April 2016 - Vol. 2, No. 4

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What to Compost, Recycle and Throw Away - Learn from Daly City's Sustainability Coordinator Stephen
Watch this VIDEO to learn what to compost, recycle and throw away -  Daly City's Sustainability Coordinator, Stephen Stolte, provides a quick and handy lesson!
Emergency Preparedness Exercise Comes to Serramonte and Crestview Estates Neighborhoods on April 14, 2016
North County Fire Authority (NCFA) will host an emergency preparedness exercise involving San Mateo County's Health System's ability to partner with local cities, law enforcement, fire departments, the American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from Daly City, Brisbane and Pacifica. These teams will simulate going door-to-door to check-in on residents in the Serramonte neighborhood and the new Crestview Estates sub-division neighborhoods on Thursday, April 14, from 9:00 am to noon. This is the 10th year San Mateo County has led this type of exercise.
Stressing the importance of ensuring the safety of our residents, especially those who are vulnerable due to a medical condition in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, pandemic flu, catastrophic flood, or prolonged power outage is a key element of this exercise.
Daly City CERT Teams will be canvassing portions of the Serramonte neighborhood and the new Crestview Estates sub-division, covering over 1,000 homes to test door-to-door checks as realistically as possible. Daly City CERT teams will distribute educational information and resources in reusable shopping bags, simulating how CERT members will operate in a real event.
For more information, please contact Clyde Preston, NCFA, directly at 650-991-5741.

Water Main Improvement Project
Affecting Rice Street and Wilson Street Underway

Parking along Rice St. and Wilson St. will be temporarily impacted during the construction. Dated "No Parking" signs will be posted at least 48-hours in advance at some of the parking spaces. Please do not park where these signs are posted as vehicles may be towed when work starts. At the end of each work day, the parking spaces will be restored. Access to your driveway will be maintained at all times; however, please allow for extra time in the event work is occurring in the street immediately adjacent to your driveway. Construction work hours are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Rice St. and Wilson St.

The contractor will be replacing the existing water mains on Rice St. and Wilson St. The newly constructed water main will provide increased water flow and fire protection capacity. The contractor will be digging in the street to install the new water mains, valves, hydrants, and appurtenances. The project includes the installation of new water service lines from the new main to the existing meter boxes in the sidewalk. There will be temporary service disruptions associated with the connection of the new main to the existing system and with the service line replacement. 

Residents will be notified in advance of the planned service disruptions. The water main replacement work is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and is expected to be substantially completed in June 2016. Exact dates of construction work will be posted at least 48 hours prior to the work. The contractor will restore the street surface and pavement markings after the water main construction is completed on Rice St. and Wilson St.

If you require special attention or have project related questions, please call Jeff Bastian, Project Inspector with the City, at (650) 991-8200. You may also contact Roland Yip, Civil Engineering Associate with the City, at (650) 991-8155. 

Thank you for your patience while we make improvements to our City. 
Can the drinking water contamination that happened in Flint, Michigan, happen here in Daly City?
It is highly unlikely. The lead pollution affecting the Flint, Michigan water system resulted from inadequate corrosion control measures when the community switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. As a result, high amounts of lead leached out of residential house lines connected to the public water system.
Although Daly City is an older community within San Mateo County, residential and business water service lines are generally constructed of galvanized iron or copper, not lead, so leaching of lead is not a problem locally. In addition, there are no plans to change Daly City’s water sources comprised of local groundwater and surface water supplies from the San Francisco Regional Water System.
Since 1991, as a result of public health concerns over water quality, the United States Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Lead and Copper Rule which required municipal water agencies to survey their water distribution system, institute corrosion control plans, and conduct household testing to measure lead and copper entering a resident’s home. Daly City testing results remain far below public health action levels. The action level for lead is 15 parts per billion. In 2013, which was the last time lead results were reported, Daly City reported a 90th percentile result of less than 0.005 parts per billion (as compared to 15.000 parts per billion lead action levels) among 52 water samples received from participating households. Because of historical low testing results, Daly City individual household tests are conducted every three years. However, as part of its local corrosion control plan, testing is conducted every two weeks throughout the year at five representative sample sites throughout the community, which continue to confirm results far below the action level.
As federally mandated, lead testing is scheduled every three years and we are due to test this year. In fact, requests to participate in the testing will be mailed to 120 homes, which are located in the older areas of the community. The testing will take place the morning of July 28 and involves taking a cold water sample from the bathtub first thing in the morning.
If you are invited to participate, please consider doing so. The service you provide will help to ensure the water provided to residents continues to meet and surpass all drinking water standards. And as an added bonus, Daly City is offering a $25 rebate on your next water bill to thank you for your participation.
Annually the City’s Water Quality Report is released in July. For a hard copy of last year’s report or for additional questions on water quality, please contact the Department of Water and Wastewater Resources at (650) 991-8200.

Rethink Your Commute...And Be Rewarded!

The 2016 Commuter Challenge has started! This year’s campaign rewards commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone. Between April 1st and May 31st, people who join the challenge and commute to, from or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes.

Traffic on San Mateo County roads and highways is at an all-time high. Not only does traffic waste time and money for commuters, but it also contributes to poor air quality. According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), nearly 70% of the Bay Area’s carbon monoxide comes from motor vehicles, which are also the greatest contributors to ozone in the Bay Area.

The 2016 Commuter Challenge encourages people to use public transit, shuttle, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk or telework, and be part of the traffic solution. By signing up at, and adding commute alternative trips, registrants will be entered to win one of the featured weekly prizes (Fitbit Alta, Timbuk2 bag, wireless earbuds, gift cards and more). Participants also earn a chance to win one of the five grand prizes ($300 Clipper card, GoPro Hero, Garmin Edge Cycling computer, $400 REI gift card or Fitbit Surge GPS watch) at the end of the challenge. For more details, visit

The Crocker Tract
The history of the Crocker Tract in Daly City goes back to the mid-1800s. The area cozily nestles in the northwestern shadow of San Bruno Mountain. Crocker Tract residents might still boast of unique connections with some of the most powerful men in California history.  

Recognized as the earliest landowner of the tract was entrepreneur Jacob Primer Leese. He is credited with building the second permanent residence on Yerba Buena, later known as San Francisco. In 1838, Leese took possession of Guadalupe la Visitacion y Rodeo Viejo land grant, including part of San Bruno Mountain.

Around 1841, Leese traded his grant to R. T. Ridley. Neither ever lived on the mountain, or developed it. Ridley lost his property in a lawsuit involving gambling debts.  
Charles Crocker, then 27, came west in 1850. He sought Sierra gold, failed, tried blacksmithing, managed a goldfield supply store, and delivered merchandise by wagon and mule. In the mid-1860s, Crocker became one of the “Big Four” that developed the first transcontinental railroad. Partners were Leland Stanford, Collin Huntington, and Mark Hopkins. 

In 1884, Crocker purchased about 4,000 acres of San Bruno Mountain property for $4000. Four years later he died, leaving an estate of almost $400 million. Long after his passing, Daly City schools, a street, and numerous businesses evoked his memory.

While Crocker was buying land on San Bruno Mountain, other entrepreneurs noticed the area. In the 1880s, John Charles Meussdorffer moved his family into a mansion in the Crocker Tract. He had made a fortune manufacturing and selling hats to “Forty Niners” and his “country estate” became an example of Victorian elegance. The mansion burned to the ground in 1960. George Washington Elementary School now occupies the site of the residence. 

In the first decade of the 20th Century, Crocker Estate Company divided some of its vast land holdings on the mountain to offer as home sites. People had been flocking to the area since the disastrous 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Homebuilding flourished in the 1910s and 1920s. Residents voted to incorporate as Daly City in 1911 and welcomed amenities such as street lights, sewers, paved streets, and sidewalks but gentrification came slowly. The dirt walkway on Templeton Avenue was paved in the 1930s.

In earlier years, Crocker Estate Company developed modest landscaping on San Bruno Mountain to encourage home site sales. Even today paths and trailside benches are sometimes uncovered from under decades of natural growth. Ownership nomenclature changed to Crocker Land Co.   

In the 1930s, Daly City organized a Recreation Department on property now known as Lincoln Park. 

During WWII Crocker tract hosted service personnel in ad-hoc camps and city-sponsored recreation venues.

In 1942 residents were stunned with the exceptional and historical sight of an unmanned Navy blimp veering toward homes and settling on Bellevue Avenue. With that event, Daly City received nationwide attention. In 1943, two other military planes shocked the area as they crashed into the Crocker Hills.  

Litigation with San Mateo County was settled in 1978 when Crocker Land Co. donated 546 acres of its mountain property and sold 1,100 acres along the main ridge. The area is now part of San Bruno Mountain State & County Park.
Porta-Potties in Parks
The City has recently removed some porta-potties in several parks. In general, porta-potties cost the City approximately $1,032 per year. However, typically we experience vandalism, which drives the costs up to about $1,750 per year on average.

Driven by the downturn in the economy and a very slow recovery in Daly City, the Public Works Department as a whole has reduced its budget by over $1 million. While ideally we would have restroom facilities in most of our parks, it is not financially feasible. We must make trade-offs. Do we reduce “fibar” replacement that provides fall protection for children in tot lots, eliminate safety equipment for staff, or remove a few less frequently used porta-potties?
Public Works will be retaining the porta-potties in three of our large parks (Westlake, Marchbank, and Gellert). We see that at these large parks most patrons will drive to the park. In addition, these large parks have tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, gymnasiums and libraries; and therefore, draw people from all over the city. Due to the high demand at these parks the porta-potties are justified.
Smaller parks such as Northridge and Palisades are considered neighborhood parks and many residents walk from nearby homes. These small neighborhood parks get less use; and therefore, are a lower priority for restroom facilities.
We are hopeful that this has helped explain why some of the porta-potties have been removed. We appreciate your understanding and support.
Become an Election Officer!
Each election the county must recruit and train 1,600 Election Officers to staff 350 precincts across the county. In order to serve as an Election Officer the person must be:
  • A registered voter in the State of California or Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Able to speak, read and write English
  • Able to work from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m. on Election Day 
The benefits of serving are numerous:
  • Stipend: $115 for Judges, $140 for inspectors
  • Training Class: You will receive $25 for attending training
  • Travel Reimbursement: $8 is offered to those who serve in a precinct outside of their home city
  • Pride in serving the community
If you are interested, or if you have more questions, call (650) 286-2810 or visit
Transportation Authority Seeks Community Volunteers
 The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is soliciting applications for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a 15 member volunteer group who serve in an advisory capacity to the Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors, providing valuable input on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. The plan includes Caltrain improvements, highway and street projects, allocations to cities and the county for local undertakings, paratransit service for people with disabilities, and pedestrian and bike upgrades.

The committee meets the Tuesday before the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm in San Carlos. Members of the CAC must be residents of San Mateo County.
Interested persons can download an application or apply online at, or call (650) 508-6223 for more information. The deadline for submitting the application is May 6, 2016.
"Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" Job and Resource Fair
Wed., April 20, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
City of South San Francisco Municipal Building
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Dress for success and bring your resume! Learn about job opportunities and meet and interview with prospective employers. Also, obtain benefits, training, and career information. To learn more about the event and to register visit this website

This event is free and open to all job seekers and employers from the entire Bay Area. Active Duty Military, Veterans, National Guard and Reservists returning from active duty are encouraged to attend!

For additional information, please contact Steven Ledford at (415) 749-7580 or German Alvardo at (650) 688-6336.

SVGives Kicks-off May 3, 2016

Silicon Valley Gives (SVGives) is a 24-hour online fundraising event to benefit nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and San Francisco Counties. A program of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), SVGives aims to unite our community in the act of giving to support our region's nonprofits on May 3, 2016. Past SVGives “giving days” in 2014 and 2015 leveraged a total of $15.8 million to support more than 1,500 nonprofits in our local community.

To learn how to register your nonprofit or to make a charitable donation visit

Spring for Youth
Annual Banquet and Auction
Thurs., May 5, 2016, 6:00-9:00 pm
Lake Merced Golf Club, 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City

Join the Daly City Youth Health Center (DCYHC) for an evening of dinner (pasta buffet), wine, and live music. Help the DCYHC raise funds and enjoy a new "pull a cork" game and bid on live auction items featuring vacation getaways, fine wines, and outdoor adventurers, just to name a few. The event also includes a silent auction featuring items such as fine jewelry, family adventures, shopping, dining, and so much more!  Fees are $65 per person, $80 after April 20. Register online at by April 25, 2016.

For the last 25 years, DCYHC has helped over 50,000 teens and young adults, living in Daly City, Broadmoor, Pacifica, Colma, Brisbane, South San Francisco and San Bruno. Your support is needed to sustain this crucial service. 
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