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To: Mayor Rico Medina, Vice Mayor Marty Medina, Councilmembers Linda Mason, Tom Hamilton and Michael Salazar, School Board President Andy Mason, VP Andriana Shea, Trustees Jennifer Blanco, Teri Chavez & Henry Sanchez

SAVE El Crystal Elementary School & Combine with City Park

SAVE El Crystal Elementary School & Combine with City Park

Join Community Advocates Bryan Vander Lugt and Stephen Seymour to save the El Crystal School Property for the benefit of the community.

We could add new Soccer Fields, Basketball Courts, a Skateboard Park, Maker Space, Childcare or other public benefits if San Bruno City Council supported the purchase or lease of the El Crystal Elementary School site to enlarge City Park. The leasing option would provide an ongoing revenue stream that could be used for salary increases for teachers and staff.

Join us and help send the message to our mayor & elected officials that we want them to sit down and figure out a way to save this property for the benefit of the greater San Bruno community.

Why is this important?

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

THE EL CRYSTAL ELEMENTARY SITE IS BEING SOLD – GET INVOLVED!

The San Bruno Park School District is selling the former El Crystal Elementary site, giving
the City a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consider acquiring this property. However, the
School District is negotiating with potential buyers without any formal process for public
input on what best serves the needs of the community. We, the residents of San Bruno,
must tell our Board of Trustees and City Council that we want them to thoroughly explore all
options for the City of San Bruno to acquire the El Crystal School Property.

WHAT CAN I DO?

We must pressure our elected officials to work together in the best interests of our
community. Combined, these are our highest elected individuals in San Bruno with a total of
10 members. Six (6) of those members are up for re-election in 2022. It is time that our
wishes be heard!

WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?

The expansion of San Bruno City Park would allow for so many possibilities such as a
library, fields, maker spaces, childcare, etc. Many of these uses could provide mutual
benefit for our students as well as the broader community. None are possible if the land is
not maintained within the City. We all value open space, we all value parks and we must
fight for them.

I KEEP HEARING THE CITY HAS NO MONEY – HOW CAN THIS BE FUNDED?

While the City certainly has many competing priorities and limited funds, there are options
available. The City is expecting over $100 million in developers’ fees over the next 10 years
and has put in place various initiatives expected to generate new revenue in 2021. The
San Bruno Community Foundation, which was created to use the restitution funds from the
Crestmoor Explosion could also potentially provide some funding to assist with the
purchase. After the new Recreation and Aquatic Center is built there will be approximately
$30 million remaining. The SBCF just completed a listening campaign for community input
that identified both our schools and our parks as top community priorities. The Board of
Trustees also can be a part of finding creative and flexible solutions with regards to the sale
price and timing for when funds are received.The public can encourage them to use that
flexibility for the best interest of the San Bruno community.

NOW WHAT?

Sign this petition and make your voice heard! Have you considered attending the next City
Council meeting to speak during public comment asking that funds be allocated for the
purchase of El Crystal? Have you contacted your elected officials? Have you contacted the
San Bruno Community Foundation or attended their town hall meetings? Their website
is http://www.sbcf.org/.

We cannot let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass. It is now or never.

How it will be delivered

Social Media and Email


Reasons for signing

  • It would be so wonderful to expand the park property. Maybe the city can sell the library and city hall parcel to a housing developer for money to purchase the El Crystal site and put city hall and the library and other community amenties there -- there could then be a true civic center in San Bruno with the park, city hall, library and senior center all in proximity.
  • Lets make San Bruno Park larger for our community.

Updates

2021-04-28 11:02:08 -0400

100 signatures reached

2021-04-28 05:32:52 -0400

50 signatures reached

2021-04-28 01:19:22 -0400

25 signatures reached

2021-04-28 00:43:06 -0400

10 signatures reached