The tree was packed with ornaments. There was the plush Beanie Baby Santa doll, the tiny porcelain coffee cup, a silver flute, a noel sign. Sue Bullis reached into a plastic container, however, to grab her favorites — a dozen simple balls, decorated by third-graders with glitter and tissue paper. Plenty of glue, too — the ornaments stuck to the plastic as she pulled them out, walked them over to her artificial Christmas tree and found an open branch. “They’re just beautiful,” she said, smiling. “They glisten with the light.” Read More
At 100 years old, San Mateo resident and former teacher Irene Hudson zips through writing thank-you notes and stuffing envelopes as a volunteer for the nonprofit Samaritan House. As she passed the century mark Dec. 2, she was honored by the nonprofit and Assemblyman Jerry Hill, and has been told she will be on a future “Today” show.
Why did you start volunteering for Samaritan House? Well, my husband was a pastor of a church here, and the women had a young man from Samaritan House come and talk about Samaritan House, and I decided that I’d look into it. Read More
Brett Studebaker’s dreams of opening a recording studio were cut short in February when the 19-year-old died in a drunken driving accident after spending the night drinking on a party bus, according to his parents.On Wednesday, Doug and Linda Studebaker said they hope a new bill from Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will help curb underage drinking on party buses and prevent more deaths. Read More
Laurie Wishard is the president of Peninsula Family Service, a nonprofit that provides children’s programs, loan services, career assistance and other services to help families become self-sufficient. The agency’s volunteers recently hosted a Holiday Toy Store in San Mateo to hand out donated gifts to parents, and the event was bigger than ever.
How did the Holiday Toy Store work? [Parents] pick out a gift in the store for their children and then the gift, as well as a book, is wrapped up by volunteers. Read More
The cost of the Redwood City land that San Mateo County is looking to buy for a new jail might increase by hundreds of thousands of dollars unless the Board Supervisors acts soon to close the deal.
At a special meeting Tuesday, supervisors will consider accepting a purchase option agreement for four properties on the first block of Chemical Way totaling 4.1 acres, a deal negotiated in recent months by city officials. Read More
An arm with a blotchy red rash popped up on Dr. Toby Maurer’s computer screen at San Francisco General Hospital.
The photo, from a physician at a San Mateo County clinic, came with questions: Is this from poison oak, and am I treating it correctly?
Poison oak indeed, Maurer confirmed. She wrote back telling the physician to continue an oral steroid to help knock out the rash.
Maurer, a dermatologist, pulled up another photo of a lesion that wasn’t healing properly. It looked potentially cancerous, and Maurer said the patient should come back for a biopsy. Read More
San Mateo County is fighting for a bigger payout from the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy as officials aim to recoup some of the $155 million that Peninsula agencies lost when the investment bank went belly up. County officials are challenging Lehman’s existing plan for repaying some of the $1 trillion in claims from its creditors, which they say is unfair to public agencies because it gives large banks and foreign investors a bigger share of the firm’s assets. Read More
A huge former federal government warehouse — now privately owned and providing a much-needed tax boost to local agencies — has bagged an online fashion retailer as its first tenant and says there are more to come.
The owners of the SFO Business Center announced that in November Tobi.com, formerly located in downtown San Francisco, finished moving its corporate headquarters into their 571,000-square-foot building near the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 380. Read More
Major changes that could improve staff and patient safety within the San Mateo Medical Center’s psychiatric ward would be costly to implement at a time when resources are limited, according to a new report.
Top San Mateo County health officials prepared the detailed report in response to two incidents in February and March, in which male patients allegedly sexually assaulted female patients in the unit known as 3AB, which is intended for psychiatric patients who are a danger to themselves or others. Read More
Reports of seasonal flu are way down so far this fall compared to last year, though local health officials say residents should still get vaccinated before the peak flu season hits in the next few weeks.
In the first five weeks of flu season, which officially started Oct. 9, two cases of influenza infection have been confirmed in San Mateo County based on tests of people who were hospitalized or needed antiviral medication, health officials said Friday. Read More
The design team behind the long-delayed ferry terminal project at the Port of Redwood City has been given a simple goal: keep the project as inexpensive as possible.
With officials still trying to cobble together the money to build the terminal, the Water Emergency Transit Authority has hired consultant KPFF Consulting Engineers to create a conceptual design for the project that can be completed with minimal funding. Read More
First it was South San Francisco, then San Francisco. Now, Burlingame officials are ramping up their efforts to make their city the next biotech hot spot on the Peninsula.
A potential boost could come from a proposal for a 730,000-square-foot life sciences office complex along Burlingame’s Bayfront, which both the city and developer Millennium Partners hope will catalyze growth in the city’s biotech field. Read More
Union Pacific has denied a request from San Mateo to soften the ear-splitting horn blasts coming from its late-night freight trains along the Caltrain corridor, and city officials say an alternate solution would be costly. Responding to complaints from weary residents, the city is investigating other ways of resolving the noise issue after Union Pacific said it isn’t feasible to lower horn volumes or move the horns to the bottom of the locomotives. 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
An Indiana woman who needed spinal surgery after a tree branch fell on her in San Bruno Mountain State and County Park will likely file a lawsuit against San Mateo County, her attorney said.
On Tuesday, county supervisors rejected a $3 million claim from Marcia Anderson, who was visiting family in California and had never been to the park before the May 1 incident, her attorney, Elise Sanguinetti, said.
Anderson, 60, was walking along a paved path with her daughter and another person when a eucalyptus tree branch fell on her, Sanguinetti said. Read More