Proposals Sought to Develop Local Arts Agency

November 30, 2011

San Mateo County is welcoming proposals from qualified firms, organizations, or individuals for the development of a new local arts agency. The proposal deadline is December 22.

The created local arts agency could be developed from existing organizations, or created as a new non-profit local
arts agency that would:

1) provide cultural services to San Mateo County; 2) have professional staff with fundraising expertise; 3) have programs that offer arts education and address youth development; 4) support the community through grant making; 5) offer marketing and facilities support; 6) encourage partnerships with other local arts agencies, school districts, and others; and 7) facilitate communication in the arts community.

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Controller Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

November 29, 2011

Controller Tom Huening today released for public review the San Mateo County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
The CAFR contains the County’s complete financial statements and other financial information. All of the statements are audited by an independent certified public accountant and provide the public with the confidence that all financial reporting is accurate, open and transparent.
The CAFR 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.  This high-level information can be found in the Letter of Transmittal (Introductory Section), Management’s Discussion and Analysis (Financial Section) and the Statistical Section.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to San Mateo County for its CAFR for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. This was the 11th consecutive year that the County has received this prestigious award. 
To view the CAFR, visit the County Controller’s web page located at

Media Contacts:

Controller Tom Huening (650) 363-4777 or Assistant Controller Bob Adler (650) 363-4891.

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Bring Food to the Library, Clear Your Fine

November 29, 2011

Have an overdue book or DVD from the library? Now’s your chance to clear your fine and help others by donating food to those in need during the month of December in the Library’s “Food for Fines” program.

Customers can take any amount of nonperishable boxed or canned food to any of the San Mateo County Library’s 12 branches, or Redwood City Library’s four branches during business hours, and library fines and fees will be waived.  All collected food is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Board Approves Agreement for Acting County Manager

November 29, 2011

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 29, approved an agreement  with John L. Maltbie to serve as Acting County Manager.

Under the agreement, Maltbie will receive $100 an hour. He will not receive any benefits, sick leave and paid time off.

The approved agreement is available here.

Maltbie served as the County Manager for 20 years until his retirment in 2008.

World AIDS Day Activities

November 23, 2011

The San Mateo County STD/HIV Program will join its community partner the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) to observe 2011 World AIDS Day with two events. World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year to raise awareness of AIDS, which is caused by the spread of HIV infection.

Unveiling and Reception for Local AIDS Memorial Quilt
On Thursday, December 1, the STD/HIV Program will host a reception for the unveiling of an AIDS memorial quilt. The quilt was constructed by incarcerated women at the Women’s Correctional Center after they participated in HIV/AIDS educational sessions that explored how HIV/AIDS has impacted their lives. The reception will be held in the main lobby of the Health System Administration Building at 225 37th Ave. in San Mateo, from 10 – 10:45 a.m.

“It is very important to remember and honor the lives of those who have been lost to AIDS and those who continue to fight courageous battles against this disease,” says Ana Martinez, team lead and counselor with the STD/HIV program. “With this quilt, we are offering one more tool to raise community awareness about the need for more compassion, less stigma, and more HIV testing to save lives from the devastation of HIV/AIDS.”

Universal Sisters Conference Workshop: “Women and HIV/AIDS”
On Saturday, December 3, the STD/HIV Program will conduct workshops and screenings for HIV/AIDS at the Universal Sisters Health Conference in Burlingame. The quilt will also be on display at Universal Sisters, which is a day-long screening and educational celebration designed to encourage and empower women of color to take a proactive approach in preventive health care. This event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Francisco Marriott in Burlingame. Registration is required. For more information, visit

As of December 2010, San Mateo County has documented 3,075 AIDS cases and 1,651 people who are currently living with HIV/AIDS. African Americans account for 18 percent of these cases, even though they make up less than 3 percent of San Mateo County residents, according to recent census data.

For more information about World AIDS Day activities, contact Darryl Lampkin, San Mateo County HIV Prevention Coordinator, at (650) 573-3643 or

Media Contact:
Robyn Thaw, (650) 573-3935

Most County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 23, 2011

Most County offices will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Emergency services will be available.

Offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 28.



Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

November 21, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5,000 deaths, 76 million illnesses and 325,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States are related to foodborne diseases – don’t be one of them! Follow 10 simple safety tips from San Mateo County Environmental Health so you and your guests can enjoy the holidays in good health.

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