Posts Tagged ‘plastic bag’

Daily Fetch 10.24.12: A plastic bag-free Game 1…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

While the world follows the Giants World Series quest (and some sort of national campaign that’s going on) the County Board of Supervisors banned plastic bags… and 24 cities are about to follow suit

Speaking of the Board of Supervisors, they will not be pleased with the Mercury News Editorial today asking voters to vote no on the ½ cent sales tax

To San Bruno… Yesterday, some folks in San Bruno were calling for the head of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey.  Today, some folks are calling for former Senator George Mitchell to quit the CPUC/PG&E mediation talks

The Sequoia Union High School District Board is going to find itself in a very hot seat… their enrollment is growing, which means they need to figure out how to accommodate the growing student body.  But when you need to start talking “about possible changes to boundaries, facilities and curriculum…” your meetings are going to fill up very, very quickly with angry parents…

Speaking of filling up public meetings… “…An eight-acre span of car lots on El Camino Real will turn into a mixed-use complex of medical offices, offices, retail and housing, if developer John Arrillaga goes forward with his plan for Stanford University properties in Menlo Park...”

Daily Fetch 9.28.11: National Security and the HMB Airport…

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Our top story today is from the Half Moon Bay Review.  Here’s what happened:  ”…Two F-15C fighter jets patrolling the Bay Area skies on Sunday afternoon intercepted a Coastside pilot and forced him to land at Half Moon Bay Airport…”  It was all because of the “No Fly” zone set up for the President’s visit… Goose and Maverick were on their game…
We hope you have plenty of plastic bags stored up in your home, because the County is thinking about a County-wide ban.  Let the plastic-industry-backed lobbying begin!
From San Bruno:  Congresswoman Jackie Speier is not too pleased with Senator Rand Paul because he is standing in the way of a pipeline safety bill in the Senate.  Mr. Paul, when Congresswoman Speier is angry with you, get the hell out of the way…
We don’t know whether this is a great sign for local government or just plain crazy.  From Bonnie Eslinger at the Daily News:  San Mateo County supervisors approve $33 million in additional spending.  (Emphasis added…)  The County had $33 million just lying around?
Kaiser San Mateo opened yesterday… Everyone was there.  Were you?
Finally, there was a bad accident in East Palo Alto early this morning as the police were chasing a suspect.

Daily Fetch 4.27.11: Earning your Republican stripes…

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

San Jose’s City Manager warned employees earlier in the week (which we learned from San Jose Inside) that cuts were coming.  Well, last night we learned that 106 San Jose Police Officers got pink slips… A vanishing police department indeed… On a positive SJPD note, the Merc Editorial Board thinks the new Chief is starting off on the right foot.  Of course, he is now the Chief of 100+ fewer officers…
That’s not all that’s getting cut in San Jose… Christmas in the Park and other downtown San Jose festivities are on the chopping block too because of a Redevelopment on the ropes.  But a groups (Mayor Reed, Councilmember Liccardo, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Downtown Association) are all trying to raise a bunch of cash to keep the festivities alive
County Supervisors banned single-use plastic bags yesterday… but not before the lone Republican on the Board of Supervisors (Mike Wasserman) earned his Republican stripes and vote no…
Parking in downtown Palo Alto… everyones’ favorite topic of conversation as they grab their coffee at University Cafe.  But local downtown residents think the overflow parking that is taking over their streets is not cool and they may get residential permits to make them happier
While we’re in Palo Alto… Usually it’s PG&E that gets the brunt of the coverage about gas pipelines.  But since Palo Alto does its own utility thing, they are about to allocate about $4 million to research their gas lines that intersect with sewer lines

Daily Fetch 2.10.11: $400,000, 6 cell towers, 2 mountain lions, and zero dead squirrels…

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Caltrain CEO Mike Scanlon said he is “prepared to make some sacrifice” of his $400,000 contract… Perhaps it would have been more appropriate and more believable if he had prepared to make these sacrifices before the media coverage of his salary…
Could local cities implement a plastic bag ban more effectively than a city-by-city approach? We’ll see… We bet the pro-plastic lobbyists don’t think so…
Menlo Park agrees it won’t poison squirrels again.  Again?
While we’re in Menlo Park… T-Mobile wants to put 6 more cell towers in town, which will most certainly raise some neighborhood eyebrows.
Two (280-loving) mountain lions were spotted in Woodside.  We doubt these are the same mountain lions that ate a goat in Morgan Hill

Daily Fetch 2.8.11: How many stations can we keep open for $400k?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Jet Skis and Mavericks go together like peanut butter and jelly… or is it like steak and jelly?  Depends on your point of view, but the rescue of the surfer last week (via Jet Ski) puts the spotlight back on the burning coastside issue
There has been a serious effort, by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others, to Save Caltrain.  Last week there was news that one of the cost-saving measures was to close half of the Peninsula stations on top of other cuts that have already been implemented… But then there is this: Despite historic financial woes, Caltrain CEO’s $400,000 paycheck is state’s highest… That will not sit well with anyone… While everyone can debate the salary, VTA might have a plan to actually Save Caltrain… May we suggest cutting the CEO’s salary?  John Horgan at the County Times is also sharing an idea: BART-only north of Millbrae...
From San Bruno:  The State of Emergency that has been in place in San Bruno for five months is thankfully over…
It is a state of emergency for plastic bag makers in Belmont… The City of Belmont is considering a plastic bag ban.  The Silicon Valley side of the blog has had lots of details on such bans, including who the Belmont City Council can expect to see lobbying them on this issue
Because it does affect San Mateo County, here’s a piece from the Chronicle about who is running for Mayor of San Francisco.  It will not surprise anyone in the County that most (all?) State Senator Leland Yee’s time is now being spent trying to become the next Mayor of San Francisco…

Daily Fetch 1.31.11: Senator Rand Paul and San Mateo County politics?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Congresswoman Jackie Speier had her “Congress on Your Corner” event this weekend.  This proves once again that Jackie Speier is the coolest elected official in the Bay Area…
From the coolest, to the least cool:  State Senator/SF Mayoral Wannabe Leland Yee.  Yee achieved his nirvana this weekend and appeared, with a picture, on the Drudge Report:
The County has a big, giant budget fiasco on its hands: $55 million to cut from its budget. We don’t know what to make of the ad that appears adjacent to this story on the Daily Journal today, but here’s what popped up when we clicked through to the story…
The County’s budget fiasco won’t go away for a long, long time… so it is a wonder that folks want to actually join the County Board of Supervisors.  But that’s exactly what’s happening. And today, Sue Lempert in the Daily Journal gives us a glimpse at Richard Holober and “How the 1960s had influence on Richard Holober…”
Over the weekend, the Chronicle profiled a Woodside home on their real estate pages…one that isn’t “historic” or being bulldozed…
Daly City may be looking to be the next city to ban plastic bags at grocery stores… (and the story made the Associated Press…)
And that pretty much wraps it up for today.  Remember, The Daily Fetch staff is on Twitter all day…