District 2: Building a Stronger Community with Measure K
As the District 2 representative on the Board of Supervisors, I am committed to ensuring every resident has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. This is why I have recommended (and the Board of Supervisors has approved) the following programs for funding from Measure K, the local half-cent sales tax extension approved by voters in 2016. You may also view all of the initiatives funded at my recommendation on a map. Learn more about Measure K and how local funds are improving the quality of life for everyone. Sincerely,
Carole Groom, 2nd District Supervisor
Enhancing Outdoor Rec, Educational Opportunities in Belmont
Measure K funds are contributing to expanding youth recreation programs and services at Belmont’s Barrett Community Center. A $190,000 grant approved in October 2016 has helped Belmont:
- Improve a classroom used for teen programming with new paint, carpets, drapes and signage. The City created new signs that include recognition of the County Measure K grant.
- Open a new homework center in April for two days a week. The center will open five days a week this fall, once school begins.
- Expand teen programming with additional programs and services to come this fall.
Two shade structures will be installed by fall 2017. The city is also working on plans for a snack shack and outdoor ping pong table.
The city will hire a new full-time Youth and Teen Recreation Coordinator to run the homework center, provide fun evening programs and work with teen volunteer groups to serve the community.
“The grant was key to building consensus that Belmont needs to reinvest in youth and teen programs, including providing staffing,” said Jonathan Gervais, Belmont Parks and Recreation Director. “We are building this youth and teen program to stand the test of time.”
Davey Glen Park
The City of Belmont has worked for 20 years to turn an area just west of El Camino Real on Davey Glen Road into the neighborhood's first park. Construction began in June 2016 with the removal of non-native eucalyptus trees, grading and other preparation work. When it opens, the new park will include a playground, view areas, picnic tables, wooden benches and other amenities.
The Board of Supervisors approved a $66,667 Measure K grant to Belmont in September 2015 to help pay construction costs. Additional information on the project can be found here. The park will be located at 500 Davey Glen Road.
Beresford Playground Reopens with New Fun Features
In July 2016 the City of San Mateo removed protective fencing to unveil the newly renovated playground at popular Beresford Park. The playground includes adventure-themed towers for climbing, slides, nets, swings and more. The County of San Mateo contributed $66,667 to the project from Measure K to ensure that all residents have access to outdoor recreation. The park is located at 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas.
Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City
The City of Foster City is undergoing a master planning process for Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park. The County in September 2015 pledged $66,667 in Measure K funds to the city to help improve the park and increase recreational opportunities. The park is located at 650 Shell Blvd.
Support for Early Childhood Education
A $190,000 Measure K grant approved in April 2016 expands early learning and literacy programs for children up to 5 years old at Peninsula Family Service centers in San Mateo. The funds support coaching and training for teachers, the purchase classroom supplies, increased opportunities for family engagement and other services. Learn more.
Mastering Math for Middle Schoolers
This $20,000 one-time grant supports the St. James Community Foundation's Math Scholars Program. The program assists primarily middle school students in San Mateo's North Central neighborhood to prepare them for geometry in the ninth grade. The grant, approved in January 2016, supports tutors and supplies and provides for a healthy meal for participating students. Learn more.
Outreach, Assistance for Growing Senior Population
A $30,000 Measure K grant to Foster City Village approved in June 2016 helps expand outreach to the growing senior population with a focus on Asian American seniors. Foster City Village provides services and help with light home maintenance and transportation while also organizing social activities and special events such as outings to museums. The grant was approved on June 28, 2016. Learn more.
Providing Safe, Comfortable Housing
A $79,000 grant promotes the health, comfort and well-being of formerly homeless residents living in LifeMoves (formerly lnnVision Shelter Network} housing. LifeMoves replaced worn-out carpet with laminate flooring and five failing hot water heaters at the First Step for Families shelter in San Mateo. The shelter provides temporary housing for up to 39 families. The grant was approved in January 2016. Learn more.
Bridging the Divides: Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
A $5,000 Measure K grant approved in June 2017 helps to strengthen communities by supporting the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center's Bridging the Divides Summit. The event brings together diverse participants to discuss how to address pressing social issues. Learn more.
Expanding Opportunities in the Arts for Youth
A $5,000 Measure K grant approved in June 2017 will provide scholarships for youth from families with low incomes to attend popular camps at Foster City's Hillbarn Theater. Students learn about the arts from professional actors, singers and musicians as well as Hillbarn technical crews that build sets, props and costumes.