In Redwood City, the City Council has a long-standing commitment to support our unhoused and housing insecure residents to provide services and emergency housing, while addressing concerns about public health, environmental impacts and public safety. The City’s inter-departmental Housing and Homeless Innovation Team continues to look at ways to pro-actively address these impacts.

While we have undertaken a number of initiatives to provide services, basic needs, safe spaces and emergency housing, we know there is more work to do. This Blog provides an update on some of the City’s recent efforts and plans for the near future.

Anyone who resides…


Celebrate Municipal Clerk Week by learning more about the City Clerk profession in the first of this blog series.

Greetings, Redwood City!

Welcome to the City Clerk Corner, a new blog series brought to you by staff in the City Clerk’s Office. The purpose of the City Clerk Corner is to deepen the connection between community and local government by highlighting important topics and sharing helpful information regarding services provided by the Office of the City Clerk. Upcoming topics include navigating the City Council meeting process; Board, Commission and Committee information; Public Records Act (PRA) requests; City Council redistricting; and more! Our goal…


Updated on March 5, 2021

Over the last several months, the City has continued to make progress on policing matters of interest to the community and take steps in support of racial equity in Redwood City. We want to again thank the community for engaging and having candid and vulnerable conversations with us. While we can’t solve long-standing issues overnight, we are making positive change together. This Blog serves as a status update on both of these important initiatives to date, acknowledging that we have more work to do while we continue to listen, learn and lean-in.

What Progress has been made on Policing Matters?

In recent months…


On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Redwood City City Council will receive a Fiscal Year 2019–20 Year-End Budget update and Fiscal Year 2020–21 Mid-Year Budget update, as well as a proposed framework for the development of the Fiscal Year 2021–22 budget.

Current Financial Status and Outlook

Fundamentally, all the financial dynamics remain the same as in October 2020, when the City Council adopted the Revised Fiscal Year 2020–21 budget, which included a Ten-Year General Fund Forecast. At that time, we projected an operating balance of approximately $11 million, after allocating $7.1 million in anticipated limited-term funding of City Council priorities. Now that we have closed…


National events have highlighted community needs related to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. During Redwood City’s community engagement regarding racial equity and policing in 2020, many residents called upon the City to consider alternative service delivery models, particularly related to calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

In response, on Monday, January 25, the City Council approved (Council members Aguirre, Gee, Reddy and Smith, Vice-Mayor Hale and Mayor Howard in favor; Councilmember Espinoza-Garnica abstaining) a two-year agreement in partnership with the cities of Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco and the County of San Mateo through Behavioral…


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.

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…


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…


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.

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…


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…


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

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.

City of Redwood City

Official thoughts and communications from the heart of the Peninsula. “Climate Best by Government Test”.

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