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February Edition I, 2019

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Holiday Closure: City Hall will be closed on President's Day, Monday, February 18. The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, February 19.

In This Edition

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Meet Mateo - the Library's New Outreach Vehicle! 

Join us as we unveil our new all-electric outreach vehicle on Thursday, February 7 at the Main Library! Our new outreach vehicle will enhance the community’s access to a variety of programs and expand our literary reach far beyond the library’s walls. This innovative service model will allow staff to conduct activities at a variety of locations throughout San Mateo. The name “Mateo” was suggested by a local 9-year-old who won the Library’s nickname contest. The fully electric, zero emission vehicle is supported by a state voucher program and the generosity of supporters of the Library Foundation. The celebration includes a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony, guest speakers including Mayor Diane Papan, and a lion dance performance! The event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave.

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What Do You Think About Bike Share in San Mateo? 

Please take a quick survey to share your input on the future of bike share in San Mateo. We are also seeking input on electric scooters after the City was approached by several operators. Your feedback will help our commissioners and City Council members who will evaluate options for next steps later this year. The City currently has a pilot program with Lime, which offers bikes in San Mateo, Foster City and Burlingame. These types of programs provide users with short-term access to bikes or e-scooters on an as-needed basis, usually through an app. The survey only takes a few minutes and is open through February 24. The Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission will meet March 13, 2019 to discuss next steps.

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Send Some Love - Support Our Adopted Soldiers

About 128 soldiers from San Mateo’s adopted 101st Airborne have been deployed to Iraq and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we want to send them some love! We’re putting together care packages and need your help.

  • Items needed: toiletries – normal sized body wash and shampoo, foot powder, lip balm, hand sanitizer and dental floss. Drink mixes (powder or drops) and fly traps or fly strips.
  • Drop Off: Please bring donations to City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. by Thursday, February 14.
  • Donate: It costs just $20 to ship a box. Donations of any amount can be accepted at City Hall. Please make checks payable to “Adopt 101st Airborne”

Please call our City Clerk’s Office at (650) 522-7040 if you’d like the name of a soldier to write a special message to.

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Are You Catching This Rain?

With rain clouds rolling in, now is a great time to take advantage of rain barrel rebates! You can help maintain a healthy urban watershed by installing a rain barrel at home. San Mateo residents are eligible for up to $100 in rebates for qualifying rain barrels through the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops, to store for later use. They can also help reduce demand on our potable water system by using collected rainfall to irrigate gardens. 

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Be Prepared - Free Sandbags

Another storm is on the way and Public Works crews have been clearing storm drains. Did we miss one near you? Report a clogged storm drain at (650) 522-7300. Don’t forget San Mateo residents can get free sandbags at the Wastewater Treatment Plant 2015 Detroit Drive, or Corp Yard 1949 Pacific Blvd. Learn how you can prepare your family for a storm by visiting our web page

Community Corner

(Events Hosted by Partners in the Community)

High School Students Organize Feminine Product Drive to Support Women in Need 

The San Mateo Activist Coalition, a local activist group founded by San Mateo high school students, is organizing a feminine product drive to help homeless people in the area and City Hall will host a donation bin during the week of February 11-15. Feminine products are an expensive necessity which many homeless people do not have access to. The coalition would greatly appreciate donations of wrapped/sealed pads, tampons or menstrual cups. The donations will be provided to a local nonprofit serving homeless people in the community. 

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Celebrating Business Leaders 

The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 80th anniversary and will host its annual Business Awards Dinner Thursday, February 21. Many long-time Chamber members will be honored along with this year’s award winners. Come celebrate with local business leaders from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the San Mateo Marriott. Tickets are required and can be purchased online.

Samaritan House

Grab Your Dancing Shoes For a Charitable Night Out

The San Mateo-based nonprofit Samaritan House is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year and they want you to join! This year’s semi-formal, signature fundraising gala is titled The Main Event: “Hope Is…” Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction, inspirational program before dancing the night away at the After Party. Expected to attract nearly 600 guests, “Hope Is…” will raise much-needed funding for Samaritan House to continue providing quality services and comprehensive resources to those in need. The event is March 16 at the Crown Plaza in Foster City. Buy tickets online.

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