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Maker Faire 5/21 & 5/22

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The Maker Faire celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and is an amazing showcase of creativity and cool technology.  It's stimulating, inspiring, and fun for all ages. 

This year, San Mateo County Environmental Health will be hosting a booth at the Faire, and at it, staff from the Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program will be handing out a "recipe" ring they've developed for homemade cleaning products.  There will also be giveaways of alternative non-toxic cleaning products.  This is great for folks with kids and pets, and anyone who want to use less toxic chemicals in and around the home. 

The Maker Faire will be held rain or shine at the San Mateo County Event Center (1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo), Saturday May 21st from 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday May 22nd from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance.  Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

No Better Time to Plan

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When it comes to emergency preparedness, other tasks may seem to take precedence - meeting a deadline for work, hitting the gym, getting dinner on the table, etc.  Today, however, staff from City Hall carried out an exercise they knew was necessary to perform.  This morning, they gathered in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, and proceeded to get "briefed" on the situation: at 6:00am, City had suffered a 6.2 earthquake, which caused a fire at Brisbane Elementary School and a mudslide on the 200 block of Alvarado St.  Staff then broke out into their various sections - Logistics, Administration, Finance, Planning, Communications, and Operations.  The room became abuzz with energy as staff worked quickly to activate their sections.  Pretty soon, the phones started ringing, with mock callers inquiring about where they should evacuate to.  Each section carried out their duties fairly smoothly, working with one another to pass information.

After the exercise was over, staff debriefed about areas they felt could be improved, with Office of Emergency Services (OES) Director, Randy Breault, taking down notes, along with OES Coordinator Shelley Romriell.  This proved to be an invaluable exercise, and one in which staff left feeling they were now in better positions to be able to serve the Brisbane residents in the case of an emergency situation ever descending upon this community.

BTWD 2011 Recap

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Yesterday's Bike to Work Day was another roaring success in Brisbane...or should we say, a rolling success.  782 cyclists stopped or rode by one of Brisbane's two Energizer Stations.  The higher-traffic station, located on Lagoon @ Tunnel, had 327 cyclists stop to pick up BTWD swag bags and re-energize with refreshments, with 332 passer-by's.  Energizer Station volunteers Dee Sano, Jeanne Keresztes, and Bob and Susan Maynard made sure the riders were well-stocked on goodies and cheered them on as they continued on their ride to work.  The Public Works Crew even lent the use of their changeable message sign to encourage wide participation in the event.  It worked, and was a nice greeting for those coming over and down Tunnel Ave. Bridge.

At the other Energizer Station, located on the corner of Old County & Bayshore, volunteers Russ Carmick and Jason Lucey greeted participants and made sure everyone was well-hydrated.

Brisbane Marina Maintenance Worker Todd Curtis stopped by with his son Eddison, dropped Eddison off at school, and then continued on his way to work.  Other city staff members such as Russ Carmick and Karen Kinser also participated by biking into work.

Thank you to the many volunteers, as well as Joe and Theresa Riedell from the Senior Center, Walt from Public Works, Caroline from Bakers of Paris, and George from Mangiare, who each contributed invaluably to the success of Bike to Work Day 2011 in Brisbane.

Friday AM Press Conference

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At 9:30am, Assemblyman Jerry Hill held a press conference in front of VWR, located on at 3745 Bayshore Blvd.  He was joined by Brisbane Mayor Cy Bologoff, Councilmembers Sepi Richardson, Clarke Conway, and Cliff Lentz, City Manager Clay Holstine, and Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger. 

Representatives from the Teamsters and the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, who testified at Monday's hearing, were also present to support Assemblyman Hill's introduction of legislation eliminating intra-state tax breaks for companies who re-locate within California and receive taxpayer dollars for doing so. Assemblymember Hill's bill will be retro-dated January 2011 and be heard by the legislators in June.  It will require a two-thirds vote to pass.

Brisbane Community Night

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The Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept. presents Brisbane Community Night at AT&T Park...with the Cleveland Indians going head-to-head with none other than the World Champion San Francisco Giants!  Group tickets have been purchased for the enjoyment of Brisbane residents to catch a ballgame together on Friday, June 24th.  The game starts at 7:15pm, and Brisbane residents will be seated in Section 325 View Reserve.  Below is a computer-generated image of the view from Section 325 -- and as you can see, you'll get all the left-field action!

Tickets run only $16.50 apiece.  To get yours, please stop by the Parks & Recreation Office, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  Again, this event is for the benefit of Brisbane residents only.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  Click here to view the event flyer.  For more information, please call Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.  GO GIANTS!