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San Bruno CA Mayor And Council 2020 Candidate Answers 10 - 12





Article Source:  Riechel Reports Editor Robert Riechel

2020 November Mayor & Council Candidates Answer Questions:

Once again, with this election, I sent out a series of 15 questions to the 2 candidates running for San Bruno Mayor ( Rico Medina and Linda Mason) and the 5 candidates running for the 2 seats on the Council (Tom Hamilton, Stephan Marshall, Michael Salazar, Jeremy Sarnecky, and Stephen Seymour).

For those candidates who did NOT provide an answer, I have added the statement “Candidate did not supply an answer”.
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I am pleased to provide this volunteer service to inform and better engage the citizens of San Bruno in making choices that affect the welfare of our City.



Q10.  HOW should the San Bruno Police department be improved?   

Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

The way the question is written can give the impression that there is something wrong.  I stand with our local police department and have seen the department in its operation since a high school student at Capuchino when appointed to the Citizens Crime Prevention Committee.  I have seen them operate as a private citizen, city employee, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, council member and Mayor.  I have been with them and watched our department at the YouTube and Mall shooting and know the courage I saw displayed.  This past 4th of July, as I have done for years, I attended the police briefing as all the department came on duty.  I thanked our SBPD for what they do every day and the service to our community.  Is this to say nothing should be checked or reviewed, NO and it isn’t being ignored.  San Bruno has hired an outsider to come in to review, meet, watch and talk to our department to review all policies and practices and bring back their findings to the community and council.

Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

This question presumes that improvements are needed.  At this time the residents of San Bruno have overwhelmingly stated their support for the SBPD.  The City Manager, along with the City Council, have initiated and are awaiting a third party independent audit on SBPD policies and procedures and how they are used/interpreted in practice.  Should there be any findings reported in the audit, we must take action to address the findings.  At this time, it is unclear whether anything needs to be improved.  What is clear is that the SBPD will need a new home at some point and, although years away, it is something we need to think about now because the City does not own the land where the SBPD is currently housed.


Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

I am pleased that our department does not have a track record of misconduct present in other police departments, but also acknowledge that there is always room for improvement and therefore I am in support of the current efforts by the City Manager to review and improve the department’s policies in accordance with the #8CantWait initiative. I support and respect our new police chief, Ryan Johannsen, and am especially impressed with his public outreach and support of the BLM protests.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I have been very impressed with the job our current chief has done especially during this challenging social and political climate.  He has shown professionalism, transparency and compassion.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

San Bruno has an excellent police department and they have served us admirably even in the worst of situations.  Unfortunately, not all residents feel they are treated equally, and so our chief has committed to a comprehensive review of policies and starting a listening campaign to address issues in the community.  A report from these activities will be presented to the public and highlight any additional needed improvements. The chief has also committed to following the 8 Can’t Wait guidelines.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

City Manager, Jovan Grogan, is currently conducting an evaluation of the police department. Council members rely on the expertise and direction from department staff. Chief Johanson is accessible and willing to listen to the public.  Once the evaluation is complete, I will work with staff on any recommendations brought forward.

Q11.  WHERE should San Bruno build a new library and HOW should building of this new library be financed? 

Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

When the funds come in for community benefits from developments, it is possible to use these funds. It is possible to explore general obligation bonds or lease revenue bonds to build. I served on a prior Library Ad-Hoc committee and there was much discussion of its current location and nearby property.


Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

Our current library is too small as described in the General Plan that is now 10 years old.  Per former Park and Rec Director Magrini, the Library sees a significant amount of traffic per year.  Clearly, our library has been loved.  I initiated this discussion as a Planning Commissioner then during my City Council Campaign, and continued it as a City Council Member:  We need to have a “Master Civic Center Plan” that should include a Library, City Hall, Police and Fire.  The “where” would need to depend on the best location to serve the majority of residents in an emergency and does not necessarily need to all be in one location.  The Master Civic Center Plan, along with its implementation, should be financed by the revenue streams that include impact fees, grants, measure K, community benefits, public private partnerships, and identifying what has financed such projects in other cities to determine whether they will be successful in San Bruno. 

Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

While financing and building a new library right now with the financial hardship of COVID would be difficult and unlikely, we should at minimum plan for what we want to achieve once the pandemic is over and our economy begins to improve. I would be in favor of building a new library either at the current location (with a larger footprint) or as part of the Bayhill Specific Plan redevelopment. I believe we can seek funding through corporate partners in San Bruno such as YouTube (which again might be able to include a new public library as part of their ongoing plans to redevelop the Bayhill Office park) or other partners like Walmart.com or our newest arrival Amazon. At minimum we need to approach these companies to discuss the possibilities of them funding or partially funding a new library, as such projects have taken place in other cities.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I would love a new library, but I don’t see how that would be possible during this time.  Besides a significant budget deficit, the city will also be managing the construction of a new Rec Center.  Hopefully, after the Rec Center is complete, plans for a library can begin.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

A new or upgraded library would be a great benefit to our city.  To make it feasible, it would have to be placed on existing city owned location.  Years ago, a $14M bond measure was rejected by voters and it would be difficult to promote a bond now, during a recession.  A potential alternative funding source is a community benefit tied to some future development.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

Funding ideas include public private partnerships, grants, and using impact fees to finance a new library. With the difficult financial position, we're in this is not my highest priority.  When our financial position improves, I would like to revisit this issue.

Q12.  WHERE should San Bruno build a new City Hall Complex and HOW should the building of this new City Hall Complex be financed?   

 Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

At this time I do not feel building a new complex is needed. When a new complex is desired it must be in a location that is most desirable considering land costs, which may not be on El Camino Real.
 When city hall was remodeled staff was moved into the Bayhill Office complex while work was being done and could be done again. The financing opportunity could be the same as for the Library.

Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

See Q11.

Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

As with a new library, financing and building a new City Hall Complex right now with the financial hardship of COVID would be difficult and unlikely. Once the economy improves, if we were to rebuild the City Hall complex I would advocate putting it on the existing site; our current Civic Center is located centrally and within reasonable walking/biking distance from our lower-income neighborhoods. Regarding financing a new City Hall Complex, we could partner with a developer to expand the civic center site to the south and build a combination of residential or commercial development along with the City Hall complex.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I believe that a new City Hall would be even further down the line.  I do believe though, as San Bruno starts approving and completing new residential and commercial developments, the council can get creative on how to fund projects such as a library and City Hall.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

Together with a new library, a completely new civic center has been mentioned many times in the past.  Future development fees could help fund a project like this, but it would have to be weighed against competing projects, such as the library and repaving city streets.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

With the difficult financial position we're in this is not my highest priority.  I feel staff can make do with the current city hall.  When our financial position improves, I would like to revisit this issue.

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