Saturday, December 17, 2011
Earlier this year I had the honor of addressing 60 boy scouts from San Mateo Troop 42 about how local government works. Thanks to Scout Leader and local Dad Tony Villanueva for the invitation to speak!
Therefore, I am please to announce that earlier this week I was appointed to be the representative for San Mateo Cities to the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council.
As part of a committee comprised of county, city, social service, and neighborhood representatives, I will help shape county policy to reduce and prevent domestic violence and enhance victim services in our county.
I am honored to have been selected to this role unanimously by representatives from all 20 cities in San Mateo County.
As a Deputy District Attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, I have personally obtained convictions in domestic violence cases, and have worked personally with victims of domestic violence to keep them safe and help them regain their dignity and move on from this very terrible crime.
I look forward to adding my experience to address the issue of domestic violence in San Mateo County, and to enhancing services for domestic violence victims in our community.
To read more about the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council, click here.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I look forward to working with Mayor Brandt Grotte in continuing my work to listen to residents, neighborhoods, and businesses about ways to make San Mateo an even better community for all of us.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Downtown San Mateo to go digital
December 01, 2011, 03:22 AM
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff
Downtown San Mateo will become a hotbed for bandwidth junkies next year as Comcast has committed to radically upgrade the broadband network in the city’s underground utility district.
The “Digital Downtown” concept was developed by the Economic Development Growth Enterprise, or the EDGE, an initiative of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce.
The EDGE approached several broadband providers late last year to bring higher-speed broadband downtown and Comcast was the only provider willing to invest the capital, said EDGE President Corey Geiger.
The point of the project is to give high-tech companies, particularly startups, the tools they need to stay in business. After startups YouTube and AdMob relocated out of downtown San Mateo, chamber officials started scratching their heads, wondering what the chamber could do to keep such companies from leaving the city.
“We’ve been an incubator for high-tech companies, startups especially, and this will help us be competitive with any city in the United States to attract and keep these businesses in downtown,” Mayor Jack Matthews told the Daily Journal yesterday.
Downtown is vibrant, Matthews said, and already attracts startups.
“All this is happening even without the upgrade,” Matthews said.
The EDGE and Comcast have worked with downtown businesses, property owners and city officials to ensure that the project will deliver the maximum benefit to downtown while minimizing any impacts to the underground utility district.
As a result, hundreds of businesses, from medical offices to high-tech companies, will now have access to Comcast’s business-class offerings, which will be delivered over a state-of-the-art optical fiber backbone.
The expansion aims to allow for download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 10 megabits per second. Bandwidth up to 10 gigabits per second will be available for businesses with the largest data needs.
Attorney Paul Barulich, with an office downtown, said the growth of his practice has been limited, in part, by a lack of good telecommunications infrastructure.
The underground fiber optics network Comcast will install will make it easier for Barulich’s office to serve its clients and grow, he said.
The chamber worked closely with the Downtown San Mateo Association initially to engage property owners on the proposal, Geiger said.
“DSMA is thrilled that high-speed broadband is finally coming,” said President Kris Cesena. “We have played a small role in part by having representation in the EDGE’s meetings regarding this endeavor. It’s becoming apparent that high-tech companies like the idea of locating in San Mateo and especially downtown because of our location on the Peninsula.”
High-speed broadband is a prerequisite to establishing and growing new business downtown, said Linda Asbury, president of the chamber.
Work should start on the project in January, Geiger said, and should be completed by spring. Comcast will essentially equip each property downtown with fiber-optics that can then be accessed by businesses, he said.
It is a forward-looking concept, Geiger said, in which other cities have already taken an interest.
This could become a model for other cities to follow, he said.
Comcast Investment in Downtown San Mateo Highlights City of San Mateo's Continued Emergence as the Place to Be for Business
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- San Mateo City Councilmember David Lim responded to the news of Comcast's investment in Downtown San Mateo with praise for Comcast and the San Mateo business community in forging their ground-breaking partnership.
"The latest news confirms the continued growth of the City of San Mateo as a hub for high tech businesses in the Silicon Valley region," said San Mateo City Councilmember David Lim.
Lim added, "Comcast's unprecedented investment in communications infrastructure for Downtown San Mateo, along with San Mateo's central proximity to San Francisco, San Jose, and the 92, 101, and 280 corridors make the City of San Mateo uniquely positioned to meet the needs of every business well into the 21st century."
Comcast's announcement comes on the heels of a report issued by the Silicon Valley-San Jose Business Journal on October 14 that one-third of Silicon Valley's top 51 fastest growing private companies are in San Mateo County.
Of the 16 San Mateo County companies listed in the report, 50% of them are located in the City of San Mateo, including Marketo Inc., VSS Monitoring, Movoto LLC, Intelepeer Inc., Guidance Software, EPIC Insurance Brokers, ClickMail Marketing Inc., and The Mice Groups Inc.
Lim praised Comcast and the business community in San Mateo for their partnership. The business community in San Mateo was led by an economic development and growth initiative of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce known as "The EDGE".
Lim noted, "The City invested start-up funds of $75,000 to The EDGE in June of this year. The Comcast investment in infrastructure to the City more than returns our investment to The EDGE, but the potential business tax revenue that will be generated for years to come from this project will help all residents with things such as investment in public safety and street repair. When businesses thrive in our community, all our neighborhoods benefit. I am pleased to support innovative organizations like Comcast, The EDGE, and the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce."
Monday, November 28, 2011
SMPD Patrol Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Dine-and-Dash Robbery
Saturday, November 26, 2011
On Saturday evening, at about 10:13 pm, San Mateo Police officers were dispatched to the Outback Steakhouse at 66 31st Ave. Two subjects were reported to be fleeing the restaurant without paying for their meal. Employees at the restaurant reported that one of the suspects attempted to assault employees during the incident. Officers quickly arrived on scene to find that although the suspects had fled in a vehicle, a witness had taken a photo of the vehicle as it left the area. None of the employees were seriously injured in the altercation.
Officers also discovered some property left behind in the restaurant - a jacket, some paperwork, and a cellular phone. The resourceful patrol officers were able to use these items to track down and locate the suspects at a residence in the 1900 block of El Camino Real in San Mateo. The suspect vehicle, a silver Honda, was located there and determined to be stolen out of San Francisco. The suspects were located at the residence on El Camino, along with evidence linking them to the robbery and other criminal activity. They were both arrested and subsequently booked into San Mateo County Jail.
Maria Preciado, an 18 year-old San Mateo Resident – Booked for Robbery, Conspiracy, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Edgardo Castillo, a 26 year-old San Francisco Resident – Booked for Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle,and Possession of Theft Tools (modified vehicle key)
Castillo was also booked on an outstanding warrant as a Parolee at Large
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Monday, November 21, 2011
The improvements are part of the development agreement made between the City of San Mateo and the Bay Meadows Development back in 2008. While that agreement was before I came onto the Council, over the past nine months I've met with the Bay Meadows development team to discuss with them the concerns and desires of the City of San Mateo in creating more recreation space for our citizens.
As you know, playing field space for baseball and soccer are at a premium in our city. With the new park development set to be approved tomorrow, the people of San Mateo will gain up to 12 acres of new playing fields for our youth and adult recreation leagues.
Thanks to the City staff at the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the City Attorney's Office who both worked hard to make this project a reality after the initial plans were slowed by the economic downturn in 2008-2009. And thanks to the Bay Meadows Development group, who will be funding the creation of this new park space, ensuring that our hard-earned tax dollars are not used for this project.
I look forward to giving my support to this project at tomorrow's City Council meeting.
For a full look at tomorrow night's agenda, click here.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
In June of this year, while reviewing the City Budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, I noticed an account in the City general fund for half a million dollars for "General Contingency Reserves".
The purpose of the account, in existence since 1992, is to fill short-falls in department budgets which occur naturally over the course of the year. For example, say the public works department has to spend extra money due to winter storm that causes flooding in our streets, the $500,000 contingency reserve account could be used to fund the efforts to clean up our streets and protect our homes.
The general contingency reserve is an important account to have. However, I noticed one problem. The account could be spent by the City Manger with no oversight from either the City Council or taxpayers. In other words, there was no one to oversee how the money was being spent.
In my opinion, this created a lack of fiscal transparency in how the City spends your hard-earned tax dollars. In June I raised this issue with City Staff, and urged them to close this loophole.
I am pleased to report that last night along with my fellow Councilmembers, we closed the loophole to the half a million dollar account.
The City Manager will still have the authority to use the contingency reserve fund to close short-falls in department budgets. Now, however, the City Manager will be required to report those expenditures to the City Council and the public in the form of a quarterly balance statement.
This statement will be required to be on the agenda of a public City Council meeting, so that both the Council and the public will be able to account for every dollar spent in the contingency reserve fund.
I believe this action creates a more transparent, open process to how the City spends your tax dollars. In these tough economic times, every penny counts!
As we head into the next fiscal year, I will continue to monitor our finances and find more ways to increase efficiency and transparency in our City finances.
To view last night's report on this item, click here.
Friday, October 28, 2011
A plan to beef up San Mateo’s code enforcement rules has stalled as some on the City Council are concerned an idea to turn an infraction into a misdemeanor may be going too far.
The City Council considered amending the city’s municipal code at its last meeting to also give citation authority to a broader group of city employees, including the public works director, building inspectors, park rangers, the waste/recycling program coordinator, tree maintenance specialist and parking enforcement officers, among others.
The most significant amendment to the municipal code are revisions to the penalties for violations so that a violation of any code can be punishable as either a misdemeanor or an infraction.
Councilman David Lim, however, thinks misdemeanors should be issued by police, since they are properly trained to deal with such situations.
At the very least, Lim said, the authority to issue a misdemeanor should be left up to either department heads, the city manager or the city attorney.
Changes to the municipal code would also allow the waste/recycling program coordinator, as an example, to immediately book someone into jail.
“I think it is a bad precedent to set for the city to allow those positions to put someone in jail. Sworn police officers are trained properly” and better suited to deal with any potential problems with issuing misdemeanors, said Lim, who is an Alameda County prosecutor.
Councilman Robert Ross, a former police officer, also has issues with broadening citation authority and penalties.
To take the infractions from a fine to possible “imprisonment” goes too far for Ross.
“I don’t know I like that, to take civil behavior and make it criminal,” he said.
The city’s municipal code covers all kinds of behavior, from the size of permitted signs and what is allowed on sidewalks to issues with homeowners, including junk in yards and the proper installation of water heaters, for example.
“These are civil matters and the penalties include daily fees” if someone is found in violation, Ross said. “Do we want to put people in jail for having a sign too big?”
Mayor Jack Matthews understands the concerns considering Lim and Ross both have law enforcement backgrounds but does not have a problem with broadening the rules.
“It is unlikely code enforcement officers will give misdemeanors without the aid of a police officer,” Matthews said.
Councilman John Lee agrees.
He mentioned a parking enforcement officer who was recently spit at downtown after issuing a parking ticket.
“He did the right thing, he called the police,” Lee said.
It is not likely parking enforcement officers will start carrying handcuffs on them, Lee said.
“By allowing the city to charge all violations as misdemeanors or infractions, the city can better tailor the penalty to the specific violation,” according to as staff report to council by Bahareh Abdollahi, assistant city attorney.
The item was continued to a future council meeting for a vote.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Final approval for the project comes after months of hard work by City Staff and the Planning Commission.
The approval to rebuild Fire Station 24 into a modern, 21st Century station is part of the continued effort by me and my fellow Councilmembers to provide our fire department with the most modern equipment to keep our communities safe.
I continue to make public safety my top priority, and thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work!
To view the staff report for the approval of Station 24 from last week's meeting, click here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
At yesterday's meeting, City Staff introduced a resolution that would amend San Mateo's City Code to make all violations of the Code enforceable as either infractions or misdemeanors.
I support the concept of allowing our City Attorney more flexibility in dealing with violations of our City Codes as either infractions or misdemeanors. In today's complex world, there are unfortunately times where the City needs the ability to protect our communities through the use of misdemeanor citations.
In my opinion, however, the ordinance offered yesterday empowered too broad a group of City employees to issue citations for misdemeanors.
While infractions are non-criminal citation which carry fines in the range of $100-$500, misdemeanor citations are criminal violations punishable by fines of up to $1000 and imprisonment of up to six-months in the county jail. Furthermore a person cited for a misdemeanor violation may face arrest and booking procedures at the discretion of the person who cites them.
Under the new ordinance, employees such as code enforcement officers or building inspectors with no formal training in law enforcement would be empowered to issue misdemeanor citation. In my opinion, this is simply too much power in the hands of government.
I believe that the power to charge someone with a misdemeanor crime should be limited to the City Attorney, sworn police officers, the Fire Chief and Fire Marshalls (in the case of issues involving fire safety), the City Manager, and City Department Heads.
By limiting the power to issue misdemeanor citations to the above individuals, your City Council and city staff can remain more accountable to the public in the judicious use of police power.
I therefore made my motion to delay action on this ordinance until we can further review, discuss, and consider the issue. I am pleased to report that my motion was approved on a 4-1 vote.
Moving forward, I plan to stay involved in this issue to ensure that our City is able to fully protect our residents or communities without granting overly-broad powers to City employees. Protecting the civil rights of our residents is equally as important as enforcement of the law.
I welcome your view and discussion on this very important topic. Please feel free to call me or email me if you'd like to talk about this issue.
To view the staff report on this issue, click here.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
|October 13, 2011, 04:52 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff|
In an effort to pressure Congress to pass jobs legislation, a local group of activists is planning a protest Friday on a bridge in San Mateo they say is structurally unsafe and should be fixed with federal stimulus money.
The Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, wants Congress to put money toward fixing the country’s ailing infrastructure and to create jobs in the process.
The local Dream Council is a relatively new group made up of MoveOn.org members that rallied in August at U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s Palo Alto office.
At 4 p.m. Friday, the group hopes to attract at least 100 people for a rally at a bridge that crosses State Route 92 at Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo to highlight the bridge’s state of disrepair.
The bridge, built in 1963, has a current structural rating of “4” for the deck, considered to be structurally deficient, requiring frequent monitoring and repair, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s 2010 National Bridge Inventory.
The bridge has a superstructure rating of “7” and a substructure rating of “5,” according to the report. Any rating below “5” is considered to be structurally deficient. The superstructure supports the deck and the substructure connects the bridge to the ground.
The bridge was last inspected in 2008, according to the bridge inventory report.
“Fixing our infrastructure is a solution to the jobs problem,” said Cilla Raughley, spokeswoman for the local Dream Council.
The intent of the rally, she said, is to pressure Congress to pass the American Jobs Act.
But the Senate shot down President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill Tuesday night. The White House now intends to force additional votes on separate pieces of the measure, such as infrastructure spending, jobless assistance and tax cuts for individuals and businesses.
“The government needs to create jobs before making cuts,” Raughley said. “Our aging infrastructure is alarming.”
In San Mateo, 74 bridges have been found with ratings below “5,” according to the national bridge inventory report.
The bridge at Alameda de las Pulgas where the rally is planned is listed as No. 350161 on the report.
The bridge structure itself is the responsibility of Caltrans, said San Mateo Public Works Director Larry Patterson. The city’s responsibility is limited to the paving, railings and other items on the structure, Patterson said.
An official with Caltrans did not tell the Daily Journal yesterday whether the bridge was indeed structurally deficient as the report indicates or when the last time the bridge was inspected.
Regardless of whose responsibility it is to fix the bridge in San Mateo, the local Dream Council wants it done with federal stimulus money.
“Those are good-paying jobs,” Raughley said.
She is not sure how many will attend the rally but she is hoping for at least 100.
The San Mateo Police Department is aware of the event and will be taking steps to ensure public safety and minimal disruption to residents while respecting the right of all citizens to gather and protest peacefully, according to an email from San Mateo Councilman David Lim.
To learn more about the rally visit http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=121928
Thursday, October 6, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at San Mateo City Hall, David will serve as moderator at a town hall meeting featuring Assemblymember Jerry Hill and former Assemblymember Sally Lieber as they discuss “How Redistricting Affects You.”
Sponsored by the San Mateo Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, the event is free to all members of the public. Light refreshments will be served.
“With San Mateo County being drawn into new districts for the California Assembly (22nd District), California Senate (13th District), and U.S. Congress (14th District), it is important for residents to know how these new district boundries will affect their representation at all levels of government,” noted David. “We are lucky to have two of our local leaders from Sacramento on hand to discuss this important topic in an informal town hall format.”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I put together a brief slide presentation on the issue. You can view the slide show by clicking on the link below, and also watch video of Monday's meeting.
My basic issue is whether it is necessary to raise our bills for trash pick up in these tough economic times.
I hope to hear more from all of you when this issue comes up in November.
To view my slide show, click HERE
To view my questions raised on this issue at Monday's meeting, click HERE
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
For that reason, I wrote the following opinion piece in today's San Mateo Daily Journal, in response to an article written by San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, opposing expansion of our current, out-dated county jail.
I urge all residents to study the issue and let the Board of Supervisors know your opinion on this critical public safety issue. As always, feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss this or any other issue.
|OP-ED: Many reasons for new county jail|
|October 04, 2011, 01:03 AM By David Lim|
Supervisor Dave Pine’s decision to oppose expansion of the new jail as proposed is commendable for keeping sight of today’s fiscal realities, but the consequences of not building an expanded jail big enough comes with long-term negative effects on public safety (“Time to rethink criminal justice in county” guest perspective in Oct. 3 edition).
Mr. Pine’s position for a smaller jail based on the ability to reduce the jail population through evidence-based programs to reduce recidivism misses one major point.
When the state Legislature passed Assembly Bill 109 and its companion bills, it fundamentally altered our criminal justice system in ways not seen in more than 100 years. The largest change is that a majority of felons not convicted of “non-violent,” “non-serious” and “non-sex-related” crimes will now be housed in county jails, not state prisons.
This realignment means that hundreds of new convicted felons will be the responsibility of local agencies such as the county of San Mateo.
Mr. Pine suggests a number of worthy programs that are part of the realignment to the criminal justice system, and I agree with him that we should explore those options. However, those programs in and by themselves will not reduce our need for a larger county jail.
For example, even when using more electronic monitoring as suggested by Mr. Pine, there will be a need for periods of incarceration. Upon conviction, an individual charged with a felony will have to be in custody for at least 60 days before being eligible for electronic monitoring. For misdemeanor defendants, the requirement is 30 days in custody.
Thus, even with the new services to reduce recidivism, the need for adequate housing for inmates will remain and even increase in some cases.
There are also possible unforeseen consequences of inadequate housing for inmates. Adequate housing is fundamental to the basic human dignity of those incarcerated. No matter what their crimes, inmates have a right to decent housing while serving their sentences. Failure to provide adequate housing over the long term could subject the county to expensive civil rights lawsuits from inmates and lead to early release of inmates before they are rehabilitated.
Supervisors Rose Jacobs Gibson and Don Horsley set the correct tone in their support for the expanded jail, and I urge Mr. Pine to follow their lead.
Supervisor Gibson has years of experience working to reduce violent crime while a member of the East Palo Alto City Council, and her suggestion to use the expanded space at the new jail to provide alternative services to reduce recidivism are laudable.
Supervisor Horsley has more than 30 years in law enforcement, and was instrumental in ushering in modernization of our county correctional system while serving as our San Mateo County sheriff. We should rely on his expertise and listen to his guidance.
Ultimately, if the county fails to adequately provide for the incarceration of county inmates in the future, it is local communities who will suffer.
Releasing inmates due to lack of space remains a serious concern in our community without an expanded jail. If that happens, it will fall to city police agencies and local city councils to increase their funding in public safety to keep our neighborhoods safe.
I urge Mr. Pine and the rest of the Board of Supervisors to support the expansion of the new jail. The short-term investment will be tough now, but will pay dividends in public safety for years to come.
David Lim is a member of the San Mateo City Council and works as a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. This guest perspective represents the viewpoint of Lim, and is not the official viewpoint of the city of San Mateo.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
October 13 - Town Hall Meeting With Assemblymemeber Jerry Hill and former Assemblymember Sally Lieber
Co-hosted by the San Mateo Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, a non-profit civil rights organization, the town hall will discuss the effects of recent redistricting in our neighborhoods. The event will also feature Assemblymembers Hill and Lieber, who are expected to run for election in the new California State Senate seat created by redistricting. Senator Leland Yee, our current Senator, is also an invited guest.
The event is free and open to all residents. Refreshments will be served.
About OCA San Mateo: Established in 1987, the OCA San Mateo Chapter is one of the four chapters in the Bay Area and one of the seven chapters in California. OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) is a national nonprofit nonpartisan, civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to embracing the hopes and aspirations and advancing the social, political and economic well being of Americans of Chinese and Asian descent.
Friday, September 23, 2011
I started the day at 9:00 a.m. with community leader and marina lagoon resident Rick Sakuda, as he organized a group of volunteers to clean up the marina lagoon in both San Mateo and Foster City. Employee groups from Prometheus Real Estate Group, Solar City, and Gilead were on hand to help clean up the lagoon.
My two daughters helped me fish out plastic bags, water bottles, and even an office chair out of the lagoon. My kids love to help play in water and mud, and they also got to learn about the importance of keeping our waterways clean.
Around 10:30 a.m., we moved over to Ryder Park along the San Mateo shoreline, were we joined over 800 of our neighbors to help clean up the Bay Trail.
I helped the City of San Mateo register countless elementary, middle school, and high school students who showed up to lend a hand. I also helped City staff, including the Public Works Department, as they served a picnic lunch to all the participants. Thanks to Whole Foods and other sponsors for sponsoring the lunch!
All in all, it was a great day to clean up the Bay. Efforts such as this are important not only to clean up our Bay, but to highlight the importance of keeping our environment clean and sustainable for everyone. Thanks to the wonderful City of San Mateo staff who staffed the event, and to everyone in the community who showed up to help!
Here are some photos from the day:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thanks to the leadership of local residents working with our City Public Works Department, a new program to help owner save $2000-$3000 on their sewer lateral replacements was approved by the City Council. I was proud to support this community effort to make home improvement easier for more of our neighbors.
Sewer laterals are the pipes that connect your home sewer system to the "main" sewer line that runs down the middle of the street. In San Mateo, the average home was build in the late 1940's after World War II, meaning that for most of us our sewer laterals are well past the end of their useful life (My own sewer lateral was replaced in 2005 after many, many visits by local plumbers!)
The City had previously had an ordinance that provided courtesy maintenance for homeowners whose sewer lateral was blocked where the line ran under the sidewalk or street. While this ordinance helped some homeowners save on maintenance costs, there were two big problems with this ordinance:
- Only about 17% of homes in the City were eligible for this program due to requirements on the types of sewer lateral a home had.
- The ordinance did not address the pressing need to replace aging infrastructure.
Under this new program:
- Homeowners will be able to obtain free video scoping service when there is a problem with their lateral line.
- If the lateral line is defective, homeowners will be able to apply for up to $2000 to $3000 to cover the costs of a lateral replacement. Best of all, this money comes from fees paid by the City to the State help reduce sewage overflow in the Bay. The State allows the City to apply those fees to help homeowners improve their sewer systems.
- The City also helps homeowners by providing a list of approved contractors to do the work, or the homeowner can select their own contractor and still apply for the $2000-$3000 reimbursement for the work.
To view details of last night's meeting and the program, click here.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
by Dave Colby & Joan S. Dentler
San Mateo Patch, Septebmer 17, 2011
What began as a humble cake baked in a Detroit kitchen has grown into one of the country’s most successful restaurant franchises.
The Cheesecake Factory, which will open its first San Mateo County location in the Hillsdale Shopping Center on Monday, is famous not just for its cheesecake (more than 30 flavors), but for its inventive menu and generous portions.
Alethea Rowe, senior directing of marketing for the Calabasas-based restaurant franchise, said the company is excited about opening in San Mateo.
“The Hillsdale Shopping Center is a great shopping destination. All of the enhancements that are being done in the mall make this a great spot for Cheesecake Factory,” she said.
She noted that two new retailers, H&M and Forever 21 Mega Store, will soon be opening in the mall.
The 8,300 square-foot restaurant employs 271, and Rowe added that they are still hiring for server positions.
The restaurant, which occupies the old Mervyn’s department store site, can seat 311 guests in its one-story dining room and outdoor patio. Take-out and curbside service will also be available.
“We’ve redesigned the parking lot so that it can accommodate more cars at our curbside pickup,” Rowe explained. “Just call ahead and we’ll carry it out to your car.”
The new restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays.
Although San Francisco is the home to the company’s Bay Area flagship store, Rowe expects San Mateo to be an equally popular location. “We will offer the same great service and food, and we hope it will become everybody’s favorite family restaurant.”
Of the 154 Cheesecake Factories nationwide, eight are in the Bay Area.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The City of San Mateo will be hosting an official event at Ryder Park from 8:30 am until noon. No advanced registration is required. Food, music and fun will be provided while we clean up the Bay!
Tomorrow morning I will be with one of our local homeowners associations doing Bay cleanup in our local lagoons. This local offshoot of the Bay cleanup will be meeting at Virgo Lane off Beach Park and Polaris in Foster City starting at 9 am.
Hope to see you out on the Bay tomorrow!
For more information, visit the San Mateo City website here.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 6-7 p.m.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
New Tutoring Center Set to Open at MLK Jr. Community Center: Community Bands Together to Help Local Students
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Adding to the fun of the event, the names of the restaurants are kept a surprise -- only the meeting location for the first location is revealed via email 24 hours before the event.
At Rave Burger, we started off with sweet potato fries and homemade curly fries, then had a mini-cheeseburger made with all natural Niman Ranch beef. Despite warnings from seasoned Dishcrawlers to "pace yourselves", I threw caution to the wind by eating two helpings of sweet potato fries.
Our 2nd stop was to newly-opened FLETCH'S at 385 2nd Avenue, across from the movie theater. Fletch's serves authentic Chicago Style hot dogs -- hot dog with sweet green relish, onions, mustard, tomato, dill pickle, and pepper on a poppy seed bun. Fletch's is so authentic, the buns are delivered daily from Chicago!
I was so busy admiring the Chicago-themed decoration of Fletch's I barely had time to eat my hot dog before it was time to move onto our 3rd stop which was . . .
KINGFISH at 201 South B Street. An upscale American restaurant specializing in seafood and steaks, we were whisked to a private room upstairs where many of us bought the famous Hurricane drinks (fruit juice and rum) Kingfish is known for. While we sipped our drinks, we were treated to warm homemade truffled potato chips sprinkled with creamy blue cheese and chives, followed by baked garlic parmesan bread. To top it off, Kingfish served us delicious filet mignon crispy potstickers topped with red pepper vinaigrette and pesto aioli.
At this point, I was seriously stuffed, and so it was fortunate that our 4th and (supposedly) final stop was a little further back up 3rd Avenue. We all needed the walk to make some room for our last stop! By that time all 50 of us had mingled and talked for over an hour, so we were a merry band of Dishcrawlers as we headed to
ASTARIA at 50 East 3rd Avenue, located on the ground floor of the historic Ben Franklin Hotel. Specializing in California fare, the owner of Astaria, Alicia Petrakis greeted us and escorted us inside.
At Astaria, we ordered a tasty pineapple mojito while dining on delicious Asian style pulled pork tostadas and sauteed portobello manchego and gorgonzola quesadillas. It was truly a great way to end a wonderful evening of Dishcrawling.
Or so we thought. We were then told that as a surprise, a final stop was being added to our night. We therefore tramped back into the night, and ended up at . . .
BEARD PAPA'S at 365 2nd Avenue. Known for their fresh and natural cream puffs, we all loaded up on chocolate and vanilla cream puffs.
And with that, our Dishcrawl adventure was over. We traded phone numbers and emails with some of our new-found friends, and made plans to meet up at the next edition of Dishcrawl in San Mateo.
That's the beauty of Dishcrawl. Each Dishcrawl is a unique experience with all new restaurants, and all new adventures, so our next outing will feature all new places to eat.
As a San Mateo City Councilmember, I was excited to see such an exciting, vibrant, and tasty experience come to Downtown San Mateo, and I look forward to welcoming back Dishcrawl later this summer. I hope everyone in our neighborhood will come out for to make new friends, try new foods, and have a wonderful time!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Originally one of the most important annual celebrations for Asian communities around the world to celebrate the autumn harvest, in San Mateo the event is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity by bringing together individuals, families, and business from all walks of life!
The event, which will run from 10 am to 4 pm, will feature live entertainment, lion dances, arts and crafts, traditional performances, delicious food and product vendors, and exhibitors from community organizations and government agencies.
As we celebrate and explore San Mateo's diversity, we also learn more about the rich cultural tradition surrounding the Autumn Moon Festival.
For more information and driving direction to downtown San Mateo, click here.