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July Edition I, 2019

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Holiday Closure: In observance of Independence Day, City Hall and respective offices will be closed Thursday, July 4.

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Happy Fourth of July

We Wish You a Safe and Fun Fourth of July

From all of us at the City of San Mateo, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July! We encourage our community to celebrate this patriotic holiday, while taking time to reflect on the freedoms that come with it. But please know lighting fireworks in San Mateo is not one of those freedoms.
Our police department will be taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal fireworks. We understand lighting fireworks may be a cherished pastime, but they are extremely dangerous, create fire hazards, and are exceedingly disruptive to others – including children, the elderly, veterans, those with PTSD, and pets. Not only can they cause injuries, but you'll risk a hefty $1,000 fine as we will ticket anyone caught using fireworks in San Mateo.
Instead, celebrate safely at a local family-friendly event! 

Fourth of July in the Park

Join our Fourth of July in the Park 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We'll have free live music, games, face painting and other activities for all ages at Central Park. Both Foster City and Redwood City offer fantastic fireworks shows you can attend for free!
In our ongoing effort to keep our community safe, we will be closing off numerous parks beginning 6 p.m. Fiesta Meadows Park, Seal Point Park, Ryder Park, and Parkside Aquatic Park will be closed, barricaded, and patrolled to discourage illegal fireworks. July 4th tends to be an extremely busy night for first responders, so help us prevent unnecessary calls for service by avoiding the use of fireworks.
On behalf of all of us at the City of San Mateo, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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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Weekend Coffee with a Cop

San Mateo, we heard you! You asked for a weekend Coffee with a Cop and we’re bringing one to ya! Join our police department for our Summer Coffee with a Cop session on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for casual conversation at the Hillsdale Shopping Center Starbucks, 157 Hillsdale Shopping Center. Coffee and conversation out in the summer sun – you can’t get better than that! No judgements, no agendas, no pressure. If you couldn’t make it to any of our weekday sessions, we hope you’ll come out and say “hi” to us on Saturday, July 13.

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Online Exercise - Where Should We Change, Stay the Same?

Join one of the most important conversations we can have about San Mateo’s future. It all starts with your ideas and input! We invite you to share your feedback through a new interactive online exercise from now until Monday, July 15 to help identify what areas of the City should be evaluated for change, preservation and improvements. This online exercise is an opportunity to use a map of San Mateo to help identify what areas of the City could accommodate future growth or 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. Visit the Strive San Mateo website for more information about the General Plan 2040 Update.

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Celebrate the Spirit of National Night Out - Sign Up Today

Help strengthen our community by getting to know your neighbors, watching out for each other, and working together for a safer San Mateo. There’s no better time to do this than on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 6 during the 2019 National Night Out. NNO is an annual, nationwide campaign promoting partnerships between residents and police to raise crime prevention awareness and reinforce the goals of our Neighborhood Watch program. Join the celebration by hosting a block event or neighborhood gathering between the hours of 6-9 p.m. If you register your event with the police department, we will send a police representative to visit your gathering. (You don’t need to be a neighborhood watch block to participate.) This is a wonderful time to catch up with neighbors and talk about what we can all do to help prevent crime in San Mateo. To register your event, visit our National Night Out web page. The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 26.
If your neighborhood isn’t participating, please join us at our FREE public event from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave. You’ll be able to visit with a variety of city departments, have fun, get resource information, and celebrate our wonderful police-community partnerships. Learn more about how you can join Neighborhood Watch online. Questions can be directed to Community Relations Officer Jeanine Luna at (650) 522-7722 or

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Let Our Library Help You Learn a New Language

Are you travelling abroad this summer or ready to start learning a new language? Use your San Mateo Public Library card to get access to free and easy to use e-courses through Pronunciator. There are 100 languages offered that include study guides and audio lessons, 8-week travel courses, video phrases, movies, music, and more.

Parks Make Life Better

July is Parks Make Life Better month and we hope you enjoy our many recreational amenities this summer. With dozens of parks and hundreds of services, Parks and Recreation touches your and your family’s lives in many different ways. Our parks are important natural resources, providing approximately 200 acres of open space within the City of San Mateo, numerous miles of paths and trails, as well as many picnic and play areas. Whether you’re visiting a park playground, enjoying the “urban forest,” or participating in a recreation class, our Parks and Recreation Department is here to help you maintain a positive quality of life.

Parks Make Life Better
Youth assist a resident during a Green House Call

Live More Sustainably with a Green House Call

This summer, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, is offering Green House Calls to residents of San Mateo. Each visit includes the installation of water-efficient showerheads, faucet aerators, LED bulbs, and a smart power strip, all at no cost. You'll also receive personalized recommendations for water and energy savings. To sign up for a Green House Call, please call (510) 665-1501 ext. 300 or sign up online. To date, over 40,000 homes in the Bay Area have benefited from a Green House Call.

Share Your Input on Highway 101 Mobility Study 

We all use Highway 101, especially San Mateo residents, and now the San Mateo County Transportation Authority wants to hear from you on its US-101 Mobility Action Plan. Please take a few minutes to share your opinion on a variety of topics including traffic congestion and public health. Visit the Mobility Action Plan website to find out more, or take the survey online.

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25th Ave Grade Separation Project Updates 

You can’t miss it now! Curious about the status of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project, one of the most important safety and traffic flow improvement projects in San Mateo? Join our City Council on July 15 (or watch the meeting from home) when Caltrain presents an update on the project. Click here to keep an eye on council agendas.
Starting in July, you may also start to see traffic changes in Bay Meadows that are needed to achieve major project milestones.

Road closure at Pacific Boulevard

Beginning July 15, PG&E will complete gas line work it started last October. The utility will close both lanes of traffic on Pacific Avenue (between S. Delaware Street and Hillsdale Boulevard) for three weeks to complete its project. Access to the Hillsdale train station and sidewalks will remain open during the street closure. PG&E will also close a single lane of traffic, as needed, between 25th and 28th avenues to complete its work. Please watch for traffic control signs and workers. Nearby residents and businesses will receive mailed notices from PG&E.
Overnight on July 19 (after trains stop running), Caltrain will install a new rail bridge over 25th Avenue at S. Delaware Street. This is a critical step toward the project’s goals to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce train horn noise. Work is expected to conclude the night of July 20. For about a year, there will be a temporary height restriction of 13 feet, 10 inches, at this intersection until the road is lowered as one of the final steps in of grade separation project. For full details, see Caltrain’s Community Notice.

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One More for the Road - Signal Improvements at 25th and Delaware

Between July 24 - 26, expect Public Works crews to complete the traffic signal improvements at E. 25th Avenue and S. Delaware Street to allow drivers turning west on to E. 25th Avenue from S. Delaware a dedicated green light for both northbound and southbound directions. Once signal improvements are completed, these changes will decrease the turning conflicts at the intersection. Please watch for traffic signs during the work that will take a few hours to complete. 

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