Things To Know: Upcoming Glenview Blood Drive

It is Time to Donate Blood

4th Annual San Bruno Blood Drive in honor of the victims of the Glenview explosion - Friday, January 17 between 10AM-2PM at Lunardi's Market adjacent to San Bruno Avenue.

Senator Hill Introduces New Legislation - See Below

RELAY FOR LIFE San Bruno – April 26th & 27th 2014

Relay For Life – San Bruno – Join Us To FINISH THE FIGHT

The link below gives you the background on WHY we are finishing the fight:


The 24 hour event starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 26th and runs continually until 10:00 a.m. Sunday April 27th 2014.

LOCATION:  Capuchino High School – San Bruno

GOTO:  www.RelayForLife.org/SanBrunoCa

Here you will find:

WHAT is Relay

WHY we fundraise

HOW you can START a Team

HOW you can JOIN a Team


KenIbarra@yahoo.com – 650 – 589 – 4613 to volunteer to be a committee chair or a committee member.

Our temporary American Cancer Society staff partner Allison Baca writes:

Relay for Life is a 24 hour team event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, programs, services and advocacy efforts. It is held in over 5,100 cities in the United States each year. Teams come out and enjoy music, fun and food- all while keeping one person on the track from their team for the entire 24 hours. Our event is founded on the principle- “cancer never sleeps, so neither do we.” It is a non-competitive but emotionally impactful event. We need you now! Relay for Life is looking for planning committee members and teams! Join up and help us to Finish the Fight against cancer!

San Bruno April 26-27, 2014 – Capuchino High School

Looking for Chairs for one or more committees and various other committee roles.

Looking for teams, great entertainment and food!! 

Thank you so much! 


American Cancer Society

ATTN:  Allison Baca

601 Montgomery – Suite 650

San Francisco, CA 94111

650 – 922 – 1449


Design Tech High School UPDATE!!!

Applications are now available for submission online!

For all of the details about the application process, please go to our website at www.dtechhs.org and choose ATTEND d.tech

How to get the application for the lottery:
You can complete the online application or you can download and print the application here. As of on January 7, 2014, you can also find paper applications at the offices of the following local middle schools: Bayside STEM Academy, Burlingame Intermediate School, and Parkside Intermediate School.

For more details, go to our website at www.dtechhs.org.

Applications available beginning January 2nd, 2014 at www.dtechhs.org.  Paper applications will be available at Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS), Bayside STEM Academy (BSA), and Parkside Intermediate School (PIS).  

Applications DUE by 5pm on February 28th
You may submit your application one of four ways: 

·        Online at www.dtechhs.org

·        Email a scanned copy to enroll@dtechhs.org

·        Mail your application to: Design Tech High School, 1207 Lafayette Street, San Mateo, CA 94403

·        Drop off applications in the d.tech lock-boxes at BIS, BSA, PIS, and other local organizations to be announced

Lottery Information
If we receive more than 150 applications for enrollment, per California law, we will fill the 150 openings by lottery.  The lottery will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014.  Notifications of admission will be mailed on March 21, 2014. 
Parent & Student Information Sessions
Thanks to all who made it out to our session on December 19th - what a great turnout (especially considering the busy time of year)!  If you missed that one, we will host several more parent information sessions in January and February of 2014.  If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up to receive updates by selecting "contact us" at www.dtechhs.org.  UPCOMING EVENTS 

January 2nd Applications available  

January & February Information sessions dates and locations to be announced  February 28th, 5pm - Applications due

Our mailing address is: 
Design Tech High School 1207 Lafayette Street San Mateo, CA 94403

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.

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 disposable 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 cannot be knocked over as easily. To avoid damage to surrounding vehicles 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.

Saturday, January 4 - Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 8:30am to 11:30am

San Mateo County Environmental Health Department sponsors a FREE countywide program to collect, recycle and properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

San Mateo: HHW Collections are held virtually every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except Holiday weekends) at the permanent facility in San Mateo. The collection times are 8:00am to 2pm.

Make an appointment to get the address and directions to either event. Visit http://www.smchealth.org/hhw to make an appointment (or call 650-363-4718 and select option 3).

NOTE: For residents in Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, San Carlos and San Mateo, you may contact AT YOUR DOOR SPECIAL COLLECTION, at 800-HHW-PKUP for a Door-to-Door Option.

Accepted Materials:

Oil-based paints, varnishes and stains
Paint thinner
Household cleaners
Aerosol spray cans
Furniture and metal polishes
Pesticides and garden chemicals
Pool and spa chemicals
Photographic chemicals
Art and hobby supplies
Automotive Products*
Batteries (home & car)*
Hobby supplies
Fire Extinquishers
Propane tanks (camping/BBQ)
Mercury Containing Items (fluorescent light bulbs*, old thermometers, etc.)

Not Accepted Materials: (Get proper disposal information for these items here)

Biological materials
Business-generated materials
Radioactive materials
Compressed gas cylinders

*No need for an appointment if you take the following to local Drop-Offs, see http://www.flowstobay.org/toxic

*household batteries
*old medications
*latex paint
*fluorescent light bulbs
*auto batteries
*used oil
*oil filters

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 will be held at 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 

Tickets can be purchased on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/installation-of-san-bruno-chamber-of-commerce-board-members-and-state-of-the-city-address-luncheon-tickets-9186058749

Tuesday, January 7 -  Public invited to Supervisors reorganization, swearing-in of new Board president

Dave Pine, the vice president of the Board of Supervisors, is inviting the public to meet your local officials and attend the swearing in of a new Board president on Tuesday, January 7.

The Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Burlingame High School Theater, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame. Click here for directions.

The special event will include singing by the  Ragazzi Boys Chorus. A reception will follow.

The five-member Board typically elevates the current vice president to the leadership role of president.

Pine was elected to the Board in May 2011 to represent District 1, which consists of Burlingame, Millbrae and Hillsborough, parts of San Bruno and South San Francisco and the unincorporated San Mateo Highlands and San Francisco International Airport. This would be Pine’s first term as president.

Reservations are not required, but we are trying to come up with an accurate count of attendees. Please send an RSVP if you plan to attend.


Please contact David Burruto in Supervisor Dave Pine’s office at dburruto@smcgov.org, 650-363-4126

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

Tuesday, January 14 -  San Bruno Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Senior Center.  Info  San Bruno City Clerk Carol Bonner 650-616-7058 cbonner@SanBruno.Ca.Gov  To view the agenda please click here:  http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/city_agendapackets.html

The City Council typically meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, at the Senior Center, located at 1555 Crystal Springs Road, at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are televised on San Bruno Cable Television (CATV) Channel 1. For more information you may contact the City Clerk at 616-7058 or by email at cbonner@sanbruno.ca.gov

Thursday, January 16 - Community Preparedness Committee Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  The Community Preparedness Committee will meet at City Hall in the EOC (Emergency Operation Center), at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Jim Allan at jallan@sanbruno.ca.gov

Friday, January 17 -  Jill Engel reports …”4th Annual San Bruno Blood Drive in honor of the victims of the Glenview explosion.  On Friday, January 17 between 10AM-2PM at Lunardi's Market adjacent to San Bruno Avenue.”

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 -  City Offices Closed

Tuesday, January 21 – Planning Commission Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Senior Center.  The Planning Commission meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Senior Center, located at 1555 Crystal Springs Road, at 7:00 p.m., the meeting is televised live on San Bruno Cable Television (CATV) Channel 1. For more information you may contact David Woltering at dwoltering@sanbruno.ca.gov

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 Hill Introduces New Legislation:

For Immediate Release - Office of Senator Jerry Hill - January 2, 2014

Contacts: Aurelio Rojas, 916-747-3199 cell; Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404 cell

Senator Jerry Hill Announces Legislation to Update Political Reform Act, Increase Transparency

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Jerry Hill announced today he will introduce legislation prohibiting certain types of political spending and increasing transparency in response to several practices that have been exposed in recent years.

The legislation would make several changes to the Political Reform Act, including:

Ø  Prohibiting elected officials from contributing campaign funds to business entities or nonprofits owned or operated by another elected official on the same body.  For members of the Legislature, this prohibition would apply to members of both houses as the same body. 

Ø  Prohibiting elected officials from contributing campaign funds to business entities or nonprofits owned or operated by their family members.  Also prohibits elected officials from asking persons to donate to a business entity or nonprofit owned or operated by their family members. 

Ø  Prohibiting elected officials from contributing campaign funds to business entities or nonprofits owned or operated by other elected officials' family members. Prohibits an elected official from asking persons to donate to a business entity or nonprofit organization owned or operated by other elected officials or their families.

Ø  Increasing transparency of behested payments to and from elected officials by lowering the reporting threshold from $5,000 to $2,500 and requiring the Fair Political Practices Commission to post the transactions on its website within 30 days.

Ø  Creating a limit of $5,000 for travel-related gifts to elected officials from nonprofits and other groups. Currently there is no cap on the amount of money elected officials can receive from groups for travel if the elected official is speaking at a conference. Elected officials would have to use campaign or personal funds for travel-related expenditures over $5,000 in a calendar year from a single source.

Ø  Prohibiting the expenditure of campaign funds for an elected official’s mortgage, rent, utility bills, clothing, club memberships, vacations, tuition, tickets for sporting and entertainment events, and other personally beneficial items prohibited by state and federal regulations.

“These reforms are intended to modernize California’s Political Reform Act, which was approved by voters in 1974,” said Hill, D-San Mateo / Santa Clara counties. He will introduce his bill when the Legislature re-convenes on January 6.

A Common Cause report released last month found that in 2012 state elected officials received $216,000 in gifts and travel payments and solicited or received $6.7 million in behested payments. Since 2000, state elected officials solicited or received over $109 million in behested payments from various companies, organizations and nonprofits.

The Fair Political Practices Commission defines behested payments as “contributions solicited by members of the Assembly, Senate and statewide elected officers. These payments are not considered campaign contributions or gifts, but are payments made at the ‘behest’ of elected officials to be used for legislative, governmental or charitable purposes.”

State law requires the reporting of behested payments only if they total $5,000 or more per year from a single source. There are no reporting requirements for behested payments up to $4,999.99.

Nate Solov

Office of Senator Jerry Hill



IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS:  To report damage on City property such as potholes, streetlight outage, graffiti, etc.  GOTO http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/pw_streets_pothole_form.asp

Fill out the on line form and submit it.  Thanks for being Eyes & Ears for your San Bruno neighbors.


Redesigned San Bruno Education Foundation web page:  http://sanbrunoedfound.org/

Excellent schools are a top priority in San Bruno. We want all our children to have the opportunities to learn and achieve every year, no matter what happens with the state budget. By donating to the SBEF, you ensure that programs such as physical education, art, music, science, technology, literacy programs and instructional aides continue to be an integral part of the school curriculum.

Only as a community can we ensure that the schools in San Bruno continue to provide our children with high-quality education. 

So far we have raised $21,975 towards our $30,000 target. Thank you for your continued Support!

All donations are tax deductible.

Tax Id 20-1051818

Mail your donation to:  San Bruno Education Foundation, P. O. Box 175, San Bruno, CA 94066 or use the drop box in your school office.


Regular and Special City Council Meeting Notices - Please visit http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/city_agendapackets.html) 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


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