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BAYWOOD BULLETIN AUGUST 2023 EDITION


SUNDAY, SEPT. 10, 2PM-4PM: BAYWOOD SUMMER SOCIAL AT BAYWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Get ready for the Baywood Summer Social...Baywood's best party and a celebration of all that is good and fun in our neighborhood!


Come over to Baywood Elementary School, Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm to hear jazz from our local students; eat It's It ice cream sandwiches and pizza from Amici's; play games, do face painting, visit with our San Mateo librarians and Police...and other special guests.


There will be a give away of a $50 Amici's gift card every 30 minutes, so don't forget to join us. No need to RSVP; just bring your appetites and energy.


This is a great time for families, new neighbors or anyone living in Baywood to meet old friends, make new ones and enjoy beautiful Baywood. The 49ers have an away game that morning, so we hope all you football fans will show up:-)


Many thanks to our wonderful host, Baywood Elementary School Principal Amanda Driscoll. Thanks also to Amici's for always keeping us happy and well-fed.


We look forward to seeing everyone at our Baywood Summer Social, Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm at Baywood Elementary School!






CONGRATS TO ANN AND DAVID RIDGEWAY, BAYWOOD'S 2023 HOME MAINTENANCE AWARD WINNERS!


Ann and David Ridgeway being congratulated by Michael and Lisa Nash of the Baywood Neighborhood Association


Ann and David Ridgeway exemplify why our neighborhood is such a beautiful place. Inspired by a trip to a temple in Japan, they lovingly designed and planted a beautiful Japanese-style garden in their front yard on Yale Drive. Every detail has been addressed, from 4 different types of Japanese maple trees that give off magnificent color throughout the year to highlighting a Gingko tree that Ann's parents planted there when Ann grew up in the house. Their back yard continues the Japanese theme of tranquility and welcome while expanding a prolific vegetable garden and fruit trees that produce at a rate that could qualify them for a booth at the CSM Farmer's Market!


BNA Board Members Michael Nash and Margaret Nieman getting a tour of the backyard bounty with Ann and David Ridgeway


Ann and David's passion for their environment and desire to create an oasis that all can enjoy helped them stand out amidst nearly 25 entries in this year's Baywood Home Maintenance Award competition. Congratulations to all the nominated homes! We are so lucky that our Baywood neighbors care so much about maintaining their homes and our neighborhood.


Join Ann and David and Home Maintenance Award winners from other areas of San Mateo at a ceremonial presentation at City Hall, Monday, Sept. 18, 7pm (you can attend in person or on Zoom). Then take a stroll up Yale Drive and enjoy a bit of Japan in Baywood!






SAN MATEO CITY UPDATES


IMPORTANT SAN MATEO GENERAL PLAN TOWN HALL FOR DISTRICT 1 ON SEPTEMBER 6TH


Join The City of San Mateo for a very important series of Draft General Plan 2040 Town Halls beginning this Wednesday, AUGUST 16TH through the end of September. The in-person District 1 meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:30pm, at the San Mateo Library Main Branch on 3rd Avenue.


Our community and City staff have been working together for 5 years on our General Plan, the vision for what we want San Mateo to be. Many of you have come to meetings and sent in comments on issues like housing, traffic, climate change and flooding, parks and recreation, traffic and how we grow as a city.


This Draft General Plan is the result of all that work. The City wants feedback. How well does it reflect your ideas? What policies and actions should be a top priority for the City? It is important you share your feedback on the Draft General Plan before it is finalized.


Please join at least one of several Town Halls about the General Plan 2040 that include time for questions and a follow-up discussion where attendees can share feedback. Each in-person Town Hall will have a focus on a particular District (Baywood is in District 1), but you can attend any/all of them.


Town Hall Schedule


Date/Time: Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm-8:30 pm (note different start time)

Location: Online

Register for the virtual Town Hall and find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/675633998477


Date/Time: Wednesday, August 31, 5:30pm-8:30pm (District 5 Focus)

Location: San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas


Date/Time: Wednesday, September 6, 5:30pm-8:30pm (District 1 Focus)

Location: San Mateo Main Library, 55 W. 3rd Avenue


Date/Time: Wednesday, September 13, 5:30pm-8:30pm (District 2 Focus)

Location: Martin Luther King Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo Avenue


Date/Time: Wednesday, September 20, 5:30pm-8:30pm (District 4 Focus)

Location: Bayside School Old Gym, 2025 Kehoe Avenue


Date/Time: Thursday, September 28, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Location: The Nueva School, 131 E 28th Avenue


You can read the San Mateo General Plan 2040 (or the chapters that interest you), see other pop up events, and leave your comments online at www.strivesanmateo.org.


Thank you for sharing this information with your friends and neighbors and attending a Town Hall to ensure the future of San Mateo is strong!






STORMWATER AND FLOOD PROTECTION PLAN UPDATE AT CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 7PM

As a result of the large storms and damage experienced throughout San Mateo this past winter, the City has performed an extensive analysis of its actions and capabilities, as well as a plan to minimize damage this winter and longer term throughout out City. The City already is hard at work implementing the plan, cleaning out cisterns and repairing our Pump Station. The City also has been working closely with the community on priority actions and opportunities to work with all our neighborhoods. This includes Baywood, where we suffered damage in January when San Mateo Creek overflowed onto Arroyo Court.


Part of the presentation will include the Stormwater Fee Ballot Initiative being mailed to parcel owners this fall, and how the funds, if approved, would be used to protect all of our City against future fierce storms.


Please attend the presentation on Monday, August 21st, 7pm, either in person at City Hall or on Zoom. You can get the details and Zoom link closer to the meeting date at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal.


Thank you for helping keep San Mateo safe!






SLOW FOR STUDENTS PROGRAM PHASE 1 COMPLETE


An important safety message from our Interim City Manager, Christina Horrisberger, about progress to protect our students from speeding traffic around schools:


"I am happy to share that Phase 1 construction of the School Zone Speed Limit program (a.k.a. Slow for Students) is now complete. New reduced speed limit signs have now been installed at thirteen San Mateo public elementary and middle schools in time for the first day of school. As approved by the City Council, qualified streets surrounding schools are being reduced to 15 and 25 miles per hour to create a safer environment for students and caregivers walking and biking to and from school.


The work is being completed in phases. Next, Phase 2 will address private elementary and middle schools. Phase 3 will focus on local high schools (public and private) in the City of San Mateo.


Motorists are required to abide by the new speed limits when children are present. San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) will initially have a larger presence as we roll out this new program. Note that SMPD will start with a 30-day warning period on violations.

A map is available on the City's website that shows where new reduced speeds are posted: www.cityofsanmateo.org/Slow-for-Students


The City will continue to inform schools and residents near schools about our progress as we proceed into the remaining two phases and continue installation at more school sites across the City. We are utilizing the City’s social media channels to encourage San Mateans to join the effort in making our streets safer for students. Please consider resharing our posts on your social media accounts.


Additionally, as part of this effort, we are making yard signs available to the community to support this initiative. Reach out to Casia Ravi (cravi@cityofsanmateo.org, 650-722-7245) if you are interested in receiving one to post in your yard "






MOVIES IN THE PARK START FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8!


Enjoy a night under the stars and watch a movie outdoors! Movies start at dusk (between 7:30-7:45pm). Enjoy activities by Mobile Recreation starting at 6:00pm! Popcorn, hot dogs, candy, and drinks will be available for sale starting at 6:00pm.







SEPTEMBER NIGHTS ON B ARE BACK! SEPT. 7 & 14, 6PM-8PM

Join all San Mateans Thursday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 14, 6pm-8pm, for the return of the City's popular September Nights on B Street event series with free music and entertainment for the whole family!


Grab take-out from a local restaurant and join outdoor pop-up dining in Downtown San Mateo on B Street on the pedestrian mall between First and Third Avenues. The street will be transformed into an outdoor dining pavilion featuring tables and chairs beneath the twinkle lights. A children's play area will be offered at all events featuring a jumpy house, games, and other activities for fun-loving attendees of all ages run by the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on site. No outside alcohol allowed. Can't wait to see you at September Nights on B!






The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the second annual Fall Fest on Saturday, September 30, from 10am – 6pm, on B Street. You won't want to miss the best outdoor block party on the Peninsula where there is fun for all ages in the heart of downtown San Mateo.


Enjoy a wide variety of music, entertainment, local arts and street vendors, gastronomical delights, and family-friendly activities as you stroll down B Street. Craft beer and cider as well as a selection of local wines will be available for purchase to quench your thirst. The event is free and open to the public. It is expected to draw 5,000 + attendees from throughout the Bay Area.


Downtown San Mateo is the heart of our community. It is the place where people come together. Come and join the Chamber and all of San Mateo on September 30 for Fall Fest and experience the very best of what our downtown has to offer!


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