Caltrain campaign gives riders free coffee, papers

In an effort to boost morning ridership at “underused” stations, Caltrain is offering free coffee and a morning paper to patrons.

“Newspaper, coffee & Caltrain —you day is off to a great start!” reads the promotional literature. The idea is to get more drivers out of their cars and onto public transit, according to Caltrain spokesman Jonah Weinberg. Caltrain staff will be on hand today at Hayward Park and on Thursday at the Burlingame station from 5:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. with free prizes and the chance to win a free train ticket, Weinberg said.

Officials approve bill allowing local police to enforce car law

Local law enforcement may soon be given the same authority as the California Highway Patrol to tow cars being sold on state highways, such as El Camino Real on the Peninsula and 19th Avenue in San Francisco.

The state Assembly Transportation Committee voted unanimously Monday to approve SB 279, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, to allow local police and sheriff’s deputies to enforce current law prohibiting the “organized sale” of used cars along state highways. If approved by the full Assembly in coming weeks, the law could be on the governor’s desk by the end of the month, according to Yee’s office.

Council to tour Davis site on last leg of development tour

The final stop on the City Council’s tour of Bay Area projects by the companies vying for a chance to develop the 15 acres of space next to City Hall is set for Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Though transportation will not be provided, the public is invited to join the council as they tour University Retirement Community at 1515 Shasta Drive in Davis.

The tour is expected to run until 2:30 p.m. The group will meet in the City Hall parking lot at 610 Foster City Blvd. For more information, visit www.fostercity.org.

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