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January 2020 - Edition I

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Happy New Year!
- from all of us at the City of San Mateo

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Transportation & Infrastructure

CERT trainee using a fire extinguisher

Be Prepared, Develop Emergency Response Skills 

The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department has a number of opportunities to prepare you to respond to an emergency.

Sound the Alarm – A free smoke alarm installation is available to residents on Saturday, Jan. 25. Make an appointment by calling the American Red Cross at (650) 259-1769.

Learn CPR and AED – SMC Fire is hosting a course on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in San Mateo where residents of San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City can learn adult and child CPR, as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. Pre-registration is required and there is a small fee. For more information and to register visit

Join CERT – You’re a valuable resource to your community and can build your skills by joining the Community Emergency Response Team. You can learn how to put out fires, search for and rescue victims, provide basic medical aid, and more. The training is free to residents 16 years and older of San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City. The course is a series of seven Thursday evening classes, and an all-day skills training on a Saturday. Class begins Thursday, Feb. 7. Space is limited. Learn more and register at  
Youth playing basketball

Winter 2020 Programs & Classes

Welcome the New Year with a new creative view and check out our 2020 Winter Activity Guide. Whether you’re looking to exercise, join an arts and crafts class, take a personal enrichment course or play games, our Parks and Recreation Department has something for the whole family to try!

Register online at or in person at the Beresford Recreation Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center or the Senior Center. Sessions just began, but it’s not too late to sign up and start your year out right!

Sustainable San Mateo

New Year, New Sustainable You

Consider a New Year’s resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are two ways you can reduce your impact on the Earth in the new year. First, reduce your energy usage with a HomeIntel Smart Audit. A HomeIntel Smart Audit can help identify sources of wasted energy in your home and provide customized recommendations to save energy and money. Enroll today at Second, buy less or buy second hand. The average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash per day. Before you make a purchase, make sure you truly need that item. If you still need to make a purchase consider finding the item second hand at a local thrift store or through NextDoor and Craigslist. Check out our Sustainability Program web pages for more tips, information and rebates that can help you achieve your resolution!

Picture of map

Build Your Own Future

Don’t miss the chance to participate in our interactive online General Plan Update activity! 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?

We’re planning our future through 2040 with an update of our General Plan, which is a road map for change throughout the community. Please help spread the word and share feedback through this online activity by January 22. This work follows on the community’s efforts to create a Vision for the future, and ten study areas to analyze first for future change.

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

Minimum Wage Increases Jan. 1

New Year Brings Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage in San Mateo increased to $15.38 as of Jan. 1, 2020. To help balance the rising cost of living in the Bay Area, in 2016 the San Mateo City Council adopted an ordinance approving a local minimum wage that is higher than the state and federal minimums. The City's ordinance went into effect in 2017. The minimum wage in the City is now $15.38 and will increase annually by the regional Consumer Price Index. For information on the City of San Mateo Minimum Wage, email or call the City Manager’s Office at (650) 522-7153.
Library logo, passport

Passport Renewal & Travel Tips

Going abroad this year? The Main Library has just extended its hours for accepting passport applications Monday-Thursday from 4-7:45 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. You can get efficient, private service as well as access to the Library’s hundreds of travel guides full of tips to plan your trips. Apply for:
First-time passports
Renewals for passports issued before applicant was 16 years old
Renewals for expired passports issued more than 15 years ago
Replacements for lost, stolen or damaged passports
Appointments are required. Learn more about the Library’s services online.  Learn more about the application requirements, fees, forms and necessary documents at the U.S. Department of State’s website

Joe Goethals

State of the City 2020

San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals is kicking off the New Year with the annual State of the City presentation. Hear him discuss our accomplishments over the last year, where we're headed in 2020, and his vision for a sustainable future.

Join him for his talk "San Mateo 2020: A Sustainable Future" on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation runs 7-8 p.m at the Main Library, Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. Space is limited, so RSVP today to secure your spot!

Bookmark our website and sign up for email updates to stay informed throughout 2020.

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.

Lights and Sirens

Police Activities League Hosts Lights & Sirens! 

Support a good cause and have fun during our Police Activities League’s 22nd annual Lights & Sirens Awards and Recognition Dinner on Friday, Feb. 28. This fundraiser includes a social hour, delicious dinner and exclusive live and silent auction packages! This year we will be welcoming our new Chief of Police Ed Barberini, and honoring State Sen. Jerry Hill.

It’s through our generous community and these fundraisers that San Mateo PAL has the resources to provide a safe haven, friendly faces and trusted guardians for all our youth and families in the community. We hope you can be a part of this great event! Learn more and sign up for tickets today.

Laurie Meadows Dog Park renovated

Now That's Pawsitiviely Better!

New Improvements to Laurie Meadows Dog Park 

Laurie Meadows Dog Park before renovations

The Laurie Meadows Dog Park is now open. Thank you for your patience as we renovated the park and thank you to our hard-working Parks Maintenance Crew! The fresh improvements included replacing grass and extending irrigation to water the new sod and the existing willow trees. Crews also installed small decomposed granite areas, as well as a secondary fenced-area to leash and unleash your dog while entering or leaving the park. Visit our Dog Parks web page to learn when and where to bring your furry friends off leash.

Bike & Pedestrian Improvements Coming to North San Mateo Drive

On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, the San Mateo City Council approved the construction contract for road improvements to North San Mateo Drive. The project has been in the planning stages since 2016 and will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety along the connector road with the installation of a Class II bicycle lane. It will also install “green infrastructure” elements, the second such project since council approved the citywide Green Infrastructure Plan in 2019. Visit and bookmark our web page to find out more about the new road project and to follow its progress.

Interpretive sign at Seal Point Park

Wonder What that Construction is About?

Our Clean Water Program folks are excited to share that we have installed an interpretive sign at the top of Seal Point Park. The sign details all of the activities—in progress and coming soon—at the plant. The sign is easy to find on the viewing platform near the top parking lot at Seal Point Park. We hope you’ll check it out soon!

Take our survey

Survey: 28th Avenue
Bike Boulevard

There’s still time to share your thoughts as our Public Works Department looks to finalize the design on the Bike Boulevard Concepts for 28th Avenue. The survey closes on Monday and we want to hear from you!

Bike Boulevards include road design elements that slow car traffic and make bike and pedestrian traffic 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 will help the project team prioritize design concepts affecting all communities who will use the new thoroughfare.  Take our online survey today!

Community meeting

Community Meeting - Parrot Drive Pilot Study

Neighbors in the Baywood area near Parrott Drive and Alameda de las Pulgas are invited to join City staff and community members to discuss the conclusion of the intersection pilot in their neighborhood. Meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Baywood Elementary School. Visit our web page for more information. 

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