Letter from the City Manager – December 2016
Dear Millbrae Residents,
As the end of the year approaches, I would like to take a moment to thank you for allowing me to serve as your City Manager for another year. 2016 has been filled with many joyful, exciting, and at times, sorrowful moments. Through it all, I have continually been impressed and inspired by your dedication to this community and one another.
First, I want to thank the Millbrae Community Foundation and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce for helping make the holiday tree lighting a great success. Their work made it a truly joyous event. Their work on all our community events are the reason they are so successful. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do for our community.
Last month, we started making major improvements to our downtown. The process kicked off with a series of downtown charrettes to gather input from the community on their vision of our downtown core. Crews completed street and sidewalk improvements at the intersection of Broadway and Hillcrest. They painted a sunburst at the intersection, planted new trees, and installed new Big Belly trash bins and recycling compactors at each corner. In addition, one block up at Magnolia and Hillcrest, they installed a new bicycle repair station. These improvements are just a few small parts of the City’s commitment to make Millbrae a vibrant and beautiful community.
As you know, this past summer, we lost our community center to an unfortunate and avoidable fire. Although tragic, the fire has given us the opportunity to rebuild the community center in a way that better meets our future needs. In the coming year, we will continue to listen to your ideas and input on what you want, and further explore the costs and feasibility of amenities at the new center. More than anything, we want the future community center to be a place you will frequently use. The best way to do that is to give you a center that has the things you want.
Moving into the new year, the rebuilding of the community center and making continual improvements to our downtown core will be top priorities. But, above those is my commitment to continue to work with you and the Millbrae Police Bureau to help make our community safer.
As we explore alternative surveillance and crime reporting options, I want to commend Millbrae Police Chief Roger Copeland and his deputies for making great strides to arrest those responsible for these crimes. Their continual community involvement with events like Coffee with a Cop and Chief Copeland’s town hall meetings have opened back-and-forth conversations with residents, and helped rebuild important neighborhood watch groups.
My staff and I are dedicated to proving you with a great customer service experience. My commitment to you is that we will always do our best to ensure your concerns are understood, and that we will continue to work diligently to find good solutions to these problems.
Again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your City Manager. I wish you a very happy holiday season, and hope you find much joy in the new year.
City Manager, City of Millbrae