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Representative Eshoo to host Social Security Town Hall

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On April 3, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) will host a social security town hall meeting with Rep. John Larson (D-Hartford) of Connecticut during which they will present their legislation, Social Security 2100 Act.

The bill, introduced last year by Larson and co-sponsored by 156 lawmakers, would increase Social Security benefits and cut taxes for seniors, among other actions, which supporters say will ensure Social Security’s long-term solvency.

The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Senior Center at 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City.

Reservations are required and can be made here or by calling 650-323-2984.

Watch! Redwood City 4-year-old recognized for snowboarding skills

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Redwood City 4-year-old recognized for snowboarding skills

A 4-year-old snowboarder from Redwood City has garnered media attention from KTVU-2’s weekly feature, “That Kid’s Got Game.”

Jackson Williams “has been on a board since he was two” and is “comfortable bombing hills in snowstorms and darting into the path less traveled,” the news agency said.

Here’s a video of Williams shredding that was shared on YouTube.

John Bentley’s in Redwood City closing after today

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John Bentley’s in Redwood City is closing after tonight’s service, as beloved Chef John Bentley is retiring.

We phoned the restaurant this morning and confirmed that tonight is the final service at the fine-dining eatery at 2915 El Camino Real. The restaurant has served seasonal American cuisine from that location since 2004, and previously operated in Woodside. Chef Bentley said he has been humbled by the community’s gratitude for his cooking. Locals were saddened by the news of the restaurant’s impending closure, which was reported in Palo Alto Online in December and the Mercury News this week.

The popular show, Check, Please! Bay Area shared the Mercury News article, prompting responses from diners such as “RIP Garlic’s custard” and “Oh no!”

“Such a loss to the community,” one poster said, while another lamented, “Sad to see it go.”

Bentley, 62, told the Mercury News it’s time to retire after four decades in the business and a 2-year-old grandson.

“I’ve had a very blessed and incredible run,” he told the newspaper.

Chef Bentley’s career traces back to his apprenticeship at San Francisco French-Vietnamese restaurant Lipizzaner while attending the California Culinary Academy. There, he was taught classical French techniques by chef-owner Joseph Roettig, who Bentley called the “best cook I’ll ever know,” according to the biography on the restaurant website.

Chef Bentley later worked at the Clift Four Seasons Hotel, then had first experience as executive chef at Michael’s Restaurant in Sunnyvale, and later his first experience opening a restaurant at Los Altos Bar and Grill.

“Working on another project in 1995, John happened by the small, old firehouse in Woodside,” according to his bio. “Seeing a ‘For Rent’ sign in the window, John realized that it was finally time to realize his dream of opening his own restaurant, where he could fully explore the intimacy between kitchen and customer that animated his cooking from the start of his career at the Lipazzaner.”

The chef built a loyal following and, in 2004, moved his restaurant to the expanded, more comfortable space in Redwood City.

Photo: Yelp

Art Garfunkel coming to Redwood City

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Art Garfunkel is scheduled to perform at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on April 19 as part of his “In Close-Up 2018” tour.

The six-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will present an evening of melodies and poetic storytelling at 2215 Broadway St. in Redwood City. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $42 to $97. To purchase to tickets please visit here.


Library to host talk on government career opportunities

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Interested in a government job? The Redwood City Public Library is hosting a panel on Tuesday, April 10 to discuss government careers.

The event will take place at the Redwood City Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Rd from 10 a.m. to noon.

Opportunities, the human relations process and tips for being competitive are among the topics that will be discussed.

The event is free, but register for the event here.


Redwood City Rotary to host networking opportunity

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The Rotary Club of Redwood City is hosting a networking event on April 3 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event is a social and networking opportunity that encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarian’s businesses by referring others to them. It is open to all Redwood City Rotarians and their guests. Beer, wine and appetizers are included.

To request an invitation, visit here.

Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Redwood City website. 

Library to host Iranian New Year’s celebration

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Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

Nowruz is celebrated during the Spring Equinox and traditionally involves gifts that represent beauty, good health, patience, spring, fertility, rebirth, and prosperity.

The event will include music, dancing, and arts and crafts.

For more information, visit here.

So far, more than 100 nominees for “Best of Climate” Awards

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If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen a post for the Climate Best Awards, an opportunity for Climate to highlight and engage with businesses and community members.

We received over 100 nominees for the 42 different categories, including, Best Pizza Spot, Best Coffee Shop, Best Entertainment Venue, Best Salon and Best Festival.

“Redwood City is a dynamic place and is fast becoming the center of Silicon Valley. We wanted to showcase and honor the businesses that are contributing to that success. We look forward to the voting and to learn who takes home the 2018 Climate Best Award honors,” said Adam Alberti, Publisher of Climate Magazine.

Voting will end on April 18 and a celebration event is set for April 26 at Angelicas to celebrate all of our nominees and to announce the winners. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. To buy a ticket click here and don’t forget to vote for your favorite Redwood City Business!

Redwood City council approves renters protections, including relocation assistance

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The Redwood City Council voted unanimously to pass two ordinances Monday aiming to provide protections for renters in an increasingly costly housing market, including one that requires landlords owning rental properties with more than three units to offer a minimum 1-year lease term to tenants.

A second ordinance requires landlords to provide relocation assistance to eligible displaced tenants that includes the cash equivalent of three month’s rent, the security deposit, and a 60-day subscription to a rental agency service.

Revised after city staff discussions with the California Realtors Association and San Mateo County Association of Realtors, the two ordinances passed council despite mixed reviews by dozens of community members who spoke during public comment both in favor and against.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the ordinances were implemented to respond to increasing rents both in Redwood City and on the Peninsula, according to city staff.

The minimum 1-year lease term rule applies to properties with three or more units. Landlords must offer a minimum 1-year lease term to tenants as of Jan. 1, 2019. The ordinance prohibits rent increases during that lease term, but provides leeway for a renter and landlord to agree in writing upon a term of less than one year.

The relocation assistance ordinance applies only to properties with five units. The new law requires landlords wanting to evict tenants before the 12 month lease is up to provide renter money equal to three months rent, except in cases such as when renters fail to pay rent.

Landlords also won’t have to pay relocation fees when the lease agreement ends.

Certain tenants called “special circumstance households” will receive the cash equivalent of four month’s rent rather than three in cases of displacement.

Complaints by opponents of the new rules described the ordinances as confusing, convoluted and a detrimental invasion of the relationship between landlords and renters.

Some argued they push the city closer to a rent control requiring a costly, bureaucratic rent board – a position denied by several elected officials.

“We are not going down the road of a rent control board,” Mayor Ian Bain said.

The ordinances will be revisited a year after they are enacted in order to review whether they’ve had any unintended consequences.

San Carlos City Council rejects plan to install traffic signal at Alameda de las Pulgas and Eaton Ave.

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This week, the San Carlos City Council voted against installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Eaton Avenue in San Carlos, near the Redwood City border, following opposition by local residents.

The four-way intersection in the residential area is currently slowed by stop signs, but San Carlos city officials proposed installing a traffic signal there in order to reduce congestion and backups on Alameda de las Puglas, particularly during commute hours.

Residents in the area expressed safety concerns about that plan, saying a traffic signal would encourage drivers to speed through green and yellow lights, making the roadway less safe, among other issues. About 345 people signed a petition to oppose it, with a number of them attending Monday’s City Council meeting to voice concerns.

They effectively convinced council to vote against the plan Monday.

“We’re looking for ways to improve traffic congestion,” Vice Mayor Cameron Johnson said. “That’s what we want [city staff] to do and we want them continue to do it, we all benefit from it. But they also have to make the case to the neighborhood that it’s the right thing to do, and in this case it is very clear to me that we have not succeeded to do that.”

But Johnson said the problem of congestion at the intersection still exists and will eventually need to be addressed.

“I think this intersection traffic congestion will continue to get worse over time and I think we should continue to look for ways to improve it in ways that are acceptable to the community,” he said.


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