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Redwood City residents outraged over the proposed brownout of Fire Engine 9 received good news Monday when staff announced the vital engine would be retained, charging city staff with returning to the council with new ideas on how to save city funds ahead of a long economic recovery. 

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Decked out: Someone lost control of an electronic skateboard and hit a group of kids in Redwood City. Then one of the parents took the skateboard and hurt the owner with it, resulting in injuries, it was reported at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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After nearly two months of being in the most restrictive tiers within the state’s COVID-19 reopening framework, San Mateo County has brought infection rates down low enough to enter into the next less restrictive tier.

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Nearing the end of the city review process, an 8.3-acre development proposal in Redwood City will come before the Planning Commission Tuesday evening, requesting support for the proposal’s environmental review and mitigation efforts. 

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The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs outages in parts of San Mateo County and Half Moon Bay will continue in some parts until noon on Tuesday, as part of the broader PSPS outages throughout the Bay Area due to Red Flag warnings.

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South San Francisco’s population could grow by 44,000 residents and the local base of jobs could double over the next 20 years, according to the guiding principles of a master planning update recently endorsed by city officials.

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A 29-year-old man was arrested for several felony and misdemeanor charges Saturday after allegedly pistol-whipping someone and taking a man’s necklace at Hoover Park in Redwood City, according to the Police Department.

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Businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic, especially dry cleaners. Now into its eighth month, these essential businesses are still struggling to stay afloat.

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Still bracing for severe long-term budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic, San Mateo’s general fund reflects stronger gains than expected, said city staff, who expect COVID-related losses to be greater represented in future budgets.

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Plans calling for a new hotel and electronic billboard over Highway 101 in Millbrae received mixed reviews and unenthusiastic approvals from officials who shared concerns regarding the building’s design and the sign’s necessity.

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With an uncertain financial future compounding concerns regarding the mounting debt related to retirement benefits for employees, officials are examining strategies for addressing Burlingame’s unfunded liability.

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Peninsula Health Care District officials need to do a better job reaching out to the public regarding plans to build affordable housing in the proposed wellness community surrounding Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, according to a recent grand jury report.

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Officials gathered last week in Foster City for the groundbreaking of the landmark levee improvement project that will protect the community from storm and flood hazards, reinforce the levee against earthquake damage and improve the popular levee trail.

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With tax revenue weighed down by the pandemic while the need for community resources is increasing, the Redwood City Council will be asked to approve an updated fiscal year 2020-21 budget reflecting cuts and freezes to various services — including the fire and police department. 

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Upholding a planning division decision to deny a request to remove 29 of 31 protected pine trees, the San Carlos Planning Commission cited a review by fire officials that the trees serve no danger to the community as long as they are well maintained.  

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A San Mateo man who previously pleaded no contest to two felonies for attacking multiple woman in separate incidents on the Foster City Pedway last summer was sentenced Friday to 16 months prison time, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday after it was discovered he may have burglarized a Millbrae storage unit multiple times and stole about $60,000 worth of high-end wine, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

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San Mateo police, in conjuction with the DEA, will collecting pills and patches for disposal at the department headquarters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California prosecutors said Friday they will again seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago, even as a county judge considers throwing out his underlying conviction because of a tainted juror.

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With hopes of making way for rebuilding a former theater into a sweeping apartment complex, South San Francisco officials disagreed with a regional board’s finding that the proposal conflicts with noise regulations surrounding the airport’s flight path.

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Officials admired an ambitious housing and office building proposed near the Burlingame’s northern border, but stopped short of approving plans due to concerns over potential traffic and parking problems.

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Members of the Millbrae sports community and neighbors to Mills Estate Park disagreed over plans for revitalizing the neglected nearly 5 acres of open space which officials are hoping to fix with state grant money.

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Did they learn their lesson? Someone with dirty blonde hair, bloodshot eyes and wearing a gray sweater jumped over a resident’s fence and proceeded to say they were a teacher on Rochester Street in San Mateo, it was reported at 5:57 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

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BART is on track to face a $33 million budget deficit by next summer if the agency does not see an increase in passengers or more federal relief funding in the coming months, agency officials said at BART’s Board of Directors meeting Thursday.

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A woman with a bag of golf clubs slung over her shoulder stepped inside Burlingame Golf Center Wednesday looking to sharpen her swing.

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As some schools begin reopening and the holiday season approaches, San Mateo County officials launched coronavirus testing for children Tuesday, serving nearly 400 minor residents with capacity for 500 per day.

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DNA evidence helped identify two additional victims of a homeless man arrested in August for violently raping a woman in San Mateo and a total of six new charges were filed in the new cases for the crimes that allegedly took place in Redwood City.

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Three are vying to represent Redwood City’s District 7 that consists of the predominantly residential Farm Hill area — recently retired community police officer Chris Rasmussen, incumbent Alicia Aguirre and nonprofit program facilitator Mark Wolohan. 

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Some people get excited when something good happens to them. Some may laugh or scream or even do a little dance, and some get downright giddy. That’s what happened to Anthony Li when he realized he won a $20 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot — he couldn’t stop giggling.

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With San Mateo County meeting the first week of metrics required to move into the next restrictive tier in the state’s reopening framework, San Mateo County health officials expressed optimism additional restrictions may be lifted in the coming weeks. 

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Millbrae officials are attempting to tamp down community concern that plans are in motion to rebuild Mills Estate Park into a sports complex, while seeking feedback on potential direction to take the public space.

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Following a trail of witnesses, one who took a video of the emerging incident, police were able to apprehend a man who stabbed another man three times outside the Sequoia Station Safeway a couple of weeks ago in Redwood City after allegedly thinking he was talking to him rather than on his c…

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders are set to approve hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller.

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Two juvenile raccoons were found inside a closed bank in Redwood City Tuesday and, while they had masks, nothing was taken, according to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, which was called to the scene.

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There are two, main components to smoothly distribute food for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Obviously having enough food to cover the need is job No. 1, and Second Harvest currently has a handle on that —as tenuous as it may be.

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South San Francisco officials endorsed a plan allowing Genentech to nearly double the size of its expansive campus, potentially clearing the path for more than 4 million square feet of further commercial development.

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Sequoia Union High School District students will be required to take ethnic studies before graduating, according to officials who directed educators to craft a curriculum tailored to specific interests of the local school community.

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Vying to represent Redwood City’s District 3, consisting of the majority minority neighborhood of Friendly Acres, activist Lissette Espinoza-Garnica, public health professional Isabella Chu and incumbent Janet Borgens emphasized equity in their vision for the city.