June 30, 2012

Nearly Half of Young Adults Participate Politically Online, New Survey Finds

NEARLY HALF of the nation's young adults in the United States receive their news at least once a week from their family and friends through social media, according to a new survey released from the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.

The survey found that 45 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 25 receive their news through Facebook and Twitter. This compares with the 49 percent who read the news at least once a week in newspapers and magazines.

The data also found that 84 percent of the young adults and teens surveyed said that they would benefit from learning how to tell if the material that they come across online is trustworthy.

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June 20, 2012

Voters to Decide if County Controller Should Be An Appointed Position

THE SAN Mateo County Controller's position has been an elected position since 1856 when the county was first incorporated. At November's Presidential General election county voters will decide if the position should be changed into an appointed position.

It will take a two-thirds majority of the vote to make the change which will appear on the November 6 ballot. The last time a Charter Amendment was approved by the voters to change the status of elected offices was over 20 years ago when the Assessor and County Clerk-Recorder were merged into one office. At that time, the voters gave up one elected position.

Nine of 58 counties in California that have appointed controllers.

Now it's up to the voters.

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June 12, 2012

An Alternative Justice Program

THE MARIN County Civil Grand Jury is calling for broader use of "restorative justice," a law enforcement philosophy that emphasizes reconciliation over punitive retribution.

In a new report, "Restorative Justice: Its time Has Come in Marin County," the grand jury acknowledged that the practice strikes some as "soft on crime."

But after studying its use elsewhere - in places such as New Zealand, Brazil, Vermont and major California cities - the grand jury said its expanded use in Marin could save the taxpayers money, reduce recidivism and ease the burden on courts, the county jail and Juvenile Hall.

"Expansion of restorative justice in Marin County - by schools, the adult and youth criminal justice systems, and neighborhoods and communities - must be undertaken," the report said.

Under the restorative justice approach, offenders meet with community facilitators and sometimes the victims, discuss the impact of their actions, and negotiate how to make appropriate amends.

The offender then has a chance to perform community service, make restitution or seek therapy for addiction or behavioral problems. If the offender meets the agreed-upon obligations, he or she can avoid prosecution.

"Proponents assert that this approach provides satisfaction to the victim as well as to the community affected by the crime and prepares the offender for a crime-free future in ways the traditional punitive justice system does not," the grand jury said.

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June 11, 2012

Designing New Digital Public Spaces to Engage a Disconnected Public

GOVERNMENT POLICY is written by those who show up. Unfortunately, most of us don't. Most don't see the point: we don't trust government. Or politicians. And we don't believe that there's anything we can do to influence them. "Digital" can help change this. Not set democracy on fire, suddenly re-igniting our latent passions for civic engagement. But just maybe break down the barriers so it's easier to take part. Our personal tipping point is reached sooner, sustained longer.

None of this is new. The democratic drift in mature democracies started in the 1950s and has caused serious erosion in political participation and trust. And a concomitant complacent absolution of responsibility for our civic spaces. We delegate to elected representatives, public officials and - increasingly - private corporations.

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June 10, 2012

The San Mateo County Fair is Worth a Visit!

THE SAN Mateo County Fair has been entertaining and educating Peninsula residents since 1926. This year's fair, which is now in full swing, is its 78th year in its current location at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

This year's theme is "Where Tradition Meets Innovation."

The fair's got something for everyone. There are carnival rides and midway games, entertainment and concerts and loads of exhibits and competitions.

Fair hours are generally 11 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Sunday. Single day admission prices are $10 for adults along with a $10 per day parking pass.

Learn more at the San Mateo County Fair site.

June 9, 2012

Crystal Springs Road Near Sawyer Camp Trail to Close Monday, June 11, for 18 Days

CRYSTAL SPRINGS Road between Polhemus Road and Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) - a popular access point to the Sawyer Camp Trail hiking and cycling path west of San Mateo - will be closed for 18 days from Monday, June 11, to Friday, June 29.

The road closure is necessary so the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission can replace a regional water pipeline as part of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System improvement project. The PUC is providing further details and detour infer on its project website.

While motorized vehicles will not have access for the duration of the work, bicycles will have through access on Sundays only to Sawyer Camp Trail.

For more detour information, please visit www.sfwater.org/SCT or call 866.973.1476.

June 7, 2012

Farm Hill Boulevard Street Design Meeting

IF YOU live in Redwood City, most likely you've driven on Farm Hill Boulevard.

Well, Farm Hill Boulevard is going to be resurfaced this summer and as part of that project, the city is considering ways to make the street safer and more livable for residents. Changes may include reconfiguring lanes, adding bike lanes, or other options?

You are invited to join this community meeting. City officials will be on hand to listen to your concerns and get your input. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark your calendar for June 12. The event starts at 6:30 PM and will be held at the Peninsula Covenant Church, Fellowship Center at 3560 Farm Hill Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Jessica Manzi, Senior Transportation Coordinator, City of Redwood City at 650.780.7372 or email to jmanzi@redwoodcity.org