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More graduation photos

A bunch of good photos from the Carlmont, Jefferson and Terra Nova high school graduations last week were left on the cutting-room floor. Here’s the best of what didn’t get into the paper. In the photo above, Charlotte Carpenter waves to family members during Jefferson’s graduation ceremony Thursday in Daly City. (Photo by John Green)

Jefferson class speaker Bongie Matudio (left) leads her fellow seniors onto the football field. (John Green)

Joshua Delai stikes a pose after receiving his diploma at Terra Nova’s ceremony Thursday in Pacifica. (Photo by Dan Honda)

Jessie Harris takes pictures at Carlmont’s graduation Friday in Belmont. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont’s Associated Student Body President Mitchell Cappa gives a thumbs-up to the graduating class. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont senior Josephine Kitekeiaho shows her joy at receiving her diploma. (Dan Honda)

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Under: Belmont, Daly City, Education, Pacifica, San Mateo County, Schools | No Comments »

Speier oversight panel meets tonight

Rep. Jackie Speier’s Citizens Oversight Panel, which is charged with reviewing local appropriations requests, will meet tonight at 6 at the San Mateo Community College District Offices, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo.

Thirteen transportation projects will be reviewed, including projects in Brisbane, Burlingame, Millbrae, Pacifica and San Bruno.

Here are the projects, as listed in a press release from Speier’s office:

City of San Francisco — Ocean Avenue Streetscape project.

City of Burlingame — U.S. 101/Broadway Interchange Reconstruction Project.

SamTrans and CalTrain (2 projects) — Electric Multiple Units and Redi-Wheels Vehicle Expansion.

City of Pacifica — Manor Drive Overcrossing and Milagra On-Ramp.

San Mateo County City/County Association of Governments (3 projects) — San Mateo County Smart Corridors; U.S. 101 Auxiliary lanes from San Bruno to San Francisco County line; Alternative analysis (study) for operational improvement of the U.S. 101/SR92 interchange.

City of Millbrae — Millbrae Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing Project.

City of Brisbane — Bayshore Boulevard Overlay Project.

City of San Bruno (3 projects) — Caltrain Grade Separation Project; Streetlight Rehabilitation and Energy Efficiency Upgrade; Sidewalk, Lighting, Accessibility and Landscape Improvement Project.

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Brisbane, Burlingame, Democratic Party, Jackie Speier, Millbrae, Pacifica, Public Works, SamTrans, San Bruno, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Dirty deeds alleged in Pacifica

A potentially embarrassing lawsuit filed against the city of Pacifica by former finance director Maureen Lennon reared its head at a recent Times editorial meeting with three City Council candidates.

Challenger Tod Schlesinger cited the suit in alleging that Pacifica’s city government does not operate with sufficient transparency and even engages in wrongdoing behind closed doors.

Schlesinger specifically cited a letter, dated Sept. 30, in which Lennon’s attorney mentioned “rumored attempts” by members of the City Council and City Attorney Cecelia Quick to “hide or destroy documents.”

Councilman Cal Hinton responded to Schlesinger’s accusations by saying the challenger does not have all the facts.

“I know of no inappropriate actions by the city,” Hinton said.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
Under: 2008 Local Races, Aaron Kinney, City Council, Corruption, Lawsuits, Pacifica, Political Campaigns | No Comments »

Philanthropy in the highest Digre


Our sincerest apologies for the huge gap in postings. The Insider went off the rails following the San Diego wildfires and continuing through the elections. We’re now back to our regular schedule.

Speaking of San Diego, when the Insider tagged along with a special California Medical Assistance Team in late October on its mission to help thousands of residents who were turned out of their homes by wildfires, we encountered several members with Bay Area ties.

Among them was Erick Digre, 55, husband of none other than Sue Digre, a member of the Pacifica City Council. (Erick is pictured above with fellow Cal-MAT worker and San Rafael resident Crystal Wright, whose husband is a firefighter for the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department.)

Erick Digre, who works as a ranger patrolling the Crystal Springs watershed, serves with Cal-MAT as a medic. He also volunteers with the Red Cross when he gets a chance.

Digre is highly self-effacing and doesn’t like to talk about his work helping others. Asked why he works for Cal-MAT, he said simply, “I don’t see me not doing this.”

But he was happy and proud to talk about his children. Erick and Sue have one son, a San Francisco firefighter, who’s been to Iraq twice with the Marine Reserves.

Their other son is training to be a combat medic with the U.S. special forces, while their daughter is an emergency room nurse. Oh, and Sue works with handicapped children.

The Insider feels insufficiently altruistic.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
Under: Aaron Kinney, City Council, Pacifica | No Comments »