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Belmont puts tax hike on ballot: City Council cites infrastructure as need for 30-year half-cent sales tax increase
Belmont voters will decide whether to approve a half-cent sales tax increase for the next 30 years after the City Council moved to place a ballot measure on the upcoming election. Councilmembers contend the tax would help the city address nearly $100 million in unmet infrastructure needs, such as t...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Measure A off to voters: Supervisors seeking 20-year sales tax extension
San Mateo County voters will be asked again to support a sales tax measure on the November ballot first passed in 2012 — this time with a 20-year extension. Voters approved Measure A, a half-cent sales tax, to support a variety of county initiatives that had a sunset of 2023. The board hopes by ...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Support sought for back-to-school drive: Samaritan House seeks to help 900 impoverished kids
The first day of school can be stressful for students, particularly those whose families are struggling to afford the area’s high cost of living. This week, the nonprofit Samaritan House is appealing to the generosity of the community as it seeks to provide hundreds of local children living in pov...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Attorney says co-defendant linked to Green murder case: Lawyer says only evidence against Li is circumstantial
Hillsborough murder suspect Tiffany Li’s lawyer said Tuesday that 17 hours of transcripts by co-defendant Olivier Adella link him directly to the murder case of Millbrae resident Keith Green, who disappeared April 29. “It doesn’t mean he did it,” Li’s attorney Geoff Carr said about Adella...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Biotech project returns for approval: South City council to address large development, plus discuss shifting election years
A large biotechnology research and development facility targeted for construction in South San Francisco will again be considered for approval by city officials who were dissatisfied with the project’s initial development proposal. The South San Francisco City Council will discuss during a meeti...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Female humpback whale washes ashore near Pescadero
A 32-foot female humpback whale washed up ashore at a beach near Pescadero in San Mateo County and scientists believe it might have been struck by a vessel, Marine Mammal Center officials said Tuesday. Six scientists from the Marin Headlands-based center and the California Academy of Sciences in Sa...
Man guilty of fatal Belmont stabbing
A man charged with fatally stabbing a man behind a Wendy’s parking lot in Belmont in 2015 was found guilty of second degree murder by a jury Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Timothy Andrew Guerra, 19, killed Denis Meshchyshyn, 19, of Belmont, on April 25 be...
BART developer donates to community center fire fund
The developer wishing to build a large mixed-use development near the Millbrae rail station donated $30,000 to support programs displaced by the recent arson fire which destroyed the Millbrae Community Center. Officials from the Republic Family of Companies, based in San Jose, said they hope the m...
Interrupted residential burglary in Hillsborough
The Hillsborough Police Department is investigating an interrupted residential burglary that was reported Monday, according to police. The residential burglary was reported at a residence in the 2500 block of Butternut Drive and occurred at 11:10 a.m. Two male suspects removed a screen on an open b...
Prosecutor says PG&E lost its way, defense says PG&E employees were not criminal
A prosecutor told a federal jury in San Francisco Tuesday that “PG&E is a company that lost its way” and that it “made a decision to maximize profits instead of prioritizing safety.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Schenk made the claim during closing arguments in the ...
By Julia Cheever Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Government watch
State government • Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1825, giving dogs seized in criminal dog fighting rings a second chance at life. The bill was authored by Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego. Before the legislation, dogs seized in these cases were au...
San Mateo County police reports
Good god A man was seen yelling at people inside a church about their religion on Fulton Street in Redwood City before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Redwood City Vandalism. Someone’s house was egged and a note was left on Upland Court before 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Accident. The driver of a ...

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