Foreclosures fuel sales;median price drops
Fueled by foreclosures, home salesin the Bay Area in January 2009 roseabove sales in January 2008 and themedian price of all new and resalehomes and condos fell to $300,000,the MDADataQuick realestate information serv-ices company reportedthe week of Feb. 21,2009.In San Mateo County, 273 homeswere sold compared to 295 homes.The median price was $489,500,compared to the prior year’s$675,000 and just more than 43 per-cent of purchased homes in SanMateo County were previously fore-closed. Fifty-four percent of Bay Areahomes that resold that month wereforeclosed properties, DataQuick said.Home buying remained slow inpricier coastal markets but was robustin many inland areas where steepprice declines boosted affordabilityand drove some sales of existinghouses to record levels, DataQuicksaid.
Burlingame Safeway plans take big step forward
Anew Burlingame Safeway withrooftop parking, second-ﬂoor ofﬁcesand pedestrian paths might be openby spring 2011, according to compa-ny ofﬁcials who outlined the week of Feb. 21, 2009, the vague but hopefulplans crafted by ﬁve years of commu-nity input.The City Councildenied an applicationfor a 66,900-square-footstore on the corner of Primrose Road and HowardAvenue more than ﬁve years prior andthe city organized a series of commu-nity planning sessions to determinewhat might best ﬁt in the prime citylocation.
Report:County’s help for the homeless insufﬁcient
The county’s shelter and safety netservices for those in need of housingand food had multiple gaps needingimmediate attention, particularly asthe shaky economy increases thenumbers of those needing help, ofﬁ-cials reported the week of Feb. 21,2009.The board had helped keep the SafeHarbor homeless shelter open with anemergency infusion of $70,000 inSeptember 2008 but wanted a fullinventory of services before consider-ing further help.Comparing ﬁscal year 2007 and2008 to ﬁscal year 2008 and 2009,individuals seeking food jumped 26percent to 4,946, individuals seekinghousing assistance jumped 49 percentto 3,630 and households seekingemergency assistance jumped 24 per-cent to 2,697.Yet the county’s sheltercapacity inventory showed168 emergency beds, 531beds and an average of 17 rooms viamotel vouchers per night.
County braces for state budget
San Mateo County residents, likeall Californians, could expect to ﬁndtheir wallets hit harder by more salesand personal income tax and anincreased vehicle license fee under thestate budget passed the week of Feb.21, 2009.Ofﬁcials said residents would seeconstruction projects continued, stateworkers without pink slips and acounty not having to use its preciousreserves to ﬂoat state-mandated serv-ices because of payment deferrals.
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Actor KelseyGrammer is 59.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Black Muslim leader and civil rightsactivist Malcolm X, 39, was shot todeath inside the Audubon Ballroom inNew York by assassins identiﬁed asmembers of the Nation of Islam.
“In scandal,as in robbery,the receiver is always as bad as the thief.”
— Lord Chesterﬁeld,English author (1694-1773)
Actor Alan Rickman is 68.Actress JenniferLove Hewitt is 35.
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Edward Bineth gets a High Five from Mickey himself as cast members from Disney on Ice:Rockin’Ever After visit Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo on Feb.18.Rockin’plays at the SAP Center in San Jose through Feb.23 and at Oracle Arenain Oakland Feb.26 - March 2.
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Partly cloudy. Lows inthe upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in thelower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy. Lowsin the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
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, Pope Julius II, who had commissionedMichelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,died nearly four months after the project was completed.
Mikhail Romanov, 16, was unanimously chosenby Russia’s national assembly to be czar, beginning adynasty that would last three centuries.
, Nathaniel Gordon became the ﬁrst and onlyAmerican slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. PiracyLaw of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.
the Washington Monument was dedicated.
, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in Franceas German forces attacked; the French were able to prevailafter 10 months of ﬁghting.
, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, theescort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazeswith the loss of 318 men.
, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his PolaroidLand camera, which could produce a black-and-white photo-graph in 60 seconds.
, the ﬁrst shipment of U.S. wheat purchased by theSoviet Union arrived in the port of Odessa.
, President Richard M. Nixon began his historicvisit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.
, the future president of Czechoslovakia, play-wright Vaclav Havel, was convicted for his role in a bannedrally and sentenced to nine months in jail (he was releasedin May 1989).
, Aldrich Ames, a former head of Soviet counterin-telligence for the CIA, and his wife, Maria del Rosario CasasAmes, were arrested on charges of spying for the formerSoviet Union and later Russia.
(Answers tomorrow)TENTH AGAIN PODIUM DISMAYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:They stood in line to see the movie becausethey heard it was — OUTSTANDINGNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is 90. Movie directorBob Rafelson is 81. Actor Gary Lockwood is 77. Actor-direc-tor Richard Beymer is 75. Actor Peter McEnery is 74. U.S.Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is 74. Film/music company execu-tive David Geffen is 71. Actress Tyne Daly is 68. ActorAnthony Daniels is 68. Tricia Nixon Cox is 68. Former Sen.Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 67. Rock musician JerryHarrison (The Heads) is 65. Actress Christine Ebersole is 61.Actor William Petersen is 61. Country singer Mary ChapinCarpenter is 56. Actor Jack Coleman is 56. Actor ChristopherAtkins is 53. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 53.
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