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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer

Sam is a senior at Carlmont High School and will continue his journey at Columbia University next year. He is an active member of the local political community and volunteers for the Belmont Historical Society in his free time.


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A toaster oven is both parts efficient and requiring a degree of knowledge and work that keeps the meaning of humanity alive.


A toaster oven is both parts efficient and requiring a degree of knowledge and work that keeps the meaning of humanity alive.

Gavin Newsoms official portrait from his time in San Francisco.

Going with your gut

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 30, 2019

For reasons I’ve never fully understood nor disclosed for fear of crucifixion in the sphere of county Democratic party politics, I sort of can’t stand Gavin Newsom. That might be understating it....

Mayor Davina Hurt gives outgoing city manager Greg Scoles a proclamation honoring his years of service.

The retirement of Belmont’s city manager, and what comes with it

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 29, 2019

A few thoughts on the resignation of Greg Scoles from Belmont Tuesday night, longtime and widely acclaimed Belmont city manager Greg Scoles attended his last council meeting, capping a 42-year career...

Judges of the British talent competition The X-Factor.

Op-Ed: The sadism of televised competitions

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 28, 2019

There’s a pretty solid episode of Black Mirror called “Fifteen Million Merits” in which Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out, Black Panther — lives in a future where people ride on exercise bikes to generate...

The 2018-19 seniors of Carlmont journalism take one final picture all together.

A few thoughts on student journalism

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 27, 2019

It’s been a fun year. My time in Carlmont’s journalism program was pretty accidental. I signed up for the class because I had one period free, liked to write, and had friends in the class (who promised...

The Belmont newspaper archives date back as far as 1936.

The joy of old newspapers and the value of the local press

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 2, 2019

Shameless plug here: for the past year or so I’ve been working with UC Riverside to obtain, using money generously gifted to the Belmont Historical Society by the City Council, about 83 years of newspaper...

Popeyes has a place where you can get fountain drinks.

Killing time in the bay

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer February 28, 2019

Take I-92 to Highway 1, like you’re going to Half Moon Bay, but turn left instead of right at the intersection. Follow it for a while. Somehow, without leaving the county, every trace of urbania will...

The last gasp of San Carloss old order.

Op-Ed: Ode to the ceremonial mayor

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer December 13, 2018

Things are different in San Carlos. None of the three incumbents whose seats were up this year chose to run for re-election, so council gadflies can no longer enjoy the perennially confused quasi-libertarian...

Belmont Mayor Douglas Kim delivers remarks alongside Councilmen Charles Stone and Warren Lieberman.

Grove in Twin Pines dedicated to former Mayor Eric Reed

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer November 11, 2018

Former Mayor and Councilman Eric Reed may have passed away in 2017, but his memory appears indelible. A grove adjacent to the Veterans' Memorial in Twin Pines Park in Belmont was dedicated Sunday afternoon...

Three incumbents and one outsider are vying for three seats on the City Council.

Op-Ed: Don’t let rhetoric trump reason in Belmont

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer November 2, 2018

A couple months ago, I published a pretty lengthy article that drew a few conclusions on the nature of development in Belmont and how certain past forces have left us in our present position. I don’t...

The Mid-Peninsula Water District headquarters, located at 3 Dairy Lane in Belmont. The Board of Directors meets here at 6:30 PM on the fourth Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted.

Who gets the water bill?

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer September 12, 2018
Cut the check, get the service. This is the modus operandi of public and private utilities everywhere. So long as the money ends up in the right hands, the water keeps flowing and the lights stay on. If you live in Belmont, the check for the water bill ends up in the hands of the Mid-Peninsula Water District, a public agency headquartered at 3 Dairy Lane just next to US-101. They in turn purchase and pipe water originally from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park, through the San Francisco Regional Water System, to the homes of Belmont residents as well as those living in small portions of San Carlos, Redwood City, and unincorporated San Mateo County.
Welcome to Belmont.

The mid-peninsula tightrope

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer September 5, 2018
Belmont is walking a fine line between preserving what is and anticipating what will be.
Buena Vista Avenue, home to Cipriani Elementary School, is one of the worst roads in the Bay Area.

Belmont city officials grapple with infrastructure problem

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer May 28, 2017

Belmont’s roads are among the worst in the state. According to a staff report from the Department of Public Works, Belmont has accumulated upwards of $100 million in deferred road and storm drain...

Currently, Belmonts downtown is a loose union of chain stores and fast food restaurants loosely based on the Downtown Specific Plan of 1990.

Belmont works to create a vibrant downtown

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer April 6, 2017

Belmont’s unbuilt town center has been in development for 31 years. In 1986, a committee was formed to study and evaluate the feasibility of revitalizing downtown Belmont. After a four-year period...

History students take a multiple-choice test. Each question on the test was its own decision, and each decision was influenced by its own factors.

Unconscious decisions result in conscious consequences

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer February 23, 2017

The decisions one thinks about the least could be affecting one the most. In 2007, Cornell University asked 190 participants to estimate the number of food-related decisions they made in a day. These...

Speier listens as a constituent addresses her with a question about congressional ethics.

Rep. Jackie Speier addresses political concerns

Sam Hosmer, Staff Writer February 14, 2017

“Truth and Justice for All,” “Resist and Persist,” and “We Support Jackie” were just some of the signs carried into the auditorium of Lowell High School on Feb.11 at the "Conversation about...

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