Review honored at industry awards gala
The Half Moon Bay Review received several awards from its peers in the news industry on Saturday during the California News Publishers Association’s journalism awards gala, held in Long Beach.
The Review took the top prize among small weekly newspapers in the Enterprise News category for a series of stories aimed at helping voters understand cannabis ballot measures in the run-up to the 2018 election. The award went to Review reporters Alex Orlando and Carina Woudenberg.
“We were particularly proud of those stories,” explained Editorial Director Clay Lambert, who attended the awards event. “Alex and Carina took a ‘solutions journalism’ approach by telling readers how other communities were grappling with legal cannabis. In so doing, they drew on training we all received after the change of ownership last year.”
The newspaper finished third in the coveted General Excellence category. A selection of Lambert’s columns and editorials placed second and third in their respective categories. And Marc Hershon’s editorial cartoon dealing with a new nonsmoking ordinance finished fifth in the voting.
Correction on fines for dog walkers
Due to a reporting error in the May 1 edition, the Review misstated the total cost of fines for violations of the county’s dog-walking rules in an amendment approved by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Currently, violations for the dog-walking rules, which state that dogs must be kept on leash in county parks and that visitors must clean up after their pets, carry fines of $100, $200 and $500 for the first, second and subsequent violations in a single 12-month period.
While the updated ordinance would significantly lower base fees, with processing costs, the new fines would still carry costs of $110 for a first violation, $198 for a second and $485 for each additional violation within a year.
County officials said that they decided to amend the ordinance to reflect the original total costs after learning that the fines would carry substantial processing fees. All other parts of the county’s dog-walking rules remain unchanged.
For more information on dog walking in San Mateo County parks, visit parks.smcgov.org/.