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North Central Hero: Tokumatsu Hata

The Hata Merchant Tailor Shop (Established 1901)
The first record of Japanese immigrants arriving to San Mateo County is in the 1890s. Many worked in domestic service and grounds keeping on the Peninsula estate homes. A growing number of small businesses catering to Japanese in San Mateo County emerged in the early 1900s. Tokumatsu Hata, an immigrant from Fukushima, opened his tailor shop in Downtown San Mateo on B Street in 1901. The shop offered alteration services to Japanese customers who required tailoring of ready-made suits. Many customers were bachelors who were motivated to present well to prospective brides. Discrimination against Japanese businesses eventually forced the Hata shop to relocate to a less desirable area on Ellsworth Avenue. Hata rose above these obstacles and continued operating for over 20 years. 

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1872-1942: A Community Story. The San Mateo Chapter Japanese American Citizens League (1981) (Photo Credit: S. Sakuma Collection)

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North Central is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of San Mateo and home to many trailblazers. As North Central residents we are all custodians of this rich and diverse history. HANCSM is proud to share stories of our neighborhood history and the leaders who helped shaped the community that we enjoy today. Poet Robert Penn Warren said, “History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” 

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FREE Get Ready Disaster Preparedness Class

A major disaster can happen at any time. Do you know what to do? SMFD staff will teach you how to prepare yourself, your family, home and workplace for a disaster. You will be given information that will allow you to help after a disaster.

Tuesday, February 27th
6:30 pm
 – 8:30 pm
Senior Center

Register Online: http://www.sanmateorec.com/
Class #142025

 

 

Reflections on 2017: Transitions

The passing of Bertha Sanchez late in 2016 was a huge loss for HANCSM. But out of this loss came opportunity. HANCSM welcomed new Board members Robert Harker, Amourence Lee, Adam Loraine, and Amy and Binh Thai, who offered fresh perspectives and more hands to sift through city plans to find items affecting our neighborhood, and opened new avenues for communicating with our neighbors.

This year, we welcome two new Board members, Bennito Angeles and Noelia Corzo. Wes Taoka and I also make way for fresh leadership, as Wes steps down as Secretary and I rotate off the board. HANCSM’s new officers will be formally appointed after the February General Meeting (Amourence Lee as President, Binh Thai as Vice President and Adam Lorraine as Secretary) and join Treasurer Joanne Bennett to lead the rest of the board. I’d like to thank all the HANCSM board members; you made my duties much easier than they could have been this past year, and your efforts are much appreciated.

But this is not a complete good-bye for me. I’m still an active HANCSM member, and I look forward to seeing even more of our neighbors become involved with our association. North Central is San Mateo’s most densely populated and diverse neighborhood, and input from more people will help our association know what’s important to us, and if needed, speak in a unified voice to the city regarding projects that affect us.

So join me at HANCSM’s first 2018 general meeting on Thursday, the 22nd of February at 6:30 pm at King Center. There is a small annual fee of $10 to be a voting member, but all are welcome to the meetings, and neighbors are encouraged to share what they think is important to our neighborhood.

You can also keep up with HANCSM via our Facebook page, website, and email updates, or by emailing specific questions or concerns.

Thank you all for a great 2017; here’s to an engaged 2018!

Tracey Kobayashi
Outgoing HANCSM Vice-President 2017

Central Park Master Plan – share your ideas at the public hearing!

The Parks and Recreation Department is updating the Master Plan for Central Park. The current adopted park master plan dates from 1982 and is no longer adequate to address the community’s current and future needs. The Parks & Recreation Commission is holding a hearing on the Central Park Master Plan – all are welcome!

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