sanbrunofirevictims.jpgCity officials in San Bruno will hold a meeting tonight to determine how best to distribute $380,000 in donations made to victims of the Sept. 9 gas pipeline explosion and fire.

The San Bruno City Council Donations Subcommittee is soliciting input from residents as to how the city should distribute funds that were donated in the aftermath of the pipeline disaster, which killed eight people and destroyed 35 homes.

“It’s open to the public, and we’ve sent invitations to everyone in the Glenview neighborhood,” Vice Mayor Michael Salazar said.

Salazar and City Councilwoman Irene O’Connell, who were appointed to the ad hoc subcommittee by Mayor Jim Ruane, will take community input from tonight’s meeting and make recommendations to the City Council, which will have the final authority on how the money will be distributed, Salazar said.

“The goal of the subcommittee is to bring forward recommendations to the full council regarding the funds,” O’Connell said.

“We will do some opening remarks to introduce people and outline the process we will be following. The rest of the time will be devoted to brainstorming ideas about what to do and how to go about doing it.”

City staff will be on hand to record ideas from the public, but no other elected officials will be present, O’Connell said.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the San Bruno Senior Center, located at 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

Chris Cooney, Bay City News

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