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Monday, December 5, 2022

Following Ray Mueller's electoral victory, Menlo Park seeks replacement for District 5 council seat

Following Council member Ray Mueller's election to the San Mateo Board of Supervisors and subsequent resignation, the Menlo Park City Council is seeking applications to finish out his term and represent District 5.

Monday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo Community College District announces short list for future chancellor

The San Mateo County Community College District has announced three finalists, all who hold leadership roles at community college districts, for the role of chancellor.

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Prohibition rum runners and deadly shipwrecks: Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet
Caltrain reducing train service for two weeks for electrification work

Caltrain service between Belmont and Mountain View will be reduced by more than one-third and end earlier each night during a two-week period beginning Monday, Dec. 5.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

For the second time in a month, a student is found with gun on the Menlo-Atherton High campus

On Tuesday, for the second time in less than a month, Atherton police arrested a student on suspicion of bringing a firearm to Menlo-Atherton High School.

Saturday, 6:02 PM | 4 comments

Friday, December 2, 2022

Former Theranos president asks for no prison time; prosecutors want 15 years

In dueling sentencing memorandums filed late Wednesday night, lawyers for convicted Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani told a federal judge that their client should be put on probation and not serve any prison time.

Friday, 2:08 PM | No comments yet
Driving fitness, not age, could determine when to hand over the keys

When's the right time for an older adult to stop driving? Experts share the warning signs, which include "general nervousness," close calls and a delayed response to unexpected situations.

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Community briefs: Jeanie Ritchie grants winners announced, Menlo Park tree lighting and more

In this week's community briefs, upcoming holiday events, Menlo Park district grant winners announced and more.

Friday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment
Ravenswood school district inks agreement to lease out district office site for high-density development

The Ravenswood City School District is one step closer to leasing out its district office, which could potentially bring in about $1.5 million to the district annually.

Friday, 9:34 AM | 1 comment
For two decades, Ravenswood Family Health Network has served low-income and uninsured people

After weeks of an unexplained 104-degree fever, an enlarged tonsil and stomach pain, 3-year-old Eliana got help at Ravenswood Family Health Network, a local nonprofit supported by The Almanac's Holiday Fund.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

VIDEO: As Apple employees watch helplessly, thieves take $35K in merchandise on Black Friday

Two people who entered the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 25 during a busy Black Friday sales event made off with an estimated $35,000 in merchandise, Palo Alto police said.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | 1 comment
Stanford to investigate university president's research over scientific misconduct allegations

The review comes after a student news outlet detailed suspected problems with Marc Tessier-Lavigne's research papers.

Thursday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry sells Atherton home for $31.15 million

Are Stephen and Ayesha Curry still Atherton residents? Records show the couple quietly sold their home in West Atherton last fall.

Thursday, 10:42 AM | 1 comment
Thieves take $35K in merchandise from Apple store on Black Friday

Two people who entered the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 25 during a busy Black Friday sales event made off with an estimated $35,000 in merchandise, Palo Alto police said.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Meta says it left its Mountain View offices to build a 'best-in-class remote work experience.' Current employees beg to differ

According to Meta content moderators, contracted employees who worked at the company's now-vacated Mountain View office don't have the option to work from home.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
Cold front expected to bring rain, wind and frost to Bay Area by Thursday

A cold front will bring wind and rain late Wednesday to the North Bay that will spread to the rest of the Bay Area by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Portola Valley district trustee signs off after three years on the board

Portola Valley Elementary School District governing board members said goodbye on Nov. 17 to trustee Anne Fazioli-Khiari, who decided over the summer not to run for reelection this fall.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
Soccer star's parents sue Stanford University after her death

The parents of a Stanford women's soccer star who died by suicide after learning she faced disciplinary action filed a lawsuit against the university and some of its top administrators last week.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

End of an era: David Shaw closes door on 'magical' tenure as Stanford's football coach

The winningest football coach in the university's history looked back at his "magical" tenure and announced plans to spend time with his family during a press conference on Monday.

Tuesday, 1:01 PM | No comments yet
Ravenswood school board approves initial design for $50 million renovation of Belle Haven Elementary

Belle Haven Elementary School will be the first campus to be renovated using money from a recently passed bond measure, with a $50 million budget for new facilities.

Tuesday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District sends off longtime trustee

Flowers and cake was in order at the Thursday, Nov. 17, Menlo Park City School District board meeting, as the community said goodbye to longtime trustee Stacey Jones. Colleagues spoke with admiration of Jones' humble, calm demeanor.

Tuesday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
Burglary reported at Portola Valley Hardware on Thanksgiving

Someone smashed the front glass door of Portola Valley Hardware & Feed and stole power tools and other merchandise on Thanksgiving morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 28, 2022

Beavers may help lessen damage from drought, Stanford research finds

Climate-driven droughts that create water-quality issues are proving to have a formidable foe: beavers.

Monday, 3:35 PM | 1 comment
Stanford football director immediately resigns after Saturday's loss

Stanford University's winningest head coach and director of football, David Shaw, has resigned effective immediately, following the team's Saturday 35-26 loss to Brigham Young University, the university announced on Sunday.

Monday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Community briefs: Atherton tree lighting, toy drive and open spots on the Portola Valley planning commission

The holiday season is in full swing in the coming weeks, with Atherton hosting a tree lighting and the town's police department hosting an annual toy drive. Portola Valley is also seeking volunteers to serve on its Planning Commission.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

A European winter wonderland arrives in East Palo Alto

The Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotel has brought back a seasonal pop-up on its outdoor terrace, transforming the space with semi-private wooden chalets, holiday foods, a sweet shop, fake snow and other holiday decor.

Saturday, 10:11 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 25, 2022

Driver in collision that killed parents of twins arraigned, held without bond

The two Redwood City drivers facing second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple appeared before a judge on Tuesday.

Friday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Getting ready to ban gas leaf blowers, Menlo Park works on outreach

When it comes to phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers, landscape professionals don't have much to say about it, according to outreach efforts by the city of Menlo Park.

Friday, 9:15 AM | 15 comments

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Spare the Air Alert scheduled for Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the winter season's first Spare the Air Alert for Friday, calling for people to abstain from burning materials of any kind in fireplaces or outdoors.

Thursday, 3:46 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park photographer sentenced to 165 years to life for child molestation

A Menlo Park photographer who used his access to children to molest several of them over the last 30 years has been sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for his crimes, San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | No comments yet
Seeking to curb emissions, Atherton is gradually phasing out gas, while Portola Valley takes a stricter approach

Atherton is taking a gradual approach to going all-electric to curb the use of natural gas, offering exemptions for residents who don't want to give up their gas stoves. Meanwhile, Portola Valley's new rules have fewer loopholes.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ravenswood School District sends off longtime trustee

The Ravenswood School District honored outgoing trustee Ana Maria Pulido on Nov. 17.

Wednesday, 3:35 PM | No comments yet
About-face: Why Newsom relented, released $1 billion despite lackluster local homeless plans

Two weeks after withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, the governor is now yielding.

Wednesday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
New 163-room hotel coming to Menlo Park's Bayfront neighborhood

The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted on Nov. 14 to approve a 163-room hotel on a bite-sized property near the bay, despite a mixed reaction from commissioners worried about limited public outreach.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | 1 comment
Wood burning discouraged over Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Bay Area residents are being asked to avoid burning wood over the Thanksgiving holiday to keep air at a healthier level, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Man arrested for Stanford Shopping Center drive-by shooting

A man who allegedly fired multiple gunshots during a drive-by shooting at Stanford Shopping Center on Monday evening has been arrested, police said. He was a former employee of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, which was damaged by gunfire.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley mayor concedes to challenger in town council race

When the county's updated vote count came out on Friday, Nov. 18, Portola Valley Mayor Craig Hughes said he was ready to accept defeat against retired family physician Mary Hufty in the race for Portola Valley Town Council.

Tuesday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Gunfire reported at Stanford Shopping Center, rounds hit restaurant and empty car

Palo Alto police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting on Monday, in which a person fired at least two rounds from a car, striking a window at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and an unoccupied vehicle. No one was injured.

Tuesday, 10:48 AM | 1 comment

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