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April 2015


A Downtown For All

Exploring Community Gathering Spaces

The City of San Mateo would like to invite you to the second Downtown Future Forum taking place on Wednesday, May 13th from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge located at 303 Tilton Avenue.  The Downtown Future Forums are free and open to the public. Please use Eventbrite to register.

Temporary parklet installed during San Mateo Innovation Week 2014

Temporary parklet installed during San Mateo Innovation Week 2014

The forums are a key component of the San Mateo Downtown Engagement process, leading to an update of the City’s Downtown Area Plan later this year. This second workshop focuses on the innovative and creative uses of urban spaces.  From temporary uses such as parklets, pop-up retail and art installations to permanent spaces for community events, gardens and meeting places this discussion will focus on the ways cities around the nation are re-imagining urban areas that enhance the pedestrian experience, encourage exploration, and make the public realm more inviting.

Julie Flynn of Street Plans Collaborative and Leah Nichols with SiteLab Urban Studio will illustrate case studies and project examples, and provide an overview of the process to plan for and implement creative community-oriented spaces in urban settings.

“Happiness Wall” imagined by the San Mateo community during SummerFest 2014. Now on display at the corner of Third and El Camino to activate the gateway entry into Downtown San Mateo.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. to give attendees a chance to network and enjoy food provided by Roti Indian Bistro.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and an interactive exercise will encourage participants to share ideas about the opportunities for Downtown San Mateo. Find out more about San Mateo Downtown Engagement. We hope to see you there!

City Council, Community

Shine in Mayor Freschet’s Community Spotlight

Newly established Council item gives community members a chance to say “hello.”

San Mateo Mayor, Maureen Freschet attends many community events and functions and along the way has met a growing number of community leaders that are new to San Mateo.  She has been inspired by their stories and was interested in creating a forum where they could more broadly share their great work with the community.

As such, the San Mateo Community Spotlight was established and will launch during the April 20th City Council meeting. It will be a regular monthly item on Council’s agenda and provide an opportunity for new residents, businesses and community leaders to share their success stories and to become better acquainted with City Council.

To participate in the Community Spotlight:

  • Contact San Mateo City Clerk, Patrice Olds to let her know of your interest or with any questions you may have.
  • You will receive an email confirming your participation and the details of the meeting.
  • Plan to arrive at the Council meeting at 7:00 PM. The Community Spotlight will follow the ceremonial portion of the Council meeting, which takes place shortly after the meeting is called to order.
  • Please prepare an informal three minute story about your background and what brought you to San Mateo.
  • Due to the amount of material to cover during a Council meeting, we are not able to accept Power Point presentations or other formal presentation materials.

We look forward to seeing you in the Spotlight!