|Is the Census still occurring? YES! The
Census will be used as a basis to allocate Federal and State money to
San Bruno for the next ten years. Your participation is critical and
we’re counting on you. Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census
were mailed to our community earlier this month. Ensuring an accurate
and complete count of every person (regardless of citizen status) is
important. When you fill out the Census, you are telling your story and
representing the uniqueness of our community. Be informed, be involved,
be counted. More information is available on the City website or by
visiting the County’s Census website at www.smccensus.org.|
|COVID-19 Update and Shelter in Place Order|
we address the current public health crisis and prepare for the weeks
and months to come, we know that now --more than ever-- residents are
relying on the critical services the City of San Bruno provides. We
want you to know that we are here for YOU. The safety and well-being of
the community is our top priority during these uncertain times.|
City of San Bruno has implemented numerous precautions to help stop the
spread of COVID-19 within the community and the City’s workforce. While
many of our employees are working remotely, all City employees are
Disaster Service Workers and prepared to assist as needed.
Unfortunately, most City facilities are closed or have limited service
hours. We are encouraging the use of online and telephone services.
Public safety services (police, fire, and medical services) remain
unchanged. We train and prepare for situations like these but rarely
are we confronted with real life scenarios that are this significant
and prolonged. With the extension of the Shelter in Place order through
May 3rd and the possibility that a full recovery from the COVID-19
pandemic is months away, we all must adjust to this new-normal. These
are truly unprecedented times.
We have developed three COVID-19
Response Levels to guideline the operational plan for City services and
programs during this pandemic. The response levels are:
this point, our response is currently at Level 3 and we anticipate
transitioning between Levels 1 thru 3 over the next 6-12 months or
until a vaccine is developed and widely available. Click here for information on the City’s COVID-19 Response Levels.
- Level 1 – Watch: Practice safety precautions. Minor changes to operations.
- Level 2 – Alert: Practice enhanced precautions. Moderate level of change to operations.
- Level 3 – Warning: Stringent precautions in-place. City operations limited to only essential services.
San Mateo County Health Officer revised the Shelter in Place order
today (3/31/2020) to add clarifying language around essential business
and activities, as well as some new directives, including:
Based on the revised Order and our current Level 3 response, below is a summary of changes to City programs and services:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited.
of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis
and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited.
- Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
- Recreation activities must occur within 5 miles of one’s residence.
- Essential businesses must develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
- Most construction - residential and commercial - is prohibited.
- Funerals to be limited to no more than 10 people attending.
businesses expanded to include service providers that enable
residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.);
funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies
and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
- Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.
we are doing our part to support the community during these new times,
we ask that you do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
That includes observing the Order that is in place by staying at home
and limiting your trips to essential needs only. When you are out to
exercise during the day, please adhere to strict social distancing so
that our community can stay healthy.
closure at all city facilities, including City Hall, Library,
Recreation Center, and Senior Center. Appointments for essential
counter services at City Facilities are available by contacting City
Departments by phone or email.
- Essential public safety
functions such as police, fire and medical services, and City utility
services will continue. This includes emergency repair permits and
other services that are deemed necessary to protect the health and
welfare of our community.
- Public meetings for
Boards, Committees, and Commissions are cancelled or postponed until
further notice. Regular City Council meetings will be held and
set-up adhering to strict social distancing, and will be live streamed
on San Bruno’s YouTube channel and local Channel 1.
regular and pre-scheduled City recreation programs are
cancelled. These cancellations include all library events,
recreation programs, various sporting leagues, after-school programs,
fitness classes, spring camps, senior programs, the annual Easter Egg
- City playgrounds structures, fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, dog parks and public restrooms are closed.
after-school programs, including After School Adventures (ASA),
Afterschool Education and Safety (ASES), and the San Bruno Public
Library's Homework Center will remain closed until regular school
- All regular programming and special events at the Senior Center are cancelled until further notice.
- The Senior Lunch Program was modified and limited to a small number of meals being delivered to Seniors in need.
Bruno understands that this is a hard time for our community and has
committed to the following as a result of financial impacts from
- Will not disconnect water or CityNet services
- Will not charge late penalties for utility bills
- Will not charge library fines for past due materials and will extend holds
- Will not issue parking tickets for assigned street sweeping days
- Will extend permit deadlines
We want our residents to
have the best and most up-to date information on the steps San Bruno is
taking to promote the policies needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
and to keep our residents healthy and safe. We have deployed a
dedicated webpage that contains additional information and resources
related to COVID-19. Please visit www.sanbruno.ca.gov/Coronavirus.
the City of San Bruno and the San Bruno Community Foundation are
partnering to provide our community with important information during
the COVID-19 crisis. To learn how you can help other community members,
visit our new COVID-19 How You Can Help page. Local businesses seeking resources can visit our COVID-19 Small Business Assistance page.
If you know of someone in need, now is the time to refer them to the resources that
are available to them. Given recent State and County actions,
there are several shelter and housing options that may be available to
those in need assistance. The City’s homeless outreach provider
(LifeMoves) as well as City and County staff are activity monitoring
encampments and supporting our unsheltered population to take full
advantage of the new housing and wraparound services that are
being provided as a result of COVID-19.
To increase our outreach
during this rapidly evolving situation, San Bruno continues to provide
information through our very own local Channel 1 and various social
media platforms, including San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert).
If you haven’t already signed up or follow us on social media, visit our website to link to the variety of platforms we are on or visit SMC Alert to register for county wide notifications.
understand that this is a challenging time for everyone as we prevent
the spread of COVID-19. Stay healthy and be safe by observing the
Shelter in Place and practicing social distancing. #SBCares
February 25, 2020, staff provided the City Council with an update on
the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 operating and capital budget. The City’s
General Fund operating budget is $50.1 million with a majority of
revenues coming from property, sales, business license, and transient
occupancy taxes. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of these revenues go to pay
for public safety functions of Police and Fire with the remaining 43%
allocated to the Community Services, Public Works, and Community and
Economic Development departments as well as general administration.|
At the February 25th update,
the budget was projected to have a shortfall by the end of the fiscal
year due to the closure of two large businesses, a state funding change
related to public schools, and reduced permit fees from delays in
development projects. At that time, staff anticipated the General Fund
will have an approximate $4.2 million shortfall due to reductions of
the following four revenue sources in the current budget:
Given the economic
impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, General Fund revenues will be
negatively impacted further. Staff is currently analyzing the known
economic impacts from COVID-19 and projecting future impacts based on
various scenarios for when the local economy rebounds. What we know now
is that economic downturn which has already begun as a result of
COVID-19 will impact the City’s next budget, covering the period of
July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
- Sales tax reductions due to fluctuations from economic activity and the closure of Sears at The Shops at Tanforan;
- Countywide motor vehicle license fee (VLF) reductions;
- Business license tax reductions due to the closure of SkyPark, an off-airport parking facility; and
permit fee revenue reductions due to the delay of multiple, large
development projects and the associated permit revenue shifting from FY
2019-20 to the following fiscal year.
In order to balance the
budget by the end of the year, the City Council has authorized the
following changes to the operating budget:
Additional strategies will be needed and discussions around them will begin at the April 14 City Council meeting.
- Delay capital projects;
- Delay the filling of vacant positions;
- Reduce various operating expenses;
- Reduce the funding for current and future equipment and vehicle purchases; and
- Utilize unappropriated General Fund balance.
will continue to closely monitor all revenue sources and department
expenditures in the General Fund to ensure the budget is balanced by
the end of the fiscal year.
|Mills Park Center Development|
keeping with our commitment to inform the community of significant
events related to the proposed Mills Park Center Development, this
Community Update provides information on revisions to the project
application that were formally submitted to the City on March 23, 2020.
This resubmittal includes the following notable changes from the
proposal reviewed by the City Council on July 9, 2019:|
Brief Background on the Project
of the proposed approximately 42,000 square foot high-end grocery
store. The project now includes 7,560 square feet of ground floor
- A guaranteed $10 million community
benefit payment to the City’s General Fund, a doubling from the former
$5 million base community benefit payment that included an option for
another $5 million.
- Addition of two dwelling units,
bringing the total number of units from 425 to 427 units. 65 units
(15%) will be affordable, an increase of one new affordable unit.
- Additional $100,000 direct payment to the City’s General Fund to support bike and pedestrian improvements in the City.
property owner, G.W. Williams Company is now the applicant for the
development proposal, replacing Signature Land Advisors, Inc.
original proposed project would remove existing commercial buildings
and surface parking lots on a 5.38 acre site at the south-west corner
of San Bruno Avenue and El Camino Real (bordered by Linden Avenue and
White Way to the west, and Angus Avenue to the south). The project was
proposed to include 425 residential units (including 64 affordable
units), a high-end grocery store, ground floor commercial space as well
as 879 on-site parking for residents, grocery customers, employees and
The original proposed project would remove
existing commercial buildings and surface parking lots on a 5.38 acre
site at the south-west corner of San Bruno Avenue and El Camino Real
(bordered by Linden Avenue and White Way to the west, and Angus Avenue
to the south). The project was proposed to include 425 residential
units (including 64 affordable units), a high-end grocery store, ground
floor commercial space as well as 879 on-site parking for residents,
grocery customers, employees and commercial customers.
9, 2019, the project went before the City Council for action, with a
recommendation for approval from City staff and the Planning
Commission. Due to the unique circumstances of the recusal of two
Councilmembers, only three Councilmembers were eligible to vote on the
project. State law (Government Code §36936) requires that a minimum of
three Councilmembers approve all City resolutions and ordinances.
As such, approval of the project required support from each of the
three Councilmembers who are eligible to vote on the project. After a
lengthy hearing, the project did not receive unanimous support and
could not proceed forward.
Following the July 9, 2019
hearing, various parties, including the property owner and housing
advocacy groups, informed the City that they believed the City’s
failure to approve the project violated state and local laws. The
regional and statewide housing advocacy groups are:
groups and individuals associated with them, such as potential tenants,
have a record of suing cities to compel them to approve housing
developments. The City of San Bruno eventually entered into an initial
60-day tolling agreement with thirteen (13) parties to temporarily
limit the City’s potential liability and exposure to these potential
lawsuits. The tolling agreement has been extended and currently expires
on May 5, 2020.
- California Renters Legal Advocacy & Education Fund
- Yes in My Back Yard
- Peninsula for Everyone
- San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation
- Urban Environmentalists
March 23, 2020 Resubmittal of Project
March 23, 2020, the property owner, G.W. Williams Company resubmitted
the project with several notable changes. The overall building massing,
size, height, and location on the site has not been changed. A portion
of the space that was formerly the 42,000 square foot high-end grocery
store on the ground floor has been converted to parking, with only
7,560 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial space remaining. This
represents a total reduction of 38,440 square feet. Two units were
added on the second floor of Building A, in an area that was formerly
the grocery store loading room on White Way, with no changes to the
building mass or location. Based on the submitted project schedule, if
approved the project is projected to start construction in 2022 for
Building A and 2023 for Building B. The property owner, G.W. Williams
Company is now the applicant for the development proposal, replacing
Signature Land Advisors, Inc. The G.W. Williams Company has owned the
property in the family for over 70 years. The G. W. Williams Company
was the original developer of both the Mills Park Commercial Center and
surrounding residential subdivisions in the late 1940’s.
is a brief overview of the resubmitted project’s major components and a
comparative analysis of the project considered by the City Council on
July 9, 2019 and the March 23, 2020 resubmittal.
Major Resubmitted Project Components:
mixed-use buildings ranging in height from one to five stories and
divided into smaller components with articulated building setbacks and
- 427 total dwelling units: Building A
contains 184 units and Building B contains 243 units. The plan calls
for 65 affordable units, at various affordability levels (very low, low
and moderate level incomes).
- Approximately 7,560
square foot ground-floor commercial space. No tenants have been
identified at this time, and the space could be utilized by a variety
of permitted uses, including eating and/or drinking establishments,
general retail sales and service uses, personal service uses, fitness
uses, or offices.
- 669 total parking stalls on-site.
One parking space will be provided for each bedroom, plus dedicated
residential guest parking. The project includes a two two-level parking
garage, one level at grade and one partially submerged. The project
exceeds the recently adopted City parking code requirements.
plazas located at street level at the corners of San Bruno Avenue West
and El Camino Real, Kains Avenue and El Camino Real, and Angus Avenue
and El Camino Real.
|Original Project Proposal Rendering:|
March 23, 2020 Resubmitted Project Proposal Rendering:
rendering show that the overall building massing, size, height, and
location on the site has not been changed. This is consistent with all
the elevations facing all the surrounding streets. A portion of the
space that was formerly the 42,000 square foot high-end grocery store
on the ground floor has been converted to parking, with only 7,560 sq.
ft. of ground floor commercial space remaining. Two units were added on
the second floor of Building A, in an area that was formerly the
grocery store loading room on White Way, with no changes to the
building mass or location.
Revised Community Benefit Package
addition to the items listed in the public benefit package that was
considered by City Council in July 2019, the property owner has offered
additional community incentives. A summary of the overall community
benefit package includes the following:
$10 million community benefit payment to the City’s General Fund in
conjunction with condominiums, a doubling from the former $5 million
base community benefit payment that included an option for another $5
million. – NEW
- $100,000 direct payment to the City to support bike and pedestrian improvements in the City. – NEW
- 65 affordable units, an increase of 1 new affordable unit. – NEW
provisions related to the affordability terms for the 65 on-site
affordable units, in excess of the requirements authorized under the
City’s Affordable Housing Program Ordinance.
- Parking stalls on site in excess of the recently adopted City parking code.
direct payment to the City to support implementation of parking
enforcement in the City or residential parking permit programs.
- Creation of nine new public parking spaces in conjunction with the improvement and widening of Linden Avenue.
improvement, and reconstruction of Kains Avenue and installation of a
new traffic signal at Kains Avenue and El Camino Real.
of the right turn lane from east-bound San Bruno Avenue onto
south-bound El Camino Real (pending CalTrans final approval).
Tax Point of Sale Designation for construction goods purchases, which
may result in additional sales tax revenue to the City during
- Agreement to work with San Bruno CityNet Services for cable, tv and phone for all residential units.
- Agreement to exclude the project residents from participation in any future Residential Parking Permit Program district.
- Prohibition on renting of any residential units as short-term residential rentals.
- City use of the community room for public meetings/events by appointment, based on availability.
present, City staff is currently reviewing the resubmitted plans to
determine compliance with all applicable City code requirements and
revising the project Development Agreement. Subsequently, the City will
schedule a community meeting to discuss the proposal and hear from
residents and businesses. Due to COVID-19, community outreach and
engagement may occur on various platforms, in addition to written
comments. A final decision on the project will be made by the City
Council at a public hearing. More information on the proposed Mills Park Center Development can be found at: sanbruno.ca.gov/MillsParkCenterDevelopment
City of San Bruno created a Virtual Recreation Center with many
activities to keep you and your families occupied during the Shelter in
Place Order. Take virtual tours of museums, learn to line dance, and
more. Click here to access the Virtual Recreation Center.|
|Ryan Johansen was appointed as the new San Bruno Police Chief earlier this month, March 2020.|
began his Law Enforcement Career in 2004, when he was hired as a Police
Officer with the Southeastern Division of the San Diego Police
Department (SDPD). During his time with SDPD, Johansen focused largely
on combatting the area’s substantial gang problem, and received
multiple Captain’s Commendations for his efforts.
Johansen joined the ranks of the San Bruno Police Department, and was
recognized as Police Officer of the Year during his first year on the
job. Johansen has served as a Corporal, and as a Detective Corporal
where he was awarded the prestigious Meehan Coturri Special Merit
Medal. He has also served as the rank of Sergeant and Patrol Watch
Commander and most recently as Lieutenant of the San Bruno Police
Department. As a Lieutenant, Johansen developed and implemented several
programs that improved the level and quality of services of the Police
Department. This has included a grant-funded officer resiliency and
mindfulness training program that was attended by all officers in the
Police Department. This program provides police personnel with
invaluable tools for navigating the challenges of a law enforcement
career while remaining perpetually mindful of the people they serve and
the relationships they must nurture.
serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison to the Bay Area chapter of
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. He has also been a long-term volunteer
for the ALS Association. |
Johansen possesses a Bachelor of
Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is a
graduate of both the POST Supervisory School and POST Management
School, and he possesses Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management
Johansen has been happily married to
his wife for over 20 years and they have two amazing children. He
enjoys spending time with his family, working out, reading, and he’s an
avid surfer and golfer.