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In November 2017, the Foundation and YouTube announced an initiative - in collaboration with the City of San Bruno and the San Bruno Park School District – to improve pedestrian safety in San Bruno. Using grant funding totaling $263,952 from the Foundation and YouTube, the City has installed rectangular rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks near three San Bruno public schools and in San Bruno’s downtown area. YouTube provided $126,000 to this initiative, while the Foundation  contributed the balance of funds to the effort.   

At a groundbreaking ceremony held at the crosswalk in front of Portola Elementary School at 300 Amador Avenue in San Bruno – the location of the first flashing beacon installation – (top photo) Foundation Executive Director Leslie Hatamiya, then-San Bruno Park School District Superintendent Stella Kemp, YouTube Director of Real Estate & Workplace Services Drew Sherwood, then-Mayor Jim Ruane, City of San Bruno Director of Public Services Jimmy Tan, then-Foundation Board Member Patricia Bohm, then-San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson, and several Portola students celebrated the beginning of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative. Read the press release.

In 2018, the City installed flashing beacons at crosswalks in front of Parkside Intermediate School (second photo), Portola Elementary School, and John Muir Elementary School. A final set of flashing beacons are located on the south end of San Mateo Avenue in downtown San Bruno (third photo).  

SBCF Pedestrian Safety Groundbreaking 5
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