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February Edition II, 2019

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Neighborhood Meeting Flyer

Developing Housing Opportunities in Downtown 

Help shape the future of City-owned redevelopment parcels in downtown. A neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, March 7 on the proposal to transform two surface parking lots into 164 units of below market rate housing and an above-ground parking garage with 164 private residential parking stalls and 541 public parking stalls. The City has partnered with nonprofit developer MidPen Housing to redevelop the parcels located at 480 E. Fourth Ave. and 400 E. Fifth Ave. At the meeting MidPen will provide an update on the proposal, schedule and design, including how the current plans reflect community input received to date. Refreshments will be available and children are welcome! The meeting begins 7 p.m. at the Main Library, Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. Visit the What's Happening in Development project page for more information and background on the history of the sites.

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Upcoming Meeting on General Plan 2040 Vision Statement

Please join us in shaping the future of San Mateo by reviewing the revised draft vision statement for the General Plan. The General Plan is the roadmap to guide future growth, development and conservation in the City. The General Plan Subcommittee meets beginning 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in the Oak Room at the Main Library, 55 West Third Ave. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The draft vision statement was created based on public input and there will continue to be opportunities for community involvement during this multi-year process. To learn more about the General Plan update and sign up for email updates, please visit the website.

Police Activities League Lights & Sirens Dinner

PAL Hosts Annual Lights & Sirens Fundraiser

Join the San Mateo Police Activities League for their biggest fundraiser of the year! On Friday, March 1, PAL will host their annual awards and recognition dinner at the San Mateo County Event Center at 5:30pm. Every year, 400 guests attend to watch performances by our PAL youth, recognize the nonprofit’s biggest supporters, and participate in raffles as well as a live and silent auction. Every penny raised goes back to local youth as PAL provides programming for over 1,400 kids ages 5 to 18. We invite you to make a direct impact on San Mateo youth by attending this western-themed event. You won’t regret it! So, dust off your cowboy boots and contact Lisa Tartaglia for more information: (650) 522-7713 or Grab your tickets online now! Sponsorship and donation opportunities are also available.

Public Works Traffic Mitigation

We're Committed to Addressing Traffic in San Mateo

What are we doing about the traffic in San Mateo? Our Public Works Department is working on a number of small- and large-scale projects, including neighborhood Traffic Action Plans. Check out the details on our traffic web page.

Spring Activity Guide

Our Spring Activity Guide is Here!

The Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 Spring Activity Guide is here and you can now start registering for a variety of programs geared towards community members of all ages! From preschool programs to adult wellness classes, and Zumba dance classes to tech tutoring, we’ve got a number of opportunities for you to enrich your life. You’ll also learn about upcoming events, community assistance programs and more! Visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s web page to find out how you can register online or in person. 

Five Free Carpool Rides

You Can Get Five FREE Rides

The new Bay Area Carpool program rewards carpoolers that download the Scoop or Waze Carpool apps with five free rides! It’s a no-risk opportunity to see how carpooling can work for you. These apps take the guesswork out of finding a carpool buddy and scheduling a ride. New Scoop riders simply download the app and will automatically see five free rides in their account. New Waze Carpool riders need to download the app and enter promo code CARPOOL to access their five free rides. Visit for more information.

Tax Aid

It's Tax Season, Free Help Preparing Returns

Volunteers with Tax Aid will be providing help preparing federal and California tax returns for families and individuals with incomes less than $55,000. Assistance will be available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: February 23, March 2, March 16, and April 6. Participants are asked to bring related documents including social security cards or taxpayer identification numbers; health insurance statement forms; W-2s, 1099 or 1098 forms; childcare provider information and last year’s tax return if available. Please visit for more information. 

Community Corner

(Events Hosted by Partners in the Community)

Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications 

Learn skills and develop relationships that will help you make a positive impact on yourself and your community. Applications are now open for the 2020 class of “Leadership: San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough.” Through the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, the program develops future leaders by combining leadership skills training and in-depth interactions with the movers and shakers of San Mateo County. 
Leadership provides individuals from business, civic and nonprofit sectors with a framework for engagement in the communities of San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame and Hillsborough as well as San Mateo County at large. It’s a unique opportunity to interact with our police and fire chiefs, school superintendents, nonprofit CEOs and elected officials. For more than 25 years, the program has developed, engaged, empowered and connected leaders for positive community impact. Program days are one Friday a month from September 2019 through June 2020. Learn more and apply online by May 1, 2019. 

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Free Movie Screening: LIKE

The San Mateo Union High School District GATE Parents Group and the Hillsdale High School PTSO are sponsoring free screening of LIKE, the new documentary film from IndieFlix, followed by a guided discussion for students and families.  The event is FREE and open to parents, students and the community at large. LIKE explores the impact of social media and technology on the brain. The film's goal is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. The film screening is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at Hillsdale High School’s Auditorium, 3115 Del Monte St. RSVP here.  

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