Category Archives: Helping Out

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


Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt a Drain

Let’s keep North Central drains clean, please volunteer today! 

Join your neighbors in protecting the environment, manage storm water, protect water quality and minimize flooding. Adopt a storm drain in the City of San Mateo or team up with friends and business owners to protect all drains on your block.


Sewer Lateral Cost Sharing Program – Begins again July 1st

City of San Mateo Private Sewer Lateral Cost Sharing Program – Begins again July 1st

Please visit the City of San Mateo website for information about the new private sewer lateral cost sharing program, for full lateral replacements only, in effect for the fiscal year (July 2017 – June 2018).  Program information is available online.

Please note that funding is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Commercial Vehicles Initiative — let us know!

Commercial vehicles parked on residential streets have been a hot topic in neighborhood associations around San Mateo lately. The City of San Mateo’s Public Works department has asked us to report commercial vehicles parked on our neighborhood streets as they try to assess the problem and what to do about it.

You can report commercial vehicles on residential streets here and it will be compiled and submitted to Public Works. There is a map of reported vehicle at the top of the page and the reporting form is below that.


Your HANCSM Web Person

City of San Mateo: Poplar – Commission Meeting Reminder & Recap TONIGHT

FROM the City of San Mateo:
Hi all,

Per our emails of May 24 & May 26, Public Works will be providing a recap of the May 18th Poplar workshop to the Public Works Commission (PWC) this evening.

This is a quick reminder of the PWC agenda item regarding Poplar. Please note that although the meeting begins at 7:30pm, the the Poplar recap will not begin at that time.

Agenda can be found at:

Administrative Report (posted June 3rd per earlier emails) can be found at:

Thank you very much for being engaged in this process. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Department of Public Works

Help Out by Serving on a City Commission

Residents of the City of San Mateo are invited to submit applications to serve on the following City Boards and Commissions which have vacancies due to expiring terms. Application Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2011.
Boards & Commissions

Personnel Board

Recommends rules and regulations concerning personnel matters, advises the City Manager regarding personnel matters, and hears appeals from City employees. This board was established in 1943 when the merit system was adopted for City employees.

Meetings Date: Meets quarterly
Meeting Time: 7:00pm
Meeting Location: City Hall Conference Room B
Application: Boards and Commission Vacancy Application

Senior Citizens Commission

Established in 1986 to encourage, foster and facilitate programs for the enhancement of all matters relating to the social, economic and personal well being of the senior population. The Commission recommends to the Council establishment and funding of programs and service for senior citizens.

Meetings Date: 3rd Tuesday every other month
Meeting Time: 10:00am
Meeting Location: City Hall Conference Room C
Application: Boards and Commission Vacancy Application

How To Apply
The Boards and Commission Vacancy Application is available for pick-up at the City Clerk’s office (see address below), can be viewed/printed online or mailed upon request by phoning (650) 522-7040.

City Clerk’s Office
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

Application Deadline
The deadline for return of completed applications is Friday, June 24, 2011.

Applicant Requirements
All applicants must be:

  • Registered to vote
  • Reside in San Mateo
  • Must attend a meeting of the Board/Commission they are applying to serve on.