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June Edition II, 2019

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City News
Enhancing Our Community

Talking About Our Future
Transportation Updates

Citywide Yard Sale

Got Stuff? Sign up to Join the Citywide Yard Sale

San Mateo’s annual Citywide Yard Sale is around the corner on Saturday, July 27! You can sign up now to be featured on our interactive map and host a yard sale in front of your residence or partner with your neighbors on the block. Together we can reuse and recycle items we no longer need. The first 200 people to sign up will receive a free yard sale sign! For questions about this-one day event on Saturday July 27, 2019 please email

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You Count - Learn About Census 2020

The national census is less than a year away. Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count every person living in the country – regardless of citizenship status, age, or criminal history. Ensuring a complete and accurate count in Census 2020 is critical for many reasons. The decennial census serves as the cornerstone of our democracy and is written into the U.S. Constitution. It was included to ensure that everyone is equally represented in our political system and government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important community and business decisions.
There is a lot at stake for San Mateo County residents in the upcoming Census 2020. If we don’t have an accurate count, we won’t have adequate representation in state and national government, or get our fair share of funding for services that residents rely on. Critical community programs will be affected, like public libraries, early childhood education, school lunch programs, health services, affordable housing, and public transportation. That’s why it’s important that EVERYONE participates in Census 2020. Learn more on the County’s website.

City Hall Blood Drive a Success

Photo of a fire inspector donating blood
Mobile blood donation vehicle
Mayor visiting with staff giving blood

Our public servants found another way to serve their community during our first mobile blood drive at City Hall. We partnered with Vitalant, a nonprofit that recently opened a new location in San Mateo, to host a blood mobile where dozens of City staff lined up to donate. Did you know blood donations drop during summertime? We were proud to support patients and hospitals around the Bay Area by donating blood. Interested in organizing your own blood drive or donating? Visit Vitalant’s website to learn more. 

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Now Accepting Applications for City Services Academy

Learn about your City’s services and meet City leaders by signing up for the 2019 San Mateo City Services Academy. The free 12-week program is a comprehensive learning experience that gives participants the opportunity to interact with City staff and learn about the challenges facing municipal government today. Learn how the City of San Mateo is managed and operated. The Academy is open to anyone 18+ who works or resides in the City of San Mateo. Class meetings are held Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., August 21-November 6, in different locations throughout the City. Note there is no class on October 9. Learn more and apply online today! Class is limited to 25 participants. Applications are accepted until we reach capacity or until August 6, whichever comes first. For questions or more information, please call Laurie Strange at (650) 522-7019.

Let's Reflect - New Public Art Installation 

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Standing near artwork
People gather at new art installation

We’re excited to welcome a new public art installation near downtown San Mateo. “Reflections” is the first publicly commissioned sculpture as part of our Art in Public Places Program and was made in stainless steel by artist CJ Rench. Come check it out at the corner of Third Avenue and Humboldt Street! The location was chosen as it is a gateway into San Mateo and the design is representative of San Mateo’s past and future. Backgrounded by a creek and redwood trees, come see if you can pick out the pieces that represent sailboats, horseshoes, our native ancestors, trees and more!

Parks staff at Hayward Square

Check Out Hayward Square 

We recently renovated Hayward Square! Our Parks Division staff did a fabulous job improving this community amenity at South B Street and 12th Avenue. They planted seven new trees and a variety of shrubs that will bring color to the park as they mature. They also installed a new drip irrigation system, granite paths to improve access to the park, and new picnic tables with chess/checker boards! Come visit our newly renovated Hayward Square! 

Crows sitting on the grass during a concert at Central Park

Concerts Return to the Park 

Our premier summertime event has returned as we enliven Central Park with our annual concert series. The 2019 Central Park Music Series brings free, live music to our downtown park every Thursday evening through Aug. 15. Whether you like rock, reggae, country, or salsa, we’ve got a concert for you! This family-friendly event runs 6-8 p.m. on the great lawn at Central Park. There will be food, prizes and tunes galore so be sure to join us this summer! We’ll also have a special Fourth of July celebration from noon to 2 p.m. There’s delicious food and drinks available for purchase. So grab a blanket and a friend, and join us in the park for these free concerts!

Cartoon of a child reading in the library

Summertime Reading Challenge

Take the 2019 Summer Learning Challenge from June 1-Aug. 31! All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Weekly drawings and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship are available for youth ages 18 and under. Register in person or online at: Our San Mateo Public Library is hosting a Summer Kickoff Party after-hours on Friday, June 21 from 6-7:30 p.m., with activities and crafts for all ages including teens and adults. Be on the lookout for special programs all summer long!

Residents talk about San Mateo

Thinking About Growth
and Preservation

Thank you to everyone who came to our community workshops on June 8 and 10, and shared their input on where San Mateo should change or be preserved over the next 20 years. We received great feedback during this first step to craft and analyze a range of alternative future scenarios, and we look forward to keeping the community engaged in our General Plan Update.

Help Identify Study Areas

You can now share your feedback through a new interactive online exercise to help identify what areas of the City should be evaluated for change, preservation and improvements!
Use a map of San Mateo to help identify what areas you think we should study for future changes, and what areas you feel should stay the same. Your input will help inform what areas will undergo a more robust analysis on the impacts of possible changes in the future. The exercise is open through July 15, 2019.

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Upcoming Meeting

Now, the General Plan Subcommittee will consider what areas of the city we should study during a meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library Oak Room at 55 W. Third Ave. All are welcome to attend! Visit: to learn more about the General Plan and sign up for email updates.

People talk at a meeting

You Talked, We Listened

We are so impressed by the turnout we had for our Community Conversations: Housing in San Mateo events in April and May! You can now read the meeting summary from the May 18 convening, during which community members gathered for a discussion about an issue that affects us all – housing. Participants discussed both short- and long-term options for how the community can address housing availability and affordability in San Mateo. With the support of the County’s Home for All team and Common Knowledge, we had great success engaging folks throughout the community during pop-up events and two facilitated discussions. Visit our project page at to see the presentations, meeting summary reports and our new Housing Resource Guides in English and Spanish

Rendering of the new Hillsdale Caltrain station

Planning for Temporary Closure of Caltrain's Hillsdale Station  

Too early to plan your daily commute in December? Think again. As the 25th Grade Separation Project progresses toward its 2021 goals, Caltrain will need to temporarily close Hillsdale Station from December 2019 to June 2020. During the closure, only downtown San Mateo Station and Hayward Park Station will remain open in San Mateo. Service will be increased to Belmont Station, and Caltrain is enhancing its shuttles between Belmont and Hillsdale. In addition, more SamTrans busses will be added along El Camino Real. Shuttles and bus service will be part of your train ticket between Belmont and Hillsdale during the closure. You’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned here on our project webpage for updates.

People talk about bicycle improvements

Bicycle Master Plan Pop-Ups

We need your help with our Bicycle Master Plan Update! We will be tabling at multiple places around the City to gather your feedback on the draft Bicycle Network. Share your favorite bicycle routes and learn how we plan to create a safe space for bicyclists. Visit the Bicycle Master Plan Update web page to find out where we are tabling!

Survey on Local Transportation Tax Spending

In 2018 voters approved Measure W, a half-cent sales tax for transportation in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority now wants your input on how those funds should be spent! The Authority manages fifty percent of the measure and is now determining how to best evaluate projects for future funding. You can learn more at and take the short survey to say what matters to you! Survey closes June 30.

Update: Caltrans' 101 Express Lanes Project

If you’ve travelled Highway 101 toward the southern part of San Mateo County on a recent night, you’ve probably noticed construction crews working. It’s all part of the multi-year, multi-agency Caltrans-led San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Project. On June 17, Caltrans officials presented the project status to our City Council. To see its presentation, click here to watch the video (starts about 2:48). For project details, visit our project page here.

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