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Things To Know San Bruno - Chamber Lunch & Learn

San Bruno Chamber of Commerce's "Lunch & Learn"

Things to Know:  San Bruno Chamber & Shops At Tanforan’s Showcase of Businesses

Saturday, April 6 – San Bruno Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Showcase of Businesses EXPO – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at “The Shops at Tanforan” – 1150 El Camino Real.  Exhibit fees: $250.00 for San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Members or $300.00 for Non-Members.  Call the Chamber office at 650 – 588– 0180 or GOTO www.sanbrunochamber.com for more information and the necessary form and to register and pay online.

Saturday, April 6 - Discover San Mateo County Parks: Take A Hike April 6.  Take A Hike begins the 2013 season with a special event at Flood Park in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m.  Take A Hike is championed by San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom and fellow Board members who encourage residents to discover San Mateo County Parks as resources for exercise and environment awareness.

Supervisor Warren Slocum will accompany Supervisor Groom at this year’s kick-off event, which will feature information about the activities you can enjoy in San Mateo County Parks in addition to hiking.

The morning will feature “get ready for the hiking season” events for kids and adults with morning snacks.

We hope you will join us to pick up your Take A Hike t-shirt, obtain information on exercise and health, and learn how San Mateo County Parks is reducing paper consumption with new technology that allows you to carry Park maps on your smart phone. Children are invited to learn basic map reading while participating in a scavenger hunt.

Flood Park is located at 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park. Directions to Flood Park.

Take A Hike is a monthly series of hikes in San Mateo County parks that are led by Park rangers and volunteers who provide information on the unique features of each park.

Hikes typically last between 45 and 90 minutes. San Mateo County offers close to 190 miles of trails for hiking, as well as designated trails for horseback riders and for bicyclists. For more information and a schedule of all 2013 hikes, visit www.SMCoParks.org/TakeAHike.

You can follow Take A Hike on Facebook or call the Office of Supervisor Carole Groom at (650) 599-1005.

Monday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - Dad and Me - San Bruno Library Community Room.  The San Mateo County Fatherhood Collaborative and the San Bruno Library present: Dad and Me at the Library featuring master puppeteer Puppet Art with the show “The Boy Who Cried Wolf."

Tuesday, April 9 – 7:00 p.m. San Bruno City’s Citizen’s Crime Prevention Committee yearly report to the Council.  Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

Tuesday, April 9 – 7:00 p.m.  as part of the Council meeting – expected Proclamation of the week of April 21st thru 27th as West Nile Virus Awareness Week.  A representative from the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District will accept the proclamation and make a short presentation.  Info: 344-8592  Remember to Always Dump Standing Water

Tuesday, April 9 - Deborah Owdom - Project Director - RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties reports as follows: In a letter sent by RSVP to every Mayor in San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara County: 

“Everyday, in cities across America , national service programs are tackling tough problems and strengthening communities.  Tuesday, April 9th is the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  In San Mateo County, Mills-Peninsula Health Services is the sponsor of all three Senior Corps programs that are part of the Corporation for National & Community Service:  RSVP, Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP).  RSVP is celebrating its 39th anniversary this year and has been sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services – Senior Focus for 19 years.  FGP and SCP are celebrating 14 years of service in San Mateo County .

We invite you to participate in this first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service by creating a proclamation in honor of this day.

We would be delighted to give a presentation to the City Council about the Senior Corps Programs of the Corporation for National & Community Service.  In addition, we would also be happy to attend a Council meeting to accept the Proclamation from your city proclaiming April 9th as Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.” 

I am pleased to let you know that I just received a call from the Mayor’s Office in San Bruno and I will be attending the City Council Meeting on April 9th (at 7:00 p.m. at 1555 Crystal Springs Road) to give a brief presentation about RSVP and to accept a Proclamation from the San Bruno City Council.  It is exciting to see that the Mayor and Members of the Council have responded to our request to help acknowledge the service that volunteers are providing in their communities.

You are encouraged to attend and be acknowledged during my presentation and if you are civically engaged, please thank the members of the San Bruno City Council for this Proclamation and recognition.

Deborah Owdom Project Director RSVP of San Mateo & Northern Santa Clara Counties 1720 El Camino Real, Suite 10 Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 696-7661 FAX (650) 696-3633

Wednesday, April 10 – 10:30 a.m.  Special Presentation by the CPUC,  San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road.  Learn ways to save on your monthly utility bills, how to avoid scams, tips on conserving water and how to contact the CPUC with concerns or complaints about utility services.

Thursday, April 11 - 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loan Search, San Bruno Library Community Room.  Learn how to search and quickly locate scholarships, fellowships and student loans at all levels of study. This class is ideal for students, parents and education professionals.  Info: Han-Ching Wong, 616-7078

Monday thru Wednesday April 15 - 18 - Pasta Pomodero will be making a donation for your food purchase, if you present the attached flier, to the American Cancer Society - Relay For Life San Bruno.  Remember to thank the restaurant for their support.

Tuesday, April 16 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Planning Commission Meeting, Senior Center 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

Wednesday, April 17 – San Bruno Chamber of Commerce will be holding their first “Lunch & Learn” event.  “Healthcare reform and how it will affect your small business”.  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Fireman’s Hall, 618 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno.  Questions & to RSVP:  office@sanbrunochamber.com or 650-588-0180

Wednesday, April 17 - Jennifer Vargas reports: Lorry Greenberg will be receiving the 2013 San Bruno Community Recognition award for her dedication and contributions to the community on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm at the San Bruno Senior Center. The award ceremony will take place right at 7 pm and should be over by 7:30.  Without Lorry's countless hours of dedication, the Junior Giants program in San Bruno would not be as successful and make such a difference in the lives of so many youth.

Please come show your support and help her celebrate receiving this well deserved award.

Jennifer Vargas

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Growing Your Own Organic & Sustainable Garden Workshop – FREE – Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave.  RSVP 650-259-2339.  Learn how to grow a bountiful vegetable garden. From planting bed preparation to starting seedlings, you will discover the steps to starting a summer vegetable garden in a chemical free and more sustainable manner. The workshop will include a planting project to take home to help you start your garden!

Friday, April 19 - ENTENDED DEADLINE Grand Jury Applications Accepted Until April 19.  The Honorable Lisa A. Novak of the San Mateo County Superior Court has announced that the application period for service on the 2013-2014 Grand Jury has been extended to April 19, 2013.  Judge Novak made the announcement as the appointed Grand Jury Advisor for the next grand jury term, which commences July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014.  Any resident of San Mateo County for more than one year who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language is eligible for selection by Judge Novak.  Elected public officials are not eligible.  The Court encourages all interested individuals to apply. The Court strives to obtain a cross section of the county population. After the completion of an interview process by Judge Novak, jurors will be selected through a random draw.  Application forms can be obtained by writing Grand Jury Clerk, Court Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 or telephoning (650) 599-1210 or on-line.

Saturday, April 20 – Prudential California Realty FREE 7th Annual Shredding Party – back parking lot of 180 El Camino Real – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Shred to protect your identity, protect your privacy, & to protect information you consider to be extremely confidential. Shred truck will be accepting documents for shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 589-1000

Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day -  The San Bruno ban on single use plastic bags takes effect today.  The ordinance that is being adopted by most cities — which is based on one that was passed by the county and enacted in unincorporated areas last year — will require grocery stores to use paper bags made of at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Stores must charge at least 10 cents per paper bag.

Friday, April 26 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Teen Dance, San Bruno Recreation Center.  Meet up with all your friends and dance to your favorite songs. Tickets go on sale one week before the dance at Parkside and at the Recreation Center. Student ID cards will be checked at the door. Dances are open to 7th and 8th graders only.

Saturday, April 27 – San Bruno Bike & Pedestrian committee will be holding a workshop from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at 850 Cherry Avenue Conference Room C, San Bruno.  RSVP appreciated. Call 650-588-8170 or E=Mail Karen@commute.org  What to Expect:  Workshop conducted by a certified bicycle instructor from the League of American Bicyclists; interactive bicycle safety presentation; information on traffic laws for bicyclists and drivers; tips on riding in traffic safely; bicycle maintenance information; workshop is recommended for ages 16 and up; drawing for prizes up to a $40 gift certificates to a local bike shop.

Saturday, May 4 - SAVE THE DATE - Operation Clean Sweep in San Bruno.

Saturday & Sunday May 4th & 5th – SAVE THE DATES – Streets Alive! Parks Alive!  More info and questions: http://www.streetsalivesmc.org

Tuesday, August 6 – SAVE THE DATE – National Night Out

CONTINUING EVENT NEEDING YOUR SUPPORT: Relay For Life San Bruno - Councilman Ken Ibarra kenibarra@yahoo.com and American Cancer Society’s Julie Pierce Julie.Pierce@cancer.org are building the Relay For Life of San Bruno event for Saturday April 27th & Sunday April 28th 2013 to be held at the Capuchino High School in San Bruno.  Form YOUR own Team. Be a part of a committee. Volunteer for the event. GO TO www.relayforlife.org/sanbrunoca and there you can sign up to form your own team or join an existing team or just make a donation to an individual team member or to a team. Your friends and relatives from all over the WORLD can go to the San Bruno Relay For Life team web page www.relayforlife.org/sanbrunoca and at least make a small donation.  Join and FIGHT FOR THE CURE! If you cannot start a team or do not know of a team to join, “Crusaders For A Cure” welcomes you to join their team.  Luminaria Order Form can be obtained at www.RelayForLife.org.org/sanbrunoca

CONTINUING EVENT NEEDING YOUR SUPPORT: The City of San Bruno is seeking volunteers: The City has numerous commissions and committees that through volunteers provide a vital service to the City. Currently there are two (2) openings on the Citizens Crime Prevention Committee and one (1) opening on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee , additional vacancies on other committees and committees MAY be open.  To obtain the necessary volunteer interest form for ALL City committees and commissions email City Clerk Carol Bonner at cbonner@sanbruno.ca.gov.

Sacramento Legislative Update:  State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced SB 589 dealing with mail-in voter ballots.

According to the author:  For the first time in California's history, a majority of voters in a general election cast their ballots by mail in the November 6, 2012 election.  Unfortunately, over 59,000 vote-by-mail ballots were rejected by county registrars throughout the state.  Roughly 1% of vote-by-mail voters in California submitted their ballots and thought they voted, not knowing that their ballots were rejected.   SB 589 allows vote-by-mail voters to contact their local registrar of voters to determine if their ballot was counted.  If their ballot was rejected, the bill requires the registrar to inform the vote-by-mail voter why their ballot was rejected so they can remedy the problem for future elections.  Under current law these vote-by-mail voters have no way of knowing there's a problem and don't know to fix the problem.  The "free access system" requirement in the bill provides county registrars with flexibility to determine how they want to comply with the provisions of the bill.  County registrars can comply with
the bill by informing voters on a walk-in basis, informing voters over the phone, or informing voters online.

SB 589 also provides county registrars with flexibility on printing requirements in order to reduce redundancy for voters.  The bill allows county registrars to omit the sample ballot language when they mail the voter information guide to vote-by-mail voters.  This is a reasonable option since vote-by-mail voters will receive the actual ballot containing complete ballot language for all measures shortly after the voter information guide is delivered.  Instead of receiving the ballot language twice, vote-by-mail voters will only receive it once when they receive their ballot.

District Office 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303 San Mateo 94402; (650) 212-3313

Sacramento Legislative Update:  AB 792 (Mullin): Brown Act Online Posting Requirement – Clarifies current Brown Act open meeting law requirements related to online agenda posting, providing that local government agencies may continue conducting the business of the local agency even if they are unable to post agendas online, so long as specific requirements are met, including adhering to all other Brown Act open meeting laws.

District Office: 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 302 San Mateo 94402 (650) 349-1900

Sacramento Legislative Update:  SB 291 INTRODUCED BY   Senator Hill.   An act to add Section 1702.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SB 291, as introduced, Hill. Public Utilities Commission: safety enforcement: gas and electrical corporations.   Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations and electrical corporations, as defined. The Public Utilities Act requires the PUC to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person orproperty and requiring, in the judgment of the PUC, investigation by it, and authorizes the PUC to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable. The act additionally authorizes the PUC to ascertain and fix just and reasonable standards, classifications, regulations, practices, measurements, or services to be furnished, imposed, observed, and followed by specified public utilities, including electrical and gas corporations. Existing law authorizes the PUC to issue and serve citations in the enforcement of certain pipeline safety laws applicable to mobile home park gas delivery systems andpropane operators.   This bill would require the PUC to develop and implement procedures for issuance of citations by PUC staff, under the direction of the Executive Director of the PUC, to gas corporations and electrical corporations for correction and punishment of safety violations. The bill would require the PUC to develop and implement an appeals process to govern issuance and appeal of citations. 

District Office 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303 San Mateo 94402; (650) 212-3313

Sacramento Legislative Update: SB 611 INTRODUCED BY Senator Hill An act to amend Sections 305, 307, 308, 309.6, 1701.2, and 1701.3of the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST  SB 611, as introduced, Hill. Public Utilities Commission:organization: proceedings.   The California Constitution establishes the Public Utilities Commission, with jurisdiction over all public utilities, as defined.  The California Constitution grants the commission certain general powers over all public utilities, subject to control by the Legislature, and authorizes the Legislature, unlimited by the other provisions of the California Constitution, to confer additional authority and jurisdiction upon the commission, that is cognate and germane to the regulation of public utilities. Existing law requires the Governor to designate the president of the commission from among its members and requires the president to direct the executive director, the attorney, and other staff of the commission, except forthe Division of Ratepayer Advocates, in accordance with commission policies and guidelines.   The bill would repeal the requirement that the president direct the executive director, attorney, and other staff of the commission.   Existing law authorizes the attorney for the commission, if directed to do so by the president, except as otherwise directed by vote of the commission, to intervene, if possible, in any action or proceeding involving any question arising pursuant to the Public Utilities Act. Existing law requires the attorney for the commission to commence, prosecute, and expedite the final determination of allactions and proceedings, and to generally perform all duties and services as attorney to the commission, as directed or authorized by the president, except as otherwise directed or authorized by vote of the commission.   This bill would authorize the attorney for the commission, if directed to do so by the commission, to intervene, if possible, in any action or proceeding involving any question arising pursuant to the Public Utilities Act. This bill would require the attorney for the commission to commence, prosecute, and expedite the final determination of all actions and proceedings, and to generally perform all duties and services as attorney to the commission, as directed or authorized by the commission.   Existing law requires the executive director for the commission to keep a full and true record of all proceedings of the commission,issue all necessary process, writs, warrants, and notices, and perform such other duties as the president, or vote of the commission, prescribes. Existing law provides that the president may authorize the executive director to dismiss complaints or applications when all parties are in agreement there to, in accordance with rules that the commission may prescribe.   This bill would require the executive director to keep a full and true record of all proceedings of the commission, issue all necessary process, writs, warrants, and notices, and perform the other duties the commission prescribes. The bill would provide that the commission may authorize the executive director to dismiss complaints or applications when all parties are in agreement thereto, in accordancewith rules that the commission may prescribe.   The California Constitution authorizes the commission to establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. Existing law provides for the appointment of administrative law judges and the assigning of commissioners to preside over cases before the commission and requires the commission, to adopt procedures on the disqualification of administrative law judges due to bias or prejudice similar to those of other state agencies and superior courts.   This bill would require the commission to additionally adopt procedures on the disqualification of commissioners due to bias orprejudice similar to those of other state agencies and superior courts.    Existing law establishes certain procedures that are applicable to adjudication, rulemaking and rate setting cases. Existing law requires the commission, by regulation, to provide for peremptory challenges and challenges for cause of an assigned administrative lawjudge in adjudication and rate setting cases and entitles parties to unlimited peremptory challenges in any case in which the administrative law judge has, within the previous 12 months, served in any capacity in an advocacy position at the commission, been employed by a regulated public utility, or has represented a party or has been a party of interest in the case.   This bill would require the commission, by rule, to provide for peremptory challenges and challenges for cause of an assigned administrative law judge or assigned commissioner in adjudication and rate setting cases and entitles parties to unlimited peremptory challenges in any case in which the administrative law judge or assigned commissioner has, within the previous 12 months, served in any capacity in an advocacy position at the commission, been employedby a regulated public utility, or has represented a party or has been a party of interest in the case. The bill would prohibit an officer, employee, or agent of the commission that is assigned to assist in the prosecution of, or to testify in, an adjudication case, from participating in the decision of the case, or in the decision of any factually related proceeding. The bill would permit an officer, employee, or agent of the commission that is assigned to assist in the prosecution of an adjudication case to participate in reaching a settlement of the case, but would prohibit the officer, employee, or agent from participating in the decision of the commission to accept or reject the settlement, except as a witness or counsel in an open hearing or a specified closed hearing. 

District Office  1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303 San Mateo 94402; (650) 212-3313 

 

Caltrain releases "How to Ride" video -     

For more than two years, Caltrain’s ridership has grown at a record-breaking clip, which translates into many new customers learning about the system.  To help these riders understand Caltrain’s unique system, Caltrain has released a “How to Ride” video.

Just like driving a car for the first time, newcomers have to learn how to ride Caltrain. But a few easy steps can help a public transportation novice make it to their destination, and Caltrain’s fun and informative video shows them how.

In five steps, the video spells out how to be successful on a customer’s very first Caltrain outing.  A good experience requires: planning, getting to a station, paying, boarding and riding etiquette and, of course, arriving at the rider’s destination.

The best trips on Caltrain start with a little simple planning.   Checking Caltrain’s website will help customers find the train that meets their travel needs.  To ensure a good travel experience, customers should plan to arrive early to avoid missing their trains.   

Customers also will want to check out the fares and ticket types available to get them to their destinations.  Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system that requires purchasing a ticket before boarding the train or risk receiving an expensive citation.

New riders also should be aware of a bit of basic train etiquette while onboard.  Customers boarding without bicycles are asked to sit in one of the non-bike portions of the train cars and leave the bike-car seats available so cyclists can sit near their bikes. 

The benefit of riding Caltrain is having free time onboard to work, read a book or take a nap, but new riders are reminded to pay attention to announcements to avoid missing their stops.

Caltrain’s video can be found at Caltrain.com/howtoride.

Caltrain’s Customer Service Center also can provide travel planning tips by calling 1.800.660.4287 or hearing-impaired (TTY only) customers may call 650.508.6448.  Checking the schedule, locating the nearest station and planning to arrive early enough to avoid missing the train are all part of good travel preparation.

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