If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Weather service forecasts rain for Bay Area as soon as Tuesday]]> The National Weather Service is forecasting a return of rainy weather to the Bay Area this week for the first time in a while, but exactly how much and when it will fall is still uncertain.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Vote yes on Measure B]]> The Almanac recommends Menlo Park City School District residents vote yes on Measure B, the parcel tax measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: No on Measure A]]> In a guest opinion, Woodside resident Don Pugh writes about why he opposes Measure A, which is on the Nov. 2 ballot in town.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Yes on Woodside's Measure A]]> In a guest opinion, the Woodside residents behind Measure A, Peter Bailey and Alex Tauber, write about their support of the initiative and the background behind it.]]> <![CDATA[Weather service forecasts rain in the Bay Area early next week]]> The National Weather Service is forecasting a return of rainy weather to the Bay Area next week for the first time in a while, but exactly how much and when it will fall is still uncertain.]]> <![CDATA[Are immigrants getting left out of California's rent relief?]]> Non-English speaking immigrants face some of the biggest hurdles to receiving California rent relief. Advocates say informal leases, lack of technology access and language barriers are getting in the way.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police get grant to combat harm from alcohol]]> The Menlo Park Police Department received over $70,000 in grant money to fight against alcohol-related harm, the department announced on Wednesday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide: Measure A asks Woodside voters to decide on zoning changes to two parcels in town's center]]> Voters will decide this November whether to change zoning on two pieces of land in central Woodside to enable consideration of expanded outdoor dining opportunities and potential construction of an amphitheater for community events.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Housing meeting in Portola Valley, Atherton's new volunteer patrol]]> In this week's community briefs, local meetings on housing, volunteers sought for Atherton patrol group and more.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council mulls options to encourage commuters to ditch solo driving]]> It wasn't long ago when one of the most frequently cited problems with Menlo Park was its traffic. As Menlo Park recovers from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the City Council is renewing efforts to mitigate that traffic.]]> <![CDATA[Pandemic blamed for staff shortages at local schools]]> Mei Chan is the CBO for the Las Lomitas district, but lately, she also serves as a crossing guard. Midpeninsula school districts are having trouble finding people to fill a variety of positions, from substitute teachers to bus drivers.]]> <![CDATA[California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law]]> Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began implementing bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.]]> <![CDATA[Mandatory jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses to end in 2022]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 5 signed a bill that ends mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Ernest Edward Goitein, 96, Louella "Lou" Elizabeth Harrington, 98, Irving Holzberg, 82, and Mary Margaret "Peggy" Merz, 87.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Portola Valley housing meeting Thursday; Woodside resident, teacher win awards]]> In this week's community briefs, a Woodside resident and teacher win awards and a housing meeting planned in Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom's vetoes: Why did the governor block California bills?]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom had his reasons for blocking California bills passed by the Legislature: cost, duplication and some politics. Overall, he signed 770 bills into law and vetoed 66, or about 8%.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Mysterious closed City Council meeting violates protocols and raises questions]]> Three members of Menlo Park's City Council have authorized a closed session meeting at 3:30 p.m. today (Oct. 12), when the two other City Council members are unable to attend due to their full-time jobs. ]]> <![CDATA[Las Lomitas school board appoints two trustees following resignations]]> The Las Lomitas school board has appointed two new members after recent resignations. ]]> <![CDATA[New poll finds 71% of Bay Area residents think quality of life has declined]]> Bay Area residents grappling with the high cost of living, growing homelessness and high taxes say the quality of life has sunk in recent years, with a record number looking to leave the region altogether, according to a new survey.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees]]> Stanford is requiring all employees, whether working remotely or from the office, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless they have a medical or religious accommodation.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: FDA advisory panel recommends Moderna booster for vulnerable groups]]> A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine as a booster shot against COVID-19 on Thursday, paving the way for possible approval. ]]>