OP-ED: New downtown plan — why now?


San Mateo is in the midst of a three-year community engagement process that will result in a revised Downtown Specific Plan. Why now? The current Downtown Plan, adopted in 2009, addresses all the desires repeatedly expressed by the community and charts a long-term course for managed growth, housing and office development, protection of the historic core and provision of pedestrian enhancements. Yet, there are forces at play that wish to remake the downtown.

Many in San Mateo County priced, pushed out of affordable housing


Many low-income San Mateo County tenants have been priced out of their neighborhoods and driven to homes much farther away, leaving them with fewer job options and health services, longer commutes and greater environmental and safety concerns, according to a new study. – See more.