If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Almanac Online <![CDATA[California among states filing suit over pandemic relief funding to schools]]> A multistate lawsuit filed against the Trump administration accuses U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of preventing COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from being dispersed to K-12 public schools.]]> <![CDATA[Passenger killed in fatal Woodside crash near Fogarty Winery was Campbell man]]> A passenger who died in a crash along Skyline Boulevard in Woodside on Friday evening has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 27-year-old Campbell resident Woodrow Gibson.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Activist group calls on Palo Alto to 'desegregate' Foothills Park]]> About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County leads state in census response rate]]> San Mateo County is leading the state in census returns with 72.8% of households having responded as of June 30, but county officials say more work is needed to ensure that the hardest to count populations are included. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo fire board OKs budget, eliminates new positions]]> The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board unanimously approved a new budget June 16 after removing funds for proposed new positions and staff reclassifications.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park triathlete and coffee entrepreneur to run for City Council]]> Max Fennell has made a name for himself as a triathlete and entrepreneur living in Menlo Park. Now he's planning to run for the City Council's District 3 seat on a platform aimed at lowering the cost of living. ]]> <![CDATA[Letters to the editor: Black lives matter, supporting local businesses, racist housing covenants]]> Letters to the editor in the July 3, 2020, issue on a Black Lives matter protest in Portola Valley, racist housing covenants, local mask donations and supporting local businesses.]]> <![CDATA[North Fair Oaks: Man hurt in illegal fireworks explosion]]> A 20-year-old man suffered lacerations and burns to his face and hand after a glass bottle with illegal fireworks inside of it blew up in front of a North Fair Oaks building Thursday night (July 2).]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Newark man arrested for sexual assault following incidents at Ace Hardware]]> A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly sexually assaulting two Menlo Park women at Ace Hardware, according to Menlo Park police.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Driver arrested for DUI following fatal crash near Fogarty Winery]]> A 27-year-old man died and another was flown to Stanford Hospital with major injuries after a suspected DUI crash Friday night on Skyline Boulevard near the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Open space facilities reopen, library events go virtual]]> This week's community briefs: Open space district reopens restrooms, San Mateo County's tax assessment rolls continue to rise and library events go virtual.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton budget remains healthy, despite COVID-19]]> The Atherton City Council voted 5-0 to approve the town's 2020-2021 fiscal year budget at its June 17 meeting, with signs that the town is weathering the storm of economic impacts brought on by COVID-19. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes in East Palo Alto]]> A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.]]> <![CDATA[What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools]]> California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisors vote to encourage all employers to offer telecommuting options]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to encourage all employers in the county to offer employees the option to work from home and telecommute when feasible.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online]]> Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton, Woodside high schools to open in the fall with a mix of online and in-school learning]]> After some weeks of uncertainty about the fate of student learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sequoia Union High School District has announced that students will return part-time to school campuses this fall. ]]> <![CDATA[The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient]]> Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-city fireworks summit examines enforcement, culture change]]> Loud explosions on East Palo Alto's city streets formed a backdrop for a public meeting on Monday night as leaders from three cities met to discuss the growing problem of fireworks.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Mayor to host wildfire preparedness town hall June 30]]> Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Mayor hosts wildfire prevention town hall June 30]]> Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire. ]]> <![CDATA[Coroner's Office identifies San Jose woman killed in Highway 280 crash near Portola Valley]]> A fatal solo-vehicle crash was reported Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Portola Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto: Man sentenced for 2015 fatal shooting, earlier non-fatal shooting]]> A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 95 years in prison for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2015 as well as a non-fatal shooting months earlier, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain, SamTrans launch COVID-19 customer surveys]]> Caltrain and SamTrans launched customer surveys Monday to try to find out rider preferences and priorities amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[High school athletes start conditioning, with restrictions]]> As Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools prepares to reopen this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many student athletes have begun their summer conditioning exercises.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County inmates win demands after 10-day hunger strike]]> Rodrigo Prieto and other inmates in a San Mateo County jail didn't eat for 10 days, striking in protest of unfair food prices and a lack of video visits. But then, they won. ]]> <![CDATA[Police chiefs, community leaders tackle systemic racism as calls for change get louder]]> On Thursday, a panel of community leaders discussed use-of-force policies and ways to reform policing to improve accountability.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County supervisors extend eviction moratoriums to July 28]]> Amidst a high unemployment rate and rising anxiety from households struggling with rent, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend an eviction moratorium ordinance through July 28.]]> <![CDATA[Unprecedented fireworks explosions frazzle residents]]> Local police departments say they are responding in force to a growing number of fireworks complaints in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto ahead of the Fourth of July.]]> <![CDATA[Longtime Almanac lifestyle editor Jane Knoerle dies at 95]]> Jane Hazelton Knoerle, who worked as a staff writer and lifestyle section editor for The Almanac for four decades and served as a role model for several generations of reporters, died June 19 in Southern California at the age of 95. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton City Council greenlights new three-story Menlo College dormitory]]> The Atherton City Council unanimously approved the construction of a new three-story student dormitory building on the Menlo College campus at its June 17 meeting. ]]> <![CDATA[County supervisors OK hundreds of new Tasers for Sheriff's Office, voice support for Black Lives Matter]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to both pass a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and to approve a budget that sets aside nearly $1 million to purchase 310 new Tasers.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales: $4.1 million Menlo Park home is the week’s highest seller]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $4.1 million for a recently updated four-bedroom home in West Menlo Park. The property last sold in 2019 for $2.1 million.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's adopted budget cuts 'to the bone']]> With a planned surplus of only $1, the Menlo Park City Council voted Tuesday night, June 23, to finalize an unprecedentedly lean budget to start off the new fiscal year on July 1. ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Clothing drive, COVID-19 scams, local family's music video]]> This week: A clothing drive is set for Sunday, the San Mateo County DA offers a warning of COVID-19 contact tracer scams, and a Portola Valley family shares a fun music video to raise spirits in the age of the coronavirus. ]]> <![CDATA[Driver dies after vehicle hit by lumber truck on Highway 280 in Woodside]]> A Freeway Service Patrol driver died Tuesday afternoon in a crash on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in Woodside, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said. ]]>