Posts Tagged ‘speier’

Daily Fetch 11.29.12: We (still) heart Jackie Speier…

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The County recently passed a plastic bag ban… Their thinking was that if they passed a ban, many, many cities would follow and pass their own bans.  Well, the County was right.  Eslinger looks at how cities are queuing up

If this isn’t the most obvious story ever:  A development project in Menlo Park is drawing heat… Um, yeah.  It’s Menlo ParkThe project is John Arrillaga’s

Reason #1,000,001 why Jackie Speier is awesome:  Speier:  Gay conversion is ‘quackery’…

Daily Fetch 1.30.12: Michael Peevey = Not Popular

Monday, January 30th, 2012

We’ll start with a trio of healthcare-related stories…

The Peninsula Health Care District doled out $2.15 million grants

A vendor for Sequoia Hospital (accidentally) posted employees’ confidential information online. Oops…

The Kaiser Redwood City hospital had a topping ceremony last Friday. For those of you who don’t know what that is, visit a construction site sometime.

From San Bruno… sort of. The Mercury News Editorial Board does not like the PUC and especially does not like Michael Peevey, the PUC’s President. The Ed Board thinks he should be the “last person who should lead San Bruno probe…” (Jackie Speier feels the same way…)

Monday marks the end of a pretty violent weekend locally. A stabbing in SSF and a stabbing in HMB. The one in HMB followed a wedding in downtown HMB.  We doubt the happy couple registered for that at Toque Blanche

Daily Fetch 9.13.11: Where are the strong Democratic leaders?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

As amazing as this is in the Bay Area, the right wing fringe won a big battle yesterday in Redwood City.  The foes of Planned Parenthood caused Planned Parenthood to pull their application to build a clinic there… Where were the strong Democratic leaders when Planned Parenthood needed you in Redwood City?  Eshoo?  Speier?  Hill?  Gordon?  Simitian?  (Enough ranting, Planned Parenthood opened a clinic in San Mateo yesterday… F-you Rick Perry.)
County Supervisors are questioning if the Sheriff should get the jail he wants or if a smaller one will do.  It brings to mind Donald Rumsfeld’s quote, to paraphrase (loosely):  You build the jail the Supervisors want to have — not the jail you might want or wish to have at a later time…
From San Bruno:
Apparently the Sheriff’s Office is doing a better job at keeping crime low in San Carlos than the San Carlos Police Department did.  City of Good Living indeed

Daily Fetch 6.21.11: A loooong day…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Today is the longest day of the year: the Summer Solstice.  For some of us, it has already been a really, really long day…

From San Bruno:  A County Times report shows that a former PG&E employee penned two memos criticizing the company’s pipeline record keeping in the early 1990s.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier was “…astonished…” when she found out…
There’s a new Superintendent (Alejandro Hogan) in town (SSF Unified)… “He’s what the District needs…” According to the Board President Maurice Goodman…
Speaking of School Districts… the Menlo Park City School District is trying to fill a vacancy on their Board.  4 folks applied and will be interviewed today:  Jeffrey Child (former Board member), Pam Larkin, Ivan Montoya, and Ana Uribe Ruia.  Our money is on Child… Board members love former Board members… just ask San Carlos.

Daily Fetch 5.18.11: Crimp in your Chronic?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner was in Menlo Park yesterday for a fundraiser.  No word if tears were shed…
From John Boehner to a House Member that actually feels comfortable locally, Jackie Speier.  She’ll be in Millbrae Wednesday for a Town Hall meeting to talk Medicare
Welcome to Menlo Park Facebook… Now, let’s talk about all the traffic you’ll be generating.  Facebook, you should ask Stanford how much traffic concerns can cost you in Menlo Park.  Good thing you’re valued at over $7 billion, you’ll need some of that cash to pay off NIMBYs…
While we’re talking about opposition to major local developments… Save the Bay released a poll saying that most Redwood City folks don’t like the Saltworks development.  DMB Associates says the poll is bunk…
The Garbage Saga (rate increases) will get another hearing in Atherton tonight
After receiving the stubborn thumbs down from the Ravenswood City School Schol District, the Rocketship Education charter school is heading to the County Board of Education for approval for a school in East Palo Alto.  We all know how great the schools are in Ravenswood, so welcoming a high-performing school into the fold should be a no-brainer, but it isn’t
Portola Valley, we have a (norovirus) problem at The Sequoias
All you pot smokers, you have a problem too.  There was a huge bust in Daly City Monday… that may put a crimp in your chronic…

Daily Fetch 5.17.11: Nagel didn’t see 4th place coming… Oops

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We thought the electoral postmortems were over (from Lempert, from PP Examiner) but John Horgan at the County Times chimes in too, and he is piling on Terry Nagel.  He calls her defeat “stunning” because she was a “very distant fourth”… Ouch.  As for Nagel, “…she said she ‘didn’t see this coming’…” Oops…
Just as the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department finalizes their divorce, there’s this: the Fire Chief can cash out more than $300,000 next month when he retires, that does not include his pension, which will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $160,000 forever.  (Doug Fry is 56 years old…)
From San Bruno:  Congresswoman Jackie Speier came out swinging yesterday against PG&E, outlining how they spent money in the past to upgrade/fix pipelines.
Neighbors saving trees in San Mateo County is a favorite pasttime… but the North Fair Oaks neighbors who saved a big, old oak tree could be celebrating a short-lived victory.  Bonnie Eslinger at the Daily News has the details…
In blog news…
San Carlos Blog is getting behind Andy Klein’s bid to become Mayor.  Or is that Mayor .08?
Speaking of Klein, he has been noticeably quiet on Twitter…

Daily Fetch 4.11.11: What does Speier mean to Pine (and Papan and Holober)?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Directly to the Supervisors’ race… Sue Lempert in today’s Daily Journal gets into some prognostications.  She doesn’t know who will win, but the last line of her piece reads:  ”…It’s still a long way to May and I have no idea who will prevail, but Speier’s, Horsley’s and Mullin’s endorsement is a big win for Pine…”  Bruce at the PP Examiner also chimes in on the race to recap the news that Speier endorsed Pine and what that means to the race
San Mateo County and Genentech settled their tax dispute.  It sounds a lot like Genentech got the better of the deal… $26.5 million in property tax credits over the next six years.
From San Bruno:  The Mercury News Editorial Board does not think the new direction PG&E announced last week is enough of a new direction for the company.  In an Editorial on Sunday, they go into what they’d like to see next, and rely heavily on Jerry Hill’s leadership.
There is a potentially groundbreaking story today in the Daily Journal.  We’ve heard a lot about “shared services” locally pertaining to firefighters, police officers, and we know about garbage/recycling, water, etc… but the Daily Journal story talks about shared services related to:  Schools.  Could it happen?
And then there is “shared services” gone awry… Belmont and San Carlos face some County mediation deadlines
Does this sound familiar?:  Santa Clara County fires doctor who worked with foster children after allegations of sexual molestation.  That was a Merc headline from the Merc on Sunday…
When are pictures of a cute frog psuedo-political?  When they appear on Pacifica Riptide and they are of the California Red-Legged Frog from Sharp Park

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…

Daily Fetch 1.27.11: Very Silicon Valley, Mr. President…

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The Redwood City Police Chief, Louis Cobarruviaz, is leaving his post abruptly. He was on vacation since December 20th and not due back until next week, which by itself is quite striking, at least in our eyes.  In any event, he decided he doesn’t want to come back and will retire/resign on February 16th.  The City Council seems to be caught off guard in Bonnie Eslinger’s Daily News story… We’ll see what the Redwood City fall-out is from this big news…

With the top police officer leaving Redwood City, some lower-level police officers are going to be added to the streets of SSF after their Council voted last night
The County is going to go ahead and buy $40,000,000 worth of buildings in San Carlos.  The money is coming from the County’s reserve funds, because why would the County need that money in the coming year or years?  Actually, the County is saying that the purchase will save the County “hundreds of thousands of dollars per month spent on leases for office spaces for County workers…”
From San Bruno:
Speaking of San Bruno, the Peninsula Health Care District will honor San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane (and the rest of San Bruno’s first responders) at their annual event today.  They will also announce $2,000,000 in grants to 12 local organizations…
How many times have we seen variations on this headline about Half Moon Bay? This one from the Daily Journal:  Half Moon Bay searches for new revenue… The HMB Review also has details in their coverage:  City leaders brainstorm budget ideas
(The HMB Review also has a new website…)
To the local Congressional Dynamic Duo:
Congresswoman Jackie Speier would like to launch “National Congress on Your Corner Day” to honor Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in wake of the Tuscon attack.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said that the President was “describing her district” when he spoke about innovation and the jobs of tomorrow… Which is pretty much what we tweeted during the State of the Union on Tuesday night:
@thedailyfetch:  ”Innovation isn’t just how we change our lives, it is how we make our living…” Very Silicon Valley, Mr. President…
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Daily Fetch 11.12.10: Homes on the move?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

This is a funny headline from the County Times:  FEMA to remove thousands of San Mateo homes from pricey flood insurance zone. The Daily Fetch team giggled when we read it, picturing big FEMA trucks pulling up to to San Mateo Bayside homes, hitching them to a trailer, and moving them… Sadly, that isn’t the case…

From San Bruno (and beyond):
Congresswoman Speier will host a “salmon summit” in December to talk about th industry.  We just love the name:  Salmon Summit 2010…
Last weekend, we saw very few of you at the US Pole Dance Federation West Coast Competition at the Fox in Redwood City… But Meredith May at the Chronicle must have gotten our heads up about the event and headed there… Her write up
Until Monday…