CITY MANAGER’S UPDATE
Sean Rabé, City Manager
The Colma City Council took a stand against bigotry at the March 22 Council meeting. As you may know, there has been much concern in our communities because of several of the policies promoted by the Trump administration. Many of these policies seem to target members of specific racial, religious or gender-identity groups that are or could be residents of, visitors to or business owners in Colma.
According to City Data statistics (a compilation of demographic statistics from various sources including the US Census Bureau), nearly 73 percent of Colma’s residents are either Hispanic or Asian (with the vast majority of that group comprised of Filipinos). City Data also shows nearly 46 percent of the Town’s residents are foreign-born. The City Council felt it important to show support for these Colma residents in the face of recent policies that may target them.
The proclamation can be found at the Town’s Website at www.colma.ca.gov. It is too long to reprint here, but reads, in part, “… the Town of Colma values all members of our community of all religions, ancestries, and ethnicities as well as people of any disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and … the City Council of the Town of Colma, does hereby affirm the Town’s commitment to a diverse, supportive, inclusive and a protective community.”
I also wanted to take time in this month’s edition to let you know about an amazing free dental program sponsored by the California Dental Association. CDA Cares is a free dental clinic that provides services at no cost to those who have difficulty accessing dental care, including uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, adults and children of any age. Services include cleanings, fillings, extractions, temporary partial dentures, dentures, root canals on front teeth, oral health education and assistance in identifying a source for ongoing dental care. This event will be held at the San Mateo Event Center, Fiesta Hall (1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo) on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Recreation Services Department Update
Brian Dossey, Administrative Services Director
The Town of Colma has some great Community Events scheduled for this Spring. Both events are geared towards recycling or disposing of unwanted items, trash and debris from your home and Town:
- Town Wide Garage Sale – Saturday, April 29, 2017
Here is an opportunity to sell old and unwanted items you no longer wish to own. Remember, your old unwanted items may be considered a treasure to someone else.
- Town Wide Clean Up Day – Saturday, May 20, 2017
After your garage sale, bring any unsold items or unwanted recyclables, trash or debris to our collection center at the Corp Yard at 601 F Street, between 9am-12pm. This is your chance to remove items stored in your yard and contribute to keeping our community clean and attractive. Also, Town Wide Clean Up Day is your opportunity to take pride in your Town by helping fellow residents and staff in cleaning up the streets of Colma, including areas around the Colma Creek. Participants and staff will also walk various locations in Colma picking up trash and recycling materials, and afterwards we will celebrate our clean town with a family fun BBQ at Sterling Park. Volunteers need to register for the Town Wide Clean Up Day at the Colma Community Center by May 18, 2017.
Please sign up for both of these new Community events by stopping by the Colma Community Center or Sterling Park Recreation Center.
Also don’t forget to join Colma Recreation Staff as we participate in San Mateo County’s “Streets Alive” program. “Streets Alive” is a county wide collaborative program that encourages the public to get outside, enjoy public spaces and to participate in physical activity. In Colma, we will enjoy a day filled with field activities for you and your family at T.R. Pollicita Middle School. Play soccer, kickball, and field games while we have exclusive use of the field. We will provide lunch and refreshments, and all the equipment needed for your family to enjoy the day. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at TR Pollicita Middle School Field. Please R.S.V.P. for this event at the Colma Community Center – 650-985-5678.
Information on programs listed above are in the May – August 2017 Recreation Guide, that will be mailed to you in mid-April. If you have any questions, suggestions for programs, or comments regarding the Recreation Services Department, please feel free to contact me at 650-985-5690, or firstname.lastname@example.org
View the rest of the April edition of LiveWire here.