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Jobless rate hits new low in California: State adds 90,100 jobs last month, every sector contributes to gains
SACRAMENTO — California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The un...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Redwood City takes long-term look at flooding: San Mateo County Board of Supervisors declares local emergency
As San Mateo County supervisors formally declared a local state of emergency Friday afternoon in response to recent storms, Redwood City officials said they are taking a long-term look at flood protection to prevent situations like the flooding of two mobile home parks. Redwood City has worked for ...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Tomatina opens doors: Restaurant looks to anchor corner of Fourth Avenue and B Street in San Mateo
All hands were on deck at for the soft opening of Tomatina in downtown San Mateo this week before it officially opened its doors Friday. The soft opening of the Italian restaurant’s seventh location Tuesday was an opportunity to test the waters and engage the community with the proceeds of ...
By Kerry Chan Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Local options for last-minute gifts: Shopping local puts emphasis back on community
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and with it the pressure to find the perfect holiday gifts. Amidst the bargains of big box stores and the comfortable convenience of the Internet, local businesses and artisans remain an important factor in the holiday season. “It’s becoming a Dece...
By Dave Newlands Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Former deputy gets 90-day prison evaluation
A former San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy who beat an ex-girlfriend’s date at her house after reportedly tracking her down during his shift will be evaluated at a state prison for 90 days before a judge decides an appropriate sentence. Colin Troy Smith, 43, of San Carlos, faces more than nine ...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Reports say accused dog burner insane; trial set for next year
A San Mateo man accused of killing his pet Jack Russell terrier and burning the body in a barbecue during a psychotic break was insane at the time, according to doctors who evaluated him. Those conclusions do not spare Ryan Gee, 28, a jury trial on felony animal abuse charges but will be introduced...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
DA will not charge five people arrested for civil disobedience: In-home health workers, union protesting low wage
Five people arrested for refusing to leave a Board of Supervisors’ meeting where they protested the wages of in-home health workers will not be charged, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday. The five arrested — SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry; Luisa Blue, chief elected offi...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
New BART president elected
Director Tom Blalock of Fremont was elected Thursday by his colleagues on the BART Board of Directors to serve as the board’s president for the next year. It’s the third time that Blalock is serving as board chairman during his 20 years on the board. Blalock said he is dedicated to expanding B...
Man, 29, hospitalized after shooting in East Palo Alto
A 29-year-old Livermore resident is in critical but stable condition after he was shot in East Palo Alto early Friday morning, police said. Police responded to a report of shots fired at 1805 E. Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto at 1:33 a.m., police said. Police found a 29-year-old Livermore man wit...
Man gets three years probation for robbery, shooting
A South San Francisco resident was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after pleading no contest to two felony charges stemming from a drug-related robbery where one person was shot and wounded, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday. Prosecutors said Oceanic J...
SFO restaurant workers reach tentative contract deal
San Francisco International Airport food service workers and restaurant management announced Friday that they have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year contract ensuring an increase in wages, health insurance and pension benefits, an SFO spokesman said. The tentative collective bargaining ag...
Cities shutting down over holidays
Those with city business or a hankering for a borrowed book have a small window to get it done as city halls, community centers and libraries shut down for the holidays. While essential services like police, fire and public works aren’t affected by the holiday closures or truncated hours, others ...
Daily Journal Staff Report FULL STORY
Ex gets five years prison for torching man’s bed
A 21-year-old Redwood City woman who torched her ex-boyfriend’s bed with him in it more than two years ago was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. Jacqueline Alexandra Rivera faced that maximum after pleading no contest in September to felony arson and assault rather than stand trial for at...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Class notes
Sequoia High School organized a field trip for about 165 International Baccalaureate students on Dec. 2 to see the Ai Weiwei Exhibit on Alcatraz free to all students. Justine Rutigliano and Mozy da Costa Pinto organized the event in collaboration with Lisa McCahon in the IB Office. This trip was ma...
Government watch
City government • There will be a change of command ceremony to honor the new Fire Chief Gerald Kohlmann 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Fire Station 61, 480 N. Canal St. in South San Francisco. Refreshments will be served....
San Mateo police reports
What a waste A resident reported that their neighbor’s dog had been treating their lawn like a bathroom for more than two years on Lyonridge Lane in San Mateo before 8:47 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15. San Mateo Burglary. A man wearing all black was seen using a hanger to try to get into a black Toyota...

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