Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Photo of home invasion suspect

See previous post.

Do you recognize this home invasion suspect?

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:

Friday, March 7, 2014

San Mateo PAL Dinner

San Mateo Police Activities League Gala.  Building bonds between cops and kids!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Turning Wastewater into Car Fuel? San Mateo can do it!

Following the theme of good environmental stewardship, I will be voting to approve a $2.4 million grant application by City staff to the California Energy Commission for a project to turn sludge from the City's wastewater treatment plant into biofuel capable of being used by the City's fleet of vehicles.

This project is just one of many that our hardworking City staff are working on to help reduce the carbon footprint of the City of San Mateo.  I look forward to voting in favor of this grant application at the Monday, March 3 City Council meeting!

Click HERE for a link to the staff report on the grant application.