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December 2019 - Edition II

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In This Edition

City News
'Tis the Season - Events & Alerts
Sustainability Corner
Transportation and Infrastructure Updates

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! Mark Your Calendars for Closures

From all of us at the City of San Mateo, we wish our community a safe and happy holiday season.
Please mark your calendars for the following closures:
  • City Hall and respective offices will be closing early at noon on Christmas Eve Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, and closed all day for Christmas Dec. 25 and New Year's Day Jan. 1.
  • Libraries will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The libraries will also close early at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.
All emergency and essential services such as police and fire response will continue. Thank you and happy holidays!
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How Should We Change Over the Next 20 Years?

We’ve just released a new online activity as part of our General Plan update and would like the community to participate! Please take a few minutes to use this mapping exercise and share your ideas about:

  • What kinds of housing do we want?
  • What kinds of jobs should we plan for?
  • What improvements are needed to help people move around?

San Mateo is updating the General Plan, which is a road map for the city’s future through 2040. Please help spread the word and share feedback through this online activity by January 22, 2020. This stage follows on the community’s work to create a Vision for the future, and ten study areas to analyze first for future change.

This is one of the most important conversations we can have about San Mateo’s future, and it starts with your ideas and input!  Use the online mapping tool to share your ideas, and tell your friends and family too!  

Questions? Want to submit written feedback instead? Please email: Stay engaged by visiting

Open House, Jan. 2, 2020

City Program Helps Create New Child Care Spaces 

The new year brings new child care opportunities to San Mateo that mark the first spaces created through the City’s Child Care Fund. In 2019, the City Council approved allocating almost $800,000 in developer-paid fees to three organizations seeking to expand services in San Mateo. This was the first time in San Mateo County these developer-paid impact fees have been provided by a city to private entities for the creation of new child care spaces.

Now, a new preschool with room for 32 children is opening at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and the public is invited to an open house on Jan. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at 1501 S. El Camino Real. Those interested in applying or visiting should contact Little Footsteps Preschool at (650) 610-0715 or visit The City will continue its Child Care Fund program and work to enhance opportunities for San Mateo families.

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Don't Forget - Garbage Collection Holiday Schedule

Just a friendly reminder, there is no recycle, compost, and garbage collection by Recology San Mateo County on Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019) or on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020). If your regular collection day falls on or after the holiday, your service will be DELAYED BY ONE DAY. View Recology’s Holiday Schedule for more details.

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Celebrate New Years at Par 3

Are you ready for something new in 2020? Check out Par 3 at Poplar Creek Golf Course for the newest, most unique & magical venue to gather, celebrate and ring in the New Year! The recently revamped venue and new restaurant will host a New Year’s Eve gala from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Enjoy amazing food, two party rooms, DJs and live music, outdoor patios with fire pits and more. The event is for people 21 years and older. Find out more and buy tickets online

Police Department safety tips

Help Protect Your Family Against Crime this Season

The San Mateo Police Department is offering some tips to protect your valuables from the Grinch this holiday season. Remember, if you See Something Suspicious, Say Something Specific – YOU are our extra eyes and ears! Theft occurs within a matter of seconds, therefore if you see a suspicious vehicle or person contact SMPD – trust your instincts.

  • Keep all doors, windows, locked and manually lock your garage.
  • Remove all keys and garage remotes from your vehicle.
  • Lock your backyard side gates.
  • Cut back any landscape. Keep tree canopies over six feet and shrubbery under two feet.
  • Invest in a 4k HD (or better) video security system to monitor your home and the street.
  • Install an alarm system and place a sign in your front yard. Be sure to install an alarm sensor on your garage door too. 

If you become a victim of a crime or witness a crime, please dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or (650) 522-7700 for non-emergencies. You can also report crimes online. Anonymous tips can be submitted to or by calling (650) 522-7676.

Free Tree Recycling

Free Tree Recycling 

Recology San Mateo County will collect holiday trees for composting between Dec. 26, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020 on your regular compost collection day. For proper tree collection please follow these easy steps:

  • Remove all decorations and tree stands (flocked trees are accepted).
  • Place tree next to your green Compost Cart (or place inside with trunk sticking out).
  • Trees larger than 8 feet will need to be cut in half in order to be collected.

If you have an oversized tree, please contact Recology for a special collection at no charge. After Jan. 31, 2020, please cut the tree to fit inside your Compost Cart. For Apartment Managers, please call to arrange for collection of holiday trees. Trees can be collected in piles or in a drop box for no additional charge. For more information, please call Recology San Mateo County at 650-595-3900. Visit Recology’s website for more information. 

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope at 
San Mateo Library

The San Mateo Public Library joins over 40 other community organizations in the Bay Area holding events to commemorate the 75th anniversary liberation of Auschwitz. Called Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, this series of concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, community conversations and educational programs showcases a collection of more than 50 string instruments once played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Restored by Israeli violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, the violins are now touring worldwide. Bay Area events are slated for January through March.

San Mateo’s Library has eight programs scheduled, including a conversation with father-and-son luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein on January 18. The library also has a collection of books, videos and music pertaining to the Holocaust called the Leon Benson Holocaust Collection.

Rain Barrel rebates

Rain, Rain, Come Again!

Harvest the bounty of rainwater that has been showering San Mateo with a rain barrel! Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from rooftops to store for later use. When you install a rain barrel at your home you are helping to maintain a healthy urban watershed by reducing the demand on the potable water system. City of San Mateo residents are eligible for up to $100 for a rain barrel purchase. Find out more from the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

Electric vehicle discounts

Electric Vehicle Discounts Expire Soon!

Don't miss out! If you live in San Mateo County, you can save up to $13,500 on select new electric vehicles through Peninsula Clean Energy. You can stack these savings with savings from local, state, and federal incentives to save event more. These time-limited discounts are available until Dec. 31, 2019. This popular electric vehicle (EV) discount program can help residents save thousands of dollars through partnerships with seven participating local auto dealers. The program combines guaranteed savings from dealerships with Peninsula Clean Energy rebates of $1,000 for all-electric cars or $700 for plug-in hybrids. The program also offers significant savings on leases. Visit Peninsula Clean Energy's website for details.

Residential parking permit

'Tis the Season to Renew Your Residential Parking Permit  

Submit your Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) permit renewal application from home using our new online application! Need help? Download our online How-To Guide for at home assistance or visit the Public Works Counter at City Hall for in-person assistance. Permit stickers will be mailed to applicants. There will be a 30-day grace period at the beginning of the two-year permit cycle to allow residents to obtain a new permit sticker. Those who do not have an email address and/or internet access can apply in-person at the Public Works Department Counter at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo. Renew your permit today by clicking the orange button on the Residential Parking Permit Program page.

Community meeting

Community Meeting - Parrot Drive Pilot Study

Have you used the Parrott Drive and Alameda de las Pulgas intersection during our pilot study? If so, we want to hear from you. Since August 2019, and based on a May 2019 meeting in the community, a pilot intersection was installed to assess safety improvements for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists using the intersection.
On Jan. 14, 2020, the Public Works Department invites you to join us for a discussion on the conclusion of the Pilot Project. At the meeting, traffic engineers will report on the pilot study findings, and discuss the next steps. Visit: to find out more about the project or join us on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Baywood Elementary, 600 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Take our survey

Survey: 28th Avenue
Bike Boulevard

The Public Works Department is finalizing the design on the Bike Boulevard Concepts for 28th Avenue and now is the time to Speak Up San Mateo! A Bike Boulevard Concept includes road design elements that slow car traffic to make bike and pedestrian use safer. The Bike Boulevard Concept will be installed on 28th Avenue between Mason Lane and El Camino Real, a route that will soon provide connectivity to the new portions of 28th Avenue through Bay Meadows once the grade separation work is complete. Taking a few minutes to provide your input now will help the project team prioritize design concepts affecting all communities who will use the new thoroughfare. Take our online survey today!

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