December 2016, Vol. 2, No. 12

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Light Up Our World Event A Success!

It was cold.  It was raining all day.  Participants still came and enjoyed the artworks, art activities, music, and dance. By 6:00 pm, there was a break in the rain and more than 800 participants picked up luminary lanterns and went outside for the candle-lighting public arts performance. It started to rain again. That did not stop us - we stood together and formed a heart in solidarity for the arts, for arts education, for artistic expression – one of the greatest freedoms we have.

Our deepest gratitude to our partners, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers:

We thank our partners for their commitment to arts excellence:     Aiqin Zhou Calligrapher & Painter  l  Andrea Gonzales  l  Daly City City Council  l  Daly City Fire Fighters’ Union LU 1879   l   Daly City Library and Recreation   l Daly City Public Library Associates    l   DeLue Clubhouse Daly City Boys and Girls Clubs    l   Holy Angels School   l  Jefferson Elementary School District   l  Jefferson High School   I  JUMP Into Writing  l  Mission Fusion  I  Nining Muir   l  Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble  l  San Francisco State Afro-Cuban Ensemble   l   SnapFiesta Photobooth   l  ViBO Music School   l  ViBO Simfani

Thank you to the San Mateo County Arts Commission for making LIGHT UP OUR WORLD possible through funding from the San Mateo County Arts Grant Program.              

A special thanks to our donors:   San Francisco Examiner  and  SFWeekly   l   Republic Services   l  CitiScape Property Management   l  Energy Upgrade California + Conxión to Community   l   MB Financial & Insurance Services   l  FilamStar   l   Green Development Sustainable Technologies Alliance (GDSTA, LLC)   l   Molloy’s Tavern   l Moonstar   l   Peninsula Reflections   l   Alex Herreria   l   Janet Banks   l    O’Rourke-Meadors  l   Buffalo Wild Wings  l   Cybelle’s Pizza  l   Universal Bakery-Panaderia   Ketsourine Macarons   The Bread Basket Bakery for feeding everyone!

December Decorations and Deeds

For decades the arrival of December in Daly City has sparked a time for civic decorations, private celebrations, and neighborly good deeds performed by some of our more memorable residents.
One such philanthropist was John William Marchbank. His close associates called him “Jack.” Others referred to him as “Squire.” Countless Daly City families, entrepreneurs, and local children addressed him with deep respect and awe as Mister Marchbank. He was also known as “Peg-Leg Jack.” 
In Daly City, Mr. Marchbank was known for his remarkable generosity year-round. For children, December was a special time of end-of-year parties, school holidays, festive decorations, jolly music, and visits with Santa look-alikes in various locations. During the Depression years of the 1930s and 1940s, it also heralded a time for visits with the one-legged gentleman that greeted them while sitting in a wooden-wheelchair and sporting a warm blanket that covered his surviving leg. He wasn’t “Santa,” but he was Mr. Marchbank.
“Santa” Marchbank, to whom the appellation was not used in respect for his formidable standing in his community, was viewed as a man of large stature with a rosy cherubic face, cool blue eyes, and a black silk skull cap that covered his bald head. 
Visits with Mr. Marchbank were somewhat ritualistic but thoroughly pleasant. Tots were escorted to the porch of his Daly City residence near the Top-of-the-Hill, invited to remove a 25 cent coin from a glass bowl, say “Good Morning” to their host, and receive a red mesh holiday stocking filled to the rim with fresh fruit, nuts, small wrapped candies, and a peppermint candy cane. 
John Marchbank had found fortune and excitement in the Klondike Gold Rush. He operated a string of gambling casinos there and gained fame for having climbed over the Chilkoot Pass into Alaska’s Dawson, the hub of gold-searching activity. Previously, while still a teenager, he had lost a leg in a gold-mining accident in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In years to come, his loss failed to slow his adventures or success in enterprises. His interests eventually ranged from newspaper publishing to horse breeding and betting to pioneering as a rubber plantation owner in Brazil and developer of a Honduran gold mine.
Mr. Marchbank established his business base in Daly City in 1905. He was instrumental in organizing the City and became a formidable business and political influence. For many years, he was known as the Boss of San Mateo County’s political machine. 
In later years, his Heather (stud) Farms in Walnut Creek was credited with bringing such outstanding stallions as War Cry, Soliel Du Midi, Xenefol, and King Heather to the sport of competitive horse racing. After purchasing Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno, he was instrumental in making the pleasures of horse-race betting lawful in California. Avoiding crowds, he and his invited guests viewed races from his penthouse above the track clubhouse, left the grounds via a guarded elevator, and was whisked away in privacy. Residents of Daly City, including women and children, were given free-access to the racetrack.  
Mr. Marchbank died on Dec. 1, 1947. For interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, his body was placed in a bronze casket. His funeral procession was escorted by a squadron of Daly City’s motorcycle police.

Season's Greetings from the City of Daly City

The City Council and staff wish you a joyous holiday season! City offices, libraries, and community centers will be closed on Friday, December 23 and 30, 2016, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on Monday, December 26 and January 2, 2017.

Parking enforcement to accommodate street sweeping will be suspended during these closures.

There is no change to garbage and recycling collection during the holidays. Please set carts out as usual. Call Republic Services directly with questions at (650) 756-1130. The Republic Services customer service office will be closed Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, but drivers will still be out on their routes collecting garbage, recycling and compostables.  

The Daly City Police and Fire Departments will remain open throughout the holiday. To report an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Call (650) 991-8119 to report non-emergencies to the Daly City Police Department.
Volunteers Still Needed for One Day Homeless Count

On Thursday, January 26, 2017 from approximately 6:00 am to 10:00 am, San Mateo County will conduct its biennial One Day Homeless Count. The One Day Homeless Count is a census and survey of unsheltered homeless people conducted in collaboration with community and County partners. The results from the count will provide us with a better understanding of the number of homeless individuals and families and their needs. Collecting strong data on the number, characteristics, and service needs of homeless people in our community is a vital component of local planning and program development to meet the County’s goal to end homelessness by 2020.

Volunteers Needed! Individual and group volunteers play a critical role in the census and survey to collect accurate data on the number, characteristics, and service needs of homeless individuals and families. Sign up today as a Team Member to assist in tallying and administering surveys to homeless individuals in a particular coverage area throughout the County. All volunteers will receive a 2-hour mandatory training in the weeks leading up to the One Day Homeless Count. More information regarding volunteer training times and locations will be coming soon.

To sign up to volunteer please visit the County's websitePlease share this opportunity with your colleagues, family, and friends. For more information visit One Day Homeless Count. For questions, please email

FREE Sustainability Courses 

Do you know someone who lives or works in San Mateo County who wants to learn more about sustainability and resource conservation? The San Mateo County Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability Academy is offering two sets of no-cost classes the beginning of the new year – an 8-week Master Resource Conservation Course and a 5-topic webinar series. The Sustainability Academy classes are taught by local sustainability experts, are hands on, and offer participants a chance to give back to the community though volunteer projects after the classes end.
These classes fill up quickly, so register soon!

Fore more info and to sign up, CLICK HERE

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