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 the following programs for funding from Measure K, the local half-cent sales tax extension approved by voters in 2016. Learn more about Measure K and how local funds are improving the quality of life for everyone. Thank you for visiting my site.
Carole Groom, 2nd District Supervisor
The Board of Supervisors in September 2015 provided the cities of Belmont, San Mateo and Foster City with grants of $66,666 each for park projects from local sales tax (Measure K) funds. Here are the details:
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. Construction as of February 2017 is more than half-way complete. When it opens, the new park will include a playground, view areas, picnic tables, wooden benches and other amenities.
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 nearly $67,000 to the project to ensure that all residents have access to outdoor recreation. The park is located at 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas.
Support for Early Childhood Education
On April 26, 2016,the Board approved a $190,000 grant to Peninsula Family Service to expand early learning and literacy programs for 76 children up to age 5 in the City of San Mateo. The funds support coaching and training for teachers, purchase classroom supplies and provide for well checks for children and other services. Learn more.
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 18, 2016, committed $190,000 in local sales tax (Measure K) funds to expand recreational and educational opportunities for Belmont’s fast-growing number of youth and teenage residents. Funds will: expand indoor and outdoor programs for teens; create a homework center at the Barrett Community Center; add new outdoor recreational opportunities at Barrett; and, build a snack shack and shade structures. Many of the improvements were recommended by the city’s Youth Engagement Ad-Hoc Committee. Learn more.
Help and Dignity for San Mateo County's Homeless
This $79,000 one-time 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 on Jan. 26, 2016. 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 on Jan. 26, 2016, supports tutors and supplies and provides for a healthy meal for participating students. Learn more.
Acitivies, Help for Our Growing Senior Population
This one-time $30,000 grant to Foster City Village will expand outreach to the growing senior population with a focus on Asian American seniors. Foster City Village provides services such as 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.