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Reminder: Edgewood Rd Closure/Detour Starts Tonight 10 pm

Good afternoon –

Here is a quick reminder about the temporary closure and detour of Edgewood Road near Cordilleras Road that starts TONIGHT. The only change is that the closure/detour will start at 10 pm tonight, not 9 pm as previously stated.

(And…completely unrelated – the Dumbarton Bridge will be closed from 10 pm tonight until 5 am on Tuesday for seismic upgrades)

The Edgewood Road closure/detour work is being done by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), as part of the installation of the new Hetch Hetchy water pipeline across Edgewood.

The closure of Edgewood Road will begin Friday, August 31st at 10 pm and will last until Tuesday, September 4th at 6 am.

During this time, motorists in both directions of Edgewood will be detoured onto Cordilleras Road. The SFPUC has notified the immediately-impacted neighbors, and will maintain residential access throughout the closure period.

If possible, please avoid driving on Edgewood Road in that area, by using an alternate route. If you do need to drive on Edgewood, the SFPUC advises motorists to exercise additional caution and to be very aware of all traffic control signage, detours, work crews, and heavy equipment in the area.

This is all part of the seismic upgrade of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline throughout the peninsula, and Redwood City. The SFPUC (which supplies all of Redwood City’s drinking water) owns and maintains the Hetch Hetchy pipeline system. This work over Labor Day weekend is part of the SFPUC’s installation of a new five-foot diameter drinking water pipeline across Edgewood Road.

I’ve posted the SFPUC’s news release concerning the Edgewood Road closure here. For any questions or concerns about the construction, please call the SFPUC’s 24-hour project hotline, 1-800-571-6610, or visit their construction blog at www.sfwater.org/penpl.

ADDITIONAL FYI: This is completely unrelated, but you also may want to know that the Dumbarton Bridge will be closed over Labor Day weekend, as part of that facility’s seismic upgrade. The Dumbarton Bridge will be closed from Friday, August 31st 10 pm, to Tuesday, September 4, 5 am. Visit http://dumbartonbridgeinfo.org

for more information.

thanks,

~ malcolm

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City’s New “Economic Indicators Dashboard” Unveiled

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I want to share with you a new online tool that Redwood City has just unveiled, I think you’ll find it pretty interesting. And, it’ll be especially useful for businesses who are seeking information about our local economic situation. It’s our “Economic Indicators Dashboard” and you can take a look at it right now at www.redwoodcity.org/eddashboard.

This new set of web pages is useful for anyone interested in or needing information on the economic conditions in Redwood City – business site selectors, builders, and developers, as well as local businesses and residents. “At-a-glance” key economic information on the site includes: commercial building data and links; value of building permits issued; sales tax by business segment and business district; top sales tax generators; top private employers; economic news related to Redwood City; and more.

A feedback page is included, offering the opportunity for you to let us know what kinds of additional information you’d like to see there, and what types of new businesses you feel would be a valuable addition to Redwood City. The Dashboard will be updated as new information becomes available and new data points are developed.

Staff worked with Vice Mayor Gee and Councilmembers Foust and Ira of the Mayor’s economic development subcommittee to create this easy-to-use tool. One element on the web page I think you may find of most interest is seeing where the City’s revenues come from – which in turn are used to provide the City services that we all use.

Take a look at www.redwoodcity.org/eddashboard!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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“Paint the Town” on September 9th

Good afternoon – Please read below for information about a great event coming up. It’s the “Paint the Town – Redwood City Arts Festival” on September 9 at Courthouse Square.

thanks,

~ malcolm

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Paint the Town – Redwood City Arts Festival
Sunday, September 9, 2012
10am-4pm
Courthouse Square

Come and catch up with some of your favorite local artists!

Many Peninsula fine-artists will be featured in this first-time Redwood City event. The art will represent people, places and scenes of Redwood City and will be auctioned and showcased, as well as sold in booths around Courthouse Square.

There will be music, beer, wine and local restaurant specials for festival goers. And, children will be encouraged to paint on the big Art Center board, which will be on Display in the Art Center afterward.

Come PAINT THE TOWN! 

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Redwood City Art Center
City of Redwood City and Redwood City Cultural Commission
Downtown Business Group
Alisan Andrews Art and Atelier

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New Hours for Redwood Shores Friday Farmers Market: 3 – 7pm

Good morning –

Just a quick note to let you know that the Redwood Shores Farmers Market will have NEW hours of operation, starting tomorrow, Friday, August 31. The new hours are: 3 pm – 7 pm. This is a great market with a really nice mix of vendors, so I hope you can check it out. It’s in the parking lot of the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway.

Here’s a list of all the farmers markets you can enjoy in Redwood City:

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Rotary Club Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, May through September, 4 – 8 pm
Downtown, on Broadway and Hamilton Streets (street closure)

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Farmers’ Market – open to public (Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association)
Wednesdays, May 2 – September 26, 10 am – 2 pm
Next to Shari’s Java Hut, between the Oak and Cypress buildings (accessible via Maple Street or Veterans Blvd.)

San Mateo County Employee Farmers Market – open to public (coordinated by Kiwanis Club)
Selected Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm (remaining dates: 9/13, 9/27; 10/11, 10/25)
County Government Center Courtyard, 400 County Center, Redwood City

Redwood Shores Farmers Market (West Cost Farmers Market Association)
Fridays, year-round, 3 – 7 pm
Parking lot at the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway

Kiwanis Club Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, April through November, 8 am – noon
Downtown, Hamilton and Winslow Streets

Cañada College Farmers’ Market (West Coast Farmers’ Market Association)
Sundays, year-round, 9 am – 1 pm
Parking Lot #7, Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard

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Thanks,

~malcolm

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SF Bay Area Lebanese Festival Saturday in Redwood City

Good afternoon –

Here’s a fun event Downtown this Saturday that you may want to check out – it’s  the 2nd annual Lebanese Festival, on Courthouse Square. It’s not a City-sponsored event, but it looks like a fun community activity so please read below and take a look at their website for more details

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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Our Lady of Lebanon presents

The Second Annual San Francisco Bay Area
LEBANESE FESTIVAL
in Downtown Redwood City

This Saturday, September 1st, 2012
11:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Entertainment!
The Festival welcomes families and individuals from all ages and cultures.
A great way to learn about the Lebanese culture in a fun way!
The admission is FREE.
There will be a line-up of professional Lebanese and Arab singers, musicians, dabke dancers, as well as a dedicated area for children games.

Please visit www.bayarealebanesefestival.org for the complete program.

Food and Beverage!
Delicious Lebanese food  and cold beverages will be served during the Festival including Shawarma and  Falafel wraps,  hummus and more.
Make sure to try out the Lebanese sweets that will be prepared especially for the Festival.

 

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School District Seeking Oversight Committee Members

Good morning –

I wanted to let you know that the Redwood City School District is currently accepting applications for the Measure W Citizen’s Oversight Committee, and they want to make sure that Redwood City community members and business members have the opportunity to apply to serve on this committee. The deadline to apply is September 17. Please read the info below and see if this is something that interests you. If so, please contact the District at the number/email listed below.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Applications for the Measure W Citizen’s Oversight Committee Due on September 17

On June 5, 2012, local voters approved Measure W, a $67 annual educational parcel tax to improve local elementary and middle school education for all students with funds that cannot be taken by the State. As stated in a resolution passed by the Redwood City School District Board of Trustees on February 23, 2012, funds from Measure W will be used to enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support school libraries.

The resolution passed by the Board for Measure W requires reporting and oversight, including formation of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.  The Committee will be comprised of: 3 parents of students currently attending a Redwood City School District school, 3 community members who do not currently have children enrolled in the district, and 3 local business owners.  The Committee will meet 4 times per calendar year.  The responsibilities of the committee members shall be to:

1. Ensure that all funds generated by Measure W are spent in accordance with the ballot language, and that no funds are spent on administrator salaries;
2. Review Measure W expenditures by each school and determine if they comply with the Measure W ballot language, and the school’s stated intention, as approved by the School Board each year;
3. Provide a report to the Board each year that states whether all expenditures are in accordance with the Measure W ballot language and in compliance with the Board-approved intention for use by each school.

If you are interested in applying to serve on the Citizen’s Oversight Committee, please fill out and return your application by Monday, September 17 to: Kimberly Chen, Redwood City School District, 750 Bradford Street, Redwood City, åCA  94063, kchen@rcsdk8.net, or fax to 650.423-2215.

The Measure W Citizen’s Oversight Committee Application is available at www.rcsdk8.net or can be downloaded by clicking on: http://www.rcsdk8.net/cms/lib3/CA01001036/Centricity/Domain/1/Measure%20W%20Citizens%20Oversight%20Committee-5.doc.

For more information, please call (650) 423.2232 or email kchen@rcsdk8.net.

 

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Redwood City’s New Online Utility Bill Pay Service

Good morning –

I wanted to remind you about Redwood City’s new online utility bill payment service, that will 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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Fall – New Classes at PAL

Good afternoon –

We’re getting very near to the end of August, and that means a new schedule of Fall programs at Redwood City PAL. They start soon, so take a look at the classes below (including some provided in partnership with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department).

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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Time to Sign Up for Redwood City PAL  2012-2013 After School Programs!
at PAL Community Center – 3399 Bay Road, Redwood City

Kids’ classes begin on Tuesday Sept 4th

Karate, Music and Tumbling, and Zumba for Kids programs run:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Thursday programs run 1:45 – 2:45
Program fees: $5  per session
Programs are open to K- 5th grade boys and girls
Register with the instructors – minimum Class size 10 students

  • Karate – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Contact Instructor: George Cortes (650) 274-9695
  • Music and Tumbling – Tuesday – Contact Instructors:  Diego Pettersson (650) 669-3000, Janet Steele (650) 380-4459
  • Zumba for Kids – Thursday – Contact Instructor: Jenny Morales (650) 630-7437

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Classes brought to PAL by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department:

  • Adult Yoga (morning) – starts September 10th – Monday, 10:45 am – noon; Register online (cost: $135 residents/$155 non-residents)
  • Adult Zumba (morning) – starts September 10th – Monday, 9:45 – 10:45 am; Register online(cost: $70 residents/$83 non-residents)

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More adult classes!

  • Adult Zumba (morning) – starts September 27th – Monday – Saturday, 8:30 -9:30 am.; Register at the class
  • Adult Zumba (evening) – starts September 27th – Monday, Wednesday, 7:00 pm; Friday 6 pm; Register at the class

Visit www.redwoodcitypal.com

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Edgewood Rd. Closure/Detour This Weekend

Good morning –

I want to make sure you’re aware of the upcoming temporary closure and detour of Edgewood Road near Cordilleras Road that’s going to take place this weekend. This work is being done by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), as part of the installation of the new Hetch Hetchy water pipeline across Edgewood.

The closure of Edgewood Road will begin Friday, August 31st at 9 pm and will last until Tuesday, September 4th at 6 am.

During this time, motorists in both directions of Edgewood will be detoured onto Cordilleras Road. The SFPUC has notified the immediately-impacted neighbors, and will maintain residential access throughout the closure period.

If possible, please avoid driving on Edgewood Road in that area this weekend, by using an alternate route. If you do need to drive on Edgewood, the SFPUC advises motorists to exercise additional caution and to be very aware of all traffic control signage, detours, work crews, and heavy equipment in the area.

This is all part of the seismic upgrade of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline throughout the peninsula, and Redwood City. The SFPUC (which supplies all of Redwood City’s drinking water) owns and maintains the Hetch Hetchy pipeline system. This work over Labor Day weekend is part of the SFPUC’s installation of a new five-foot diameter drinking water pipeline across Edgewood Road.

I’ve posted the SFPUC’s news release concerning the Edgewood Road closure here. For any questions or concerns about the construction, please call the SFPUC’s 24-hour project hotline, 1-800-571-6610, or visit their construction blog at www.sfwater.org/penpl.

ADDITIONAL FYI: This is completely unrelated, but you also may want to know that the Dumbarton Bridge will be closed over Labor Day weekend, as part of that facility’s seismic upgrade. The Dumbarton Bridge will be closed from Friday, August 31st 10 pm, to Tuesday, September 4, 5 am. Visit http://dumbartonbridgeinfo.org for more information.

thanks,

~ malcolm

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Walk Redwood City’s “Path of History” Downtown

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I want to invite you to experience Redwood City’s history – on the ground, Downtown!

Redwood City’s fantastic “Path of History” self-guided walking tour is a fun way to wander Downtown, see where our local history actually happened, enjoy our great restaurants and shops, and relive Redwood City’s unique past.

Redwood City’s history has always been a source of great pride for the community, particularly Downtown where there are many well-preserved examples of historic structures and points of interest. The Path of History centers on a wonderful historical information kiosk (including some really incredible historic photos!) and unique, beautiful commemorative sculpture on the plaza near Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Broadway and Main Street. Twelve historic plaques at various historic sites in our Downtown help tell the story of Redwood City’s history.

Get the free commemorative full color Path of History map and brochure right at the Wells Fargo plaza historical information kiosk, or at the City Hall lobby information desk. It’s also available online at www.redwoodcity.org/PathOfHistory.

Bring your friends, family, and visitors Downtown and celebrate the exciting origins of Redwood City! The Path of History will show you our Downtown’s remarkable history, and you’ll discover important events through some stunning “before and after” images. The Path of History will also help to share this significant aspect of our community with future generations. Visitors can start anywhere on the Path, but the corner of Broadway and Main is the ideal location to begin your historic journey Downtown.

The Redwood City Path of History is brought to you by the City of Redwood City and its Historic Resources Advisory Committee and Planning Commission, and these generous sponsors: Wells Fargo Bank, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Peter and Paula Uccelli Foundation, and the Redwood City Library Archives Committee.

thanks,

~ malcolm

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