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March Edition II, 2019

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Community Conversations - Housing in San Mateo

Let's Talk About Housing - Join a Different Type of Dialogue

We’ve heard from many in our community about how they’re affected by the region’s housing costs. This challenge affects all of us and that’s why the time is right for us to come together. Join others who care about San Mateo to share your experiences and discuss ideas for the future on Saturday, April 27.
Community Conversations: Housing in San Mateo” is a joint effort with Home for All San Mateo County to engage our entire community, especially those who haven’t been part of housing conversations in the past. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for community conversations and this effort starts with you!

Tell a friend and RSVP today!

Although these conversations aren’t part of a specific project or the General Plan update, our community’s perspectives will be extremely valuable as the City evaluates future housing-related policies. The goal is for community members to talk and listen to each other. The first conversation on April 27 will help shape a second conversation on May 18. There will be free childcare, food and Spanish translation at both events!

When: Saturday, April 27. Doors open at 9 a.m. for breakfast and childcare; the discussion runs 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: San Mateo High School, multi-purpose room, 506 N. Delaware St. Parking in main lot.

Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission Seat

We are seeking applicants for one seat that has recently become vacant on our Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission. This commission meets monthly and advises the City Council on policies and programs related to environmental sustainability, transportation and infrastructure. Learn more and apply by the 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 deadline. 

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Our Vision and Values

The Strive San Mateo team has revamped the proposed Vision Statement and has prepared an updated Existing Conditions report for our General Plan 2040 update! What do you think about the City’s values and our direction for the future? Our draft Vision Statement highlights diversity, balance, inclusivity, prosperity and resiliency!
The General Plan Subcommittee will discuss the Existing Conditions report beginning 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the San Mateo Main Library’s Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. The City Council will review the revised draft vision statement at their next meeting beginning 7 p.m. Monday, April 1 at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. Please join them to learn about the multi-year community planning effort and the community’s vision for the future!

Citizen Self-Service Portal

New Portal Provides 24/7 Access to Numerous Records

New and Improved Citizen Self-Service Portal
We’re excited to launch our new Citizen Self-Service Portal! Are you looking to track or research a planning application, code enforcement case, business tax record or request an inspection? Our new portal is available 24/7 and is conveniently accessible from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Applicants, citizens and any interested researcher now no longer needs to call or come in to City Hall to request inspections or look up current or past records! The new and improved service lets you search numerous City records by address, date range, permit number, parcel number or even via an interactive map. Visit our Citizen Self-Service Portal today!

New drought-tolerant plants in downtown

Spring Spruce up in Downtown 

Have you seen our new drought-tolerant foliage? Are you a local news junkie who picks up a paper in downtown? We’re working to spruce up downtown for the spring and beyond!
The City is installing new news racks to replace the former ones that were reaching the end of their useful life. We appreciate your patience as we consolidate and relocate some of the news containers. We look forward to providing readers with higher-quality and cleaner places to pick up their favorite newspapers!
We’re also improving our landscaping in downtown by replacing shrubs in the crosswalk bulb outs with drought-resistant plants that are more visually appealing and will help conserve water.
Speaking of new foliage, have you seen the new living wall along the building on B Street where Core Power Yoga is? We hope you enjoy some of these new improvements on your next visit to downtown!

First Community Bike Tour

We’re excited to have a full roster for our very first Community Bike Tour Saturday, March 23! Did you miss signing up? You can still come to Central Park around 12:30 p.m. to share your input on the update of the San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan and learn more about proposed bicycle infrastructure plans. Thanks to everyone who is participating, we hope to host more of these community bicycling events as the weather improves!

Tax Aid

It's Tax Season, Free Help Preparing Returns

There's still time to receive free help on taxes for families and individuals earning less than $55,000 a year. Volunteers with Tax Aid will be providing help preparing federal and California tax returns at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday April 6. 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. 

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CPR Classes Available to San Mateo Residents

Are you interested in learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR? Are you a high school student who needs CPR training for graduation? Here’s your chance! San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department staff is teaching their next CPR/AED class on Tuesday, April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas. The class is open to residents of San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City ages 12 and older. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost is $50 per person. Email Sandra Firpo at or call (650) 522-7963 to register today!

Community Corner

(These activities are sponsored 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. 

Do good with burritos

Burritos for Good 

The San Mateo-based nonprofit StarVista is hosting a fundraiser at the Chipotle near the Bridgepointe Shopping Center on Saturday, March 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A third of the proceeds will go toward StarVista’s Transitional Youth Program, which assists former foster youth in stabilizing their lives as they transition into adulthood. Just show this flyer before ordering your meal at this Saturday at the Chipotle located at 2019 Chess Drive.

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