HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL!
In this season of joy, renewal and hope, all of us at Baywood Neighborhood Association wish you and yours a healthy, safe holiday season and a 2023 full of great possibilities. We are here to bring our community together in celebration and advocacy. We succeed by listening to our neighbors' voices. We encourage you to get more involved in Baywood Neighborhood Association in 2023 so we can do even more for our wonderful community. Thank you!
VOTE FOR HOLIDAY LIGHTS WINNER BY THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24!
There are only 4 more days left to nominate one of your Baywood neighbors (or your own home) in the Best of Baywood Holiday Lights Competition...nominations close at midnight this Saturday, December 24! Holiday lights and decorations add a wonderful feel to our neighborhood and are a welcome reminder of the holiday season.
Please send the address of the home you are nominating and a clear photo of the lights to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can comment on our Facebook page or on our website, www.baywoodneighborhood.org. If you know the name and telephone number or email of the residents whose home you nominate, that will make contacting the winner much easier.
Nominations must be made by Saturday, December 24th and the award will be announced by on Saturday, December 31st. The winner will be able to display a "Best of Baywood" plaque outside their home and will receive a $100 gift certificate to the San Mateo merchant of their choice.
Please thank your neighbors (or yourself) for brightening up Baywood and make your Baywood Holiday Lights nominations by this Saturday, December 24th.
HAVE A FUN FAMILY EVENING AT SAN MATEO ON ICE IN CENTRAL PARK THROUGH JANUARY 8TH
"San Mateo On Ice" is open in Central Park...a great time for everyone from beginning skaters to Olympic hopefuls! Lace up your skates and watch beaming smiles pop up on everyone's faces.
The rink is open from mid-day until 9pm or 10pm daily (check http://onicerinks.com/san-mateo-home/ for actual hours and prices), so you can skate under the sun or the moon. A cup of hot cocoa at any time of day or night is the perfect ending.
We are so fortunate to have this great opportunity within walking distance of Baywood. We'll see you down there!
SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, FOR THE 2023 BAYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING!
Please mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, February 22, 2023 for our Baywood Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, in person and via Zoom.
This 90-minute meeting will feature an overview of San Mateo City Council's 2023 Priorities and a chance to meet your District 1 City Council Member, Deputy Mayor Lisa Diaz Nash; an update on public safety from our San Mateo Police Department; a preview of Baywood Neighborhood Association 2023 activities; and an introduction to and discussion about the efforts of the San Mateo Heritage Alliance. Music by our local Baywood students will make the event so festive and give our young musicians a chance to perform for a large audience.
Please join us to share your issues and ideas about San Mateo and how Baywood Neighborhood Association can best serve our neighbors!
BAYWOOD COFFEE SOCIALS ON WINTER VACATION UNTIL APRIL
We all love a good coffee and a chance to catch up with neighbors. But our chilly winter weather is not ideal for standing around outdoors. So our Baywood Coffee Socials are taking a break until April 1st, the first Saturday in April...and this isn't an April Fool's joke! We hope to be able to expand the locations where we hold our Baywood Coffee Socials so that it's easier for more of our Baywood neighbors to enjoy the Starbucks coffee, Draegers treats and neighborly company of these popular events. Please let us know if you have a suggestion as to where we can hold one of our Baywood Coffee Socials in 2023!
SAN MATEO CITY GOVERNMENT UPDATES
NEW SAN MATEO CITY COUNCIL SEATED AND READY TO WORK TOGETHER IN 2023 FOR ALL THE SAN MATEO COMMUNITY
Here is an excerpt from a December 13 City of San Mateo news announcement about the reorganization of the San Mateo City Council following district elections. You can find out information about upcoming City Council meetings at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal. Please attend to share your opinion on upcoming topics of importance such as housing, the City budget, strengthening our infrastructure and fighting climate change: "The City of San Mateo has a new mayor [and deputy mayor] and filled a vacant City Council seat with a long-time resident on Monday, Dec. 12 after hearing hours of public comment over the course of several meetings.
Amourence Lee was named mayor in a unanimous vote following the appointment of Rich Hedges to fill a 2-year vacant term on the five-member City Council. Lisa Diaz Nash was named Deputy Mayor and is joined by Council Members Adam Loraine and Robert Newsom who were all elected in November 2022 in the City’s first-by district Council election. Lee, who is the City’s first female Asian American mayor, was appointed to Council in 2019 and elected to a 4-year, at-large term in 2020.
“Looking across our City Hall, there is more love in this community than there are ideas that divide us and we’re all committed to building that community that we want to be a part of,” Lee said during the meeting. “It is a profound privilege to serve and we are so fortunate to be part of this team.”
These important decisions come following hours of engaged public comment and Council deliberations over the last week. The Council met on Dec. 5 to swear in the three new elected representatives as outgoing council members left the dais, and began discussing the mayoral rotation. They were scheduled to reconvene on Dec. 12 to consider filling a council seat that was vacated due to former council member Diane Papan being elected to the State Assembly.
The voter approved City Charter calls for Council members to appoint a member to fill a vacancy and the Council guidelines outline a mayoral system whereby the Council members rotate annually amongst themselves as mayor. After deadlocking on the mayor appointment on Dec. 5, the Council reconvened on Dec. 7 to consider the mayor position before continuing the discussion again until after the Council heard from the eight applicants seeking to be appointed to the council.
Rich Hedges is a long-time resident with an array of service experience and passion for local government. He lives in the newly-created District 4 [by the Marina] and has served on numerous city, county, regional and state boards. The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government, and City Manager Drew Corbett has continued to ensure the many services the community relies upon remain uninterrupted."