Baylands, High School Bus & New Library Updates …

BY: Mayor W. Clarke Conway, City of Brisbane,

Greetings, Brisbane Residents! In my column last month, I covered the project that has been on everyone’s minds – the Brisbane Baylands. Specifically, I mentioned how draft General Plan Amendment language and November 2018 ballot language would be brought to the City Council for review at the July 12th Public Hearing for the Brisbane Baylands. As one would expect, there were many community members in attendance at that meeting to voice their opinions as well as their concerns about the project. Unfortunately, many needed to leave before we got to the part where the staff and the EIR consultant answered their questions. The good thing is, you can look back at the meeting video, which also gives a good overview of how we got here, addressed in the second video (at approximately 8:52). To view the draft legislation that never got introduced, but was referenced in the video, please visit this page on the City’s website: To play back the meeting video, visit Scroll down to the meeting video of July 12th; the part where questions are addressed can also be found in the second video. The Council did not provide any changes to the draft General Plan Amendment or November 2018 ballot language, so it can be expected that the same drafts will be brought back to us at the July 19th Public Hearing portion of the meeting. See the agenda for that meeting here:

High School Bus Routes
Another important topic for many Brisbane residents and one which I’ve covered previously in this column has been the High School Bus. I am happy to report that final routes for the upcoming 2018-19 school year were finalized in early July and shared by SamTrans with the Brisbane parents working group. This group was largely spearheaded by Brisbane resident Alina Zavodnik, who began encouraging other Brisbane parents to get involved by attending meetings and brainstorming alternatives with City staff and myself, which they started doing in late 2017. Seeing that the most likely scenario for safely transporting Brisbane & Southern Hills high school students to and from their homes and high school would be via existing SamTrans routes, the group recently began meeting with SamTrans on possible route modifications. The following determinations were made for how best to integrate SamTrans service to and from Brisbane to the students’ high schools.

Route 24 | Will Now Run from Brisbane to Jefferson, Westmoor, Summit Shasta High Schools
Route 24 currently serves Jefferson and Westmoor High School students. Route 24 will extend to Summit Shasta and the route schedule will be modified to accommodate the school bell times for all three high schools. In the morning, the Route 24 will start at Brisbane, departing 7:05am, and end at Shasta High School at 7:52am. In the afternoon, the Route 24 will pick up students at Westmoor High School first at 3:25pm, then go to Shasta High School at 3:40pm, Jefferson High School at 3:48pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:15pm. The bus stop for Summit Shasta is located at Serramonte Blvd. & Highway 1. The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan

Route 49 | Extending Service to Brisbane for Students going to Oceana and Terra Nova High Schools
Presently, Route 49 operates via San Bruno BART, Sneath Ln., Allen Dr., Skyline Blvd., Sharp Park, Hwy 1, Crespi Dr. into Terra Nova High School. In August 2018, Route 49 will start in Brisbane, departing 6:48am from Old County Rd. & San Francisco Ave., go through San Bruno Ave. and Sneath Lane, Skyline College, Manor Drive, arriving at Oceana High School at 7:32am, and ending at Terra Nova High School at 7:45am. The reverse trip in the afternoon will follow the same pattern, departing Terra Nova at 3:10pm, Oceana at 3:27pm, and arriving in Brisbane at 4:11pm. The new service will be implemented in August 2018 as a 1-year pilot program, during which the route will also be evaluated for continued inclusion in the SamTrans service plan.

All service changes are effective Sunday, August 5, 2018. For updated route maps, please see the SamTrans website at that time:

Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged! Share your compliments, suggestions, or concerns with Christina Contreras, SamTrans Marketing Outreach Coordinator, by emailing her at or by calling her at (650) 508-7763.

New Brisbane Library
Lastly, I want to end on a project that has been in the works for the past 18 years: the New Brisbane Library. On Saturday, July 14th, a small crowd was treated to poetry read by the current San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, followed by acknowledgements from myself, County Supervisor David Canepa, Friends of the Brisbane Library (FOBL) Co-Presidents Wendy Towle and Dawn David, and last but not least, Library JPA Board Member and Brisbane Councilmember Karen Cunningham. All five of us Brisbane City Councilmembers, Supervisor Canepa, Brisbane City Manager Clay Holstine, and the newest (and youngest) FOBL member, Chaya-Bella David, then got down to business…officially breaking ground for the New Brisbane Library! Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries, the Brisbane Library, and the County of San Mateo for partnering with us to make the Groundbreaking Ceremony such a success (a joint press release can be found here: Brisbane’s new Library is scheduled to open in time for the 2019-20 school year. I can’t wait for the Grand Opening!

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