HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR...YEAR OF THE RABBIT!
Lunar New Year 2023, the Year of the Rabbit, begins today and ends on Sunday, Feb. 5th. The Year of the Rabbit is said to have the ability to turn unfortunate incidents around, so we look forward to putting COVID-19 in our rearview mirror. We wish everyone celebrating a happy, prosperous New Year!
2023 BAYWOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Congratulations to Chris Misner and Crystal Hayling, 354 Parrott Drive, for being our 2022 Holiday Lights Award winners! Chris and Crystal recently moved to Baywood and already have done so much to add to the beauty of Baywood. Winners receive Best of Baywood yard signs and a $100 gift certificate to the San Mateo merchant or service provider of their choice. Chris and Crystal (second to right and right) were presented with their awards by BNA Board Members Teresa Rose (left), Doug Goldberg (not pictured) and BNA Board President Michael Nash (second from left). Chris and Crystal chose to donate their $100 to Samaritan House to help provide food to those in our community in need. Thanks so much, Chris and Crystal, and so glad you are our neighbors!
SAVE THE DATE: WED., FEB. 22ND, FOR BAYWOOD ANNUAL MEETING
Save The Date: Feb. 22 Baywood Annual Meeting
We are excited to invite you to the 2023 Baywood Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 22, at the San Mateo Public Library Main Branch on 3rd Avenue in the Oak Room. We'll start with a wine and refreshments social at 5:30 pm and hold the official meeting 6 pm-7:30 pm. We'll update you on all our BNA plans for 2023. Drew Corbett, San Mateo City Manager, will share the impact of the recent storms, Arroyo Court flooding and what the City is doing to strengthen our future responses. Lisa Diaz Nash, San Mateo Deputy Mayor and our new District 1 Council Member, will share some of the City's 2023 priorities and listen to your ideas for San Mateo. Come for fun and friends and stay for the important information you need to know about San Mateo. Please join us...and bring a neighbor!
SAN MATEO CITY GOVERNMENT UPDATES
ATTEND CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING THIS TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 6PM, ON SAN MATEO HOUSING ELEMENT
The City’s Updated Housing Element, a state-mandated plan for how San Mateo can accommodate at least 7,015 new homes over the next eight years, has been revised in response to comments from the State Housing and Community development Department (HCD); and was published for second round of public review on December 30, 2022. The 2023-2031 Housing Element establishes goals, policies and programs to help address the City’s current and future housing needs. The second formal public review period was between December 30, 2022 and January 9, 2023, however comments are still being accepted. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on January 12, 2023 and recommended that the City Council decline to adopt the Housing Element as drafted. If the Housing Element is not approved by City Council this Tuesday, the City could lose some of its ability to regulate housing projects moving forward. The City Council will hold a public hearing on January 24th to receive public comments, consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and take action on the Updated Housing Element ahead of a January 31, 2023 submission deadline. Please attend in person or via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86400774097?pwd=dGlDLzM4TnZHUVVuYUN5aFZqTUx5dz09, You also can send your comments by 4pm on Tuesday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT., FEB. 11: CITY COUNCIL "BLUE SKY" OBJECTIVE SETTING ...SHARE WHAT YOU WANT FOR SAN MATEO'S NEW PRIORITIES
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday morning, Feb. 11, College of San Mateo (details to come)
At the beginning of each year, City Council meets to review its existing strategic objectives and discuss how they should change. This is a great opportunity for the public to share with Council any major initiatives they believe are missing.
This is much more casual than typical City Council meetings with back and forth of ideas between Council Members and with the public. This is a great opportunity for our community to get a better understanding of how Council sets City Priorities and make your ideas known.
Please plan on attending (and bring a neighbor) so City Council knows what you think is important for the City to focus on in 2023-2024!
JANUARY 2023 STORM UPDATE
We all have made it through the torrential rainstorms and floods that drenched San Mateo for much of the past few weeks. Our neighbors along San Mateo Creek and Arroyo Court were especially hard hit in our Baywood neighborhood (see following photo)
Photo care of Baywood neighbor C. Gillett
Throughout the rest of the City, creeks and drains flooded and caused damage to may neighborhoods east of El Camino, especially along the Bay. The city is conducting a detailed evaluation of the events, what was done and how we can be better prepared in future. Community input will be sought as part of this effort...please give your feedback so San Mateo can be strong. Please also use this break in the rains to clean out your gutters and storm drains, prepare a personal emergency plan and understand whom your neighbors are who may need your help in future emergencies. In the meantime, it is important to know the extraordinary efforts that San Mateo City staff, our police, fire fighters, and partner agencies took to help San Mateo residents and businesses stay safe. Neighbors also went to great lengths to help each other. The following response statistics are from a recent San Mateo City ENewsletter. Thank you so much to our entire community for keeping us safe. Working together for all of us...this truly is "the San Mateo way"!
A Snapshot of the San Mateo Storm Response:
1 million pounds – distributed 500 tons of sand & 15,000 sandbags to residents at our free 24/7 sandbag stations (in a typical season, demand is usually for just 5,000 bags)
60 million gallons – our Wastewater Treatment Plant processed close to 60 million gallons a day (3 times the normal amount during a typical large rain event)
1,300 calls for service in one day – Police Dispatch handled 1,300 calls on New Year’s Eve (nearly 3 times the normal amount) and we subsequently set up a 24/7 Public Works Dispatch for the following storms
260 miles of sewers – we actively maintain our sewer lines, 130 miles of storm drain, 11 pump stations, 42 trash racks, and over 5,800 catch basins
44+ downed trees – our parks staff and arborists have been clearing out downed trees on public property, and evaluating city trees potentially affected by the storms
42 adopted drains – our community has also risen to the occasion volunteering to care for 42 new drains as part of our Adopt-A-Drain program. (Last year there were just 7 total new adoptions for the entire year)
4 dump truck loads – we are clearing out a significant amount of debris from our waterways, including 4 dump truck loads from the Arroyo Court area alone
24/7 – while several of our City services are always provided around-the-clock, we also opened our Emergency Operations Center twice and proclaimed a local emergency
San Mateo Creek & Crystal Springs Reservoir – we’ve been working closely with the SFPUC to on the impacts of the storm. Thanks to careful monitoring and management, the reservoir is not expected to spill through at least the rest of January