send a series of alerts in order to keep the community informed.  You may register up to five addresses in SMCAlert such as your home, work, child's school, or a relatives residence.  You may also register by texting the zip code (i.e. "94005") to 888-777.

Click here to see a collection of photos from yesterday's incident which Councilmember Cunningham captured and shared with us.

Thank you to all who worked hard to keep our city safe!

Oct. 9 & 10 Large Scale Wind Event

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We received a call last night from PG&E indicating that due to a forecast windstorm affecting San Mateo County on Weds. Oct. 9 and Thurs. Oct. 10, an estimated 10,000 PG&E customers will have their power shut off. After listening in on a conference call at 12:30pm today, it was determined the cities of Half Moon Bay, Portola, and Woodside are within the scope of this event; Brisbane's power will not be shut off.  Needless to say, it is imperative for you to update your PG&E account information now so that you can also be notified 72 hours in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Read more information on the City's website here: http://www.brisbaneca.org/content/psps-alerts-pge

Press Release from PG&E regarding the week's large-scale wind event

We will continue to monitor this event and will keep the community apprised as learn more.

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