Almanac Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Ravenswood City School District board to vote next week on 400-unit teacher housing proposal]]> The Ravenswood City School District is looking to ink an agreement for an affordable housing project that could bring 450 affordable homes to 2120 Euclid Ave., the site of the district office.]]> <![CDATA[Hateful speech via Zoom jars Atherton council as online trolling seeks to disrupt public meetings]]> Hate-laden remarks bombarded the Atherton City Council meeting Wednesday night, Sept. 20, in what apparently is part of a trolling effort by extremists targeting public forums across the country.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic advisory issued for Embarcadero, El Camino and Sand Hill Road]]> Increased traffic is expected on Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23.]]> <![CDATA[Pedestrian struck, killed by California Highway Patrol officer with DUI suspect in vehicle on Highway 92]]> A California Highway Patrol officer struck and killed a man who was running across State Highway 92 on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, CHP Capt. Jason Cavett said during a press conference on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Another Spare the Air alert issued for Friday due to wildfire smoke]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended a Spare the Air alert through Friday due to wildfire smoke that continues to linger in the region from fires burning further north in California and southern Oregon.]]> <![CDATA[New studies aim to speed up Palo Alto's redesign of rail crossings]]> Eager to take advantage of recently acquired federal and state grants, Palo Alto is preparing to speed up its tortuous, decade-long effort to choose preferred alternatives for redesigning three rail crossings.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton celebrates centennial, tracing back 100 years of history on the Peninsula]]> This Sunday, Sept. 24, Atherton plans to commemorate that history with a centennial celebration at the Town Center, 80 Fair Oaks Lane, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration will feature exhibits on the town's characteristics.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Fire Protection District to donate fire engine to Maui Fire Department]]> The Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted on Sept. 19 to donate a surplus fire engine to the Maui Fire Department in the wake of the fires that spread across the island.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto resident Offir Gutelzon leads massive Bay Area protest against Benjamin Netanyahu]]> Palo Alto based entrepreneur Offir Gutelzon led a massive, five-part protest Monday, Sept. 18, across San Jose, Fremont and Union Square San Francisco, to boo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Elon Musk.]]> <![CDATA[Redwood City resident dies in 4-car hit-and-run crash on Highway 101]]> A Redwood City man died, and another person was injured in a hit-and-run crash that involved four cars on Sunday, Sept. 17, the California Highway Patrol said in a collision report released on Tuesday, Sept. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Carriages and old cars: San Mateo County's newest local history museum breaks ground]]> A longtime dream to put the San Mateo County History Museum's collection of rare 19th-century horse-drawn carriages on public display broke ground on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[SLAC's powerful new X-ray offers a great leap in scientific research into quantum materials]]> SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) has spent more than a decade developing an X-ray that can take images of atoms at greater speeds than ever before. It's just produced its first images, promising a great leap in research.]]> <![CDATA[Bleeding, shirtless 'bodybuilder' struggles with police in Menlo Park and Belmont, injuring seven officers]]> A total of seven police officers were injured while struggling with a suspect who looked like a bodybuilder over the weekend, first two in Belmont and then five more in Menlo Park, authorities said.]]> <![CDATA[After a branch falls in the night, Oak Knoll Elementary School prepares to lose its cherished tree]]> Throughout Oak Knoll Elementary's 72-year history in Menlo Park, children have cavorted beneath the towering oak tree in the middle of the playground. Then a large limb came crashing down, sealing the tree's fate. ]]> <![CDATA[Becker bill seeks to end 'cruel' price markups at prison stores]]> Seeking to curb what he calls cruel and egregious markups at California prisons, state Sen. Josh Becker is spearheading a law that would cap prices on items sold at canteen stores.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrans: Plenty of work still to do on landslide-damaged section of Highway 84 in Woodside]]> There's still much to do before the landslide-damaged section of Highway 84 in Woodside is fully repaired, according to Caltrans. ]]> <![CDATA[Local residents who have died recently: Bridger, Gaetano and Murad]]> Local residents who have died recently include Jessica Stagner Bridger, John Gaetano and Dr. Ferid Murad. ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Sheriff's Office sounds alarm after recent residential break-in]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Letters to the editor for Sept. 15]]> In this week's letters to the editor, readers discuss state politics, PG&E solar fees, making downtown Menlo Park more appealing, and offer a friendly invitation to Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Artist who painted Taylor Swift's butterfly mural debuts new work in Palo Alto]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto police to add surveillance to prime shopping areas]]> Boosted by a state grant, the Palo Alto Police Department is preparing to add more undercover officers to Stanford Shopping Center and other central shopping areas and deploy GPS technology that tracks suspect vehicles if they flee.]]> <![CDATA[The learning recovery that wasn't: Missed opportunities and the ongoing cost of COVID]]> Money is running low, and time is short to help America's students fully regain the learning they lost since the pandemic. Based on their academic struggles and mental health challenges, a report concluded that most probably won't.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley council opts for stricter fire codes, saying improving safety is worth the cost]]> Is protecting Portola Valley against fire dangers worth imposing costlier and more stringent regulations on its residents? The Town Council said yes, unanimously adopting new fire code regulations on Wednesday. ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Electric train tour, Public Works open house, new SamTrans board member and more]]> This week in community briefs, Menlo Park Public Works hosts an open house with a petting zoo, Caltrain offers activities at the library, West Nile virus is found in Palo Alto and SamTrans votes in a new board member. ]]> <![CDATA[Kaiser Permanente union members authorize strike if contract talks fail]]> A Kaiser Permanente union representing tens of thousands of California health care workers said Thursday its members will strike if the two sides can't reach a contract agreement by the end of the month.]]> <![CDATA[As COVID-19 cases increase, health officials urge people to get updated vaccine]]> Bay Area and statewide COVID-19 infections rates are up over the past couple of months and health officials are advising people to get the updated vaccines when they become available. ]]> <![CDATA[Team Sheeper wins contract to operate Menlo Park's city swimming pools for next five years]]> Menlo Park City Council approved a contract with Team Sheeper to continue operations at Burgess Pool and take over the new Menlo Park Community Center pools in Belle Haven.]]> <![CDATA[Australian race car driver charged in fatal La Honda crash is out on bail]]> The Australian race car driver charged with vehicular manslaughter for a fatal crash on state Highway 84 in San Mateo County is out on bail.]]> <![CDATA[Search ends in Wyoming for Palo Alto dentist]]> Retired 76-year-old Palo Alto dentist Steve Keller, who went missing 10 days ago in the Wyoming wilderness, has not been found and a search for him has ended.]]> <![CDATA[Opioid antidote naloxone now available in drug stores]]> Naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the adverse effects of opioids, became available in drug stores last week. The drug is sold under the brand names Narcan and RiVive and can be purchased over the counter.]]> <![CDATA[Wildland fire chars open space land near Page Mill Road]]> Firefighters battled a grass fire near Monte Bello Open Space Preserve in the Palo Alto foothills, according to an alert from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire).]]> <![CDATA[Bill to allow Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes in California heads to governor's desk]]> A bill by a state legislator from San Francisco to allow Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes in California has been approved by the Legislature and is headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[West Nile Virus detected in mosquitos in portions of Mountain View and Palo Alto]]> Mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) have been found in parts of Mountain View and Palo Alto, according to a recent Santa Clara County advisory statement.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Planning Commission OKs 432-unit housing development in Bayfront neighborhood]]> Menlo Park is moving forward with a 432-unit development and 67-foot-tall development in the Bayfront neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Aging expert and local physician Dr. Walter Bortz II dies at 93]]> ]]>