Neighbors are encouraged to host block parties | Local News Stories – California News

Neighbors are encouraged to host block parties | Local News Stories – California News

Half Moon Bay residents looking for an excuse to host a block party this summer might take up the city on its offer of a $100 gift card for just that purpose. 

On Aug. 1, Half Moon Bay will take part in the National Night Out campaign aimed at bringing neighbors together with local law enforcement. The idea is that a town becomes safer when these relationships are built over a shared meal and fellowship. The event was held in Half Moon Bay last year and in past years as well. 

Interested participants are required to fill out an application, which can be found on the city’s website or in a hard copy format at City Hall, 501 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. 

The $100 gift card is intended to offset the costs of food and supplies for the cookout. 

County provides safe space for sales

If you’ve ever made a transaction over the internet and were nervous to meet the other party, San Mateo County’s Sheriff may have what you are looking for: Two relatively secure parking spots in Redwood City.

Earlier this month, Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa announced the first countywide internet Safe Exchange Zone. The idea is that you can arrange to meet someone, say, buying your bicycle on Craigslist, at the county parking lot. Theoretically, at least, that will be safer than inviting someone you don’t know into your home.

The two parking spaces, marked for that purpose are at the Maple Street Correctional Center, 1300 Maple St., Redwood City.

Canepa, of Daly City, established one there after a Daly City…

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