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Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly exposes illegal parking incident in Redwood City

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Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly exposes illegal parking incident in Redwood City

Stanley Roberts, the famous host of People Behaving Badly on KRON4, can show up anywhere at anytime in the Bay Area. So you might want to follow the rules or run the risk of ending up on his show.

That’s what happened on Sunday to this driver in Redwood City, who was identified by Roberts as a delivery worker for Door Dash. Roberts published video of the driver parking, with the emergency lights on, in the green lane designed exclusively for bicyclists near Stacks restaurant at 314 El Camino Real.

“Apparently DoorDash drivers have a special green lane to park and make pickups,” Roberts posted on Facebook. “Double parking was never a problem here until the #BikeLane was painted green.”

Naturally, the incident elicited plenty of incensed Facebook comments.

One stated: “ I love how when dumb people park illegally, they ALWAYS put their emergency flashers on, like ‘hello, here I am parked illegally’. Hahhahhahaha idiots.”

Another commented, “Those bike lanes are new, but that place has plenty of parking on the street and lot… naughty driver!”

Follow Stanley Roberts on Facebook here.

Meanwhile in Redwood City, California Apparently DoorDash drivers have a special green lane to park and make pickups. Double parking was never a problem here until the #BikeLane was painted green. 😳😳😳😳

Posted by Stanley Roberts KRON 4 on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sequoia Awards honors Redwood City businesses and students

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The Sequoia Awards, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring volunteerism in Redwood City, awarded $215,000 in scholarships to 29 students bound for college. These high school seniors were recognized purely on their uncompensated community service.

Student scholarships ranged from $5,000 to $7,500 and the top recipient, Clara MacAvoy, won $25,000. Also honored as Outstanding Individuals were Barbara Pierce and Dee Eva for her efforts organizing the Redwood City 150th Anniversary. The Outstanding Business Award went to Tim and Stephanie Harrison of Canyon Inn.  Student recipients were:

Clara MacAvoy, Lizbeth Aguilar, Risako Nozaki, Alejandra Sanchez-Castro, Yareli Solis, Violeta Evans, Giovanni Mendieta-Chisco, Karolyn Paz Rubio, Magali Pineda-Arzate, Yohana Ramirez, Alix Richardson, Evelyn Velasquez, Emma Williams, Mona Bandov, Luis Espino Cervantes, Giselle Fajardo Hernandez, Ashley Gonzalez Contreras, Julie Huynh, Yareli Jimenez, Noah Masur, Jared Mejia, Leslie Ortega, Melissa Paulino-Romero, Nohelya Revuelta Contreras, Ivana Rodriguez, Maria Rodriguez, Kriti Shukla, Kelsey Takaha, Dana Yang.

 Students bound for college received scholarships

Open Gate Nursery School to hold 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck event

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Open Gate Nursery School is hosting the 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck event where children are encouraged to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks at the Juror Parking Lot at Veterans Boulevard and Middlefield Road in Redwood City on April 28.

Cement trucks, fire trucks and race cars will be available for children to climb inside and meet the drivers at the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local food trucks will attend the event.

Individual tickets are $5, a family pass is available for $20. Free admission for children 12 months or under. To buy tickets, visit here.

For more information please call 650-369-6833.

Redwood City’s Box Inc. to host ‘Girl Geek X Dinner’

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Box Inc. in Redwood City is hosting an event at its headquarters alongside Girl Geek X later this month where Box’s female leaders will discuss technical problems they are solving in helping cloud content management change the way people work.

The Girl Geek X Box Dinner is set to take place on March 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 900 Jefferson Ave.

The event will feature senior software engineers Kelsey Dutton and Prachi Jadhav, product operations manager Nicole Salzman, staff software engineer Joy Ebertz and network operations center engineer Sruthi Gottumukkala. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

For tickets and details visit here.

State of the City and County address set for March 23

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San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine is set to deliver the State of the County address and Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain will deliver the State of the City address at an event in Redwood City on Friday, March 23.

Hosted by the Redwood City San Mateo Chamber of Commerce, the Good Morning Redwood City State of the County and City event will take place at the Fox Forum at 2411 Broadway St. from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

This event, which will be emceed by Chamber vice chair Stacey Wagner, is the chamber’s opportunity to provide a platform for sharing ideas, information and inspiration. Business and community leaders come together at the event to engage and make a difference in the community.

Tickets for members are $45, for non-members are $65 and for a table of 10 is $450. Comcast and Jay Paul Company are sponsoring the event.

For more information or to register for the event visit here.

Photo courtesy of San Mateo County. 

Pop-up event at Target to elicit public feedback on proposed changes to El Camino Real

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One of three pop-up events in Redwood City that will allow residents to provide feedback on plans for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on El Camino Real between Charter and Maple streets is set for Saturday, March 17.

Residents are encouraged to visit the first pop up at Target, 2485 El Camino Real, from 1 to 3 p.m.  March 17.

Future pop-up events will occur Wednesday, March 21 at BevMo, 1745 El Camino Real, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also on Friday, April 13, at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The city is developing conceptual drawings for the El Camino Real Corridor Plan, which was approved by City Council in December last year and will inform the designs (the above before/after images of Roosevelt Avenue appear in the Plan).

The plan, according to the city, aims to improve the El Camino real streetscape with a design that promotes walking, transit, bicycling, improves the atmosphere for businesses and also mitigates traffic congestion and increases parking options.

The pop up events mark the first stage of public outreach and will be followed by stakeholder interviews with community groups and neighborhood associations and an online survey. After that, conceptual designs will be drafted based upon community input and the El Camino Real Corridor Plan. Those designs will again be publicly vetted and revised based upon that community input before cost, funding and implementation steps are considered. The design study is expected to be completed by February next year.

For more information, visit here.

New exhibit coming to The Main Gallery

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The Main Gallery, the artist’s cooperative at 10108 Main St. in Redwood City, is set to open its new exhibit, Memories That Make Us.

The exhibit is comprised of local artists using multimedia and will run from March 28 to May 6.  The show will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Memories That Make Us, artists touch on both the transient, fleeting moments of their lives and on the archetypes that permeate our culture.

The show is based on how memories shape who we are in multiple ways. How memories inform our decisions, interactions, and relationships over the course of our lives and slowly transform us from within by defining our hopes, expectations and fears.

For more information about the show, call (650) 701-1018.

Photo courtesy of The Main Gallery.

Political Climate with Mark Simon: Youth seize the moment

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Hundreds, more likely thousands, of San Mateo County high school students joined millions of their peers across the country in “walking out” of school yesterday morning to protest gun violence and demand stricter gun laws.

After everyone went back to class, a group of Redwood City students from the four high schools serving the city stayed out, marching through downtown to City Hall and the San Mateo County courthouse before a dozen or so ended the day at the corner of Broadway and El Camino Real in front of the gate to Sequoia High School.

As a chill winter’s wind rushed by, they held up signs: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough”; and shouted messages: “A life. A life. Our lives are on the line” and “Your kids’ lives matter.” As they demonstrated, passing cars honked and drivers and passengers waved.

Between talk about why more of their peers didn’t stay out of school all day and possible consequences for their own actions, they expressed an understanding that the fight to change America’s gun laws is not a short-term undertaking.

“If we were only (staying) on campus, it defeats the purpose. We want to be heard,” said Ethan Aronson, a sophomore.

“Adults are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, so we have to step up,” said Grace Bartz, a sophomore.

Darcana Pacheco referred to the “butterfly effect,” in which one small action ripples into a sweeping impact, and Milo Kemper, a senior, said the day’s activities are “baby steps. … It’s going to be a different world.”

The most vocal in the group said they were prepared for the long effort it takes, but they also held an understandable hope that the massive numbers that marched yesterday will generate a more immediate political will to get something done.

And there was a sentiment that what has been awakened among a generation of high school students will continue to manifest itself.

“Parkland opened up the door for us, it made it possible for us to be heard,” said Grace Bartz.

By 3 p.m., when the school day was over, they had dispersed, going their separate ways.

But many, if not all, who occupied the Broadway/ECR corner will be at a march and rally in support of gun reform scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in Redwood City as part of a national day of marches. Participants will meet at the Caltrain station and march to a rally at Courthouse Square.

A news release says the “student-led” rally is being organized by Belmont Councilman Charles Stone, Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur, Carlmont High School Journalism Advisor Justin Raisner and students Sophie Penn from Carlmont, Holly Newman from Menlo-Atherton and Ria Calcagno from Woodside.

Said a Facebook post: “This is not a venue for politicians or adults to speak (though they are welcome!) This is about local high school students joining together with high school students across America to express their outrage and demand change.”

More information can be found at the Facebook page SM County March/Rally For Our Lives, at the Twitter page @NeverAgainRWC or on Instagram @marchforourlivesrwc.

RACING TO JUNE: Filing has closed for the June 5 primary, and only a few countywide officials face a challenge. Supervisor Carole Groom, who decided to run for re-election after weeks of speculation she might not, ended up without an opponent. Supervisor Don Horsley, who always intended to run again, drew opposition – Pacifica Planning Commissioner Dan Stegink. This may be a textbook example of irony. Or political shrewdness on Groom’s part. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Certainly, district elections are supposed to make it easier for a challenger to take on an incumbent, but as a political base, it’s hard to imagine the Pacifica Planning Commission is going to be much of a launching pad.

Incumbent Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church is being challenged by John K. Mooney in what is becoming a perennial contest. Mooney, from Redwood City, has run twice against Church, the last time in 2014. Church won, 86 percent to 14 percent.

Appointed incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is being challenged by Mark Melville, whose career can best be described as peripatetic. A deputy sheriff in San Mateo County, he has been a police officer in Brisbane, Half Moon Bay and Patterson (in Stanislaus County); a city councilman and chief of police in Gustine, (Merced County); city manager and director of Public Safety in Livingston (Merced County); an adjunct professor at Modesto Junior College; and owned his own investigatory consulting business.

With Anne Campbell’s decision not to run again for county Superintendent of Schools, two of her employees are running: Associate Superintendent Nancy Magee and Deputy Superintendent Gary Waddell.

And then there’s the energetic Bridget Duffy of Pacifica, who has run for the City Council there but has not been discouraged by a lack of success. She is running for governor, U.S. Senator, Congress, state Assembly and county supervisor. She lists her occupation as homemaker, a job title you just don’t hear all that much anymore.

VACANCIES: With the announcement this week that Larry Patterson will step down in December as city manager of San Mateo, the number of current or would-be vacancies on the Peninsula is reaching historic levels.

Marcia Raines is leaving as city manager of Millbrae, Magda Gonzalez left the same job at Half Moon Bay (which Raines held before Gonzalez), Pat Martel is leaving Daly City, Connie Jackson is leaving San Bruno and John Maltbie is leaving his post as San Mateo County manager. There might be one or two other city managers also looking to retire, as well.

For decades, the county was known for stability in its city manager ranks. Several served for more than two decades in a job where everyone is one election from being dumped by a new council majority.

One name insiders are saying should be considered for these positions is Aaron Aknin, Redwood City’s assistant city manager/Community Development director.

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Redwood City students march to protest gun violence

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Over 100 students from Everest High School and Summit High School marched to Courthouse Square on Thursday, March 14 to protest gun violence and call for stricter gun laws.

The group then made their way to City Hall, where earlier three students from Everest High School showed their support for the second amendment.

Councilman Diane Howard met and spoke with each group.

The actions were part of a national walkout at 10 a.m. where schools across the nation remembered the 17 victims who died in the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14.


Museum to host 13th Annual Maritime Day

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The San Mateo County Museum is set to hold the 13th Annual Maritime Day highlighting the Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World exhibit on April 28.

The free event, set to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2200 Broadway, features 24 model ships handcrafted by expert model maker Charles Parsons.

Children are invited to design their own model ships, make old-time cargo, create miniature lighthouses and learn about knot tying. This year’s Maritime Day is being organized in conjunction with the San Mateo County STEAM festival.

For more information about the event please visit here or call 650-299-0104.

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