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Mayor to Be Honored for 'Heroic Work' in Aftermath of Fire

Mayor Jim Ruane will be one of two honorees at the Peninsula Coalition's awards dinner in May.

Mayor Jim Ruane will be receiving an award from the Peninsula Coalition in May for his leadership during the city's recovery from the 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion, the organization recently announced.

The coalition—a group of business, labor and community leaders—will be holding its eighth annual Community Honors Dinner on May 10 at the Westin Millbrae. Ruane and Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income residents, will be the two honorees.

"Mr. Ruane and the San Bruno official family have done truly heroic work in starting the long healing process resulting from the massive explosion and fire that struck their city in September of 2010," the Peninsula Coalition said in announcing the awards dinner.

For more information about the Peninsula Coalition, visit pencoalition.com.

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Alan Lubke March 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Good job. But not appropriate for the city to spend $25,000 for a documentary film as part of the award ceremony. Be aware that there is a follow-on proposal to develp a "nationally worthy" documentary which expands the $25,000 movie at an estimated cost of $200,000. All funds come/would come from monies provided to the city by PG&E for "recovery". Would seeing such a film on "60 Minutes" help you recover from your traumatized condition?
M. Ricardo Flores March 23, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Who is going to pay for this homage to the mayor? Isn't it his job? If taxpayers are given the bill for this soiree, is there anything San Bruno residents do anything to stop such spending?
Martin Ricard (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
To my understanding, the Peninsula Coalition is paying for the awards dinner, as well as all guests who buy tickets or pay for the commemorative book.
Alan Lubke March 24, 2012 at 06:43 AM
The City Council, at the March 13th meeting “gave a nod”, literally, as approval to a commitment made by the City Manager for $20,000 from the City’s Recovery Trust Fund (monies from PG&E) to a videographer for production of a documentary for immediate use at the awards presentation of the Peninsula Coalition as well as to “respond to events” of September 9, 2010. The “nod” also was approval from the City Council for the City Manager to continue discussions, without commitment, with the videographer for a longer, more detailed project with a cost figure mentioned of $250,000. The entire discussion is part of the televised minutes of the San Bruno City Council Meeting of March 13, 2012. Go to “Item 10c. Report on Production of Video Documentary on the September 9, 2010 Explosion and the Continuing Recovery of the San Bruno Community and Adopt Resolution Authorizing Production Costs to be Covered through the City Trust Fund.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o92rIq-WBs

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