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Thursday, February 2, 2023

12-year-old boy's bicycle stolen in Menlo Park strong-arm robbery

Menlo Park police are seeking residents' help finding a suspect after a teenager reportedly punched a 12-year-old and stole his bicycle on Feb. 1.

Thursday, 1:58 PM | No comments yet
California snowpack reaches record high in latest survey

The series of atmospheric rivers that hit California in the months of December and January certainly improved the state's snowpack, state water officials confirmed during their second snow survey of the year.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors honor victims of Half Moon Bay shootings, pledge to help farm workers

The Board of Supervisors honored the victims of last week's mass shooting in Half Moon Bay to start its regular meeting on Tuesday, as supervisors pledged to improve living conditions for farm laborers.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Fire guts Bill's Cafe and AJ Cleaners at Midtown Palo Alto shopping plaza

A fire that broke out late Wednesday night at a Midtown shopping plaza destroyed Bill's Cafe and AJ Cleaners before firefighters extinguished it.

Thursday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Woodside sends housing plan to the state but doesn't adopt it

With three options on the table and a looming state-mandated deadline on Jan. 31, the Woodside Town Council agreed to include fewer units on town-owned sites in its housing strategy, but stopped short of adopting the plan.

Thursday, 10:14 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park sends housing element to the state for round two

The Menlo Park City Council got its housing element in under the wire, certifying and adopting it Jan. 31 on a 4-1 vote, with Drew Combs opposed.

Thursday, 10:14 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Atherton guts most of multifamily housing from plan it's sending to state

Around 250 people turned out for Atherton City Council's Tuesday meeting to sound off about the town's contentious efforts to craft a state-approved plan for building housing over the next eight years.

Wednesday, 11:06 AM | 10 comments
Child attacked by mountain lion in unincorporated San Mateo County

A child was attacked by a mountain lion in unincorporated San Mateo County, the Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 10:05 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Farmworkers displaced by mass shooting won't return to 'deplorable' housing conditions

Since a mass shooting on Jan. 23 that killed seven people on two mushroom farms in Half Moon Bay, roughly 40 residents who lived on-site have been staying in nearby hotels, with no estimate of when they can return.

Tuesday, 2:48 PM | No comments yet
Stanford scrutinized over deputy who drew gun on Black man

Stanford police are under scrutiny after an officer drew a gun on a Black driver over the weekend, an incident that has gained national attention following a viral Twitter thread from a witness.

Tuesday, 2:28 PM | 2 comments
Bay Area cold snap expected for next few days

Frigid temperatures have returned to the Bay Area, prompting the National Weather Service to issue frost advisories and freeze warnings for much of the region.

Tuesday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park affordable housing development begins accepting applications for lottery

MidPen Housing is accepting applications for tenants to have a chance in the lottery for affordable units at the Gateway Rising development on Willow Road. Applications are due by Feb. 17.

Tuesday, 12:06 PM | No comments yet
Atherton Library celebrates Lunar New Year with dance performance

A crowd gathered on the front deck of the Atherton Library on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, to celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Korean dancing.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee Joe Ross announces resignation

San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee Joe Ross has announced his resignation from the board this week, effective March 16.

Tuesday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 30, 2023

Menlo Park police seeking public's help after a hit-and-run seriously injures one person on Marsh Road

Menlo Park police are seeking the suspect in a hit-and-run collision on Jan. 26 involving two vehicles on Marsh Road near Highway 101 that resulted in serious injuries to at least one person.

Monday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area bridge toll increases finally approved at end of long litigation

A pot of $545 million destined for new projects in the Bay Area may soon be released from escrow after litigation over a 2018 ballot measure on bridge toll increases finally comes to an end.

Monday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
Schwab Learning Center opens new dyslexic-friendly 'innovation lab'

With its new home at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, the Schwab Learning Center's reach is now expanding beyond Stanford to the wider community.

Monday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Community briefs: Orchids at Filoli, $10K equestrian scholarship and more

In this week's community briefs, an equestrian scholarship application opens up, see orchids at Filoli and apply for open college district seat.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Guest opinion: Sequoia school board's secrecy is undemocratic and irresponsible

Menlo-Atherton students weigh in on the departure of the district superintendent, arguing the school board has some explaining to do after Darnise Williams resigned shortly after the new trustees were sworn in.

Saturday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 27, 2023

Steph and Ayesha Curry oppose upzoning of Atherton property near their home

Steph and Ayesha Curry penned a letter to Atherton officials saying they are against developing a lot near their house into multifamily housing.

Friday, 1:49 PM | 12 comments
Here's how you can support the Half Moon Bay community right now (and take care of yourself)

Here's a list of organizations raising funds for the Jan. 23 mass shooting victims, plus memorial events and mental health resources.

Friday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
In the year ahead, housing, parking and other infrastructure on Woodside mayor's plate

Woodside Mayor Chris Shaw expects a lot of his focus this year to be on state housing mandates, though it wouldn't be his chosen priority.

Friday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Think you're juggling a lot? Go behind the scenes of the Game of Throws circus arts festival in Palo Alto

From newcomers to professionals, Gunn High's juggling festival over the weekend drew people of all ages and skill levels.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Saying it needs more time, Portola Valley opts to submit revised housing element late

With under a week until the deadline for a compliant housing element, and facing possible fines and other repercussions, the Portola Valley town staff announced they won't submit the plan to the state next week.

Friday, 10:35 AM | 3 comments
Heavy storms caused hundreds of calls to Menlo Park as city contended with flooding, downed trees

The wet start to the year in Menlo Park resulted in nearly 200 storm-related calls to the city and 220 tons of sand being used for sandbags by residents, according to City Manager Justin Murphy at a Jan. 24 City Council meeting.

Friday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 26, 2023

New San Mateo County sheriff aims to build community trust with new program

In her second week as the sheriff of San Mateo County, Sheriff Christina Corpus launched a new program for law enforcement to build a better relationships with residents, businesses and community organizations.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Woodside signs contract to install 20 license plate readers in town

Woodside is the latest Midpeninsula town to install cameras in an attempt to deter burglaries and other crimes.

Thursday, 11:35 AM | No comments yet
Coastal farmworkers eke out a living amid hardship

Shootings, wildfires, the pandemic and other challenges have tested the Coastside's isolated communities, but many of its farmers aren't going anywhere.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

No bail for Half Moon Bay accused shooter, DA considers death penalty

The 66-year-old man accused of gunning down seven people and critically injuring one other at two mushroom farms earlier this week made his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Terminated Meta content moderators worry about fake news flourishing in their absence

Nearly 200 Meta content moderators who used to work at the tech company's Mountain View office and now work in Fremont had their contracts terminated this month, workers included in the cut told the Voice.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Five men, two women die in Half Moon Bay mass shooting

A community is in mourning after a gunman allegedly walked onto two farms, including one where he is said to have worked, and killed seven people. He also critically injured one other.

Tuesday, 6:25 PM | No comments yet
Suspect in Half Moon Bay shootings was employee of farm where 5 where shot

A man accused of mass shootings at two locations in the Half Moon Bay area on Monday legally purchased the semi-automatic handgun allegedly used in the crimes, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

Tuesday, 6:22 PM | No comments yet
Why build 550 housing units instead of 1,700? Menlo Park commission seeks much higher density for Parkline project at SRI campus

The Menlo Park Planning Commission recommended a higher density of housing units while reviewing the Parkline development's plan in a Jan. 23 meeting, saying it could match Willow Village's 1,730 units.

Tuesday, 4:22 PM | 14 comments
Atherton: Planning Commission recommends town dump rezoning along El Camino for more expansive overlays

With about a week to go before a state deadline, Atherton's housing element is still in flux, with the Planning Commission proposing to ditch a controversial rezoning plan and replace it with an overlay zone instead.

Tuesday, 10:57 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 23, 2023

Seven dead in Half Moon Bay mass shooting, 67-year-old man in custody

Seven people are dead, one is in critical condition and a 67-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly opened fire in two separate shootings in an unincorporated area of Half Moon Bay on Monday.

Monday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet
Elizabeth Holmes' lawyers rebut prosecution claims that she is a flight risk

As the date for Elizabeth Holmes to begin serving her sentence approaches, prosecutors and defense lawyers are fighting over whether she should be allowed to stay free while her appeal is resolved.

Monday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
Atherton resident targeted by protesters asks for more restrictions on picketing

An Atherton resident who said he was targeted by paid protesters last year is asking the City Council to do more than limit picketing, arguing for misdemeanor criminal charges for violators.

Monday, 1:31 PM | 3 comments
Community briefs: library seeks poster submissions for Black History Month, Boy Scouts recruiting and more

In this week's community briefs, sign up for Menlo Park-area Boy Scouts, Woodside committee openings and more.

Monday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Three clerks in Menlo Park cited for selling alcohol to minors

Three clerks and servers in Menlo Park were cited Jan. 20 for the sale of alcohol to minors following a decoy operation by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Menlo Park Police.

Monday, 11:34 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park man arrested after high-speed chase down Middlefield Road

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man who fled on foot from officers Sunday morning after a pursuit ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a parked car.

Monday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
State COVID testing sites begin to close

As the state prepares to end the state of emergency, those sites with less demand will close first.

Monday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Series of small earthquakes hit Portola Valley and Woodside

Several small earthquakes hit Portola Valley and Woodside in the span of 24 hours, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Saturday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet
No vacation, no pension, no bonus: San Mateo County's 'extra help' workers allege unequal treatment

San Mateo County's "flex" workers are missing out on benefits afforded to full-time employees, and are rallying for better compensation and an end to extended labor negotiations.

Saturday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

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