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Parkside Elementary School
Parkside Elementary School

City of San Bruno’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration Has Started

On December 23, 2014 the City of San Bruno will celebrate its first 100 years of incorporation and Centennial. The Centennial is an opportunity not only to recognize the community’s history, but also to celebrate the community’s identity, its accomplishments and its future opportunities and potential. The City Council has begun the process to develop the scope of the celebration as well as the process for engagement with residents, businesses and community stakeholders.

If you have historical information or photographs to share, or you would like to be part of the Centennial Celebration Planning, please contact the City Manager’s office at 650.616.7056.

A combination of traditional San Bruno programs and special events are being planned throughout the coming year to celebrate this historical milestone. Highlights of the Centennial year will include a City Hall open house, a Centennial art project to honor the City’s history, a community picnic, and a Centennial Gala. The upcoming year promises to be an exciting and memorable one and the City looks forward to commemorating 100 years of San Bruno history with YOU.

FEATURED SUBJECT:  San Bruno Fire Fighters are collecting Toys For Tots again this year. The Fire Department requests that the toys be dropped off at station 51 (next to City Hall 567 El Camino Real) as there is usually always someone in the office.

Toys are accepted right up to Christmas, as the toys can always be used where a family loses toys in a fire or some other emergency throughout the coming year 

The Firefighters Association should be placing barrels at some of the retail establishments around town, such as Mollie Stone’s, Lunardis, Lucky Stores, CVS, where toys can be dropped off.

NOW thru December 24 – FREE GIFT WRAP - The American Red Cross Youth Services announces: Free Gift Wrapping & Disaster Relief Food & Toy Drive Millbrae Square Shopping Center, 655 Broadway, (next to Walgreens) Millbrae Weeknights:  M-F 3:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.  Sat & Sun: 12:00 noon till 8:00 p.m.  Full Service Gift Wrap – (Donations greatly appreciated).  We wrap while YOU shop.

Drop off your generous donation of unopened canned and dry foods, and NEW unwrapped toys.  (Tax receipts available upon request)

100% of all cash donations will go directly to the Philippines Disaster Relief.

All TOY donations will be distributed by the Millbrae Fire Department.

All FOOD donations will be distributed by the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Sunday, December 15 – The San Bruno Education Foundation is pleased to advise: We are excited to support "Hour Of Code", a national effort to get total beginners to gather together to learn the language of computers and technology.  Parkside Middle School will host our local Hour Of Code event on Sunday, December 15th, 12noon to 2pm. All kids over 5 and adults are invited, please RSVP at: http://www.evite.com/event/ 027BJHRA53KEFMCTUEPDLVDI7S52TE  Photo attached.  It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator!

We'll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or Smartphone. We'll even have unplugged tutorials. No experience needed.

Please RSVP, so we can get a head count for the event. We want to make sure we have enough activities for every participant.   QUESTIONS:  624-3180

Thank You!
Scott Curtner
San Bruno Education Foundation

Monday, December 16 - Personnel Board Meeting CANCELED - The Personnel Board meets quarterly or as needed, the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in Conference Room 113. For more information contact Tami Yuki at tyuki@sanbruno.ca.gov or (650)616-7055.

Tuesday, December 17 -  Planning Commission Meeting – 7:00 p.m. in Senior Center 1555 Crystal Springs – The Planning Commission meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month and the meeting is televised on San Bruno Cable Television Channel 1.  For more information you may contact David Woltering at dwoltering@sanbruno.ca.gov

Wednesday, December 18 -  Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting -  6:30 p.m. The Parks & Recreation Commission typically meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at City Hall in Conference Room 115. For more information, contact Jackie Mattias at 616-7185 or by email at jmattias@sanbruno.ca.gov

Thursday, December 19th – 6:30 p.m. - The Community Preparedness Committee will meet at City Hall in the EOC (Emergency Operation Center - downstairs), at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Jim Allan at jallan@sanbruno.ca.gov


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 -  Parkside Soccer Sign UPS!  Are you interested in playing for the Parkside Panthers Soccer Team?  For info and to signup contact Alfonso Ewqueda by E=Mail aesqueda@sanbrunocable.com or 650-278-3728.  Provide the Player's name, birth date and grade, and contact info.

Volunteer coaches and referees are needed.  All adult volunteers must fill out an AYSO volunteer form which can be found at www.eayso.org.  All training will be provided by a trained AYSO instructor and at no cost to the volunteer.  Uniforms will be provided to volunteer referees.

Season runs March 2 - May 25 2014.  All games will be played on SUNDAYS; home games will be played at Parkside.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 - City Offices Closed

STARTING in January 2014

Recology San Bruno will be increasing what can be placed in your GREEN Yard Waste Container.  QUESTIONS:  583-8536

Don't send your food scraps and landscape material to the landfill; compost them instead! Other than being the environmentally friendly thing to do, most residents who participate in the compost collection program see a significant decrease in their garbage. So put your food scraps in the Compost cart instead of the Garbage cart, and help us all achieve Waste Zero!We accept all food scraps, soiled paper and yard trimmings in the green cart.

Composting is a highly effective way to help protect the environment, and Recology San Bruno is proud to offer a home composting collection service to select customers. More than six million tons of food products are dumped in California every year. Food is the largest single source of waste in California, making up 15.5 percent of the waste stream.That waste decomposes and creates methane gas, which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is directly attributed to climate change. Composting is nature's way of recycling organic waste into a new soil amendment rich in nutrients that can be used for organic farming, vineyards and highway erosion and control projects. Source: California Watch

You CAN Compost: 

Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

Yard Trimmings

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings

 Soiled Paper Products

  • Coffee filters
  • Milk Cartons 
  • Paper cups (including chain store coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Pizza Boxes 
  • Waxed cardboard and paper

Please, No:

  • Animal Waste
  • Bamboo
  • Compstable/Biodegradable Bags
  • Concrete, asphalt, stones, sod, dirt and bricks
  • Cooking Oil
  • Diapers
  • Garbage
  • Human Waste
  • Juice or Soy Milk Boxes with foil liner
  • Palm Fronds
  • Poison Oak
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plywood
  • Recyclables
    (glass, aluminum, plastics # 1 - 7)
  • Styrofoam Packaging, Food Containers and Packing Peanuts
  • Treated and Painted Wood
  • Wine Corks
 Composting Tips

Try any of the following to help reduce the "Ick Factor":

  • Place paper towels or newspaper at the bottom of your kitchen pail to soak up any liquids from your food.
  • Line your kitchen pail with bags (any disposabale kind). Just be sure to empty the food scraps out of the bags when placing into your green cart.
  • Wrap your food scraps in newspaper or a cardboard milk carton before placing into your kitchen pail.
  • Try refrigerating or freezing your food scraps in a ziplock or other plastic bag and empty the bag into your green cart the night before your service day. This will stop the decomposition of the food and will reduce or stop the smell of rotten food. Remember, you can reuse the bag multiple times!

Try any of the following to keep raccoons at bay:

  • You can repel raccoons with cayenne pepper, which is found at just about any grocery store. Raccoons have a highly sensitive sense of smell and strongly dislike the scent - they will usually avoid it as much as possible. Sprinkle ground cayenne pepper on top of or around your cart.
  • You can also make a homemade liquid repellent. Boil a quart of water, 1/3 cup of cayenne pepper, and a diced jalapeno pepper for about 20 minutes. Cool and strain, then pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle and spray around your cart.
  • Commercial organic raccoon repellent products are available for purchase at some pet stores and online. Sprinkle the granules around your carts to keep them away.
  • Sprinkle the top of your carts with baby powder, or even sand. Raccoons don't like the feel of powder or sand on their paws and might avoid the area if they detect any around.
  • Large, heavy rocks can be placed on top of your green cart to help weigh it down so it can not be knocked over as easily. To avoid damange to surrounding vehichles or animals, please remove the rock before your cart is serviced.
  • You can also use bungie cords to keep the lid from opening if the cart is knocked over however we ask that you remove the bungie cord by 6am the morning of your service day.
  • Try using motion sensors that activate lights to scare them off.

Raccoons are intelligent animals. If they're unsuccessful at the first attempts to get food at a particular location, they will most likely stay away and look for other sources. Remember to please be careful with raccoons. They can be dangerous if provoked and often carry diseases. Never approach one for any reason. Harming or trapping a raccoon is both illegal and dangerous.

WEDNESDAY, January 1 2014 -

Riders to help fund new train cars with fare increase starting January 1

Starting January 1, 2014, BART riders will pay on average an extra 19 cents in fares to help pay for new train cars and other top priority projects that will ensure reliable, safe and clean train service for the Bay Area for years to come.  In February 2013, the Board of Directors voted to continue BART’s inflation-based fare increase program and dedicated the new revenue to replace and improve BART’s aging system.   

The projects supported by the program include the purchase of Fleet of the Future train cars, a new train control system to improve reliability and to allow more trains to run more frequently, and the expansion of and improvements to the Hayward Maintenance Complex to serve the new fleet and support future service to Silicon Valley.

The inflation-based fare increase program has been in place since 2003 and provides passengers a predictable pattern of small fare adjustments over time as opposed to larger increases with little notice.  60% of surveyed BART passengers support small, predictable increases like these.  The renewed program will mean fare increases at a rate below inflation in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 and will generate a total of $325 million to be applied toward these important programs. The first increase will be 5.2%, raising fares on average by 19 cents.

“BART is required to come up with a portion of funding for many of our capital projects in order to qualify to receive extra money from other sources,” said BART Spokeswoman Alicia Trost, “BART must pay $800 million toward the cost of new rail cars—this fare increase will help us achieve that goal.  We understand no one wants to pay higher fares but riders should know this money can only be spent on these identified projects which will benefit passengers.”

Download the fare chart

- See more at: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2013/news20131211#sthash.v7WqcGqx.dpuf

Tuesday, January 7 – San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Installation of 2014 Board Members AND State of the City Address by San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane.  Skyline College Student & Community Center, 3300 College Drive, Bldg. 6 – Parking if FREE in any lot on campus.  GOTO www.SanBrunoChamber.com to register or call 588-0180 or office@SanBrunoChamber.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 – HOW TO Download Electronic Books From the Library – 6:15 – 8 p.m. Open House – Bring your eReader and learn how to download books.  In the Downstairs Community room -  http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/library_ebooks.html

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 -  City Offices Closed

Saturday, January 25 2014 - The SAN BRUNO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Board will conduct a workshop on January 25, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Topics for discussion will include the Foundation Bylaws and investment strategies.  The meeting will be noticed in compliance with the Brown Act.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals requiring reasonable accommodations or appropriate alternative formats for notices, agendas and records for this meeting should notify us 48 hours prior to meeting. Please call the City Clerk’s Office 650-616-7058.

Contact San Bruno City Clerk Carol Bonner at 616-7058 or cbonner@ci.sanbruno.ca.us for last minute details on this meeting.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 -  Polar Bear Plunge – City Park Pool – info 616-7180 – signup early to be guaranteed a t-shirt

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 & THURSDAY JANUARY 30 – (MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS) – AARP Smart Drivers Course – Senior Center 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - $15.00 AARP members - $20.00 non-AAPR – info & sign-up 616-7150

THURSADY, JANUARY 30 – Be a Volunteer Tutor in the Library Homework Center.  Training 5-6 p.m. downstairs community room – Sign-up or info Melissa Elia elia@plsinfo.org or 616-7078

TUESDAY, February 4, 2014 – Father & Daughter Dinner & Dance – Senior Center – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Girls ages 4 to 11 only – tickets sell out fast – 616-7180


Senator Jerry Hill Announces 6th Annual Bill Idea Contest
Constituents Invited to Submit Proposals by January 15

Entries are being accepted for Senator Jerry Hill’s sixth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents. Hill, D - San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, announced the 2014 bill idea contest today and encouraged Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.

“This is a terrific opportunity for constituents to participate in our democracy and learn firsthand about the legislative process,” Hill said. “Past winners have traveled to Sacramento to testify in committee, and their proposals have been signed into law.”

The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District and allows residents to submit their ideas for improving the quality of life in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County or the state of California. Ideas can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can submit their ideas for the creation of a new law -- or the repeal or revision of laws already on the books.

Several entries have already been submitted to Hill’s office for the 2014 contest.

The senator will select a winner, then introduce the idea as legislation. The person who submits the winning idea will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.

Applications can be obtained by calling Senator Hill’s District office at 650-212-3313 or from his website at http://sd13.senate.ca.gov/submit-bill-idea

Completed applications may be emailed to Senator.Hill@senate.ca.gov, faxed to the District Office at 650-212-3320 or mailed to the District Office at 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. Submissions must be received by January 15, 2014. The deadline to introduce bills for the 2014 legislative session is February 21.

The 13th Senate District includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Woodside and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County and unincorporated Santa Clara County.


The holidays are upon us and with them come opportunities to think about protecting the environment. Below are 5 easy tips to reduce your impact during the holidays:

  1. Use reusable ornaments and natural items like popcorn and pinecones to trim your tree. Avoid fake snow and tinsel. They add to the waste stream, make the tree hard to recycle, and who wants to be fake anyway?

  2. Get creative with gift wrap alternatives. Place a gift within a gift by using a holiday tin or reusable shopping or tote bag instead of paper. Or, go old school and use newspaper comics to make gifts more “fun.”

  3. When decorating outside your home, avoid items that can break into small pieces and become mobile, such as those made of Styrofoam or that include small reflective plastic pieces.

  4. Be sure not to overfill your trash or recycling bins with increased holiday loads – overflowing cans lead to materials in the street that can end up in storm drains. Don’t throw loose packing peanuts in your trash can – reuse them yourself, take to a local shipping store, or if they have to be thrown out, be sure to bag them to keep from getting loose when your trash is picked up.

  5. Bring your own bags for shopping, consider emailing your annual holiday greetings, and take your old electronics to e-waste drop-off events.   


DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: Be where the action is…Get involved!
The City of San Bruno has several Citizen Advisory Commissions, Boards and Committees, whose volunteer members are San Bruno residents appointed by the City Council. Members meet in the evening, once a month or less, serving staggered four-year terms that expire in October of every even year, at that time they may wish to seek re-appointment for another term.

Commissions, Boards and Committees

We currently have vacancies on the….
* Citizens Crime Prevention Committee works in conjunction with the San Bruno Police Department promoting citizen awareness of crime prevention in an effort to foster goodwill and a safe community. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in City Hall, Conference Room 113, contact Staff Liaisons Daryl McCoy at dmccoy@sanbruno.ca.gov with questions.
* Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Through education, involvement and activities, bicycle use and safety for commuting and recreation is encouraged. Another focus is pedestrian accessibility and safety in San Bruno. Meets every other month during odd months, on the 2nd Wednesday, at 6:15 p.m. in City Hall, Conference Room 101, contact Staff Liaison, Laura Russell at lrussell@sanbruno.ca.gov with questions.

CLICK HERE  (http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/commissions_images/applicationcommittee.pdf ) for an application or they are available in the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, located at 567 El Camino Real, or call us at (650) 616-7058 or email us at cityclerksoffice@sanbruno.ca.gov and we will be happy to mail or email you one. You may apply any time, applications are kept on file for two years. When vacancies occur, applicants will be contacted to confirm continued interest. See vacancy announcements on San Bruno Cable T.V. Channel 1.


Regular and Special City Council Meeting Notices - Please visit the City Council Agendas and Minutes (http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/city_agendapackets.html) page for additional details about regular and special meetings, as related to PG&E Settlement Not-For-Profit, Study Sessions, and other City Council discussion topics. For additional details related to the San Bruno Successor Agency, (http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/city_oversight_board.html) visit the Oversight Board Agendas and Minutes.  The agenda and meeting packets are usually posted about 72 hours before the meeting.  Some of the Council meeting agenda packets exceed 200 pages of information and background.


Instructors Wanted – Do YOU have a special talent or skill that you want to teach others?  The Recreation Division is looking for instructors to teach new classes.  E=Mail Jennie with your teaching interests at Jtucker@sanbruno.ca.gov 616-7184


Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

Who We Are:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices.

What We Do:

In fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 - June 2013), we distributed nearly 52 million pounds of nutritious food to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from Daly City to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.

We provide food efficiently through our innovative direct-service programs (see below) and by collaborating with a network of more than 300 partner non-profit agencies operating at 740 different food distribution sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children's programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs.

Throughout the fiscal year, volunteers contributed nearly 310,000 hours of service, which saved us $6.2 million in equivalent personnel costs.
Who We Serve:

During the fiscal year, we served an average of more than 253,000 people per month. The majority of people we serve are seniors and low-income families with children.
Food Bank Programs:

Second Harvest operates direct service programs for seniors, families with children, and individuals:

·        Family Harvest provides monthly food assistance to low-income families with children.

·        Brown Bag provides weekly food assistance to low-income seniors.

·        Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) provides children ages 6-18 with an assortment of food items to take home every Friday.

·        Partners in Need (PIN) provides weekly food assistance to low-income Food Bank volunteers.

·        Produce Mobile delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income households with limited access to community markets.

·        Mobile Pantry delivers food to geographically-isolated communities and those with limited services.

We also help individuals find food assistance programs, learn about proper nutrition, and gain access to resources available to them:

·        Food Connection Hotline connects callers to multilingual operators who refer them to local food assistance programs.

·        Nutrition Education provides nutrition, health, and food safety workshops to agencies and clients.

·        Food Stamp Outreach helps eligible households apply for food stamps and receive benefits within days.

Curtner Center

750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose CA 95125
Using a GPS? Be sure to choose SAN JOSE when you type in the address!
Phone: (408) 266-8866
Fax: (408) 266-9042

Regular Business Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cypress Center

4001 North 1st Street, San Jose CA 95134
Phone: (408) 266-8866
Fax: (408) 266-9042

Regular Business Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bing Center

1051 Bing Street, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: (650) 610-0800
Fax: (650) 610-0808

Regular Business Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




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