Civic Participation Project

Welcome to the City of Brisbane Civic Participation Project. Here is where you, the citizens of Brisbane, can make suggestions, see other suggestions, and vote on them. We encourage you to participate and see what issues your fellow residents are most interested in. The City Council, City Manager and staff are eager to see which ideas make it to the top as they’re voted on, and will respond accordingly.

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  1. Vacant commercial tax

    Berkeley has been considering a fee for owners of vacant commercial properties, with the idea of giving them an incentive to rent out to businesses rather than leave storefronts abandoned. This idea would help stimulate our downtown, as well as generate revenue for the city.

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      Hi Ray, thanks for your idea and apologies for the late reply! This idea would be perfect for the new Economic Development forum that will be replacing this current one. So, if you wouldn’t mind suggesting it again after Friday, 9/26, when the new forum is in place, I would appreciate it. We will be closing up this forum to get the site ready to take your specific Economic Development Ideas so they can be shared at an upcoming City Council Workshop…so you may want to also start thinking about your answers to…

      What do you like?
      What do you think should be enhanced?
      What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
      What things are missing from our town?
      What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

      Again, the forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for…

    • Getting cars off the sidewalks!

      There are so many cars parked on sidewalks in Brisbane. Cars on sidewalks makes it very difficult for pedestrians, especially seniors, parents with small children and strollers, school children walking by themselves, and others to get around safely and comfortably on foot. Doesn't Brisbane have an ordinance about not parking on sidewalks? Most cities do.

      Sometimes a resident might think they are entitled to park over the sidewalk (say their driveway is only half a car length deep), but there is almost always a reasonable alternative to covering the whole sidewalk, forcing pedestrians out into the street to go around…

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        Hi Jessica,

        Thanks for your idea and I know you’re working hard on the Complete Streets Safety Committee to tackle these types of issues. I just wanted to let you and the people who voted on this idea that we will be closing up the ideas on this forum to get the site ready to take your Economic Development Ideas…so start thinking about your answers to…

        What do you like?
        What do you think should be enhanced?
        What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
        What things are missing from our town?
        What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

        The forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for your participation!

        Caroline Cheung
        Community Engagement Coordinator
        ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us
        415-508-2157

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          Hi Frank, thank you again for submitting your idea. Hopefully the last status update suggesting people to contact the Brisbane Police Dept. if a car has not moved in over 72 hours so that it can be tagged has helped with this issue. You can also send an anonymous tip to the Police by using this online form: http://www.brisbaneca.org/brisbane-contact-form
          Make sure to select: “Report an Illegally Parked Car” from the “I Want To…” menu.

          I wanted to let you and those that voted on your idea know that we will be closing up the ideas on this forum to get the site ready to take your Economic Development Ideas…so start thinking about your answers to…

          What do you like?
          What do you think should be enhanced?
          What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
          What things are missing from our town?
          What things do you not…

        • Request that businesses edging the Crocker Trail pick up their litter

          There is a lot of trash along the Crocker Recreational Trail, most of it appearing to have blown out of the dumpsters of the businesses bordering it. Could you please request that these businesses spend a few minutes each week picking up the trash in their backyards? Thank You!

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            Thank you for your idea and apologies for the very delayed response. This would actually be a very good idea for the new Economic Development Forum that we’ll be opening on this site by Friday the 26th.

            We will be closing up this current forum as the current software only allows us to have one open at any given time. As this will be an Economic Development forum, start thinking about your answers to…

            What do you like?
            What do you think should be enhanced?
            What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
            What things are missing from our town?
            What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

            If you wouldn’t mind suggesting this idea on the new forum, I would appreciate it. The ideas will be taken to the Council at their Economic Development Workshop taking place in November.

            Again, the forum should…

          • Maintenance standards for rental properties

            There are some properties in Brisbane that are in complete disrepair, and many of them are rental properties where owners do not care to provide basic maintenance needs like weeding and painting (often associated with abandoned cars on the streets as well). Is there some way to get rental property owners to provide a basic level of care for their properties?

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              Hi Ray,

              Thank you for submitting your idea to this public forum. It may be a good one for the new Economic Development Forum that we’ll be setting up later this week and should be live by this Friday the 26th. If you wouldn’t mind suggesting it again, so that the Council can see all of the community’s submitted ideas at the Economic Development Workshop taking place in November, I would appreciate it. Unfortunately, the current software only allows us to have 1 forum open at any given time.

              Best regards,
              Caroline Cheung
              Community Engagement Coordinator
              ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us
              415-508-2057

            • Fund a mural project along Crocker Industrial Park Trail

              Local artist competition to create murals along the walls of businesses that face the Crocker Industrial Park trail.

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                Hi Ray,

                Thanks for your submitted idea and apologies for the much delayed response. We are in the process of closing up this current Uservoice Forum so that we can have a new forum dedicated to collecting the Community’s ideas centered around Economic Development. This idea would be a great suggestion for this forum, which should be up and running by this Friday the 26th. All of the submitted ideas will be shared with the Council at the Economic Development Workshop taking place in November. If you wouldn’t mind re-suggesting it on this forum, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!

                Caroline Cheung
                Community Engagement Coordinator
                ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us
                415-508-2157

              • Encourage a Brisbane credit union. It would be nice to have an option other than Bank of America.

                People appreciate that Bank of America allows Brisbane a local option for deposits, mortgages, loans, etc.; however, the competition of a credit union would benefit our community.

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                  Hello, thank you for your idea suggestion and apologies for the very delayed response. This idea may be a good one actually for what will be the new Economic Development Forum, which should be up and running by this Friday the 26th. The Community’s suggestions on this forum will be shared with the City Council at their Economic Development Workshop taking place in November. If you wouldn’t mind re-submitting this idea on that forum, I would appreciate it. Other questions that we’re asking the Community to weigh in are:

                  What do you like?
                  What do you think should be enhanced?
                  What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
                  What things are missing from our town?
                  What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

                  Again, the forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for your participation!

                  Caroline Cheung…

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                  • City Council Support please support the Reform of Prop 13

                    Join the fight to reform Prop. 13. Send a message to Sacramento that it’s time for large commercial property owners to pay their fair share. City councils across the state are passing resolutions calling on the state legislature to close the commercial property loophole in Prop. 13. This reform will generate billions in local revenue for cities and counties.

                    Take a stand for fair, reliable revenue by passing the Close the Loophole Resolution

                    Prop. 13 has drastically reduced funding for local governments. Before Prop. 13, 40% of local property tax revenue came from non-residential commercial property. Today, commercial property only…

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                      Hello, thank you for submitting your idea and apologies for the very delayed response. We will actually be setting up an Economic Development Forum on this site and your idea may be a good one to suggest there, if you still feel strongly about it. This new forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. If you wouldn’t mind re-submitting it there, I would appreciate it. The current software only allows us to have one open forum at any given time. All of the Community’s submitted ideas will be shared with the City Council at their Economic Development Workshop in November. Some other questions we’re asking the Community to weigh in are:

                      What do you like?
                      What do you think should be enhanced?
                      What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
                      What things are missing from our town?
                      What things do you not…

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                        Hello, thank you for submitting your idea and apologies for the very delayed response. We are in the process of setting up a new Economic Development Forum and this idea sounds like it would be good to suggest there once it’s up and running by this Friday the 26th. If you wouldn’t mind re-submitting it, I would appreciate it. The submitted ideas will then be shared with the City Council at their Economic Development Workshop taking place in November. Some of the other questions we’re asking the Community to weight in are:

                        What do you like?
                        What do you think should be enhanced?
                        What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
                        What things are missing from our town?
                        What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

                        Again, this forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for your…

                      • Alert to community that school has resumed and to be cautious when driving

                        I received this message from San Bruno through the San Mateo County Alert system-----It would be good to see more info like this. Do we have an alert system? If not, can we promote joining this one?
                        The San Bruno Police Department would like to remind all residents that school is back in session. Please be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic surrounding San Bruno schools and neighborhoods. Educate your children on safe walking habits, such as teaching them where to cross the street and reminding them to always look both ways before crossing.

                        The Department would also like…

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                          Thanks so much for your idea. Brisbane actually does have the ability to send out SMC Alerts. Make sure you’ve selected to receive alerts from the us as the sign-up process can be a little confusing with the ability to sign up for alerts from other agencies, such as the city in which you work. We’ve heard from some of our older residents who cancel the service because of receiving too many messages. So, to make sure we have as many people signed up to receive urgent alerts from the City when it counts, we could post these types of messages to the City’s new Facebook account – www.facebook.com/brisbane94005. Make sure to Like the page as we’ll be posting to the page fairly regularly.
                          Thanks, and let me know if you have any other comments!
                          Caroline
                          Community Engagement Coordinator
                          415-508-2157
                          ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us

                        • Signboard entering town posted with "Drive Carefully, Children at Play"

                          Put a message on the side of the signboard entering town to remind drivers to "Drive Carefully, Children at play" and do this periodically throughout the summer months as there will be way more children out and about. Maybe once a week or as frequent as possible.

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                            Hello, thank you for your idea suggestion apologies for the very delayed response. We will be sure to include these types of posts on the signboards this coming summer.

                            We’re in the process of closing up this current forum to make room for an Economic Development Forum which is scheduled to be up and running by this Friday the 26th. We’re asking the Community to weigh in on the following questions:

                            What do you like?
                            What do you think should be enhanced?
                            What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
                            What things are missing from our town?
                            What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

                            Again, the forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for your participation!

                            Caroline Cheung
                            Community Engagement Coordinator
                            ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us
                            415-508-2157

                          • electric car charging station

                            I would like Brisbane to have an electric car charging station. This is a green way to get around that Brisbane should be supporting!

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                              Hello, thank you for your idea suggestion! This would actually be a great idea for the City’s new Economic Development Forum, which we are currently in the process of setting up. It should be up and running by this Friday the 26th. If you wouldn’t mind re-submitting it after the 26th, I would greatly appreciate it. Some of the questions we’re asking the Community to weigh in are:

                              What do you like?
                              What do you think should be enhanced?
                              What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
                              What things are missing from our town?
                              What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

                              Again, the forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. All of the submitted ideas will be shared with the City Council at their Economic Development Workshop taking place in November.

                              Thanks in advance for your participation!

                              Caroline Cheung…

                            Civic Participation Project

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