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January Edition I, 2019

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all of us at the City of San Mateo! Check out our community eNewsletter for information about upcoming activities, events, projects, initiatives and more. Please visit our email notification page to sign up for future newsletters.
Holiday Closures: Please note City Hall will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. The City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22. 

In This Edition

State of the City

Learn What's in Store for 2019

Join Mayor Diane Papan as she delivers the 2019 State of the City address on Thursday, January 24. During this interactive presentation, the mayor will share her thoughts on the current state of San Mateo, the strengths of our community, and her vision for 2019. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Seats are limited so please RSVP online.

Fitness Flex Pass

New Year Fitness Opportunities

Is fitness your focus for 2019? Let our Parks and Recreation Department help you commit to a resolution that works with your schedule and your fitness level! The Recreation Fitness Flex Pass offers over 30 classes to accommodate a range of experience and schedules. Visit for more information. 

Child Care Facilities Fund

Child Care Funding Available 

We are making a substantial investment in future generations by offering $2.1 million toward efforts to increase the availability of child care in San Mateo. One of the most challenging problems families face is having access to high-quality, affordable child care and the City is leveraging developer fees to expand the number of spaces for children. Applications are now being accepted and there will be an informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 24. Applicants may include nonprofits, home businesses, schools and anyone with a proposal to increase the number of licensed child care spaces in San Mateo. We are proud to be the first in San Mateo County to offer this type of funding and encourage interested parties to review our Notice of Funding Availability. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2019.  

Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage Increases to $15 an Hour 

We are proud to be the first City in San Mateo County to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage to help working households achieve economic security given the high cost of living in our community. Starting on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the City of San Mateo increased to $15 per hour for all businesses, with the exception of nonprofits whose wages will be $13.50 per hour. This wage applies to all employees working more than 2 hours per week within the City boundaries. For more information, visit our Minimum Wage web page.

Temporary Hillsdale Library Closure

Due to the replacement of an electricity power pole, the Hillsdale Library Branch will only be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. The other library branches will remain open and hours will return to normal at the Hillsdale Branch the following day. Visit the San Mateo Public Library website for branch locations and hours.

New Rules for Waste Collection

New Year Brings Changes to Garbage Container Rules

Enforcement of the City’s new Solid Waste Container Ordinance has begun. The new rules provide a 36-hour timeframe of when waste containers may be left out on residential streets in San Mateo. Residential waste containers may not be placed on the curb prior to noon the day before collection service and must be removed by midnight the day of pick up. For Downtown San Mateo – defined as the area zoned as Central Business District or Central Business District Support – all solid waste containers cannot go to the curb before 6 p.m. the day prior to service and must be removed by 11 a.m. the day of service. 

Strive San Mateo

Strive Heads to Council

City staff will provide a status update on the ongoing General Plan 2040 process to the City Council on Tuesday, January 22. San Mateo has embarked on an update of this citywide policy document that will guide conservation, sustainability and growth decisions in the community over the next 20 years. Community input is vital and there are a number of ways to participate in this multi-year process either in person, online or by sending in comments. The upcoming meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. The Council meeting agenda and materials will be posted online in advance of the meeting. Visit for more information about the General Plan update process. 

Climate Action Plan

We've Exceeded Our Climate Action Goal for 2020!

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve made significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and now need your help to plan for how we’ll continue to make progress. We’re in the early stages of updating our Climate Action Plan, which was initially adopted in 2015. The plan provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce our emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. This week, we announced an updated analysis showing we’ve exceeded our initial goal and have reduced emissions to 18 percent below 2005 levels in 2017! The State continues to establish ambitious climate goals and while we’ve made great strides, it is expected to become more challenging to reduce emissions further. Find out how you can get involved by visiting the CAP Update web page or signing up for Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission agendas

Bike Repair Stations

Help us Choose Where to Install Bike Repair Stations

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve bicycling in San Mateo, we're installing new standalone bike repair stations! Help us decide where they should be located by taking a short online survey. The most popular locations will get the new repair stations by March.

Be Water Wise This Winter

Did you know that your sewer fees are calculated from your water use between the months of November and March? It’s done this way is to achieve the most accurate calculation of indoor water use, which reflects what goes into the sewer, while not including outdoor water use, which does not go directly into the sewer system. This means that the more you continue to conserve water during the winter months, not only will you save on water charge but you’ll also see savings on your sewer bill. Find out more about how your sewer bills are calculated and check out some easy conservation tips

Safety Tips for Laptop Use

Browse Safely

The San Mateo Police Department wants to help you stay safe while using your laptop in public. Here are a few quick safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure your laptop is password protected. Keep your anti-virus and firewall software up to date and back up your data regularly. Download and activate tracking software. 
  2. Don’t leave your laptop unattended while using the restroom, getting sugar for your coffee, or using it to save a seat while you stand in line.
  3. Use anti-theft devices like fingerprint readers or cable locks to secure your laptop to a chair.
  4. Use a case or bag that makes a “grab & run” a little more difficult. Backpacks and cross body bags affixed to you are harder to snatch than a laptop bag you simply hold onto with your hand. 
  5. Maintain a good description of your laptop – including make, model, value, screen size and any markings like stickers – that can help police identify your belongings if they’re stolen.

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