Time Running Out: Bring Food, Clear Library Finds

December 27, 2012

During December bring non-perishable food items into one of the participating libraries listed below and your fines or fees will be waived. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in the “Food for Fines” program.food-for-fines-promo-box-EN

Food must be in store-sealed cans, boxes, or plastic containers within its expiration date. No glass containers, perishable food or opened containers.

Good for library fines and hold fees only (not valid for lost or damaged items).

Valid only for material from these participating libraries:

SAN MATEO COUNTY LIBRARY BRANCHES: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica Sanchez, Pacifica Sharp Park, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside. Hours and Locations

REDWOOD CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Redwood City Downtown, Fair Oaks, Schaberg and Redwood Shores. Hours and Locations.

For more information call 650-312-5205.

Controller Releases Popular Annual Financial Report

December 20, 2012

 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Controller Bob Adler provides details of the financial health of San Mateo County in a report released today.

The 10-page Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) summarizes the essential information contained in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which was released in November. The PAFR examines the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, and provides a look to future challenges and opportunities.
The PAFR, titled Financial Highlights, provides the following key information for San Mateo County’s government:
• Financial Summary
• Economic Indicators
• Financial Policies and Planning
• Economic Outlook
• Major Initiatives

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has given an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to San Mateo County for its Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports.

The PAFR can be accessed online at the County Controller’s web page located at   http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/controller/2012pafr

Media Contact: Contact: Deputy Controller Juan Raigoza

Discover County Parks E-Newsletter: Take a Winter Expedition; Ranger Recommendations

December 19, 2012


Dear Park Supporter,

I am excited to present the debut edition of Discover County Parks, San Mateo County Park’s quarterly e-newsletter. As a park user, you may have already camped among the Redwoods, picnicked next to the bay, or hiked to the summit of San Bruno Mountain. We want to help you discover more about San Mateo County Parks.

With more than 16,000 acres of land, 17 parks, regional, county and local trails, and two historic sites, there is a lot to explore. In each issue of Discover County Parks we will feature parks and activities that encourage you to experience the diverse natural settings found in San Mateo County Parks. In this first issue learn how even in the winter months, County Parks are worth a visit.

James C. Porter
Director of Public Works and Parks


Helpful Tips For Your Winter Expedition

The dampness and cold of winter are upon us.Yet, you shouldn’t let the change in weather keep you from taking a hike. Waterfall_SSylvanTrailCounty parks are open each day of the year and are ready for you to enjoy. Any outdoor venture requires some planning and consideration of the weather and trail conditions. Park rangers offer the following tips for fun and safe visits:

  • In this season, apparel should consist of long-sleeves, layers and appropriate sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Come prepared for weather changes and bring a change of dry jackets, socks and shoes.
  • Wet trails can be slippery, especially when covered by leaves. Take precaution and reduce walking and jogging speeds.
  • Be aware that the park closing  time changes seasonally. Check the posted time near the park entrance before you begin your hike.
  • Please use designated trails at all times.
  • Be aware that poison oak is present all year. In winter, the plant shows bare, orange, near-right angle stems and a branching pattern rather than the recognizable green leaves.
  • Heavy rains can cause muddy conditions and a rise in creek levels. Remaining on trails prevents sediment from entering creeks and reduces hazardous effects on fish and other water organisms.
  • Carrying drinking water is always recommended.
  • Always leave natural features where they grow, live and lie.

Ranger Recommended Hikes
There is no doubt that Sam McDonald and Pescadero Parks, located in Loma Mar near the coast, are wonderful summer destinations.sammcdonald8  But these parks present special winter features, including small waterfalls on Fall Creek (Portola Trail) and Towne Creek (Pomponio/Brook Loop Trails).

Most of the falls are produced by water that collects in dry gullies that then drop approximately 100 feet into streams. These spectacular sites can be tempting to experience up close. However, stay on designated trails as creek levels can rise quickly during and immediately after rain storms. At the Pescadero Creek, many foot bridges are closed during the rainy season, so be aware of signs indicating closed creek crossings…continue reading


Share Your Time, Take in the BeautyNestle_SCA_Volunteers5_2_

San Mateo County Park volunteers dig in the dirt, hike trails, learn, teach, and welcome park visitors to some of the most scenic locations in Northern California.

Consider sharing your time with San Mateo County Parks and become a volunteer.

For more information, click volunteer!


Upcoming Events

Rainy Revival: Ferns, Bryophytes and Early Blooms
Saturday January 19, 2013 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Birds

Goldback, Maidenhair, and Polypody ferns unfurl with winter rains. Enjoy the beauty of mosses, liverworts, and early blooms. Botanist and docent Mary Wilson leads this walk to discover Edgewood’s rain-loving organisms.

For more events, click here.


Print Brochures and Maps Before You Visit

Anytime you are hiking in an unfamiliar area, it is a good idea to bring information and maps.  Plan your visit to San Mateo County Parks by visiting www.smcoparks.org where you can download and print park brochures and maps.


Annual Passes Make SenseSan_Pedro_Valley_Hazelnut_014

Purchase a San Mateo County Park Annual Pass for $60 and enjoy unlimited entrance to all 17 parks.  With an Annual Pass you can explore and enjoy all San Mateo County Parks as often as you like for one low fee.  Your Pass will cover the entrance fee at all County Parks, all year long. Call (650) 363-4020, Monday through Thursday, to purchase a pass.


Enjoy Your Parks

Visit www.SMCoParks.org for more information about San Mateo County Parks.
Reservations:  650-363-4021
General Information: 650-363-4020

Resources for Crisis Response: Tips for Parents and Care Givers

December 18, 2012

It is normal for children and young adults to have emotional, physical, and behavioral reactions after traumatic events.

Trauma can leave children and young adults feeling frightened, confused, and insecure.Crisis Response Whether a child has personally been exposed to trauma or has merely seen the event on television, or heard it discussed by others, it is important for parents to be informed and ready to help.

The San Mateo County Health System is providing resources for parents and care givers, plus hotlines for 24-hour support and information on counseling services. 

Learn what you can do for children and adolescents.

San Mateo County Selects New Chief Information Officer

December 12, 2012

San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie and Deputy County Manager Reyna Farrales today announced the selection of Jon Walton as the County’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Information Services Department (ISD).isd_logo

Walton is currently the CIO and Director of Technology for the City and County of San Francisco. Under his leadership, San Francisco has received many awards for its mobile, Web and SFGovTv services, completed its first five-year Information and Communications Technology Plan, and created a Citywide IT training program in partnership with employee organizations.

“We are excited to have Jon join San Mateo County as we design a new model for IT service delivery – one that provides flexibility and adapts well to change,” said Maltbie, who has initiated a restructuring process in the County to create a more agile workforce and sustainable service delivery models.

Prior to joining San Francisco in 2007, Walton worked in the private sector providing technology consulting services to public sector clients, and in the City of San Jose as Deputy CIO.

“In addition to customer service excellence, Jon brings a wealth of experience that will help us streamline our core infrastructure, provide more services online, and create a more open, datadriven decision making environment,” said Farrales, who has served as interim CIO since May.

“It is a great honor to have this unique opportunity to bring more innovation and partnerships to San Mateo County,” Walton said.

Walton was selected following a national search that attracted over 100 applicants, and a rigorous interview process that included ISD employees and customer departments, Bay Area executives and technology leaders, and County leadership.

Jon Walton’s first day will be January 14, 2013.

Media Contact: Reyna Farrales 650-363-4130

Services for Former Supervisor Michael Nevin

December 4, 2012

As you may know, San Mateo County lost a true leader when former Supervisor Michael Nevin passed away on Saturday. Services have now been scheduled and details are as follows:

A rosary and vigil service will be Thursday, December 6th, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church, 850 Judah St., San Francisco.

Please arrive early. http://www.stanne-sf.org/

The funeral will be Friday, December 7th, at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., San Francisco.

The church is located on the University of San Francisco campus. Parking will be difficult so people are encouraged to carpool and to arrive early. http://stignatiussf.org/

The family requests donations to Service League, 727 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. www.serviceleague.org

Posted by Marshall Wilson, San Mateo County Communications Director, 650-363-4153 or mwilson@smcgov.org.



Statement on the Passing of Former Supervisor Michael Nevin

December 2, 2012

Michael Nevin, a former San Francisco police inspector who fought for the poor and dispossessed and championed treatment over punishment as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, died Saturday of cancer. He was 69 years old.

Mr. Nevin was remembered Sunday as one of the Peninsula’s most effective leaders for his ability to bring people together with his engaging personality and intelligence.

“One of the qualities of a great leader is to have a clear vision and then be able to articulate that vision. Mike had a vision for a more caring, a more just and a more compassionate world,” said Adrienne J. Tissier, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. “What made him such a great leader is that he made you feel that together you could bring about such a world.”

Mr. Nevin was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 after serving as a City Councilman and Mayor of Daly City. His tenure on the Board was marked by his passionate work on behalf of the poor and working class and his innovative mind.

Groundbreaking at the time, many of his initiatives are now part of public policy or the public debate.

Starting many years ago he fought for providing health care coverage for all of San Mateo County’s children, telling an audience, “It is a disgrace that San Mateo County, one the most affluent, sophisticated counties, has over 20,000 uninsured children. Whether it is in good times or bad, San Mateo County must do better for its children, and we will all work together to do so.”

And in ironic twist for a former police officer, more than a decade ago Mr. Nevin advocated that county government should provide marijuana to the seriously ill. This came after conversations with a county employee who told him that marijuana was the only drug that gave her pain relief from her cancer.

“I concluded that I could make a big contribution if I were outspoken on an issue where you wouldn’t expect a policeman to come out, while having credibility at the same time,” he told a reporter.

He worked tirelessly. After hearing of long waits and few services for those unable to hire an attorney, he convened a fact-finding hearing to investigate the condition of Family Courts in California’s justice system.

He fought to protect threatened funding for vital mental health services as well as local bus and rail service, seeing mass transportation not only as a means to reduce the number of cars on the road but as a way for people with little means to get to work.

Mr. Nevin also served as president of the California State Association of Counties, a statewide organization. His first action was to send a letter to then-President Clinton opposing a bill that would “would make things tough on local governments and the taxpayers.”

In honor of his work, the Board of Supervisors named a health center in Daly City the Mike Nevin Health Center.

“We lost a visionary leader with the passing of someone I consider a dear, dear friend,” said Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson. “Mike’s belief in public service spoke to the very core of who he was as an individual. He knew that together we could meet any challenge and raise up the entire community.”

“Mike Nevin was a great gentleman and a great leader who cared, so much, about helping people,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said, “Mike Nevin had public service in his blood and the people he represented are better for it.”

After leaving the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Nevin served as executive director of the Service League, a nonprofit group that provides services to inmates and former inmates. The goal of the organization is to improve public safety and the entire community by rebuilding lives.

“Mike never stopped working on behalf of others. He will be missed but his legacy will live on in the inspiration that he brought to so many of us and in the many lives that he helped to transform,” President Tissier said.

Additional personal and family information, including a photograph, may be found at the website of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory.

Services are pending.


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