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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Crab for Christmas? Dungeness crab season delayed to mid-December

Commercial Dungeness crab season is delayed until at least mid-December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

Wednesday, 12:32 PM | No comments yet
All the fixings: Sequoia district hands out Thanksgiving meal kits to families

The Sequoia Union High School District provided turkey, mashed potatoes, blueberry crumbles and more to families this year for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment
Inmate found dead in Redwood City jail

An inmate found unresponsive Tuesday in a housing pod at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City is believed to have died from natural causes, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Wednesday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
What county health leaders are doing to bridge COVID-19 testing gaps

People of color have been the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and San Mateo County is working on reducing disparities through testing initiatives, county health officials said in a panel discussion hosted Nov. 19.

Wednesday, 10:38 AM | 1 comment
Former mayor pens humor book from alien perspective

Mickie Winkler, a former Menlo Park City Council member and mayor, has released a humor book containing local anecdotes and reflections called "Politics, Police and Other Earthling Antics."

Wednesday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Governor calls California's latest surge in COVID-19 cases 'unprecendented'

California's latest surge of COVID-19 infections is "unprecedented," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, as new cases and hospitalizations have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Stanford releases Title IX report as university navigates concerns around new federal regulations

Stanford received 92 fewer reports of sexual misconduct in 2019-20 than the prior school year, though the drop is attributed to the fact that the campus was closed for nearly half of the reporting period due to the pandemic.

Tuesday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Home sales: Los Altos has highest sale at $6 million

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6 million for a Craftsman-inspired, six-bedroom home built in 2012.

Tuesday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 23, 2020

Cantor Arts Center head is asked to leave

Following an external investigation into workplace problems at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, Susan Dackerman, the director of the museum since September 2017, is stepping down, a Nov. 18 email from Stanford University stated.

Monday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
High school district parents, teachers and students at odds over returning to classrooms

As Sequoia Union High School District officials make plans for a return to in-person learning, teachers say "no."

Monday, 4:54 PM | 1 comment
Calling for 'increased vigilance,' Stanford to require COVID-19 testing for all on-campus employees

Starting Jan. 4, all Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on campus will be required to get tested for COVID-19 rather than on a voluntary basis.

Monday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Registration starts for Menlo Park district's preschool

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open for parents interested in the Early Learning Center preschool, which has locations in Atherton and Menlo Park.

Sunday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Monthslong investigation nabs three men on firearms, robbery charges

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies and San Jose police detectives arrested three men on a variety of weapons and robbery charges Monday, Nov. 16, following a monthslong investigation.

Saturday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Mothers Against Murder offers $5,000 reward for information in East Palo Alto homicide

A nonprofit organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed a man found dead in an East Palo Alto park on Nov. 7, police said.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 20, 2020

Teen arrested after failed carjacking attempt

Menlo Park police officers arrested a 16-year-old female from East Palo Alto after she allegedly tried to drive away with a vehicle that had been parked in downtown Menlo Park the evening of Nov. 18.

Friday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Years in the works, a new plan to tackle Menlo Park's transportation woes gains approval

After three and a half years, Menlo Park's comprehensive Transportation Master Plan finally won approval from the City Council Tuesday.

Friday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
From 10 to zero: Local school districts report their COVID-19 cases since campuses reopened to students

COVID-19 cases are cropping up at local public school districts which have reopened classrooms to students, and some districts are posting data, giving an insight into how the coronavirus impacts local schools.

Friday, 11:36 AM | 1 comment
Mixed-use Station 1300 project rebranded under new developer

The 6.4-acre mixed-use development under construction at the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and El Camino Real has been taken over from Greenheart Land Co. by Presidio Bay Ventures, a commercial real estate investment firm.

Friday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Council favors issuing Measure T bonds for new community center

Despite a pandemic-ravaged budget, the Menlo Park City Council is exploring ways to fund a new pool, plus safety and sustainability additions to a new community center in Belle Haven that Facebook has proposed to rebuild.

Friday, 10:37 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Governor announces nightly curfew for most of the state, starting Saturday

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order for California that will go into effect Saturday night and last for a month to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thursday, 2:39 PM | 6 comments
Newly elected Las Lomitas board member steps down, leaving two seats to fill

Board member-elect Jody Leng said she won't assume her seat on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board. With the recent resignation of board president Jon Venverloh, there are now two open seats to fill.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 1 comment
Health officer: San Mateo County 'much better prepared' to cope with rising COVID-19 cases

San Mateo County's COVID-19 cases are on the rise, mirroring the statewide and national trend, but health officials say the county is prepared this time around.

Thursday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve Flood Park renovations

Years in the works, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Nov. 10 to approve landscaping plans to renovate and upgrade parts of Flood Park, including adding new sports fields, a pump track, and amphitheater.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

To aid struggling restaurants, county to limit third-party delivery fees

To help struggling restaurants weather the winter, San Mateo County supervisors on Tuesday passed restrictions limiting how much third-party delivery apps can charge county restaurants to provide deliveries and takeout services.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | 9 comments
$130,000 grant to go to county's Safe Routes to School program

A state grant will put $130,000 toward the county's bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.

Wednesday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Obituaries: Diana Thomas, Sharon Graham Niederhaus, Ronald Reis, Walter Jaye

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Diana Hawley Thomas, 75, Sharon Graham Niederhaus, 78, Ronald P. Reis, 73, and Walter Eric Jaye, 95.

Wednesday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Portola Valley kicks off first-ever 'hensus'

While the period for collecting information for the U.S. census ended last month, the town of Portola Valley has undertaken a population survey of its own -- a "hensus."

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Las Lomitas meeting Wednesday on replacing school board president who resigned following wife's racist twitter comments

The Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board will discuss how to replace its outgoing board president who resigned last week amid profane tweets from his wife.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 16, 2020

Governor pulls 'emergency brake' on reopenings as coronavirus cases spike. San Mateo County moves back to red tier

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued new orders to pull the "emergency brake" on the virus, pushing San Mateo County back into the red tier and Santa Clara County back two tiers into purple, the most restrictive, effective Nov. 17.

Monday, 1:43 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, November 15, 2020

High school district cautiously begins search for new superintendent

The Sequoia Union High School District has begun the task of replacing Superintendent Mary Streshly, who was ousted this fall after teachers and administrators called for her firing.

Sunday, 8:39 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, November 14, 2020

California joins Oregon, Washington asking people to limit travel, self-quarantine over spiking COVID-19 cases

In response to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases around the country, California joined two other western states Friday asking people to limit travel and abide by voluntary self-quarantine guidelines for the foreseeable future.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 12, 2020

School board election updates: Little change in races since election night

The apparent winners in local school board races have held onto their leads since election night, with only 3% of ballots still to be counted, according to the latest results posted by the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Thursday, 10:08 PM | No comments yet
Defeat of Prop. 15 denies schools more revenue

Voters have rejected Proposition 15, a large tax increase on commercial properties, depriving schools of what could have been a significant source of revenue. Backers conceded defeat on Tuesday.

Thursday, 2:25 PM | 18 comments
Older students head back to classrooms at Corte Madera

After eight months, Corte Madera School students returned to campus this week.

Thursday, 12:13 PM | No comments yet

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