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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Guest opinion: California reopened, and it's time to return to health

While all of us need to remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, especially as new variants enter our communities, we also need to be vigilant when it comes to taking care of our health.

Saturday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 23, 2021

Sequoia Hospital hits impasse with Anthem over contract negotiations, putting patients out of network

Dignity Health, the largest nonprofit hospital network in California, announced this month that it no longer has an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross, claiming the health insurer refuses to pay its fair share for hospital services.

Friday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Seven new 'breakthrough' COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford in a week

Seven vaccinated students at Stanford University have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, university leaders said in an announcement to students and staff on Thursday.

Friday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Santa Clara among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy

As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.

Thursday, 2:28 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County to start requiring face masks at county facilities on Monday

Starting Monday, face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities "out of an abundance of caution" due to rising COVID-19 case rates, the county announced Thursday.

Thursday, 2:19 PM | 1 comment
Community briefs: Sequoias residents give out scholarships, solar rebates and walkathon for foster kids

In this week's community briefs, free movie nights in Redwood City, Portola Valley retirement community hands out its first ever scholarships, solar rebates offered and more.

Thursday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

San Mateo County to legalize home cooking businesses and offer start-up grants for home chefs

Home chefs in San Mateo County now have a path toward legally selling their creations, following a unanimous decision by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Wednesday, 12:29 PM | No comments yet
Inspired by the pandemic, Menlo Park women create phone buddy program for isolated seniors

When the pandemic triggered widespread shutdowns last year, Menlo Park resident Laura Steuer had already put herself in lockdown, as she had a preexisting condition that made her vulnerable to COVID-19.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
State launches $40M grant program to encourage COVID-19 vaccines in doctors' offices

The CalVaxGrant program will make $40 million in grants available to help doctors' offices and small practices safely store and administer more COVID-19 vaccines.

Wednesday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

SLAC welcomes Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm made a virtual visit to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Tuesday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
County health officials urge vaccinations, indoor masking with rise as COVID-19 cases increase

As COVID-19 cases increase slightly in San Mateo County, health officials say that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against the virus, including the contagious delta variant.

Tuesday, 3:22 PM | No comments yet
Local school districts face rising pension, COVID-19 reopening costs

The expense of reopening classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rising pension costs are dominating local school districts' most recent budget reports.

Tuesday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
PAMF, Sutter Health face suit over allegedly racist workplace

An eye surgeon who was once the highest-ranking Black physician in a leadership role at Palo Alto Medical Foundation has filed a lawsuit alleging PAMF and Sutter Health maintained a racially toxic workplace.

Tuesday, 11:33 AM | 4 comments
Universal basic income? California moves to be first state to fund pilot efforts

Once the bill is signed, cities and counties can apply for funding from a $35 million pool to support current or new initiatives.

Tuesday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
Summer school programs get a boost after year of pandemic losses

Teachers hope to combat "summer slide" after a year of distance learning with extra summer school programming.

Tuesday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 19, 2021

Carjacking suspect arrested near Facebook Saturday morning

Police arrested a man suspected of carjacking on July 17 near Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.

Monday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
Woman side-swiped by car after telling man to leave her property

A Portola Valley woman told police on Monday, July 12, that a man side-swiped her with his car after approaching her about having her driveway repaved.

Monday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Guest opinion: Loving a job for 40 years

In a guest opinion, recently retired Menlo Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman looks back on his decadeslong fire service career.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, July 17, 2021

National Weather Service cancels red flag warning for Bay Area

The National Weather Service has canceled a red flag warning as thunderstorms anticipated in the Bay Area are now unlikely to show up at all.

Saturday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet
Residents encouraged to 'know your zone' for evacuations

San Mateo County emergency managers have divided the Peninsula into more than 300 evacuation zones in preparation for wildfire season, and all residents are encouraged to memorize their zone code to help save lives.

Saturday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 16, 2021

Health officers encourage masking indoors regardless of vaccination, stop short of new mandate

A coalition of Bay Area health officials urged residents across the region Friday to resume wearing a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status following an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Friday, 2:31 PM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Vaccine clinic, community chat with local Assemblyman, rent relief available

This week in community briefs: Get a COVID-19 vaccine at Marsh Manor Shopping Center Saturday, hear from Menlo Park's Mayor and local Assemblyman Marc Berman at a virtual community coffee event Thursday and more.

Friday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
How diverse are cities' water supplies — and are they enough?

The deepening drought and recent calls for Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% have residents starting to wonder: Just how resilient are local water systems in the event of a long-term drought or an emergency?

Friday, 10:32 AM | 1 comment
Education briefs: New coding program at Cañada College, local National Merit scholars

In this week's education briefs, local National Merit Scholars are named and Cañada College hosts a new coding program.

Friday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
Thunderstorms may come to Bay Area on Sunday, with chances of dry lightning

Thunderstorms with chances of dry lightning might make their way to the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, 9:47 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Woodside, Portola Valley brace for wildfire season

Last 2020, Rita Comes and her daughter watched the "surreal lightning" storm in Portola Valley, then began packing. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires spared the town, but Midpeninsula officials aren't counting on more lucky breaks.

Thursday, 2:46 PM | 2 comments
Sheriff: Windy Hill Preserve reopens after suicidal man with a gun spotted in bushes on Wednesday

The Sheriff's Office closed Windy Hill Preserve in Portola Valley Wednesday after a man who appeared suicidal was seen lying on the ground with a gun.

Thursday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
LifeMoves CEO's ambitious agenda: Build network of housing projects and end homelessness

When Aubrey Merriman joined the nonprofit LifeMoves as its new CEO in April, he had to hit the ground running. Now he wants to lay out a path to eliminate homelessness, banking on big financial and political support.

Thursday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

New children's book by locally grown author encourages youth activism

Marissa McGee, a former elementary school teacher, was out shopping for shampoo one day when she saw something that bothered her. Little did she know that the experience would spur her to craft a children's book about it.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County raises concerns over COVID-19 Delta variant

As the Delta strain jumps to the head of the line of COVID-19 variants, San Mateo County officials are urging unvaccinated residents to get their shots now if they have been delaying vaccinations.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park's data-driven new police chief aims to bring stability, mentoring to MPPD

After 27 years spent working with the San Mateo Police Department, Dave Norris has stepped up to helm the Menlo Park Police Department as its new chief.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | 3 comments
Obituaries: Susan Mein, Isobel Christensen, James Upton

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Susan Lambert Mein, 78, Isobel Christensen, 90, and James Upton, 87.

Wednesday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident arrested in theft of up to $30K in jewelry from Portola Valley home

Police arrested a Menlo Park man on suspicion of stealing between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of jewelry from a Portola Valley woman while at her house working for a pest control company.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cost of fighting COVID in California: $12.3 billion

An influx of taxpayer money has paid for everything from masks, hospital beds and student laptops to extra workers for unemployment hotlines and tracing contacts.

Tuesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Atherton resident reports $130K worth of radio equipment missing from garage

More than $139,000 worth of radio equipment was reported missing in Atherton last week amid an uptick in burglaries around town, according to police.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Cities make the case for a 'bicycle superhighway'

Few roads better epitomize the frustrations and hopes of local bicycle advocates than El Camino Real, a hazardous route that some see as the ideal setting for a bicycle superhighway.

Tuesday, 10:44 AM | 6 comments

Monday, July 12, 2021

State expands drought emergency to Santa Clara, San Mateo counties

As the drought throughout California deepens, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state is extending its April drought emergency to include additional counties, including San Mateo and Santa Clara.

Monday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Midpeninsula residents nominated, appointed to state, county judgeships

Judge Charles E. Wilson II, an East Palo Alto resident, and Palo Alto native Justice Alison Tucher have been nominated to the California Court of Appeal, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday.

Monday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Flex Alert issued for Monday

Strain on the state's electrical system has prompted the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) to issue a Flex Alert for 4 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Sunday, 8:33 PM | No comments yet
Former Menlo School standout Maddy Price realizes a childhood dream

Maddy Price had just arrived in Scotland when she learned she would be competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as a member of the Canadian track and field team. She'll compete on the 4x400 relay team, realizing a dream.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet

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