Under California law, the County Election Official must certify election results no later than 30 days following the election — December 3, 2020. Read on to learn more about what to expect after election results are certified.

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Adoption of Election Results

Once the San Mateo County Election Official has certified the results of the November 3, 2020 election, the final results are transmitted to the City Clerk, who is the Redwood City Election Official. The City Clerk will then submit the certified election results, along with a resolution to adopt the results to the City Council. The City Council is required to adopt the resolution in accordance with California Elections Code 10263, and the City Clerk is required to enter into the minutes a statement of the results. …


Over the past three years, Redwood City and the County of San Mateo have discussed a potential property exchange of two properties in the Inner Harbor area of the City — the City’s 3.29-acre parcel at 1402 Maple Street and the County’s 2.00-acre parcel at 1580 Maple Street.

The City has an interest in preserving more of its parcel (1402 Maple Street) for recreational, open space and waterfront uses; building the Blomquist extension to create increased access to the waterfront and the Bair Island neighborhood; and, partnering with the County on homeless services.

County officials conveyed their vision for a navigation center, transitional housing and permanent supportive affordable housing for residents with mental illness on their parcel (1580 Maple Street). …


Election Day is behind us, but there’s plenty of post-election activity ahead. Let’s review what’s to come in the November 3, 2020 election process.

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Counting all the votes

While many ballots are in the County Election Official’s possession on Election Night, California election law allows counting certain ballots that arrive at the County Election Office after Election Day. In order to be eligible for counting, a ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the county within 3 days of Election Day. For the November 3, 2020 election, ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 17 days of Election Day are eligible for counting. All eligible ballots must be counted before election results can be certified as “official results”. Throughout the process, preliminary results reports are released in a variety of formats for review. …


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The Revised Fiscal Year 2020–21 Budget Adopted by City Council

On October 26, 2020, the City Council unanimously approved the Revised Fiscal Year 2020–21 Budget. The Revised Budget continues the City’s longstanding practice to support the City’s financial health, while striving to address critical needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, to advance multi-year City Council priorities, and to focus on equity and sustainability.

This Blog post provides insight into the City’s long-term fiscal sustainability, reimagining public safety services, and new revenue generation through retail cannabis.

Strengthening the City’s Long-Term Fiscal Outlook

The City has a history of taking intentional, proactive, and strategic steps to ensure the long-term fiscal sustainability of the City, including adopting a structurally balanced annual budget, funding long-term needs, and maintaining a 15 percent General Fund reserve level. …


Reminders and Safety Tips from the Redwood City and San Carlos Fire Department

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Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries.

An average of 173,200 incidents are reported to US fire Departments annually.

Keep fire safety in mind by following a few simple safety tips. Enjoy time with your loved ones, and keep yourself and your family safe from fire.


Election Day is finally here! Get all the information you need to successfully cast your ballot on Election Day and learn more about what happens next.

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Get In-Person Assistance at a Vote Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Election Day, there will be 45 Vote Centers open throughout San Mateo County. Voters can visit any Vote Center in the County to receive assistance. Tools and services available at Vote Centers include accessible ballot marking machines, translation services and facsimile ballots (reference ballots in other languages), in-person voting, curbside ballot drop-off, and Conditional Voter Registration. Find the nearest San Mateo County Vote Center here. For County Elections language assistance, go here.

In-person voting hours on Election Day are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Remember! If you are in line to vote in-person at 8 p.m., remain in line until you successfully cast your ballot. However, voters who are simply returning a vote by mail ballot at a Vote Center on Election Day must do so by 8 p.m. in order for the ballot to be counted. …


City operating revenues expected to drop by $13.1 million this year with economic recovery due to COVID-19 not expected for years, driving need for Revised Budget

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On Monday, October 26, 2020 the Redwood City City Council will consider the Revised Fiscal Year 2020–21 Budget. Due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, City revenues are expected to drop 8.1% or $13.1 million compared to Fiscal Year 2019–20 and the City expects that it will take at least five years for revenue to return to the Fiscal Year 2019–20 levels. As a result, the Revised Budget proposes to reduce expenditures by $7.7 million from the Fiscal Year 2020–21 Adopted Budget. When reduced revenues are combined with known increases for retirement benefits for retired and current employees, the City must take action to reduce operating costs and seek new revenues. …


Did you miss the voter registration deadline? Don’t worry, you can still vote in the November 3 election!

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What is Conditional Voter Registration (CVR)?

In California, the deadline to register to vote is 15-days before every election; for the November 3 election, the deadline was October 19. The voter registration deadline is in place to allow election officials ample time to print up-to-date voter rosters and materials to be made available at polling places and Vote Centers throughout the state.

Beginning in 2017, California began offering Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), also known as “Same Day Registration”, which is a safety net designed to allow Californians who miss the voter registration deadline to exercise their right to vote by following a few additional steps. …


Learn more about the candidates for City Council is districts 1, 3, 4 and 7.

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Who are the candidates?

The November 3, 2020 election will be the first time Redwood City voters elect City Councilmembers by district. Here are the qualified candidates who will appear on the ballot in districts 1, 3, 4, and 7 respectively. Reminder: voters in districts 2, 5, and 6 will vote for a City Councilmember in November, 2022.


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Ballots have started to arrive! Be on the lookout for your ballot and a postcard from your City Clerk with important information about voting in the November 3, 2020 Election.

This week, Redwood City residents — those who are registered to vote and those who are not — will begin receiving a postcard in the mail with important voter information. Postcards are bilingual (English/Spanish) and highlight important dates and deadlines, new information about Redwood City district elections, and ways to get more information about registration and voting.

Important dates & deadlines

In California, the deadline to register to vote is 15 days before an election — for this election that’s October 19 at 11:59 p.m. To register to vote or update your voter registration, visit registertovote.ca.gov. …

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