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Reporters’ notebook
August 23, 2013, 05:00 AM

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. The Peninsula Democrat will perform some illusions for deep-pocketed donors at a reception next Wednesday to raise money for his 2016 Senate bid. Hill belongs to the Society of American Magicians and was known for sharing magic tricks while a county supervisor. Those hoping to check out his skills next week better be ready to spend $1,000 to $4,100 for sponsors.


A familiar face is spending time in Pacifica these days. Former San Carlos city manger Mike Garvey is serving as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found.


Coastside community group Puente is holding a community day at New Leaf market in Half Moon Bay Aug. 29 with 5 percent of all sales supporting the service organization. The day will include Mexican food demonstrations and food samples from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Puente is celebrating 15 years of delivering vital services to men, women and families in the unincorporated towns of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar and San Gregorio.


San Francisco International Airport won an Environmental Achievement Award by the Airports Council International-North America. The honor was for SFO’s climate action plan which outlines a variety of efforts intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to airport operations. The airport developed its plan in 2008 and has updated it every year since. 


San Mateo is participating in the Best of the Road campaign to win “Best Food” this year. If the city wins, it will be featured in Best of the Road’s 2015 atlas, a phone app and a party. You can vote for San Mateo for “Best Town for Food” until Sept. 3 at


Magazine fiends get your fix at the San Mateo County Library which now offers complete digital editions for card holders to peruse on smartphones, tablets or computers. There are more than 100 titles to choose from, they are available 24/7 and — best part — there are no due dates.


The city of Burlingame will play “Madagascar 3” as part of “Movies in the Park.” The showing is free and runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Washington Park on Friday, Aug. 23.


Of the nearly 100 residents made homeless by the Hallmark House Apartment fire last month, 53 of the households have moved or have plans to move into permanent housing, according to Redwood City officials. However, 18 of the households have not yet found permanent housing and are either staying with friends and family or living at local motels with the county’s assistance. The six-alarm blaze killed one July 7 at the 72-unit complex.


San Carlos-based Toole’s Garage has partnered with The Hybrid Shop in an exclusive arrangement to provide battery pack conditioning service that virtually eliminates the need for battery replacement in hybrids. The solution costs less than replacement and is better for the environment since less batteries will end up in landfills. For more information go to


The National Weather Service reported there were more than 11,000 lightning flashes reported Monday night between Monterey and Napa counties.

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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