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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Portola Valley launches racial equity discussions with author talk

Portola Valley is kicking off a series of virtual town hall meetings on racial equity and policing with an author talk this week.

Sunday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Smoke, smog and high temperatures prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

A round of scorching temperatures forecast for the Bay Area over the next two days, combined with wildfire smoke and vehicle fumes, prompted air district officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for Sunday.

Saturday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection with sexual assault of minor in Portola Valley

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with several crimes related to the sexual assault of a minor in Portola Valley, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
Letters to the editor: Caltrain tax initiative, climate change

Letters to the editor from the Sept. 25 edition on Caltrain's Measure RR and climate change.

Saturday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Protesters demanding justice for Breonna Taylor stop traffic in Menlo Park

More than 150 people from around the Bay Area gathered Friday evening in Menlo Park in a protest that called for justice in the police killing of Breonna Taylor and pushed for reform in the Menlo Park Police Department.

Saturday, 8:29 AM | 2 comments

Friday, September 25, 2020

Wolosin leads in campaign fundraising, endorsements for Menlo Park council's District 3 race

Jen Wolosin has raised the most money so far among Menlo Park's District 3 City Council candidates, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Friday, 5:21 PM | No comments yet
Air hugs and weekly testing: Inside one private school's first day back at school

Wednesday, Sept. 16, was the first day of the new academic year at Synapse School in Menlo Park, one of 21 San Mateo County schools that have been granted waivers to reopen in person for elementary grades.

Friday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Free meals from Sequoia school district, Peninsula Clean Energy credits

Community briefs: Sequoia Union High School District providing free meals and Peninsula Clean Energy offering credits to small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Friday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
The Stanford alumnus behind Netflix documentary 'The Social Dilemma' wants you to stop scrolling

Director Jeff Orlowski's "The Social Dilemma," leaves no stone unturned as it dives into tech's ugly downside, from social media addiction to the spread of misinformation.

Friday, 11:26 AM | 1 comment
Council weighs options for monitoring air quality

After weeks of debate, the Menlo Park City Council agreed Tuesday to cancel an order to buy air quality monitors through PurpleAir.

Friday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Heat, risk of fires, rip current pose danger in Bay Area this weekend

Weather will pose a danger to Bay Area residents starting Friday with a higher risk for rip currents at beaches and increased wildfire risk starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | 2 comments
Atherton mayor endorses newcomer for council over incumbent

Atherton's mayor is endorsing a challenger over a City Council incumbent over a controversial proposal to withdraw the town from the local fire district. The incumbent says his position on the issue is being mischaracterized.

Thursday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Newsom orders ban of new gas-powered cars by 2035

In a dramatic move to tackle climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered state officials to ban new gasoline-powered cars beginning in 15 years.

Wednesday, 6:08 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park kindergartners and first graders to return to classrooms on Monday

The Menlo Park City School District will reopen for in-person classes for kindergartners and first graders starting on Monday.

Wednesday, 2:51 PM | 1 comment
CZU Fires now 100% contained

The CZU August Lightning Complex Fires have been fully contained, as of a 9 p.m. announcement from Cal Fire on Sept. 22. As the fires progressed, The Almanac reported on the many ways that locals have aided in the fight against fire.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
COVID testing of teachers, staff hotly debated as California schools reopen

As schools throughout California tiptoe toward reopening, decisions about whether to routinely test teachers, staff and even students for the COVID-19 virus are proving controversial -- and potentially costly.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Special fire board meeting on the future of Community Crisis Management and district volunteer organizations

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is holding a virtual study session beginning at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 22) to discuss the future of Community Crisis Management and volunteer organizations within the district.

Tuesday, 2:49 PM | 2 comments
More businesses can open as San Mateo County moves into less restrictive 'red' tier'

San Mateo County moved to the less-restrictive red tier of California's COVID-19 classifications on Tuesday, meaning additional businesses can open.

Tuesday, 2:22 PM | 3 comments
State stops accepting unemployment claims for 2 weeks to address backlog

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state Economic Development Department will stop accepting new unemployment insurance applications for two weeks to determine how to reduce the state's vast backlog of claims.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | 1 comment
Alleged serial killer lands in hospital before trial

A man charged with killing two young women in the 1970s on Stanford University property has been hospitalized right before his trial was set to begin in San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 21, 2020

East Palo Alto's COVID-19 positivity rate triples the county's, raising concerns among city officials

East Palo Alto city officials are concerned about the city's COVID-19 positivity rate of 15.4%, more than three times higher than the San Mateo County average of 4.1%.

Monday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
With new deal, communities seek to cement partnership on land use concerns

After banding over shared concerns about Stanford University's growth plan, city and county officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are preparing to sign a "Land Use Compact" that would sustain the newly forged partnership.

Monday, 1:35 PM | 1 comment
As U.S. threatens WeChat ban, local Chinese Americans face loss of tool that's become integral to their lives

The Chinese-owned mobile app WeChat, which has been the main communications lifeblood for local Chinese Americans, could see a mass exodus of its users after the U.S. Department of Commerce threatened to ban it from mobile app stores.

Monday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Guest opinion: A helping hand for residents in need during COVID-19

In an op-ed in the Sept. 18 issue, Trinity Church volunteer Laurie Hunter recognizes the volunteer work of Lucile Spurlock, an 88-year-old who is a regular driver for "Trinity Tuesdays, Season of Gleaning."

Sunday, 8:30 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 19, 2020

High schools will stay online for second quarter of the fall

Students in the Sequoia Union High School district will continue learning at home for the rest of the fall semester due to COVID-19, the district announced in a statement Friday.

Saturday, 4:19 PM | No comments yet
Former longtime Ladera resident celebrates centennial birthday

Last week, a small number of friends and relatives made their way to Aptos to celebrate the 100th birthday of Jean Rusmore, a former longtime Ladera resident and author of popular local hiking guides.

Saturday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment

Friday, September 18, 2020

High school superintendent Mary Streshly announces resignation amid calls for district to fire her

More than a month after Sequoia Union High School District's teachers union and 22 principals and top administrators called for her firing, Superintendent Mary Streshly is resigning, district officials announced Friday.

Friday, 6:39 PM | 8 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for Saturday, with smoke expected to drift into the North Bay and the inland East Bay.

Friday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
Obituaries: David Lee Kreutner

This week in obituaries, read about the life of David Lee Kreutner, 79.

Friday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Cal Fire opens more CZU wildfire areas to repopulation

Most fire evacuation zones in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties can be repopulated, as Cal Fire removed additional evacuation warnings on Wednesday.

Friday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park to launch study of municipal water rates

Menlo Park is due to start a new a five-year rate study for its water system, which could increase water rates in the future for households that receive water from the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.

Friday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Inspired by family tragedy, Atherton siblings create book to teach kids about COVID-19

Siblings Sophia and Sean Nesamoney have written a children's book which explains the coronavirus pandemic to young children.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Modified downtown street closures to last through February

A pilot program to close some areas of Santa Cruz Avenue and allow restaurants and retailers to spread onto the sidewalks and parking areas has been extended through the end of February, per a Sept. 8 City Council decision.

Friday, 9:21 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Woodside: Council passes commercial leaf blower ordinance

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Woodside Town Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance limiting the hours that commercial leaf blowers can be used to the town's construction hours.

Thursday, 11:32 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

High school district board candidate drops out of race, citing need for more elected 'voices of color'

Jacqui Cebrian, a candidate for the Sequoia Union High School District school board Trustee Area E, has announced that she is dropping out in order to support candidate Shawneece Stevenson instead.

Wednesday, 6:28 PM | 3 comments
Local astronomers weigh in on new research that hints at possible life on Venus

A landmark study published this week found a chemical suspended in the clouds of Venus that could be early proof of life on a planet previously thought to be uninhabitable.

Wednesday, 12:29 PM | 3 comments
County supervisors approve grant program for small landlords

A program to assist small landlords financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was approved Tuesday by San Mateo County supervisors. Grants would cover 80% of landlords' rent losses from April to August.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 1 comment
Project for new Belle Haven community center moves forward

The Facebook-funded proposal to build a new community center in Belle Haven moved forward Tuesday night, when the Menlo Park City Council approved a term sheet, concept design and timeline to review the project.

Wednesday, 10:47 AM | 2 comments
Virtual meeting on Portola Valley fire station renovation plans

The Woodside Fire Protection District is holding a virtual neighborhood meeting starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, to present plans to renovate fire Station 8, located at 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park

A group of civil rights organizations and residents filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto on Tuesday in a bid to repeal a contentious law that bans non-Palo Altans from visiting Foothills Park unless accompanied by a city resident.

Tuesday, 4:51 PM | 2 comments
Appeals court reverses injunction blocking removal of protected immigrant groups

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday reversed a 2018 preliminary injunction that blocked the Department of Homeland Security from terminating "temporary protected status" designations.

Tuesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
How to help the homeless and housing-insecure amidst a pandemic? Local leaders compare tactics

A panel of local leaders convened Saturday to share their advice on how to help the homeless and housing insecure through the pandemic as the end of the statewide eviction moratorium draws closer.

Tuesday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 14, 2020

By Wednesday, Bay Area will be under Spare the Air alerts for 30 consecutive days

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Spare the Air alerts through Wednesday because of wildfire smoke, making it 30 straight days of the alerts that ban wood burning.

Monday, 3:27 PM | 1 comment
San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury raises red flags with private defender program

San Mateo County's private defender program, which has less than half the budget of the District Attorney's office, needs greater oversight, according to a recent civil grand jury report that outlined a number of potential problems.

Monday, 11:51 AM | 3 comments
Minimal flames and mop up: CZU Lightning fire is 89% contained

The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires, which have burned 86,509 acres across San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties since Aug. 16, were 89% contained as of 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Cal Fire said.

Monday, 9:38 AM | No comments yet
Amid pandemic, California secretary of state details access to voting by mail or in person this November

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday described plans for voting access and safety this year during the pandemic before the Nov. 3 election, which is less than eight weeks away.

Monday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet

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