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October, Edition I 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

Drew Corbett and Larry Patterson

New City Manager Chosen

Following an extensive search for the best candidate to lead San Mateo forward, Drew Corbett has been chosen as the next city manager. Corbett, who currently serves as assistant city manager and finance director, will officially take the reins from retiring City Manager Larry Patterson on December 21, 2018.

The City Council chose Corbett for his wealth of technical expertise as well as direct experience with the community. The city manager is responsible for overseeing an organization that includes nearly 700 employees collectively serving a community of about 105,000 residents with an annual operating budget of $170 million. Check out our news release for reactions to this important update and learn about what Corbett’s top priorities will be.

Crime Prevention Month

It's Crime Prevention Month

What better way help prevent crime than to join Neighborhood Watch! This crime-prevention program brings our community together to look out for one another and to be your Police Department’s “eyes and ears.” It’s about being aware of your surroundings, reporting suspicious activity, and keeping neighbors informed. Nationwide statics show Neighborhood Watch blocks are 84% safer than non-Neighborhood Watch blocks. You can also participate in fun and exciting events like National Night Out and a Neighborhood Watch Holiday Social to celebrate our community-police partnerships to fight crime. To learn more visit our website, call (650) 522-7791 or email

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Film Festival

Are you a cultural movie buff? Do you enjoy a good film? Than check out the Hispanic Film Festival at the Main Library. The next screening is of “Frida Kahlo: Tree of Hope” beginning 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Brought to you by the Library and Latino Advisory Committee, the festival overlaps with National Hispanic Heritage Month and includes three more films beginning 6 p.m. on October 15, 22 and 29 at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Visit the Library’s website for more information.

Sunshares and Energy Efficiency Workshop

An Electrifying Event

Join this free Sunshares and Energy Efficiency workshop to find out how you can make your home more sustainable! Sunshares is a renewable energy program offering discounts on residential solar installations and electric vehicles. Attendees will learn how the program works, the basics of solar technology, and how to access discounts. We'll also share easy tips to save energy in your home. Sign up now for this free event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 at the San Mateo Main Library Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. 

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser

Let San Mateo’s Finest Serve You Dinner

Our San Mateo Police Department gives a whole new meaning to “protect and serve” when they act as waiters to raise money for the Special Olympics. Join our local officers at California Pizza Kitchen at the Hillsdale Shopping Center on Monday, October 15 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Officers will “work” for tips and promise not to spill anything on you during their Tip-A-Cop fundraising event. Tip-A-Cop is a long-standing tradition in our City and we’d love for you to come for dinner and show your support!

Fall Festival

It's Fall Festival Time

The Parks and Recreation team invites you to round up your family and friends, and come celebrate the fall season at the King Community Park! There will be lots of fun-filled games and activities for all ages. The Fall Festival includes inflatables, pick-a-pumpkin patch, music, children’s crafts and more. Come on by to play some carnival games and earn prizes! Save the date for Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Park, 725 Monte Diablo Ave.  

Panel Discussion Series

Race and Politics: Hear it From Local Leaders

The Panel Discussion Series continues with a program on Race and Politics on Saturday, October 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. This event features a diverse group of local political figures discussing their work, goals and successes in the community. The program is the second in a three-part series that is a collaboration between the African American Library Advisory Committee and the African American Community Healthcare Advisory Committee. Visit for more information and to reserve a free seat.  

Caltrain Community Meeting

Learn About How Caltrain is Being Modernized

Please join Caltrain staff Tuesday, October 9 for a community meeting about Caltrain electrification and an update about the upcoming construction activities that will be occurring in here San Mateo. In October, crews will begin the installation poles along the corridor as well as the construction of the paralleling station which will help distribute power to the new electric trains. The paralleling station will be located near the Hillsdale Caltrain Station on Caltrain property. Staff will also provide an update on upcoming changes to weekend Caltrain service beginning in October 2018. Please visit to sign-up for weekly construction updates. The upcoming meeting is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2121 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo.

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General Plan Update 2040

What do you think about the future of San Mateo? Now’s the time to weigh in as the General Plan Update process is underway! The City 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 in person, online or send in your comments. Visit to take surveys, upload photos, help identify important issues, and sign up to receive information about future meetings. The next in-person opportunity to provide input is the General Plan Subcommittee meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at the Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, near Beresford Park.
Downtown Opportunity Sites

Open House on Downtown Opportunity Sites 

Share your input and learn more about MidPen Housing’s proposal to redevelop two City-owned lots in downtown San Mateo. Following direction from the City Council, the nonprofit has proposed 164 affordable rental homes for families and a 699-stall parking garage at the sites currently being used as surface parking lots at 480 E. Fourth Ave. and 400 E. Fifth Ave. The project will provide affordable homes in a downtown setting near transit, more than double the amount of parking currently offered on the sites, and include a community-serving space on the ground floor of the parking garage. Join MidPen and City staff from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 in the Main Library Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. Visit our website for more information.

Caltrain Grade Separation Update: Road Closure

As many of you have seen, construction is continuing in the area around Bay Meadows and the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. We understand there have been a lot of changes and we encourage the community to stay apprised of the latest information by signing up for Caltrain’s weekly updatesThe 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project involves creating three new grade-separated crossings that will improve safety, traffic circulation and help reduce train horn noise. Relocation of utilities is continuing and Pacific Boulevard, between S. Delaware Street and the Hillsdale Boulevard onramp is now closed to vehicles 24/7 through October. Bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained, and cars will be detoured to the Caltrain parking lot via Saratoga Drive. Thank you for your patience as we work to make improvements!

Adopt a Drain Volunteer

Adopt-a-Drain Turns 1! 

We’re celebrating the 1-year anniversary of our Adopt-a-Drain program! We're so thankful for our awesome resident volunteers who adopt a storm drain in their neighborhoods and help keep it free of debris. Are you looking for an easy volunteer opportunity in your community? Do you want to help prevent flooding and protect the environment? Than please check out how to get involved! We'll even give you a free supplies kit! You can also check out our interactive GIS map to see a storm drain near you and check out the interesting names our volunteers have given their drains! "Storm Trooper," "Dr. Ain," and "Sir Drains a Lot" are just a few!

Library Knitting Meetup Flyer

New Library Knitting Meetup

Are you interested in knitting but don't know where to start? Are you an advanced knitter and would like to share your skills with beginners? All levels are welcome in this new group that meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, including October 10 and 24. Come to knit, chat, learn and contribute. Bring your knitting project and yarn, and any extra materials to share. Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Cedar Room, 55 W. Third Ave.
Sister City Baseball Team

Travel to Japan With Our Sister City Team

Next summer marks the 40th anniversary of baseball exchanges between San Mateo and our sister city Toyonaka, Japan. This year the San Mateo Sister City Association is sending our first all-girls softball team! In summer 2019, the Association will send 20 baseball players and chaperones. If you have a child ages 10-12 who is a ball player, or you’re interested in traveling with the group as a coach or chaperone, please join an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Beresford Recreation Center, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas. 

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