Both the New York Times and the San Francisco Business Journal reported this week that Cargill’s designated developer for their Redwood City salt ponds development, DMB and Associates, paid $350,000 to disseminate a false story that the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s 26-page scientifically-based proposal to plan for sea level rise in the Bay is just an attempt to expand its jurisdiction. Read More
In response to a massive projected increase in the number of seniors in the county, a new. 97-bed assisted-living home for the elderly is being planned across from the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame.The Peninsula Health Care District, owner of the 1-acre plot at 1600 Trousdale Ave. where the home would be built, approved the plan last week and identified Aegis Living as the developer and operator of the proposed facility, district CEO Cheryl Fama said. Read More
Mechanical problems have caused Caltrain delays this morning.Northbound train No. 217 is about 20 minutes behind schedule, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Read More
Most Peninsula cities, faced with budget deadlines this month, are balancing their budgets by cutting operation costs or services, tapping reserves, or hoping voters approve proposed tax increases and fee hikes.
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San Carlos, however, has taken a different route by focusing on outsourcing some services and marketing others to other cities. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner reported on Thursday the unanimous approval by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to purchase 140 acres of Pillar Point Bluffs just north of Half Moon Bay for $3 million. Then on Sunday, The Examiner reported that the county supervisors want to tear down the main county buildings — which they think are ugly and energy inefficient — at an estimated cost of $485 million. Read More
Florida’s loss has turned in to California’s gain for high-speed rail.California’s proposal to build a high-speed train system that will connect passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a little over 2½ hours received a boost Monday when the Department of Transportation announced it would allocate $300 million for the project. Read More
In the battle of man versus goose, things are not looking so hot for man lately.
For years, Peninsula cities have waged war on the Canada geese that call their waterfront parks home — or more specifically, on their sanitation habits. The feathered frienemies, many of which have stopped migrating entirely and instead moved permanently to the suburbs, aren’t particularly conscientious about where they leave their droppings. Read More
BART passengers travelling to The City from the Peninsula will have the chance to pick up a little extra reading material for the ride starting Thursday.Working with the Peninsula Library System, BART is set to offer book-lending machines at its Millbrae station. Anyone with a library card from the Peninsula can check out an array of titles available at the machine, called Library-a-Go-Go. BART has already set up similar systems at some of its East Bay stations. Read More
A mountain lion was spotted lying on the front lawn of a home in Woodside on Tuesday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.At approximately 9:45 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call from a resident in the 100 block of Otis Street who was reporting that a 150- to 200-pound cougar was lying on his front lawn, police said.Deputies arrived and saw the mountain lion lounging on the hillside near the home, according to police. Read More
Peninsula cities are considering changes to their affordable-housing laws following a court’s ruling that cities cannot set initial rents on new rental projects. The behind-the-scenes talks about local housing ordinances, potentially impacting at least a dozen cities in San Mateo County, comes almost two years after the decision in the 2009 case City of Los Angeles vs. Palmer. Read More