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K-8 Overcrowding: 2-Schools on 1 Campus? Buses?

K-8 Overcrowding: 2-Schools on 1 Campus? Buses?

Building a new school, or some kind of facility to ease classroom overcrowding, has become the top priority of the K-8 San Carlos School District. That’s according to Superintendent Craig Baker. Baker gave an update on enrollment to a morning meeting of the joint city/school committee, known as 2+2, made up of two City Council [...]

What City Council Campaign Signs WON’T Tell You

What City Council Campaign Signs WON’T Tell You

Seventy-five percent of American cities hold nonpartisan elections, the City of San Carlos among them. Voters who have no idea who to check-off for City Council on November 8th may look for party labels to help guide their choice. If you’re one of those people and want to find out the candidates’ party affiliation, you [...]

What’s Up With All Those Yard Signs?

What’s Up With All Those Yard Signs?

Arnold didn’t need yard signs. Neither did Jerry. But at the local level, candidates do, which explains all those yard signs that have popped up all over San Carlos. When it comes to local politics, “people are not well informed,” said Terry Christensen, a professor at San Jose State University, adding that yard signs are [...]

Left to Right: Lewis, Royce, Klein, Grassilli, Grocott

The City Council Race For Dummies

Name a current member of the San Carlos City Council.  Can’t? You’re not alone. Over the last week, the Laurel Street Spy has taken a random survey of residents. Not a big sample (about 25 people) and certainly nothing scientific. The findings: Only a few could name a City Council member. “Which of the yard [...]

Missed City Council Candidate Forum?

Missed City Council Candidate Forum?

You’re not alone. Some people forgot about the Tuesday evening event. Others didn’t know it was happening in the first place. The LSS missed most of the good stuff thanks to tragic DVR failure to record. So basically, in summary: Ron Collins has really nice hair; Mark Olbert sported a cool tie in an interesting [...]

Meet the Candidates (In Less Fun Format)

Meet the Candidates (In Less Fun Format)

All hopes for a good, old fashioned, zinger laced debate between the candidates for elected office in the City of San Carlos are officially dashed. Instead, we’re going to have a forum. The SC Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event scheduled for next Tuesday, September 13th. For those unfamiliar with the distinction between the [...]

Campaign Poster for Ron Collins on Laurel Street

Spied: Signs of Upcoming Election on Laurel…& Online

If there was an award for first City Council candidate to put up posters, Ron Collins would be the winner. So far, he’s the only fellow who’s image can be seen smiling from various storefronts along Laurel Street. Since this is 2011, the local businessman/president of the SC Chamber Board/member of EDAC has a website [...]

A drawing by an unknown artist of (impacted) White Oaks Elementary

A New School? Raise Hand If You Know Right Answer

How to solve the problem of San Carlos’ overcrowded schools? Lots of ideas floated and discussed Tuesday at the 2+2 Joint City Council/School Board meeting. Enrollment has shot up, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years.  Simply put, there just isn’t enough physical space for all the K-8 children, according to [...]

So Many Kids, Not Enough Space

So Many Kids, Not Enough Space

(Updated to include interview with Superintendent) A School Board committee with a yawn-of-a-name is in charge of one of the city’s most challenging issues:  what to do about increased enrollment in K-8 schools. While the question of a new school for San Carlos is on the agenda for Tuesday’s 2+2 Joint City/School Committee meeting, the [...]

The Guys Have It

The Guys Have It

November’s City Council ballot is beginning to take shape and if the current trend continues, the slate will lack a female candidate for the two open seats (now occupied by Brad Lewis & Randy Royce). This means the next official City Council photo will look different, but distinctly and uniformly…male…not that there’s anything wrong with [...]

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