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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.


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.

Lions Celebrate 70 Years of Service

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Please join the Brisbane Lions as they celebrate 70 years of service to the Brisbane Community at Mission Blue Center, 450 Mission Drive, on September 14th at 6pm.  At the event, they will reminisce, reflect and look to the future, highlighting the connection of the Brisbane Lions to the heart of our community for seven fabulous decades.  There is no charge and any donations will support the Lions Scholarship Program, Vision and Education Programs for our community.

Doors open at 6p for refreshments, local entertainment and conversation.  The program will begin at 7pm with acknowledgements, rewards, fun, and games!  Afterward, the evening will continue with music provided by local artists, mingling, and more food and drink.

About the Brisbane Lions Club:

Community Service and Engagement Opportunities are the driving force for the Brisbane Lions Club, which was founded in 1948.  The club has been steadily serving the Brisbane Community with tried and true projects ranging from Vision Care for the youth, adults and seniors, and free health and wellness fairs including the Annual Flu Shot Clinic.  The Brisbane Lions, with your help, support: youth sports teams such as AYSO and our own Brisbane Pirates Baseball Team, the Annual Pumpkin Patch where the pumpkins are free, donations to Brisbane Elementary School and the Scholarships program for those seeking higher education, social events such as the Senior Holiday Luncheon and the Star Awards Program, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lipman, and on Christmas morning, the Lions bring Santa and gifts to every home in Brisbane.

The Lions Club Motto is “We Serve”.  100% of donations raised by the Lions Club support and make possible our community service programs.

Today, there are 67 members of the Brisbane Lions Club.  They are loving, service-minded men and women who work to serve the Brisbane Community and constantly look to refresh and expand our service projects by selling Christmas trees, holding BBQs, including the Hot Dogs at the Concerts in the Park.  For the last two years the club has hosted the annual DJ Dance Party in the Park, which has been a great success.  This year, the annual Flu Shot Clinic will be expanded to include Vision Screening and Diabetes Awareness info.  October 28th will be the 4th Annual Fun Run, which raises money for Higher Education Scholarships.

Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world with 1.4 million men and women in 45,000 clubs, located in more than 200 countries.  To each and every club, Kindness Matters, and by working together they can achieve bigger goals.  In addition to serving locally, Lions support five global service areas: Vision, Hunger, the Environment, Childhood Cancer, and Diabetes.  

The Lions hope to see you on September 14th to celebrate 70 Years!  Please RSVP via:

https://brisbanelions70thanniversary.eventbrite.com or by email to: brisbanelionsclub@gmail.com.

Mission Blue Sand Courts

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Construction is complete at the new Mission Blue Sand Courts, located at the corner of Mission Blue Drive and Monarch Drive.  This project was approved by the City Council at their June 21, 2018 meeting, where they entered into an initial 3-year agreement with SF Elite Volleyball Club.  The courts are currently available entirely for the public to use, as the sand tournament season recently concluded.  Otherwise, the courts will be available for public use outside of the pre-set times the club will be using them.  Thank you to SF Elite for their donation to the community by expanding recreational amenities available for Brisbane residents!

Flags at Half Staff Through 8/17

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In case you were wondering why the flags in the City are flying at half staff, it’s because of the firefighter fatalities in Redding.  They will remain at half staff until the end of day August 17th per North County Fire Authority Fire Chief, Ron Myers.  Flags are also flying at half staff for all fire stations in Daly City and Pacifica.  Thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this terrible wildfire burning in Shasta and Trinity Counties.