Peninsula: Council approves hospital retrofit

Sequoia Hospital will break ground on its seismic retrofit, renovations and new construction in November after plans for the project were unanimously approved by the Redwood City Council on Monday.

Built in 1950, Sequoia Hospital is required by state law to undergo seismic upgrades by 2013. During that work, the hospital’s emergency room will be expanded, and a new, 148,000-square-foot pavilion and four-story parking garage will be built.

In a later step, the hospital will add a medical office building for physicians. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Belmont

Investigators look into local school storage-shed blaze

Investigators from the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department and Belmont Police Department are investigating a fire in a 10-foot by 10-foot wooden storage shed at Nesbit Elementary School on Friday.

The fire was reported just before midnight. It damaged the shed, school supplies stored inside and an adjacent fence. No other damage was reported and there were no injuries.

The investigation is still going on. Belmont police say the fire appears to have been intentionally set.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belmont police at (650) 595-7400.

Burlingame

Virgin deal with Sundance will provide in-flight movies

Burlingame-based startup airline Virgin America, which recently started running flights out of its hub at San Francisco International Airport, has signed a deal with the Sundance Channel to provide in-flight movies.

The deal is the latest in a series of partnerships — which include an in-flight, real-time mapping venture with Google — the airline has undertaken to provide a host of Generation Y-aimed amenities in its new fleet.

As part of the deal, Sundance will create a custom channel for the fights that will feature independent movies and documentaries.

Virgin America features 18 satellite television channels, in addition to an option to purchase pay-per-view films.

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