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San Carlos School District Announces Major Reorganization.

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Principals, Vice Principals on the Move.

San Carlos School  Superintendent Dr. Craig Baker announced today a wide ranging reorganization of the San Carlos School District Administration that will result in the change of the top parking spots at three schools in the District.   The details of the reorganization are outlined on the district website, but the net result is that Central Middle School, Tierra Linda Middle School, and Arundel Elementary will all have different Principals and Vice Principals as of January 3, 2011.

That’s a pretty significant re-org…especially in the middle of the school year.

Keeping It “In-House”.

It appears that this reorganization has been accomplished by moving existing resources from within the district, as opposed to bringing in personnel from the outside.  So you’ll recognize the names of the new top administrators when you see them.  In addition, a new position titled Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability has been created, and will filled by one of the aforementioned principals.

Curious?  Click here to find out who the new school leaders will be:  San Carlos School District Reorganization.
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Renovation in the Works for Burton Park?

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Permanent Stage, Bocce Ball Court.

According to Michelle Durand’s column this morning in the Daily Journal, another upgrade to Burton Park in San Carlos could be in the works.  Plans for the construction of a permanent stage, a bocce ball court, and a much-needed upgrade to the basketball courts are in the preliminary stages of discussion.  The City Council has already given the green light to the concept — now all that’s needed is the money (isn’t that the case with everything in life?)

The San Carlos Park and Recreation Foundation quarterbacked the fundraising effort for the first wave of upgrades to Burton, which added a whole new playground structure and water park.   Look for them to play the lead role again in raising the nearly $500,000 (or more) that will be needed to make this vision a reality.    I’m sure that our local San Carlos businesses will selflessly chip in again, as they have always done in the past.

For more information, check out Michelle’s article in the DJ:  Burton Park Ready For Big Makeover.
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Appliances: They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To.

December 6, 2010 Living in San Carlos 4 Comments
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Higher Price, Shorter Life.

Is it just my bad luck, or does it seem like home appliances aren’t built that well anymore?   We remodeled our home back in 2000, so I have an easy time-line to measure the life of all of those expensive new  appliances that we put into the house.   In the span of 10 years, this is what we have had to repair or replace:

  • Refrigerator (replaced).
  • Dishwasher (replaced).
  • Clothes dryer (repaired and finally replaced).
  • Microwave (repaired and replaced).
  • Double Oven (repaired twice, and is now on its death-bed).

What’s left? Only the clothes washer and gas cooktop!  And the latter doesn’t have any moving parts, so you’d think it should last a few years.   Granted, with a family of 5, we use our appliances quite a bit.   But we didn’t buy crap when we remodeled — we went for high-end GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Thermador…  Not Bosch or Sub-Zero mind you, but still expensive stuff.   So what’s going on? >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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The Friday Funny.

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Social Network Overload.

Are you hopelessly hooked on Facebook and Twitter?  Is your neck permanently bent at 45 degrees from hunching over your smart-phone?    Do you feel compelled to tweet your whereabouts to the world every minute of the day?   If so, then maybe this video if for you.  Heck, after 5 straight posts this week on the site, maybe it applies to me too?  Hmmm….

Either way, this self-facing video is pretty funny, and it’s very well done.  So feel free to forward it to your favorite social network junkie.

Enjoy this little chuckle on a Friday — we’re overdue.   Thanks to my friends at Agent Genius for finding this gem.


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San Carlos “Shop & Dine” is Back for 2010.

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Local Businesses Pitch In For Schools.

Hey, while we’re on the subject of supporting San Carlos schools (see the previous post), the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce is bringing back a popular fundraiser this coming weekend:  Shop & Dine 2010.   It’s a pretty simple concept — you shop at any participating San Carlos business this weekend, and they’ll generously donate anywhere from 10-20% of their proceeds on those days to the San Carlos Educational Foundation.    San Carlos businesses have always been very generous in supporting our schools and other worthwhile causes —  Shop & Dine just brings all of that generosity together on one special weekend.

Support These Local Businesses!

Shop & Dine 2010 takes place on this Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th.   Click here for the official flyer which has the list of participating businesses, as well as the percentage of their proceeds that they’ll be pledging toward our schools:  Shop & Dine 2010.

So do your holiday shopping local this weekend!  You’ll be supporting our local businesses and helping our schools — all at the same time.
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San Carlos “Night of Holiday Lights” – December 3,2010.

November 22, 2010 Living in San Carlos No Comments
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A New Tradition is Born.

Not quite in the holiday spirit yet?   Well, the San Carlos Park and Rec Department and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce have announced what they hope will become a new annual holiday tradition in San Carlos to get everyone in the holiday mood:  “ The Night of Holiday Lights“.   On the night of December 3, 2010, the north section of Laurel Street will be transformed into a holiday spectacle for all ages.   Laurel Street will actually be closed between San Carlos Avenue and Olive Street, but the festivities may stretch down as far as Arroyo Avenue.  Here are some of the planned activities:

  • Holiday Lighting Festivities.
  • Music and Carolers
  • Train Rides and Children’s Crafts.

The fun runs from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on December 3rd, with the Lighting Festivities taking place at about 6:30.   For more information on the event, download the flyer here:  Night of Holiday Lights.

Come and Celebrate!

Don’t miss it!  Come on down and usher in the holidays with all of your San Carlos neighbors, or take the opportunity to meet some new ones.   Sounds like a blast for the kids.   A big thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and the Park and Rec Department for pulling this event together.
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Recology Smart Carts: How Are They Working?

November 11, 2010 Living in San Carlos 17 Comments
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How is the Change?

By now, most residents of San Carlos have received their new garbage and recycle carts from Recology, the company that will be assuming garbage and recycle collection service in San Carlos starting on January 1 of 2011.  Some residents, like those in parts of Oak Park and White Oaks, have had their new carts for nearly a month, so they’ve had ample time to formulate their opinion on the new service.

While much has remained the same with the service — Allied Waste is still picking up the trash and recycles until January 1 — a few things are significantly different from before.   And according to the informational sessions that Recology has been hosting recently, not all of the change has been positive.

New Carts, Different Service.

There are several notable changes in how garbage and recyclables are collected in the new bins.  First of all, every household got a standard 32 gallon wheeled garbage cart, which is admittedly smaller than what many residents were previously using.    This was likely not an accident, since there has been an ongoing effort to divert more and more of what we consider “garbage” from going to our landfill.  So to make the smaller garbage cart useful for more families, Recology has broadened the scope of what can be recycled — food scraps, food-soiled paper products, etc — thus diverting more garbage.

“Hard” recycling is different too.  Rather than sort paper products from the cans and bottles, you now simply dump them all in the blue wheeled cart.  This obviously makes it more conducive for everyone to recycle, but I have to imagine its a nightmare sorting it all out at the transfer station.

Growing Pains.

Like anything that’s new, there are always growing pains — and this has been no exception.  With all of that stuff that was previously considered garbage now finding its way into the recycle carts, those carts are filling up much more quickly than before.   With the previous service, you were allowed to put as many recycle bins on pick-up day as you liked — at no additional charge.    The new Recology service only allows one blue cart every other week — if you need a second bin, there’s an additional charge.   This certainly doesn’t encourage people to take the extra effort to recycle if the blue cart is bursting at the seams long before it’s due to be picked up.

And there has been confusion in some neighborhoods during the roll-out period as far as what gets picked up when, resulting in some full carts sitting full on the curbside for days, leaving residents frustrated.

Better or Worse?

So what is your impression of the new service so far?   Admittedly, it’s still early for some neighborhoods as they got the new carts last week.  But has the change been good, or was it better before?   Make sure to vote in the poll in the right sidebar of the blog, or voice your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Farewell and Thank You, San Carlos Police Department.

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