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March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tax auditor and his wife have been charged with felony elder abuse in the death last month of the man's mother, 81. Pik Ng, who died Feb. 17 at a local medical center, had been found by paramedics lying on the floor of her room, emaciated, unable to talk and covered in bedsores and her own urine and feces, said San Mateo County Deputy Dist. Atty. Melissa McKowan. Despite treatment, she eventually died after being taken off life support.
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November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Residents of a public housing complex atop toxic land are being urged to move because of fears that carcinogens are damaging their health. The state Environmental Protection Agency suggested that San Mateo County work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to move dozens of people from the Midway Village low-income housing complex. The site is contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, which have been linked to cancer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Residents of a public housing complex atop toxic land are being urged to move because of fears that carcinogens are damaging their health. The state Environmental Protection Agency suggested that San Mateo County work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to move dozens of people from the Midway Village low-income housing complex. The site is contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, which have been linked to cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Livestock could be returning to thousands of grassy acres in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to reduce wildfire risks. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District recently drafted a policy that would reintroduce the animals over 5,000 difficult-to-manage acres. Cattle have been kicked off grassy lands because they contributed to erosion and overgrazing. Further research has determined that removing livestock can harm wildflowers and certain animal life and leave areas overgrown with weeds.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay $70 million to several California municipalities to resolve claims that the company overcharged for its Windows software. The city of Los Angeles, L.A. County, San Francisco and Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties would receive vouchers worth as much as $70 million to purchase computers, software and other equipment, said Jim Emery, an attorney for San Francisco. "The vouchers are good for products from any vendor, not just Microsoft," Emery said.
NEWS
November 30, 2004 | Ashley Powers
A stretch of Highway 1 in San Mateo County will be refit for walkers and cyclists after an alternative road that tunnels through San Pedro Mountain is complete. Tunneling is expected to start next month. The $275-million five-year project will burrow highway through rock while turning Devil's Slide road -- 400 feet above crashing waves -- into a paved trail with parking lots at each end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Costs to investigate, arrest and prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of his wife, Laci, have topped $2.1 million in the couple's hometown of Modesto and in Stanislaus County, government officials estimated this week as they try to have state taxpayers pay the bill. Acrimony over costs is also growing between Stanislaus County and San Mateo County, where Peterson was convicted last week of killing his wife. San Mateo County officials said Stanislaus County still owes it more than $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The San Mateo County Planning Commission approved a $275-million tunnel project that will bypass the winding and often treacherous stretch of Highway 1 known as Devil's Slide. The action means that in the future residents won't have to negotiate the dangerous stretch, south of Pacifica. County voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to build the tunnel in 1996, but the project was slowed by extensive environmental requirements and funding issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Supervisors voted to limit rent increases at mobile home parks, where they say high rents squeeze many residents who live on modest incomes. The action grew out of complaints from El Granada park residents, most of whom pay $813 a month after an 8.7% increase last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal authorities are working to recover 130 firearms missing from a Millbrae storage facility. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms learned of the theft Wednesday, a week after the guns -- including rifles, shotguns, revolvers and pistols -- were discovered missing. The storage facility belongs to a federally licensed gun dealer. The theft marks the second crime in recent weeks involving dangerous weapons in San Mateo County.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay $70 million to several California municipalities to resolve claims that the company overcharged for its Windows software. The city of Los Angeles, L.A. County, San Francisco and Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties would receive vouchers worth as much as $70 million to purchase computers, software and other equipment, said Jim Emery, an attorney for San Francisco. "The vouchers are good for products from any vendor, not just Microsoft," Emery said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The family of a man who died after being pepper-sprayed has filed a $2.75-million claim for damages against the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department and the county. Mark Martel, the attorney for Fernando Cazares' family, said the claim may be followed by a lawsuit. Cazares, 36, stopped breathing after two deputies doused him with pepper spray, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him outside his home March 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
After a three-year fundraising effort, plans are underway to break ground on a visitors center for a stretch of the San Mateo County coast that serves as a breeding ground for elephant seals. The $3-million center at Ano Nuevo Point will offer exhibits about the world's largest mainland colony of elephant seals and other local wildlife. Construction is to begin in September and be completed in October 2006.
NEWS
November 30, 2004 | Ashley Powers
A stretch of Highway 1 in San Mateo County will be refit for walkers and cyclists after an alternative road that tunnels through San Pedro Mountain is complete. Tunneling is expected to start next month. The $275-million five-year project will burrow highway through rock while turning Devil's Slide road -- 400 feet above crashing waves -- into a paved trail with parking lots at each end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Costs to investigate, arrest and prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of his wife, Laci, have topped $2.1 million in the couple's hometown of Modesto and in Stanislaus County, government officials estimated this week as they try to have state taxpayers pay the bill. Acrimony over costs is also growing between Stanislaus County and San Mateo County, where Peterson was convicted last week of killing his wife. San Mateo County officials said Stanislaus County still owes it more than $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal authorities are working to recover 130 firearms missing from a Millbrae storage facility. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms learned of the theft Wednesday, a week after the guns -- including rifles, shotguns, revolvers and pistols -- were discovered missing. The storage facility belongs to a federally licensed gun dealer. The theft marks the second crime in recent weeks involving dangerous weapons in San Mateo County.
NEWS
July 2, 1989
Families seeking to buy their first home in the San Francisco Bay Area have received two glum reports guaranteed to put a damper on their weekend searches. The California Assn. of Realtors says only a record low 9% of Bay Area residents can afford the median priced home of $267,634. Another survey places the average price of a home in San Mateo County at $301,107--the first county in California to break the $300,000 barrier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
Livestock could be returning to thousands of grassy acres in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to reduce wildfire risks. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District recently drafted a policy that would reintroduce the animals over 5,000 difficult-to-manage acres. Cattle have been kicked off grassy lands because they contributed to erosion and overgrazing. Further research has determined that removing livestock can harm wildflowers and certain animal life and leave areas overgrown with weeds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The San Mateo County Planning Commission approved a $275-million tunnel project that will bypass the winding and often treacherous stretch of Highway 1 known as Devil's Slide. The action means that in the future residents won't have to negotiate the dangerous stretch, south of Pacifica. County voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to build the tunnel in 1996, but the project was slowed by extensive environmental requirements and funding issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tax auditor and his wife have been charged with felony elder abuse in the death last month of the man's mother, 81. Pik Ng, who died Feb. 17 at a local medical center, had been found by paramedics lying on the floor of her room, emaciated, unable to talk and covered in bedsores and her own urine and feces, said San Mateo County Deputy Dist. Atty. Melissa McKowan. Despite treatment, she eventually died after being taken off life support.
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