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27-year-old man shot in San Mateo

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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 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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Essay Writing Service – Tips For Hiring a Professional Service

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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.

County offering residents free ‘Headspace’ resources amid pandemic

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In a move aimed at helping local residents manage pandemic-related stress, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Headspace are collaborating to provide free self-care resources.

Now through August 2021, San Mateo County residents can sign up to receive free access to Headspace’s meditations, sleep sounds and movement exercises, all of which are intended to help people care for their minds.

According to Headspace on its website, its array of offerings “can help residents weather this storm… Because in times like these, a little support goes a long way.”

Any community members needing additional support during these unprecedented times can contact San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services by dialing 711 or (800) 686-0101/TDD: (800) 943-2833 or by clicking here.

To sign up to use Headspace’s array of resources, click here.

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PG&E to inpsect 3.8 miles of natural gas pipeline in San Carlos

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PG&E will perform a weeklong inspection on a 3.8-mile stretch of a natural gas transmission line in San Carlos — from Commercial Street to its end point off Edgewood Road — starting Monday, Nov. 30.

The work involves sending an advanced inspection device, called a “smart pig,” into the pipeline, the city said. The smart pig is equipped with sensors to allow engineers to analyze the interior of the pipeline and its associated components and to make repairs where needed.

It’s part of ongoing safety work on the pipeline, called Line 147, in partnership with the city. The work may cause noise and people in the area may smell gas as natural gas is safely vented from the pipeline, city officials said. No interruptions to gas service in the area are expected.

“During this project, customers and people in the area may see PG&E and contractor trucks and other heavy equipment on Commercial Street, where the ‘smart pig’ device will be inserted into the line,” the city said. “Along Brittan Avenue, PG&E trucks and crews will be parked at various points along the line monitoring progress.”

The work may cause noise and people in the area may smell gas as natural gas is safely vented from the pipeline, city officials said.

Over the course of our work, people in the area may smell gas and hear a loud, steady noise as we safely vent natural gas from the pipeline.

Anyone with questions about the smell of gas or project can call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-743-5000.

Photo credit: City of San Pablo

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