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Gas prices to increase: Gov. Jerry Brown signs plan to raise taxes for road repair
SACRAMENTO — California drivers will see gas prices jump in November and will pay more to register their vehicles come January after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Friday a tax hike of $5 billion per year to fix the state’s crumbling highways. Brown and his legislative allies said the money ...
By Jonathan J. Cooper and Sophia Bollag The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fatal officer-involved shooting closes 101: Armed man dies in San Mateo as rush-hour commute peaks Friday
  A man armed with a handgun was fatally shot by state police officers on Highway 101 in San Mateo Friday evening, prompting an hourslong closure of the northbound lanes that snarled traffic for commuters during rush hour traffic, according to police. A multi-agency investigation is now underway ...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Roaring in from the past: 27th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay
It’ll be an audible blast from the past and rip-roaring trip down memory lane this Sunday as the 27th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines lifts off at the Half Moon Bay Airport. From century-old steamrollers and World War II warbirds to muscle cars and tricked-out motorcycles, thousands of machin...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Agency tips cap to director: Tippy Irwin retiring after rejuvenating county senior care advocacy services
Following a long career of occasionally heart-wrenching yet tremendously rewarding work to protect elders in county care facilities, Tippy Irwin is hanging up her hat as a professional advocate. Irwin, who began rejuvenating Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County when she joined 16 years ago, will...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Deputy district attorney awaits State Bar trial
Disciplinary charges filed against San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan related to allegations she mishandled communication during prosecution of former child psychiatrist William Ayres will be reviewed at an upcoming State Bar trial set for July 5. After two lengthy trials an...
By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Former coach charged with 22 counts of child molestation
A former basketball coach in the Redwood City Elementary School District was held to answer to charges of child molestation related to multiple instances of child molestation of at least four victims Friday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Julio Edgardo Ortiz, 35, fa...
Bay Area home sales strong: Median price close to record high
The number of Bay Area homes sold in March hit a five-year high, with the region’s median sales price creeping up towards last summer’s all-time high, according to real estate research firm CoreLogic. The number of new and existing homes and condominiums sold in the nine-county region was 7,28...
By Kiley Russell Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Man accused or drugging, raping men pleads not guilty
A man accused of drugging and raping multiple men over a seven-year period starting in 2007 pleaded not guilty Friday to 41 felony counts related to the accusations, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say that Joseph Paul Courtney, 31, of Pacifica, met thre...
By Kiley Russell Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Thieves target unlocked cars in Belmont
Belmont police are warning residents to avoid becoming victims of vehicle burglaries after thieves struck 19 times in just one night. Nearly all of the cars broken into between Thursday night and Friday morning had been left unlocked or had a window partially rolled down, said police Capt. Pat Hall...
Daily Journal staff report FULL STORY
Class notes
Anelise Hunziker, of South San Francisco, was selected to participate in the international business club mentor program at the University of San Diego. *** Shirin Steward of Notre Dame High School was awarded a gold medal for her photography exhibit in the Scholastic Art and Writing awards. She a...
Government watch
City government • The San Carlos Planning Commission will review proposal for the construction of a 162-room Hilton Garden Inn at a 1.6-acre site at 1091 Industrial Road. The two-story commercial building currently standing in the northeast corner of the intersection between Industrial Road and B...
Reporters’ notebook
The San Mateo County Libraries system has won a prestigious award from the American Library Association for its efforts to build awareness about its offerings and increase the number of people signing up for library cards. The local library system is one of just eight across the nation to earn the ...
San Mateo County police reports
Junk mail Someone said he was having issues with his neighbor putting garbage in his mailbox in San Mateo, it was reported at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, April 26. Belmont Reckless driving. The driver of a Cadillac was speeding and swerving near Ralston Avenue and Highway 101 before 12:05 p.m. Sunday...

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