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July Edition II, 2019

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Sustainability Corner

National Night Out

Join us at National Night Out

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 coming to our FREE family-friendly 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 and learn about what’s going on in your community! If you’re hosting your own event in your neighborhood, consider registering with the Police Department by July 26 and we’ll send a police representative to visit your gathering! It’s a great time to celebrate our wonderful police-community partnerships.  

A child reading in the library

We're Enhancing the Main Library Children's Area

The San Mateo Main Library is updating its Children’s Area! We’re excited to announce the first large-scale enhancement to the area since the library opened in 2006. Due to construction, the Children’s Area will be temporarily closed to the public starting Sunday, August 4 and will reopen sometime in September. During this closure, limited services will still be offered for children and families at the Main Library location. Select children’s materials will be available for checkout in the Laurel Room, and we’ll have alternative locations for children’s programming that you can learn more about in the Kids Events calendar on the Library’s web page. In addition, we encourage the public to visit one of our two neighborhood library branches locations for full children’s services. The Marina Branch is located at 1530 Susan Ct. and the Hillsdale Branch is located at 205 W. Hillsdale Blvd. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting project. Follow our Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages for renovation updates!

Police Chief Susan Manheimer

Police Chief to Retire

After 19 years serving San Mateo, Police Chief Susan Manheimer announced she will retire from an accomplished law enforcement career at the end of the year. Her appointment as San Mateo’s “top cop” in 2000 ushered in an era of modernization and created an enduring model of community policing. Under her leadership the department earned national acclaim for innovative crime prevention, juvenile, and homeless outreach programs. You can read more about Manheimer’s accomplishments in the department’s community news release.

Apply Now for the 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, so apply soon before the class is full!

Firefighters Chili Cook Off flyer

Fire Up those Chili Pots!

The 11th annual San Mateo Consolidated Firefighter’s Association Chili Cook Off is spicing up Central Park Saturday, Aug. 24. All proceeds of this heated competition and tasty fundraiser go to supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You too can participate! Restaurants, local organizations, and those willing to make at least 15 gallons of chili can apply to join the competition. Just email to learn more.
Attendees at this year’s event will be treated to live music, a car show, and those 21 years and older can check out the homebrew competition. Just $10 gets you in to this family-friendly event where you can taste as many of the chili entries as you want, and get a bowl of your favorite. Join our firefighters’ in having fun and raising money for a great cause!

Citywide Yard Sale

Bargain Hunters Rejoice! It's the Citywide Yard Sale

San Mateo’s annual Citywide Yard Sale is around the corner on Saturday, July 27! Whether you've got stuff you want to give a new life, or are a bargain hunter looking for a deal, together we can reuse and recycle items we no longer need. It's also a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and foster community. Check out yard sales throughout San Mateo on our online interactive map. For questions about this-one day event on Saturday July 27, 2019 please email

CalWater Project on W. 20th Ave

The California Water Service Company is preparing to upgrade its water infrastructure to keep the water system reliable for our everyday needs, and so that firefighters have the resources they need to protect our community in an emergency. The project is set to begin at La Salle Drive and W. 20th Avenue in late July, and work its way toward City Hall in early August. CalWater’s work schedule is Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Construction is estimated to take approximately 10 weeks (weather permitting.) There will be single-lane traffic closures along W. 20th Avenue during construction hours. Please contact CalWater’s Bayshore District with any questions. City Hall remains open during regular business hours.

Signal Improvements at 25th & Delaware

There’s no doubt that E. 25th Avenue and S. Delaware Street is one busy intersection this month. Infrastructure improvements from the City, Caltrain and PG&E, along with private development, are each progressing rapidly in the area. So it’s no surprise if you missed one very important upgrade. By July 26, you’ll see our Public Works crews have completed a traffic signal improvement at E. 25th Avenue and S. Delaware Street. The new signal allows westbound drivers turning on to E. 25th Avenue a dedicated green light. Once signal improvements are completed, dedicated green turning lights for both north and south traffic on S. Delaware will decrease the turning congestion at the intersection.

A rendering of the new Hillsdale Caltrain Station

Learn About the Temporary Hillsdale Station Closure

You might have heard about the Hillsdale Caltrain Station temporarily closing in December before the new one reopens as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. We want our residents and commuter community to be informed and prepared. Caltrain has organized a Virtual Town Hall on the topic Wednesday, July 31 from noon to 1 p.m. You can register for free to watch the presentation from any device and interact with planners during Caltrain’s live chat! 

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Have you heard about PG&E’s new program to help protect against wildfires in California? The utility’s Public Safety Power Shutoff plan means community’s like ours may experience a outages during times when there are risks of wildfire. While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could impact any of PG&E’s more than 5 million customers who receive electric service from PG&E. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions. We want our community to be prepared, so please sign up for PG&E’s updates and visit their website to learn more.

Public works crews repair a road

What Does Public Works Do?

The Public Works Department cares for our City’s 210 miles of streets, 380 miles of sidewalks, 87 traffic signal intersections and over 7,000 neighborhood street lights. We also look after our 11 publicly-owned parking lots and garages, 260 miles of sewers, 130 miles of storm drains, 20 miles of open creeks and drainage canals, 27 sanitary sewer pump stations, 10 storm drainage system pump stations, 3 dams and our sole flood-control lagoon. Oh wait, there’s more. We maintain 3 miles of bay front levees and our vital wastewater-treatment plant serving San Mateo, Foster City, Hillsborough, and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County. Because of our specialties in these areas, we are also first responders to many emergencies, sharing in the entire City’s commitment to safety. Want to meet Public Works staff? They’ll be at National Night Out Aug. 6. Come say hello and get to know some of the people who look after these essential elements of our City!

Spare the Air! Let's Take Transit

Warmer temperatures are here and so is the Spare the Air campaign. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reminds people that fewer cars on the road can mean fewer smoggy days, and fewer Spare the Air Alerts. Poor air quality in the Bay Area affects everyone, but there is a higher risk for children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma or bronchitis. Please take time to consider alternatives to driving alone, such as taking public transit, carpooling or working from home. Get help planning your trip at

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Get Electric with SunShares

We’re excited to announce registration for SunShares opens Aug. 1! This renewable energy program makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to install solar or purchase an electric vehicle. SunShares offers a 15% discount on solar installation from pre-vetted providers, and a generous discount on select electric vehicles. Plus, you can still take advantage the Federal Solar Tax Credit. SunShares is part of the Business Council on Climate Change, a nonprofit that works with local organizations to take collective action on fighting climate change.

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