San Mateo Local City Updates & Events

Hello Caton Team Friends, I thought I’d share the updates I received from the City of San Mateo for some upcoming events and info.


Local News & Elections
Events & Activities
Sustainability Corner
Housing & Planning Updates
Stay Connected & Informed
Local News & Elections
City of San Mateo Elections & What’s on Your BallotElection season is here and for the first time City of San Mateo will elect Council Members by District. Voters in Districts 1, 3 and 5 will elect a Council Member who lives in their district. Districts 2 and 4 will vote in 2024. Learn more about the City’s transition to district elections and find your district .

The following candidates have qualified to run for City Council. You can learn more about each of them on our City Council Candidates web page .District 1:  Nick Atkeson & Lisa Diaz NashDistrict 3:  Sarah Fields, Robert Newsom & Sergio ZygmuntDistrict 5:  Rod Linhares & Adam Loraine
Measure CC: Local Funding for City ServicesTo protect our quality of life, the San Mateo City Council has placed Measure CC on the November 2022 ballot to add a 1% tax to the sale price of properties sold or transferred for $10 million or more. Based on recent property sales, this is expected to only affect less than 1% of all properties sold or transferred in the City.

Measure CC would provide locally controlled funding for our City to continue to address the community’s top priorities, including:Maintaining parks, open spaces, and recreation facilitiesRepairing potholes and failed streets that have fallen into disrepairMaintaining emergency medical and fire protection servicesProviding police and crime prevention programsAddressing traffic issues and homelessnessMaking changes to reduce environmental impacts and reduce stormwater pollutionImproving sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety 
To learn more about local funding to maintain City services please visit or review our Fact Sheet .
Events & Activities
September Nights Event Series Returns to DowntownEnjoy outdoor dining, live music, dancing and activities for all ages on the pedestrian mall in Downtown San Mateo during September Nights on B Street . The street will be transformed into an outdoor dining pavilion beneath the twinkle lights. A children’s play area will be offered at all three events featuring a jumpy house, games, and other activities for fun-loving attendees of all ages run by our Parks and Recreation Department. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on site.

Saturday, September 10 – B Street between 1st and 2nd avenues3-5 p.m. – Kids Music featuring Lori and RJ
6-8 p.m. – Dueling Pianos by Piano Madness

Thursday, September 15 – B Street between 1st and 2nd avenues6-8 p.m. – Pop Hits from Mercy and the Heartbeats

Thursday, September 22 – B Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues6-8 p.m. – Salsa music from the Maya Latin Band
ReDiscover San Mateo – Aug. 27ReDiscover San Mateo – Community Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27 on B Street in Downtown San Mateo. The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new community festival from noon to 6 p.m. with live music, vendors, children’s activities, and beer and wine for sale. Learn more about ReDiscover San Mateo .
Movies in the ParkJoin us for some family fun for Movies in the Park on Friday nights this September! Food & drink sales begin at 6 p.m. Movie starts at dusk, around 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, chair, jacket, and enjoy the show! Admission to this event is FREE to the community.September 9 – “Luca” in Beresford ParkSeptember 16 – “Encanto” in Dr. MLK Jr. ParkSeptember 23 – “The Bad Guys” in Laurie Meadows ParkSeptember 30 – “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” in Central Park
Fall Activity GuideWe’re back this fall with tons of seasonal activities for people of all ages – and online registration is now open! Join us for a fitness class, sports program, arts and crafts, or learn about events coming to San Mateo this fall. Check out our Activity Guide to browse and register online.
Autumn Moon Festival & WalkJoin Self-Help for the Elderly on Saturday, September 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival ! Start the festival by participating in a 1 mile walk in Central Park to celebrate and support healthy living for all generations. After the walk, enjoy live music and dance performances on the outdoor stage, food, and family fun activities. This celebration is for all families! Come one, come all and join the fun! For more information, please visit
Sustainability Corner
How to Make Home Remodels More SustainableThinking of remodeling your home? These proposed rules could impact you. We’re looking at ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions inside the home and are in the process of updating our Green Building Reach Codes here in San Mateo. Join a virtual meeting to learn more and share your input!

Options could be things like requiring home renovations to include upgrades to electrical panels, heat pump water heaters, and other more climate-friendly equipment. It could also be to prohibit extension of fuel gas infrastructure in backyards for things like firepits, grills or pools. Community feedback will be shared with the City Council, which will consider updates to existing reach codes later this year.

Community Meeting on Proposed Green Building Reach CodesTuesday, Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Join Zoom Webinar
Volunteer at the Bayfront Cleanup One of our favorite traditions is back and we hope you’ll join us at Ryder Park on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 2022 Bayfront Cleanup !

We are proud to host one of the longest-running shoreline cleanup events in Northern California. Join us to help keep our shorelines free of litter, clutter, and recyclables that don’t belong in the wildlife habitat of the San Francisco Bay. Bring your family, your friends, your co-workers, or just come join us to help keep San Mateo’s shorelines beautiful during this annual volunteer event. Register in advance online .

Bayfront Clean UpSaturday, Sept. 17 at Ryder Park
Registration 7:30-9 a.m.
Cleanup: 8 a.m. to noon
Go Solar with Bay Area SunShares!We’re committed to a more sustainable world and supporting your transition to cleaner energy.  From Sept. 1 through Nov. 15, 2022, we are partnering with Bay Area SunShares to bring you discounted solar and storage with pre-vetted installers. Learn more and sign up at .
Housing & Planning Updates
What’s a GOPA? Strive San Mateo General Plan UpdatesYour feedback helped develop the draft Goals & Policies for our Strive San Mateo General Plan Update  and now we want you to tell us if these reflect the community’s priorities! We’re hosting a number of upcoming outreach activities as we plan for the next 20 years and NOW is the time for you to get involved. Review the Draft Goals & Policies .

Take our survey , attend an upcoming event and tell us about your ideas for how we can improve:Climate Change and SustainabilityParks and Public ServicesCommunity DesignPublic Health and SafetyDevelopment, Growth and Transportation& more!Online SurveyCan’t make an upcoming meeting?  Take our survey to share your feedback online 
Meetings & WorkshopsVirtual Community Workshop: Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Register for Zoom information .In-Person Spanish Language Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Puedes registrarte aquí .In-Person Open House: Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Main Library. Register to join .The General Plan Subcommittee  met Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, and will meet again on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. You can join in person at City Hall or by Zoom.
Affordable Housing & Office/Retail Development Proposed in DowntownA virtual neighborhood meeting will be held on Sept. 1 to review a pre-application for a new mixed-use housing and office/retail development in downtown San Mateo at 401-445 S. B Street.

The project site includes the entire block between 4th and 5th Avenue, from B Street to Railroad Avenue – including the City parking lot on 4th Avenue and former Talbot’s site.
The proposed conceptual project includes a seven-story 60-unit affordable housing building on the city-owned site, and a five-story 156,000 square foot office/retail building, 128 underground parking spaces, at grade open space, roof top common areas and public right-of-way improvements.
The virtual meeting is 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 via Zoom . Following the neighborhood meeting, the Planning Commission will review the pre-application during an Oct. 11 Study Session. Learn more on the project web page .

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