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City Awards
A history of awards received by the City of San Mateo since 1990.

2015 

2nd Best Mid-Sized Food City in America - Gogobot

Smart City Award – San Francisco Magazine

James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing - Finalist, for Rogell Neighborhood Safety Partnership

Peace Officer of the Year - Police Chief Susan Manheimer - from the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association 2015 Awards

2014

Georgetown University Energy Prize - Semifinalist

San Mateo is #15 on the 100 Best Places to Live - Livability.com

City Clerk Award of Distinction Special Projects Award from the City Clerk Association of California for City Clerk Patrice Olds

California Parks and Recreation Society’s (CPRS) Fellowship Hall of Fame Award for Sheila Canzian, Parks and Recreation Director

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Rand McNally’s Best Small Town for Food 

Geotechnical Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers San Francisco Section for the completion of the Bayfront Levee Project

Joseph T. Molloy Award from the California Police Chief Association for Police Chief Susan Manheimer

San Mateo County recognition award for providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities

2012

Helen Putnam Award of Excellence in Public Safety for "Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved!" Campaign

James L. Martin Award from the League of California Cities was granted to Larry Patterson for his strong work with the San Mateo Public Works Department (press release)

U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Fire Station No. 23

2011

California Park and Recreation Society Marketing and Communications Award for Parks Make Life Better in San Mateo campaign

California Park and Recreation Society Maintenance Management & Operations Award

U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for City of San Mateo Police Station

2010

California Park and Recreation Society Champion of the Year Award for San Mateo Police Activities League

2009

Outstanding Public Involvement/Education Program Merit Award from the Association of Environmental Professionals for climate change public outreach campaign

2008

Association of Bay Area Governments - Green Business Certification Achievement 2008 Green Business Award San Mateo Chamber of Commerce for the Main Library

California Park and Recreation Society Agency Showcase Award for Parks and Recreation website

U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for San Mateo Public Library

2007

Award of Excellence First Certified Green Business within San Mateo County for the Main Library

Growing Smarter Together Awards from the Association of Bay Area Governments for Start It Up – Rail Corridor TOD Plan

2006

Award of Excellence Public Agency from San Mateo County Economic Development Association

McGraw Hill Construction Best of Northern California - Civic Award of Merit and Green Building Award of Merit for the Main Library

San Francisco Business Times - Community Impact Award

San Mateo City Council Government Support Diamond Award from ARTShare San Mateo County

2005

California Park and Recreation Society Park Facility Design and Planning Award - Shoreline Park

2004

California Preservation Foundation – Design Award for the Kohl Fence at Central Park

2003

California Park and Recreation Society Facility Design Award - Gary Yates Bocce Ball Complex

2001

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association

2000

J. Russell Kent Ward from San Mateo County School Board Association for exemplary programs with San Mateo-Foster City School District, Kids and Families 1st San Mateo Partnership

California Park and Recreation Society Award of Excellence for Park Planning - Poplar Creek Golf Course Renovation

1999

California Preservation Foundation President's Award

California Preservation Foundation Design Award - Neighborhood Improvement & Housing Division for Wisnom Hotel St. Matthew

1998

Helen Putnam Award of Excellence – Children, Youth and Families, for San Mateo Partnership Kids and Families 1st received in partnership with the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District

CRA Award of Excellence - Draeger’s Marketplace Project for San Mateo Redevelopment Agency

Department of Defense – for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve

1997

San Francisco Bay Area Landscape Awards from California Landscape Contractors Association for San Mateo Gateway

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Agency Collaboration, for community policing / park and recreation partnership

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Recreation Programming, for Maximum Fun for Minimum Days

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Facility Design, Lakeshore Park Play Area

1996

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Park Planning, for Sunnybrae Playground and The Fish Bowl

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Recreation Programming, for Teen Coffee House

California Park and Recreation Society Recreation Programming Award - Park Island Beautification Program

Helen Putnam Award of Excellence for joint efforts of the San Mateo Police Department with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and the San Mateo County Probation Department

1995

Helen Putnam Award of Excellence – Children, Youth and Family Partnership

Public Service Award from Peninsula Humane Society

California Park and Recreation Society Recreation Park Planning Award

1994

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Park Planning, with San Mateo Arboretum Society for Kohl Pumphouse renovation and landscape improvements

California Park and Recreation Society District IV Awards for Excellence – Park Planning, for Central Park Play Area

1993

American Automobile Association Pedestrian Protection Award of Excellence

1990

Helen Putnam Award of Excellence – Honorable Mention in Public Works and Transportation (with cities of Belmont, Foster City, Redwood City, San Carlos)

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Gold Nugget Awards, Best in the West – Award of Merit, Best Affordable Housing Development, received with Columbus Architects and Bridge Housing Corp for Gateway Commons


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