Foster City, California

Foster City is a city located in San Mateo County, California. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 30,567. Foster City is sometimes considered to be part of Silicon Valley for its local industry and its proximity to Silicon Valley cities. Foster City is one of the United States’ safest cities, with an average of one murder per decade. Foster City was founded in the 1960s on engineered landfill in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay, on the east edge of San Mateo; the city was named after T. Jack Foster, a real estate magnate who owned much of the land comprising the city and, instrumental in its initial design, his successor firm, Foster Enterprises, run by his descendants, is still active in real estate affairs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Forbes ranked Foster City #10 on their 2009 list of America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well. Money has recognized Foster City multiple times as one of the Best Places to Live. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.8 square miles, of which 3.8 square miles is land and 16.1 square miles is water.

The total area is 81.07% water. The 2010 United States Census reported that Foster City had a population of 30,567; the population density was 8,138.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Foster City was 13,912 White, 576 African American, 29 Native American, 13,746 Asian, 189 Pacific Islander, 575 from other races, 1,540 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,995 persons; the Census reported that 30,458 people lived in households, 52 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 57 were institutionalized. There were 12,016 households, out of which 4,256 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,127 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 963 had a female householder with no husband present, 316 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 531 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 75 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,807 households were made up of individuals and 860 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53.

There were 8,406 families. The population was spread out with 6,913 people under the age of 18, 1,526 people aged 18 to 24, 9,801 people aged 25 to 44, 8,223 people aged 45 to 64, 4,104 people who were 65 years of age or older; the median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males. There were 12,458 housing units at an average density of 3,316.8 per square mile, of which 6,958 were owner-occupied, 5,058 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%. 18,423 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 12,035 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 28,803 people, 11,613 households, 7,931 families residing in the city; the 2009 median home price in Foster City was $1,025,000. The population density was 7,668.5 people per square mile. There were 12,458 housing units at an average density of 3,316.8 per square mile. There are 11,613 households out of which 30.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, 31.7% are non-families.

23.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.0% have someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.97. In the city, the population is spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females, there are 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.9 males. According to Money Magazine, the median income for a household in Foster City is $135,470; the median income for a family is $118,231. Males have a median income of $77,916 versus $51,157 for females; the per capita income for the city is $45,754. 2.9% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. In the California State Legislature, Foster City is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jerry Hill, in the 22nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Kevin Mullin.

In the United States House of Representatives, Foster City is in California's 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jackie Speier. As of December, 2017, Foster City's Mayor is Sam Hindi and its Vice-Mayor is Herb Perez. Mr. Hindi is the first Palestinian-American Mayor in the history of California. According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Foster City has 16,568 registered voters. Of those, 7,336 are registered Democrats, 2,756 are registered Republicans, 5,977 have declined to state a political party. Foster City is home to four public schools in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District. Foster City Elementary School, Brewer Island Elementary School, Audubon Elementary School serve kindergarten through fifth grades. Nathaniel Bowditch Middle School serves 6th through 8th grades. There are elementary schools. There is a separate High School District: San Mateo Uni

Kopter SH09

The Kopter SH09 is a Swiss five to eight seat, single-engine utility helicopter, under development by Kopter. It is promoted by Kopter as being a clean-sheet design amongst a market sector dominated by decades-old airframe designs; the prototype first flew on 2 October 2014. On 28 January 2020, Italian helicopter manufacturer Leonardo announced that it will acquire Kopter during 2020, for $185 million, plus bonuses. At the time Kopter employed 320 people. In 2002, Martin Stucki, a mechanical engineer and commercial helicopter pilot, initiated design work on a design that led to the SH09. Frustrated by legacy designs and unsuited cockpits, Stucki had observed that the light single-engine helicopter market had not seen any all-new designs in decades, he conducted market research that indicated a viable demand for a new rotorcraft in the 2.5-tonne class. In 2007 he formed Marenco Swisshelicopter to develop the rotorcraft; the SH09 adopted several modern features. Its airframe is composed of carbon composite materials.

The carbon composite construction allowed a low empty weight. According to Mathias Senes, Marenco's chief commercial officer: "There’s no other material today that brings the benefits of rigidity and light weight". Stucki approached his design from a pilot's perspective, attempting to improve ergonomics and operator requirements, it possesses excellent hot and high performance, lengthy flight endurance, a low noise signature, has smooth handling. By 2009, sufficient financing had been secured from investors, which allowed for the SH09 to be formally launched that year. A small number of staff worked on the project being a team of nine. Company operations in Switzerland have been split between the towns of Pfäffikon, where design work is centered, Mollis, where assembly and flight testing operations are conducted. A pre-production prototype of the SH09 was displayed at Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando, marking its public introduction. At that time, Marenco stated that it planned to make first deliveries in 2015, that it would produce as many as 15 SH09s within the first year as well as rising to 30 rotorcraft in the following year.

It was stated that, while the Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft engine had been selected as the initial powerplant for the SH09, it was hoped that customers would soon be offered a choice in engines. In January 2018 the company was rebranded as Kopter, with the helicopter name changed to SH09; the flight test program will use three prototypes. Prototype P1 first flew on 2 October 2014, was used to complete the first phase of the flight test program, proving the handling and attitude of the aircraft, expanding the flight envelope, including autorotation tests and being flown to 97 per cent of its maximum internal load takeoff weight. P2 and P3 are the main vehicles for airworthiness certification testing; the company plans to first certify SH09 with EASA rapidly seek certification in the United States. Completion of P1 was delayed by as much as six months due to the late delivery of its engine by Honeywell. In December 2013, the completed P1 was revealed to the public. First flight of P1, lasting 20 minutes, was flown by chief test pilot Dwayne Williams.

At that time the company projected receiving EASA certification within 12-16 months. In summer 2015, Marenco halted flight tests after 100 flight hours to focus on producing the second prototype, which incorporated a modified bearingless rotor head and new rotor blades to reduce vibrations. By September 2015, it was recognised. On 26 February 2016, P2 performed its first flight, piloted by new chief test pilot Richard Trueman. At this point, certification was expected to be achieved near to the end of 2016 or during early 2017. In May 2016, it was reported that Marenco were increasing the pace of the flight test program, that P3 was to be completed within that year, that type certification should occur during 2017. Marenco had 70 Letters of intent in autumn 90 in spring 2016, half from North America. In September 2015 the company stated its expectation to produce 40-100 aircraft per year. In May 2016 a company representative indicated that Marenco was pursuing the development of a twin-engine version of the design.

In late 2016, Stucki stated that some flexibility to allow for the future adaption of the SH09 to become a twin-engine helicopter had been incorporated into the base design, indicated that a twin-engine variant was a straightforward progression. In October 2016, Stucki stated that P3 would be completed in early 2017, that certification would to occur within 2018. Development was delayed by having to design and manufacture not only the helicopter itself, but supporting tools such as test equipment. In January 2018 the company stated its hope that the rotorcraft would enter service in 2019. In February 2018, Kopter was seeking to raise CHF 150 million to carry it through certification to production in the second half of 2019, adding to the CHF 270 million spent since 2007 by the

Damsels in Distress (film)

Damsels in Distress is an American comedy film written and directed by Whit Stillman and starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton. It is set at a United States East Coast university. First screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, the film opened in New York and Los Angeles on April 6, 2012. Newly transferred college student Lily becomes friends with Violet and Rose, a clique who run the campus' suicide prevention centre. Over the course of the film, the four girls date less attractive men in order to help the men's confidence. Greta Gerwig as "Violet Wister" Adam Brody as Fred Packenstacker / Charlie Walker Analeigh Tipton as Lily Carrie MacLemore as Heather Megalyn Echikunwoke as Rose Hugo Becker as Xavier Ryan Metcalf as Frank Billy Magnussen as Thor Caitlin FitzGerald as Priss Jermaine Crawford as Jimbo Alia Shawkat as Mad Madge Aubrey Plaza as Debbie Zach Woods as Rick DeWolfe Taylor Nichols as Professor Black Carolyn Farina as Carolina Antonucci Meredith Hagner as Alice The film was Stillman's first produced feature since The Last Days of Disco.

In August 1998 he had moved from New York to Paris with two daughters. In that time he wrote a novelisation of The Last Days of Disco plus several original film scripts which were not made, including one set in Jamaica in the 1960s, he resolved to make a lower budgeted film in the style of Metropolitan. In 2006 he met with Liz Glotzer and Mart Shafter at Castle Rock Entertainment, who had financed his second and third films. Shafer: Whit said, ‘I want to write a movie about four girls in a dorm who are trying to keep things civil in an uncivil world.’ It took him a year to write 23 pages. Six months a few more dribbled in, he just doesn’t work fast. We had a draft; when we started production he said, ‘I think 12 years is the right amount of time between movies.’ Castle Rock ended up providing most of the $3 million budget. The movie was filmed on location in New York City on Staten Island at the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Filming finished on 5 November 2010. Stillman has said that the film was cut between its festival and theatrical runs: I felt the MPAA helped us out there.

I'd hoped to get a PG-13 with the Venice cut, but in the first viewing they thought it was R. So we looked at it, the editor and I, we saw some things that would make it pretty PG-13, we felt would help the movie. There could've been a little heaviness of talking a little too much about what was going on, it would delay the laugh until - which I think is always good. We were happy with the small changes we made. We made tiny changes in two scenes: we took out the text for what the ALA stood for... I think it delayed the laugh; the film features original score by Mark Suozzo. The song "Sambola!" is written by Mark Suozzo, Michael A. Levine and Lou Christie; the film holds a 75% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, "Damsels in Distress can sometimes feel mannered and outlandish, but it's redeemed by director Whit Stillman's oddball cleverness and Greta Gerwig's dryly funny performance." In festival screenings, the film has been enthusiastically received by critics.

In Variety, Leslie Felperin wrote, "a film that raises laughs with its end credits, Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy Damsels in Distress is an utter delight." In Time, critic Richard Corliss wrote, "Innocence deserted teen movies ages ago, but it makes a comeback and romanticized, in this joyous anachronism." Andrew O'Hehir of Salon praised Gerwig's "powerful and complicated performance" and said that "it's both a relief and a delight to discover that Stillman remains one of the funniest writers in captivity." He concluded, "I laughed until I cried, you may too. Either way, Whit Stillman is back at last, bringing his peculiar brand of counterprogramming refreshment to our jaded age." Jordan Hoffman of World Film gave the film four stars out of five, calling Gerwig "a massive, multi-faceted talent" and the film a "love it or hate it movie. I think the ones who aren't charmed to pieces by its endless banter and preposterous characters much need our help to expand their tastes and accept a more enlightened purview of what, indeed, is refined and acceptable motion picture entertainment."

Official website Damsels in Distress on IMDb Damsels in Distress at Rotten Tomatoes Damsels in Distress at Box Office Mojo "Whit Stillman and the Song of the Preppy" New York Times, March 18, 2012