Peninsula: Council approves funds for traffic roundabout

Tuesday night, the Belmont City Council approved an application for $500,000 of Transportation Fund for Clean Air funds to build a “roundabout” for traffic control at Ralston Avenue and South Road.

By slowing traffic instead of halting it, a roundabout will speed up traffic flow, cut down on congestion and reduce vehicle emissions from idling cars.

The total project is expected to cost $650,000 and the grant would require the project to be awarded during 2008. City staff is working on conceptual designs for the roundabout.

PACIFICA

City to apply for grants from countywide agency on aging

The city, seeking funds for nutrition, transportation and Meals on Wheels programs for seniors, plans on submitting grant applications to the San Mateo County Area Agency on Aging for any available monies.

The City Council this week directed staff in the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department to proceed with the application process. Pacifica is asking for approximately $117,000 for these programs, which would be a one-time gift for the upcoming fiscal year 2007-08.

DALY CITY

E-waste event collects truckloads of trash

The electronic-waste event in Daly City last weekend resulted in at least five 45-foot trailers full of old cell phones, computers, batteries and televisions, among other objects, city staff reported.

The previous electronic-waste event held in the city last February saw 100 tons of waste carted out.

Residents were encouraged to bring their electronic items to City Hall last Saturday and Sunday to help minimize the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and along roadsides.

Using conservatorships to deal with gritty urban issues

“Half the state thinks we conserve too many people, and the other half thinks we don’t conserve enough.”

Doctors are concerned about a post Roe v. Wade world

“Decimating abortion training in half the country will have far-reaching impacts.”

How Chinatown’s last photo shops have avoided becoming a relic of the past

“We have the best Chinatown in the whole United States, really, but now I see it suffering more and more.”