The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has identified a man killed on the Caltrain tracks in San Mateo on Wednesday afternoon.Christopher Hall, a 41-year-old San Bruno resident, was struck and killed by a northbound train near First Avenue at about 3:15 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.Investigators have not determined why Hall was on the tracks. Read More
Three California sea lions will be going “home for the holidays” Thursday when they are released from the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center and allowed to return to the wild, a center spokesman said.The sea lions, all young males, have recovered from various maladies and will be released at Rodeo Beach, located in the Marin Headlands just west of the Golden Gate Bridge, center spokesman Jim Oswald said.Second Street, an animal rescued from Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, had received treatment at the center for trauma to his flipper. Read More
Union Pacific has denied a request from San Mateo to soften the ear-splitting horn blasts coming from its late-night freight trains along the Caltrain corridor, and city officials say an alternate solution would be costly. Responding to complaints from weary residents, the city is investigating other ways of resolving the noise issue after Union Pacific said it isn’t feasible to lower horn volumes or move the horns to the bottom of the locomotives. Read More
The section of pipeline that exploded in San Bruno in September had been inspected regularly for years, and no red flags ever arose, Pacific Gas & Electric officials have said.But experts say the method of inspection PG&E used for that pipeline — and the vast majority of its other lines — is inadequate to detect a whole host of dangers that could have led the pipe to burst. Read More
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two attorneys to serve as San Mateo County Superior Court judges. Half Moon Bay resident Donald Ayoob, 55, has worked in the state Public Defender’s Office since 1988. Oakland resident Leland Davis, 52, worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco from 1987 until 2003. Read More
Former county supervisor Rich Gordon was sworn in for the first time to the state Assembly this week. Gordon was elected Nov. 2 to represent the 21st Assembly District covering parts of southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County. He was accompanied by his husband, Dr. Dennis McShane, and sworn in by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Read More
San Mateo County supervisor Adrienne Tissier and county Sheriff Greg Munks are holding a “Stuff the Bus” toy drive to benefit the San Mateo County Children’s Fund on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A sheriff’s bus will accept toy donations in the Serramonte Shopping Center parking lot between Target and Elephant Bar. Toys should be new and unwrapped. Read More
A political research firm hired by the San Carlos School District has been working the phones this week to gauge whether residents are willing to stick with a parcel tax that brings in $1 million annually for local schools.
The district is hoping to convince voters to renew the 7-year-old Measure D parcel tax, which costs property owners $110 a year, before it expires in June. Read More
Daly City will be ringing in much more than a fresh decade when the ball drops this New Year’s Eve.
The year 2011 marks the city’s centennial, and to honor its namesake, John Daly, Daly City historian Bunny Gillespie is organizing a tribute at Daly’s grave in Woodlawn Memorial Park on the morning of Jan. 8.
“I always felt that there wasn’t much of him in Daly City except for the name,” Gillespie said. “There’s no school ... and then they closed the library on the location that he had given them in 1920; it seemed to me that he shouldn’t be forgotten.” Read More
While Allen B. was in the midst of a 65-day stay at a burn center, and his sister-in-law was just beginning what will be a much longer stay, his brother-in-law went to the Red Cross to apply for aid.
After spending about an hour and a half filling out paperwork, his brother-in-law walked away with a mere $100. Read More