Major improvements to San Mateo’s Woodlake Shopping Center, and its Safeway and Longs Drug stores, were approved the week of Aug. 16, 2008 by the San Mateo Planning Commission.
The Woodlake Shopping Center, at the corner of Peninsula Avenue and Delaware Street, was built in the mid 1960s. Shopping center owners applied earlier in 2008 for the necessary permits and approvals to revamp the 40-year-old shopping center.
The remodel of the 50,000-square-foot center included new exterior and new signs, a repaved parking lot, fresh landscaping, a new drive-through pharmacy and redesigned Safeway and Longs.
County to require food labeling
County supervisors unanimously agreed the week of Aug. 16, 2008 to require food labeling in unincorporated San Mateo County.
The ordinance affected approximately 30 businesses in the county plus chain outlets at San Francisco International Airport.
The controversial proposal nearly met one opposition vote by Supervisor Rich Gordon. Although Gordon emphatically supported the idea, he initially suggested the county postpone a vote until lawsuits were settled against San Francisco and Santa Clara counties over similar ordinances.
Schools face legal battle
The firm fired in 2007 from overseeing $298 million in construction projects at local school districts filed a claim against the San Mateo Union High School for unlimited funds the week of Aug. 16, 2008.
Oakland-based Skanska Building, Inc. was slated to oversee construction management for the six-year construction plan associated with Measure M. Numerous questions led the district Board of Trustees to give Skanska the pink slip in April 2007 before finding a new company to oversee construction efforts. On Aug. 4, 2008, Skanska filed a claim against the district calling for payment promised from a letter of intent to hire. The board unanimously denied the claim that week during a closed session vote.
Yee proposes Half
Moon Bay park plan
A plan drafted by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, the week of Aug. 16, 2008 aimed to use state housing and park money to help Half Moon Bay settle a land dispute without compromising environmental precedent.
In March 2008, a settlement agreement dropped a $41 million federal judgment against the city in exchange for legislation that would allow development on two wetland parcels in Half Moon Bay known as Beachwood and Glencree. The legislation drew opposition from the Coastal Commission and environmentalists because it appeared to sidestep environmental protection laws.
Under the settlement, both the city and developer Charles “Chop” Keenan agreed that if the legislation, Assembly Bill 1991, did not pass than the city would take ownership of the land in exchange for $18 million.
Yee’s proposal would have provided up to $10 million in Proposition 1C funds, a 2006 state bond for housing and rural parks, to create a public park at the Beachwood property.
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