Your Man Around Town! 10/28/15
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Your Man Around Town! 10/28/15

I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise…He did the mash, he did the monster mash!

Trick or Treat. This coming Saturday is Halloween! So many of us will be getting into the spirit, and I, for one, am very excited. In fact at my home, we have a bench in the front where many kids come and sit while their parents take photos of them sitting under our scary decorations! To be honest, they are decorations my kids made at Foster City Elementary School years ago! It is always so much fun watching young kids (and those who are just young at heart) at Halloween. I have been asked about SAFE STREETS in Foster City and where they are this year. While we don't have any specifically designated trick-or-treating areas this year, rest assured all of our neighborhoods are safe! Also, there will be a Halloween Festival for your little ones at The VIBE on Halloween day from 11am to 2pm. The event will feature arts and crafts, a costume contest, games and an interactive Haunted House. As always, be sure to watch for kids crossing streets. Parents, please make sure your children's costumes can easily be seen by cars, carry a flashlight and don't let them eat too much candy! Or, at least save me a Snickers.

We Are the Champions (no song this time, have used one already for the article). Last night the Golden State Warriors opened their 2015/2016 season as defending NBA champs! No news on the results as this is written before the game is played! Did you know that Bob Fitzgerald, former Mayor of Foster City, is the dad of the Warriors TV Play by Play announcer, Bob (Fitz) Fitzgerald? As a sports fan growing up in the Bay Area, I have had the pleasure of celebrating many World Championships - San Francisco 49ers (5 times), Golden State Warriors (2 times), Oakland A's (4 times) and San Francisco Giants (3 times)!! Not too shabby… Knowing how difficult it can be to win back to back championships, I am hopeful for at least another chance to reach the playoffs…and maybe back to the finals.

Have You Rocked the Vote? November 3rd will be the last day to vote in this year's election for City Council and Measure X, the school districts' bond incentive. Hopefully you have voted! Be sure your voice is heard by electing the best candidate you believe will deliver on their promises of keeping Foster City moving into the future. Good Luck to all who are running!

Spotlight Awards. Foster City was recently awarded four Beacon Spotlight Awards for achievements as part of the Institute for Government's Beacon Program:

  • Silver Level for 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level for 20% Agency Energy Savings Reductions
  • Gold Level for 13% Natural Gas Savings Reductions
  • Gold Level in Sustainability Best Practices

The Beacon Program is a statewide program recognizing cities and counties that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. Our staff, under the leadership of City Manager Kevin Miller and Management Analyst 'Andra Lorenz, along with our residents and businesses, deserves kudos for a JOB WELL DONE!

Welcome to the Neighborhood. On October 19th, City Council held its regular meeting. One of the items on the agenda was the final vote on the Development and Financial Agreements between Foster City and BMR (Bio Med Reality/Illumina). By a 5-0 vote to approve, we as your city council closed the deal on what will be a very good long-term partnership. I look forward to welcoming Illumina to our city and family. As a community, we are always looking for businesses that have common values similar to our philosophy as a planned community.

Did you know? Foster City is only 4.4 square miles? Did you also know we have over 70 miles of gas pipelines underground, operated by PG&E? During our last council meeting, Scott Hart, our PG&E Local Government Representative gave us a very detailed report on the workings of PG&E in Foster City. Here are some outtakes.

PG&E Electric Reliability Work: PG&E is working on three circuits that feed the majority of central Foster City. The work will involve testing underground cable, replacing cable that fails testing, replacing connectors and splices on the cable and installing new equipment that will allow our crews to sectionalize the outages to a smaller number of impacted customers and self-healing switches that will restore power in under five minutes to customers not directly impacted by the fault causing the outage. The work began in 2014 and will continue through 2016 with some new circuit installations that will take until the end of 2017.

PG&E Gas Pipeline Replacement Work: PG&E is working on Jamaica Street, Pensacola Street and Tampa Court to replace 3,400 feet of two inch gas main and 97 customer service lines. The work is part of PG&E's regular maintenance program and began in August and should be completed before the end of the year depending on weather or other unforeseen interruptions.

PG&E has a planned project to increase supply to the northeast portion of the city by installing 2,200 feet of eight inch gas main from the intersection of Foster City Boulevard and East Hillsdale Boulevard to Chess Drive. The project will begin as soon as final permits are received.

PG&E Pipeline Integrity Management: PG&E applies a risk-based management model to our gas pipelines. All potential risks are determined and mitigations have been established to address potential risks. Our teams interact with our pipelines on a daily basis from 24/7, 365 days a year monitoring at a state-of-the-art Gas Operations Control Center opened in 2013, twice-a-month aerial patrols, every-other-month anti-corrosion system inspections, annual on-foot leak surveys and periodic inline or hydrostatic test inspections.

The number one threat to the gas system is third-party dig-ins which is why PG&E has engaged in a multi-faceted education campaign for contractors and the general public on the importance of calling 8-1-1 to get free mark and locating of underground utilities prior to doing any digging.

Who Says Foster City AYSO isn't a great start for kids? Foster City's own Matt Fondy, a professional Soccer Player who grew up in Foster City and played baseball and soccer at Sea Cloud Park, went on to play college soccer at UC Santa Cruz and now just finished his first year playing in the USL for Louisville City. On September 3rd 2015, Matt became the USL's single-season scoring record holder with an astounding 22 GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLS! Breaking the previous mark at 20. Congratulations to the Fondy Family who still live in Foster City.

That's all for now! Have a happy and safe Halloween! Watch out for ghosts. If you wish to comment or share your thoughts, please contact me at gpollard@fostercity.org or 650-286-3505.

 

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Council Corner

October 28, 2015
Your Man Around Town!

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Foster City, CA 94404
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