Upcoming HANCSM General Meeting – Going Virtual ūüéÜ

We are going to be hosting our next general meeting virtually and we encourage you all to attend. ūüĎ©‚ÄćūüíĽūüĎ®‚ÄćūüíĽ

Meeting Date: May 28th
Meeting Time: 7-8pm
Location: Zoom – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71896011607
ūüćē Update: Since we can’t deliver pizza to everyone, have something from a local San Mateo shop, as you are able.

Topics include:

  • Update from the Samaritan House team on the services they provide and ways you can help out.
  • Conversation on the San Mateo Safe Streets program and a city-wide COVID19 update from the city of San Mateo.
  • General neighborhood updates.

Reach out to the HANCSM board for any further information or questions.

Meeting Link
Meeting room opens at 6:30pm for testing connections and meeting a new neighbor

Meeting ID: 718 9601 1607
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Help Us Get North Central out of the FEMA Flood Zone today!

By Craig Howell from San Carlos, CA, USA – zeppelin-ride-020100925-130, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50350554

Help our neighborhood’s flood improvement project move forward today!¬†
Please send the city council a message at¬†citycouncil@cityofsanmateo.org¬†this afternoon urging them to approve this project on tonight’s consent¬†calendar. Here is a template for you to use:

Dear Mayor Goethals and members of the City Council,

The North Shoreview Flood Improvement Project will protect our neighborhood from future flooding, and it is very important that you, the City Council, support the city staff’s recommendations on how to move¬†forward with it today.

Please support the city staff’s recommendation to negotiate a contract with¬†more¬†favorable terms with¬†the lowest responsible bidder, Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction. Because¬†the COVID-19 outbreak will likely lower some construction costs over the coming two-year¬†implementation¬†of the project, we should take the measures recommended by the City’s staff to safeguard our city finances¬†whilel¬†ensuring this¬†project proceeds on its promised timeline.

A ‘yes’ decision today will allow the City to move forward with the project now, while saving the city money in what will likely be an uncertain economic time for the City.Taking this action will allow people in our neighborhood to save a lot of money, who are already taxing themselves and who will no longer have to pay high flood insurance premiums.¬†This is a needed investment in our neighborhood’s sustainable and resilient¬†infrastructure, and moving¬†forward tonight will keep our promised timeline.

Your Name

Tonight the City Council will be making a very important decision affecting residents of our neighborhood. The North Shoreview Flood Improvement Project is up on tonight’s consent¬†calendar for approval by the council. It is extremely important for our neighborhood that this project moves forward now, especially in light of the uncertainty of caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.¬†

This engineering construction project will enhance the levees and flood control for the low lying areas of our neighborhood, removing parcels currently in the flood zone out of the flood zone. Please help us ensure this project moves forward by sending a comment to the city council by 4pm today!

Community Support – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ūüßź Where to find information:

City of San Mateo COVID-19 Updates

San Mateo County Novel Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

ūüôŹūüŹľ Where to get help:

S.A.S.H. ‚Äď Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound
This program is looking for both seniors to support and volunteers to help.

S.A.S.H. is a grocery shopping and delivery service for homebound seniors who are able to cook for themselves. A volunteer shopper will shop and deliver groceries to you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Your volunteer will take your order and deliver your groceries the next day. You only pay for the groceries; there is no fee for the service. For more information on receiving service or volunteering your time, contact Amber Shong at (650) 522-7493 or alshong@cityofsanmateo.org.

Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.
The 2-1-1 information service also offers a text option. Text ‚Äúcoronavirus‚ÄĚ to ‚Äú211211‚ÄĚ to receive useful information from the CDC. After receiving a return text message, residents can enter a ZIP code for county-specific health-related links.

Samaritan House
Samaritan House, the Lead Core Agency in San Mateo County, will be open and providing essential services to low-income County residents as long as circumstances permit.

All Food & Nutrition, Free Clinic, Case Management (including rental and utility assistance, etc.), Coordinated Entry System for Homelessness Diversion & Placement, and the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter are operating, although some access or availability may be restricted. 

Please call 1 (650) 347-3648 first to see how to access these programs and for health screening before entering.¬†Samaritan House will continue to provide “backbone” services to partner agencies throughout San Mateo County, including the disbursement of assistance funding through the Core Agency Network.¬†

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has money for rental assistance. Their coordinator for this program is Maria Chatterjee. Tenants can start the application process by calling her directly at 650-517-8939. They are all working remotely, so please leave a message at that number. Right now, they can only help tenants with March or April rent payments.

General Plan Draft Alternatives Open House

The City is updating the General Plan, which is a road map for the City’s future (through 2040). The General Plan contains policies that will be used by future decision makers regarding topics such as housing, transportation, safety, parks and open space, and how the city adapts to climate change. Community input is a vitally important part of the process to update the General Plan.
The General Plan project team are preparing draft alternatives which will be shared at community events in March.  Come check out the draft alternatives at one of the Open House events and bring a friend! 

Drop-in anytime during the event and stay as long as you want.
Note: the same information will be provided at each Open House.

If you have questions about the General Plan, please contact Julia Klein at generalplan@cityofsanmateo.org or call 650-522-7216. 

HANCSM Neighborhood Community Meeting

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some light refreshments (tambi√©n hablamos espa√Īol) ‚Äď all are welcome to join our HANCSM General Meeting!

When and Where

Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue


  • Welcome & Intro ‚Äď Adam Nugent, President of HANCSM
  • Police Report ‚Äď Area 1 Lieutenant Ryan Monaghan and Police Chief Ed Barberini
    • Receive an update on police activity and programs in our region.
  • Guest Presentation: Proposed Affordable Housing Project ‚Äď MidPen Housing Corp.
    • MidPen housing will provide an update on the city-owned downtown affordable housing and parking garage sites at Claremont St. and 4th/5th Ave.
  • Halftime ‚Äď Meet a neighbor!
  • Special Presentation: Tenant Protections – State Law Presentation
    • Learn about the new state law – California Assembly Bill 1482: The Tenant Protection Act of 2019

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Census 2020 Kickoff! A Free Community Event


Saturday, February 1: 11am – 1pm
Saint James AME Zion Church
825 Monte Diablo Ave

The next census will be in April 2020 and we need to count all our residents. Participating in the census helps make sure everyone has equitable representation, funding, and resources. At the Kickoff, you’ll learn important information about how and why to participate in Census 2020. Join us to make sure everyone counts!

More information is available at https://www.bachac.org/events-1

Train Horn Noise Progress Update: City Council Special Session

Join the City Council for a special session on train horn noise.

5:30 PM on January 6, 2020

*Session may run over into the 7pm general city council meeting

City Hall Conference Room C
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo CA 94403

This study session will encompass three agenda items, the third item is on train horn noise.

  • City Council Appointments to External Agencies and Liaison Roles
  • Review the Draft 2020 Climate Action Plan
  • Train Horn Noise Progress Update

The City has been involved with formulating possible ways to mitigate the effects of loud train horns and establish a Quiet Zone. The third agenda item serves as a progress update on that front.

The session is open for public comment. It is important that if you would like to see action taken to reduce or eliminate train horn noise to show up for the discussion so that the city council is aware that it remains an item of high importance for the community and does not fizzle out.