Smokers on the College of San Mateo campus will need to walk a little farther before they can light up next school year.
A new school policy that will require smokers to remain in parking lots will go into effect this fall, according to college officials. The move was made for better enforcement of smoking policies and for health concerns.
Jennifer Hughes, vice president of student affairs at CSM, said though some students feel it is an inconvenience, others are receptive to the idea. Read More
A quarter-cent sales tax increase in San Mateo is slated to go into effect April 1 and is estimated to bring more than $3 million a year to the city for the next eight years.
San Mateo business owners said the tax is a minor increase that would not deter customers from making purchases.
Lynne Fitzgerald, owner of She Sells Resale, a consignment and antique furniture store on 25th Avenue, said that even with the tax increase, business is already better than last year. Read More
The ever-growing reliance on cell phones, wireless Internet and mobile devices has challenged cellular companies to provide for and anticipate demand, but that means more towers in open spaces, a development some people oppose.
Heidi Flato, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, said anticipating and providing coverage where needed is one of the main goals of wireless companies. Read More
Giants star Tim Lincecum will be traveling a lot on Caltrain in the next month.
Starting this week, a giant-size image of the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner will appear on the side of the Caltrain gallery car, throwing a pitch using his signature delivery.
Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said the ads will appear on the normal silver trains, known as gallery cars. Read More
Installation of two new pipes to help the flow of wastewater in San Mateo could begin this summer if environmental review and designs are approved by spring.
Larry Patterson, director of San Mateo’s Department of Public Works, said both pipes would be a second source of transporting water to the city’s treatment plant during heavy rainstorms.
The work is a result of the city receiving a cease-and-desist order last year to control the excess flows in the system during the winter, deputy director Darla Reams said. Read More
More than 22 acres of South San Francisco’s industrial space will be redeveloped over the next 10 years and made into office space to accommodate the ever-growing biotech industry.
Mike Lappen, South City’s economic development coordinator, said he is anticipating more biotech companies to relocate to the area, and redevelopment projects like this will accommodate the growth.
“They will knock down existing buildings and replace it with six-story structures,” he said. “We have room to grow here.” Read More
A new play structure, safe recreational enclosure and heating in classrooms are some of the upgrades planned for two San Mateo parks.
Gateway Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Park in northern San Mateo will receive the improvements later this year if the request to move the $136,000 for the work is approved March 15. A public hearing was held Wednesday. Read More
Go to school for one month straight and receive a free iPod Touch.
That is the incentive the Redwood City Elementary School District is offering in return for better attendance. Children will get a chance to win an iPod if they attend school every day for the next month.
The campaign, known as “Go To School and Win,” is a way to increase student attendance and ensure the district receives additional state funding. Read More
San Mateo’s community television has been given a 30-day lifeline.
KCSM was given until Wednesday to come up with the $1.2 million given to the station by the San Mateo Community College District to continue operation.
On the day of the deadline, the TV station was only $30,000 short of the goal, said Michelle Brown, a broadcast and electronic media professor at College of San Mateo.
Because of the hard work and efforts to come up with the money, the district’s board of trustees extended the deadline another 30 days. Read More
Ten years ago, alternative education carried the stigma of at-risk youths in danger of dropping out of high school.But school districts around the Peninsula are trying to change that by offering more options for students to advance, make up credits and learn trade skills for a job after high school.Marshal Burgundy, director of alternative education with Sequoia Union High School District, said though alternative education is not new, it is moving in a direction that is more focused on students and their needs. Read More
A South San Francisco company that last week inadvertently distributed chicken noodle soup with glass shards in it to long-term care facilities immediately banned jar containers in order to prevent it from happening again.
Bob Dunn, president of FoodService Partners of California, called the incident “inexcusable” and said more strict standards have been implemented in the production room including increased safety tests before, during and after production. Read More
It seems Redwood City has all the luck of the lottery these days.
In one week, three stores sold winning lottery tickets for a combined cash prize of $674,000, the California Lottery said.
The first winning ticket was purchased Feb. 11. That ticket was a Daily Derby in which players need to correctly guess the horses and their times in a race.
Dave Gutierrez claimed the $217,258 prize Wednesday, lottery spokeswoman Kelly Kell said.
Kell said she could not give out information on Gutierrez and that he declined media interviews. Read More
Walgreens is facing an uphill battle in its effort to sell beer and wine in South San Francisco.
The city’s chief planner denied an application for Walgreens to sell alcohol at its Westborough Boulevard location at the request of the South City Police Department, which cited a high crime rate and the number of police calls to stores that sell alcohol. Read More
In hopes of cleaning landfills and city streets, the South San Francisco City Council agreed recently to pursue creating a voluntary program that would prohibit the use of plastic and paper bags in retail stores.
The idea, Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto said, will give consumers a choice to use reusable bags or accept a fee.
“We’re not jamming it down people’s throats,” she said. “But customers have the option to say ‘OK, charge me 10 cents.’” Read More
Chris Feasel has been a victim of identity theft twice.
But that doesn’t stop the San Mateo deputy district attorney from going to the ATM or filling up at a gas station. Instead, he says he is more careful.
Also, he said will continue to prosecute any person suspected of stealing people’s identity through nefarious schemes as best he can.
“The more people we can prosecute, the less people there are on the streets doing this,” Feasel said. Read More