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More from Memorial Day weekend

We didn’t have a chance to get all the great photos we shot on Saturday at Golden Gate National Cemetery into the newspaper. Here’s a sampling of some of those images. In the photo above, John Loftus, a member of Troop 50 from Palo Alto, carries a load of flags to place on graves at the San Bruno cemetery. (Photo by John Green/MediaNews.) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts from around the Bay Area placed more than 116,000 flags on graves for Memorial Day.

Another one of those Scouts was Moroni Mafi, above, of Troop 34 in San Bruno. (John Green/MediaNews)

Curt Shepord and his wife, Paige, who live in Arizona, visited the graves of her parents — First Lt. Anne Arcularius and father Lt. Cpl. Robert Arcularius — both of whom served in the military during World War II. (Maria Avilas/MediaNews)

A bird perches atop a tombstone in the photo above. Below, Howard Yoneta and his wife, Glynis, of San Mateo, paid their respects to her father, William Finster Busch, who served in the Korean War. (Both photos by Maria Avila/MediaNews.)

Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Under: San Bruno, San Mateo County | 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 »

Another look at Super Tueday

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So where did it all go wrong for Barack Obama on Tuesday? He appeared to be gaining in polls of California voters leading up to the election, the Bay Area seemed to be a receptive environment for his campaign and he even looked to have run a better grassroots campaign in San Mateo County.

Meanwhile, the campaign of Hillary Clinton appeared to skirt the county, focusing on San Francisco and then skipping down to Palo Alto and Silicon Valley. For example, a listing of local events on Clinton’s Web site on the weekend before Super Tuesday contained multiple entries for Santa Clara County and not a single one for San Mateo County.

Several things appeared to have been at play. For one, we learned all over again that polls are fallible. In particular, a Zogby poll that showed Obama surging into the lead statewide turned out to be flat-out wrong.

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Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2008
Under: 2008 Presidental Race, Aaron Kinney, Barack Obama, Colma, Democratic Party, East Palo Alto, Elections Office, Hillary Clinton, San Bruno, San Mateo County | 1 Comment »