The Devil’s Slide Trail opens to visitors

March 27, 2014

Once a treacherous stretch of Highway 1, the 1.3-mile trail can now be used by hikers, runners, cyclists and horseback riders. The paved trail features spectacular views along with benches and observation scopes.

Visit to view photos of the trail and from today’s grand opening celebration.

Parking lots at each side are open 8 a.m. to sunset year round. Each include a bike rack, drinking fountain and toilet.  

Visit for more information about San Mateo County’s newest park.

Devil’s Slide has never looked so heavenly; Coastal Trail to open to the public March 27

March 19, 2014

MONTARA, Calif. – For the first time ever, you can stop along the rocky cliffs of Devil’s Slide and gaze over the blue Pacific Ocean when the Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail opens to the public on Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.

The trail follows the former route of Highway 1 along what many considered a treacherous 1.3-mile drive. With that section now bypassed by tunnels, San Mateo County spent nearly a year building three scenic overlooks, resurfacing the road and making other improvements for hikers, cyclists and equestrians.devils-slide1

“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and explore the trail and take in the views that drivers in the past wished they could have glimpsed at but didn’t dare,” said Don Horsley, a member of the Board of Supervisors.

Gates that now block access from the north and south will swing open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. Parking is limited so Parks officials recommend people carpool, take public transportation or cycle to the trail.

“San Mateo County Parks is thrilled to provide this new perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean,” said Parks Director Marlene Finley. “Our next focus is working with our eager partners to design and build the connecting trails.”

The trail is a segment of the California Coast Trail, which will eventually allow visitors to explore 11 miles of the California coast, from Mori Point in Pacifica to Pillar Point north of Half Moon Bay.

The details:

The parking lot on the northern trail entrance (nearest Pacifica) can only be entered when you are heading south on Highway 1. The lot includes 17 parking spaces, one accessible space and one space for a recreational vehicle.

The parking lot on the southern trail entrance (nearest Montara) can be accessed when traveling north and south on Highway 1. The lot includes 24 parking spaces, one accessible space and one space for a recreational vehicle.

Both lots have toilets.

No motorized vehicles of any type are allowed on the trail. Dogs are permitted on a six-foot leash. Informational kiosks and pet stations are located at the north and south trailheads.

The trail includes three overlook sites featuring benches and observation scopes allowing visitors to observe marine life that live or migrate along the San Mateo County coastline, including: harbor seals, bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, northern elephant seals and humpback, grey and killer whales.

Visitors will also see interpretive panels detailing the history, geology and animal and plant features of the area.

For more information, contact:
Carla Schoof
Community Programs, San Mateo County Parks
(650) 599-1306

Contractor Training Helps Companies Grow Business in Energy Efficiency and Connect Homeowners to Rebates

March 18, 2014

As part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), San Mateo County invites contractors to attend a free two-day training session March 20-21 at Skyline College to learn how to grow their business, market energy efficiency, and become a participating contractor in Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade, a regional energy efficiency rebate program.Presentation1

“The Home Upgrade program is a win-win for contractors and homeowners,” said Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine. “Older homes in San Mateo County are ripe for energy efficiency upgrades, and through this training contractors can learn how to incorporate energy efficiency and home performance into their business. Homeowners will not only receive rebates for these upgrades, they’ll also enjoy more comfortable homes year round while saving energy.”

The free two-day workshop is the first required step for contractors to become a Home Upgrade participating contractor. The regional Home Upgrade program offers homeowners rebates for installing energy efficiency improvements such as attic insulation, duct sealing, gas or electric water heater, and high efficiency air conditioning.

For companies that already focus on HVAC, insulation, water heaters, home weatherization, or energy efficiency work, the training will show how best to market the Home Upgrade program throughout the nine-county Bay Area and give valuable insight into home performance.

Upcoming Trainings for Contractors
March 20-21 at Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066
April 24-25 at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Complimentary breakfast and lunch both days.

Registration is required: or call (866) 878-6008

In addition, San Mateo County will host a free Home Upgrade workshop for homeowners on how energy efficiency can make homes more comfortable, save energy, and save money. Rebates of $1,000 to $4,500 are available to homeowners for Home Upgrades and Advanced Home Upgrades, with an additional $300 rebate for a home energy assessment. The workshop is open to all Bay Area homeowners.

Upcoming Workshop for Homeowners
March 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Burlingame Library – Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
6:45 to 7 p.m. Registration and light refreshments
Homeowners can RSVP for the workshop online:

Rebates and incentives are offered for a limited time through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. Homeowners and contractors are encouraged to get involved early to reserve rebates.

To learn more, visit or call a Home Upgrade Advisor at (866) 878-6008 with any questions about homeowner rebates or contractor trainings.

Hurry! March 31 is the Deadline for Affordable Health Care in 2014

March 13, 2014

The deadline for affordable health care through Covered California is March 31. Free, personal support is available to help you find and enroll in the best and most affordable plan. You may even qualify for financial assistance.FINAL_ACA_March31_Flyer_English_Family

Hurry! People without health coverage need to act soon.  If you do not have coverage and miss the March 31 deadline you could pay a tax penalty and have to wait until January 1, 2015 to get financial assistance to enroll in a Covered CA plan.

Having health insurance gives you access to preventive services to stay healthy, such as flu shots and immunizations, and useful services for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma. Health insurance also gives you peace of mind for your health and finances in the event that something unexpected happens. For free, personal help visit or call:

• County Human Services Agency: 1-800-223-8383

• County Health Coverage Unit: 650-616-2002

• Covered California: 1-800-300-1506; Spanish speakers: 1-800-300-0213

• List of enrollment sites:

Print a helpful flier in English or Spanish.




Candidate Filing Closes Friday, March 7, for the Statewide Direct Primary Election

March 6, 2014

Those interested in running for office in the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 to file all necessary paperwork with the San Mateo County Registration and Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. The same deadline applies to local jurisdictions that intend to place a measure on the June ballot.register-to-vote

The candidate filing period for the Statewide Direct Primary Election opened on February 10, 2014 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014. The law provides candidates with a 26-day window in which to file necessary paperwork. To date, numerous candidates have filed to run for federal, state and county offices. The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening. To view the roster, please go to

If an eligible incumbent for an office does not file by 5:00 p.m. on March 7, the candidate filing period for that office will automatically be extended until 5:00 p.m. on March 12, 2014. The eligible incumbent will not be able to file during the extended candidate filing period. Only new candidates, who did not begin their filing during the candidate filing period, can file during the extension.

For more information about the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election, please call 650.312.5222 or visit

San Mateo County Urges Residents Without Health Insurance to Sign Up By March 31 ‘Obama Care’ Deadline

March 3, 2014

Agencies and community organizations across County partner to increase enrollment

SAN MATEO, Calif. – March 31, 2014 is the deadline to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called “Obama Care”. Covered California is the State’s health plan marketplace under the ACA and with the March 31st deadline fast approaching, a network of agencies, community organizations and hundreds of individuals across San Mateo County are partnering to help every uninsured resident have access to quality, affordable health insurance.

Many people do not know that March 31, 2014 is the deadline to sign up for a health plan through Covered California. People who miss the deadline will have to wait until next year’s open enrollment period to sign up through Covered California and obtain financial assistance to make coverage affordable. Health coverage would not begin until January 2015 at the earliest, unless there is a qualifying event such as marriage, divorce, or loss of a job in the interim. People who miss the deadline may also have to pay a federal tax penalty.

“This is an historic health coverage expansion, making access to quality, affordable health care a reality for millions of Americans,” said Jean Fraser, Chief of San Mateo County Health System. “Our goal now is to do everything we can to help make this a reality for the thousands of people living in San Mateo County who don’t know they are eligible and have not yet enrolled.”

Of the 80,000 uninsured in San Mateo County, 30,000 are eligible to enroll in a Covered California health plan, of which about 11,000 people have already enrolled to date. With only 4 weeks remaining to meet the March 31 deadline, there are still thousands of people in the County who are eligible for health insurance but have not yet enrolled.

Most of the 11,000 people eligible to enroll also qualify for an ACA federal subsidy through Covered California, but many are not aware that they qualify for financial assistance.

“People with access to health coverage stay healthier and live longer,” said Iliana Rodriguez, Director of Human Services Agency. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to sign up by opening our offices on selected Saturdays and bringing enrollment events out to the communities.”

In addition to creating awareness of the deadline and available financial assistance, County outreach is focused on spreading the word that people can get in-person help to select a plan and to enroll. There are multiple enrollment events scheduled throughout the County over the next four weeks, along with extended enrollment hours at existing drop-in enrollments sites.

For a list of enrollment sites and events residents can visit

There are several numbers people can call for personal help to get enrolled:

County Human Services Agency: 1-800-223-8383
County Health Coverage Unit: 650-616-2002
Covered California: 1-800-300-1506; Spanish speakers: 1-800-300-0213

“Every resident deserves basic healthcare to stay healthy and have peace of mind that they’re covered when they may need it the most,” said Srija Srinivasan, Health System Director of Strategic Operations. “It’s important for people to understand that having health insurance gives them access to preventive services, such as flu shots and immunizations, to stay healthy, and useful services for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.”


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