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August Edition II, 2019

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We're Turning 125 Years Old!

Join us in commemorating our history during our Sept. 3 City Council meeting – exactly 125 years after the first meeting of the San Mateo Board of Trustees. In 1894, an election was held and with just 175 votes – 150 in favor and 25 opposed – San Mateo incorporated into a City. Two days after the election, the first board meeting was held on Sept. 3, 1984 to accept the election results and seat the first trustees. Today of course we have a City Council and many people have served our community over the last 125 years. Come celebrate our history with current and former members beginning 7 p.m. at the Sept. 3 City Council meeting where we’ll commemorate San Mateo’s 125th birthday with cupcakes and an apple cider toast at City Hall.

September Nights on B Street

We’ll be following up with a three-night birthday bash celebration in Downtown during September Nights on B Street. The new event series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5 with free live music, dance lessons and council members will perform a 1894-inspired reenactment of that first meeting. We'll have two more events with different music and entertainment Sept. 12 & 19. Join us 5-8 p.m. on B Street between 2nd & 3rd avenues for pop-up dining, drinks and dancing. You can also volunteer to help at the event!

Picture of hands holding planet earth

Supporting Sustainability

We’re going above and beyond to help make San Mateo more sustainable! On Aug. 19, our City Council unanimously approved becoming the first in San Mateo County to adopt “Reach Codes” for the upcoming code cycle. Reach Codes are local amendments to the Energy Code and Green Building Code that exceed the State’s requirements for new construction to be more sustainable. Our new regulations will encourage the construction of all-electric buildings, require solar installation and increase the electric vehicle infrastructure readiness requirements. The City Council’s forward-thinking leadership will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector and help the City to meet its Climate Action Plan goals. The new regulations apply to residential and commercial construction and go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Review Item 16 on the Council meeting agenda for more information.

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Studying San Mateo's Future

The City Council took an important step in our ongoing efforts to guide the future of San Mateo through the General Plan Update. Based on community feedback collected over the last few months, 11 geographical areas where chosen to undergo a comprehensive study of how these parts of the city might change over the next 20 years. Staff and planners will gather more community input on what kinds of changes the public would like to see – such as transportation improvements, additional housing, streetscape enhancements and more. A range of alternatives will then be studied for each of the 11 areas to evaluate the potential impacts and benefits. The areas include downtown, along El Camino Real, near Caltrain stations, the Bridgepointe Shopping Center and other segments of the City. Another round of community workshops and public meetings will be held in the coming months and everyone is encouraged to participate and learn more by visiting the Strive San Mateo website.

Photo of solar panels

Clean Energy Workshop

We want to help our community become more sustainable! Join the SunShares movement and take advantage of deep discounts on solar and electric vehicles for a limited time. The City of San Mateo invites you to attend our Clean Energy Workshop on Sept. 10 to learn about solar and electric vehicle discounts and other ways to save energy in your home. Reserve your seat online. In 2018, 187 homes installed solar with SunShares, a Bay Area nonprofit committed to improving access to solar power and electric vehicles. Come learn about the program Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Mateo Main Library Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave.

Children play with a dragon dancer

Autumn Moon Returns 

Come promote healthy living for all ages with Self-Help for the Elderly’s annual Autumn Moon Festival Sunday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Mateo’s Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave. The event includes dance and musical performances, family activities, a 1-mile Kaiser Permanente Walk for Wellness, information booths and food trucks. It’s a great event for grandparents, parents, children, friends, co-workers and caregivers!
Volunteers walk along the coastal trail at the Bayfront cleanup

Keeping Our Shorelines Clean

Sign up to join San Mateo’s 35th annual Bayfront Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21. Every year, hundreds of volunteers join forces to clean the San Mateo shoreline as part of our largest annual cleanup effort to help protect the Pacific Ocean. This family-friendly event is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the environment and includes the “Catch of the Day” and “Butts Out” contests, and a thank you BBQ for volunteers after the cleanup. Students can receive service hours too! Sign up today online, and watch highlights from last year’s cleanup on YouTube.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 21. Sign in: 7:30 – 9 a.m., Cleanup: 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Ryder Park, 1801 J. Hart Clinton Drive
Annual fall books sale flyer

Find a Great Deal at the Library's Fall Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the San Mateo Library’s Annual Fall Book Sale Friday Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. Books at bargain prices will hit the shelves every day and the proceeds go toward supporting the City’s library. Volunteers are still needed to assist. School is back in session and educators get a special presale opportunity Thursday, Sept. 19!  

Youth baseball players in Toyonaka Japan

A 40-Year Relationship 
Toyonaka & San Mateo 

San Mateo Sister City Association just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the baseball exchange program with Toyonaka, Japan! Baseball players from 10-12 years of age representing San Mateo recently returned from Japan where they played against two different all-star teams. These baseball ambassadors enjoyed a wonderful cultural experience living with Japanese ball players and their families. One ball player relived the experience his dad had when his father represented San Mateo in the first baseball exchange 40 years ago. Another 14 San Mateo ambassadors joined the team and were also hosted by Japanese families. 

Mayor Diane Papan and George Musante

Mayor's Quarterly Hero - Supporting Sister Cities

At the Aug. 19 City Council meeting, George Musante was presented with the Mayor’s Quarterly Hero Award for being instrumental in establishing this baseball exchange and for his 40 years of dedication to the bonds of friendship between San Mateo and Toyonaka, Japan. In 2021 San Mateo will be hosting Toyonaka ball players! Help keep this special relationship going and visit the Sister City website to see how to get involved. 

Rendering of an electrified Caltrain

Caltrain 2040 - Speak Up

Caltrain continues to welcome feedback on its Business Plan as the transit agency outlines long-range goals and hosts several public meetings. The plan addresses key questions about the railroad’s future with four major focus areas including service, business case, community interface, and organization. Get involved by going online to sign up for updates and see a schedule of upcoming community meetings, including station pop-ups and an onboard Q&A session. Or mark your calendar to attend a meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Caltrain’s Headquarters, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. Have questions? Email businessplan@caltrain.com or call 650-508-6499.

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