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City Council, Community, Sustainability

Sustainable landscaping at City Hall sets example for community

The Bay Area is in the midst of another severe drought and warnings are being issued about limiting water consumption and usage. One of the biggest areas where residents and businesses can limit their water usage is when watering gardens and landscaping. To both reduce water consumption and set an example for the rest of the community, San Mateo City Hall has revamped its surrounding landscaping with sustainable plants and watering systems to create sustainable landscaping, and added a new decorative wall to emphasize the natural look and feel of the building.

City Hall is situated in the center of San Mateo on West 20th Avenue and has an understated presence. Its new sustainable landscaping and decorative wall create a welcoming entry to an approachable facility that fully complements its location within the community.

Enhancing Sustainability with Plants

The landscaping features an environmentally sound collection of Mediterranean and California native plants. Special attention was given to the selection of each plant regarding their ecological functions and their architectural design. “The plantings were selected to thrive together,” said Elga Perez-Rubio, Green Iridescent Hummingbird Feeding on Pink FlowerSenior Parks and Landscape Maintenance Worker. Gardens and landscapes are expected to be resource efficient and use reduced amounts of water, fertilizer, pesticides, labor and energy. “All of these elements were taken into consideration, and the landscaping is having less of an impact on the environment,” Perez-Rubio stated.

The new landscaping is a serene habitat and is creating an ecological system that is inviting to a variety of wildlife such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, sparrows, lady bugs, and earthworms. The selection of landscaping was made with this in mind. Everything from the colors of the plants to their scent and flower production attracts and retains them.

In total, landscapers placed 1,500 plants throughout the grounds of City Hall ranging from non-fruit bearing olive trees, coastal Redwoods, and Maples. Lavender, rosemary, carpet roses and an assortment of salvia, sage, star jasmine and California poppies provide an array of color ranging from white to yellow, orange, blue and purple. Hydrangeas and leaf foliage in shade zones were added for interest.

The majority of the plants require moderate amounts of water to thrive, and an upgraded irrigation system helps to meet state and local water efficiency goals and mandates. Landscapers installed a drip tubing irrigation system called Netafim, developed in Israel, to apply water at the root zone where it is most needed; smart controllers adjust the irrigation amounts, and mulch throughout the grounds retains soil moisture in the roots. The three components of the irrigation system successfully conserve water and manage its usage.

A Lab for the Community

City staff hopes that San Mateo residents can come and learn from the new landscaping and incorporate some of its features into their landscaping at home.

“Think of the new landscaping as a lab,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Sheila Canzian. “Many of these plants are easy to incorporate into home gardens and the community is welcome to visit the grounds to learn about the varieties planted.” resized

To encourage residents and community members to come visit the new landscaping, and City Hall, the new display wall was designed to “grow” out of the landscape and flow around the building. Staff wanted the environment to be welcoming as well as properly detailed so anyone walking by will know they arrived at City Hall.

The wall is capped with a natural flagstone selected to blend the elements together. It provides an appealing transition from the building to the landscape with its subtle curves and complementary colors. The wall on the east side gives a predominant place for the friendship olive tree from Toyonaka, the Sister City of San Mateo.

The new landscaping and entry feature create a stronger sense of place and enhances City Hall’s presence in the neighborhood. “The grounds are beautiful, and City Hall is such an inviting place to visit,” says Mayor Goethals. “I encourage community members to visit City Hall and wander the grounds. It’s peaceful and relaxing, and this project represents one small fraction of all San Mateo is doing to create a more sustainable environment.”

City Council’s Recognition

Last Monday, July 18th, the City of San Mateo formally recognized the completion of the new City Hall Landscaping Project. The new landscaping creates a serene environment and the recently constructed entry feature identifies the building as a civic facility in the neighborhood. Mayor Joe Goethals and San Mateo4X3A2003 City Manager, Larry Patterson welcomed the community at the ceremony, acknowledged city staff that led and contributed to the project, and recognized the benefits this landscaping brings to the community and the environment.

“It’s a tremendous improvement from what used to be here,” Patterson said. “The wall facing 20th Avenue lets visitors know they’ve arrived at City Hall, and the new landscaping is a complete transformation of the grounds. City staff designed and installed the landscaping and city staff also designed the wall. I’m proud of the attention and ingenuity given to the project. They’ve done a remarkable job.”

At the following City Council meeting, Council presented a proclamation to recognize July as Parks and Recreation Month. The City wanted to acknowledge all of the hard work that Parks employees put into completing the project. This project was important because it makes San Mateo an even more sustainable city.  For more information about upcoming Council meetings and City events, please visit cityofsanmateo.org.

San Mateo Business Plan
City Council

City of San Mateo 2016-2018 Business Plan

San Mateo’s proposed two-year business plan balances short-term needs with long-term projections and provides a roadmap to manage service levels, rising pension costs, and economic fluctuations.

The city of San Mateo’s 2016-18 business plan presents a new era of financial sustainability. With cautious optimism and continuing to balance short-term needs with long-term financial projections, the San Mateo City Council enters the last phase of the budget approval process during the June 6th Council meeting.

San Mateo Business PlanThe proposed city-wide business plan, which includes both the operating budget and the capital improvement program for fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18, will be considered by the San Mateo City Council during a public hearing on Monday, June 6th. It is the first of two public hearings where the public can provide comment before Council adopts the budget on June 20th.

“The business plan and the long-term financial plan strike the right balance of leveraging the good economy to optimize service levels, make further investments in our community, and propose financial commitments that are sustainable over the long-term,” says Drew Corbett, Finance Director. “This is tremendously important, as there is a stark difference between the financials presented in the two-year business plan and the financial projections in the long-term financial plan.”

The proposed 2016-18 business plan provides for core services while allocating additional funding for services that reflect Council priorities and the ability to accelerate Measure S expenditures. Many of these projects and services address infrastructure, safety, transportation, and community services as well as housing, development, and sustainability.

The Proposed Budget

The proposed budget includes funding for five additional sworn personnel into the police departmentSan Mateo Business Plan focusing on gang activity, traffic enforcement, and downtown issues. It adds nearly 14 new positions across community development, public works, and fire to address the demands of development and the city’s capital improvement program. It provides enhanced funding for parks maintenance, $2 million in additional one-time funding for failed streets, and $400,000 for traffic management and senior transportation issues.

The city is fortunate to have the capacity to enhance service levels, and maintaining these services as a baseline is an important goal of the proposed business plan. However, challenges identified in long-term financial projections indicate that the city should proceed cautiously. Most notably, the city’s costs for its contribution to CalPERS, the employee retirement program, are expected to increase significantly over the 10-year forecast period. The current general fund contribution is expected to increase from $14 million in 2016-17 to over $25 million by 2026-27. To more aggressively address the city’s pension liability, the business plan includes a proposal to establish a pension trust that will better manage rising pensions costs by setting aside funds above and beyond the required contribution to CalPERS.

San Mateo Business PlanThe fluctuations of the economy are also a factor in the 10-year financial forecast. The city has been operating in a strong economy, which has resulted in increased revenue, enhanced services, and a robust reserve fund. Looking beyond the lens of the two-year business plan indicates that the city should continue a conservative approach towards adding additional services to manage economic volatility and increasing pension costs.

During the recession and adoption of the financial sustainability plan, the City Council established a policy to maintain a reserve fund that is 25% of the general fund’s operating budget. The city has exceeded Council’s policy goal and is fortunate to have a general fund reserve of $53 million, or 55% of the total operating budget. It is tempting to add additional services or increase spending. However, beyond the 2016-18 business plan, the 10-year financial projections indicate that the city is expected to begin operating at a deficit with expenditures exceeding revenue. At the end of the long-term plan, the deficit is projected to turn into a slight surplus.

“The prospect of operating at a deficit for approximately eight years is disconcerting,” says Drew Corbett, Finance Director. “The city will be able to draw from its reserve fund to manage the deficit while maintaining baseline service levels established in this budget cycle. This forecast also accounts for rising pension costs, and incorporates new expenditures related to Measure S. It’s a realistic financial plan that prudently utilizes city resources while providing the flexibility to adjust as conditions change.”

The city cannot predict the next downturn in the economy; however, the long-term financial plan provides a roadmap to best plan for variations that are beyond the city’s control. The two-year business plan balances short-term needs with long-term projections and creates a better level of financial sustainability that will serve the city well through the ebb and flow of economic cycles.

The proposed two-year business plan and operating budget are available on the city’s website at http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?nid=997.

City Council, Community, Downtown

San Mateo State of City Address

San Mateo. In the Age of the City.

Mayor Joe Goethals presented San Mateo’s State of City Address: San Mateo In the Age of the City, on January 22nd during the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning San Mateo breakfast. The Mayor began his presentation by posing the following question: “Why is there now such a focus on cities?”

Cities are where people want to live.

It’s where jobs, schools, services, and day-to-day activities are concentrated. Approximately 50% of the U.S. population resides in cities or major metropolitan areas such as the Bay Area, Manhattan, Seattle, Miami, and Chicago. Additionally, half of the GDP (gross domestic product) for our country is generated in these concentrated metropolitan areas. Residents of these cities and San Mateo look to local government to provide the needed services, infrastructure, recreation activities, public safety, and policy decisions to ensure that local needs are being met. Cities are where we can make a difference.

The Billion Dollar Corridor

Billion Dollar CorridorThe Bay Area and San Mateo is experiencing significant growth since the recovery from the recession. The fifty mile stretch between San Francisco and San Jose, which some refer to as the “billion dollar corridor,” has a concentration of companies which provide jobs and generate a great deal of revenue. We are fortunate to be surrounded by these companies, but the overall strength of our economy also puts a great deal of stress on our infrastructure and makes it extremely expensive to live here.

This additional growth and the influx of wealth created in our region is placing growing demand for city services. The issues we must address are more complex than ever before. San Mateo is taking strides to develop recommendations, policies, and programs to support the need for affordable housing, infrastructure improvements; strategies to address traffic, and programs that will create a more sustainable community. San Mateo is fortunate to have a highly engaged community, talented city staff, and relationships that extend throughout the region and state. Collaboration and looking to the community to find solutions is one of the attributes that makes San Mateo a great community, and we consistently use this approach when solving our most demanding challenges.

2016 City Priorities

In 2016, a Housing Taskforce is focused on developing recommendations to address affordable housing. The former redevelopment properties are part of this equation and are being considered as possible opportunities for additional housing opportunities as well. In addition, the Public Works Department has initiated Neighborhood Traffic Forums that are generating discussions to address traffic concerns, one neighborhood at a time, throughout our community. The forums launched in January and will continue until the end of May.

Measure S has given the city a “shot in the arm” to make significant investments in our services and infrastructure. A citizens oversight committee will form to provide oversight on how Measure S funds can be spent. Paved streets, flood improvements, improvements to parks and recreation facilities, and increased public safety are some of the ways Measure S funds can be used to strengthen our community for future generations.

As highlighted in the Mayor’s State of the City address, the City is tackling a number of initiatives that will continue to make San Mateo a great community. Please visit the City’s YouTube Channel to view the Mayor’s State of the City Address and hear his ideas.

City Council

Welcome 2016 San Mateo City Council

Monday, December 7th was the last meeting of the 2015 San Mateo City Council, and it was a bittersweet evening beginning with a moving tribute to Councilmember and former Mayor, Jack Matthews.

Fond Farewell to Councilmember, Jack Matthews

Councilmember Matthews is a long-standing public figure and business owner in San Mateo. He first joined the city’s Planning Commission in 1995 and served for two terms before being elected to the City Council in 2003. After three terms on the City Council, Matthews has left a lasting impression on San Mateo and is “keeping the faith” to see more of his vision realized.

The development of affordable housing is a significant part of Matthews’ legacy to San Mateo and the Bay Area. A constant supporter and advocate for affordable housing – he was at the helm of projects such as the Vendome Hotel, 2000 Delaware, and Penn Station. Matthews also served on the board of HEART where his passion for affordable housing could more broadly serve the Bay Area.

He also influenced the guiding policies of the Rail Corridor Plan, Bay Meadows, and Downtown San Mateo; worked to ensure the completion of the Main Library, the Police Station, and the renovation of several fire stations; and encouraged the installation of public art throughout the community.

Matthews’ fingerprints are on everything in San Mateo, and it is now a more beautiful, livable community; he is leaving San Mateo a better place than when he started.

Councilmember and 2015 Mayor, Maureen Freschet begins second four-year term

Mayor Freschet was sworn in for her next four-year term on the City Council and was recognized for her contributions as Mayor.  These include the passing of Measure S, the adoption of the Climate Action Plan, and implementation of several sustainability programs. She held a public forum to address housing, sat on the Oversight Board, which successfully retained San Mateo’s redevelopment properties, and initiated a living memorial at Central Park to recognize San Mateo’s fallen veterans.

Freschet was seemingly everywhere at all once. She stated, “being Mayor was one of the most rewarding, wonderful, and demanding experiences.” She is proud of her accomplishments and looks forward to serving the San Mateo community throughout her second term.

Councilmembers Bonilla and Papan sworn into City  Council

Councilmember Bonilla was sworn in for the remainder of his two-year term. Although he ran unopposed, he feels supported by the community and appreciates the level of engagement demonstrated by our residents.

Councilmember Papan was also sworn in for her first term on the City Council. She shared her passion for improving San Mateo’s infrastructure and is excited to work with those we serve to reach the decisions that will preserve San Mateo’s status as a leading community.

Councilmember, Joe Goethals appointed 2016 Mayor

Finally, Councilmember Goethals was appointed as San Mateo’s Mayor. His enthusiasm is contagious, and it will be an exciting year with Goethals at the helm. He is excited to embark upon this journey with the community and believes that San Mateo is at the forefront of a new era.

“Cities are where things get done,” he stated. “We are entering a time where San Mateo is thriving and can accomplish the things that matter.”

Infrastructure, sustainability and the preservation of our community’s health and safety are areas of passion. He sees a great deal of sustainable innovation coming our way – specifically in the use of recycled water produced at the Waste Water Treatment Plant and in the use of renewable energy.

The 2016 San Mateo City Council includes Mayor Goethals, Deputy Mayor, Lim and Councilmembers Bonilla, Freschet, and Papan. The enthusiasm and passion for San Mateo will continue to make our community a premier city along the Peninsula.

City Council, Community, Local Election

Thank you for voting in the November 3rd Election!

November 3rd election shows strong support for Measure S and brings new and familiar faces to City Council.

The City of San Mateo would  like to thank the San Mateo community for participating in San Mateo County’s first all-mail ballot election and for supporting Measure S. Early election results show tremendous support for this local revenue measure that was placed on the November ballot in July by the San Mateo City Council. It extends previously approved voter funding and will be used to improve infrastructure, enhance public safety and maintain essential services such as neighborhood police patrols, fire prevention services and programs for youth and seniors.

The San Mateo community identified these as priorities in a survey conducted earlier this year. The extension of San Mateo’s locally-controlled funding source provides long-term support for important community projects and programs.

We are grateful for the community’s support of Measure S and will continue to keep you updated on the results of the election as additional information is made available by the County.

Prior to placing Measure S on the ballot, the City conducted a Capital Needs Assessment, which identified $360 Million worth of projects with no funding source. This includes over $35 Million in street and pothole repair. Measure S provides San Mateo with the ability to fix nearly 19-miles of failed streets; it will improve flood control systems; and can be used to enhance parks, paths, and playfields; and provide safe playground equipment at City parks.

We would also like to congratulate those that were elected and re-elected to the San Mateo City Council. Election night proved successful for Diane Papan, who will fill the Council seat vacated by long-time Council member and current Deputy Mayor, Jack Matthews. Current Mayor, Maureen Freschet was re-elected for a second four-year term and Council member, Rick Bonilla ran unopposed to complete the remainder of the two-year term he was appointed to following Mayor Ross’s resignation.

It was exciting to watch the early results of the election roll in. We appreciate the support shown by the San Mateo community and thank you for participating throughout the process. For more information about Measure S, please visit www.cityofsanmateo.org/MeasureS.

Close View of a collection of voting buttons
City Council, Community, Local Election

Election Day!

November 3rd 2015

Today is Election Day! If you forgot to turn in your mail ballot for this All Mail Ballot election, do not fret! Follow these helpful reminders to ensure your vote counts. Then, get into the spirit with some fun Election Day trivia!

All Mail Ballot Voting Your Vote is your Choice

There is still time to vote! Even on Election Day there are a few ways you can still turn in your ballot and make sure your vote counts.

Mail It – Every registered voter was mailed a Vote by Mail ballot with a postage paid return envelope. Take your ballot to the post office today to make sure it is postmarked on November 3rd and received by the deadline of November 6th to make sure your ballot is received.

Drop It Off – You can drop off your ballot to any one of the 20 City/Town Halls, 32 Universal Polling Places, or 2 Voting Centers.

Vote In Person – On Election Day 32 Universal Polling Places as well as 2 Voting Centers will be open for you to vote in person. If you mailed in your ballot but are not sure it was received, you can vote using a provisional ballot at any Universal Polling Place. If your Vote by Mail ballot is received in time, the mailed ballot will be counted and not the provisional ballot.

Election Day Trivia !

Now that you have earned your sticker and voted, have some more fun and share these fun facts about Election Day with your friends and family, some may surprise you!

Why is Election Day in November ?

  • Back when voters traveled to get to polling places November was the ideal time to travel – after the harvest but also before the harsh winter.American Flags for Election Day

Why is Election Day always on a Tuesday?

  • Since people traveled to get to the polls Election Day was not made on a Sunday because many people did not travel on Sundays for religious reasons. Monday came to be the day to travel and Tuesday the day to vote.

Why not November 1st?

  • It was decided that Election Day would not fall on the first of the month because November 1st is All Saints Day. The first of the month is also when most shop keepers did their books.

On This Day…

  • First African-American Congressman elected – John W. Menard, Louisiana (1868)
  • Chevrolet enters the automobile market in competition with Ford (1911)
  • Bank of Italy becomes Bank of America (1930)
  • USSR launches Sputnik into orbit (1957)

Election Day  is an exciting day that has some interesting history behind it. Don’t forget to help make history yourself by voting today!

Your Vote is Your Choice
City Council, Community, Local Election

All Mail Ballot Election

Take the time to vote!

This year’s election taking place on November 3rd is being conducted all by mail and San Mateo voters will have the opportunity to vote on Measure S, a limited term two-year City Council seat, and two full-term four-year Council seats, among other items.

San Mateo County will send ballots on October 5th with a prepaid return envelope to mail back to the County Office of Elections. Keep an eye out for it and take the time to participate in the November election.American Flags for Election Day

Once you receive your ballot, you’ll have until November 3rd to vote in this election and return your ballot to the County Office of Elections. Ballots, postmarked on or before Election Day, will be accepted as long as they are received within three days after the election.

Realizing that not all voters may be able to participate by mail, the County has provided other convenient ways to participate in this election.

Drop Off Locations

20 drop off locations are available throughout the County. Any voter can go to any drop off location to return a ballot. San Mateo City Hall, located at 330 West 20th Avenue, will serve as the local ballot drop off location in San Mateo. Visit ShapetheFuture.org for a list of drop off locations.

vote smartVoting Centers and Universal Polling Places

Two voting centers will be open from October 5th through Election Day and 32 Universal Polling Places will be open on Election Day throughout the county. A list of the Universal Polling Places is available at ShapetheFuture.org.

Voting Center Locations & Hours

San Mateo County Elections Office 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, CA 94402

Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063

Voting Center Hours:

  • October 5-November 2 —  Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Election Day, November 3 — 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information on the All-Mail in Ballot pilot program please visit ShapetheFuture.org.

City Council, Community

San Mateo City Council Places Measure L Extension on November Ballot

Measure Would Continue Locally Controlled Funding With No Increase in Tax Rate

The San Mateo City Council unanimously placed a local funding measure on the November 2015 ballot to extend the existing voter-approved Measure L. If approved by voters this November, this extension measure would continue locally-controlled funds, allowing the City to address key infrastructure and service priorities without raising tax rates.

Measure L was approved by San Mateo voters during one of the worst economic times of our day. While the economy has begun to improve, historical State takeaways- over $50 Million in the last 25 years- coupled with a slow recovery from the recession have impacted San Mateo’s ability to address basic city needs. An extension of Measure L would allow the City to continue addressing the quality of life issues San Mateo residents have told us they want and deserve, with funding that cannot be taken by the State and without raising tax rates.

Recently, the City of San Mateo concluded a study which showed over $360 Million in basic infrastructure needs without an identified funding source. An extension of Measure L would allow the City to address these issues and maintain quality of life services that include; maintaining sidewalks, potholes and failed streets, crime prevention and after school, anti-gang and recreation programs, 9-11 emergency response times and fire protection, without raising tax rates.

The City prides itself on its award-winning budgetary practices and financial accountability provisions. No measure funds can be spent on City administrators’ salaries, and includes mandatory financial audits and reports to the community. A Citizens’ Oversight Committee will also ensure that all voter-approved funds continue to be spent responsibly, consistent with community priorities. For additional information, visit www.cityofsanmateo.org.

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!

City Council, Downtown, Sustainability

Downtown San Mateo slated for installation of two DC Fast Chargers

DC Fast Charger_02San Mateo City Council approves public/private partnership to install the first publicly available EV charging stations in Downtown San Mateo.

Expanding the use of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers throughout San Mateo is a priority of the San Mateo City Council and a goal identified in the Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On Monday, March 16th the San Mateo City Council approved an agreement to install the first publicly available charging stations in the Downtown.

Through a unique partnership between the City of San Mateo and NRG eVgo, San Mateo is the first city in Northern California to install a Freedom Station® on public property. A Freedom Station® site provides multiple EV charging stations including two Level 2 charging stations as well as two DC Fast Chargers that can charge a car in 30-minutes or less.

“Installing the Freedom Station® is the first step in a greater initiative to make EV charging stations widely and readily available throughout San Mateo,” said Joe Goethals, San Mateo City Councilmember. “This is only the beginning and I’m looking forward to the installation of these and other stations throughout the community.”

The DC Fast Chargers are coveted among electric vehicle car owners. In the time it takes to have a quick lunch or run an errand an EV is fully charged and back on the road. The installation of these lightening quick chargers will differentiate San Mateo from other communities and will make Downtown San Mateo a sought-after destination for EV drivers. Additionally, the installation of the charging stations will showcase the City’s commitment to sustainable transportation, will promote alternative energies and expose new visitors to the Downtown.

NRG eVgo’s investment in San Mateo is part of the company’s larger plan to develop a network of EV charging stations from San Diego to Seattle. This network of electric vehicle infrastructure is rapidly expanding throughout the State and across the nation. There are currently more than 120 NRG eVgo Fast Chargers in California, which includes 30 Freedom Station® sites in the San Francisco Bay Area at numerous retail locations as well as 16 stand-alone stations at Nissan dealers.

Downtown San Mateo is desirable to NRG eVgo for its proximity to Highway 101, shopping and dining amenities and is a strategic location of the overall network throughout California. San Mateo is excited to be part of this network and to be one of the first communities to offer a Freedom Station® on public property.

“NRG eVgo is excited to partner with San Mateo to add to our growing fleet of fast charging stations in Northern California,” said Terry O’Day, Vice President of Development for EV infrastructure in California. “This station has the capability to charge any EV or plugin hybrid and is located in a perfect area to meet the needs of all EV drivers.”

The installation of EV charging stations will expand the City’s use of electric vehicle charging stations on public property and is a greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy in the City’s Climate Action Plan. The Freedom Station® will be installed this summer and will utilize five spaces at the Downtown Transit Center. NRG eVgo is installing and operating the EV chargers at no cost to the City. The City is also exploring the possibility of installing additional Level 2 charges at the Central Parking Garage, San Mateo Main Library and City Hall. For more information please visit the sustainability pages of the City’s website.

“Electric vehicles are both more fun to drive and cost less to run than conventional vehicles. And with the new eVgo fast-charge stations, the choice to go EV is even easier and more convenient,” says Rafael Reyes, Chair of the City of San Mateo Sustainability Commission and EV driver. “Having them downtown will give EV drivers throughout the region yet another reason to visit San Mateo.”