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Disgrace to our neighborhood

I live on Mastick Avenue.  There is a duplex on the corner of Mastick and San Felipe that has been abandoned and tagged for many years.  It has become a garbage dump - a place where furniture has been thrown in the front driveway, bags of trash, clothing and everything imaginable.  I do not understand how the City allows this to sit unattended and an embarassment to our neighborhood.  I have lived in San Bruno for 28 years, have raised my children in this town and paid my taxes. I am fed up with this City going backwards and looking worse and worse all the time.  I know that many complaints have been filed, but nothing is done about this eyesore.  My days in San Bruno are numbered - this is not a town I wish  to stay in any longer.
Alfonso Esqueda October 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Carol, I live in the Crestmoor area and I really wish people would stop generalizing how well the city takes care of us on the hill. We are not taken care of by the city we take care of our own neighborhood. Unlike lower San Bruno that has street sweeping and parking enforcement, I sweep my own curbs and street and so do most of my neighbors. We take pride in ownership and clean up our mess...even if we have to help our neighbors clean up.
Alfonso Esqueda October 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Ken, Thank you for checking that out for SP. There should be municipal code laws that prevent property owners from causing their properties to look like a mess. Many other cities have programs called community policing and have city agents or code enforcers check out these types of tips or even drive around looking for blithe. They then write up reports and in some cases even fine the property owner for violating these codes. El Camino looks like crap with all those empty business that need to be demolished.
Ken Ibarra October 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I sincerely apologize to "sp" and anyone in this town that has a longstanding request to the City with unsatisfactory results. My comment last night was out of frustration both for what "sp" might have endured for too long and a situation that the City has limited control. I would like "sp" to give the town another chance, not for the City, but for the community as a whole - which is arguably a wonderful place to live with mostly good people. I am sorry "sp" - again, thanks for the heads-up - we'll get things cleaned up on San Felipe.
eer October 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I think it's funny though if your a resident trying to fix up your house that city inspector will be there in 2 seconds to fine you! This city should really get their priorities straight! Leave the citizens trying to make their house look better alone and get on the abandon gross houses.
bob b October 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Also, be careful about what you say..I understand that if you say things that will upset the senior citizens in the community it might create a panic and a lot of anxiety. This is according to certain officials and or representative in the City of San Bruno.. If you need a speed board there is one parked down the street from the fire dept..It has been there for awhile and tagged..
Carol October 24, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I'm sorry Alfonso but I have lived in San Bruno all my life. My parents were the original owners of my home. For years, the Crestmoor Area has been given preferential treatment by the City Council. I live in Rollingwood. We have asked for those speed things in our area for years. One street in Crestmoor has two! I don't understand why you don't have street sweepers in your area. They do still go to ours but so many cars are parked on the street - not much gets cleaned. I begged for a stop sign at the bottom of my street because people fly up Valleywood and it's a blind hill. Not enough need? How much does a damn stop sign cost? Didn't mean to offend you but I don't see the blight in your part of town that lower San Bruno or my area puts up with for years. Somehow people get the city to take action.
Dana Ynostroza October 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Er&Carol have good comments. Er has been complaining for a long time. Mr.Ibarra said in May"the city is aware". Er has been reporting it for years. That's the problem. Speedy resolutions to long standing issues. SBPD can enforce the blight infractions. BUT it starts at the top. SBPD Chief & City Council. Blight,speeding,burglaries,etc.are intolerable. SB do your job. Council members do your job.
Alfonso Esqueda October 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Im sorry, I meant we dont have street sweeping signs ...we do have a street sweeper that passes, but folks dont move their cars, which forces me to clean up my own curb. Carol- We do have a speed problem also in our nieghborood. The city tried to paint lines in order to minimize the width of the street (Crestmoor), but i think that just makes i look like a race track for cars to speed onto. Speed Bumps would have been a better idea..or better yet...widen the sidewalks and add more trees..I would love to see a tree lined Crestmoor.
Heidi Beck October 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I walk by that house regularly on my way to the train station and have often thought to myself about loading up the piles of clothing that periodically materialize out there and bringing them to Goodwill. Project Clean Sweep should send a crew out there to pick up the trash next time they have a clean-up day, or maybe a community service group could go out there and pick up the trash. I'm kind of surprised the neighbors haven't taken things into their own hands with all that trash piled out front that is spilling and blowing onto the sidewalk and into their yards.
Bob Dinero October 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Rather than getting emotional with this subject and attack one another, what can we do as a community to improve the livelihood, litter, blight areas, etc. that seem to plague San Bruno? There are A LOT of abandoned buildings along San Mateo and El Camino, also there are many things I can mention throughout the city that needs improvement. I think with the approval of the transit corridor plan, the city will go through some changes and I hope the changes will create some sense of pride for the residents of San Bruno. Also, with the PG&E settlement that San Bruno received, we can utilize resources to: -re-open Crestmoor school -redevelop some of the parks -maybe re-construct or enhance city-owned buildings -landscape sidewalks -construct pedestrian over paths across El Camino real (El Camino near Tanforan and the Crossings has heavy traffic) -install beautiful murals with meaning - this will help with graffiti -maybe construct a 'solar' power plant near the PG%E explosion -create a city beautification task team -create a San Bruno identity and/or 'Town'...none other in the Bay Area -Utilize fuel-efficient city vehicles BTW Ken, great way to earn some votes!! And what is up with Lee's Buffett?!?!
Alfonso Esqueda October 25, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Bob Dinero for Council!!!!
Sandra Perez-Vargas October 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Ken Ibarra needs to find another job, frustration or no frustration he was elected to serve this community, not insult the people who live here. SB, we don't want you to leave Mastick, we need people who care for the condition of their neighborhood. And if there is legal action that needs to be taken to rightfully address the property on San Felipe, then Ken, why haven't you and your elected peers taken the proper steps? We have also brought this property on numerous occasions spanning years to the attention of the city. Its not enough to send someone out to clean this property up time and time again, do your job and enforce the laws against the owner of this property. SB thanks for posting and bringing attention to this disgraceful property. Heck the city has even taken the steps to board this property up to keep the transients out, why does it appear this is where their responsibility stops. I also thank you for presenting Ken with an opportunity to publicly show us all what he is made of prior to elections. The following comes direct from Ken's Facebook Page, " I am proud to be your Councilman and I promise to continue to be your active and dedicated servant. To continue receiving the best service San Bruno deserves, please vote to re-elect Ken Ibarra. ". I think our Councilmen should practice what hey preach. And Ken you do not. I will not be voting for you. Our city needs some new leadership, progressive forward thinking leaders who recognize that many in San Bruno care for this city and have called it home for decades. Your current rules and regulations have done little to brighten up our neighborhoods and our retail spaces. My husband has personally brought several retail business propositions to the planning commission and all were shot down. His ideas were too progressive for our city leadership. All would have brought employment and tax dollars into this community. We need new leadership.
bob b October 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The owner of Lee's Buffett stores tables, chairs, and other items inside the building..They are basically using the building for storage. I saw them several weeks ago pulling all kinds of stuff out of there and driving off. That has been an eye sore ever since the Restaurant closed up. Unfortunately we have the state running El Camino Rl, 100 feet up and down each direction and the city of San Bruno can't get even the roadways taken care of. The other is the city has plenty of codes to enforce but the procedures and or steps take to long. Also, the police dept. needs software programs to track violators so that they can't keep doing the same thing throughout San Bruno. Once there in the system you can track-um. and the same goes for each department. These types of problems have existed for several years. We just need to stop having the same people running the city of San Bruno, "Business as Usual". Someone has to step up to the plate and say, " Enough is Enough". Some are not going to like it but guess what????? You have a chance know to vote for someone else and break the same ideas over and over again. Some have out lived the seats once held. It is time like Sandra Perez-Vargasour said,"The city needs some new leadership, progressive forward thinking leaders". More Transparency including the newly Board of Directors....
Alfonso Esqueda October 26, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Sandra for council!!!
Tina Palmer October 26, 2013 at 03:21 AM
How about the city taking legal action against the homeowner and take over the property. Then they could sell it to someone who can fix it up and be a proud homeowner.
Anna Lopez October 27, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Well said Sandra! I completely agree. Thank you.
Theo Varelas October 28, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Wow, Mr. Ibarra needs to realize that he works for us the citizens of San Bruno. It is time he goes. His condescending and quite frankly rude tone he takes is extremely insulting. He could care less about what the average citizen of San Bruno has to deal with. That is why he comes off with this attitude. Don't forget he is the one who voted to raise our water/sewage rates as well. He has no sympathy towards anyone that doesn't make a lot of money like himself. Please vote for Marty Medina in next weeks election. I have personally met with Marty and he has worked very hard and cares about the community. It is time we change some of our leadership in our city because we have not seen anything positive from the current city council except for our bills increasing.
Sandra Perez-Vargas October 28, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Thx Anna. Still can't believe that Ken Ibarra prefers to chase off such a good neighbor instead of putting a little time and effort into correcting this problem....not the person we want on the council.
bob b October 28, 2013 at 07:57 PM
There is two or three individuals that think like each other and you named one. That is why he comes off with this attitude. Don't forget he is not the only one who voted to raise our water/sewage rates as well. And he is not the only one who doesn't have sympathy towards anyone including individuals who are on fixed income. Also, do forget about the increases that you have already received from the garbage collections and your recent bill for water. HELLO!!! Years ago they had three guys working a garbage truck. Know, there is one guy working each truck and picking up 300 houses per shift. And they're trying to say there not making money and there being charged more land fill fees and the city of San Bruno is going along with it at the cost of the community. Just a side note drive by Lee's Buffett and graffiti all over the building. Are you telling me know one from the city saw that.. Anyway, if you see anything take a picture of it and upload it to: cityofsanbruno.info and or sbcommunityservice@gmail.com We will try to help you. Respectfully, S.B.C.O.P.
Alfonso Esqueda October 29, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Don't you just hate it when you wish you can take back what you say that is now biting you in the buttocks?
Sandra Perez-Vargas October 29, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Marty Medina and Andrew Mason for city council. Lets given them a shot at shaking things up in San Bruno.
Carol October 30, 2013 at 01:15 AM
The one thing that we can all agree on is that the City needs to change. Grant you, San Mateo's downtown is larger than ours but up until fairly recently they were just about as sad as ours. The city needs to take interest again in all of San Bruno and not focus on raising our water and sewage rates. I still say that the money from PG&E should be used to give all the homes and businesses solar power. That would truly benefit everyone and hit PG&E where it hurts - their pocketbook! It would benefit homeowners and renters and actually give businesses an incentive to be in our city.
Theo Varelas November 06, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Welp Kenny Boy won. More of the same from San Bruno City Council. I fully expect to be paying upwards of $500 a month for my utility bills and most likely have the remaining businesses leave our city. Hopefully all you senior citizens that supported a scumbag like Ibarra feel your pocket books hit directly. I feel no pity for you.
dragon November 06, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Theo and others Ibarra: Good morning Theo..I agree...maybe the community can get together and sign a petition to have this person removed and have someone else appointed in the interim. It seems that everyone doesn't have access to read the San Bruno Patch to get the real person and his attitude toward the public. I will have to go over the Brown Act and other municipal codes. This is a quote from B.A. "When a member of the public testifies before a legislative body, the body may not prohibit the individual from criticizing the policies, procedures, programs or services of the agency or the acts or omissions of the legislative body. (§ 54954.3(c).)"
Marty Medina November 08, 2013 at 10:51 AM
For those residents that wish to report various nuisances please follow the link below. As a former city employee I am aware there are only two code enforcement officers with high case loads (hundreds) and they work very hard trying to keep our community in a safe and clean condition. The majority of residents take care of the nuisance (weeds, debris, inoperable vehicles) once they are provided a 10-day Notice of Correction. The difficult cases are generally with vacant and distressed properties with absentee landlords. These cases need more attention and then abatement. Don't give up. Be persistent and document the problem with photos and addresses and dates. Never give up. We need to work together. Thank you for your support. Marty Medina http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/code_main.html
Doug Radtke November 08, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I grew up in San Bruno too living on 466 Maple Ave with my grandfather many years, later in the Crestmoor hills before my family moved to Millbrae. I love San Bruno, but there's so much eyesore blight and you guys named some of it like Lee's Buffet. The biggest eyesore is the Old El Camino Plaza - it's become a bum encampment where I've literally seen bums burning trash in metal cans and drinking malt liquor. The place is littered on the inside with human feces and empty alcohol containers. What I suggested for Millbrae could definitely work for San Bruno - give out free business licenses. Give out free permits for businesses that start on San Mateo Ave. Actively recruit business owners to open up shop and provide assistance for them to do so. Downtown San Bruno can flourish again, I truly believe it. Our priorities are so backwards here in the Peninsula it drives me insane.
Bob Dinero November 09, 2013 at 11:50 AM
San Bruno patch recently posted an article about the volunteer work that was done at Parkside Intermediate school. THANK YOU ALL for the people who were involved in this effort. Kudos to the community, parents, and volunteer organizations that dedicated their time on painting the walls, cleaning, and creating a mural that reflects the spirit of San Bruno. A special thank you to Ray Fucini for 'championing' the volunteer effort. We need more people like Ray to help the whole community change for the better. Perhaps City leaders can take on the roles of being involve in these type of programs, programs that can improve the livelihood of San bruno residents by forming organizations and alliances with various parties, that responsibly monitor and utilize funds to improve or reopen local schools, redevelop blight areas, and reduce homeless and crime. Ken, are you in?
Doug Radtke November 09, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Does anybody know who owns the building between Mastick and San Mateo Ave, the one that's a bum encampment? I might know someone who is interesting in redeveloping it.
dragon November 09, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Good morning.check with the building dept. They should have all the information. Also, check online county of san mateo and put in address..most of the current property owners downtown do not want to invest/cleanup/paint or enforce city regulations. Just get the money and maintain a lease. Whatever the renter does is okay with owners.
T November 10, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Hi Doug, I'm born and raised here in SB. If you can give me the physical address I can give you the information, no problem. I work for Better Homes and Gardens as a Realtor. Always happy to help. tzapata@sanbrunocable.com or tammy@gobhg.com.

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