The Man Around Town! 04/01/15
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The Man Around Town! 04/01/15

Foster City is called home by global companies, small businesses, multi-generational families and long-time residents. In my many wanderings around our little slice of paradise, I have the unique opportunity to talk with people who like to share their ideas on what is good, what is bad and what should NEVER be changed in Foster City. One such conversation took place with Jennifer Selvitella, a Foster City native, who attended elementary and middle school here, as her children do now.

One afternoon, our talk about traffic, schools and kids turned into a lengthy, but important, conversation about the safety of kids going to school and the parents who drive them. So what did I do? I set up a meeting for Jennifer and me to sit down with our Police Chief Matt Martell and discuss Jennifer's concerns and the concerns of other parents. So I took it one step further and asked Jennifer to be a guest writer in this edition of my Council Corner. Enjoy her insights!

I have recently been garnering a lot of attention via my social media sites regarding the safety of our kids as they walk or ride their bikes to and from school. Some might say I have been on a tear as I post about some of the things I witness in the mornings and afternoons. I have 2 kids who are still in Foster City schools, Brewer Island and Bowditch. I also have an office in a very high traffic area, right by the 4-way stop at Foster City Blvd. and Marlin Avenue. I decided I would put my money where my mouth is, by not only meeting with some city officials, but also starting a grass roots campaign to have schools and citizens post a sign with the message "Drive Like Your Kids Live Here," in the hopes it would gain momentum and attention. It is working. During my meetings, I was enlightened to hear our city officials have the same concerns. They honestly care.

I also learned a lot of facts and statistics about things our police department and city do on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our children and adults alike. We all have had those moments when we see someone egregiously violate a traffic law, such as running a stop sign while there are still people in the crosswalk, or simply stop, and then continue making the pedestrians stop in their tracks and wait for the car to pass. Undoubtedly, we have had the thought "where are the police when you need them?" They are there. I learned from Police Chief Matt Martell, any traffic violation which is considered one in which the safety of others is at risk, is an automatic ticket. No getting your way out of this one. They make over 10,000 traffic stops a year in our fair city. TEN THOUSAND! Now, these are not all traffic violation stops obviously, but still this is a staggering number.

What does this tell us? People need to slow down and be more cognizant of pedestrians. We are a society which is increasingly busy. Busy, busy, busy. We are always rushing from point A to point B. Who do you think are the biggest violators? I knew it in my heart when I was asked, but I needed to know. Moms! Moms like me who have what seems like a million things on their plate which can lead to distracted and rushed driving. We all must make a more concerted effort to protect our citizens. We want people to drive less, bike and walk more, but at what cost? We have to feel our youngest citizens are safe on our streets.

The city has many bike safety programs throughout the year. The FCPD also has Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep the city apprised of issues and things which could affect your morning commute. Lastly, get on board to affect a positive change in our city. Buy a sign for your yard, slow down, and let your kids be late if you can't get them there on time. Don't speed and cut corners at the risk of injuring someone. What if it were your kid? As Chief Martell told me, "the car always wins," and as an insurance agent, he is 100% correct. #fcjenny

Thank you Jennifer – well said…

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If you wish to comment or share your thoughts, please contact me directly at gpollard@fostercity.org or 650-286-3505.

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Council Corner

April 01, 2015
The Man Around Town!

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200