Early education gets a big lift: County school districts receive more than $4M to improve access to preschool, raise literacy

More than $4 million is being granted to four northern San Mateo County school districts to raise literacy rates of hundreds of young students through expanded preschool offerings. The grants announced Wednesday, May 27, are part of a larger effort called the Big Lift, which has collected $28 million with an aim to replicate the initial effort elsewhere in the county.

Middlefield Road Next Steps

On May 19th, the Board of Supervisors approved a three-year contract with AECOM, an engineering firm to create the redesign of Middlefield Road between 5th Avenue and Pacific Avenue. This begins an intensive two-year process. If all remains on schedule, construction will begin in the Summer/Fall of 2017. The rebuild and undergrounding of the utilities on Middlefield Road is expected to take a year.

OYE 2015 Latino Youth Conference

OYE 2015 was an amazing conference with over 200 youth from around Redwood City and North Fair Oaks participating in the May 16th event. Students were allowed to select workshops to participate in - workshops that fit their needs and interests. Parents also participated in this day. I was particularly pleased to see the college scholarship workshops and workshops on preparing for college.

Summer Jobs for Youth Breakfast - 33rd Annual Fundraising Breakfast

"Finding Success in the New Working World" The Jobs for Youth Program helps youth increase their self-esteem and job-seeking skills. They receive one-on-one support with the toal of attaining gainful employment and becoming responsible adults. There is no cost for youth to participate in the program. Katie Ferrick, of LinkedIn will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast on May 28th!   Tickets are $50/per person. All proceeds go directly to youth services.

New Mini-Parks Policy Adopted by Board of Supervisors!

On May 19th, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors adopted the Mini-Parks Policy amending the Parks Department Strategic Plan. It was a policy change that Supervisor Horsley and I asked our Parks Director Marlene Finley to develop, if it were feasible. With the help of the Parks Commission Subcommittee and community members, this new policy was created and unanimously approved by both the Parks Commission and our Board.

Community Choice Aggregation

The Community Choice Aggregation initiative is being led by my colleagues, Supervisor Dave Pine and President of the Board of Supervisors Carole Groom. It is a local energy model that allows cities and counties to pool the electricity load of their residents, businesses and municipal facilities with teh goal of offering consumer choice, affordable rates, and cleaner energy. Read here...

Dr. John Baker to lead RCSD as Superintendent

Please join me in congratulating Dr. John Baker who will become the new Superintendent for the Redwood City School District (RCSD) on July 1st! He currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for RCSD. He works with every school in the district to ensure that all students are prepared for success in high school and beyond. He's well-qualified, speaks Spanish and cares deeply about the district. Having known Dr. Baker for years, I am looking forward to his leadership. Warm congratulations, Dr. Baker! 

Tenant and Landlord Forums

On April 7th and April 29th, I hosted Tenant & Landlord Informational Forums in North Fair Oaks. The purpose was to provide reliable information on the rights, roles, responsiblities for tenants and landlords and introduce the resources and organizations that offer assistance. Read details here...

Fair Oaks School Cuts Ribbon on Brand New 2nd Harvest Food Pantry

Second Harvest Food Bank opened a permanent food pantry at Fair Oaks Community School on May 6th to support the nutritional needs of students and families. At the ribbon-cutting, Principal Josh Griffith of Fair Oaks School talked about how important this on-site pantry will be for many families.

Controller wins award for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

For immediate release Redwood City—Ever wonder about the County of San Mateo’s state of financial health? Have a soft spot for all the facts and figures that illustrate the County’s tax revenue, pension expenses, capital project expenses and other economic nuances?

Friendship Park 1-Year Anniversary Celebration

On Sat., May 2nd, we celebrated the 1st Anniversary of the County's newest park, Friendship Park in North Fair Oaks as part of the Streets Alive! Parks Alive! festival! Friendship Park has become what we all hoped it would be – thriving, blooming, and in full swing!

Ravenswood Family Health Center Opens!

On May 2nd, Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto opened the doors on its new facility! It was bustling with patients, staff and visitors. This three-story facility is designed to support patient health while honoring the dignity and diversity of all who seek care within.  Congratulations to Ravenswood Executive Director Luisa Buada and to the members of her Board who have dedicated their lives to realize this dream for more than a decade. The Center is providing excellent patient helath care in a facility that is second to none!