Belmont is having a hard time digesting millions of dollars in proposed sewer improvements on its decades-old sewer lines. The City Council balked this week at issuing about $18.5 million in new 30-year bonds to rehabilitate pipes and make repairs, which would cause an estimated 8 percent rate increase. Several council members wanted more evidence of the immediate need for the work. Read More
A large new fire agency is being pitched for San Mateo County as departments across the Peninsula struggle with budget shortfalls.
The idea for regionalized fire services comes as San Carlos plans to disband its joint department with Belmont in October amid a dispute between the cities about how to share the costs. The new agency could include Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and Foster City. Read More
Accident: At 12:21 p.m. Monday, a report was made of an accident at East San Carlos and Bayport avenues. A white van possibly hit another vehicle because there was white paint where damage to the car was sustained.Bad call: At 4:31 p.m. Monday, a person reported that their iPhone was stolen in the 1300 block of San Carlos Avenue. Read More
Three years after the Palo Alto Medical Foundation got the city’s OK for a major new medical complex, the foundation is breaking ground this month on a clinic building and parking structure.
But a 91-bed hospital in the original plans has been delayed indefinitely, making it one of a number of Peninsula medical providers that, under pressure to meet new state seismic standards, has experienced a change of plans for major projects during the economic downturn. Read More
Peninsula residents in 10 cities and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County should brace for higher garbage rates this year as a San Francisco firm becomes their first new trash collector in almost three decades.
Prices for some customers are projected to increase by nearly 40 percent after Recology took over service for 92,000 households and 10,000 businesses between Burlingame and East Palo Alto, which officials say is one of the largest garbage-service areas in the country. Read More
An alleged thieving ex-janitor hoped to clean house at Peninsula gas stations, but messed up, authorities said.The suspect charged with four brazen robberies at Shell stations wasn’t hard to track down, police said, since the alleged crook used to be a janitor at the stations and failed to conceal his identity during the heists. Read More
A political research firm hired by the San Carlos School District has been working the phones this week to gauge whether residents are willing to stick with a parcel tax that brings in $1 million annually for local schools.
The district is hoping to convince voters to renew the 7-year-old Measure D parcel tax, which costs property owners $110 a year, before it expires in June. Read More
A San Carlos man was victimized in his driveway Thursday night when three teenage suspects attempted to rob him, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
The victim had just turned his car into his driveway in the 1400 block of Cedar Street at about 7:30 p.m. when two young males wearing hooded sweatshirts and all dark clothing approached him from behind, according to the Sheriff's Office. Read More
A natural-gas pipeline in San Carlos that ranked among PG&E’s most pressing maintenance projects has been inspected and declared problem-free, officials said. The segment near Brittan Avenue and El Camino Real appeared on the utility company’s list of the 100 highest-priority pipeline projects, which was released about two weeks after the Sept. 9 explosion in San Bruno. Read More
When San Carlos was incorporated in 1925, its Police Department consisted of one man: Chief Ed Wheeler.
The department, which now has 39 employees, may be put in the history books for good at 7 tonight if the City Council goes ahead with a plan to outsource law enforcement services to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Read More