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Closing Remarks as Chair of the Council

These are the remarks I delivered on December 9, 2019 as I was wrapping up my year as chair of the Council (aka mayor). This year’s been a great reboot for the Council! I also hope you all had some fun along the way. No job is so serious that…

Another Banner Year

The city typically has two big financial events annually. The first, and the one that gets the most attention, is in the Spring when the budget is discussed and adopted. That’s where the Council decides, in some detail, how it intends to provide for public health and safety and maintain…

State of the City 2019: Development Decisions

This is the second of several extracts from the State of the City address I gave last March which I’ll be posting. This one focuses on how development decisions are made, how development policies are set, and advice on when community members can have the most impact on future developments…

Dealing with Power Shutoffs

At its October 28th meeting the Council directed staff to schedule, expeditiously, a discussion of steps our community should consider to deal with the “new normal” of power shutoffs. San Carlos, like almost all cities, has emergency/disaster plans. Unfortunately, the widespread adoption of mobile telecommunications technologies, despite their tremendous day-to-day…

Holiday Celebrations

I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion online about the city’s stance regarding holiday celebrations, specifically the Eucalyptus Avenue ones that traditionally occur on Halloween and for Christmas. I thought it would be helpful to share what I know about what the city has done recently. Let’s start with the…

State of the City 2019: Economic Powerhouse

This is the first of several extracts from the State of the City address I gave last March which I’ll be posting. This one focuses on just how significant the Bay Area economy is as a result of how interconnected the region is with the rest of the world economically.…