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COVID-19: Brisbane Community Updates

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Last updated: 3/31/20 

LATEST NEWS: Bay Area Health Officers Issue Updated Stay-at-Home Order with New Restrictions to Last Through May 3 (3/31) | Formal Order (searchable)

Be Alert for Scams During the COVID-19 Emergency (Announcement from County District Attorney, Stephen Wagstaffe)

Board of Supervisors Launches SMC Strong Fund with $3 Million Donation (3/24) - To provide emergency relief for residents, businesses, and non-profits hit hardest by California’s state-wide COVID-19 Shelter in Place order.

READ: San Mateo County Public Health Officer's Latest Statement (3/23)

Brisbane COVID-19 Response Coalition is 65 Volunteers Strong and Growing!

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During these unusual and unprecedented times, the health, safety and welfare of our community remains our top priority.  The City of Brisbane, the Brisbane Lions Club, Brisbane Village Helping Hands, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, and the local churches have partnered together to ensure this priority is met through the formation of the Brisbane COVID-19 Response Coalition.  If you need help during this trying time, or are able to help your fellow Brisbane neighbors in need, please check out the website, www.tinyurl.com/brisbanecrc.  If you prefer to request help via phone, you may also call (415) 508-2185.

COVID-19 Video Update: 3-20-2020

City Manager Clay Holstine, Mayor Terry O'Connell, and Police Chief Lisa Macias provide an update to the community on the COVID-19 health situation and remind residents that public safety personnel are still serving residents 24/7, how important it is to take care of ourselves so that we can take the best care of our loved ones, and speak more about the Brisbane COVID-19 Response Coalition (www.tinyurl.com/brisbanecrc).

To help the public determine whether they have coronavirus, the flu, a cold, or allergies, federal officials released a graphic that interprets their symptoms. It is extremely important that you contact your doctor immediately should you have concerns, and to call ahead before going to the doctor.

COVID Flowchart


Adjustments to City Operations:

As this is an ever-evolving and fluid situation, we will be re-evaluating the following items every two weeks or as deemed necessary in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, our employees, and the broader community.

We made the decision on March 16th to close City Hall and the Marina Office to walk-ins, however, staff will still be performing essential City operations within the buildings while adhering to 6' social distancing requirements.

  • Planning, Building, and Public Works engineering functions will be limited to the electronic processing of emergency permits to address immediate life safety and health issues. If you have an emergency situation which requires a permit to correct, please contact the Building Division during business hours. For routine permits, the Building Department will continue to process active building permit applications electronically as staffing levels and availability allow.  
  • For emergencies requiring Public Works field crew response (e.g., broken fire hydrant, illegal discharge to a storm drain, traffic signal not working, sewage backup), please call 24/7 Non-Emergency Dispatch Line at (415) 467-1212.

We will evaluate these procedures on a daily basis as we learn more from County Public Health.

Staff may be reached via phone during the following business hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – 1pm

  • City Hall Main Line: (415) 508-2100
  • Community Development / Building & Planning: (415) 508-2120
  • Finance: (415) 508-2150
  • Water Bills: (415) 508-2154
  • Marina Office: (650) 583-6975
  • Parks & Recreation: (415) 508-2140
  • Public Works: (415) 508-2130


  • City Council Meetings are being deemed "essential", however, adjustments are being made to:
    • Move items of great community interest (Short-term Rentals, Cannabis, etc.) to later in the springtime. A similar approach will be taken for Council Subcommittee Meetings, should any need to be scheduled going forward.
    • Allow for social distancing with the public encouraged to tune in via livestream on YouTube or Comcast Ch. 27, and to submit remote public comments during the live meeting to Ingrid Padilla, City Clerk, via email or text at: ipadilla@brisbaneca.org and (628) 219-2922.  Both will be monitored during live City Council Meetings, with any public comments received read into the record during Oral Communications 1 and 2, or the specific Item.
  • Out of concern for users' health, and in consideration of the Health Officer's order dated 3/14, we closed the Community Pool on March 15th.  All other close, confined gathering spaces, including the Community Park Playground, Tot Lot, Skatepark, and Basketball Courts were closed on March 19th.  The tennis courts were closed on March 22nd.  We invite you to enjoy the City’s open space options (i.e. trails) while observing social distancing for your personal health and safety.  Thank you for your understanding.
  • Starting March 16th, the following Youth programs offered through the Parks and Recreation Department will be suspended:
    • Club Rec
    • Spring Camp (March 30 - April 10)
    • Preschool (March 17 - March 27) 
  • Starting March 16th, all Adult programming will be suspended until further notice.
  • On March 11th, programming at the Senior Sunrise Room and Wednesday Senior Club Lunch & Bingo was suspended and will continue to be until further notice.  This was done out of an abundance of caution and concern for our most at-risk community members.  San Mateo County Health Official Dr. Morrow is recommending that cities focus on "community mitigation"; our senior population is the most susceptible to contracting the virus, with the highest risk group being those age 80 and over.
  • Park and Rec staff will be holding off on taking any new facility bookings through April of this year. Private events that have already been booked will not be canceled by the City at this time.

Actions Staff are Taking:


  • We are in the process of increasing the frequency of cleanings by custodial staff at all City facilities, including: City Hall, the Community Pool, the Library, Mission Blue Center, and the Community Center.
  • Extra gel hand sanitizers have also been placed on all public counters along with this poster from the the CDC.
  • For the two kiosks located in City Hall (next to the Community Development and Finance Depts.), we have placed disinfectant/antimicrobial wipes for visitors to use before and after using the terminal; staff will also be wiping down commonly used equipment.
  • Staff will also be wiping down surfaces after meetings that occur in any of the conference rooms as well as the Community Meeting Room. 
  • We are sending regular reminders to practice personal hygiene and preparedness and we encourage everyone in the community to do the same. (Did you know that the proper time to spend washing your hands equates to singing the "Happy Birthday" song 2x?)


What the Public Is Ordered to Do:

social distancing

  • On 3/17, the Governor issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order went into effect immediately and is to remain in place until further notice.  Click here to learn more about the order.
    • It is fine to go outside on walks, bike rides, hikes on the Mountain...just be sure to observe the 6 ft. social distancing requirement when doing so.
  • Limit activity, travel, and business functions to only the most essential needs - getting groceries, gas, clothes laundered, pickup or delivery only from restaurants.
  • Not to gather with individuals from different households.

Where to Go to Get More Information:


  • The County's Emergency Operations Center webpage: cmo.smcgov.org/eoc
  • Call 2-1-1 to reach the County's Public Call Center, which operates 24/7 in 180 languages 
  • Text "94005" to 888777 for urgent alerts from the City of Brisbane via SMCAlert.
  • Please turn to official channels for news and information about COVID-19 and efforts to contain its spread. Reliable resources include:


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smile brisbane

The Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department’s motto is “making memories”.  With their new #smileBrisbane campaign, they’re focused on doing just that, and are finding ways to do so remotely.  Here's a special message to the community from Parks & Rec:

Hello Brisbane residents! We recognize that this is a complicated time and we want you to know that you're not alone and we are here for you! We are a resilient community founded on neighbors helping neighbors. We believe that recreation comes to the rescue in some of life’s most difficult times. We are champions of the human spirit and that doesn’t change despite what is happening around the world today.  Does the recent shelter in place order make it harder for us to live out the mission of our department? Sure, but we like a challenge. More so, we like to see our residents happy and, therefore, challenge accepted! We believe in making memories for our community and today’s no different. So...we're rolling out #smileBrisbane, an initiative focused on continued service to our residents that intends to combat social isolation and support community health & wellness. Over the next several weeks, our team will be curating remote recreational opportunities for residents of all ages and sharing them via social media and web-based platforms. Join us on this journey and we promise not to let you down!

Follow us on Pinterest for activity ideas to keep you busy!

Follow us on Facebook for daily posts and engagement!

Follow us on YouTube for fun videos and tutorials!




Water Main Replacement Project Phase 2

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March 19, 2020 - The crews will continue to work Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm replacing the water main along Kings Road. They will not start construction on Margaret and Paul until the shelter-in-place order has been lifted, but they will continue working on Kings Road until the water main has been replaced and the temporary bypass has been disconnected.

Please look through this Story Map presentation to get a better understanding of the Water Main Replacement Project that is currently underway.

To see the full version - view it in a new tab, or scroll below for the condensed view. (The full version is better.)


Schedule of work for the Water Main Replacement Project

To keep up with the latest project schedules and information, please sign up for the City Manager's weekly email at: tinyurl.com/blast321.


Engaging Around the Baylands

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table discussion

Following the City’s work with Home for All the past five months, where two community conversations drew many new voices into the conversation, it was determined that a Baylands Project Site would be a great “next step” to highlight the work that has been done to date. 

On baylands.brisbanecalifornia.org, you will find information pertaining to the nine topic areas of interest which were used in the “gallery walk” at the May 4 conversation, as well as a process overview and a FAQs section. An interactive map was recently added to the About page. We invite you to sign up for email updates, and to leave us any feedback which will help make this new site as clear and user-friendly as possible.



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The weekend of March 22, 2019 was an excellent and exhilarating one in Brisbane as it marked the City hosting its inaugural LUNAFEST film festival!  Mayor Madison Davis’ vision became reality when community members filled Mission Blue on Saturday and by the end of the evening, a total of $30,000 was raised! This is the highest-grossing amount raised in the history of LUNAFEST, which began in 2000 by Luna Bar to celebrate, showcase, and champion women filmmakers.  And how cool that 3 out of the 5 Brisbane City Councilmembers are not only women, but were key sponsors of the evening...putting their money where their hearts and mouths are.  Our hats also go off to the team of 6 amazing women who organized and planned such a magical evening, complete with delicious concessions.  Brisbane Parks & Rec, you guys all shined, as well! We are a truly blessed community and look forward to gathering for more Lunafests in the future, as well as seeing how the Brisbane Lions Club helps distribute the funds raised to assist women in male-dominated fields. What a way to celebrate Women's History Month!

In the video below, Mayor Davis speaks at the Brisbane Lions' Scholarship Awards Night held on June 4, 2019, about the partnership between the Brisbane Lions Club and the City to host Brisbane's first-ever LunaFest.  Lunafest raised $30,000 for deserving women scholars.  At the Lions' Scholarship Awards Night event, $60,000 in scholarships was given to deserving Brisbane scholars seeking higher education.

Last updated: 6/4/2019

Caliva Ribbon-Cutting 12/12/18

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On December 12, 2018, Brisbane Mayor Madison Davis, Councilmember Karen Cunningham, Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley, Caliva Dir. of Wholesale Logistics Brandi Cervantes, and Brisbane Chamber CEO Mitch Bull were joined by Caliva's staff to cut the ribbon to their new distribution facility located within Brisbane's Crocker Industrial Park.  Their facility is the first fully-licensed facility of its kind from San Francisco down to San Jose, where the trusted, vertically-integrated company operates a massive 95,000-square-foot cultivation facility.  Caliva's on-site nursery in San Jose produces some 50% to 60% of the dispensary's total product.  In contrast, most dispensaries in the Bay Area source their product from regional farmers. 

Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley cited Brisbane's "innovation to provide solutions for pain, sleep, and anxiety to hundreds of thousands of people in a very regulated, tested, discreet, efficient, and trusted manner."  This is Brisbane's first delivery-only retail cannabis business in town, with Caliva named the best dispensary in America by Business Insider (2016).  In September 2017, Brisbane became the first city in San Mateo County to implement an ordinance allowing recreational cannabis businesses in Brisbane.  Caliva’s Brisbane operations will expand Caliva’s delivery range northwards from the South Bay and lower Peninsula into South San Francisco and west to Pacifica.  

Caliva, welcome to Brisbane, we wish you much success!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Brisbane Library

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It was a successful Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Brisbane Library, where a small crowd was treated to poetry read by the current San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, followed by acknowledgements from Mayor Clarke Conway, Supervisor David Canepa, Friends of the Brisbane Library Co-Presidents Wendy Towle and Dawn David, and last but not least, Library JPA Board Member and Brisbane Councilmember Karen Cunningham. All the Brisbane Councilmembers, Supervisor Canepa, Brisbane City Manager Clay Holstine, and the newest (and youngest) member of the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Chaya-Bella David, then got down to business...officially breaking ground for the New Brisbane Library! Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries, Brisbane Library, and San Mateo County for all of your support in making the Groundbreaking such a success.  Brisbane’s new Library is scheduled to open in time for the 2019-20 school year. We can’t wait for the Grand Opening!

Photo Credit: Kevin Fryer

Welcome to Brisbane, CA

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Come take a tour around Brisbane with Economic Development Director Mitch Bull.  From the end of Trinity with the sweeping slopes of San Bruno Mountain in the background, down to the Bay Trail along the Brisbane Marina, we're sure you'll learn something new about the City of Stars!  Click below.

Video by: Caroline Cheung and Johnson Xiao

New Brisbane Library

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In 2014, the City Council identified the L.T. Clarke/5 Star Café site as the preferred site for the new Brisbane Library and afterwards formed a Library Planning Stakeholder Group.  This group was comprised of representatives from the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Mothers of Brisbane, San Mateo County Library Staff, Brisbane School District, BEST/PTO, City Council (1 member, plus 1 alternate), a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, the City Manager, and the Public Works Director. 

Library Planning Stakeholder Group (LPSG) reviews architectural-engineering RFPs (early 2016)

 LPSG recommends architectural and design firm (Siegel & Strain) to Council (April, 2016)

 50% design of the New Brisbane Library to Council (November 3, 2016 meeting)

Council adopts a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)* for the new Library (February 2, 2017 meeting)

Council approves final design of the Library and invites construction bids (March 15, 2018 meeting)

Council awards construction contract (May 17, 2018 meeting)

Construction of the Library starts (July 2, 2018)

Groundbreaking Ceremony (July 14, 2018)

Construction ends (expected Summer 2020)

As far as funding goes, the County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize $300K in Measure A funds for design purposes at their March 29, 2016 meeting.  The County Library System will provide $400,000 for furniture and furnishings.  The Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000 for the new Brisbane Library.  Click here to donate and Put Your Mark on the New Brisbane Library! 

At their March 15th City Council Meeting, the Brisbane City Council approved an agreement with the County of San Mateo for a $1.7 million loan at an interest rate of 1.2% for 15 years.  The estimated cost of the Library ended up being $9,065,000.  Approximately $3.6 million would come from City funds, with all of its Business License revenue dedicated to Capital Improvements. 

* The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) study found that the new Library would not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project.

Drought Information from the City

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Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown announced an end to the drought state of emergency and for Californians to transition to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life.  He also directed the State Water Board to continue development of permanent prohibitions on wasteful water use and to continue the following water practices to best preserve this precious resource:

What’s Required for Everyone

  • You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • Landscapes can only be watered between 6 PM and 9 AM
  • You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and “hardscape” with potable water
  • Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
  • When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • All decorative water fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system

What’s Required for Business

  • Food service establishments may only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels and motels must offer guests the option to not launder towels and linens daily

What’s Required for the City

  • Ensure new home landscape irrigation complies with Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development requirements
  • Stop irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water
  • Continue reporting conservation progress to Water Board

Note that the City will continue to fully enforce these requirements.

Who to call for more information on these regulations, or to report water waste:

Department of Public Works: (415) 508-2130


Click here to view some Water Conservation Tips and help reduce water use

Downtown Brisbane Arial

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Downtown Brisbane Arial

 Photo by Lee Panza

View from Trinity

Lagoon and Bay

Brisbane Marina

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Brisbane Marina

Photo by Scott Mucci, Creative Commons Licensed www.flickr.com/photos/coda2/2051263136/