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Kucinich to make Pacifica appearance Saturday

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, the oft-presidential candidate who is at it again for the 2008 Democratic ticket, will be speaking Saturday at the Sanchez Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., in Pacifica.

The event will start at 1:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. Kucinich is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. The Ground Truth, a documentary film of U.S. soldiers’ stories on the ground in Iraq, will be shown at 2 p.m. There will be additional entertainment from Pacifica musician Ian Butler, East Bay comedian Johnny Steele and San Francisco motivational speaker Michael Prichard. Refreshments will be served.

A donation of $10 will be requested at the door (but, as any astute voter knows, this is also a fundraiser, so Kucinich is not about to turn away deeper pockets). The event is sponsored by the Coastside Democrats, the Pacifica Democrats and the Pacifica Peace People.

According to the Coastside Democrats, “hear the most anti-war presidential candidate speak out on Iraq/Iran, domestic policies, global warming, and his Department of Peace Campaign.”

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2007
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Political tides turn in Emerald Hills

For some residents of Emerald Hills and Oak Knoll Manor in unincorporated Redwood City, Tuesday night’s homeowners’ association elections evoked a tone reminiscent of November’s Democratic takeover of Congress.

But it was a war in their neighborhood – not the one in Iraq – which voters were disenchanted with.

Ostensibly fed up with leaders in the Emerald Hills Homeowners Association who had proposed changes to zoning policies that many felt were too restrictive, residents of an opposing grass roots coalition took two seats in board elections by a nearly two to one margin.

“Those issues came to the forefront last night, very clearly,” said newly-elected board member Michael Mangini. “I completely understand why these rules came about. But the effect has not been positive – it’s hurt people.”

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Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2007
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Tissier heading up MTC pursestrings committee

Adrienne TissierSan Mateo County just might have inched a little closer to some of those coveted dollars to alleviate local traffic woes.

On Wednesday, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President Adrienne Tissier was apppointed chair of the Programming and Allocations Committee for Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

It may not sound like much, but the committee is responsible for recommending transportation projects for funding consideration by the full commission. The committee allocates funds from the Bay Area’s portion of $40.1 billion in statewide infrastructure bonds that were passed by voters in November.

The commission, known as the MTC, has 19 members and is the Bay Area’s regional transportation planning and financing agency.

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2007
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No love for Menlo Park in Tuscaloosa

There is no love lost between Karen Coleman, a resident blogger for the Tuscaloosa News in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Menlo Park.

Coleman blogs for the newspaper’s Web site about her musings as a new resident in the city’s West End neighborhood, and wrote Tuesday that she rather enjoys that her neighbors can freely park cars and leave junk in their front yards. Unlike other locales she has lived in, she wrote, Tuscaloosa doesn’t tell residents what to do with their property.

And of all the places she called home in California during her tour of duty here, Menlo Park had the lengthiest list of aesthetic ordinances, which she called “beyond ridiculous.”

“No joke, the City Council agenda and report packets for both of those towns were as thick as a big-city phonebook most weeks. They had ordinances regulating how and what kind of trees could be planted, parameters for the dimensions of houses, and all manner of ‘traffic calming’ tactics that included blocking off streets near the paper there to create a labyrinth that only longtime residents could figure how to navigate,” she posted. “You don’t want to live like that.”

Coleman says she’ll take a couch on the porch any day of the week, something that, even the Insider admits is hard to come by in these parts. Check out her entire post for yourself, and weigh in with a thought or two for her or the Insider while you’re at it.

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
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Daly City backs food workers; South City next?

GenentechGenentech cafeteria workers got a vote of confidence Monday from the Daly City Council, which approved a “code of conduct” that asks the company to provide fair wages and better health benefits for its contract food service employees.

“They treat their regular workers very well,” said Councilwoman Judith Christensen, charging that when it comes to its cafeteria workers, the biotech giant (shown here) absolves itself of responsibility for their welfare by contracting out the jobs.

With the encouragement of Unite Here, a hospitality labor union that has taken the multi-billion-dollar company to task regarding its low-paid contract laborers, several Genentech cafeteria workers attended Monday night’s meeting.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
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New San Mateo cafe

A new eatery is attempting to capitalize on a prime location next to the Century 12 theaters in downtown San Mateo.

Appeteasers (or was it Appe “Teasers”?) is gone – along with its tricky name – and Bacio Cafe (shown here) is in, making for a gustatory transition from wine and cheese to cappuchino and panini.

Owner Nico Tuason, 32, hopes to entice pre- and post-movie crowds with lunch, dinner and late-night menus. “Bacio” means “kiss” in Italian; Tuason and his wife came up with the name after a romantic trip to Italy.

Bacio CafeThe restaurant, located at 220 Main St. (i.e., on the alley that runs by the theater), features some outdoor seating and has been open for several weeks now.

They have job postings online, but they’re still working on their Web site, most of which is filled with stock Latin phrases serving as place holders.

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
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Broadmoor police powers bill chugs forward

The last single-purpose special district in California with its own police force inched closer Wednesday to getting full powers for its officers.

The state’s Senate Local Government Committee approved a bill on a 5-0 vote that would fully recognize the Broadmoor Police Protection District. Currently the agency is limited by legal wording from performing certain duties typical of local law enforcement.

“The passage of SB 230 will have a huge impact on the lives of Broadmoor residents by allowing the department to release sexual predator information to residents (and) issue certain permits,” bill author and state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said in a statement.

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Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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Know a fantabulous small biz?

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, wants residents and organizations of San Mateo County to nominate exemplary small businesses for the 2007 8th Senate District Small Business of the Year award.

Applications can be obtained online or by contacting Yee’s San Mateo district office at (650) 340-8840. The deadline for nominations is 12 p.m. Friday. Nominees are selected based largely on their contributions to the community.

During his four years in the Assembly, Yee honored small businesses with the 12th Assembly District Small Business of the Year award. Past recipients include Georgette’s of Westlake, Serra Bowl and Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant, all in Daly City.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
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Unfazed by new “watch,” and other Lantos musings

Tom LantosA handful of residents have started up Lantos Watch, an activist group of sorts to push Congressman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, to represent their views with his votes, as well as to get people to pay closer attention to what is (and isn’t) going on in Washington.

Used to seeing Lantos in Congress for so long – this marks his 14th term – constituents have become too complacent, said Burlingame resident Pat Gray, a founding member of Lantos Watch.

“Every time he sends out his nice little fliers and campaign information and his report from Congress, it all just sounds swell and everybody just doesn’t really think about or pay attention to what are his actual votes in Congress,” said Gray, who ran against Lantos in 2004 as the Green Party candidate. “In fact, if they knew how he was voting, the might not be so pleased.”

The group held their first meeting Thursday night.

“We want to kind of push him more to be concerned about the feelings of the people here in the district,” Gray said. “Specifically, of course, with this war.”

Asked about it Friday, however, Lantos was unfazed, and perhaps even a little nonplussed, by the watch formation.

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Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
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Coyote Point Museum has someone new in charge

As promised, the Coyote Point Museum has finally named their new executive director: Rachel Meyer.
Rachel Meyer
For 11 years, Meyer was the executive director of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. During her time there, according to the museum, Meyer “led a turnaround effort that included capital upgrades, new exhibits and new programs resulting in a significant increase in both earned and contributed revenue.”

“We feel that Rachel has the skill sets and personal traits that are a perfect fit for the museum at this time in our history,” Linda Lanier, the president of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement.

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Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
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