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Reporters’ notebook
August 12, 2016, 05:00 AM

During the 2016 fiscal year, which concluded on June 30, Caltrain recorded an average weekday ridership of 60,219 passengers — an all-time high for the agency. The 2016 mark represented a 3.2 percent increase from the year prior, which was itself a record at the time, according to the transit agency.

For the entire year, Caltrain carried some 19.2 million passengers, a 3.7 percent increase from the previous record high set during the 2015 fiscal year. Caltrain has recorded nearly six straight years of monthly ridership increases, according to the transit agency.


A $1.57 million endeavor designed to make the 5-acre Sanchez Adobe site in Pacifica a regional attraction and educational center will be announced in conjunction with a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 17, according to the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Among the improvements will be the conversion of the present ranger’s residence into a new interpretive center, exterior restoration of the adobe house and implementation of a furnishing plan to return the interior of the adobe house to its appearance as it was during its historic era (1840s) and new restrooms.

The Sanchez Adobe Historic Site is unique in that the first three eras of California history are represented here. The new interpretive center will outline all of these eras, providing visitors from around the world with all of California’s history in one place.

The groundbreaking will be held at 2 p.m., as part of the annual Rancho Day Fiesta celebration, to be held from noon until 4 p.m. The Sanchez Adobe Historic Site is located at 1000 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica. For more information call (650) 359-1462 or go to


Former Bay Meadows jockey Eloy Sanchez won $750K with a scratcher game last month in Pleasanton. Sanchez, a jockey racing out of San Mateo before Bay Meadows closed in 2008, bought the scratchers ticket at a Pleasanton Safeway. Back in 1998, Sanchez was picked to be on the California Lottery’s Big Spin television show and won $30,000. “This one is my big winner,” Sanchez said of his most recent winning ticket.


In September, Civics 101 kicks off its free nine-week series of courses centered around county government and is currently recruiting for the 2016 session. Participants learn about local government, meet local officials and tour county facilities. Many former graduates have used Civics 101 as a springboard to leadership roles in their own communities and to serve in important roles on county and regional boards and commissions.

Civics 101 is open to individuals 18 and older who live or work in San Mateo County. For more information go to or call Eric Forgaard, civic engagement and public outreach specialist, at or (650) 363-4657.

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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