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BAYWOOD BULLETIN JULY 2021 EDITION

HAVE FUN AND GET SAFER AT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, TUESDAY AUGUST 3RD

National Night Out is the annual celebration of Neighborhood Watch, a national program where neighbors get crime trends and safety information through community alerts and neighborhood discussions about local safety issues. Neighbors are the best protection for Baywood! We know what’s happening with our neighbors and when something isn’t “right.” We can be “eyes and ears” for San Mateo Police. If you are part of a Neighborhood Watch block, plan to throw a party on Tuesday evening, August 3rd, to connect with your neighbors. If you register your party by this Tuesday, July 27th here, a San Mateo Police officer will come to your party to answer your safety questions and share the latest on San Mateo and Baywood crime trends. They may even bring one of their great K-9 furry friends! Families and children are most welcome! If you aren't part of a Neighborhood Watch block, please stop by our Parrott Drive Neighborhood Watch party: TIME: Tuesday, August 3rd, 6PM-7PM PLACE: Home of Lisa Diaz Nash and Michael Nash, 450 Parrott Drive RSVP: LISADNASH25@GMAIL.COM (so we can have enough snacks for everyone!) Wherever you celebrate National Night Out, have fun, stay safe and get smarter about how to keep your home and Baywood protected!


2021 BAYWOOD YARD SALE A SUPER SUCCESS!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Baywood Yard Sale this past weekend! This was our biggest sale ever, and nearly thirty homes participated! It was a successful event with great weather, crowds, and fun.


We are so glad we were able to continue this tradition after missing last summer due to COVID-19. We cannot wait for many more great events coming up this year. We're working on the return of the annual Baywood Social in September, hopefully back at Baywood Elementary, so stay tuned!


The City of San Mateo is also hosting a yard sale! It will take place on July 31st. So, if you didn’t sell all your treasures last Saturday, you have another chance! Read more about the event and how to get involved at https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3034/Citywide-Yard-Sale.

FINAL CENTRAL PARK THURSDAY MUSIC CONCERTS!

JULY 29TH: BUD E. LOVE (PARTY/SWING BIG BAND)

AUGUST 5TH: POP FICTION (PARTY BAND)

San Mateo has been celebrating in Central Park and you have two more chances to join! Plan to arrive early to grab a good spot.

The San Mateo Central Park Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights, 6pm-8pm, is the place to go to picnic, dance and celebrate summer with all your favorite bands. Disco, Reggae, Latin Rock...you name it, they play it. The last two concerts of the summer will be this Thursday, July 29th (Bud E. Love, Party/Swing Big Band) and Thursday, August 5th (Pop Fiction, Party Band). While you are there, stop by the tents along the edge of the Central Lawn and visit with San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Fallen Heroes Memorial volunteers and the San Mateo United Homeowners Association (SMUHA). Rumors are that SMUHA will be giving out kids' treats and play toys to celebrate its 50th Anniversary! For all the details, check out https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/1367/Central-Park-Music-Series. See you at Central Park!


SIGN UP TODAY TO BE PART OF A SAN MATEO PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYWALK (C)!



Our San Mateo Public Library would like to partner with Baywood this August to host a STORYWALK (c) for families, children and all readers. STORYWALK (c) is a fun and simple program that has been run by libraries across the country. Residents along a street(s) in a neighborhood put up signs in their front yard with a page from a well-loved children's story. As you walk from house to house, you get to read the entire story. A map is provided so you know where all the STORYWALK(c) signs are. This is of particular fun to young children, but any lover of books can join in and STORYWALK (c) is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! We've all done a lot more neighborhood walking during COVID...let's keep that habit going in a new and enjoyable way! We will need a minimum of 15 homes, and a maximum of 34 homes, to conduct a STORYWALK (c). All you have to do is put a sign in your front yard. The Library and BOIA take care of the rest. Please email us at baywoodhomeowners@gmail.com if you would like to take part in a Baywood STORYWALK (c) this August. This is another great way to bring our community together, so we really hope you will raise your hand for STORYWALK(c) today!


SPECIAL BOIA OFFER: 15% OFF YOUR CURB ADDRESS PAINTING!



We are so happy that several of you have taken advantage of this special BOIA Member offer! We have negotiated a deal with Curb Appeal Addressing to give a 15% discount on painting your house number on the curb in front of your home. There is nothing as convenient for people looking in a new area for a specific house than having consistent numbering that is easy to see. San Mateo Police and First Responders also like these painted curb numbers as it makes it easier for them to find you if there is an emergency. This offer applies to either new or refreshed numbers. Please sign up on the site, curbappealaddresing.com or text or call your order to 650-209-7009. Use the promo code "Bay". Curb Appeal Addressing will leave an invoice on your door once painted. Not a member? Join BOIA now at https://www.baywoodhomeowners.org/become-a-member-now!


SAN MATEO CITY GOVERNMENT UPDATES


CITY DISTRICT ELECTIONS OUTREACH SCHEDULE SET. TELL CITY COUNCIL HOW YOU WANT OUR NEW DISTRICTS TO BE ORGANIZED!

After receiving a demand letter alleging the City of San Mateo’s current at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act, the City is beginning a major community engagement initiative to transition to district elections with the goal of completing the process by Nov. 15, 2021. While the short timeframe is prompted in part by threat of a lawsuit, the City Council this week approved extending the outreach schedule to allow for use of the latest 2020 Census data and additional public participation opportunities through a variety of in-person and online methods. Creation of the City’s first district election map will transform how voters elect future City Council members. The City would be split into districts, with voters in each district electing one City Council member who lives in that district. The first by-district Council election would take place in November 2022. Currently, voters across the entire City elect all five City Council members through an at-large elections system.

Get Involved & Participate

The first phase of public engagement will be to collect input to help define local “Communities of Interest.” Use our new online Communities of Interest form to share your feedback! View our new virtual and in-person outreach schedule to join an upcoming workshop or hearing. During the second phase of engagement, residents can draw maps for how they think districts should be divided in San Mateo, before the Council considers approval of a final map. The City has also hired professional demographer Redistricting Partners to assist in the process. “Shifting to district elections is transformational for the San Mateo community and empowering residents with more opportunities to determine their election system is critical,” said San Mateo Mayor Eric Rodriguez. “This extended timeline allows us to hear from more residents and use the latest 2020 Census data expected to be released in September.” Learn more and sign up to get involved on the City’s new District Elections web page: www.cityofsanmateo.org/districtelections.


PARTICIPATE IN IMPORTANT SAN MATEO GENERAL PLAN 2040 MEETINGS



You may be tempted to "turn off" since it's summer, but it's more important than ever to share your opinions about how you want San Mateo to develop as a City over the next 20 years. Zoning, traffic, parks and open space, bike and pedestrian paths, public safety, wildfire and drought protection...our General Plan 2040 will set the direction for all these critical topics for the next 20 years. Our Planning Commission and City Council need to hear from all our neighbors on the General Plan...and that includes you! Please plan to Zoom, call in or send an email, and encourage your neighbors and fellow San Mateans to do the same. If you don't speak up now, the outcome will happen without you. 1) San Mateo's Planning Commission Review of General Plan Draft Alternatives This Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:00 p.m. To join via Zoom: Click here To join via telephone: (408) 638-0968 Conference ID: 830 4552 3814 Passcode: 069486 To send an email before 4pm on July 27th: planning@cityofsanmateo.org 2) San Mateo City Council Direction on General Plan Draft Alternatives Monday, August 16, 7pm See https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/3971/Agendas-Minutes-Public-Meeting-Portal closer to the date for Zoom link and telephone details To send an email before 4pm on August 16th: citycouncil@cityofsanmateo.org The General Plan project team will share all the input from the community workshops, online survey, GPS and Planning Commission with the City Council and seek direction on how to proceed. After the City Council provides direction on the Draft Alternatives, the project team will evaluate and compare the different outcomes of the Draft Alternatives. The evaluation will consider things like:

  • Potential community benefits;

  • Amount of development that would be allowed;

  • Circulation/Traffic impacts;

  • Overall character;

  • Impacts on utilities and public services;

  • Public health;

  • Equity;

  • Environmental sustainability;

  • City fiscal health;

  • Development feasibility; and

  • Applicable State laws/regulations.

Visit strivesanmateo.org to learn more about the General Plan 2040 update process and sign up for the Strive email list.


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ABOUT BAYWOOD OWNERS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (BOIA)


The mission of the Baywood Owners Improvement Association (BOIA) is to enrich our Baywood neighborhood through civic representation, local initiatives, community involvement and a partnership with the City of San Mateo. Thank you to everyone who has paid their annual BOIA dues to help pay for the news and activities you read about in the Baywood Bulletin. We also donate to Baywood Elementary, Borel Middle and Aragon High Schools and the San Mateo Public Library. There are three levels of dues: Gold: $130, Silver: $80 and Basic: $30. You can pay your dues at https://www.baywoodhomeowners.org/become-a-member-now or send a check to: Baywood Owners Improvement Association PO Box 349 San Mateo, California 94401-0349 Love your Baywood neighborhood? Want to get to know your neighbors and make Baywood an even better place to live? Please consider joining the BOIA Board. We are a small group with big plans for Baywood! Whether you’re interested in some of our Beautification projects (e.g. Best of Baywood), would like to organize neighborhood get-togethers like our Baywood Social, or would like to help represent Baywood to other neighborhoods and City government departments, we would love to have you join us. Our BOIA Board meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm-9:00pm. We welcome any interested Baywood resident to come to one of our meetings to see what we're up to and share your ideas for how to make Baywood the best neighborhood. Please contact Michael Nash at baywoodhomeowners@gmail.com or 650.400.6274.

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