Some of our bloggers managed to take a post I thought was innocuous quite far off the rails. The Welcome to B'game post was supposed to be a feel good piece talking about how the Peninsula and B'game have seen an influx of new people from EssEff. This is nothing new. My wife's parents made the move in the '50s and the movement has been constant since. Things may be escalating as conditions degrade in EssEff.
I didn't expect the post to turn into a Millbrae bash since Millbrae isn't exactly chopped liver in real estate terms. I do poke at them for their foggy weather ("Milldew") but that's the weather!! Not much anyone can do about it. All of this did get me thinking about some actual facts so I took a look at the financial condition of the two neighbors. The Daily Journal had a piece focussed on B'game a week ago that you can find here. I prefer to go to the original sources which in this case are the CAFR reports on the cities' websites. First, a population comparison. Millbrae had 22,078 residents in 2012 and the B'game figure for 2013 was estimated at 29,892. So B'game is about 35% bigger.
But the budget situations are radically different on a population normalized basis. Millbrae's revenue for Fiscal 2013 which ended about a year ago was $42.9 million. B'game is on the same fiscal year and had revenue of $92 million. Ouch. 35% more people but 215% more revenue. That is still no reason to bash Millbrae since I bet there are more cities like them than like us and there are plenty in California worse than both. I think there are some historical reasons for the difference based on when we were founded and how businesses grew up in B'game (auto row and hotel row). Just something to think about and appreciate about our little burg. Now let's try not to screw it up, OK?