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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gov. Newsom signs bill addressing state's wild pig problem

A bill addressing how to handle up to 400,000 wild pigs that are roaming across California has been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Community briefs: star party in PV, talk on helping kids develop emotional vocabulary and more

In this week's community briefs, Woodside Elementary's garden fest is back, PV to hold a star gazing party and more.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

The push for free community college gets a major showing, as hundreds call on Newsom to sign Becker's SB 893

Students and administrators showed up at Cañada College in Woodside on Thursday, Sept. 22, to demonstrate for free community college.

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Menlo Balance switches up messaging, calls Measure V a 'pro-teacher' ballot initiative as election approaches

Nicole Chessari and Tim Yaeger, co-founders of Menlo Balance, are changing up their campaigning in order to fight what they see as misconceptions surrounding Measure V, launching a pro-housing and pro-teachers platform.

Friday, 11:29 AM | 25 comments
Crime Briefs: men arrested for hunting deer in PV and man convicted of murder for EPA shooting

In this week's community briefs, San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men for hunting and man convicted for 2011 EPA murder.

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County supervisor urges state investigate public closure of therapy pool

As residents continue to push for the public reopening of a therapeutic pool, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa has requested that the state investigate Sutter Health's use of federal stimulus funding.

Friday, 8:54 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Portola Valley: Applications open for ADU ambassador program

To spur growth and keep track of the number of in-law units in town, Portola Valley is seeking two to four volunteers to promote accessory dwelling units (ADUs) â€" which make up about a third of the town's draft housing element.

Thursday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Atherton housing plan includes new housing at Menlo College. That won't happen unless the school raises $20 million

Menlo College would like to build 40 units of faculty and staff housing on site, but it's going to take millions to help finance the project.

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The holidays are coming to town: Menlo Park seeks to bring back city-run events this fall

Menlo Park's well-loved holiday traditions are returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with several council members making efforts to reinstate more community events at a Sept. 20 council meeting.

Thursday, 10:08 AM | 2 comments
Stanford purchases 759 apartments off Sand Hill Road

Seizing an unexpected opportunity to increase its housing options, Stanford has purchased Oak Creek Apartments, a 759-unit complex located on a prime piece of real estate on Sand Hill Road.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Three Ravenswood candidates running as a slate

Two trustees and a teacher are joining forces on a slate for the Ravenswood City School District's governing board.

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New Menlo College residence hall opens its doors to students

Although a little behind schedule, students began to move into a new, $20 million residence hall on the Menlo College campus on Friday, Sept. 16.

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Silicon Valley International School hosts annual Moon Festival

Silicon Valley International School stargazed, listened to stories, ate mooncakes and carried lanterns during the school's Moon Festival event on Sept. 16.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Palo Alto police seek public's help to find burglary suspects

Police are looking for the public's help in locating three people who broke into an empty home on Sunday morning. The department has released a photo of one burglar who was seen on a security camera.

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U.S. Justice Department launches COVID-19 fraud strike force groups

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a trio of strike force groups tasked with expanding the department's ongoing fraud prevention efforts related to COVID-19.

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Palo Alto's Magical Bridge Playground temporarily closed for repairs, upgrades

The space is undergoing renovations that will include repair work to its existing structures while ushering in a new feature that will help with accessibility for visitors who are blind or have limited vision.

Tuesday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Driving instructor faces pornography charges for allegedly coercing teen girls to produce explicit content

A driving school instructor in San Mateo County faces federal charges relating to child pornography after allegedly coercing teenage girls to produce explicit content, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds.

Sunday, 7:08 PM | No comments yet
Lawsuit, possible license suspension loom for Tesla over alleged autonomous-vehicle deceptions

Tesla has found itself on a collision course with state and federal agencies -- plus a customer who initiated a class-action lawsuit -- over allegations of misleading the public regarding its cars' self-driving capabilities.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Becker bills to boost clean-energy shift signed into law

​​California will work to bring all greenhouse-gas emissions from state agencies down to zero by 2035 under legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday morning.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

East Palo Alto's first permanent dance studio opens its doors

Manakin Theater and Dance company's new En Avant School of Dance opened its doors in March after operating in various makeshift studio spaces in the city for nearly five years.

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Stanford wants 'educational' tax exemption for faculty homes

Stanford University is seeking to reduce its tax burden on two faculty houses by claiming they are used for educational purposes.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment
Details emerge on Menlo Park council's failed attempt to keep Measure V off the ballot

The Menlo Park City Council failed to reach a compromise on a teacher housing proposal at the former Flood School site at a closed session meeting on Aug. 4 that could have seen a contentious citizen initiative pulled from the ballot.

Friday, 9:15 AM | 35 comments
Newsom signs bill creating CARE Court system into law

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Wednesday that will create a civil court division in each of the state's 58 counties with the authority to compel treatment for people who may not know they need it.

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Downtown Streets Team hires new interim CEO

Downtown Streets Team announced on Tuesday that it has found an interim CEO to replace Eileen Richardson, the nonprofit's retiring founder who launched the organization in Palo Alto in 2005.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Menlo Park council: Remove street parking along Middle Avenue

The Menlo Park City Council signaled at its Sept. 13 meeting that it wants to remove street parking from both sides of Middle Avenue to make the road safer for bicyclists.

Thursday, 11:19 AM | 4 comments
State Attorney General declines to investigate county sheriff’s and DA’s involvement in Batmobile case

The California Attorney General's office on Wednesday declined to launch an independent probe into the so-called Batmobile case, according to a letter sent to San Mateo County Executive Michael Callagy.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park resident arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography

Menlo Park Police arrested a 77-year-old Menlo Park man in connection with an ongoing child pornography case on Sept. 14.

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Man convicted of murder for 2011 East Palo Alto shooting

A 31-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2011, San Mateo County prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

‘A waste of taxpayers' money’: Sheriff's lawyer questions nature of county probe into Batmobile case

As the investigation continues into the “Batmobile" case, the attorney for outgoing Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is alleging that the Board of Supervisors has interfered with the legal authority of its attorney's and sheriff's offices.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | 16 comments
CalMatters 2022 general election Vote Guide makes nonpartisan information accessible to all Californians

CalMatters' fall 2022 Voter Guide has debuted ahead of election day to be a nonpartisan resource for all Californians.

Wednesday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Samurai sword believed to have been used in beheading of mother killed in San Carlos

Authorities say that the young mother who was nearly decapitated on the street in front of her San Carlos apartment last week was likely killed with a samurai sword. Karina Castro, 27, was a former Menlo-Atherton High School student.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police seize firearms, drugs and fireworks following search of East Palo Alto home

Menlo Park police took four people into custody Monday following a search of an East Palo Alto home that allegedly had firearms, narcotics, marijuana, counterfeit currency and fireworks.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Kaiser mental health workers allege state law violations in fifth week of strike

Mental health therapists and nurses at Kaiser Permanente in their fifth week of striking for improved working conditions have called on state regulators to prevent the health care provider from using temporary replacement workers.

Tuesday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County rescinds COVID vaccine mandate for workers in high-risk settings

Santa Clara County's health officer rescinded a health order that required workers at county health care and long-term care facilities, homeless shelters and prisons to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 12, 2022

Caltrain boosts weekday evening service starting Monday

In an effort to meet the riding demand of commuters using public transit, Caltrain will run a new schedule starting today, Sept. 12, that decreases the wait times for riders transferring from BART.

Monday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Fund started for children of San Carlos slaying victim

San Carlos Mayor Sara McDowell was joined by the City Council Friday, Sept. 9, in expressing their "deepest condolences" to the two young children of Karina Castro who was killed Sept. 8. She was a former Menlo-Atherton High student.

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Motorcyclist hospitalized following accident in La Honda

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries following an accident in La Honda on Saturday, along Highway 84 near Hildebrand Road.

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