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.
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!
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.
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
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
Information 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!
Come learn about possible updates to the Residential Parking Permit Program and provide your input during upcoming community forums.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm
King Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave.
The Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) has been in effect for more than 15 years, and in that time the City has experienced growth and change. City staff and residents alike have noticed limitations in the existing program as a result of time and change. To that end, the Public Works Department has started a comprehensive update of the RPPP program, and is conducting several open house outreach events to engage residents on the issue of residential parking. Staff would like to talk with residents about concepts including limiting the number of permits per household, days/hours of enforcement, types of permits available, and consideration of pricing strategies to partially offset the cost of the program. If you are a current RPPP participant, let us know your feedback. If you are not a current RPPP participant, come to learn more about the program and share your thoughts. The meetings will be open house style, so please come and go as you need. These events will be conducted over several weeks; choose a meeting that fits your availability and location.
Here are a few quick and easy tips for disaster preparedness that could save a life.
1. Schedule PG&E Free Safety Check They will come inspect gas appliances, help you locate your shut-offs. and they can find your underground service lines: 800-473-5000
2. Get a Fire Extinguisher & Smoke Detector Keep your extinguisher near an exit and install a 10-year battery smoke detector. Always call 9-1-1 for help. Seeing is believing – watch how quickly fires spread: https://tinyurl.com/y98x4shl.
3. Remove Fire Hazards FREE toxic drop off at SMC Health (32 Tower Rd) dump your old paint and cleaners, aerosol spray cans, chemicals. Schedule online: www.smchealth.org/hhw
4. Make a Plan In a major disaster you might only be able to make and receive calls from out of the area. Designate a contact person out of the region who can field calls and pass on messages. As a family, choose a meeting place on your block and in a nearby an open space.
5. Keep a “Go Bag” under your bed Pack closed-toes shoes, battery-powered flashlight, extra batteries, pry-bar, copies of essential documents, snacks, water, and cash in small bills.
San Mateo is near four major earthquake fault lines: San Andreas, San Gregorio, Hayward, and Calaveras
We need to address the housing affordability crisis, but we don’t want to make it harder to get around town or harm the climate. Join Friends of Caltrain for this discussion to:
Learn about the connections between housing affordability, traffic reduction, and climate change.
Hear what neighboring communities are doing to reduce the need to drive.
See how you can help make your community more walkable, affordable, and transit-friendly.
Nina Rizzo manages GreenTRIP Certifications at TransForm. The GreenTRIP program supports multi-family residential developments that implement strategies to reduce traffic, parking and greenhouse gas emissions
Nevada Merriman of MidPen Housing is designing and developing affordable housing where residents can reduce their reliance on cars
Elaine Breeze of SummerHill Apartments works on “smart growth” multi-family rental housing and mixed use developments
TransForm, Housing Leadership Council, Home for All, Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance, OneSanMateo, Imagine San Mateo, Friends of Caltrain
Flooding in our neighborhood is a serious problem and some of us have seen manholes pop off the street and sewers overflow! The City is asking voters in the affected flood zone (in North Central and North Shoreview) to support an annual assessment fee of about $107 that will help fund upgrades to the levees and pump stations. These improvements should remove some houses in our neighborhood from the FEMA flood zone and lift the insurance mandates that entails. The proposed assessment fee is much less than the cost of flood insurance. This initiative could save home-owners a lot of money in the long-run and help fund critical infrastructure upgrades that protect our neighborhood from flooding.
You might also ask about the timeline for construction. Do we still need to buy flood insurance? What happens if this assessment doesn’t pass? Is there a precedent for this kind neighborhood-specific fee?
Join us at the HANCSM Winter General Meeting, Thursday February 22nd at 6:30pm @ King Center to learn more from Public Works and get your questions answered.
(Read the Official Ballot Information.)