Almanac Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2022 Almanac Online <![CDATA[A European winter wonderland arrives in East Palo Alto]]> The Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotel has brought back a seasonal pop-up on its outdoor terrace, transforming the space with semi-private wooden chalets, holiday foods, a sweet shop, fake snow and other holiday decor.]]> <![CDATA[Driver in collision that killed parents of twins arraigned, held without bond]]> The two Redwood City drivers facing second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple appeared before a judge on Tuesday. ]]> <![CDATA[Getting ready to ban gas leaf blowers, Menlo Park works on outreach]]> When it comes to phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers, landscape professionals don't have much to say about it, according to outreach efforts by the city of Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert scheduled for Friday]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the winter season's first Spare the Air Alert for Friday, calling for people to abstain from burning materials of any kind in fireplaces or outdoors.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park photographer sentenced to 165 years to life for child molestation]]> A Menlo Park photographer who used his access to children to molest several of them over the last 30 years has been sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for his crimes, San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said.]]> <![CDATA[Seeking to curb emissions, Atherton is gradually phasing out gas, while Portola Valley takes a stricter approach]]> Atherton is taking a gradual approach to going all-electric to curb the use of natural gas, offering exemptions for residents who don't want to give up their gas stoves. Meanwhile, Portola Valley's new rules have fewer loopholes.]]> <![CDATA[Ravenswood School District sends off longtime trustee]]> The Ravenswood School District honored outgoing trustee Ana Maria Pulido on Nov. 18. ]]> <![CDATA[About-face: Why Newsom relented, released $1 billion despite lackluster local homeless plans]]> Two weeks after withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, the governor is now yielding.]]> <![CDATA[New 163-room hotel coming to Menlo Park's Bayfront neighborhood]]> The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted on Nov. 14 to approve a 163-room hotel on a bite-sized property near the bay, despite a mixed reaction from commissioners worried about limited public outreach.]]> <![CDATA[Wood burning discouraged over Thanksgiving holiday weekend]]> Bay Area residents are being asked to avoid burning wood over the Thanksgiving holiday to keep air at a healthier level, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested for Stanford Shopping Center drive-by shooting]]> A man who allegedly fired multiple gunshots during a drive-by shooting at Stanford Shopping Center on Monday evening has been arrested, police said. He was a former employee of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, which was damaged by gunfire.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley mayor concedes to challenger in town council race]]> When the county's updated vote count came out on Friday, Nov. 18, Portola Valley Mayor Craig Hughes said he was ready to accept defeat against retired family physician Mary Hufty in the race for Portola Valley Town Council.]]> <![CDATA[Gunfire reported at Stanford Shopping Center, rounds hit restaurant and empty car]]> Palo Alto police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting on Monday, in which a person fired at least two rounds from a car, striking a window at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and an unoccupied vehicle. No one was injured.]]> <![CDATA[Two drivers arrested on murder charges in Redwood City crash that killed parents of twin girls]]> Two drivers, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested and face second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle crash in Redwood City that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple, police said Monday. ]]> <![CDATA[Monthslong investigation into firearms seized in East Palo Alto leads to eight arrests]]> A joint operation by multiple law enforcement agencies investigating firearms seized in East Palo Alto resulted in eight arrests last week related to allegations of firearms possession and gang activity, San Francisco police said.]]> <![CDATA[Annual Holiday Fund drive kicks off]]> The Almanac Holiday Fund is kicking off this week, raising money to support local nonprofits that serve children, families and individuals in our community.]]> <![CDATA[Nearly 20% of San Mateo County residents can get a free pass for county parks]]> All San Mateo County residents will soon be able to access the county's 16,000 acres of parkland after the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to give low-income families and individuals annual County Park passes.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park resident confronts intruder in her kitchen; police link suspect to thefts in 3 cities]]> A call to police from a Menlo Park resident who had confronted an intruder in her home Saturday morning, Nov. 19, led to the arrest of a woman tied to thefts in three cities. ]]> <![CDATA[Man robbed, assaulted with pistol during date Friday]]> A man's date Friday with a woman he'd met on an app turned into a nightmare when two men, apparently acquainted with the woman, robbed and assaulted him. ]]> <![CDATA[State officials: Transmission of flu, COVID-19 and RSV is growing 'in every category']]> Transmission of the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus is increasing statewide simultaneously and could lead to overwhelmed hospitals this winter, one of the state's top health officials said Thursday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Judge sentences Elizabeth Holmes to over 11 years in prison]]> A federal judge sentenced Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes to 11 years and three months in prison on Friday, citing the need for investors in Silicon Valley startups to be able to take "risks free from fraud."]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park City Council wants more concessions from Meta on Willow Village]]> The Menlo Park City Council met on Nov. 15 and asked Meta to make concessions on its massive mixed-use Willow Village development in the Belle Haven neighborhood, with a final council decision expected before the end of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Tiles from prominent muralist's work, sold to Woodsider in 1984, found near Costco]]> A mural sold to a Woodsider in 1984 was found discarded near Costco in Redwood City. Now the artist's son is trying to figure out what happened to the mural, and whether he can cobble together the missing tiles.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: M-A's canned food drive kicks off, Becker presents Menlo Park with $4.5 million check and more]]> In this week's community briefs, M-A is holding its annual canned food drive, state Sen. Josh Becker presents $4.5 million check for Menlo Park's electrification program and more.]]> <![CDATA[17-year-old driver could face murder charges for deadly car crash]]> The 17-year-old involved in the car crash that resulted in the death of two local parents is still in the hospital and may face manslaughter or murder charges upon his release.]]> <![CDATA[The great pickleball debate comes to Menlo Park]]> The debate between pickleball and tennis in Menlo Park is heating up as residents fight for court space in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Flu transmission has increased over prior 2 weeks to higher than normal levels]]> Flu transmission in Santa Clara County is higher than normal for this time of year and has been increasing for the last two weeks, county health officials said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park commission weighs traffic, environmental impacts of future housing growth]]> Worse traffic and poor air quality caused by construction are among the impacts expected when Menlo Park builds out its ambitious new housing plans, according to a study reviewed by the Planning Commission on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[California commission overhauls rooftop solar proposal, dropping controversial fee]]> The California Public Utilities Commission released a long-awaited overhaul of its proposed rooftop solar installations, after criticism from the governor and solar advocates that it could hurt the transition to renewable energy.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park weighs traffic, environmental impacts caused by planned housing growth]]> Worse traffic and poor air quality caused by construction are among the impacts expected when Menlo Park builds out its ambitious new housing plans spurred by state mandates.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: FDA expands eligibility for omicron booster vaccines to children ages 5-11]]> Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine targeting strains of the omicron variant after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the vaccine's authorization on Wednesday, Oct. 12.]]>