Category Archives: Safe & Clean Streets

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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5 tips for disaster prep

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:
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:
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. 
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San Mateo is near four major earthquake fault lines: San Andreas, San Gregorio, Hayward, and Calaveras

RESOURCES: – SMC notification system to alert you during urgent or emergency situations. – MyHazards is a tool to discover hazards in their area and learn steps to reduce personal risk. – Community Emergency Response Team 25-hr training and Get Ready 2-hr workshops.

Car-Light Housing: More Affordability, Less Traffic Discussion

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:

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  • 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

When: Monday, March 26th from 6:30-8pm
Where: San Mateo Downtown Library
Address: 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo
Visit Link to RSVP

2017 Street Sweeping Program Improvements

By 2022, the City of San Mateo will be required to prevent all trash from entering the bay through our storm drains to meet mandates set by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

Latest News

  • The new street sweeping routes are now being swept as of December 2017.  Enforcement of No Parking signage will resume January 2, 2018.
  • Starting December 20, you can view your new sweeping time on the new MyStreet web tool.
  • Signs are still being installed in the area marked on the signage map below. For these streets, warning tickets will begin on January 2, and $41 citations will be issued starting February 1, 2018.  Enforcement throughout the rest of the city will still begin on January 2.

Visit City of San Mateo website for more details: