David Tapper



I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the tragic fire in San Bruno this past Thursday, 9-8-10.
Unfortunately,  lives were lost, and many more hurt. Some still missing. Please say a prayer for those who have lost everything. This is not about religion, just the well being of others.
As one of the Realtors in the area, I have sold many homes in San Bruno and have had the opportunity to meet not only the older generation of Home Owners, some who have lived in the same home almost 40-50 years, but also the newest Home Owners as well. These are decent, down to earth good people, and it certainly showed. 
Less than an hour after the explosion, my youngest son Kevin asked if and how we could help. I told him yes, I just didn’t know how. Yet.
My wife Fay, who is also a Realtor,  just last week helped a nice family, Hector, Luisa and their children find a home just two blocks from where the explosion started. They were evacuated, but safe, and very confused. They had only been in the U.S.  less than two weeks.
Hector, ( The New Consul General From Honduras) also had his mother, sister and her child visiting when they were left stranded at the Bayhill Shopping Mall with many of the others who were evacuated. Most of the Hotels and Motels were already full so we were very happy when they called us and we were able to host them in our home for the night.
Sometimes, It takes a terrible tragedy to bring out the best in people.

 It wasn’t until the 11:00 news that I saw first hand the great outpouring of love for those in need. Many, good hearted people stopped by the San Bruno Rec Center in San Bruno Park dropping off water, food, blankets…

 Why is it that it always takes a tragedy to see the good in people? I guess it’s human nature. Within hours the Rec Center had many supplies. How great was that?
With the victims going through  this terrible tragedy, their neighbors were there for them, in their time of need. What a site to behold. I have never been so proud of the community!
Times are tough right now. Many folks are out of work, and many others have had to take severe pay cuts. Sometimes we don’t realize how good life can be, when it can be taken away in just a blink of an eye.
On Friday, the day after the fire I visited the San Bruno Rec Center and asked what they needed. The common theme was money and blood donations.
If you are able to donate anything, anything at all, it will help those in need. If you cannot donate money, that’s OK, maybe you can donate blood?
I’m very proud to be a Realtor. On Friday, the day after the fire, I received an email from ( SAMCAR) the San Mateo Board of Realtors asking all the agents for a donation. This is the time for us to step up when others are down.
It was also nice to see  the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s will be donating a portion of their ticket sales from games next week to the fire victims and their families.
My heart goes out to all who have lost a loved one, lost a pet or their home. At the same time,  I am also proud of the way the community came together when needed most.
Thank You
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  1. Barbara Calvo on October 10th, 2010 9:43 am

    Good morning Mr. Tapper,

    I read your comments regarding the San Bruno fire. I agree it was amazing all the outpouring of love and help that our community wanted to offer us and the people affected. San Bruno is a great community to live in. I have lived here all of my life and I actually grew up on Glenview Dr, then once I had kids of my own my family moved into the house that I grew up in and rented it from my parents that moved to Foresthill. We had lived there for 14 years. So I know the majority of my neighbors from when I was a child. Many people that I knew and that my parents knew houses were destroyed, next door to me, right across the street from me. Our neighbor across the street was the eigth person to die in this tragedy. I did not know him but it still hits home. We were so close. Fortunately my husband, daughter and I made it out that night and were not harmed. We actually were able to drive away in my husbands then melting truck. The tires didn’t melt amazingly. So if you are ever in the need for new tires buy BFGoodrich. :) My parents home is green tagged but still boardered off, we were 3 houses from the blast. It is deemed liveable, with minor damage. We have not been back and will not go back. It is just too hard to see the devastation around us.
    Currently we are in temporary housing in San Bruno that PG&E has so kindly offered to pay until we find a permanent rental. To date, I have had no luck with any realtors or listings mainly because of a few issues. There is just rentals out there right now, and we have 3 dogs (yes they all made it out alive), and we need 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in the San Bruno area (preferrably) but will be willing to move to So City or Millbrae. My daughter is still in high school at Cap and we want to keep her there. And the last issue is that we were paying $1650 for rent and honestly cant afford more than $2000. PG&E is not offering to pay the difference for us, which I feel is unjust since we werent planning on moving anytime soon from Glenview, but I am not going deal with all that nonsense.
    So if you know of any rentals in the area or you see one coming soon, please keep me us in mind.

    Thank you and God Bless

    Barbara Calvo

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