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Two people transported following two-vehicle wreck at Main/Middlefield

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Two people transported following two-vehicle wreck at Main/Middlefield

Two people were transported to a hospital following an accident Sunday at the intersection of Main Street and Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

The crash between two vehicles occurred at about 3:40 p.m. and the emergency response lasted just over an hour, according to the report.

The Redwood City Fire Department shared images from the accident’s aftermath. A cause for the crash wasn’t immediately known.

Redwood City police reported that the intersection caused traffic impacts until about 4:30 p.m.

Are you the next Mr. Redwood City?

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The third annual Mr. Redwood City competition is set to take place on April 28.

The event is hosted by Miss Redwood City/ San Mateo County and is a parody pageant that raises funds for the Miss Redwood City/ San Mateo County scholarship organization.

Mr. Redwood City will take place at the Veterans Memorial Theater at 1455 Madison Avenue from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available here.

Photo courtesy of Miss Redwood City/ San Mateo County Facebook Page

Fair Oaks Community School to close as school district grapples with decreasing enrollment

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Fair Oaks Community School to close as school district grapples with decreasing enrollment

Fair Oaks Community School is set to close after this school year due to decreasing enrollment “as Bay Area families continue to move out of the region,” the Redwood City School District announced Friday.

About 180 students and their teachers and staff at the school at 2950 Fair Oaks Ave. will transfer to one of three larger neighboring schools: Garfield Community School (3600 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park), Hoover Community School (701 Charter St. in Redwood City) or Taft Community School (903 10th Ave. in Redwood City).

As part of the plan, an independent charter organization that currently operates on portions of both the Hoover and Taft campuses will consolidate its operations at the Fair Oaks site, where RCSD will no longer provide services, the district said in a statement.

That transfer will allow Hoover and Taft to occupy their whole campus, the district said.

The school’s enrollment has dipped from just under 500 in the 2008-9 school year, it added.

“Families are moving out, school districts are restructuring schools on the Peninsula and throughout the Bay Area, and we are not immune to this change,” RCSD Superintendent Dr. John Baker said in a statement. “Allowing for any school with low enrollment to continue to operate means less resources and this is not something we will allow in RCSD.”

Fair Oaks families making the transition will continue to have the same services provided at the family center, along with access to after school programs at the three neighboring schools, transportation for their children for the first two years and summer school options. Incoming kindergarten families will still have the option of enrolling in the Bilingual Education program, the district said. Families who want to attend any other RCSD program or school can follow the Schools of Choice application process, the district added.

RCSD said its staff will meet with all Fair Oaks families individually to guide them in the transfer.

Fair Oaks Community School is located at 2950 Fair Oaks Ave. in Redwood City, Garfield Community School operates at 3600 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park, Hoover Community School’s address is 701 Charter St. in Redwood City while Taft Community School is located at 903 10th Ave. in Redwood City.

With youth football registration set to open, battle to tackle continues

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Registration for the Redwood City 49ers Football and Cheer program opens March 29.

Meanwhile, the program has more on its mind at the moment than ensuring local youth are aware about the new season.

This week, the program called for the public to sign a petition opposing proposed state legislation that would ban youth athletes from participating in organized tackle football until the 9th grade.

The legislation sponsored by California Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) — called the “Safe Youth Football Act” — aims to protect children from brain injury by establishing a minimum age to play organized tackle football.

“This bill will follow the advice of medical professionals and allow high-contact elements from football programs only at the high school level,” according to a statement introducing the legislation last month. “This standard will prevent young athletes from sustaining long-term brain damage caused by repetitive tackling, hitting and blocking.”

In a statement, McCarty said “numerous studies have shown that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is caused by repetitive impacts to the head sustained over a period of time and cite sub-concussive impacts as an important factor leading to brain significantly greater risk for neurological impairments and CTE later in life.”

McCarty’s statement adds that children who wait to play tackle football until high school have a better chance of “avoiding the net effects that come with CTE, including depression, memory loss and dementia,” and recommends non-contact flag football as an alternative.

The legislation is not just opposed by the Redwood City 49ers, but also by Peninsula Pop Warner, which released a statement last month calling the ‘well-intentioned” legislation “misguided.” They argue that the medical research is inconclusive, and that, that youth would be prevented from years of training and instruction in proper tackling and blocking techniques, and that youth athletes’ smaller frames than their high school counterparts results in far less hazardous collisions and impact forces.

“Peninsula Pop Warner is committed to playing the sport of youth tackle football because: (1) our parents deserve the freedom of choice regarding which sports are best for their children; (2) the sport has never been safer; (3) the medical research is inconclusive.”

Michael Wagner, commissioner of Southern California Conference Pop Warner, said most researchers have been studying a bygone era of football, a game that has “dramatically changed.”

Opponents of the legislation say no research has definitively linked long-term brain damage or CTE to participation in youth tackle football.

“The truth is that you can find research that will support just about any opinion that you want to take with respect to concussions, head safety, and CTE,” according to the Pop Warner statement.

The arguments mirror those uttered by USA Football.

“USA Football believes parents — not government officials — are best suited to discern which sports their children play,” said Scott Hallenback, CEO of USA Football.

The proposed legislation would add to AB 2127, which was signed into law in 2014 and restricts high school football programs to no more then 90 minutes of full-contact practice per day, and limits the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per week.

Vote for the Best of Redwood City

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Voting is now live for the the 2018 Climate Best Awards! Thanks to the nominations of our readers, we have more than 180 nominees in more than 40 categories, all representing the best Redwood City has to offer. Voting will end April 18, and winners will be announced at the first-ever Climate Best Awards Bash on April 26. The Climate Best Awards Bash will be held at Angelicas (nominated in several categories) and will feature eats, drinks, local entertainment and a chance to toast the 2018 winners.

Please vote here.

 

 

 

Redwood City construction work delayed till next week due to the weather

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Drivers warned of traffic delays Thursday at Jefferson/Broadway in Redwood City

Construction work slated for this week that would have caused traffic delays on Jefferson at Broadway has been delayed due to the rain and is now scheduled for next week.

Construction crews are expected to conduct a concrete pour at 2075 Broadway, which will cause traffic delays on Jefferson at Broadway for several hours, according to the City of Redwood City.

In cases of rain, the concrete pour will shift to the next available day, the city has said.

“Concrete trucks will share the roadway and be guided by flaggers into the fenced in area for the pour,” according to the city. “Traffic signs and flaggers will help to direct other vehicle traffic on Jefferson. Please use caution and use alternate routes if possible.”

Political Climate with Mark Simon: San Mateo County has changed forever

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The San Mateo County that was simply is no more.

Once a hotbed of social rest, San Mateo County is an increasingly urbanized technology focal point in the regional, national and global economy, and there is no going back.

Nowhere is this more evident than at the San Mateo County Economic Development Association’s annual showcase of new and innovative companies.

At these events, held every year at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, recognized companies have run the gamut from science to medicine to toys to transportation and every other iteration of the new economy imaginable. The presentations often have audience members reaching for their smart phones to look up products and stock symbols.

This year was no exception as seven companies were honored as Innovators. They included startups that are delving deeply into virtual reality animation programming, customized shopping, a convincing alternative to meat and cancer diagnostic tools requiring only the drawing of blood.

Of the seven companies recognized by SAMCEDA, five are in Redwood City, two are in Menlo Park and one is in San Mateo. More interestingly, of the 42 companies honored at this event between 2010-17, 36 still are headquartered in San Mateo County — only six have left. Combined, these 42 companies employ 17,000 people.

As SAMCEDA President and CEO Rosanne Foust told Political Climate, San Mateo County used to be known for its annual “churn” rate of 50 percent – the percentage of companies that would start in the county and then leave. Most companies, if not all, would reach a certain size and then move elsewhere, usually in seeking space for manufacturing facilities.

But then came companies that “laid the foundation,” Foust said. In the late 1970s, Oracle established its world headquarters in Redwood Shores and then Genentech opened in South San Francisco. At first, they were the only major employers from the new economy, but they were the forerunners of companies that now abound.

One key characteristic they share is that their products are virtual and don’t require physical production plants. Facebook is the most dramatic example with its plans to grow substantially in the next decade without leaving Menlo Park. At Facebook, they manufacture ideas and they need their employees to remain together, generating and executing new ideas at a clip that will maintain the company’s success.

Certainly, San Mateo County’s unique setting is an essential part of its appeal – its proximity to San Francisco, the ease of access to the redwoods and the beach. Just as crucial is the presence of Stanford University as a feeder of workers and innovators, and it’s no accident that Stanford is expanding into San Mateo County.

The net result is a reconstitution of the county’s DNA.

“There’s an energy here,” said Foust, and the world’s leading innovators sense it, understand its appeal and want to draw from it and contribute to it.

“The vitality of Redwood City in recent years has created a virtuous cycle with the diverse people and local, national and international businesses fueling an incredible ecosystem,” said Kristy Stromberg, chief marketing officer for Shopkick, one of the Redwood City companies honored at the SAMCEDA event. “It’s a great location for a tech company like ours.”

Stromberg referred to Redwood City as “being in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

There’s something no one would have said 20 years ago, or even 10.

These changes are the most profound to face this community in our lifetime. As I spend more time meeting and talking with the people who are making this change happen, I will revisit this topic with an eye to fully understanding what has happened, what will happen and why.

Yes, the San Mateo County we once knew has changed forever. It’s better – more diverse, more interesting, more dynamic and economically more powerful.

OUT OF THE GATE: Diana Reddy this week became the first Redwood City Council to formally launch her campaign. This is notable in that the council election is in November and the filing period has yet to be established or opened.

Reddy announced Monday before more than 40 friends and supporters at the Main & Elm Restaurant. In brief remarks, Reddy said she has a “passion for the least of us” and that she would be an advocate for those who have been left out or pushed out by the economic boom in Redwood City.

“We have much poverty in the midst of plenty and much fear in the midst of security,” she said. She vowed “we will have a seat at the table” if she is elected.

“We need a new direction,” Reddy said, promising to “align our city’s priorities with our community’s needs.”

An advocate for rent control, Reddy told Political Climate that it was highly unlikely a rent control ballot measure will be put on the November ballot. If anyone would know, she would, Reddy said, and it’s clear there isn’t the widespread political support required to take on the interests that would be arrayed against such a measure. There are other ways to take on the issue, she said, implying that she could introduce a rent control measure if she is on the council. … Among those on hand at the Reddy kickoff was Steve Penna, publisher of the monthly magazine Spectrum. Both Penna and Reddy denied a widespread rumor that Penna had assumed a formal role in Reddy’s campaign management. Penna acknowledged that he has worked for business interests in the city, including Main & Elm, helping longtime friends with marketing services. But, he said, “I will never, ever work on a city council campaign.”

A MOMENT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE: Two nonprofit organizations I am honored to support held major events in the last seven days. Sequoia Awards held its annual dinner last Thursday at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City, dispersing 29 scholarships to Redwood City high school seniors for their volunteer service to our community. That’s a total of $215,000 awarded, including $25,000 to the top student, Clara MacAvoy. The Sequoia Awards also recognized Barbara Pierce and Dee Eva as 2018’s Outstanding Individuals for their work on the city’s sesquicentennial celebration and recognized the Canyon Inn and proprietors Tim and Stephanie Harrison for their constant generosity to the community. … Bay Area Cancer Connections held its annual spring benefit yesterday at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim told the story of her own frontal assault on breast cancer with characteristic brio. I am honored to serve both of these organizations as a member of their boards of directors.

Contact Mark Simon at mark@climaterwc.com

Redwood City man arrested in connection with Pescadero State Beach vehicle burglary

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Redwood City man arrested in connection with Pescadero State Beach vehicle burglary

A 19-year-old Redwood City man was arrested last week following a vehicle burglary at Pescadero State Beach, according to the San Mateo County sheriff’s office.

Brayan Edguardo Menendeztobar was placed under arrest Thursday afternoon after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the stolen vehicle he was in, according to deputies.

Occupants of the stolen vehicle were reported to be involved in a burglary at Pescadero State Beach about 1:30 p.m. The burglary victim provided deputies with both the description of the suspect car and its license late number. Deputies learned the suspect vehicle had been stolen in Salinas.

While traveling northbound on Highway 1, a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle and pulled it over. While Menendeztobar was taken into custody, a second unidentified suspect fled into the woods and, despite a search, deputies were unable to locate him.

Menendeztobar was booked at the Maguire Correctional Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle and auto burglary, deputies said.

Anyone with information regarding this case are asked to call Detective Daniel Chiu at (650) 363-4057 or the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at 1-800-547-2700.

Photos courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Impossible Burger set for Oakland Coliseum

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Impossible Foods, a company based at 525 Chesapeake Dr. in Redwood City that is known for making the all-plant-based Impossible Burger, is headed for Oakland Coliseum.

The Impossible Burger is set to be served “Opening Day” Thursday, March 29, when the Oakland A’s host the Los Angeles Angels at 1:05 p.m., according to the company.

In development since 2011 and debuting in July 2016, the burgers are the creation of Executive Chef Effie Spiegler, who is said to have made them taste and smell like ground beef from cows. The Impossible Burger’s ingredients are water, wheat protein, potato protein, coconut oil and heme. Heme “contributes to the characteristic taste of meat and catalyzes all the other flavors when meat is cooked,” the company says.

A’s President Dave Kaval praised “the story behind the Impossible Burger.”

“It is not only cutting edge and innovative in its approach to food production, but it is also the best plant-based burger currently on the market,” Kaval said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be the first team to offer it to our fans.”

The burgers are produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors, and their production was said to be vastly more environmentally friendly than conventional ground beef from cows. More than 800 restaurants are currently serving Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods, which launched production in September at its first large-scale manufacturing plant in Oakland. After the Oakland plant is running at full operation, retail sales will launch, the company said.

If you’re looking to find The Impossible Burger at the ballpark, it is set to be served in Concession Stand 123 and Shibe Park Tavern. Two signature stylings will be offered: “French Onion” Sliders with caramelized balsamic onions, oil-cured tomatoes, brie spread and brioche slider buns at Concessions Stand 123, as well as an Impossible “Breakfast Burger” with oil-cured tomatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, a sunny side egg, ghost pepper cheese, bacon aioli and a brioche bun at Shibe Park Tavern.

Car Show set for Veterans Memorial Center Theater

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The Vietnam Veterans of America will host their annual car show in Redwood City on March 31.

The show will take place at Veterans Memorial Center Theater at 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is hosted by Corporal James Lindsay Wilson VFW Post 69.

Cpl. James Lindsay Williams Jr. Post 69 was founded May 28,1921 in honor of Cpl. Williams’ service during WWI. Originally post 2310, the post combined with posts from East Palo Alto and San Mateo to form Post 69.

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