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Day in the Park & Derby Info

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Mark your calendars!  The 2018 Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 10:00am-3:00pm with the Derby starting beforehand at 8:00am.  This year marks the 32nd Annual Day in the Park and the 12th Annual Derby

We hope you’re as excited as we are!  This year's festivities will include: live music, vendors, beer/wine for the adults, festive community-building activities such as a dog costume contest and pie eating contest, family games, and new attractions for the kids.  We welcome people of all ages to bring a blanket and some chairs to enjoy all that the event has to offer!

If you are interested in having a vendor booth, please see the associated applications and information below.  We welcome Community Organizations, Arts & Crafts Vendors, and local Commercial Businesses to participate.

Community Groups
As we’ve done in the past, we are encouraging local community groups and non-profit organizations to be involved.  If your organization would like to participate in this year's event, please complete the Community Group Application and return it to the Parks & Recreation department at your earliest convenience.  All applications must be returned by September 10th in order to guarantee placement at this year’s event.  

Arts & Crafts Vendors
We welcome local artists to attend to showcase and sell their work.  If you are interested in becoming an Arts & Crafts vendor, please take a few moments to complete the Arts & Crafts Application and return it to the Parks & Recreation department at your earliest convenience along with 3 images of your work. All applications must be returned by September 10th in order to be considered for this year’s event.  In an effort to keep the quality of items being sold high, as well as avoid duplication and saturation in item categories, and also to allow for new sellers to support us in keeping the festival fresh for shoppers, we will be implementing a selection process for arts & crafts fair applicants.  There are a limited number of booths available so apply early!  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than September 14th.  Please do not submit your application with payment until you have been confirmed as accepted by Parks & Recreation department staff.  This year’s fee is $100 if you are requesting for the City to provide you with a tent, and $50 if you intend to supply your own tent.  All payments must be received by September 21st and any refunds/cancellation requests will not be honored after that date.  Please note: all products sold at the event may not be imported, manufactured, mass marketed or mass produced.

Commercial Businesses
We are inviting local commercial businesses to have a presence at the event and encouraging their involvement.  If your business would like to participate, please take a few moments to complete the Commercial Vendor Application and return it to the Parks & Recreation department at your earliest convenience.  All applications must be returned by September 10th in order to guarantee placement at this year’s event. Please note: space is limited so submit your application early!  The fee for commercial businesses is $100 if you are requesting for the City to provide you with a tent, and $50 if you intend to supply your own tent.  No refunds for cancellations will be provided after September 14th, 2018. Refund requests before that date must be received in writing to be honored.

For any questions about the Day in the Park Event, please contact Ricardo Monroy at (415) 508-2143 or rmonroy@ci.brisbane.ca.us.  For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please click here or contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Flags at Half Staff

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Flags in the City are flying at half-staff in honor of the late Senator John McCain, who died Saturday, and will remain so until his interment this Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy.  As Senator McCain closed in his final letter to the United States, "Americans Never Quit.  We never surrender.  We never hide from history.  We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America."

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

Rebuttal to Argument in Favor                   Rebuttal to 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 https://www.smcacre.org/vote-centers 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 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.

New Fee Structure for Fast EV Charger

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Beginning September 1, users of the city’s Fast Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at the Brisbane Village will be charged $0.20/kWh to partially recoup the station’s energy costs. The city opened the station in February with a six-month pilot program that offered free charging sessions up to 45 minutes. Beyond 45 minutes users are charged $5/hour; this fee encourages high turnover and station availability and will continue. 

The charging station was largely funded by a “Charge Fast!” grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District which requires usage of 75,000 kWh in three years. The free charging pilot program’s goal was to introduce the station to the public, raise awareness of its existence and stimulate strong usage toward this BAAQMD goal. The city also aims to support the emerging EV market while reducing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of our broader efforts to curb climate change. With over 36,000 kWh dispensed—representing nearly half of our three-year usage goal in just six months—we’d say the station has been a success! 
Additional Usage Statistics for First 6 Months:
  • Total energy dispensed: 36,049 kWh
    • Percent of BAAQMD goal: 48%
    • Average per day: 198.1 kWh
  • Total sessions: 2789
    • Average sessions per day: 15.32
    • Average session length: ~29.5 minutes
    • Percent of sessions <45 minutes: 84.1%
  • Total unique drivers: 348
  • Total avoided GHG emissions*: 15,140 kg
*This ChargePoint estimate states avoided emissions are equivalent to planting 388 trees and letting them grow for 10 years. Their estimates are generalized, considering our 100% GHG-free energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 product, our reductions are likely higher.

Visit from Peter Johnstone of Brisbane, QLD

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For all you long-time Brisbane residents, you may recall that during the 1970s and early 80s, we had a very active Sister City relationship with Brisbane, Queensland.  This was driven by their Lord Mayor, Dr. Clem Jones, who first visited Brisbane, Calif., in 1965.  Our city’s current Mayor, Clarke Conway, remembers meeting Dr. Jones during that visit when he was a 5th grader at BES.  His father, Ernest Conway, was 4 years in to serving on Brisbane’s first-ever City Council.  Dr. Jones remains Brisbane, QLD’s, longest-serving Lord Mayor, having served from 1961 - 1975.  During his tenure, he became known as the man who sewered Brisbane, sealed the city’s many dirt roads and streets, and abolished the use of trams as the city’s main transport infrastructure.  He was affectionately known as “Mr. Brisbane”. 

Former Brisbane, Calif. Mayor, Anja Miller, chaired the Sister Cities Committee during the 70s and 80s, even after leaving the City Council in 1978.  “Clem was the heart and soul of our Sister City relationship and activities, which included a lively youth exchange, teachers from Brisbane coming to teach Lipman students rugby, and a visit to the local food banks which he went on to model Foodbank Queensland and Foodbank Australia after.”  It is obvious that the two Brisbane’s gained much from one another during that time.  Peter Johnstone, CEO of The Clem Jones Group, visited Brisbane City Hall with his wife Anabelle on Monday, August 20, 2018 and got to see old friends of Clem, including Andy Jacobs and Marge Bushman, and of course former Brisbane Mayors Anja Miller and Lee Panza.  Also joining them were Brisbane Chamber Marketing & Sales Director Alison Wilson, Council Members Cliff Lentz and Karen Cunningham, City Manager Clay Holstine, Economic Development Director Mitch Bull, and Senior Management Analyst Caroline Cheung.  Peter unveiled an artist-commissioned statue of Dr. Clem Jones, a gift to the City of Brisbane; the life-sized version stands outside Brisbane, QLD's City Hall on Adelaide St.  To see more pictures from the event, please visit: http://brisbanechamber.org/event-photo-gallery-2.