If You Ask Me...
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If You Ask Me...

Each week, one City Council Member (myself included) has the opportunity to write his own COUNCIL CORNER here on any topic(s) of his choosing. I don't always participate, but when I do I want to make sure it's interesting and relevant to you, the reader.

I have been inspired to take an approach similar to that of Herb Caen, who wrote a very successful column for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost 60 years. I do not claim to even be remotely like Herb Caen, nor write like him, but wanted to provide more insights as to the goings on around our city – my own little "continuous love letter" to Foster City, if I may.

If you happen to see me around town - at the grocery store, strolling around one of our parks or just riding my bike, please stop me and ask me anything you want to know about our city. Or feel free to just share a story of your own relating to our community that others might find interesting.

My current musings…

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET. Many of us felt the 6.0 earthquake that struck the Napa Valley area on Sunday, the 24th of August. I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life and recall, vividly, several of the earthquakes we have had. Each time wondering, "Is this the BIG one?" A little over two years ago, I took the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program which gave me insight on being prepared for helping others and my family in the event of an emergency. So when I awoke at 3:20 a.m. to shaking and loud noise, my training kicked in and helped me remain calm and act quickly. If you feel unprepared or if you are interested in participating in a similar program, I encourage you to NOT WAIT - sometimes we do not get a second chance. Info can be found here: http://www.fostercitycert.org/

SAME GREAT FOOD, NEW LOCATION. A few weeks back, along with Vice Mayor Kiesel, we attended the grand re-opening of Piccadilly Catering who have moved into their new space on Chess Drive. Pam Warren and her partner, LaTisa Brooks (who, by the way, is a DJ for KBLX radio 102.9FM) showed off some absolutely fantastic southern cooking! If you haven't yet had the pleasure, go check 'em out! Their food and service are the tops. http://www.piccadillycatering.com/

SAFETY FIRST. And, just in time for the new school year, the new crossing lights at Port Royal & Edgewater are up and running! You need to ALWAYS push the button to activate the lights to warn cars that a pedestrian is attempting to enter the crosswalk, and to slow down and stop. I know my other council members echo my concerns that whenever you start to cross ANY intersection, look to be sure that no cars are coming, or if they are, please be sure THEY see YOU.

CONSERVATION IS THE WORD. As we are heading towards the end of summer and into fall, we need to continue to find ways to CONSERVE WATER. I recently read in the Bay Area Monitor, a publication put out by the League of Women Voters, that the Bay Area's population growth is projected to rise 25% in the next two decades – from 7 million to 9 million by 2035, and without preparation, there won't always be enough water for us all. Foster City residents have done a good job by reducing our usage, but can continue to conserve and remind ourselves to always think ahead about the future of our resources. Take shorter showers. Don't leave the faucet running when washing dishes. Be responsible when watering your lawn. Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.You know what to do – keep up the good work. http://www.fostercity.org/publicworks/waterdistribution/water-conservation-rebates.cfm

In closing, school has begun so let's keep an eye on our kids as they ride their bikes - remind them about bike safety, as well as general safety awareness when they walk to school with their friends, take the bus, or ride with a carpool. Enjoy a safe and FUN start to the school year!

I would like to hear from you on any topic! You can reach me at gpollard@fostercity.org or 650-286-3505. 

Council Corner

September 03, 2014
If You Ask Me...

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
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