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Reporters' notebook
June 28, 2013, 05:00 AM

This spring, the Sequoia High School District got word that it was awarded a $250,000 annual grant from the California Department of Education to continue the SAFE (Sequoia Afterschool Focused Enrichment) program for next year and beyond until 2019-20. SAFE provides tutoring (math, English, Spanish), homework assistance for all subjects and enrichment (chess, culinary arts, ceramics, advanced dance, peer mediation, physical conditioning, horsemanship, paddling, etc.) classes after school primarily for Title I students, but all students are welcome.


“Becky’s New Car” opens July 12 at the New Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. The show follows Beck Foster who is offered a chance at an adventure that results in a web of lies.

Written by playwright Steven Dietz and directed by James Nelson, the show stars Sam Bertken, Helena Clarkson, Kevin Copps, George Mauro, Ben Ortega, Roneet Aliza Rahamim and Mary Lou Torre. Tickets range from $15-$35 at the theater, 2120 Broadway. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit


On Thursday, Notre Dame de Namur University announced the appointment of Dr. Craig M. Brewer as the interim dean of the School of Business and Management, effective July 1.

Brewer most recently served as the interim associate dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at Brandman University, Chapman University System, as well as assistant professor of organizational leadership.


The Sequoia Hospital Foundation hosted nearly 250 guests to an evening of food, wine and fun on the oak-shaded grounds of a private Atherton estate on June 21. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s campaign to provide funding for the redesign, renovation and expansion of Sequoia Hospital’s birth center. This year’s event, honoring the late doctors William Kennett and John Hoff, two of Sequoia Hospital’s pioneering obstetricians, formally launched the effort and raised nearly $225,000. 

A dollar-for-dollar matching “challenge” investment by community philanthropist Lorry Lokey, means the event actually generated almost $450,000 for Sequoia’s patient care and programs. Lokey’s challenge will continue to match all funds raised by the Foundation up to $2.5 million, through Jan. 31.


Those driving on El Camino Real in Millbrae may have noticed a new stop light has been turned on at Victoria Avenue. On Thursday, Caltrans crews restriped the intersection, tested the signal and pedestrian crossing lights before the light went active late in the morning.


The Half Moon Bay City Council just approved a pay boost for City Manager Laura Snideman from $182,700 to $195,500 annually. She also will get a one-time performance bonus of $18,270.


Trying to guess the most secure large cities to live in the United States? San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City is a safe bet. In fact, the area ranked eighth in the Ninth Annual Farmers Insurance study of large metropolitan areas. The study looked at criteria like economic stability, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities and employment numbers. This is the third time the area has ranked in the study.

The reporters’ notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff. It appears in the Friday edition.



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