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101 digital billboard in works: Media company offering lucrative highway sign deal to South San Francisco
Drivers commuting the stretch of Highway 101 along South San Francisco may soon see a shift in their surrounding landscape, as city officials will consider a proposal to add a new electronic billboard high above the busy thoroughfare. The South San Francisco City Council will meet Wednesday, July ...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Grand jury probes attorney program: County has private attorneys rather than public defenders
San Mateo County’s Private Defender Program lacks proper evaluation and officials cannot prove it meets with state and federal guidelines to provide competent counsel for poor defendants, according to a civil grand jury report released Monday. The county is the only in the state with a population...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
City seeks funds for $2.2M playground: San Mateo upgrading Beresford Park
After almost three years of imaginative planning with the help of children, parents and community members of all ages, San Mateo’s Beresford Park playground is slated for a massive multi-million dollar renovation. From traditional monkey bars to a small hand pump-powered creek and tall spires wi...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Caltrain board moves toward more bicycles: Some options for electric trains include increasing capacity, removing restrooms
To the relief of many multi-modal commuters, Caltrain officials went against staff’s recommendation and will further consider increasing capacity for bicyclists seeking space on the transit agency’s new electric fleet. As the tri-county transit board plans for a more than $1.5 billion system o...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Options emerge to spare Harbor District
With the final report recommending dissolution of the county’s Harbor District expected July 15, Supervisor Don Horsley said Monday that other options exist that could keep the district intact. The key, he said, is changing the district’s governance. He feels the current board is not truly rep...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
State urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners
SACRAMENTO — Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis. A Sacramento County judge fo...
By Judy Lin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Holiday crimes minimal
Law enforcement stepped up its efforts over the holiday weekend to crack down on illegal fireworks, drunk drivers and deter wildfires as residents throughout San Mateo County celebrated the Fourth of July. At least 28 people were arrested for driving under the influence as police, sheriff’s depu...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
San Francisco status as ‘sanctuary’ criticized after slaying
SAN FRANCISCO — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bay Area ocean temps above historical average
Ocean water temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area are above their historical summertime average, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. Meteorologist Charles Bell said the ocean temperature at the Monterey Bay buoy should be 56 degrees at this time of year. It touched 64 degrees Sunday...
Homeowner ruptures gas line while doing work at house
A homeowner struck a gas line with a pick at his home in Burlingame Monday afternoon, causing a minor gas leak, a PG&E spokesman said. PG&E crews responded to the report of a gas leak at 3:16 p.m. in the 1300 block of Balboa Avenue in Burlingame, PG&E spokesman Nick Smith said. The homeowner stru...
Suspected burglar scared off
Police are searching for a couple suspected of attempting to burglarize a home in Belmont Monday morning. A man was seen crouching in some bushes under an open front window of a home on Tahoe Drive around 10:40 a.m., according to Belmont police. A witness tried to contact the suspect who then fl...
Government watch
City government • The city of Half Moon Bay invites interested community members to take the next step and join in a series of “Building Block” Community Workshops scheduled for July, August and September: • Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. — Recreation, Conservation and Open Space • Thur...
San Mateo County police reports
iTheft A man selling iPhones in front of his house was given counterfeit money as a distraction while two others stole his merchandise on Clay Avenue in South San Francisco before 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Foster City Possession of controlled substance. A man was cited and released for poss...

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California right-to-die bill stalls with Catholics opposed
SACRAMENTO — In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one o..
Coroner identifies San Mateo murder victim
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified a 66-year-old woman fatally beaten with a baseb..
SC Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a bill removing the Conf..
Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue
VIENNA — Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks broke through their second deadline in a week on Tu..
San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying
SAN FRANCISCO — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this li..
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