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BAYWOOD BULLETIN FEBRUARY 2024

PROTECT YOURSELF FOR THE STORMS AHEAD!




A strong storm is on target to impact the Bay Area starting today. Widespread heavy rain and gusty winds could lead to flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages.


Stay Informed: Visit the San Mateo Storm Web Page: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/1938/Storm-Flood-Preparedness


Preparation Tips:

  • Stock up on supplies, groceries, and sandbags in advance.

  • Charge your devices and be ready for potential power outages.

  • If possible, avoid driving during the storms. Never drive through flooded roads.

  • Take steps to protect your home if it has a history of flooding.

  • Consider adopting a storm drain outside your home to help prevent blockages.


Who to Contact:

To report flooding or clogged drains, call Public Works dispatch at (650) 522-7300.


Sandbag Information:

Free self-serve sandbag stations are open to City of San Mateo residents at these locations:

Corp Yard - 1949 Pacific Blvd.

Beresford Park Parking Lot - 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas

Parkside Aquatic Park Parking Lot - 1595 Seal St.

Anchor Road/Bay Trail Parking Lot - Anchor Rd at 3rd Ave./J. Hart Clinton Drive


Please check for updates at www.cityofsanmateo.org/floodprep, keep an eye out for your neighbors and stay safe!








BNA FEB. 15TH ANNUAL MEETING LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY...SIGN UP TODAY


Baywood Neighborhood Association (BNA)'s Feb. 15 Annual Meeting is fast approaching!  Please RSVP today at https://www.baywoodneighborhood.org/annualmeeting.  We want to break last year's Annual Meeting attendance of 100 neighbors and, at ~70 RSVP's so far, we're well on the way.  So please help us and register now!


The wine social will begin at 5:30 pm with snacks and wine (who says meetings have to be dull!) and a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends in the Oak Room of the Main San Mateo Library Branch on 3rd Avenue. 


The meeting begins at 6pmPresident Michael Nash will share a 2023 overview of BNA activities and how your dues are being used to better our community.  San Mateo’s new City Manager, Alex Khojikian, will share the City’s priorities.  Mayor Lisa Diaz Nash will share highlights from her 2024 State of the City and a San Mateo Police Department officer will give a public safety update about Baywood and the City.  There will be Q and A on all topics at the end.  Bring your ideas for how to make Baywood and San Mateo even better!  


We also will be honoring our neighbor, John Sutti, for his tireless support in helping BNA turn two of our Baywood islands into havens for native flowers, bees and butterflies.


Please RSVP now at https://www.baywoodneighborhood.org/annualmeeting so we have enough chairs and refreshments.  Baywood residents will receive priority seating.


Thank you, and we look forward to another great Annual Meeting with our Baywood neighbors!


P.S. As with last year, all attendees will be eligible to win a case of Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, so make sure to be there!







CREATE HAPPY MEMORIES ON B STREET MALL ON VALENTINE'S DAY








CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE SAN MATEO PUBLIC LIBRARY


Join the San Mateo Public Library in celebrating Black History Month!


The African American Library Advisory Committee invites you to dive into the vibrant Kreole culture and Zydeco music history of Southwest Louisiana with the incredible Grammy-Nominated musician, Andre' Thierry on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library at 55 W Third Ave. in San Mateo.


The afternoon will feature music, dance, and discovery, paired with light refreshments.  Come one, come all, for lots of fun!








SAN MATEO CITY UPDATES



SIGN UP NOW FOR FEB. 12 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS


Every year, San Mateo's Mayor gives our comunity the highlights of what was accomplished the prior year, what the goals for the current year are, and how our community can be engaged.  2024 is a particularly important year as San Mateo voters will have to weigh in on housing issues and the City will be investing in substantial flood prevention strategies.


Please sign up today to hear District 1 (and Baywood's own) Mayor Lisa Diaz Nash speak.  Share your ideas about making San Mateo the best it can be!









CITY HISTORIC RESOURCES EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR RECAP


In response to broad community interest, the City conducted an informational webinar regarding historic resources on Feb. 1.  Residents from across the City attended to get factual material on this topic from the City and historic preservation consultants.


The meeting provided an opportunity to clarify how a building or district is designated as historic at the local, state and federal levels, what protections are afforded to historic resources, how historic resources can be modified, and how the community can become involved in next steps of the City’s related policy work.


More than 80 people attended this meeting (Baywood residents represented over 40% of attendees), which was moderated by a neutral facilitator and included a presentation by City staff and the City’s historic resources consultant, Architectural Resources Group (ARG), followed by a question-and-answer period.


The City's goal is to work with the community to create a Citywide Historic Resources ordinance to govern how historic resources are managed.  Stay tuned to your Baywood Bulletin and the City's Historic Resources webpage for more details as they become available.


Please see the following materials that were shared at the meeting:








MARCH 4: FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON SAN MATEO'S GENERAL PLAN 2040


Big News!  After nearly 7 years of community outreach and discussion, San Mateo's General Plan 2040 is ready for adoption. Shaped by community input and Council's guidance, this plan sets the stage for a vibrant future for San Mateo.


Here's a snapshot:

  1. Ensuring top-notch public services and infrastructure as our city grows. 

  2. Tackling health and infrastructure disparities in our equity priority neighborhoods.

  3. Allowing more housing and higher densities near transit, maintaining existing development patterns in our lower density neighborhoods. 


The Final Environmental Impact Report on the General Plan 2040 also is out that responds to community comments. 


The Planning Commission reviewed the General Plan 2040 on Jan. 30th and recommended Council adoption.


You will have a final opportunity to comment on the General Plan 2040 at the City Council meeting on Monday March 4th at 7pm.  A final Council vote will be held on March 18th. 


If approved by Council, all aspects of the General Plan 2040 will move to City staff implementation planning - except one.  The heights and density limits proposed in the General Plan 2040 for targeted areas along El Camino and the Caltrain corridor that exceed those required by Measure Y will go to the voters in November 2024 for approval.  This will be an important community discussion over the course of this year, so please get involved.  Your voice matters!







SAN MATEO POLICE HOLDING DUE CHECKPOINT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 


On Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, the San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. near the intersection of East Hillsdale Boulevard and Saratoga Drive.


DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road. Nationally more than 10,000 people a year are killed by drunk drivers.


The San Mateo Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.


Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.








MEET YOUR LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 9TH!



Grab a tasty coffee, meet our San Mateo police officers, ask your questions and learn how protect your home and your neighborhood.  Isn't that a Win-Win-Win-Win???

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