Census 2020 Kickoff! A Free Community Event


Saturday, February 1: 11am – 1pm
Saint James AME Zion Church
825 Monte Diablo Ave

The next census will be in April 2020 and we need to count all our residents. Participating in the census helps make sure everyone has equitable representation, funding, and resources. At the Kickoff, you’ll learn important information about how and why to participate in Census 2020. Join us to make sure everyone counts!

More information is available at https://www.bachac.org/events-1

Train Horn Noise Progress Update: City Council Special Session

Join the City Council for a special session on train horn noise.

5:30 PM on January 6, 2020

*Session may run over into the 7pm general city council meeting

City Hall Conference Room C
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo CA 94403

This study session will encompass three agenda items, the third item is on train horn noise.

  • City Council Appointments to External Agencies and Liaison Roles
  • Review the Draft 2020 Climate Action Plan
  • Train Horn Noise Progress Update

The City has been involved with formulating possible ways to mitigate the effects of loud train horns and establish a Quiet Zone. The third agenda item serves as a progress update on that front.

The session is open for public comment. It is important that if you would like to see action taken to reduce or eliminate train horn noise to show up for the discussion so that the city council is aware that it remains an item of high importance for the community and does not fizzle out.

Sunday, Nov 24th – Invitation to Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) Campus Development Task Force

The Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) Campus Development Task Force  (CDTF) has been working for 2 years to create conceptual plans for the redevelopment of the property at 314 E. Santa Inez.  North Central neighbors are invited to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to meet with the Campus Development Task Force and architects from AE3 Partners to discuss plans and to give feedback.  

Sunday, Nov 24th
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
UUSM, 300 E Santa Inez.

For a view of preliminary conceptual design visit the website at  https://uusanmateo.org/what-we-do/how-things-work/campus-development-task-force/ .  Although the look of the new building has been changed somewhat, the concept remains basically the same. The 3D animation will also give you a glimpse of what we are planning for our adjacent campus ADA upgrades, though our meeting will concentrate on the 314 property.

HANCSM Neighborhood Community Meeting

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some light refreshments (también hablamos español) – all are welcome to join our HANCSM General Meeting!

When and Where

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue


  • Welcome & Intro – Adam Nugent, President of HANCSM
  • Police Report – Lieutenant Ryan Monaghan
    • North Central will be welcoming Lt. Ryan Monaghan, our new Patrol Lieutenant, to our December General meeting. He will provide our community with an update on police activity and programs in our region. San Mateo’s dedicated Police Department plays a key role in supporting the wellbeing of our neighborhood and making North Central a safe and dynamic place to live.
  • Guest Presentation: King Field Project Update – Paul Council, Community Services Manager
    • Provide an update on the King Field renovation. Paul present a short presentation on the project and there will be time for community questions and feedback.
  • HANCSM Board Nominations – Anyone interested in joining the HANCSM board will have an opportunity to volunteer.
  • Halftime – Meet a neighbor!
  • HANCSM Board Elections – Community votes on the next group of HANCSM board members.
  • Guest Presentation: ADUs & Home for All – Caleb Smith, County of San Mateo
    • Talk about the county’s housing and mobility work through the Home for All program. Review the new laws and benefits of accessory dwelling units (in-law units) and answer community questions.

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Amourence Lee, Past President of HANCSM, Appointed to City Council

The Home Association of North Central is excited to announce that our neighborhood association’s own Amourence Lee has been appointed to the San Mateo City Council. Following the retirement of Deputy Mayor Maureen Freschet, Amourence was chosen through an extensive application and interview process to fill the 1-year vacancy. Check out more coverage on the city’s website.

Amourence Lee standing at a podium in front of a crowd interviewing for the open city council appointment.

San Mateo Enacts Tenant Protection Measures

The City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance to provide many San Mateo renters just cause eviction protections until new statewide tenant protection laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. San Mateo’s local urgency ordinance prohibits evictions without cause, and retroactively applies starting Oct. 1, 2019. Certain limits apply based on building type and term of occupancy.

The Council adopted the ordinance during a Nov. 4 public meeting after hearing from tenants who indicated they received eviction notices following the passage of Assembly Bill 1482. That statewide law goes into effect next year and includes rent caps as well as just cause protections. Other San Mateo County cities – including Daly City and Redwood City – have also adopted rules to address the gap between when the law was signed and when it goes into effect. The San Mateo City Council did not adopt rent caps, however noted the governor’s current emergency protections stemming from the wildfires, limit rent increase to no more than 10 percent. Review the nonprofit San Mateo County Legal Aid Society’s informational brochure for more information