County Expenses Down Due to Reduced COVID-19 Expenses

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo’s government-wide revenues increased by $22 million while expenses decreased by $192 million, mainly due to a reduction in COVID-19- related expenditures of $156 million, according to the fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).

Applications Being Accepted for Summer Enrichment Grants

More than $3 million in federal funds are now available to summer 2023 enrichment programs that address student learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Who Became an Advocate for Mental Health: Don Horsley

He grew up resenting the concrete, cold to the touch and cold to the soul, that walled in his grandmother at a mental health hospital.

Seven Ways Carole Groom Changed San Mateo County

Carole Groom was in line buying groceries when she heard a cross voice. Another customer wanted to know – asking no one in particular but wanting to share his views – who the so-and-so was who did away with plastic shopping bags.

County Awards $54 Million in Housing Grants

Redwood City – Board of Supervisors President Don Horsley today announced 11 projects will receive a total of $54 million to create more affordable housing across San Mateo County. The award – $54,361,963 – is a County record for investing in housing. A total of 1,069 affordable housing units will be created or renovated with these funds.

With Respiratory Viruses Circulating, 12 Bay Area Health Officials Recommend Actions to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

This holiday season, another surge in COVID infections, along with high levels of influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are straining healthcare systems and impacting families. The good news is that there are easy actions everyone can take to stay healthy this season. Twelve Bay Area health officers recommend the following steps: Get Vaccinated Against Flu and COVID.

Jorge Argueta, a Poet, Writer of Children’s Books, Selected as County Poet Laureate

Redwood City — The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today appointed Jorge Argueta of Daly City as the County’s poet laureate, citing his ability to use poetry to create bridges among diverse communities.

Redwood City, Millbrae and Half Moon Bay Awarded Grants to Help End Homelessness

Redwood City — The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today awarded three cities a total of $2.4 million to help end homelessness.

Lorena Thompson's Legacy

When Lorena Thompson left her house the day after Halloween, she gave her young son and daughter each a kiss. “She loved us, and we knew we were loved,” said her daughter, Deborah Kemper. “That was really key for me growing up because I was angry after she was murdered, and I could have taken a bad turn in life.”

Gun Buyback: Give the Gift of Safety this Holiday Season

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo and its partners are holding a gun buyback on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. The event will be held at 1000 Skyway Road in San Carlos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must transport firearms unloaded in a vehicle trunk or, for trucks and vans, in a locked container.

Residents Urged to Sign Up for New SMC Alert System

Redwood City — Thanks to an improved emergency alert and warning system, those who live and work in San Mateo County can now get messages via text, email and voice that include maps, images and multiple languages.