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February 2015


17th Annual Lights and Sirens Gala

Celebrate San Mateo’s Police Activities League

Friday, March 6, 5:30 PM – San Mateo County Event Center

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Please come join us as to celebrate and support the San Mateo Police Activities League’s (PAL) efforts by going “(Kind of) Country” this year at our 17th Annual “Lights and Sirens” Awards and Recognition Dinner on March 6th! The San Mateo Police Activities League is a non-profit partnership between the San Mateo Police and Park & Recreation Departments, dedicated to ensuring our PAL youth grow up safe, strong, and armed with critical life and social skills.

With the perfect venue and a Country Western theme, we hope you will “Pardner” with us in your boots and cowboy attire and be prepared to ride the range at the San Mateo County Event Center! There will also be special opportunities to meet and take photos with SMPD SWAT and K9 officers, as well as witness our very own PAL Dance Team in action as we honor our PAL youth, Police Officers, and our incredible community that helps and supports our PAL kids year after year!

“San Mateo PAL represents our most important mission here in our community which is keeping our kids in school, on track, and working towards the bright future that each and every child deserves,” says Chief Susan Manheimer.

This will be a special and exciting evening MC’ed by our very own PAL Board member, retired 49er and current Comcast SportsNet Analyst Dennis Brown. Many local luminaries will be on-hand to share in the evening’s revelry. Enjoy a fabulous silent auction, a BBQ Hoedown with all the trimmings, our awards ceremony, live entertainment, and an assortment of fantastic live auction packages such as a SF Giants Batboy experience, a Warriors Suite for an upcoming game, and much, much more. PAL is still looking for more special auction items so if you wish to have your product or service featured in the silent or live auction, please call us at 650/522-7556.

Individual seats are $175, and tables of eight start at $1,200 with sponsorship opportunities still available. To reserve your seats or a table, go to PAL’s website,, and purchase online, or call 650/522-7556 to reserve by phone. Donations to PAL programs may also be made online on PAL’s website.

Special thanks to our continued Banner Sponsor FRANKLIN TEMPLETON INVESTMENTS, as well as our other dinner sponsors which includes the San Mateo County Event Center, Recology of San Mateo County, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, Bohannon Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, CommitChange, The Bob and Linnell Binn Family Foundation, JH Robbins Foundation, Creative Touch Catering, SC Properties, United American Bank, W. L. Butler Construction Co/Windy Hill Properties and Essex Property Trust, Inc.

PAL is a nonprofit membership organization run in partnership with the San Mateo Police and Parks and Recreation Departments. PAL is open to all youth ages 5-18 on the Peninsula. PAL offers activities, sports, workshops and programs for youth and their families. PAL’s mission is to “build a bond between cops and kids”. In collaboration with community partners, PAL strives to create a safe society while promoting the physical, social and emotional development of our youth. San Mateo’s Police Activities League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operated jointly by the Police and Parks and Recreation Departments of the City of San Mateo.


Engage In Downtown San Mateo. Share Your Ideas. Spark Its Next Evolution.

Even before San Mateo was incorporated as a town in 1894, the area that would become the Downtown core was taking shape. Nicolas de Peyster, a budding entrepreneur of 1849, struck gold (figuratively) by establishing the first stagecoach stop in the abandoned mission along San Mateo Creek.  In 1864 the railroad connecting San Francisco to San Jose was complete.  San Mateo’s location as the mid-point between each destination laid the foundation for what is now an active Downtown.


With the first buildings and businesses springing up along Main Street and Railroad Avenue the Downtown quickly grew.  B Street became a bustling corridor and downtown grew westward towards El Camino. Over the years Downtown continued to grow and evolve.

New businesses opened. Parking garages were constructed. A movie theater and new transit center were built. B Street continues to bustle with activity.  A university was established, entrepreneurs continue to set-up shop, and San Mateo remains an important destination along the rail corridor.  These and many other milestones have shaped Downtown San Mateo, and now is the time to determine what’s next.


The City of San Mateo is launching the Downtown Engagement process and invites the San Mateo community to participate in this interactive platform that will help to define the next evolution for Downtown San Mateo.  If you have ideas about how to shape the future of the Downtown, then this is the time to share your thoughts and encourage the change you want to see.

The Downtown Engagement process offers many ways for the community to get involved and share ideas.  First visit to learn about the engagement process.  Explore the project schedule, learn about upcoming events, and review notes from past activities and presentations.  Then visit SanMateoTownHall, an online platform where you can post and respond to ideas about topics related to the Downtown.  See what others are saying, share your thoughts, and respond to ideas left by others to keep the dialogue going. There’s even an option to plot your ideas on an interactive map of the Downtown.

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This spring community members can participate in informal pop-up workshops and participate in the Downtown Future Forums, a speaker series where attendees can hear from industry leaders to learn about and discuss the latest trends in urban planning and design.

The feedback and input provided by the San Mateo community will help to develop the framework for the Downtown Area Plan Update that is planned to kick-off later this year.

“It’s an exciting time to launch the Downtown Engagement Process,” says Marcus Clarke, San Mateo’s Economic Development Manager.  “Downtown continues to change, and San Mateo wants to stay ahead of the curve as a premier place to live, work and experience.  The engagement process allows the public to help shape our community for years to come.”


The Downtown Engagement process will raise important questions about the ways the San Mateo community can shape the future of Downtown San Mateo.  Discussing ideas to address topics such as parking, managing growth and density, utilization of the Downtown CalTrain station and former Redevelopment properties, as well as determining which areas to preserve will help to establish the framework for the change we want to see throughout the Downtown.

Visit  or contact Marcus Clarke, Economic Development Manager for more information about the Downtown Engagement process. We look forward to hearing from you and will continue to provide information about future opportunities to participate in this exciting process.





City Retains Former Redevelopment Properties

Right before the New Year, the City of San Mateo received a major coup from the State Department of Finance. Following a lengthy process to dissolve the San Mateo Redevelopment Agency that would determine the fate of the City’s five redevelopment properties, the State approved the City’s Long Range Property Management Plan (LRPMP), granting the ability to retain each of the properties.

These properties are located within the boundaries of the merged Redevelopment areas, which include the Downtown and Shoreline. Three of the properties will be retained for government purposes including the driveway into the Downtown Transit Center along North B Street, two parcels along Detroit Drive and used for the City’s Marina Lagoon flood control pump station, and the lot adjacent to Talbots will retain its current use as a public parking lot.

The two remaining properties present the greatest opportunity for the City. These are the properties at 5th and Railroad currently housing the Workers’ Resource Center and the former Kinko’s site at 4th and Railroad. The former Redevelopment Agency purchased the properties in 1997 and 1998 to provide temporary parking during the construction of the Transit Center and Main Street Garage. At the time of purchase, the City and former RDA realized that both sites always presented the opportunity for long-term redevelopment. With the State’s decision, the City has the opportunity to determine a plan to maximize the sites for future development.

“It’s an incredible opportunity, and the State’s decision couldn’t have come at a better time.” says Larry Patterson, San Mateo City Manager. “We are initiating a study with the Urban Land Institute that will determine the best use of the two former Redevelopment properties and will begin updating the Downtown Area Plan during the next fiscal year. These studies will serve as a roadmap for future development throughout the Downtown.”

The City initiated a Downtown Engagement process in October with the Commissioners Summit and Downtown Stakeholders Forum. This process will continue with the Downtown Futures Forum, a series of workshops to engage the community in discussions about specific topics related to the Downtown. The forums will provide an opportunity for the community to share ideas about the ways they would like to see the Downtown grow and evolve. This information will help to inform the Urban Land Institute (ULI) study and update to the Downtown Area Plan.

The Downtown Future Forums will begin this spring and the ULI study and update to the Downtown Area Plan will take place during the 2015-16 fiscal year. More information about the LRPMP and the Downtown Engagement and Planning Process can be found on the City’s website.