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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Stanford undergraduates will no longer come to campus this fall

Stanford University has reversed course on reopening, announcing Thursday that undergraduate students will not be coming back to campus this fall as planned.

Thursday, 1:49 PM | No comments yet
Heat wave heads to Bay Area this weekend

Much of the Bay Area and Monterey Bay region will face excessive heat this weekend due to a high-pressure system from the southwest, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 12:53 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors OK $5M in help for renters, property owners

San Mateo County supervisors on Aug. 4 approved allocating up to $5 million in federal funds to provide support to renters and property owners adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
High school principals call for board to fire superintendent

After the teachers union and 22 administrators -- including Woodside and M-A's principals -- called for the firing of Superintendent Mary Streshly, the Sequoia Union High School District board is still weighing her future.

Thursday, 11:26 AM | 2 comments
Newsom: State can't afford White House unemployment benefits plan

The state of California does not have the financial wherewithal to afford the White House's plan to extend expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

Thursday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Here's what the state recommends for reopening colleges and universities

The California Department of Public Health has released its reopening guidance for higher education institutions, which detail a very different picture of college life in the age of COVID-19.

Wednesday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Crime brief: Atherton Police nab two suspects in daytime burglary

Atherton Police arrested two Redwood City residents in connection to a residential burglary reported at 2:24 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 2 comments
Obituaries: Susan Allain Miller

This week in obituaries, read about the life of Susan Allain Miller, 78.

Wednesday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet
Meet the seven candidates vying for two seats on the Ravenswood school board

Seven candidates have pulled papers, to date, in the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education race, including one incumbent and six newcomers.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment
'Catalyst Fund' has helped build or protect about 600 Midpeninsula homes, Facebook says

Facebook announced that its Catalyst Fund, dedicated to supporting local housing needs for lower-income residents, has so far preserved or produced about 600 affordable housing units near Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Woodside extends candidate filing period after 2 council incumbents decline to run for reelection

The candidate filing period for Woodside and Portola Valley council seats has been extended through Wednesday, Aug. 12, after two Woodside incumbents and one Portola Valley council member decided against running for reelection.

Tuesday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet

Monday, August 10, 2020

Obituaries: Grace Elise Vilez Butcher, Phyllis Bird Roth

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Grace Vilez Butcher, 89, and Phyllis Bird Roth, 90.

Monday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Council OKs leaf blower ordinance

The council voted introduce an ordinance that would limit the hours for commercial use of leaf blowers to the same hours construction is allowed.

Monday, 4:21 PM | No comments yet
In Menlo Park, three candidates enter race for District 3 seat

Come November, Menlo Park will have both a contested and an uncontested City Council race, based on paperwork candidates have filed to run for local offices.

Monday, 3:20 PM | 2 comments
With four candidates running, Atherton's city council election will be a real race for the first time in since 2014

This November, Atherton's city council election will have a total of four candidates running " two incumbents and two challengers vying for just two open spots " for the town's first contested election since 2014.

Monday, 11:44 AM | 1 comment
7-Eleven clerk stabbed in robbery, Menlo Park man arrested

A 27-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested Sunday afternoon as the suspect in the stabbing of a convenience store clerk during a robbery, police

Monday, 9:47 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Seeking broader representation, longtime Portola Valley resident joins council race

Mary Hufty, an environmentalist and retired family physician who has lived for more than 30 years, is running for a seat on the Portola Valley Town Council.

Sunday, 1:25 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 8, 2020

With SF's 11th-hour vote, three-county sales tax measure to fund Caltrain can go before voters

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an eighth-cent sales tax measure for the November election to fund Caltrain during a special meeting Friday -- the last agency needed to place the measure on the ballot.

Saturday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet
Local elementary schools weigh waiver option to open schools this fall

A new waiver system could allow elementary schools serving transitional kindergartners through sixth graders to bypass mandated closures and reopen for in-person classes. But are local schools ready?

Saturday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 7, 2020

High school district board to continue discussion of superintendent's evaluation Tuesday

The Sequoia Union High School District board will continue a discussion of Superintendent Mary Streshly's performance at a special meeting Tuesday after the teachers union called for her removal on Aug. 3 with a no-confidence vote.

Friday, 5:45 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County Health Officer pushes back against state-mandated closures

Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County's top health officer, issued a statement Thursday voicing disapproval of the state's actions to force the closure of local businesses as the COVID-19 case count rises countywide.

Friday, 5:36 PM | 3 comments
What can you do to fight racism in your community? These young activists have some ideas.

Three young Black women expressed on a virtual panel Thursday a mix of optimism and pessimism, motivation and anger about the roles they've assumed as activists for racial and social justice.

Friday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Layoffs, furloughs and service reductions: County courts announce cuts due to pandemic's effect on budget

San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday announced furloughs, layoffs and a slew of service reductions due to an estimated $4.5 million budget reduction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 3:07 PM | 1 comment
New section of Bay Trail opens this week in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents will have improved access to the San Francisco Bay Trail as a new 0.6-mile section of the trail opens to the public this week.

Thursday, 2:03 PM | 1 comment
High school promises better virtual learning experience after 'less-than-optimal' spring

Menlo-Atherton High School administrators say that they're improving the school's online learning program for the coming fall semester, following a bumpy spring program which drew strong criticism from some parents and students.

Thursday, 11:52 AM | 5 comments
San Mateo County supervisors enact fines for people who refuse to wear masks

People may now be fined hundreds of dollars if they refuse to wear a face mask or violate other public health orders related to curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | 7 comments
Crime brief: Woodside speed trailer vandalized

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Office speed trailer used to collect traffic data tumbled 200 feet down a hillside last month in Woodside, apparently thrown off the road in an act of vandalism.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Going down? Maybe not. State reports technical glitch led to COVID-19 undercount

California's daily count of COVID-19 cases appears to be falling, but that may be due to underreporting caused by technical issues, state health officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
More local elementary students will go back to school online

A growing crowd of elementary school districts are announcing they will begin the fall semester with students learning online from home.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Shut down again, local faith institutions, gyms and salons grapple with next steps

For leaders of faith communities and owners of gyms and salons in the community, figuring out next steps after the state has ordered them to shut down again is a challenge. Here are some of their stories.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Caltrain gets a lifeline after counties strike compromise on tax measure

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday threw its support behind placing a tax measure to fund Caltrain operations on the November ballot -- a move that offers the transit agency a lifeline after weeks of uncertainty.

Tuesday, 1:32 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto moves to expand access to 'residents-only' Foothills Park

Palo Alto's prolonged and polarizing debate over whether nonresidents should be allowed to visit Foothills Park moved toward a compromise on Monday, when the City Council agreed to expand access to the pristine and exclusive preserve.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 1 comment

Monday, August 3, 2020

Menlo Park City School District students will learn from home when school starts

All elementary and middle school students in Menlo Park City School District will learn online from home to start the fall semester, the district board decided in a 4-1 vote at its meeting July 30.

Monday, 9:01 PM | 5 comments
With a no-confidence vote, high school teachers union calls for removal of superintendent

The Sequoia District Teachers Association has made a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Mary Streshly, asking the high school district's board to fire her, the group said in a statement Monday.

Monday, 5:57 PM | 14 comments
San Mateo County supervisors to consider imposing fines for COVID-19 violations, including mask infractions

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa plans to introduce an ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday that would impose fines for those who violate COVID-19 health orders like not wearing a mask in high-risk settings.

Monday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
Police find 2 men fatally shot in car in East Palo Alto

A double homicide investigation is underway in East Palo Alto where two men were found shot to death in a car on Sunday night, a police spokesman said Monday.

Monday, 2:00 PM | No comments yet
Airbnb, short-term rental hosts to start paying hotel taxes next year

Across Menlo Park, potentially hundreds of housing units are used as short-term rentals, yet only a few are registered to pay the city's 12% hotel tax, according to data collected by the city. That is expected to change next year.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto leaders could decide Monday whether to open Foothills Park to nonresidents

A thorny issue that has created controversy for decades is about to get a hearing on Aug. 3 before the City Council: whether the city should launch a pilot program to allow non-Palo Alto residents access to Foothills Park.

Monday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: Three candidates vying for two spots in upcoming council election

This November, there will be some competition for a seat on the Atherton City Council. After three uncontested elections since 2012, this year there are two openings and so far, three candidates are running.

Monday, 11:22 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley considers buying 3 acres from Spring Down Equestrian Center

The Portola Valley Town Council on July 22 held a closed-session discussion on the possible town acquisition of a parcel at 725 Portola Road, the current location of Spring Down Equestrian Center.

Monday, 10:48 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Letters to the editor: Federal agents in Portland, high-speed rail

Letters to the editor on the Trump administration's decision to send federal agents to Portland, Oregon, and a rebuttal to a recent op-ed in favor of the high-speed rail project.

Sunday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 1, 2020

More San Mateo County businesses must close starting Sunday

Officials in San Mateo County announced Saturday that certain indoor businesses and activities must shut down or move to outdoor operations beginning Sunday.

Saturday, 8:26 PM | 2 comments
California's clean-air programs take a hit in new funding squeeze

Some of California's key environmental programs for battling smog and climate change have lost nearly $105 million as the state grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Five steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war

In an op-ed in the July 31 edition, Menlo Park residents Judy Adams and Richard Duda write in favor of a proclamation signed by Menlo Park and cities nationwide endorsing a call to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | 1 comment

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