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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Guest opinion: Big financial challenges ahead for Menlo Park schools

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister and Sherwin Chen, president of the school board, write about the financial challenges facing district schools and a meeting about school funding.

Saturday, 10:51 AM | 1 comment

Friday, September 24, 2021

Testing catches four asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in Belle Haven School class

Belle Haven School students were quarantined after four children in a single classroom tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday, 6:16 PM | No comments yet
Air quality advisory issued through Saturday

Wildfire smoke from Southern and Central California is expected to move into the Bay Area over the next couple of days, prompting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue an air quality advisory for Friday and Saturday.

Friday, 12:10 PM | No comments yet
Community college district to help cover student debt, college costs

The San Mateo County Community College District will use federal funding to provide student debt relief and financial aid to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
The buzz about the beekeeping club at Menlo School

Students are learning about how to care for bees and ecology in a unique club at an Atherton school.

Friday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Book giveaway, parent education talks, Early Learning Center openings

In this week's community briefs, a book giveaway, upcoming talks for parents, openings at a local preschool and more.

Friday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Two Las Lomitas district board members step down

There are two vacancies on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board of Trustees, which has undergone many changes in the last year.

Thursday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council hits pause on gymnastics program reactivation

Since March 2021, more than 100 families have asked about the city of Menlo Park's plans for its gymnastics program. Those families, it appears, will have to wait a while longer for answers.

Thursday, 11:26 AM | 1 comment
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Nurse practitioner describes alarming, inaccurate Theranos test results

A nurse practitioner testified to wildly inconsistent blood test results given to a pregnant patient in her OB-GYN practice by Theranos.

Thursday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Proposal to ban development in parks falls short

A proposal to ban development in city parks fell short Tuesday when a majority of Menlo Park's City Council members failed to coalesce around whether and how to ban future development in city parks.

Thursday, 10:44 AM | 15 comments
'Back in the saddle': Woodside council resumes in-person meetings

The Woodside Town Council has resumed in-person meetings, but residents can still participate from home.

Thursday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NASA charts a course for lunar rover in search of water on moon's surface

NASA scientists are set to launch an exploratory rover to the south pole of the moon late next year, with a goal of finding pockets of water that can be used for future manned missions to the lunar surface in 2024 and beyond.

Wednesday, 6:21 PM | No comments yet
Obituaries: Howard Wieden Middleton

This week in obituaries, read about the life of Howard Wieden Middleton, 93.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park officials urge greater road safety awareness after two collisions involving young students

School officials and police are warning drivers to be more cautious around schools since the full reopening last month, which has seen two collisions in two weeks involving young bicyclists.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 13 comments
San Mateo County Supervisors OK new resolution on equity

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution laying out its next steps to promote racial equity countywide.

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park welcomes new business: Grand opening held for Pedego, a new e-bike shop on Santa Cruz Avenue

It took nine and a half months, but Menlo Park's mayor, Drew Combs, finally had his first chance to enjoy one of the perks that comes with the title: cutting ribbons to celebrate the grand openings of new businesses in town.

Wednesday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet
People paid a premium to build their home gyms. Will fitness clubs lure them back?

Many locals who have the resources took lockdown life as an opportunity to create their personal fitness bubbles and routines. Some are unsure if they would return to their gyms, given the effectiveness of at-home workouts.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Air quality advisory issued for Wednesday due to wildfire smoke

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality advisory for Wednesday due to smoke from wildfires elsewhere in California.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Bicyclist steers clear of attempted robber on bridge

Police are investigating a Saturday morning robbery attempt after a man reportedly tried to take a bicycle from another man.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Three arrested for spree of robberies, purse snatches that targeted Asian women

A yearlong, multijurisdictional investigation involving a group that targeted victims of Asian descent in four counties has culminated with three arrests, according to police and prosecutors.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 20, 2021

Guest opinion: Green spaces, a healthy planet, and affordable housing

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Karen Grove advocates for the city to consider using land it owns for affordable housing.

Monday, 3:49 PM | 6 comments
Stanford welcomes largest-ever incoming class as university reopens

Thousands of Stanford students have returned to campus for face-to-face classes for the fall quarter, which began Monday. This marks the first time since the pandemic hit that in-person instruction is the norm.

Monday, 12:01 PM | 1 comment
Community reunites at Moonlight Run & Walk

The annual Moonlight Run & Walk, a beloved Palo Alto tradition held under the full harvest moon, resumed in person at the Baylands on Friday night for the first time in two years.

Monday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Argument escalates into stabbing during party

A stabbing during a party in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood early Sunday morning left a man hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

Sunday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
Convicted murderer John Getreu's own words pointed to his guilt in cold-case slayings of two women on Stanford land

Convicted murderer John Arthur Getreu revealed multiple times during a law enforcement interview that he had knowledge of the murders of two women found on Stanford University land in the 1970s.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Community briefs: Fire safety funds earmarked for Wunderlich Park, search begins for new city manager, parent education series underway

In this week's community briefs, county supervisors OK fire safety funds for Wunderlich Park, Menlo Park begins its search for a new city manager, a fall festival in Portola Valley and more.

Saturday, 3:22 PM | No comments yet
Update: Missing man with Alzheimer's found

An 69-year-old man went missing Saturday, 8 a.m., and was later found, according to Menlo Park Police Department

Saturday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 17, 2021

Theranos employees were 'sleeping in their cars' in effort to address quality control issues

The examination of former Theranos lab associate Erika Cheung wrapped up in San Jose on Friday in the federal criminal trial against Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

Friday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two arrested in connection with vandalism incidents

Police in Menlo Park on Thursday arrested two suspects in connection with vandalizing several vehicles with BB guns.

Friday, 12:43 PM | 1 comment
Crime briefs: Burglaries in Atherton, Portola Valley

In this week's crime briefs, Atherton police arrest a woman wearing a resident's necklace and jewelry likely taken in Portola Valley burglary.

Friday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
How Menlo College hit a nearly 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate

Almost all of the 1,000 Menlo College students, staff and faculty are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after a campaign that spanned four months.

Friday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Newsom signs housing bills that reform single-family zoning

Having survived the recall attempt, the governor has signed two bold housing bills, including one that would reform zoning by allowing up to four dwellings on parcels currently designated for a single home.

Friday, 11:28 AM | 3 comments
Census data: In Almanac territory, communities show growth in Asian and multiracial populations while white and Black populations drop

The past decade has wrought some significant changes to the demographics of communities in southern San Mateo County. We crunched the new numbers from the 2020 U.S. census to find out how things have changed since 2010.

Friday, 9:47 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 16, 2021

California recall: The 2022 campaign starts now

Gov. Gavin Newsom's robust defeat of the recall gives him a head start in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Measles, mumps and COVID: High school district officials want California to add COVID-19 to vaccinations required of students

Sequoia Union High School District officials are asking the state to require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend classes in person.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Former employee says Theranos cherry-picked results from faulty machines

A former lab associate testified in the federal criminal trial against Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood testing company Theranos, accusing the company of cherry-picking data to hide serious flaws in its "Edison" machines.

Thursday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
More than 800 new housing units approved in Menlo Park

Facing little alternative due to new state housing laws, the Menlo Park City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 14, to approve more than 800 new housing units on the Bay side of Menlo Park proposed by the developer Greystar.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Palo Alto, Mountain View

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District will be treating parts of Palo Alto and Mountain View with insecticide after recently detecting West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in limited areas of the two cities.

Wednesday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
Prosecution, defense spar over Theranos' finances at Holmes trial

The examination of the corporate controller for the blood testing company Theranos continued Tuesday in the federal criminal trial against the company's founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

Wednesday, 4:04 PM | No comments yet
Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Tina Enomoto, 71, Emmanuel Barbariol, 96, Noble Hancock, 99, George White Jr., 86, and Kathleen Gaffney Braunstein, 77.

Wednesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
State legislation expands independent study option for students, but few are enrolled locally

Although few students are now enrolled in the independent study programs that districts are required to offer, there's increased interest in different educational models, a local teacher says.

Wednesday, 10:52 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

California recall election results 2021: Live updates

Get up-to-date results on the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Tuesday, 9:29 PM | No comments yet
Newsom beats back recall effort

The attempt to throw Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office failed by a wide margin, according to vote counts released Tuesday night in California's historic recall election.

Tuesday, 9:07 PM | No comments yet
Swift verdict in John Getreu trial: Guilty of first degree murder

After a two-week jury trial, John Getreu has been convicted of murdering 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor on Stanford University property nearly 50 years ago.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | No comments yet
State has paid or approved over $1B in rent, utility payment relief

More than $1 billion in pandemic-related rent and utility payment assistance has been paid or approved for California residents, state officials announced Monday.

Tuesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Decision time: Three ways the California recall election could go

The recall election could end up with three very different results for the future of Gov. Gavin Newsom and of politics in California. Here's how the scenarios could play out.

Tuesday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment
Community briefs: Backpack donations, county parks survey, Hillview student wins chess honors

In this week's community briefs, a Menlo Park student wins chess honors, youth advisory committee applications open and more.

Tuesday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 13, 2021

37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is back in person — and virtually

The 37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is moving back to its longtime home at the Baylands for in-person races on Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Monday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
District Attorney's two-year investigation of alleged financial misdeeds by former community college chancellor about to conclude

This month, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office expects to conclude its two-year investigation into Ron Galatolo, the former community college district chancellor who is accused of misusing school funds.

Monday, 11:01 AM | 1 comment

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