Caregiver allegedly pawns client’s



A 50-year-old Redwood City woman reportedly pawned jewelry from one of her Coastside clients, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 15, Half Moon Bay deputies reported a theft of jewelry from a home on the 400 block Almeria Avenue in El Granada. The missing jewelry was later located at a local pawn shop. Additionally, deputies located pawned jewelry that had been reported stolen from a residence in Redwood City.

Desiree Nielsen, who was employed by Home Helpers as a caregiver, was identified as the person who reportedly pawned the jewelry. She was arrested for elder abuse, grand theft and for receiving stolen property. Nielsen was booked into San Mateo County jail.


— Libby Leyden


City signs contract with Sea Horse Ranch


The city of Half Moon Bay entered in a new contract to allow Sea Horse Ranch to continue use of city property.

The contract was delayed after some Half Moon Bay City Council members and residents expressed concern over the length of the agreement and lack of clarity on the horse ranch’s responsibilities.

At the March 4 council meeting, a six-year contract was approved and will replace the old agreement, which was set to expire at the end of the year. Stipulations include that the ranch has to pay for some of the costs related to improving access to Poplar Beach, and the ranch will be solely responsible for cleaning all horse waste on the beach. The city and ranch will review the terms of the agreement annually.

— Libby Leyden

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