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November Edition II, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

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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Strive San Mateo Neighborhood Meetings

Strive San Mateo is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

We’re taking our Visioning Workshops on the road and we want to hear from you! Help envision San Mateo's future through our General Plan update. Are you interested in how San Mateo will grow and change over the coming years? Are you interested in parks and recreation, sustainability, traffic, housing, development and other issues that affect your life in San Mateo EVERY DAY? Then join us at a neighborhood meeting near you. The format of each session will be the same and EVERYONE is invited to any meeting:

  • Monday, Nov. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Police Station, 200 Franklin Parkway
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library, Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Parkside Elementary School, 1685 Eisenhower St.
  • Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave.

The meetings are co-sponsored by the San Mateo United Homeowners Association. Can’t make it to a meeting? You can participate online at and sign up to receive notices about other upcoming outreach opportunities. 

Bicycle Master Plan Meeting

Bike Master Plan Update Begins

Help make our City the best for bicycling on the Peninsula. On Saturday, December 1, we invite cycling fans of all levels to the first Bicycle Master Plan Community Workshop. At the meeting, find out how you can get involved and be a part of shaping the future (and present) of bicycling in San Mateo. Tell us your favorite routes, your best bike paths, and let us know where you think we should make improvements. Have your voice heard. Meeting is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Mateo Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Visit our web page for more details. 

Girl Scouts Entry for Adopt a Drain Photo Contest

Join Our Photo Contest

Have you volunteered to join our Adopt-a-Drain program yet? This is the best time to clean out storm drains before the rains arrive. Sign up to adopt a drain and take a fun photo for a chance to win prizes! Even local Girl Scouts are participating in this volunteer opportunity that supports the environment and our neighborhoods! Participate in the "Me and My Drain" photo contest by November 30 and you’ll have a chance to win one of six gift certificates to Wursthall Restaurant or Tin Pot Creamery. Check out details and the competition here

Fashion Island Boulevard Survey

Take a few minutes to help the Public Works Department as it conducts a study on traffic flow along Fashion Island Boulevard. Take this survey to help set future priorities to mitigate congestion and make the route safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Twinkle Lights on B Street

Visit Downtown to Shop Local

There is no better time to experience downtown holiday eats and holiday treats! This shopping season, consider supporting our local merchants during Small Business Saturday on November 24.  There is no shortage of choices when it comes to shopping or holiday dining in downtown San Mateo. You can also take a festive stroll and enjoy our twinkle lights on the trees lining B Street! Downtown San Mateo is shining with possibilities. 

Giving Tuesday Police Activities League

Support San Mateo PAL This Giving Tuesday 

Giving Tuesday on November 27 is a global day of giving. Celebrated after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Supporting local nonprofits is one of the best ways to get involved in your own community. Please consider showing your support for our San Mateo Police Activities League this Giving Tuesday. Through generous donations, San Mateo PAL offers positive youth development programs and builds bonds between cops and kids. Donating is easy. Click here or text Give2PAL to (650) 457-8847.

Bumper Cars at Holiday Rink

Lace up Your Skates and Meet us in Central Park!

The Fourth annual San Mateo On Ice holiday skating rink has returned! Located in Central Park, the outdoor rink features 9,000 square feet of REAL ice. Skaters will be able to skate in the sunshine during the day and under the stars at night. Bring your mittens and experience daily recreational skating at the Bay Area’s largest outdoor holiday rink. This year, San Mateo On Ice has also introduced new bumper cars that light up at night! The company also offers parties, private ice time and special events. Check their website for details and pricing. 
Dancers at Holiday Festival of Dance

Come Watch the 46th Annual Holiday Festival of Dance

Nothing says community like long standing traditions! Our 46th annual Holiday Festival of Dance takes place on December 8 and 9 beginning around 5:30 p.m. at the San Mateo High School gymnasium. This event is inspired by our Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth and Adult Dance programs and highlights the diversity of our City. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend, or even volunteer! Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the door for teens and adults, $2 for youth ages 2 to 12, and free for children under 2 years old. Visit our website for more information.

Librarians Ben Ocon and James Moore

The Library Turns a Page

City Librarian Ben Ocón has retired after 15 years in his position and over 45 years serving at numerous libraries in California and beyond! The community is incredibly appreciative of Ben’s tenure during which San Mateo’s new Main Library was built, the branches were rennovated, and the community was introduced to a new era of library service. Deputy City Librarian James Moore has been appointed to serve as acting city librarian during the vacancy period. James has served as deputy since March 2017 and previously worked at the Berkeley Public Library, the Multnomah County Library in Portland, the Seattle Public Library and the Vancouver Public Library. As Acting City Librarian James will oversee four divisions, three library facilities, and 104 employees. Stop by the Library to say hi!

San Mateo City Council

You're Invited to the City Council Rotation

Every year at its first meeting in December, the San Mateo City Council bids farewell to its current mayor and votes in the City’s next mayor. The position rotates annually amongst the five elected council members who serve the City. Join us beginning 7 p.m. on Monday, December 3 at San Mateo City Hall to thank Mayor Rick Bonilla for his service to the City as mayor, and to welcome in his successor. Current Deputy Mayor Diane Papan is slated to become the City’s next mayor. If selected, Diane Papan would be the tenth female mayor in San Mateo’s history. Rick Bonilla will remain on Council and a new deputy mayor will be chosen. 

Community Corner 

(Events hosted by partners in the community)

Peninsula Youth Ballet

The Nutcracker Returns 

The Peninsula Youth Ballet’s 2018 production of the Nutcracker is around the corner. Celebrate the season with an enchanting production of the holiday classic. Tickets are now available for the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday December, 1 and the 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2 performance at the High School District’s San Mateo Performing Arts Center at 600 N. Delaware Street. Call 650-631-3767 or visit for more information. 

Caltrans Managed Lanes Project

Caltrans Hosts Meeting on Managed Lanes Project

Are you a San Mateo resident living close to Highway 101? Come learn the latest news about the Caltrans Highway 101 Managed Lanes Project during two upcoming meetings. Project planners will share updates about the transportation project that would involve creating a new express lane along a San Mateo County stretch of Highway 101. Both meetings will include updates about findings from noise studies, as well as info specific to that side of the highway.

  • Residents east of the highway are invited to meet Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, 200 N. Quebec Street.

  • Residents west of the highway can meet Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sunnybrae Elementary School, 1031 S. Delaware Street.

Visit Caltrans' website for more information about the project.

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