If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Redwood City Fire Department names new fire chief]]> Redwood City on Thursday announced Ray Iverson as the new fire chief for the Redwood City Fire Department, which serves Redwood City and San Carlos.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Events planned all month to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage]]> Dozens of virtual events to honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month kicked off in Palo Alto on May 1, with celebrations planned during the next four weeks that will include films and discussions.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 transformed the world of outdoor education. Here's what local leaders say has changed.]]> Learning at the Peninsula Forest and Beach School won't involve computers. Instead, young students there play at a Belmont park, read stories and hike. Maybe that's why the school has seen a tenfold increase since the pandemic began.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Mental Health Awareness Month talks; Caltrain safety improvements]]> In this week's community briefs, city of Menlo Park Mental Health Awareness Month talks, Caltrain safety improvements, a talk on Lyme disease and more.]]> <![CDATA[Student project highlights the plight of restaurant workers]]> A Portola Valley student's project touched on the roots of restaurant worker pay and ways to improve their salaries. ]]> <![CDATA[Redwood City man fatally shot in East Palo Alto Tuesday night]]> A 25-year-old Redwood City man died in a shooting in East Palo Alto on Tuesday night, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Philip Martin Humphreys]]> This week in obituaries, read about the life of Philip Martin Humphreys, 78.]]> <![CDATA[Woman arrested on suspicion of setting arson fire at Redwood City church]]> Police arrested a 58-year-old woman Tuesday after an investigation of a fire set last week at a church in Redwood City.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Advocates and residents call on county to extend renter protections past June]]> Dozens of advocates and residents on Tuesday urged San Mateo County supervisors to extend renter protections after the statewide eviction moratorium expires at the end of June.]]> <![CDATA[Early results show Portola Valley School District parcel tax measure leading]]> Measure S, a parcel tax reduction in the Portola Valley School District, is passing, according to initial election night results.]]> <![CDATA[Yellow tier may be on the horizon for San Mateo County]]> With case COVID-19 rates on the decline in San Mateo County and vaccines available for anyone who lives or works in the county, officials on Tuesday said that the county could move into the least restrictive reopening tier next week.]]> <![CDATA[Eleanor McLoughlin, longtime Menlo Park resident, dies shortly after her 100th birthday celebration]]> Eleanor McLoughlin, who recently celebrated turning 100, died at her Menlo Park home on April 19. Her family threw a drive-thru party to mark her milestone birthday at the Church of the Nativity in early April.]]> <![CDATA[Clinics boost vaccination rates in underserved communities]]> Community clinics have helped boost COVID-19 vaccination rates in hard-hit San Mateo County neighborhoods, but there are still pockets of people the effort has not yet reached.]]> <![CDATA['I want lasting change.' Following hate crimes, community members stand up for Asian Americans]]> Around 250 people marched and rallied in downtown Palo Alto Sunday to raise awareness about attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to increase voter registration within this group.]]> <![CDATA[County extends North Fair Oaks vaccine clinic held on Sundays]]> A weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinic will continue running in North Fair Oaks and offer more predictable hours for drive-thru and walk-in registration without an appointment, the county of San Mateo said.]]> <![CDATA[Los Altos' Danny Holton says 'shello' from the road]]> Danny Holton, who grew up in Los Altos, has been traveling over the past year with the oversized peanut-shaped car known as the NUTmobile. During a visit to the Bay Area, he shared some of his experiences from the road.]]> <![CDATA[Local tech companies brace for gradual return to office]]> Tech companies were among the first to ask employees to work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, their reopening plans could give a look as to what office life might look like post-pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[In search of smoother ground: District clears its trails of barriers in push to make parks ADA accessible]]> Over the past three years, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has taken the first steps in an ambitious 15-year plan to upgrade its 26 preserves in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Proposed water service rate hikes unfair for many Menlo Park families]]> In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Jay Siegel writes about his opposition to proposed water rate increases from Menlo Park Municipal Water. The city council will vote on adopting the new water rates at a public hearing May 11.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Why we decided to send our kids back to school]]> In an op-ed, state Sen. Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) advocates for a full reopening of schools in the fall.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park school district warns of strangers approaching students en route to school]]> As students return to classrooms more regularly, Menlo Park City School District officials are warning families about an uptick in people behaving suspiciously toward children headed to school.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park maps road to reopening city services]]> With more than 80% of eligible Menlo Park residents at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, the Menlo Park City Council began to start thinking about how to relaunch city services and programs at its April 27 meeting. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: More license plate readers OK'd, town accepts grant to explore all-electric buildings]]> The Atherton City Council approves more license plate readers, moves to explore requiring all-electric buildings. Also, Menlo College will break ground in May on a new dorm; progress on the new town Civic Center continues.]]> <![CDATA[Taking a whack out of COVID]]> Elizabeth McCarthy, a nurse at Stanford Hospital, gets what it's like to want to smack the bejesus out of the coronavirus. Now, she's offering a way for people to get that cathartic thrill by crafting coronavirus-shaped piñatas. ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: a new principal at Oak Knoll School, a Stop Asian Hate march, a talk on media literacy tips and more]]> In this week's community briefs, a new principal at Oak Knoll School, a Stop Asian Hate march and rally is set for this weekend, a talk on media literacy tips and more.]]> <![CDATA[Coho salmon will soon swim free again thanks to dam-removal agreement]]> A dam that for decades prohibited coho salmon from reaching its spawning habitat in the Santa Cruz Mountains will be taken down starting this summer, according to the Sempervirens Fund.]]> <![CDATA[No handshakes at graduation, proms without dancing or high heels]]> Planning for modified proms and graduation events is underway at local high schools so seniors can enjoy at least some of the usual rites of passage. There'll be no dancing at Los Altos High's prom, and no high heels at Menlo-Atherton.]]> <![CDATA[Move to COVID-19 yellow tier stays out of reach for San Mateo County]]> The least-restrictive yellow tier of the state's COVID-19 reopening framework remains out of reach for San Mateo County. County officials said Wednesday that it may not move to the yellow tier until mid-May at the earliest.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[California loses Congressional seat for first time]]> After months of delay, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates for each state. The bad news for California: It loses a seat in Congress, down from 53 House districts to 52.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Stephen Norman Hynding, Gary Oliver Maffia, Mary Lou Carlsen, Kirk Broomhead, Antonio Javier Espinosa, Marjorie Hausmann]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Stephen Norman Hynding, 80, Gary Oliver Maffia, 68, Mary Lou Carlsen, 98, Kirk Broomhead, 68, Antonio Javier Espinosa, 60, and Marjorie Hausmann, 95.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Church says worship leader fired over allegations he asked a teen for nude photos]]> Menlo Church fired a worship leader after allegations emerged that he had solicited nude photos online from a teen boy several years before beginning work at Menlo, according to statements from church leaders. ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to resume mass vaccination sites this week as supply increases]]> Starting Thursday, April 29, San Mateo County will have weekly COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics for anyone who lives or works in the county.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday is deadline to request replacement ballot for Portola Valley School District election]]> Tuesday is the final day registered voters may request a replacement vote-by-mail ballot be delivered by mail for the May 4 special mail ballot election for Portola Valley School District. ]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 pandemic drives unexpected housing boom as Midpeninusla buyers seek more space]]> After briefly going into semi-hibernation for less than two months in early spring 2020 during the initial COVID-19 lockdowns, the Midpeninsula's housing market reopened with surprising strength and resiliency.]]> <![CDATA[Teens around the world connect over pandemic experiences]]> Last year, a curious 13-year-old asked her aunt about how people around the world were handling the pandemic. Now, they're leading international video calls with teens around the world hungry to connect on leadership and changemaking. ]]> <![CDATA[Stanford University prepares to host in-person commencement in June]]> After a COVID-19-induced hiatus, Stanford University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies in June, university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said this week.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside High principal to retire at end of school year]]> Woodside Principal Diane Burbank is the second principal to leave her post in the Sequoia Union High School District this year. She has worked as a teacher and principal at schools throughout the Bay Area since 1984.]]> <![CDATA[County health officials reassure safety of Johnson & Johnson vaccine]]> Following federal authorities' recent lift on the pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Bay Area health officials reassure its safety and recommend the vaccine.]]> <![CDATA[Letters to the editor: Business closures, Portola Valley School District Measure S, climate change]]> Letters to the editor on business closures in Menlo Park, in support of Portola Valley School District Measure S and ending the Senate filibuster, climate change and all-electric buildings.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: A parcel tax cut that we can get behind]]> In an op-ed, Portola Valley resident William R. Urban argues why voters should support parcel tax Measure S on the May 4 ballot.]]>