If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Cantor Arts Center head is asked to leave]]> Following an external investigation into workplace problems at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, Susan Dackerman, the director of the museum since September 2017, is stepping down, a Nov. 18 email from Stanford University stated. ]]> <![CDATA[High school district parents, teachers and students at odds over returning to classrooms]]> As Sequoia Union High School District officials make plans for a return to in-person learning, teachers say "no."]]> <![CDATA[Calling for 'increased vigilance,' Stanford to require COVID-19 testing for all on-campus employees]]> Starting Jan. 4, all Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on campus will be required to get tested for COVID-19 rather than on a voluntary basis.]]> <![CDATA[Registration starts for Menlo Park district's preschool]]> Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open for parents interested in the Early Learning Center preschool, which has locations in Atherton and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Monthslong investigation nabs three men on firearms, robbery charges]]> San Mateo County sheriff's deputies and San Jose police detectives arrested three men on a variety of weapons and robbery charges Monday, Nov. 16, following a monthslong investigation.]]> <![CDATA[Mothers Against Murder offers $5,000 reward for information in East Palo Alto homicide]]> A nonprofit organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed a man found dead in an East Palo Alto park on Nov. 7, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Teen arrested after failed carjacking attempt]]> Menlo Park police officers arrested a 16-year-old female from East Palo Alto after she allegedly tried to drive away with a vehicle that had been parked in downtown Menlo Park the evening of Nov. 18. ]]> <![CDATA[Years in the works, a new plan to tackle Menlo Park's transportation woes gains approval]]> After three and a half years, Menlo Park's comprehensive Transportation Master Plan finally won approval from the City Council Tuesday. ]]> <![CDATA[From 10 to zero: Local school districts report their COVID-19 cases since campuses reopened to students]]> COVID-19 cases are cropping up at local public school districts which have reopened classrooms to students, and some districts are posting data, giving an insight into how the coronavirus impacts local schools.]]> <![CDATA[Mixed-use Station 1300 project rebranded under new developer]]> The 6.4-acre mixed-use development under construction at the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and El Camino Real has been taken over from Greenheart Land Co. by Presidio Bay Ventures, a commercial real estate investment firm. ]]> <![CDATA[Council favors issuing Measure T bonds for new community center]]> Despite a pandemic-ravaged budget, the Menlo Park City Council is exploring ways to fund a new pool, plus safety and sustainability additions to a new community center in Belle Haven that Facebook has proposed to rebuild. ]]> <![CDATA[Governor announces nightly curfew for most of the state, starting Saturday]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order for California that will go into effect Saturday night and last for a month to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[Newly elected Las Lomitas board member steps down, leaving two seats to fill]]> Board member-elect Jody Leng said she won't assume her seat on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board. With the recent resignation of board president Jon Venverloh, there are now two open seats to fill.]]> <![CDATA[Health officer: San Mateo County 'much better prepared' to cope with rising COVID-19 cases]]> San Mateo County's COVID-19 cases are on the rise, mirroring the statewide and national trend, but health officials say the county is prepared this time around.]]> <![CDATA[County supervisors approve Flood Park renovations]]> Years in the works, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Nov. 10 to approve landscaping plans to renovate and upgrade parts of Flood Park, including adding new sports fields, a pump track, and amphitheater.]]> <![CDATA[To aid struggling restaurants, county to limit third-party delivery fees]]> To help struggling restaurants weather the winter, San Mateo County supervisors on Tuesday passed restrictions limiting how much third-party delivery apps can charge county restaurants to provide deliveries and takeout services. ]]> <![CDATA[$130,000 grant to go to county's Safe Routes to School program]]> A state grant will put $130,000 toward the county's bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Diana Thomas, Sharon Graham Niederhaus, Ronald Reis, Walter Jaye]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Diana Hawley Thomas, 75, Sharon Graham Niederhaus, 78, Ronald P. Reis, 73, and Walter Eric Jaye, 95.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley kicks off first-ever 'hensus']]> While the period for collecting information for the U.S. census ended last month, the town of Portola Valley has undertaken a population survey of its own -- a "hensus."]]> <![CDATA[Las Lomitas meeting Wednesday on replacing school board president who resigned following wife's racist twitter comments]]> The Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board will discuss how to replace its outgoing board president who resigned last week amid profane tweets from his wife.]]> <![CDATA[Governor pulls 'emergency brake' on reopenings as coronavirus cases spike. San Mateo County moves back to red tier]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued new orders to pull the "emergency brake" on the virus, pushing San Mateo County back into the red tier and Santa Clara County back two tiers into purple, the most restrictive, effective Nov. 17.]]> <![CDATA[High school district cautiously begins search for new superintendent]]> The Sequoia Union High School District has begun the task of replacing Superintendent Mary Streshly, who was ousted this fall after teachers and administrators called for her firing.]]> <![CDATA[California joins Oregon, Washington asking people to limit travel, self-quarantine over spiking COVID-19 cases]]> In response to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases around the country, California joined two other western states Friday asking people to limit travel and abide by voluntary self-quarantine guidelines for the foreseeable future. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[School board election updates: Little change in races since election night]]> The apparent winners in local school board races have held onto their leads since election night, with only 3% of ballots still to be counted, according to the latest results posted by the San Mateo County Elections Office.]]> <![CDATA[Defeat of Prop. 15 denies schools more revenue]]> Voters have rejected Proposition 15, a large tax increase on commercial properties, depriving schools of what could have been a significant source of revenue. Backers conceded defeat on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Older students head back to classrooms at Corte Madera]]> After eight months, Corte Madera School students returned to campus this week.]]> <![CDATA[County officials brace for holiday season as COVID-19 cases are on the uptick]]> While San Mateo County remained in the orange tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy for a third consecutive week, health officials reported a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases for the first week of November.]]> <![CDATA[Death of inmate at county correctional facility under investigation]]> The death of an inmate Tuesday afternoon at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City is under investigation, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Suspect pleads insanity in killing of former Atherton town arborist]]> The man charged with murdering Atherton's former town arborist, Kathy Hughes Anderson, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.]]> <![CDATA[What Vice President-elect Harris means for California]]> Goodbye, state of resistance. Hello, state of influence. California's status shifted dramatically with the election of Joe Biden as the next president, thanks to his choice of Californian Kamala Harris as vice president. ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Expanded shuttle route, Census response; new M-A scholarships]]> Community briefs: free shuttle adds local stops, county takes first in California for its self-response rate on 2020 census, Menlo-Atherton High School Black Student Union announces scholarship program]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain votes to close Atherton train station in December]]> Caltrain took the final steps last week to officially shut down train service in Atherton in December. Next month will see the end of rail service and the start of construction to secure the soon-to-be defunct Atherton station.]]> <![CDATA[No surprises in uncontested Woodside Town Council election]]> The Woodside Town Council will have two new members to swear in when it reconvenes in December, plus two incumbents returning to the council.<br /> ]]>