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Lucid Motors opens studio, service center in Millbrae

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Lucid Motors opens studio, service center in Millbrae

Lucid Motors, makers of luxury electric vehicles, has opened a new studio and service center at 355 Adrian Road in Millbrae.

Headquartered in Newark, Lucid’s first car is the Lucid Air, a luxury sedan named the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year that starts at $77,400. The Lucid Air Dream Edition, which costs $169,000, “features an official EPA estimated 530 miles of range or 1,111 horsepower,” the company said.

The Lucid Air is produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Millbrae’s studio hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lucid’s only other Bay Area location is at West Valley Fair in San Jose, where it has a studio.

Learn more about the company here.

Bay Area stakeholders laud passage of Infrastructure Bill

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Bay Area stakeholders laud passage of Infrastructure Bill

Bay Area officials have lauded passage of the federal $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, saying the bill will help fund a wide range of local projects.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Chair Alfredo Pedroza and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board President Jesse Arreguín said the bill will help “fuel” Plan Bay Area 2050, the long-range regional plan for transportation, housing, the environment and the economy that the agencies adopted last month.

Pedroza, who is also a Napa County supervisor, said that the increased transit capital funding will “help modernize our existing transit network,” while the expansion of nationwide grant programs to the tune of $140 billion will allow the Bay Area to compete for money that can help largescale new projects come to fruition.

Bay Area cities and counties will also be able to compete for funding via a $4.5 billion fund for bridge repair projects throughout California, to “upgrade bridges along local streets and roads” per an MTA statement. Funding is also dog-eared for airports, ports and inland waterways.

The Bay Area is also expected to see $4.5 billion out of an approximate $475 billion reauthorization of the central federal transportation program spanning the next five years, per the statement. This represents a 56 percent increase over the existing Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act from 2015.

Other facets of the bill, such as $65 billion for expanding broadband service, $65 billion for upgrading the power infrastructure and $71 billion for resilience, water storage and environmental remediation, will help narrow the digital divide for low income households, reduce greenhouse emissions and equip shoreline cities to adapt to rising sea levels, said Arreguín, who is also the mayor of Berkeley.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s resilience, remediation and water storage sections include—among other initiatives—more than $8 billion for reservoirs, water recycling and ecosystem restoration in California and other western states; $3.3 billion for the reduction of wildfire risks; and increased funding for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and restoration projects around the bay.

California and other states will be able to cultivate digital equity plans to subsidize Internet service costs for low-income households as part of the bill’s $65 billion investment to help expand broadband service.

Nationwide, $17 billion will be set aside for Army Corp of Engineers flood control projects; $1 billion for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants; and $1 billion for state and local government grants to develop cybersecurity plans.

The bill’s power infrastructure and clean energy sections will direct $65 billion toward creating a new Grid Deployment Authority; provide states with grants to prepare the electric grid against extreme weather; establish four regional clean hydrogen hubs; fund state and local governments via grants for energy efficiency and conservation projects; and fund a competitive grant program for states or regional partnerships to update building energy codes.

MTC serves the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area as the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency, while ABAG functions as the council of governments and the regional planning agency for the Bay Area’s 101 cities and towns and nine counties.

Photo courtesy of MTC

27-year-old man shot in San Mateo

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A man was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling in North Fair Oaks on Sunday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. At about 10:11 p.m., deputies responded to the 2700 block of Devonshire Avenue on a report of gunfire, the Sheriff's Office said. No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident. An investigation led to the arrest of Luis Varga, a North Fair Oaks resident, on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and maliciously and willfully discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, the Sheriff's Office said. Further details of the case weren't immediately available. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective D. Chiu at 650.363. 4057 or email dchiu@smcgov.org.

A 27-year-old man was injured in a shooting in San Mateo Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police responded just after 3 p.m. to the 1000 block of College Avenue on a report of a person requesting assistance from police, and located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local trauma center.

San Mateo police are investigating. No arrests have been announced, but police say they’ve learned the incident was “isolated and targeted.”

“The San Mateo Police Department is working vigorously to bring all responsible parties to justice,” police said.

Anyone with information or surveillance footage related to this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Kurt Rodenspiel (650) 522-7662 or KRodenspiel@cityofsanmateo.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted here or by calling (650) 522-7676.

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Redwood City Public Library offering on-demand children’s stories via phone

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Redwood City Public Library offering on-demand children’s stories via phone

Redwood City Public Library is now offering Dial-A-Story, a new feature for on-demand children’s stories shared on the phone.

Stories are available in both English and Spanish, with new material added monthly, that children can listen to while in the car, at home, or elsewhere, Library officials said. In addition to the preselected stories, kids can listen to songs by some of Redwood City’s librarians.

Dial-A-Story is part of the Library’s Storytime program collection.

To access the collection, call (650) 839-9399 and select the story/item you want to hear.

Photo courtesy of the Library

 

San Mateo Central Park Music Series’ band lineup announced

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San Mateo Central Park Music Series' band lineup announced

In a sign that summer has officially arrived, the band lineup for the 2021 Central Park Music Series has been announced by the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation department.

The series will kick off at the park Independence Day Sun., July 4 from 12-2 p.m. with a performance by Club 90, a high-energy, choreographed dance party show. Attendees can arrive early at 11:45 a.m. for the national anthem and a “thank you” to essential workers, said Parks and Rec officials.

Here are the rest of the Music Series’ performers set for this summer, appearing on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m.: July 15: Native Elements (reggae); July 22: Maya Latin Band (Latin rock); July 29: Bud E. Luv (party/swing big band); and Aug. 5: Pop Fiction (party band).

According to Parks and Rec, they’re currently working to arrange food vendors, with more info to follow online next week. However, the department did clarify that their usual beer and wine sales will not be offered during this year’s concert series. However, attendees are permitted to bring their own food and drinks to the events. Registration is not needed to attend any of the concerts.

Central Park is located at 50 East 5th Ave. in San Mateo. For more info about the summer Music Series, click here, call (650) 522-7400 or contact parksandrecreation@cityofsanmateo.org.

Photo of Club 90 courtesy of the band

San Mateo Public Library locations to open to public May 3

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All three San Mateo Public Library locations will open to the public for browsing, holds pickup and limited computer use starting May 3.

Patrons are encouraged to limit their stay to 60 minutes, and face coverings and social distancing guidelines are required at all times.

“In-person reference will be available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors,” the Library system said. “Other services include magazine checkout, wi-fi, and limited study tables (one person per table). The Friends of the Library bookstore will be open.”

Last week, San Mateo County Libraries reopened most of its libraries with modifications for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020.

All Redwood City Public Library locations are currently closed, but all locations offer Curbside Pickup services.

Photo courtesy of San Mateo Public Library

SamTrans awarded $16M in CARES Act funding

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SamTrans reducing service due to massive ridership decreases

SamTrans announced it has been awarded $16 million in COVID-19 federal relief funds and plans to use the money to sustain longterm projects and programs, such as Reimagine SamTrans, a study aiming to analyze how best to serve riders post-pandemic.

The transit agency said the funds — provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise knows as the CARES Act, which was passed last year — are vital amid a pandemic that reduced its ridership by 65 percent.

“COVID-19 has simply been catastrophic for public transit,” SamTrans Board of Directors Chair Charles Stone said in a statement. “This federal support is vitally necessary to ensure that SamTrans can continue to be there for the people who depend on it.”

As part of the CARES package, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) received $297 million; BART received $274 million; AC Transit received $55.5 million; and Caltrain and the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) received over $39 million each.

Photo credit: Rafael Lima

Redwood City police arrest man for domestic violence

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A 66-year-old man was arrested in Redwood City on allegations that he threatened family members while brandishing a firearm, police said.

Police responded to a home in the 500 block of Shorebird Circle about 8:46 p.m. Friday, March 12, on a report of a domestic violence. They contacted and later arrested Nestor Lopez on suspicion of making criminal threats, brandishing a firearm and assault with a firearm on a person. Officers recovered a .380 caliber handgun.

Lopez was booked into the San Mateo County Jail. Anyone that may have additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Redwood City Police Detective Sergeant Nick Perna at (650) 780-7672 or the Redwood City Police Department’s Tip Line at (650) 780-7107.

Photo courtesy of the Redwood City Police Department

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COVID-19 concerns prompt suspension of jury trials

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San Mateo County DA issues price gouging alert due to coronavirus outbreak

The San Mateo County Superior Court is suspending jury trials due to COVID-19 public health concerns.

The court has extended the time period for the holding of a criminal trial by 30 days, but only for cases in which the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from Dec. 14 through Jan. 13.

All civil jury trials are suspended through Jan. 8, while all civil court trials are suspended through Dec. 31 except for unlawful detainer court trials.

The suspension doesn’t apply to family law or juvenile cases, according to the Court.

Both the Redwood City and South San Francisco Clerk’s Offices will be closed to the public effective Monday. However, the Redwood City Clerk’s Office will process emergency ex parte, domestic violence and all temporary restraining order petitions, and civil ex partes.

For more information, go here.

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