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COVID booster clinics for students

The Menlo Park City School District will host a booster clinic with Safeway Pharmacy for students over 12 years old and district-affiliated adults on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The event comes after the FDA expanded booster eligibility to vaccinated 12-15 year olds, as soon as five months after the first vaccination series is complete.

The clinic will run from 2-7 p.m. at the district office, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

The appointment scheduling tool will open Saturday, Jan. 8. The district will first offer clinic spots to its families/staff members and open it up to others if registrations don't fill up, said Parke Treadway, the district's public information officer, in an email.

Sign up to volunteer at the clinic at tinyurl.com/volunteermpcsd.

The Ravenswood City School District will also host vaccine clinics next week for children ages 5-11.

Clinics will be held on the following dates:

•Monday, Jan. 10, from 3-7 p.m. at Belle Haven Elementary, 415 Ivy Drive in Menlo Park.

•Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 3-7 p.m. at Costa?o School, 2695 Fordham Ave. in East Palo Alto.

•Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 3-7 p.m. at Los Robles-Ronald McNair, 2031 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto in the BGCP Parking Lot.

Portola Valley Town Hall closed this week due to rise in COVID cases

With the rapid spread of the omicron variant, and the potential for inadvertent exposures during the holidays, the town closed Town Hall the week of Jan. 3 while staff worked remotely, according to a town email.

The Town Hall is expected to reopen the week of Jan. 10. All online services are available during the closure on the town's website portolavalley.net.

Draw a redistricting map for Woodside

The town of Woodside is making a change in how voters elect the Town Council. Beginning in 2022, voters will choose a Town Council member who lives in their district. This will replace the current system of "from-district" elections in which voters town-wide can vote for all Town Council members.

The next step in the process is for residents to submit proposed district maps for consideration. Visit mapwoodside.org to learn more and contribute maps.

Woodside Planning Commission openings

The Woodside Planning Commission is recruiting members in District 3 and 4.

Commissioners serve four-year terms that run from February 2020 to February 2026 and meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m.

One member is appointed to represent each Town Council district. A list of district addresses is provided at woodsidetown.org/council/town-council-and-planning-commission-districts-and-map.

Check residency, request information or submit an application to Interim Town Clerk Melissa Cardinale at [email protected] Applications are due Friday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. For more information, go to woodsidetown.org.

Filoli receives national recognition

Filoli has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums, according to a December press release from the Woodside estate.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public, according to Filoli.

"As staff at Filoli, we are stewards of an institution and collections held in public trust," said Filoli CEO Kara Newport in a statement. "The accreditation process has provided valuable insight into how we are reflecting our commitment to our mission and the critical alignment between staff and board. We have emerged from it with renewed assurance of our trajectory towards a truly visitor-centric organization, where stories connect our visitors with history, nature, and the diversity of our region."

Of the country's estimated 33,000 museums, over 1,095 are currently accredited. Filoli is one of only 77 museums accredited in California, according to the AAM. Other Bay Area accredited museums include the Legion of Honor and California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; the San Mateo County Historical Association; and the San Jose History Museum, according to a registry on AAM's website.

To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. An accreditation commission then considers the self-study and visiting committee report.

—Angela Swartz

State Sen. Josh Becker tests positive for COVID-19

California Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, has tested positive for COVID-19, he said Jan. 5 in a statement on Twitter.

Becker, 52, received a positive test result prior to a speaking engagement.

"Thankfully, I am feeling fine and am grateful to be vaccinated and to have received my booster shot. I will be quarantining at home and look forward to returning to work as soon as possible," he said.

In separate tweets, Becker also encouraged people to get vaccinated and boosted.

"If you have not received your vaccine or booster, I strongly encourage you to do so. You can find information and schedule an appointment here: myturn.ca.gov," he said. He also directed people to covid19.ca.gov/get-tested, a state website with information about where to get tested for COVID-19.

Becker didn't specify which variant he contracted, but federal health officials on Wednesday said that 95% of cases throughout the country are now caused by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Only about 5% of cases are now found to be the previously ubiquitous delta variant.

—Sue Dremann

Supervisor Don Horsley named board president

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 4 appointed Supervisor Don Horsley as board president for the upcoming year.

It is the third time that Horsley has been appointed board president by his colleagues. He is in the final year of his third term on the board and is not eligible to run again due to term limits.

In a statement, Horsley called for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm optimistic that in 2022 we'll be able to come back to a semblance of what we used to think of as normal life," he said. "But I know that things will continue to be challenging in the next few weeks and months. It is not over."

Horsley represents District 3, which covers Half Moon Bay and much of the coastal part of San Mateo County stretching east to cities like San Carlos and Atherton. He is replacing David Canepa as board president. The board on also appointed Supervisor Dave Pine as its vice president.

SamTrans to offer free WiFi on all buses

SamTrans passengers will soon be able to access free Wi-Fi on all 70 routes throughout San Mateo County, the public transportation service announced on Jan. 3.

SamTrans currently provides internet connection on their 800 series articulated buses, though the entire fleet will be online by February 2022. Passengers will be able to text, email, browse social media and the internet and play online games by connecting to "SamTrans-Wifi" aboard any SamTrans bus.

"The modern world is an interconnected world," said SamTrans Board Chair Charles Stone in a statement. "Having onboard WiFi will help SamTrans riders to stay connected while riding, making our service even more valuable to those who rely on it. This is another reason SamTrans is the best ride wherever you're going in San Mateo County".

More information on the service can be found online at samtrans.com.

—Bay City News Service

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