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Electrification clears hurdles: Governor gives thumbs-up to law benefiting Caltrain
Caltrain electrification rolled in a double win this week as both a new state law and a Superior Court ruling clarified it can collect on long-awaited high-speed rail funds, regardless of whether the state’s controversial bullet train ever comes to fruition. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Survey: Teachers in South San Francisco Unified School District want workforce housing
A majority of South San Francisco Unified School District employees recently surveyed showed interest in living in a workforce housing project discussed by officials as a means of easing the affordability challenges faced by many local educators. The results of the survey querying 293 district wor...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Hillsdale Terrace proposal elicits housing debate: Meeting contrasts the concerns of neighbors, affordability advocates
A high-density San Mateo condominium proposal has sparked an intense debate amongst neighbors and affordable housing advocates as the two clash on where, and to what extent, new homes should be added to cope with the housing crisis. The city’s Planning Commission hosted a four-hour meeting Tuesda...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Stopgap measure averts shutdown: Congress clears spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika
WASHINGTON — Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after a bi...
By Andrew Taylor The Associated Press FULL STORY
State passes new DUI punishment: Governor signs Jerry Hill’s interlock ignition device bill
Driving drunk in California could soon have new consequences after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law seeking to require more offenders install interlock devices in their cars. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, authored the law that will expand an existing pilot program statewide and require many ...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Sketch released in Aquatic Park homicide
U.S. Park Police Wednesday released a sketch of a person seen leaving the area of a shooting at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park last month that killed a man playing “Pokemon Go” in the area. Police are asking the public for help in identifying the man, who was seen leaving the area shortly after...
Woman found dead at Montara beach identified
A woman who was found dead Sunday at Montara State Beach in San Mateo County has been identified as 20-year-old San Francisco resident Rose De Alba, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office. Deputies received a call at about noon Sunday from someone at the beach located off Highway 1 a...
Feeling more like fall
A group of people practice tai chi in San Mateo’s Central Park Wednesday during the first day of cooler weather following several that were in the 90s. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will continue to drop in coming days with a slight chance for rain this weekend....
Napa winemakers harvesting red grapes expect better flavor
RUTHERFORD — Driving north through the Napa Valley before sunrise, portable lights like spaceships illuminate workers in the vineyards. The smell of fermentation and grapes fill the air — the annual wine harvest is underway. At Quintessa winery, grape picking began under a crescent moon at 4 a....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Backers of the campaign say a penny-per-ounce tax is needed ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
San Mateo County police reports
His bark is worse than his bite A person was seen chasing cars on El Camino Real in Redwood City before 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Unincorporated San Mateo County Arrest. A 38-year-old man was arrested for driving while under the influence at the 1000 block of Columbus Street in El Granada ...

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HOBOKEN, N.J. —” A crowded commuter train crashed into the bustling Hoboken station during the mo..
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