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Welcome to the First Edition 
September 2018

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The City of San Mateo is pleased to bring you our new community eNewsletter. 

Here you can find information about upcoming activities, events, projects, initiatives and more. 

Brought to you from the City Manager's Office, this newsletter includes information from the Community Development, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police and Public Works departments.

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In This Edition

Coastal Cleanup Day 2018

34th Annual Bayfront Cleanup

Join an impressive group of environmentally-friendly volunteers for San Mateo's Bayfront Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Meet us at Ryder Park where we'll have materials ready to help you improve our waterways before we thank our wonderful environmental stewards with a thank you barbecue! 
Please visit our website to sign up.

Library Book Sale 2018

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Find great deals and support our library during the annual three-day book sale Sept. 14th through 16th.
New books will be released everyday! Educators are invited to attend a pre-sale! There's a great selection of books at a bargain.
The sale is hosted in the Oak Room at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo. Click here for more info.

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Free Movies in the Park series returns on Fridays in September! Join us at Beresford Park for “Zootopia” on September 7; On September 14 meet up at Martin Luther King Jr. Park for “Coco,” then on September 21 we will be at Laurie Meadows Park watching “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” We will conclude the movie series on September 28 at Central Park with “Black Panther.” All movies begin at dusk so bring a blanket and a friend, and join the fun. Visit 2018 Movies in the Park for info.

Mayan Painting

Guatemalan Culture Celebration

The City of San Mateo and Consulate General of Guatemala are partnering to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special celebration Saturday, September 15. The public is invited to join the Consulate General and visiting Mayan artists as we celebrate Guatemalan culture with food, marimba music, dancing and an art exhibit at City Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit here for more information. The event is followed by the North B Street Fiesta, a celebration organized by the Latin merchants from noon to 5 p.m. September 16 in Downtown San Mateo. 

Autumn Moon Festival

Autumn Moon Festival 

The City is partnering with the nonprofit Self-Help For the Elderly to host the annual Autumn Moon Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, September 23. There will be live performances, entertainment, food and a walk for wellness fundraiser. Come join us in Central Park!

Japanese Garden Koi Pond

Upgrades to Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden at Central Park is temporarily closed through Friday, November 16 as the Koi Pond undergoes extensive renovations. This project will refurbish a major part of the nearly 52-year-old Koi Pond, by raising the edges in certain areas to eliminate water loss, enhance the water quality and look of the pond, and most importantly improve the health of the koi fish. We adore this wonderful amenity in our park and appreciate the community's patience as we work to make improvements!

Finding a New City Manager

After nearly two decades of public service, City Manager Larry Patterson plans to retire in December. An executive recruiter is assisting the City Council in finding a new City Manager and will interview candidates in September while aiming to make a decision by November. The City Manager is an appointed position responsible for the day-to-day operations of our local government, which includes overseeing an organization of nearly 700 employees and a $170 million annual operating budget serving a community of about 105,000 residents. 

When Should Trash Cans be Left on City Streets?

In response to residents’ complaints about solid waste containers being left on residential streets for extended periods of time, the City is considering specifying timeframes for when people should leave out and bring in receptacles. Please share your input via our online survey on what you think would be an acceptable timeframe based on your commute, family, and work schedules. The Council is also considering different regulations for commercial properties, including in downtown, and will discuss updating the municipal code at a public meeting later this year.

Pilot Program Extends Off-Leash Dog Park Hours

Currently, there is an off-leash program on Fitzgerald Field in Central Park Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. During September and October, we will be running a pilot program that allows dogs off leash during the same times on Sundays. Find out more about our overall off-leash program.

New STEAM Preschool Programs

Registration is now open for our brand new STEAM-powered preschool programs! Children ages 3 to 5 can experience our Tiny Tot and Pre-Kindergarten classes with a focus on “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.” Classes are located at the Beresford, Shoreview and Lakeshore recreation centers. Space is limited, visit City of San Mateo Preschool Programs for more info.

National Preparedness Month

Are You Prepared for a Disaster? Take This Survey and Learn More

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and our Office of Emergency Services wants to help make sure San Mateo is ready. Take this quick survey to be entered for a chance to win an emergency preparedness kit! Visit our website for tips and resources to make sure your family is prepared.

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Clean Water Program Meeting

The Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting to discuss the next steps for the Clean Water Program, an overhaul of the City's wastewater treatment and conveyance system. 
On October 2, the public is encouraged to attend a meeting and provide input on what environmental factors should be considered in the CEQA evaluation of an Underground Flow Equalization System project. Click here for more info.

General Plan Update Kicks Off

The Community Development Department is beginning an update of San Mateo’s General Plan, a guiding document for future planning in the City. It contains goals and policies that regulate urban development, the protection of the natural environment, and public safety. It reflects the community's long-term vision, and provides the perspective to judge day-to-day decisions by these future goals. There will be a robust community-engagement effort during the update process that is expected to last more than a year. Monday, September 24 is the first General Plan Subcommittee meeting, and the public is invited to attend. 

Caltrain Grade Separation Update

Progress is continuing on the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project – a major transportation improvement initiative to raise the train tracks and create new crossings at 28th and 31st avenues. Current construction includes PG&E’s relocation of a gas main along Delaware Street in the Bay Meadows neighborhood, which has caused various road closures. We appreciate the public’s patience during this ongoing project that will improve traffic flow and reduce train horn noise.

Hillsdale Boulevard Lane Extension

East Hillsdale Boulevard’s left turn lane onto Saratoga Drive is about to get more generous. Starting later this month, contractors will be lengthening the left turn lane onto Saratoga Drive and reconstructing the curbs at Saratoga Drive and E. Hillsdale Boulevard and E. Hillsdale Boulevard and S. Norfolk Street.
Weather permitting, the E. Hillsdale Boulevard Street Rehabilitation project is expected to conclude by Christmas. Most of the construction will occur during the day, but some night and weekend work may be required. 

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