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San Carlos Needs to Become More Bike-Friendly.

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Not the City of Good Cycling…Yet.

San Carlos is a great place to live if you’re a avid bicyclist, or even a casual recreational rider.   That’s because we’re just a short jaunt from some of the most spectacular series cycling loops in all of Northern California.   The roads that meander through the hills of Woodside, Portola Valley, Emerald Hills, and San Mateo are some of the most scenic roads in the entire Bay Area, and offer challenges to cyclists of all levels.  Whether you’re out for an easy 10-mile spin, or you want to ride your bike all the way to the Pacific Ocean, there are numerous, spectacular ways to do just that.

And while people from all over the Bay Area must shlep their bikes on the backs of their cars to enjoy our scenic roads, San Carlos residents are lucky in that they can simply roll right out of their garages and into pedal into cycling paradise.    It has literally become one of many positive decision factors when home buyers choose to make San Carlos their new home.   You only need to see the exodus of lycra-clad residents spinning toward the hills each weekend morning to understand this.
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White Oaks Neighbors Rally Around Fire Victims.

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Support Coordinated Through Facebook Page.

In the wee hours of this past Sunday morning, a fast-moving fire raged through the Kuramoto residence on St. Francis Way in San Carlos.  According to news reports, by the time the family was able to scramble to safety, the entire garage and kitchen were fully involved in fire.   Thankfully everyone escaped from the home safely, but the damage rendered their home uninhabitable, and the fire claimed almost all of their belongings.  In the end, damage was estimated to be nearly $500,000.

The swift outpouring of support from the San Carlos community has been wonderful and extremely generous in this time of crisis for the Kuramoto family.   As you can imagine there are still many opportunities to help — the question is what to do and when.  To help coordinate some of the efforts, residents have created a Facebook page for the community.  The purpose of this page is to:

  • Establish a place where the community can post messages of support to Jasmine, Randall, Reece and Jules.
  • Provide central space for anyone to seek volunteers for various needs.
  • Link an option to collect donations for the family.
  • Keep folks in the loop on how the Kuramoto’s are doing and if there is anything they can do to help.

The link to the site is:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kuramoto-Family-Update/189746384417399?sk=wall

Once you are on the page, you can click the “like” button and then post messages.    Neighbors and friends will be working with the Kuramotos to identify the best ways to help them both in the next few days/weeks as well as over the coming months.  Please leverage the Facebook site to share your messages of support and to learn more about how you can help the family.

It’s in trying times like these that you truly understand why San Carlos is such a great community to be a part of.

 
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Wheeler Plaza Development in San Carlos: 3 Reasons Why it Needs to Happen.

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Time for a Change.

The other morning while I was making my normal run for sourdough bread at Le Boulanger (if you haven’t tried their fresh sliced sourdough, it’s out of this world), I was struck by how much of an eyesore the rear parking area behind the building has become.  Sure, during business hours it serves a valuable purpose as a main downtown parking area.  But during non-business hours, it’s just vast sea of empty parking spaces that’s sometimes strewn with litter on windy days.  For those of you who may not know, that very area on the corner of Walnut Street and San Carlos Avenue (including many of the buildings), is a city-owned plot of land known as Wheeler Plaza.  And for the past couple of years, the City has been investigating different ways that it might re-develop that entire site.

I hope the City will be able to take one of those solutions beyond the idea stage and actually re-develop this prime area of San Carlos, because there are three key reasons why it needs to happen: >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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San Carlos Releases Summer Concert Schedule for 2011.

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Return of a Favorite.

One of the most popular social events in San Carlos will be back again this summer:  The 21st edition of the San Carlos Summer Concert Series.    Held every Friday evening from early-July to mid-August, the San Carlos Summer Concert draws great crowds down to Burton Park to catch some great live music, reconnect with neighbors and friends, or just chill on a Friday evening.  It ranks right up there with Hometown Days as a town favorite.

The schedule for this summer’s series is listed below.  This is a very popular event, so be sure to arrive early to get a good parking spot and to snag your favorite spot on the lawn.   You’re welcome and encouraged to bring food and drink, but no BBQ’s are allowed.  And like anywhere else in the Bay Area, be sure to pack some warm clothes because the weather changes pretty drastically when the sun starts to go down.

As always, a big thanks to all of the sponsors for bringing this popular event back again this year! Here’s the schedule for this year’s concert series: >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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San Carlos Seeks to Restore Municipal Code Enforcement.

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Bid to Outsource Key Role.

Although the plight of the San Carlos Police and Fire Departments and the Park & Recreation Department garnered the majority of the headlines when the City of San Carlos grappled with its structural budget deficit this past year, there were other lesser-known areas within the City’s government that felt the pinch of 11 years of belt-tightening as well.  One of those duties was the enforcement of the city’s municipal code.

In the past, according to San Carlos Building Official Chris Valley, the role of investigating municipal code violations fell largely on one of the inspectors on the city staff.  But budget constraints forced the elimination of that position last July 30th.  Since then, the duty of responding to code violation complaints has competed with the other time-critical responsibilities of the Building Department, such as reviewing building plans, inspecting permitted work, etc.

Now, the City of San Carlos is looking to restore this service by potentially outsourcing the duty to a qualified outside agency.   They recently submitted an RFP to get bids from outside agencies.  Here’s an excerpt of that RFP:

BIDS/RFP for RFP – Municipal Code Enforcement Services
Specification #060811
The City of San Carlos is requesting a written proposal from qualified agencies and consulting firms to perform, and improve, municipal code & zoning code enforcement services within the City. Duties will include written notification and face-to-face contact with individuals to address various code enforcement violations. The City has a budget of $50,000.00 for a contract or shared code enforcement services agreement with this RFP request.

The City of San Carlos receives and responds to municipal & zoning code complaints for weeds, over-grown shrubbery, blighted vacant homes, illegal signs, and other municipal & zoning code violations. The City desires an agreement with a qualified agency or contracting firm to provide at least 20 hours per week of code enforcement services.

Due Date:  July 8th, 2011 by 2 PM.

This means that there may soon be more bodies available to respond to code complaints and violations that keep the City of San Carlos from looking its best.

 
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Reminder: Giants’ World Series Trophy Visits San Carlos Today.

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Burton Park, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Giants fans, that very same trophy that Buster is hoisting over his head will be on display today at Burton Park from 3:00-5:00 PM (sans Buster, unfortunately.)   One would expect a huge turnout for such a special event, so be sure to arrive early and plan on staying awhile.   A big thanks to San Carlos resident Pat Bonds (Barry Bond’s mother) and Mayor Andy Klein who, according to this article in the Mercury News, were instrumental in getting San Carlos on the list for the World Series Trophy tour.    It’s not every town in the Bay Area that gets a special visit by a championship trophy, after all.

Now, if we can only get the San Jose Sharks to land that elusive Stanley Cup….sigh.
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Sheriff’s Department Warns of Car Burglary Increase in San Carlos.

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Uptick in Break-Ins.

Just a couple of days ago, the San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department issued an unprecedented warning to San Carlos residents in response to a rash of car burglaries that have plagued the entire city in recent weeks.   While theft from vehicles has been a steady problem in San Carlos over the years, the past month as seen the number of reported burglaries skyrocket to 36 in just the past 3 weeks.

Ironically, many victims have made it exceedingly easy for crooks to help themselves to personal belongings their cars.   In many cases, the car doors were left unlocked, and valuables were left in plain sight.

KTVU ran a featured news report on this a couple of nights ago.  Click here for the video: SAN CARLOS: Neighborhood Warned About Rash Of Car Break-Ins

Common Sense Deterrents.

There are some easy and common sense things that residents can do to deter the car thieves:

  • Double-check that your car doors are locked at night.
  • Remove any and all valuables from the car.   If you must have them in the car, keep them out of plain sight.
  • Try to park in a well-lit area.

The thieves seem to be favoring the easy targets.  Don’t make yourself one of them.

 
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Middle-School Students Need a Home in San Carlos.

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Home (and Family) Needed.

I just got word of this plight from one of my colleagues in the real estate industry, and wanted to pass it along to the readers of the White Oaks Blog.   If you are interested in housing these children or helping out in any way,  please contact Debra Lepold directly at the number below.  Or, if you know of someone who may be able to help, feel free to pass along this information.

Hopefully, someone will be able to step forward and help these kids during this tough time and keep them in this area and in their current school.   Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!  Here’s more information on their situation:

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Two San Carlos School District students are in need of a foster home.  The children are currently living in a temporary group home and their time has run out at this placement.  Because there is a shortage of foster homes in San Mateo County, the kids will be moved to San Jose.   This means they will not be able to continue at their current school.  The boy (age 12) and girl (age 11) attend Tierra Linda Middle School, in San Carlos and are doing very well there.  They are sweet kids with no behavior problems.   Because of what they have been through, they do receive special education services and the staff at the school have done a fantastic job in moving them forward academically.  Their social worker does not want them to change schools because this could set them back.

We are on the hunt for a loving home in San Carlos, or in San Mateo County.  If the placement is outside San Carlos, we would like to find foster parents who would be willing to drive the kids to school.  Please send this request out to the people you know who care about kids.  If we find someone who is not alicensed foster parent, it may be possible to get them licensed quickly.

Thanks for your help.

For more information, please contact Debra Lepold at [email protected] or (650) 207-4335

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