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Baylands Specific Plan

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In May 2010, the applicant (UPC) presented an overview of a proposed update to their Baylands Specific Plan submittal. UPC submitted today an updated Baylands Specific Plan Executive Summary and Appendix. It is anticipated the applicant will be submitting the remainder of the updated specific plan document in the next 30 - 60days. 

The City will be publishing an updated environmental impact report Notice of Preparation (NOP) within the next few weeks. The NOP identifies topics to be studied in the forthcoming Environmental Impact Report. The NOP will be posted on the City’s website when available and e-mail notification of the NOP publication will be provided.  If you would like to be notified when the NOP is ready, please send an e-mail to planning@ci.brisbane.ca.us and request to be added to the Baylands e-mail distribution list.

Harbormaster of the Year

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Ted Warburton, Brisbane's Harbormaster, is all smiles.  And he has every reason to be.  Two weeks ago, he was down in Dana Point for the 62nd Annual Conference and Awards Dinner of the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains.  Every year, an individual is chosen by the Association to be recognized for their efforts...and everyone there knew who this year's award recipient was...everyone besides Ted.  He was shocked when they announced his name, but really, we know he shouldn't be.  He is well-deserving of this prestigious award, and we are proud to have the 2010 State Harbormaster of the Year here in Brisbane!  We'll end this post with a close-up of Ted's newest achievement:

Fire Station Update

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With the modulars having been delivered last week, this week and the early part of next week is all about getting them readied for the firefighters to move in.  Because the utilities were identified by City engineers as being located to the left of the Fire Station (looking from Bayshore Blvd.), it was decided that the best spot for the modulars would be on that left side (instead of the right side where the staging trailer was set up).  

The Brisbane Fire Station got its start as a volunteer station back in 1932, so it is only fitting that the labor and materials used for the modular be local to Brisbane.  For instance, the men below are from Stellar Plumbing, Inc. who recently moved their offices to 23 San Bruno Ave.  Abner, Daryl, and owner Lon Carter all live in town.  So it's no wonder that if there are items such as recycled wood from a recently remodeled house in Brisbane, they know about it and are using it.  In the left-hand picture below, Lon is drilling in a ledger board (the recycled wood mentioned earlier) which the shower will mount on and be screwed into from above.  In the right-hand picture, Daryl and  Abner help Lon place the shower.

    

And, a plus is that Stellar Plumbing has made a lot of purchases for this Fire Station project at none other than at Brisbane Hardware.  Thank you for your hard work in helping give our firefighters a place to call "home" for now.

Airport Noise

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Wind speeds and patterns change throughout the year, resulting in pilots flying in and out of SFO to use alternate routes.  This is of course due to safety reasons, where most planes need to reach an altitude of at least 400 ft. and be safely airborne and before making any turns.  In times of low westerly winds, Runway 01, or a port departure, is used.  This runway faces Oakland, so if a plane is headed to Southern California, Las Vegas, or a destination in Arizona, the plane would need to make a 270-degree turn in order to face south).  In times of high westerly winds, Runway 28, or a Shoreline departure, is used.  This runway faces northwest towards Pacifica so planes heading south would fly towards the ocean along the Gap (a natural dip in the ridgeline between SFO and Pacifica) before turning left to fly south.  On west wind days, it's the planes that are headed to an eastern location that can cause noise problems in Brisbane.  A properly-flown Shoreline departure would have planes remaining on the east side of Highway 101 before turning right towards Oakland.  However, if this departure is poorly-flown, planes will fly too far northwest before turning right, and thus fly over Brisbane.  (If hearing runway numbers is confusing, just remember that SFO is 10 degrees to the right from all cardinal compass directions.  Therefore, Runway 01 is 10 degrees to the right of due North, Runway 10 is 10 degrees to the right of due East, or 100 degrees from due North, Runway 19 is 10 degrees to the right of due South, or 190 degrees from due North, and Runway 28 is 10 degrees to the right of due West, or 280 degrees from due North).  

Residents can know that work is being done by both the City Council and City Management to make sure Brisbane residents no longer need to put up with such loud overhead noise.  Community input is extremely important in affecting changes to flight patterns, as well.  Call tallies from community members calling in to the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office are reported to the Airport Community Roundtable during their public meetings.  So, it certainly makes a difference to report your complaints.  Don’t just sit idly by!  To report airport noise, note the specific date and time when you noticed the occurrence and call or e-mail the SFO Noise Abatement Office using the information below:

Airport Noise Complaint
Call: 650-821-4736
E-mail: sfo.noise@flysfo.com

On Wednesday, October 20th, Councilmember Richardson and City Management met with SFO Airport Director John Martin and Dave Ong from the SFO Airport Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the increase in overhead noise in Brisbane due to airplane traffic.  Currently, Brisbane has one permanent noise monitor, located at the Margaret Tank (directly south of the 400 block of Kings).  In an effort to get more useful data for proper analysis, the Airport is looking to install two more noise monitors and will be working closely with the Public Works department at the City to determine their prime and secure locations.  After those are installed and more data is collected, a follow-up meeting will take place in late November/early December on suggestions for fixing the overhead noise issue.  A presentation to the City Council will follow, most likely early next year, and will cover the analysis gained from the installation of the additional two noise monitors and future steps to make sure this no longer is an issue in town.  In the meantime, please do continue to report airplane-related noise complaints by calling the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.

Lipman Students Lend a Hand

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This past Wednesday, 13 Lipman students volunteered an hour of their time to help with weeding at the Community Park.  They were supervised by Growing Green Hand's Tamberly Mott, volunteers Paul Bouscal and Marge Buschman, and of course, Public Works staff Linda Baston Conway and Joe Friars who were on-hand helping to lay down tarps and hand out gloves and tools.  

Thank you to Brisbane Hardware for donating gloves to the kids!  And, last but not least, THANK YOU to the students who pulled, heaved, and carried tarp-fuls of weeds to the PW truck for disposal.  You all get an A for effort!

To see more pictures from the afternoon, click here to be taken to the City's photo set on Flickr.

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