If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Menlo Park to pay $5.5 million to make 14 apartments affordable]]> The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Feb. 23 to spend $5.5 million from the city's below market rate housing fund to help the San Mateo County nonprofit HIP Housing purchase 14 apartments to preserve as affordable housing. ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Answering the call]]> Readers answered our call for Holiday Fund donations at a critical time for nonprofit organizations, raising $272,000 in the 2020-21 campaign.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to hold vaccine clinics in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto for eligible residents]]> Following calls for more equitable vaccine distribution, Belle Haven seniors and essential workers will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine clinic March 13. A clinic is also set for East Palo Alto residents March 9.]]> <![CDATA[State allows stadiums, entertainment venues and amusement parks to reopen at limited capacities]]> For the first time in roughly a year, Bay Area residents will be able to attend outdoor sporting and entertainment events and amusement parks, state officials announced Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[Teacher vaccine sign ups ramp up]]> Teacher vaccinations are well underway locally, with some school districts reporting that 90% of their staff has gotten the COVID-19 vaccine so far.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom signs $6.6 billion school reopening legislative package]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders celebrated the signing Friday of a $6.6 billion legislative package intended to support the statewide reopening of grades K-6 by the end of the month and grades 7-12 in early April.]]> <![CDATA[State allows stadiums, entertainment venues and amusement parks to reopen at limited capacities]]> For the first time in roughly a year, Bay Area residents will be able to attend outdoor sporting and entertainment events and amusement parks, state officials announced Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[State settles teens' lawsuit, allowing high school athletes to resume indoor competitions]]> High school athletes will soon be able to resume indoor sports competitions if their county's COVID-19 case rates are below 14 per 100,000, holding them to the same rules as college athletes.]]> <![CDATA[One year in, here's how the pandemic has changed us]]> As the one-year mark of the Bay Area's stay-at-home order approaches, local residents who've been on the front lines of the pandemic reflect on the hardships, perspectives gained and silver linings of the coronavirus shutdown.]]> <![CDATA[As an educator and a parent, Jessica Clark has experienced the reopening debate from both sides]]> The biggest challenge of the last 12 months remains living with the stress of the unknown, said Jessica Clark, a kindergarten teacher's aide at Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto paramedic reflects on Fire Department's evolving COVID-19 response]]> The human aspect has always been a critical component of the job for Palo Alto firefighters, and it's one that has been put to the test in this year of social distancing.]]> <![CDATA[Health care worker says constant fear is giving way to hopefulness]]> Kerry Boynton, who has worked as a medical assistant at a Mountain View clinic since the start of the pandemic, doesn't sugarcoat her experience: It's been a year filled with sadness, depression, grief, stress and anger.]]> <![CDATA[Grit, family and Latin radio station are the few things helping one family hang on]]> Now a year into the public health crisis, Francisca Vazquez of Palo Alto tells of a seemingly endless marathon for survival and a life that has largely been put on hold.]]> <![CDATA[Fearing racism more than the virus: COVID-19 survivor says crimes against Asian Americans worry her most]]> Over the past year, Palo Alto resident Monica Yeung-Arima says she's also grown concerned about another type of pandemic: xenophobia. Some people have used the virus' origins in China as an excuse for violence]]> <![CDATA[Nonprofit leader, mom and advocate for gig workers shares challenges of her pandemic year]]> Vanessa Bain, an organizer and nonprofit leader who lives in Menlo Park, knows she probably isn't alone in calling the pandemic "the hardest period of protracted, long precarity and uncertainty in my life."]]> <![CDATA[Former Atherton Mayor Malcolm Dudley dies at 88]]> Malcolm Dudley, who served six terms as mayor of Atherton, and was a Navy veteran and retired investment banker, died on Feb. 10 with his family by his side. He was 88.]]> <![CDATA[Tree hacked down on stormy night rattles neighborhood]]> It happened on Jan. 27, the night that an atmospheric river triggered a landslide that sent a huge chunk of Highway 1 near Big Sur crumbling into the ocean.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County officials say 1 in 4 residents has gotten first dose of COVID-19 vaccine]]> As of March 2, 159,357 San Mateo County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 24.8% of the county's population age 16 and older who would be eligible for the vaccine.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Local teens create productivity app, represent state in Senate program]]> In this week's community briefs, an Atherton teen will represent California in Senate program, high schoolers develop a new productivity app, blood donations are needed and COVID relief grant applications open.]]> <![CDATA[California shifts COVID-19 vaccine availability to hardest-hit communities]]> Seeking an "equity" approach to allocating COVID-19 vaccine doses across the state, California health officials announced Thursday that 40% of vaccine doses will be reserved for low-income and minority communities.]]> <![CDATA[Unlicensed teen crashes truck, damages Menlo Fire's East Palo Alto station]]> Three teenagers in a Dodge pickup truck nearly rammed into an East Palo Alto fire station on Tuesday, hitting the rail of the wheelchair access ramp.]]> <![CDATA[New rector takes on leadership at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park]]> St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park has a new rector, the Reverend Daniel Spors, according to a recent announcement from the church.]]> <![CDATA[With fingers crossed, summer camps are planning to resume]]> Just two months into 2021, camps on the Midpeninsula are already looking to make a comeback this summer, which would include, for some, an ambitious revival of their overnight programs.]]> <![CDATA[Young man fatally shot in North Fair Oaks]]> A 22-year-old man died of apparent gunshot wounds in North Fair Oaks on March 2, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[New police chief named in Menlo Park]]> After months of searching, the city of Menlo Park has selected a new police chief: David Norris. ]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Malcolm Hardy Dudley, Mary Alice Byrne]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Malcolm Hardy Dudley, 88, and Mary Alice Byrne, 94.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Gavin Newsom champions new school reopening deal in Palo Alto]]> The day after announcing legislation to incentivize school districts to resume in-person instruction, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Barron Park Elementary School, praising the district as a model that proves campuses can reopen safely.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County enters the red tier on Wednesday, loosening public health restrictions]]> Movie theaters, gyms and restaurants can reopen in Santa Clara County starting Wednesday, after county officials announced that the region is returning to California's less-restrictive red tier.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School student files suit against state for indoor sports ban]]> A Menlo School freshman has filed a lawsuit against San Mateo County, the state and state health officials for prohibiting indoor team sports competitions at the high school level.]]> <![CDATA[Becker, local leaders demand East Palo Alto gets vaccine priority]]> State Sen. Josh Becker joined city and county leaders on Monday to call on the federal and state governments to prioritize vaccines in communities like East Palo Alto, which have been hot spots for COVID-19 cases.]]> <![CDATA[Governor, state Legislature reach deal on $2B for schools to reopen by March 31]]> California lawmakers are expected to pass a new bill Thursday that would push -- though not require -- school districts across the state to reopen for in-person instruction by the end of March.]]> <![CDATA[Nine apartments set to replace two century-old structures in Menlo Park]]> The countdown is on for Menlo Park's used bookstore Feldman's Books to find a new home after a proposal to redevelop the site was approved by the city's Planning Commission on Feb. 22.]]> <![CDATA[Community college district courses to remain mostly online through December]]> San Mateo Community College District classes will remain online through the end of the fall semester. Some in-person instruction will continue for certain essential sectors — such as health care, emergency services and transportation.]]> <![CDATA[Runaway teen missing since Sunday found in Redwood City area]]> Eva Canter, 15, who ran away from a West Menlo Park home on Sunday, was found after a resident saw her in the Redwood City area on Monday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Offic]]> <![CDATA[Letters to the editor: High-density housing, Stanford Wedge project]]> Letters to the editor on high-density housing, the proposed Stanford Wedge project in Portola Valley and an opportunity for Republicans.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside foundation helps larger community get through 2020]]> Flexibility. One of the best words to describe 2020 also applies to the Woodside Community Foundation’s stepped up approach to helping others this year.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley schools project fosters creativity, gratitude]]> Students honored everyday heroes with unique awards as part of a recent project.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County hazard pay ordinance for grocery store workers is postponed for equity review]]> A proposal to temporarily require large grocery and drug stores to offer hazard pay to frontline workers in unincorporated county areas is on hold while it is reviewed to ensure that its outcomes will be equitable. ]]> <![CDATA[12 months into the pandemic, 'One year in' series seeks readers' perspectives]]> To mark the anniversary of the first stay-at-home order, The Almanac is preparing to publish a two-part series that captures how the pandemic and the shutdown have affected local residents.]]> <![CDATA[Attempted strong-armed robbery at Atherton home]]> Police have arrested one of two men who allegedly attempted to rob a man in front of his Atherton home last weekend and injured the man's wife after shooting a gun in her direction.]]> <![CDATA[After eight months, Portola Valley's weekly BLM demonstrators stay committed]]> BLM protesters in Portola Valley have been gathering for eight months.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia high school district classrooms set to reopen April 5]]> After nearly a year of distance learning, Sequoia Union High School District students will have the option to return to classrooms on April 5, pending ratification of an agreement with the teachers union.]]> <![CDATA[Daly City COVID-19 vaccine clinic open to all San Mateo County residents 65 and up on Friday and Saturday]]> This Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, San Mateo County residents 65 years and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Jefferson High School in Daly City.]]> <![CDATA[In controversial vote, council picks new firm for Menlo Park's legal services]]> In a tense 3-2 vote, the Menlo Park City Council opted to end its decadeslong ties with the Menlo Park-based law firm Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure and Flegel in favor of a new legal services contract with Burke, Williams and Sorensen.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford, optimistic about COVID-19 trends, to allow juniors and seniors back on campus]]> Stanford University will allow juniors and seniors to come back to campus in late March, signaling administrators' optimism about local public health conditions and the university's ability to control the spread of COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[High school families rally for students to return to classrooms]]> On Tuesday, after nearly a year of distance learning, about 125 students, parents and teachers rallied for the Sequoia Union High School District to reopen its classrooms when San Mateo County improves to the COVID-19 red tier.]]> <![CDATA[Early morning fire sends 2 people to the hospital, displaces family of 7]]> A residential fire has injured three people, two of whom were sent to the hospital, and displaced a family of seven in East Palo Alto early Thursday, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.]]> <![CDATA[$47M in rental relief coming to San Mateo County renters and landlords]]> Between state and federal funds, almost $47 million in rental assistance will be available to provide San Mateo County renters and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic much-needed relief in the coming months.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside woman found dead in Grand Canyon]]> Lillian Meyn, a 31-year-old Woodside resident, was found dead in the Grand Canyon Tuesday morning after a family member reported her missing, park officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Cruz Avenue closures to remain in effect through end of next January]]> Three downtown street segments in Menlo Park will remain closed to encourage outdoor dining until the end of January 2022, following a unanimous vote by the City Council Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Teen arrested for alleged carjacking possibly linked to robbery]]> A 16-year-old boy arrested Saturday after an armed carjacking and a high-speed chase is believed to have also committed a strong-armed robbery in downtown Palo Alto the night before, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Anders Klaseen Prokop, Ruth Fredkin Seiler]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Anders Klaseen Prokop, 30, and Ruth Fredkin Seiler, 91.]]> <![CDATA[COVID relief grant application window now open for restaurants, breweries and wineries]]> Qualifying restaurants, wineries and breweries in San Mateo County can now apply for COVID-19 relief grants of up to $10,000.]]> <![CDATA[State Sen. Josh Becker calls for schools to reopen once San Mateo County enters red tier]]> State Sen. Josh Becker wants all San Mateo County schools to reopen for in-person learning once the county enters the less restrictive red tier -- which is set to happen on Wednesday -- saying the social and emotional toll is too high.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County improves to red tier for COVID-19, allowing for indoor dining and worship services]]> California public health officials approved San Mateo County's move from the most restrictive purple tier COVID-19 designation to the less-restrictive red tier on Feb. 23. More businesses and activities in the county will be allowed.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto plans to sell annual passes for Foothills Nature Preserve entry]]> After moving to dramatically curtail access to Foothills Park last month, Palo Alto officially agreed on Monday to further revise entry rules and allow free entry to local students, veterans and visitors with disabilities.]]> <![CDATA[COVID vaccinations begin for law enforcement, farmworkers and educators in San Mateo County]]> Vaccinations for law enforcement, educators and farmworkers are underway in San Mateo County and community partners say the process has been going well so far.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-Stanford researcher allegedly tied to Chinese military faces more charges]]> Chen Song, a former Stanford visiting researcher who was arrested for visa fraud last summer, faces additional charges in a case tying her to the Chinese military, federal prosecutors said Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council to consider new law firm for city attorney services]]> After decades of work with the law firm Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, LLP, the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday is set to consider hiring a different law firm: Burke Williams Sorenson, LLP, and a new city attorney. ]]> <![CDATA[It's not landlords versus tenants — everyone's losing]]> Local commercial real estate is in its worst crisis since the dot-com bust and the 2008 recession. It's an 11-months-old disaster that has yet to see a clear end date or an elegant solution.]]>