Moneta Fnu needs to find cheaper housing for her family of four.
Fnu and her husband pay $1,500 a month for a small apartment in Daly City that they can’t afford, she said. She’s been applying for low-income apartments for more than a year and so far has only been placed on a waiting list with San Mateo County. The family is just scraping by, she said. Read More
Photos of local foster and adoptive youths are displayed in five sites throughout San Mateo County to draw attention to the 10,000 Bay Area children waiting for homes.
The Bay Area Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit but this installation features a series of photographs focusing on San Mateo County families created through adoption and foster care, according to the county Health And Human Services Agency. Read More
Neighbors of a planned subdivision just outside of San Mateo’s city limits have organized against the development, saying that the years of construction will create significant health and safety impacts.
The final environmental impact report for the 29-unit subdivision known as Ascension Heights is expected to be released Friday.
The Baywood Park Homeowners Association, which has homes neighboring the proposed project, say the health risks from the dust particles and vehicle diesel fuel coming from the construction site are too great to bear. Read More
To prevent the loss of fire education and citizen CPR classes, the South San Francisco Fire Department is asking residents for their unwanted vehicles.
Donating a vehicle can be a win-win for the donor and the charitable cause: the donor gets rid of an unwanted car or other vehicle and gets a tax benefit; the charity gets the profits when the vehicle is resold.
Starting this month, the South San Francisco Fire Department is taking donations of unwanted vehicles, even if they’re blighted or broken down. Read More
The public will have the chance Tuesday to weigh in on whether the San Mateo Union High School District should lease or sell one of its campuses.
Crestmoor High School in San Bruno could be deemed as surplus, according to a committee formed last spring to determine what district-owned property is currently not needed.
The 41-acre property that was Crestmoor High School was closed in 1980 due to a decline in district enrollment. Since then, it has housed the district’s continuation school, Peninsula High School. Read More
Burlingame Residents living adjacent to commercial areas have found themselves with either a shortage of on-street parking or getting ticketed for restrictions meant to discourage all-day parking by commuters or employees of nearby businesses.
After years of studying the impacts of residential parking restrictions, City Council members voted to make permanent a pilot program that allows residents to buy annual permits so they can park on their streets for as long as they desire — two for $50. Read More
A continuing decline in SamTrans ridership has officials with the Peninsula’s bus system trying to increase use by focusing on a growing group of residents in the region who need to keep their mobility: seniors.
As part of that goal, SamTrans recently launched “Seniors on the Go,” a new campaign to educate the elderly about the bus system in order to help them stay “independent, active and connected in their communities.” Read More
Peninsula shop owners are conducting a Twitter treasure hunt to attract new customers.
Starting this month, they began tweeting a series of clues to Twitter followers, in hopes that users of the social media would beat a trail to local stores.
The Twitter Hunt is sponsored by Peninsula Shops, a Redwood City-based Web site created to support and raise the visibility of local businesses. In addition to a Twitter page, the organization also has a presence on another social media site, Facebook. Read More
Christine Fabiani Shively, founder of Knots-of-Love, has a team of more than 1,000 volunteers across the country who knit and crochet caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy. She will be in The City on Nov. 11 to meet with administrators from treatment centers.
How many caps do you donate? Last month we donated 3,295 caps, which is pretty amazing. We go up about 500 caps every month. If we had more members we could certainly donate more caps. Since June 2007, when we were founded, we’ve donated 30,529 caps all across the country. Read More
Opportunity for the biotech industry in South San Francisco is growing.
Several companies are poised to build new office parks or expand current operations, according to city officials.
The largest known project comes from Shorenstein Properties and SKS Investments, which has a memorandum of understanding with South San Francisco to improve 34 acres of waterfront property at Oyster Point.
The overall project would include the creation of a 2 million-square-foot life sciences campus containing laboratories and offices at the marina. Read More
Eleven acres of park in the center of South San Francisco are slated to get a face lift with new landscaping, sidewalks and playground equipment using $2 million of development fees set aside for the project.
City engineer Ray Razavi said specific upgrades for Westborough Park are still to be decided.
“We will ask for community input once we get a landscape architect,” he said.
The city is currently outreaching to architecture firms for proposals to do the park improvement work. They'll accept proposals until the end of November, Razavi said. Read More
When Didrik Hoag begins his bicycle commute to work, potential dangers with cars are always in his path.
That’s why he’s supportive of new efforts by the county to help drivers stay clear of cyclists at heavily used intersections.
As a test, the county’s public works department has painted the bike lanes bright red along a section of Edgewood Road at Scenic Drive in Woodside. Read More
Newcomer Michael Brownrigg, a planning commissioner, challenged three city incumbents and was successful in knocking one out to obtain a seat on the five-member city council.
Incumbents Ann Keighran and Cathy Baylock won another term. Voters did not re-elect councilmember Rosaline O’Mahony. City concerns include balancing the budget and overseeing a controversial development of the Safeway site. Read More
Two challengers were unsuccessful in their attempt to oust three incumbents from the San Mateo Union High School District board of trustees.
Voters re-elected Peter Hanley, Robert Griffin and Linda Lees Dwyer.
Among concerns facing the district are management of a $300 million construction bond and the impact of state budget cuts. Read More
Incumbents Hilary Paulson and Maria Diaz-Slocum were voted to stay on the Redwood City Elementary School District’s five-member board of trustees, which faces budget-related program cuts and finding ways to increase student scores.
They were challenged by Lea Cuniberti-Duran and John "Jack" Hickey. Read More