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.)
On Jan. 18th, the King Field Turf Project Steering Committee held their first meeting to discuss the landscape redesign project. San Mateo City has been grappling with a deficit of athletic space, and in 2012 a city-wide study reviewed all 10 athletic fields to determine where there are opportunities. In 2015, Los Prados Park was the first to convert from natural grass to turf, and in 2017 the Council contracted with Callander Associates to evaluate the King Field.
The Steering Committee includes North Central residents, athletic league members and Parks & Recreation staff. Mark Slichter a Principal at Callander Associates and a San Mateo resident reiterated the project goal is to meet the needs of the surrounding community and improve the park for athletic use. In his words, the King Field has been “loved to death.” The existing natural grass field, which is irrigated with well-water, lacks adequate drainage and is closed for months out of the year to re-seed and re-sod which limits both neighborhood and athletic use. The opportunity to convert to turf will increase the number of athletic playing hours on the field from 900/year to 1,600-2,000/year (plus informal use).
Callander Associates presented initial design ideas for feedback. North Central residents shared ideas about lighting upgrades to reduce spill-over, additional seating and picnic tables, adding a bike/walking path, ways to preserve a natural grass area, and emphasized the need to update the dilapidated basketball court. Two public meetings are planned for March, dates to be determined. HANCSM requested simultaneous-translation for Spanish speakers at the public meetings, and we hope for an active and significant turnout from our North Central neighbors!
Join the Women’s March Anniversary Event on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in San Francisco, Oakland, Pacifica and San Jose.
HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program would like to hear from you. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment call (650) 348-6660.
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
- 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:
Here is your opportunity to become a trained member of “CERT”, the City of San Mateo’s Community Emergency Response Team. Participants in this 25-hour series of classes will learn how to develop neighborhood teams while cross-trained in basic emergency skills.
Classes are held at the San Mateo Senior Center (2645 Alameda de las Pulgas) on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8:45pm (January 31st – March 14th). Skills Development & Mock Earthquake Exercise will be held on the Saturday, March 17th , 2018, 9:00am to 4:00 pm at Fire Station 23.
Registration opens November 30th www.sanmateorec.com (Course # 142026-A1)