If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Why are key California affordable housing bills bottled up?]]> Affordable housing advocates are asking why bills supported by Senate leader Toni Atkins are stuck in the Assembly. One answer appears to be a provision pushed by the State Building and Construction Trades Council.]]> <![CDATA[How Woodside, Portola Valley considered appealing their latest housing allocations, but stopped short]]> Portola Valley and Woodside officials are not happy about huge increases in the number of new housing units they're obliged to accommodate, but chose not to appeal their latest allotments, saying there's no chance for success. ]]> <![CDATA[Free school meals for all here to stay in California]]> With 1 in every 6 children facing hunger in the U.S., California is the first state to promise every public school student -- all 6 million of them -- free school meals.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside moves ballot measure election to November]]> A townwide election to allow for more outdoor gatherings in Woodside has been postponed to November because the first election date overlapped with Labor Day weekend.]]> <![CDATA['Is something around the corner?' Small businesses reopen to find new challenges]]> California's economy is no longer at its nadir. But small businesses are still working to get back to normal, and are struggling with hiring, child care for their workers and uncertainty of future outbreaks.]]> <![CDATA[Longtime Woodside Postal Service worker hangs up her hat]]> From a miniature horse to homemade baked goods, recently retired longtime postal worker Lydia Vasquez looks back on her fondest memories while working in Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[California under flex alert Wednesday, residents urged to conserve energy]]> California residents are being asked to conserve energy Wednesday by the state's power grid operator because of tight power supplies and excessive heat.]]> <![CDATA[New CDC advice: Most vaccinated Californians should wear masks indoors]]> Under the CDC's new mask recommendations, vaccinated people in 45 California counties -- all of its most populous areas -- are advised to wear masks in public indoor places.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Jack Phillips, Suzanne Stephen Weeks, Glena Lois Ballentine]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Jack Phillips, 82, Suzanne Stephens Weeks, 100, and Glena Louis Ballentine, 95.]]> <![CDATA[To create more equitable communities, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative updates Community Fund program]]> Now in its fifth year, the program is taking applications for grants that will benefit local organizations addressing socioeconomic gaps.]]> <![CDATA[Construction begins on expansion of Belle Haven child care center]]> Work began this month to expand All Five preschool in Belle Haven. New buildings are slated for completion in late September as the school enrolls infants and toddlers and grows from 24 to 76 children this fall.]]> <![CDATA[Forever chemicals: California unveils health goals for contaminated drinking water]]> California has taken the first big step toward regulating "forever chemicals." Its proposed goals, which aim to make cancer risk negligible, are lower than federal guidelines for drinking water.]]> <![CDATA[State employees, health care workers must show proof of vaccination]]> Amid climbing numbers of hospitalizations and a test positivity rate of 80% for the COVID-19 delta variant, state employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination, state officials announced Monday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Community college district to offer at least 30% of courses in-person this fall]]> After shutting down when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the San Mateo County Community College District plans to offer at least 30% of its class sections on-campus this the fall.]]> <![CDATA[Bullet train budget battle: Should California spend more on urban transit, not high-speed rail?]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom wants $4.2 billion to finish the Central Valley link for the bullet train, but legislators aren’t sold. The governor and fellow Democrats are negotiating whether to spend more on urban transportation projects.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: California reopened, and it's time to return to health]]> While all of us need to remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, especially as new variants enter our communities, we also need to be vigilant when it comes to taking care of our health.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia Hospital hits impasse with Anthem over contract negotiations, putting patients out of network]]> Dignity Health, the largest nonprofit hospital network in California, announced this month that it no longer has an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross, claiming the health insurer refuses to pay its fair share for hospital services.]]> <![CDATA[Seven new 'breakthrough' COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford in a week]]> Seven vaccinated students at Stanford University have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, university leaders said in an announcement to students and staff on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy]]> As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to start requiring face masks at county facilities on Monday]]> Starting Monday, face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities "out of an abundance of caution" due to rising COVID-19 case rates, the county announced Thursday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Sequoias residents give out scholarships, solar rebates and walkathon for foster kids]]> In this week's community briefs, free movie nights in Redwood City, Portola Valley retirement community hands out its first ever scholarships, solar rebates offered and more.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to legalize home cooking businesses and offer start-up grants for home chefs]]> Home chefs in San Mateo County now have a path toward legally selling their creations, following a unanimous decision by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Inspired by the pandemic, Menlo Park women create phone buddy program for isolated seniors]]> When the pandemic triggered widespread shutdowns last year, Menlo Park resident Laura Steuer had already put herself in lockdown, as she had a preexisting condition that made her vulnerable to COVID-19. ]]> <![CDATA[State launches $40M grant program to encourage COVID-19 vaccines in doctors' offices]]> The CalVaxGrant program will make $40 million in grants available to help doctors' offices and small practices safely store and administer more COVID-19 vaccines.]]> <![CDATA[SLAC welcomes Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm]]> Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm made a virtual visit to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.]]> <![CDATA[County health officials urge vaccinations, indoor masking with rise as COVID-19 cases increase]]> As COVID-19 cases increase slightly in San Mateo County, health officials say that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against the virus, including the contagious delta variant.]]> <![CDATA[Local school districts face rising pension, COVID-19 reopening costs]]> The expense of reopening classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rising pension costs are dominating local school districts' most recent budget reports.]]> <![CDATA[PAMF, Sutter Health face suit over allegedly racist workplace]]> An eye surgeon who was once the highest-ranking Black physician in a leadership role at Palo Alto Medical Foundation has filed a lawsuit alleging PAMF and Sutter Health maintained a racially toxic workplace.]]> <![CDATA[Universal basic income? California moves to be first state to fund pilot efforts]]> Once the bill is signed, cities and counties can apply for funding from a $35 million pool to support current or new initiatives.]]> <![CDATA[Summer school programs get a boost after year of pandemic losses]]> Teachers hope to combat "summer slide" after a year of distance learning with extra summer school programming. ]]> <![CDATA[Carjacking suspect arrested near Facebook Saturday morning]]> Police arrested a man suspected of carjacking on July 17 near Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.]]> <![CDATA[Woman side-swiped by car after telling man to leave her property]]> A Portola Valley woman told police on Monday, July 12, that a man side-swiped her with his car after approaching her about having her driveway repaved.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Loving a job for 40 years]]> In a guest opinion, recently retired Menlo Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman looks back on his decadeslong fire service career.]]> <![CDATA[National Weather Service cancels red flag warning for Bay Area]]> The National Weather Service has canceled a red flag warning as thunderstorms anticipated in the Bay Area are now unlikely to show up at all.]]> <![CDATA[Residents encouraged to 'know your zone' for evacuations]]> San Mateo County emergency managers have divided the Peninsula into more than 300 evacuation zones in preparation for wildfire season, and all residents are encouraged to memorize their zone code to help save lives. ]]>