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Tsunami Warning Update

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Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who suffered mass destruction and devastation last night when an 8.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan - the largest to ever be recorded on the island nation.  Dozens of aftershocks have followed since, along with a tsunami, which isn't uncommon after such a great mass movement of the earth.  The underwater earthquake went on for over 3 minutes...triggering tsunami alerts to faraway coastal regions, even here - the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services earlier this morning issued a voluntary alert for Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Pescadero and other coast side communities.  There is NO THREAT to Bay side communities, which includes Brisbane.  However, emergency crews are asking the public NOT TO gather or drive towards the coastal area/beaches at this time as this can interfere with their evacuation efforts.

Thank you for your assistance to our neighboring communities.

Recap of 3/9 Energy Savings Forum

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This past Wednesday night's Energy Savings Forum brought out many Brisbane residents with a desire to be energy-efficient, as well as knowledgeable presenters who shared about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies, and reduce impacts on the environment.  In addition, several Brisbane residents shared about their experiences with installing solar panels on their rooftops, their thoughts on the company which did so for them, and how they've seen their energy bills deflate - even dropping to zero some months!  A big thanks to the Open Space & Ecology Committee for hosting this most successful event, the OS&EC Energy Efficiency subcommittee for their work in putting a fabulous agenda together, Chair of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Ray Miller, for facilitating, and staffperson Lisa Pontecorvo for all she did behind the scenes to ensure that this night would flow as smoothly as it did!  For the links to the organizations and resources that were mentioned that night, please see below or the Open Space & Ecology Committee's webpage by clicking here.

Energy Upgrade California | https://energyupgradeca.org | 2-minute Energy Upgrade video

The Energy Ambassador Program, A Project of Sustainable San Mateo County

Ennovationz | http://www.ennovationz.com/ 

SolarCity | http://www.solarcity.com/ 

Recurve | http://www.recurve.com/ 

To purchase energy-efficient lighting:
Brisbane Hardware

Free Car Seat Checks

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On Friday, April 15th between 9:00am - 1:00pm, the Brisbane Police Department, in coalition with Safe Kids Santa Clara and the San Mateo Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will be offering free car seat checks at the Sierra Point Yacht Club (500 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane).  To get your child seat checked by a certified technician, please call Community Service Officer Morgan Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext, 554 to schedule an appointmentWe hope you can find a time that works for you to take advantage of this very important event!

Special Energy Savings Forum

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What:   Energy Savings Forum
When:  Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Where: Community Meeting Room, City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane

The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be hosting a special Energy Savings Forum on March 9th at Brisbane City Hall. This will be a unique opportunity for Brisbane residents and businesses to share their experience at improving energy efficiency and installing solar panels. You will also hear from experts about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies and reduce impacts on the environment.  Click here to view the night's agenda.

The evening will be enriched by your presence - hope you can make it! 

Volunteer at Firth Park

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Eagle Scout Jonathan Williamson is looking for volunteers both Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th to help pull invasive plants in Firth Park and replace them with native species.  He will also be cleaning up the stone steps and drinking fountain.  If you are looking for a way to make a marked difference in the beauty of your community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.  Arrive at 9am and stay as long as you can. Lunch will be served.  And if you're not available to volunteer in this capacity the weekend of March 12-13, there will be another opportunity to pull invasives and restore Firth's Park's natural beauty when Habitat Restoration Day takes place at the end of April, on April 30th.  Details TBA.  In the meantime, come to Firth Park and help an Eagle Scout out!  For any questions, please contact Jonathan directly at (415) 722-1324.