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October 2019 - Edition I

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Are You Our Next
City Council Member?

The City Council will be appointing a new member and is looking for civic-minded San Mateo residents to apply. The position is to fill a vacancy when current Deputy Mayor Maureen Freschet leaves her position later this year. The council member position is for an interim term from Nov. 18, 2019 through Dec. 7, 2020. The seat is scheduled for election to a full four-year term on the November 2020 regular election. The Council will be looking for someone who has a thorough understanding of the issues facing the City, and who can demonstrate a history of active civic leadership, community service and engagement in San Mateo. In addition to regular Council business, the individual selected must be available to actively participate as a Council liaison to numerous external agencies and organizations as well as San Mateo Commissions.
Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the City of San Mateo. Applications and supplemental questionnaire are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Learn about the application and appointment process online

Playground at Central Park

What Do You Think About the Central Park Playground?

Let’s Improve the Central Park Playground!
We all love San Mateo’s Central Park and now it’s time to hear from you about how we can improve the playground! Join a workshop Saturday, Oct. 5 to share your ideas as we consider what types of enhancements we can make in the well-used children’s amenity. Staff will be listening to your feedback starting 10 a.m. at the playground, 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo. We’ll also have children’s activities!

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Council to Consider Updated General Plan Study Areas

On Monday, Oct. 7, the City Council will consider changes to the General Plan study area boundaries initially accepted on August 19, 2019.  Following additional input from the community, the Council will consider clarifying the goals of the upcoming alternatives process and eliminating one- and two- family residentially zoned parcels citywide from the areas to be studied for potential change.
The General Plan is the document that guides how the City will look, feel, and change through 2040. General Plan study areas are those areas that are most likely to change over the next 20 years. Those changes could be new development, new bike or pedestrian amenities, traffic improvements, infrastructure upgrades, street beautification, or other changes. Identifying study areas is the first step in the process to envision, evaluate, and choose among future alternative scenarios.
Documents for the meeting are available on our Public Meeting Portal. You can read a staff report about the proposal and review the updated map online. Meeting begins 7 p.m. at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. Public Comments on the General Plan update effort are posted online. Read what other community members are thinking about the future of San Mateo here. You can share your comments too by emailing generalplan@cityofsanmateo.org. Missed a meeting or workshop? Access materials and videos from past community workshops and subcommittee meetings on the Strive San Mateo website.

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Let's Talk About Your Health

There’s no better time to consider how you can improve your health than right now! We’re hosting our annual Health & Wellness Fair at the San Mateo Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 5. This free event is open to all ages and features free health screenings, community resources, raffle prizes, lunch and wellness vendors. Please call 650-522-7490 for more information. Take some time to focus on your health Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Superhero day

Grab Your Costumes and Join Superhero Day

Our Parks and Recreation Department along with the San Mateo Police Activities League are hosting Superhero Day Saturday, Oct. 12. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a day filled with activities including games, crafts, face painting and more! This free family-friendly event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Los Prados Park, 1837 Bahia St.

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Celebrate Fall with a Free Family-Friendly Festival

It’s Fall Festival time! San Mateo Parks and Recreation team invite you to round up your family and friends to come out and celebrate the fall season with a free, family fun event! There will be inflatables, pick-a-pumpkin patch, music, children’s crafts and more. Come on by and play some carnival games and win some prizes. Event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 725. Monte Diablo Ave. 

Man on the moon

Look Toward the Stars at CSM

The College of San Mateo is hosting its annual all-day Family Science & Astronomy Festival & Makerspace festival Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Come celebrate science, technology, and making things! Enjoy science and makerspace workshops, kids’ activities, planetarium shows, and a keynote speech by Dr. Brian Day on "Lunar Landing Sites, Past and Future." The day wraps up with an observation of the night sky through the CSM Observatory telescopes!

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Free Recycling Event

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Beresford Park parking lot plays host to the last free recycling event of 2019 from the City. The event is open to all San Mateo residents.
Acceptable recyclables include:

  • E-Waste like camcorders, cell and desk phones, chips and components, computers, connectors/cables, DVD players, fax machines, fluorescent tubes (limit 5 per household), video game consoles, and VCRs.
  • Community Paper Shred rules are: a maximum of three standard size banker boxes (10"x12"x15") for secure on-site destruction. Staples and paper clips are okay. Proof of residency is required.
  • Give-N-Go to Goodwill items like clothes, shoes, accessories, books, tapes, and other media. Toys, small kitchen appliances (working or not), bath linens and throw pillows, pictures, paintings, and sculptures, etc.

Unacceptable items: Household appliances such as cooktops, dishwashers, fans, floor heaters, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, or household hazardous waste. 

People in an electric vehicle

Electric Vehicle Discounts are Now Available!

Peninsula Clean Energy is again offering a popular electric vehicle (EV) discount program that saves thousands of dollars for San Mateo County residents through a partnership with seven participating local auto dealers. The program combines guaranteed savings from dealerships with Peninsula Clean Energy rebates of $1,000 for all-electric cars or $700 for plug-in hybrids. The time-limited discounts are available from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Buyers may stack these savings with manufacturer discounts and state and federal EV tax incentives, potentially saving an additional $10,800 or more per purchase. The program also offers significant savings on leases. Visit Peninsula Clean Energy's website for details.

Volunteers pick up trash along the bayfront

Bayfront Cleanup 2019 Success

San Mateo shoreline heroes made our 35th Annual Bayfront Cleanup a success this year. Just over 1,000 volunteers showed up to clean our shoreline near Ryder Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. To be precise, it was 1,003 volunteers who helped remove 3,500 pounds of garbage from the natural habitat along San Francisco Bay. Volunteers also removed 20 pounds of recycling, all from about 1.5 miles of San Francisco Bay shoreline. The Strangest Find win went to the team who recovered a fully intact kids play kitchen, not to mention a large ottoman and the top of a vacuum cleaner. Well done everyone and we’ll see you next September! 

Cleaning Darcy's Tunnel 

Our Public Works Department staff recently made a significant improvement to the culvert under downtown San Mateo where the San Mateo Creek runs. Our crews removed about 1,000 gallons of garbage from Darcy’s Tunnel. Thank you to Clark Services who lent us a hand. 

Before picture of trash near a creek
To the left, a before picture of trash along the creek. 

To the right, a photo of the clean creek bed after our crews removed litter.
After picture of a clean creek
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Bicycle Master Plan Update

Join the Monday, Oct. 7 City Council meeting to learn about progress on our citywide Bicycle Master Plan Update. Public Works staff has gathered feedback from over 400 locals who shared their opinions at various outreach events. Staff launched the update at a kick-off event last December, where an online WiKiMap allowed cycling enthusiasts to comment on their experiences biking within the city by adding points or routes to the map to designate their favorite places to bike, safety issues, key destinations and more. An 8-mile Citywide Bike Tour on March 23 followed attracting 40 participants. Finally, staff conducted six pop-up community events at various locations throughout June and July to obtain feedback from community members on the draft bicycle network. The update will be a study session item starting 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave. 

Rendering of Caltrain and train tracks

Update on Relocation of Caltrain's Set-Out-Track

You might remember the “set-out track” discussion in our City Hall this June. Since then, the City and Caltrain have considered 28 locations and narrowed the feasible alternatives list down to two. A community meeting is set for Oct. 8 for an update. The collaborative team is hoping to take the recommendation from the community to City Council later this month.
The alternatives are:

  • Move the set-out track to a commercial zone north of Hayward Park Station; or
  • Build a significant buffer at the current location

Meeting is at City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30–8 p.m. Need a refresher on the issue? Visit Caltrain’s project web page where you’ll also find the 28 options considered and a free meeting registration link.

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