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January 2020 - Edition II

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Support Democracy - Election Workers Needed

The March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election is fast approaching and the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is looking for community service-oriented people to help out. The Elections Office is recruiting for a variety of positions that include helping at Vote Centers, testing elections equipment, processing ballots and administrative assistance. The office is also seeking multi-lingual staff to work at Vote Centers, particularly those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Tagalog. There are also opportunities for students through the Student Democracy Program!  Find out how you can contribute toward our democracy by becoming an election worker with the San Mateo County elections division.

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is beginning to mail the Sample Ballot & Voter Information Pamphlet for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election to registered voters. Voters may also view their voter pamphlet online in either PDF or accessible format by visiting and clicking "My Election Info." Voters may also join the Go Green! Program to view their pamphlets online only.  

Mayor speaks to a crowd

Watch State of the City by Mayor Goethals Online

Did you get a chance to hear San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals talk about the State of the City? You can watch it on our YouTube channel and hear all about his vision for a sustainable future. Mayor Goethals spoke during the annual presentation about climate change, the economy, City services, equity, an engaged community and more. We hope you enjoy his engaging talk “San Mateo 2020 – A Sustainable Future.” 

Be Counted

You Count! 2020 Census

The national Census is coming up and it’s critically important all San Mateo residents participate. The count is used to make a lot of important decisions that affect our community – including things we rely on like roads, housing, schools, child care, hospitals and public transportation. It will help determine how much federal money and funding we receive, as well as our political representation.
You can fill out Census 2020 online, by mail or over the phone starting in late March. Everyone should participate regardless of citizenship status, age or criminal history. It only asks basic information so it will be quick, easy and safe. Learn more about why you count and how you can stay informed on the Census 2020 San Mateo County web page.

Local Census Questionnaire Center Celebration on February 1 

In San Mateo we have several community-based organizations helping with outreach and opening Questionnaire Centers where people can get assistance filling out the Census. Join the Bay Area Health Advisory Committee for a kick-off celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, 825 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo. The church in the North Central Neighborhood will host a Questionnaire Center where anyone can go for Census 2020 information, translation services and assistance starting April 1.  

New turf sports field

King Park Improvements

Wow what a difference! Our Martin Luther King Jr. Park has undergone some major improvements and we hope you enjoy them. There’s a new synthetic turf sports field, energy-efficient field lighting, a resurfaced new basketball court, new bike racks and more. The renovations are officially completed and we recently celebrated with a family-friendly gathering at the park located at 725 Monte Diablo Ave. in the North Central Neighborhood. Here are some before and after pictures of the updated park.

Sports field before turf
New basketball court
Old basketball court
Dr. Halpern-Felsher

What Every Parent Should Know About Vaping

The San Mateo Main Library will host a conversation with Stanford's Dr. Halpern-Felsher on the dangers of e-cigarettes among youth from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 in the Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. Reports show adolescents and young adults are using e-cigarettes more often than combustible cigarettes. Dr. Halpern-Felsher will discuss her research on young people’s perceptions of these products, evidence-based resources that can help prevent and reduce youth use, and what every parent should know about the dangers of vaping.
Lights and Sires event flyer

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.

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.

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  
Women at a fitness class

Scope Out Our Guide to Recreation in Spring 2020 

Our Spring 2020 Activity Guide is now available and you can register starting on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. We’ve got classes, programs, exercises and programs for the whole family from toddlers to seniors! Browse the guide to learn about upcoming events and other Parks and Recreation activities throughout the season. 

You can register online at or visit any of the following locations to register in person: Beresford Recreation Center (2720 Alameda de las Pulgas), Senior Center (2645 Alameda de las Pulgas), or the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (725 Monte Diablo Avenue).

Wastewater treatment plant construction site

Live Cams at New Wastewater Treatment Plan

In September 2019, we broke ground on the single largest aspect of the decade-long, $1 billion Clean Water Program, the brand new expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. Our groundbreaking ceremony was attended by U.S. Representatives Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, members of the San Mateo and Foster City councils, and many other dignitaries. The new plant will replace an aging plant that had its last major upgrade in the 1970s. Construction is expected to complete by 2024. Now you can watch the project build from the ground up. Project planners have installed two live-action cameras on the project site for all to see. Click here to witness your new treatment plant come to life

Interpretive sign at Seal Point Park

We also installed an interpretive sign at the top of Seal Point Park overlooking the construction site of the new treatment plant. 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!

Public Works Counter Expands Service 

The Public Works counter in the atrium at City Hall is now offering full service during the lunch hour, including the processing of encroachment permits. In an effort to offer better customer service, our engineering technicians are available to answer questions, assist in processing forms and help you with documents related to Public Works. 

Graphic of cars on a highway

Follow What's New on Highway 101 Express Lanes 

Caltrans’ San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Project is inching its way closer to our City every week. The 22-mile countywide effort includes adding a carpool lane in each direction of Highway 101 to reduce traffic congestion. Construction started in 2019 in the southernmost part of our county and is working its way north. Stay informed as the project moves through by visiting the project page on Caltran’s website. You can also sign up for weekly or quarterly updates by emailing the subject line 'Weekly' or 'Quarterly' to Follow the project on Twitter @CaltransD4.

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