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Government Watch
March 30, 2012, 05:00 AM

Federal government

• Bipartisan transportation security legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, unanimously passed out of the House Committee on Homeland Security Wednesday.

The Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act, H.R. 3140, would enhance the security of mass transit systems by promoting mass transit-related information sharing between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local law enforcement agencies, according to Speier’s office. Speier’s legislation would help protect communities from terrorism and other threats by directing DHS to deploy intelligence specialists focusing on mass transit threats to state and urban area fusion centers for information sharing with law enforcement and emergency management agencies, according to Speier’s office.

City government

•  The San Carlos Planning Commission will consider recommending that the City Council adopt the final environmental impact report for the Wheeler Plaza redevelopment project. The mixed-use project is actually in limbo following the state’s dismantling of redevelopment agencies but city officials want to keep the process in place in case the plan is still able to materialize in coming years.

The proposed project concerns the parking lot behind Laurel Street and San Carlos Avenue, fronting Walnut Street, and several city-owned buildings along San Carlos Avenue and Laurel Street. One is a six-unit rental housing building and another the former Foodville Market. The entire space is approximately 2.65 acres, sitting roughly 300 feet southwest of the Caltrain Station, two blocks from City Hall and straddling areas of both retail and multi-family housing.

The Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Monday, April 2 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.

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