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September, Second Edition 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

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!

Native Plants

Free Native Plants Workshop

Are you tired of mowing, watering and fertilizing? Is your lawn dead but you don’t know what to do next? Learn how to downsize or replace your landscape with drought-tolerant or native plants at this free workshop Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Main Library. Visit our webpage for more info and to sign up. 

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Don’t miss out on the last two evenings of our free 2018 Movies in the Park Series! Join us Fridays in September for an outdoor flick. We will be at Laurie Meadows Park watching “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” on September 21, and 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.

Health & Wellness Fair Flyer

Health & Wellness Fair

Community resources, free health screenings, dance and fitness demonstrations as well as wellness vendors are available at two locations! Take a step toward better health from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29 at the Senior Center and at Beresford Recreation Center. Find more info here.

Coffee with a Cop Flyer

Coffee, Cops and Community

Join San Mateo Police Department for a cup of joe Wednesday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Starbucks, 54 E. Fourth Ave. Chat with officers about issues, concerns or anything you wish to talk about. No agendas – events are relaxed and informal. No distractions – radios and cell phones are off for the duration of the event so community members can have stress-free conversations. No barriers – one-on-one conversations between citizens and their police officers are the best way to build trust and mutual goals for the community!

Voter Registration Pamphlets

National Voter Registration Day 

Are you participating in democracy? Tuesday, September 25 is National Voter Registration Day! Visit the Secretary of State’s website to find out how you can register to vote for the November 6 Statewide General Election or pick up a form here at San Mateo City Hall. The official registration deadline is October 22, 2018, however you can “conditionally” register to vote at any Vote Center in the County through Election Day. To learn more about what’s on the ballot, go to

Volunteers at Coastal Cleanup Day

A Coastal Success!

Congratulations to the more than 900 volunteers who helped to make San Mateo's 34th annual Bayfront Cleanup another success! On Coastal Cleanup Day September 15, volunteers collected 24 cubic yards of trash and debris from approximately 1.5 miles of shoreline, lagoon and creek. Close to 200 pounds of bottles and cans were collected for recycling. An astonishing eight pounds of cigarette butts – which equates to approximately 72,000 butts were also collected! All of it was removed from our sensitive shoreline  wildlife habitat. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Get Around Senior Rides Program

Helping Seniors Stay Mobile

The Parks and Recreation Department’s “Get Around Senior Transportation” program is now permanent! Our 24/7 on-demand program is open to City of San Mateo residents age 60 and older. Participants receive a pre-loaded membership card with eight one-way trips per month at only $5 per ride. Register online at or in-person at one of our City’s recreation centers. For more information please call (650) 522-7490.

CPR Training

Be Prepared, Learn CPR

Learn how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies by taking an adult CPR and AED training. San Mateo residents are invited to join the Foster City Fire Department’s class from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 16 at 1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. The $50 cost includes a certification, student manual, DVD and other materials. Email to sign up or call (650) 286-3380.

Share the Road, Office of Traffic Safety

It's Pedestrian Safety Month 

Our Police and Public Works teams are joining forces for Pedestrian Safety Month while continuing to focus on reducing pedestrian accidents through enforcement and roadway improvements. Please help us by slowing down in school zones, stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, being aware of your surroundings and remembering to share the road. Visit the California Office of Traffic Safety for more information and tips on how you can help keep your community safe.

High School Students Needed for Vote Center

Local high school students are invited to work at Vote Centers in San Mateo County for the November 6 Statewide General Election through the County’s democracyLIVE! program. It's a great way to experience democracy in action! Applications are accepted up until the week of the Election. Visit the County’s webpage or call (650) 312-5222 for more information.

Main Street Parking Garage Repairs

The Public Works Department is repairing some of the parking stalls in the Main Street Garage in downtown over the next couple of weeks. Not all stalls on the second and third floors will be available for parking. For more details visit our Downtown Parking Guide.

Prime Time at Poplar Creek Golf Course

Our Poplar Creek Golf Course is ready for tee time as fall aerification was recently completed. This process increases air flow, removes inorganic material, allows water to flow into the soil easier, and increases grass root growth; all of which promote healthier turf. Our greens are completely healed and in ideal conditions for a round of golf. Visit our website fore (get it, fore?) more info.

StriveSanMateo General Plan 2040

Planning for 2040 Begins

The General Plan Update process is officially underway! The Community Development Department is embarking on an update of the primary citywide policy document that will guide conservation, sustainability and growth decisions in the community over the next 20 years. Community input is vital and everyone is encouraged to participate. The first subcommittee meeting is Monday, September 24 at the Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. You can learn about the process, provide online input or see when the next community meeting will be held at
Neighborhood Watch meeting

Help Protect Your Block, Join Neighborhood Watch 

Calling all Neighborhood Watch block captains and those interested in becoming one! Join our Police Department and Neighborhood Watch Board for an informative meeting about how you can help keep your community safe on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas. We’ll provide an overview of what Neighborhood Watch is and cover the roles and responsibilities of a block captain. We’ll also introduce key police staff and discuss crime trends, safety tips and how to stay connected. RSVP by calling (650)522-7791 or emailing

Clean Water Program

Clean Water Program Meeting

The Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting to discuss the Underground Flow Equalization System project, formerly called the in-system storage facility. The 5-million gallon underground tank would help keep our waterways clean during extreme storms and is proposed to be located at the San Mateo County Event Center parking lot. The project is part of the Clean Water Program, an overhaul of the City's wastewater treatment and conveyance system. Join us at 6 p.m. on October 2 at City Hall to learn more and provide input on what environmental factors should be studied in the environmental evaluation of the Underground Flow Equalization System. Click here for info.

Community Corner

(Information from our local community partners. The events, projects and initiatives listed here are not run by the City of San Mateo)
HIP Housing

Nonprofit HIP Housing Offers Home Share Program

Are you looking for a roommate? Do you have a room to rent? Check out the nonprofit HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program. HIP Housing can make finding a housemate or trying to rent out a room in your home a safe and easy process. The nonprofit has provided housing and home sharing services in San Mateo County since 1972 and is supported by the County and local cities. Call (650) 348-6660 or visit to learn more. 

Disaster preparedness day

County Hosts Disaster Preparedness Day

Where can you see bomb squad robots, a shake house and a storm tracking vehicle? At this year's awesome Disaster Preparedness Day! Stop by the San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo County’s 14th Annual Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, September 22. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. September is Disaster Preparedness Month, don’t forget to take the City of San Mateo’s survey for a chance to win a free emergency preparedness kit!

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