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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.

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.

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Essay Writing Service – Tips For Hiring a Professional Service

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Before hiring a service like Writemypapers.org, there are a few things to keep in mind. One of them is what type of essay you are looking to write. There are several different types out there so do some research on what they specialize in. If you have no specific knowledge or interest in writing, a generic essay may be fine for you.

When doing research to hire a service to write your essay for you, try to look for someone who specializes in your area of interest. Try to find someone that has experience writing in your area. You want to hire a service that has a good reputation with the people who will be reviewing your paper. In addition, you need someone who has experience doing the kind of work that needs to be done for your paper.

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Once you find a good essay writing service, you will want to meet with them in person to talk about your project. If you don’t have a lot of time or patience for this process, then you may want to hire a service to do it for you. Be sure to discuss with them what kind of research they are going to do on your paper. This will give them an idea of how well prepared you are for the task ahead. and what kind of paper they are going to create for you.

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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.

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Pastor leads Redwood City Downtown Business Group

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God moves in a mysterious way, so the poet William Cowper wrote, and then along comes a story like this one to illustrate.

At the beginning of the year, David Shearin, lead pastor and executive director of Redwood City-based Street Life Ministries, became president of the Downtown Business Group. Shearin initially joined the board to make connections for the ministry and to serve as a liaison in dealing with homeless-related problems, together with the police. But when the DBG’s president moved away late last year, the pastor to the homeless was elevated as his replacement.

Though his office is at a church across town, Shearin relies on the business group’s energetic Executive Director Regina Van Brunt for being downtown almost daily, advocating for business owners and being a go-between with them and the city.

“It’s hard for an owner to be at the City Council meetings and voice their opinion because their whole life is wrapped up in the business. And she’s that voice,” Shearin says.

His own role as president is to be a sounding board and give direction and ideas. Van Brunt has been an advocate for restaurateurs dealing with coronavirus-related restrictions in getting more outdoor space. But she also lets them know if they are violating rules, which might bring back tighter controls.

“We are doing everything we can do keep the businesses open,” Shearin says. “I think the part that’s really hard is watching a lot of the businesses just struggle so much.”

He credits local residents for buying takeout when restaurants were closed and taking advantage of the option to eat outdoors when it became available.

And about those “mysterious ways?”

Street Life Ministries, which serves free meals to homeless people five nights a week, has seen a huge drop off in food formerly received via corporate cafeterias. Shearin came up with an idea to purchase meals from downtown restaurants at a substantial discount and launched a fundraiser. About a half dozen restaurants – ones equipped to prepare large to-go trays –are partnering with Street Life in providing the meals. The goal was to raise $20,000 —but almost $50,000 has come in. Shearin says two restaurant owners have said they’ll be able to keep an employee working “by us buying food from them.” Lordy!

Stanford fellow’s controversial tweet draws renewed peer criticism

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Following a Nov. 15 tweet from Dr. Scott Atlas—a Trump administration coronavirus task force member on leave from his role at Stanford University as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution—the university seemed to distance itself from him.

In the controversial tweet, which linked to news of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement of new coronavirus restrictions, Dr. Atlas posted, “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept.”

The tweet was not only called “shocking” by Gov. Whitmer, who was the target of an alleged, foiled October kidnapping plot related to her pandemic orders, but also drew criticism from Dr. Atlas’ own Stanford colleagues.

In a Nov. 16 statement, Stanford said that Dr. Atlas’ views are “inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic” and that his statements “reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”

“Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear.  We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities,” the university also said in the statement.

In a follow up tweet, Dr. Atlas contended that he was “never talking at all about violence” and that he would never “endorse or incite violence.”

Dr. Atlas’ recent tweet is not the first time his Stanford colleagues have been prompted to speak out against him. After an Aug. 31 report by the Washington Post that he embraced a controversial herd immunity strategy to combat the pandemic, Dr. Atlas drew intense criticism from his peers.

In a Sept. 9 letter following the news report, a Stanford faculty collective stated that “many of [Dr. Atlas’] opinions and statements run counter to established science and, by doing so, undermine public-health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy.”

Another letter dated Sept. 23—signed by a larger group of 105 doctors, scientists and health experts—claimed Dr. Atlas had threatened legal action against them, but reaffirmed their previously stated convictions.

Dr. Atlas has denied recommending herd immunity as an option to the task force or the president, per a report in The Stanford Daily. However, he has repeatedly upheld the strategy as one of the best ways to “eradicate the threat of the virus” in Hoover Institution virtual policy briefings, in an April op-ed in The Hill and in his remarks in May to a U.S. Senate committee.

Photo credit: Hoover Institute 

Cinemark reopens San Mateo County movie theaters

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Cinemark Theatres reopened four movie theaters in San Mateo County today, including locations in Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City and San Bruno.

The reopening follows the county’s move on Monday to a less-restrictive tier in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The move from the purple, or “widespread” tier, to the “red,” or substantial tier, means some activities can move indoors, with modifications, including restaurants, gyms and movie theaters.

Movie theaters are allowed to open at 25 maximum capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Masks are required, while movie theaters are undergoing more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.

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