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Peter Ohtaki challenges incumbent Betsy Nash in Menlo Park City Council race
Former Menlo Park City Council member Peter Ohtaki has pulled papers to run against incumbent Mayor Betsy Nash in District... Last comment 2 hours ago | 30 comments

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Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio's third grade class untangle the May Pole. Front row front left to right, Alek Amini-Holmes, Audery Mees, Gemma Greening and Taylor Jagolinzer, back row from left to right, Eli Simon, Le Claytor, Gabriela Gomez Submitted by Michelle Le on May 17, 2010


Portola Valley PAC to unseat council members has raised $29K, including from former Obama ambassador
A Political Action Committee (PAC) aimed explicitly at unseating council members up for reelection this fall has raised close to $29,000, far above the typical campaign fundraising in previous Portola Valley council races. Tuesday, 10:17 AM | 2 comments

Menlo Park Fire Protection District board member Jim McLaughlin withdraws candidacy
Jim McLaughlin, a member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board, has withdrawn his bid for reelection this November, extending the deadline to pull papers and file for candidacy to Wednesday, Aug. 17. Tuesday, 11:27 AM

Palo Alto climate nonprofit hires high-powered state official
Having pledged more than $3 billion to address climate change, the Waverley Street Foundation has hired Jared Blumenfeld. Tuesday, 8:57 AM | 1 comments

Heat and wildfire smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Tuesday
Lingering smoke from wildland fires in Northern California, combined with a one-day heat wave in the forecast has resulted in a Spare the Air alert for the Bay Area on Tuesday. Tuesday, 8:11 AM

With four candidates for Menlo Park City Council, only one incumbent faces a contested election
Four candidates are running for three seats on the Menlo Park City Council this November, but thanks to district elections, only one incumbent is facing a challenger. Here's a roundup of who is campaigning. Monday, 11:43 AM | 9 comments

With school board divided, Ravenswood district votes to drop its mask mandate
For the first time in three years, Ravenswood City School District students and staff won't need to wear face masks in classrooms when they return to campuses on Aug. 24. Monday, 9:16 AM | 3 comments

As court case closes, Pets In Need opens up about revamped protocols
Pets In Need has issued a statement to help mend its relationship with the community now that a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has ruled three of its workers were not negligent in the heat-related deaths of seven puppies. Sunday, 9:25 AM

Teen sleep deprivation is a big problem, so schools are starting later
Is the early morning rush to get groggy teens to school a thing of the past? With a new state law requiring later start times, many local school districts have already made the shift. Other schools are rolling it out this fall. Friday, 11:49 AM | 1 comments

Local school districts take divergent views on the controversial zero period
Peninsula schools are taking divergent approaches to early-morning classes, with some administrators seeing the advantages of offering additional courses and others viewing it as antithetical to the spirit of later start times. Friday, 11:51 AM

Retired Menlo Park fire chief aids effort to send donated gear to firefighters in Ukraine
Volunteers from fire services and departments across the Bay Area on Thursday finished loading a 40-foot shipping container with firefighting equipment to be sent to Ukraine.
Saturday, 9:22 AM | 1 comments

The hidden secrets of the earliest printed pages
SLAC scientists study 600-year-old pages from the earliest printing presses in a new experiment comparing early printing presses of the east and west. Thursday, 6:00 PM

Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash aims to tackle traffic, housing issues if reelected
Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash has pulled papers to run for reelection in District 4, facing challenger Peter Ohtaki in Menlo Park's first contested City Council race of the year. Thursday, 1:29 PM | 4 comments

Bill on police radio encryption dies in committee
A proposal to require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to full encryption of radio communications fizzled Thursday when the state Assembly Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill. Thursday, 4:45 PM

Perseids on the Peninsula: Summer stargazing peaks with annual meteor shower
Lick Observatory support astronomer Jon Rees offers tips on when and how to view the meteor shower, which will peak on Aug. 11 and 12. Thursday, 11:22 AM

Coronavirus central: People exposed to COVID no longer required to quarantine under updated guidelines
People who have been exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine under updated public health guidance issued Aug. 11 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monday, 3:59 PM | 4 comments

Woman allegedly forced into restroom and raped on Stanford Campus

With election filing period closing soon, here's who is running in local elections so far

Community briefs: Atherton horse show returns, $10,000 scholarship awarded and more

Pets In Need staff won't face trial in puppy-deaths case

State attorney general urges public sector workers to apply for student loan forgiveness before deadline

Alleged shoplifter resists loss prevention officers, tries to take man's cellphone

Man charged in 1982 cold-case murder of Palo Alto teen

Peter Ohtaki challenges incumbent Betsy Nash in Menlo Park City Council race

The call of the wild: From paralyzed seagulls to skunks caught in bear traps, Peninsula wildlife rescue workers have seen it all


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