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Jeff Maltbie Set to Take San Carlos City Manager Position.

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Position Offered.

After a nation-wide search that spanned nearly half a year, the City of San Carlos has officially offered the position of City Manager to Jeff Maltbie, who is currently serving as interim-City manager of San Carlos after the retirement of Mark Weiss.  According to this article in the San Jose Mercury News, it is likely that Maltbie will accept the offer and remove the interim role from his title.

This seems to be the safe and logical choice by the San Carlos City Council.   There are key decisions to made in the very near future, most notably the resolution of fire service in San Carlos, which can ill afford to absorb the learning curve time-line required for an outsider.    And the interim City Manger seems to have done an admirable job holding down the fort over the past tumultuous six months in San Carlos.

Congratulations and good luck in your new role, Mr. Maltbie.
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San Carlos Kindergarten Parents Get Great News.

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Everyone Accepted to Assigned School.

Anxiety has been replaced by jubilation for many San Carlos parents who enrolled their kindergartner for the 2011-12 school year.   As you’ll recall from the previous post on this subject, the District imposed a March 4 deadline for parents to turn in applications for the upcoming school year.    The District anticipated that it would be notifying parents by Monday March 7th which school their child would be placed in. Because the schools are so full this year, it took a couple of extra days to get everything done.

But the San Carlos School District once again worked their magic, and got every student into the school that they were assigned to.  In addition, they were able to place those students who were not in their assigned district, but had siblings attending the same school.   The District delivered the good news in the following email (excerpts)

Dear Parents of Kindergartners for the Class of 2011-12!

We have now completed our 2011-12 kindergarten registration process for all
applicants who turned in paperwork by Friday, March 4th at 4 PM.  Every
school is extremely full, so it took a little time to make sure we could fit
all Kindergartners in their assigned neighborhood schools.  I am happy to
report that we were able to do so!  Therefore, we do not have anyone on a
waitlist for his/her own neighborhood school.

We were also able to accommodate the 17 students who will have siblings
concurrently attending schools outside their assigned schools, as per
district policy regarding enrollment preferences.  Because we are so full at
every site, however, we were not able to grant most other requests for
transfers to other schools…

Now, those parents can gleefully focus on getting the myriad of forms and doctor’s appointments completed before the new school year starts.   Great work once again by the San Carlos School District.

 
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San Carlos Educational Foundation Day at Whole Foods Market: Tuesday, March 8.

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5% to San Carlos Schools.

Here’s a great way to stock up on your groceries and help San Carlos Schools at the same time.  On Tuesday March 8, the Whole Foods Market in Redwood City will generously donate 5% of its revenue for the entire day to the San Carlos Educational Foundation.  If you’re a die-hard Whole Foods shopper, make sure you do your weekly shopping trip on this day.   If you’re not a normal Whole Foods shopper, this is the perfect excuse to check this great grocery market.  It’s a unique experience in grocery shopping, with all of the specialty counters and activities that take place in the store.  On March 8th alone, here are some of the activities that will take place in the store:

  • 10-12 AM – Morning Makeovers – Whole Foods estheticians will do your makeup and show their products in the Whole Body Dept
  • Meal Deals for a Family of 4 – Any entree plus 3 side dishes for $29.99
  • Try the samples in every department
  • 5PM – San Carlos School District music students

So stock up at Whole Foods on Tuesday, and you’ll be helping the San Carlos Educational Foundation!  Here’s how to get there:


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Public Hearing on CalTrain in San Carlos Today.

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Service Reduction, Increased Fares, Station Closures.

It’s no news that Caltrain has been operating deep in the red for years.  But the commuter train service now faces some difficult decisions in the face of a drop in revenue that it gets from its supporting agencies.  According to this article in the Daily Journal, reductions in funding from SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority will push Caltrain’s annual deficit to nearly $30M.

Caltrain is considering some pretty drastic steps to curb the hemorrhaging of money, including increasing fares, reducing the number of trains it runs during the week, and even closing some of its lower-utilized stations.   These options will significantly impact those citizens who rely on the service to get to work or school every day.

Public Input Sought…Today.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will listen to public feedback on these proposals today at 10:00 AM at the SamTrans building at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, 2nd Floor.   If you rely on Caltrain to get you where you need to be every day, here’s a great opportunity to have your voice heard.
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“Which San Carlos School Boundary is This Home In?”

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The Second-Most Asked Question.

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the most commonly asked question you’re likely to hear at an open house.  Today, we’ll discuss the second-most likely question:  Which San Carlos schools does this home go to?    This seems logical, since our excellent school district is one of the primary reasons that people move here in the first place.   So one would expect that an agent who is listing a home in San Carlos should have this information at their fingertips, no?  But I was touring a house in San Carlos couple of weeks ago that was listed by an out-of-town agent, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to ask her that very question — to which I got a blank stare in return.   Oops :-(

Finding out which elementary school, middle school, and ultimately which high school your home is zoned for is relatively easy, if you know where to look.  But I’ll make it absurdly easy right now by giving you all of that information below!

  • San Carlos Elementary and Middle School Boundaries.   The San Carlos School District recently revised their website to include an entire page on school boundaries.   There’s an updated list you can download that has a street-by-street outline of the district Here is that list:  San Carlos School District Boundaries.
  • High School Boundaries.   When San Carlos closed its own high school in 1982, the high school boundary in San Carlos was split between Carlmont High School and Sequoia High School, with the majority of homes being zoned for the latter.   Since there’s no easy map to read that defines the boundary, the best way for you to determine which high school a particular home is zoned for is to visit this link on the Sequoia Union High School District website – just enter the street name and it will tell you which of the two high schools you are destined for:  Sequoia Union High School District Boundaries.

The Obvious Disclaimers.

I would be remiss without relaying a couple of disclaimers to the above information.  First, just because your home is located within a certain San Carlos School boundary does not guarantee that you will get into that particular school.  If that school is impacted, there is a whole placement process that the District applies to determine who gets in.

On the converse side, you don’t necessarily have to go to the school that your home is zoned for.  If there’s space in a school across town that you’d like to attend, you *may* be accommodated if there is space available.  It’s up to the District to make that call.   Same goes with the high school — even though most of San Carlos is within the Sequoia High School boundary, many families have successfully applied for intra-district transfers to attend Carlmont (again, this is based on available space.)    Sequoia High School is rapidly gaining favor among San Carlos families, but that’s a story for a different post.

So now you have school scoop.    And no — there’s no excuse for a listing agent in San Carlos not knowing this information.

 

 
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San Carlos Highlands Park All-Weather Field Set to Re-Open..

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March 5 Grand Opening.

This Saturday March 5 marks a date that many in San Carlos thought might never happen — and for some, a date they hoped would never happen.  But after a decade of public hearings, legal wranglings, and vocal demonstrations,  the resurfacing of Highlands Park with all-weather turf is finally complete, and the new field is set to re-open with a Grand Opening Ceremony this coming Saturday March 5.   Festivities start at 10:00 AM.  For more information, download the flyer here:  Highlands Synthetic Turf Field Opening_March 5 2011

When Highlands field re-opens, it will be the only municipal park on the west coast that has a synthetic surface that utilizes an organic fill-system for cushioning, as opposed to to the tiny rubber bits that you see in the older style field, according to the supplier.   That at least make the field a bit more eco-friendly.

So come out to the field and get ready to PLAY BALL!
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Standalone Fire Department Still an Option for San Carlos.

February 26, 2011 Living in San Carlos 5 Comments
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Few Choices.

With the number of choices for providing fire service to San Carlos dwindling as the October dissolution of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire JPA looms nearer, the option of having a standalone fire department in San Carlos is once again on the table, according to this article in the Mercury News.   When the County of San Mateo effectively blocked the option of extending its contract with CalFire to cover San Carlos, it left Redwood City as the only interested suitor to provide fire services to the City of Good Living.  And like any good governing body, the City Council of San Carlos wants more than one option to consider, especially for a critical service such as this.

Supporting a standalone fire department is a costly proposition, as San Carlos and many other communities on the Peninsula have determined.  It will likely take a restructuring of the fire organization, or some method of increasing revenue (or both) to make it an economically sustainable model.  And that has been a tall order to fill lately in San Carlos.

Is a County-Wide Fire Department in Our Future?

San Carlos is not alone in its struggle to find an economically feasible method for providing fire services to its community.    Even the City of Belmont recently analyzed their own budget and came to the conclusion that they won’t have the funds to support their own standalone fire department —  despite the fact that they already have a dedicated stream of funding from their general budget.   And there isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t hear about some other Peninsula community that’s fighting the exact same budget battle.

With more Peninsula communities seriously considering the path that San Carlos chose to provide police service through the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, the question begs to be asked:  Should we have a true San Mateo County Fire Department? (i.e. not one that’s simply contracted out through another entity such as CalFire.)

The economies of scale would be remarkable for an an arrangement like this.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Centralized County Dispatch.   That’s already in place today.
  • Reduced Administrative Overhead.   No need for 20+ fire chiefs in a streamlined organization.
  • Buying Power.   If the County standardizes on fire fighting equipment, it would have much more buying power than each municipality would on its own.
  • Boundary Drop.   In theory, this arrangement should make it easier to manage calls that extend across city boundaries, since there’s only one organization to coordinate.

Obviously, this option is much more simple in theory.  The reality is that such an arrangement would be incredibly complicated to create with so many communities involved.  But if the Sheriff’s Department model is so successful for small communities like San Carlos, you have to think a similar model for fire services isn’t too far behind.

 

 
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Controversial Cell Tower Approved in San Carlos.

February 23, 2011 Living in San Carlos 1 Comment
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Second Time A Charm for T-Mobile.

Nearly a year and a half after a similar proposal in San Carlos fell flat, T-Mobile was able to get a conditional use permit granted for the installation of a cell-phone tower in the San Carlos hills.   According to this article in Mercury News, the planning commission last night approved the installation of a cell tower on the property of California Water Service at 882 Heather Drive.

In October 2009, T-Mobile attempted to get towers installed at 3 different locations in San Carlos, only to withdraw the permit applications after significant  opposition from residents in those neighborhoods.    The carrier appears to have learned from the previous exercise, as it was able to secure the conditional use permit for this location, despite a signed petition by neighbors and strong opposition that was voiced by residents at the planning commission meeting.  According to the article, opponents to the plan will appeal the decision to the City Council.
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