Redwood City California
Redwood City is a California charter city located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California’s Bay Area, approximately 27 miles (43 km) south of San Francisco, and 24 mi (39 km) north of San Jose. Redwood City’s history spans from its earliest inhabitation by the Ohlone people, to its tradition as a port for lumber and other goods, to its place as the county seat of San Mateo County. (County Resources)
Today the city is known as the home of several technology companies such as Oracle and Electronic Arts. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 76,815. The Port of Redwood City is the only deepwater port on San Francisco Bay south of San Francisco.
Redwood City’s sphere of influence includes the districts of Emerald Lake Hills and North Fair Oaks, which, however, are largely outside the city boundaries and are counted individually for the U.S. census. Palomar Park, just north of Emerald Hills and east of San Carlos’ Crestview area, is another Redwood City neighborhood that is formally part of unincorporated San Mateo County. (County Resources)
The northern affluent neighborhood of Redwood Shores is part of Redwood City, although it is not possible to travel by road from one to the other without passing through the neighboring city of San Carlos, or through Belmont via unincorporated San Mateo County. Although Redwood City has a large middle-class, the south eastern section of Redwood City highly resembles working-class North Fair Oaks in demographic make-up and income level.
El Camino Real, a northwest/southeast arterial street and Woodside Road, a north-northeast/south-southwest arterial, run through Redwood City. Locally, the former is regarded as north/south and the latter east/west, as El Camino connects Redwood City to San Francisco and San Jose and Woodside Road runs from San Francisco Bay to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The actual geography is as stated.
Redwood City is a heavily developed mixed city, from its huge dense urban in the east, north, north-east and central neighborhoods, to its very dense suburban in the west, south and central-south neighborhoods, to its less dense exurb in the deep south and south-west neighborhoods, and to its rural upscale hillside neighborhoods. It is a very diverse cosmopolitan city in the Bay Area, a newly popular destination in the peninsula and the Bay as a whole. (County Resources)
Police Chief Jr Gomez
Headquarters 1301 Maple Street Redwood City, CA 94062
Lobby Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday
Office of the Chief of Police
Jenny Corral, Administrative Assistant to the Police Chief 650-780-7100
Hi I am Police Chief Jr Gamez of the Redwood City Police Department. We hope that the information you find here will be helpful, and will provide you with an understanding of our department, and how it serves the residents of Redwood City.
Redwood City is a beautiful, multicultural city with excellent weather, diverse neighborhoods, and an open and customer service oriented city government. It is an outstanding place to live and work. From the Emerald Hills on the west, to the San Francisco Bay on the East, the police department strives to maintain a safe environment for everyone. Our motto is “Providing Excellent Service with Integrity and Respect”. We are a professional and progressive organization that takes great pride in providing quality service to our community. (County Resources)
Long acknowledged as a public safety leader in San Mateo County, the Redwood City Police Department successfully combats crime, reduces the fear of crime, and contributes to a high quality of life in our community. The department has received recognition for outstanding performance in many areas, including reducing the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on roadways, increasing traffic safety through traffic safety programs, and providing alternative programs to at-risk and economically challenged youth through the Police Activities League.
Each year the California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded grant funding to our department to support automobile seatbelt safety campaigns, sobriety checkpoints, specialized traffic safety operations, alcohol-impaired driver awareness programs and bicycle safety programs for Redwood City youth. The Redwood City Police Department also works in collaboration with schools and other San Mateo County agencies to address illegal drug use and criminal and street gang violence. (County Resources)
It is imperative to us that our police department maintain close and ongoing police/community partnerships. We strive to inform and educate the community regarding crime and gang problems, and keep residents informed of public safety issues. You can read more about Redwood City Police Department programs by following the links on the sidebar on the left. Thank you for visiting our web site. The men and women of the police department are proud of our department and of our community and we look forward to working closely with all our residents to seek new and creative and more efficient ways to address issues of community safety and security. (County Resources)
Serving and Protecting Redwood City since 1878
Redwood City was incorporated in 1867. A Town Marshal first provided police protection. The Marshal was an elected position. Support for the Marshal came from the Sheriff’s Office. Years later the position of Town Marshal was changed to Police Chief. In 1913 a second position was created.
The Marshals or police chiefs occupied various shared spaces until their own building was built in 1957. Prior locations include City Hall, the Manual Arts building of the old Sequoia High School, and the original County Jailhouse.
Today the Redwood City Police Department has a total of 94 total sworn officers and numerous support staff. The department is currently in its second building, which they moved into in 1993. (County Resources)
Redwood City: San Mateo County Offices, County Center and Vicinity County Resources
United States (County Resources)
- Take 101 South to the WHIPPLE AVE exit.
- WHIPPLE turns into VETERANS BLVD.
- Take VETERANS to MIDDLEFIELD ROAD.
- Turn RIGHT on MIDDLEFIELD ROAD.
- Make an immediate RIGHT turn into the County parking garage
- Take 101 North to the WHIPPLE AVE exit.
- Turn LEFT at the stop light to go onto the overpass.
- Turn LEFT at the next light (VETERANS BLVD).
- Continue on VETERANS to MIDDLEFIELD.
- Turn RIGHT on MIDDLEFIELD.
- Make an immediate RIGHT turn into the County parking garage. (County Resources)
The City Council consists of seven members, and is the governing body elected directly by the residents of Redwood City. As the legislative branch of our local government, the Council makes final decisions on all major city matters, and sets city-wide priorities and policies. The Council directs the City Manager to implement these priorities and policies.
The Council adopts ordinances and resolutions necessary for efficient governmental operations, approves the budget, and acts as a board of appeals. It appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk, as well as the members of the City’s advisory boards, commissions, and committees. (County Resources)
The City Council meets regularly on two Mondays of each month, and may call additional special sessions, as well as both “standing” and “ad hoc” committee meetings.
Section 10 of the City Charter provides that “all powers granted to and vested in Redwood City by law or provisions of this Charter shall, except as herein otherwise provided be exercised by the Council, to be designated the ‘Council of Redwood City.’ The Council shall be the governing body of the City and, subject to the express limitations of this Charter, shall be vested with all the powers necessary or convenient for a complete and adequate system of municipal government, consistent with the constitution of the State, including all powers now or hereafter granted by general law to councils or boards of trustees of municipalities.” (County Resources)