Be a part of the Election Night Team: Apply to work as an Election Materials Courier!

April 16, 2014

The Registration & Elections Division of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office is looking for individuals to help with returning election materials from polling places throughout San Mateo County on the night of the Statewide Direct Primary Election, June 3, 2014, from 8 pm to 10:30 pm.

Couriers will be paid:Courier Poster_2014.06.03_1

$15 for training
$50 for working on Election Night
Plus mileage reimbursement for Drivers

Contact Walfred Solorzano for more information at 650.312.5370 or

Offices open for business Tuesday morning as power is restored

April 14, 2014

San Mateo County offices at the County Center complex in Redwood City will open Tuesday morning now that power has been restored.Image

Offices closed Monday afternoon at County Center complex due to power outage

April 14, 2014

Offices at the County Center complex in Redwood City are closed to the public at this time due to a power outage. 

Offices are expected to reopen for normal business hours Tuesday morning. 

Posted Monday at 3:08 pm. 

What parents need to know: A message from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force

April 14, 2014

While many people associate spring break with college kids, the San Mateo County  Narcotic Task Force is urging parents of high school teens to know the risks associated with this time of the year.

More teens than ever are putting themselves at risk during spring break and  the summer months. More than ever high school students under the age of 18 take  unsupervised trips during spring break or during summer months but even teens that stay at  home are at risk. Unsupervised time, money to spend and peer pressure to “let loose” can be a recipe for risky behavior including drug use.smc_backpack

Please take a moment to read this message from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force: What parents need to know.

San Mateo County seeks volunteers to help end human trafficking

April 11, 2014

TraffickingREDWOOD CITY, Calif. – San Mateo County is seeking volunteers to help raise awareness of a new hotline number for victims of labor and commercial sex trafficking.

On May 10, volunteers led by the San Mateo County Manager’s Office will participate in a “Community Day of Action.” Similar efforts have already begun in Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Marin counties.

The group will fan out across the county to distribute posters to certain bars, transit stations, farm labor contractors, urgent care centers and other establishments required by State law to post the hotline number.

To make this Community Day of Action a success, San Mateo County is looking for team leaders and volunteers to help organize their city and inspire others to get involved.

Anyone interested in helping victims of human trafficking should contact the volunteer coordinator, Rose Mukhar, at or 650-363-4184.

This promises to be a huge event that will send a national message that the Bay Area does not tolerate human trafficking. Please join us in taking a stand against modern-day slavery in our community.

Trafficking can take many forms. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both.

California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficked persons, and the Bay Area is a particular national hot spot for human trafficking. Most of the reporting calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline come from California.

State Senate Bill 1193 now requires certain businesses and other establishments to post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline number: 1-888-373-7888.

To read more about this law and to download San Mateo County’s human trafficking hotline resource poster, go to, which is a webpage dedicated to raising awareness about SB 1193.

Print this News Release.

Media Contact:

Marshall Wilson, Communications Director, 650-363-4153 or


Controller Wins Award for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

April 9, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – San Mateo County Controller Bob Adler reports the Controller’s Office has again been awarded a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is for the County of San Mateo’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.Controller

This is the 14th consecutive year that the County has received this prestigious award. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of
governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program.

Controller Adler stated, “We are pleased to receive this award on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, Department Executives and the fiscal staff of the County. It evidences
their commitment to the highest standards of transparent and accurate financial reporting for the taxpayers of San Mateo County.”

The CAFR contains the County’s audited financial statements and other financial information. It also contains information about the local economy, the structure of the
County government, the County’s future financial plans, the County’s financial policies, and significant County projects.
The public can access the County’s financial information online at:

Media Contact: Controller Bob Adler,  (650) 363-4777



San Mateo Court Appoints New Commissioner

April 9, 2014


Presiding Judge Robert D Foiles announced today that the San Mateo Superior Court has appointed Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Garratt to fill the court commissioner position vacated by Kathleen M. McKenna when she retired last month. Garratt previously served as a Superior Court Commissioner for nine years.

According to Foiles, Commissioner Garratt will take over the assignments previously handled by Commissioner McKenna that include family law, unlawful detainers, civil small claims, and traffic. Commissioner Garratt will begin her duties on April 28th.

“We are delighted that Stephanie Garratt has agreed to return to our court,” Foiles announced. “Stephanie has demonstrated herself to be a phenomenal judicial officer and we are thankful to have someone with her abilities working with us again.”

Media Contact:

Presiding Judge Robert D Foiles – 650-363-4813



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