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Archive for September, 2007

Diamond feels roughed up over Delaware Place


One interesting tidbit in the report on San Mateo’s downtown by San Francisco-based consulting firm Economics Research Associates: According to developers interviewed for the study, there is a general discontent with the city’s planning process, which is filled with uncertainty and “red tape.”

“The Planning Commission’s decision-making process is considered by some in the development community to be lengthy, subjective and arbitrary,” the report stated.

We’re reminded of Jennifer Diamond, who recently settled a suit against the city over a 111-unit housing project on South Delaware Street. Diamond filed the suit last year on behalf of herself and other residents of Ironwood town homes, who felt the four-story Delaware Place project would rob their own complex of sunlight.

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Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Under: Aaron Kinney, San Mateo | 1 Comment »

Fussin’ and feudin’ in Foster City


We wrote two articles in the wake of Monday’s decision by the City Council of Foster City not to place a measure on the February ballot that would have allowed residents to vote on taxing themselves to fund the construction of a public charter high school building. One story reported on the vote itself and the other touched on the fallout.

But we weren’t able to delve into the emotions that played out inside Council Chambers during a long (three-plus hours) and contentious public hearing Monday night. Let’s do that now.

For the Foster City High School Foundation and Envision Schools, the team pushing to include the school on a prized 15-acre parcel of land next to City Hall, things got rocky right from the start.

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Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2007
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Ring on fire


Huijun Ring, one of seven candidates for three seats on Foster City’s City Council, is racking up the endorsements.

One of the first big names was San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill. Now’s she added State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, to her growing team of supporters. She’s also snared the endorsements of Assemblyman Gene Mullin, D-San Mateo, and the Sierra Club. (She’ll discuss environmental issues at an event from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Boothbay Park.)

In addition to Ring, the candidates for the council consist of Councilwoman Linda Koelling and Councilman Rick Wykoff, who are running for re-election; Art Kiesel, a member of the city Planning Commission; Marcia Cohn-Lyle, a member of the San Mateo Union High School District’s Board of Trustees; Patrick McKinnie, a group home counselor; and Stanley Roberts, a television journalist for KRON-4.

Of all the challengers, however, Ring has made the most noise so far. And if form holds from the last time we wrote about her, the comments section will soon fill up with glowing recommendations from her friends and supporters.

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2007
Under: Aaron Kinney, Foster City, Huijun Ring | 8 Comments »

And we’re back!

The Insider is at the keyboard once again after a relaxing three week’s nap.

Rebekah Gordon, our talented and dedicated county reporter, has moved on from the Times and left the Insider in my hands. I’ll do my best to match the quality and quantity of her output.

As always, please send us tips whenever you see or hear something Insider-y.

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2007
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