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December Edition I, 2018

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The City of San Mateo is pleased to bring you our 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

Firefighters with Santa

Join Our Firefighters in Spreading Holiday Cheer

Join our dedicated San Mateo firefighters in helping to brighten the spirits of local families this holiday season. The San Mateo Firefighters Association’s annual Toys for Tots program is in full swing with numerous opportunities for you to get involved! Let our firefighters serve you breakfast this Saturday, Dec. 8 at Station 21 in Downtown where they’ll be receiving a special visit from Santa! There will also be a professional photographer and great photo opportunities with their vintage 1921 fire engine. Bring an unwrapped new gift or a $10 donation to the event at 120 S. Ellsworth Ave., from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Firefighter and Santa at Hillsdale Shopping Center

Can’t make it? No problem! You can donate by visiting their webpage or meeting them at the Hillsdale Shopping Center where firefighters have a donation booth set up noon to 8 p.m. on the first floor near the Apple Store every day from Dec. 8 through Dec. 23. Your donation of any unwrapped toys, gift cards or monetary support is greatly appreciated by the firefighters and the families they support. Help them make sure no child in your community goes without a gift this holiday season! 

Holiday Festival of Dance

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.

Council cuts cake during annual rotation

San Mateo Has a New Mayor!

The City Council held its annual rotation Monday, Dec. 3, during which Diane Papan became San Mateo’s newest mayor. Maureen Freschet was chosen to serve as deputy mayor and the City thanked former mayor Rick Bonilla for his service. Bonilla will remain on Council along with Council Members Joe Goethals and Eric Rodriguez. Mayor Papan marks San Mateo’s 10th female mayor and she looks forward to continuing to serve the community. Her priorities include keeping a sharp eye on the City’s finances while maintaining the high level of services the community enjoys. During her 2019 mayoral term, she plans to build on the strength of the San Mateo community.  

Kohar Kojayan and Richard Lee

New Leaders for Finance and Community Development 

Incoming City Manager Drew Corbett has chosen Richard Lee as San Mateo’s next finance director and Kohar Kojayan as the new director of the Community Development Department. Lee is South San Francisco’s current finance director and Kojayan has spent the last two years as deputy director of San Mateo’s Community Development Department. They will play integral roles in steering San Mateo’s future by managing our budget and planning for future growth. Read more about these two new members of our organization’s executive team here

Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage Increases to $15 an Hour in 2019

We are proud to be the first City in San Mateo County to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage to help working households achieve economic security given the high cost of living in our community. Starting on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the City of San Mateo will increase to $15 per hour for all businesses, with the exception of nonprofits whose wages will be $13.50 per hour. This wage applies to all employees working more than 2 hours per week within the City boundaries. For more information, visit our Minimum Wage web page. 

San Mateo Police

Holiday Shopping Tips 

Package thefts are an all too common occurrence throughout the country this time of year. The convenience of online shopping and home deliveries provides criminals with opportunities to steal your packages. Thefts usually occur during daytime hours when people are at work or not home. There are measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of this type of crime. 
When Shopping Online

  1. “Look for the S”. Make sure the website begins with https://, which indicates a secure consumer site
  2. Protect Your Passwords. Don’t let your browser save your passwords and credit card information on retail or banking sites, especially when using a public computer
  3. Log off. When shopping online, sign off when you’re done, especially if you’re using public WiFi

Plan Your Shipping

  1. Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your package has been delivered
  2. If you're unable to be home when a package is delivered, ask a trusted neighbor to hold it for you
  3. Consider shipping packages to your place of work, the store or where someone can hold it for you 
Sand Bags

Are You Prepared for a Flood? 

Rainy season has returned! We’re all thankful for the needed rainfall but with it comes potential risks. Are you prepared for a flood? Did you know the City provides free sandbags for San Mateo residents? Find tips on how to prepare for the winter weather on our website. You can also learn how our Public Works Department takes proactive steps to prepare for rainy season and who to call to for help clearing out a clogged storm drain. 

How's Your Commute on Fashion Island Boulevard?

Fashion Island Boulevard Study

We’ve been collecting responses to the Fashion Island Boulevard Corridor Study survey and now we’re gearing up to share those findings with you! The study aims to identify transportation improvements and develop an implementation plan that will promote mobility, enhance safety, address pedestrian and bicycle issues, and mitigate congestion along Fashion Island Boulevard. Join Public Works staff December 11 at 7 p.m. at the Fiesta Gardens Pool House, 1075 Bermuda Drive to learn more. We hope to see you there.   

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Your Community, Your Vision

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those who joined us for one of our eight Strive San Mateo visioning workshops/meetings and participated in the online survey. We’ll be presenting community feedback during our next General Plan Subcommittee meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas. New to the process? Learn about our community-wide effort to plan for the next twenty years through our General Plan 2040 update. Check out past meetings, get a preview of the online survey results and sign up to receive updates for future events. We’ll be continuing with a variety of community engagement efforts so make sure to stay tuned!

Bicycle Master Plan

Bicyclists - It's Not Too Late to Get Involved!

Did you miss the recent Bicycle Master Plan update meetings? Last week, we began updating the 2011 Bicycle Master Plan with an aim to make the City of San Mateo a great place to bike. Even if you missed the meetings, you can still share your thoughts, complete our quick survey and add your favorite bike paths (or create a new one) to our WikiMap. We want to hear from you!

ESL Students During Graduation

Congrats to Our Second Class!

We’re thrilled to be partnering with the San Mateo Adult School on the English as a Second Language City Government Academy. Congratulations to the second class of students who graduated from the semester-long program on Nov. 29! The program is designed to expand participants' awareness of local government and City services, while increasing civic engagement, leadership and volunteering. Each session is presented by representatives of different City departments to help participants feel prepared to engage further with the City and feel empowered and comfortable accessing City services. Thank you to the San Mateo Union High School District and teacher Stephanie Kriebel for their collaboration. 

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