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. work to have compost bins available for city residents...

    The Trash service does not include composting, I believe this is a big issue for our community. I would like to have available a composting facility so that Brisbane residents could recycle food and compost material correctly.

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      At the City Council meeting of June 4, 2012, representatives from South San Francisco Scavenger Co., Brisbane’s solid waste service provider, informed the Council that Brisbane residents will be able to start food waste composting by mid-year 2013. All types of food waste (including meat food waste) would be acceptable. SSF Scavenger Co. is currently going through the permitting process to expand their facility to process compost on-site and more information will come forth when it’s available.

    • 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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      • 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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          The City Council has formed a Complete Streets Safety Committee which will consider issues affecting pedestrians (including the different needs of children, seniors, youth, and families), bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transportation, and so forth. Recommendations of the Complete Streets Safety Committee will be brought forward to the City Council for their consideration.

          The Complete Streets Safety Committee will take the place of two former committees – the Traffic Advisory Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Citizens who served on those committees are encouraged to continue their service on the new Complete Streets Safety Committee.

          The Complete Streets Safety Committee will meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Brisbane City Hall (50 Park Place, Brisbane).

          Note: For their September 2014 meeting, the Committee will be meeting on Sept. 17th instead of Sept. 3rd.

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          • Speed limit and school crossing signage at San Benito and Glen Parkway

            There is constant traffic going up and down Glen Parkway and there are no posted speed limit signs. Children and parents regularly travel these streets and there is no sign on this street to remind drivers they are still in a "school zone" and they need to respect the "speed limit". We need signage to identify both issues. I have already contacted the police department regarding this issue. I have had them place the speed limit sign trailer on this street to make drivers more aware of their speed. There is a solar speed indicating sign on San Bruno. Glen…

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            • Use GPS-tracked "bait" smartphones to catch local thieves

              8/23/14: We've heard many accounts recently of thefts of items from the cars of Brisbane residents, but few ideas as to catching the thieves. I suggest using "bait" smartphones; let the thieves steal the bait phones and lead the Brisbane PD to their homes, then arrest them.

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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 5 votes
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                        • Economic Development Ideas

                          A date is still being worked out, but soon the City Council will be having an Economic Development workshop to get the Council's vision as it relates to economic development in Brisbane. The following questions will be asked of Council during the workshop, but we'd like to hear your thoughts as well.

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

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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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                            • 2 votes
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                              • 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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                                  • 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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