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September 2019 - Edition I

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Let's Celebrate!
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September Nights on B Street

Let's Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary

Did you know the City is celebrating its quasquicentennial? We're hosting three nights of family-fun activities during September Nights on B Street. On Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m., we’re enlivening downtown with pop-up dining, drinks and dancing! Join us for free live music, dance lessons, children’s activities and entertainment. We're closing B Street to vehicles between 2nd & 3rd avenues to set up an outdoor dining pavilion, dance floor and bounce house. Grab take out from a local restaurant and join us for some fun! Beer and wine will be sold on site.
Don’t miss the premier event September 5, when City Council members will dress in costume and perform a 1894-inspired satirical reenactment of some of the City’s first public meetings. Check out our YouTube page for a sneak peak of their satirical performance.

  • Thursday, Sept. 5: Council reenactment, Dueling Pianos, Waltz
  • Thursday, Sept. 12:  Trivia Time, West Coast Swing
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: Trivia Time, Latin Night Let’s Salsa
Cupcakes from anniversary celebration
Staff dressed in costumes from the 1800s
Youth ball players eat cupcakes at council celebration

125 Years of San Mateo: 1894 - 2019

Current and former City Council members joined with the community to commemorate our history at the Sept. 3 Council meeting. Youth ball players, neighbors and supporters gathered for cupcakes and an apple cider toast as the evening marked exactly 125 years after the first meeting of the San Mateo Board of Trustees. In 1894, an election was held and with just 175 votes – 150 in favor and 25 opposed – San Mateo incorporated into a City. Two days after the election, the first board meeting was held on Sept. 3, 1984 to accept the election results and seat the first trustees. Today of course we have a City Council and many people have served our community over the last 125 years. Check out photos and videos from the evening on our Facebook page

Current and former council members during anniversary celebration at city hall
Mayor Diane Papan speaking on stage at the wastewater treatment plant

Ground Broken on New Wastewater Treatment Plant

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Mayor Diane Papan hosted special guests Congressional Representatives Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, along with Foster City Mayor Sam Hindi, to officially launch construction on the new wastewater treatment plant. The ceremony was held under the beautiful San Mateo sun on the site of the new plant on Detroit Drive. The plant is the largest component of the Clean Water Program, our $1 billion initiative launched in 2015 to modernize the San Mateo sewer system. The Clean Water Program is a response to a Cease and Desist Order from the State of California mandating a sewer system upgrade to eliminate sewer overflows from entering the San Francisco Bay.
“These infrastructure improvements are vital to the sustainability and future of San Mateo,” said Mayor Diane Papan.
Sewer overflows are diluted wastewater that flow onto our streets through stormwater drains and eventually into the San Francisco Bay. These occurrences pose significant public and environmental health concerns. The new plant will replace an aging plant that saw its last major upgrade in the 1970s. Construction on Phase I of the new plant begins in September, with project completion anticipated in 2024. Read more about the ceremony in news release and visit the Clean Water Program website to learn more. 

San Mateo Council and staff members break ground at the wastewater plant
FEMA graphic of preparedness kit

It's National Preparedness Month - Are You Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month and we want to help make sure our community is ready to respond to a disaster. Please take time this month to make sure you and your family are well-prepared for an emergency. Take a quick online survey and be entered to win a free emergency preparedness kit from the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department!
The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department, FEMA and County offer a variety of resources to make sure you’re prepared, not scared, and ready for disasters. FEMA has a new theme each week including: save early for disaster costs, make a plan to prepare, teach youth to prepare, and get involved in your community’s preparedness. Don’t miss the County’s annual Disaster Preparedness Day, a family-friendly event Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Photo of solar panels

Clean Energy Workshop

We want to help our community become more sustainable! Join the SunShares movement and take advantage of deep discounts on solar and electric vehicles for a limited time. The City of San Mateo invites you to attend our Clean Energy Workshop on Sept. 10 to learn about solar and electric vehicle discounts and other ways to save energy in your home. Reserve your seat online. In 2018, 187 homes installed solar with SunShares, a Bay Area nonprofit committed to improving access to solar power and electric vehicles. Come learn about the program Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Mateo Main Library Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave.

Children play with a dragon dancer

Autumn Moon Returns 

Come promote healthy living for all ages with Self-Help for the Elderly’s annual Autumn Moon Festival Sunday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Mateo’s Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave. The event includes dance and musical performances, family activities, a 1-mile Kaiser Permanente Walk for Wellness, information booths and food trucks. It’s a great event for grandparents, parents, children, friends, co-workers and caregivers!
Bayfront cleanup 2019

Keeping Our Shorelines Clean

Sign up to join San Mateo’s 35th annual Bayfront Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21. Every year, hundreds of volunteers join forces to clean the San Mateo shoreline as part of our largest annual cleanup effort to help protect the Pacific Ocean. This family-friendly event is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the environment and includes the “Catch of the Day” and “Butts Out” contests, and a thank you BBQ for volunteers after the cleanup. Students can receive service hours too! Sign up today online, and watch highlights from last year’s cleanup on YouTube.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 21. Sign in: 7:30 – 9 a.m., Cleanup: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Ryder Park, 1801 J. Hart Clinton Drive
Annual fall books sale flyer

Find a Great Deal at the Library's Fall Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the San Mateo Library’s Annual Fall Book Sale Friday Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Books at bargain prices will hit the shelves every day and the proceeds go toward supporting the City’s library. Volunteers are still needed to assist. School is back in session and educators get a special presale opportunity Thursday, Sept. 19!  

Map of event center where UFES would be located

Review Environmental Impact Report of UFES

The Final Environmental Impact Report for the Underground Flow Equalization System (UFES) Project will be released on the Clean Water Program website on Sept. 6. This final version of the document includes responses to written and verbal comments and questions received during the public comment period. UFES is a proposed underground structure that would provide additional capacity in the sewer system during heavy rains and help prevent sewer overflows. It is proposed to be built in the San Mateo County Event Center parking lot where it would temporarily capture wastewater before it’s processed at the treatment plant. 
The Final EIR will be available for download at the Clean Water Program website and hard copies will be available at City Hall, and several library branches. The Planning Commission will review the EIR Sept. 24, and the City Council will consider final approval at the Oct. 21 meeting. Please visit the UFES project website for additional project details and updates. Questions? Please email info@CleanWaterProgramSanMateo.org or call (650) 727-6870. 

Learn About Residential Parking Permit Program 

Come learn about potential updates to the City’s Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) at the Sept. 16 Council meeting. The City is currently updating the RPPP and will be presenting revised policy proposals for the Council to consider. The goal of this program is to allow residents to park on-street in their neighborhood while restricting long-term parking by non-residents. The staff report and proposal will be available for review on the City’s Public Meeting Portal by Sept. 13. The Council meets Monday, Sept. 16 beginning 7 p.m. at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. You can also watch a live stream of the meeting online at Channel San Mateo.

Rendering of an electrified Caltrain

Caltrain 2040 - Speak Up

Caltrain continues to welcome feedback on its Business Plan as the transit agency outlines long-range goals and hosts several public meetings. The plan addresses key questions about the railroad’s future with four major focus areas including service, business case, community interface, and organization. Get involved by going online to sign up for updates and see a schedule of upcoming community meetings, including station pop-ups and an onboard Q&A session. Have questions? Email businessplan@caltrain.com or call 650-508-6499.

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