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Silicon Valley Could Offer a Public Bus Commute That's Quicker Than Driving - CityLab -
Silicon Valley Could Offer a Public Bus Commute That's Quicker Than Driving - CityLab
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"The big advantage of driving to work over taking the bus is time. A bus ride just takes longer: walking to the stop, waiting for the bus, picking up passengers, all while toughing out the same traffic as cars. But when transit is done well, the time gap shrinks, and when it's done really well—with frequent service, all-door boarding, and exclusive lanes—the gap can disappear entirely. Silicon Valley (of all places) may offer a sparkling example of how buses can compete with cars in the not-too-distant future. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has released a draft environmental review for a 17.6-mile bus-rapid transit line on El Camino Real connecting San Jose with Palo Alto (home of Stanford) via Mountain View (home of Google). In the plan's best-case scenario, the El Camino BRT would travel the corridor almost as quickly as cars by 2018, when the line hopes to open, and occasionally beat them by 2040." - Me from Bookmarklet
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"The Japantown Atlas maps nearly two dozen communities in California where Japanese Americans lived and worked prior to World War II. Drawing from historic maps, business directories, and photos, we show a variety of Japantowns as they existed in 1940. Our project both memorializes the Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants) in their first 20-50 years in America - the businesses, churches and schools they established - and documents the hometowns that 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forced to leave behind during their incarceration in "Assembly Centers" and "Internment Camps" during World War II (1942-1946)." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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» Oakland’s Omni Commons space is where it’s at -
» Oakland’s Omni Commons space is where it’s at
"The Omni Commons is probably the most exciting thing happening in Oakland right now, and it hasn’t even opened yet. The simplest explanation of it: Omni Commons is an enormous old building in Temescal which is being renovated by hackers, activists, feminists, scientists, artists, educators and others who want to create a free space for building community, supporting local projects, sharing resources, hosting events, and teaching classes — but it is also much more than that. Strictly speaking, the Omni Commons is not yet ready for the general public. Its rooms are often cluttered with the materials of renovations, and its members are always busy unpacking, installing and rearranging their digs, but in spite of the chaos they have a standing invitation for the community to come learn more about the project and, if inclined, join the discussions or help with renovations. So consider this a preview of what is to come, and glimpse at the challenges of getting there. Sudo Room and Counter... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Big blaze at Holy Cross Church destroys a beloved structure in San Jose - San Jose Mercury News -
Big blaze at Holy Cross Church destroys a beloved structure in San Jose - San Jose Mercury News
"SAN JOSE -- Holy Cross Catholic Church, a century old center of a beloved parish, where mass was still recited in the Italian language, burned down Sunday afternoon. The cause of the four alarm blaze, said officials, was not known. However, it did move rapidly up to the second floor and then to the roof. Devouring the heavy timbers that constructed the building, the fire eventually engulfed the roof and soon it collapsed. The fire destroyed a beautiful dome structure the church was known for and the parish also lost gorgeous, old paintings and a rare crucifix that was dear to the many parishioners." - Me from Bookmarklet
Sad. It was a beautiful building. - Me
:( - Anne Bouey
:( - Janet from BuddyFeed
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Students to protest student success fees - LA Times -
Students to protest student success fees - LA Times
"Dozens of California State University students who say they're already being squeezed too tightly by college costs are planning a rally to oppose campus-based fees at a meeting of trustees Thursday in Long Beach. The so-called student success fees have been enacted at a dozen campuses to hire faculty and counselors, increase course offerings and support athletics and other programs that took hits during years of state funding cuts. Related story: Cal State system under fire for success fees on some campuses Related story: Cal State system under fire for success fees on some campuses Carla Rivera Many students complain that they have had too little say before the fees are approved; they range up to nearly $800 per student on some campuses. Students also say they aren't given enough information about how the fees are used. A moratorium enacted by the California Legislature prohibits adoption of new fees before 2016. In addition, a group formed by Chancellor Timothy White to study the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Historic house trucked across People’s Park to new home | Berkeleyside -
Historic house trucked across People’s Park to new home | Berkeleyside
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"After decades of painstaking planning, a historic south Berkeley house was moved this weekend, trucked across People’s Park to its new home. Saturday morning at the crack of dawn, the 138-year-old John Woolley house at 2509 Haste St. was hoisted one block south to 2506 Dwight St., the site of a newly developing cluster of Berkeley historic homes. The move is part of a deal that saves the house, a city-designated landmark, while opening up its site at the corner of Haste and Telegraph Avenue for development. “I’m glad to see it moved and preserved. It’s a significant early house in the Southside neighborhood,” said Anthony Bruce, the Executive Director of the Berkeley Architectural Historical Association (BAHA), noting that he was speaking for himself and not the organization. Gliding on cardboard, Woolley on the move through People's Park. Photo: Ted Friedman Woolley House on the move through People’s Park. Photo: Ted Friedman This was the second move for the Woolly, which was built... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Juniper CEO Kheradpir Abruptly Steps Down -
"If you thought Juniper Networks was on the verge of some stability after changing CEOs, getting dogged by a hedge fund, undergoing layoffs, selling off certain products, and preparing for possibly more layoffs — think again. Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir has resigned after the company’s board reviewed “his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer,” according to a release issued today. Rami Rahim, a 17-year Juniper veteran who was most recently executive vice president in charge of development and innovation, has been named CEO. The decision was made Sunday night, chairman Scott Kriens said Monday afternoon during a conference call with press and analysts. Kheradpir’s “conduct was inconsistent with [the board's] expectations, but it’s really about Juniper’s definition of leadership,” Kriens said. Analysts on the call seemed unsettled by the news, and you can’t blame them. Less than two weeks ago, Juniper held an analyst day presenting the progress of... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
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Napa Valley wine country for the budget-wise traveler - LA Times -
Napa Valley wine country for the budget-wise traveler - LA Times
"6 money-saving hotels in Napa Valley wine country Want to spend a few days tasting wines but can't afford the tab? Raise a toast to the six hostelries below, where you can stay for as little as $79 a night. Rates listed are for the off-season, beginning this month. El Bonita Motel St. Helena Pretty landscaping, friendly desk staff and super-low prices create a winning combination at this roadside motel in St. Helena. El Bonita — named for former owners Elmer and Bonni — is a '60s-vintage motel with wings added in the '80s and '90s. At $79.99 weekdays and $99.99 weekends, it is one of the best deals in the region. 195 Main St., St. Helena; (800) 541-3284, Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa Santa Rosa cComments Got something to say? Start the conversation and be the first to comment. Add a comment 0 You'll find a sleek and cool look at the Flamingo, a Midcentury Modern hotel with lots of personality. As a matter of fact, it's part of the Personality Hotels group. Ask for the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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A mystified Sudanese studies his first Halloween | Oakland North -
"The first things I had to learn were Jack o’ lantern, trick or treat, and you better get a costume! A week ago, I started seeing people on the bus, in grocery stores and other places, with pumpkins, real or plastic. To me, the pumpkin is a vegetable that can be cooked with Sudanese peanut butter, or with meat, to become pumpkin stew. In some villages the dry pumpkin is cut in the shape of a cup that is used for drinking water, or for serving local alcohol. But these American pumpkins were carved in the shape of a scary face. These had a light placed inside — a torch reflecting a cat face, for example. These were not vegetables any more. I learned that the pumpkins actually feature as part of an autumn ritual, Halloween. It is celebrated on the night of October 31. You know this, but I’ve been studying Halloween all week. Children dress in different types of costumes, I’m learning, mostly scary ones. They run around the neighborhood, knocking from door to door. So these pumpkins were... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
What a wonderful piece of writing :-) - Starmama from Android
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Robots to assist customers at San Jose Orchard Supply Hardware store - -
"The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots will be tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's in San Jose. The robots dubbed OSHbots look like white columns with two large black screens on either side of them, and wheels to help them move. They are equipped with 3D cameras so they can scan and identify items. And customers can research items they want to buy on their screen. Then the robot can lead them to the aisle where an item is located. "They're based on making a science fiction story a reality," said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe's Innovation Lab. The robots will make their inaugural appearance in late November or early December at the OSH store at 377 Royal Ave. in San Jose, said Amanda Manna, a Lowe's spokeswoman. She said the San Jose location was chosen for several reasons: the store has already served as a sort of... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Golden Gate Bridge considers charging bicyclists, pedestrians - SFGate -
Golden Gate Bridge considers charging bicyclists, pedestrians - SFGate
"Expect to see a sea of spandex filling the usually staid chambers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Friday when directors consider charging a toll for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the landmark bridge. And don’t expect those bodies in spandex to be very pleased. “Really? I think that’s stupid,” said Joanna Del Mundo, 26, a nurse from Fremont who was wearing a Giants jersey and walking on the bridge Tuesday. “I mean, it’s a public bridge, a public sidewalk. I think it would hurt some people’s access to the bridge.” Bicyclists, many of whom commute daily across the bridge, are likely to show up in force as the 19-member Board of Directors contemplates a financial strategy that includes evaluating the possibility of charging cyclists and walkers to use the sidewalks. Cyclists, including members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, have battled the notion of bike tolls before, and are likely to do so again. “We expect it to be a very vocal... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Hmm. How that deficit happen in the first place? How is $5 per car not enough to pay for the bridge's expenses? As vehicles, bikes are certainly something to look toward putting a toll on but I think I agree with SFBC that with things the way they are, you don't want to deter people from adopting a smog-free vehicle commute. - Spidra Webster
That's crazy. I would think that would backfire and just encourage more people to get back in their cars creating more traffic. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Stopped by my favorite Haunted Fox Hollow yesterday.
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Can Developers Turn a Neglected SF Neighborhood Into an Innovation Hub? | Re/code -
Can Developers Turn a Neglected SF Neighborhood Into an Innovation Hub? | Re/code
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"Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This is the San Francisco America pretends does not exist,” author James Baldwin wrote in 1963. And this has remained the case for years, until very recently. As a housing crisis grips San Francisco and there is nowhere left to expand but south, it has begun to change. Because radiation and crime can apparently only scare developers away for so long." - Me from Bookmarklet
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ACP continues to spread across California | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press -
ACP continues to spread across California | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press
"Probably of keener interest is the “breeding population” discovery of psyllids at two locations in the Bay Area city of San Jose. The San Jose find is far-removed from the rest of the psyllid discoveries in California, which thus far has only been seen in counties several hundred miles south of the Bay Area. The closest discovery of psyllids to San Jose remains San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast. “The San Jose find may be an introduction through an airport or a hitchhiker that manifested itself into a large population,” said Joel Nelsen, president of the California Citrus Mutual, a commercial trade association. “We just don’t know.” While citrus industry officials concede that southern California psyllid populations are well-established in counties from Los Angeles, southward, it’s the single finds in the southern San Joaquin Valley that raise more questions than answers. “You can make the argument that the Ventura and San Luis Obispo discoveries show a northward progression... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Is that a type of tree hopper? - Halil
Not sure. It sucks the sap of the leaves. The problem is that it is also a host for a bacteria that is killing citrus all over the world. - Spidra Webster
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Berkeley police make frat house arrest in rape case | Berkeleyside -
Berkeley police make frat house arrest in rape case | Berkeleyside
"Police have arrested a 20-year-old UC Berkeley student in connection with a sexual assault reported last weekend. Berkeley police arrested Eugene Quillin on Thursday at UC Berkeley’s Delta Upsilon fraternity house at 2425 Warring St. after serving a search warrant there, authorities said. As of Friday afternoon, Quillin had been released on bail, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. Thursday, the University of California Police Department sent out an email notice to report two instances of sexual assault at fraternities Saturday. Both had been reported to the Berkeley Police Department. Berkeley police also received a report of a third sexual assault Saturday that “may have occurred in a fraternity,” according to UCPD. No further information on those incidents has been released. The Alameda County district attorney’s office said no information was available regarding Quillin’s arrest as of Friday afternoon. Police said Quillin was arrested on suspicion of raping a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
But will anyone actually be prosecuted? - Halil
Not sure, but the fact that they went to a frat house and actually arrested a suspect is unusual progress. - Spidra Webster
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Mail-in ballot rejections analyzed in study :: UC Davis News & Information -
Mail-in ballot rejections analyzed in study :: UC Davis News & Information
"Voting by mail surpassed 50 percent of votes cast in a general election in California for the first time in 2012. A new study shows that nearly 69,000 mailed ballots, or about 1 percent, were not counted, and why they were rejected. The top three reasons mail-in ballots were rejected: not arriving on time, not being signed or because signatures could not be verified, according to the study to be released Sept. 29 by the California Civic Engagement Project at the University of California, Davis, Center for Regional Change. "California has one of the highest mail ballot rejection rates in the country," said study author Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project. “Although 1 percent may not seem very high, that’s tens of thousands of people whose votes were not counted. And these votes could make the difference in close elections." A panel discussion on voting by mail with Romero, Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation and Jill La Vine,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
NOAA team reveals forgotten ghost ships off Golden Gate -
NOAA team reveals forgotten ghost ships off Golden Gate
"A team of NOAA researchers today confirmed the discovery just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait of the 1910 shipwreck SS Selja and an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck tagged the “mystery wreck.” The researchers also located the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday, currently obscured by mud and silt on the ocean floor. These and other shipwreck investigations mark the first mission of a two-year project to locate, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area." - Me from Bookmarklet
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Mountain lion attacks boy near Cupertino winery - San Jose Mercury News -
"A mountain lion attacked a child outside a Cupertino winery on Sunday afternoon, the Santa Clara County sheriff's department reported. The 6-year-old boy, who is expected to survive, was attacked on a hiking trail near the Piccheti Winery around 1 p.m. The hiking trail is along Montebello Road in Cupertino, the location of the bucolic winery. The boy was transported to the Valley Medical Center for treatment. Sheriff's department officials report that they have closed off the hiking trail and are searching for the mountain lion. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife also is on the scene. The winery's website indicates it leases its property from the MidPeninsula Open Space district." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Coyotes & mountain lions being heavily sighted right now, many think they're coming closer to development because of drought conditions. I wouldn't take dogs or small kids into the hills or woods right now - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I saw Cupertino and Mountain Lion and thought it was an Apple story. - Steve C, Team Marina
Yeah, that's happening all over CA and you're right it is due to drought. I just posted it here because I know some FFers live by there. - Spidra Webster
They've been seen in Oakland hills backyards too. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
What Happens When One Mall Has Two Different Minimum Wages? – Consumerist -
What Happens When One Mall Has Two Different Minimum Wages? – Consumerist
"Normally, it wouldn’t be a huge deal to have one mall that sits on the border between two cities. There might be some small differences in laws or sales tax, but at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California, there’s a huge difference. It sits on the border between the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, and San Jose recently raised the citywide minimum wage by $2. Yes, the minimum wage law does apply to the mall, and management knows exactly where the border between stores is. For example, it runs down the middle of the mall’s Gap store. One pretzel store with multiple locations in the mall rotates employees through its two stores, which are in different cities within the mall. As NPR’s Planet Money team learned, it gets complicated." - Me from Bookmarklet
Whats really a kick in the stomach is that Valley Fair is right across the street from Santa Row... where I am sure that the employees there make a lot more then minimum wage. - Me
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SF queer arts community mourns Arturo Galster, "drag queen's drag queen" | SF Arts -
SF queer arts community mourns Arturo Galster, "drag queen's drag queen" | SF Arts
"To call seminal SF perfomer and alpha theater aficionado Arturo Galster merely a "drag queen" is to do his range -- from the legendary Vegas in Space movie and pitch-perfect live-sung Pasty Cline interpretations to his recent technicolor turns with the Thrillpeddlers -- a disservice. But his name will always call to mind that moment in the late '80s and early '90s when SF's drag scene unmoored itself from polite old school diva kabuki into a squall of gloriously punky, ironic camp. Arturo was always the epitome of grace and professional onstage focus, of course, whether hilariously and touchingly channeling broken stars in Dirty Little Showtunes and Hedwig or playing little Rhoda's beleaguered mom in a hysterical take-off of The Bad Seed. Many well-known drag queens and entertainers recall first being inspired to take to the stage after seeing Arturo's performances. His death was announced by his close friend Helen Shumaker on her Facebook page. According to IMDB, Arturo was born in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Aunt arrested for leaving toddler in street in fatal hit and run
The aunt of a 2-year-old girl who was killed in a hit-and-run in San Francisco was arrested Tuesday for allegedly leaving the child in the street unattended, police said. Lorysha Gage, 25, of San Francisco was caring for Mi'Yana Gregory and her twin brother when the girl was struck by a car at 10:37 p.m. Friday. Investigators said Gage had walked Mi'Yana out into the middle of the crosswalk - against the light - and left her there to return to the sidewalk to retrieve her twin brother Michael. "The light was green for vehicle traffic the entire time," said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This is so. Fucking. Upsetting. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
:'( - Jenny H. from Android
Noooo! How awful. =( - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
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Twitter / PaulRogersSJMN: First California condor spotted ... -
Twitter / PaulRogersSJMN: First California condor spotted ...
"First California condor spotted in San Mateo County since 1904 #birds #wildlife @Ventana_WS" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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I'm often astounded by how many cars are running around with dealer papers on them and no plates. It seems like they are allowed to do it for a long time. And many of them drive really'd be screwed if something happened since there are no plates to ID them.
Someone started a petition to pass an Assembly bill that would change that: - Spidra Webster
AIUI, Steve Jobs exploited the loophole that allows cars to go without plates for six months by never having a car older than that. - Andrew C (✔)
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Fwd: RT @berkeleyside: Could you be a donor? RT @cleganza: RT Albany kid needs a hard-to-find marrow match #help (via
Fwd: RT @berkeleyside: Could you be a donor? RT @cleganza: RT Albany kid needs a hard-to-find marrow match #help (via
Japanese & German ancestry so they think the donor will also need to have Japanese & German ancestry. - Spidra Webster
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Priced out of my own ‘million dollar’ Berkeley block | Berkeleyside -
Priced out of my own ‘million dollar’ Berkeley block | Berkeleyside
"If you live in Berkeley and didn’t think you live on a million dollar block, think again. Last month, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house directly across the street from mine in the modest flats of Berkeley listed at $769,000, sold for 32% over asking to the highest bidder at a cool $1.014 million in cash. (In 1997, that same house, minus some improvements, sold for $225,000.) No, I’m not talking about a house in the Indian Rock, Berkeley Hills, or Claremont neighborhoods. I’m talking about a house (albeit a lovely house, but with no dishwasher) a stone’s throw away from the Dollar Tree on San Pablo Avenue and not far from what was once disregarded as the industrial wasteland of Berkeley, now coined Westbrae. Some residents and real estate agents still attempt to lump this area with the more desirable North Berkeley, but make no mistake, this is not the Gourmet Ghetto of Alice Waters fame. Nonetheless, that house across the street, with its neatly laid shingles and yellow daisy flowers, was my... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Buyer / Seller Dynamics in San Francisco -
Buyer / Seller Dynamics in San Francisco
"This April 2014 analysis was based upon a survey of Paragon Real Estate Group agents regarding their past 12 months of activity: Paragon agents close over 1000 San Francisco home transactions per year; Paragon’s Van Ness office represents more buyers in successful city home purchases than any other brokerage office. All percentages are approximate: This was not a rigorously controlled survey and analysis, but more an informal poll; still we believe the data below does generally reflect market dynamics in San Francisco. San Francisco Home Sellers 60% are selling to relocate outside of San Francisco: The main reasons, in order of prevalence, are schools (and other family-raising reasons), affordability (the ability to buy more home for the money elsewhere), job-related reasons (relocation, commute) and retirement. 15% involve trust, probate or investor sales, or people moving into rentals or retirement homes, and no new home purchase is involved. 25% are selling in order to buy another... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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New map could refocus state's pollution battles - -
New map could refocus state's pollution battles -
"The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks. Many of the worst pollution pockets identified and mapped by state officials are in the San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Their residents are largely low-income Latinos who have had little power to force improvements in their communities. By providing the public with an objective accounting of conditions in areas as small as a few thousand residents, Cal/EPA has created a powerful tool to spur regulators to act in highly polluted neighborhoods, state officials and environmental activists say. "It is a major breakthrough that will give us a better opportunity to direct or redirect precious resources to the communities that need it the most," said state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). De León wrote a 2012 law... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Post office sale is off - Half Moon Bay Review - 21st Century Postal Worker -
"The U.S. Postal Service has canceled a $3.05 million deal to sell the Half Moon Bay branch office to a local art dealer, halting the sale just days before it was to be completed. Postal officials explained they had a change of heart over plans to downsize and rent out a smaller space in the large Half Moon Bay building. Instead they intend to keep the facility along Stone Pine Road as the central distribution hub for the Coastside. “The (Half Moon Bay) post office is off the market and its not going to be on the market anymore,” said Diane Alvarado, real estate manager for the San Francisco district post office. “We have a new district manager who has a different vision for the building.” While postal officials point out they were fully within their rights to cancel the sale, the decision upset the proposed buyer. Josh Simpson, an El Granada resident and owner of the Half Moon Bay art boutique Jungletraders, said that he was given no warning and little reason for the cancellation.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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