por Juliana Birnbaum Fox
The City of Pacifica re-opened four beaches Friday. City officials decided to close all beaches on Tuesday, after public works employees found tar balls on Esplande Beach. Since then, Cosco Busan contractors cleaned Esplande and employees from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Pacifica public works department inspected the beach, according to a city press release. For updates, visit http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.
Nazareth Place, located in downtown San Mateo, is offering condominiums to active adults over 55 years old, according to a company press release.
Two professional translators showed Monroe Elementary students where their bilingual skills could take them last week.
Inés Swaney and Tony Beckwith dropped by the Poetry InsideOut program and engaged the sixth graders with stories of their translation backgrounds and adventures, said teacher Anita Sagastegui.
The two also explained how bilingual skills would help students no matter what career they chose, and then Beckwith shared a poem he wrote in both English and Spanish.
Members of the community group San Mateo County ACORN attended the San Mateo County Board meeting this week to pressure the Supervisors to pass a resolution that would stay the foreclosure crisis. The resolution calls on local subprime lenders to voluntarily enact a 3 month moratorium on foreclosures and put delinquent or at risk borrowers, who are in unaffordable loans, into modified loans that are 30 year, fixed rate, and affordable based on the borrowers income.
At a Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution demanding that the Mayor’s Office diminish the frequency of foreclosures in San Francisco.
“In this moment, there are too many foreclosures and the truth is that the effect of these executions are more felt the Latino and African-American communities,” said Supervisor Sandoval.
Oakland city officials found that Prudential Overall Supply, a contracted uniform and laundry company operating in Milpitas, violated local living wage ordinance by underpaying its workers.
According to UNITE HERE, a union representing industrial and service workers, Prudential owes nearly $40,000 in backwages to its current and former employees. The City of Oakland Finance Committee said they will also demand more backpay due to low health insurance contributions from the company.
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Prudential Overall Supply laundry workers, on strike in protest of the working conditions at the company’s Milpitas facilities, spoke out last week regarding alleged unfair labor practices and the possible impact on county uniform service. Milpitas workers walked out on September 11 after weeks of alleged labor law violations by the company. Prudential Overall Supply contracts with Santa Clara County to provide uniforms for hundreds of county employees.