Elevated Caltrain Station Opens April 1st

FEATURED ITEM:  Community Centennial Planning Meeting Update - March 24, 2014

1.     Update on activities and planning since the January 22 Community Meeting
a. Logo & Slogan – Logo has been designed and photo attached.  Slogan:  100 Years of Progress
b. Banners for San Mateo Avenue – Banners have been ordered – Photo attached – Will be hung on every other light pole along San Mateo Avenue and plan to be left up through December 2014
c. Apparel & Memorabilia – Polo Shirts, Hats, Hooded sweat shirts, coffee mugs, Re-Usable bags, Water bottles – Should be for sale at City Recreation Center, City Hall, and probably the San Bruno Chamber est. early May
d. There is a new Centennial web site – address to follow
e.  Centennial Tree Planting – desire to plant 10 new trees a month for 10 months.  Applications available at City Hall.
f.  Capuchino High School is working on a Student Centennial Project – Audio history
g.  Working with the Peninsula Library and grant to make a audio history and time line
h.  Mural along wall on Sneath Lane west of 280 – Mosaic tiles – expect unveiling in November
i.  Saturday May 3rd – Operation Clean Sweep – recognize Centennial Homes & Businesses
j.  Thursday June 12th – Chamber proposes an Awards Event – info:  588 - 0180
k.  Tuesday October 7th – Chamber’s Taste of San Bruno – info:  588-0180
m. New Centennial web page (should be up next week) www.sanbruno100.org

2.     Review calendar of upcoming events and discuss community volunteer opportunities
a.  Saturday April 19th – San Bruno Architecture Walking Tour – Start at Starbucks on San Mateo Avenue – Info:  City Clerk – 616 – 7058
b.  Sunday June 1st – Posy Parade – to be expanded to include military marching bands, include old vehicles
c.  Sunday July 20th – Centennial Scavenger Hunt – still being finalized – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – City Clerk – 616 – 7058
d.  Saturday August 16th – Centennial History Walk – Different than April 19th walk
e.  Saturday September 27th – Community Day in the Park – Close street thru park and take over FULL park – Multiple events for ALL San Bruno residents – many activities free – some at low costs
f.  Saturday December 6th – Centennial Gala at Skyline College

Tuesday, April 1 –

San Bruno Station Moves to New Location

On April 1, 2014, Caltrain service will shift to the newly completed grade-separated station located at 833 San Mateo Ave. (cross-street San Bruno Avenue). See map atwww.caltrain.com/stations/sanbrunostation.

The Caltrain schedule won't be affected by the move.

Mark Simon with Caltrain provided the following update on the opening of the ELEVATED San Bruno Caltrain station:

“….. It is correct that we will start using the new station in San Bruno on April 1 and discontinue the use of the old station.

“We are holding off on any high-profile celebration or formal event  because the project is not yet complete and significant work remains to be done. We want to do a community celebration with appropriate city pomp and circumstance when the project is done – we estimate that to be early May. We already have begun internal planning for this event in my office and we will be coordinating closely with the city as the plans advance.

“Since the new station is ready for use, there is no reason not to use it now and it provides enhanced safety for our customers.

“1.       We will have Caltrain staff at both stations to direct people and provide information and guidance to the new station.

“2.       Caltrain personnel will be easily identifiable at the stations, but I don’t believe we will have balloons or whistles or anything like that. We want to save all that for the official event.

“3.       We have not contacted the city about the April 1 date relative to any kind of celebration, because we intend to do that in May.

“4.       According to the schedule, the first northbound train will stop at San Bruno at 5:37 a.m. and the first southbound train will stop at San Bruno at 5:15 a.m. These will be normally scheduled trains and they will not be stopping any longer than is customary.

“5.       ….. we will be planning something high-profile and appropriately celebratory in May.

The use of the new station is an important benchmark in the project, but it does not signify completion of the project and we think it more appropriate to hold off any celebration of completion until we are, in fact, complete.”


A total of 201 parking spaces and a “kiss and ride” lot will serve the station at the site of the former San Bruno Lumber on San Mateo Avenue.

A few finishing touches will be completed after the move, including the elevator located on the east side of the station. We’ll have an official opening later in the spring.

Construction of the San Bruno Grade Separation Project began in 2010. The project elevated the Caltrain tracks above three existing at-grade street crossings at San Bruno, San Mateo and 
Angus avenues.

For schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com/schedules or call 1.800.660.4287.

如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.

Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287


Friday April 4th – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Chetcuti Room (near Millbrae Library)

450 Poplar Avenue

Millbrae, CA 94030

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine

Contractor State License Board Representative




State Controller’s Office Representative

Protect Yourself

Subject-matter experts will provide information about fraud relating to home repair, unclaimed property, finances, insurance, telephone calls, moving companies, identity theft, and more.

Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE seminar.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact

Assemblyman Mullin’s Office


Seating is limited.

FREE parking at the library or Constitution Plaza

Saturday, April 5 - Relay For Life San Bruno will again be Painting the Tanforan Mall Purple.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come and learn about Relay For Life; Sign Up YOUR Team; Learn How To Join a Team; Make a Donation; Watch Yenis Dance Body & Soul.  Info:  www.RelayForLife.org/SanBrunoCA  Contact:  SanBrunoRelay@gmail.com  Contact:  Event Chair Ken Ibarra (650) 400-1005

Sunday, April 6 - Relay For Life San Bruno will again be Painting the Tanforan Mall Purple.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come and learn about Relay For Life; Sign Up YOUR Team; Learn How To Join a Team; Make a Donation; Watch Yenis Dance Body & Soul.  Info: www.RelayForLife.org/SanBrunoCA  Contact:  SanBrunoRelay@gmail.com  Contact:  Event Chair Ken Ibarra (650) 400-1005

Wednesday, April 9 - Lawyers in the Library - San Bruno Library.  Lawyers in the Library takes place on April 9. Individual 20 minute appointments available from 6-8pm. Please call the library to schedule: 616-7078. An attorney will come to the Library for free, 20–minute, one-on-one sessions, with people who have a legal situation to discuss. In March the focus is: Civil litigation, disputes; injury claims; insurance claims; social security disability claims; Medicare, Medi-Cal.

Saturday, April 12 - Prudential FREE Shredding Party - Mark your calendars for Sat. April 12th 10-2 pm for the 8th Annual Prudential California Realty Paper Shredding Party at 180 El Camino Real.  Enter from San Luis.  Watch your confidential documents shred in the truck right before your eyes! This is a community event to help get your closets cleaned out, protect your identity, and make room for more important things in your life like clothes and shoes and stuff like that!

While you're here, enjoy some grilled hot dogs and some friendly conversation. There may be a short wait depending on the amount of people. In years past, we've filled up 3 trucks! Recycle, protect your privacy, and say hi! See you on April 12th!

Info:  Karin Cunhingham 650-438-3504

Saturday April 26 – Relay For Life – San Bruno – Join Us To FINISH THE FIGHT!

Contact Us:



Ken Ibarra, Event Chair (650) 400-1005

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

Sunday April 27 – Relay For Life – San Bruno – Join Us To FINISH THE FIGHT

Want Information to Start a Team?

Want to Learn How You Can Support the Event?

Contact Us:



Ken Ibarra, Event Chair (650) 400-1005

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


Saturday, May 3 - 2014 Operation Clean Sweep – GOTO  http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/committee_OCSreg.asp


Centennial Tree Project – Free Street Trees

The City of San Bruno, as part of the year-long Centennial celebration, is trying to plant 100 new Street Trees with the help of residents.  The trees will be provided to you free and maintained by the City of San Bruno.  You will be notified of the date of planting.  You will be given a Centennial Certificate stating your participation in the project and which number of the 100 trees is yours.  Limit one tree per house and tree location must not interfere with underground utilities.

If you are interested or want more information, please call City Council Member Irene O’Connell at 650-589-9985 or E=Mail her at iconnell@ci.sanbruno.ca.us by June 30, 2014.


Congressional Art Competition:  U. S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to announce:

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce two opportunities for high school students living in the 14th Congressional District that will challenge them both academically and artistically in unique competitions. 

To encourage art education, the Congressional Art Competition gives high school students a chance to gain national recognition for their creative talents. Seventh and 8th graders who share campuses with high schools are also welcome to compete. 

All artwork submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at my district office located at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, in San Mateo, and must include a completed Student Information & Release Form, signed by the student, his or her parent/guardian, and his or her art teacher. To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition, please visit my website.

I am also proud to announce the first annual Congressional STEM Academic Competition, a.k.a. the “House App Contest.” This new competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Representing Silicon Valley – a hotbed of innovation – has convinced me of the importance of such initiatives that promote investment in STEM education, as well as legislation like H.R. 2426, the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor. We must prepare our students for employment in the high-tech industry and enhance American competitiveness in the global economy.

The House APP contest is also open to students eligible to enroll in high schools located in the 14th District, and to teams of up to four if at least two students reside in the 14th District. Students must register at StudentAppChallenge.house.gov and create an account at ChallengePost.com by April 30, 2014. Students can visit ChallengePost any time before then to submit their contact information, completed release form, and final app entry. Students can learn more about the competition and find resources for students and teachers on my website. For any additional information, contact Kenneth Dowling at kenneth.dowling@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3531.

These are great opportunities to let creativity flow and produce tangible results! 

All the best,



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.


San Bruno Community Services Department Presents AMERICAN RED CROSS

2014 Lifeguard Training Courses.  This course, based on the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, will certify students in Lifeguarding, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid. Students must be 15 years of age by the last day of class and pass a swim pre-test (swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes, retrieve a 10 pound brick from 10 feet and return it to designated spot).


All Classes are $185.

Code: 0901.101

Day(s): Monday-Friday

Dates: March 31-April 4

Times: 10:00am-3:30pm


Code: 0901.102

Day(s): Sat/Sun

Dates: April 5, 6, 12, 13

Times: 10:00am-5:00pm


Code: 0901.103

Day(s): Sunday, Monday-Friday

Dates: May 11-May 16

Times: Sunday 10:00-5:00pm; Monday-Friday 5:00-9:00pm

You can register online at http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/parks_main.asp or come to the main office (251 City Park Way) and pay in person.

For more information contact Jennie at (650) 616-7184.


Water Conservation

The City of San Bruno, on their web page, writes:  “This past fall and winter has been one of the driest years on record across the state of California. At the State level, Governor Brown has declared a drought emergency and has asked California residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by at least 20%.

“At the local level, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has issued a statement today requesting a voluntary 10% reduction on the SF Regional Water System in response to the dry weather conditions and to ensure that available water supplies are prudently managed.

“In coordination with this local advisory, the City of San Bruno is asking residents and businesses to conserve water to help meet the 10% voluntary reduction goal that will help preserve Hetch Hetchy’s and our own groundwater’s valuable resources.

“The SFPUC is closely monitoring water levels in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and snow pack data. Within the next 90 days, the SFPUC will have survey data from snow pack depths and reservoir resource levels throughout the SF Regional Water Supply to share with other water agencies. The data results will allow water agencies to develop their specific water supply strategies for the future. Residents of San Bruno are requested to follow water conservation practices at all times. The City will update residents on any changes made to the request of a 10% voluntary reduction when new information is available.

“Water Conservation Tips and additional information is available on the city’s website at www.sanbrunowater.ca.gov and on Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency’s (BAWSCA) website at http://bawsca.org/ “


Grand Boulevard Initiative – From Daly City thru San Bruno along El Camino Real to San Jose - http://www.grandboulevard.net/


City of San Bruno Service Personal Tribute Program

The City of San Bruno Personal Tribute Program provides a way for people to honor or remember a loved one in the San Bruno community. These enduring and tax-deductible gifts serve both as a personal commemoration and as a way to enhance the community’s enjoyment of City parks.

Personal Tribute Plaques

In tribute and remembrance, a loved one may be honored with a 3”x 3”commemorative bronze plaque on the San Bruno Recognition Sculpture in City Park. Plaques are inscribed with the honoree’s first and last name, the date of the recognition and with either “In Honor of” or “In Memory of.” The Personal Tribute commemorative bronze plaque donation is $400. Plaques may be ordered using the link to the form below.

Park Amenity Tributes

Personal tributes may also be given through a donation for a specific park amenity (tree, bench, water fountain, picnic table, etc.) Staff from the Community Services Department is available to assist donors in the selection of a park amenity. Please fill out the form at the link below and check the box indicating your wish to donate an amenity and staff will contact you to discuss the Department's current needs. The donation fee associated with the park amenity varies.

GOTO  http://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/personal_tribute_program.asp  to fill out the application.  Info:  616-7180


Saturday March 22nd  Batman and Harry Potter saved the City of San Bruno.  Both are cancer survivors and their saving was the before event to the free Bar-B-Q and San Bruno Cancer Society's recognition of Cancer Survivors event.

The 24 hour "Walk Around Capuchino High School Track" starts at 10 a.m. Saturday April 26th and runs until 10 a.m. Sunday April 27th.

Wednesday March 26th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Red Robin in Town Square, your meal purchases will result in a meaningful donation to our event.  You must print out and present the attached flier.

Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. we will Paint the Tanforan Mall Purple.  Cancer information, chances to dress up and show your Fight Cancer support, and to answer a Cancer question and will a free gift will be available.

DoJo demonstration and Zumba demonstration both days.


E=Mail  SanBrunoRelay@Gmail.com


Greetings Bicycle Commuters and Supporters,

Please take action!

ACTION #1:  Caltrain wants your input on its draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIR)

ACTION #2:  Report all bicycle bumps; six-car trains on the horizon

ACTION #3:  Forward this email to others


Caltrain has released its draft EIR for electrification (slated for 2019), and the EIR doesn’t even consider the environmental benefits of increasing onboard bike capacity. In fact, the EIR assumes no increase in bike capacity, and says people should park their bikes at the stations!

Send Caltrain an email by 5pm, Tuesday, April 29 to electrification@caltrain.com and copy bikesonboard@sfbike.org with the subject line “Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project".

Here are suggested talking points:

  + Thank Caltrain that the draft EIR states that bikes will be allowed onboard electrified trains.

  + Express disappointment that the draft EIR does not consider the environmental benefits of increased onboard bike capacity.

        + Increased bike capacity would increase ridership.

        + Increased bike capacity would encourage current Caltrain riders to shift from driving to biking.

        + More Caltrain riders with bikes onboard would reduce air pollution.

  + Projections show that over 20% of passengers would bring a bike onboard by 2019, and the final EIR should evaluate the impact of increased onboard bike capacity.

  + Include your city of residence with your signature.

Caltrain is holding public meetings about its EIR. Please plan to attend and speak up!

Meeting schedule:
Redwood City Main Library: 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm 

San Jose Main Library: 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose
Monday, April 7, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm 

UCSF Mission Bay Genentech Hall Room N114: 600 16th St, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm

You can find a link to the draft EIR in Caltrain's press release here:

Projected bike boardings can be found in section 4.3 of SFBC Plan for Bicycle Carriage on Caltrain: http://tinyurl.com/SFBC-Plan


Your bump reports are more important now than ever, because Caltrain is in negotiations to buy new (used) rail cars. We could be seeing six-car Bombardier trains in less than a year. Caltrain has already resisted our request to make the sixth car a bike car, so we need your bump reports to show Caltrain there is a big demand for more bike space!

Please use the handy email link at http://www.sfbike.org/bob to report all bumps. Please report the following:

  + number of bumped bikes (even if you are not one of them),

  + day,

  + station,

  + train number or time plus travel direction,

  + train type, i.e., old or gallery vs. new or Bombardier, and

  + any additional information such as how getting bumped affected your day.

If the handy email link doesn’t work with your email client, please send your bump report to all six addresses:

bikesonboard@sfbike.org, nabongs@samtrans.com, board@caltrain.com, bartholomewt@samtrans.com, cacsecretary@caltrain.com, bac@caltrain.com


Please forward to other cyclists and anyone who cares about bicycle commuting.

Thank you in advance for emailing Caltrain and/or attending a public meeting about its EIR. And please keep reporting bumps!

More bikes, no bumps,

Shirley Johnson

Caltrain BIKES ONboard project

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition



“State of San Mateo County”

Friday March 21st 2014 the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Pacifica Chamber of Commerce, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, and South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held their 2nd Annual “State of the County” Legislative Luncheon.

State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, County Board of Supervisor President Dave Pine, and County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier spoke to the over 100 in attendance.  Many in the audience were local elected and or appointed members in their community as well as small and large business representatives.

Assemblyman Mullin had a last minute conflict, but he sent a video presentation in which he talked about Assembly Joint Resolution AJR 40 dealing with poverty, Assembly Bill AB 2302 dealing with interest free loans to child care providers, Assembly Bill AB 2148 dealing with the work force, and Assembly Bill AB 2280 dealing with redevelopment.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisor President Dave Pine talked about the ½ cent Measure A funds; about north county Seaton Hospital, investing in our parks, the fact that the Devil’s Slide walking trail will open soon, that criminal justice and mental health go hand in hand, the County is considering investing in a Mental Health Rescue Center, possibly using some Measure A funds for taking 1 homeless person at a time and providing each with specific services, paying down the unfunded pension liability, and that he is studying and that he is on a committee looking at the near and long term effect of global warming and the raising of sea level in San Francisco Bay.

County Supervisor Tissier spoke on using some Measure A funds to help solve the gaps that exist in services to the residents, about the “Big Lift” regarding seeing that all 3rd grade students will in fact read at the 3rd grade level by the time they move to grade 4 (now 40% do not read at the 3rd grade level), looking at “Beyond Newtown” to where all County school districts have the same policies and procedures in place for responding to such an event, concerned about the 18-24 year olds who are not getting the mental health services they need, information sharing, electrification of Caltrain, and reviewing Samtrans bus service to be sure the services provide what is needed.

State Senator Jerry Hill spoke on the fact that it looks like there may be a $2-$4 BILLION state surplus and the legislator will be asking voters in November how much of it should be set aside as a rainy day fund, universal pre-kindergarten education, possible November ballot measure relating to a State Water Bond, prison reform, extend by 2 years the time to reduce the number of prisoners, and better credit card security procedures which should include the “chip”.


Be A West Nile Virus Watcher


Help the state track down the West Nile Virus by reporting all dead birds.

You can submit an online report as follows:

GOTO the following State web page to report a dead bird:


Starting April 15th 2014 You can call 877-WNV-BIRD to report found dead birds.

West Nile Virus information and numbers from around the state of California can be found at:


The latest West Nile Virus Activity in California:

Human data is updated every Tuesday by 4pm.

Dead bird data is updated every Wednesday and Friday by 4pm.

Mosquito and sentinel chicken data are updated on Fridays by 4pm.

Due to different reporting schedules, case totals on the state website may not always be consistent with those reported by local health departments.

The San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District:  650-344-8592


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.


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.


San Bruno Community Foundation Not-For-Profit

In April 2012, the City reached a settlement agreement with PG&E for $68.75 million and five vacant property lots valued at $1.25 million. This legally binding agreement specifies that a Not for Profit entity shall be established to manage the use of the funds for the benefit of the entire City and can not be used for general City operations. The funds from this settlement agreement are distinct and separate from the $50 million trust agreement to specifically benefit the Crestmoor neighborhood. To view a copy of the Settlement Agreement click HERE

To view information related to the formation of the San Bruno Community Foundation, please click on any of the following documents:

·        Articles of Incorporation for the San Bruno Community Foundation

·        Bylaws of the San Bruno Community Foundation

·        Job Description for Board Members of San Bruno Community Foundation

·        Flyer Announcing Application for Appointment to Board of Directors of the San Bruno Community Foundation

·        10/17/13 - News Release - City Council Appoints San Bruno Community Foundation Board of Directors to Oversee PG&E Restitution Fund

The City Council has discussed the non-profit formation process, purpose, and potential composition. 

Click on the following links for meeting information:

February 15, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

·        Agenda

January 25, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

·        Agenda

December 12, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting

·        Agenda

September 10, 2013 City Council Meeting

·        Staff Report

August 27, 2013 City Council Meeting

·        Staff Report

July 19, 2013 Study Session

·        Video

July 9, 2013 Study Session

·        Presentation

·        Video

·        Draft Bylaws

March 12, 2013 City Council Meeting

·        Staff Report

February 5, 2013 Study Session

·        Presentation

·        Video 

October 3, 2012 Study Session

·        Presentation

Those interested in being involved with the nonprofit can email: 

For additional information, please call the Glenview Fire Hotline at 650-616-7180, option 2.


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