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Redwood City eyes Airbnb tax: Officials consider ways to boost the construction of affordable housing
The Redwood City Council is exploring a number of options to boost the construction of affordable housing including taxing residents who rent out rooms short term through online companies such as Airbnb. The council will also consider amending the city’s General and Downtown Precise plans to requ...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Gargantuan gourds: Oregon grower wins annual Half Moon Bay weigh-off with 1,969-pound pumpkin
Slumped in the back of a pickup truck, this year’s wondrously rotund winner of the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off traveled from Oregon to excite thousands of spectators in Half Moon Bay Monday morning. Taking home his third title in the 42-year history of the beloved coastsid...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Drought drags on growers: Farmers depend on rain to sustain crops year-round
The impacts of California’s record-setting drought are arguably felt no worse in San Mateo County than by its agricultural industry and the pumpkin farmers whose livelihood depends upon the fall season. Between the upcoming Pumpkin Festival, Halloween and Thanksgiving, hundreds of thousands of pe...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Evidence mounting for El Niño: Rainy winter could ease state drought
LOS ANGELES — Evidence is mounting that the El Niño ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clear...
By Brian Melley The Associated Press FULL STORY
$45M open space purchase at issue with Measure V: Backers say it’s chance to preserve acreage in San Carlos, foes say it’s costly
The last big chunk of open space in San Carlos is currently for sale and voters will decide this election whether to buy it themselves to preserve it as a park or let it remain zoned as is for a potential new neighborhood to spring up in the city’s center. Measure V backers and foes sat down with...
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Schools to explore athletic field project: Collaboration between San Carlos city and school officials stays on track
The groundwork for a possible collaboration between San Carlos city and school officials to install artificial turf at school athletic fields has been laid, under direction of the San Carlos Elementary School District Board of Trustees. The board agreed Thursday, Oct. 8, to move forward with explo...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Community grant benefits local students: Few teachers apply, outreach effort expands in South San Francisco
Some middle school students in South San Francisco will soon enjoy exciting, innovative educational programs purchased with money offered to their teachers by a grassroots community fundraising organization. The South San Francisco Community Outreach Program is offering $5,000 in grant funding to ...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Police asking for public’s help to identify hit-and-run suspect
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver who allegedly struck a pedestrian in Daly City Saturday morning. Around 11:05 a.m., the vehicle struck the pedestrian as the vehicle was exiting the Mission Plaza shopping center, in the 6900 block of Mission Street, according to pol...
Victim punched in face during South City robbery
South San Francisco police are on the lookout for a man who punched someone in the face after demanding money in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Treeside Court Sunday morning. At approximately 6:40 a.m., the victim was approached and said he did not have any money. He was punched and the suspect f...
Man arrested for DUI after collision
A Redwood City man was arrested for DUI after he sped up and crashed into two parked cars after a sheriff’s deputy turned on emergency lights near El Camino Real in San Carlos early Sunday morning. At about 2:33 a.m., a San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy parked on Belmont Avenue saw a car travel...
Class notes
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and state Superintendent Tom Torlakson will be holding a town hall meeting on education with San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne Campbell and Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Jon Gundry Oct. 13 at Cañada College’s Main Theatre. The 90-m...
Government watch
State government • Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 901, authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, Saturday. The bill would put pressure on recycling facilities to report their recycling data to the state in a more timely and accurate fashion, according to Gordon’s office. CalR...
San Mateo County police reports
Meat and greet People were seen selling meat out of a van without a valid business license on Niantic Drive in Foster City before 4:27 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. San Mateo Vandalism. A man who was not a city employee was seen painting a curb red on South El Camino Real before 3:01 p.m. Saturday, ...

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