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11 Candidates Vie for Interim Seat on San Carlos City Council.

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Huge Turnout.

When the City Council of San Carlos opted against holding a special election to fill the vacant seat on the Council and instead decided that it would appoint  an interim Council member after a series of interviews, nobody was quite sure who (or how many) would ultimately put their hat in the ring for this short stint on the City Council.   After all, the last few seats that were filled via the election process were not what one would consider hotly contested.  You’ll recall that Andy Klein, the last member elected to the council, ran unopposed in his bid for the position.

Well, according to Bonnie Eslinger’s column in the Daily News, no fewer than 11 people have officially signed up to for the interview process!  It’s absolutely fantastic that so many citizens have expressed an interest in this civic duty.   The Council plans to interview all of the candidates in a series of meetings on Monday June 6, with the possibility of actually naming the interim Council member later in the evening in a special City Council Meeting.  According to Bonnie’s Daily News Article, here is the list of interested candidates: >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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San Carlos In-N-Out Burger Slated to Open June 16.

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Mark Your Calendars.

Nearly a year and a half since the plan was first announced on this site that In-N-Out Burger would be opening up a restaurant in San Carlos, the company has now set an opening date for this location:  June 16, 2011.    After closing escrow on the land formerly owned by the City of San Carlos and then securing the necessary conditional use permits, the new restaurant has taken shape rather quickly over the past few months and is in the final stage of construction.  The new restaurant is located at 445 Industrial Road in San Carlos.

The arrival of In-N-Out Burger in San Carlos has been met with a mixed reaction from the citizens of San Carlos.  On one hand, many are happy that their favorite fast-food restaurant is now that much closer to home, and the City gains some much needed sales tax revenue.   However, others who live close to the site are concerned about the impact of the additional noise and traffic that will certainly accompany the arrival of the restaurant.

But regardless of which side you’re on, the burgers, fries, and shakes that have made In-N-Out a runaway favorite in the Bay Area will be available in San Carlos on June 16.

 
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Want to Serve on the San Carlos City Council?

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Call for Applications.

One of the results of the last San Carlos City Council meeting was to decide on the process for filling the vacant seat on the Council that was created by the passing of Omar Ahmad.   It was determined that holding a special election right now for a position that was due up for re-election in November was not a feasible approach.   And the other option was to leave the seat vacant until November, but the possibility of  2-2 deadlock reared its ugly head on the very first motion that the Council voted on.  So the decision was made to conduct interviews for a “temporary” Council person. Here are the details, straight from the City website:

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San Carlos to Choose New Mayor, Vice Mayor on Monday.

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A Lively Discussion on Tap.

The chamber room of the San Carlos City Council has played host to a number of lively and spirited debates over the past two years, with the outsourcing of police and park services, and the disbanding of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department providing fuel for some unforgettable exchanges amongst the public and council members alike.     It seems lately that there’s a camera truck from a local networks setting up shop outside City Hall just about every other week.

This Monday’s City Council meeting will very likely provide another indelible chapter in the history of San Carlos politics, as the Council has the somber and unenviable task of naming a mid-term replacement for both the mayor and vice-mayor positions in the wake of the sudden and tragic passing of Omar Ahmad just two short weeks ago.   The Council must also decide how and when to fill his vacant seat on the dais.

Both of these topics are likely to draw strong and polarizing opinions from Council members and the public once again, especially in light of all of the events that have transpired in the city over the past two weeks.

The Agenda.

The full meeting agenda was just published by the City of San Carlos, and here are the key topics to be discussed:

  • Selection of a Mayor and Vice Mayor for May – December, 2011 (Item # 7a)
  • Discuss filling Council Vacancy & Consider Appointment for Balance of Omar Ahmad’s Term (Item # 7b)
  • Monthly Update – Fire & Emergency Services in San Carlos (Item # 8a)
  • Public Hearing – 2011 Sewer Rates (Item # 9a)
  • Public Hearing – 2011 Solid Waste Rates (Item # 9b)
  • Adopt Class Specification for Emergency Preparedness Coordinator & Amend Salary Schedule – San Carlos Fire Department (Item #10c)

The meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at 600 Elm Street, San Carlos.    This will definitely be a worthwhile use of your time to attend.   If you’re concerned about catching shrapnel from flying rhetoric and hearsay, you can always watch the proceedings live on Comcast Ch. 27.    I have a hunch this will be one that we’ll remember for a while.

 
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Sheriff’s Department Announces 3rd Annual San Carlos Town Hall Meeting.

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Want the Low-Down on Crime?

The San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department announced that it has scheduled its annual installment of its popular San Carlos Town Hall Meeting.  This will be the third year that the Department has hosted this informative meeting, and the very first since they’ve been under the guidance of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.   If you attended any of the previous year’s meetings,  you’ll know that San Carlos Police Department posted some very impressive statistics in the key crime prevention metrics — even more impressive considering how understaffed and underpaid the Department was during that period.

The 3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the San Carlos City Council Chambers, and will cover the following topics:

  • Crime Statistics and Trends.
  • Crime Prevention Strategies.
  • Emergency Preparedness Information.
  • Public Information Strategies.
  • Community Engagement Accomplishments and Plans.
  • Questions and Answers.

If you’re concerned at all about crime in San Carlos, this is a very worthwhile two hours of your time.  It will be even more interesting this year to see how the transition of police service to the Sheriff’s Department has impacted public safety in San Carlos.   For more information on the meeting, download the flyer here:  San Carlos Townhall 2011 Flyer

 
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Public Memorial Service Announced for San Carlos Mayor Omar Ahmad.

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Friday May 13th.

The City of San Carlos and the family of Mayor Omar Ahmad invite friends of Mayor Ahmad and members of the community to attend a public memorial service this coming Friday, May 13 2011.   As you are undoubtedly aware, Mr. Ahmad passed away unexpectedly this past Tuesday morning at the age of 46.    His sudden passing shocked and saddened community leaders, co-workers, and residents of San Carlos alike.

The service on Friday will celebrate the life of Mayor Omar Ahmad.   The details of the service are outlined below, or you can visit this link on the City of San Carlos Website for more information.

Celebrating the Life of Mayor Omar Ahmad
A Public Memorial Service
Friday, May 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road, San Carlos

In lieu of flowers, the family will provide a listing of charities
where donations will be encouraged, at the service.
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There is additional coverage on the memorial service in this San Jose Mercury News Article.
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Recology in San Carlos: 4 Months Later…

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The Big Change.

It has been four months since the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) switched garbage and recycle service on the Peninsula from Allied Waste to Recology San Mateo County.  Recology kicked off the new year with quite a bit of fanfare — between the distribution of brand new Smart Carts, and the parade of shiny new collection trucks rolling out of the facility, it was a certainly a noticeable change.   Recology’s approach to a streamlined recycling curbside recycling program (no more sorting recyclables), and the automated pickup certainly seemed to be an appealing and progressive step above what Allied Waste was offering.

During the first few weeks of service there were certainly glitches, as one would expect from such a wholesale change.  Some streets didn’t get their carts delivered on the designated week, and there were missed deliveries on other streets as they worked out kinks in the logistics.  Even residents had adjustments to make with how to use the new carts.  But with four months under the belt, one would expect that things should be working smoothly.     But are they?

Growing Pains?

Over the past few weeks, I have asked friends and neighbors about their thoughts on the new service, and the answers I got back were surprisingly mixed.  While to many, garbage pick-up is a “don’t care”,  there were a surprising number of people who are not happy with the new service.   One of the biggest complaints I hear about is about what you see below:

This nice little mess is what I found on my sidewalk last week when I came home from work. About a third of what was in the bin somehow ended up on the sidewalk when the robotic arm picked up the bin. I’m not sure how this could have happened, because the bin certainly wasn’t anywhere near full.  But I guess there’s no policy in place at Recology about cleaning up after mishaps like these.

In another incident,  a White Oaks resident looked on in amazement as the robotic arm deftly plucked their recycle bin — along with the front license plate of her car and a chunk of the front bumper.   When they reported the incident to Recology customer service,  they were left with the feeling that it was Recology who was the one being inconvenienced by the accident.

Finally, I watched the City Council meeting last week as the future of the San Carlos Fire Department was being hotly debated, one resident patiently waited his turn for his two minutes at the podium — not to discuss the fire issue, but to voice his dissatisfaction with his garbage pickup.  So clearly, there are some bumps in the road with the new service.

And let’s not forget about the whole discussion of rate hikes for garbage service in the near future…

What Are Your Thoughts?

So, has the transition to Recology been a positive or negative experience for you?  Or is it a don’t-care?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and vote in poll at the top of the right side-bar.
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Dates Announced for 2011 San Carlos Hometown Days.

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31st Annual:  May 20-22.

The San Carlos Hometown Days committee announced the dates for this year’s edition of the city’s long-standing tradition:  San Carlos Hometown Days.  Over the weekend of May 20-22, Burton Park and various parts of the downtown area of San Carlos will once again be transformed into party-central for kids and adults alike.   A fun-run, parade, live music, great food, and other events will be just part of the Hometown Days festivities for this year.    It’s a fantastic event, and a great way to reconnect with friends and neighbors that you haven’t seen in a few months.

Be sure to check the Hometown Days website for updates on the planned events… and enjoy this great tradition that is uniquely San Carlos!

 
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