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July 19, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation is bulking up its Northern California studio. The Glendale-based company behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies on Thursday unveiled a new 200,000-square-foot headquarters for its PDI animation facility in Redwood City. The new campus overlooking San Francisco Bay is one-third larger than the previous one (at the same location) and has an on-site clinic for a doctor's office and nutritionist, a larger cafe and more outdoor space with gas heaters "to permit hanging outside year-round.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
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September 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A year after videotape of an arson fire, narrated by an eerily whispering and laughing arsonist, was found by a Stockton roadside, police arrested two teen-agers in connection with the 1988 blaze. Police spokesman Howard Baker said one of the youths, now 19, confessed to starting the 1988 fire at an unfinished house and filming the tape.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Bay is getting even friendlier to tech companies. As fleets of luxury shuttle buses that transport San Francisco employees to and from work in the Silicon Valley continue to make waves, technology companies have been searching for alternatives. Facebook is the latest company to offer its staffers in San Francisco a free ride to work on a catamaran. The giant social network began testing the private ferry service, which it is calling a "water taxi," on Feb. 4. The catamaran holds 30 people and is outfitted with Wi-Fi, coffee and snacks.
NEWS
July 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Ramon Salcido, the winery worker who allegedly slaughtered his wife, two daughters and four others during a murderous rampage in the wine country in April, 1989, is set to go on trial in Redwood City today, but the case may be delayed for two months. Salcido's lawyer, public defender Marteen Miller, said he would ask visiting San Mateo Superior Court Judge Reginald Littrell to reset the trial for September.
NEWS
March 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The apparent kidnaper of a 16-year-old high school sophomore has threatened to kill him if a ransom demand is not paid within three days, police said Friday. Juan Ruben Chavez vanished from his home late Wednesday afternoon, leaving his favorite Raiders jacket on his bed, Redwood City police spokesman Howard Baker said. The family was not immediately worried, though, and did not notify police until after a 10 p.m.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Even in a place where the seemingly fantastic happens on a daily basis, the events of last week involving Oracle Inc. left many long-time observers of the tech scene in Silicon Valley stunned. Oracle, the Redwood City giant best known for its database software, announced a series of partnerships with two sworn blood enemies (Microsoft and Salesforce.com) and another rival with whom it has a complicated relationship (NetSuite). This followed by a few weeks another deal with a rival, Dell.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1998 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On New Year's Eve, certain working-class parts of Redwood City used to sound more like Dodge City. Residents would fire so many weapons as the clock struck midnight that in some years the celebratory gunfire lasted nearly an hour. Not anymore. This year, police said, there were only about a dozen shots fired. What happened? Well, as you might expect, this city in the heart of Silicon Valley turned to technology to tame its gunslingers.
NEWS
November 9, 1994 | From Associated Press
Technology that pinpoints earthquake epicenters will be used to develop a computer system giving police the location of gunfire seconds after shootings. The project, unanimously approved by the City Council, is seen by residents and community leaders as a way for police to crack down on increasingly random gunfire in parts of Redwood City. "You can't understand what it's like until you've experienced diving (for safety) with a child in hand," said Maria Diaz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Pete Uccelli took 20 acres of swampland and transformed it into a boatyard and marina, welcoming visitors and residents of his beloved town to stroll the docks and feed the ducks. His restaurant on the southern edge of San Francisco Bay became a gathering spot - hosting Rotary Club meetings, business lunches and quinceañeras . "Pete's Harbor" also was a haven for "live-aboards," who rejoiced in the riches of the wildlife refuge a stone's throw away and often shared their unique lifestyle over barbecue and beers.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- First came the Google Bus. Now the Google Boat. In the wake of growing tensions over its shiny fleet of private shuttle buses on the streets of San Francisco, Google has contracted with a privately operated catamaran as an alternative to ferry employees from the city to Redwood City and back. The catamaran is part of a pilot program which the technology giant kicked off this week. The Triumphant is ferrying as many as 150 employees twice each workday morning and evening, according to KPIX 5 , the local CBS affiliate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A five-alarm fire tore through a 75-unit Bay Area apartment complex Thursday morning as firefighters struggled to access the site because of parked cars on narrow neighborhood streets. The upper-level fire at the four-story building in Redwood City was reported about 5:30 a.m. About 45 minutes later, the roof had collapsed, sending flames shooting into the dark early morning sky. Aerial television news footage showed dozens of fire engines parked blocks away from the blaze, hampered in their ability to reach the block because of narrow streets clogged with parked cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Residents of a Bay Area apartment building rushed to escape a six-alarm fire Thursday morning, some using rock climbing gear to lower themselves to safety. Four people suffered moderate and minor injuries in the fire, which was reported about 5:15 a.m. at the 75-unit Redwood City apartment building, according to KTVU. No major injuries or deaths were reported. Roommates Matt Fisher and Adam Carpenter went for their rock climbing gear when the blaze began and were able to escape injury, NBC Bay Area reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former high school student from Redwood City who claimed the attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher was actually a senior prank faces life in prison after being convicted of the charges earlier this week. David Velasquez, 21, was found guilty Wednesday of several charges, including kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe told the San Jose Mercury News. During court testimony, Velasquez described how in January 2012 he hid among garbage cans in the school parking garage before emerging behind the teacher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just weeks after the Bay Area launched a pilot bike share program, a San Francisco supervisor is pushing to expand the program citywide by the end of next year or, he says, risk failure. Bay Area Bike Share - which allows people to sign up for an annual membership or check out a bike for three days or 24 hours using a key fob or electronic code - began late last month with 700 bikes in five Bay Area cities. There are 350 in San Francisco with the others scattered through Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose.
NEWS
September 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
There's an easier way to get around San Francisco now, and it doesn't involve cars or cabs. Bay Area Bike Share launched recently with 350 bicycles available in the city and another 350 spread out among Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. And you don't have to be a local to take a spin on one of the bicycles that are available 24/7 at 70 stations. "The locations selected are for optimal use for locals who are commuting but also for visitors," says John Goodwin of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2006
Oracle Corp., based in Redwood City, Calif., said it had agreed to buy MetaSolv Inc. of Plano, Texas, which makes products for the communications and media industries, in a cash deal worth about $219.2 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A limousine fire that claimed the lives of five women en route to a bridal party in May was “accidental in nature” and no criminal charges will be filed, law enforcement officials said Monday at the end of a three-month investigation. The limousine was carrying two more passengers than was legal, and the livery company will be fined $7,500 for failing to operate safely, officials said during an afternoon news conference, but the extra passengers were not the cause of the blaze.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Even in a place where the seemingly fantastic happens on a daily basis, the events of last week involving Oracle Inc. left many long-time observers of the tech scene in Silicon Valley stunned. Oracle, the Redwood City giant best known for its database software, announced a series of partnerships with two sworn blood enemies (Microsoft and Salesforce.com) and another rival with whom it has a complicated relationship (NetSuite). This followed by a few weeks another deal with a rival, Dell.
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