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Michael A. July 01, 2014 at 12:31 PM
I wonder if most schools in our nation has a mandated curriculum to educate litter and sustainableRead Mored esign for our young students. San Bruno projects a surplus of $788,000 for 2014-15. Using some of the funds and resources to streamline a storm drainage system by capturing the storm water and litter can be 'good' for the environment. The recycled water can be used for irrigation and help with current and future drought problems...
Robert Riechel June 25, 2014 at 07:08 PM
The City has advised that the current owner has obtained a demolition permit - so the building will Read Morebe coming down very soon. Do not know if current owner has approached the City with any plans for the vacant lot.
Mary Fontaine June 26, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Thanks for the info. I look forward to seeing what the owner will do with the lot.
Michael A. June 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Also, I noticed that there are NO garbage/recycling bins on the street level of the new San BrunoRead MoreCa lTrain station. Why are there NO garbage/recycling bins installed on the street level of the new station? Maybe I overlooked the bins, but noticed A LOT of litter on the streets. .
Michael A. June 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Also, I noticed that there are NO garbage cans and recycling bins on the street level of the newRead MoreSan Bruno CalTrain station. Why are there NO garbage/recycling bins installed on the street level of the new station? Maybe I overlooked the bins, but noticed A LOT of litter on the streets. More litter, more work for the SB Public Services department.
phdog June 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM
The signage is much better now. There are multiple signs on both sides. What I wish they would addRead More( in addition to street level waste cans) are signs indicating the train direction (ie., to SF only, to San Jose only). Once you get upstairs, there is no way to cross to the other side without going all the way back downstairs, crossing over, and walking all the way upstairs again.
Marty Medina June 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM
9. How do I report traffic/parking problems or make traffic-related suggestions? The City's Traffic Read MoreEngineeer is available to consider traffic suggestions by phone at (650) 616-7065 or by letter addressed to: City of San Bruno, Traffic Engineer, 567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066. Depending upon the nature of your suggestion, it may first need to be reviewed by the Traffic Safety and Parking Committee (TSPC) prior to implementation. This is a standing Committee of citizens appointed by the City Council, that meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Sister City Conference Room at City Hall. Public participation and discussion of traffic issues is encouraged as part of the TSPC meeting. A regular agenda is typically prepared three weeks in advance of the meeting, and only items on the agenda may be considered for action. For this reason, it is best to forward traffic suggestions directly to the Traffic Engineer as outlined above. Suggestions should include the problem, a recommendation solution and your contact information, including your name, address and telephone number. back to top
kcmk June 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM
How about not speeding so they wouldn't have to do it?
kcmk June 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM
How about not speeding so they wouldn't have to do it?
T April 20, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Let us start getting rid of these eyesore buildings and bring popular businesses to San Bruno soRead Moreres idents don't have to do business in other cities.
A Delargo April 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Is this city property ? Discounted aquaponics for people that 'actually need the assistance'. Read MoreThe n any extra cash will be used for parades and festivals. This is another example of liberals gone wild. Rent the property to whomever is willing to run their own business. This smells like a city feeding frenzy that will need lots of 'city' managers to supervise everything - funneling any surplus to the favored cause du jour. Please, city officials, clean the streets, stop this runaway crime, and lower my garbage fees - aquaponics is not in your job description, that's not why you were elected. Can you say boondoggle? Just saying.
dragon April 09, 2014 at 01:18 PM
WHAT A SHOCKER! Here we go again, another year another proposed increase. I will definitely be atRead Moreth e Mid-May meeting. these comments and others will not make a difference because the state is putting pressure on the local cities to not have any land fill usage for garbage. You will see an increase forever whether you vote against it or not. They want you to reduce garbage by another 25% in 2 years and another and another..You really need to have competition and other bids from a different company. Also, every time the employees ask for more money and benefits the city goes ahead and allows the increases. Poor managing on behalf of the garbage company.
Marty Medina May 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM
The City Council voted last night (5-0) to approve the rate increases. There were less than 50Read Moreprot ests recorded. A handful of protesters voiced their opposition to the rate increases. Here's what I submitted, "I protest the proposed garbage rate increase for the following reasons: 1) the contract with Recology has been repeatedly extended and has eliminated any competition to determine whether San Bruno is receiving a fair price for garbage service. 2) additional effort should be made to clarify that all rate payers can protest the rate increase. I repeatedly see the words, “property owner”. 3) the 8.96% rate increase for the additional organic collection service has only resulted in a 1% decrease in the waste stream. Is this really worth it? What is San Bruno’s current status in meeting the State’s waste reduction mandate?" Apparently our City Council likes what is going on with the current contract. The contract started in 1998 and appears to run until 2018. Why don't they plan to either open up the contract to other responsible garbage collection companies or create a waste management authority with other cities to try to lower our rates? No planning or investigation to lower the rates; only more "guaranteed" rate increases since obtaining protests of over 50% of property owners and/or rate payers is very unlikely. Here's the staff report.... notice what San Bruno pays compared to other local cities. We pay $0.38 less than Hillsborough and 13.7% more than Burlingame. http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/finance_images/Utilities/Rates/2014-15/StaffReport-Prop218NoticeMailing-03.11.2014.pdf Marty Medina
Jonathan Koolpe May 15, 2014 at 05:45 PM
While your efforts are appreciated, I certainly am not surprised at the outcome. I did lodge aRead Morecomp laint for the previous increase, but it was the same old story so I didn't waste my time for this go-around. The bar of 50% of registered property owners is too high and essentially unachievable, and quite frankly, even if by some miracle it was achieved, the folks behind it all will find a way to pass it anyway. As they say, the fix is in. We the People matter not one whit in this equation as not enough people care anymore to make a difference...they're all too "busy" watching brain-numbing reality TV, "American Idol" and/or following the latest antics of useless celebrities like Miley Cyrus which the elites are more than happy to thrust in our faces to distract from the destruction they are bringing upon us all to keep their positions of power and comfortably large bank accounts. And get themselves re-elected of course. I will NEVER use the organics program as it is WAY too much of a hassle as currently realized, and I'd wager good money that the vast majority of SB residents are not doing so either. If you want folks to participate, they should receive a discounted rate, not a rate increase! Or if someone wants to participate, he/she can pay an extra fee for the extra collections and leave the rest of us out of it! But we're all still stuck with the fee increase for a program almost no one wants or uses. I look out on my street and as I drive by the surrounding areas on collection day, and I see virtually no one leaving out their green cans on any sort of regular basis. And now I hear the state government is trying to pass a total ban on all plastic grocery bags statewide. Again, no vote of the people...just pass another freedom-curtailing law that the majority of folks are against and that's that. I despise this law in particular, and I have definitely cut down on my shopping purchases as a result of its implementation, particularly on impulse items. It serves no purpose other than to generate a new source of income for stores, inconvenience shoppers, and actually harms the environment more than it helps due to the increased environmental costs of using paper bags instead (more cut down trees, paper gets only a single use, falls apart in wet weather, etc.). How is all of this representative government?
Michael A. March 18, 2014 at 06:33 PM
San Bruno Beautification Task Force, thoughts?
Jeffrey March 24, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Native plants ONLY please! (They support native wildlife) Red: Manzanita (Archtostapylos spp)Read More Whit e: Coyote Brush (Baccharus pilularis) Blue: Hummingbird Sage (Salvia Spathecea) Trees: Silk Tassel Tree (Garrya eliptica) Coffee Berry (Rhamnus californica)
B.E.O March 20, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Upstanding citizens should not fear the government and or their police departments. I am perfectlyRead Moreh appy with the San Bruno's Police department. I just wish they would keep better logs of their arrests online so I can keep a better eye on what is going on around me. I'm sure I'll never be in cuffs ever! In my life time.
T March 20, 2014 at 08:16 PM
It is not the publics business to pry into the private doings of individuals. Lead your life with a Read Moreblind eye and and all will be dandy.
Jeffrey March 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM
@T Let me say this! If you keep a blind eye, the scums of the Earth shall descend upon yourRead Moreneighb orhood.... and they'll get IN YOUR FACE. The more you back away, the more they'll encroach. Get to know your neighbors, and together you can overcome any intruder. Most problem households are no greater than 2% of the neighbors. Some are outsiders, but you wouldn't know unless you got to know your neighbors. Be proactive, and don't wait until something blows up in your face before you respond.
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