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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Freeway closure back on again to install new bridge over U.S. Highway 101

The new bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto is scheduled to go up this weekend, which will require a segment of the freeway to gradually close down from Saturday night through Sunday morning.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Police: Menlo Park man who used escort service slashed in the head, 17-year-old suspect arrested

A 17-year-old Stockton girl was arrested Thursday after allegedly slashing a man with a knife in his home in Menlo Park, police said.

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Obituaries: Norma Remke

This week in obituaries, read about the life of Norma Remke, 74.

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From farms to families

Every Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m., the parking lot of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church on Alma Street in Palo Alto becomes a drive-thru food aid hub where drivers are asked just one question: How many boxes?

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Menlo School graduates its 102nd class

Menlo School held its 102nd graduation ceremony in-person on June 9.

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Supervisors approve stricter gun laws for county's unincorporated areas

County supervisors gave initial approval Tuesday to an ordinance that will update firearm laws with stricter licensing and security restrictions in the county's unincorporated areas for the first time in 20 years.

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Menlo Park police arrest felon with loaded handgun

Menlo Park police arrested a 26-year-old from East Palo Alto on June 9 after police found that he illegally possessed a loaded handgun, according to a statement from the department.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

California's big reopening: What changes — and what doesn't — on June 15?

Gov. Gavin Newsom promised business as usual, but there could be exceptions to everyday life returning to normal. Here are questions and answers to clear up confusion.

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Six rescued, two arrested in human trafficking investigation that included Palo Alto brothel

A Milpitas couple was arrested on suspicion of pimping and pandering in connection with brothels in Milpitas, Palo Alto and San Jose, police said Wednesday.

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In-person Alta Vista High School graduation ceremony celebrates students' triumphs

To celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2021 at Alta Vista High School, a fully in-person event was held the sunny afternoon of Tuesday, June 8.

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Menlo School

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Woodside Priory School

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One last hurrah for the class of 2021

Midpeninsula high school students are walking across graduation stages this year for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We documented some of the class of 2021's key moments as they completed their high school careers.

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Sacred Heart High School

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New Menlo Park firework penalties to skyrocket to $1,000

Anyone thinking of lighting illegal fireworks in Menlo Park this Fourth of July, or any other time, now has another big reason to think twice: The penalty for getting caught has risen to up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Thursday, 11:26 AM | 2 comments
Redwood City man arrested in connection with sexual assault Tuesday night

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrested a 22-year-old Redwood City man Tuesday night after a woman reported a sexual assault and an attempted robbery.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

State to officially align with CDC masking guidance as part of June 15 reopening

One of the California's top public health officials confirmed Wednesday that the state will align with federal face masking guidance when the state's tiered reopening system is lifted next week.

Wednesday, 5:55 PM | 2 comments
What matters in the end? Couple chronicles life's final chapter in new book

Prompted by a serious medical diagnosis, longtime Palo Alto residents Irvin and Marilyn Yalom probe questions around love, loss and what matters in the end in a "A Matter of Death and Life."

Wednesday, 11:51 AM | 2 comments
San Mateo County creates $5.8M relief fund to cover annual permitting fees for local businesses

The Board of Supervisors approved a relief fund Tuesday for local businesses that lost sales because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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State health department: Scammers targeting California's vaccine incentive programs

The state Department of Health is asking Californians to report any incidents of potential fraud involving scammers trying to take advantage of the state's recently announced COVID-19 vaccination incentive programs.

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Hands-free technology helps Menlo firefighters find people 'twice as fast'

Firefighters with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have new technology that helps them navigate through burning buildings and find people twice as fast, according to the fire chief.

Wednesday, 10:06 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Fire crews to conduct burn on SFPUC watershed lands on Wednesday

Crews with Cal Fire and the San Mateo County Fire Department are set to conduct a one-day burn across a total of 7 acres on land owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday morning.

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Menlo-Atherton High School

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Woodside High graduates its 62nd class

Woodside High School held its first in-person graduation in two years amid the pandemic on Friday, June 4.

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Deputies nab pair in the act of burglary

San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man and woman on suspicion of burglary after the pair walked out of a garage with items taken from a home in an unincorporated area of Redwood City.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

When is the Newsom recall election? Maybe sooner than you think

The date of California's recall election still is not set, but voters may decide the governor's fate closer to Labor Day than November.

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Menlo-Atherton High School sends off its seniors with first in-person graduation in two years

Menlo-Atherton High School graduated its 70th class with an in-person ceremony on June 3.

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Four things to know about the California budget deal

California Assembly and Senate budget leaders announce a budget deal that includes stimulus checks, more in-state students at UC campuses and more money for public health and undocumented immigrants.

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UC hosts wildfire symposium to talk new tech, better understanding of fires

University of California experts gathered Friday for a wildfire symposium where they discussed new technology created to assist in wildfire events and the overall understanding of wildfires in the state.

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Atherton sees spike in burglaries

Atherton police are reporting an uptick in burglaries in town, with 10 taking place over the last two months, totaling a little over $12,000 in stolen goods, said Police Chief Steve McCulley.

Monday, 11:22 AM | 25 comments

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Letters to the editor: Jobs and housing, school reopenings, Stanford Wedge proposal

Letters to the editor on the Stanford Wedge proposal in Portola Valley, school reopenings, jobs and housing on the Peninsula, Menlo Park gymnastics, and dishonest leaders.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

County fair opens with free entry for those who get vaccinated on-site

The San Mateo County Fair kicked off on Saturday, featuring carnival rides, musical performances, food vendors and free entry for county residents who get vaccinated on-site.

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Guest opinion: Here's the key to ending the pandemic

California is entering a critical phase in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. After a yearlong struggle that has claimed more than 62,000 lives, we are beginning to see signs of a return to normal.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

East Palo Alto City Council pledges $2M to keep mobile home park affordable

Residents of the Palo Mobile Estates mobile home park in East Palo Alto may have the opportunity this summer to purchase the lots they're currently renting.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Caltrain electrification delayed to 2024 due to COVID-19 pandemic, other complications

Caltrain's electrification of its rail system has been delayed until late 2024, in part because of supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 11:48 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley schools parcel tax passes, results certified

Measure S, a parcel tax in the Portola Valley School District which will raise nearly $1 million annually for school programs has passed.

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SamTrans launches series of anti-racism artwork on buses, shelters

SamTrans this week launched a series of anti-racism artwork that is being displayed on the transit agency's buses and shelters around San Mateo County.

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Community briefs: Menlo Park's reopening plans; Rotary scholarships; Oak Knoll's new assistant principal; Skunks rescued

In this week's community briefs, Menlo Park looks at reopening venues and services, Oak Knoll taps a new assistant principal, Humane Society rescues three skunks, Rotary scholarships awarded and more.

Friday, 11:19 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Work on new Portola Valley schools classrooms to begin this month

Construction is beginning June 14 on new buildings part of a $49.5 million Portola Valley School District project.

Thursday, 11:27 AM | 3 comments
New Menlo Park budget to focus on restoration

It's June, and that means it's budget season. Compared to the past fiscal year, characterized by a global pandemic, Menlo Park's budget for the coming fiscal year will focus on restoration, according to city staff.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Man accused in Skyline double homicide found competent for trial

A Pacifica man who is charged with the 2019 stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard has been deemed competent to stand trial, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

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Sheriff's Office releases body-worn camera video of search for VTA gunman

Body-worn camera footage released Tuesday shows the tense moments as authorities entered a building at a VTA maintenance yard in a search for a gunman who killed nine co-workers and then himself last week.

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Local leaders to discuss wildfire risk during online forum Thursday

San Mateo County leaders and officials will discuss wildfire risk in the county during a virtual forum on Thursday. The forum will include a Q&A.

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Peninsula Clean Energy launches $800 e-bike rebate program

San Mateo County's official electricity provider has funded a program to provide some residents with an $800 rebate when they buy an electric bike.

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Preliminary Sequoia district climate, wellness survey results released

Initial results from Sequoia Union district wellness studies have been released.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Proposal to redevelop SRI International campus and add housing in the works

Menlo Park-based SRI International has launched plans to redevelop its 63-acre campus that would dedicate 10 acres for residential development and 29 acres for publicly accessible open space.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 35 comments
Peninsula Humane Society vets rescue three little stinkers from Menlo Park construction site

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA staff rescued a family of skunks that fell into a deep hole at a construction site in Menlo Park.

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Figuring out how to feed kids when they're not in school

The pandemic forced most school districts to rethink how they feed children and what role schools should play in combating child hunger during the school day, even while kids weren't physically in their care.

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Health officials support full in-person schooling in fall

Health officers from 10 Bay Area counties and one city Friday called for California schools to open for full-time, in-person learning in fall 2021.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Spare the Air alert in effect on Monday

A combination of tailpipe exhaust and sizzling temperatures expected Monday have prompted Bay Area air quality officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for Memorial Day.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Fathers, husbands and heroes: The nine men killed in San Jose's VTA mass shooting

Nine men were killed in a mass shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard on May 26. This is a brief look into their lives.

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