A breakdown of what San Mateo County propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election.
Measure A: PASS
SALES TAX: County voters approved a measure that increases the sales tax throughout San Mateo County. The measure will increase the sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years and will help fund child abuse protections, 911 dispatch, fire prevention, and after-school library and homework programs, among other county services. Read More
Update: Hells Angels members and one of their attorneys deny prosecutors' claim that victim of attack at Peet's coffee shop was a member of the motorcycle club.
Allegations against 40-year-old suspected motorcycle gang member Orlando Jesus Rodriguez make FX Network’s hit series “Sons of Anarchy” seem more like reality television. Read More
Sledgehammers, cans of pepper spray and less than one minute were all four professional crooks needed to swipe $100,000 worth of jewelry in broad daylight from a San Carlos store Tuesday, according to sheriff’s deputies and a witness.
The men, clad in orange-and-black masks, apparently said little when they stormed the Home Consignment Center at 1123 Industrial Road about noon and smashed the cases. Read More
A competency hearing for an 80-year-old psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s began Friday and is expected to continue through Wednesday or Thursday, prosecutors said.
William Ayres, a former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, was returned to San Mateo County in August to stand trial after spending nine months under observation at Napa State Hospital. Read More
Authorities are continuing their efforts to identify a girl whose body washed ashore at San Gregorio State Beach in San Mateo County on Sunday afternoon.
The body is that of a white female believed to be between 12 and 16 years old. She was 5-foot-4 and about 108 pounds. She had brown or black hair, Deputy Coroner Roger Fielding said. Read More
A former official for two San Mateo County school districts who used public funds to pay for his own home renovations was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison.
Timothy Hanretty had worked for both the Woodside and Portola Valley school districts. He pleaded no contest to felony charges of misappropriating public funds and forgery. Read More
Encouraging signs of support for sales tax ballot measures in San Mateo County could help provide Caltrain with a long-sought dedicated funding mechanism.
A recent survey found that 66 percent of San Mateo County voters would support a quarter-cent sales tax increase to provide funding for Caltrain and SamTrans. The poll, conducted at the behest of the San Mateo County Transit District, targeted residents likely to vote in the 2014 election. The transit district manages both SamTrans and Caltrain.
San Mateo County is the only California county that elects its Board of Supervisors in countywide elections. All other counties elect supervisors within individual districts. Voters have an opportunity to replace countywide elections with district elections by approving Measure B this November.
District elections are the better choice as they lower taxpayer costs and promote more competition, accountability and citizen involvement. Read More
San Mateo detectives really had this crook’s number.
The case against a California inmate who orchestrated robberies from prison last year while using a smuggled cellphone officially closed Tuesday with the sentencing of his accomplice. Read More
San Mateo County voters have a number of decisions to make in November. Through various tax measures, voters will be asked to help increase revenue to maintain roads, schools and hospitals, and one initiative could change the way Board of Supervisors elections are run.
Measure B would change the county Charter so board elections are by district and no longer at large. The change has appeared on past ballots, and a 2009 grand jury report recommended the switch. Read More