Peninsula: Schools chief advised to help districts

The San Mateo County civil grand jury has asked the county superintendent of schools to help school districts manage funds properly when it comes to major developments on campuses.

The grand jury decision comes in light of cost overruns in some local districts, including the San Mateo Union High School District, which has come under fire for mismanaging budgets and funds streaming in from a $137.5 million bond issue passed by voters in 2000.

Nominees sought for 2007 Barbara Hammerman award

The Domestic Violence Council and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors are seeking nominees for the 2007 Barbara Hammerman Award for law enforcement officers combating domestic violence.

The Hammerman Award was established in 2005 in honor of San Mateo police Lt. Barbara Hammerman, who served with the Police Department for 21 years and on the attorney general’s Commission on Domestic Violence, later helping to develop San Mateo County’s domestic violence protocol. Hammerman died Dec. 31, 2006, after battling brain cancer. The deadline for nominations is July 16, and the award recipient will be announced in October, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Green certification offered for businesses

Businesses in the city can now apply for green certification in four different categories: restaurants and cafes, auto-service shops, hotels and motels and office and retail.

Certificates are given to businesses that use a number of green practices in their day-to-day operations, including purchasing supplies made from recycled materials; using efficient lighting; promoting walking, biking and public transit; or installing low-flow water fixtures.

For more information, visit www.recycleworks.org.

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