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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.


Serve Your Community & Make a Difference

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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on re-zonings and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the City's General Plan. The Commission typically reviews and acts upon applications for Use Permits, Design Permits, Variances and Sign Permits.

The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Three - 4-year terms ending in 2024 are available to apply for.

Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission provides advice to the City Council regarding the Parks & Recreation Department, gather community opinions, needs and perceptions regarding recreational opportunities, and tackle special projects such as Day in the Park and the Festival of Lights.

This Parks and Recreation Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Four - 4-year terms ending in 2024 are available to apply for.

Complete Streets Safety Committee
The Complete Streets Safety Committee considers issues affecting pedestrians (including the different needs of children, seniors, youth, and families), bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, and users and operators of public transportation.

The Complete Streets Safety Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month @ 6:30 p.m. Three - 4-year terms ending in Jan 2024 are available to apply for. 

Open Space and Ecology Committee
The primary responsibility of the Open Space and Ecology Committee is to make recommendations to the City Council on the implementation of relevant programs and policies of the Open Space and Conservation Elements as well as the sustainability parts of the Local Economic Development chapter of the General Plan. That responsibility includes preparing drafts of the relevant, regular reports called for in the General Plan, such as the annual report on the status of open space.

The Open Space and Ecology Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Two– 4-year terms ending in 2024 are available to apply for.

Public Art Advisory Committee
The Public Art Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and making decisions on conceptual design plans submitted by a developer of a project subject to the public art requirement. The Public Art Advisory Committee will also meet to review the balance of funds in the Public Art Fund, ensure all public art projects meet the program criteria and guidelines for selection before submittal of the Final Design Plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Committee will meet at least once a year (then on an on needed basis) to review money available for public art and to make a recommendation to the Commission on its use. Three -2-year terms ending in 2022 are available to apply. At least one Committee Member needs to be professionally engaged in the art community and at least one Committee Member must be an employee or owner of a business located within Brisbane.


Click on the link below for the applications. For more information contact: Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk, at 415-508-2113 or cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 10, 2020 at 1:00pm.

Completed applications can be emailed to cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us or delivered in person to City Hall at 50 Park Place.

Parks and Recreation Commission Application Form

Planning Commission Application Form

Complete Streets Safety Committee Application Form

Open Space and Ecology Committee Application Form

Public Art Advisory Committee Application Form

Brisbane Goes Platinum

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beacon award 2019

Last night, the City of Brisbane was awarded with a Platinum-level Beacon Award by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) for its voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability.

On-hand to receive the award for Brisbane were Councilmember Conway, Mayor Davis, and Councilmember Cunningham.  They were joined by ILG Executive Director Erica Manuel and ILG Board Chair Michele Bagneris in the photo above.

The City of Brisbane received the Platinum-level Beacon Award for the following achievements:

  • Agency GHG Reductions: Platinum Level - 32% reductions
  • Community GHG Reductions: Platinum Level - 20% reductions
  • Agency Energy Savings: Platinum Level - 21% savings
  • Natural Gas Savings: Platinum Level - 24% savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Brisbane was the first city in California to receive a Gold-level Beacon award by ILG in 2015, adding Platinum Spotlight Awards over the years (in 2016 for Sustainability Best Practices and in 2018 for Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions) before attaining this latest honor of a Platinum-level Beacon Award.  Much of these achievements can be attributed to the hard work of the Open Space and Ecology Committee and their work on the City's Climate Action Plan.  Learn more about ILG's Beacon Program here.

US Census Jobs Now Available

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In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.  These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted!  Get more information and apply here.

US Census jobs

Download the MyShake App

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On the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the debut of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system that will deliver alerts to people’s cellphones through an app developed at the University of California, Berkeley.  

The mobile phone app, MyShake, is available on both Apple and Android devices, and can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake - enough time to drop, cover, and hold on to prevent injury.

“Nothing can replace families having a plan for earthquakes and other emergencies,” said Newsom. “  And we know the ‘Big One’ might be around the corner.  I encourage every Californian to download this app and ensure your family is earthquake ready.”

Newsom announced the roll-out along with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), UC Berkeley, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and several state and local political leaders.

Read more on UC Berkeley's site about this important announcement.