Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Morning News Round-Up -- 10.08.08 The Post Debate Edition

A State fund that helps monitor contamination at the County's beaches a creeks got cut. Why would we want to know if there is E. coli in the water anyway? That takes all the fun out of swimming...Daily News, San Mateo County Times

The Daily News folks (Redwood City, Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Mateo) will be getting a face-lift online starting tomorrow. As someone who trolls these sites regularly, I can only say, thank you, thank you, thank you...

A Charter school denied by Sequoia Union High School District appealed that decision to the San Mateo County Board of Education. A hearing will be held on November 5th (the day after the election) and action will be taken on December 3rd.

It seems that for hotel marketing purposes, Palo Alto will be part of San Mateo County. Palo Alto is paying to be part of the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Watch Dog wonders how the folks at the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau feel about this...and does this add to the Palo Alto succession movement -- yesterday they can't decide on supporting or opposing BART to Santa Clara County, now this? What's next?

Local government officials are balking at the price tag a new recycling center -- $65+ million dollars. Menlo Park delayed taking action on this yesterday so that the SBWMA, the folks who handle garbage, could come back with a new financing plan. A plan by and agency that has been in the works for years is all of sudden going to change how they are going to finance the project? Sounds like a swell idea...oh, and the idea came from a Hillsborough City Councilmember. This story also covers ground covered on Watch Dog before and goes a bit further: Burlingame and Belmont have hinted about dropping out of this "JPA" that runs garbage and Atherton officials postponed a study session on the issue for next week.

SSF Unified School District election face off in a debate. Recap here. One of the candidate's last name is Bush...that's an unfortunate political last name these days...

Redwood City's "blueprint" was the topic of discussion at a joint Planning Commission/Housing and Human Concerns Committee meeting yesterday. The meeting and the blueprint was "All decisions" -- according to Senior Planner Tom Passanisi. Sounds like a fun meeting...

A San Bruno parcel tax could go before voters in March 2009. Watch Dog has to ask -- is there an election in March?

Daily Journal chimes in on local measures:
Measures Q and R (business license taxes on parking lots and rental car operators) -- they say no go.

Measures S and U (Belmont-Redwood Shores and San Carlos elementary school districts). Both are parcel taxes and both seemingly need a 2/3 majority to pass -- they say yes to these two.

Measure X for Millbrae schools -- a bond needing 55% of the vote -- they say yes.
This is fun/funny. You remember the story about John Johns (including a cool photo) that was on Watch Dog previously. Well, it seems on the online version of the Almanac Councilmember Charles Marsala and former (fired) Town employee John Johns are squaring off. Watch Dog cordially invites them to a pay-per-view boxing match to be covered on Watch Dog exclusively...

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