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2-1-1 "Look-up" Service

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It's like dialing 4-1-1, but specific to the needs of San Mateo County residents.  Do you know who to call with questions about Medicare, MediCal or Medicaid? Rent Assistance? Home-delivered meals or if a loved one, friend or neighbor needs help? As of right now, just dial 2-1-1 from any phone - including cell phones - and a live person will help you with information and referrals to local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care, volunteer opportunities and more. The service, provided through a partnership between San Mateo County and United Way of the Bay Area, is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in 150 languages.  There is a also a website specific to San Mateo County - all 9 Bay Area counties now have access  to 2-1-1.  Nationally, 2-1-1 is available to more than 245 million people in 47 states, plus Washington D.C and Puerto Rico.

Brisbane PD has Zero Tolerance

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Commander Robert Meisner
415 508-2175
Brisbane Police Department To Hold
‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving
Enforcement Operation
Brisbane, CAAs part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Brisbane Police will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 4th & 5th. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. As a result, law enforcement agencies across the state, including Brisbane PD are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 
Brisbane PD is deploying traffic officers above and beyond with other regional agencies on the following dates:
April 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 28th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Brisbane Police Chief Elizabeth Macias. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.
Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.

Distracted Driving FAQ's

Seeking a Job?

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's upcoming Job Hunters Boot Camp is set for 10am - 2:30pm, Friday, April 8, at the College of San Mateo, Building 10, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo 94402.

The day's workshops and panels are all designed to help job seekers be more successful in their searches. The event is for residents of the 12th Congressional District and San Mateo County.

The boot camp is free, but space is limited. Sign-up online at Speier.House.Gov or call 650-342-0300, or e-mail your contact information to Speier.Events@Mail.House.Gov.

Sand Bags Available

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It's going to be wet, wet, wet for the next few days.  Sand bags have been made available for Brisbane residents.  You can pick them up outside the City of Brisbane Public Works Corp. Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel & Lagoon.  They will be outside the gate on palettes, covered by a black tarp to keep them dry (as shown below).   If you know your property is prone to flooding during heavy rains, come on down and pick up some sand bags- they're free!

SMC Transportation Authority

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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity and big on reducing commute corridor congestion, making regional transportation connections, enhancing safety, and meeting local mobility needs?  Then applying for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) may be just up your alley.  The 15-member, volunteer CAC acts as a liaison between the public and the board of directors, providing valuable input to the board on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. If you'd like more information about the SMCTA or are interested in applying, then please visit their website at www.smcta.org, call 650-508-6223 or e-mail cacsecretary@smcta.com.