On the 105th anniversary of San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake, a 3.41 shaker rattled the Bay Area knocking out power to some 10,000 Pacifica residents. Power however has since been restored. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.41-magnitude quake hit about two miles out southeast of Pacifica at 2:57 p.m. PG&E initially reported about 7,000 outages in Pacifica around 3 p.m., but that number has since climbed to 10,000, said Monica Tell, PG&E spokesperson. Read More
The body of a 20-year-old woman who had been reported missing the day before was found Sunday morning, according to San Bruno police.
Police said Leonie Scott was found at 8:25 a.m. Sunday, but officers would not release further details.
She was last seen Saturday morning when she returned home after having a verbal argument with her boyfriend, according to police. Read More
PG&E has said it will supply local emergency responders with detailed information on gas pipelines in response to complaints that maps the company provided were insufficient.
The utility company released maps with pipeline and valve locations to first responders after the San Bruno tragedy in September as part of its Pipeline 2020 project, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.
However, Menlo Park fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has requested the size, age and pressure for pipelines within his fire district, but that information was previously unavailable. Read More
A new wave of fire department mergers is under way, with both San Carlos and Burlingame meeting Monday to discuss possible consolidation with surrounding cities.
In a special study session, San Carlos will consider four fire department proposals, one of which includes a possible merger with Redwood City. Burlingame, at a separate meeting, will decide whether to participate in the Central County Fire Department’s service extension to Millbrae and San Bruno. Read More
As last season’s underdogs, the San Francisco Giants scrapped through the playoffs to their eventual world championship one game at a time, causing fans to cry “Torture.”Following Wednesday’s Showtime premiere of “The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants,” the torture will be waiting for the next chapter. The first episode of “The Franchise” — a real-life series offering a fly-on-the-wall view of the Giants — skipped along as naturally as the G-Men’s 2010 postseason triumph, paying tribute to all those who had a hand in the magic. Read More
After nearly two years of construction crews and crumbled concrete, the College of San Mateo expects its $91 million multi-services center to be fully functional by next semester.
The school’s bookstore is open and operating inside the four-story, 140,000-square-foot College Center, but most student services plan to move in this week while administration staff will make the move next month, said Valerie Anderson, CSM spokesperson. Read More
After successfully predicting that an earthquake would hit somewhere in the Pacific Northwest in the past month, Jim Berkland is again forecasting another quake in the coming weeks.
The retired geologist, whose quake-predicting techniques have been dismissed by mainstream geologists, predicts a 3.5-6.5 magnitude shaker will hit within a 140-mile radius of East Bay peak Mount Diablo.
"April 17 to 25 is the window," he said, citing the moon’s close proximity, this month’s maximum tidal force and animal and human behavior. Read More
After two days of celebrating last seasons World Series triumph, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey received his 2010 season Rookie of the Year award before an adoring sold out crowd moments before facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the final match of a three-game series.
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The 24-year-old slugger out of Leesburg, Georgia is the sixth Giant to garner the National League honor. Last season, the San Francisco catcher belted 18 homers last year, knocked in 67 RBI’s while posting a batting average of .305. Read More
Riding the bus is stressful enough without having to wonder when it’s going to arrive.That’s why SamTrans, hoping to increase ridership and ease commuter stress, has installed digital displays offering timely departure information at major transit centers.As of last month, San Mateo County’s bus agency had installed 36 digital real-time signs at BART stations in Daly City, Colma and Millbrae, and at Redwood City’s Sequoia station, SamTrans spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Read More
With the image of baseballs crashing into McCovey Cove now practically a thing of the past since Barry Bonds hung up his jersey, one group of Giants fanatics hopes to inject some excitement into the waters just beyond right field. Read More
As San Mateo County stares down an estimated $82 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, officials say they might have to shut down a park.
The Parks Department, under orders to trim about 10.6 percent of its $6.5 million budget, has proposed to temporarily close Flood Park or possibly hand over responsibility for it to the city of Menlo Park, said Gary Lockman, a parks superintendant. Read More
Amid financial difficulty, Half Moon Bay is in negotiations to outsource its recreation services to San Carlos, a city that last year disbanded its own police force and outsourced law enforcement services to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Half Moon Bay’s council voted unanimously 5-0 on Saturday to begin negotiations to outsource its recreation services. Read More
San Mateo County’s bridges are among the worst in the state by some measures, but work is under way to address some of the worst of the worst — and local officials say others aren’t as bad as they might appear.A report released last month by Transportation for America, a lobbying group campaigning for greater investment in transportation infrastructure, found that 74 of San Mateo County’s 344 bridges are considered “structurally deficient” based on federal and state data. Read More
One wonders if Giants closer Brian Wilson, who’s reportedly started taking hacks at The New York Times crossword puzzle when he was 12 years old, picked up a copy of today’s issue while down in Los Angeles for opening day.If the bearded legend did, he surely would’ve found it “sweet.”“I’d like to be a crossword clue one day,” he told The New York Times last October, just days before striking out Texas slugger Nelson Cruz in game five for the World Series win. “I want my clue to be down, not across. The down ones are usually harder.” Read More
Fans unable to make the 400-mile trek south to watch the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers opening day clash can enjoy the game at AT&T Park via the multiple TV monitors and centerfield Jumbotron.The Guardsman, an all-volunteer Bay Area-based group is throwing the preview party with doors opening at 4 p.m. With opening day action televised via ESPN, partygoers will also get the chance to have their pictures taken with the 2010 World Series Championship trophy in between innings. Read More