LiveWire – October 2023

Posted on October 2, 2023

City Manager’s Update
Daniel Barros, City Manager

As I begin to fill the shoes of former City Manager Brian Dossey, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new City Manager. I am thrilled to be a part of the Colma family and very grateful for the City Council’s confidence in me to lead your community. I also wanted to give you a bit more insight into my background professionally, and a glimpse into life outside of work as well.

I come to Colma with over seventeen years of municipal government experience. I began my career with boots-on-the-ground working for the City of San Bruno performing maintenance on City parks and facilities. Following ten years in San Bruno, I then moved to the City of Half Moon Bay to be their Superintendent of Public Works overseeing all facets of maintenance and operations for the City. Shortly into my tenure with HBM, I was recruited to the City of Redwood City where I spent the past five years as their Public Works Superintendent overseeing Fleet and Facilities operations, maintenance, and capital projects. I feel very fortunate to have spent time in multiple San Mateo County jurisdictions where the wealth of knowledge I’ve received from each has culminated into the professional I am today and brought forth with me on the journey I am embarking on as your next City Manager.

When I’m not at work, you can often find me in my hometown of Pacifica. I have 2 young boys, Ryan (11) and Zachary (8), who keep me on my toes between sporting events and our plethora of extreme hobbies. I often joke with friends that I am still a kid at heart, in that I still enjoy recreational activities like surfing, skateboarding, and just about anything that gets the adrenaline flowing.

As I think about the journey ahead, I’m very excited. In just the short amount of time I’ve spent in Colma, and especially seeing just how great it is to be alive in Colma when attending last month’s Town Picnic, I couldn’t be happier to lead such a special community, and I look forward to accomplishing great things together.

Halloween Traffic Advisory and Safety Tips
John Munsey, Chief of Police

It’s almost time for the little ghosts and goblins to come out in search of treats. We want everyone to have a safe and Happy Halloween! Please take a minute to review the following traffic advisory and safety tips to ensure you and your family stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Traffic Advisory:

  • There will be NO northbound traffic on Clark Avenue on Halloween night between 6-9pm. Traffic will be one-way, southbound only.

Safety Tips:

  • If you plan to drive during trick-or-treat hours, drive slowly and watch for children. Be sure to enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Make sure costumes and candy bags or pails are reflective. Costumes shouldn’t drag too far on the ground to avoid tripping. Masks, hats, and shoes should be well-fitting. Carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra visibility.
  • Children under 12 should go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult. Older children should go in groups and stay together.
  • Report suspicious activity and emergencies. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is completely unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade and not factory-wrapped. Small children should not be allowed hard candy, which could be a choking hazard.
  • Be safe and have fun!

(A little secret from the Police Department. We are bringing LOTS of candy this year)

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