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!
You are invited to attend a Neighborhood Meeting with Windy Hill Property Ventures to discuss a development project proposal. City staff also will be in attendance at the Neighborhood Meeting to answer questions. The issues raised at the Neighborhood Meeting will be forwarded to the Commission for consideration at their study session.
Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 Time: 7:00-8:00pm Location: Cedar Room, San Mateo Main Library
Background: A formal preliminary planning application “pre-app” has been submitted to demolish the existing Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant (406 E 3rd Ave.), and three buildings containing industrial and auto repair uses (304, 306, 308, 310 and 314 S. Claremont), and construct an approximately 121,035-square-foot, four-story, office and residential building with two levels of below grade parking located at the northern corner of 3rd Avenue and Claremont Street. The proposal includes three floors of office space of approximately 101,249 square-feet, and 23 residential units (16 studio units and 7 one-bedroom units) on the fourth floor shared with 4,234 square-feet of office space.
Can I Vote in This Election? To vote in an election, you must first be registered to vote. You can register to vote if you are:
a U.S. citizen;
a resident of California;
will be 18 years or older on Election Day;
not currently in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
not found by a court to be “mentally incompetent.”
Even if you missed the voter registration deadline on May 21, 2018, you can still register all the way up to and through Election Day by visiting your county elections office. If you live in Napa, Nevada, Madera, Sacramento, or San Mateo County, you can visit any Vote Center to register and vote on the same day.
Do I Need to Vote On Every Item on the Ballot? No, you do not need to vote in every contest — you can leave any of them blank. If you make a mistake, you can request another ballot.
Do I Need to Show My Photo ID When Voting? In almost all instances, no. You only need to show documents before voting in California if you are voting for the first time and you did not include your driver’s license number, state ID number, OR Social Security Number when you registered to vote. Lots of documents will suffice; call your elections office in advance if you are concerned about your lack of identification.
In almost all instances, no. You only need to show documents before voting in California if you are voting for the first time and you did not include your driver’s license number, state ID number, OR Social Security Number when you registered to vote. Lots of documents will suffice; call your elections office in advance if you are concerned about your lack of identification.
What’s the Deadline for Returning My Vote-By-Mail Ballot? Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked by Election Day. You can also drop it off at any polling place in your county before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
To call California’s Chief Elections Official for help: 800-345-VOTE (800-345-8683).
Congratulations to North Central’s Home Maintenance Award winner! The Singer Home is located at the very border of San Mateo and our winner, Virginia, has owned the home since 1981 and raised her family there.
Built in 1927, it was one of the first homes constructed in the Bayshore Tract of North Central. Prior to any homes being built, the area was simply used as pasture land according to Virginia. We have longed admired this home as it has continually been maintained year after year.
Over 300 community members have pledged to Love North Central and are registered to volunteer at the Neighborhood Cleanup Event! We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 9th at 9am at the King Center. This is a free, all-age and all-ability community service event for your entire family. Volunteers can win prizes and enjoy music and a BBQ lunch thanks to the grill masters from Public Works. Pre-register by June 1st!
***FREE EVENT PARKING @ College Park Elementary/Turnbull Preschool (715 Indian Ave, San Mateo). Special door prizes for early birds, super volunteers who recruited the most volunteers, and for coming on foot, bike or public transportation!***
Sponsors & Partner Appreciation
The Home 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 Public Works, King Center, Code Enforcement, Office of the City Manager and broad community support from Recology, Calwater, San Mateo-Foster City School District, San Mateo Union High School District, the San Mateo Adult School, Police Activity League, Little Wonders, Intercommunal Preschool, Chinese Baptist Church, Congregational Church, First Presbyterian Church, Iglesia Emanuel, Pilgrim Baptist Church, San Mateo Buddhist Temple, UUSM, North Central Neighborhood Association, St. James Community Foundation, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and our generous sponsors Windy Hill Property Ventures, Safari Run, VCA Bayshore Animal Hospital, and Woodlake Association.
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.