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The Notorious P.I.G.: ‘Piggy Smalls’ up for adoption

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The Notorious P.I.G: 'Piggy Smalls' up for adoption

Piggy Smalls may have come from the streets — but she’s “extremely friendly and will make a wonderful pet,” according to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA).

Piggy Smalls is the name given to an adult female pig who was found by police wandering at the intersection of Alberni Street and Laurel Avenue in East Palo Alto on Nov. 8. No one has come to claim her, so now she is up for adoption.

While it is uncommon to see pigs at the PHS/SPCA, Piggy Smalls happens to be the third pig admitted this year to its shelter, surprising officials.

“We are committed to finding her a loving home where she will be kept as a pet, not a source of food, just like the other two pigs we received earlier this year,” PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a statement.

Piggy Smalls’ age is unknown. She weighs about 45 pounds, and “it is possible she will continue to grow, so potential adopters should have ample space for her,” officials said.

“Pigs can live on average12 to 18 years. Their diet consists of pig pellets, fresh vegetables and alfalfa hay, although Piggy Smalls is very fond of apples,” Tarbox said.

Those interested in meeting Piggy Smalls can call PHS/SPCA at 650-340-7022.

Her adoption fee is $100.

Photos courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA).

Political Climate with Mark Simon: Winners and losers in the Nov. 6 election

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The San Mateo County Elections Office said the Tuesday night results included all ballots cast at vote centers. The results also included vote by mail ballots the Elections Office had received in the mail by Monday, and vote by mail ballots turned into Vote Centers and Drop Boxes by Sunday. The results, however, do not include mailed ballots received by the Election's Office after Monday, or ballots dropped off at Vote Centers or Drop Boxes after Sunday. The results also don't include conditional voter registration or provisional ballots. The Elections Office will release another update on results today at 5 p.m.

Finally.

It took exactly three weeks for the San Mateo County Elections Office to count all the votes and provide a definitive answer to the eternal political question: Who were the winners and who were the losers?

Of course, here at Political Climate World Headquarters, we dig a little deeper, so this is our own assessment of who were the big political winners and losers from a mid-term election with an historic turnout.

And we have to start with the voters and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (incidentally, my partner on the Peninsula TV show “The Game.”)

A BIG WIN FOR VOTERS: Voters turned out in tremendous numbers, 73 percent countywide. Four years ago, in the last equivalent statewide election, turnout in San Mateo County was 46.3 percent. Eight years ago, turnout was 65.3 percent.

By any measure, it was a landslide win for the county’s all-mail balloting, an experiment for which Mullin strongly advocated. Certainly, there were other factors that drove voters to participate, but all-mail balloting had to be the leading factor.

Yes, it took three weeks for final results to be counted and for us to know who won in the closest races. But even in elections that were all-precinct, all-machine, close races took three weeks to clear up.

Nonetheless, the slow count did undermine the public confidence in the Elections Office, under the leadership of Mark Church. If all-mail balloting is here to stay, more resources have to be dedicated to a swifter count.

REDWOOD CITY WINNERS: The biggest winner in the county’s hottest City Council race was Giselle Hale, a planning commissioner, who set records in fund-raising and total votes that are unlikely to be broken. She cleared the 12,000-vote threshold, an unprecedented amount of support. Hale clearly has emerged as the leading spokesperson for a new and influential group of voters – new families, often needing two incomes to live in the city, and whose professional background is in the tech industry.

Vice Mayor Diane Howard won re-election, despite highly vocal dissatisfaction about development that never seemed to attach to her. She demonstrated that there is still a place for someone who has been a fixture in the community and whose amiability has made her many friends and, seemingly, no enemies. Howard acknowledged this election signaled a changing of the guard.

And Diana Reddy will bring a whole different approach to serving on the Council. She is accustomed to being outside the chambers, speaking for those who she felt were often overlooked or dispossessed by the power structure. Now, she’s part of the power structure, but she is likely to bring a well-defined political perspective not often seen on the Council.

Her narrow win – she squeaked by Rick Hunter by less than 500 votes – is hardly a mandate. But she undoubtedly will bring a grassroots cadre of supporters to critical council issues and her influence on some key policies is likely to outweigh her victory margin.

For all of her commitment to the cause of social justice, Reddy is an experienced and pragmatic political veteran and she undoubtedly will find ways to work with her colleagues.

Hunter came so close. In another era, his combination of community, school and public service would have made him an easy winner. Nonetheless, he was widely liked for his earnest, gentlemanly manner and he was a unifying figure, drawing votes from all factions of the city’s politics.

The Council would be well advised to make use of Hunter’s mediating skills and wide support. Perhaps he can serve as a special ambassador-at-large, working behind the scenes to resolve the differences that marked this election. And he’d be the ideal person to chair a citizens’ commission on developing the new districts the City Council will soon consider.

The Council has to be at arm’s length from this process, lest it seem entirely political, and Hunter has a reputation that could mark the process as fair and unbiased.

Hunter said he probably won’t run again. The remaining three candidates – Christina Umhofer, Jason Galisatus and Ernie Schmidt – said they might, particularly in an election of districts. Expect to see them again.

A REDWOOD CITY LOSER: The California Apartment Association spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to defeat Reddy, and they failed. I can’t recall a special interest getting this involved in a city council race, and it was an extraordinary effort that came up just short.

Reddy said in a post-election interview that it was “hard to say” what the impact was of the CAA’s onslaught of eight dramatically negative mail pieces. It might have hurt her, she said, but it also energized her own supporters to work even harder.

Such negative campaigning also is a new phenomenon in local campaigns and it is quite likely that it generated its own voter backlash.

HOW BIG? How pronounced was the big turnout in Redwood City?

Councilman John Seybert sent along some interesting data. The percentages in the Council race are badly skewed by the fact that voters could cast ballots for three of the seven candidates.

So Seybert took the total vote for Measure DD, the measure to create a cannabis business license tax, which was 28,404, and, using that as the total number of voters in the city election, calculated that Hale got 44.7 percent of the total votes cast, Howard 41.9 percent, Reddy 39.8 percent and Hunter 38.6.

OTHER COUNCIL WINNERS: It was a big win for the slate of incumbents in Belmont – Charles Stone, Warren Lieberman and Julia Mates – who easily brushed aside the lone challenger representing the old and out-of-power guard of that once-contentious city.

In South San Francisco, the big loser was one-term incumbent Pradeep Gupta, who lost to newcomer Flor Nicolas. The big winner there, however, was Karyl Matsumoto, who singlehandedly recruited Nicolas to take on Gupta. Matsumoto, who has been deciding not to seek re-election for at least a decade, remains a formidable power in the North County.

In Daly City, incumbent Ray Buenaventura pushed through his own slate, including Pamela DiGiovanni and Rod Daus-Magbual.

WINNING IN DISTRICTS: The results in Menlo Park, where district elections were held for the first time, undoubtedly sent a ripple of apprehension through every other city that is going to have to move away from citywide elections for this simple reason: Incumbents Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki both lost.

Based on that small sample, it appears money has substantially less impact in a district-level election. In Menlo Park, the districts were small enough that a candidate can knock on virtually every door. Not every city is going to have districts that small. Still, it’s a signal to other incumbents in other cities.

MAYBE THE BIGGEST WINNER: There may be no bigger winner in this election than Rosanne Foust, the president and CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Association, who singlehandedly raised more than half the $1.1 million that was spent to pass Measure W, the half-cent sales tax increase that will fund badly needed transit and transportation projects in the county.

Since she took over Samceda, Foust has worked tirelessly to remake the group into a regional player and this election proved that she is making great strides. This matters not just for Samceda, but because San Mateo County frequently is overlooked in the play of regional politics. She is doing more than anyone to assert that the county must be given its due.

The win for Measure W came despite several prominent political “leaders” who stayed off the measure, largely because of behind-the-scenes interplay by other regional organizations.

A WIN FOR MOVING FORWARD: Measure W slipped across the two-thirds finish line in the final slug of votes processed by the Elections staff. It’s an example of an endorsement for the progress that has marked the county in the past decades and, by and large, in the Nov. 6 election.

Measure W was a do-or-die moment for transit officials, who need to reinvent the county’s transit and transportation programs to meet the needs of a county choking on traffic. Of course, now they have to deliver and that presents an interesting challenge. Transit projects take years to produce, but the expectation is for some relatively immediate relief.

That’s just one example. Growth is taking place in Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and South City and voters essentially endorsed changes that are remaking those communities. In Brisbane, a remarkable 55 percent approved a massive bayside project that will triple the size of that city.

And in Redwood City, a sales tax increase passed easily, suggesting that there is widespread confidence in the direction of the city.

Change is here to stay. And while most of the noise comes from those unhappy with the changes, it is clear the great majority of voters in this election are comfortable with the way the Peninsula is evolving.

HERE’S ANOTHER SIGN: Voters also passed all but one of the fiscal measures on the ballot in San Mateo County. There were five hotel tax increases, five cannabis business license taxes, four other city fiscal measures and five school fiscal measures – a total of 19 in all. The only loss was the Millbrae bond measure to rebuild the community center destroyed by fire. It needed two-thirds, and fell well short.

PENINSULA WOMEN WIN BIG: The national trend of electing record numbers of women was replicated in the county. There were 54 school board and city council seats on the ballot and 35 of them were won by women, 65 percent. On school boards, often a launching pad for higher office, there were 23 seats on the ballot and women won 15 of them, 70 percent.

Contact Mark Simon at mark.simon24@yahoo.com.

*The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Climate Online.

Hale, Howard and Reddy win Redwood City Council race

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Political Climate with Mark Simon: Controversial districting process will change status quo

Three weeks after the Nov. 6 election, the Redwood City council race is at last decided.

On social media today, candidate Rick Hunter publicly congratulated Giselle Hale, Diane Howard and Diana Reddy for winning the three open seats in the all-mail ballot election that saw both significant voter turnout and a lengthy ballot-processing period (as explained in more depth by Climate columnist Mark Simon here.)

As of Monday night’s release of results, Hale remained the top-vote getter with 12,708 votes, followed by Howard with 11,892. The race for the third and final seat remained undetermined until yesterday, when Hunter conceded he would not be able to catch up to Reddy in the vote count. As of Monday, Reddy had 11,300 votes over Hunter’s 10,970.

“While the results are not final, after the release of numbers yesterday afternoon, it is clear that I cannot gain enough votes from the few remaining ballots not yet counted (out of the total 30,000 ballots cast) to make up the 330 votes separating me from third place,” Hunter stated in a social media post.

Hunter said he’s proud of his campaign and is committed to achieving its goals that include balanced city decision-making and affordable housing. He also lauded an “extraordinarily high” turnout for the Nov. 6 election.

“As of yesterday, about 75-percent of the 41,000 registered voters in Redwood City cast ballots,” he said, adding the nearly 70,000 votes cast (voters can choose up to three candidates) far eclipsed the about 31,000 votes cast in the most recent City Council election in 2015.

To read Hunter’s full statement, go here.

Nearly 200 families and their supporters protest superintendent’s proposals

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Nearly 200 families, supporters protest Redwood City School District proposals

By Bill Shilstone

Protesting the proposed closing of schools, nearly 200 parents, children and their supporters waited for an hour outside Redwood City School District headquarters Tuesday morning to urge Supt. John Baker to find another way.

Chanting “Si se puede” (“Yes, we can”), the Latino civil rights rallying cry, and with Hawes parent Juan Servin banging on a big circus drum, the protesters walked from the downtown library to the Bradford Street headquarters about eight blocks away.

They made their points with a variety of signs, mostly in Spanish:

“Do not uproot our school.”

“Please don’t separate our students and families.”

“Keep Fair Oaks open.”

“Save Hawes.”

“Caminata por la Equidad, Justicia y Respeto.” (“Walk for Equity, Justice and Respect.”)

“Our message is that the (reorganization) plans put the heaviest burden on the Latino community,” said Laura Garcia, a walk organizer from Selby Lane, where more than 400 students would be displaced under the proposals.

The protesters demanded that Baker, who was in a meeting, come out and address them. While children filed in and out of the building for bathroom breaks, Adelante parent and Selby Lane teacher Ivanna Zelaya-Clark used an electronic loud speaker to call Baker to “come out and talk to us. It’s your job. The community is more important than anything.” The crowd picked up a chant, “We want Baker.”

At 10:45, Baker emerged and addressed the crowd in Spanish.

“Let us work with you to get over this hump,” he said.

He urged the protesters to attend Wednesday’s board meeting at which trustees are to act on his proposals to begin a reorganization designed to close a $10 million budget shortfall created mainly by declining enrollment.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Sequoia High School’s Carrington Hall.

The plan as it stands is to close the Fair Oaks, Hawes, Orion and Adelante campuses, with the Orion parent-participation and Adelante Spanish Immersion programs moving intact to John Gill and Selby Lane, respectively. Fair Oaks  students are to go to Taft, and Hawes students to Roosevelt, Henry Ford or John Gill. About 1,900 students would have to change schools.

Some speakers suggested alternatives, such as closing Roosevelt instead of Hawes, and moving the Spanish Immersion program to the Kennedy Middle School campus, which would keep Selby Lane intact.

Members of the Adelante and Orion communities, though their programs are saved, attended the walk to support the schools most affected.

“I understand that the district has to make cuts, but we should ALL make cuts,” said Adelante parent Kate Loftus. “Distribute the pain so all are contributing. What’s the message in leaving white schools untouched?”

Baker listened to statements by Selby Lane eighth-grader Carlos Medina, Norma Gomez of Selby Lane and four others, and asked for their written notes to add to his large collection of community feedback.

His farewell words: “Mañana — a las siete.” “Tomorrow – at seven.”

Photo of Supt. Baker addressing the crowd by Bill Shilstone

Caltrain updates Redwood City residents on electrification work

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Caltrain updates Redwood City residents on electrification work

The Caltrain corridor in the cities of Redwood City, North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park will see ample construction work related to the ongoing electrification project. A community meeting has been planned for tomorrow at Downtown Redwood City Library to let residents know more about the plans.

In December last year, crews began working on tree pruning/removal, utility relocation, and foundation installation, the transit agency said.

“Over the next few months, crews will continue foundation installation, begin the installation of poles along the rail corridor in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks, and begin the construction of the switching station in Redwood City which will help distribute power to the new electric trains,” according to Caltrain.

It’s part of Caltrain’s ongoing electrification project, which will electrify the train system from 4th and King streets in San Francisco to the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing the diesel trains with electric trains. Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.

To further inform local residents about the ongoing construction, Caltrain will host two community meetings: one will take place tomorrow, Nov. 28, at the Downtown Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, at 6:30 p.m.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Cypress Room, 600 Alma St. in Menlo Park, at 6:30 p.m.

“Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the transit agency said.

To learn more, visit www.CalMod.org.

600 scarves, hats, socks and gloves hung up around city

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600 scarves, hats, socks and gloves hung up around city

Over 600 scarves, hats, gloves and socks were hung up at various sites in Redwood City last week as part of the third annual Chase the Chill program.

The charitable program collects the handmade, donated items made by community members through the end of October, then hangs the items at multiple locations around Redwood City for people in need to find and keep. The items featured tags stating, “I belong to no one, take me if you like me or if you need me.”

The items were hung at city sites Monday, Nov. 19, and were scooped up quickly thereafter, organizer Jodi Paley said. One of the scarves was made by Redwood City Councilmember John Seybert, who said instructions from a YouTube video helped him create the item.

“I could have made about 10 had I bought enough material,” Seybert said. “It’s really easy to do.”

Volunteers sort and tag items donated for the Chase the Chill event on Nov. 7 at the Community Activities Building.

The relatively new Chase the Chill event is having a significant impact, Seybert added. He said he knows nonresidents who are considering installing similar programs in their communities.

“Because of what you have done in Redwood City….it’s going to catch on in other communities,” he said.

Paley credited the many community members “behind the scenes” that have made Chase the Chill a success, including Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Chris Beth and his staff.

On Nov. 7, volunteers met for a tagging and sorting event at the Community Activities Building. Then on Monday, “we spread out around the community” to hang the scarves in the cold, smoky early-morning air, Paley said. Volunteers were met by passerby with “thanks and amazement.”

Efforts to ensure another successful Chase the Chill next year are already underway.

“I already got a note today that somebody has started knitting for next year,” Paley told council last week.

Photos courtesy of Chase the Chill’s Facebook page.

School-by-school breakdown of reorganization proposals

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School-by-school breakdown of reorganization proposals

By Bill Shilstone

Here is how Redwood City School District Supt. John Baker’s final proposals to the board of trustees would affect each of the district’s 16 schools. Board action is scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 28 at Sequoia High School’s Carrington Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Fair Oaks: School closes and students move to nearby Taft or have priority in transfer to any other school in the district.

Taft: Absorbs students from Fair Oaks. The district will go ahead with  the scheduled two-year Measure T modernization on the Taft campus, at the same time working with the community to develop an “innovative, academically rigorous program serving a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population.”

Orion: The parent-participation program, one of the Schools of Choice magnets that draw students from throughout the district, moves to John Gill, sharing the site with the Mandarin Immersion program. The Allerton Street campus closes. Orion families who choose not to move with the parent-participation program have the option to attend their neighborhood school.

John Gill: Ceases to become a neighborhood school. Current students have first priority to stay as part of the Orion parent-participation program or to move to another school.

Adelante: Campus on Granger Way closes, and its Spanish Immersion program, another of the district magnets, moves to Selby Lane in Atherton to join 250 Spanish Immersion program students there. Adelante families who choose not to move have the option to attend their neighborhood school.

Selby Lane: 460 students not in the immersion program have priority in moving to other schools. The preschool and transitional kindergarten programs at Selby Lane become Spanish Immersion.

Hawes: School closes and students move to nearby Roosevelt, Henry Ford or Orion (John Gill) or have priority to other schools.

Roosevelt, Garfield, Hoover, Kennedy, Clifford, Roy Cloud, McKinley Institute of Technology, North Star Academy and Henry Ford: Not affected except to absorb displaced students from Fair Oaks, Hawes, John Gill and Selby Lane, who will have priority to choose and attend any school in the district.

No determination has been made on what will happen to the closed-school properties.

The district office will close and move to a vacated school sometime in 2020, Baker said, bringing in a potential revenue of $1.6 million a year. Other projects for the near future are a review of the K-8 vs. K-5/6-8 configuration and a study of the role of North Star Academy, the district’s accelerated-learning choice.

The proposals are designed in part to take advantage of the most popular choice programs, including Roosevelt’s project-based learning, by giving them room to expand and possibly attract more students.

All of the proposals, Baker said in his memorandum to the board for Wednesday’s meeting, “should promote racially and socioeconomically balanced schools and not further segregate our students.” The district has a marked east side-west side imbalance, and most of the district’s enrollment decline is happening on the east side.

REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHICS

SCHOOL          CAPACITY*   ENROLLMENT *   NON-WHITE PERCENTAGE**

Kennedy (6-8)        1,680                706                             82

Hoover (K-8)           1,470               681                             98

Selby Lane (K-8)     1,290               740                            95

Clifford (K-8)           1,110               558                            55

Roosevelt (K-8)       1,110                581                            80

Taft (K-5)                  1,080               331                            98

Garfield (K-8)          1,020               570                            98

Roy Cloud (K-8)         990               718                            37

Fair Oaks (K-5)           960               221                            97

Henry Ford (K-5)        780               377                           70

McKinley IT (6-8)        720               408                           96

John Gill (K-5)              660               288                           90

North Star (3-8)           630               536                           51

Hawes (K-5)                  570               301                           98

Adelante (K-5)              550               464                           76

Orion (K-5)                    270                211                          53

Total                          14,890            7,691                          80

*Redwood City School District figures from early fall 2018

**State Dept. of Education figures for 2017-18

Reddy inches closer to council victory

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Diana Reddy’s lead has widened over Rick Hunter for third-place in the three open seats in the Redwood City Council race, and her lead may be insurmountable, according to the latest election tallies released yesterday by the San Mateo County Elections office.

There are about 3,000 votes left to be counted countywide, and an unknown but much lower number to be counted in Redwood City. Reddy leads Hunter by 267 votes, up from a lead of 153 from the previous count totals.

Giselle Hale has decidedly won her first term on City Council, receiving the most votes thus far in the seven-candidate race with 12,425, or 18.3 percent of votes cast. Incumbent Diane Howard can also claim victory with 11,623 votes, or 17.1-percent.

The race for the third open seat, however, has been tight. Hunter held a slim lead until the release of election results on Nov. 20, when Reddy pulled ahead by just 51 votes.

The latest results indicate Reddy will emerge victorious, Climate Magazine political columnist Mark Simon said.

“The trend from the last three days is unmistakable,” Simon said, adding it is likely there are too few votes left to count for Hunter to overtake Reddy.

Meanwhile, the latest count shows Measure W, the half-cent sales tax increase to fund transit and transportation projects, is now passing. The measure went over the needed two-thirds threshold for the first time and it is now at 66.7 percent. It has steadily progressed toward passage over the last several days.

County election officials are scheduled to release more results at 4:30 p.m. today.

An estimated total of 286,247 votes were cast in the Nov. 6 all-mail voting pilot in San Mateo County. As the ballots continue to be counted turnout is inching toward 72 percent, a substantial turnout in a mid-term election.

Proposal would move over 1,900 students to new schools

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By Bill Shilstone

More than 1,900 Redwood City Elementary School District students would move to new schools next year under final reorganization proposals to be considered for final action by district trustees Wednesday Nov. 28 at Sequoia High School’s Carrington Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Supt. John Baker’s final recommendations follow a board directive given at a five-hour public hearing Nov. 14 that Fair Oaks and Taft, neighboring schools in the low-income North Fair Oaks community, not both be closed. Fair Oaks students would move to Taft under Baker’s proposals.

The final plan calls for the closing of four campuses: Fair Oaks (current enrollment 221), Hawes (301), Orion (270) and Adelante (464). Orion’s parent participation program would move to the John Gill campus and Adelante’s Spanish Immersion program would move to Selby Lane. Selby Lane’s Spanish Immersion program would merge with Adelante’s; the other 460 Selby Lane students would move. At John Gill, 200 students would have a choice of enrolling in the Orion program or moving to another school.

The district faces a $10 million budget shortfall in the next three years because of steeply declining enrollment caused by families moving away or choosing charter or private schools. Funding is pegged in part on student count, which in Redwood City is 7,600, about half the combined capacity of the 16 schools. Baker’s proposals are designed to deal with the cost inefficiency of near-empty campuses and to cut just over $4 million for the 2018-19 school year.

In order to make that cut without the closing of Taft, Baker added two new proposals: staffing reductions of $700,000 instead of the $430,000 originally proposed, and to seek outside funding for the summer school program ($674,000).

Baker acknowledges in his memorandum accompanying his recommendations to the board that the displacement of students causes difficulties and disappointment, and outlines measures designed to soften the blow.

Displaced students from Fair Oaks, Hawes, John Gill and Selby Lane will be given first priority in the district’s Schools of Choice lottery and be able to attend any school where there is space and staffing available. The district will provide counseling and emotional support to students and teachers who are moving. The district will work with community partners to provide transportation to the affected students.

Whether those measures will be effective may be tested Tuesday morning by a group of parents and community members from the affected schools who have organized a walk from the downtown library to district headquarters on Bradford Street to demonstrate their feeling that the burden of the reorganization is falling more heavily on the low-income community.

At the Nov. 14 public hearing, Adelante parent Vanja Douglas summed up the argument: “… schools with the largest percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price meals and the largest percentage of English language learners are being asked to bear the burden of the upcoming changes … while the schools with the most resources are left small, unchanged, and comfortable.”

The public gets a final chance for input before the final vote on Wednesday.

Car fire damages at least one Redwood City residence

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No one was injured, but a car fire in the carport of a 2-story building in Redwood City Thursday night damaged at least one residence, fire officials said.

The car fire occurred at the building at 1870 Valota Road, according to the Redwood City Fire Department.

The cause was under investigation.

Photos originally posted on the Redwood City Fire Department Instagram.

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