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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Study: High-speed rail could slow down emergency responders on Peninsula

Despite a decade of delays, funding uncertainties and political hurdles, California's embattled high-speed rail project continues to slowly advance, with plans to complete the section between San Francisco and Los Angeles by 2033.

Sunday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 11, 2020

For hair salons and barbershops still in business, it's a rocky road to recovery

From interviews with operators on the Midpeninsula, it's clear the hair service industry is facing a long road to recovery in a pandemic that thrives in close contact and indoor spaces.

Saturday, 8:31 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 10, 2020

Fires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood Triangle

A 60-acre grass-and-marsh area with homeless encampments, most of which is supposed to be protected habitat for endangered species, has been besieged by 23 fires this year.

Friday, 11:38 AM | 6 comments
Prop. 13 reform could be big boost to county's tax revenue, study says

One of the major ballot initiatives facing voters in November will be the Schools and Communities First initiative. A new study found that San Mateo County would generate the most tax revenue per capita in the state if it passes.

Friday, 11:28 AM | 10 comments
High school teachers worry about returning to campus

Many Sequoia Union High School District teachers are raising concerns about reopening school campuses this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Edith Salvatore, president of the Sequoia District Teachers Association.

Friday, 11:26 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Woman arrested in 1993 homicide of her daughter

Twenty-seven years after a 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her family's East Palo Alto home, investigators have arrested her mother in connection with her homicide, police said Wednesday.

Thursday, 3:22 PM | 3 comments
Tonight: Virtual discussion on neighborhood racism in Menlo Park

A virtual discussion titled "Let's Talk About Racism: When Neighbors Racially Profile Neighbors" has been scheduled for tonight, July 9, at 7 p.m. in response to a Menlo Park mother's Nextdoor post.

Thursday, 12:01 PM | 1 comment
'Heartbreaking' but 'imperative': Stanford to cut nearly a third of its varsity sport teams

After the 2020-21 season, Stanford University will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports teams as it faces a growing budget deficit.

Thursday, 11:20 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Menlo Park: Fireworks suspected cause of detached garage fire on Fourth of July

Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters suspect that fireworks are to blame for a blaze in a detached garage backyard living space in Menlo Park on the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, 3:29 PM | 4 comments
Tech companies, research institutes cash in on federal loan program

Research institutes, tech companies and hotels were among Midpeninsula's biggest beneficiaries of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with some recipients getting loans of over $5 million, according to data released this week.

Wednesday, 11:18 AM | 3 comments
Community brief: Atherton seeking volunteers for Rail, Environmental Program committees

Atherton's city council made a variety of new commission and committee appointments at its June 17 meeting, but the town still has open spots to fill on the Rail and Environmental Programs committees.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
County dedicates $2 million for Immigrant Relief Fund

People who have not qualified for the state and federal coronavirus-related relief programs due to their immigration status now have a potential tool to access up to $2,000 in aid.

Wednesday, 10:46 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

California among states filing suit over pandemic relief funding to schools

A multistate lawsuit filed against the Trump administration accuses U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of preventing COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from being dispersed to K-12 public schools.

Tuesday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Passenger killed in fatal Woodside crash near Fogarty Winery was Campbell man

A passenger who died in a crash along Skyline Boulevard in Woodside on Friday evening has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 27-year-old Campbell resident Woodrow Gibson.

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Activist group calls on Palo Alto to 'desegregate' Foothills Park

About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 6 comments
San Mateo County leads state in census response rate

San Mateo County is leading the state in census returns with 72.8% of households having responded as of June 30, but county officials say more work is needed to ensure that the hardest to count populations are included.

Tuesday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 6, 2020

Menlo fire board OKs budget, eliminates new positions

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board unanimously approved a new budget June 16 after removing funds for proposed new positions and staff reclassifications.

Monday, 11:19 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park triathlete and coffee entrepreneur to run for City Council

Max Fennell has made a name for himself as a triathlete and entrepreneur living in Menlo Park. Now he's planning to run for the City Council's District 3 seat on a platform aimed at lowering the cost of living.

Monday, 10:55 AM | 14 comments

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Letters to the editor: Black lives matter, supporting local businesses, racist housing covenants

Letters to the editor in the July 3, 2020, issue on a Black Lives matter protest in Portola Valley, racist housing covenants, local mask donations and supporting local businesses.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 4, 2020

North Fair Oaks: Man hurt in illegal fireworks explosion

A 20-year-old man suffered lacerations and burns to his face and hand after a glass bottle with illegal fireworks inside of it blew up in front of a North Fair Oaks building Thursday night (July 2).

Saturday, 3:00 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Newark man arrested for sexual assault following incidents at Ace Hardware

A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly sexually assaulting two Menlo Park women at Ace Hardware, according to Menlo Park police.

Saturday, 10:51 AM | 6 comments

Friday, July 3, 2020

Woodside: Driver arrested for DUI following fatal crash near Fogarty Winery

A 27-year-old man died and another was flown to Stanford Hospital with major injuries after a suspected DUI crash Friday night on Skyline Boulevard near the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, 9:31 PM | 5 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Community briefs: Open space facilities reopen, library events go virtual

This week's community briefs: Open space district reopens restrooms, San Mateo County's tax assessment rolls continue to rise and library events go virtual.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Atherton budget remains healthy, despite COVID-19

The Atherton City Council voted 5-0 to approve the town's 2020-2021 fiscal year budget at its June 17 meeting, with signs that the town is weathering the storm of economic impacts brought on by COVID-19.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes in East Palo Alto

A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | 2 comments
What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools

California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Supervisors vote to encourage all employers to offer telecommuting options

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to encourage all employers in the county to offer employees the option to work from home and telecommute when feasible.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online

Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.

Wednesday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Menlo-Atherton, Woodside high schools to open in the fall with a mix of online and in-school learning

After some weeks of uncertainty about the fate of student learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sequoia Union High School District has announced that students will return part-time to school campuses this fall.

Tuesday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 1 comment
Tri-city fireworks summit examines enforcement, culture change

Loud explosions on East Palo Alto's city streets formed a backdrop for a public meeting on Monday night as leaders from three cities met to discuss the growing problem of fireworks.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 12 comments

Monday, June 29, 2020

Woodside: Mayor to host wildfire preparedness town hall June 30

Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire.

Monday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Mayor hosts wildfire prevention town hall June 30

Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire.

Monday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
Coroner's Office identifies San Jose woman killed in Highway 280 crash near Portola Valley

A fatal solo-vehicle crash was reported Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Portola Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 4:12 PM | 2 comments
East Palo Alto: Man sentenced for 2015 fatal shooting, earlier non-fatal shooting

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 95 years in prison for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2015 as well as a non-fatal shooting months earlier, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Monday, 12:35 PM | No comments yet

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