County jobless rate jumps
The county’s jobless rate rose in January 2009 by 1.2 percent to 7.2 percent — but still lower than nearly all of California, according to local data released the week of March 7, 2009, by the state.
The jobless rate, announced Thursday of the week by the state Employment Development Department, represented an increase from the revised figure of 6.2 percent in December 2008. It is up from 4.1 percent during the same time period the prior year, according to the EDD.
San Mateo County’s figures put it lower than the unadjusted state rate of 10.6 percent and the nation’s 8.5 percent. It also gave San Mateo County the third lowest unemployment rate in the state — behind Marin and Mono counties.
Foster City karate coach
arrested for molestation
A Foster City karate instructor was arrested the week of March 7, 2009, for child molestation after police discovered him in a car with a 13-year-old student.
Responding to a call from a concerned resident, San Carlos police responded to a suspicious car parked in the 900 block of McCue Avenue at 6:50 p.m. Monday of that week. The caller reported seeing someone putting sheets over the interior of the car’s windows. Police believed they were responding to a transient who was planning to spend the evening sleeping in the car.
A private company charging homeowners $95 for filling out a one-page form readily available for free sent the San Mateo County Assessor’s Office a packet of 160 Decline in Value reassessment application forms, the office said the week of March 7, 2009.
This was the first set of “Decline in Value” forms received to that date from one of the three companies currently operating in San Mateo County. More were sure to follow, according to the Assessor’s Office.
Many of the applicants may not have been as familiar with the role of government and probably assumed this kind of service is complicated and carries a fee. Neither is true, according to the Assessor’s Office.
scores federal funds
Law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area were allocated $15.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama in February 2009, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier announced the week of March 7, 2009.
San Mateo County law enforcement agencies were awarded $1,026,501, according to a statement released by Speier’s office Friday of that week. In San Mateo County, Burlingame received $31,697, Daly City received $137,564, Menlo Park received $37,561, Millbrae received $17,750, Redwood City received $162,288, San Bruno received $59,907, San Carlos received $13,788, San Mateo received $163,872, South San Francisco received $92,238 and the county received $108,086.
The $787 billion economic stimulus bill included more than $4 billion for state and local law enforcement agencies and other criminal and juvenile justice activities in San Mateo and San Francisco counties, according to the press release.
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