Things To Know: San Bruno Starts Celebrating

Kick-Off the City of San Bruno’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration December 5th


Starting Friday after Thanksgiving –

San Bruno Fire Fighters will Collect Toys For Tots again this year.

The usual start date for accepting your donations is the day after Thanksgiving.  The Fire Department usually request 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.

In years past they have always accepted toys right up to Christmas, as the toys can always be used in the event where a family loses toys in a fire or some other emergency throughout the coming year.  The Fire Department just doesn’t have a lot of space to store them.

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

Friday, December 6 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.

Event sponsored by:

American Red Cross, Millbrae Square Shopping Center, Kohl’s Department Stores, Walgreens, Trader Joes, Starbucks Coffee, and YOU!

Thank you for your help and kind donations.

Saturday, December 7 -  8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Java With Jerry.  Senator Jerry Hill invites you to Caffe Roma 143 South El Camino Real in Millbrae for Jave and a representative from the Millbrae Frie Departmdent will talk about holiday community safety and aid programs.  No RSVP needed - Questions:  212-3313.

Monday, December 9 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County.  U. S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier writes:

Sea level rise is one of the most serious consequences of climate change and it will have a profound effect on San Mateo County which has more people and property at risk from the rising sea than any other Bay Area county.

Please join San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, Assemblyman Rich Gordon and me to hear from federal, state and local experts to learn about the magnitude of the challenge we face and the options and strategies that are available to plan for and adapt to this new reality.

Our keynote speaker will be John Englander, nationally acclaimed author of “High Tide on Main Street.” Find a full list of speakers and the agenda here

Monday, December 9, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. College of San Mateo Theater Building 3 - 1700 W, Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo 

Directions and Parking
Sign up! 


I look forward to seeing you!

All the best,


Wednesday, December 11 -  Parkside Students Seeking Your Support - Ms. Maynard's sixth grade elective students at San Bruno’s Parkside Intermediate School have been working on projects to make the world more awesome! After being inspired by Kid President's pep talks on youtube, students choose projects that mattered to them. On December 11th at both lunches the groups will be telling other students about their work so far. They will also have various items for sale to support their cause. One group of students will be writing letters to the president asking for his support. Other groups will be asking for items to be donated. Stop by the black top next to the basketball courts to learn more and don't forget to bring a couple dollars to support our causes!

Check out kid president:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwlhUcSGqgs --

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Julia Maynard

Sixth Grade Teacher

Parkside Middle School


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 - City Offices Closed

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 -  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.


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


ShelterBox USA -

Thanks to Frank Hedly for mentioning this web site.

http://www.shelterboxusa.org/ - The following is taken from their web page.

What SHELTERBOX dOES - We respond instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most.

Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.  We are now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.  

Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival and our mission is to help them.

ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

ShelterBox was founded in 2000 on a very simple principle: the right to life and dignity. We asked, "What would a family need to survive if they lost their home?" This question became a quest to provide a compact, universal tool kit to families displaced by disasters. ShelterBox would afford dignity, self-sufficiency and most importantly, human survival in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. 

The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.  

Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. 

The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor, you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the web site.

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and a global network of volunteers.

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for people who need it most following more than 180 disasters in over 85 countries.

The global support from the Rotary network is the cornerstone that ShelterBox is built on.

- Rotary International (RI) President Kalyan Banerjee at the RI Convention in 2012 presented the following is his speech.

“Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and Rotarians are the cement that binds us together. Since we were founded, we grew from one club’s adopted project to the largest global Rotary club project in the 100-year history of the organization.
“In 2012, we became Rotary International's first project partner. This agreement enables both of us to collaborate more closely to bring relief and temporary shelter to survivors of disasters worldwide. The project partnership will build on both our strengths in responding to disasters all over the world.
The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox. Alongside this, Rotary Clubs provide invaluable logistical support to our field operations.

Rotarians will often be the people who ensure our aid can be delivered into a country by acting as consignees. These essential acts mean we can deliver aid to people in need as quickly as possible.

More often than not, it will be Rotarians who are the first point of contact for the SRT members when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster. They provide everything from logistical support, translators, local knowledge, to a bed to sleep in.
The global Rotary network has been key in our international growth. At present, all of our affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaracters and the growth has been phenomenal.
Rotarians around the world engage with ShelterBox on an unprecedented scale. The benefits to our efforts and, in turn, to Rotary, are enormous. We receive incredible support from Rotary and, equally, we are acting as a catalyst in encouraging more people the world over to become involved with their local Rotary Club.


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.


The San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District continues to remind all residents to continue to dump all standing water, so there are fewer possible locations where mosquitoes may breed.  Mosquitoes breed in San Mateo County 12 months of the year! 

Questions or concerns about how the District is working to prevent mosquito breeding and to curtail the possible spread of WNV can be obtained by contacting District Manager Robert Gay at 650-344-8952.  Additional info:  http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html  


Tee Ball & Peewee (5-10 yrs) Ray Scarabosio – 689-5543

Sign-up begin in Jan www.sbpw.org - League Mar – June

Junior Giants (7-12 yrs) Lorry Greenberg – 873-0856 - Sign-ups last Sat in April www.jrgiants.org - League July-Aug

Boy Scouts of America – Council Headquarters – 650-341-5633

Friends of the San Bruno Library – 650-359-7917

Girl Scouts of America – www.girlscoutsnorcal.org – 800-447-4475

Blood Centers of the Pacific – 650-369-8211

San Bruno 4-H Club – 650-952-1209 or 650-583-7249

San Bruno AARP – 650-583-4499

San Bruno American Legion – 650-201-6541

San Bruno Chamber of Commerce – www.SanBrunoChamber.com – office@SanBrunoChamber.com or 650-588-0180

San Bruno Community Gardens – south end of 1st Avenue near Lions Field – 650-868-4308

San Bruno Lions Club – 650-892-2202 – Posy Parade 1st Sunday in June every year

San Bruno Mothers Club – www.sanbrunomothersclub.com – 415-706-6161

San Bruno Police Reserve – Sergeant Grech agrech@sanbruno.ca.gov 650-616-7100

San Bruno Rotary www.rotary5150.org 650-624-8252




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