Saturday, June 30, 2012

Everyday Heroes in North Central San Mateo

This week I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 3rd annual "Everyday Heroes" dinner and reception at the MLK Center in North Central San Mateo.

Hosted by the North Central San Mateo Community Wellness Initiative, six local community members were selected as "Everyday Heroes" for their work in substance abuse treatment and prevention, homeless advocacy, community leadership, and youth leadership.

As the Deputy Mayor of San Mateo, it was my privilege to say a few words of thanks on behalf of the San Mateo City Council for their hard work, and to present the honorees with certificates of recognition for their community service.

The honorees were: Allen Haysbert (Prevention Hero), Joshua Hugg (Sunshine Neighborhood Hero), Ruby Kaho (Partnership Hero), Timothy Niupalau (Youth Hero), Bennie Shannon (Sunshine Neighborhood Hero), and Erik Waldorf (Merchant Hero).

Congratulations to all the honorees!

To read more about this event, you can visit:’s-2012-“everyday-heroes”-to-be-honored-at-reception/

Friday, June 22, 2012

City of San Mateo: Food Trucks + Famers' Market = Urban Market!

Starting this Monday, June 25, we invite you to drop by the Downtown Caltrain Station parking lot every Monday night between 4:00pm - 8:00pm to grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks and browse the fresh produce provided by the variety of farmers' market booths!

Food Trucks on Monday include:

- The Chairman
- Hapa SF
- The Dosa Republic
- Hiyaaa Roll
- Mamas Empanadas
- Pollo Fritto
Sponsored by Urban Table and DSMA

Urban Table Farmers' MarketDowntown San Mateo Association (DSMA)

PLEASE NOTE: Food trucks and farmers' market booths subject to change without notice.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

City of San Mateo Passes Balanced Budget with No Cuts to Service

On Monday, June 18, I was please to join with my fellow Councilmembers in unanimously passing a balanced budget totaling $118 million in operating expenses (of which $74 million is for the general fund).

Passage of this budget closed a $4.3 million budget gap thanks to deep consessions by our local labor unions and smart savings by each department within the City of San Mateo. 

The budget as passed does not cut any important safety or recreational services to our citizens.  The budget includes a provision to hire up to four new police officers to improve public safety, continue to repair and refurbish our aging infrastructure such as roads, sewers, and storm drains, and enhance and upgrade our parks and recreation facilities. 

The budget also includes items to ensure affordable housing, maintain quality fire prevention services, and address adequate planning and building to continue to grow our city in a sustainably responsible manner. 

To view the report on our budget, click here