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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Retired Menlo Park fire chief aids effort to send donated gear to firefighters in Ukraine

Volunteers from fire services and departments across the Bay Area on Thursday finished loading a 40-foot shipping container with firefighting equipment to be sent to Ukraine.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Local school districts take divergent views on the controversial zero period

Peninsula schools are taking divergent approaches to early-morning classes, with some administrators seeing the advantages of offering additional courses and others viewing it as antithetical to the spirit of later start times.

Friday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Teen sleep deprivation is a big problem, so schools are starting later

Is the early morning rush to get groggy teens to school a thing of the past? With a new state law requiring later start times, many local school districts have already made the shift. Other schools are rolling it out this fall.

Friday, 11:49 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The hidden secrets of the earliest printed pages

SLAC scientists study 600-year-old pages from the earliest printing presses in a new experiment comparing early printing presses of the east and west.

Thursday, 6:00 PM | No comments yet
State bill on police radio encryption dies in committee

A proposal to require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to full encryption of radio communications fizzled Thursday when the state Assembly Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill.

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Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash aims to tackle traffic, housing issues if reelected

Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash has pulled papers to run for reelection in District 4, facing challenger Peter Ohtaki in Menlo Park's first contested City Council race of the year.

Thursday, 1:29 PM | 4 comments
With election filing period closing soon, here's who is running in local elections so far

Here's a roundup of those who are looking to run for local city councils and school boards on the ballot in the November general election as the deadline to pull papers approaches on Aug. 12.

Thursday, 11:30 AM | 1 comment
Community briefs: Atherton horse show returns, $10,000 scholarship awarded and more

In this week's community briefs, the Menlo Charity Horse Show is back after a two-year hiatus, teen wins equestrian scholarship, Portola Valley hosts its Town Picnic next month and applications are open for volunteer positions.

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Perseids on the Peninsula: Summer stargazing peaks with annual meteor shower

Lick Observatory support astronomer Jon Rees offers tips on when and how to view the meteor shower, which will peak on Aug. 11 and 12.

Thursday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Police search for man who allegedly raped woman on Stanford campus on Tuesday

A man reportedly grabbed a woman from a parking lot at Stanford University and raped her in a restroom on Tuesday, according to the Stanford Department of Public Safety. The unidentified man remained at large on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

State attorney general urges public sector workers to apply for student loan forgiveness before deadline

In partnership with California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the Campaign for California Borrowers' Rights on Monday launched a "California Student Debt Challenge," a statewide informational campaign on student loan forgiveness.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | 3 comments
Alleged shoplifter resists loss prevention officers, tries to take man's cellphone

Police arrested a man on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise, physically resisting loss prevention personnel and attempting to rob an 80-year-old man at Stanford Shopping Center on Monday.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Pets In Need staff won't face trial in puppy-deaths case

Three women who faced misdemeanor charges related to the deaths of seven puppies in a hot van last summer were granted acceptance into a court diversion program and won't face trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Man charged in 1982 cold-case murder of Palo Alto teen

The search for the killer in a nearly 40-year-old cold-case murder of a 15-year-old Palo Alto teen has led to the arrest of a 75-year-old man from Hawaii, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5:46 PM | No comments yet
Peter Ohtaki challenges incumbent Betsy Nash in Menlo Park City Council race

Former Menlo Park City Council member Peter Ohtaki has pulled papers to run against incumbent Mayor Betsy Nash in District 4, kicking off Menlo Park's first contested City Council race of the year.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 17 comments
New report lists local communities among Bay Area's most racially and economically segregated neighborhoods

A new report shows that several Bay Area neighborhoods are highly segregated by race and wealth, with Portola Valley, Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park on the top 20 list of the most segregated neighborhoods by white wealth.

Tuesday, 10:01 AM | 8 comments
The call of the wild: From paralyzed seagulls to skunks caught in bear traps, Peninsula wildlife rescue workers have seen it all

Meet the people who specialize in helping Silicon Valley's orphaned and injured wild animals.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Longtime Ravenswood school district trustee will not seek reelection this fall

Ana Maria Pulido won't be running for reelection to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees in November, citing a need to explore other opportunities and urging fresh faces to run for the open seat.

Monday, 10:58 AM | 2 comments
Parking lot fire destroys McLaren office, Tesla batteries

A pallet of Tesla batteries, a McLaren business office and a Ford pickup truck went up in flames Sunday morning in a shared south Palo Alto parking lot.

Monday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested for indecent exposure at a Palo Alto park

A Menlo Park man was arrested on Friday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself to a 4-year-old boy at El Camino Park, Palo Alto police said in a news release.

Monday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Guest Opinion: Finding a better approach to school dropoff

The safety of our streets, particularly during school dropoff and pickup times, is a tragedy of the commons. People who drive cars into a high density of walking and biking children are degrading the safety of others.

Sunday, 7:16 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Six arrested for providing alcohol to minors in Menlo Park sting operation

Menlo Park police and agents with the California Alcohol Beverage Control made arrested six people while conducting a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation looking for adults furnishing alcohol to teens.

Saturday, 3:46 PM | 2 comments
Guest opinion: Shooting for carbon negative development, starting with the Stanford Wedge

Guest opinion writer David Smernoff writes that the Stanford Wedge housing project offers a timely and important opportunity to offer a practical and scientific demonstration of carbon negative development.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

For seniors, accidental falls a leading cause of injuries

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults -- even those who are fit and active. Local experts shared prevention tips to help older adults reduce their risk.

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Menlo Park seeks to become regional draw for interior design

A new collaboration of Menlo Park businesses is looking to turn the city's downtown into a regional destination for interior design projects, bringing together 20 local design stores for the first time.

Friday, 8:44 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Menlo Park sends off its housing element to the state

Menlo Park submitted its draft housing element to the state for review, putting forth its vision for housing growth over the next eight years under a mandate to plan for 3,830 new units by 2031.

Thursday, 12:05 PM | 1 comment
Cost dispute casts shadow in debate over police radio encryption bill

The fate of a bill that would require police departments to remove encryption from their radio communications was uncertain Wednesday after the Assembly Appropriations Committee deferred a decision on SB 1000.

Thursday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Atherton shows up for a Night Out of fun with first responders

Atherton residents turned out for the town's National Night Out event at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The annual events held across the country aim to build ties between the community and local police and first responders.

Thursday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Health officials: San Mateo County's current COVID-19 surge is lasting longer than most, with transmission still high

COVID-19 transmission remains high in San Mateo County, one of the county's top health officials said this week, as the ongoing surge continues to last longer than most previous surges.

Thursday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
In puppy-deaths case, defense seeks diversion program and no jail time

Lawyers for the three Pets in Need employees facing trial in the deaths of seven puppies last year will ask a Superior Court judge next week to let them to enter a diversion program instead of going through a trial.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Portola Valley reluctantly settles lawsuit alleging Brown Act violations

The Portola Valley Town Council approved a settlement Monday to resolve a lawsuit against the town claiming its committee members violated the Brown Act, calling the decision an unfortunate but necessary move.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | 8 comments
Four suspects sought in attempted residential burglary in Woodside Tuesday

Investigators with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for four men suspected in an attempted robbery Tuesday of a home in the 100 block of Kenmore Way in Woodside.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood school district staff make their case for workforce housing

Gerardo Garcia's workday is not done after he leaves his seventh grade science classroom at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto. For the last six years, he's spent his evenings driving for Uber to afford housing.

Wednesday, 11:07 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Menlo Park Neighbors for Affordable Housing launches campaign to fight fall ballot initiative

A group of Menlo Park residents celebrated the kick-off of the Menlo Park Neighbors for Affordable Homes campaign on Sunday, July 31. The group was formed to oppose the Menlo Balance initiative.

Tuesday, 11:20 AM | 21 comments
Newsom declares state of emergency for monkeypox outbreak

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Monday for monkeypox, enabling the state to access more resources to combat the ongoing outbreak.

Tuesday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet
Deep divisions, further delay for California's math guidelines

The debate over new state math guidelines is a reminder that divisions remain deep over approaches to instruction, the pacing of algebra in middle school and the offerings at high school.

Tuesday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 1, 2022

Sequoia Union High School District set to consider a more than half a billion-dollar bond measure

The Sequoia Union High School District has been seeking public input on a proposed bond measure for the November ballot that, according to early estimates, could authorize the district to seek a bond of up to $801 million.

Monday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Three candidates are vying for spots on Atherton City Council

Housing and infrastructure improvements are top of mind for the three candidates who have announced plans to run for Atherton City Council this fall.

Monday, 1:48 PM | 3 comments

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