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October Edition II, 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. Please visit our email notification page to sign up for future newsletters.

In This Edition

San Mateo County November 6 Election Ballot Box

It's Election Season! Do You Know How to Vote?

The November 6 election is San Mateo County is being conducted as an All-Mail Ballot – Vote Center Election under the new California Voter’s Choice Act. All eligible voters will receive a mailed ballot that must be returned on or before November 6. Look out for your ballots now and if you haven’t received it yet contact the San Mateo County Elections office at (650) 312-5222 or
Prefer to vote in person? No problem! A number of Vote Centers are NOW open throughout the county – and you can go to any of them regardless of where you live in San Mateo County! Forgot to register before the October 22 deadline? No problem! You can register and turn in a provisional ballot at any Vote Center until November 6! Engage in democracy by checking to see if you’re registered to vote, learn about Vote Center locations and hours and what’s on your ballot

Text To 911

Call if You Can, Text if You Can't - New 911 Service 

You can now reach all San Mateo County law enforcement and fire agencies’ 911 dispatch centers by text message. This directly benefits members of our deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired communities as they now have a more efficient and effective way to request emergency services. Additionally, those in a situation where it may be too dangerous to dial 911 will have another option to ask for help.
Make sure location services are turned on to send mobile SMS texts to 911. Please note it is always best to call and speak with a dispatcher directly when possible.
Here are some tips when using the text to 911 service.

  • Always provide the exact location of the emergency
  • Messages should be brief and easy to understand
  • Do not use abbreviations, emojis or slang
  • The ability to receive/send images is limited and dependent on your cellular provider
  • Currently, texts can only be received in English, but additional languages will be available in the near future
Downtown Power Washing

Downtown Sidewalks are  Getting a Good Scrub

We’re in the process of giving all the sidewalks in Downtown a deep cleaning! The sidewalks will receive a special high-pressure washing as part of our ongoing efforts to make Downtown enjoyable for residents, visitors and employees of the area. Our Downtown team saw wonderful results after an initial half-block test on B Street, and we hope to have the rest scrubbed within about a month. Downtown continues to attract a range of restaurant and food service establishments, and this cleanup will help address the resulting spills and debris. We hope you continue to enjoy our wonderful Downtown!

Downtown Opportunity Sites Rendering

Affordable Housing Discussion 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.

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What's Your Vision for San Mateo?

The City is hosting a General Plan Visioning Workshop on Saturday, November 3 where the community will be asked to weigh in on the future of San Mateo. The General Plan 2040 process is underway and community input is integral to the update of this citywide policy document that helps chart the course for future growth and conservation in San Mateo.
You can also visit to take surveys, share photos, learn more about the role of the General Plan, and find a schedule of upcoming meetings. Join the visioning workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 3 at the Central Park Recreation Center, 50 E. Fifth Ave. 

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.  

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Film Festival Continues with Two More Flicks

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 “Me Estás Matando, Susana” beginning 6 p.m. on Monday, October 22. The festival will conclude on Monday, October 29 with a showing of “La Misma Luna” beginning at 6 p.m. Both films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Brought to you by the Library and Latino Advisory Committee, the festival overlaps with National Hispanic Heritage Month. Visit the Library’s website for more information.

Adopt-a-Drain Photo Contest

Adopt-a-Drain Photo Contest

Are you a volunteer who signed up to help keep storm drains in your neighborhood free of debris? Do you want to help the environment and deter flooding? Are you looking for an easy volunteer opportunity? Join our Adopt-a-Drain program and participate in our photo contest to win prizes by November 30! As part of our 1-year anniversary celebration of this volunteer program, we’re hosting a Me and My Drain Photo Contest. Take a memorable pic of you and your adopted drain for a chance to win a gift certificate to Tin Pot Creamery or Wursthall Restaurant & Bierhaus. You must have registered your adopted drain to participate. 

Fall Fresh Activities

Fall is a great time for change, so why not check out our Activity Guide to try something new? The San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department has a large variety of fitness, cultural arts, dance, music and sports opportunities designed to enhance your fall. You will find that we have many different programs and classes for everyone in your family from the very young to the well-seasoned.  

E-Waste Recycling

Avoid the Dump and Join Our Free Recycling Event

Have you been waiting to toss your old computers, camcorders, cellphones and other electronics? Don’t miss our free recycling event Saturday, October 20! We’ll help you properly recycle a variety of e-waste and securely shred up to three boxes of paper for San Mateo residents during this biannual event. We’ll also accept donations for Goodwill, such as clothes, shoes, books, toys, microwaves, lamps and small kitchen appliances. We cannot take dishwashers, refrigerators, fans, floor heaters or household waste. Find out what you can recycle during this free event from 9 a.m. to noon at the parking lot of Beresford Park, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas. 

Peninsula Clean Energy

Get a Discount to Drive Electric

Electric Vehicles (EVs) generally cost about half as much to run, have lower maintenance costs, and emit 25 times less emissions than gasoline-powered cars! Peninsula Clean Energy is offering discounts on EVs at local auto dealerships. San Mateo County residents are eligible for great discounts on leases and purchases of EVs, while supplies last. Visit PCE’s website to find out how you can receive a discount for getting into a fun new electric vehicle!

Council Recognition for Cal Bay Property Management

Rebates for Energy Upgrades in Multi-Family Housing  

Property owners play a crucial role in tackling greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector. The City Council recognized Cal Bay Property Management for helping to meet San Mateo’s sustainability goals by upgrading a 15-unit residential property and generating 10 percent in energy savings! This will result in a reduction of 8 metric tons of GHG emissions every year! Cal Bay Property Management made energy upgrades through the BayREN Multifamily Building Enhancements program, earning a $750 rebate per unit. Are you a multi-family property owner looking to make sustainability improvements such as upgrading lighting, water fixtures or insulation? Check out how BayREN can help!

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