Latest Shaun Bishop Stories

2008-09-20 21:00:18

By Shaun Bishop Redwood City's replacement of a water main has diverted rainwater runoff onto an Emerald Hills property, damaging it and causing unsafe conditions, according to a lawsuit filed against the city last week. Michael and Tracy Toschi say they have been forced to repair a damaged retaining wall and tree on their property in the unincorporated Emerald Hills neighborhood after the "rapid flow and high volume of surface water" during storms caused erosion. The suit, filed...

2008-09-19 15:00:45

By Shaun Bishop Citing concerns about diversity and exclusivity, the Sequoia Union High School District's board has denied a petition for a new charter school modeled after an existing school that is sponsored by the district. The board rejected the petition for Everest Charter School by a 4- 1 vote Wednesday night after hearing from dozens of parents, students and staff on all sides of the issue. District staff had recommended the board deny the petition in a report that criticized...

2008-09-17 06:00:31

By Shaun Bishop A proposal for a fourth charter school in the Sequoia Union High School District describes a program focused on "students of privilege" that "largely ignores disenfranchised and low-performing students," according to a report that recommends the petition's denial this week. The district's sharply critical response to the Everest Charter School petition was made public as the district's board of trustees prepares to vote on the proposal at a meeting today. A top official...

2008-09-06 21:00:12

By Shaun Bishop After more than three decades, Jim Lianides is finally returning to the Sequoia Union High School District. Lianides, a Woodside High School graduate, was appointed this week by the district's board as the new assistant superintendent and chief business officer. Since 2006, he's been the superintendent of the Pacifica School District. The lifelong Redwood City resident said he's happy to have the chance to work closer to home. "The opportunity to work in my own...

2008-09-04 12:00:26

By Shaun Bishop Backers of a Redwood City charter high school have petitioned to open a second campus, setting up another potential battle in its turbulent history with the Sequoia Union High School District. The proposed Everest Public High School would replicate the experience of Summit Preparatory Charter High School, a 400-student school that opened in 2003, according to the petition filed June 24 with the district. A push for a new school, which would open in 2009, grew out of...

2008-08-28 15:01:07

By Shaun Bishop A massive new department that encompasses all of San Mateo County's health-related functions will be temporarily headed by Charlene Silva, director of the county's Health Department. County Manager John Maltbie's selection of Silva to be interim chief of the San Mateo County Health System, the new umbrella agency, was approved earlier this month by the county Board of Supervisors. The new structure, an effort to streamline health-related functions, combines the county's...

2008-08-28 06:00:43

By Shaun Bishop Federal authorities Tuesday designated more than 18,000 acres in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties as critical habitat for the threatened Bay checkerspot butterfly. The move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates areas where the insect with a 2-inch wingspan can survive. Native to the Bay Area, the checkerspot butterfly lives where soil lacks nutrients and only a few select plants grow, including dwarf plantain and purple owl's clover. Its larvae feed on...

2008-08-03 21:00:11

By Shaun Bishop In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was expected to have begun sucking dredge material from the waters in the Port of Redwood City and piping it onto Bair Island. But bids for the contract to remove about 300,000 cubic yards of silt from the port came back at about $3 million -- more than what the corps budgeted for the project, said Joel Pliskin, the agency's project manager. A request for more funding is working its way through congressional committees as...

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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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