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August 2016

Community, Housing

Free Home Repair for Low-income homeowners

Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP), in partnership with the City of San Mateo, provides free home repair and modifications to low-income homeowners in San Mateo through the Safe at Home program. Skilled technicians focus on repairs that improve the health and safety of residents and their home. Last year, the program helped and improved the living conditions of approximately 130 households across the Peninsula.

Who is Eligible?

Rebuilding Together's Safe at Home technicians provide needed home repair for families living in San Mateo and along the Peninsula

Rebuilding Together’s Safe at Home technicians provide needed home repair for families living in San Mateo and along the Peninsula

Community members with annual incomes up to $69,000 for a single-person household are encouraged to apply. Annual income requirements vary depending on household size. Repairs may include installing grab bars, handrails, and ramps, removing tripping hazards, installing new flooring, fixing electrical issues for adequate lighting, mitigating airborne toxins, and removing debris and clutter throughout the home. Safe at Home technicians focus on Seven Principles of Healthy Housing, keeping homes dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminate free, well-ventilated, and maintained. These principles drastically reduce health and safety threats residents face in the home.

One Family’s Story

One program recipient, Ilham, a single mother with five children at home, came to the program last year with significant deferred maintenance issues on her 86-year-old home. The house deteriorated from leaks due to an aging and neglected roof, electrical issues in the living room, toilet leaks, improperly functioning shower valves, and a front door that did not close properly.

Ilham worried most about leaks and water damage during the rainy season, as the kitchen and master bedroom ceilings bubbled down with water, with ceiling and fireplace leaks throughout, and gutters and downspouts that did not properly direct water away from the home.

Ilham worked hard to care for her family, yet her small income can barely cover monthly expenses. No extra funds remained for the maintenance of their home, let alone the high cost of critical repairs.

The Safe at Home technician team sealed leaks across the roof, applying asphalt sealer to all roof joints, fixed the malfunctioning living room lights, repaired toilet leaks and shower valves, and installed GFCIs in her kitchen so the family could remain securely in their home.

Without the help of RTP, Ilham would have to face another year of worrying for the safety and well-being of her family. The modifications provided by the Safe at Home program give Ilham not only peace of mind, but a safe and healthy home for her family.

To Apply

If you think you may meet the Safe At Home program requirements or have questions about eligibility, please download the homeowner or community facility applications or email info@RTPeninsula.org or call (650) 366-6597 to request one.

Nonprofit organizations with facility repair needs are also encouraged to apply for RTP’s annual hallmark program, National Rebuilding Day. Please note RTP has an upcoming October 15 application deadline.

One Day San Mateo August 27
Community Events

Weekly Event Round-Up: One Day Many Options!

Not sure why August 27th was such an appealing date for so many city events.  True we are celebrating two significant anniversaries this month, school has started, and most everyone is back from vacation, or perhaps the last Saturday of August provides one last hurrah before summer officially ends. Whatever the case, today’s weekly event round-up is dedicated to this one day, August 27th and the fun you can have within San Mateo city limits.

San Mateo Citywide Yardsale

One day August 27

The early bird gets the worm! Start early and check out these other events happening in San Mateo.

San Mateo’s Citywide Yardsale is fun for buyers and sellers alike! There are more than 250 registered yard sales taking place on August 27th, which means a lot of opportunities for bargain and treasure hunters to score big! Get started early – 8:00 a.m. is when sales begin. Make a day of it, or at least keep at it until you start to feel hungry or needing a break. If that’s the case, put the next two events on your itinerary. Visit the interactive website for more information and a list of all the sales registered.

10th Anniversary Celebration San Mateo Main Library and Branch Renovations

One day August 27

Has it been ten years! Time flies when you’re having fun reading, learning, and exploring at the San Mateo Library

The San Mateo Library is celebrating the ten year anniversary of the opening of the Main Library and renovations of the two branch libraries. With special events and activities taking place throughout the week, the community is invited to a cake cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. There are still opportunities to enjoy the special programs taking place during the week-long celebration. Highlights are a historical exhibit of the San Mateo Libary including recorded memoirs of the planning and construction of the Main Library; a free photo booth, and a chance to share ideas to shape Library services in the next 10-years.

San Mateo Fire Fighter’s Chili Cook-off

One day August 27

Sample and vote for your favorite chili made by San Mateo Firefighters

With your sweet tooth satisfied venture to Central Park for the San Mateo Fire Fighters’ Chili Cook-off and sample something savory. This annual event has become a popular one in San Mateo where San Mateo Firefighters whip up a batch of their favorite chili recipe and leave it to the San Mateo community to vote for the best. All proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Admission is $10, and the fun takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 Japanese Garden 50th Anniversary Gala Event

One day August 27

The 50th Anniversary of San Mateo’s Japanese Garden comes to an end on August 27th. The gala event is a stunning tribute to this community gem.

Recognize the beauty and historical significance of San Mateo’s Japanese Garden during Saturday’s gala event to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The gala event begins with a FREE community celebration that is open to the public from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It includes a Japanese Taiko Drum performance, a flag presentation and presentations by local dignitaries and representatives from Toyonaka, Japan, San Mateo’s Sister City.

The gala continues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Central Park Recreation Center with a sit-down dinner, music, dance, and presentation of gifts in honor the garden’s 50th Anniversary. Tickets to the dinner are available on Eventbrite and cost $35.00 per person.

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Clean Water Program
Public Works

What do you know about San Mateo’s Clean Water Program

Attend one of two community meetings taking place this week to learn more about the program and sanitary sewer overflows.

The City of San Mateo Public Works Department invites members of all San Mateo neighborhoods to attend the first in a series of community meetings regarding underground wastewater storage. During these meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process for selecting a location for an underground storage facility to address sanitary sewer overflows.

When constructed, this underground wastewater storage facility will help to eliminate wastewater overflows that would be used on a short-term basis during heavy rains. The storage facility will provide sewer system capacity assurance and meet regulatory requirements, key components of the Clean Water Program (CWP).

Members of the general public are invited to attend the following community meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Police Emergency Operations Center, 200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; City Hall – Council Chambers, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

About the Clean Water Program

The Clean Water Program is a comprehensive plan to upgrade the aging wastewater collection and treatment system with advanced infrastructure that will provide reliable services for years to come. The Wastewater Treatment Plant components of the Clean Water Program are a joint effort between the City of San Mateo and City of Foster City/Estero Municipal Improvement District (EMID). The City of Foster City is a partial owner of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit http://www.cleanwaterprogramsanmateo.org, or check out the past articles we’ve shared about the program. San Mateo’s Clean Water Program and Groundbreaking at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. These resources provide insightful information. Feel free to contact the city with any questions you may have by email or by calling (650) 727-6890.

Community, Disaster Preparedness

Join San Mateo’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The next CERT training begins August 31st. Learn basic emergency response.

Emergency Response

Recent CERT class graduates prepared to assist San Mateo’s first responders

It is always wise to know basic emergency response procedures. You can better protect your family, help your neighbors, and provide needed support to your community when you have the skills to respond to an emergency.

On August 31st the San Mateo Fire Department will begin its CERT Training program. The program is a 25-hour series of weekly classes (8 weeks total) that provides cross-training in basic emergency skills. Once you have an understanding of these skills and graduate from the CERT program, you will join a team of other San Mateo residents who are prepared to support the San Mateo community in the aftermath of a disaster.

The training begins with an overview of CERT and basic earthquake awareness and preparedness. This is information every Californian should know. The first session covers earthquake basics such as history, types of, their magnitude and probability as well as preparing before one happens, and what to do when the earth starts to shake.

Emergency Response

CERT trainees will learn basic emergency medical procedures.

The next three classes focus on basic disaster and medical skills. In these classes, you’ll learn to locate and turn off utilities, extinguish small fires, and identify hazardous materials situations. The medical training goes slightly beyond basic first aid; you’ll learn to triage and treat victims, how to set up a medical treatment area, and understand the psychological impact a disaster may have on yourself and others.

Class participants will also have the chance to extinguish a small fire, participate in a mock ‘quake exercise, and take part in other hands-on, interactive training experiences. Search and rescue, organizing disaster response teams, and understanding how CERT fits into an emergency response plan in San Mateo are other topics the training will cover.

In the event of a disaster, San Mateo’s first responders may have to address other priorities or cannot immediately respond due to communication or transportation difficulties. In an emergency, CERT-trained residents can help. By first ensuring the safety of yourself and your family, you can then work outward and assess what is needed in your neighborhood, office or beyond until first responders can arrive.

San Mateo’s CERT training program provides residents with the skills they need to protect themselves in a disaster while providing the know how to support their neighborhood and the broader community in a time of need. You will take away valuable life-saving skills, and have the opportunity to connect with other residents. These connections build relationships and make San Mateo a stronger community.

Watch the video on the CERT Training program or visit sanmateocert.org for more information. You can register by visiting www.erecreg.com.

San Mateo Chili Cook-Off
Community Events

CORRECTION: Weekly August Event Round Up

Apologies, dear readers! The wrong date was provided for the  San Mateo Chili Cook-off sponsored by the San Mateo’s Firefighters Association. It is taking place on Saturday, August 27th. The corrected information is below. Thank you!

We’re reaching the end of August; school is starting back up and different routines need to be established. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip all the great events happening around San Mateo! Read on for the weekly August event round up.

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San Mateo Chili Cook-Off!

On Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – 5:00pm in Central Park, the San Mateo Firefighter’s Association is hosting a chili cook off! It’s $10 to enter at the gate and that gets you a tasting of all the chili, a bowl of your favorite chili and one beer or wine. All proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Go and enjoy a day of live music, beer, wine, and more chili than you could ever imagine!

Don’t forget to register forJuly in San Mateo the Citywide Yard Sale!

Back by popular demand, the Citywide Yard Sale will be happening again on August 27th. Registration is now open if you want to host your own yard sale or maybe partner up with neighbors or local organizations. This is a great community event you won’t want to miss — register today! Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to YardSale@cityofsanmateo.org.

Central Park Music Series: Club 90 — Party

LAST ONE! Come get your dose of FREE live music at the weekly Central Park Music Series. This week,  Club 90, a high-energy, choreographed dance party show, will feature the pop hits from the 1960’s to today’s Top 40 and July in San MateoDance Music.  From Nirvana to Whitney Houston, from the Temptations to the Black Eyed Peas, from Daft Punk to Robin Thicke. Club 90 is a top choice for audiences of all ages.  Dressed in hip, urban street wear, Club 90 consists of seven accomplished performers, including three vocalists, keyboardist, electric bassist, guitarist, and drummer. Come listen and enjoy with friends and family while munching on food from the vendors there. Come check out the last free concert in Central Park for the season!! More information here: http://www.sanmateoinsider.org/event/central-park-music-series-club-90-party/

25th Avenue Farmers’ Market

July in San MateoRuns May through September, rain or shine, every Tuesday from 4:00pm-7:30pm. Offering fresh Californian grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers from several area farms, as well as baked goods, hot foods, and other high quality local products, accompanied by live music and other events throughout the season, this is something you don’t want to miss! Tuesday, August 23: 4:00pm-7:30pm; Hacienda St. at W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403; https://www.facebook.com/25thAveFarmersMarket/

Public Records Requets
Community, Public Information

Online Portal Available to Submit Public Records Requests

San Mateo Records Center provides a one-stop shop to submit public records requests, search archives, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Have you ever tried to access public records or submit a request for government information? The old way made it a rather cumbersome process requiring a visit to City Hall and possibly bouncing from one department to the next before finding someone to help. Then the waiting… Waiting for the information originally requested could at times feel like forever.

Technology improves communication and enhances transparency between government agencies and the public. Today, the city of San Mateo took a step to provide easier access to public information by launching an online portal for public records requests. The new portal simplifies the process by putting everything you need to submit a request online.

The online request portal is powered by GovQA, a leader in delivering digital solutions to public sector clients across the nation. More than 700 cities, counties, and state agencies are connecting with citizens using their public records management system. GovQA has over 16-years of experience, powers 40% of the nation’s largest cities and counties, and connects more than 120 million citizens to government records.

How do I access the online portal

San Mateo residents or anyone with questions related to the city of San Mateo can easily access the online portal from the city’s website to submit a new request or search similar requests previously entered. Users can also easily find links to the city charter and municipal codes, staff reports, maps, and learn where to go for questions related to birth certificates, death records, and other vital information maintained by San Mateo County or other agencies.

How do I submit public records requests?

To submit a request, go to the city’s website and click on the records center link available on the homepage or from the City Clerk’s page. Select “submit a request” from the menu on the left.

Public Records Requests


Users may create an account, which is needed to track and receive information related to a request. After creating an account or logging into the system, users can create a request; it is also possible to submit a request anonymously.

Public Records Requests

Fill out the required information on the “submit request” screen, and select a preferred method to receive the records. Once submitted, the city in most cases has ten days to respond, and requesters can log back into the portal to check on the status of a request.

Public Records Requests

How will the city respond to my request?

The city will respond through the online system and provide the citizen with documents related to the topic. Documents, even large data files, are available for a user to download when they are logged into their account. Additionally, the public can access past requests, and may find that the information they are seeking is already available.

“The online portal makes the process for obtaining public records more efficient and improves transparency between the city and the public,” stated Patrice Olds, San Mateo City Clerk. “This is an excellent example of how San Mateo is using technology to provide more responsive service to the community.”

Code Enforcement Neighborhood Improvement
Community, Community Development

Code Enforcement Strengthens San Mateo’s Neighborhoods

San Mateo's Code Enforcement Team

San Mateo’s Code Enforcement Team from left to right: Jesse Medina, Code Enforcement Officer I; Christine Civiletti, Code Enforcement Manager; and Debra LaPalm, Code Enforcement Officer II.

“Enforcement doesn’t always have to be the first resort when it comes to code enforcement issues,” says Christine Civiletti, San Mateo’s new Code Enforcement Manager. “Many of the cases we see in San Mateo can be handled by informing and educating a resident. This way they have the ability to resolve the issue on their own, and we work with them towards self-compliance.”

Putting a positive face on code enforcement may be a herculean task, but if anyone can do it, Civiletti is the one. She has the experience and the right attitude to do the job. She is passionate about helping people and would like to see code enforcement build stronger relationships with residents and neighborhoods.

Code Enforcement is now a division of San Mateo’s Community Development Department, and Civiletti is the first to bring a new vision to this challenging function.

Before arriving in San Mateo, Civiletti spent 11-years working for the city of Fremont, most recently as a Senior Code Enforcement Officer. There she facilitated several neighborhood projects and was able to foster stronger relationships by encouraging people to work together. One of her projects brought together a group of community volunteers that provided time, skills and materials to help put a new roof on a resident’s house. “It’s rewarding to give people the ability to improve their quality of life,” she says.

Changing the culture of code enforcement in San Mateo

Working with the community in a positive way is an approach that will improve the perception of code enforcement. Within the first year, Civiletti envisions an open line of communication between neighborhoods and code enforcement officers.

“Having conversations within neighborhoods is a good first step,” Civiletti commented. On June 23rd a neighborhood meeting was held in the North Central neighborhood. It provided an opportunity for neighbors to connect with one another and for code enforcement officers and residents to meet.

Code Enforcement focuses on self-compliance

Codes, guidelines, and rules are the essence of code enforcement. However, San Mateo’s new approach focuses on information and self-compliance. The city working with neighbors to understand requirements.

Residents expressed the most amount of concern about the impacts of the home occupation ordinance. Many felt that it wasn’t working and needs to be re-written. “After going back to study the code, we realized that it needs to be enforced

differently,” Civiletti stated. The new approach to enforcement will launch in August, and focuses on informing those operating a home-based business, with or without a permit, with the requirements they need to comply. Those operating a business without a permit will also receive information on how to obtain one. Code enforcement will make sure business owners get the appropriate permit.

Additionally, Code Enforcement is partnering with the Police Department to organize meet and greet events in specific neighborhoods. Community members can come to these events, have a cup of coffee and discuss the issues impacting their neighborhood with police and code enforcement officers.

Taking a look at the big picture

San Mateo’s code enforcement officers are highly dedicated and want to create strong, healthy communities. Civiletti encourages her team to look at the bigger picture. A complaint may begin with garbage, but it’s usually so much more. Taking a step back brings perspective and provides the ability to see what more can be done to make improvements within a neighborhood.

“Being effective in this field depends on how you look at an issue,” Civiletti stated. “My vision is to establish relationships and ensure that the community and enforcement officers work together in a positive way.” For more information, please visit www.cityofsanmateo.org.

End of Summer Events
Community Events

End of Summer Events in San Mateo

We are creeping up on halfway through August and the summer frenzy is beginning to die down. Now everything is about getting things in order for back-to-school and trying to plan last minute summer adventures. Sticking around San Mateo this week? Check out these upcoming end-of-summer events!

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Shakespeare in the Parkshakespeare

Are you a Shakespeare lover? How about nature? Want to combine the two? The San Mateo Parks & Recreation department is hosting Shakespeare in the Park from September 9th through September 18th. Be sure to click here to find show times and more detailed information. This is a FREE event in Central Park that will end the summer season with great shows!

Meet Jeremy Affeldt!

NLW-SF-InsigniaMeet the San Francisco Giants 3-time World Series pitcher and KNBR and Comcast Sports Analyst Jeremy Affeldt at Hillsdale! He will be on hand to sign autographs from 10:30am to 12:00pm on Saturday, August 13th, in the lower level Nordstrom Court. Autographing ends promptly at noon. Autographs are limited to one per person. No purchase necessary. Pick up SF Giants merchandise at our official SF Giants Dugout store!

You could also win tickets to a game! Enter to win family (4) packs of tickets to the Sunday, August 21st Giants game against the New York Mets. Contest runs July 30-August 13. See contest box in Nordstrom Court and SF Giants Dugout store. No purchase necessary to enter. Employees are not eligible.

More information can be found here: http://www.sanmateoinsider.org/event/hillsborough-concours-delegance/

July in San MateoDon’t forget to register for the Citywide Yard Sale!

Back by popular demand, the Citywide Yard Sale will be happening again on August 27th. Registration is now open if you want to host your own yard sale or maybe partner up with neighbors or local organizations. This is a great community event you won’t want to miss — register today! Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to YardSale@cityofsanmateo.org.

Central Park Music Series: Lost Dog Found — Swing/Rockabilly

July in San MateoCome get your dose of FREE live music at the weekly Central Park Music Series. This week, Lost Dog Found will be entertaining San Mateo residents for their weekly concert. Lost Dog Found has set out to become their own musical genre with a distinctive modern sound.
Their live performances have become one of the sweatiest, electric, crowd interactive parties you’ll ever attend, widely regarded as being one of the best live acts coming out of the S.F. Bay Area. Come listen and enjoy with friends and family while munching on food from the vendors there. This is a weekly event, every Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm through August 18th. Come check it out! More information here: http://www.sanmateoinsider.org/event/3080/

25th Avenue Farmers’ Market

July in San MateoRuns May through September, rain or shine, every Tuesday from 4:00pm-7:30pm. Offering fresh Californian grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers from several area farms, as well as baked goods, hot foods, and other high quality local products, accompanied by live music and other events throughout the season, this is something you don’t want to miss! Tuesday, August 16: 4:00pm-7:30pm; Hacienda St. at W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403; https://www.facebook.com/25thAveFarmersMarket/

New Mural on Tilton Avenue
Community Development

New Mural on Tilton Avenue in Downtown San Mateo

Local artist Todd Lanam recently completed a stunning new mural on Tilton Avenue at North B Street. The new artwork, entitled “The Beach Back Home” reflects the Pacific island roots of many San Mateo residents. The neighborhood welcomed the mural as another positive addition to the busy North B Street block. This area of downtown is home to numerous authentic Hispanic restaurants, shops, and markets.

New Mural on Tilton Avenue

Beach Back Home

The Prasad family, who own the building and operate Neelam Islanders Market there, wanted to help beautify the neighborhood. They made contact with the Downtown San Mateo Association, which had sponsored several downtown art installations in 2013-14. The DSMA coordinated the new mural, managing the project logistics and arranging funding from Downtown San Mateo Arts.

Todd Lanam is a San Mateo native and a fine artist with a growing reputation.  Todd attended Aragon High School, then went on to study at the College of the Arts in San Francisco, and San Francisco State University.  His work has been shown at Mark Wolfe Gallery in San Francisco, and at major art fairs in New York and Miami.

New Mural on Tilton Avenue

Beach Back Home credits

Todd was very excited to complete this mural painting here in his hometown of San Mateo. The project enabled Todd to share his art in a unique setting, and create an opportunity for discovery and delight for Downtown residents and visitors.

All photos by Patrick Beaudouin.

Story by Ann Fienman, Executive Director of the DSMA.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy
Community Development, Sustainability

San Mateo County rolls out Peninsula Clean Energy

This year San Mateo County residents will have a choice between energy providers for the first time. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is now San Mateo County’s official energy provider and all residents are automatically signed up for this new program as their neighborhoods are phased in. Residents will have the choice to opt-out of this program once their neighborhood is registered, or they may choose to stay with PCE and receive clean, renewable energy. The roll out process will take 12-months, and Phase 1 will begin this October. Sign up as an Early Adopter to be at the front of the line when the next phase launches!

Peninsula Clean Energy

What is Peninsula Clean Energy?

PCE is a public, locally-controlled electricity provider that gives all Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers (residential, commercial, and municipal) in San Mateo County the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. PCE will source electricity on behalf of its customers from renewable resources like water, wind, and solar. The projects where this energy is sourced are located in California, Oregon, and Washington state.

Peninsula Clean EnergyHow Did PCE Come to Be?

PCE was created in February 2016 when all 20 cities in San Mateo County, plus the County of San Mateo, voted unanimously to form a Joint Powers Authority to administer the program, following years of careful study and development.

When California deregulated the energy market in 1997, many Californians switched to alternative energy providers. Following the energy crisis of 2000-01, consumer choice of electricity providers was suspended. As a response to the closing of the open market, Assembly Bill 117 was passed in 2002 to establish Community Choice Aggregation, which offers an opportunity for California communities to choose their electric provider and the source of their electricity.

How is PG&E Involved?

PCE will provide the electricity, and PG&E will deliver it over their lines and wires. PG&E will continue to do the billing for all of these services. The only changes to a PG&E electricity bill will be a few lines of different charges associated with PCE.

PCE provides electric generation, which is the source of your power, while PG&E continues to provide electric delivery and billing services just as they always have. PG&E still owns and reads your electric meter, sends your monthly bill, and provides the same maintenance and other repair services. PCE only replaces the electric generation services with 50-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.PCE_PGE_comparison-graphs_v3

PCE’s Energy Options

PCE offers two options of renewable energy for its customers, whether residential or commercial. Both options provide clean and renewable energy to homes and businesses at varying levels.

First of all, what is the difference between clean energy and renewable energy? PCE makes the distinction: “Clean energy is carbon-free energy that creates little to no greenhouse gas emissions. This is Peninsula Clean Energyin contrast to fossil fuels, which produce a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide and methane. Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that are naturally replenished such as sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal heat. Unlike fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal, which cannot Peninsula Clean Energybe replaced, renewable energy regenerates naturally in a short period of time.”

PCE provides both clean and renewable electricity for San Mateo County customers. Each electricity product has a different percentage of carbon-free and renewable energy. All San Mateo customers will be lpaced into the ECOplus plan. It offers at least 50% renewable and 75% carbon-free at lower generation rates than PG&E. ECO100 is a 100% renewable and 100% carbon-free energy product. As a PCE customer, you are able to choose which energy option you feel is most beneficial to your home or business. The website offers a cost calculator to help you decide what is the best choice for your energy options.

How to Enroll

All residents and businesses in San Mateo County are automatically enrolled with PCE in the ECOplus plan. The switch will be made in phases, with the first customers receiving PCE energy this October. The second phase will be in April 2017 and the final and third phase will be October 2017.

To jump to the top of the list and be one of the first customers in the county to begin using PCE, regardless of your enrollment group, sign up as an Early Adopter. If you decide you don’t want to use PCE, you’re able to opt-out once your enrollment has been initiated; this means that if your neighborhood or commercial area isn’t scheduled to begin using PCE until next October, you will not be able to opt-out until next October.

Clean and Renewable Energy for All!

PCE is an effort to create affordable and clean energy for all residents and businesses. This creates a better environment and helps keep the planet safe and healthy. This innovative program benefits everyone involved and the City of San Mateo is excited to see it begin to roll out on October 1st!