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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Deputies seeking suspect after burglar shatters window in Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is still seeking a suspect who broke into a home in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood on Dec. 31.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested on suspicion of firing shots in North Fair Oaks

A 38-year-old man was arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of firing a gun in the unincorporated area of North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Elderly women robbed at gunpoint while lunching at Stanford Shopping Center

A man who pointed a handgun at two elderly women stole their purses on Tuesday outside True Food Kitchen, according to police.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Scammer impersonating deputy, Sheriff's Office warns

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public to a financial scam involving a person who is claiming to be a deputy. The person is using the name of an actual deputy sheriff to extract money from victims.

Tuesday, 5:44 PM | No comments yet
Atherton couple grateful for community support after burglars cause $1 million in damage

After burglars broke into their home and damaged a faucet, causing flooding while they were away on vacation, an Atherton couple lost $20,000 in valuables, $1 million in structural repair costs and some of their sense of security.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | 5 comments
Here's what's changed as California's new COVID workplace rules go into effect

Updated COVID-19 workplace rules went into effect on Friday. Several of the changes increase protections for vaccinated workers.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 17, 2022

Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

The number of California children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the omicron variant surge has "skyrocketed," challenging earlier notions that the coronavirus largely bypassed children.

Monday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Outdoor gathering spaces, fire safety and housing are top of mind for new Woodside mayor

Woodside Mayor Dick Brown lays out his priorities for 2022.

Sunday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 15, 2022

$7 million in surplus COVID supplies damaged after being left outside amid rain

Roughly $7 million in surplus safety equipment and cleaning supplies at the San Mateo Event Center was damaged in recent months after being moved outside and remaining there during this winter's storms, San Mateo County officials said.

Saturday, 9:33 AM | 3 comments
Tsunami advisory issued for California coastal areas

Due to a volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory for California coastal areas Saturday morning.

Saturday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Why electrification, now, is counter productive

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Alexander Cannara touts nuclear power as a reliable clean energy source for California's drive to go all-electric.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 23 comments

Friday, January 14, 2022

A call to action amid staffing shortage, as Sequoia district hit with over 1,000 COVID cases

With a limited number of substitutes available and staff members out because of COVID-19, Sequoia Union High School District officials are asking for help from the community and the government.

Friday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Blood donors needed, Portola Valley town hall closed, Las Lomitas hiring for part-time jobs

In this week's community briefs, Portola Valley town hall is closed, Las Lomitas hiring for part-time roles, rules loosened for substitute teachers, and blood donors needed.

Friday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Three burglaries reported in Atherton on Thursday

Burglars broke rear windows to get into homes in Atherton on the evening of Jan. 13. Two burglaries were reported in the West of Alameda neighborhood while the other took place on Selby Lane.

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Betsy Nash, Menlo Park's new mayor, lays out her priorities for the year

Betsy Nash, Menlo Park's mayor for 2022, identified three key areas where she's hoping to use her role to make an impact: climate action, downtown revitalization and community outreach, she said in a recent interview.

Friday, 11:29 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Council pays $3.9 million for parking lot to build new Caltrain crossing

A Menlo Park plan to build a Caltrain undercrossing at Middle Avenue moved forward Jan. 11 when the City Council voted to spend roughly $3.9 million to buy a parking lot deemed necessary for installing the bike and pedestrian ramp.

Friday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Class action lawsuit claims city must refund residents for years of Menlo Park utility taxes

Three Menlo Park residents have filed a class action lawsuit looking for a refund of utility users taxes from the city of Menlo Park, alleging that the City Council has failed to properly reauthorize the tax collection since 2014.

Thursday, 2:00 PM | 10 comments
Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' sentencing delayed until September

Holmes' sentencing on four counts of criminal wire fraud will be delayed until Sept. 26 based on a stipulation between the prosecution and the defense and an order signed on Wednesday.

Thursday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Counties face a 'dramatic and breathtaking explosion' of COVID cases

Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic, health officials told their respective boards of supervisors on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
Sequoia district officials to make plea for 'immediate' government aid amid COVID surge

With over 700 cases last week, and limited staffing, the Sequoia Union High School District plan to urge the state and federal government for additional support.

Wednesday, 2:49 PM | No comments yet
As COVID-19 cases spike, demand on San Mateo County hospitals is 'challenging but manageable'

Despite a surge of COVID-19 cases related to the new omicron variant, San Mateo County health officials say the hospital situation in the county is "challenging but manageable."

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
California weighs order canceling elective surgeries as COVID surges

As a third of hospitals report critical staffing shortages, California's health department is considering issuing an order postponing many elective surgeries. Many procedures, including a lung transplant, already have been canceled.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Obituaries: Alfred Neiman, Katherine Kahrs, John Oda-Burns

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Alfred Neiman 90, Katherine Sonett Kahrs, 95, and John MacDonald Oda-Burns, 90.

Wednesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Here's what's ahead for California businesses in 2022

Legislators may work on paid leave policies, employee data protections and more. There are ballot measure proposals that could impact businesses, and business groups will raise the issue of the state's unemployment insurance fund debt.

Wednesday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Atherton resident scares off attempted burglar

An Atherton resident stopped a would-be burglar from breaking into their home over the weekend.

Tuesday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park briefs: Sidewalk lawsuit settled and how to participate in the city's redistricting process

Menlo Park's independent redistricting committee is collecting public input. Also, the city has settled a lawsuit with a resident group that sought to halt plans to have sidewalks installed on Sharon Road.

Tuesday, 10:43 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 10, 2022

'Stunned by this generosity': Anonymous donor gives $350,000 to Holiday Fund

A Silicon Valley philanthropist has made the largest-ever donation to the Almanac Holiday Fund and the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund: $350,000, shared by the two charitable programs.

Monday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
Local school districts report record numbers of COVID-19 cases

During the first week back from winter break, local schools are reporting record numbers of COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Here are the latest numbers from Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside, Atherton and East Palo Alto.

Monday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Governor signs order to prohibit price gouging on at-home COVID tests

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order this weekend aimed at preventing price gouging on COVID-19 at-home test kits, which are in high demand due to the omicron variant surge.

Monday, 1:57 PM | 1 comment
Atherton welcomes nearly complete new civic center, grapples with burglaries in 2021

A new $32 million civic center, a wave of burglaries and state housing mandates were major focuses in Atherton last year.

Monday, 10:39 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Holiday Fund: Second Harvest helps keep families fed amid pandemic's devastating impact

This year everyone experienced the dramatic and often devastating effects of the pandemic, but many individuals receiving food from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley also faced financial hardship and increased levels of food insecurity.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Housing and development were top of mind in Woodside in 2021

Potential new housing and development in town center dominated the conversation in Woodside last year.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | 4 comments

Friday, January 7, 2022

Menlo Park's city manager resigns just months before her planned retirement

Menlo Park's city manager Starla Jerome-Robinson's resignation was announced Friday, just months before her planned retirement and shortly after Assistant City Manager Nick Pegueros left his job on Dec. 31.

Friday, 6:49 PM | 21 comments
Local schools hit with surge of COVID-19 cases as omicron spreads

Classes have been back in session for less than a week after winter break and local schools are reporting record numbers of COVID-19 cases among students and staff, as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads locally.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Unboosted: California COVID-19 booster rate falls below 40% in most counties

In 19 California counties, less than a third of vaccinated residents are boosted. In some counties, it's less than 25%. One health official blames "pandemic fatigue."

Friday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
In 2021, Menlo Park worked to restore a community bruised by the pandemic

In Menlo Park, 2021 brought about efforts to build the community back from the impacts of a global pandemic, grapple with climate change and deal with existing problems. Here's our recap.

Friday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Year in review: In 2021, development and fire risk dominated the conversation in Portola Valley

New housing projects and emergency preparedness were top of mind for Portola Valley residents last year.

Friday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Year in review: Local schools returned to some semblance of normalcy in 2021

The past year offered something of a return to normalcy at local schools. In 2021, students were back on campuses full time by the fall. High schools held in-person commencement ceremonies and some even held modified proms.

Thursday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'Many more children will be infected'

Children are likely to be among the most frequently infected by the omicron variant, which is sweeping the nation and the Bay Area, health leaders said during a White House press conference on Wednesday.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Community college district vice chancellor strikes a deal, pleads no contest to two felonies

A San Mateo County Community College District vice chancellor has pleaded no contest to two felonies for using district resources for political purposes, and agreed to cooperate with San Mateo County prosecutors's investigation.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | 2 comments

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