A potentially drunk driverwas seen speeding on Highway 101 andRalston Avenue before 10:33 p.m. on Sunday,Feb. 3.
A person was seen stag-gering down Escondido Way before 10:13p.m. on Sunday,Feb. 3.
Drunk in public.
Two men were cited forbeing drunk in public on El Camino Realbefore 1:51 a.m. on Sunday,Feb. 3.
A person tried touse a fake $5 bill on Ralston Avenue before9:01 p.m. on Saturday,Feb. 2.
. Two people were involved in averbal dispute on Alameda de las Pulgasbefore 9:39 a.m. on Saturday,Feb. 2.
A person’s credit card was fraudulent-ly used on Twin Pines Lane before 11:33 p.m.on Friday,Feb. 1.
A man was arrested for trespassing atNotre Dame University on Ralston Avenuebefore 10:56 p.m. on Friday,Feb. 1.
. A woman reported a $3,300 charge wasmade to her Best Buy credit card on AdmiraltyLane before 2:58 p.m. Saturday,Feb. 2.
. Someone grabbed a woman’s cell-phone and broke it on her head before 8:32p.m. Thursday,Jan. 31.
Two gangmembers were tryingto start a ﬁght with a friend at a bus stop on ElCamino Real before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday,Jan. 30.
. Four women entered a store andstole a QuikSet digital door lock and aHoneywell furnace thermostat on MetroCenter Boulevard before 11:28 a.m. Thursday,Jan. 31.
Someone reported there was a cock ﬁghtin the front yard of a home on the 3700block of Elston Drive in San Bruno before9:19 a.m. Saturday,Feb. 2.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Carlos is home to a number of uniquecivil facilities but the time may be now toupgrade the buildings used for parks andrecreation needs or even develop a new state-of-the-art community center,according toParks Director Doug Long.“It would be such an asset for this particularcommunity,”Long said.On Wednesday,Long will ask the Parks andRecreation Commission to consider optionsfor a facility usage plan that includes the pos-sibility of making over existing facilities likethe Kiwanis and Laureola Park buildings andalso setting aside $5,000 for a list of cost esti-mates and potential locations of a new center.Any actual allocation of funds,like the esti-mated $25,000 needed to hire a consultant toassess the current and future recreation facili-ty needs,will need to be approved by the CityCouncil. But Wednesday’s ﬁrst turn before theParks and Recreation Commission is a begin-ning step.A new recreation center would likely bebuilt with bond money and while Long feelsthe community would be behind the idea healso concedes that school districts have beenasking voters for ﬁnancial help quite a bit late-ly.“But I think the time will come soonerrather than later and we should prepare forthat conversation now,”he said.Long wants the commission to also requestapproximately $75,000 in the 2013 CapitalImprovement Program Fund for a consultantto develop a facility usage master plan. Theplan would look at the projected uses of cur-rent facilities over the next ﬁve to 10 years andrecommend renovations or alternative facili-ties to accommodate the needs.The desire for a plan grew out of the CityCouncil’s August 2012strategic planning retreat.The city’s Parks andRecreation Departmentcurrently operates theAdult Community Center,the Youth Center and theLaureola and Kiwanisbuildings which serve asneighborhood recreationcenters. But,according toLong,in addition to their unique characteris-tics each also has challenges.One of the questions is if the city opts for analtogether new center if it is worthwhile tosink a lot of money into existing facilities.The Laureola Park building was built byvolunteers in 1959 and lacks insulation,airconditioning and a reliable heating system.The electrical system is reportedly near capac-ity,the ﬁreplace in the main room is no longerused and vehicle access is problematic.The Kiwanis Building,originally built in1953,is a 7,300-square-foot facility thatincludes two small multi-purpose rooms and akitchen with limited counter space that does-n’t accommodate food preparation or cateredservice. In ﬁscal year 2008-09,the cash-strapped city leased the building to the ArborBay School through 2014.The Adult Community Center was built in1982 as a state-of-the-art design that includesa community room,caterer’s kitchen andmeeting space within its 17,000 square feet.The center serves 150 seniors regularly everyday through its lunch program and other offer-ings like ﬁtness,dance classes and healthtalks.The Youth Activity Center,dating from1999,features a gymnasium,dance studio andhomework center among other spaces and itsprograms include drop-in hours,free tutoringand activities like art and dance.Over time,though,the changing demandsof consumers has changed the design of recre-ation facilities with boxed buildings andwalled-off rooms giving way to open spaceswith more interaction. Senior citizens — nolonger labeled “blue hairs,”Long notes in hisreport to the commission — and young pro-fessionals alike are driving the call for high-quality design and programming so recre-ational centers need to have diverse characterand not be singularly focused. Consider thefacility more a town center than just recre-ational,according to Long.“It’s completely different. Now,the centersare like Internet cafes where they can social-ize or grab a cup of coffee after a swim.Families want to work out and bring their kidsdown so they need child care. And lectureseries — who knew those would be so popu-lar?”Long said.Seniors,in particular,are moving awayfrom the traditional ﬁeld trips,luncheons andcard games toward activities that prove bothmentally and physically challenging.Working women and baby boomers are alsotwo segments expected to add to the need formulti-functional space. Rather than providemultiple small buildings throughout the com-munity,the new trend is full-service facilitieswhich are more economical for constructionand operation.
The Parks and Recreation Commissionmeets 7 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 6 at City Hall,600 Elm St.,San Carlos.
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City contemplates facility upgrades
New recreation center in San Carlos also a possibility