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Archive for July, 2009

Speier applauds decision to honor Harvey Milk

A couple bits of news out of the office of Rep. Jackie Speier today. First, she released a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on late San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights trailblazer Harvey Milk, who is among 16 recipients of the medal this year:

“I salute President Obama for bestowing our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, a civil rights pioneer who dedicated — and sacrificed — his life so that others might live in a world free of discrimination.

“My hope now is that, along with honoring the man, we also honor his work by making the United States of America a land of true equality and freedom. Harvey Milk will receive his real and rightful honor when our nation sheds the last vestiges of our intolerant past and recognize that all individuals are endowed with the same freedom to marry whom they wish, to seek employment judged on their qualifications and not their orientation, and to live equally with their neighbors in the pursuit of happiness and community.”

On a less serious note, Speier’s office passed along some items in The Hill, which recently profiled Speier’s communications director, Mike Larsen, who until recently was working as a comedy writer in Los Angeles, and included Speier and one of her assistants, Gina Gribow, on its list of the 50 “Most Beautiful” people on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Under: Democratic Party, Jackie Speier, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Good roads

Foster City is touting the fact that it received recognition for having really good roads. Best in the Bay Area, in fact. Yay.

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Under: Foster City, San Mateo County | No Comments »

High-speed rail meeting on Saturday

Rep. Anna Eshoo and state Sen. Joe Simitian will hold a town hall meeting Saturday to discuss the California High-Speed Rail project.

The meeting will take place in Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 650-688-6384 or 408-277-9460.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Under: Anna Eshoo, High-speed rail, Joe Simitian, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, Transportation | No Comments »

County students excell at Berklee College of Music

Who knew there were so many local kids attending, and thriving at, the Berklee College of Music in Boston?

We got an email today saying that eight students from San Mateo County made the dean’s list for the 2009 spring semester, meaning they had GPAs of 3.4 or higher:

— Lauren Blocker, Portola Valley
— Thomas Hass, Moss Beach
— Kelsey Luongo, Hillsborough
— Nate Marsh, Millbrae
— Torin Martinez, Half Moon Bay
— Chayah Miranda, Millbrae
— Heather Rose, Half Moon Bay
— Christopher Sullivan, Burlingame

Congrats to all these students.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Under: Burlingame, Education, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Moss Beach, Portola Valley, San Mateo County, Schools | No Comments »

More photos from controlled burn

Here are three photos that didn’t make it into today’s paper of a controlled burn Wednesday in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District conducted the burn in conjunction with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The district issued a statement today saying weather conditions were favorable and the burn was completed in about four hours:

“The burned area will serve as a fire break during the hotter, drier late summer and fall months, will help control invasive weeds like Harding grass, and increase the abundance and diversity of native California grasses and wildflowers next spring.

“Controlled burns are one of several tools MROSD uses to manage grasslands in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve for the health of the environment and to reduce fire hazard. Four controlled burns have been successfully implemented at Russian Ridge since 1998, and have proven effective in controlling brush, reducing invasive plants, and improving the native grasslands, which are adapted to periodic fire. As a result, Russian Ridge has become a popular Bay Area destination to see spring wildflowers. Other techniques used in combination with controlled burns at Russian Ridge include grazing, seeding, mowing, bio-control insects and selective herbicide application.”

The burn also provided “a valuable opportunity for local fire agencies to practice wildland firefighting and interagency coordination,” according to the statement. “Firefighters from CAL FIRE, the La Honda Fire Brigade, the King’s Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Palo Alto Fire Department and the Ben Lomond Fire Camp as well as rangers from the City of Palo Alto and MROSD participated.”

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Under: Environment, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, San Mateo County | No Comments »