August Newsletter
Dear Thrive Community,

Thrive’s Board of Directors has published a housing statement that incorporates the nonprofit perspective. We invite you to add your signature to show your support.

Thrive’s Five Point Affordable Housing Guidelines:

1.     Define Affordability
2.     Drop In-Lieu Fees
3.     Support Higher Density Projects
4.     Rezone Commercial
5.     Make Public Lands Available

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County also refers to Thrive’s housing statement in their recent article about the impact of the h ousing crisis on the nonprofit workforce.

If you support these guidelines for our community, sign on here today ! We will be sharing this broadly. Please be in touch with your feedback and questions.

In Community,
Georgia D. Farooq (née Antonopoulos)
Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Environment & Sustainability TAG
Anchored by  Green County San Mateo  (GCSM) and  Sustainable San Mateo Count y (SSMC)

Wednesday, August 28, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Topic: Land & Water Policy: Standing Behind our Coastside Neighbors - Backing the Protection, Management & Access of Western County’s Amazing Natural Resources

Join us for a discussion on cross-organization collaboration and near-term action to advocate for and preserve Coastside resources. Expect to gain a stronger appreciation for our Pacific Coasters’ land and water policy challenges. East County residents will get an inside view of coastside environmental challenges. Coastside residents will share “balanced ecosystems” narratives and build political will. All attendees will enjoy lunch sponsored by Peninsula Clean Energy, and to network and share projects and progress. Optional networking from 1:00-1:30.


  • Shay Barton - student leader, Heirs to Our Oceans & Pescadero High School
  • Aaron Hébert - Water Resources Specialist, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Daniel Olstein - Director Land Programs & Stewardship, Peninsula Open Space Trust
  • Deborah Hirst - Legislative Aide, San Mateo County Supervisor Horsley's Office
  • Kellyx Nelson - Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District

Registration is required.
Where: Redwood Shores Library - Community Room, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City
Upcoming TAGs
Arts & Culture TAG: Monday, September 9, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Topic: The Arts Commission’s Strategic Planning Process

Basic Needs & Safety Net TAG: Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Topic: The Bay Area Equity Atlas

Children and Education TAG: Wednesday, October 2, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Events Recap
The Future of Transportation

Climate & Energy Policy: Carbon Cutbacks in San Mateo County

DriveForward Electric
 DriveForward provides affordable loans to help participants purchase reliable used vehicles and begin the process of repairing their credit.

Climate Ready San Mateo Convenings
Civic Participation
Citizens Redistricting Commission
Note: Application Deadline has been Extended to Monday, August 19 at 5:00 pm

Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and political influence.

This is your chance to become a part of creating fair and transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of the people of California. If you believe politics are better when all sides work together and you have a passion for civic engagement, apply to become one of 14 new 2020 commissioners.

Information on Applying:
Presentation on redistricting and the CA Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC): California Redistricting Commission
FAQ on applying to the CRC: How to Apply - CAPAFAR
Voter Outreach & Education Committee (VEAOC)
Co-chaired by the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, San Francisco Peninsula People Power, and Thrive Alliance

Thursday, August 29, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This group is open to all individuals and organizations who are interested in voter education, voter registration, and general voter outreach. Please join us.

In September, the results of the study will be presented and the new voting machines will be demonstrated.
Where: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Harbor Room, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City
Resources for Immigrants
The San Mateo County Immigration Tool Kit
The Office of Community Affairs, Immigrant Services have created an Immigration Tool Kit to aid in case of an emergency. This toolkit includes information on knowing your rights, a child care plan and other useful resources. Make sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific situation or most importantly if you have any legal questions.
The SMC Rapid Response Hotline
The hotline aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE raids in real time.
Know Your Rights

Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them.
The ACLU has many resources for different situations in multiple languages. Share the multilingual Know Your Rights guide on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact Thrive with your ideas or questions! 
 Petra Silton , Thrive Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Thrive Alliance | 650-654-7993 |