Improving our Environment
Planting More Street Trees
Did you know that San Bruno has a Street Tree Planting Program? Personally, I am happy that it does. We need more trees in San Bruno.
Over time many of our beautiful trees have been cut down, but not necessarily replaced. Here is how you go about requesting a new street tree.
If you would like to request a new street tree, please submit your request to San Bruno Responds with the exact location where you would like a tree planted. The City Arborist will review the request and determine if the location requested is suitable to plant a tree.
Check out this like-minded organization for more on just how much can be accomplished by replenishing our environment’s supply of trees, 8 Billion Trees.
To learn more about the benefits trees bring to our lives in general, click here.
It is an unfortunate fact that many of our neighborhoods are negatively impacted by dumping. All too often, residents who move choose to leave their unwanted furniture, appliances, and other debris behind on our streets. If elected, I fully support a public discussion about what we can do as a community to clean up our streets and prevent continued dumping.
Crestmoor Canyon provides a unique opportunity for our city. It has both a historical and an environmental significance to San Bruno and the greater Bay Area. We must find a way to better maintain and cherish it for all.
To gain a better understanding of what makes this canyon so special, please read the excerpt below. This excerpt comes from an article written by San Bruno resident, Andy Howse, in 2015.
“‘When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.’ -John Muir
I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I’m part of a select few individuals who have bushwhacked the Crestmoor Canyon in San Bruno.
Probably one of most underutilized and underrated small pieces of open space on the SF Peninsula, the Crestmoor Canyon, was cut by San Bruno Creek. Sadly San Bruno Creek, like many others on the peninsula, has largely been diverted into our sewer system. But here in the Crestmoor canyon San Bruno Creek sees the light of day and gives Life to a vibrant ecosystem. And when the canyon ends the creek disappears beneath San Bruno only to reappear at its mouth in San Francisco Bay.”
If this excerpt caught your interest you can read the rest of this article here:
The land for this park was purchased by the city in late 2014. Since then, the city has delayed its construction. A few years back, several meetings were held to discuss the park and its future design, but no physical progress has been made.
Fortunately, the city is pursuing the funding to finish this park. If elected, I will give focus on projects that provide green spaces and better quality of life for those who call San Bruno home.
The city’s dog park is not as well thought-out or maintained as it should be. Luckily, we have the unique opportunity to more than double its size on nearby San Bruno-owned land.
Our dog park is one of few in the area that has mature trees in the middle. The trees themselves should be protected and the residents who access the park should be able to do so comfortably. If elected, I know that we can accomplish both of these goals.
If we simply push back the fence line, we can build an ADA compliant walking path so more families can enjoy the park and the trees. Additionally, this project can be cost effective if completed through volunteer participation and recycling of existing materials. It is my hope that this renovation can be incorporated in the Bayhill Specific Plan.
Hanover Olympic is the first building in Los Angeles to include net-zero, solar-powered apartments.
Green Building Codes
Undoubtedly, San Bruno will continue to see increased development in the future. I support updating our building code to include incentives to reduce the demand of conventional energy sources. I am also interested in the creation of new and inviting public green spaces.
If elected, I hope to encourage a community conversation about how we can promote new residential and commercial developments to build with clean energy systems.
We do not have to reinvent the wheel, either. Looking to surrounding models for inspiration is a great start.
For example, San Francisco requires new residential buildings to be installed with solar energy systems. San Francisco also requires that the type of solar collectors installed meets a minimum requirement for per foot energy production. Further, the code requires photovoltaic solar panels to produce at least 10 watts per square foot of solar panels. San Francisco’s solution integrates a portion of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) that requires new buildings to have 15% of total roof area available for solar panels. Developers look to the CCR’s to identify the appropriate section based on building type, to establish the minimum percentage of total roof area that must be reserved for solar panels, , and to install the requisite solar panels to that area.
To view the provision see San Francisco, Cal., Green Building Code § 4.201.2 (2017).
If you want to learn more about sustainable development codes click here.