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News - January 17, 2014

Community briefs

Police station renovation OK'd

After a survey found that voters were hesitant to approve a bond measure to fund large city projects, including a new police station costing as much as $65 million, the City Council quietly and unanimously approved a $971,300 renovation Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The 33-year-old police and fire department headquarters at 1000 Villa Street will see a slew of refinements, according to the approved plans.

There are thorough renovations set for the building's kitchen and upper bathrooms. There will be new lockers, including refrigerated lockers, while a larger booking area for detainees addresses security concerns police have had. There's new flooring, lighting, a new projection screen and flat screen monitors for the station's heavily used auditorium, and new cabinetry and fixtures for its kitchenette.

A new conference room will be built in place of a little-used courtyard near the front entrance where two large conifer trees will be removed, to be replaced by four new trees on the station's grounds. After some regrading of the entry way, police officials hope there will no longer be puddles at the front door after it rains.

The renovation was approved on the City Council's consent calendar without discussion.

—Daniel DeBolt

Assemblyman seeking interns

Assemblyman Richard Gordon is seeking college students for part-time spring internship positions at his Los Altos district office. Applications are accepted now through Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Assemblyman's office is looking for motivated, independent interns with a basic knowledge of state government and local issues, strong writing and research skills, and computer and Internet knowledge.

The internships are part-time with an expected start date of Feb. 3 and approximate end date of June 13. The positions are unpaid but may be eligible to receive school credit.

Interns will learn about state government and the legislative process, network with professionals, and serve their community, according to a statement from Anna Ko, Gordon's senior field representative.

For more details on the internship and the application process, contact Anna Ko at 650-691-2121, or by email Anna.Ko@asm.ca.gov.

—Katie Straub

Bike share expanding

Bay Area Bike Share has logged more than 100,000 trips made by people using its bikes in the first four months of the pilot program, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

The 100,000 trips were made between Aug. 29, when the program started, and Dec. 29. The cities participating so far are San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto, air district spokesman Tom Flannigan said.

When the program began, there were 700 of the seven-speed bikes available at 70 kiosks scattered throughout the participating cities.

By the end of this year, the number of bicycle stations in those cities will expand to 100, and there will be a total of 1,000 bikes in the system, Flannigan said.

The bikes are intended for short trips of 30 minutes or less. A daily pass costs $9 and allows the user to make unlimited short trips on the bike. If the bike usage exceeds 30 minutes, the user is charged a $4 fee.

Three-day passes cost $22, and an annual membership costs $88.

The $11.2 million project is a partnership between the air quality district, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrain, SamTrans, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Mateo County, San Francisco and Redwood City.

Water line breaks

A fire water service line broke Monday night and prompted public works crews to briefly shut down a connected main water line, a water department supervisor said.

The break in the line that fire officials use was reported around 9:30 p.m. Monday at 505 Cypress Point Drive, water department supervisor Will Medina said.

To get to the broken valve that was spilling water onto the street, the water main that runs along Cypress Point Drive to Moffett Boulevard had to be shut off around 11 p.m., Medina said.

The main line was turned back on around midnight, he said.

Some of the nearby residents' water service was affected during the brief shutdown, he said.

There was some damage to the road and sidewalk where the line broke, but those repairs will not be made until Thursday, which is when the fire line is expected to be fixed, Medina said.

In the meantime the fire line is turned off.

—Bay City News Service

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