Category Archives: Neighborhood Watch

A word please…

As BHNA moves into 2017 this organization is faced with the reality that our pool of volunteers is drying up, this coupled with the challenge of retaining those currently serving, has left us we some difficult choices in reducing the general meetings and modifying our charter to accommodate this reduction of support and ultimately face the question of how do we keep BHNA viable going forward?  

I know that you by the fact you have taken the time to read this believe like I do that organizations like BHNA serve a critical role in keeping questionable government values and commercial predators in check.  It strikes me as very odd or just a sign of the times that when our organization resources are its lowest the need is at its highest.  This is the time when our community is at risk of being taken advantage by bad actors and is the reason that I am appealing to you to consider your level of participation.   

Over the coming months our neighborhood will be faced with a wide array of commercial entities pushing of higher density development, reduced parking, reduced impact assessments, un-checked eminent domain, raising of building heights, and re-routing of commuting traffic through traditionally quite residential streets to name just a few.  

Our governmental representatives base their decisions on what they hear – BHNA is seen as a primary leader and a voice of reason who takes the representation of our Neighbors seriously.  Without that important voice of BHNA many decisions will be passed without community representation and will adversely impact the future viability and livability of San Mateo.  

I know that each of us have busy lives and BHNA is competing for your time…  but realize that if do nothing than you have made a choice in the formation of this community.  

As the current President of BHNA, I know I speak for the current and past members of BHNA volunteers who have sacrificed their time and resources by saying that what we do is important and without the over 25 years of efforts, we would be looking at a completely different San Mateo!  

In closing, I would like to appeal to you as a fellow civic minded neighbor by requesting that you consider how you can make a difference and get involved with this important organization.  

In ten years from now when you look over San Mateo – what will look like (will it have your unique fingerprints upon it?) or will you like what you see or will you regret your lack of involvement?

Now is a pivotal time – don’t discount the impact you can have! We welcome all those willing to participate – this is your association and is waiting for you to define what is will be in the future… please feel free to reach out to me or any of the other board members to discuss how you might get involved. 

Your neighbor, 

Robert Sellers

Poplar Creek Golf Course – Future & FootGolf!


Poplar Creek has become the focus of new city discussions involving its future. Last month, the San Mateo United Homeowners Association sent a letter to City Hall asking that it “…be preserved as recreational green space for all future generations to enjoy.” Mayor Goethals responded that there is significant debt attached to that space, but he appreciates the concern. In regard to the future, he noted, “Each of us must participate in this process to make Poplar Creek the best possible space for the community and our kids.”

Poplar Creek is showing its community value with the recently opened 18-hole, American FootGolf course, located on the front nine holes. Fun for groups or families, FootGolf is a game combining the skills of soccer & golf, using a No. 5 soccer ball with 21-inch holes. FootGolf is open at Poplar daily after 4pm. for groups of up to 6 people at $16 per person on weekdays, and $19 on weekends. Kids 17 & under play every day for just $10. No cleats allowed. Golf carts may be rented for $20. Bring your own ball or rent one for $3 on a first come basis. For more info, check out or call 650-522-4653.

Neighborhood Watch Program – Topic at February General Meeting

SMPD will be speaking to BHNA at Feb General Meeting

In our February General Meeting we will welcome a representative of the San Mateo Police Department who will update us on recent developments and answer your questions.   With the recent rash of bold home burglaries where people were at home we wanted to have SMPD discuss their efforts and provide guidance on how to keep same and what to watch out for.  We look forward to learning more in our informative section of our meeting

Crime Resources:

Crime Watch ProgramNeighborhood Watch Block Captains are kept constantly updated on crime trends and safety information through Community Alerts, and are responsible for insuring their neighbors are receiving the information as well.

Block captains also organize neighborhood meetings or discussions to talk about neighborhood safety issues.

Get familiar with your neighbors and help keep your block safe as a team!

BHNA Contact for Neighborhood Watch ProgramLt. Art Sanchez – Neighborhood Watch Contact

The Neighborhood Watch program is total resident participation and involvement in a police community cooperative battle against burglaries or other neighborhood crimes. Its primary purpose is personal and property protection for you and your neighbors.

As an extension of the eyes and ears for your police department, your involvement will directly affect the crime rate in your neighborhood.

Board of Directors made up of concerned residents oversees the program with support from the Neighborhood Policing Unit.

SMPD’s Patrol Lieutenants are assigned Policing Areas within the City, and are points-of-contact for neighborhood issues.

SMPD Block Captain Introduction Letter

If you have any questions about Neighborhood Watch in San Mateo please contact our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Officer John Rink Sr. at or 650-522-7744.

SMPD’s Patrol Lieutenants are assigned Policing Areas within the City, and are points-of-contact for neighborhood issues. View Policing Areas Map

Interactive Crime Map