Part of the Bay Area News Group

Archive for February, 2007

Are you the next Al Gore?

Show a bunch of local agencies with really long names that you’re smarter than they are by giving them your two cents about how to address global warming in the Bay Area.

Attend the Climate Change Workshop on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Metrocenter Auditorium at 101 8th St. in Oakland to convey your thoughts. This is the second workshop being held, after an overwhelming reponse to one held on Feb. 16.

Seating is limited. RSVP to the event via e-mail at info@mtc.ca.gov or by calling (510) 817-5706. The RSVP deadline is Thursday at noon.

Those who cannot attend can listen to an audiocast of the workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Web site and can submit comments via email to climate@abag.ca.gov.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Can anyone say suit-happy?

Debi DeNardiAfter their claims were rejected by San Mateo County, two women with an ongoing vendetta against Debi DeNardi (pictured here), the Peninsula Humane Soceity and SPCA’s captain of field services, have taken their beef to San Mateo County Superior Court.

In late December, they each filed a claim against the county – a usual precursor to a lawsuit – which was then predictably rejected by the Board of Supervisors in January after review by the office of the County Counsel.

One claimant is Janet Wherry, who faces a jury trial in April for improper care and keeping of a sheep on her Half Moon Bay ranch that was discovered by the society covered with maggots and open wounds.

The other is Redwood City resident Tammy Doukas, who believes that her dog was wrongly euthanized under DeNardi’s watch at the San Mateo Animal Hospital in August and subsequently filed a claim with the San Mateo Police Department. The investigation was forwarded to the office of the District Attorney, who determined last week that criminal charges were not warranted.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Final piece of the puzzle

After a county government reorganization last year allowed the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to each add a third legislative aide to their staffs, the last of the slew of newbies has finally arrived.

Susan “Susie” Altman began last Monday as the third aide for Supervisor Mark Church. An attorney, she most recently finished a year-long stint with the San Francisco-based Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

That brings aide hiring to a close for the supervisors. Some, such as Church, were understaffed for months and were having to backfill positions as well.

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hitting the big time

The California Air Resources Board, which helps set and enforce air pollution rules and regulations for the state, now has a local member among its ranks.
Hill
San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill was recently appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill a board seat designated for a representative of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Hill is the vice chair of the district.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

City manager kudos

croce.jpgArne Croce can manage with the best of them, according to the California City Management Foundation.

The foundation recently honored San Mateo’s city manager for his outstanding contribution to the profession, citing his dedication and his help in the forming of CITIPAC, a political action committee established in 2003 to support ballot measures and other forms of local advocacy.

Croce, who has served in his role with San Mateo for 17 years, deflected the credit to his fellow city employees, praising their “strong sense of purpose” and the pride they take in their jobs.

“I’ve been privileged to contribute to the city management profession and most importantly, to the functioning and well-being, in my case, of San Mateo,” Croce said.

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Coroner clarification

Nicholas PiconLest there be any confusion, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault released a statement Monday to clarify that only a heart defect caused the death of Nicholas Picon (pictured here), a 23-year-old from Daly City who died in October.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Bring the heat!

We wrote an article last week about The Swingin’ Door, an iconic pub in San Mateo that reopened under new ownership on Jan. 22.

Before it changed hands, the pub was called the Prince of Wales and it was known for its ramshackle appearance, darts tournaments and spicy food. (The bar was actually called The Swingin’ Door once before; Jack Curry changed the name to the Prince of Wales when he took over in 1974.)

Among all the items on the menu, Curry’s habanero hamburger was king. For some Silicon Valley employees, coercing new co-workers to eat the burger, which was topped with a homemade hot pepper sauce, developed into a ritual.

We noted in our article that Curry’s famous recipe is no longer on the menu. But new owner Warren Chapman called to inform us that the burger has been resurrected with a new recipe. The sauce is still hot and the burger itself might be better, Chapman said.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Long john swivel

restroom2.jpg

A crane lowers a combination restroom and snack shack into place last week at Burlingame’s Bayside Park. The facility replaces an existing restroom that was not handicap-accessible. (Photo provided by Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department.)

The facility was, thankfully, unoccupied at the time of the move.

Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Burlingame on the airwaves

love1.jpg
Burlingame is going all “Hollywood” Wednesday, courtesy of Bay Area DJ Don Bleu and one Stanford student who wants to be a millionaire.

Bleu and his Star 101.3 morning-drive crew will broadcast a Valentine’s Day edition of their show Wednesday from the Broadway Grill at 1400 Broadway. Everyone who shows up during the 6 to 10 a.m. broadcast gets a free breakfast. Also during the broadcast, which serves to promote the fact that the restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch, Bleu and his merrymakers will conduct a blind date contest, with the winners receiving a limousine ride and free tickets to “Legally Blonde,” the new musical playing at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Another shuffle off to retirement

Add Tom Casey, who has been San Mateo County’s chief lawyer for 20 years, to the list of long-time county officials heading for better days as of late.
Muprhy Casey
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that Casey (right), who first joined the office of the District Attorney in 1972, will retire in August. Casey, 61, rose to chief civil deputy in 1980 and was appointed the first county counsel when the office was created as a separate department in 1987.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »