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With deadline looming, Becker bills on privacy, clean energy advance in state Senate
State Sen. Josh Becker stood apart from most of his Democratic colleagues this week when he opted not to support this year's... Last comment on Jun 5, 2023 at 4:21 pm | 3 comments

Noisy pool heaters force Menlo Park council to confront its own rules on ditching gas-powered appliances
The Menlo Park City Council faced a problem at its May 23 City Council meeting: an environmentally friendly heat pump pool... Last comment on Jun 2, 2023 at 9:12 pm | 4 comments

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Community briefs: Sheriff's contract Q&A, Atherton toad sculpture dedication and SRI project open house
Saturday, 9:16 AM

Pandemic, resiliency highlighted during Woodside High graduation
Woodside High School celebrated the graduation of 383 seniors on June 9, the students taking their diplomas on Bradley Field as the school's 64th class. Friday, 4:17 PM

Menlo-Atherton High School graduates nearly 500 seniors
Principal Karl Losekoot commended the class of 2023 for standing up for what they believe in " from speaking out against anti-semitism to organizing student protests so people are treated fairly in the community. Friday, 4:43 PM

Menlo School sends off its 104th class
The 144 members of Menlo School's Class of 2023 received their diplomas on Thursday morning, June 8, during a ceremony on the school's Atherton campus in front of the Stent Family Hall. Friday, 10:39 AM

Study: Replacing Pope-Chaucer bridge would increase flood risk downstream
An ambitious plan to replace the flood-prone Pope-Chaucer bridge between Palo Alto and Menlo Park is on the verge of faltering after the agency overseeing the project concluded that new bridge would actually endanger downstream areas. Friday, 10:43 AM | 1 comments

Redwood City's ART on the Square returns for the summer, starting June 9
ART on the Square events return to downtown Redwood City, bringing fine arts and crafts by local artists, plus live music to Courthouse Square. The series kicks off Friday with three additional events this summer. Friday, 11:27 AM

World-renowned physicist Stanley Wojcicki dies at 86
Stanley George Wojcicki, a preeminent physicist, Stanford University professor emeritus and inspirational father to three accomplished daughters, died of congestive heart failure at home in Los Altos on May 31. Thursday, 11:05 AM

Wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of twin girls whose parents were killed in street racing crash
A wrongful death lawsuit is being brought on behalf of 7-year-old twin girls whose parents were killed in a crash caused by street racing. Thursday, 11:18 AM

Menlo Park officials talk emergency vehicle access, quiet zones in meeting over future of Caltrain crossings
Emergency vehicle access, quiet zones and bike and pedestrian access were all top of mind during a joint meeting between the Menlo Park City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on May 30. Thursday, 11:05 AM

Class of 2023: A roundup of Midpeninsula high school graduation coverage
Read The Almanac's coverage of local graduations, with articles on the TIDE Academy graduation ceremony on Wednesday, along with Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools on Friday. Wednesday, 11:11 AM

TIDE Academy's first graduating class highlights hurdles, triumphs during commencement
Eighty-three TIDE Academy students walked across the stage at Foothill College on Tuesday night, June 6, to get their diplomas, becoming the first to graduate from the Sequoia Union High School District's newest school.
Wednesday, 11:06 AM

A break for renters? California considers reining in high security deposits
A bill would hold security deposits to one month's rent, not three. The California Apartment Association says it could drive up rents, making it harder to find a home. Wednesday, 11:45 AM

Community briefs: Lifetime achievement awards in Portola Valley, Menlo Park Boy Scouts honor vets
This week, a Menlo Park Boy Scout troop plants flags for Memorial Day, Portola Valley honors two longtime town volunteers and Sacred Heart in Atherton sends a record number of students to play intercollegiate sports. Monday, 5:13 PM

High school district names new spokesperson
The Sequoia Union High School District has a new public relations head. Arthur Wilkie stepped into the role in May, following the departure of district spokesperson Richard Gebin. Tuesday, 9:55 AM

Friends of man killed in Highway 101 crash remember him as supportive, kind
Mountain View resident Paul Dennig loved basketball and snow sports. He loved the Golden State Warriors and exploring nature trails in the Berkeley hills. But more than anything, he loved making his friends and family feel loved. Monday, 4:17 PM

PG&E's San Mateo County power shutoff drill focuses on circuits in Menlo Park and Half Moon Bay
Additional PG&E crews and equipment will be in San Mateo County Monday and Tuesday to prepare for potential public safety power shutoffs, PG&E officials said Monday, June 5. Monday, 1:48 PM

With 600 miles to go, these solar cyclists are hoping for some sun
A group of eight cyclists is pedaling, and cruising, toward Los Angeles to raise awareness of solar-powered bikes and sustainable transportation. Monday, 9:44 AM

Caltrans offers signups for weekly updates on Highway 84 closure near Woodside
Caltrans is putting out a new weekly newsletter with updates on repair work to a stretch of Highway 84 near Woodside that's been closed due to landslide damage since March. Friday, June 2, 6:18 PM

Opinion: An open letter to students on mental health
My whole life I've struggled with depression, anxiety and, at my lowest, suicidal ideation. Ultimately I found someone who helped me through it. Now I, and others like me, are doing our best to be there for teens who are struggling. Monday, 9:39 AM

Letters to the editor for June 2
This week, read letters about merging local school districts and SB 9, the lot-splitting state law. Saturday, June 3, 12:33 PM

Obituaries: Local residents who have died recently
Local residents who have died recently include Theodore Clarence Carlstrom, Jacob Pierce, Elizabeth Jeanne Doyle, Joan Hancock, Tze Leung Lai, Charles Probst, Robert Campbell McGibben Jr. and Dorothea Emily Collins. Monday, 11:24 AM | 1 comments

Menlo Park school district's new wellness ambassadors are friendly, furry and four-legged
The bell rings and classroom doors swing open, unleashing a flood of students into the hallways of Hillview Middle School, along with shaggy, four-legged Duke, one of the Menlo Park district's social-emotional learning dogs. Friday, June 2, 9:35 AM

The end of an era as longtime Menlo-Atherton coach and P.E. teacher Pam Wimberly retires
Pamela Wimberly, Menlo-Atherton High School's athletic director and longtime coach and P.E. teacher who helped shape its athletic program, is retiring after a 55-year career at the Atherton school. Friday, June 2, 11:10 AM

SLAC employees raise pride flag over Menlo Park research lab
Employees at SLAC National Laboratory celebrated the beginning of Pride Month Thursday by raising the Progress Pride flag on their Menlo Park campus, calling it a celebration and recognition of work still to be done. Friday, June 2, 11:50 AM

With deadline looming, Becker bills on privacy, clean energy advance in state Senate
State Sen. Josh Becker stood apart from most of his Democratic colleagues this week when he opted not to support this year's most contentious housing bill, SB 423, which streamlines the review process for new residential developments. Thursday, June 1, 2:46 PM | 3 comments

Noisy pool heaters force Menlo Park council to confront its own rules on ditching gas-powered appliances
The Menlo Park City Council faced a problem at its May 23 City Council meeting: an environmentally friendly heat pump pool heater at the new community center under construction in Belle Haven exceeds the city's nighttime noise limits. Thursday, June 1, 11:25 AM | 4 comments

Ravenswood district teachers to get 4% raise
Come July 1, teachers in the Ravenswood City School District will see raises of slightly over 4%, under a contract approved by the school board last week. Wednesday, May 31, 2:37 PM

Landscaping project transforms an eyesore median on Woodside Road
After about a decade of dreaming and discussing, Woodside has a more welcoming appearance near the Interstate 280 overpass, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the town, community organizations, residents and hired experts. Thursday, June 1, 10:32 AM | 1 comments

Policymakers: Public transit will go over 'fiscal cliff' without more state dollars

Sacred Heart Prep graduates its largest class in its 125-year history

Portola Valley facing higher policing costs in new contract with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

Almanac journalists honored for election coverage, land-use and local government reporting in statewide competition


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