Category Archives: City of San Mateo Contacts

Good Bye Mayor Goethals … Hello Mayor Lim

David Lim

Incoming Mayor David Lim was the focus of the “Pizza with the Mayor” event this past December 12th.  This gathering serves both as a “Thank You” to the San Mateo United Homeowners Association (SMUHA) representatives, including our BHNA rep, and an opportunity to meet and hear remarks from our city’s new mayor.  It’s a great opportunity to reflect upon the concluding year, and celebrate the promise of what lies ahead for our city.

Kicking off the event, SMUHA’s vice-president Anna Kuhre thanked all the neighborhood association representatives for their efforts and commitment to improve San Mateo.  She then presented the Representative of the Year honor to Greg St. Clair of Fiesta Gardens for his involvement in a variety of issues.

SMUHA President Ben Toy, along with Mr. St. Clair, presented gifts of appreciation to incoming Mayor David Lim and his family, acknowledging the tremendous commitment the family of a public servant makes.

Following the presentation of these gifts, Lim shared his thoughts as he begins his second term as Mayor.  He views his position as one in which he works on behalf of the city’s citizens and focuses on collective efforts designed to better San Mateo.  He complimented the working relationships within the city, the city staff, and City Manager, in particular.  Lim additionally thanked the SMUHA representatives for their commitment to the city.

NOTE: To ask Lim questions in regard to our own neighborhood and region, make sure to attend the February 16th BHNA General Meeting as noted on the front of this newsletter!

Follow Up Thoughts on January General Meeting

Mayor Joe set to Navigate the coming term

… A Big BHNA Thank You to Mayor Joe Goethals for speaking at our January General Meeting!

Mayor
The BHNA hosted new Mayor Joe Goethals at the January General Meeting. In his presentation Mayor Goethals touched on many of the issues that will challenge us this year, including flood zone concerns, traffic and housing issues, use of Measure S funds, a $900 million investment in our wastewater treatment plant, and the importance of recreation in our city.

waste water treatmentMany of these topics generate more questions in the minds of residents. In regard to the wastewater treatment plant upgrades, how will we come up with the remaining $300 million to pair with the state’s investment of $600 million? And is the 13 million gallons daily figure (to be recycled) actually attainable?

Mayor Goethals named about a half dozen agencies related to traffic. But how well are those agencies communicating and working together? The answer to that question will very well determine much of our city’s future. Traffic forums currently being held in our community offer residents a voice to say what their local woes are and how they wish to solve them. Goethals pointed out that people have many ideas about specific mitigations they would like to see. However, some ideas may not be approved by Public Works – such as speed bumps or islands, which won’t be placed on streets designated as a ‘main use’ for emergency vehicles. Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute your thoughts at your local forum.

Goethals had many positive reflections on renewable energy, traffic calming via grade separations at 25th, 28th and 31st Avenues respectively, train electrification, our low unemployment rate and increasing job growth. The Mayor took note of additional audience concerns, including the cost of CalTrain and whether neighboring cities communicate regarding their development plans. We hope to learn more about many of these follow-up questions as the year progresses.

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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
650-522-7686

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 rinkj@cityofsanmateo.org 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

San Mateo Commission & Board Information

Community Relations Commission Meets 3rd Wed. of each month
7:00pm
@ City Hall Room C
Library Board Meets 4th Mon. of each month
5:30pm
@ Main Library Cedar Room
Park & Recreation Commission Meets 1st Wed. of each month
7:30pm
@ City Hall Room C
Personnel Board Meets 3rd Tues. of each month
7:00pm
@ City Hall Room C
Planning Commission Meets 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month
7:30pm
@ City Hall Council Chambers
Public Works Commission Meets 2nd Wed. of each month
7:30pm
@ City Hall Council Chambers
Senior Citizens Commission Meets 2nd Mon., every other month
4:00pm
@ San Mateo Senior Center
(2645 Alameda de las Pulgas)
Sustainability Commission Meets 2nd Thurs. of each month
7:00pm
@ City Hall, Room C

Additional Committees