Two months ago, Nate Jackson and his wife, Sami, were looking forward to the birth of their second child.
Their living situation was less than ideal, however. With Nate out of work, they were crowded into a two-bedroom apartment with six other adults in East Palo Alto.
Sami said she called 411 and asked for a homeless shelter. They were directed to Shelter Network — a Burlingame-based nonprofit that offers housing and support services to Bay Area individuals and families. Read More
If a Daly City councilwoman charged with 15 counts of felony insurance fraud is convicted, she will have to step down from elected office, according to the city attorney.
Two-term Councilwoman Maggie Gomez is charged with insurance fraud, false claims and attempted perjury after she allegedly filed false workers’ compensation insurance claims with Seton Medical Center — her employer — saying she could not sit or stand for long periods of time following an injury in 2005. Read More
Dog owners in San Mateo who want the city to provide more off-leash opportunities are becoming impatient with a process that is taking into consideration everything from enforcement to the negative impacts of dogs roaming free on local athletic fields.
After months of discussion on the matter, Recreation and Park Commissioners are expected to vote in January on a proposal that would establish designated areas and times for dog owners to let their four-legged companions roam without a leash — at least for a trial period. Read More
Miss out on your 2008 tax refund?
Nearly $1.2 million is owed to Bay Area residents in unclaimed returns, including $277,000 in San Mateo County, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
People often move after they have filed their returns, but do not leave a forwarding address, IRS spokesman Jesse Weller said. As a result, the checks come back uncashed.
“We live in a very mobile society,” Weller said. “People move and the IRS is not informed.” Read More
Linda Loveridge has a cozy place to spend the rest of her life — in her home, thanks to a Redwood City organization.
The 71-year-old, whose husband died two years ago, was struggling to keep up with repairs to her deteriorating house and was thinking about moving. But that is when Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a Redwood City nonprofit, came to her rescue. Read More
Fees to play at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo could rise for the second time in six months as city officials continue to look for ways to increase revenues.
San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus said different options will be discussed with the City Council early in the new year.
“I don’t know the amount or when the increase will go into effect,” she said. “We’re at a point where we could make many cost efficiencies as possible to balance expenses and raise revenue.” Read More
It’s been more than a decade since the first plan for a bigger Safeway in Burlingame was proposed; the start of the new year could finally bring an end to the battles over the project.
A public hearing on the most recent revision of the plan was held Monday, and responses were considerably more supportive than complaints that held the project back in previous years. Read More
Burlingame business owners who say that an Indian food truck that rolled into downtown is taking away their business may be the only ones complaining, as a city survey reveals that residents like the new vendor.
Curry Up Now, the food truck operation, currently stops for business at several locations on the Peninsula. In the fall, the truck began parking at the corner of Howard Street and El Camino Real in Burlingame at lunchtime on the weekends, according to owner Akash Kapoor. Read More
If you’ve held off on buying your holiday airfare in hopes of scoring a last-minute deal, you’ll probably pay more than expected.
The window to get the best deals for Christmas closed weeks ago, according to industry experts who said the few deals remaining will likely come with conditions and restrictions.
“You’re not likely to get a good price,” said Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com. “Airlines are only putting up last-minute off-peak hours. You have to be willing to go out and shop for it.” Read More
A Catholic high school in San Mateo plans to more than double the size of one of its buildings and build an outdoor pool.The all-male Junipero Serra High School, located off 20th Avenue in San Mateo, submitted an application to the city’s planning division to demolish an existing single-story, 9,782-square-foot building and replace it with a two-story, 23,285-square foot building. Construction plans also include an outdoor pool and a 1,605-square-foot building for the school’s swim team. Read More
Measures taken to slow neighborhood traffic that passes by a school and day care could become permanent in early January if approved by the City Council.
Kathy Schrenk, a resident of McGarvey Avenue — a mile-long street in southwest Redwood City — said speeding has been an issue on the road, which borders Roosevelt Elementary School, for years. Read More
In an effort to reduce water usage and conserve energy, Daly City officials are considering an ordinance that would require homes to have efficient fixtures that use less water.
Patrick Sweetland, director of Daly City’s water and wastewater services, said the ordinance will address the local water supply limits set by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and new state standards. Read More
Before enrolling in San Mateo High School’s biotechnology classes, Shashank Sanjay did not know science would be a big part of his life.
Sanjay said he was interested in the hands-on lab work the classes offered — as opposed to traditional biology and chemistry — and decided to sign up for the course.
Two years later, the 17-year-old senior said he has focused on science as a career and even landed a 180-hour summer internship, during which he was able to successfully extract and multiply DNA. Read More
In the event of a commute-clogging accident on the Peninsula on U.S. Highway 101, drivers detouring on El Camino Real will be given real-time directions via digital screens under a planned $25 million project scheduled to be completed by early 2012.
Part of a Smart Corridors plan being coordinated by a regional planning group, the City/County Association of Governments, the project would eventually place the digital screens along the 14-mile portion of the thoroughfare, which crosses seven Peninsula cities. Read More
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District officials may start looking at property in San Mateo to build another elementary school after a study shows the last available site in Foster City may not be feasible.District officials began searching for a site to build a new school after enrollment projections estimated the district would grow by 13 percent in the next five years. That growth would put the existing schools at or beyond capacity. Read More