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Reporters' notebook
May 24, 2012, 05:00 AM
The city of Menlo Park may be thrilled to have Facebook headquarters call it home but that doesn’t mean it has joined the social networking craze. Rumor has it during a company tour Friday by the San Mateo County Council of Cities, Menlo Park officials were asked to show off their Facebook page. Awkwardly for them, seems the city didn’t yet have one.

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Two San Mateo County eateries were closed in the past week. Togos Great Sandwiches on Hillsdale Boulevard in Foster City was shuttered May 15 for a lack of hot water. Buri Thai Cuisine on Edgewater Boulevard in Foster City was closed May 17 for improperly cooking potentially hazardous foods, not cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces, lacking hot and cold water and operating without a valid health permit.

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Here’s the dirt — residents in San Carlos and the 12-agency RethinkWaste service area can now get free compost year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center courtesy of South Bay Recycling, the operators of the Shoreway Transfer Station & Recycling Center. Residents need only go to the scale house at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos, show proof of residency and receive up to two three-cubic feet empty paper bags. They will then go to the transfer station to personally fill up their bags.

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Seems the rumors of President Herbert Hoover once coming to Redwood City are true. Gordon M. Seely said his family members were the proprietors of the Sequoia Hotel at the corner of Main Street and Broadway and in 1932 watched the president drive by in an open touring car on his way to Stanford. The family even took a photo.

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Redwood City maintenance worker Rich del Ben, 65, was honored at Monday night’s City Council meeting for 45 years of service. At 19 and fresh out of the Vietnam War, del Ban landed a job similar to that of his father — maintenance in Public Works.  His son, Rich del Ben Jr.  is also employed by Redwood City, making them a three-generation clan of city workers.

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Heading out of town for Memorial Day? If you are traveling through the San Francisco International Airport this weekend you can beat the long lines as CLEARlanes have returned. The system uses secure, biometric identity verification for airport security through the CLEARcard. The technology is currently used at airports in Denver and Orlando now and SFO becomes the third city in the national network. CLEARlanes allow enrolled passengers the ability to bypass the TSA document check lanes by using a kiosk instead. The company shut down the program in 2009 due to lack of financing but has since relaunched at the end of 2010. To learn more visit www.clearme.com.

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San Mateo Deputy Mayor David Lim told Caltrain spokesman Mark Simon Monday night that if the transit agency seeks a San Mateo County only tax to fund its operations he will stand in firm opposition to it. Lim said San Mateo County residents should not be subsidizing the service for residents in Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. Caltrain is seeking a dedicated funding source as it is considering a three-county tax and other ideas to fund the service.



The reporters’ notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff. It appears in the Thursday edition.




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