Please see the City's Social Media Policy
for more on statement standards. The section on content standards are below:
Any City social media site that elicits or allows comments from the public shall be designated as a limited public forum for First Amendment purposes. As such, and in order to promote the City's goals articulated above and remain in compliance with other laws, City social media site content shall not contain any of the following.
1. Profane language or content;
2. Sexual content or links to sexual content;
3. Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation; or other protected characteristic
4. Solicitations or commerce;
5. Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
6. Information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
7. Libelous or defamatory comments;
a. Libel is a false and unprivileged publication by writing, printing, picture, effigy, or other fixed representation to the eye, which exposes any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule, or obloquy, or which causes a person to be shunned or avoided, or which has a tendency to injure a person in his or her occupation.
8. Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party;
9. Private or personal information published without consent
10. Comments not topically related to the particular social medium article being commented upon
These guidelines shall be displayed to users or made available by hyperlink on all City social media sites. Any content removed based on these guidelines must be retained, including the time, date and identity of poster, when available. If the comment cannot be removed due to the social media platform where the post originated, the department may choose to address the post by monitoring the activity of the commenter, sending a direct message, muting, blocking, or reporting negative activity to the social media platform where it originated. Users posting to the City's social media sites shall be informed that the City disclaims any and all responsibility and liability for any materials that the City deems inappropriate for posting. Daily maintenance and monitoring of these social media sites is the responsibility of the applicable City Department.
How important are these characteristics in a City Manager? (1=not important, 5=very important)?
What other characteristics do you think the Council should look for in our next City Manager?
(1) Modern. Really modern. Knows technology. Knows current leadership city directions. (2) Not (definitely not!) someone who compares us only to other cities on the Peninsula. We need someone with national-level vision, experience, and leadership capacity. We need to *always* look beyond the peninsula when we benchmark ourselves, when we seek examples of projects we are working on, and when we are developing a vision of what we can become.
What type of experience do you think is most important for our next City Manager to have? Pick up to three.
What are the most important priorities for the next City Manager to focus on during their first year?
The City of San Mateo Public Works Department maintains 210 miles of City streets and 380 miles of sidewalk. Underground, we have about 260 miles of sanitary sewer lines and 75 miles of storm drains. San Mateo also has a wastewater treatment plant and works closely with partner agencies on a variety of infrastructure projects including highway and train grade crossing enhancements.
The City Council focused this year's adopted budget on fiscal sustainability. As General Fund expenditures are expected to outpace revenue in the coming years, the Council will consider various means to enhance revenue while preparing for a possible economic downturn.
San Mateo is an extremely desirable community to live, work or play in. The regional job growth has also led to a growing demand for housing. According to real estate experts, the average single family home costs about $1.67 million while the average asking rent for a new apartment is about $4,100.
Time and money are limited. You've got 10 dots to 'spend'. On what do you think the next City Manager should spend their time improving?
What would you like potential candidates to know about our community that may not be apparent when researching or visiting San Mateo?
Residents are much younger and more diverse than the population actively engaged in city affairs. (We must change this.) There is a sea change underway in the city, as it transitions from an older residential bedroom community to a new tech hub, full of super highly educated economically advantaged and talented folks, who have tremendous potential to benefit our city. That's great - except the housing prices created by the market pressures around this transition are eliminating all the other essential people in our community. And we are building like crazy (which is essential IMHO) - but have done virtually nothing to provide the transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure our new situation demands (it feels simply crazy that we haven't!).
Do you have any additional feedback for the City Council regarding an ideal City Manager candidate?
While I love many current and former city staff, I think we really need someone seasoned in other cities around the US, with leadership capacity and vision. We have been too parochial in the past. We spend way too much time seeing ourselves as an "also-ran" Peninsula city. We are more than that - and visionary staff leadership can take us there.
Are you a San Mateo resident?
Do you work or own a business in San Mateo?