City Manager’s Update
Brian Dossey, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00pm to select a new City Council member to fill the vacated seat by retired Vice Mayor Raquel “Rae” Gonzalez. During the special meeting, City Council will be interviewing and appointing a resident from the Colma community to serve for the remainder of the Vice Mayor’s term 2024. For more information please go to our website at https://www.colma.ca.gov/city-council-vacancy/. We hope to see you all there via zoom.
Join us Saturday, September 10 at Sterling Park for the annual Colma Town picnic! This year’s theme will take you back to the Sock-Hop era! This year’s event will include music, caricaturist, temporary tattoos, carnival-themed Kid’s Zone and more. The picnic will begin at 11:00am and end at 3:00pm. To keep everyone safe, we will host two sessions of Bingo in-person. Bingo will begin at 1:00pm for the first session, and 2:00pm for the second group. Upon Registration, please indicate your preferred time slot for Bingo. There is no cost for this annual community event, so pack up the kids, and stop by and celebrate the end of summer with your neighbors! Please remember to R.S.V.P. and check in when you arrive. Please remember you must have a current Town of Colma I.D. to participate in the Town Picnic and to R.S.V.P. at (650) 985-5678 or (650) 991-3213 before September 7, 2022.
Now that kids are going back to school in person, it is important for drivers to slow down and watch for children walking or riding their bikes to school. Please remember to share the road, watch for children crossing the street and do not block the crosswalk at intersections so children have to walk around your vehicle. Also, take extra care when driving through school zones, near playgrounds, parks and residential areas; never pass a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians; and always stop for crossing guards. A few precautions go a long way in keeping children safe.
Lastly, September also sees the City Council recognizing our local honor roll students. Make sure to attend the Council meeting on September 14 for this special event.
Make a Plan to Vote!
Caitlin Corley, City Clerk
On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 millions of Americans will be make their voices heard by voting in the Statewide General Election. Make sure you are one of them by making your plan to vote!
First, make sure to register to vote! You can register online at www.registertovote.ca.gov. If you’re not sure if you are registered, you can check your registration status through the San Mateo County Elections website www.smcacre.org/VoterLookup or by calling their office at (650) 312-5222. Remember, the last day to register to vote is October 24, 2022. But if you miss the deadline, don’t worry! You can still cast a conditional ballot at your polling place.
Under the Voter’s Choice Act, ALL registered voters in San Mateo County will be mailed a Vote by Mail Ballot beginning 29 days prior to Election Day, regardless of whether you have signed up as a Vote by Mail voter or not. Be on the lookout for your ballot in mid-October.
Once you complete your ballot (be sure to sign the envelope!), you can mail it in OR you can drop off your ballot at ANY Vote Center, Ballot Drop-off Location or any participating City/Town Hall throughout the county. We have secure ballot boxes in front of Colma Town Hall and the Colma Community Center.
You can even sign up to get text or email alerts to track your ballot through the voting process by signing up here: Wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.
If you’d rather vote in person, Town Hall (1198 El Camino Real) will be open starting 3 days before election day, allowing you to vote early! The polls will be open Saturday, November 5 – Monday, November 7, 2022 from 9am to 5pm, and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 7am to 8pm. Vote early to avoid long lines!
Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. Make your plan to vote today!
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