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May Edition II, 2019

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In observance of Memorial Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, May 27.

In This Edition

City News
Engage in Your Community
Infrastructure Updates
Events and Offerings

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Visit Downtown for a Walk Through History

May is National Historic Preservation Month and a wonderful time to celebrate San Mateo's rich history. This year is also our 125th anniversary and we’re looking forward to commemorating our quasquicentennial!
Historic preservation is not only about preserving buildings, but also the stories and traditions connected to those places. In honor of Historic Preservation Month, we’ve re-released a self-guided walking tour of historic architecture in downtown. The online guide highlights 57 stops where you can learn about the architectural heritage behind some of downtown's longest-standing buildings. The guide celebrates the character and history of San Mateo’s growth from a small town to a prominent city in the county. The concentration of historic designs forms a basis of San Mateo’s first historic district and provides an opportunity to experience the City’s history on foot. We hope you enjoy this walk through time! Find the guide at And stay tuned for more City of San Mateo anniversary celebrations planned later this year!

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Spring into Warmer Weather with a Splash!

The water feature at Ryder Park is now operational! We’re excited to spring into the warmer seasons with a splash as our popular amenity has returned through September 29. The feature can be activated on site by pushing a button, and will be accessible Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check it out at Ryder Park, 1625 J. Hart Clinton Drive.

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Let's Take Action on Climate 

We’re updating our Climate Action Plan and want to hear from you! Come to an upcoming workshop so you can hear about what San Mateo has been doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, learn about our efforts to update the Climate Action Plan, and share your ideas about how San Mateo can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more sustainable. The Community Workshop will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. in the San Mateo Main Library Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. We hope to see you there!

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It's Your Community - Help Plan for Our Future

Where and how should San Mateo change over the next 20 years? What parts of the city should remain the same? Join one of the most important conversations we can have about San Mateo’s future! We’re updating our General Plan and need YOUR ideas on what areas of the City should be evaluated for change or preservation. Join your community at an upcoming workshop to learn more and share your feedback. These meetings are the first step in a process to craft and analyze a range of alternative future scenarios. Can’t make it to a workshop? You can share your input online at

Content and format of each workshop is the same:

  • Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the San Mateo Main Library Oak Room, 55. W. Third Ave.
  • Monday, June 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hillsdale High School, cafeteria, 3115 De Monte St. 
Public Works Week

Stewards of Your Infrastructure 

As National Public Works Week (May 19-26) winds down, our Public Works Department returns to the everyday tasks of infrastructure stewardship in the City. We’ve appreciated all the likes, hearts and shares on our social media posts this week. Here are a few recent examples of the work our staff does to keep San Mateo working.

Protecting the Lagoon
This spring, we completed regular maintenance on our Marina Lagoon Pump Station, then re-installed it to continue to efficiently regulate the lagoon water level. The pump station helps us keep the lagoon enjoyable for all. Visit our web page to check out this time-lapsed video of the re-installation and learn about the work of the Marina Lagoon Pump Station.

Improving Roads
Residents along Shasta and Glendora drives will be pleased to know that the Clean Water Program’s work in the area, in collaboration with our road improvement teams, has now completed. About 2,000 feet of existing sewer pipes in the neighborhood were upgraded, and the paving completed. On the other side of town, road repair work funded by Senate Bill 1 (also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) completed the repaving of Hillsdale Boulevard from Saratoga Drive to S. Norfolk Street. Final touches are left, including painting the lines, before work concludes in early June.

Seeing the Light
In our ongoing work to convert old street light bulbs with more sustainable LED lights throughout the city, we will be upgrading lights in the Baywood neighborhood starting this summer. For more information about the City’s street lights and the conversion program, click here

UFES Public Review Extended  

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
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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Spring into Dance

Don’t miss our annual Spring Dance Recital on Sunday, June 9 at Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave. Students from our youth dance classes will be performing at the outdoor stage 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a wide assortment of dance styles including modern, jazz, tap, ballet and cultural styles too! Each year our Recreation Department, in cooperation with the San Mateo Dance Association, produces the Spring Dance Recital. This annual event is open to the public and marks the culmination of the youth and adult dancers spring dance session. So bring along your friends and family, pack a blanket and find a spot on the grass to enjoy the show!

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Congrats B Street Books! 

B Street Books has been a beloved fixture in downtown San Mateo for 10 years! Last year was the store’s best year yet and they are looking forward to many more. The store is grateful to their loyal bibliophiles, booklovers and bookworms for their ongoing support! To celebrate its anniversary and show their appreciation, B Street Books is offering 10 percent off everything in the store during the month of May. Stop by the store at 301 S. B St. and join the celebration!

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Clean Cars for All

Are you interested in buying a new, cleaner vehicle? You might be eligible for assistance through the Clean Cars for All program. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is now accepting applications for the program that offers $2,500 - $9,500 to low-income Bay Area residents in communities disproportionately burdened by pollution to retire an older vehicle and replace it with a clean vehicle or a Clipper Card. Visit the Air District's Clean Cars for All website to find out if you’re you are eligible for funds to purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle, or receive a Clipper Card!

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