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In-law units may receive new guides: Planners take up rule changes to increase number in Redwood City
Redwood City homeowners wanting to build in-law units in the future may find the city less restrictive about size, parking and residency under a series of recommendations coming before the Planning Commission for consideration. Any changes to the existing ordinance governing accessory dwelling unit...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Half-cent sales tax extension on November ballot: Half Moon Bay officials say it’s necessary for maintenance, library; opponents disagree
This November, Half Moon Bay voters will have the option to extend a half-cent sales tax that officials say will allow the city to continue to make vital infrastructure improvements and build a new library. Measure O is a three-year extension of Measure J, which voters approved in November 2012 and...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Middlefield Road redesign recommended: Plan calls for three lanes, parallel parking and bike lanes
A main San Mateo County thoroughfare in North Fair Oaks will be converted into three lanes of traffic with bike lanes and parallel parking if county supervisors ultimately approve the recommended plan for its multi-million dollar makeover. The county is investing $12.5 million to spruce up Middlefi...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
San Bruno to decide on height limits: Some argue change will revitalize city, others believe it’s not a smart idea
With raising height limits in a stretch of area north of San Bruno’s downtown on the November ballot, those for and against the measure are expressing their concerns and support. Measure N would modify 1977’s Ordinance 1284, which limits building heights, potentially raising them from the curre...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
And they’re off!
San Mateo Mayor Robert Ross, center, joins hundreds of bicyclists for the city’s first Labor Day Family Fun Ride and Bike Rodeo at Bay Meadows. The event, sponsored by the city and the San Mateo United Homeowners Association, included bike safety courses for children and a ride with police officer...
City relooks at smoking regulations: Foster City considers prohibitions for restaurants, apartments, condos
After removing two controversial facets of an ordinance aimed at protecting the public from secondhand smoke, the Foster City Council will reconvene Tuesday night to discuss regulations for restaurants and multi-unit residential buildings. Before passing a new ordinance July 21, the council set as...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Sequoia students helping install purification system: Weeklong trip to Mexico will bring clean water to more than 4,000
Ten Sequoia Union High School District students are seeing what it’s like this week to live with very little, while helping install a water purification system for those less fortunate than them. The students, seniors part of Woodside High School’s Green Academy and Redwood High School’s REAL...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Police issue 61 citations on three city streets
Police in South San Francisco issued 61 citations Friday during a saturation patrol of three city streets plagued by speeding and many injury and fatal accidents, the police department reported. The department flooded Sister Cities, Hillside and Westborough boulevards, where a significant number of...
Bicyclists collide, shut down Highway 84
Two bicyclists were hospitalized after colliding with each other near state Highway 84 in Woodside Monday morning, shutting down the highway for more than two hours, according to San Mateo County sheriff’s officials. The crash was reported at 10:48 a.m. near Highway 84 at Friars Lane, sheriff’s...
More than a dozen arrests, citations in weekend DUI checkpoint
More than a dozen people were arrested or cited in a DUI checkpoint held over the weekend in Burlingame, police said. The checkpoint was held between 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of California Drive, where officers screened 744 vehicles. The operation netted three arrests for...
Bicyclist robs man at gunpoint
A man was robbed at gunpoint in South San Francisco early Monday morning, police said. The robbery was reported at 1:26 a.m. in the 1000 block of Mission Road, where the 49-year-old victim was approached by a suspect who pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him and demanded his wallet and cell...
San Francisco to be first to test urban farming law
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break. The measure lets cities and towns lower the assessed value — and therefore the property taxes — on parcels of land if owners de...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Minor quake hits Northern California
GILROY — The U.S. Geological Survey has registered a minor earthquake in Northern California. The magnitude-3.5 quake struck around 9:10 a.m. Monday about six miles southeast of Gilroy. Gilroy is about 30 miles south of San Jose. A Gilroy police dispatcher says she felt a jolt from the quake, bu...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Birds on old Bay Bridge pose challenge
SAN FRANCISCO — Crews demolishing the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have run into an unusual challenge: birds that won’t leave. The California Department of Transportation says cormorants that call the defunct bridge home have not gone away despite encouragement from...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Class notes
Registration is open for the School of Italian Language and culture of South San Francisco. Classes begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the South San Francisco Adult School campus at 825 Southwood Drive in South San Francisco. Classes run until 12:30 p.m. and end on Dec. 13. For more information an...
Government Watch
City government • The Burlingame City Council will vote 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 on whether to update speed limits on Burlingame roads. This would raise the speed limit from 35 to 40 mph on Skyline Boulevard between Trousdale Drive and the south city limit. Speed limits on California Drive between...
San Mateo County police reports
Game over A teenager was reported to be yelling due to his parents taking away his video games on Columbus Avenue in Burlingame before 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. San Mateo Disturbance. Two men were found sleeping in a laundry room on the first block of West Fifth Avenue before 10:51 a.m. Wednesda...

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