A New Tool Helps Families Build Reading Skills for Young Learners

Whether a child is a few months old or on the way to the fifth grade, a new online tool can help families build a foundation for literacy. That tool is Let’s Read San Mateo County, a website designed to support young readers and their families.

Celebrating the County's Diversity: Community Invited to 5th Annual Inclusion Festival

Redwood City — The community is invited to celebrate the county’s disabled community this week during the 5th Annual Inclusion Festival, a free day of food, fun and music aimed at connecting attendees with vital resources and vendors and

County to Host Public Service Career Fair

Redwood City – Residents eager to find a career that not only fulfills their job aspirations but also lets them give back are invited to explore available opportunities on Friday, August 2 at the 2024 Summer Public Service Career Fair hosted by the County of San Mateo.

Pacifica Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Of Michelle Arrais On March 27, 2024

July 19, 2024 Re: Pacifica Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Of Michelle Arrais On March 27, 2024 The District Attorney’s Office has completed its investigation into the fatal shooting of Michelle Arrais on March 27, 2024 by Pacifica Police Corporal Hayden Fry and Officer Kevin Contreras during a confrontation at 2562 Francisco Boulevard in Pacifica. After a thorough investigation by Inspector Jamie Draper and other inspectors with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe has concluded that there is no legal basis for filing criminal charges against either of the two Pacifica Police Officers involved in the death of Ms. Arrais. District Attorney Wagstaffe has concluded that the use of lethal force by Corporal Hayden Fry and Officer Kevin Contreras was legally justifiable self-defense and defense of others pursuant to California Penal Code section 835a and section 196. Therefore, this case is now deemed closed by this office.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Hammerman Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Barbara Hammerman Award, an annual recognition sponsored by the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council. In 2005, the Domestic Violence Council established the Hammerman Award, ratified by the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County, for the purpose of recognizing outstanding law enforcement officers for their contribution and service to survivors of domestic violence and their children. In 2009 the award was expanded to include professionals who provide services to victims of domestic violence.

County Passes on Developing Former Coastal Nursery

After a months-long study of a coastside former greenhouse site once eyed for affordable housing and other amenities, the County of San Mateo today publicly announced that it will not move forward with acquisition of the property.

‘Be Smart. Play Safe. Stay Aware.’

Moved by the recent drownings of children and their families off the San Mateo County coast, officials are launching a public safety campaign reminding visitors to “Be Smart. Play Safe. Stay Aware.”

County Health Offers Protective Gear for Workers on Dairy and Poultry Farms from H5N1

Redwood City – In response to the potential for H5N1 infection, also known as bird flu, San Mateo County Health is participating in a state program to provide personal protective equipment to workers on poultry and dairy farms.

San Mateo County Supervisors Vote to Join the Legal Fight Over “Ghost Guns”

Redwood City – San Mateo County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to join a coalition of cities and counties in support of a nationwide legal effort to curtail often untraceable ghost guns.