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Monday, May 25, 2020

State reopens places of worship, retail — but hair salons still off limits

Places of worship and retailers can now reopen statewide, with limitations, the California Department of Public Health announced Monday. However, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties' orders do not allow these reopenings locally.

Monday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet
Heat wave to last through Thursday

A heat wave expected to kick in late Monday morning for the Bay
Area will linger through Thursday night, with record-setting temperatures
possible, forecasters said.

Monday, 1:42 PM | No comments yet
New Bay Area Community Resources website launches

A group of Stanford students and faculty volunteers has launched a new website where Bay Area residents can find a broad variety of critical resources.

Monday, 1:19 PM | No comments yet
Redesign of Sudden Oak Death Blitz due to coronavirus pandemic

The Sudden Oak Death Blitz, an annual survey of the spread of sudden oak death (SOD) throughout the state, has been redesigned this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-at-home order.

Monday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Guest opinion: Peninsula Volunteers adapts essential programs for seniors during COVID-19 and beyond

In an op-ed, Peninsula Volunteers CEO Peter Olson writes about how the organization has adapted its programs to continue to serve seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 8:07 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Coronavirus weekend update: The latest on COVID-19 cases, deaths

Here's the latest news over the Memorial Day holiday weekend about the Midpeninsula's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 9:31 AM | 8 comments
Letter to the editor: Menlo Park should not lay off essential workers

In a letter to the editor, Menlo Park recreation coordinator Jarrod Harden writes about his concern that the city may lay off essential workers due to budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 22, 2020

New report: State job losses like 'nothing before seen'

Statewide unemployment numbers for April spiked higher than projected, jumping an unprecedented 10.2%, according to a state jobs report released Friday. Two Midpeninsula cities also reached double-digits: Atherton's and East Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:00 PM | 1 comment
Facebook rethinking commitment to fund studies for Dumbarton Rail project

Facebook is reconsidering its commitment to pay for studies to help plan for a new rail line across the Bay, a company official confirmed Thursday.

Friday, 4:31 PM | 1 comment
Blaze burns 5 acres after Menlo Park encampment catches fire

Menlo Park firefighters have contained a blaze in a grasslands area at Willow Road on the Baylands after a homeless encampment caught fire Friday.

Friday, 1:07 PM | 5 comments
Community briefs: M-A student wins science award; Menlo College hires new dean

In this week's news briefs about the community, read about a Menlo-Atherton High School student's research award and Menlo College's new dean of its school of business.

Friday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Mask on, gloves off: How to stay safe as counties loosen restrictions

Even as residents are gradually allowed to step outside, Dr. Jonathan Blum of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center said stopping the spread of COVID-19 is an ongoing mission.

Friday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment
Coronavirus central: State to release reopening guidelines for houses of worship

The new coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula, where Santa Clara County reported 2,546 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths as of Friday. San Mateo County's total cases rose to 1,783 as of Thursday.

Friday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Facebook to undergo long-term shift to permit more remote work

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that half of the Menlo Park company's workforce could work remotely in the next five to 10 years. What does that mean for the future of Menlo Park?

Friday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Tonight: Woodside Fire Protection District hosts COVID-19 panel

Woodside Fire Protection District is hosting a meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight (May 21) on the state of the district in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
Facing unprecedented budget shortfalls, Menlo Park council favors keeping child care centers, police dispatchers

With an estimated $12 million shortfall expected in Menlo Park in the upcoming fiscal year, the City Council took its first stab Tuesday at figuring out how to slash about a quarter of the city's budget.

Thursday, 11:54 AM | 17 comments
What's closed and what to do on Memorial Day during COVID-19

Check out our list of what's closed on Memorial Day this Monday, transit agencies' modified schedules and virtual events scheduled to mark the federal holiday.

Thursday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New changes announced to Facebook Willow Village proposal

Several major changes have been made to Willow Village, Facebook's 50-plus acre development proposal in Menlo Park, based on refinements to the proposal submitted to the city of Menlo Park Tuesday by the developer.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | 2 comments
Flood of food deliveries keeps hospital staff in high spirits

It's been good eats lately for physicians, nurses and hospital staff at El Camino Hospital, as local restaurateurs have been donating hundreds of freshly cooked meals in a show of appreciation.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Home sales: Woodside estate sells for $20.5M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $20.5 million for a seven-bedroom home on a 32-acre parcel in the Woodside Hills neighborhood.

Wednesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Wednesday: Panel discussion on public schools and COVID-19

On Wednesday, May 20, Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller will lead an online discussion with three superintendents on the state of local schools amid the coronavirus shutdown.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 7 comments
During pandemic, Facebook expands high-end grocery donation program

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook is providing free and heavily subsidized food to local families facing food insecurity.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 18, 2020

Obituaries: Ernestine Zabala, Beverly M. Oaks

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Ernestine Zabala, a centenarian resident of Menlo Park, and Beverly Oaks, 94, a former nurse and Woodside resident.

Monday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
New San Mateo County order to allow curbside retail pickup, dog grooming

San Mateo County has amended its shelter-in-place health order to allow additional businesses to reopen on Monday, May 18, an action that aligns the county with the state's plan.

Monday, 11:17 AM | 1 comment
Faced with telling toddler daughter she can't hug her grandparents, local doc pens kids' book

How do you explain to a toddler that she can't hug her grandparents right now?
Like many parents of young kids right now, Dr. Ben Lindquist, who works at Stanford Hospital, struggled to answer that question. So he wrote a book.

Monday, 11:01 AM | 1 comment
After sharp decline, crime climbs back to pre-pandemic levels

Reports of crimes, which dropped during the first weeks of the coronavirus shutdown, are trending back upward in three Midpeninsula cities, daily police records show.

Monday, 10:59 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Letter to the editor: Closing Santa Cruz Avenue to make space for restaurants is a bad idea

In a letter, a Menlo Park resident writes why she's opposed to a proposal to close Santa Cruz Avenue to allow restaurants to expand outdoors once they're permitted to reopen.

Sunday, 6:38 AM | 75 comments

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Coronavirus weekend update: Santa Clara County could allow car parades in future shelter order

Santa Clara County officials are looking into the idea of allowing car parades and drive-through celebrations, potentially ending a public health prohibition in time for graduation ceremonies and other festivities.

Saturday, 10:10 AM | 4 comments
Guest opinion: Time to rally around our small business community

In an op-ed, Menlo Park resident and local business owner Sara Gaviser Leslie writes why "supporting and celebrating small businesses has never been more urgent."

Saturday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rare inflammatory disease, possibly tied to COVID-19, emerges in children

In what is now thought to be the first reported case of its kind, an infant with Kawasaki disease also tested positive in March for COVID-19 -- suggesting a possible link between the two illnesses.

Friday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
COVID-19 testing expands in Santa Clara, San Mateo counties

Starting this week, certain individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms will be able to get tested, thanks to new efforts to broaden access by San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and Stanford Health Care.

Friday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto VA cardiology chief indicted for sexual battery

An Atherton resident, who is the former cardiology chief of the Palo Alto VA, is accused of sexually abusing a doctor in 2017. He made his first court appearance by telephone in San Jose on Thursday.

Friday, 9:34 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, May 14, 2020

San Mateo County falling short on key metrics needed to greenlight reopening economy

Curbside retail pickups will soon be allowed in San Mateo County. But what other conditions must be met for more businesses to open? In short, a lot, and San Mateo County has a long way to go. Here's our breakdown.

Thursday, 11:44 AM | 12 comments
Obituaries: Emily Schatz, Nicholas Leonard Spetzler

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Emily Schatz, a 31-year-old Menlo School alumna, and Nicholas Spetzler, 16, a student at the Waldorf School.

Thursday, 11:36 AM | 1 comment
Community briefs: School's online talent show to have celebrity cameos; kids' science program goes virtual

In this week's roundup of community briefs, Hillview MIddle School's talent show goes virtual and M-A students offer online science courses.

Thursday, 11:19 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Crane damages wires, causes phone and internet outage

A crane has damaged phone and cable wires near Woodside Road and Why Worry Lane, resulting in a phone and internet outage affecting parts of Woodside, according to an alert from the San Mateo County Sheriff's office.

Thursday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Portola Valley council to consider extending emergency declaration, review annual housing report

At its virtual meeting on May 13, the Portola Valley Town Council will consider an extension of the local emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic and receive a progress report on its housing element.

Wednesday, 3:29 PM | 2 comments
People experiencing homelessness are threatened by COVID-19. Here's what's happening locally to support them.

Across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties there are more than 11,000 people who are unhoused, according to the last count. These individuals are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. So what's being done about it?

Wednesday, 12:27 PM | No comments yet
To balance next year's budget, Menlo Park council considers cutting child care programs

Facing an expected shortfall of $12.7 million in a sea of uncertainty in the upcoming fiscal year, the Menlo Park City Council, tasked with creating a balanced budget by the end of June, grappled Tuesday with what to cut.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 49 comments
'Every seat outside would help.' Cities consider closing streets to traffic to make space for struggling restaurants

Midpeninsula cities are considering temporarily closing downtown streets to traffic to give restaurants and other businesses more outdoor space to safely serve customers when they're allowed to reopen.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | 18 comments
Home sales: Menlo Park has highest sale at just over $4M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $4.05 million for a five-bedroom home built in 2005. The property last sold in 2011 for $2.2 million.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | 2 comments
County transportation agency approves shuttle program funding

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority announced Friday that its board of directors approved $8.5 million in funding for the San Mateo County Shuttle Program.

Wednesday, 10:28 AM | No comments yet

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