Latest Julia Scott Stories
By Julia Scott HALF MOON BAY -- The latest proponents of the "local food" movement aren't foodies -- they're San Mateo County farmers who want to appeal to careful shoppers with a local message of their own: a food label marked "Grown in San Mateo County." The label, in the process of being designed by the San Mateo County Farm Bureau, could be stamped on food crates and affixed to cellophane flower packaging by the end of the year.
By Julia Scott State funding for a program that monitors water contamination in San Mateo County's creeks and beaches has been cut by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a loss health officials say could lead members of the public to come into contact with water containing dangerously high levels of E.
By Julia Scott San Mateo, Hillsborough and the county-run Crystal Springs sanitation districts must collectively pay more than $1.7 million in fines to a regional enforcement agency for discharging raw sewage into streets, creeks and San Francisco Bay in violation of the Clean Water Act.
By Julia Scott SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area residents who get their water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra will not be allotted any "new" water under a proposal to maximize water resources through 2018, although water rates will double in that time to pay for upgrades to the system, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials said Tuesday.
By Julia Scott PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- Fishers preoccupied with financial worries since the unprecedented loss of the 2008 salmon season will be seeing some money -- in some cases, a lot of it -- thanks to a federal salmon disaster relief package announced last week.
By Julia Scott LA HONDA -- San Mateo County attorneys have begun eminent domain proceedings against a La Honda landowner who has so far refused to sell his property to the county for an urgent local land repair project. The lawsuit, filed Sept.
By Julia Scott Land designated as critical habitat for the survival of the threatened red-legged frog in San Mateo County would increase tenfold under a new proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and could affect property owners.
By Julia Scott PACIFICA -- When it comes to Coastal Cleanup Day, Lynn Adams has discovered that it's not enough to pick up trash along the beach once a year. She has taken to scouring streets for cigarette butts, and she once found 600 of them along the sidewalks of a single city block.
By Julia Scott PORTOLA VALLEY -- When you live on the San Andreas fault line, as all Portola Valley residents do, earthquake science is taught in school and geologists lead expeditions through town.
By Julia Scott REDWOOD CITY -- Protecting streams and creeks from the pressures of urban development seems like a laudable goal but when the county gets involved, finding common ground on the issue can be tough.