For the first time since its formation more than 40 years ago, the California Coastal Commission paid San Mateo County a visit to review project sites and see what Half Moon Bay, Princeton and Montara have to offer.
Eighteen San Mateo County teachers received $31,000 in innovation awards from the county fund for projects designed to teach science, technology, engineering and math skills. The STEM funding is an annual way the Board of Supervisors acknowledged student achievement and teacher excellence by offering a chance to use innovative approaches to education.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The Board also voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around unincorporated multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses.
Smoking inside apartments and condominiums in the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County would become a thing of the past under a proposed ban coming before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Twin proposals by supervisors Carole Groom and Adrienne Tissier will first amend the definitions of “smoking” and “tobacco product” to include electronic devices and then add a section to county code prohibiting smoking of all types in and around multi-unit residences.
The Children’s Fund of San Mateo County needs help providing approximately 1,000 children with new backpacks and school supplies in time for the new school year. “Low-income and foster children need our help to ensure they start the school year prepared and ready to learn,” stated Children’s Fund Coordinator Rebecca Asch. “Every child should have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and not be held back by circumstances over which they have no control.”
The county is working on a new program aimed at getting all third-graders at reading level after grappling with a startling statistic — 42 percent of children are not reading proficient by third-grade in a county that’s in the top 1 percent of affluent counties in the United States.