LiveWire – May 2024

Posted on May 1, 2024

City Manager’s Update

Daniel Barros, City Manager

On April 10th, The Town gathered in celebration to witness the Ribbon Cutting of the Centennial Mural along F Street.  The first of it’s kind, and certainly a one-of-a kind piece of art that so appropriately captures Colma’s rich history over its first 100 years of incorporation.

The Artist, Julie Engelmann, was joined by members of the City Council and Town Staff, along with residents and other members of the community.  In many ways, this ribbon cutting signifies the kick-off of our 100 year anniversary series of celebratory events yet to come this upcoming year.  Our next Centennial celebration will be this upcoming July as we parade from Sterling Park to the Colma Community Center in style while enjoying a multitude of festivities including, music, games, and delicious food.

The spring is often a busy time for staff as we work to prepare the upcoming year’s operating budget.  We look forward to the first city council meeting this month on May 8th where staff will present this year’s budget to council as part of our first budget study session.

Additionally, as many of you may be embarking on a little spring cleaning this time of year, it is time to start thinking about removing old Household Hazardous Waste products. Household hazardous waste are items such as paints, chemical cleaners, fertilizers or pesticides, and automotive supplies like oil and fluids. San Mateo County hosts FREE household hazardous waste drop off events all over the County each month. All drop off events require appointments, for more information on how to dispose of household hazardous waste or make an appointment, please visit or call 650-372-6200.

 Choose Active Transportation like Biking or Walking instead of Driving Solo!

Kathleen Gallagher, Principal Senior Sustainability Manager

Want an easy way to improve your health and improve the Town’s environment at the same time? A great way to improve your physical wellbeing and the health of our community is by choosing active methods of transportation such as bike riding, walking, or combining these modes with public transportation. Active modes of transportation benefit personal fitness because they improve cardiovascular health and can benefit the health and safety of others with less cars on the road to reduce traffic congestion and accidents.

Did you know over 68% of Colma’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation? By choosing biking, walking and public transportation you help reduce greenhouse gas pollutants and make our community healthier and safer. The Town of Colma recently adopted Colma’s Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan to further develop the network of safe bikeways and walkways in the Town. A copy of the complete Plan can be found on the Town’s website here:

Below are easy ways to help you transition to a more active transportation style:

  • Trade your old car for an e-bike. The Bay Area Air Quality Management program offers Bay Area residents with qualifying incomes the opportunity to retire their older cars (2007 or older) in exchange for a prepaid card with $7,500 to be used towards an electric bike or fares for public transit.
  • E-Bike Incentive Project. The California E-Bike Incentive Project provides up to $2,000 point-of-sale incentives to support qualifying residents purchase an electric bicycle.
  • Commuter Challenge 2024. Enter the 2024 Commuter Challenge for a chance to win $250! Go here for more info:

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