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Kimberly Sae-Ung inside City Boundary April 4, 2022, 8:49 PM

How would you rate the San Mateo Public Library's services overall? Excellent
How would you rate the availability of library materials? Excellent
How would you rate the quality of the library’s books and other materials? Excellent
How would you rate the library’s on-line resources (e-books, databases, catalog, streaming media)? Good
Are you aware that the sales revenue from the Friends of the Library Book Shop on the 1st floor is used
to buy new materials for the Library’s collections?
No
How would you rate the library staff?
How would you rate the library's events and programs (children's storytimes, events for teens, computer
classes, cultural and/or arts events, etc.)?
Good
How would you rate the library facilities (cleanliness, maintenance, temperature, furniture comfort,
lighting, air quality, parking, meeting spaces)?
Excellent
Which San Mateo Library do you use? (check all applicable) Main Library
In what city do you reside? San Mateo
Age (optional, check one) 20-39 yrs.
Are you aware of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation and that it raises funds for the library’s
services and programs? If you would like to receive information about Foundation activities, please share
your name and email address below.
Yes
Where was this survey filled out? Online (outside of library)

Name not shown inside City Boundary April 2, 2022, 1:31 PM

How would you rate the San Mateo Public Library's services overall? Excellent
How would you rate the availability of library materials? Excellent
How would you rate the quality of the library’s books and other materials? Excellent
How would you rate the library’s on-line resources (e-books, databases, catalog, streaming media)? NA/Don't know
Are you aware that the sales revenue from the Friends of the Library Book Shop on the 1st floor is used
to buy new materials for the Library’s collections?
Yes
How would you rate the library staff?
How would you rate the library's events and programs (children's storytimes, events for teens, computer
classes, cultural and/or arts events, etc.)?
Excellent
How would you rate the library facilities (cleanliness, maintenance, temperature, furniture comfort,
lighting, air quality, parking, meeting spaces)?
Excellent
Which San Mateo Library do you use? (check all applicable) Main Library
In what city do you reside? San Mateo
Age (optional, check one) Over 60yrs.
Are you aware of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation and that it raises funds for the library’s
services and programs? If you would like to receive information about Foundation activities, please share
your name and email address below.
Yes
Where was this survey filled out? Online (outside of library)

Name not shown inside City Boundary April 2, 2022, 10:08 AM

How would you rate the San Mateo Public Library's services overall? Excellent
How would you rate the availability of library materials? Excellent
How would you rate the quality of the library’s books and other materials? Excellent
How would you rate the library’s on-line resources (e-books, databases, catalog, streaming media)? Excellent
Are you aware that the sales revenue from the Friends of the Library Book Shop on the 1st floor is used
to buy new materials for the Library’s collections?
Yes
How would you rate the library staff?
How would you rate the library's events and programs (children's storytimes, events for teens, computer
classes, cultural and/or arts events, etc.)?
NA/Don't know
How would you rate the library facilities (cleanliness, maintenance, temperature, furniture comfort,
lighting, air quality, parking, meeting spaces)?
Excellent
Which San Mateo Library do you use? (check all applicable) Hillsdale Branch
In what city do you reside? San Mateo
Age (optional, check one) Over 60yrs.
Are you aware of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation and that it raises funds for the library’s
services and programs? If you would like to receive information about Foundation activities, please share
your name and email address below.
No
Where was this survey filled out? Online (outside of library)

Name not shown outside City Boundary April 1, 2022, 9:46 PM

How would you rate the San Mateo Public Library's services overall? Excellent
How would you rate the availability of library materials? Excellent
How would you rate the quality of the library’s books and other materials? Excellent
How would you rate the library’s on-line resources (e-books, databases, catalog, streaming media)? Excellent
Are you aware that the sales revenue from the Friends of the Library Book Shop on the 1st floor is used
to buy new materials for the Library’s collections?
No
How would you rate the library staff?
How would you rate the library's events and programs (children's storytimes, events for teens, computer
classes, cultural and/or arts events, etc.)?
Excellent
How would you rate the library facilities (cleanliness, maintenance, temperature, furniture comfort,
lighting, air quality, parking, meeting spaces)?
Excellent
Which San Mateo Library do you use? (check all applicable) Main Library
In what city do you reside? San Mateo
Age (optional, check one) 20-39 yrs.
Are you aware of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation and that it raises funds for the library’s
services and programs? If you would like to receive information about Foundation activities, please share
your name and email address below.
No
Where was this survey filled out? Online (outside of library)

Name not shown inside City Boundary April 1, 2022, 8:28 PM

How would you rate the San Mateo Public Library's services overall? Excellent
How would you rate the availability of library materials? Good
How would you rate the quality of the library’s books and other materials? Excellent
How would you rate the library’s on-line resources (e-books, databases, catalog, streaming media)? Excellent
Are you aware that the sales revenue from the Friends of the Library Book Shop on the 1st floor is used
to buy new materials for the Library’s collections?
Yes
How would you rate the library staff?
How would you rate the library's events and programs (children's storytimes, events for teens, computer
classes, cultural and/or arts events, etc.)?
NA/Don't know
How would you rate the library facilities (cleanliness, maintenance, temperature, furniture comfort,
lighting, air quality, parking, meeting spaces)?
Excellent
Which San Mateo Library do you use? (check all applicable) Main Library
In what city do you reside? San Mateo
Age (optional, check one) Over 60yrs.
Are you aware of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation and that it raises funds for the library’s
services and programs? If you would like to receive information about Foundation activities, please share
your name and email address below.
Yes
Where was this survey filled out? Online (outside of library)

David Hunt inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 5:24 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses., Streamline housing approval process.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Interim/transitional housing for people looking to transition from homelessness, Adding units to existing single family properties, Rental units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Streamline residential approval process., Locate affordable housing near transit and jobs.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? In my opinion we need higher density housing near transit and we need to invest in a high quality transit network and a high quality bike network.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 4
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Adam Loraine inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 4:01 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Housing to assist those with special needs
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Public funding to construct new housing, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Eviction prevention programs, Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in an apartment
How many people live in your household? 1
Which best describes your household annual income? $80,000-$115,000

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 3:10 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located where it will have the least impact on traffic
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Ownership units
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Locate affordable housing near transit and jobs.
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? Housing needs easy transit - public or bike connections for new housing is necessary
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94403
What is your age group? 55-64 years
What is your race or ethnicity? White
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000

Lisa Nash inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 1:31 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be walkable/bikeable to shops and services, New housing should be concentrated near public transit, New housing should be located near community services and parks
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Increase the allowable density in areas that are close to transit., Encourage mixed-use projects that have both commercial and residential uses., Allow taller developments if they include open space.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Smaller units that are less expensive to live in, Larger units for families with children and/or multiple generations, Preserve existing housing
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Public funding to construct new housing, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Target outreach for new affordable housing to underserved groups, Relocation assistance for displaced tenants, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? San Mateo, many other cities the County and the State have tended to approach affordable housing by focusing on building new buildings and then worrying about everything else later. Affordable housing that is sustainable and attractive must be a holistic effort. Preserving existing affordable housing is key. If new buildings are created, however, there must be a holistic plan at the same time that shows how there will be sufficient public transit (both east/west as well as north/south), open space, parking, traffic safety, retail/grocery/etc shops and services around the housing. This will make the new/preserved housing more attractive to the purchasers/renters, as well as to their neighbors. Everyone wants quality of life. Just building a building doesn't do it.
We also need to encourage more affordable rentals and purchases. Helping with downpayment loans/subsidies for both rentals and subsidies removes a huge obstacle. More innovative public/private partnerships can speed up creation/preservation of affordable housing rather than putting impact fees in bank accounts where they sit for a very long time doing no good for the community.
We need more focus on specifically preserving/creating affordable housing, not just building lots more market rate housing in the hopes that that will put pressure on less new housing units to lower their rents/prices. While this is a strategy, we have leaned on it far too much for our city's needs.
Finally, while there are greater financial incentives for our City to keep approving more commercial buildings, this only continues to throw our housing/jobs imbalance further out of wack and makes residents cynical about our City's commitment to affordable housing. If the State is serious about addressing affordable housing, State/local and private developer collaborations should focus on encouraging more mixed use housing (and not just luxury housing units). This is not just about $$$. It is about regulations and short and long term incentives.
Thanks for putting this survey out. Everyone in San Mateo wants more affordable housing. There may be several reasons for this, but there is a common goal. I look forward to how our General Plan 2040 presents a holistic and actionable approach to affordable housing that we all can get behind.
Which one of these applies to you? Live and work in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94402
What is your age group? 55-64 years
What is your race or ethnicity? Latino/Hispanic
Which best describes your current housing situation? Own my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 2
Which best describes your household annual income? Prefer not to say

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 16, 2022, 12:45 PM

How important do you think these housing-related challenges are in San Mateo? (1=not important, 5=very important)
As the economy and population grow and change, more housing must be produced to accommodate this growth. Where are the best locations to place more housing? (Pick your top three) New housing should be spread evenly across all parts of the city, Other - New housing doesn’t need to be evenly spread, but all parts of the city need new housing
Given that there is limited land available, what do you think are the best strategies to manage production of new housing? (Pick your top three) Create housing by redeveloping existing properties that have additional potential., Create accessory dwelling units (ADUs, also known as second units, granny flats) on existing single-family properties., Convert existing single-family houses into duplexes.
What types of housing do you think should be prioritized? (Pick your top three) Adding units to existing single family properties
What do you think are the best ways to address housing affordability? (Pick your top three) Financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford housing, such as subsidized rent and down payment loans, Incentives for private developers to build more affordable housing, Encourage conversion of single-family units to duplexes in single-family neighborhoods
What do you think are the most important ways to ensure housing opportunities are available to all members of San Mateo, especially those who have not had fair access to housing in the past? (Pick up to three) Ensure affordable housing opportunities are created throughout the entire city, Improve infrastructure, transit and services in underserved neighborhoods
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about housing needs in San Mateo? We need more housing everywhere, especially in existing single family neighborhoods. To avoid increased traffic, we need to prioritize better options for waking, biking and transit.
Which one of these applies to you? Live in San Mateo
If you live in San Mateo, what is your Zip Code? 94401
What is your age group? 35-44 years
What is your race or ethnicity? Mixed or other
Which best describes your current housing situation? Pay rent for my home
Which best describes your current living situation? Live in a single-family home
How many people live in your household? 3
Which best describes your household annual income? Greater than $185,000