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410 Pledges and 381 volunteers!

2018 Love North Central

The North Central Neighborhood Cleanup was a huge success with 381 volunteers! We want say thank you to the City of San Mateo and all of our neighbors who volunteered! 

Special appreciation to Mayor Rick Bonilla for presenting the raffle prizes, Deputy Mayor Diane Papan who came with her daughter, SMFCSD Superintendent Dr. Joan Rosas who arrived bright and early, San Mateo Adult School Director Tim Doyle and his students, SM-FC Education Foundation President Colleen Sullivan, Elizabeth Ayala PAL Diversion Program Assistant, Kenneth Chin SMFCSD Trustee, Tom Mohr, SMC Community College District Trustee, San Mateo Neighborhood Watch, the County Office of Sustainability and Recology for staffing resource tables, and special thanks to Pastor Juan Cana Cruz from the Iglesia Bautista Emanuel who recruited the most volunteers!

There are a few dedicated City staff that deserve a standing ovation: Roxanne Murray from Public Works, Donna Divodi from the Office of the City Manager, Jen Wilson from the King Center, and Sani Kolokihakaufisi from Code Enforcement, and all the folks from Public Works that showed up at 5AM and BBQed their hearts-out! The Love North Central Campaign couldn’t have come this far without their service. 

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We are so fortunate to live in a city that is committed to community empowerment and collaboration.

We are grateful to our generous sponsors Windy Hill Property Ventures, Safari Run, VCA Bayshore Animal Hospital and Woodlake Association, and the many schools, businesses, churches and community organizations that supported outreach.

Thank you all for showing North Central so much love! Please share your pictures and check out the Event Album on Facebook!

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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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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