Category Archives: General Meeting

HANCSM Summer General Meeting Thurs. Jul 26

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some light refreshments (también hablamos español) – all are welcome to join our HANCSM Summer Meeting!

Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue


  • 6:30-6:35 Welcome
  • 6:35-6:50 Police Report on Neighborhood Crime & Safety, Lt Mefford SMPD
  • 6:50-7:00 San Mateo-Foster City School District Update, Noelia Corzo School Board Trustee
  • 7:00-7:20 Library Improvement Plan,  James Moore, Deputy City Librarian and Jan Busa, Sr. Management Analyst
  • 7:20-8:20 North Central Community Health, Get Healthy San Mateo County, Belen Seara,  Senior Community Health Planner
  • 8:20-8:35 Upcoming Development Projects & Long Range Community Planning, City of San Mateo Community Development Department, Julia Klein Senior Planner

HANCSM Spring 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue

Police Report – Lt. Sanchez

Crime trends again include vehicle burglaries (forced entry) and theft (unlocked). Gang activity was noted at the 700 block of N Amphlett Blvd.

Lt. Sanchez provided the following suggestions to audience questions and comments:

  • Encouraged people to call police to mediate conflicts with people not curbing their pets
  • Encouraged to report excessively loud exhaust from vehicles
  • If encountered with a car-jacking, cooperate with robber as injury is not worth it
  • Reminded folks that working on cars in the street is not allowed

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Neighborhood Traffic Action Plan, Bethany Lopez, Public Works

Bethany Lopez started with listing traffic improvements completed or in-progress

  • Poplar and Amphlet
  • Poplar and Humboldt: added signals and protected left turns for all directions
  • Poplar and Eldorado: crosswalk bulb-outs and flashing crosswalk beacons
  • Eldorado and Indian: crosswalk bulb-outs and flashing crosswalk beacons
  • Humboldt and Indian: crosswalk bulb-outs and flashing crosswalk beacons
  • Working on flashing crosswalks along Peninsula but waiting on co-funding by Burlingame

unnamedInformation was provided on the Peninsula Interchange project.  There would be new southbound ramps.  The Poplar ramps would close due to their proximity to the new Peninsula ramps.  It’s now in the project approval stage.  A traffic study to be conducted which would include new housing projects in the area.

A grant is coming to improve traffic flow at the 101/92 interchange.

The audience provided numerous suggestions for traffic improvements.  These were all taken as official requests by Bethany.

Update:  Public works has responded to the requests with the following actions:

  • Fremont speeding – A speed survey will be conducted in the next month or so. The speed study is required to determine if the roadway qualifies for physical devices such as speed cushions. We’ll be working directly with Kevin Dodson who was at the meeting and asked to the representative for that request.
  • 2nd/Fremont (north segment) visibility – The intersection will be reviewed for sight distance and additional red curb will be added where needed. Adjacent property owners will be notified if additional red curb is to be installed.
  • Eldorado at 3rd/4th “Keep Clear” legends – After review of the two locations, it looks like we’ll be able to add the legend at Eldorado/3rd. However, due to issues with the proximity of the Delaware intersection and potential backup issues, we won’t be able to install the “Keep Clear” legend on 4th.
  • Santa Inez/Eldorado visibility – This intersection is currently being evaluated for an all-way stop as part of a separate resident request. As part of the all-way stop warrant, visibility and sight lines will also be evaluated and red curb will be installed where necessary.
  • Oversized vehicles parking on 2nd near train tracks – This request will be forward to PD for follow-up.
  • Vehicles parking on the sidewalk – This request will also be forwarded to PD for follow-up. I’ve also attached the flyer that is handed out to inform drivers of how they’re allowed to park on rolled curbs.

Love North Central – Campaign to end littering and dumping in North Central, Amourence Lee, HANCSM

The Homeowners 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, community organizations and local businesses.

Dumping and littering disproportionately impacts the health and safety of North Central community members. It pollutes streets and yards; clogs drains and causes flooding; endangers wildlife and ecosystems in the Bay; releases toxic chemicals in the water supply; and it causes tripping and fire hazards near homes, businesses, parks, places of worship and schools.

We are asking all community members who live, work, go to school or worship in our neighborhood to pledge to Love North Central and volunteer on Saturday, June 9th at the King Center for our Neighborhood Clean Up Day. This is an all age, all ability, family-friendly event. There will be a free BBQ, music and prizes for volunteers, please pre-register by June 1st!

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Talk Traffic & Trash @ HANCSM Spring Meeting

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some light refreshments (también hablamos Español) – all are welcome to join our HANCSM Spring Meeting!

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue

Topics include:

  • Crime & Safety Report, Police Department
  • Neighborhood Traffic Action Plan, Public Works
  • Let’s end littering and dumping in North Central!

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Neighborhood Clean Up Day 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Meet at 9am @ Martin Luther King Jr Center
725 Monte Diablo St., San Mateo
Pre-register Online

HANCSM Winter 2018 General Meeting Minutes

HANCSM Winter 2018 General Meeting Minutes & Agenda

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue

  • Police Report — Lt. Todd Mefford, San Mateo Police Department (SMPD)
  • King Field Turf Project Steering Committee Update — Amourence Lee
  • Flood Control Ballot — Steven Machida, Deputy Director of Public Works, & Staff


Police Report, Lt. Todd Mefford

IMG_7434As noted last quarter, crime trends included:

  • theft/burglary of vehicles (especially Toyota Camry models, construction trucks and plumbing vans) and items inside them
  • package theft

Lt. Mefford attributed the rise in this nonviolent crime to recent changes to California laws that reduced sentencing and severity of some crimes, allowing veteran criminals to return to the streets and commit such crimes repeatedly.

Lt. Mefford noted that many incidents reported on NextDoor (neighborhood social media app) are not reported to SMPD. He asked attendees to please report all such incidents to help police look for trends, allocate resources to the right areas, etc.

Suggestions from Lt. Mefford to help mitigate/prevent crime included:

  • installing a car alarm
  • be vigilant
  • meet your neighbors (to help know when suspicious activity may be happening inside/outside a neighbor’s home)
  • join the Neighborhood Watch program
  • keep the SMPD main phone number (650-522-7700) with you in mobile phones and wherever you are (this is the non-emergency line, but it does connect to local dispatch);
  • “Don’t be afraid to call us,” said Lt. Mefford. “You’re not bothering us.”
  • install video cameras outside your home

QUESTION: What is SMPD doing to protect schools, especially in the wake of recent active shooter incidents in American schools?

Lt. Mefford shared details of a program called “The Big Five,” a group effort managed in partnership with schools and San Mateo County. It establishes uniform conditions and procedures for schools and teachers/administration to follow in active shooter situations (e.g. covering windows, locking doors, etc.). He also noted that each school has a School Resource Officer, part of faculty, who communicates with SMPD. He also asked attendees who “see something” to “say something,” and relayed a recent experience in which the “Big Five” program was exercised at a local school after receiving actionable communication from a private resident. It ended up being a “spoofing incident,” but SMPD was prepared to protect the students if it had been legitimate.

QUESTION: LimeBikes (a new bikeshare company in San Mateo with dockless bikes now on North Central streets) before the meeting. Are people were really allowed to just put them anywhere, and/or whether the neighborhood could work out some common sense regulations/guidelines to keep them from blocking pedestrians becoming a nuisance, etc.? Lt. Mefford said he will have to get back to us on issues and related questions.

King Field Turf Project Steering Committee Update, Amourence Lee

Amourence gave a brief update on the King Field Turf Project —introduced and discussed in more detail at last quarter’s general meeting—as a member of the project’s steering committee.

She started by reminding attendees that this project is essentially the next phase of a 2012 citywide assessment of athletic fields, which concluded that King Field was a top candidate for conversion to artificial turf to increase its number of available hours for recreation (as the current grass field closes during the winter months to recover and grow new grass seed).

The steering committee had its first meeting on January 18 (more details on this available on the HANCSM website), and there will be a Community Meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the King Center, Teen Room. This meeting is open to the public. Amourence asked attendees and anyone interested in this issue to attend this community meeting.

Flood Control Ballot, Steven Machida, Deputy Director of Public Works and Contractors/Staff affiliated with the project (John Bliss, SCI Consulting; Chris Passarelli; Jimmy H. Vo)

IMG_7441Steven Machida began by introducing John Bliss, a consultant with the project, to explain the ballot’s purpose and process.

Mr. Bliss explained that this ballot is for an assessment to raise levee heights and rehabilitate pump stations to better protect North Central and North Shoreview neighborhoods from flooding conditions. “The risk is real and very, very dangerous,” he said.

Those residences in the assessment zone were mailed a “yes or no” ballot that included the estimated amount that household would be assessed to help pay for the improvement project.

Ballots must arrive back at City Hall by Monday, March 5 to be counted.

If the majority of counted ballots—weighted by the aggregated dollar amounts on those ballots—vote “yes,” then the ballot will pass. A public hearing will follow, and the City Council will have the authority to collect the assessments from the residents in the assessment zone for the project. The project could begin by September 2018 and take about two years to complete.

If the ballot does not pass, the project will be “negatively affected,” Bliss said, but the next steps will be at the City Council’s discretion. The project may be canceled or delayed, or it may go ahead as planned.

Part of the idea and intention behind assessing only those in the chosen zones, Bliss said, is that those in these zones could stand to benefit most from the improvements the project would provide, potentially quantified in similar reductions in required flood insurance premiums that would no longer need to be paid once the improvements reduce risk of flooding. That said, this cannot be guaranteed 100 percent, said Bliss, and he did not want to discourage anyone from buying and keeping flood insurance.

The proportion of the aggregated assessment related to the total cost of the project amounts to about 10 percent of the $23.5 million project, said Bliss.

The pump stations to be rehabilitated are near the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA (12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo) and near where Monte Diablo Ave meets the San Francisco Bay Trail. This will result in a portion of the Bay Trail closing temporarily, for about four to five months, at a date still to be determined.

When asked by the public what proportion of residents in the assessment zone were from North Central, a staff member replied roughly 20 percent. The other 80 percent are in the North Shoreview neighborhood.

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Welcome Noelia & Bennito

We are excited to welcome two new HANCSM board members: Noelia Corzo and Bennito Angeles.

Bennito Angeles has lived in North Central for over 20 years and has been active with HANCSM for over one decade! He coaches soccer and you will often find him on the King Center field. He’s a “workaholic” and runs a house-cleaning business that serves many neighborhoods in our county.  His priority on the board is to educate neighbors about keeping our streets clean.

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Noelia Corzo was born and raised in North Central. She is a graduate of our local public schools and is an involved PTA mom at Fiesta Gardens where her son attends school. Noelia has been life-long community advocate for social justice and she works as a social worker, serving the special needs community in San Mateo County.  Her goal on the HANCSM board is to increase community engagement and participation to improve our schools and neighborhood. (Also you will see her name on the Nov. 7th ballot).