After a long courtship, private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management agreed to buy Safeway SWY -0.03% for over $9 billion on Thursday afternoon. Safeway, the 2nd-largest grocer in the US, will merge with Albertson’s, the 5th-largest grocer, which Cerberus bought from SuperValu last year. The deal will give Safeway shareholders an estimated $40 per share, including $32.50 in cash. The deal making may not be over soon, though. Kroger KR -0.71%, the country’s largest grocer (nearly twice as large as Safeway by revenue), is reportedly considering making its own offer for its competitor. The company previous outbid Cerberus for the Harris Teeter chain of supermarkets, paying $2.4 billion last summer. (Forbes)
I’m proud to be one of the founding board members on the Cañada College Athletic Hall of Fame. We need sponsors, donors, and providers of live-auction items. Canada College is a wonderful community college in Redwood City, with a rich athletic tradition.
Last year, Harold Reynolds of MLB Network headed a superb and deserving cast of inductees. This year, former Giant and Major League All-Star Moises Alou heads up the class of 2014.
I’d certainly love for you to attend. Please contact me with any questions about sponsorship or live-auction donations.
Robert Kilburg President & Creative Director bobkilburg.com 650-766-1084
(originally posted February 15, 2009 just before the State of California adopted a gray-water code; edited and reposted March 2, 2014 in the midst of one of California's worst droughts)
GREYWATER ACTION (Editor's Note: Riptide follows American spelling—gray; the British spell it grey.)
We have an opportunity to save rivers, fisheries, money, and perhaps the planet, keeping it habitable for future generations. My plumbing customers may have heard this rant already and may want to skip ahead to the forwarded message below. For the rest of you, my rant goes like this:
Advances in plumbing codes have been at least as effective as advances in medicine in promoting human health and longevity—possibly even more so. One aspect of the codes instrumental in curtailing or eradicating many waterborne and airborne diseases is the requirement that water be used only once before being sent to sewage treatment. The problem with this blanket approach is that it needlessly wastes precious potable water.
We have remained blissfully ignorant of the costs of our wastefulness to the environment for a long time, but that is changing rapidly. Did you know that the United States is the last Pacific Rim nation to use potable water to flush toilets?
The consequences of our wastefulness are immense and growing. It is not surprising that arid southwestern states such as Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have pioneered gray-water legislation. These states have gray-water plumbing codes aimed at safely reusing some of the water from laundries, bathtubs, showers, and washbasins without reintroducing any of the health hazards that the current Uniform Plumbing Code and National Plumbing Codes control. Many progressive environmentalists already use gray water, at odds with applicable state and local codes.
(As a plumbing contractor, I can now design systems easily convertible to gray water now that California has adopted a gray-water code. As a friend, I often offer advice or recommend books on gray water to my customers.)
GREYWATER ACTION is an excellent information source. It is essential to do gray-water systems correctly to avoid reintroducing waterborne and airborne diseases. It is very important that all communities, even if not now in water shortage, drought, or water rationing, adopt some form of gray-water code, as the State of California already has done.
(Dan B. Underhill, California Plumbing License Number 552716, is a member but not a spokesman for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials [IAPMO], cheerleader for Greywater Action. Dan is a founding member and longtime supporter of Pacifica Riptide.)
Throughout the Bay Area, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, near 280 and Edgewood Road in Redwood City, is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. Friends of Edgewood docents offer free wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday, March 15 through June 8, starting at 10 a.m.
Every year is different at Edgewood. The weather favors some plants one year and a different set is abundant the next. Join us to discover what this year’s crazy weather reveals.
The approximately three-hour walks through grasslands, chaparral, coastal scrub, and foothill woodlands offer a surprising amount of biodiversity. You are likely to see 50-100 plants in flower on the moderately paced, three-mile journey.
Edgewood supports more than 500 distinct plant species, four of which are federally listed as endangered or threatened. In addition, the fragile Bay checkerspot butterfly, one of the threatened species, has made its home in the unique habitat afforded by the serpentine grasslands. The various plant communities also provide habitat for frogs, lizards, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, deer, and more than 70 resident and migratory birds.
Visitors can complement their docent-led walk by visiting the Education Center near the main entrance and featuring interactive exhibits that explain Edgewood’s connection to the surrounding landscape and its history.
Go to friendsofedgewood.org or call 1-866-GO-EDGEWOOD (1-866-463-3439) for more information. (Photo above by Kathy Korbholz)
It is open recruitment time for the next San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury term, which commences July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015. Civic-minded adults who want to make a difference are invited to apply for Civil Grand Jury service this month.
Would you make a good Grand Juror? Can you say yes to the following questions? Are you a good listener? Are you interested in trying to increase the efficiency of local governments and save taxpayer's dollars? Are you willing to serve without personal gains or hidden agendas? Have you the stamina to commit yourself to a full year of productive work? Can you keep a secret? Can you cooperate with 18 other diverse personalities? Can you ask thoughtful questions, review documents and help write lucid reports? Can you chair a committee? Can you devote a minimum of 15 hours of service per week? Can you attend a minimum of six daytime meetings or field trips and two general meetings per month?
If you can say yes to all of the above questions, the San Mateo County Superior Court invites you to submit an application for consideration for service on the 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury. Applications are now available and will be accepted until Friday, March 28, 2014. Applications may be downloaded from either of these two websites:
1. San Mateo County Superior Court
2. San Mateo County Association of Grand Jurors
The Civil Grand Jury performs a vital independent citizen "watchdog" function over county and city governments. Any resident of San Mateo County for at least one year, who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, of sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language to perform the duties of the position, is eligible for selection. Elected public officials are not eligible.
The Superior Court of San Mateo County encourages all interested individuals to apply. The Court strives to obtain a cross section of the county's population. After the completion of the application and interview process, jurors will be selected through a random draw.
To view an informational video on Grand Jury service, please visit either one of the above mentioned websites (San Mateo County Superior Court or San Mateo County Association of Grand Jurors). For any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-261-5066.
2/22/14 20:20 Fire Assist 140222239 Occurred on Alcala Ct, Pacifica. PER COUNTY--RESPOND W FIRE -- 2 SUBJ'S HAND CUFFED THEMSELVES TOGETHER, CAN NOT REMOVE HAND CUFFS W OUT OFCS OS. Disposition: Assisted.
2/23/14 01:07 Dist Noise 140223011 Occurred on Palmetto Av, Pacifica. "SQUEEKING FURNITURE AND LOUD SCREAMS" -- RP SAYS THEY ARE HAVING "LOUD OBNOXIOUS SEX" Disposition: Log Note Only.
2/25/14 18:48 Citizen Assist 140225267 Occurred on Gateway Dr. , Pacifica. POSTED DOG SITTING SERVICES ON CRAIGSLIST // X CALLED HIM AND HE GAVE HER ALL OF HIS PERSONAL INFO // X EMAILED HIM ADVISING SHE WOULD MAIL THE "DOGS" TO HIM FROM WHEREVER SHE IS AT // RP NOW CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY AND DOES NOT WANT ANYTHING DELIVERED TO HIS HOUSE // WANTS ADVICE. Disposition: Log Note Only.
(Pacifica Police Logs courtesy of roving reporter Chris Fogel)