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San Mateo officials support Prop 22, vote to protect city money from state (VIDEO)

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On Oct. 4, the San Mateo City Council voted unanimously to support Proposition 22, the ballot measure that seeks to limit the state’s authority to borrow or withhold certain public funds from local governments. Opponents of the measure, on the Nov. 2 ballot, include the California Teachers Association and the California Professional Firefighters unions. Municipal governments across California want increased control over local funds.

Sunnyvale gun store opens near schools

Sunnyvale gun store opens near schools

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U.S. Firearms became Sunnyvale’s first dedicated gun store in 20 years, drawing the ire of many nearby residents and parents.

The business, permitted under the city’s zoning codes, is less than a mile from two elementary schools and a preschool. While the business owner began applying for permits in December, neighbors were caught off-guard — only discovering the store’s existence when the building’s marquee was unveiled three weeks ago.

Palo Alto schools debate new calendar

Palo Alto schools debate new calendar

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The Palo Alto school district’s proposed new academic calendar, designed to alleviate stress among high school students, has met varying levels of support and resistance from the community.

Superintendent Kevin Skelley would like to see Palo Alto students at all grade levels start classes a week earlier, on Aug. 16. First-semester finals would be shifted to December to prevent high school students from spending their winter break studying for exams.