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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to people ages 16 and up in Santa Clara County

The county will receive about 300,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and plans to open up tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments this week, health leaders said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 12:24 PM | No comments yet
Sequoia district selects Darnise R. Williams as superintendent finalist

Sequoia Union High School District officials announced Tuesday that they have selected Darnise R. Williams as their new superintendent. A vote at a Wednesday, April 14, school board meeting is needed to approve her three-year contract.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Snapshots of retirement: New book looks at how baby boomers are changing the formula

With greater affluence than their parents' generation, boomers are reinventing retirement with more activity, more passion and more experimentation, says Woodside resident Richard Haiduck.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Teen substance use treatment center in East Palo Alto shutters after few show up for services

In 2018, San Mateo County launched a substance abuse treatment clinic in East Palo Alto for troubled youth. But the clinic failed to draw many teens in need of drug treatment, and shuttered at the end of last year.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara, San Mateo counties halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

A rare side effect from the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has caused health leaders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to pause its administration, they announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 1 comment

Monday, April 12, 2021

Human remains found in the Skylonda/Woodside area

The remains of an as-yet-unidentified person were found on Monday at about 9 a.m. in the Skylonda/Woodside area near Kebet Ridge Road, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday night.

Monday, 9:51 PM | No comments yet
Stanford University plans to resume in-person learning this fall

Stanford University is expected to bring back in-person learning at its campus this fall, but whether students will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements is still up in the air.

Monday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet
Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions

California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.

Monday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Hundreds march against anti-Asian hate in Mountain View rally

Around 500 Bay Area residents gathered in Mountain View on Sunday to rally against the recent uptick in crimes and discrimination that have targeted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Monday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment
Woodside siblings join Moderna's landmark COVID-19 vaccine trial for teens

Three Woodside teens piled into their mom's car for a seven-hour drive with a special purpose -- to be among 3,000 participating in Moderna's adolescent COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Monday, 11:16 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Guest opinion: Rise in youth suicide needs joint effort from educators, health providers

In an op-ed, the California School-Based Health Alliance executive director advocates for the passage of AB 563, introduced by Assemblyman Marc Berman, that would create an Office of School-Based Health Programs.

Sunday, 9:26 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 10, 2021

East Palo Alto leaders weigh traffic concerns, job training opportunities for major proposed office development

Early plans for a massive, 918,000-square-foot development of four office buildings in East Palo Alto appeared to be welcomed this week by City Council members, who also raised concerns about traffic and job opportunities.

Saturday, 2:34 PM | No comments yet
Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus

Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.

Saturday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
Resident group sues city over planned Sharon Road sidewalks

A group of residents has filed a lawsuit over a recent Menlo Park City Council decision to install sidewalks on Sharon Road near La Entrada Middle School, claiming that they will result in physical changes and harm to the environment.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | 8 comments

Friday, April 9, 2021

Editorial: Vote yes on Measure S

It may seem like deja vu for residents of the Portola Valley district â€" another spring parcel tax measure, just over a year after voters rejected a measure that would have renewed the current parcel tax that is set to expire this June.

Friday, 11:56 AM | 8 comments
Voter Guide: Portola Valley School District asks voters for a smaller parcel tax in special election

Portola Valley voters will decide the fate of a nearly $1 million annual parcel tax this spring.

Friday, 11:28 AM | 16 comments
Community briefs: Atherton e-waste event; Portola Valley historical webinar; Atherton recruiting for committees

In this week's community briefs, Atherton to house e-waste event, Portola Valley roadhouses webinar is this Sunday, a Portola Valley company announces $350 million in investments and more.

Friday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Facebook to host Menlo Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday

Starting Saturday, Facebook will convert part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination clinic for eligible residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Wristbands, partitions and health surveys as high schools reopen

Students and teachers streamed into high school classrooms in Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton on Monday, for the first time in a year, but not before each student completed a health screening and received a spray of hand sanitizer.

Thursday, 11:41 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park council takes steps toward 2030 climate goals

Last July, the Menlo Park City Council approved an ambitious new goal for the city: to go carbon neutral by 2030. On Tuesday, it launched discussions about how to achieve that goal. The details, in short, are complex.

Thursday, 11:04 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Her worst fear comes true: Daughter loses both parents to COVID-19

Christine Walker had just said her final farewell to her father on Dec. 26, when three weeks later, she found herself saying goodbye to her mother, who died on Jan. 17. Both died from COVID-19.

Wednesday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County makes steady progress in vaccinations, but supply is limited

Given San Mateo County's low COVID-19 case rates, steady vaccination progress and the state's promise to deliver more vaccines, county officials remain hopeful even though the supply is currently less than promised.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM | No comments yet
Worker struck by falling tree, rescued from steep hillside near Pescadero

A tree worker was rescued from a steep hillside and flown to an area hospital with major injuries, after he was struck by a falling tree Tuesday afternoon near Pescadero, Cal Fire said.

Wednesday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close

After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo that has run the diner since 2008.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 10 comments
Obituaries: Max A. Capestany, Robert Lesh Baldwin

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Max A. Capestany, 87, and Robert Lesh "Buzz" Baldwin, 93.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County Office of Education updates guidance for schools

The San Mateo County Office of Education on Tuesday released updated guidance for county schools on physical distancing, quarantining, travel and graduation ceremonies.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
Health leaders encourage residents to seek COVID-19 vaccination appointments despite short supply

In a continued race to stay one step ahead of the mutating coronavirus, health officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are urging patience and a renewed effort to follow safety guidelines.

Wednesday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Police put Menlo-Atherton High School on lockdown Tuesday due to threatening phone call

Police locked down Menlo-Atherton High School after someone called in a threat to "shoot up the school" on April 6. It was students' second day back in classrooms in over a year after the Atherton campus closed due to the pandemic.

Tuesday, 6:24 PM | No comments yet
California sets June 15 goal for full reopening

California's plan to fully reopen on June 15 will largely depend on two criteria: Vaccine supply must be sufficient for anyone 16 and older who wants a shot and hospitalization rates must remain low and stable.

Tuesday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet
Is California blowing it on unemployment reform?

The state went deep into debt to keep jobless benefits flowing during the pandemic. And if it doesn't fix its $48 billion unemployment problem, that could derail COVID-19 recovery.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome

It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title -- a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 5, 2021

State and federal funds will help local school districts with reopening costs

Schools will receive money to help with safety measures they're taking to reopen, along with additional academic, mental health and social-emotional supports needed because of the pandemic.

Monday, 11:50 AM | 1 comment
Our better nature: Six ideas to diversify the outdoors

José González, founder of Latino Outdoors, dissects the misguided assumptions and hidden disparities that leave many families off Peninsula trails.

Monday, 10:45 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Guest opinion: California needs an equitable strategy for transitioning to all-electric buildings

In an op-ed first published by CalMatters, Ethan Elkind and Ted Lamm argue why state leaders should develop a strategy for the long-term phaseout of natural gas in our buildings.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | 20 comments

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Letters to the editor: School reopenings, denouncing hate against Asians, lack of diversity in local government

Letters to the editor on Sen. Josh Becker's call to reopen schools, hate and violence against Asian Americans, green power, "good jobs," underrepresentation in local government, societal impacts of COVID and airstrikes in Syria.

Saturday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 2, 2021

Community briefs: Artist talk, coffee with PV mayor, Atherton traffic meeting and natural disaster survey

In this week's community briefs, the county surveys people's attitudes about natural disasters, online educational talks and Atherton traffic management plan workshops.

Friday, 7:19 PM | 1 comment
Firefighters extinguish house fire in Stanford Weekend Acres

A house in the Stanford Weekend Acres neighborhood sustained significant damage in a fire that broke out on the afternoon of Thursday, April 1, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Friday, 1:29 PM | No comments yet
Portola Farms founder, longtime Woodside resident Glenn Atkinson dies at 96

Glenn Atkinson, founder of Portola Farms founder and an over 45 year Woodside resident Glenn Atkinson died at 96 last month.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 1 comment
Sequoia teachers say district denied them promised accommodations to work remotely

Some Sequoia high school district teachers went into spring break unsure about whether their health and family accommodations would be recognized when classrooms reopen on April 5.

Friday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Redwood City man arrested for child pornography

A Redwood City man who has worked at Palo Alto schools was arrested on Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Ongoing vaccine site available to East Palo Alto residents starting Friday

All East Palo Alto residents 18 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School, a new vaccination clinic, starting Friday.

Friday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 1, 2021

With COVID-19 variants on the rise, Santa Clara County faces race to vaccinate

Santa Clara County has seen a rise in residents infected with COVID-19 variants, a sign that efforts to curb the pandemic remain precarious, county public health leaders said Thursday.

Thursday, 3:27 PM | No comments yet
J&J vaccine encounters glitch as state expands eligibility

Word of Johnson & Johnson's manufacturing glitch comes just as California expands vaccinations to people 50 and older.

Thursday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
State earmarks funds for Santa Clara, San Mateo counties to punch up vaccine access

As California anticipates a massive expansion in COVID-19 vaccine supply, the state will provide $7.6 million to nine Bay Area counties to build out vaccination sites in some of their hardest-hit communities.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet

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