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September 2019 - Edition II

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Enjoy Our Birthday Celebration Finale!

Don’t miss the last September Nights on B Street event Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown. We’re celebrating San Mateo’s 125th anniversary with pop-up dining, drinks and dancing. Our first two events were a smashing success and we’re welcoming the community back for free live music, dance lessons, children’s activities and entertainment.
We're closing B Street to vehicles between 2nd & 3rd avenues to set up an outdoor dining pavilion, dance floor and bounce house. Grab take out from a local restaurant and join us for some fun! Beer and wine will be sold on site. Our final event includes Trivia Time, Latin music from Maya Band, and salsa lessons! Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures from our previous events!

People on B Street
People sitting around a table downtown
Sunset over people enjoying downtown event
Picture of city council

Are You Our Next
City Council Member?

The City Council will be appointing a new member and is looking for civic-minded San Mateo residents to apply. The position is to fill a vacancy when current Deputy Mayor Maureen Freschet leaves her position later this year. The council member position is for an interim term from Nov. 18, 2019 through Dec. 7, 2020. The seat is scheduled for election to a full four-year term on the November 2020 regular election. The Council will be looking for someone who has a thorough understanding of the issues facing the City, and who can demonstrate a history of active civic leadership, community service and engagement in San Mateo. In addition to regular Council business, the individual selected must be available to actively participate as a Council liaison to numerous external agencies and organizations as well as San Mateo Commissions.
Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the City of San Mateo. Applications and supplemental questionnaire are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Learn about the application and appointment process online

Fire Chief Healy

Fire Chief to Retire
After 36 Years of Service

After more than 36 years of public service, San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department Chief John Healy announced he plans to retire at the end of the year from his chosen profession and the organization that has been his extended family. Healy began his career at age 19 as a volunteer firefighter in Foster City, and spent 16 years with the City of San Mateo fire department. Healy was instrumental in the creation of the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department, as he helped oversee the merger of the three departments in San Mateo, Foster City and Belmont.
Healy said it’s been a privilege to work side-by-side with some of the most dedicated fire service professionals in Foster City, Hillsborough, Union City, San Mateo and Belmont. His first day of retirement will be December 28, 2019. The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Board will be discussing the next steps for hiring a replacement Fire Chief in the coming months

FEMA graphic of preparedness kit

It's National Preparedness Month - Are You Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month and we want to help make sure our community is ready to respond to a disaster. Please take time this month to make sure you and your family are well-prepared for an emergency. Take a quick online survey and be entered to win a free emergency preparedness kit from the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department!
The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department, FEMA and County offer a variety of resources to make sure you’re prepared, not scared, and ready for disasters. FEMA has a new theme each week including: save early for disaster costs, make a plan to prepare, teach youth to prepare, and get involved in your community’s preparedness. Don’t miss the County’s annual Disaster Preparedness Day, a family-friendly event Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Mateo County Event Center.

People watching a movie in the park at night

Movies Return to the Parks 

Join the 2019 Movies in the Park Series every Friday in September! Beginning 6 p.m., we’ll have activities by our Parks team’s Mobile Rec van, crafts by the Library, and concessions from the Police Activities League. Movies begin at dusk around 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and low back chair to enjoy a flick in one of our amazing parks. Don’t miss the last two flicks as summer winds down.
  • Friday, Sept. 20 – Los Prados Park: “Incredibles”
  • Friday, Sept. 27 – Central Park: “Captain Marvel
Bayfront cleanup 2019

Keeping Our Shorelines Clean

It’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny, San Mateo day on Saturday, Sept. 21 when hundreds of volunteers join the 35th Annual Bayfront Cleanup. It’s not too late to register. This is San Mateo’s part of the California Coastal Cleanup – a statewide effort to help keep our oceans free of waste – and an annual tradition for many in our City. After you’ve helped us clean up, stay for the raffle prizes and a volunteer barbecue at the end. Event concludes around noon. Sign up today online, and watch highlights from last year’s clean up on YouTube. See you Saturday!

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 21. Sign in: 7:30 – 9 a.m., Cleanup: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Ryder Park, 1801 J. Hart Clinton Drive
Annual fall books sale flyer

Find a Great Deal at the Library's Fall Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the San Mateo Library’s Annual Fall Book Sale Friday Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Books at bargain prices will hit the shelves every day and the proceeds go toward supporting the City’s library. Volunteers are still needed to assist. School is back in session and educators get a special presale opportunity Thursday, Sept. 19!  

Flyer for Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 5

Let's Talk About Your Health

There’s no better time to consider how you can improve your health than right now! We’re hosting our annual Health & Wellness Fair at the San Mateo Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 5. This free event is open to all ages and features free health screenings, community resources, raffle prizes, lunch and wellness vendors. Please call 650-522-7490 for more information. Take some time to focus on your health Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Open House flyer for fire station

Ever Wonder What Goes on
at a Local Fire Station?

The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department welcomes you to a fire station open house Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1040, E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. Tour the station, watch a fire rescue demo, learn about emergency preparedness, enjoy free snacks, build a first aid kit, and more! The newly formed consolidated Fire Department serves the cities of San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City.

Man on the moon

Look Toward the Stars at CSM

The College of San Mateo is hosting its annual all-day Family Science & Astronomy Festival & Makerspace festival Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Come celebrate science, technology, and making things! Enjoy science and makerspace workshops, kids’ activities, planetarium shows, and a keynote speech by Dr. Brian Day on "Lunar Landing Sites, Past and Future." The day wraps up with an observation of the night sky through the CSM Observatory telescopes!

Playground at Central Park

What Do You Think About the Central Park Playground?

Let’s Improve the Central Park Playground
We all love San Mateo’s Central Park and now it’s time to hear from you about how we can improve the playground! Join a workshop Saturday, Oct. 5 to share your ideas as we consider what types of enhancements we can make in the well-used children’s amenity. Staff will be listening to your feedback starting 10 a.m. at the playground, 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo. We’ll also have children’s activities!

Changes to Residential Parking Permit Program 

On Sept. 16, City Council approved the revisions to the Residential Parking Permit Program allowing residents one permit per licensed driver, no household limit. Staff are now planning to start permit renewals in November. All applications will be online. You’ll hear more about this program in the coming months. For now, you can watch the entire proposal to council by clicking on this link, presentation starts at 46 minutes.

Map of event center where UFES would be located

Review Environmental Impact Report of UFES

The Final Environmental Impact Report for the Underground Flow Equalization System (UFES) Project on the Clean Water Program website is available for your review. This final version of the document includes responses to written and verbal comments and questions received during the public comment period. UFES is a proposed underground structure that would provide additional capacity in the sewer system during heavy rains and help prevent sewer overflows. It is proposed to be built in the San Mateo County Event Center parking lot where it would temporarily capture wastewater before it’s processed at the treatment plant. 
The Final EIR will be available for download at the Clean Water Program website and hard copies will be available at City Hall, and several library branches. The Planning Commission will review the EIR Sept. 24, and the City Council will consider final approval at the Oct. 21 meeting. Please visit the UFES project website for additional project details and updates. Questions? Please email info@CleanWaterProgramSanMateo.org or call (650) 727-6870. 

Video screenshot of the rail bridge installation

Watch the New Rail Bridges Being Installed

The Caltrain rail bridge at 28th Avenue in San Mateo was recently installed, marking the second rail bridge to go in this summer on the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. In July, Caltrain installed the rail bridge over 25th Avenue. The $180 million safety improvement project is now gearing up for its third and final rail bridge across 31st Avenue in the coming weeks. Work continues on the construction of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls that will hold up the tracks between bridges. Sign up for project updates to receive weekly construction emails. The project is funded by a combination of city, state, High-Speed Rail Authority and San Mateo County Measure A funds. 

Rendering of an electrified Caltrain

Caltrain 2040 - Speak Up

Caltrain continues to welcome feedback on its Business Plan as the transit agency outlines long-range goals. Share your thoughts by taking a quick survey and tell your friends to take the survey too! The plan addresses key questions about the railroad’s future with four major focus areas including service, business case, community interface, and organization. The Service Vision describes a transformational future that will triple the number of people that Caltrain serves and introduce a show-up-and-go schedule that works for everyone, all day. In October, Caltrain will be voting on whether to adopt its Service Vision for the future of the Caltrain corridor, introduced in August.  Get involved by going online to sign up for updates. Have questions? Email businessplan@caltrain.com or call 650-508-6499.

Construction workers gather near highway

Watch for Construction on Highway 101 Express Lanes

Curious about Caltran’s progress on the Highway 101 express lanes? Though the project is not quite at the border of our city, work continues northbound this month along Highway 101 from the San Mateo County/Santa Clara County border to Whipple Avenue. If you’re trying to get home at night along 101, you’ve probably seen construction crews working on freeway shoulders and median, freeway ramps, and on local city streets adjacent to the freeway. Intermittent lane closures will continue this month on northbound and southbound 101 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., excluding Friday and Saturday nights. During closures, at least one lane will remain open at all times. Visit the project website for more information. 

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