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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11 Remembrance.

San Mateo friends:

We would like to invite the public to join us on September 11th, 2014 at our Fire Stations.


At 6:48 AM, the San Mateo Fire Department will pay respects to all the victims of September 11, 2001 by lowering the American flag to half-mast. A moment of silence will be observed at 6:50 AM, the time of the collapse of the south tower of the World Trade Center. 

All Fire Stations will participate in the flag lowering except for Station 21 in downtown. 

At Station 21, the public is invited to join Fire Personnel at 8:47 AM, the time the first plane struck the North Tower WTC1 (8:47 EST). 

The San Mateo Fire Honor Guard will lower the flag in front of Station 21 and ring the bell at the memorial. There will also be a bagpiper playing during this ceremony. 


Please feel free to join us and God Bless America. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Progress Seminar

This weekend I am attending the Progress Seminar in Monterey,  a gathering of business, non-profit and government leaders to discuss issues relevant to San Mateo County.  I am here to represent the interests of San Mateo residents and it's neighborhoods.  As in previous years, while this is an important event to be at, I am not using taxpayer money to attend, but am paying my own way to this important event. 

The information I gather here will help me better serve all residents of San Mateo!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Congrats to Our New Sustainability Commissioners!

Congratulations to our five new City Commissioners of our newly formed Sustainability Commission.  John Ebneter, Jay Kuhre, Rafael Reyes, Greg St. Clare, and Sherrie Taguchi.  

For over two years I've worked to get this Commission formed.  These five Commissioners were worth the wait!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Photo of home invasion suspect

See previous post.  

Do you recognize this home invasion suspect?



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200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA  94403




SMPD Detectives are looking for the Communitys assistance to help them identify the suspect in a violent incident, where a 66 year old female victim interrupted a suspect burglarizing her Edinburgh Street home. The victim was tied up by the suspect, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


Officers and Detectives responded immediately when the victim was able to break free and call the police. Detectives took the victim to the hospital to be treated for injuries consistent with her report. Additional SMPD Officers responded to check the victims residence and comb the crime scene and surrounding area for evidence and witnesses. The suspect was not on scene and has not yet been located.

The victim described the ordeal which began when she returned to her residence at about noon on Monday March 17th, and found the suspect burglarizing her home. The suspect restrained the victim, obtained her ATM card, and held the victim in her home while he accessed her account several times over the next 24 hours.


The suspect is described as a Hispanic male approximately 30 years-old, about 510’’ with a medium build, and had medium length hair with a “Wave” at the end. He was armed with a handgun. A photo of the suspect using the victims ATM card is attached and we are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying this individual.


This appears to be an isolated incident that may have started as a burglary of an unoccupied residence. SMPD is dedicating significant resources to identifying and arresting the suspect in this heinous, violent crime.  We need the communitys help as well. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact San Mateo Police – Det. Bennett  at 650-522-7664




This incident unfortunately occurred because an unknowing victim was surprised to return home to a stranger in her residence. If you arrive home and anything seems amiss – if suspicious activity is occurring or has occurred, or you find a stranger in your home – back out if you can - go to a safe place and CALL SMPD immediately! Do not confront suspects during the commission of a crime – we can never assume the behavior of criminal strangers.


As always, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING – If you see ANY in-progress crime or suspicious activity, please contact the police department immediately via 911. 

SMPD Dispatch Non-Emergency Number – 650-522-7700 


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Monday, March 17, 2014

New City Manager Larry Patterson

Congratulations to new San Mateo City Manager Larry Patterson!

Responsive to Citizen Concerns

Late last week, I received a number of communications from neighbors who live along the shoreline regarding an upcoming contact dealing with e contract to handle algae and vegetation growth in the San Mateo Lagoon area.

After hearing from a number of neighbors, I will be asking that tonight's item to approve the contract be pulled and continued to a later date so that the residents can meeting and discuss the issue with City Staff.

As your Councilmember, I am always sensitive to the needs of our community, and when those most affected by an issue need more time to discuss the issue, I am happy to help facilitate the process.

You can read the staff report on the contract for the San Mateo Lagoon here: