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October 2019 - Edition II

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Transportation Updates

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It's Fire Prevention Month 

Every year in October, the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department recognizes the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire as well as the largest wildfire ever, called the Peshtigo Fire. Because of the destruction caused by both events, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chooses a theme each year to deliver a fire safety message to the nation. This year the theme is “Plan and Practice your Escape.”
Fires in the home account for the majority of fire injuries and deaths in the United States. Having an escape plan and practicing that plan will keep you and your family safe during a fire emergency.
Find fire prevention resources online at the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department webpage and the NFPA’s escape plan guide. If you have any questions, please call the fire department at 650-522-7940, or email
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Celebrating Our Deputy Mayor

Join us as we celebrate Deputy Mayor Maureen Freshet’s eight years of service during her last meeting on the City Council. We will recognize her at the Oct. 21 meeting that begins 7 p.m. at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. After the meeting, join us for a reception to thank the Deputy Mayor for her many years of leadership to San Mateo.
The City Council will continue to seek applicants to fill the upcoming vacancy for an interim term that runs through Dec. 7, 2020. Civic-minded San Mateo residents who have a thorough understanding of issues facing the City, and who can demonstrate a history of active civic leadership, community service and engagement, are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Learn about the application and appointment process online.

Council to Vote on UFES

The City Council will consider plans for the Underground Flow Equalization System (UFES) at its meeting Monday, Oct. 21. Last month, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that Council certify the environmental impact report, and approve the special use permit as well as the site plan and architectural review for the Clean Water Program project. The Council will vote on these items at its upcoming meeting.
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 is available for download at the Clean Water Program website, with hard copies available at City Hall or the Main Library. This final version of the document includes responses to comments and questions received during the public comment period, which ran from March 6 through May 31, 2019.

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Celebrate Fall with a Free Family-Friendly Festival

It’s Fall Festival time! San Mateo Parks and Recreation team invite you to round up your family and friends to come out and celebrate the fall season with a free, family fun event! There will be inflatables, pick-a-pumpkin patch, music, children’s crafts and more. Come on by and play some carnival games and win some prizes. Event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 725. Monte Diablo Ave. 

Celebrating 25 Years

Library Foundation Celebration - 25 Years

The San Mateo Public Library Foundation is turning 25 and you’re invited to the celebration! Join us for Community Day at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The event includes entertainment, guest speakers, family activities, cake, refreshments and more. All are welcome so don’t miss the fun! 

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Free Recycling Event

Don’t forget about our last free shredding and e-waste recycling event of the year. Join us Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Beresford Park parking lot to recycle old cell phones, computers, cables, DVD players, etc. Need papers shredded? With proof of San Mateo residency, we’ll take up to three banker boxes of paper for shredding. We’ll also take items for Goodwill of Silicon Valley like clothing, books, toys and small kitchen appliances. We can’t accept large household appliances or hazardous waste. Visit our web page for full details of everything we can accept. 

People in an electric vehicle

Electric Vehicle Discounts are Now Available!

Peninsula Clean Energy is again offering a popular electric vehicle (EV) discount program that saves thousands of dollars for San Mateo County residents through a partnership with seven participating local auto dealers. The program combines guaranteed savings from dealerships with Peninsula Clean Energy rebates of $1,000 for all-electric cars or $700 for plug-in hybrids. The time-limited discounts are available from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Buyers may stack these savings with manufacturer discounts and state and federal EV tax incentives, potentially saving an additional $10,800 or more per purchase. The program also offers significant savings on leases. Visit Peninsula Clean Energy's website for details.

Free Workshop - Learn How to Compost at Home

Do you want to start composting at home? The County of San Mateo's Sustainability Academy is hosting two free upcoming workshops in San Mateo where you can learn the basics of starting your own backyard and worm composting system! Learn how to turn your food scraps, leaves and plant cuttings into nutrient-rich compost that helps your garden retain moisture, suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. It's rewarding to know you are turning what some consider organic waste into a nutrient-rich organic material for your garden. There will be a demonstration bin complete with live worms, and opportunities to learn about discounts on compost bins. Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up today! 
Home Composting Workshop at Los Prados Community Garden
3181 Casa De Campo, San Mateo
Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Register Online.
Home Composting Workshop at San Mateo Adult School
789 E. Poplar Ave., San Mateo
Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Register Online.

Parking and Transportation

New Web Pages Highlight Parking in San Mateo

Say hello to our new Parking and Transportation web pages! Now you can find the most current information about electric vehicles and motorcycle parking, where to repair your bike, and locations of our downtown parking facilities right from the City’s website. From the new page, you can also visit the Downtown Parking Permit page or Residential Parking Permits page to learn about each permit and apply. Did you formerly have the Parking Guide Website bookmarked? All information from that site has transferred to the City’s website, so be sure to update your bookmarks. Note that the previous Parking Guide website will close Oct. 31, 2019. You’ll see our updates on our social media channels, thanks to all who share!

Feedback Wanted on County Transportation Authority's Strategic Plan

Interested in sharing your opinions on the San Mateo County Transportation Authority’s Strategic Plan? It’s not too late to provide your feedback. An updated version of the TA’s Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2024 is now available online. This draft replaces an earlier version that was released Oct. 14, 2019.  The deadline to share your comments with the county’s transportation authority has been extended to Nov. 15, 2019. 

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