November 28, 2012
Snow Globe icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is a fun snow globe for this time of year. You just have to put in an address and it shows up with your house in snow. Of course, this is based in Google. I watch my house change all the time in google. All you need to do is:
ENTER YOUR ADDRESS and ZIP CODE (City & state not needed)
Then click the “Shake” button.
My friend, Doug Anderson shared this with me and I thought it would be fun for everyone.
October 22, 2012
For the year end of 2012, the most important tax mortgage debt relief forgiveness act.
This law exempts current homeowners from the hidden, serious income taxes that are normally incurred when mortgage debt is forgiven – including in cases where an underwater home is sold short. See, a mortgage lender extends cash to a borrower when they make a mortgage on a home. If that debt is wiped out without actually being paid back, then the cash that was extended to that borrower is normally considered income by the IRS, and is taxed as such.
July 27, 2011
Image by swanksalot via Flickr
This is a great site, I just had to share it. You can click on any city to see if it is a great city to walk around in. They also have a blog called firstname.lastname@example.org This is a fun site to check out.
July 16, 2011
I’ve attached a flyer to share with anyone you feel appropriate. If someone might be interested in our up coming event- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Just to let you know, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walk to save lives and to inspire hope for a future free of breast cancer. With no registration fee or minimum donation required to participate, everyone is welcome.
The walk is a great way for companies to get involve as a team in the community and helps raise hope and awareness for the issue of breast cancer.
There are two opportunities to walk in Making Strides this fall; October 22 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and October 29 along the Guadalupe River Trail in downtown San Jose.
I have attached the walk information. Thank you so much for your support and assistance
.Breast Cancer Walk
February 3, 2011
This is a great park… especially since you don’t have to have a leash to have your dog there. Shore Dogs Park is a completely fenced “off leash” dog park with a double-gated entrance to an area for large dogs and another area for small dogs. Benches, drinking water for dogs and doggie waste bags and dispensers are available. Shore Dogs is open for use from dawn until dark. During the rainy season, however, be advised that the park is subject to closure without prior notice at the discretion of the Park and Recreation Department and the Shore Dogs Board.
For information on closure due to rain call 650-654-6538.
Shore Dogs is located near the end of Radio Road in Redwood Shores, California, near a corner of San Francisco Bay, where during the spring and fall migration season, you can watch the shore birds.
January 25, 2011
|REMINDER TO THE MOTORING PUBLIC
HWY 101 TO EXPERIENCE LATE NIGHT SHUT-DOWNS THIS WEEK
AS PART OF BELMONT BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PROJECT.
The Belmont Police Department would like to remind the motoring public of two planned shut-downs of the Hwy 101 freeway, in Belmont, this week. The shut-downs are required so construction crews can install steel I-beam supports for the bicycle/pedestrian bridge. Once completed the bridge will join the west side of the freeway with the Belmont Sports Complex and the San Francisco Bay Trail.
The shutdowns will occur on consecutive nights and will affect the freeway between Ralston Avenue and Hillsdale Blvd.
- The first shut-down will occur tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January, 26th from 12:30AM and 4:00AM and will affect all N/B lanes of Hwy 101. N/B 101 traffic will be diverted onto Ralston Ave and directed west to El Camino Real and north to Hillsdale Blvd.
- The second shut-down will occur on Thursday, January 27th from 1:00AM to 4:30AM and will affect all S/B lanes of Hwy 101. S/B 101 traffic will be diverted onto Hillsdale Blvd and directed west to El Camino Real and south to Ralston Ave. Night-time construction on the bridge project will occur all week, but full shut-downs are only required on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
September 27, 2010
Hi all Villagers and SC and History Buffs…. This is a great tour for folks that would like more of the history of our local area. I am one of them. I am also sponsoring several people of low income, if you are one, please let me know.
It will be held on October 17th from 1-4, it is great because those who have a problem with walking it includes transportation to and from the homes.
Tickets are available at the Museum of San Carlos History, 533 Laurel Street, every Saturday between 1 and 4.
More information from Jeanette at 650-591-2880 or visit our site at www.sancarloshistorymuseum.org… We will vist the McMahon Residence at 400 Hillcrest, the Tauscher Resident at 447 Hillcrest Ave. ands The Zeh House at 700 Elm Street all in San Carlos.
September 10, 2010
Some Park Ideas for San Mateo County Parks….
|The Parks Department operates 17 separate parks in a wide variety of natural settings including a coastside marine reserve, a bayside recreational area, coastal mountain woodland areas, and urban sites.
Click on any labeled county park above to go to that park’s homepage.
August 23, 2010
Shore Dogs Park is a completely fenced “off leash” dog park with a double-gated entrance to an area for large dogs and another area for small dogs. Benches, drinking water for dogs and doggie waste bags and dispensers are available. Shore Dogs is open for use from dawn until dark. During the rainy season, you have to be careful since they sometimes close.
March 7, 2010
||City Manager Offers “Two Paths” to Close $3.5 Million Budget Gap
Major Decisions Face San Carlos at Upcoming Budget Workshops
|San Carlos City Manager Mark Weiss unveiled his Proposed 2010-11 City Budget today in preparation for City Council Budget Workshops scheduled in March. Copies of the proposed budget staff report are available for review at City Hall and on the City’s Web Site.
The budget workshop, to be held on Saturday, March 13th at noon in the Community Rooms of the San Carlos Library, 2nd Floor, 610 Elm Street, will enable the City Council and community to hear a detailed budget presentation, offer public comments and hear City Council thoughts on the proposed budget.
The City Staff has also reserved the Community Rooms at the San Carlos Library for March 22nd starting at 6:00 pm in the likely event that the Council Budget Workshop is continued. Input from the workshop will be used to prepare the 2010-11 Budget to be presented to the City Council for review and approval in early May.
The City’s Proposed Budget for 2010-11 features “two paths” to a balanced budget. The recommended path involves City Council authorization for the City Manager and City Department Heads to prepare service agreements for receiving Police and Fire services from neighboring agencies and to explore contracting for parks maintenance services.
This option is projected to save the City approximately $5 Million or more per year and would cover the City’s budget deficit without necessitating additional cuts to City services. A second path features a series of major service changes in many City service areas. This option will save the City $3.5 Million per year and would close the City’s budget gap for 2010-11. Some of the key service reductions that would occur with the second option include:
- Cutting 9 Full-Time positions including 2 Additional Police positions plus numerous Part-Time support personnel
- Closing the Youth Center and Eliminating Administrative Support for Special Events in San Carlos (including Hometown Days, Art & Wine Festival and Summer Concerts at Burton Park)
- Reducing City Counter Service Hours to 3 Hours Per Day and Closing the City Clerk’s Counter with Service Provided by Appointment Only
- Freezing the City of San Carlos Contribution to the Funding of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department at the 2009-10 Budget level
- Discontinuing Funds to Record and Broadcast City Council Meetings on Cable TV and the Internet
City Manager Mark Weiss said “Two years ago I indicated that the City of San Carlos was at a “Tipping Point” and asked the City Council to declare a fiscal emergency. Last year a local one-half cent sales tax designed to preserve City services (Measure U), was placed on the November ballot and was rejected by San Carlos voters. Thus, the major steps proposed in this budget to bring it into balance will not be surprising to those who have been following the local, state and national economy and the City’s fiscal status.”
Weiss added that “This is the 11th year in a row that the City of San Carlos will be making program and service cuts in the annual budget. Even though there were two rounds of budget cuts last year, the City’s General Fund Budget deficit has grown by almost $1 Million (from $2.6 Million last year to $3.5 Million this year) even after all of these cuts were implemented. This confirms the projections made last year that the current approach of making modest budget cuts each year and tapping into reserves is no longer sustainable.”
“What I am proposing in this year’s budget is a paradigm shift in how we view City services in San Carlos. Rather than continue to attempt to provide the full range of City services mostly in-house, I believe it is time to accelerate the use of contract services in several areas in an effort to improve efficiency and take advantage of economies of scale, while embracing a regional service delivery model.”
“With the help of the City Department Heads, we have developed a menu of options for the City Council to consider in the upcoming budget to fully close the $3.5 Million per year budget gap. The recommended path involves contracting out or outsourcing Police and Fire Department services in a more sustainable manner. Additionally, choosing this option would allow the City to preserve all services, including public safety, facilities and community events at their current, albeit already reduced levels. This approach addresses the budget deficit in an aggressive manner and avoids closure of facilities and continued deterioration of all City services.”
“This budget includes tough choices and offers a different view of the City’s future as we move forward. I envision a vigorous discussion as the Council explores and decides the road San Carlos will follow into the future. I invite San Carlos residents to attend and participate in this vital process.”
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