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December 2015, Vol. 1, No. 5

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Congratulations to the 2015 Citizen, Business, and Youth of the Year!
Mayor Raymond Buenaventura presented Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Youth of the Year at the City Council’s annual reorganization event on Mon., December 14, 2015. 
Congratulations to Sal Torres on his election to Mayor of Daly City on December 14, 2015 at the Council reorganization event. Mayor Torres plans to retire when his term expires at the end of 2016. The new Vice Mayor is Councilmember David Canepa.  
Register for free emergency alerts with SMC Alert
This year’s El Nino is predicted to bring rain and other inclement weather.  Be prepared! To stay informed about emergencies in Daly City and San Mateo County via text messaging and email, register for SMC Alert.
 
SMC Alert is a free alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to your:
  • email accounts
  • cell phones, smartphones, tablets
  • voice messages to landline phones (home & work)
Sandbags available during storms
Sandbags are available for residents at the Water and Wastewater Resources Department located at 153 Lake Merced Blvd. (24 hours, 7-days a week) and at the Public Works Corporation Yard located at 798 Niantic Ave. (Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm). Residents are limited to 10 sandbags.
Holiday PSA   North County Spanish 18 HD
Check out a fire safety video from the North County Fire Authority for Spanish speakers. For more videos visit Daly City's YouTube Channel.
Holiday shopping safety tips
Here are some tips from our Police Department that can help keep you and your property safe:
  • Park in a well-lit area. Avoid parking next to large vehicles.
  • Do not leave items visible in your car.
  • Close all the windows and lock the doors.
  • Take your garage door opener with you. A burglar can find your address from paperwork in the glove compartment and use the garage door opener to enter your house.
  • Avoid carrying a large amount of cash.
  • Keep your purse/wallet close to you.
  • Be alert about your surroundings. Someone may be watching you go to your car with packages.
  • If you are just dropping off packages at your car and will be doing more shopping, move your car.
  • Have your keys to your vehicle in your hand before leaving the store so you will not have to look for your keys.
  • Stay off your cellphone while walking.
If you’d like to learn first hand how a thief thinks, check out this video: “Tips from a Thief,” from the Denver Police Department.

 

Police Department receives $18,000 grant to fight alcohol-related crime

The Police Department has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. In partnership with ABC, the goals for the grant are to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.
 
The grant will fund a variety of programs such as Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies (IMPACT) inspections, responsible beverage service classes, minor decoy operations, and shoulder tap operations. 
 
IMPACT inspections involves a representative from the Police Department visiting an ABC licensed establishment; they fill out a check box form and provide the business with an informational booklet about their responsibility as an alcohol outlet. 
 
Responsible beverage service classes are provided free of charge to licensees and their employees and teaches them a variety of things about selling and serving alcohol. The class touches on the dangers of over-serving patrons, selling to minors, checking identification cards, narcotic activity, and how to deal with problem customers. 
 
The minor decoy operation involves the department sending a minor decoy into a location to attempt to purchase alcohol. Undercover police officers are always present during the operation. 
 
The shoulder tap operation is where a minor decoy stands outside of a location and asks adults to purchase alcohol for him or her. For each of the decoy operations, law enforcement must follow ABC Rule 141, which makes the operation not considered entrapment. 
 
ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.  This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
New recycling programs coming soon!
Starting February 1, Republic Services will be rolling out new environmentally sustainable programs. Residential and commercial customers will be able to add food scraps to their yard trimmings and a two-container mixed waste processing will be rolled out to large multi-family complexes.
 
All of these materials will be collected in new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) collection vehicles. By replacing the existing fleet of diesel trucks with CNG trucks, approximately 1,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced annually. Not only will the CNG trucks be better for the environment, they will also run more quietly than their diesel counterparts.
 
We are also pleased to announce that your residential monthly garbage rates will be lower with the start of the new programs and services. More details and important information on the changes will be mailed out soon.
 
You may be thinking, “I thought Allied Waste provided my garbage and recycling collection.” In fact, back in 2008, Republic Services and Allied Waste Industries merged into a single company. While they have continued to operate locally as “Allied Waste, A Republic Services Company,” the roll out of the new programs and trucks in 2016 provides the ideal opportunity to make the name switch completely to Republic Services.
Christmas tree recycling 
Christmas tree recycling collection is available on regular service days. Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste) request that you please follow these collection guidelines when placing your tree out for collection:
  • Trees must be cut into 4 ft. sections.
  • Stands, lights and decorations must be removed.
  • Flocked trees will be collected but not recycled.
  • Multi-family residents must call Customer Service to arrange for pick-up.
  • Place trees next to yard waste cart for removal.
  • After January 31, please call Customer Service for tree pick-up unless you are able to fit the tree in your green waste collection.
Customer Service may be reached at (650) 756-1130.

Debris boxes
The City has an exclusive agreement with Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste) for debris box service in Daly City. Contractors or homeowners should contact Republic Services at (650) 756-1130 for debris box service. The use of any other debris box service is not allowed in Daly City. A parking space obstruction permit is not required for Republic Services debris box service. 
 

Moving containers
Placement of moving containers in the City right-of-way requires a parking space obstruction permit from the City’s Engineering Division. We encourage anyone who is using a moving container to place the container in the driveway and off of the City street where possible. If the container must be placed in the street, a permit is required. For more information, please call Engineering at (650) 991-8064.
“Holiday Traditions”
For over a century, December in Daly City has reflected contemporary end-of-the-year observances in many private residences as well as at commercial, institutional, and legislative facilities. A cheerful galaxy of decorations seem to appear overnight, heralding countless beloved and traditional observations. 
 
Over the years a Daly City tradition dating back to 1907, four years prior to Daly City’s incorporation, has been the custom of gathering around a gaily bedecked holiday tree to enjoy festivities of the season.
 
In 1907, at the intersection of Knowles Avenue and Miriam Street in the Vista Grande section of the sparsely inhabited area that was to become Daly City, Ryan’s Hall was a center for community action. The hall was upstairs in the wooden building that also housed Ryan’s Grocery. People gathered there to dance and party, exchange gossip, discuss mutual concerns, stage fundraisers for community improvements, play checkers, and celebrate the holidays. The entire community was invited to meet and greet at Ryan’s. The population of the area had not yet reached 200.
 
“With a good Irish name like Ryan,” an early resident recalled, “It’s no small wonder that a tree went up in his hall.” Ed Ryan was the visible neighborhood leader. Most of the settlers of the area found occasions to visit his grocery several times a week, if not daily. When Ryan put up a tree in his hall, it was for everyone to enjoy. Thus Daly City gained the December tradition of a public holiday tree.
 
In the 1930s, the bitter days of the Great Depression were eased somewhat by Daly City gambling czar and business entrepreneur John Marchbank. His generosity became legend.  Even though an unsavory reputation followed him all the days of his life, he took pleasure in personally handing out red mesh Santa Claus stockings to Daly City children. It was said that he also helped to fill the stockings with apples, oranges, nuts, and candy. In the toe of each stocking, he placed a dime. Hundreds of youngsters lined up in eager fashion to receive holiday treats from peg-legged “Squire Jack” as he sat in his high-backed wooden wheel chair on the porch of his casino on Flournoy Street. Despite his questionable endeavors, Marchbank is still remembered by many vintage residents as a childhood Santa Claus figure.  When Daly City families were feeling the crunch of hard times, Marchbank employees delivered countless bags of food to the needy.
 
As Decembers passed, local public celebrations experienced transitions. Tall trees with elegant decorations were placed in the two City Halls on Wellington Avenue and, later, at the current City Hall on 90th Street. In some years, colored lights outlined the buildings or trimmed windows. Decorations were curtailed in the early 1940s because of WWII “blackout” restrictions.  In the 1980s poinsettia plants replaced rotunda trees, but the spirit of Daly City’s cheerful holiday trees remains. 

Become a master composter or a master resource conservationist!
County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy (RVA) is offering two 8-week courses focused on resource conservation, composting, and solid waste.

  • Master Resource Conservation Course: January-March 2016. Location: Burlingame Main Library
  • Master Compost & Solid Waste Course: February-March 2016. Location: TBD

Seating is limited for the two 8-week Master Courses, so please make sure to register early! To learn more visit the RVA website.

Congratulations to San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District for celebrating 100 Years of Public Health
Join the District in celebrating 100 years of service at a free Open House on Tues., January 26, 2016, 3:00-7:00pm, at 1351 Rollins Road, Burlingame. Enjoy activities, demonstrations, live insects, and much more. For more information visit the District's website.

Family Crossroads breaks ground
On December 10, 2015, the Family Crossroads project located at 50 Hillcrest Drive broke ground on a renovation project that includes a seismic retrofit, new office and program space, replacement and upgrade of existing plumbing and electrical systems, and a new code compliant elevator. All units will be renovated with new and upgraded fixtures, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and finishes. Several partners, including the City of Daly City, County of San Mateo Department of Housing, Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, and the State Department of Housing and Community Development, provide funding for this project. InnVision Shelter Network, which operates the shelter, provides transitional housing and services for 14 families at Family Crossroads. The community looks forward to the completion of this much needed project!
 

Daly City services during the Christmas and New Year's holiday
In celebration of the 2015 holiday season Daly City offices will be closed on:
  • Thursday, December 24 & 31, 2015, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, December 25 & January 1, 2016, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Street sweeping, including associated parking enforcement, is suspended on the above dates. In addition, there will be no garbage and recycling collection on Christmas and New Year’s Day; service is deferred by one day.
 
The Daly City Police and Fire Department will remain open throughout the holidays. To report an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Call (650) 991-8119 to report non-emergencies to the Daly City Police Department.
 
For a complete listing of service changes during the holiday season visit the City’s website. Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season!
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