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Redwood City PD a Finalist forSocial Media Award

Good morning and happy Friday!

I invite you to share our pride in the Redwood City Police Department – they are really at the forefront of using technology and social media to connect with the community. Just take a look at www.redwoodcity.org/police and you’ll see what I mean: crime maps online, live video chat, file a report online, get traffic accident reports online, sign up for text/email notifications…and now they’re being recognized by the entire field of law enforcement for their forward-thinking strategies!

The Redwood City PD is a finalists for an “Award of Excellence – Small Agency” in the ConnectedCOPS Awards, a new awards program for law enforcement using social media. These awards were created (by law enforcement social media consulting firm LAwS Communications) to recognize the great work being done with social media, by individual sworn officers and law enforcement agencies. Winners will be announced on September 10, 2012. You can read more about the ConnectedCOPS awards here: http://connectedcops.net/ConnectedCOPSAwards/

Being a finalist (and odds-on favorite to win, in my opinion!) for this award is very high praise, and truly points to the level of professionalism and creativity that our police department exhibits every day. Please join me in congratulating the entire force for their excellence in the use of social media, and their continual leadership, creativity, and innovation as they work to engage and educate the community. Thanks,

~malcolm

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Give Blood – Enter Drawing for A’s Tickets!

Good afternoon –

Here’s a reminder about the blood drive this Sunday, July 29 from noon – 4 p.m. at the Redwood Shores Library located at 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.

And, as a special added incentive, I’m told that donors at this event will be eligible for a drawing to win 4 Oakland A’s tickets for an upcoming game, including VIP parking! The seats are behind the visitor’s dugout between home and first base – so all you baseball fans (and perhaps newly-minted A’s fans!), this is a great incentive. The Blood Centers of the Pacific wanted to be sure you know that the donor of the tickets and parking pass is Donna Marie Baldwin, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Burlingame.

If you want to sign up to donate blood, go to www.bloodheroes.com (or if you prefer, you can e-mail dlacroix@redwoodcity.org and she’ll schedule it for you).

If you plan on donating, please remember to bring proper ID (driver’s license, CA identification card), and don’t forget to eat a healthy meal beforehand.

The link below provides you the tips for a successful donation –

http://www.bloodcenters.org/blood-donation/donating-blood-step-by-step/

Thank you in advance for helping to save lives by giving the gift of blood!

~malcolm

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Live Big Screen Telecast of Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies This Friday!

Good morning –

Here’s your invitation to come on Downtown this Friday and be part of the 2012 Summer Olympics, hear some great music, and enjoy our restaurants and shops!

The main event is a live big screen telecast of the opening ceremonies, right Downtown on Courthouse Square.

Please read on for the details –

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Red, White & Blues
2012 Summer Olympics in London, Live Telecast
Friday, July 27, 2012 – music at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 8 pm
Courthouse Square in beautiful Downtown Redwood City

Downtown Redwood City will celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a Live Telecast on July 27th!

Prior to the telecast, Music on the Square will feature Frank Bey and the Anthony Paule Blues Band from 6-8pm. At 6:30pm, NBC11 will recognize several Olympians from the Bay Area from previous games for their accomplishments. Following the concert, at 8pm we will transition over to the telecast on a high definition LED screen.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is a magnificent sight to behold, offering celebration and ceremony unique to each country. Don’t miss this event that Redwood City has put together, a great way to get into the spirit of the Olympic Games, root for Team USA and your other favorites, share the excitement, and be a part of this live telecast at Redwood City’s Downtown Courthouse Square!

More info on the Olympics is online at: http://www.olympic.org/london-2012-summer-olympics

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Info on tree removal on Seaport Blvd

Good morning –

I wanted to take just a quick minute to let you know (in case any of you driving on Seaport Boulevard were wondering!) about what’s going on with all the trees we took down out there on the north side of the roadway, near the marina.

Those were Myoporum trees and they suffered from a very serious pest called the Myoporum Thrip that has found its way to the US and California. Any Myoporum laetum trees that are not treated with near-constant applications of insecticides usually fall prey to extreme damage from this pest (you may have seen this same tree species greatly suffering in various area of Highway 101 and other State roadways).

Our City’s Integrated Pest Management policy disallows landscaping that requires constant application of pesticides to keep it healthy. There are good reasons for this: it is very expensive, and it obviously isn’t good for the environment, either. Therefore, in this situation we have chosen to remove – and replace – the Myoporums. The replacement trees, Koelreuteria paniculata (aka “Golden Rain” tree) are relatively disease and pest-free, so our maintenance costs will be lower, and we won’t be in the position of putting a lot of pesticides into the environment. Those will be planted within a couple of weeks.

Even though there will be a period of time as the new trees mature when it won’t look as nice, the longer-term benefit is quite substantial, and we’re pleased that we’re able to take care of the problem in an environmentally-sound way.

So that’s the story – feel free to drop me a note if you want any more info.

Thanks,

~malcolm

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Blood Drive at Redwood Shores Sunday July 29

Good afternoon – did I already say Happy Friday? Well, there it is.

Just a quick note, and I’ll remind you next week – there’ll be a blood drive on Sunday, July 29 from noon – 4 p.m. at the Redwood Shores Library located at 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City – you can’t miss the Bloodmobile in parking lot.

If you want to sign up to donate blood, go to www.bloodheroes.com (or if you prefer, you can e-mail dlacroix@redwoodcity.org and she’ll schedule it for you).

If you plan on donating, please remember to bring proper ID (driver’s license, CA identification card), and don’t forget to eat a healthy meal beforehand.

The link below provides you the tips for a successful donation –

http://www.bloodcenters.org/blood-donation/donating-blood-step-by-step/

Thank you in advance for helping to save lives by giving the gift of blood!

~malcolm

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CityTrees Tree Walk This Saturday!

Good morning – just a quick item, about a fun event this Saturday with CityTrees – please take a look!

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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Join the Tree Walk in Redwood City!

Local non-profit City Trees has teamed up with the Davey Tree Expert Company and Encore Performance Catering to offer an arborist-led tree walk in Redwood City. You and your neighbors are invited to

In this fun and educational experience, the group will be led on a tour that starts with complementary refreshments and highlights some of the area’s interesting and important tree specimens. One of Davey’s certified arborists will be on hand to answer any questions ranging from identification and historical context to tree selection and care.

The CityTrees Tree Walk will be held on July 21st starting at 9:00 am in the Wellesley Crescent Park/Stafford Park area. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

To rsvp and to receive the meet up location or get other details, contact info@citytrees.org

Since May of 2000, local non-profit CityTrees (www.citytrees.org) has worked closely with Redwood City and the entire community to enhance and expand our City’s urban forest. With the dedicated work of an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers, CityTrees has planted and helped maintain thousands of trees, and provided community education on our urban forest.

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Healthy Neighborhood Stores Effort Launches in North Fair Oaks

Good morning –

I want to share with you a really groundbreaking effort, by a group of organizations working under the umbrella of Redwood City 2020 – it’s called the Redwood City/North Fair Oaks Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Partnership.

This is a group of 11 organizations representing schools, service providers, and local government agencies, working together through youth-adult partnerships to promote health and healthy messages, and to reduce the social, emotional and physical consequences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse.

One of the group’s strategies is to work in partnership with local merchants to help them reduce underage access to alcohol and provide more healthy nutrition options in their stores. This approach is called a Healthy Corner Store “makeover”.  The Youth Leadership Institute, a member of the Prevention Partnership, is taking the lead on Healthy Corner Store makeovers.

At this event taking place this Friday at 11 am, three store makeovers will be highlighted, and the Healthy Neighborhood Stores Network program will be officially launched. Please read below for details

~malcolm

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MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT: Katrina Socco Senior Director of San Mateo County Programs (650) 308-8252 (cell)

ksocco@yli.org<mailto:ksocco@yli.org>

YOUTH LAUNCH HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD STORES NETWORK IN NORTH FAIR OAKS

WHAT: Youth advocates from the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) will hold an event to unveil their most recent store makeover and publicly launch the Healthy Neighborhood Stores Network, a youth-led collaborative effort between local merchants and multiple agencies. Youth advocates will release data findings from surveys that demonstrate community members in the low-income neighborhood of North Fair Oaks want more fresh produce available in their local corner stores.

Youth will be joined by store owners, elected officials, and health experts taking a united stand to support the goals of the Healthy Neighborhood Stores Network. Youth will lead a walking tour through the neighborhood to meet the owners of 3 corner stores and highlight the changes made in each store makeover.

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:00am-1:00pm

WHERE: Michoacan Produce Market, 3380 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (North Fair Oaks), CA 94025 (unincorporated neighborhood between Redwood City and Menlo Park)

WHO: Confirmed Speakers include:

Carole Groom, Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Luis Ortiz, Youth Advocate, Youth Leadership Institute Katrina Socco, Senior Director of San Mateo County Programs, Youth Leadership Institute Ruben Robles, Owner of Michoacan Produce Market Stephan Wahl, Community Health and Benefit Manager, Kaiser Permanente Patricia Brown, Executive Director of Redwood City 2020 ST Mayer, Director of San Mateo County Health Policy & Planning Department

Additional Information: There will be opportunities to photograph & interview bilingual youth leaders (Spanish/English), merchants (Spanish/English via translation), elected officials, and health experts. Other photo opportunities include physical changes made to stores, ribbon-cutting ceremony, large campaign posters and banners.

Redwood City 2020 is a youth-oriented collaborative including Redwood City, and it sponsors the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Partnership in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. The Partnership is aimed at addressing environmental factors that contribute to or encourage use of alcohol and other drugs.  With a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Partnership is in the midst of a two-year process, partnering with Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), to “make over” several corner stores so they lessen access to alcohol, while increasing options for healthy, nutritious choices.  The Redwood City Police Department is an active partner in the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Partnership.

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Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program

Good evening –

I am passing along to you some information from the Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce: it’s all about their Leadership Program, which is a really great way to gain a widespread knowledge of all aspects of San Mateo County – business, transportation, housing, health care, government…it’s truly an in-depth experience of how things work here. It’s one day a month for ten months, and I can tell you, as a graduate, that you’ll really gain a whole new insight into our community.

Please read on for the details, and go to www.redwoodcitychamber.com/redwood-city-belmont-san-carlos-leadership-program.php

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Developing Leaders For Our Community’s Future The Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program In dynamic sessions held one Friday a month, September through June, participants learn about issues of vital concern to their city; and learn how they can effectively shape the future of their community, their organization or their business. The focus of each session is not on specific political viewpoints; rather, a number of alternative views are presented from experts in the given areas. Sessions generally run from 8am until 3pm. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Applications We invite those individuals seeking to challenge themselves by becoming more educated and involved in their community. Enrollment is limited to 40 individuals. Completed applications are due back to the Chamber no later than Wednesday, August 31st, 2012. Tuition Tuition for the program is $1,000.00, due by the first class day. Attendance Class members must not miss more than 2 classes to graduate from program. Information and application:  www.redwoodcitychamber.com/redwood-city-belmont-san-carlos-leadership-program.php

This past graduating class left the program with a new or renewed sense of commitment to their local community. Check out their comments below:

• Leadership has inspired me in each class to pursue a career I’m passionate about.
• The leadership program has given me the tools and confidence to educate my community.
• Fantastically fun, enlightening, impressive people, contagious energy, incredible passion, congratulations!
• Great overview of how San Mateo County works!
• I came to the class wanting to learn what the city can do for my tenants and walking away with a goal of engaging my tenants on how we can give back to our city/community.
• The leadership program has educated and inspired me to find a volunteer/leadership position where I can make a difference.
• Leadership class has opened my eyes to the issues of my community and has forever engaged me.
• Inspired me to continue being involved in my community.
• Expanded my vision from my personal agenda to a community perspective.
• An enlightening program-expanding my knowledge of our diverse community.
• I know and appreciate my community. Time to engage!
• Leadership allows me to network effectively with fellow county business reps, learn more about city government and see where I fit into making a volunteer contribution. Thank you!
• Eye-opener, thought provoking, inspiring to commit.
• Insight and experience to the community and civic process.
• It’s about what you can do, rather than expect.
• The leadership program has given a global understanding of local government where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.

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New Online Utility Bill Service

Good morning –

Redwood City has a new way for you to process your utility bills online, and it’ll save you time and postage.

It’s called “Electronic Bill Presentation and Payment” (EBPP), and it’s available now. It’s very user-friendly and easily accessible at www.redwoodcity.org (select “Pay your Utility Bill” under Online Services).

This is an easy and cost-effective way for you to view your utility statements, keep track of your utility bills, and make one-time or automatic recurring payments online. So you have less paper shuffling and hard-copy filing, and no need for requesting and waiting for duplicate bills because it’s all online. And there’s no check-writing or postage, so you save a little money there. It’s more efficient for the City’s operation, too.

I want to encourage you to become one of our “early adopters” and take advantage of the benefits which this new online service offers. You can register for this online service by following these simple steps:

1. Visit our website www.redwoodcity.org and select “Pay your Utility Bill” under Online Services.
2. Click on “Enroll for Online BillPay.”
3. Enter the “book account number” and your utility service address, then read and accept the terms of service by clicking on the “I Agree” button.
4. Click “Yes – continue” when prompted to confirm you’ve entered the correct account, or “No-Take Me Back” if you need to make corrections.
5. Follow the quick prompts to complete the registration.

If you need any assistance with signing up or using this new service, please call our Revenue Services staff at (650) 780-7210 and they’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

Thanks,

~malcolm

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“Take a Hike” This Saturday with San Mateo County

Good morning –

Here’s a nice item for next Saturday, if you want to plan on getting outside and taking a great hike. It’s the next hike in San Mateo County’s “Take a Hike” program, this time on Sawyer Camp Trail. Read on for the details!

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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Sawyer Camp Trail Scheduled for Take A Hike, Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m.

For the first time, Take A Hike will visit the popular Sawyer Camp segment of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail.  Walkers, joggers, skaters, bicyclists and parents pushing strollers appreciate this location for the long stretch of paved trail that offers spectacular views of the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed and the Crystal Springs Reservoir.  Early morning visitors often spot deer and raptors, including bald and golden eagles.

This Take A Hike offers families a chance to include even the youngest members who can be pushed in a stroller or ride their bikes – including tricycles. Mile markers are posted on the route to help hikers plan the length of their walk. The crisp mornings can warm quickly, so plan to wear hats and sun screen, and bring water bottles.  There are several restrooms located along the trail.

This stretch of trail is home to the Jepson Laurel, the state’s largest and oldest California laurel tree. The tree is estimated to be more than 600 years old and was named after Willis Linn Jepson, a botanist and author of numerous books, including the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, a valued resource for teachers and naturalists.

Be sure to stop by the information table and visit with representatives from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which owns and manages the Peninsula Watershed.

The hike will begin at the south end of Sawyer Camp Trail off Crystal Springs Road at 9 a.m..  Please plan to carpool and arrive early as parking is limited due to construction of the Crystal Springs Dam Bridge Replacement project.

For more information follow us on Facebook or call the Office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson at (650) 599-1009. Additional Park information and driving directions can be found at www.SMCoParks.org

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