San Bruno City Manager's February 2020 Report

Article Source:  City of San Bruno CA

Jovan D. Grogan, City Manager <>
Welcome to the City Manager's
Monthly e-Newsletter

Jovan D. Grogan, City Manager                                                                               February 2020 
This e-Newsletter is intended to provide updates on key issues and projects going on in San Bruno and will be issued electronically on a monthly basis.  The City Manager’s Office is committed to making sure the public stays informed about what’s going on in your City government.  You can learn more about City efforts and services, at any time, by visiting the City’s website, or by simply staying tuned to this newsletter!
What's in this Issue?
Census 2020

Census 2020 will soon begin!  The U.S. Census Bureau is required to conduct an accurate count of the U.S. population every ten years.  The last Census was conducted in 2010 and the next Census will be held this year, beginning in March 2020.
Residents participation in the Census 2020 count helps make sure there is funding for programs and services that residents rely on like parks, schools, public transportation, housing, hospitals, and more.  Undercounted communities will lose out on valuable resources and have a limited voice in policy decisions that affect their local community.
This year there is an effort to conduct a majority of the Census count online.  You can expect to receive a mailed invitation to participate online between March 12 and March 20.  If you don’t participate online, paper copies of the Census will be mailed to you between April 8 and April 16.  Make sure you are counted; your community is depending on you!
If you do not respond by May 1, a Census representative will outreach to you directly.
The City of San Bruno is committed to getting a fair and accurate count.  If you have any questions, you should contact the City Manager’s Office by calling (650) 616-7056.  Census 2020!

Measure G takes effect April 1 – but our fiscal work continues.
In November 2019, San Bruno voters enacted Measure G,  a - cent local sales tax to help  maintain the vital local police patrols, neighborhood and park safety services that our residents told us were important, while enhancing street and road repair on local streets citywide. Beginning April 1, Measure G will take effect, bringing the local sales tax rate to 9.75%.
Measure G was placed on the November 2019 ballot for voter consideration after months of community outreach, incorporating input from over 1,400 residents on their local service priorities in the wake of years of budget deficits after state takeaways of local funds.
The community outreach was part of a long-term, multi-pronged fiscal sustainability effort, which is still ongoing.  Measure G funds will soon begin to address the backlog of street repair needs, public infrastructure and safety issues.  We are committed to continued transparent governance as we plan and expend the funds.  The Citizen's Revenue Measure Oversight Committee was created to review the annual audit of the revenues generated by the local sales tax.  Applications to serve on the Citizen's Revenue Measure Oversight Committee can be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by email or by calling (650) 616-7061 for more information.

Are you prepared for a disaster?  If not, join our training sessions offered by the San Bruno Fire Department!
The City of San Bruno Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact our city and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that first responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
San Bruno residents who are at least 16 years of age or older can participate. No matter where you live, no matter who you are, we can all have a role in disaster preparedness. To sign up, contact us at (650) 616-7015 or email

CERT Training Classes Spring 2020 Flyer

Late last year, the City of San Bruno joined other Bay Area Cities in raising awareness and sparking action and conversations to stop hate and to build inclusion by declaring November 17-23, 2019 as United Against Hate Week.

United Against Hate is a movement to stop hate, address bullying and build inclusive communities.  The effort is to focus on solutions that inspire the community to come together.  In 2017, United Against Hate was created by civic leaders in direct response to the sharp rise in expressions of hate in their communities.  The United Against Hate objective is to empower local residents to take action and alter the course of growing intolerance.  To visibly reject the negative messages, the City of Berkeley created posters that clearly declared residents United against hate.  Several other communities quickly joined the campaign by displaying posters to demonstrate unity – including San Bruno!

United Against Hate does not target politics or opposing opinions, its intent is to bring people together to further build our community.  To learn more about others that have joined the the United Against Hate campaign, visit their website and watch the testimonials.  The campaign also offers ways to get involved – 20 ideas for action!

San Bruno is our community and we take pride in showing others how inclusive and wonderful our community is.  Spread the word!

Several years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) commenced an initiative to analyze coastal flooding hazards nation-wide and update flood maps.  The revised analysis completed by FEMA identified numerous residential properties within the City’s Belle Air neighborhood as potentially subject to flooding.  The City made several efforts to appeal this FEMA decision based on the methodology of the analysis, however FEMA upheld their decision to revise their flood maps.
There are financial impacts to private property owners whose property is mapped into the new flood zone.  Any property owner with a federally regulated or insured mortgage loan, including lines of credit or reverse-type mortgages, is required to purchase flood insurance for properties within the identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This is not a City requirement.
Property owners are encouraged to purchase flood insurance by March 2020 to ensure that they are eligible for discounted flood insurance rates.  Please contact FEMA at 1-800-427-4661 to obtain more information about the insurance rates, or to determine if your property is impacted.
The Senior Leadership Team recently welcomed the newest addition to the team with the appointment of Mr. Ari Delay as the new San Bruno Fire Chief.  Ari has over 28 years of experience in the fire service and joins the City of San Bruno after serving for the Coastside Fire Protection District / CAL FIRE in Half Moon Bay for the past 24 years as a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain and Battalion Chief.
Ari has also served as Chief of the La Honda Fire Brigade and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and the Coastside Fire Protection District in all ranks including Firefighter, Firefighter - Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Captain - Paramedic, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Fire Chief.

Ari leads the San Bruno Fire department's 35 full-time employees including four Battalion Chiefs, nine Captains, twenty one firefighters, and one administrative support staff, and oversees the Departments annual operations and capital improvement program.
Ari was born in La Honda, CA where he resides with his wife Julie and his two children. He began his service with San Bruno on Tuesday, February 18.
Our mailing address is:
City Manager's Office
 San Bruno City Hall
 567 El Camino Real
 San Bruno, CA  94066
 (650) 616-7056


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