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John Edwards stop for photo op

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, who made a campaign stop in Berkeley on Sunday, also grabbed a local endorsement from state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.

And what would be an endorsement without a photo op? Voila!

John Edwards and Leland Yee

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Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2007
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Can’t we all just get along?

Citizens for a Better Burlingame held a “Rant ‘n’ Rave” open-mic session Tuesday evening at Copenhagen Bakery on Burlingame Avenue, where 15-20 locals shared what they like and dislike about the city.

Burlingame City Manager Jim Nantell was in attendance and used his rant to make a plea for residents to be more tolerant of conflicting opinions. Nantell was referring in part to Tom the Tree, a eucalyptus on Easton Drive that has inflamed the passions of Burlingame tree lovers.

“I wish the community could be more tolerant and respectful of differing opinions,” said Nantell.

The city’s plan to remove the tree, which has been put on hold, touched off a fierce debate in the community, some of which played out on the Burlingame Voice, a blog that covers local issues.

The architect of the blog, local businessman Stephen Hamilton, and one of its moderators, Stephen’s wife Fiona, were sitting mere feet away. And it was Hamilton who’d organized the night’s gathering.

Awkward! But Hamilton acknowledged Nantell’s remarks with aplomb before returning to the “Rant ‘n’ Rave,” which was inspired by the soap-box sermons delivered in London’s Hyde Park.

Other rant subjects included: Lackluster street-sweeping by city trucks; cigarette-butt littered sidewalks; Allied Waste; and the city’s lack of a performing arts venue.

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
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County counsel’s son in the slammer

The son of San Mateo County Counsel Tom Casey was sentenced earlier this month to 100 days in federal prison stemming from a protest at a military school in Georgia.

Michael Vosburg-Casey, 32, a human rights advocate, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing after he was arrested on Nov. 16 during a protest at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., which houses the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the U.S. Army School of the Americas.

Vosburg-Casey (fifth from left in this photo, with beard) was one of about 25,000 people who gathered at Fort Benning in November to call for the closure of the school. He was arrested after he, as well as 15 others, crawled through a fence onto the school’s property.
Michael Vosburg-Casey

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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
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Three’s company (when it comes to suing DeNardi)

A third civil suit in a week was filed Monday against the Peninsula Humane Society and their captain of field services, Debi DeNardi.

Frog - Laurelwood Pets
Mohammad “Moe” and Farzanea Olfat, the owners of Laurelwood Pets on West Hillsdale Boulevard in San Mateo, are suing for a rash of grievances stemming from a seizure of nearly 200 pets from their store in August. Fish, rodents, birds, rabbits and other small animals (like the fire-bellied toad pictured here) for sale in the store were taken after a search – according to the society – uncovered animals living in dirty cages, rodents being fed improper food, feces in food containers and fish without adequate water.

The search was conducted by DeNardi and San Mateo County probation officers under the terms of Olfat’s probation. Last March, Olfat was placed on supervised probation for selling sick dogs and cats. As part of the plea agreement, Olfat was ordered to not sell dogs and cats, but was allowed to sell small animals. He was ordered to pay restitution to people who purchased the sick animals, serve 14 days in the county jail, pay a $1,100 fine and clean up his pet store.

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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
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Management change-up at Hiller

Jeffrey BassJeffrey Bass will be the new CEO of the Hiller Aviation Institute and Museum in San Carlos, the museum’s board and Chairman Steve Hiller announced Thursday.

Bass replaces interim CEO Dan Putman, a co-founder of Adobe Systems, who will return to his regular responsibilities on Hiller’s board of directors. Putman had been filling in since former CEO Alan Waufle, who had been at the helm since October 2002, stepped down at the end of July and moved to Florida.

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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
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Heavy-hitting endorsement for Holober

A candidate for the 19th Assembly District seat opening next year, Richard Holober landed a high-profile endorsement Thursday: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Barbara Boxer
“When I first ran for the United States Senate in 1992, Richard Holober was one of my first supporters because he shared my vision of the American dream, which includes fairness for our families and consumers and the protection of our environment,” said Boxer, a Democrat from Marin County. “I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for the State Assembly.”

Ah, the ties that bind.

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Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2007
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