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Saturday, January 23, 2021

This week's community briefs: missing teen found, wildfires contained and more

In this week's community briefs, we cover a found missing teen, wildfire containment, the latest plans for an affordable housing development, a former councilwoman's plans to step down from a regional water board, and more.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Time running out to extend California's eviction moratorium

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders need to reach an agreement by Jan. 31 for California renters to avoid the beginning of a statewide eviction tsunami.

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Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week

Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures and some light snowfall are in the Bay Area's forecast over the next week, culminating in a potential atmospheric river by the middle of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

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Local middle school parents upset over lack of face time with teachers

Middle school parents want their children more engaged with their teachers amid a pandemic that's isolated many.

Friday, 11:48 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Town begins public meeting process for Stanford housing project

Portola Valley kicked off the process of reviewing Stanford's housing project known as the "Stanford Wedge" with a well-attended Planning Commission study session.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 3 comments
After a theft, Menlo Park family creates a food locker for the hungry

Last week, Menlo Park resident Xan Craven learned that food and drinks her family had stored in the carport had disappeared. Instead of reacting with anger, she and her young family set out on a project to feed the hungry.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, January 21, 2021

San Mateo County officials say vaccine data, more drive-thru vaccinations coming soon

The county has so far received 25,800 first vaccine doses and 22,354 of these have been administered through county channels -- such as a drive-thru clinic last week which vaccinated 9,550 people over seven days.

Thursday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine batch cleared after safety review

A batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that was held back since Sunday has been released for distribution, freeing up 21,800 doses in Santa Clara County, county leaders announced on Thursday.

Thursday, 12:04 PM | No comments yet
Finding cheer in a tough year

It's been a cheerleading season like no other for the student athletes at Woodside High School. "Cheerleading is not meant to be learned through Zoom," said coach Jaymie Guillena.

Thursday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Your COVID-19 vaccine questions — answered

We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources.

Thursday, 11:15 AM | 3 comments
Biden signs flurry of executive orders, many reversing Trump policies

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a bevy of executive orders that reverse policies of the Trump administration, many of which have been subject to litigation in Bay Area courts.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New parking fee, lower visitor cap on the horizon at Foothills Park

After seeing a spike in visits to Foothills Park, the Palo Alto City Council moved on Tuesday to sharply curtail the number of people who can enter the scenic preserve.

Wednesday, 2:34 PM | 3 comments
Obituaries: Eugene Rauen, Barry Carr, Mary Ann Ferrando, Robert Shenk

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Eugene Rauen, 92, Barry Carr, 62, Mary Ann Ferrando, 68, and Robert Shenk, 80.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Mass-vaccination centers to open, but only for those without primary care physicians

Anyone hoping to be vaccinated at one of the COVID-19 mass-vaccination centers in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties is likely to be turned away if they have a primary care physician, Santa Clara County staff said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Feeling a sense of urgency, Ravenswood moves to reopen schools

The Ravenswood school district is looking to start reopening its campuses as soon as next week for small groups of high-need students, which school leaders hope will be an initial step toward safely resuming more in-person instruction.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Menlo School sophomore dies from injuries in Sharon Heights car crash

A Portola Valley teen who was a sophomore at Menlo School died Monday night after being injured in a car accident in Menlo Park on Saturday.

Tuesday, 3:57 PM | 19 comments
Pregnant and homeless: Menlo Park resident's documentary aims to raise awareness

Five years ago, a filmmaker in Menlo Park saw a news story about a homeless woman who gave birth at a bus stop. The story inspired her own project to explore and document the lives of local women who are pregnant and homeless.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: State senator hosts town hall on COVID-19

State Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, will host an online town hall on Thursday, Jan, 21, to discuss the latest COVID-19 developments, including vaccine availability.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 18, 2021

New COVID-19 variant increasing in Bay Area, linked to Kaiser San Jose outbreak

The L452R variant of COVID-19 -- being identified by viral genomic sequencing in the Bay Area -- has been linked to the Kaiser San Jose outbreak as well as other large outbreaks in Santa Clara County.

Monday, 3:44 PM | No comments yet
Local health care providers reeling from huge spike in demand for vaccine

Health care providers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are reeling from a massive spike in requests for COVID-19 vaccines last week, after state and county officials greatly expanded eligibility for the vaccine.

Monday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Menlo Park: Three people suffer major injuries in solo vehicle crash

Three people, identified by a 911 caller as teenagers, were taken to Stanford Hospital with "significant" injuries after a solo vehicle rollover crash in Menlo Park on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 16), according to the Menlo fire district.

Sunday, 9:54 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: The menace in the White House

Hopes were high among many going into the new year, buoyed by the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But the pandemic has become a backdrop in the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Sunday, 7:44 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Struggling small businesses could get boost from Newsom's proposed $227B budget

On Jan. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $575 million grant program for small businesses and nonprofits as part of his $227 billion budget proposal to the state Legislature.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

'Let them play' say youth sports advocates during Friday rally

About 20 student athletes and their parents gathered in front of Sequoia High School in Redwood City Jan. 15 to plead with officials to allow them to compete again.

Friday, 5:46 PM | 6 comments
Opinion: Contradictions of COVID-19

While city councils up and down the Peninsula contemplate severe housing shortages in the decades ahead, we are also witnessing probably the largest exodus from the Bay Area in many years.

Friday, 5:13 PM | No comments yet
Cal Fire CZU is latest to provide text to 911 option

Cal Fire CZU's Emergency Command Center that responds to emergencies in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties is the latest public agency to now provide the option to send text messages to 911 if necessary.

Friday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
California's new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days

Acknowledging that vaccinations have been too slow, state officials aim to ramp up the pace. But many questions remain about expanding to the next groups of Californians.

Friday, 11:28 AM | No comments yet
Resident raises concern Atherton police officers are flouting mask rules

A local resident says she has witnessed Atherton Police Department officers not wearing face masks while on the job, potentially putting themselves and the people they encounter at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Friday, 10:00 AM | 6 comments
A harrowing experience with COVID-19

Sequoia district advisor Rolando Bonilla shares his experience falling ill with COVID-19 at the same time as losing a family member to the virus.

Friday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

'I will vote to impeach this traitor': Rep. Anna Eshoo supports removing Trump from office

Granted only 30 seconds to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Anna Eshoo did not mince words regarding President Donald Trump during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

Wednesday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Debate over Foothills Park access continues as Palo Alto weighs new restrictions

Nearly a month after Palo Alto opened the once-exclusive Foothills Park to the broader public, city leaders are preparing to adopt new restrictions on Tuesday to curb the sudden onrush of visitors.

Wednesday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Americans are living 30 years longer on average — and that's a big plus for businesses

A recent Stanford conference looked at everything from business innovations to caregiving to new ways for Americans to work and thrive throughout the increasingly long lives they're now living.

Wednesday, 3:36 PM | No comments yet
Update: 14-year-old from Menlo Park reported missing has been found

Wynne Lee, a 14-year-old from Menlo Park vanished from their family's home on Jan. 11, according to an alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Wednesday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet
New community center in Belle Haven wins approval

The Menlo Park City Council last night gave the green light for Facebook to move forward with its plans to rebuild the complex at 100 Terminal Avenue into a multi-generational community center.

Wednesday, 3:22 PM | 1 comment
New Menlo Park fire station to break ground this month

Menlo Park Fire Protection District plans to demolish its 72-year-old fire station on Alameda de las Pulgas starting Jan. 21, making way for a new structure the district says will offer improved services.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 3 comments
Newsom's school reopening plan puts tight deadlines on districts, legislature

Schools would have to offer in-person learning for primary students starting Feb. 16 in order to get the full funds under the governor's education budget. Lawmakers would need to meet deadlines in February and March.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
As visitors flock to Foothills Park, city plans to restrict access

Concerned about the recent surge of visitors to Foothills Park, Palo Alto leaders are planning to restrict access to the once-exclusive nature preserve by closing the entrance gates when the open space reaches maximum capacity.

Wednesday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

San Mateo County COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues via clinic, partnerships

In San Mateo County, about one-third of the health care workers and long-term care residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received it so far, county health officials said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5:13 PM | 1 comment
Stanford Shopping Center was a hot spot of violations when public health inspectors came calling

Eighteen stores in the Stanford Shopping Center were fined for violating Santa Clara County COVID-19 health orders over the Black Friday weekend, according to documents obtained by the Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly.

Tuesday, 3:14 PM | 4 comments
Crime brief: Atherton police respond to weekend burglary

Police reported a burglary on Saturday evening in Atherton. It's the latest in a string of burglaries reported in town since October.

Tuesday, 11:48 AM | 4 comments

Monday, January 11, 2021

Gov. Newsom: Bay Area's ICU capacity drops below 1%

Less than 1% of the Bay Area's intensive care unit beds remain available amid the region's latest coronavirus surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Announcement on extending the region's stay-at-home order is expected Tuesday.

Monday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Woodside kept calm and carried on in 2020

The town met the challenges of 2020 and its many curveballs, particularly in both finances and governance, and the community came together in the face of twin calamities: the pandemic and the largest wildfires in county history.

Monday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County opens drive-thru vaccine clinic for vulnerable residents, health care workers

Starting Monday, Jan. 11, San Mateo County is offering a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible health care workers and vulnerable residents. Anyone interested must register online for an appointment.

Monday, 1:30 PM | No comments yet
With COVID-19 surge, Stanford frosh-soph students can't return to campus after all

Stanford University announced Saturday that freshman and sophomore students would not be allowed to return to campus for winter quarter, citing a surge in coronavirus cases.

Monday, 10:05 AM | No comments yet

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