The City of San Mateo’s City Services Academy is a FREE, comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives participants the opportunity to interact with City staff and learn about the challenges facing municipal government today. Interactive activities will give Academy participants a better understanding of the evolving principles of the City of San Mateo’s Council/City Manager form of government. Learn more!
When are the meetings?
The Academy will meet from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday evenings between August 22, 2018 and November 14, 2018. The Academy is FREE to all participants.
Application Deadline: August 10, 2018. Please return a completed application to:
San Mateo City Services Academy
c/o Office of the City Manager
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Share your feedback with the City Council on the King Field Synthetic Turf and Park Improvements Plan
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 5:30 PM
City Hall, Conference Room C
330 W 20th Ave, San Mateo
This is the last opportunity to comment before the plan is finalized. The King Park Improvements Project includes conversion of athletic field to synthetic turf and other park improvements to be implemented as funding allows or is identified.
In September 2016, the City Council approved the Recreation Facilities Strategic Plan (RFSP). With a system of recreation centers and pools that is mostly 50+ years, the RFSP created a vision and plan for facilities that can better serve the community for the next 50 years. Planning is currently under way to refine this vision into an actionable plan- identifying the specific spaces/facilities that should be provided at each location, reviewing and selecting from options that can achieve these preferred spaces/facilities, and costing out those choices so that a funding and implementation plan can be developed. We need your feedback! To help, please see next steps below.
For each facility, we have identified key trade-offs or questions and developed two initial options for addressing them differently. We need your opinions about the relative priorities and options. You can provide this feedback in the following ways:
Over 300 community members have pledged to Love North Central and are registered to volunteer at the Neighborhood Cleanup Event! We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 9th at 9am at the King Center. This is a free, all-age and all-ability community service event for your entire family. Volunteers can win prizes and enjoy music and a BBQ lunch thanks to the grill masters from Public Works. Pre-register by June 1st!
***FREE EVENT PARKING @ College Park Elementary/Turnbull Preschool (715 Indian Ave, San Mateo). Special door prizes for early birds, super volunteers who recruited the most volunteers, and for coming on foot, bike or public transportation!***
Sponsors & Partner Appreciation
The Home Association of North Central San Mateo (HANCSM) is leading a grassroots neighborhood campaign to stop littering and dumping with support from the City of San Mateo Public Works, King Center, Code Enforcement, Office of the City Manager and broad community support from Recology, Calwater, San Mateo-Foster City School District, San Mateo Union High School District, the San Mateo Adult School, Police Activity League, Little Wonders, Intercommunal Preschool, Chinese Baptist Church, Congregational Church, First Presbyterian Church, Iglesia Emanuel, Pilgrim Baptist Church, San Mateo Buddhist Temple, UUSM, North Central Neighborhood Association, St. James Community Foundation, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and our generous sponsors Windy Hill Property Ventures, Safari Run, VCA Bayshore Animal Hospital, and Woodlake Association.
There may be very little that’s glamorous about the snack wrappers, car parts and other litter and large items residents of San Mateo’s North Central neighborhood have seen left on their streets, but resident Amourence Lee and those galvanized around a neighborhood cleanup effort are determined to find a silver lining.
In coordinating a neighborhood cleanup day June 9 and asking residents to take a pledge to keep neighborhood streets clean, Lee and a growing number of residents are hoping a grassroots campaign will serve a dual purpose: to clean up neighborhood streets and sidewalks and bring residents in the neighborhood together in the process.
“Trash is the great unifier,” said Lee. “People want to see this change and are feeling really excited about how now they have a way to talk to their neighbors about it … . It’s just one of those things, we can’t sit around and wish that we had a better more neighborly neighborhood.”
Anna Schuessler/Daily Journal To address the presence of litter and large items dumped in San Mateo’s North Central neighborhood, residents are coordinating a cleanup day June 9 and asking each other to take a pledge to keep streets clean.
Also board president of the Home Association of North Central San Mateo, or HANCSM, Lee has observed litter and illegal dumping of large items like furniture and car parts for the nearly 10 years she’s lived in the neighborhood. Lee said the sight of trash on walks to school with her children pained her and, when she got a chance to talk about it with her neighbors, she quickly found she wasn’t the only one dismayed by it.
“The presence of litter is constant and the presence of dumping is constant in our lives,” she said. “I think a lot of people end up having this low-grade isolation and resentment around it.”
With a mission to bring community members together to improve the health and safety of neighborhood residents, those involved with HANCSM were eager to take on the issue and better understand why dumping and littering is prevalent in the neighborhood, said Lee. After contacting city officials, she said the group learned a disproportionate number of illegal dumping instances have been logged in the neighborhood in recent years.
Because of the neighborhood’s socioeconomic diversity, Lee said transitions in and out of housing may be more common in the neighborhood, which can mean more trash generated and few residents aware of how to dispose of it.
In working with officials from the city’s Public Works Department, Code Enforcement and City Manager’s Office, Lee said the group found language may be a barrier for some in accessing existing resources, such as Recology’s bulk item pickup service, which can be requested up to two times a year without charge. She added renters may also have a harder time navigating the services offered, as some require a property owner’s information to unlock, and the conversations have sparked efforts to explore how to reach those who may not be receiving the information.
Roxanne Murray, solid waste recycling programs coordinator for the city’s Public Works Department, was encouraged by the residents’ response to the issue, noting in many instances the accumulation of trash can be chalked up to unawareness about the appropriate way to dispose of an item. In the three years since city officials started putting notices on illegally dumped items notifying owners of a code violation, Murray said instances of dumping have been cut in half, with 80 percent of property owners taking responsibility for the issue or contacting the city to say the item was dumped on their properties.
Murray said the city sees North Central’s cleanup day and efforts to spread awareness of the services that can help address trash as a way to continue the dialogue with residents about what’s allowed and where they can dispose of specific items.
“The goal is to make this positive,” she said. “It’s not about enforcement, it’s about empowerment and giving people the tools that they need.”
To reach as many North Central residents as possible, Lee said those who have committed to the cause have been going door to door to encourage neighbors and community organizations such as churches and schools to take a pledge to keep the neighborhood’s streets clean, join in on the June 9 cleanup day and spread the word amongst their neighbors.
“We are completely pounding the pavement and trying to get as much support as possible,” she said.
By bringing residents together on an issue many agree negatively affects everyone in the community, Lee is hoping the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for taking action against trash will become a community tradition.
“There’s so much more that we can do and I think that the degree in which this has been embraced … is really a positive indication that this will be a sustained effort,” she said.
North Central’s Neighborhood Cleanup Day will start 9 a.m. June 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo St. Visit hancsm.wordpress.com/love/ to register for the event and for more information on the Love North Central campaign.
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
Here is your opportunity to become a trained member of “CERT”, the City of San Mateo’s Community Emergency Response Team. Participants in this 25-hour series of classes will learn how to develop neighborhood teams while cross-trained in basic emergency skills.
Classes are held at the San Mateo Senior Center (2645 Alameda de las Pulgas) on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8:45pm (January 31st – March 14th). Skills Development & Mock Earthquake Exercise will be held on the Saturday, March 17th , 2018, 9:00am to 4:00 pm at Fire Station 23.