Maps, Online Tools, Minutes, Video and More on New Website for District Lines Advisory Committee

June 27, 2013

San Mateo County has launched a new website to capture all information regarding the Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee and to encourage public input into the process.

Visit the new page: www.smcdistrictcommittee.org

You will find minutes from past meetings, agendas, videos and transcripts. We will upload additional videos and transcripts as they become available.

The site also contains a link to an online mapping tool where you can draw your own district lines and submit the map online. Or you can print your own map and draw your lines with pencil or pen.DSC_1124

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Advisory Committee after voters changed the County Charter in November 2012. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the Committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

The District Lines Advisory Committee would like to hear from the public regarding potential changes to the supervisorial boundaries.

The committee’s next meeting is July 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae.

At this meeting it is expected the committee will give direction to a demographer to draw draft maps. These draft maps are expected to be circulated and discussed at a series of five meetings that are expected to start in August.DSC_1129

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Summer Reading Program at San Mateo County Library

June 26, 2013

Looking for fun and free activities this summer? Look no further than your local San Mateo County Library. The annual summer reading program is under way throughout our communities.IMAGE_5

This year’s theme is “Reading is so Delicious”, and the summer-long program encourages everyone to sign-up at their local branches. Participate in all kinds of great programs going on at all of our community libraries. There are reading programs, celebrations, author events, book discussions, craft programs, music programs…and it’s all free. Find out more at www.smcl.org.

Why do kids need to read over the summer? It is simple. If kids don’t read, they may find themselves going down the “summer slide”—not the playground slide, but the loss of reading and learning skills that occur during the long break from school. An effective way to combat “summer slide” is to read. The summer reading program at your local library reminds families and caregivers that children and teens need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills during the summer months.

Parents and other caregivers can take a few simple steps to encourage their children to read over the summer: Follow these tips for raising readers:SMC4253x

Give your kids the power of choice – kids say they are more likely to finish a book they have picked out themselves. Make a point to help your child find books that appeal to his or her interests.

Read every day. Whether kids read print books or ebooks, the more they read, the better readers they become, and the better readers they become, the more they enjoy reading. Map out at least 20 minutes each day for reading.

Make books accessible. Having books available is key to helping kids love to read.

Participate in a summer reading program.  Organizations and libraries throughout San Mateo County offer fun, exciting reading opportunities for children, youth, and families all summer long.

Visit San Mateo County Library’s award-winning website at www.smcl.org for information about the Library and its services.


Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee Meets Tuesday, June 25, in East Palo Alto

June 21, 2013

The San Mateo County Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, June 25, in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member Committee after voters changed the County Charter in November. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

Visit www.smcgov.org/bos under “Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee” to find:

Agendas

Minutes from meetings in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay

A presentation given at each meeting by a demographer

Printable map to draw your own districts and an online mapping tool

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Bring the family for a day of free, hands-on fun at San Carlos Airport’s First Airport Day, Saturday, June 22

June 19, 2013

Enjoy airport tours, dozens of unique aircraft on display, food trucks, bounce houses and children’s play area, exhibits and vendors and free airplane rides for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Carlos Airport. Google map.

Buckle into the pilot’s seat of a single-engine plane, climb through a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and test your skills at the controls of a real flight-training simulator. Experience the thrill of flying!

See dozens of unusual aircraft up-close, including:Photo to go with Airport Day

* The Turbine Toucan, the most powerful aerobatic biplane ever made, and featured in Disney’s upcoming movie “Planes.”

* A World War II P-51 Mustang fighter, and Stearman and Great Lakes biplanes from the 1930s.

* A Bell UH-1 Iroquois ‘Huey” helicopter.

* Amphibious, medical and law enforcement aircraft.

Exhibitors and vendors include the San Carlos Flight Center, Women in Aviation International, Fly Bay Area Tours, Diamond Aviation Air Charter, West Valley Flying Club, JATO Aviation, Civil Air Patrol and dozens more.

And visit Hiller Aviation Museum next door to the airport to see futuristic planes, amazing prototypes and historical aviation equipment dating back to 1869.

Located at its current site since 1948, the San Carlos Airport is home to more than 500 small aircraft and 25 aviation-related businesses. San Carlos Airport hosts air ambulance, law enforcement aviation, emergency response craft, charter airlines, aerial photography and flight training services. The airport is owned and operated by San Mateo County.

San Carlos Airport is located at 620 Airport Drive, on the Baylands side of Highway 101. Parking is available, and SamTrans runs buses directly to the site. 511.org Trip Planner

For more information, go to www.sancarlosairportday.com, www.sanmateocountyairports.org, or call the airport at (650) 573-3700 from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. daily.

 


Connect with San Mateo County on Facebook

June 19, 2013

San Mateo County is now on Facebook at www.facebook.com/countyofsanmateo

Learn about events, volunteer opportunities and what your friends and neighbors are up to. getconnected_centerpiece

Recent posts include the Board of Supervisors honoring the  4-H Youth Development Program of California on its 100-year anniversary and a poll by the San Mateo County Youth Commission asking if you support lowering the voting age. You can also tell us what’s on your mind.

To connect with County of San Mateo, sign up for Facebook today.

 


District Lines Advisory Committee Meets Tuesday in Daly City

June 17, 2013

The public is invited to provide input on possible changes to the boundaries of the County’s five supervisorial districts this Tuesday, June 18, in Daly City.

The San Mateo County Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee is meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Daly City War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission St. Daly City. View a Google map.

View the agenda.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Advisory Committee after voters changed the County Charter in November. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

Tuesday’s meeting is the third in a series of five public meetings that are scheduled to wrap up July 11. Afterward, it is expected that the committee will meet an additional five times to review draft maps and proposals and then forward recommendations to the full Board.

Schedule of future meetings:

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., East Palo Alto Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae

View a printable flier.

The second series of five meetings are not yet scheduled. Subscribe to this blog for updates.

Under State election law, districts must be approximately equal in population. In establishing the boundaries of the districts the Board of Supervisors may give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts.”

The committee members chosen by the Board are: Supervisors Adrienne J. Tissier and Warren Slocum; Gonzalo “Sal” Torres, a Daly City Council Member; Laura Martinez, an East Palo Alto Council Member; and public members: Hayden Lee of Millbrae; Raymond Lee of San Mateo; Barbara Arietta of Pacifica; William Nack of Menlo Park; and Rebecca Ayson of Daly City.

Each public member resides in one of the five current districts.

If you cannot attend a public meeting, comments can be sent by email to: DistrictLines@smcgov.org

For more information, visit the committee’s website.


District Lines Advisory Committee Meets Saturday in Half Moon Bay

June 14, 2013

The public is invited to provide input on possible changes to the boundaries of the County’s five supervisorial districts this Saturday, June 15, in Half Moon Bay.

The San Mateo County Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee is meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cunha Intermediate School Library, 600 Church St., Half Moon Bay.

View the agenda.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member District Lines Advisory Committee after voters changed the County Charter in November. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

Schedule of future meetings:

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., East Palo Alto Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae

Under State election law, districts must be approximately equal in population. In establishing the boundaries of the districts the Board of Supervisors may give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts.”

The committee members chosen by the Board are: Supervisors Adrienne J. Tissier and Warren Slocum; Gonzalo “Sal” Torres, a Daly City Council Member; Laura Martinez, an East Palo Alto Council Member; and public members: Hayden Lee of Millbrae; Raymond Lee of San Mateo; Barbara Arietta of Pacifica; William Nack of Menlo Park; and Rebecca Ayson of Daly City.

Each public member resides in one of the five current districts.

If you cannot attend a public meeting, comments can be sent by email to: DistrictLines@smcgov.org

For more information, visit the committee’s website.


Health System Launches Social Media Campaign to Support Emergency Response

June 6, 2013

SAN MATEO, Calif. – On June 6, 2013, San Mateo County Health System launched a social media campaign to further build its’ active online community in advance of a public health emergency.

The campaign aims to ensure the Health System has multiple communication channels in place for the community to access up-to-the minute information, guidance, resources, and social services support before, during and after a crisis. By building a large, strongly engaged social media audience now, the Health System will be better prepared to respond when disaster strikes.404238_177948898976103_879430878_a

As evidenced during and after Hurricane Sandy, as well as locally with the San Bruno fire, social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, have significantly increased the speed by which information is shared during a disaster or emergency. Social media can also serve as a critical means to communicate if other systems are down, which was the case with Hurricane Sandy, where there was no phone or internet access.

The Health System is encouraging County residents and local media, to Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SMCHealth and Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMCHealth now, before disaster strikes, giving the community access to information in the format they prefer.

“Social media has fundamentally shifted disaster response by offering the public real-time engagement and information,” said Robyn Thaw, Health System Public Information and Communications Officer. “The Health System is working together with other response agencies to integrate social media into preparedness efforts to respond to this critical shift, and to employ the public as additional eyes and ears during these significant events.”

The Health System’s social media campaign includes encouraging County residents to take an “Earthquake Preparedness Pledge” http://www.causes.com/earthquakepledge, which includes creating a personal disaster preparedness plan. Residents living in the Bay Area know an earthquake is not an “if”, but a “when” event, yet while people have good intentions, many continue to put off important, possibly life-saving preparations needed to survive and recover from an earthquake disaster.

“Providing the public with consistent, accurate and timely information during a crisis greatly alleviates public anxiety,” said Dr. Scott Morrow, Health Officer for San Mateo County. “The public is already using social media during a crisis, so leveraging these tools when disaster strikes can serve as a powerful and effective means to protect lives, the environment, and surrounding communities.”eqp

As Facebook continues to grow, and with the newly launched Twitter platform, the Health System is well on its way to providing multiple, cutting-edge communication channels for the community, response teams, media and all County stakeholders to use when disaster strikes.

For more information visit http://smchealth.org/EarthquakeSafety

Media Contact: Robyn Thaw (650) 573-3935


Meeting Notice: Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee Meets June 6

June 5, 2013

A committee that will review the boundaries of San Mateo County’s supervisorial districts and possibly recommend changes will hold its first meeting tomorrow – Thursday, June 6 – in San Mateo.

The Board of Supervisors created the nine-member “Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee” after voters changed the County Charter in November. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

With heightened interest in district-based elections, the Board of Supervisors tasked the committee with hearing public comment, studying current and potential boundaries and recommending possible adjustments.

The kick-off meeting will be held Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo.

The committee and public will receive a report from a demographer and then learn how to use an online mapping tool to review the current boundaries and draw possible districts. The committee will also receive public comment.

Four additional meetings will be held throughout the county. These are:

Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cunha Intermediate School Library, 600 Church Street, Half Moon Bay

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., East Palo Alto Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Millbrae Community Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae

Under State election law, districts must be approximately equal in population. In establishing the boundaries of the districts the Board of Supervisors may give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts.”

The committee members chosen by the Board are: Supervisors Adrienne J. Tissier and Warren Slocum; Gonzalo “Sal” Torres, a Daly City Council Member; Laura Martinez, an East Palo Alto Council Member; and public members: Hayden Lee of Millbrae; Raymond Lee of San Mateo; Barbara Arietta of Pacifica; William Nack of Menlo Park; and Rebecca Ayson of Daly City.

Each public member resides in one of the five current districts.

Additional information about the process will be posted at www.smcgov.org/bos under “Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee.”

Media Contact:

Marshall Wilson, San Mateo County Communications Director

650-363-4153 or mwilson@smcgov.org


Free Guided Hikes This Saturday at Edgewood Park

June 4, 2013

edgewood7Enjoy your County parks this summer — Take A Hike.

This Saturday, June 8, take one of two hikes guided by rangers and volunteers to learn all about Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve. The hikes are part of San Mateo County’s popular Take A Hike program.

Edgewood is known for a wonderful show of wildflowers throughout the spring and for great hiking and jogging all year long. The park’s 467 acres of woodland and grassland are home to the State rock (serpentine); the State flower (poppy); and the State bird (Quail).

The two hikes, one a little more challenging than the other, will leave from the main parking area off of Edgewood Road at approximately 9 a.m. Learn more about Take A Hike and get directions on the San Mateo County Parks website.

After the hike, plan on visiting the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center for information about the habitat restoration efforts that are contributing to the return of the Bay Checkerspot butterfly to the Park.

Bring water, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. We supply the beauty and fresh air courtesy our San Mateo County parks.

 


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