After a decade of cutting back its police force, the Millbrae Police Department can no longer do its job properly.City officials say the 29-member department — down from 38 members 10 years ago — lacks the staff to provide timely services, thoroughly follow up on unsolved cases and properly oversee officers. And since officers sometimes work 16-hour shifts, they are more prone to mistakes and injury, and expose the department to liability. Read More
Cities around the county have toyed with the idea of banning plastic bags — but they tend to drop the idea as soon as the word “lawsuit” is heard from bag manufacturers.
In an effort to fend off legal challenges, several cities are now calling for the City/County Association of Governments to conduct a countywide environmental review of the project — a move they say could free each city to choose to ban the bags without worrying about repercussions. Read More
Dave Pine beat out five other candidates to win the District 1 seat in San Mateo County’s first all-mail election for supervisor. Pine bested community college district president Richard Holober to win the position outright in a race with no run-off. In third place was Millbrae Council member Gina Papan, followed by Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel, victim’s advocate Michael Stogner, and retired San Mateo Highlands resident Demetrios Nikas. Read More
As a six-way race for an open San Mateo County supervisor seat comes down to the wire, election officials say the Peninsula’s first all-mail supervisor contest is producing encouraging results.
With Election Day on Tuesday, officials have begun processing thousands of ballots for the exceptionally competitive race for the open District 1 supervisor seat. Read More
A proposed 59,000-square-foot Safeway remains on hold in Millbrae while city officials work to resolve traffic congestion and labor concerns.
Already delayed once after Councilor Gina Papan filed an appeal last month calling for greater efforts by Safeway to hire union labor, the project hit another roadblock last week when the City Council voted 4-1 to continue a hearing on the appeal. Read More
A vacancy on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will be filled through an all-mail special election to take place May 3, a move that will save around $500,000, officials said this week.
The election has been triggered by the impending departure of District 1 Supervisor Mark Church, who was elected as county assessor-clerk-recorder and chief elections officer Nov. 2. He will take over from current officeholder Warren Slocum on Jan. 3. Read More
More often than not, legislation is crafted with the best of intentions. As elected officials, we all have responsibilities to protect the people we serve and to enhance the economic and social health of our municipalities, counties and the region as a whole. Having the best of intentions, however, is not a substitute for meaningful, well-thought-out policy. Read More
The race to replace a San Mateo County supervisor who will leave office early next year is already in full swing, even though no one knows if there will be an election. Read More