News - February 24, 2010

Short Takes

ABBA it ain't

Give them full points for creativity. The League of California Cities is taking a creative approach to its campaign to stop state take-aways of local dollars. Nine Peninsula community leaders and local officials can be seen on YouTube belting out ABBA's "S.O.S.," but with altered lyrics. The S.O.S. in this case refers to "Save Our Services."

The League is sponsoring a signature drive to put an initiative on the November ballot. The proposed initiative would "prohibit the state from taking or borrowing local taxpayer funds dedicated to public safety, emergency response, transportation and other vital local government services."

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Make sure there's a shelf for the dictionary

Atherton's quaint little branch library is due for an upgrade, according to a needs-assessment study presented at the Feb. 17 City Council meeting. The PowerPoint presentation of the study by Anderson Brule Architects had just one little glitch — every slide had the words "San Mateo County Libbrary."

Sharp-eyed Mayor Kathy McKeithen pointed out the typo to the embarrassed architects.

A dubious hat trick

In a story in the Feb. 10 Almanac about a "pension reform" initiative co-chaired by Menlo Park resident Henry Riggs, we listed the wrong phone number for Mr. Riggs. The correct number is 327-6198.

Apologies to the confused person who has been fielding calls from pension reform advocates, and especially to Mr. Riggs. This marks the third time in the past year we have run a correction with his name in it.

Google versus God

Google recently announced an effort to offer the world's fastest Internet connection, at speeds 100 times faster than those available today. According to Menlo Park church Bethany Lutheran, however, that mantle has already been usurped.

"PRAYER: THE WORLD'S FASTEST WIRELESS CONNECTION," a sign in front of the church read last week.


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