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Mercury News Editorial: PUC President's Departure Creates Opportunity for Governor

December 17, 2014

Mercury News: After 12 years, Michael Peevey finally leaves his post as president of the California Public Utilities Commission at the end of December.

Public Hearings Set for Proposed Seton Medical Center Sale

December 17, 2014

Daily Journal: After 12 years, Michael Peevey finally leaves his post as president of the California Public Utilities Commission at the end of December.

2 Investigates: New Bill Calls for Study of Crumb Rubber Turf Safety

December 16, 2014

KTVU 2 Investigates: Artificial turf made from recycled rubber tires may save water, but there are growing health concerns among parents, activists and now legislators about these athletic fields that could pose a health risk.

PG&E Email Hints at Improper Contacts with PUC's Mike Florio

December 16, 2014

Los Angeles Times: An ongoing scandal continues to unfold over what critics contend is an overly chummy relationship between electricity and natural gas companies and state utility regulators.

San Bruno Seeks to Compel Release of PG&E Emails in Aftermath of Fatal Gas Explosion

December 16, 2014

Mercury News: The city of San Bruno on Monday filed motions that seek to compel PG&E to yield 65,000 emails between PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission amid evidence of what critics say is an ongoing cozy and inappropriate relationship between the utility and the PUC in the aftermath of a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

Design Tech to Receive $150K from District: Officials Still Looking for Permanent Spot

December 16, 2014

Daily Journal: Design Tech High School is receiving a $150,000 grant from the San Mateo Union High School District, as the district continues to look for a new space for the charter school, with many from Mills High School and the San Mateo Adult School hoping it won’t land on their campuses.

San Francisco Official’s Overseas Travel Draws Scrutiny

December 15, 2014

Bloomberg: The San Francisco Bay Area’s transportation planning and financing agency may face an audit and changes in travel accounting procedures after its executive director racked up tens of thousands of dollars in business-class flights.

District Faces Competition for Degree Pilot Program

December 15, 2014

Daily Journal: A call for petitions to participate in a pilot program four-year bachelor’s degrees in community colleges has garnered lots of interest across the state, including from San Mateo County’s community college district.

Mediation for pool dispute? District Backing Off Lawsuit; Forms Committee to Look into City's Proposed Cost Sharing

December 15, 2014

Daily Journal: The wheels are in motion for a resolution to the dispute over usage and the funding model for the shared city and San Mateo Union High School District pool at Burlingame High School, while some are speaking out about their dismay regarding the tumultuous relationship between the two entities.

From Farms to Families

December 08, 2014

Daily Journal: State San. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, joined Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and others to recognize the growers and ranchers who donate to the Farm to Family program. The program provides fresh produce to food banks in California. Ross visited Second Harvest’s dedicated produce distribution center in San Jose Dec. 3, where a celebration was held in honor of Farm to Food Bank Month.