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Economic and Community Development DepartmentJanuary 2015


In this issue
Reusable Bags 2015
BayBio Merge
Community Wide Homeless Count
Local Business Spotlight
Plans Under Review
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Economic and Community Development Department

400 Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94080 



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Reusable bag changes for 2015


Don't forget your reusable bag. Effective January 1, 2015, a paper bag will cost you $0.25. The reusable bag ban that was approved in 2013 also included a two year increase in the price of paper bags that you purchase at the supermarket. The current fee of $0.10 per bag is increasing to $0.25. Visit the County's website for additional information.



BayBio merges with California Healthcare Institute  

On December 8, 2014, the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio), the association for the Northern California life science community, announced that the two organizations intend to merge their operations into a newly created organization, to be called the California Biomedical Innovation Alliance (CBI), representing the entire biomedical ecosystem of the state of California in one organization. The merger of the two organizations is expected to be completed by end of the first quarter of 2015.  CBI will be headquartered in California with offices in La Jolla, South San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as Washington, D.C. Additional information on the merger is available through the BayBio website.

San Mateo County Homeless Count - 2015


One-Day San Mateo County Homeless Count - 2015

The bi-annual San Mateo County Homeless Count will be taking place January 22, 2014 from 6 am to 10 am. The purpose of the county-wide count is to gather and analyze information to better understand who is homeless in the community, why they are homeless, and what interventions they need to end their homelessness. Individuals and groups can volunteer to be street enumerators by registering at . For additional information Please email  or call 650-508-6741.




Local Business Spotlight


 Izanami Japanese 
257 Grand Avenue

fancy-eggroll-appetizer.jpg Izanami is a Japanese restaurant that serves lunch and dinner in downtown South San Francisco. Their menu options are prepared from local produce growers and their fish is imported from Japan. Dishes include traditional ramen favorites such as shio, shoyu, tonkotsu and miso to the fusion spicy garlic tonkotsu or miso. They also have an extensive sake list making Izanami a destination in South San Francisco.


South San Francisco Scavengers

The City of South San Francisco salutes the South San Francisco Scavenger Company as an innovator and leader in alternative fuel technology. The company announced that their new eight million dollar anaerobic digestion facility (AD facility) is operational and it has initiated weekly green cart collection with residents in South San Francisco, Brisbane and Millbrae. The AD facility is revolutionary since it is the first such facility to be constructed in the United States and has the capacity to provide CGN fuel to 17 collection trucks. Since October, the company has turned on the power at the facility and introduced the beneficial bacteria to the digester system, which comprises food scraps and yard trimmings. The food scraps and food-soiled paper serve as feedstock for their new AD facility that turns compostable materials into carbon negative, renewable transportation fuel. For additional information, please visit



1170 Veterans Boulevard
Calico has signed a lease for 70,000 square feet of office research and development space in Rigel Pharmaceutical's building located at 1170 Veterans Boulevard. They have submitted plans for building permits to construct the tenant improvements.  Calico plans to hire approximately 150 employees in early 2015.