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May Edition I, 2019

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Community Conversations - Housing in San Mateo

It's Your Community - Come Join the Conversation 

We are so impressed by the turnout we had for our first Community Conversation when over 120 community members gathered to discuss housing in San Mateo. We would like to include more people in this important dialogue and now need your help to keep this wonderful momentum going. Please consider telling a friend and coming to our next Community Conversation on Saturday May 18!

How can we work together to support renters, landlords and homeowners? What kind of short-term and long-term housing options do you think would best match San Mateo’s community needs and character?

We’re building on the feedback we received from the community during our first conversation on April 27, as well as during pop-up outreach events over the last two months. You can now read a summary of the wonderful feedback we’ve received thus far.

This is a different type of conversation than the City normally hosts and provides an important opportunity for community members to come together to discuss this shared challenge with each other. Thank you to Home for All and Common Knowledge for supporting this effort! Please visit to learn more and help us spread the word!

  • When: Saturday, May 18. Breakfast served 9 a.m., with a discussion to follow from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Where: Hillsdale High School, cafeteria, 3115 Del Monte St. Parking is off 31st Avenue.

  • Free child care and Spanish interpretation.

Tell a friend and RSVP today!

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Helping to Expand Child Care  

Congratulations to three local community organizations who have been chosen to receive City funds to help expand child care spaces in San Mateo!
One of the most challenging problems families face is having access to high-quality, affordable child care. The City is leveraging developer fees to expand the number of spaces for children. Of the $2.1 million collected so far, on March 6 we awarded $774,000 that will lead to the creation of 86 new child care spaces – including 16 for lower-income families – in San Mateo. We are the first in San Mateo County to issue these types of funds to both private and nonprofits in the community and are pleased to choose Peninsula Family Service(delete the s), Beresford Montessori, and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.
We look forward to awarding more funds in the future. The process is currently being reviewed, and we plan to open the application period again by the end of summer or early fall. Applicants may include nonprofits, private businesses, home businesses, schools and anyone with a proposal to increase the number of licensed child care spaces in San Mateo.

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Bike Share is Returning 

On Monday, May 6, the City Council discussed shared mobility options. The City was monitoring a 1-year pilot bike share program with Lime when the company abruptly ceased operations in February. Staff have been evaluating different shared mobility approaches to help provide our community alternatives to driving a car. The Council unanimously approved a proposal that will require shared mobility operators to obtain a permit from the City before operating in San Mateo. The approved regulations will go to City Council for a second hearing on May 20, 2019 and if the regulations are adopted, the City would launch a bike share program by August 2019.

We're Improving King Park!

The King Park Improvement project is underway and includes installing synthetic turf, resurfacing the basketball court, improving the lighting and installing energy efficient LEDs, enhancing the fences as well as gates, and more. Construction begins in early May and is expected to be completed around late October. Areas closed during construction include: the athletic field, outdoor basketball court, and informal turf and picnic areas. Areas that will remain open include: the King Center, King Pool, children’s playground and outdoor restrooms. The parking lot will remain open but at certain times a portion will be unavailable. We thank you for your patience as we work to improve this important recreational and community amenity! Please contact Paul Council with any questions at (650) 522-7463 or  
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Family Fun & Bike Rodeo  

The fifth annual Family Fun Day and Bike Rodeo is returning to San Mateo Saturday, May 11. Families, bring your bike and helmet, then join us for a morning of exciting activities. Go for a kid-friendly ride with the San Mateo Police Department, participate in the youth safety course from YBikes, and tune-up your bike with Beeline Bikes. Let’s ride together from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11 at College Park Elementary School, 715 Indian Ave., San Mateo.

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May Marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month throughout the month of May at the San Mateo Public Library. There are nine events that range from movie screenings, origami and calligraphy workshops, dance performances and storytelling. Mark your calendar and join us in the Oak Room at the San Mateo Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. 

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Got Any Plans This Summer?

Registration for our summer programs is now open and you can sign up in person or online at Check out our 2019 Summer Activity Guide for an array of programs for youth, teens and adults. Sessions begin June 10, 2019. Let our Parks and Recreation team help make a memorable summer for your family!

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Maker Faire Bay Area 

Maker Faire is returning to San Mateo the weekend of May 17 to 19. The City’s Public Works and Police departments are working with organizers to manage parking and traffic concerns during the event, which is held at the San Mateo County Event Center at 1346 Saratoga Drive. Please watch for directional traffic signs and special ride-share drop off zones during this busy weekend event. Attendees are encouraged to take Caltrain, SamTrans, bike or walk to the event.
The 14th annual Maker Faire Bay Area highlights a range of family-friendly activities, inventors, entrepreneurs, art, STEM, and more! This year’s program “The Future We Make” has more hands-on activities too. Organizers are also looking for volunteers, who often get a behind the scenes look. To thank the community for its patience during the event, organizers are offering locals a 20 percent discount when they book online

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Clean Water Program Hits Major Milestone 

The Clean Water Program reached a major milestone this week as the City Council unanimously approved the first phase of construction of our new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer and finished in 2024. The project is being constructed in phases, and the Council will review and vote on the final two phases over the next year.
The plant’s upgrade is the largest project of the Clean Water Program – San Mateo’s most significant infrastructure improvement program in history. The Clean Water Program is a comprehensive, 10-year plan to upgrade the aging wastewater collection and treatment system to provide reliable services while protecting public health and the environment for years to come. The improvements to our plant will replace the aged facilities with cutting-edge technology, which will treat wastewater to much higher quality to meet current and future regulations. Additionally, the increased capacity will allow us to better manage the high flows that happen during heavy storms and protect the San Francisco Bay against sewer overflows.
For more information about the program, its purpose and goals, and the improvements planned for San Mateo’s future, please visit

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Plans for the Future of Caltrain in San Mateo 

San Mateo continues to collaborate with Caltrain for a sustainable future. Our Public Works and City Manager staff, along with our council members, have been meeting with Caltrain leadership to address issues and seek solutions. This week, the transportation system unveiled its Business Plans for each Peninsula city. View the Caltrain Business Plan for San Mateo online. To see its full list of plans for each city, click here. You’ll hear more about this plan at a study session with City Council planned for June. 

Update on Underground Flow Equalization 

The Clean Water Program has extended the public comment period for Draft Environmental Impact Report of the Underground Flow Equalization System Project (a proposed solution to lower the risk of sewer overflows during heavy storms.) The comment period now runs through 5 p.m. May 31, 2019. The project, known as UFES, is proposed to be constructed at the San Mateo County Event Center and is part of the Clean Water Program. A community meeting about the UFES draft environmental impact report will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive in the Event Pavilion.
Written comments can be sent to San Mateo Public Works Engineering, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403, attn: Clean Water Program, or emailed to The report is available for public download online, and hard copies are also available at City Hall, the San Mateo Main Library, and the Hillsdale Branch of the San Mateo Public Library.

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Night Work to Resume on Hillsdale Near 101

Drivers that use Hillsdale Boulevard for access to the on and off ramps to Highway 101 will notice nighttime construction crews starting Sunday, May 12. With the warmer weather, our Public Works Department is completing the road improvements on E. Hillsdale Boulevard from Saratoga Drive to S. Norfolk Street. The work should take about three weeks and is part of SB1 funding to improve California roads. Please watch for construction signs, traffic detours and workers from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday to Friday. Questions? Please email or call 650-522-7300.
We thank you for your patience as we work to make improvements to our infrastructure.

Apply to Serve on a Board or Commission

Getting involved in local government is a rewarding way to participate and make lasting changes within your community. If you are passionate about San Mateo and interested in the public process, then consider applying for a seat on one of San Mateo’s boards or commissions. The city is currently seeking interested candidates to fill three open seats for terms lasting until June 10, 2023: Personnel Board, Planning Commission and Senior Citizens Commission.
Applications and further details are available online or by contacting the City Clerk (650) 522-7040. Please submit your application to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, for consideration.  
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New Public Meeting Portal Enhances Civic Participation 

We’re excited to announce we’ve launched a new online Public Meeting Portal. On this new web page you can watch live streaming of City Council and commission meetings, review meeting agendas as well as reports, and find minutes and videos after the meeting. The new web page also connects you to more viewing options, such as watching meetings on the City’s YouTube channel either streamed live or posted after the meeting. It is mobile responsive and automatically resizes for convenient viewing on cell phones or tablets. Another new feature of the portal is that it enables the public to view each council member’s voting record online going forward. The new web page launched on May 1, 2019 for City Council meetings and is being rolled out this month for all the City’s boards and commissions meetings. Please direct any questions about the new Public Meeting Portal to the City Clerk’s Office at (650) 522-7040.

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