Friday, August 21, 2009

Morning News Round-Up -- 8.21.09: These Eyes, These Eyes...

We are pleased to know that the Chronicle is reading Watch Dog (or perhaps some other San Mateo news/blog outlet)... they have a piece today about the Safeway/ Girl Scout non-criminal charge, which was a Wednesday story here.

It is County Fair time, and aside from healthy food at the Fair, the bands have been announced: Boys II Men and Guess Who. And no, wiseguy, it isn't the County Fair from 1989 or 1969.

In other County Fair news... Twelve-year-old Anika Rianzares beat out a bunch of adults, placing second in the County Fair's adult painting competition last weekend.

Roughly 60 employees of the San Mateo County’s courthouse will be out of a job, thanks to the State. The court — and those throughout the State — is already preparing for closures the third Wednesday of every month to help ends meet. But don't worry, because all those folks in prison will be out soon.

It will be an interesting few months in Half Moon Bay, with eight candidates vying for two open City Council seats. Why is there so much interest this year? Half Moon Bay is stuck with bond payments for the next 30 years to pay developer Chop Keenan.

A 30-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and will go to trial in January, two years after he allegedly beat an elderly woman in her Daly City home. There should be plenty of empty beds in Pelican Bay...

It was probably easy for U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier to stand (in heels) for two hours at the Hot Harvest Nights farmers’ market in San Carlos listening to her constituents natter away about health care reform. Easy, because majority of them agreed with her attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care industry. And those who didn’t agree with her were “well-behaved.”

Desperate times call for desperate measures. A man was arrested at the Mollie Stone’s in Burlingame yesterday afternoon for stealing items from a Federal Express truck while he was pretending to be the driver.

Kelly James Weston, the assistant cross-country coach at Menlo-Atherton High School accused of making racially charged remarks to a group of children and pushing an 11-year-old boy, said he only scolded the youngsters. He added that a former Menlo-Atherton coach who was talking to him on the telephone during the dispute can corroborate his account.

Notre Dame de Namur University seems to be benefiting from this recession. Enrollment is surging as more people get laid off from their jobs. So far this year, nearly 1,400 students have already registered for classes, which resume Wednesday. That’s double what it was this time last year. Go Fighting Irish... just kidding.

San Mateo County is suing the owners of a high-end office park in Redwood City, attempting to recover the nearly $1 million in unpaid taxes the office park may owe the County.

Members of the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board criticized the revised plan to expand the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, saying it was “boxy, intimidating and far too massive.” (Enter your favorite Michael Scott joke here...)

Did you notice the red waves off the coast last night? Biologists attribute the “spectacular” glow to an algae bloom off the shore of Miramar. Cool.

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