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April Edition II, 2019

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Community Conversations - Housing in San Mateo

Have You Signed up to Join the Conversation? 

We’ve been out in the community talking to people about how they’re experiencing housing in San Mateo. Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts and ideas. Join other members of your community on Saturday, April 27 and May 18 for a different type of dialogue about an issue that affects us all.
Community Conversations: Housing in San Mateo” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for dialogue where all people are welcome to share their perspectives. This effort starts with you! 
Space is limited so tell a friend and RSVP today!
Free child care and Spanish translation will be provided.

  • When: Saturday, April 27. Breakfast served at 9 a.m. with a discussion to follow from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: San Mateo High School, 506 N. Delaware Street, multi-purpose room (located in the Music/Shop Building.) Parking is free and available in the main lot, which is accessible from Delaware Street.
Stay tuned for information about a second conversation Saturday, May 18!

Electricity Customers Save Millions of Dollars

Local customers in San Mateo saved $2.375 million on their electricity bills in 2018 by using Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice energy program that helped the City earn national recognition for its commitment to clean power. The City was recognized this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Partner based on San Mateo’s commitment to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for municipal operations. Through PCE’s voluntary ECO100 program, all City of San Mateo facilities – such as buildings, parks, light fixtures and more – are powered with 100 percent renewable energy. Read more about this exciting news.

Rendering of downtown housing properties

Designing Housing in Our Downtown 

Help shape the future of City-owned redevelopment parcels in downtown. The community is encouraged to attend a study session 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 partnered with nonprofit developer MidPen Housing to redevelop the parcels located at 480 E. Fourth Ave. and 400 E. Fifth Ave.
The public is invited to share their thoughts as the Planning Commission hosts a study session starting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. Visit the What's Happening in Development project page for more information and background on the history of the sites.

Family Fun and Bike Rodeo 2019

The fifth annual Family Fun Day and Bike Rodeo is returning to San Mateo Saturday May 11. Grab your bike and helmet, then join us at College Park Elementary School for a morning of exciting activities. We’ll have safety instructions, bicycle repairs, face painting, a live DJ and more!
We’re still looking for adult volunteers to help with this free, family-friendly event. You can learn more and sign up online to volunteer.
The Family Fun Day and Bike Rodeo runs 10 a.m. to noon at 715 Indian Ave., San Mateo.

Earth Day Photo Contest

Earth Day Photo Contest!

We know our community is environmentally conscientious and want to know what being sustainable means to you. Join our Earth Day Photo Contest and show us how you support the environment in San Mateo!
Do you bring your own cup when you buy coffee? Do you teach your kids about water conservation? Pick up litter when you notice it on the streets? Maybe you’ve planted a bee-friendly garden in your yard? Do you walk or bike instead of driving? Take a picture and send it to us for a chance to win prizes!
Send your best shot and photo caption to by 5 p.m. April 30. Three winners will receive a “zero waste” kit that includes reusable items you can take on the go!
Whether it’s at home, work, school or just walking around town – we’d like to highlight our community’s passion for sustainability. Visit our sustainability web page for details on how to participate. Photos will be shared on the City’s website and social media pages. Stay tuned to our Facebook page to help pick the winners!

Photos from clean up event

Kudos to North Central!

It was a gorgeous, sunny, San Mateo day on Saturday, April 13, but that’s not what attracted crowds to the North Central neighborhood. It was the neighborhood cleanup, organized by volunteers with the Home Association of North Central San Mateo, who brought the community together for a single cause: to clean up their neighborhood. Neighbors joined together to remove bags of cigarette butts, litter meant for landfills, and refuse meant for recycling. Well done HANCSM, we love neighbors like you! Interested in organizing your own team to help clean up your neighborhood? Click here to find out how to join Team Up To Clean Up. 

We'll Take it! Free Recycling & Donation Event

Don’t miss one of this year’s two free recycling events Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at Beresford Park, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas. This free event is open to all San Mateo residents and includes:

  • E-waste drop off – we’ll take items such as computers, cellphones, VCRs, DVD players, fax machines and much more!
  • Community Paper Shred – we’ll shred up to three boxes for you
  • Give-N-Go to Goodwill – drop off your unwanted items for donation!

Visit our web page for more information about what you can donate during our free recycling event.

Flyer for meetings on sewer lateral ordinance

Meeting on Update of Sewer Lateral Ordinance 

Sewer Lateral Ordinance Meetings
Property Owners are reminded of upcoming meetings about a potential revision to the City’s Sewer Lateral Ordinance. City staff will be on hand to discuss the proposed revisions, first presented at the Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission meeting in December 2018. The options are: (1) inspections, repairs or replacements as part of a house sale; (2) inspections, repairs or replacements whenever there is a request for a permit to renovate 51 percent or more of any structure on a property; or (3) a combination of both. Residents are invited to community meetings on either Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center at 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, or Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Beresford Recreation Center, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas. Feedback from these community meetings will inform a staff proposal City Council will review during a study session on May 20. Click here more information.

Upcoming Construction: East Hillsdale Boulevard

Now that the rains have let up (a little), we’re back to finish the SB1-funded road improvement work on E. Hillsdale Boulevard. Last year, we lengthened the left-turn lane on to Saratoga Drive from E. Hillsdale Boulevard and improved accessibility to sidewalks on that intersection. Starting April 28, expect to see night crews improving the pavement on E. Hillsdale between Saratoga Drive to S. Norfolk Street. The work runs Sunday to Friday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until about May 15. Watch for construction signs, traffic detours and please slow down through the construction zone. This is SB1-funded work to improve California roads. Questions or concerns? Email or call 650-522-7300.

Community Corner

(Events hosted by partners in the community)
Police Activities League 5K Run/Walk

5K Run/Walk Supports Student Mental Health & Wellness 

Anyone can run a race, but want to make a difference while doing it? You can, when you join the third San Mateo Police Activities League and Stride for Awareness 5K Run/Walk for Student Mental Health and Wellness! Race begins 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Coyote Point. You can help Stride for Awareness and PAL create a safe society while promoting the importance of physical, social and mental wellbeing of the youth in our community.
All participants receive a T-shirt, medal, goodie bag and paid parking. There will also be a resource fair and stretching led by Barre 3. Presented by Gilead, this race is open to all ages and is a great family activity. Register online and stay tuned for details on an accompanying workshop for students! For more information visit PAL’s website or contact Lisa Tartaglia at (650) 522-7713 or

LOL 4 Free at Hero City in Downtown San Mateo

Comedian Steve Mittleman will be doing a 45-minute standup performance at Hero City, 55 E. Third Ave. on Tuesday, April 23 from 1-1:45 p.m. Mittleman’s career launched when he won The Big Laff-Off on Showtime! He’s one of the rare comedians who appeared on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Steve has also appeared on David Letterman, HBO, Comedy Central and others! This free event is open to the public. Hero City invites the community to take a break from your workday and bring your family and friends to join in on the fun and laughs.

Volunteers and residents next to a fire engine

Volunteers Help Install New Smoke Detectors

San Mateo residents at Woodlake Condominiums are living safer thanks to volunteers from the American Red Cross and San Mateo Consolidated Fire District’s Community Emergency Response Team who hosted a smoke detector installation event on Saturday, April 13.
A total of 89 new smoke alarms were installed in 45 units. The 69 residents who now have new detectors also received information on fire and earthquake safety; including making sure they have a second escape route, a meeting place and to only plug space heaters or similar appliances directly into the wall – not a power strip.  Remember to share your emergency plans with your family members and learn more about the Fire District’s Community Risk Reduction division.
Thank you to all the residents who signed up to receive these new smoke alarms and take the time to be better prepared! Thank you to all the volunteers who gave of their time and talent to help make our community more resilient!

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