If You Ask Me... 10/08/14
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If You Ask Me... 10/08/14

Your unofficial "man about town," here are a few thoughts concerning recent goings on in Foster City. Let me know your thoughts!

READ A BOOK! We in Foster City L-O-V-E to read. How do I know? I recently read a 2014 report that, with over 345,000 visits last year and 785,000 items in circulation, Foster City is a leader in San Mateo County for library usage. Our library has a tremendous collection books for kids and adults (in several different languages!), comfortable lounge areas for studying, use of public computers and free WiFi access. Homework help with a professional tutor is available for free Monday through Thursday after school. Story times for children are presented Monday through Saturday, with a monthly bi-lingual story time in Mandarin and English. Programs and activities for all ages and interests are offered throughout the year. I represent Foster City on the San Mateo County Library JPA. So it makes me feel proud when I meet with other city representatives knowing our residents are taking full advantage of this terrific resource. Are you? Visit their website http://www.smcl.org/content/foster-city

SCOUTS' HONOR. This past month, Charlie Bronitsky and I were invited to Troop 157's Eagle Scout ceremony. With a large audience to witness these three boys' achievements, it was impressive and exciting to hear about what they did to reach this mark. I had the privilege to attend an Eagle Scout ceremony many years ago as a Cub Scout Leader who saw this young man, Ben Merkel, advance up the ranks of scouting from a wee Tiger Cub to an Eagle Scout. He then went on to college and landed a job working for a U.S Senator in Washington D.C. I find this to be an excellent example of how the skills you learn as a Scout can prepare you for great things and a very bright future. My oldest brother received his Eagle Scout badge many (many!) years ago, and my two sons also participated in the Scouts.

TO REDEVELOP OR NOT TO REDEVELOP? THAT IS THE QUESTION. We all know that if we do not change with the times, then we end up moving backwards! Progress is vital to growth, as it was to T. Jack Foster back in the 60's. Foster City went from a small town with one signal light to over 25 now, and if that isn't change, what is? My wife and I, like many of you, moved to Foster City to raise our family, play in the parks and attend their schools. We must never lose sight of what makes Foster City the great city it is today. But quite honestly, that alone will not help us get moving into the future. Do I like more cars on the road, less room in our schools and more expensive items to buy? NOPE. But I think we ALL need to start thinking about what our city will look like in the next 5-7 years. What should Foster City look like? These thoughts and decisions should NOT be just the role of your City Council, but a role we ALL play and have a stake in! Many of you have ideas on what we should and should not do, so now is the time to put pencil to paper and help shape our city. Go ahead, grab a pen…I'll wait…

SPORTS WALL OF FAME. On Saturday, September 20th, two new members, Suzanne Wiseman and Greg Kuhl were inducted. (Three cheers!) The Sports Wall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing outstanding contributions and commitment to Foster City youth in the spirit of sportsmanship, athletics, and teamwork. Their involvement in your sports and the community went above and beyond. In attendance that day were some past recipients of this honor, Mickey Orloff, Past President of Foster City Little League, Glen Weisman, Past President of Foster City Youth Baseball Association, and others. Leaders of the Foster City Council, past and present, listed on the Sports Wall of Fame include - Former Mayors, Ron Cox and Pam Frisella, and current council members, Steve Okamoto and yours truly!

LET'S GO RIDE A BIKE! The Community Bike Ride on September 21st was a great day to be riding bikes in Foster City. Our own Parks & Recreation citizen advisory committee was on hand working side by side with our recreation staff to check-in, answer questions and provide route details. A good turnout by residents of all ages showed up to participate in this annual event. Once again I was there with my wife, and brought our neighbors out to enjoy some fresh air as well! We had an option of 5 miles or 11 miles. Not sure I want to share what distance I went, but to suffice to say – I felt safe riding in our city and look forward to the day we can have more bike lanes for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Have a story or thought you'd like to share? I would like to hear from you on any topic! You can reach me at gpollard@fostercity.org or 650-286-3505.

Council Corner

October 08, 2014
If You Ask Me...

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