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2008-10-10 06:00:27

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. Farmers want to draw attention to the large diversity of...

2008-10-08 06:00:23

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. coli. County officials learned of the $35,000 budget cut this week as part of a million-dollar line-item veto the governor exacted on the state's entire ocean water-quality monitoring program,...

2008-10-02 06:00:21

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. The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board announced the fines on Tuesday, which penalize each sanitation district for several years' worth of large sewage backups between Dec. 1, 2004 and...

2008-10-01 06:00:35

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. The staff of the commission is backing a regional water supply plan that would avoid the controversial environmental pitfall of...

2008-09-24 06:00:18

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. Dennis Baxter, skipper of a charter boat named the New Captain Pete, has not pocketed more than $44,000 a year in net profits since 2004, due to shaky salmon population numbers. This year he made much, much less. But...

2008-09-23 06:00:19

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. 12, names both landowner Jeffrey Kremer and the Cuesta La Honda Guild, the local homeowner's association. Kremer's half-acre property occupies a "crucial" location at a sharp bend in Lower Scenic Drive in which contractors plan to erect a row of...

2008-09-19 12:00:19

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. Biologists have designated 131,091 acres of land in the county, mostly on existing protected open space, as critical habitat for the frog's survival -- a dramatic increase from the 13,000 acres deemed critical by the same biologists in 2006. The Fish...

2008-09-17 06:00:25

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. "Unfortunately, people are using the ground as an ashtray," she said. "All it takes is one rain event for those to end up in the ocean. That's how it gets to the beaches." She should know. As executive...

2008-09-13 06:00:16

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. It was only a matter of time before residents built their own seismograph to measure tremors under their feet. It may not look like much, but the seismograph in question -- a deceptively simple collection of wire-suspended pendulums, magnets and coils -- will be able to sense earthquakes as...

2008-09-08 09:00:24

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. San Mateo County Supervisors Rich Gordon and Jerry Hill scaled back a proposal Tuesday to impose some rules that would limit building on steep slopes or at the edge of creeks in residential portions of unincorporated San Mateo County, after they were bombarded by criticism from...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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