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Your Baywood Neighborhood Association wishes you a happy, healthy safe 2024 filled with many opportunities to come together to celebrate our great Baywood community and all our neighbors!

The City's Public Works and Parks and Rec teams have prepared for months for any severe winter storms like last year.  They have cleaned out hundreds of drains and catchments across the City.  The worst of the expected rains was Friday night, but your City Public Works team is on 24-hour standby to deal with unexpected problems.  To report any issues, please call Public Works at 650.522.7300 or the San Mateo Police Non-Emergency Lines at 650.522.7700.

Thank you to everyone involved!


The annual tradition of San Mateo On Ice has been more popular than ever this year.  Open through January 7th, you can skate under the sunshine or under the stars.  It's a great activity for families or for adults who are young at heart!

You have to purchase tickets on line here and can rent skates at the rink.  Then stroll downtown to one of our many delicious coffee houses and cafes for a hot cocoa or a bite to eat.  See a full list of restaurants and shops here, thanks to our Downtown San Mateo Association.

Don't put it off any more...we know you want to go!


As promised, your Baywood Neighborhood Association is providing a series of educational articles on historic resources that we hope are helpful.  The BNA Board is not taking a position on the issue at this time. We want to be sure our neighbors have factual information about historic districts in order to enable a more accurate understanding of the topic and facilitate community discussion. 

If you have a topic you would like to learn more about, please email us at

How Is A Historic District Formed?

People have wondered how a group of buildings becomes a historic district and is listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places. Some people think it is as easy as drawing a circle around a neighborhood. In fact, it is a complex process that was defined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The process generally starts with local historians, preservationists, city staff, or community members noticing that an area of the city is special—architecturally or important in the history of the development in the area. In the case of Baywood, the 1989 Historic Building Survey report identified “several large, National Register-eligible districts west of El Camino.” In 2022, a number of homes were demolished. The demolitions led to community members’ being alarmed at the degradation of a special neighborhood.

There are different ways to define a historic district:

  1. Through a local process and local designation

  2. Through a state process and listing on the State California Register of Historical Resources

  3. Through a federal process resulting in listing on the National Register of Historic Places

San Mateo does not have a historical commission or an ordinance that recognizes historic districts outside of the Downtown or Glazenwood Historic Districts. This discussion therefore focuses on the process that the Baywood Historic District nomination is following. 

The State and Federal Processes are similar and a lisitng on the National Register automatically includes listing on the State Register.  This is why the National listing was chosen.  The appropriate State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) reviews all national nominations before submitting to the National Register. To read the full article about the formation of a Historic District, please click here...

BNA will publish all our educational pieces on the BNA website, at  We will spotlight them in our Baywood Bulletin email (sign up here) and on our Facebook and Nextdoor pages.  We welcome your feedback.



Mother Nature smiled down on Central Park December 19th and gave us sunshine for the Ground Breaking of the Fallen Heroes Memorial.  This new monument will honor local San Mateo service members, police and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. The Fallen Heroes Memorial will include a number of monoliths etched with the names of community members and City employees who lost their lives in the line of duty. When aligned, the monoliths form the shape of the iconic Remembrance Poppy. 

A San Mateo Color Guard honored the event, along with San Mateo County District 2 Supervisor Noelia Corzo, San Mateo County Executive Officer Mike Callagy, Mayor Lisa Diaz Nash, Council Members Hedges, Loraine and Lee, former Mayors Jack Matthews and Jerry Hill, City Manager Alex Khojikian, Parks and Rec Director Joanne Magrini, former Parks and Rec Director Sheila Canzian, City Clerk Patrice Olds, and a number of veterans, public safety officers and residents.  Former Mayor Maureen Freschet, the leader of the Fallen Heroes Memorial effort, gave a moving dedication.

Please note the wooded area between the lawn and Rose Garden in Central Park will be closed during the construction of the Fallen Heroes Memorial. It is anticipated that this project will be completed in Spring 2024.

Stop by to watch the progress and look forward to a wonderful celebration in the spring when the Memorial officially opens.


Holiday time is an opportunity to review how to best care for loved ones. No one family is alike. Especially family members with special health conditions. The San Mateo Police Department's (SMPD) Project Guardian, a Vulnerable Persons Registry is here to help our community.

The SMPD acknowledges and understands that some members of our community may be vulnerable, have special needs, or react differently when contacted by emergency personnel or law enforcement officers. The registry is a free and confidential database that is offered, managed and maintained by the SMPD. It provides quick access to critical information about a registered person in the event of an emergency. SMPD’s Crisis Response Team understands the complexities of families with special needs and is called to work alongside police officers when encountering vulnerable persons in the community.

Please share news of this program with your family and friends as you ring in the new year. Find more information and register at


The County of San Mateo’s Human Services Agency (HSA) invites you to participate in the 2024 One Day Homeless Count.  HSA, in collaboration with community partners, will be hosting the One Day Homeless Count on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from approximately 5AM to 10AM. Every other year, our County is federally required to conduct a Point-in-Time Count of the homeless population in our area. The data collected supports local planning, grant funding, and improving the programs that provide pathways to permanent housing. On the morning of January 25, they will be deploying volunteers across the County to conduct an observational count of individuals who are unsheltered.

Volunteers will navigate every street within their assigned census tract and record their findings using our mobile application. A strong volunteer base helps to ensure complete and accurate coverage of our County.

Volunteers must attend required advanced training and be able to dedicate about 5.5-6.5 hours. Visit the County’s web page for more information and to register.



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