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San Bruno City Manager's May 2024 Newsletter

Article Source:  City of San Bruno - CA

Alex D. McIntyre, City Manager
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On April 1, the City implemented the Downtown Parking Program. Thus far, the program has succeeded at its intended goals. 
In 2019, the City Council finalized and approved the Downtown Parking Management Plan to address a severe lack of parking supply and turnover in the downtown area. The Plan identified parking strategies to meet parking needs in the near-term, medium-term, and long-term timeframes, and recommends priorities based on the input of decision makers, stakeholders, and City staff. One of the top priorities was the installation of parking meters in the downtown area, and thus a City Council Strategic Initiative was initiated in 2019 to included deployment of a comprehensive Paid Parking Program in the downtown and El Camino Real corridor and enhancement of citywide parking enforcement capabilities. The Police Department lead the implementation.
This Paid Parking Program is designed to achieve the 85% occupancy of on-street parking prescribed in the Plan, to better ensure that customers can find street parking when needed and aimed to do so by driving longer term parkers into the various city parking lots throughout the area. While the program is still in its infancy, it is delivering on both of these objectives. Rates are set at $1.50 for up to an hour on the streets, and $1.00 for up to 2 hours in the parking lots.
As with any new program, the rollout of paid parking has not been without its  challenges. There were early issues with paid parking kiosks losing power or connectivity. This was due to a combination of poorly positioned charging equipment and faulty batteries/fuses. These have been resolved. Staff has established a regular schedule of system monitoring and service to address issues as they emerge. Over the last three weeks, the system has achieved  over 97% up time on the kiosks, and prompt response when machines do go down.
There remain ongoing issues with the use of coins on some of the machines, which are largely due to people attempting to use foreign currency, and deliberate vandalism.
There have also been some requests for shorter parking durations to be available for on-street parking so that people making quicker pickups do not have to pay for an entire hour to do so. Staff is reviewing the practicality of this and are working through how this might be accommodated without reversing the desired effect that the program is having on parking turnover, and without compromising its fiscal sustainability of the program. Stay tuned for updates on this potential modification. 
Thank you to the residents, visitors, and business owners who continue to support our extensive efforts to deliver on this City Council Strategic Initiative. For additional information, please visit the Paid Parking webpage.

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The City has released the City Manager’s Recommended Budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 (FY25), available online at www.sanbruno.ca.gov/finance. The budget is balanced and outlines a comprehensive spending plan aimed at maintaining and expanding city services while ensuring financial sustainability. The recommended budget reflects the culmination of months of work by the City Council and staff, beginning with financial forecasts in January and continuing through May with eight public meetings on various elements necessary to generate a budget. At the end of the process, the budget will be adopted following 11 public meetings. 

For FY25, key budget priorities include:

  • Funding City Council's top priority initiatives, such as park investments, downtown beautification, and stabilizing CityNet’s financial condition
  • Maintaining and improving existing services
  • Ongoing water, sewer, and street infrastructure improvements

Public service improvements include opening the new Recreation and Aquatic Center (RAC), which will serve as a hub for community activities and promote lifelong wellness. Additionally, the budget includes funding for an extra firefighter, a dedicated staff member for policing data analytics, and staff needed to support unfunded housing mandates from the State. These initiatives reflect the City's commitment to the safety, well-being, and growth of the City. 

While the FY25 budget is balanced, the City is preparing for potential revenue losses resulting from the State’s property tax and sales tax actions. Over the next year, the City’s leadership will focus on developing contingency plans that adjust expenditures to account for State takeaways and other impacts on revenues necessary to provide public services. A critical check-in will be in January 2025, when staff will provide its next long-range forecast update.  

Residents are encouraged to participate and learn more about the budget in the following upcoming workshop and City Council meetings:

  • June 4th Community Budget Workshop, where the City Manager and executive team will provide an overview of the budget
  • June 11th City Council meeting, where the City Council will formally receive the budget presentation
  • June 25th City Council meeting, where the City Council will take final action to adopt the fiscal year 2024-25 budget after the budget public hearing
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On June 27, 2023, the City Council approved an ordinance amending the San Bruno Municipal Code to provide for the collection of sewer service charges on the San Mateo County Tax Bill. City staff are preparing the calculations of the annual sewer service charges so that the City Council can take the final action to include these charges on County tax bills effective July 1, 2024. Other than the collection method, the sewer rates and winter average calculation for residential customers remains the same as in previous years.

What does this mean?

The City of San Bruno currently issues a combined water and sewer utility bill every two months to residential customers and monthly to commercial customers. The City remains one of the last few agencies in the County that does not collect sewer service charges on the County tax bill. Starting July 1, 2024, the City plans to transition the collection of sewer charges for each parcel to the County property tax bill. These charges are paid in the same manner and at the same time as property taxes. This means property owners will be responsible for paying charges by the due dates listed on their property tax bill.

Why is the City considering this change in billing procedures?

This change is necessary to improve billing efficiency and reduce the number of delinquent and unpaid accounts, which adversely impacts the rates charged to all sewer customers. Please note, this adjustment will only affect the method of billing sewer charges and will not change the approved sewer rates.
The City Council will hold a Public Hearing to consider approving these charges to be placed on the County property tax bills at the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact the City Utility Billing office at (650) 616-7086 or webfinance@sanbruno.ca.gov.

The Recreation and Aquatic Center is nearing completion, with many final construction touches taking place. This week, we were pleased to observe the indoor pool filled with water. Additionally, the installation of the service desk is underway, in preparation to welcome residents and visitors into the facility.  The walking track has been installed, the gymnasium is nearly complete, and we are anticipating the delivery of fitness equipment later this week. Life safety and security systems are currently being installed and tested, and subsequent testing will be conducted for the elevators. The meeting spaces are nearing completion, with the final fixtures currently being installed. These spaces, along with the classrooms, will host a variety of recurring programs, meetings, and special events.
If you pass by the site, you will notice that the sidewalks and paths in the park are taking shape, and the repaving of the road to the Beckner Shelter parking lot has been completed. Make sure to follow us on social media to find out more updates on the Recreation and Aquatic Center!
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Guided Meditation
The San Bruno Library kicked off Mental Health Awareness Month with a guided meditation class as part of its First Fridays program last month. David Rios led participants through mindful breathing and body awareness exercises to help calm the mind. Meditation is a great way to relax, recharge, and practice self-care. 
East West Players Screening
The Library celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a documentary screening of "East West Players: A Home on Stage." Located in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, the East West Players theatre company is the nation's longest-running Asian American theatre and the largest producer of Asian American theatrical works. The documentary delved into the history of Asian representation in theatre and film and how the East West Players gave Asian actors, writers, and producers the opportunity to tell their own stories.
National Public Works Week
This month we celebrated National Public Works Week! This year’s theme was “Advancing Quality of Life for All.” Our Public Works team works hard to provide essential services that lead to a healthier, happier, more vibrant San Bruno. Public Works staff celebrated by hosting fun events including, a Touch-a-Truck Storytime at the San Bruno Public Library, Bingo at the Senior Center, a kickball game against South San Francisco’s Public Works Department, and more. In addition to the fun events, we ran giveaways on our social media platforms and included some fun posts to show our residents what the San Bruno Public Works team is up to!
It's not too late to get a FREE Public Works tote bag! Stop by the Public Works counter at San Bruno City Hall to get yours today.
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LGBTQ+ Progress Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
On June 3 at 10:00 a.m., the City of San Bruno will raise the LGBTQ+ Progress Pride Flag in celebration of Pride Month. Members of the public are welcome to join to observe as the ceremonial flag is raised.
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Join the San Bruno Public Library for the 3rd annual celebration of Juneteenth in San Bruno City Park on Saturday, June 8th from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy music, crafts, and community! The event will feature award-winning storyteller Kirk Waller sharing traditional African-American stories and songs through spoken word, rhythm, music and movement, music by DJ Olga T, and a performance by dancers from Spark of Creation Studio. Lunch catered by the Hip Hop BBQ Shack. Available while supplies last. Sponsored by the San Bruno Culture and Arts Commission.
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Summer Learning
Come by the San Bruno Public Library this summer to participate in our Summer Learning Challenge! Youth ages 18 and younger can read or listen to get free books and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Bring in your completed logs for an additional chance to win San Mateo County Parks passes and Giants tickets!  Adults can participate too! Complete a reading log and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card. The more logs you complete, the better your chances to win! The Summer Learning Challenge runs June 1 - August 31.
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The San Bruno Public Library wants to hear from you! The Library will be conducting a public survey beginning on Monday, June 3 and ending on Sunday, July 14. You can participate in the survey both online and in person at the Library. The survey will cover a range of topics, including the collections of books and other materials, online services, program quality, and technology offerings such as computers and Wi-Fi. Participants of the survey will also be asked about their impressions of the current library facility. Additionally, the survey will feature questions that invite respondents to share what they value most about the Library and suggest areas for improvement. The goal is to better understand public preferences and identify focus areas where the Library can enhance its services based on the feedback received!
To fill out the survey in English, please visit www.sanbruno.ca.gov/librarysurvey
To fill out the survey in Spanish, please visit www.sanbruno.ca.gov/encuestabiblioteca
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This eNewsletter 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, sanbruno.ca.gov or by simply staying tuned to this newsletter!

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