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Archive for May, 2007

What happens next after what happened in Vegas?

Greg MunksWe just call it “what happened in Vegas,” and you know what we’re talking about, right? You know, that little mishap on April 21 where San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos got swept up in a raid at a suspected brothel off the Las Vegas strip? And that Munks said in a statement on April 24 that he thought was visiting a legitimate business for a massage after the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay and didn’t break any laws?

Right. Just checking.

We reported Friday that San Carlos resident Michael Stogner was organizing an effort to recall Munks from his post, to which he was elected in November. Rumors have swirled that Stogner would file his notice of intent to recall as soon as this week, so we followed up. According to San Mateo County Elections Officer David Tom, nothing had been filed as of Tuesday.

Stogner confirmed that and said that he would not be filing anything for about a month even though he has the 20 signatures the initial paperwork requires.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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San Bruno foundation aims to save school

Not even a year old, the San Bruno Education Foundation is holding a massive fund-raising effort to keep one of the schools within the San Bruno Park School District open.

The goal is to raise $250,000 by the end of the year, said Patrick Flynn, president of the foundation. Parents will be asked to provide $250 per child, while businesses will be asked to donate $1,000. There are 2,600 kids enrolled within the eight schools.

“It’s crucial for the foundation to start now,” Flynn said. “If we get the whole district involved, then we can stop this. If a school closes, the district would have to rezone and move kids everywhere. We like it the way it is.”

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Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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Democratic convention “insider” tells all

He may not be the Insider, but nevertheless, Redwood City resident Andrew Byrnes was an insider in his own right at the California Democratic Party’s state convention, which was held this past weekend in San Diego.

From one insider to another, Byrnes, the chair of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, shared a few candid thoughts about how the convention really went. Over 30 San Mateo County Democrats attended the convention as delegates or proxies.

Andrew ByrnesIt should be noted that Byrnes, 34, received the party’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service, given annually to two or three Democrats statewide between the ages of 18 and 35 who “have displayed outstanding leadership qualities in the service of others in California” and “have made a substantive difference affecting the lives of Californians in their communities.” (Byrnes is shown here accepting the award last Saturday night, which was presented to him by party Chairman Art Torres.)

But on to that inside scoop.

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Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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New face for health care district

Cheryl FamaOn Monday, the Peninsula Health Care District appointed Cheryl Fama as its executive director. It is a newly created position for the district, which owns the land on which Burlingame’s Peninsula Medical Center is built.

Fama, who was president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco since 2001, will help the district manage its assets and work on improving health care programs throughout the district, which includes Burlingame, Millbrae, San Mateo and surrounding areas.

The appointment comes after voters passed Measure V in August, which authorized hospital operator Mills-Peninsula Health Services to build a new $488 million facility up to seismic snuff. Now, said district spokesman Adam Alberti, the district has shifted its priorities, which partly explains the reason behind Fama’s hiring.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
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Cost overruns on homeless shelter raise eyebrows

The bill for remodeling the Safe Harbor Shelter keeps inching higher, and it finally raised an eyebrow Tuesday, halting a county handover of another $119,000 to the contractor until a better explanation can be had. This latest overrun would have stretched the total payout to Concord-based RGM and Associates to more than $1.6 million.

The explanation given by the county’s Department of Housing was that a number of “unknowns” have arisen in the final stage of the project that RGM couldn’t have anticipated at the time they bid for the job. Some of the remodeling, which began last year, has been completed. (As demonstrated by the new television and dining room in this photo).
Safe Harbor Shelter

RGM was also the contractor who originally built the South San Francisco shelter for the homeless in 2000. The 90-bed shelter serves about 450 people a year.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
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After brief hibernation, Speier lands law firm gig

After being termed out of office in November, former Democratic state Sen. Jackie Speier has emerged from hibernation with a new title: Jackie Speier, Esq.

Jackie SpeierToday Speier launched the next chapter of her life as an attorney at Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Larkspur.

According to a press release, Speier will work in the San Francisco office for the firm’s Public Agency practice. She will have a “crossover role with clients throughout the firm” in areas that have regular government dealings, such as business, transportation, health care, real estate, and senior housing and care. She will also assist “Hanson Bridgett’s continuing effort to help provide a peer review for the doctors serving in the prison healthcare system.”

In some ways, the move is surprising.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
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