Upcoming beach cleanup

Sea Hugger is hosting a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon on April 23 at Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Avenue off of Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay.

Since Sea Hugger began hosting these cleanups, volunteers have collected 1,414 pounds of ocean-bound trash, and found 3,715 microplastic pieces. 

On April 23, volunteers should meet at the south end of the parking lot. A parking pass can be found and printed from the Sea Hugger website, seahugger.org, under “Beach Cleanups.” 

Community service hours are available for students. Supplies are provided if you need them but you're encouraged to bring your own gloves, grabbers and buckets. Before arriving, volunteers must sign a waiver that can also be found under “Beach Cleanups” on the organization’s website. 

— Emma Spaeth


Local candidate forums set

Candidates for various San Mateo County elections will discuss issues affecting their communities during a series of forums starting next Wednesday.

The forums are hosted by Thrive, the county's nonprofit alliance group, in partnership with other nonprofits. Forums are scheduled for April and May as follows.

Candidates for U.S. Representative for the 15th Congressional District will participate in a forum from 2 to 3 p.m. today, April 20. 

Board of Supervisors District 3 candidates, vying to serve the Coastside, will participate in a forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

State Assembly 21st District candidates will participate in a forum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 4.

San Mateo County Sheriff candidates will participate in a forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 12.

Most forums will take place virtually via Zoom; those with an in-person option will also have a virtual viewing option. More information, candidate biographies and registration links are available online at thriveallilance.org/civic-participation-candidate-forums.

— Bay City News


Woman is recognized for education at jail

The first woman to finish high school while in custody of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office will be honored at a graduation ceremony later this month.

Monet Pierson will receive her high school diploma from the Five Keys high school program at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, according to a recent press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Pierson “overcame barriers of chronic incarceration and mental health to achieve her diploma.”

Thus far, 31 men have graduated from Five Keys since the program launched in 2016 at the Maple Street Correctional Center. The program, which has expanded to the Maguire Correctional Facility, also allows people to start their education while in custody and then continue after release.

— Bay City News


Nurses strike at Sutter facilities

More than 8,000 nurses and health care workers were striking on Monday outside 18 Sutter Health facilities across Northern California, including a dozen in the Bay Area.

Union representatives say Sutter Health has refused to address concerns about safe staffing and health and safety protections. The one-day strike was authorized by a nearly unanimous vote in March and advance notice was given to Sutter Health for the strike, according to the California Nurses Association and the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union.

The nurses and health care workers have been in negotiations since June 2021 for a new contract, with little to no movement on key issues, according to a statement from the union. 

The nurses are calling on management to invest in nursing staff and agree to a contract that provides safe staffing that allows nurses to provide safe and therapeutic care. The nurses and health care workers also want the hospitals to invest in personal protective equipment stockpiles and comply with California's PPE stockpile law.

— Bay City News


Investigators seek clues in shooting

Belmont police are asking the public for help investigating a shooting that took place Friday in the 2100 block of Valerga Drive.

Police said the shooting, which happened around 2 p.m., was “an isolated event between at least two individuals or groups of people,” according to a police statement. The statement described the shooting as “non-injury.”

The shooting triggered a lockdown at nearby Carlmont High School, and students were released early at 3:20 p.m. No students were injured.

The case is still under investigation and police detectives are seeking any information including tips, video surveillance or photos that may lead to the identification of the person or persons responsible for this shooting.

The police tip line is available at (650) 598-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. 

— Bay City News


Man accused of exposing himself

A Daly City man has been arrested in connection with exposing himself to a ride share driver on Wednesday.

Edward Holmes, 30, was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, according to the San Mateo Police Department.

On Wednesday at 3:59 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of N. Kingston Street on a report of a ride share passenger who exposed himself to a ride share driver.

The victim, a 23-year-old woman, told police she picked up the passenger, later identified as Holmes, from the Bridgepointe Shopping Center around 3:45 p.m. As they were driving on U.S. Highway 101, Holmes started talking about sex, and when the victim told Holmes she did not want to discuss sex with him, he exposed himself and started masturbating, police said.

Responding officers located Holmes nearby at the intersection of Core Avenue and N. Bayshore Boulevard, and he was taken into custody without incident. During his arrest, Holmes was found to be in possession of a concealed steak knife.

— Bay City News

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