June LiveWire

Posted on June 1, 2017


Sean Rabé, City Manager

May is always a busy month for Town staff, as we are putting the finishing touches on the next-year’s budget for City Council’s consideration. I’m pleased to say Fiscal Year 2017-18’s budget is, once again, balanced and includes a surplus. This is largely attributable to the Town’s past and ongoing fiscal prudence.

You may have noticed that Carmax has put its sign up on the fencing along upper Serramonte Boulevard, and that the structural steel for the building has been erected. We are anticipating a late-fall opening of the used car store, which will bring a nice shot in the arm of new sales tax revenue.

Also under construction is the new Black Bear Diner, which will be located where Fresh Choice was in the Serra Center. This restaurant is eagerly anticipated, bringing a new place for Colma residents and visitors to sit down for a fresh meal. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of their chicken fried steak and eggs — it’s amazing, and the portions are huge.

One of the things I truly enjoy about being a City Manager is being able to recognize and work with various groups in the Town. For example, at the May 10 City Council meeting, we had two presentations: one a presentation of the Colma Citizens’ Advisory Committee’s student scholarships and one a proclamation for Public Service Week.

The scholarships are sponsored by Lucky Chances and are a tribute to how much the card room gives back to this community. Since 2000 they have presented $302,049 in scholarships.

The proclamation for Public Service week is a small token of appreciation for all of our public employees – those men and women who have dedicated their professional lives to making their communities better places. I am truly lucky to work with, and for, such committed people. They are just another reason why “It’s Great To Be Alive In Colma!”

Have a great summer!


Brian Dossey, Administrative Services Director

We’re excited to have launched our new website that will help us better serve Colma.

The new site focuses on helping residents, businesses and visitors better access services and information and includes:

  • a responsive design that adapts to phones, tablets, laptops and computers
  • a simple search that makes it easier to find information and services
  • an ‘Answers’ tool that lets users quickly access frequently asked questions integration with city social media accounts

If you have not visited our new website, please got to www.colma.ca.gov  and tell us what you think.

Colma Families – summer is just around the corner so remember to sign your kid’s ages 5 – 12 years old up for Day Camp!  In order to help us plan for your child’s day camp experience and provide maximum supervision, we ask that families pre-register their children for camp.  You may pre-register online at

apm.activecommunities.com/colmarecreation or by visiting the Colma Community Center or Sterling Park Recreation Center anytime during regular business hours (see page two for Recreation Dept. business hours).   Summer Day Camp starts on Monday, June 12 and runs through August 18, 2017.

Information on programs listed above can be found in the May – August 2017 Recreation Guide or online at www.colma.ca.gov.  If you have any questions, suggestions for programs, or comments regarding the Recreation Services Department, please feel free to contact me (650) 985-5690, or at brian.dossey@colma.ca.gov

View the rest of the June edition here: June 2017 LiveWire

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