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South City OKs redesign: Council approves downtown improvement project despite residents’ concerns
A large-scale plan to overhaul and beautify downtown South San Francisco received unanimous City Council approval Wednesday night amid concerns that the project may drive up prices and force longtime residents out of town. The Downtown Station Area Specific Plan, took three years of planning and p...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Police step up pedestrian safety effort: South City officers encouraging driver safety after bicycle, pedestrian deaths
In an effort to raise awareness while deterring injuries and fatalities, South San Francisco police will spend February stepping up bicycle and pedestrian safety operations. South San Francisco police have investigated two fatalities and 145 injury collisions over the last three years while mappin...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Plans for next year’s Super Bowl kicking off: San Mateo County officials and organizers set sights on coming crowd in 2016
With eager fans loading up on chips, dips and brewskies for this weekend’s big game, San Mateo County officials are gearing up for the 2016 Super Bowl set to draw thousands to the Peninsula. As Santa Clara’s new Levi’s Stadium is set to host the 50th Super Bowl, locals are hopeful of attract...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Social worker facing 10 new felony counts: Third victim comes forward in former HSA employee sex case
A third girl has alleged a former San Mateo County social worker had sex with her, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Manuel Sedillo, 38, of Santa Clara, was charged with 10 new felony counts Thursday and had his bail raised from $400,000 to $600,000, prosecutor Sean Gallagher told the ...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Redwood City makes way for charters: Schools to be spread across district, but some still harbor reservations
The decision to grant two charter schools classrooms on Redwood City Elementary School District campuses next year is being made with measured enthusiasm. The district Board of Trustees unanimously approved allowing KIPP Excelencia Preparatory to move into Kennedy Middle School, and splitting Rock...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Defense attorney wants DA to give up ‘Sunny Day’ case
A defense attorney in the “Sunny Day” case has asked Attorney General Kamala Harris to take over its prosecution based on San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe initially seeking the death penalty in the high-profile gang murder case. Paul DeMeester, who represents Roberto Bustos-Mo...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Caltrain conducts late-night tests of new equipment
Caltrain will be conducting safety tests for new equipment aimed at enhancing safety and adhering to federal mandates. The tests require trains to run in the middle of the night between San Mateo and Menlo Park from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, according to the transit agency. The tests are part of the Adva...
San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby. Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said Thursday that it’s unclear if all the remains be...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Reporters’ notebook
Half Moon Bay’s new City Manager Magda Gonzalez received the 2015 Ethical Hero Award from the International City/County Management Association’s California affiliate. Gonzalez was presented the award Jan. 28 during the League of California Cities’ City Managers Department conference in San Fra...
Government watch
City government • The San Carlos City Council voted Monday to send a letter to the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees expressing its concerns about a proposed location in East San Carlos for a magnet high school regarding traffic, impacts on nearby Laureola Park, incompatibility...
San Mateo police reports
Ill suited A man wearing only his underwear was bothering customers of a restaurant on Shoreway Road in Belmont before 9:39 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. Redwood City Gun shots heard. Multiple gunshots were heard on Avocet Drive before 7:33 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Arrest. A person was arrested for dri...

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